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Simon launches Christmas card appeal

first_imgRichard Buckley, Editor of Business Eye Magazine says; We are delighted to be supporting this campaign by Simon Community Northern Ireland. The care of those unfortunate enough to be homeless during the festive season deserves the support of all local businesses. The Christmas Greetings Appeal offers commerce the opportunity to send out a human message of hope this Christmas.For company logos to appear in all publications and billboard the cost is £350.The Christmas Greetings campaign is part of Simon’s Homeless Awareness Week 27 November – 2 December 2005. This week is being run by Simon Community in partnership with the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and other partners from the statutory, voluntary and corporate sector to raise awareness of homelessness and work being undertaken to address the needs of homeless people. Howard Lake | 2 November 2005 | News Simon launches Christmas card appeal AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  23 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img Simon Community Northern Ireland is running a campaign this Christmas designed to get companies and individuals to give to charity rather than spend money on cards. Christmas Greetings Campaign offers local businesses the opportunity to wish their clients Seasons Greetings whilst simultaneously helping people who will be homeless this Christmas. Businesses or individuals make a donation to Simon Community Northern Ireland and will be acknowledged in a special two-page feature in the Christmas editions of Business Eye Magazine and leading local press Newry Democrat, Morton Newspapers as well as a special billboard campaign.Paul Collins, Director – Fundraising of Simon Community Northern Ireland says; The Simon Community Northern Ireland Christmas Greetings Campaign is a unique way for Northern Ireland businesses and individuals to send seasonal greetings to their customers, suppliers, family and friends and at the same time help give hope to homeless people throughout Northern Ireland this Christmas.All money raised from the appeal will go towards supporting the work of Simon Community to help homeless people throughout Northern Ireland. Advertisement Tagged with: Ireland About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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Limerick bakery makes ‘a sweet deal’ with new €1.5m Aldi contract

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick PostTwomey’s Bakery BusinessLimerickNewsLimerick bakery makes ‘a sweet deal’ with new €1.5m Aldi contractBy Meghann Scully – December 10, 2020 1300 Linkedin REPRO FREEEileen Twomey, Director of Twomeys Bakery and Peter Bough. Buying Director at ALDI.Pic Daragh Mc Sweeney/ProvisionALDI Ireland has agreed a new €1.5 million deal with Limerick-based Twomeys Bakery to supply all its 145 Irish stores.The new 12-month contract will see Twomeys Bakery supplying Aldi stores with Apple Tart, Fruit Scones, Apple Sponge and Apple Crumble under Aldi’s own-brand Grainne’s Bakery range.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Twomeys Bakery began working with Aldi in late 2019. Its products have proven hugely successful paving the way for the new agreement.Based in Dromcollogher, Co. Limerick, Twomeys Bakery is a family-run business. It currently employs 44 staff, including seven craft bakers. Twelve new jobs have been created as a direct result of the new Aldi contract and the bakery intends to increase its size and capacity in 2021.The bakery, which was founded in 1901, has been run for three generations by the Twomey family and produces 50 different breads and cakes using traditional family recipes that have been passed down through the generations.Commenting, John Curtin, Aldi Group Buying Director, said: “Twomeys Bakery’s products have been a fantastic success with Aldi shoppers over the last number of months. We see this new contract as the start of a long-term partnership with room for further growth. Twomeys are also supplying our Specially Selected Ancient Grain Sourdough Pan, which has been rolled out fully across all our 145 Irish stores following a highly successful trial.”Eileen Twomey, Director of Twomeys Bakery, said: “Our partnership with Aldi has been a huge boost to our business.  It has allowed us to employ more people locally at a time when people and businesses across the country are facing serious challenges. Our team is delighted to be producing breads and cakes for one of Ireland’s leading retailers.”Aldi is committed to growing its Irish supply base and increasing the number of Irish products available in its stores.  It has invested more than €2,500,000 in its Grow with Aldi supplier development programme since 2018, which offers up-and-coming artisan Irish food and drink producers the chance to have their products listed in Aldi’s 145 stores. Twitter Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerickcenter_img Print Previous articleA Cozy Christmas Concert with Sinead O Brien and Special Guests from The UCH StageNext article#ThrowbackThursday: This week’s look back at our Out & About photos Meghann Scully WhatsApp Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Facebook Email WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads last_img read more

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Manhunt for alleged Texas cop killer ends with arrest of suspect, mom and boyfriend

first_imgiStock(HOUSTON) —  The two-day manhunt for a 21-year-old fatal hit-and-run driver, who allegedly killed a Texas sergeant during a traffic stop, ended on Thursday afternoon without incident.Moments after Tavores Dewayne Henderson allegedly mowed down Nassau Bay Police Sgt. Kalia Sullivan on Tuesday evening, his mother and her boyfriend took him into hiding, prosecutors said at a press conference on Thursday evening.Henderson bolted from a traffic stop on Tuesday evening when Sullivan and another officer attempted to arrest him for an outstanding warrant for a misdemeanor assault allegedly against a family member. As officers went to make the arrest, Henderson allegedly resisted, got free, went back into the vehicle and drove off, knocking Sullivan to the ground, police said.Sullivan, a 16-year veteran, was taken to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead. She was 43.A manhunt ensued for Henderson, who was allegedly asleep inside a hotel nearby the 2000 block of San Sebastian Court crime scene, prosecutors said.Meanwhile, Harris County police officers went to Henderson’s mom’s home seeking her son’s whereabouts and “she lied,” prosecutors said.The mom, who authorities have not identified, was seen on surveillance video — 30 minutes prior to telling the alleged lie — dropping off Henderson at the hotel, prosecutors said.Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez posted a tweet during the search efforts, warning anyone aiding a fugitive that they will be prosecuted.“I made it crystal clear that if you are hindering apprehension of a fugitive you will be charged … we are not playing around with that,” said Gonzalez at the press conference.Henderson’s mom and her boyfriend were arrested and are charged with hindering prosecution, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said at the press conference. The boyfriend’s identity was not released by authorities.As the search for Henderson continued on Wednesday, a $20,000 reward was offered for his arrest and a “Blue Alert” was issued when Henderson was allegedly spotted in Missouri City, Texas, heading to Louisiana with a man identified as “Anthony.”The Harris County Police Department announced on social media Thursday that Henderson was “taken into custody without incident” from a home on the 4200 block of Heritage Trail Drive in Houston, Texas.“His demeanor was cooperative. We had no problems with him as we got him in to custody,” police said.Ogg said that Henderson is being charged with capital murder.Henderson allegedly made a full confession to police on Thursday and could not explain why he did not stop the car when Sullivan was “hanging partially out,” police said.The Nassau Bay Police Department mourned their fallen officer at a candlelight vigil on Wednesday evening, local affiliate ABC13 reported. Sullivan was a resident of Friendswood, Texas, and the national president of the Sisters Eternal Woman’s Motorcycle Club of Texas. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Faith alone: How one Manhattan congregation got caught in HFZ’s downfall

first_imgA rendering of HFZ Capital Group’s proposed tower next to Marble Collegiate Church on 29th Street. (Illustration by Kevin Rebong/The Real Deal)Below the spire of Marble Collegiate Church lays a barren hole with construction tools, fire extinguishers and ladders hastily stacked around the edges. Three cranes excavating the West 29th Street site have been abandoned. A sign on a fence directs congregants, “confessions this way,” with an arrow pointing to the sanctuary.HFZ Capital Group had planned to build a boutique office tower at the NoMad location aimed at technology and media tenants, before the developer’s multibillion-dollar real estate portfolio started to unravel.HFZ CEO Ziel Feldman (Getty)But the money pit isn’t just HFZ’s cross to bear. The nearly 400-year-old Marble Collegiate Church, the oldest Protestant church in the country, entered into a joint venture with Ziel Feldman’s firm several years ago. And now that HFZ has defaulted on one of the project’s loans, the church’s investment is set to be wiped out alongside its partner’s in foreclosure.That’s a financial blow to the church, and it’s also a warning to other mission-based organizations — even those like Marble Collegiate with sophisticated real estate operations — that are sitting on valuable properties and thinking about getting into risky real estate developments.“We counsel nonprofits on this stuff all the time,” said Paul Wolf, co-founder of the brokerage Denham Wolf. “Typically, we say don’t take a risk that could jeopardize the core mission.”Wolf, who is not involved in the project, added that Marble Collegiate has an experienced real estate arm that’s done development projects before, but never one that got so deep underwater.“They just got caught by this,” he said.Fellowship then foreclosureThe real estate industry’s appetite for these kinds of projects involving church properties was at its height around 2015, when HFZ inked a joint-venture agreement with Marble Collegiate to develop its site.“Many other developers had tried for years to do a deal with the church,” HFZ’s Feldman told the Wall Street Journal in 2015. “We came in with a great land cost, and find the site to be fantastic. The church itself is easy to work with, and the physical structure is a beautiful cornerstone for building.”Feldman did not respond to requests for comment for this story. Marble Collegiate also did not respond.HFZ’s plans first called for a 64-story residential tower. But by 2019 the developer had shifted to a 600,000-square-foot, 34-story office building designed by architect Bjarke Ingels and dubbed 29th & 5th.A rendering of 29th and 5th (Rendering by BIG/HFZ)Marble Collegiate planned to use the money from the development to restore its landmarked building and fund its programs. It would create a fellowship hall and community facility at the base of the tower that would be physically connected to its building. The value of its stake in the joint venture was reported to be around $40 million.Investor documents show the projected value of the development to be $1.3 billion as of 2019, with the developers’ equity stake totaling $238 million, or roughly 18 percent of the total.But as the walls started falling in around HFZ, the company fell behind on its $90.9 million mezzanine loan with the Vanbarton Group, which in December scheduled a UCC foreclosure auction for the project’s equity stake.Experts in the nuances of joint-venture agreements said churches and nonprofits can structure their deals to keep them in a project when the development partner gets taken out through that foreclosure process.But loan documents show Marble Collegiate’s real estate arm is party to the Vanbarton mezzanine loan alongside HFZ, and a source close to the auction said the church’s stake is set to be taken over through the foreclosure.Jeffrey Gilbert, an attorney with the firm Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr in Miami who works with real estate attorneys and developers, said foreclosing on church real estate is usually a last resort.“Lenders don’t want to be the bad guy foreclosing on a house of worship generally, it’s a PR issue that you don’t want to turn into a nightmare,” Gilbert said.A representative for Vanbarton declined to comment.In addition to its long history in New York, Marble Collegiate has attracted attention for its high-profile members and leadership.Celebrity congregationLiza Minnelli and David Gest tied the knot at the church during a star-studded ceremony in 2002, where A-listers like Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and Diana Ross filtered from Fifth Avenue into the Neo-Romanesque Gothic building.Liza Minnelli and Marble Collegiate Church (Getty)It’s probably best known for longtime pastor Norman Vincent Peale, author of the influential book, “The Power of Positive Thinking,” who in 1977 officiated the wedding of Donald and Ivana Trump. Peale died in 1993.Donald Trump had been a longtime member, attending the church for decades with his parents. And when questions about his religious devotion surfaced during the 2016 presidential election cycle, Trump told reporters he attended Marble Collegiate.“Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, ‘The Power of Positive Thinking’, was my pastor,” Trump said during the Republican primaries in 2015. “To this day one of the great speakers I’ve seen. You hated to leave church. You hated when the sermon was over.”The church quickly distanced itself from Trump, but one thing it does have in common with the former president is an eye for real estate.Marble Collegiate runs a real estate arm called Collegiate Asset Management Corp. that for more than two decades was headed by Casey Kemper, a former real estate executive at now-defunct property development firm Olympia & York.The church has acquired a sizable real estate portfolio across Manhattan since its founding in 1628, four years after the Dutch settled New Amsterdam. It gets its name from the white marble quarried in Hastings-on-Hudson in Westchester County and used on its current home on Fifth Avenue. It moved there from Lower Manhattan in 1854.Over the years, Marble Collegiate has used some of its properties to generate revenue and support its mission, and it hasn’t shied away from flexing its real estate muscle.In the early 2000s, for example, Kemper partnered with Olympia’s successor, Brookfield Properties, with the intention of developing parcels where the original church had stood. But the Metropolitan Transportation Authority later condemned the site then seized it under eminent domain to make way for the Fulton Street Transit Center.In 2018, the real estate arm sold properties next to its West End Collegiate Church on West 78th Street for $158 million to Alchemy Properties’ Ken Horn, which planned to develop a 19-story residential condominium tower.Collegiate Asset Management’s tax filings show that from 2014 to 2017, the book value of its assets swelled from about $395 million to almost $545 million.Officials have said its real estate activities were always designed to aid the church’s mission.”The purpose of our being landlords is to support our four churches — their programs and their benevolences for the community,” Kemper told the New York Times in 2001. ”That’s why we’re in the real estate business.”Kemper’s real estate arm had been assembling sites near church headquarters on 29th Street and Fifth Avenue, and by 2006 the investment platform was marketing the entire property as a development site for a 277,000-square foot hotel and timeshare.Around that time, Marble Collegiate wasn’t the only nonprofit looking to cash in on its real estate. As the city’s real estate market caught fire through the early- to mid-2000s, numerous religious institutions and mission-oriented organizations looked to leverage properties they owned.Many sold their properties to real estate developers — some relocated to far-flung corners of the city — while others stuck around to take part in the upside through partnerships.Savills broker David Carlos, who specializes in advising nonprofits, said he always warned his clients of the dangers of venturing into real estate development.“I’m a big proponent of them taking as little risk as possible because, just by definition they are not developers,” he said. “To have an entity that is a nonprofit or mission-based entity participate like a very high-risk developer, their missions just aren’t aligned. I don’t think the organization is built for it.”Kemper retired from Collegiate Asset Management in 2018, and was succeeded by Dan Lehman, a former C-suite officer at the nonprofit Children’s Aid New York. Neither executive responded to requests for comment.Investing with faithThe church isn’t the only investor with skin in HFZ’s game that’s set to lose out on its contribution to the NoMad project.Beny Steinmetz (Getty)Israeli billionaire and diamond mogul Beny Steinmetz reportedly has a loan on the project. In January, Steinmetz was sentenced to 5 years in a Swiss prison for paying bribes to a public official in the West African country of Guinea in order to secure rights to an iron ore mine.The Brazilian mining company Vale alleges Steinmetz laundered money through New York City real estate projects by HFZ and RFR Realty. It has asked Manhattan’s federal court to probe the developers’ projects — including the Marble Collegiate JV — to uncover the alleged loans.HFZ has on several occasions denied any involvement with Steinmetz.Feldman also pulled in money for the church property project from individual Chinese investors who participated in the cash-for-visas EB-5 program. Those investors put about $63 million into the project as preferred equity — an investment that provides a return similar to that of a loan but doesn’t have the security in the form of collateral that debt vehicles offer.That preferred equity stake is also set to get taken out in the UCC foreclosure action. In most of the recent UCC foreclosures in New York City, the mezzanine lender often credit bids the debt it’s owed and takes over the property, which in this case would put Vanbarton Group in the driver’s seat.Vanbarton could develop the Marble Collegiate property itself or partner up with another builder to someday fill the empty pit and build the skyscraper, but the church likely won’t have anything to do with it.Contact Rich Bockmann Message* HFZ Capital Groupnonprofit Share via Shortlink Contact Keith Larsen Email Address* Tagscenter_img Full Name* Full Name* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Message* Email Address*last_img read more

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Whicker: Kiké Hernández, Dodgers introduce a new generation to winning

first_img Dodgers slam Cubs, reach first World Series since 1988 Magic Johnson celebrates Dodgers’ World Series berth at Staples Center Related Articles CHICAGO — A once-in-a-lifetime event comes to Dodger Stadium on Tuesday.Once in Kiké Hernández’s lifetime. Once in Chris Taylor’s. Once in Yasiel Puig’s. Once in the lifetime of everyone who was born after Ronald Reagan left the White House.The Dodgers have spent literal billions on players’ salaries since October of 1988. They have worked under the supervision of three owners’ groups. They have played for seven managers. Beer prices in Dodger Stadium have increased at least threefold. Torrents of noise blast the ballpark during almost every non-playing minute, replacing the soothing chords played by Nancy Bea Hefley, who used to serenade Orel Hershiser with “Master Of The House.”All of that ended with two long balls Thursday night. WATCH: Grand slam! Kiké Hernandez has 3-HR night, sends Dodgers to World Series But the Cubs were rarely serious about winning back then, at least not organizationally. Even now, their history seems hilarious, when Kyle Hendricks sets the club record for postseason wins or when Jake Arrieta sets the club record for playoff strikeouts.The Dodgers never felt that poverty. They had Koufax and Drysdale, Wills and Garvey and Piazza. They were frequently contending for the titles they never could win. They have had only five seasons since 1988, and they led the National League in attendance 12 times since then.You can stun your friends by telling them that everyone in the NL West has been in a World Series since the Dodgers have, and the Giants have been in five and won three. It illustrates the power of branding. The Dodgers exuded success even when they had none.There have been more famous and talented Dodgers team between then and now. There were also more distracted, fractious and fragile Dodgers teams. This one still remembered being stuck outside Wrigley Field, 12 months ago, looking at the mocking celebrants around their bus. Except for two nightmarish weeks in late summer, the Dodgers were 103-42.“When they were going so well this summer, I still felt connected,” said Andre Ethier, who missed most of the last two regular seasons with injury. “They were rooting for me to get back when I was rehabbing,and for that reason I felt like I was a part of it.”And because of their NL-best record, they could align their pitching for both NL playoff series and for the World Series, too. They basically won the NLCS before it started, as the Cubs left their game somewhere on an overnight plane from Washington to L.A.Justin Turner was not quite 4 when the Dodgers won the ’88 championship, but he remembers it. Chase Utley was 9, Rich Hill 8. Kershaw was 6 months old in Dallas, Kenta Maeda 5 months old in Japan, Kenley Jansen 11 months old in Curacao. Eleven Dodgers on this 25-man roster were not alive.General Manager Andrew Friedman was not quite 12 and living in Houston, where the Dodgers might be playing next weekend. Manager Dave Roberts was 16, unsure whether he would play football or baseball or both, living in San Diego County. He assured everyone on Thursday he was not a Dodger fan at the time.Now they celebrated, and you could still see a link between these Dodgers, with their unchanged uniforms, and their gloried ancestors. Sometimes, winning just skips a generation. These photos show the best moments from Dodgers’ historic NLCS win over Cubs NLCS Game 5 Dodgers highlights: Kiké Hernandez slams Cubs Dodgers fans go crazy for #ThisTeam after 11-1 victory over Cubs secures World Series spot Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error They jumped off the bat of Hernández, one of the throw-ins when the Dodgers traded Dee Gordon to Miami.Hernández homered in the second inning. He hit a grand slam in the third inning that barely scaled the wall, and he ran as fast as he could around the bases, nearly catching up to Puig. It was 7-0 in the third inning with Clayton Kershaw pitching, as secure as a lock as baseball can provide, and Hernández dropped the reins and let out all his high-fiving emotions. Dodgers fans old enough to remember Iran Contra and Bobby McFerrin felt the unbearable lightness of being, too.The Dodgers won Game 5 of the National League Championship Series, 11-1, and are National League champs for the first time since Oct. 12, 1988, when they chased the Mets’ Ron Darling with six runs in the first inning.“All I know is that there’s a real big God up there,” Hernández said in a righteous clubhouse celebration. “My goal right now is to have a real big headache when I wake up tomorrow, and then sleep it off on the way home.”Twenty-nine years does not seem like a long vigil to Cubs’ fans, who were catapulted into the rapture in 2016 when their team got to a World Series for the first time since 1945 (and would later win one for the first time since 1908).last_img read more

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