Gulf Islamic Investments Chairman H.E. Mohammed Rashed Alnasri with Paris’ Altais Towers. (GII, Reichen Et Robert & Associés)Gulf Islamic Investments has closed its biggest ever real estate transaction, paying $301 million for the Altais Towers in Paris.The firm bought the towers from a consortium of funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management. The United Arab Emirates-based firm is making a push into Europe, according to Bloomberg.GII said it has deals in the works in the United Kingdom and Germany. The firm aims to expand its assets under management from about $2.5 billion to roughly $3 billion by the end of the year. The firm plans to launch its second India-focused fund in the second quarter.GII was founded in 2004 and focuses on alternative investments, including real estate and venture capital. It considers itself a Shariah-compliant fund, meaning that it follows Shariah law requirements in operation and in its investments.Shariah-compliant funds each operate differently, but generally they stay away from businesses considered haram, such as liquor manufacturing and gambling.Income is also heavily regulated. For example, short-selling is problematic in most cases, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers. Interest is generally considered to be forbidden under Shariah law, so some compliant funds will donate that income to charity.In mid-2019, GII bought Realogy’s New Jersey corporate headquarters for $115 million, making it the largest commercial real estate deal in the tri-state area that year.[Bloomberg] — Dennis Lynch Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlink EuropeUAE Tags
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailTWIN FALLS, Idaho-For the second time in less than a week, the Snow College men’s basketball team has defeated Northeastern JC. After a seven-point victory last Saturday, the Badgers turned up the heat to record a 12-point victory over the Plainsmen on Thursday in Twin Falls, Idaho. Thursday’s win marks the fifth victory in the last six games for Snow College.After outscoring NJC 42-25 in the opening have, the Plainsmen came back to outscore Snow, 28-23, in the second half, but it was not enough as the Badgers rolled to a 65-53 victory.Matt Norman led Snow with 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field, including 2-of-4 attempts from three-point range. Trey Farrer chipped in 11 points, while Darrian Nebeker and Taylor Miller had nine points each. Brayden Johnson led the Badgers with nine rebounds, including eight defensive boards.Now 7-5 on the season, Snow will prepare to take on Central Florida on Friday, beginning at 3:30 p.m. December 7, 2019 /Sports News – Local Snow Men’s Basketball Prevails at Twin Falls Brad James Tags: Snow Basketball Written by
All proceeds from this year’s event will be donated to Jillian Elias, who was injured when she was struck by a drunk driver, the Bayonne Little League, The Bayonne Cal Ripken League, Bayonne Ability Day Camp and The Friends of Special Children.Buses will leave from the Starting Point Bar & Grill, at the corner of 1st Street and Avenue A in Bayonne for Cruz Farm Golf Club at 6:30 a.m. A Continental breakfast will be severed upon arrival. Tee time is 8 a.m. After the round of golf, the day will be topped off a buffet lunch and open bar at Cruz Farm Golf Club.Tickets will be $160 for golf and dinner. Further details and registration forms can be obtained at The Starting Point, (201) 243-0092 or [email protected], or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/kennytgolfouting. Hole Sponsors for $100 are also being sought by the committee. All are invited and encouraged to attend this event. The 15th Annual Kenny T. Golf Outing to be held on September 21 at the Cruz Farm Golf Club, Farmingdale, NJ, in the memory of Kenneth Tarantino who died in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.Kenny, a lifelong resident of Bayonne, was a broker with the firm Cantor Fitzgerald at the World Trade Center. He graduated from Bayonne High School and Seton Hall University and was a well-known and much-loved sports enthusiast with a very wide circle of friends. Kenny had two sons, Kenneth and Jason with his wife Jennifer.
Robot Coupe has introduced an R-Mix function as standard on a number of the machines in its vertical cutter mixer range. R-Mix – meaning reverse-mixing – makes it possible to add delicate foodstuffs such as chopped dried fruit or chocolate pieces to a processed mix such as dough, while keeping them whole.The machines can be used for specialist pastries, breads, desserts and confections, meat and vegetable pie fillings, sausages, and terrines.Cost: model R4VV £1,524[http://www.robotcoupe.co.uk]
Source: Pladis(L-R) Chair of mental health charity Mind Stevie Spring CBE and Paralympic medallist Ade Adepitan MBE are members of Pladis’ inclusion & diversity boardMcVitie’s owner Pladis has convened a global advisory board in a bid to create an inclusive and diverse workforce.The board, which is made up of leaders in the inclusion and diversity sector, will work with senior figures at Pladis to provide strategic counsel and advice, as well as best practices and learnings.Advisors joining the board are:Dame Kelly Holmes – British Olympic, Commonwealth and European champion, who won 19 medals for Great Britain throughout her careerAde Adepitan MBE – Paralympic medallist and TV presenterAlastair Campbell – writer, communicator, strategist and mental health campaignerStevie Spring CBE – chair of mental health charity Mind and board member of the Coop Group.Bringing external thinking into the organisation is critical to make a difference, said Anisha Missaghi, global head of corporate affairs and communications at Pladis. Source: Pladis(L-R) British Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes and mental health campaigner Alastair Campbell are members of Pladis’ inclusion & diversity board“Inclusion and diversity is a cause that I care deeply about but it’s not enough just to consider the problem. As a global business, with global brands loved by millions of consumers in the markets we serve, it is also important our workforce reflects that customer base. My mission is to ensure Pladis is a place where diverse, bright, ambitious and passionate people come to thrive,” said CEO Salman Amin.Pladis has already committed to becoming a signatory of The Valuable 500, BITC: Race at Work Charter and working in partnership with Minority Supplier Development UK (MSDUK) to ensure greater representation of ethnic minority businesses throughout the supply chain.McVitie’s, meanwhile, has been a corporate partner for Mind since 2017.“As we continue to build a culture that celebrates our differences and values inclusion, we must be challenged by both our colleagues and by external voices. That is one of the key reasons for setting up this board. I am truly excited about how Dame Kelly, Ade, Alastair and Stevie will help us on our critical journey to being a more inclusive and diverse workplace,” Amin added.
After an exciting performance at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival that saw the band welcome former singer Donna Jean Godchaux, the Dead & Company crew made their way to Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, OH for a great performance that saw an exciting band debut. The band has been firing on all cylinders of late, and their fourth show of the year continued that exciting trend.The group opened the show with Bob Weir taking lead on “Hell In A Bucket,” rocking the exciting tune and letting folks enjoy the ride. John Mayer got a turn on lead vocals with “Brown Eyed Women,” adding his cool take on the classic. A pair of “cowboy” songs followed, with “Me And My Uncle” segueing into “Big River.” The band stretched their legs a bit on “Sugaree,” and kept the jam going for a punchy “Jack Straw.” “Mississippi Half-Step” finished off a great first set.It was the second set where Dead & Company really let loose, starting with their first ever performance of “Box Of Rain.” The Phil Lesh-penned American Beauty song was on the band’s short list for new debuts this summer, and Mayer did the song justice with his lead vocals. From there, the band dove into familiar waters with the rockin’ “Viola Lee Blues,” which would ultimately frame the set. After a folky “Uncle John’s Band,” the group brought out a “China Cat Sunflower” > “I Know You Rider” combination.After the “China/Rider,”, the group descended into “Drums” and “Space,” going into distant atonal regions before returning to “Viola Lee Blues.” They brought the set down with an emotional “Stella Blue,” taking its time and truly delivering, before bursting into a celebratory “Sugar Magnolia.” After the “Sunshine Daydream” section and a brief pause, the band rocked one more time with a classic “U.S. Blues.” You can listen to full audio below, courtesy of taper Rob Krall.Check out the full setlist, below.Setlist: Dead & Company at Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH – 6/16/16Set 1: Hell In A Bucket (bw), Brown Eyed Women (jm), Me And My Uncle (bw)> Big River (bw), Sugaree (jm), Jam> Jack Straw (bw jm), Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo (jm)Set 2: Box Of Rain (jm)> Viola Lee Blues> Uncle John’s Band (bw jm)> China Cat Sunflower (bw)> I Know You Rider (jm bw)> Drums> Space> Viola Lee Blues, Stella Blue (bw), Sugar MagnoliaEncore: U.S. Blues (jm)Want to win tickets to see Dead & Company next Sunday, June 26th at Citi Field? Enter below![Image via GoldenGoddess1969/Instagram]
This has been a truly divisive election season, with candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump engaging in a glorified, seemingly-never-ending grudge match. Well, fortunately, on November 8th, the election will finally come to a close, as people across the nation will go out and vote for the candidate of their choice.Once you’ve voted, head on over to Brooklyn Bowl for a very special election-night performance by the Everyone Orchestra. The event, dubbed “Soundtrack to History”, will be presented by Magic Hat Brewing Company in conjunction with HeadCount, and will feature a who’s who of jam icons that will be musically interpreting the election results in real time. The results and the mood of the crowd will be used as a muse for improvisation that is unlike any show that has come before it.Matt Butler will of course conduct the band, with Steve Kimock, Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner of The Disco Biscuits, Vinnie Amico of moe., Jay Jennings and Chris Bullock of Snarky Puppy, Jeremy Salken of Big Gigantic, Natalie Cressman of Trey Anastasio Band, and former The Motet frontman Jans Ingber on the impressive bill. Several unannounced special guests slated to make an appearance as well.HeadCount founder and Co-Chair Marc Brownstein explained that “we’re giving fans a chance to have a shared musical experience on a night they may remember the rest of their lives. We’ve always wanted to do something like this and Everyone Orchestra is a perfect musical outlet to make it happen.” You can learn all about HeadCount in this recently-published feature on the important, bipartisan voter registration group.Sounds like an amazing way to spend election night! Tickets can be purchased at this link starting Friday, October 14th at 10am EDT.
Early in 2019, we are seeing businesses fully-engaged in modernizing IT for this digital era. This presents the potential for a “Perfect Storm” (good movie, by the way) for IT. What I mean is simply this, disruption is happening throughout IT (applications and infrastructure) and customers turn to Dell EMC to help them navigate this journey.Consider for a moment the transformations at SAP and Microsoft;Both organizations have invested in next-generation application and database platforms, embracing in-memory processing, real-time analytics, AI and machine learning.Couple that with end of support and maintenance plans for legacy SAP Business Suite and SQL Server 2008 – business and IT departments have decisions to make and work to do.Let’s use SAP to illustrate the implications. IT departments need to plan and execute a roadmap to adopt SAP S/4HANA, SAP’s next-generation Intelligent ERP that is core to the business transformation.Migrating to SAP HANA and S/4HANA while deploying the optimal infrastructure is easier said than done. CIOs and IT managers would love to simply redirect a chunk of their budgets to quickly enable next-generation SAP intelligent applications. But it’s really not that simple.Listening to customers has inspired Dell EMC to invest in solutions designed to address common themes important to IT organizations looking to sustain classic SAP deployments while migrating to SAP HANA and S/4HANA.Customers often face strained IT budgets and have to allocate valuable resources to spend time maintaining, monitoring and managing sprawling, complex SAP system landscapes. Historically, IT has run SAP production and non-production systems on siloed infrastructure, whether by design — to protect production performance — or ad hoc as new projects get added.Considering it is common to see four, six, or more SAP applications running – each with its own landscape of development, test and quality assurance – we built a solution designed for SAP landscape consolidation to reduce TCO while simplifying IT management and operations.Additionally, with organizations looking to mainstream and scale SAP HANA and S/4HANA, it is imperative to run SAP HANA just like any other database in the data center. It has to be capable of leveraging preferred infrastructure, existing processes and tools for reduced TCO and risk. Dell EMC invests in SAP HANA’s Certification Program for hardware designed to help customers’ fast track implementations with reduced risk.Increasingly we have been participating in customer discussions emerging (and may I add – “game changing”) data-driven use cases powered from edge to core to cloud with SAP Leonardo using AI, machine learning, block-chain and big data.We are busy in this area too!We are enabling a data management framework to complement the SAP Data Hub in pipelining, orchestrating, storing and protecting all data types. To this end, we now have SAP HANA certification for Dell EMC Isilon scale-out NAS storage at the core and SAP Leonardo Edge certified Dell Edge gateways for collecting, aggregating and managing data at the edge.We are also working with SAP and partners on industry and application use cases such transforming manufacturing with SAP S/4HANA and SAP HANA Blockchain Smart Contracts.For organizations looking to run SAP in a cloud operating model, Dell EMC’s modern infrastructure provides strong integration with VMware, providing a cloud-enabled infrastructure foundation ready to enable a unified applications and IT management experience. Additionally, if you are looking to host SAP ERP, Business Suite and S/4 HANA off-premises in a cloud, consider Virtustream a premium certified provider of SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud services.There are topics I did not get a chance to introduce such as automating SAP system copy / refresh with SAP Landscape Manager and Dell EMC storage, so I encourage you to check out Dell EMC for SAP for more information!
“The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.It’s common knowledge among Cheat Fest attendees, that no matter what, at some point, it’s going to rain. This year was more of the same, but to talk about it would be beating a dead horse. We’ll just leave last year’s recap here, in case you want a more in-depth look: “Cheat Fest: A Party in the Mud”.For 24 years, Friends of Cheat has hosted the Cheat River Festival in Albright, West Virginia. The annual fundraising event goes down on the banks of the Cheat River and attracts boaters from far and wide. The story of the Cheat River is a story of recovery. Thanks to the Friends Of Cheat, a once overly polluted river is able to flourish. The festival raises awareness and funds that allow the restoration project to continue.Cheat Fest feels more like a large family reunion than a festival. Everyone seems to know everyone. This is only our second year and we were surprised how many familiar faces and old friends we ran in to.One of the coolest things about this festival is how kid-friendly it is. The little-ones could paint a life-sized boat, tye-dye their own shirts, and participate in a number of different workshops including Timber Rattlesnakes, Backpacking 101, and more. There is plenty for adults as well! In addition to paddling, attendees can enjoy an excellent music lineup, top-notch vendors, yoga, food, art, and plenty of drinks.Speaking of backpacking 101 that was us! That’s right, we spent an hour under the Education Eddy tent handing out backpacking tip and tricks on Friday Evening. We shared stories and mishaps with beginner and expert backpackers alike.Up next we’re wrapping up our spring portion of the tour at Appalachian Trail Days in Damascus, Virginia. Come share the love of the white blaze and say hello before we shove off to Colorado!There is one way for this tour to be a reality, our sponsors! Sending a thank you shout out to our title sponsor Nite Ize, and all of our other awesome sponsors like Crazy Creek, National Geographic, Sea to Summit, Mountain House, Lowe Alpine, Old Town, Leki, HydraPak, UCO Gear and Wenzel. If you like the gear that keeps us groovin’ click here to enter for a chance to win our Grand Gear Giveaway!
By Dialogo March 28, 2013 The Colombian Police seized 7.7 tons of marihuana, valued at $7.6 million, that belonged to a section of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), in the Cauca department, Colombian authorities reported on March 26. The drug seizure was conducted on the afternoon of March 25 inside two trucks that were circulating between Tuluá and Buga municipalities. Three people were arrested during the operation, according to a Police statement. According to the investigation, the marihuana had been sent to Bogotá from Caloto municipality, where it was hidden inside the vehicles by FARC’s 6th Front. Police says that so far this year, over 80 tons of marihuana have been seized in various counter drug operations. On March 25, authorities had reported the seizure of 1.6 tons of marihuana valued at $5.5 million, hidden inside a shipment of fish, on a road that joins southern Colombia with Bogotá.