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Coming in 2019 to Kentlands Market Square: Cinépolis USA

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Cinépolis Luxury Cinema at Kentlands Market Square will feature fully-reclining leather seats, shown here at the brand’s Rancho Santa Margarita location.
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Movie buffs are getting a new theatre at Kentlands Market Square in Gaithersburg.

Kimco Realty officials announced today that it has signed a lease with Cinépolis USA, a leading world-class cinema exhibitor. The 34,000 square foot movie theatre is scheduled to open in 2019, and will include 540 fully reclining leather seats, an upscale lounge-style lobby space, gourmet meals, as well as theater waiter service.

“Teaming with Kimco to be an entertainment anchor in Kentlands Market Square is a tremendous opportunity,” said Neil Baron, vice president of real estate for Cinépolis USA. “The breadth of this project, coupled with the company’s exceptional background, marks an exciting move for the area of which we are thrilled to be a part. The redevelopment’s emphasis on building community and offering a wide series of elevated experiences are brand pillars for Cinépolis USA. We look forward to introducing an unforgettable luxury experience to new film aficionados in the area.”

According to a news release, the Cinépolis USA announcement marks the first stage of the redevelopment of the 250,000 square-foot Kentlands Market Square area.

“With Cinépolis USA, we’re bringing the very best in entertainment to the residents of Gaithersburg,” said Tom Simmons, president of Kimco’s Mid-Atlantic Region. “We consider this the first step in transforming Kentlands Market Square into the vibrant town center that it was always intended to be.”

Kentlands Market Square is anchored by Whole Foods in the Kentlands community of Gaithersburg. Kimco acquired the property in 2016, with plans to redevelop it. According to a news release, the company’s planned multi-year project will include renovated facades, improved pedestrian access and signage, as well as upgraded lighting and landscaping, in addition to increased density. The project’s focal point will be the revitalization of Market Street, including the creation of a new plaza lined with cafes, boutiques and service offerings.

“The redevelopment of Kentlands Market Square is a prime example of how retail will evolve to meet changing consumer needs,” said David Jamieson, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Kimco Realty. “By bringing in a unique operator like Cinépolis USA, we’re elevating the experience at Kentlands and providing residents with much more than just a shopping trip. The addition of entertainment, dining and service offerings, along with top-performing retailers, is key to our redevelopment strategy and the execution of our 2020 Vision.”

In wake of sex-abuse scandal, USA Gymnastics hires 2 experts to ‘protect athletes’

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INDIANAPOLIS - After a year of controversy involving sexual abuse of young athletes, USA Gymnastics has added two people to its senior staff who will oversee “athlete protection.”

Toby Stark will serve as USA Gymnastics’ director of safe sport and will lead a department focused on protecting athletes, said a USA Gymnastics press release. She is former executive director of Chaucie’s Place, an Indianapolis-area child advocacy organization focused on child sexual abuse and youth suicide prevention.

Stark will oversee, coordinate and communicate all aspects of USA Gymnastics safe sport policies, guidelines, educational programs, reporting and adjudication services, as well as report safe sport matters to the Board of Directors, the press release said.

Mark Busby, who handled child abuse and sex crime cases while with the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, will provide supporting in-house legal counsel.

He will handle all information provided to USA Gymnastics about potential abuse, direct any required investigations and coordinate cases with the U.S. Center for SafeSport, as needed.

Based in Indianapolis, USA Gymnastics is the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States. 

In August 2016, the Indianapolis Star published an expose detailing how USA Gymnastics turned a blind eye to accusations of sexual abuse by coaches. That led several former gymnasts to step forward with allegations of sexual abuse by Dr. Larry Nassar, then a Michigan State University sports-medicine doctor who also served as USA Gymnastics’ chief medical officer for almost 20 years. 

What you need to know about the Nassar controversy

Nassar, who was fired by MSU in September 2016, is now facing 33 charges of criminal sexual conduct involving nine women, all but one who are former patients. Those charges are pending in Michigan’s Ingham and Eaton county courts. 

Nassar also pleaded guilty this month to federal child pornography charges. He is awaiting sentencing in that case.

More than 100 former patients, many of them former USA Gymnastics athletes, have filed lawsuits against Nassar. Most of those lawsuits also name MSU and USA Gymnastics, saying those organizations ignored red flags in Nassar’s behavior.

What’s next in Nassar case

Steve Penny, CEO of USA Gymnastics, resigned March 16 amid allegations that his organization did not do enough to protect gymnasts against sexual abuse.

In June, USA Gymnastics released the results of an internal investigation that found the organization lacked proper policies and procedures to report allegations of sexual abuse to law enforcement.

The board agreed to adopt 70 recommendations in the report, including a ban on adults from being alone with minor gymnasts, including sleeping in a hotel room. Adults will also be prohibited from having out-of-program contact with gymnasts via email, text or social media.

Press Release: The Death of Tyrone Sylvester Luke (Urgent Public Appeal)

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Luke Tyrone, 63, is pleading for help to end his plight of sickness and homelessness (Photo by OBSERVER media/Martina Johnson)

The Ministry of Health and the Environment is appealing to the family members of Tyrone Sylvester Luke, aged 67 of Desouza Road to get in contact with the Ministry regarding his recent death.

Mr. Luke passed away at the Mount St. John’s Medical Center on June 30th, 2017.

Since his illness and subsequent death, no relative has come forward to make any connection with him or to claim responsibility.

Mr. Luke is a tall, slim, gray -haired gentleman.

Any family member or anyone knowing family members of Mr. Tyrone Sylvester Luke is asked to immediately contact the Ministry of Health and the Environment at 462-5522.

Your cooperation in this matter is deeply appreciated.

May his soul rest in peace.


Public Relations Department

Ministry of Health and the Environment


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Press Release: More flight cancellations from Tropical Storm Don

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ST. JOHN’S, ANTIGUA, July 18, 2017 – LIAT continues to monitor Tropical Storm Don which is affecting our operations in the southern Caribbean. Our operations the northern part of the network have not been affected and we are hopeful that we will continue to operate as scheduled.

Please note that the following flights have been cancelled for Tuesday 18th July, 2017

LI 727 from Barbados to Grenada
LI 727 from Grenada to Trinidad
LI 521 from Barbados to Guyana
LI 772 from Trinidad to Grenada
LI 772 from Grenada to Barbados
LI 755 from Barbados to St. Vincent
LI 756 from St. Vincent to St. Lucia
LI 756 from St. Lucia to Barbados
LI 726 from Trinidad to St. Vincent
LI 726 from St. Vincent to Barbados
LI 512 from Guyana to Barbados
LI 737 from Barbados to St. Vincent
LI 737 from St. Vincent to Trinidad
LI 309 from St. Lucia to Trinidad
LI 769 from Barbados to St. Vincent
LI 770 from St. Vincent to Barbados
LI 738 from Trinidad to St. Vincent
LI 307 from Barbados to Grenada
LI 307 from Grenada to Trinidad
LI 393 from Barbados to Guyana

Please note LI 309 from Antigua to St. Lucia will operate as scheduled.

Passengers who have been affected will be allowed to rebook with the next two weeks with all change fees waived. We strongly advise our passengers to contact LIAT’s Call Centre for rebooking

1-888-844-LIAT (5428) Toll Free from destinations within the Caribbean Region
Call Antigua 1-268-480-5601/2 from Other Countries
1-246 434 5428 from Barbados

LIAT also wishes to advise that passengers who decide to travel but are unable to complete their journey due to disruption caused by weather conditions, will not be provided with meals, transportation, hotel accommodation etc. Passengers with onward connections are advised to contact the respective carriers.

LIAT regrets any inconvenience caused by these cancellations as a result of the passage of this tropical storm.

The next advisory will be given at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday 18th July.

Press Release: The Conference Board Leading Economic Index(R) (LEI) for Spain Increased

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The Conference Board Leading Economic Index(R) (LEI) for Spain Increased

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NEW YORK, July 17, 2017

NEW YORK, July 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Conference Board Leading Economic Index(R) (LEI) for Spain increased 0.4 percent in May 2017 to 106.7 (2010=100).

The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index(R) (CEI) for Spain increased 0.3 percent in May 2017 to 100.1 (2010=100).

The composite economic indexes are the key elements in an analytic system designed to signal peaks and troughs in the business cycle. The leading and coincident economic indexes are essentially composite averages of several individual leading or coincident indicators. They are constructed to summarize and reveal common turning point patterns in economic data in a clearer and more convincing manner than any individual component — primarily because they smooth out some of the volatility of individual components.

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The updated data tables can be found here.

The 2017 data release schedule is available here.

For more information about The Conference Board global business cycle indicators, click here.

About The Conference Board

The Conference Board is an independent business membership and research association working in the public interest. Our mission is unique: To provide the world’s leading organizations with the practical knowledge they need to improve their performance and better serve society. The Conference Board is a non-advocacy, not-for-profit entity holding 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt status in the United States. www.conference-board.org.

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July 17, 2017 09:45 ET (13:45 GMT)

PRESS RELEASE: Fed Fines BNP Paribas, Units $246 Million For ‘Unsound’ Forex Practices

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July 17, 2017

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The Federal Reserve Board on Monday announced that it will fine BNP Paribas S.A. and certain of its U.S. subsidiaries $246 million for the firm’s unsafe and unsound practices in the foreign exchange (FX) markets.

The Board levied the fine after finding deficiencies in BNP Paribas’s oversight of, and internal controls over, FX traders who buy and sell U.S. dollars and foreign currencies for the firm’s own accounts and for customers. The firm failed to detect and address that its traders used electronic chatrooms to communicate with competitors about their trading positions. The Board’s order requires BNP Paribas to improve its senior management oversight and controls relating to the firm’s FX trading.

In January 2017, the Board permanently prohibited former BNP Paribas trader Jason Katz from participating in the banking industry for his manipulation of FX prices. The Board is also prohibiting the firm from re-employing individuals who were involved in the conduct underlying this enforcement action.

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July 17, 2017 14:12 ET (18:12 GMT)

Press Release: Three Arrested for Drugs, Gun &Ammo

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Source: winnfm.com


July 15th 2017




Three Arrested for Drugs, Gun Ammo


A Search of a Potters home on Friday by the police resulted in three people being arrested for Possession of Cannabis and Possession of Firearm and Ammunition.

Colene Jacobs and her son Kareem Jacobs, along with their friend Alston Rodney all of Potters, are currently in police custody assisting the police with their investigations after a loaded .38 revolver and eight matching rounds of ammunition along with 32.2 grams of Cannabis were found on their property. Large sums of $EC and $US currencies, as well as Euros and British Pounds were also found in their possession. The items were seized and taken to Police Headquarters.

It was just in February of this year, that these same three people appeared before the Court charged with a number of drug related offences. The police at the time executed a warrant on their home and found large quantities of Crack-Cocaine, Cannabis and Ecstasy. Kareem took the rap and was convicted and fined $40,000, of which only $3,000 has paid so far. The operation was conducted by officers attached to the Narcotics Department and K-9 Unit. All three are expected to be charged and taken before the Court early next week.




Press Release: Falmouth Man Found with Drugs & Ammo

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Police carried out a search on the home of a Falmouth man on Friday and found him in possession of ammunition and drugs.

Lester Parker is currently in police custody assisting the police with their investigations after he was found with three 9mm Luger rounds of ammunition and a quantity of Cannabis. Officers attached to Liberta Police Station and the K-9 Unit were part of the operation, when the items were found inside his bedroom.

He was taken into custody, and the items were seized and taken to the police station.

Parker is currently on bail for a number of offences he committed in February of this year.

He was intercepted by officers attached to Liberta Police Station during a routine ‘Stop amp; Search’ exercise, and was found in possession of large sums of $EC and $US currencies and Cannabis.

He was then charged with Possession of Criminal Property, Possession of Drugs and driving without a valid license.

He is expected to be charged for the current offences and taken before the Court next week.

NOAA erases ‘human activity’ from news release on soaring greenhouse gases

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“It’s a complicated topic that can be difficult to communicate,” the Trump administration claims.

The lead image from NOAA’s 2016 news release on its Annual Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Index shows where GHGs come from.

In a truly shocking news release on its Annual Greenhouse Gas Index, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has erased any reference to “human activity” or fossil fuels. The index monitors the warming influence of greenhouse gases like CO2.

Last year, NOAA’s news release for the index featured the picture of flaring gas from fossil fuel extraction (see top image). The release began by stating, “human activity has increased the direct warming effect of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere by 50 percent above pre-industrial levels during the past 25 years, according to NOAA’s 10th annual Greenhouse Gas Index.”

This year, the news release begins, “NOAA’s Annual Greenhouse Gas Index, which tracks the warming influence of long-lived greenhouse gases, has increased by 40 percent from 1990 to 2016 — with most of that attributable to rising carbon dioxide levels, according to NOAA climate scientists.”

Rather than explaining that human activity is the cause, the agency’s release instead goes on to state that “the role of greenhouse gases on influencing global temperatures is well understood by scientists, but it’s a complicated topic that can be difficult to communicate.”

What? Are NOAA officials in the Trump administration implying that the human role in greenhouse gas emissions is somehow too complicated to explain to the public?

Perhaps that’s why NOAA swapped out last year’s lead photo of flaring fossil fuels for the least complicated — and least informative — image imaginable (see below).

This is a stock photo of “nighttime urban image.”

It is certainly complicated and difficult to communicate how human activity — especially the burning of fossil fuels — drives warming if the president and most of his appointees deny basic climate science.

Last year’s release, however, shows how easy it is to explain what’s going on. Jim Butler, director of NOAA’s Global Monitoring Division, explained that “we’re dialing up Earth’s thermostat in a way that will lock more heat into the ocean and atmosphere for thousands of years.”

In this year’s release, Butler’s quote is far less informative: “the greenhouse gas index is based on atmospheric data, so it’s telling us what is happening to Earth’s climate right now.”

Well, the index may be telling us what’s happening to Earth’s climate right now, but NOAA certainly isn’t. And NOAA has company: In May, the Department of the Interior deleted a line explaining how climate change drives sea level rise from its news release on a study about coastal flooding, claiming “it didn’t add anything to the original findings.”

In regard to the Trump administration failing to mention the connection between human activity and greenhouse gas emissions, the New York Times reported that “Theo Stein, a NOAA spokesman, acknowledged in an email that phrasing about humans causing greenhouse gas emissions did not make it into the announcement but noted a second news release that was published on the website of the agency’s office of oceanic and atmospheric research that lists ‘climate change indicators.’”

So the whole humans-cause-GHG-emissions thing didn’t make it into the nine-sentence news release NOAA links to from its front page. But the agency spokesman wants you to feel better because somewhere on their website is a release over twice as long… that also does not mention how humans cause climate change.

Seriously. The second NOAA release Stein refers to has the exact same opening paragraphs as the first, but adds some “climate change indicators” —for instance, “all 16 years of the 21st century rank among the 17 warmest years on record” — again without explaining the cause.

It’s just too complicated and difficult to communicate, I guess.

Press Release: Over 90Lbs of Drugs Seized at the Airport

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Over 90 pounds of Cannabis was seized at V.C. Bird International Airport Thursday night, by members of the Narcotics Department and Customs K-9 Unit. The officers were on duty at the airport conducting one of their routine checks, when the dog indicated on two cardboard boxes, coming out of Jamaica on Caribbean Airlines Flight #459.

Both boxes were searched and twenty six packages of Cannabis wrapped in saran plastic were found inside. The packages weighed a total of 91 ½ pounds with an estimated street value of $366,000. The substance was seized and taken to Police Headquarters pending further investigations. No arrest has yet been made.


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