The White Company

12 Dec 18
Moments with Meg

Tis the season for White Elephant and Secret Santa. Despite the cold weather, there is nothing I love more than the Christmas Season. Everyone seems happier during this time! There is nothing nicer than sitting looking at all the pretty Christmas decorations, next to a nice fire, smelling the Pine Tree candle, listening to Michael […]

12 Dec 18

We initially heard about Werewolf: The Apocalypse– Earthblood in

12 Dec 18
Sci-Fi & Scary

I Sing the Body Electric! George Rogers – David White | Tom Rogers – Charles Herbert | Anne Rogers – Veronica Cartwright | Karen Rogers – Dana Dillaway | Older Anne – Susan Crane | Older Tom – Paul Nesbitt | Older Karen – Judee Morton | Grandma Robot – Josephine Hutchinson | Nedra – […]

12 Dec 18

Hey, have you noticed yet that there’s far fewer insects? Well, now that I’ve primed you to take notice you will (although it is a hard theory to test in the winter). Well, that travesty won’t take long to make itself felt, loud and clear. Fuck, they better hurry up cooking that laboratory meat. Hey, […]

12 Dec 18
KYROS INSTITUTE

Among the quintessential traits of a central banker is to be unpredictable in action so that the markets can be kept guessing. Urjit Patel exhibited this quality in ample measure when he announced his decision to walk out of his job as Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Monday. His resignation caught […]

12 Dec 18
Weekends With the Whites

Thanks for joining me! Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

12 Dec 18
Zain's Thinking Corner

Tackling Obesity Zain Shamsuddin Block 1, Tuesday’s and Thursday’s   America prides itself on being many things; it is the land of the free, a place of opportunity for all, and one of the largest democratic powers in the world. However, there is one list that America tops which it takes less pride in: of […]

12 Dec 18
The Mercury News
By Stephen Braun, Jeff Horwitz and Bernard Condon | Associated Press WASHINGTON — At an Oval Office gathering earlier this year, President Donald Trump began touting his administration’s new “Opportunity Zone” program that offers massive tax breaks to developers who invest in downtrodden American communities. He then turned to one of the plan’s strongest supporters. “Ivanka, would you like to say something?” Trump asked his daughter. “You’ve been pushing this very hard.” [dfm_iframe src=”https://apps.mercurynews.com/newsletters-signup/?campaign=morning-report” width=”100%” height=”220px” allowfullscreen=”yes” scrolling=”yes” /] The Opportunity Zone program promoted by Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner — both senior White House advisers — could also benefit them financially, an Associated Press investigation found. Government watchdogs say the case underscores the ethical minefield they created two years ago when they became two of the closest advisers to the president without divesting from their extensive real estate investments. They jointly own a big stake in a real estate investment firm, Cadre, that recently announced it is launching a series of Opportunity Zone funds that seek to build major projects under the program from Miami to Los Angeles. Separately, the couple owns interests in at least 13 properties held by Kushner’s family firm that could qualify for the tax breaks because they are in Opportunity Zones in New Jersey, New York and Maryland. There’s no evidence the couple had a hand in the selecting any of the nation’s 8,700 Opportunity Zones, and the company has not indicated it plans to seek tax breaks under the new program. But the Kushners could profit even if they don’t do anything — by potentially benefiting from a recent surge in Opportunity Zone property values amid a gold rush of interest from developers and investors. Ivanka Trump’s advocacy for the Opportunity Zone program “creates a direct conflict of interest with her spouse’s investment in Cadre,” said Virginia Canter, chief ethics counsel for the nonprofit Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. The couple’s financial disclosures show their jointly held financial empire is worth between $200 million and $800 million, with much of it in real estate, including a stake of between $25 million and $50 million in Cadre. Those documents state they must recuse themselves from dealing with policy matters that touch on real estate and “would have a direct and predictable effect on Cadre.” Abbe Lowell, ethics counsel for the couple, said in a statement that Ivanka Trump “adheres to the ethics advice she has received from counsel about what issues she can work on and those to which she is recused.” The Kushner Cos. did not respond to requests for comment. President Trump was scheduled to attend an Opportunity Zone event in Washington on Wednesday that would depict the program as a boon to distressed communities. Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley told the AP that individual state governors of both parties nominate communities for Opportunity Zone designation. “The White House has nothing to do with those decisions,” he said. The Investing in Opportunity Act, which became law last December as part of the Republican-sponsored tax overhaul, never gained traction when it was first proposed during the Obama administration, but it quickly found favor in a White House headed and dominated by real estate developers and investors. A significant moment came when the law’s key GOP sponsor, South Carolina U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, met President Trump after the violence-plagued white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017. Trump promised Scott his support for Opportunity Zones as a way to show his administration’s outreach to minority communities. But Scott had already found a supporter weeks earlier in Trump’s daughter, in conversations that grew out of previous meetings about passing a child care tax credit. Political sponsors and lobbyists told the AP that Ivanka Trump played an important role in promoting the legislation, while Kushner was also quietly supportive behind the scenes. Sean Smith, Scott’s communications director, said that after their first conversation, Scott and Ivanka Trump talked by phone and in person nearly a dozen times. He added that Scott also spoke to Kushner about the program, but noted, “It was much more Ivanka than Jared.” There is no indication the Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner directly intervened in the shaping of the Opportunity Zone program specifically to advance their financial interests. But backers of the program acknowledge that Ivanka Trump’s out-front role drummed up interest from public officials and financial stakeholders. Along with the Kushner-tied Cadre Opportunity Zone funds, more than 50 real estate and private equity interests have made plans in recent weeks to create investment funds under the program. Government officials have estimated the program would cost $1.5 billion in lost tax revenue over 10 years, but Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has estimated the zones would attract up to $100 billion in renewal efforts. While the Opportunity Zone program mostly targets census tracts of high poverty and unemployment, it also allows “contiguous” tracts that might not be low-income, but are close enough to deprived communities to be eligible. Critics say that could allow developers to cash in by targeting zones already teeming with investment and gentrified neighborhoods. A study by the Urban Institute in Washington found that nearly a third of the more than 8,700 Opportunity Zones nationwide — and all 13 of the ones containing Kushner properties — were showing signs of heavy investment and gentrification.
12 Dec 18
East Bay Times
By Stephen Braun, Jeff Horwitz and Bernard Condon | Associated Press WASHINGTON — At an Oval Office gathering earlier this year, President Donald Trump began touting his administration’s new “Opportunity Zone” program that offers massive tax breaks to developers who invest in downtrodden American communities. He then turned to one of the plan’s strongest supporters. “Ivanka, would you like to say something?” Trump asked his daughter. “You’ve been pushing this very hard.” [dfm_iframe src=”https://apps.mercurynews.com/newsletters-signup/?campaign=morning-report” width=”100%” height=”220px” allowfullscreen=”yes” scrolling=”yes” /] The Opportunity Zone program promoted by Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner — both senior White House advisers — could also benefit them financially, an Associated Press investigation found. Government watchdogs say the case underscores the ethical minefield they created two years ago when they became two of the closest advisers to the president without divesting from their extensive real estate investments. They jointly own a big stake in a real estate investment firm, Cadre, that recently announced it is launching a series of Opportunity Zone funds that seek to build major projects under the program from Miami to Los Angeles. Separately, the couple owns interests in at least 13 properties held by Kushner’s family firm that could qualify for the tax breaks because they are in Opportunity Zones in New Jersey, New York and Maryland. There’s no evidence the couple had a hand in the selecting any of the nation’s 8,700 Opportunity Zones, and the company has not indicated it plans to seek tax breaks under the new program. But the Kushners could profit even if they don’t do anything — by potentially benefiting from a recent surge in Opportunity Zone property values amid a gold rush of interest from developers and investors. Ivanka Trump’s advocacy for the Opportunity Zone program “creates a direct conflict of interest with her spouse’s investment in Cadre,” said Virginia Canter, chief ethics counsel for the nonprofit Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. The couple’s financial disclosures show their jointly held financial empire is worth between $200 million and $800 million, with much of it in real estate, including a stake of between $25 million and $50 million in Cadre. Those documents state they must recuse themselves from dealing with policy matters that touch on real estate and “would have a direct and predictable effect on Cadre.” Abbe Lowell, ethics counsel for the couple, said in a statement that Ivanka Trump “adheres to the ethics advice she has received from counsel about what issues she can work on and those to which she is recused.” The Kushner Cos. did not respond to requests for comment. President Trump was scheduled to attend an Opportunity Zone event in Washington on Wednesday that would depict the program as a boon to distressed communities. Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley told the AP that individual state governors of both parties nominate communities for Opportunity Zone designation. “The White House has nothing to do with those decisions,” he said. The Investing in Opportunity Act, which became law last December as part of the Republican-sponsored tax overhaul, never gained traction when it was first proposed during the Obama administration, but it quickly found favor in a White House headed and dominated by real estate developers and investors. A significant moment came when the law’s key GOP sponsor, South Carolina U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, met President Trump after the violence-plagued white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017. Trump promised Scott his support for Opportunity Zones as a way to show his administration’s outreach to minority communities. But Scott had already found a supporter weeks earlier in Trump’s daughter, in conversations that grew out of previous meetings about passing a child care tax credit. Political sponsors and lobbyists told the AP that Ivanka Trump played an important role in promoting the legislation, while Kushner was also quietly supportive behind the scenes. Sean Smith, Scott’s communications director, said that after their first conversation, Scott and Ivanka Trump talked by phone and in person nearly a dozen times. He added that Scott also spoke to Kushner about the program, but noted, “It was much more Ivanka than Jared.” There is no indication the Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner directly intervened in the shaping of the Opportunity Zone program specifically to advance their financial interests. But backers of the program acknowledge that Ivanka Trump’s out-front role drummed up interest from public officials and financial stakeholders. Along with the Kushner-tied Cadre Opportunity Zone funds, more than 50 real estate and private equity interests have made plans in recent weeks to create investment funds under the program.Government officials have estimated the program would cost $1.5 billion in lost tax revenue over 10 years, but Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has estimated the zones would attract up to $100 billion in renewal efforts. While the Opportunity Zone program mostly targets census tracts of high poverty and unemployment, it also allows “contiguous” tracts that might not be low-income, but are close enough to deprived communities to be eligible. Critics say that could allow developers to cash in by targeting zones already teeming with investment and gentrified neighborhoods. A study by the Urban Institute in Washington found that nearly a third of the more than 8,700 Opportunity Zones nationwide — and all 13 of the ones containing Kushner properties — were showing signs of heavy investment and gentrification.
12 Dec 18
Barbie The Builder, Technical Blog

Fine Tune revision for Adobe Illustrator. The Final Adobe Illustrator Logo project will be successfully employed to the building industry demographic to raise awareness to my building brand. I am pleased with it and now I have improved it thanks to great classroom comments. This logo will be implemented for the industry in my future […]

12 Dec 18
cigarette burns and missed changeovers

Top 5 Breakdown Ralph Breaks The Internet – £2,446,583  – £7,404,787 Down 39.3% in its second weekend Had the 268th biggest second weekend in the UK between Legend and Captain Phillips and  432nd biggest inflation inflated between Blade 2 and Pitch Perfect 3 Had the 18th biggest second weekend of the year between Mission impossible […]

12 Dec 18
CST 515 - Bailey Pratt

The economic gain opportunities that are available because of the current structure of search engines have definitely influenced all forms of web-based communication. In today’s internet climate, most websites make money off advertising revenue. In basic terms, website owners can elect to include small, interactive advertisements, typically located on the tops and sides of a […]

12 Dec 18
NYDaily.nyc

People live better in big houses and in big clothes. I try to contrast; life today is full of contrast. We have to change! I am not interested in the past, except as the road to the future. Give me time and I’ll give you a revolution. I think the idea of mixing luxury and […]

12 Dec 18
Financial Post

WASHINGTON — At an Oval Office gathering earlier this year, President Donald Trump began touting his administration’s new “Opportunity Zone” program that offers massive tax breaks to developers who invest in downtrodden American communities. He then turned to one of the plan’s strongest supporters. “Ivanka, would you like to say something?” Trump asked his daughter. […]

12 Dec 18
Star Citizen Players

Galactic Guide: Kiel System: via RSI Comm-Link This Galactic Guide originally appeared in Jump Point 4.11. The Kiel system was a major hub of military activity during the cold war, but since relations with the Xi’an have improved, the system has worked hard to redefine itself. The Senate’s recent official recognition of the system’s third […]