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Why Rust Belt real estate development is gearing up

A massive chemical processing plant under construction along the Ohio River is fueling renewed real estate development in the Rust Belt region.The factory is located just 30 miles from Pittsburgh and is slated to eventually create about 600 full-time jobs.

Meanwhile, a peak of about 6,000 construction workers will work on building the factory until its completion in the early 2020s. As a result, housing construction is revving up.One local real estate companys chairman, Charles Betters, called Shells plant the best thing to happen in our region in 40-plus years.”Betters claims his company, C.J. Betters Enterprises, is building 200 residential units and a big hotel project as a consequence of the factory.

The cost of Shells plant is estimated to be up to $10 billion, which reportedly makes the factory among the largest industrial projects ever constructed along the Ohio River. The state gave Shell a $1.6 billion package in reduced taxes for a 25-year period.The project is also drawing other major companies interested in polyethylene production to the area, which is concerning environmentalists.“Industry calls it a game changer. We see it as game over,” said Dustin White of the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition to the Times.

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Author cracks culture code, tells stories that will change how you work

The author of “The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups,” which goes inside some of the world’s most successful organizations and explains how diverse teams learn to function with a single mind.By combining leading-edge science, on-the-ground insights from world-class leaders and practical ideas for action, Coyle offers a road map for creating an environment where innovation flourishes, problems get solved and expectations are exceeded.His address at IUPUI is part of the Somerset CPAs and Advisors Executive Leadership Lecture Series in the Business of Medicine Physician MBA Program at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business.

“Daniel Coyle’s research within organizations will give leaders from all disciplines the insight needed to create successful and dynamic organizations,” said Christopher O.L.H. Porter, professor of management and chair of the Physician MBA Program.”We offer this lecture as part of our physician-only MBA because leading an effective team is just one of the critical principles physicians need to direct the future of health care.”By integrating business knowledge, MBA-trained physician leaders will be better equipped to change health care for the better.”Coyle is also the author of “The Little Book of Talent,” “The Talent Code,” “The Secret Race” and “Hardball: A Season in the Projects,” among others. He has been nominated twice for the National Magazine Award and has been featured in “The Best American Sports Writing.”

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Guide to Freedom

The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Visual Arts in collaboration with Princeton Garden Theatre presents a screening of the documentary.Tickets are available through the Garden Theatre box office and website and are free to Princeton University students, faculty and staff with Princeton ID.
“The Negro Motorist Green Book.” In the 1930s, Green, a black postal carrier from Harlem, began publishing this annual guide in the era of Jim Crow laws, when open and often legally prescribed discrimination against African Americans and other non-whites was widespread. These travelers, often journeying by automobile to avoid other discriminatory practices on public transportation, faced a variety of dangers and inconveniences along the road, from refusal of food and lodging to arbitrary arrest.
In response, Green wrote his guide to services and places relatively friendly to African Americans, eventually expanding its coverage from the New York area to much of North America. The film explores some of the segregated nation’s safe havens and notorious “sundown towns” and relates stories of struggle and indignity as well as opportunity and triumph.The 2019 Academy Award-winning film Green Book is also a reference to Green’s publication.Andrew Ricketts of BET (Black Entertainment Television) notes, “The Green Book: Guide to Freedom is a timely film on Green’s handbook of the same name.
His guide listed over 9,500 venues where Black vacationers were welcome. But it’s only an afterthought in the fictional film that bears its title.Although that film won Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor, it glosses over the significance of “The Green Book” in favor of narrowing the focus to the prevalence of White ignorance. That curious omission makes the origin story of “The Green Book” even more crucial.Director Yoruba Richen reveals it in a documentary that is equal parts proud and tragic.”

New York Public LibraryYoruba Richen, the film’s writer/director, is a documentary filmmaker whose work has been featured on PBS, New York Times Op Doc, Frontline Digital, New York Magazine’s The Cut, The Atlantic, and Field of Vision.Her feature documentary, The New Black won multiple festival awards and was nominated for an NAACP Image Award and a GLAAD Media Award. Her previous film Promised Land, won the Fledgling Fund award for social issue documentary, and she won a Clio award for her short film about the Grammy-nominated singer Andra Day.

She has also won the Creative Promise Award at Tribeca All Access and was a Sundance Producers Fellow. Richen is a Fulbright fellow, a Guggenheim fellow and a 2016 recipient of the Chicken Egg Breakthrough Filmmaker Award.She was chosen for The Root 100 list of the most influential African Americans 45 and under, recognizing her as a leader whose “work from the past year is breaking down barriers and paving the way for the next generation.” She is a lecturer and director of the documentary program at the City University of New York’s Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism.Su Friedrich has produced and directed twenty-three 16mm films and digital videos, and with one exception is the writer, director, cinematographer, sound recordist and editor of all her films. Friedrichs films have won many awards, including the Best Narrative Film Award at the Athens International Film Festival, the Outstanding Documentary Feature at Outfest in Los Angeles, the Special Jury Award at the New York Gay Lesbian Film Festival, the Grand Prix at the Melbourne Film Festival, the Golden Gate Award at the San Francisco Film Festival, and the Best Experimental Narrative Award at the Atlanta Film Festival.
Her work is widely screened in the United States, Canada and Europe and has been the subject of retrospectives at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Rotterdam International Film Festival, The London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, The Stadtkino in Vienna, the Pacific Cinematheque in Vancouver, and the National Film Theater in London. In 2016, her film Sink or Swim (1990) was selected for inclusion in the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress.Her work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Royal Film Archive of Belgium, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the National Library of Australia, as well as many university libraries.Princeton Garden Theatre maintains an ongoing collaborative relationship with the Lewis Center for the Arts and other departments throughout the University.The theater presents independent, foreign, and classic films and special film-related programming and in 2017 was named by NJ.com as The Best Movie Theater in New Jersey.To learn more about this event, the Program in Visual Arts, and the more than 100 other performances, exhibitions, readings, screenings and lectures presented each year at the Lewis Center visit arts.

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These real estate heavyweights were invited to Cuomo’s secretive fundraiser

Developer Douglas Durst and billionaire John Castimatidis were among the bigwigs invited to Gov.Andrew Cuomo’s secretive fundraiser earlier this month.
Durst, chairman of the Durst Organization, donated but didn’t attend the event, which was held at the St. Regis Hotel, the New York Times reported.The minimum donation per couple was $25,000.Catsimatidis said he did not contribute or go to the event — and said he was invited because of his longtime friendship with the governor.“I go back with the governor 20 years,” he told the Times.“In 50 years in business, I have never gotten anything from the city or the state, the Red Apple Group head told the Times.“You know what I’ve gotten? Ungatz. That’s Italian, I think.””Other real estate figures who received invites included Island Capital Groups Andrew Farkas and Atlantic Development Groups Peter Fine, according to the Times.The dinner was kept under the radar and not listed on Cuomo’s calendar.The invitation, too, was vaguely worded, the report said.The pricey fundraiser was planned as the New York State budget comes due — and lobbyists advised clients that the event would be good for them to attend.
Guests included senior Cuomo administration officials, including the state budget director Robert Mujica.Cuomo gave a speech to a room of about 100 people, talking about Amazon, the tumult in Washington and the transition from campaigning to governing.Two months earlier, Cuomo promised to work on campaign finance reform. He signed new limitations on corporate donations and he has vowed to “combat big money in politics.” The governor has been a big fundraiser himself, with the vast portion of his political donations coming from big checks.Last year, he accumulated more than $30 million in his campaign war chest, before a pricey effort to fend off a primary challenge from Cynthia Nixon.

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Ethiopian Airlines says its relationship with Boeing will last “well into the future”

CEO Tewolde GebreMariam said the company will work with the US manufacturer and other airlines to “make air travel even safer” and SOLIDARITYE thiopian Airlines says its relationship with Boeing will last “well into the future”By Abdi Latif DahirMarch 25, 2019Ethiopian Airlines has said it has confidence in Boeing, a singular vote of confidence that comes as both companies face increasing questions following a deadly crash in early March.

In a statement today (March 25), CEO Tewolde GebreMariam said the company will work with the US manufacturer and other airlines to “make air travel even safer” and to “make the skies safer for the world.”Boeing is facing scrutiny and government probes after two fatal crashes involving its 737 Max 8 model aircraft occurred within months of each other in Indonesia and Ethiopia, leading to their grounding worldwide.Although the causes of the crashes are yet to be determined, questions have swirled around the plane’s automated system designed to direct the nose downwards if it was in danger of stalling.Transport officials in Addis Ababa have said there were “clear similarities” between the Ethiopian and Lion Air crashes in Indonesia.

Both planes flew with erratic altitude changes and crashed minutes after takeoff while trying to return to the airport.The Chicago-headquartered planemaker is the key supplier to Ethiopian, with the partnership between the two extending to the early 1960s.The ET 302 flight plane that crashed was less than five months old, and Tewolde said they took delivery of yet another 737 Boeing cargo planes of a different model less than a month ago.Tewolde also extolled Ethiopian’s relationship with the US aviation industry, saying their earlier pilots, crew, and mechanics were employees of the now-defunct New York-based airline, TWA.

Ethiopian Airlines was originally established after a visiting Ethiopian delegation requested American officials in 1945 to help establish a commercial airline for domestic air service.“Let me be clear: Ethiopian Airlines believes in Boeing,” Tewolde said.“Despite the tragedy, Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines will continue to be linked well into the future.”Ethiopian Airlines’ renewed pledge to Boeing comes as the state carrier itself fends off allegations that it sacrificed expansion and profit for safety.The carrier is Africa’s fastest-growing with hubs across the continent and a 113-strong fleet servicing 119 destinations worldwide.A New York Times story last week reported that even though the airline had the 737 Max 8 simulator, the pilot on the ill-fated flight was yet to be trained on it.

A Washington Post report also found 2015 complaints in the US Federal Aviation Administration database from pilots who accused the airline of failing to update manuals and for instituting a “fear-based” management style.Ethiopian refuted both stories and even called on the Post to “remove the article, apologize and correct the facts.”When the Boeing 737 Max 8 was first introduced, Boeing and the FAA agreed pilots who had flown a related earlier 737 model didn’t need additional simulator training, nor training specifically about the automated system known as MCAS. Pilots qualified to fly the 737-800 only received training that amounted to “an iPad lesson for an hour.” Pilot unions have said that since the Lion Air crash, they have received formal instruction on the feature.Tewolde said in his statement their pilots “who fly the new model were trained on all appropriate simulators”—but still didn’t confirm whether the specific pilots on the doomed ET 302 trained on the simulator.Boeing currently continues to face the bulk of criticism especially after revelations that it charged extrawould add as standard feature following the crashes. And despite the expression of confidence, there seems to be a chance of fissure between Ethiopian and Boeing as investigations continue.In the aftermath of the Lion Air crash, “more should have been done from the Boeing side in terms of disclosure, in terms of coming up with strong procedures, stronger than what they gave us,” Tewolde told the Wall Street Journal today.

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Crass culture

The Grammys and Oscars allow us to trumpet the accomplishments of the arts, but rarely do we get such opportunities to chortle at the missteps as well as the masterpieces.Now that we are a full two months into 2019, enough time has passed to look back on the worst of the worst in 2018. There were plenty of lows in a truly tumultuous year, so let us take this opportunity to celebrate the fact that these debacles are behind us.

Worst celebrity: Logan PaulJonah Baker | ArgonautThis one comes without debate. Logan Paul had arguably one of the worst years of any celebrity in 2018, which is all the more impressive when you consider that Mark Zuckerberg continued to be Very Mark Zuckerberg and Roseanne Barr torpedoed her return to fame in no fewer than three separate instances.Paul had already set himself up for disappointment based on the fact that his target audience is 12 years old while his antics call to mind the most unhinged frat bro ever. Even with that disadvantage, Paul made a fool of himself in January 2018 by uploading a video in which he and his cronies found the body of a suicide victim in Japan and proceeded to make jokes and cause irreparable damage to Paul’s brand and even put a strain on U.S.-Japanese relations. Many lost subscribers and sponsors later, Paul proved to learn little and posted a video that included jokes about the tide pod challenge and cruel treatment of animals. YouTube temporarily suspended his advertising revenue and cemented his status as one of 2018’s worst.

Worst film: GottiFeel free to forgive yourself if you don’t remember this movie. I had to go back and sift through John Travolta’s latest comeback attempt, but I must admit even the briefest of research will suffice for this category.The movie received a perfect 0 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and led all 2018 movies in Golden Raspberry nominations with six. The film resulted in a $5.6 million loss for Vertical Entertainment and MoviePass Ventures, and just about everyone involved deserves blame.It certainly feels as if mob boss biopics are always chasing the “The Godfather,” but “Gotti” may be the furthest thing from an unrefusable offer.
It seems impossible to believe that Travolta played such a polished role in “American Crime Story,” but otherwise it seems impossible to bet on anything Travolta is involved in going into 2019.Worst album: RECKLESS by NAVWith an unmissable nasally voice, NAV spent most of 2018 trying to be taken seriously as another RB artist from Toronto, not as moody as The Weeknd and not as preposterous as Drake.

RECKLESS was the laborious result of his unfortunate approach. In an already overpacked scene, NAV brought nothing innovative to the table and clearly suffered without the co-authoring and producing help of Metro Boomin from his prior release.RECKLESS proves that there is no end to NAV’s moodiness, and no feature is going to save an album that will ultimately prove easy to leave in 2018.2019 has already brought us a fresh batch of controversy and conflict, but at least we can firmly say that the (relatively) new year will require zero attention paid to these works of ‘culture.’Jonah Baker can be reached.

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Saudi crown prince told aide he would 'go after Khashoggi with a bullet': Report

Saudi Arabia's crown prince told a senior aide he would go after Jamal Khashoggi “with a bullet” a year before the dissident journalist was killed inside the kingdom's Istanbul consulate, the New York Times reported quoting US intelligence.

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