CIM Group claims HFZ, Feldman owe money even after foreclosures

first_img CIM GroupDevelopmentHFZ CapitalReal Estate Lawsuits This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now CIM Group’s Richard Ressler and HFZ’s Ziel Feldman with 301 West 53rd Street, 235 West 75th Street and 90 Lexington Avenue (Getty, Google Maps)Even though HFZ Capital Group has handed over the keys to four Manhattan condo projects, its lender is once again trying to take the embattled developer to court.Last week, the lending arm Los Angeles-based CIM Group filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York, alleging that HFZ and its founder Ziel Feldman owe the firm over $48 million.In January, CIM Group foreclosed on four Manhattan condo conversion projects — 88 and 90 Lexington Avenue; The Astor at 235 West 75th Street; and Fifty Third and Eighth at 301 West 53rd Street — and took control of the properties. But in its lawsuit, the company alleges that HFZ and Feldman are still obligated to pay for guarantees made on junior mezzanine loans tied to the four properties. CIM Group initially provided those loans in 2018.Read moreForeclosures tied to 4 HFZ condo buildings halted for nowHouse of glass: how HFZ became the face of Manhattan’s condo woesHFZ loses control of 4 manhattan condo prices Message* Full Name* Tagscenter_img Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink In the lawsuit, CIM alleges that HFZ and Feldman owe a portion of the outstanding principal and interest on the junior mezzanine loans. In addition, the lender claims it’s owed money from the debt service on the senior mezzanine and mortgage loans, along with money owed for shortfalls in its reserve accounts.CIM said that HFZ first defaulted on these loans in November 2019, and the lender provided notice of default to the borrower the following July. CIM attempted to sell the interests in the projects through a UCC foreclosure sale last November, but that faltered when HFZ sued to stop the sale. A judge sided with the developer, deeming the sale “commercially unreasonable.”But in early January, CIM held another sale; its credit group bid on the properties using its existing debt and took control of the assets.Marketing materials for the foreclosure sale showed that CIM’s junior mezzanine loans held a balance of $90.5 million. The properties’ total debt, including senior loans and senior mezzanine loans, amounted to $249 million.The attempted conversion of the four pre-war rental buildings into condos was one of HFZ’s most ambitious undertakings. The development firm, led by Feldman, initially paid Westbrook Partners $610 million for the four properties in 2013, teaming up with Fortress Investment Group on the buy. The portfolio consisted of 743 rental units, and the partners subsequently began the process of converting the buildings into residential condos.HFZ did not immediately return a request for comment. CIM’s attorney also did not return a request for comment.Contact Keith Larsen Share via Shortlink Email Address*last_img read more

The foraging behaviour and energetics of wandering albatrosses brooding chicks

first_imgThe energy expenditure of ten (five male, five female) wandering albatrosses (Diomedea exulans Linnaeus 1758) brooding chicks on Bird Island, South Georgia, was measured using doubly-labelled water. At-sea foraging behaviour was measured in the same individuals using satellite telemetry and leg-mounted activity recorders. Mean mass-specific daily energy expenditure was 341 kJ kg−1 day−1 during a mean of 4.12 days at sea and did not differ between the sexes. This is significantly lower than previously reported for the species and the lowest recorded for any albatross. There were no significant relationships between energy expenditure and the proportion of time spent flying (59.7%), distance flown (1448 km) or average speed (16.5 km h−1) suggesting that flying is not the most energetically expensive activity during foraging tripslast_img read more

Total secures $15.8bn financing for LNG project in Mozambique

first_img The Mozambique NLG project is scheduled for commissioning by 2024. (Credit: SatyaPrem from Pixabay) French oil major Total has reportedly secured $15.8bn in funding from South African lender FirstRand’s local unit, FNB Mozambique for the LNG project in northern Mozambique.The $20bn Mozambique LNG project comprises the Golfinho-Atum gas field development in the offshore Area 1 Block of the deep-water Rovuma Basin.It also includes the construction of a 12.88 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) onshore LNG facility on the Cabo Delgado coast of Mozambique.Reuters quoted FNB Mozambique as saying: “FNB intends to enter other large natural gas projects in Mozambique, just as it entered into Total’s financing, in a consortium of 20 banking institutions that granted $15.8 billion, for which the last contracts were signed last Friday.”Other partners in the project include Mitsui, Oil India, ONGC Videsh, Bharat Petroleum, PTT Exploration, and Mozambique’s national oil and gas company ENH.In March 2020, Air Products secured a contract to provide its LNG technology, equipment and related process license and advisory services for the Mozambique LNG project.Air Products has secured the contract from EPC contractor CCS JV, which is formed by a joint venture comprised of affiliates of Saipem, McDermott and Chiyoda.Under the contract, Air Products will be responsible for the supply of two of its coil wound main cryogenic heat exchangers (MCHE) for the project, is planned to be commissioned by 2024.In November last year, the African Development Bank (AfDB) approved a $400m loan to support the construction of the integrated LNG plant and a liquefaction facility in Mozambique. The $20bn Mozambique LNG project comprises the Golfinho-Atum gas field development and construction of 12.88 Mtpa onshore LNG facilitylast_img read more

Letting agency fined £12,000 after falsely claiming safeagent membership

first_imgA rogue letting agency in London has been fined £12,630 after making false claims about its membership of Safeagent and one other scheme.Independent one-branch estate agency Matthew Estates based in Haringey received the fine from magistrates after being found guilty of five offences.These took place when its branch was visited by Trading Standards officers from the London Borough of Haringey, who challenged staff about its claimed membership of Safeagent and the CTSI Trading Standards Approved Code scheme.Staff from Matthew Estates then sent the officers an email claiming membership of Safeagent.But checks showed that the company’s claims were false and officers subsequently removed signage from its branch and ordered that logos were removed from its website, both of which claimed Safeagent accreditation.During sentencing, the magistrate said Matthews Estates, which specialises in lettings within London’s more upmarket central locations, had gained a ‘considerable commercial advantage from the Certified Standards promoted via [Safeagent] which gave a legitimacy the defendants did not have’.“We welcome the proactivity of Haringey Trading Standards in bringing this case to court,” says Isobel Thomson, CEO of Safeagent (left).“Cases like this are crucial to root out firms who put consumers at risk by passing themselves off as professional agents. We hope that more Local Authorities follow Haringey’s lead.“Safeagent works with Trading Standards teams across the country, highlighting criminal activity and supporting them in prosecutions.“Through this partnership we help to ensure a better, safer private rented sector for all.”Matthew Estates was incorporated in 2015 and has one director, 38-year-old French national Ramanesh Thiyagarasa.Visit the safeagent site.Read more about Trading Standards cases.  matthew estates haringey Isobel Thomson SAFEagent March 5, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Letting agency fined £12,000 after falsely claiming safeagent membership previous nextRegulation & LawLetting agency fined £12,000 after falsely claiming safeagent membershipLondon firm Matthew Estates was found guilty of five offences after Trading Standards officers, working with Safeagent, discovered their membership claims were false.Nigel Lewis5th March 202001,060 Viewslast_img read more

“IS IT TRUE” JULY 30, 2018

first_imgWe hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?IS IT TRUE that last week the City of Evansville Water and Sewer Utility launched a lawsuit against the owners of the McCurdy Hotel to collect roughly $861,000 in unpaid sewer bills?…it is understood that this is not for water that has been used or consumed in the operation of the historic old building?…these charges and others that have been disputed by the Kunkel Group were incurred as a result of discharging groundwater into the storm sewers?…this means that this is not quite like running your own tap that has water that the City Utility has treated into the storm drains?IS IT TRUE what is being done at the McCurdy is pumping up groundwater to be used in a geothermal temperature control system and then discharging that water into the sewer?…any treatment that needs to be done is not as intense as taking it from the Ohio River or from the toilet so some of the posturings by the City Utility is just that?…we understand that discharging natural groundwater into the sewer is worthy of some charge but the reality is that this level of charge makes the McCurdy an impossible building to operate at a profit?IS IT TRUE we expect unless both accommodations and rational pricing can be extended to the Kunkel Group that the next thing that will happen is that the City of Evansville will own the building and no one with two brain cells will want it?…then after 10 years of questionable dealings by the City of Evansville, the Redevelopment Commission, and a couple of political cronies, the historic McCurdy could still meet the wrecking ball of obsolescence?…for many years the McCurdy was a candidate for destruction until the Kunkel Group stepped in to renovate it?IS IT TRUE the legacy Alles Furniture store in Henderson, Kentucky has announced that it will be closing its doors forever?…this is another mom and pop style furniture store like South 41 Furniture, Buchannan’s Furniture, the Sturgis Furniture Company and many others in the Tri-State that have died at the hands of big-box retailers that take their profits off to other places?…it is not just furniture either?…dozens of shoe stores, bookstores, local restaurants, Kuester’s Hardware, Wesselman’s Weinbach, Ayr-Way, K-Mart, Sears, the Evansville Store, DeJong’s, Strauss, F’s Steak House, and dozens of others have been innovated out of existence first by big-box chain stores and later by online shopping like Amazon??IS IT TRUE the best way to say the large number of dollars that municipalities all over the United States are spending on expanding jails is to raise a generation that does not expand criminal activities?…this year it would save the Vanderburgh County taxpayers $40 million and 10 years ago it would have saved a similar amount?… Evansville may not have any population growth but the jails do?…this part of the country has seen very little economic or population growth but over the last 10 years we have set records for criminal activities of the violent kind?…we would like to remind our elected official we have always had crime problems that’s why we have jails?IS IT TRUE that the City of Owensboro recently had a serious situation when a dilapidated old water main broke leaving the residents without water for an extended period?…the question has been raised about whether or not such a thing could happen in Evansville?…the only logical answer and it is as obvious as the nose on one’s face is that yes it could happen in Evansville?… Evansville has roughly triple as many old cast iron pipes as Owensboro and it is just a matter of time before parts of Evansville are left high and dry when an old neglected pipe ruptures?…such things have happened before and smaller versions happen every time it freezes?…it has not been very long since a car was swallowed up when an old water pipe created a small pond size pothole in a road?…that old cast iron pipe was repaired but was not replaced with a new pipe so brace yourselves people, Evansville will have the same problem for the same non-sensical reason that Owensboro did?IS IT TRUE that McKinsey and Company recently published a study about what jobs are most likely to be eliminated by robotics during the next 5 to 10 years?…the list included food preparation, fast food workers, drivers, hospitality workers, and manufacturing?…this particular list should be etched into the minds of local government since Evansville is somewhat dependent on these kinds of workers?…the other thing of interest that is ominous for the local economy is the projections that coal will be phased out and so will certain products made of plastics?IS IT TRUE we are hearing that the Evansville DMD may be considering some money on facade grants on buildings and giving low-interest loans to help develop loft apartments on North Main Street?  …wasn’t this tried by the Wienzapfel Administration on Main Street many years ago that turned out to be less than successful?Today’s “Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel that Government shouldn’t do for people what they should do for themselves?Please take time and read our articles entitled “STATEHOUSE Files, CHANNEL 44 NEWS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS”.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected]@live.com.FOOTNOTE: City-County Observer Comment Policy. Be kind to people. No personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site.We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated.  The use of offensive language, insults against commenters will not be tolerated and will be removed from our site.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Council to consider contracts to renovate City Hall and the Public Safety Building

first_imgOnce a construction contract is awarded by the city, it will take about six months to finish the project. Construction would start next February and be completed by July, according to a tentative timetable. By Donald WittkowskiTwo of Ocean City’s most historic public buildings will be the focus of key votes by City Council to refurbish one of them and possibly save and renovate the other. The city will consider other locations for a new Public Safety Building as well as studying the possibility of renovating and expanding the existing site, Bergen said. However, City Council is scheduled Thursday to award a $29,500 contract to Czar Engineering of Egg Harbor Township to study the possibility of expanding and renovating the existing building on Central Avenue between Eighth and Ninth streets. Under a $45,500 contract, Michael Calafati Architect LLC of Cape May will prepare designs for the restoration of City Hall’s masonry exterior and “character-defining features.” The stately City Hall, built in 1914 and an example of Classical Revival architecture, is in store for a facelift that will preserve the building’s brick and terra cotta exterior. “Though best known as a beach resort, the city boasts a City Hall that exudes the sophistication and grandeur of public buildings erected during the City Beautiful movement of the early twentieth century,” Calafati wrote. The city’s Public Safety Building, meanwhile, a more utilitarian structure that is 125 years old, may be renovated and expanded after initial plans to replace it with a new facility. City Council, at its meeting Thursday, is scheduled to hire an architect to design the City Hall project and is also expected to award an engineering contract to study the possibility of modernizing the Public Safety Building. Potential renovations to the existing site include converting the ground floor into storage or parking space, creating new main entryways into the building and making exterior renovations, according to a June 24 memo from Czar Engineering to City Business Administrator Jim Mallon.The Ocean City Public Safety Building on the 800 block of Central Avenue. The Public Safety Building, a former school, houses the police department and municipal court. A temporary roadway is being built off Roosevelt Boulevard to serve a dredging disposal area, known as Site 83, that will speed up the removal of the mud and silt. Calafati, in a June 13 memo to Matthew von der Hayden, the city’s manager of capital planning, detailed the building’s historic and architectural significance, calling it an iconic landmark not only for Ocean City, but also for the entire Jersey Shore.center_img The work is being characterized as “sensitive preservation.” It will include patching up the terra cotta and Roman brick exterior and refurbishing the building’s decorative attachments and metal. He noted that the building was designed by Vivian Smith, a leading architect for a number of southern New Jersey coastal communities. It is listed on both the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places. Also Thursday, Council is expected to award a nearly $200,000 contract to ACT Engineers of Robbinsville to develop long-range plans for the city’s dredging program. But the roadway has been sinking at the south end, delaying the project for three weeks. ACT will perform a geotechnical and engineering investigation to determine the cause of what is described by the city as “significant settlement issues.” Bergen said the building’s fate is not clear, noting that “no decisions have been made.” Gillian’s five-year, $98.5 million city capital plan includes $1 million for design and engineering costs in 2016 and $9 million for construction of a new Public Safety Building in 2017. The mayor has proposed a $20 million dredging program to clear out the shallow lagoons and channels across the island. ACT, which has been serving as the city’s dredging consultant, will also oversee dredging plans for Snug Harbor and Glenn Cove, two of the locations along the back bays clogged with mud and silt. City spokesman Doug Bergen said the building’s restoration work is expected to cost $400,000. Cape May County would fund half of the project with a $200,000 grant and the city would pay the rest, he said. Plans for the antiquated Public Safety Building, though, are less certain. The building may be saved despite Mayor Jay Gillian’s calls for it to be replaced with a new facility across the street on land now used for parking behind City Hall. “I guess the marsh was softer than they thought, so it will take a little extra time,” Bergen said of the delay in completing the roadway.last_img read more

Popular OC Dancer, Mary Beth Snow, to Participate in Dancing Under the Atlantic City…

first_imgMary Beth Snow shown here practicing with some of her students at The Dance Place in Ocean City. By Tim KellyMary Beth Snow has been a dance instructor in Ocean City for 38 years, and a dancer before that. That doesn’t mean she won’t be nervous on Saturday night when she participates in “Dancing Under the Atlantic City Stars”, a fundraising event to benefit the Community FoodBank of Southern New Jersey.“I haven’t been onstage performing in quite a while, so this is a little bit out of my comfort zone,” said Snow, who founded, owns and operates The Dance Place at 618 E. 8th Street.The event, to be held 8 p.m. on November 3 at the Hard Rock Hotel Casino in Atlantic City, follows a theme and format similar to the hit TV show “Dancing With the Stars”.   Local professional dancers are paired with celebrity dancers and members of the public vote for their favorites.There will be judges awarding the crown to the best dancers and the runners-up. The Grand Prize will be awarded to the couple that has raised the most money. All proceeds aid The FoodBank of New Jersey, which does amazing work feeding the hungry in Atlantic Cape May and Cumberland Counties.To vote in the competition and help the FoodBank, please visit its website, www.CFBNJ.orgTo watch a live stream of the event, which is a complete sellout, visit www.triax57.com.Snow’s celebrity partner is Dr. Fabio Orozco of Margate, an orthopedic surgeon at the Rothman Institute. They will do an upbeat salsa routine.  The couple has been practicing since July.“We’re looking forward to killing it out there,” Mary Beth said. “We knew Fabio wanted something with that Latin flavor, and this salsa really brings it.”There are 12 couples in all in the competition. In addition to Mary Beth and Fabio, the celebrities and their professional partners include:  Lara Vadall and Al Henry; Bill McMenamin and Sara Jane Acampora; Brian Jackson and Carol Maccri-Gossamer;  Lloyd Levenson and Carrie Reilly; Frank Chesky and Nicole Stephens.Also Cookie Till and Joey G ; Michael Azeez and Janet Chapman; Michael Bray and Kim Pacitti; Samantha Kiley and Ron Curcio; Jessical Kowal and Can Muhammed Karagol and Kimberly Siganos and Henry.Judges are radio sports talk show host and sportscaster Howard Eskin, Eagles broadcaster and former all-pro player Mike Quick, former Miss America Susette Charles, top male fashion model Gordon Winarick, and Gary Dee, known for his spot-on impersonation of the late Joan Rivers.Ocean City has been fast to support her efforts in the competition, Mary Beth said. “Friends and parents of some of my dance students have been amazing, buying tickets to the event and entire tables (10 tickets per table).”She is certainly qualified to join the ranks of the professionals in the competition, and also has the bloodline for it. She is quite literally a natural-born dancer, coming from an amazing family dance lineage.  Her Mom Joan Mangold and aunts Florence Matteo and Jane Florence were all dancers and dance studio owners.Joan and dad Bill Mangold, both in their 80s will be in attendance on Saturday.Mary Beth is confident that her support team has her ready for the big night.“My mom hasn’t missed one of my performances yet and Saturday will not be any different,” Mary Beth said, and added that her mom made her costume for the event.That’s just the beginning of the family dance tree. Her sisters, viva Halliday and Amy Young are pro dancers and owners of Cape May Dancers in Rio Grande. Cousins Leslie Bakaris is a former Rockette and co-owns Leslie’s Dance Studio in Margate with Acampora, who is appearing in Motor City Live at the Hard Rock and also competing in “Under the Stars”.Two other cousins, Marilu Donatelli and Angela Metteo are also former studio owners and former Rockettes, and nieces Maddison Halliday and Marietta Young are dance instructors at The Dance Place and Cape May Dancers, respectively.Wow, that’s a lot of pressure to perform, Mary Beth was reminded for the umpteenth time.“It is,” she said, laughing, and adding, the support she has received from family made any “pressure” she is feeling seem to be all positive. She said husband Russell Snow and kids Jasmine, Savannah and Clint and granddaughter Isla “have given me up for a while to this project, which is tremendously time consuming.  I can’t thank them enough. “She also thanked the members of her studio staff for keeping The Dance Place humming in her absence.One of the biggest challenges, she said, was coordinating her schedule and Fabio’s. “He is an extremely busy surgeon, so we end up working a lot of late nights and early mornings.  But we are committed to doing the best performance we can.”According to Mary Beth, the real incentive is the cause.“Until I went to the (The FoodBank ’s) website I didn’t know the extent of the great work they do feeding people in need,” she said. “This event is going to be something that allows The FoodBank to purchase more food and help more people.  It is going to be a fun and entertaining evening, and the main satisfaction is knowing we’re all working together to end hunger for more local families.”last_img read more

Warrens set to open fourth store in seven months

first_imgWarrens Bakery is continuing its rapid expansion across the UK after announcing it will open a new store at Cornhill in Bridgwater, Somerset.Opening on 14 August, the franchised site will be operated by local entrepreneur James Tucker. “With Bridgwater being both my home town and the base of our business, it presented the ideal opportunity for our first store,” said Tucker. “I believe there is a real gap in the market here for a premium bakery like Warrens.”Warrens recently opened two new Hampshire sites in Eastleigh and Southampton and said that 2017 was quickly becoming the year of the “Cornish pasty takeover”. “We have big expansion plans in the region, with 20 stores over the next five years and can’t wait to build on our partnership and greet customers who may be more used to seeing our stores when holidaying down by the Cornish coast,” said Warrens Bakery chairman Mark Sullivan.Warrens was recently announced as a finalist in the Baking Industry Awards 2017 in The Craft Business Award category.last_img read more

The beep ball player

first_imgDuring the summer, Aqil Sajjad found himself lost in Columbus, Ga., and asked a passerby to point him in the direction of the store he was seeking. But Sajjad was closer than he knew.The stranger, no doubt perplexed, asked in a slow Southern burr, “Are you blind?”The man wasn’t being rude, insisted Sajjad, who chuckles when recalling the incident. “He really wanted to know.”Sajjad is indeed blind, and while he has had to make adjustments to cope with the retina detachments that stole his sight — his right eye at age 10, his left at 16 — that hasn’t dampened his lust for life. That trip to Georgia, Sajjad’s first, was to compete in the World Series of Beep Baseball with his team, the Association of Blind Citizens’ Boston Renegades.A modified version of baseball created for blind players, beep ball utilizes a noisemaking ball, delivered by a sighted pitcher to a blindfolded batter. The sighted, the partly sighted, and the sightless play on an even level.Sajjad, a Harvard teaching fellow in physics and a Ph.D. candidate, admits that playing baseball instead of cricket makes him grimace just a little, since cricket is the sport du jour in his native Pakistan.“My attitude toward baseball is that of the usual smugness that anyone in a cricket-playing country has toward baseball,” he said with a laugh. “If it were literature, it’d be like comparing a classic to a trash novel.”But he has found a community with the Boston Renegades, where two of his teammates also hail from Harvard: player Joe McCormick ’14 and defense coach Nicholas Chisholm, a Ph.D. candidate in applied physics and research assistant in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. (McCormick has an ocular disease called Leber’s hereditary optic neuropathy; Chisholm is sighted.)The Renegades placed ninth in the Georgia series. “Our team used to lose, lose, lose,” said Sajjad. “But we’re on the verge of a takeoff.”Sajjad, primarily a third baseman, is “probably the hardest-working player on the team,” said Chisholm. “He even has a room in his apartment dedicated entirely to practicing his swing. Given all his hard work, he can often drive the ball further than his much larger teammates. He’s one of our best defenders and is one of our starting players, usually.”Born in France while his father was working for UNESCO, Sajjad said he had an early aptitude for science. “I was always interested by technical things,” he recalled. “If I watched a crane, I’d be fascinated by that.” He always loved sports too, and played cricket until the second retina detachment took his sight, and with it his ability to play sports — until he arrived at Harvard.Here, a mobility instructor hired by the University told Sajjad about the Renegades.“Beep ball has drastically improved both my life and Aqil’s because we were both able to re-engage with competitive sports after losing our sight,” said McCormick.“Additionally, the connections with players on the team have been tremendously helpful in terms of dealing with our visual impairments. We have players who work at a variety of blind agencies throughout Massachusetts, as well as specialize in different types of technology, and are always available to lend a helping hand.”Sajjad, now nearing graduation, said he and his teammates have calling cards when they step up to bat. When McCormick is at the plate, the team shouts “Joe Mack, way back,” and they chant “Aqil for real” for Sajjad.“We’re a very fun team and really enjoy every moment of being together both on and off the field. And none of this would be possible without our amazing coaches. They are all sighted, have no prior connection with us, and yet they spend an enormous amount of time just to make it possible for us to play,” he said.On campus, Sajjad has memorized the routes to the lab and the dining hall. He navigates with the aid of a cane and advocates for a more blind-friendly campus. He avidly follows cricket news and Pakistani politics. “There’s a Chinese proverb, ‘May you live in interesting times,’” he said, “and now it seems like Pakistan has broken the cycle of military rule.”The Renegades won’t play again until next spring, so Sajjad is now focused on fundraising for the team. Last year, the team screened a movie and “begged outside of a Shaw’s,” he said. The players hope to attend more tournaments next year.Playing a sport is “something I really missed being able to do after I lost my sight,” Sajjad said. “It really does give me a high. If I go anywhere else after leaving Harvard and can’t continue on, it’ll be a big gap in my life.”For more information about volunteering or playing for the Boston Renegades, visit http://www.blindcitizens.org/renegades/.last_img read more

40-Year-Old Man Shot By State Police Overnight In Cattaraugus County

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) WNY News Now Image.PORTVILLE – A 40-year-old man was shot by New York State Police early New Years Day after troopers say he advanced towards them armed with a bow and arrow.Around 1:30 a.m. on Friday troopers with the State Police Barracks in Olean responded to a violent domestic incident dispatched by Cattaraugus Sheriff’s Office on Yubadam Road in Portville.After arriving at the residence and speaking with the victim, police say a male suspect, later identified as 40-year-old Ryan Ehman, advanced towards them armed with a bow and arrow.Troopers say they gave several commands for Ehman to drop the weapon, and after he failed to comply, a trooper discharged his division issued firearm striking Ehman. Ehman was taken into custody and transported to Erie County Medical Center via Mercy Flight for injuries.Police say this is an ongoing investigation and criminal charges are pending in the case.last_img read more