Malls are back, say mall landlords

first_img Commercial Real EstateCoronavirusRetail Real Estate Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink “There’s no question things are better,” Bill Taubman, the president of Taubman Co., told the publication. “Sales are also better than anticipated four months ago.”Landlords say that collection rates have also improved.Ami Ziff, director for national retail at Time Equities — which owns eight malls and dozens of open-air shopping centers — said that collection rates are above 90 percent. Last April, after the first pandemic lockdowns set in, rent collections had dropped to 58 percent. They largely rebounded by the end of year.He said he has also been signing new tenants, including healthcare providers and restaurants, at cheaper terms. Some mall owners also believe that they can benefit from deals negotiated where tenants pay a percentage of their monthly sales in rent.Investors seem to be buying into a retail recovery as well. Shares of Simon Property Group Inc., which recently acquired Taubman, have risen 45 percent this year, per the publication.Analysts say, however, that not all malls and shopping centers are equal. Those in places with little population growth and an oversupply of stores are likely to struggle.[WSJ] — Keith LarsenContact Keith Larsen Email Address* Tags In March, foot traffic was up 86 percent at 50 shopping centers tracked by the data firm (iStock)After a devastating year for malls, landlords say shoppers are heading back in droves.In March, foot traffic was up 86 percent at 50 shopping centers tracked by the data firm compared to the same month last year, according to the Wall Street Journal. But that was still 24 percent lower than it was in March 2019.Mall owners say sales are also improving as shoppers look to get out of their houses and spend their government stimulus checks.Read moreRock bottom prices 11 malls whose valuations have tanked A Simon mall falls to foreclosure Retailers now owe $52B in back rent Full Name* Share via Shortlink Message*last_img read more

New report details how USOC, USAG failed to protect athletes in Larry Nassar sex abuse case

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailsportpoint/iStock(NEW YORK) — A report by the law firm Ropes and Gray shows two of the top US Olympic Committee executives failed to act after learning about abuse allegations against former USA Gymnastics national team doctor, Larry Nassar. The report says former CEO Scott Blackmun and Chief of Sport Performance Alan Ashley were told about allegations of Nassar’s abuse by former USA Gymnastics CEO Steve Penny in July 2015, more than a year before it was first reported by the Indianapolis Star in September 2016. Ashley was fired on Monday by current USOC CEO Sarah Hirshland. Blackmun resigned in February due to health concerns stemming from cancer. The 223 page report detailed Nassar’s decades-long abuse of athletes and how the USOC and USA Gymnastics failed to adopt appropriate child protective policies and procedures to ensure a culture of safety for young athletes. It also stated the USOC and USA Gymnastics had governance structure and policies in place to allow abuse to occur and continue without effective intervention. The report said Blackmun told investigators that within a week of learning about the allegations he initiated an internal effort to alert the SafeSport team to the allegations and to confirm the USOC was taking the appropriate steps. The report concludes none of that happened and USOC only started to address the allegations after the Indianapolis Star report.  Nassar is serving decades in prison on charges of child pornography and for molesting girls and women under the guise of medical treatment.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund December 10, 2018 /Sports News – National New report details how USOC, USAG failed to protect athletes in Larry Nassar sex abuse casecenter_img Written bylast_img read more

Utah State Men’s Basketball Visits Air Force Tuesday

first_imgJanuary 6, 2020 /Sports News – Local Utah State Men’s Basketball Visits Air Force Tuesday FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.-Tuesday, Utah State men’s basketball (13-4, 2-2 in Mountain West Conference play) seeks to snap a 2-game losing streak by visiting the Air Force Falcons (7-8, 1-2 in Mountain West) at Clune Arena.Having lost successive games at UNLV and to San Diego State, the Aggies have lost back-to-back contests for the first time in 54 games.Under head coach Craig Smith (41-11, .788 at Utah State; 120-66, .645 as a collegiate head coach) Utah State is 8-0 on Tuesdays, including 3-0 this season.In the Smith era, when holding opponents under 70 points, the Aggies are 28-3 (.903).Furthermore, when exceeding 70 points in the Smith era, Utah State is 36-4 (.900).The Aggies presently score 79.3 points per game, ranking them 35th nationally in scoring offense.Senior guard Sam Merrill (17.7 points, 4.8 rebounds per game) may see his stats rise as star sophomore center Neemias Queta has returned to the lineup.The 7-foot Portuguese national posted 15 points and 14 rebounds on 5-8 from the field in 30 minutes of action in Saturday’s 77-68 loss to San Diego State. Queta is currently averaging 10 points and 6.8 rebounds per game on the season.In the meantime, sophomore forward Justin Bean (13.8 points, 11 rebounds per game) continues to be worth his weight in gold as his 21 blocked shots on the season are leading the squad. Junior forward Alphonso Anderson (10.8 points, 4.6 rebounds per game) has also been a solid contributor in Queta’s extended absence.Queta’s fellow Portuguese national, senior guard Diogo Brito, has a team-best 30 steals on the season and junior guard Abel Porter has 67 assists to lead the squad.Utah State surrenders 63.2 points per game, ranking the Aggies 60th nationally in scoring defense.  The Aggies remain effective on the glass as their 713 net rebounds rank them second nationally.The Falcons are coached by Dave Pilipovich who is 105-139 (.430) in his 9th season at the helm of the program.Air Force scores 76.7 points per game which ranks the Falcons 77th nationally in scoring offense.Senior forward Lavelle Scottie is the Falcons’ leader in scoring (14.5 points per game) and rebounding (5.5 boards per game).Senior center Ryan Swan (13.5 points per game) and sophomore guard A.J. Walker (12.1 points per game) also score in double figures on-average for Air Force.Senior guard Sim Tomes leads the Falcons in assists (35) with fellow senior guard Caleb Morris posting a team-best 15 steals on the season.Junior guard Keaton Van Soelen has 8 blocked shots to lead Air Force in that category.The Falcons surrender 71.4 points per game. This ties them for 231st nationally in scoring defense with Robert Morris.The Aggies lead Air Force 18-5 all-time. Written by Brad James Tags: Air Force basketball/USU Basketballlast_img read more

University rejects petition to revoke Rhodes scholarship

first_imgA petition to revoke Ntokozo Qwabe’s scholarship or to “initiate disciplinary action” has been rejected by the University after collecting over 41,000 signatures. The petition was started after a controversial Facebook post about a comment made to a waitress in a South African cafe.The petition was less than 10,000 signatures away from its set goal of 50,000. At that number, the petition would have been presented to Oxford Vice-Chancellor Professor Louise Richardson. Nonetheless, it has continued to attract attention even after its rejection.In a statement officially rejecting the petition, a spokesperson for the University said, “Our duty of care to all members of the University means we do not discuss individuals.“Oxford is a place where non-violent speech, however objectionable, can be expressed and challenged. Our students may voice opinions which others believe to be misguided or which they find offensive. “They have a right to do this, but in exercising it we expect them to respect other people and the law,” the spokesperson added. The Rhodes Trust and other concerned institutions have equally stressed the importance of student confidentiality in this case.London-based South African Jan Hendrik Ferreira, the launcher of the petition, wrote in its online description, “Mr Ntokozo Qwabe and friend violated a person’s dignity, publicly degraded and humiliated her, and created a highly offensive situation.“Mr Ntokozo Qwabe has since taken great pleasure in narcissistically boasting over her reaction across social media.”The petition description continues, “Mr Ntokozo Qwabe clearly does not uphold the values expected of an institution such as Oxford University and his actions have ultimately brought your educational establishment’s image into disrepute.” A fundraising campaign named “Tip Ashleigh Schultz” was set to compensate for what was described by its online launcher Ernst Shea-Kruger as racism towards the 24-year-old waitress, raising $6,500 in five days. Cabanac, the author of a similar campaign told Cherwell, “The market and decency ensured that bigotry of this nature does not go unpunished.” The supporters of both initiatives evoked Schultz’ mother struggling with cancer as well as the assumption that the young woman was on minimum wage to demonstrate that the two RMF activists’ note had been unfairly aggressive. Schultz has expressed her gratitude on Facebook.The question of whether a black waitress in the same situation would have received the same support from international media was raised by multiple users.Although members of Rhodes Must Fall are divided over the matter, controversial ‘Rhodes Must Not Fall’ founder Jacob Williams told Cherwell, “It’s time we valued individuals, not just politicised identities.”Similarly, Roman Cabanac, the host of South African podcast “The Renegade Report”, has publicly condemned Qwabe and told Cherwell, “The fact that he publicly gloated about humiliating a woman based on her race shows a malicious and racial prejudice.”Joining Flemming in this statement, Brian Wong, a first year PPE student at Pembroke, said “Intersectional egalitarianism is about recognising that one can be oppressed in more than one way – due to their sex, race, gender, and such.“I do not think Qwabe’s actions were intersectional; I think he acted unacceptably. I think the media probably also overreacted.”Ntokozo Qwabe himself refused to answer Cherwell’s request for comment, stating only, “Maybe we will engage when indigenous South Afrikans have their stolen land and wealth back from white people.”Colin Donnelly contributed reporting “I will continue to ask you to rally to empower you to rally to empower and recognise the black nation.”Zibu MaSotobeCountering this initiative, Zibu MaSotobe started a petition to stop the revocation from happening. This was based on the academic merits of Law student Qwabe, stating that his action had been a move to stand up for the black Africans who “experience the rejection felt by that young white woman” as an inherent part of their daily life.However, this petition was closed after it had rapidly reached 1,169 signatures. Zibu MaSotobe explained,“whiteness has never been shaken by a black petition. I fell into the trap of treating whiteness as a thing that one can use reason against. “I will continue to ask you to rally behind the movement to empower and recognise the black nation.”RMF co-founder Ntokozo Qwabe’s actions in a Cape Town cafe called Obz have sparked a series of strong reactions, both in support of the activist and of the waitress who was involved.The words “We will give tip when you return the land” were written by Rhodes Must Fall activist Wandile Dlamini in lieu of a tip for the white waitress who had served them, and triggered the latter’s tears. In a Facebook post for which, along with earlier comments of the same nature, he allegedly received a temporary ban from the social media, Qwabe subsequently dubbed these “typical white tears”, saying that something wonderfully “black” had taken place in the cafe. “We are here, and we want the sto-len land back,” the activist stated. “No white person will be out here living their best life while we are out here being a landless and dispossessed black mass.”last_img read more

Lockheed Files Federal Complaint over Humvee Replacement Deal

first_imgLockheed Files Federal Complaint over Humvee Replacement DealMilitary.comDec 21, 2015  by Matthew CoxLockheed Martin Corp. has filed a complaint in Federal Claims Court over the U.S. Army’s selection of Oshkosh Corp. to build 17,000 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles.The JLTV competitor from Grand Prairie, Texas originally filed a protest the $6.7 billion contract award with the Government Accountability Office in September.Then in early December, Lockheed filed a “Notice of Post-Award Bid Protest” with Federal Claims Court, stating that Lockheed intended to file a formal complaint with the court in mid-December, according to the GAO.That move prompted GAO officials to dismiss Lockheed’s protest.  “Our Office will not decide a protest where the matter involved is the subject of litigation before a court of competent jurisdiction,” according to a statement from Susan A. Poling, general counsel for GAO. “Based on Lockheed’s submission of its Notice to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims stating its intent to file a protest with the Court involving the same subject matter as the protests pending before our office, we are closing our files without further action.”Lockheed officials filed the complaint on Dec. 16.  “After careful consideration of all options, Lockheed Martin decided to file a complaint with the Court of Federal Claims concerning our Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) contract award process,” according to a statement from Lockheed Martin. “We look forward to working with all parties involved on the next steps.”In an earlier statement, Lockheed officials said they “were made aware of a substantial number of documents directly related to the competition that were not provided to the GAO or Lockheed Martin until very late in the protest process.”  “We believe this newly discovered information should have been considered by the GAO before issuing a ruling on the protest, however, GAO declined to grant an extension to the 100-day deadline and could not consider the new documents,” according to the Lockheed statement.The Army plans to buy about 49,000 JLTVs to replace about a third of the Humvee fleet.Lockheed and Boeing Co., are involved in a joint protest with the GAO over the Air Force’s decision to award Northrop Grumman Corp. a contract to build the Long Range Strike Bomber.A team led by Northrop, maker of the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber and drone aircraft, beat out the Boeing-Lockheed team in October to win the $21.4 billion initial contract.The next-generation bomber will be designed to fight through surface-to-air missiles, as well as electronic and information attack. It will also accommodate lasers and directed-energy systems,FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Ocean City Waits Thursday for 6 to 8 inches of Snow

first_imgAs of 5 p.m. Wednesday, National Weather Service forecasters were calling for 6 to 8 inches of snow on Thursday for all of southern New Jersey.The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning in effect for Ocean City through 7 p.m. Thursday.The notice warns of hazardous travel conditions as rain turns to sleet then heavy snow on Thursday.The precipitation was all rain as of 8 a.m. Thursday, but it is expected to turn to snow as the temperature dips just below freezing later in the morning. Snowfall predictions call for 6 to 8 inches of accumulation for Ocean City and surrounding areas by the time the snow stops Thursday evening.As of 7:30 a.m. Thursday, no snow had arrived in Ocean City. Heavy rain was still falling.The Ocean City School District announced early Thursday morning that schools will be closed due the forecast. The tentative date for the last day of school and Ocean City High School graduation has already been pushed back from June 15 to June 17, after two snow days and one school cancellation for flooding.The Ocean City Police Department reminds car owners that parking along the entire length of West Avenue is prohibited when snow covers the road. The roadway is an emergency route, and violators will be ticketed.Gov. Chris Christie announced a state of emergency Wednesday night for the entire state. (What does that mean?)Full-moon tides arrive at 7:53 a.m. and 8:15 p.m. on Thursday when north winds will be blowing 10 to 20 mph with stronger gusts. The Weather Service has issued no flood warnings, but residents of low-lying streets may want to keep an eye out for rising water.The big freeze returns on Friday with a high of 24 degrees and a low of 16 degrees. The sun returns Saturday with a high of 35 degrees.See the full weather briefing below:Download (PDF, 356KB)last_img read more

Governor Wolf Approves Funding to Help Berks County Job Seekers Overcome Work Barriers and Attain Manufacturing Careers

first_imgGovernor Wolf Approves Funding to Help Berks County Job Seekers Overcome Work Barriers and Attain Manufacturing Careers SHARE Email Facebook Twitter June 21, 2018center_img Economy,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release,  Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Wolf announced the approval of new funding to the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance (GRCA) to provide manufacturing career training to individuals with barriers, especially those for whom English is a second language. The new training program, developed using input from local manufacturers, will strengthen the area workforce and provide job seekers with the opportunity to attain reliable, good-paying careers in manufacturing.“It’s so important that we train our workers – especially those with barriers – and give them the opportunity to get family-sustaining jobs in manufacturing,” Governor Wolf said. “This new program from the GRCA will provide those opportunities for workers while also expanding the talent pool for manufacturers in the area.”The grant will provide $102,805 to GRCA to develop a new training initiative to help unemployed or underemployed individuals who face barriers – such as those who speak English as a second language – to gain employment with local manufacturers. Participating individuals will attend a comprehensive skill certification training program to increase their skill levels to meet the needs of manufacturers, providing local companies with qualified entry-level applicants who can fill positions of need. Through a defined series of courses over 10 weeks, 66 individuals will acquire both the critical business and adaptive skills desired by employers. Before employees can work on developing adaptive skills, individuals must master critical business skills including basic business math, effective work habits, time management, and customer service.“This new training program will be transformative for our local workforce and manufacturers,” said Randy Peers, GRCA president & CEO. “The program is designed to empower participants with the enhanced language and adaptive skills that are necessary to thrive in the new manufacturing environment. We are changing lives while creating a pipeline of motivated prospective employees to help our local manufacturers succeed today and in the future.”The Pennsylvania Manufacturing Training-to-Career grant is designed to provide funding for training programs to help unemployed and underemployed individuals, as well as those with barriers, to gain the skills they need to gain employment in the manufacturing sector. Eligible applicants include technical and trade schools, universities, and nonprofit organizations that develop new and innovative training programs and partner with two or more manufacturers.This grant to the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance builds on the governor’s other efforts to promote manufacturing in Berks County such as a recently-approved grant to Reading Area Community College. Governor Wolf also recently announced other Training-to-Career grants to Workforce Solutions of North Central Pennsylvania, the Precision Manufacturing Institute, the Manufacturers Research Center, the Greater Johnstown Career & Technical Center and Robert Morris University.The Training-to-Career grant is one of three components of Governor Wolf’s Manufacturing PA initiative, along with Industrial Resource Centers and the Pennsylvania Manufacturing Innovation Program, that was launched in October 2017. This initiative ensures that training leads not simply to any job, but to careers that provide higher pay and opportunities for advancement. Working with DCED’s strategic partners, including Industrial Resource Centers (IRCs), Pennsylvania’s colleges, universities, technical schools, and non-profit organizations, this initiative fosters collaboration and partnerships to accelerate technology advancement, encourage innovation and commercialization, and build a 21st century workforce.For more information about the Wolf Administration’s commitment to manufacturing, visit the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) website or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube.last_img read more

DPSU outraged by productivity consultants report

first_img Sharing is caring! 5 Views   no discussions LocalNews DPSU outraged by productivity consultants report by: – January 26, 2012 Share Sharecenter_img Share Thomas Letang General Secretary of the Dominica Public Service Union (DPSU) Thomas Letang is outraged by statements that the 80% of the country’s public servants are un-productive.That statement was made by government productivity consultant Parry Bellot at a press conference on Wednesday.However Letang did not take the matter lightly.He said, “I view the statement as nonsensical, baseless and of no merit. I believe that if you are employed as a consultant, where a salary is being paid, one would expect you to be very professional. You would have to be very scientific, who was interviewed, what levels they worked in, the environment and so many aspect of things. Just to use statements coming from your head is not right. We treat this as something that doesn’t make sense at all,” Letang said.He said Government should look at getting someone qualified for the job.“As it is now with this nonsense that Bellot has come up with, we are not going to be part of any follow-up on those recommendations since we see that it makes no sense. This is an attack on public officer.He said Bellot is also anti-public officers.“Over the years he has been highly critical of the public service. Every opportunity he has found, he has criticized the public officers. He has always criticized the public service. I would have been surprised if he had said anything good, he has always been anti public service and anti-public officers,” according to Letang.Dominica Vibes News Tweetlast_img read more

Thomas Stevens Crabtree, 81

first_imgMr. Thomas Stevens “Tom” Crabtree, age 81, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on May 8, 1934, in Imboden, Arkansas, the loving son of the late, Marshall Dexter and Jennie Sue (Holobaugh) Crabtree. He was a 1952 graduate of the Sloan-Hendrix Academy in Imboden, Arkansas. Tom was united in marriage on December 11, 1954, at the First Baptist Church in Biggers, Arkansas, to Theresa Ann Smith and to this union arrived two sons, Thomas Stevens and Marshall Eugene to bless their home. Tom and Theresa shared nearly 61 years of marriage together until Theresa passed away on March 24, 2015. He was employed for Brown Shoe Factory in Pocahontas, Arkansas, from 1952 to 1969. Tom was employed for the US Shoe Factory from 1969 to 1998. Tom was a Plant Manager for the US Shoe Factory in Vevay, Indiana, from 1978 to 1998. Tom was a member of the Switzerland Masonic Lodge #122 and the Kiwanis Club of Vevay. Tom was also a Kentucky Colonel and a Sagamore of the Wabash. He served on the Switzerland County Gas Board and the Switzerland County Sheriff’s Merit Board. He was a former Vice President of the Vevay Switzerland County Foundation. Tom resided in the Switzerland County community since 1978. Tom enjoyed watching UK basketball, college baseball, farming, his cattle and spending time with his grandkids and his great-granddaughter. Tom passed away with his loving family by his side at 2:47 pm, Monday, March 7, 2016, at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay, Indiana.Tom will be dearly missed by his sons: Thomas Stevens “Steve” Crabtree, II. & his wife: Mona of Vevay, IN & Marshall Eugene “Gene” Crabtree & his wife: Donna of Pleasant, IN; his grandchildren: Eric Crabtree & his wife: Lindsey of Lexington, KY, Marshall Thomas Crabtree of Pleasant, IN & James Dexter Crabtree of Pleasant, IN; his great-granddaughter: Abigail Dawn Crabtree of Lexington, KY; his sisters: Paula Bookout & her husband: Simon of Little Rock, AR & Martha Kicklighter & her husband: Bill of Glennville, GA; his half-sister: Georgia Sallee of Rector, AR; his brothers: W.C. Bud Crabtree & his wife: Roline of Columbus, OH & Billy Gene Crabtree of Jonesboro, AR; his sister-in-law: Sandra Mundorff & her husband: Larry of Kerney, MO & his several nieces & nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents: Marshall Dexter & Jennie Sue (Holobaugh) Crabtree; his wife of nearly 61 years: Theresa Ann (Smith) Crabtree, died March 24, 2015; his half-sisters: Lucille Harkey, Lorene Lawyer, Halleen Barbarine & Dolores McCauley; his half-brother: Marshall Dexter Crabtree, Jr.Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, March 12, 2016, at 11:00 am, by Chaplain Simon Bookout, at the Cox Funeral Home, 3280 Highway 67 B North Walnut Ridge, Arkansas 72476.Interment will follow in the Hope Cemetery, Imboden, Arkansas.Friends may call 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Wednesday, March 9, 2016, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043 & 10:00 am – 11:00 am, Saturday, March 12, 2016, Cox Funeral Home, 3280 Highway 67 B North Walnut Ridge, Arkansas 72476.Masonic Services will be conducted by the Switzerland Masonic Lodge #122 at 7:30 pm, Wednesday, March 9, 2016, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home.Memorial contributions may be made to Crabtree Family Endowment Fund % Community Foundation of Switzerland County. Cards are available at the funeral homes.last_img read more

Area IATCC Academic All-State

first_img2018 IATCCC Girls Cross Country Academic All-State First TeamSophie Brown- BatesvilleKatherine Poltrack-BatesvilleCharlotte Anderson- GreensburgMorgan Morgan- GreensburgLeah Anders- Switzerland County High SchoolHonorable MentionCarloline Fitzpatrick-BatesvilleTaylor Stewart-Franklin CountyEmma Miller-Milan2018 IATCCC Girls Cross Country Academic2018 IATCCC Boys Cross Country Academic All-State First TeamAdam Moster-BatesvilleKyle Seibert-Franklin CountyHunter Butz-GreensburgGarrett Demaree-Switzerland CountyHonorable MentionNathan Eckstein-BatesvilleGarrett Ardis-East CentralDanny Deddens-East CentralAnders Fox-East CentralWarren Henderson-GreensburgNathan Storm-South Decatur18boysccacadlast_img read more