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LA plans to end COVID vaccine proof requirement in bars, restaurants and gyms

The Los Angeles City Council will consider waiving the requirement for interior businesses to verify customers’ COVID-19 vaccination status.

City Council Speaker Nury Martinez introduced a motion on Friday to make vaccine verification voluntary and no longer require proof of vaccinations at large outdoor events.

Martinez’s proposal came the day Los Angeles County relaxed masking rules and stopped requiring vaccine checks at outdoor mega events, bars, breweries, wineries, distilleries, discotheques and lounges.

Local jurisdictions may have stricter rules than county ones, and LA currently requires people to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination to enter restaurants, bars, gyms, movie theaters, concert, convention centers, card rooms, playgrounds, museums, shopping malls, playgrounds, spas, salons and indoor urban facilities.

The city’s sweeping mandate, dubbed SafePassLA, was one of the strictest vaccination mandates in the country when it went into effect in November and meant that businesses in Los Angeles had to enforce stricter rules than counties. surrounding.

Martinez – who introduced the motion to require vaccine verification last year – said at the time it would help bring things back to normal for those who have been vaccinated.

Now, with the number of COVID-19 cases declining after the omicron-fueled winter surge, authorities across the state have eased some COVID-19 restrictions.

It’s unclear when vaccine verification rules would be relaxed in Los Angeles if the city council approves the proposal.

Vaccination verification would still be required at mega indoor events with 1,000 or more attendees, such as concerts or games, as it is still required by LA County.

Although Los Angeles County has yet to reach pre-surge levels, the region has seen infection rates plummet after hitting record highs during the winter.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention moved from classifying LA County as having “high” risk for COVID-19 to “low” risk last week, triggering the COVID-19 rule changes.

With fewer required safety measures in place, LA County Health Director Barbara Ferrer said getting vaccinated and strengthened will help provide greater protection.

There are still 1.7 million eligible residents who have yet to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 2.7 million eligible residents who have not been boosted.

“With fewer people infected and seriously ill with COVID-19, and the relaxed safety requirements, it is very tempting to think that the pandemic is over and that we can return to the situation before March 2020,” Ferrer said. in a press release. week. “And although transmission has slowed and we have powerful tools that go a long way to avoiding the worst effects of the virus, there continue to be thousands of people whose lives, families and jobs are disrupted every day. because they or someone close to them is newly infected. , and, for some, their infection will lead to serious illness.

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Unsecured Commercial Loan Market Analysis Report 2021-2030

The report provides a detailed market analysis depending on the present and future competitive intensity of the Unsecured Commercial Loan Market Analysis.

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Natural Products Expo West 2022 Preview

Merit Functional Foods (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) will showcase product concepts made with the company’s non-GMO pea and canola protein ingredients at next week’s Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, Calif. at the booth No. 1492.

The first sample is a vegan cookie dough protein bar dipped in dark chocolate, which is made with Merit’s high-purity Peazazz pea protein and Puratein C canola protein. The bar bolsters a nutritional profile of 20g of protein per serving, with a PDCAAS score of 1.0, while offering a soft texture, the company said in a press release. “This proprietary protein solution provides a unique combination of functional and nutritional capabilities that allows for exceptionally smooth, plant-based protein bars with a significantly reduced rate of bar firming over time.” The company claims its proteins offer high solubility and a neutral color and flavor profile so as not to affect mouthfeel, color or taste.

The company will also sample a ready-to-use protein powder (RTM) made with its Peazazz pea protein and Puratein C canola protein. The RTM has a PDCAAS score of 1.0 and contains 20g of plant-based protein per serving. 26g. The company notes that “this protein powder concept has excellent solubility that allows it to address mouthfeel issues that often cause plant-based powders to rely on gummies and thickeners,” meaning that products can boast both a cleaner label and nutritional value. “This is a game-changer for protein powder formulation,” Dustin Cosgrove, vice president of sales for Merit Functional Foods, said in a press release.

The company’s formulation and nutrition-friendly ingredients provide marketers of plant-based protein products with extensive options. For example, Cosgrove said of the new sample bars: “As more consumers shift to a plant-based lifestyle, protein bars that deliver taste, texture and nutrition But this is one area where plant-based bars are under-delivered: they are known for their chalky mouthfeel, hardening over time, crumbling, unpleasant aftertaste, etc. Protein Merit’s innovative and functional pea and canola bars solve these problems, pushing the boundaries of what is currently possible for plant-based protein bar formulations.

Merit launched its pea and canola protein portfolio in 2019 and fully commercialized its product, manufactured at the company’s 94,000 square foot facility in Manitoba. Its ingredients can be used in bakery products and meat substitutes, dairy substitutes, etc.

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New Giving Back Cafe in Wichita

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — A new cafe opened in Wichita on Sunday, and they’re already giving back to the community.

Mokas Cafe was founded in Salina, Kansas nearly 15 years ago. The opening of this cafe will be their third location in Kansas. Their menu includes coffee, espressos, iced drinks, non-coffee drinks, smoothies, sandwiches, wraps, salads, soups, pastries, a kids menu, and all-day breakfast.

April Beevers, operating partner of Moka Restaurant, says the cafe is “a whole new take on coffee.”

“We really pride ourselves on our service and how everything looks and tastes and the atmosphere. I want it to be fun, a good place to meet, study, a place where people even work. C So it’s different. I’m in love with it,” Beevers said.

A press release sent out by Wichita’s Littlest Heroes says that in the cafe’s first month of operation, they will donate 10% of all sales of 16- and 20-ounce “specialty hot beverages” to the charity. non-profit.

“We therefore join forces with [Wichita’s] The little heroes. I’m really passionate about it. I was so happy we decided to do it,” Beevers said. “It just shows that we care. It shows that we are there. You know, we want to give things to the community and pair up with people. It’s like coffee. That’s exactly what coffee is. Sit down, share stories, share life experiences.

Moka’s will feature earnings from Wichita’s Littlest Heroes in 30 days.

Where coffee is more than just a cup of coffee: For many of us, this is the start of our day. For others, it’s something we enjoy when we’re in good company. Although it may seem like a small delicacy, coffee holds a special place in our lives. At Mokas Cafe, we honor this idea by combining excellence and connectivity in every cup we brew. When you buy a cup of our coffee, you’re not just buying a drink, you’re starting a journey.

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You can find the cafe in the Delano District at 143 N McLean Blvd, near the intersection of Sycamore and McLean Blvd.

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4 people were shot near a West Hollywood restaurant hosting a Justin Bieber after-party

The altercation took place around 2:45 a.m. local time on the 400 block of N La Cienega Boulevard, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

Bieber was hosting an after-party at The Nice Guy restaurant and lounge after a concert, and “the shooting happened…near The Nice Guy, but it wasn’t directly in front,” a reporter told CNN. source close to the event.

The source added that the musician had already left the party when the shooting took place.

Police said there was a “physical altercation” between several people and shots were fired by a suspect who then fled. In one Press release On Saturday afternoon, the LAPD asked for the public’s help in identifying the suspect.

Four people were shot dead, police said in their statement. Two of the victims were taken to nearby hospitals by paramedics while the other two self-transported to hospitals, police said.

“The incident is not gang-related,” police previously said.

CNN contacted Bieber’s publicist on Saturday, but did not hear back.

Nice Guy Restaurant is owned by The h.wood Group, a hospitality company that owns several locations in the Los Angeles area. CNN was unable to reach a representative for h.wood.

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Restaurants and cafes open via Tết to make up for lost time during the pandemic

VIETNAM, February 2 –

A restaurant at AEON Bình Tân in Ho Chi Minh City filled with customers on the second day of the new year. Photo Thu Hằng

HCM CITY – Many food and beverage outlets and supermarkets are open across the Tết (Lunar New Year), hoping to somewhat catch up with the long closings due to COVID-19 and to take advantage of a possible increase in demand as happened last year.

Restaurant chain Vua Cua said it plans to offer take-out during the holidays to make up for months of lockdown.

Its outlets reopened on Wednesday, the second day of the new year.

Xanh Seafood Stand does not close for Tết and offers delivery through the Now and Grab apps.

Coffee chains such as The Coffee House, Highlands Coffee, Passio, Starbucks Coffee and Runam Coffee are also not closing.

A holiday bonus means food and drink prices increase by 10-15%.

With HCM City retaining its status as a COVID Green Zone, a low risk of COVID-19, people are confident to gather and enjoy entertainment activities.

AEON supermarkets across the country are open during Tếtwith its stores in the Tân Phú and Bình Tân districts of Ho Chi Minh City opening a little late on New Year’s Day and resuming normal hours from the next day.

Food and drink stalls at AEON also remain open. —VNS

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Wollongong nightclub Mr Crown has applied for development to expand into nearby rentals | Mercury of Illawarra

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One of Wollongong’s most popular nightspots is set to expand, with the owners of Mr Crown looking to expand their entertainment footprint into two nearby storefronts. Prince Property Consulting has lodged a development application with Wollongong City Council on behalf of Mr Crown landlords, Wollongong Nightlife, seeking consent for the ‘change of use’ of two adjoining tenancies to extend the floor space current Mr. Crown of 177 square meters. While a site plan filed as part of the application reserved the additional space for a new gaming area, Prince Property Consulting director Shaun Prince told the Mercury it was more likely the space be part of an enlarged dance floor. Read more: Just getting your blood drawn: Mayor’s message after shock cancer diagnosis “It’s unusual for one let alone two vacancies like this to arise and it was an opportunity they didn’t want to miss from a business strategy point of view. a benefit to everyone for them to occupy this space.” Mr Prince said Wollongong Nightlife’s proposed expansion recognized the company’s continued investment in the city. “They are a key part of the night economy, they’re investing money in the CBD,” he said. what Mr. Crown is doing.” Meanwhile, a report accompanying the development application, said the proposal would not cause any adverse impact on the town centre.” The application will be on display until February 7. The room Illawarra Mercury press release is funded by our readers. You can sign up to support our journalism here.

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Happy alcohol take-out restaurants grab Hochul’s attention


ALBANY – The hospitality industry, which has pleaded with the state to re-allow bars and restaurants to sell alcohol with take-out and delivery orders, was encouraged on Wednesday to hear the cited measure among Governor Kathy Hochul’s priorities to be accomplished over the coming year.

Although it was not included in the text of his state-of-the-state address that was distributed beforehand, Hochul verbally mentioned take-out alcohol, illustrating what a reporter from the pool said. in attendance was said to be the only audible reaction from the crowd in person to a variety of plans and goals that the governor described. The response was a “chuckle,” the reporter said.

In accompanying material for the State of the State Speech (see page 115), Takeout Alcohol is one of six initiatives in what is described as a billion dollar proposal to help small businesses across the state.

Calling on alcohol to become a “critical revenue stream for New York City bars and restaurants during the pandemic,” Hochul’s proposal said she would like to make the provision permanent, although such a measure requires adoption. of the state legislature.

Before the pandemic, restaurants and bars were allowed to sell take-out beer only. Under an executive order during the pandemic state of emergency, former Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in March 2020 began allowing restaurants and bars for sale, with takeout / delivery orders, every alcoholic products that they were allowed to serve internally, including cocktails and other alcoholic beverages, wine by the glass and bottled, and alcohol by the bottle. The order was renewed monthly for over a year.

Alcohol lapsed in late June after the legislature, faced with stiff opposition from the liquor store lobby, failed to pass a bill that would have continued to take alcohol to take away on a one year trial basis. Although the bill contains concessions to opponents, including banning sales of full bottles and limiting portion sizes in restaurant takeouts, it never made it past committee stage before the adjournment of the legislature.

Take-out liquor supporters applauded Hochul as he renewed attention to the issue.

“This incredibly popular and critical measure would add a much needed revenue stream to the restaurant industry as we continue to struggle through the third year of the pandemic,” Scott Wexler, Executive Director of The Empire, said Wednesday. State Restaurant & Tavern Association, in a statement. He continued, “For the benefit of restaurant employees, employers and their customers, we hope to see a permanent extension adopted as soon as possible.”

Melissa Fleischut, president and CEO of the New York State Restaurant Association, said her members were happy with Hochul’s plea for take-out alcohol, noting that 78% of the public believe it should be restored, according to a survey carried out for the commercial group.

“These are tough times that just don’t relax. The restaurant industry is hit again by another wave of COVID-19, colder weather restricting dining options and widespread staffing issues,” said Flsichut in a press release Wednesday.

Calling last year’s bill “better than nothing,” Fleischut said the restaurant association was concerned about some of its provisions and hopes to see a less restrictive version passed, but is encouraged by the firm’s support. governor to measure in principle.

“We will fight (…) to allow alcoholic drinks to take away and delivery,” she said.


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NexPoint Real Estate Finance, Inc. Announces Completion of $ 60 Million Offering of 5.75% Senior Unsecured Notes maturing in 2026


DALLAS, December 20, 2021 / PRNewswire / – NexPoint Real Estate Finance, Inc. (NYSE: NREF) (“NREF” or the “Company”) announced today that it has announced its previously announced public offering for a total of $ 60 million in face value of its 5th , 75% senior. has entered into Unsecured Notes maturing in 2026 (the “Additional Notes”). The additional notes were issued at a price of 102.758% of face value with a yield to maturity of 5.036%. The additional notes were an additional issue of the existing ones $ 75 million The total notional amount of its 5.75% Senior Unsecured Notes due 2026 (the “Initial Notes”) and the Additional Notes were issued under the same bond as the Initial Notes, treated with the Initial Notes as a single class of debt and had the same Conditions as for the Initial Notes, with the exception of the Issue Date and the Offer Price.

The Company intends to contribute the net proceeds of this Offer to its operational partnership, NexPoint Real Estate Finance Operating Partnership, LP (the “OP”) in exchange for OP Units. The OP intends to use the net proceeds from this offering to purchase investments that fit the company’s investment strategy.

Raymond James acted as sole book-running manager for the offering. The company made this offer pursuant to a shelf registration statement dated on. entered into force March 31, 2021. This offer was made exclusively by means of a prospectus and prospectus supplement, a copy of which is available from Raymond James & Associates, Inc., 880 Carillon Parkway, St. Petersburg, FL 33716, phone (800) 248-8863, email: [email protected] or the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.

About NexPoint Real Estate Finance, Inc.

NexPoint Real Estate Finance, Inc. is a publicly traded REIT whose shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “NREF”. NREF is primarily focused on issuing, structuring, and investing in first mortgage, mezzanine, preferred equity, and alternative structured finance in commercial real estate and commercial apartment buildings mortgage-backed securities.

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This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, based on management’s current expectations, beliefs and beliefs. Forward-looking statements are often identified by words such as “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “should” and similar expressions, as well as variations or negatives of these words. These forward-looking statements include statements about the intended use of the proceeds. They are not guarantees of future results and forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties, and assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements, including the ultimate geographic spread, duration and severity of the COVID. -19 pandemic and the effectiveness of measures that are or may be taken by government agencies to contain the outbreak or address its effects, as well as those further described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including those specifically in our annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements and are encouraged to review NREF’s other filings with the SEC for a more complete discussion of the risks and other factors that could affect forward-looking statements. The statements made herein speak only as of the date of this press release, and NREF assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements except as required by law.

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State, Shady’s Bar and Grill settle pandemic lawsuits


(KNSI) – Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced Friday his office has settled the lawsuit against Shady’s Bar and Grill and another business that violated or threatened to violate executive orders during the COVID-19 emergency in time of peace.

Gov. Tim Walz has closed all bars and restaurants for in-person dining, and Shady’s owner Kris Schiffler has said he won’t be doing so much longer if he can’t open his doors. He had planned to open his location in Albany, but Ellison applied for and received a temporary restraining order prohibiting him from opening the doors. A GoFundMe page had been set up to help Shady’s and other bar and restaurant owners pay legal fees. In a few days, more than $ 200,000 was raised.

Under the terms of a consent judgment filed in Stearns County, Shady’s will pay the state $ 30,000. All funds received under this settlement go to the State of Minnesota General Fund, not the Attorney General’s office.

According to a press release, the settlement comes after more than a year of litigation. The press release says Shady’s has filed counterclaims against the governor and other state officials who were removed from office following opposition from the attorney general’s office. In August 2021, the attorney general’s office obtained summary judgment on his claims and was allowed to seek fees for his litigation costs.

Boardwalk Bar and Grill in East Grand Forks was also ordered to pay $ 25,000 for violating emergency orders.

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“They call me the king of nightclubs”: beta owner on the defensive in hearing


Denver Police Department body camera footage shows officers interacting with Beta nightclub owner Hussam Kayali, right, also passing by Valente Corleons, July 18 after receiving a fire safety complaint . (Screenshot of the hearing of the Department of Excise and Licensing)

The owner of a Denver nightclub defended himself as a legitimate businessman who maintains a safe environment for his patrons at a city hearing on Thursday.

Beta Nightclub owner Hussam Kayali, also known as Valentes Corleons, said after problems were observed by the city over the summer he took steps to improve security and compliance. capacities.

“I had new leadership, new security,” Kayali said during the second day of the hearing, which could end with the club’s liquor and cabaret licenses penalized or revoked for alleged violations.

“I’ve been there since (the club) opens and closes. I (entered) clubs (from) 15 years ago and studied everything before I got into this business. I usually do my research before I embark on anything. They call me the king of nightclubs.

As BusinessDen previously reported, the Denver Police Department, Denver Fire Department, and Excise and Licensing investigated the Beta Nightclub at 1909 Blake Street between June and August after receiving several complaints and noticed an increase in 911 calls near the business.

The city became concerned after a shooting took place on May 23 near the club. Police also reported that a man was shot around 1:40 a.m. on August 22 at the corner of 19th Avenue and Blake Street, but the department did not link the shooting to Beta in a press release. .

Beta faces 10 alleged violations of Denver municipal code and Colorado state law, according to the hearing order. City lawyers have asked the hearing mediator to recommend revocation of the permits.

Aaron Acker, Beta’s lawyer, tried to prove that the club weren’t overcrowded on July 17 and until the early morning hours of July 18. Town lawyers, firefighters and police say there were problems that night, including Kayali being “agitated” by their presence.

Acker suggested that Beta may not have been able to prevent small amounts of narcotics from entering the club, even with trained security guards.

He also argued that the Beta was not responsible for the violence that occurred near the company.

On Wednesday, DPD officer Alexandra Spencer said she infiltrated twice in June and on one occasion entered with a concealed gun. The officer said security guards did not detect him, even after a pat-down.

Kayali said it couldn’t be true.

“You can’t come in with a razor or anything, (security) will catch it, and if Spencer had a gun, and I put that on God, whom I love, security will catch him.” , Kayali said.

When asked if Kayali said Spencer lied about the gun, he replied, “(The officer) came in with a gun and we didn’t grab it? Impossible.”

Asked about his words claiming to be a member of Cosa Nostra, the Sicilian Mafia, Kayali replied that he was.

When asked about an incident in which an officer was checking to see if the club was overcrowded and Kayali allegedly confronted the officer, he replied, “It wasn’t like that. “

“One of the officers went upstairs and jumped in my face (and said), ‘I don’t like what you’re doing here,” Kayali said. “I said, ‘I’m not taking orders from you. I know you are a sergeant. … I said, ‘I’m a grown man in the Mafia, and you should be careful what you say.’ “

Kayali has stated that it is not illegal to be a “grown man,” and the FBI is aware of that status. He said the office offered him “a job six years ago,” but did not specify.

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The Beta nightclub, located at 1909 Blake Street, has been charged by the city with several offenses and could lose its liquor and cabaret licenses. (BusinessDen File)

At one point, as the city’s lead lawyer handling the case, Katie Conner, was preparing an exhibit, Kayali attempted to speak to the courtroom judge Federico Alvarez, but his lawyer l ‘has stopped.

“No one for years has wanted to talk to me,” Kayali said. “I’m just asking to be treated like a human.”

Michael McCray, one of the former co-owners of Beta Nightclub, said he initially had a “tumultuous” relationship with Kayali, whom he hired to run the bottle service and grow his business.

McCray said Kayali’s methods fell short of the standards he wanted and their relationship quickly deteriorated. In 2019, when Kayali became director at Beta, he obtained around 20 to 25% of the company’s ownership and liquor and cabaret licenses, according to a hearing document.

“I just didn’t think it was responsible management,” McCray said. “With the beta being as important as it is, I just didn’t think it was a good solution. We were worried enough that we no longer wanted to be attached to this place. “

Kayali said he didn’t need to take advice from McCray, someone who had let the club almost fall into expulsion proceedings.

“He’s the last person I would ask for advice,” Kayali said.

McCray said he and his business partner Brad Roulier sold the business to Kayali, but they were not paid. McCray said he and Roulier had tried to help Kayali with advice and had tried to sort out some of the club’s problems because “helping him helps us get paid”.

The city’s excise and licensing department oversees the club licensing hearing. Department spokesman Eric Escudero told BusinessDen that Alvarez would likely issue a recommendation in about a week and then executive director of excise and licensing Ashley Kilroy would issue a final decision.

During Thursday’s hearing, Acker called Kayali to the stand with Bryant Watts, who worked at Beta and was asked about posting occupancy signs; Christopher Vitale, who worked for Beta as a manager during the summer and was recently promoted to general manager; former Beta employee Armando Martinez; and Denver Police Department officer Ramone Young.

Acker asked Young, who worked off duty at Beta, if there were any times at the club where he didn’t feel safe, and Young replied, “As far as gangs are concerned, yes.” After two “insufficient” managers were fired, Acker asked if Young thought the security concerns had improved, to which he replied, “Some have, yes.”

Vitale said Beta security worked to ensure no weapons or drugs entered the club and that he oversaw the operations of the contracted security company over the summer.

“If it’s something minor like a pocket knife, I’ll take it, but if it’s drugs or paraphernalia, they’re not allowed in,” Vitale said. “We have two entry points, but only one that we use when we operate. There is one at the back, but we don’t use it during opening hours.

Vitale answered questions about whether people were served after 2 a.m. on July 11, Denver’s cut-off time for serving alcohol.

Transactions, according to records provided by Beta, showed that the last alcohol purchase took place before 2 a.m. on July 11. Other purchases took place between 2 a.m. and 3:06 a.m., but Vitale explained that it was to service the bottles. the records of purchases made earlier that night were correct.

Day two of the Beta Nightclub liquor and cabaret license hearing began with a two-hour cross-examination of a Denver Police Detective, who testified about the management of the venue the day before.

Retail Derrick Keeton worked off duty from June 18 to August 22 at Beta, where he said he tried to ‘change the culture’ to make the club safer.

Acker introduced emails between Keeton and Det. Paul Streate who showed they spoke about the issues that arose at Beta over the summer. Acker also protested that more emails were not produced through a subpoena after witnesses said there were more, but Alvarez continued with the hearing nonetheless. .

Beta email

The emails are posted Wednesday by lawyers for Beta Nightclub at Det. Derrick Keeton and det. Paul Streate at an online hearing on the club’s liquor and cabaret licensing. (Screenshots of the Excise and Licensing Department hearing)

Beta2 EmailAcker tried to get Keeton to name specific people he identified as possible gang members or known drug dealers at the club, but the detective said that could jeopardize their safety.

“I will not give names because of confidential informants and security,” he said.

Acker asked Keeton if he thought his suggestions for “changing the culture”, which included implementing a dress code and using discretion to not let people in the club, were discriminatory. He said this type of app could have made Beta vulnerable to a lawsuit.

“No, I’m definitely not going to agree with you on that,” Keeton said. “I never said that someone couldn’t get into the club because of a criminal history.”

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Broadmark Realty Capital completes $ 100 million senior unsecured debt offering


SEATTLE, November 15, 2021– (BUSINESS WIRE) –Broadmark Realty Capital Inc. (NYSE: BRMK) (“BRMK” or the “Company”), an internally managed secured real estate finance company, announced today that it has received a private placement of $ 100 million in aggregate face value of 5.0% senior unsecured notes maturing in 2026 (the “Notes” ) has completed.

The company intends to use the net proceeds from the offering to make new investments related to its business.

“We are pleased to announce our first bond offering, which ushers in our strategic approach to diversifying and improving our capital structure to enable accelerated growth of our business,” said David Schneider, Chief Financial Officer. “By quickly leveraging these competitively priced proceeds into new investments, we expect that we will continue to deliver superior risk-adjusted shareholder returns with low leverage.”

Piper Sandler & Co. acted as the placement agent for the offering.

The Notes have not been and will not be registered under the Securities Act of 1933, amended or any other state securities laws, and may not be offered or sold in the United States except under an exemption from registration or in a transaction that is not subject to registration of the Securities Act and applicable state securities laws.

This press release is for informational purposes only and does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the Notes or any other security and does not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale in any jurisdiction in or to any person to whom such an offer, solicitation or sale is unlawful.

About Broadmark Realty Capital

Broadmark Realty Capital Inc. (NYSE: BRMK) is an internally managed commercial real estate finance company that provides short-term, real estate-backed trust loans to finance the purchase, renovation, redevelopment, or development of residential or commercial real estate. Broadmark Realty Capital manages and services its loan portfolio across a variety of market conditions and economic cycles.

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Cafes

Toasted Yolk Café to open new location in Port Arthur

To celebrate the grand opening, they will be giving away a free breakfast for one year to one lucky online winner and the first 25 parties will receive a free $ 25 gift card!

PORT ARTHUR, Texas – The community of Port Arthur will soon have a premier new destination when The Toasted Yolk Café debuts on Monday, November 8.

The new destination for breakfast, brunch and dinner will be at 7675 Memorial Blvd. According to a press release, the cafe will offer full bar service, online orders, multiple delivery partnerships, 10 flat-screen TVs and a scratch kitchen.

To locate it even further, a local artist is about to paint two different murals inside the new restaurant.

To celebrate the grand opening, The Toasted Yolk Port Arthur will be giving away a free breakfast for one year to one lucky online winner on the morning of November 8th. Plus, the first 25 online games will receive a free $ 25 gift card.

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The cafe will be open daily from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., making it the only system-wide location with extended hours. According to a press release, this was done to better serve the hard workers at the oil refineries in the community of Port Arthur.

Bret Baumgartner, who also owns Toasted Yolk Café in Beaumont, said he’s excited to bring a Southeast Texas favorite to a new location.

“In addition to the best food and service in town, the new restaurant will have an incredible atmosphere that will be perfect for enjoying an alcoholic brunch with friends and delicious food with the family,” he said. declared.

Baumgartner said hand-prepared food is guaranteed to be fresh, so you won’t find a microwave anywhere in the restaurant.

“We can’t wait to open and celebrate with everyone next week,” he said.

According to a press release, customers can expect to find fan favorites like churro fritters, “cowboy scramble,” shrimp and grits, a range of Egg Benedictine creations known on their menu as “Arnolds”, club sandwiches, soups, salads and more. Guests can also enjoy a full bar with everything from classic mimosas, ‘frozen bellinis’ and Bloody Mary’s to ‘rise’ n ‘shine punch’ and ‘jackie’s morning rita’.

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State College Women’s Football Raises Over $ 10,000 For Good Day Cafe

The State College girls' soccer team reveals that they have raised $ 10,138 for Good Day Cafe as part of their annual When the Soccer Gets Bigger efforts.

The State College girls’ soccer team reveals that they have raised $ 10,138 for Good Day Cafe as part of their annual When the Soccer Gets Bigger efforts.

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What started as an idea of ​​a few seniors and turned into a one-season fundraiser culminated on October 21 with a check for $ 10,138 at the Good Day Cafe.

With the rain pouring in, State College Women’s Football made a commitment to Good Day Cafe ahead of their game against Central Dauphin at North Field. Matt Porter, who is an employee of the cafe, did the coin toss and another employee, Brooke Fisher, sang the national anthem. Good Day Cafe is a State College cafe that employs disabled adults.

“I was a little stunned by that number,” said Cindy Paquinelli, Managing Director of Strawberry Fields Inc. “These girls just raised over $ 10,000 for Good Day Cafe and they are probably our youngest donors. I think it’s so special that these kids feel that way about their community. So it’s overwhelming – it’s a lot of money. I think it’s so wonderful that the school, the coach , parents instill in these kids from an early age that when you live in a community we take care of each other. This football team – we are the third or fourth charity that they have done [this with]. I feel very honored at the Strawberry Fields and the Good Day Cafe.

Located at 286 W. Hamilton Ave., Good Day Cafe was developed by Strawberry Fields Inc. in response to the 80% unemployment rate for adults with special needs. The cafe sells tea, coffee, espresso, breakfast and lunch items, while also supporting people with disabilities. But just like most small businesses, the cafe has seen challenges over the past year and a half due to COVID-19, having to put staff on leave, most of whom fall into the high-risk category. , for their safety.

State College senior Emma Corby said the team tied themselves to the work of Good Day Cafe and “its mission to empower people and enrich lives through meaningful employment,” making them a selection easy as the subject of this year’s “When the Soccer Gets Bigger” campaign. .

“We heard about Good Day Cafe through a relative who was related to the organization,” Corby said. “We really liked that it’s a place where all abilities can contribute and belong to a community and where diversity is celebrated. We just really connected with their mission… so that made sense to our campaign. ”

Although the Little Lions were unable to secure the victory over Central Dauphin, losing 9-1, their season was defined by more than wins and losses – learning to work hard to achieve their goals. while helping others.

The girls worked throughout the year to raise funds, selling green “When the Soccer Gets Bigger” bracelets for $ 2, collecting pledges and promoting fundraising each year. whenever they had the chance. Julia Lundy, mother of senior team members Kate Lundy and junior Grace Lundy, watched her daughters and their teammates struggle to build the fundraiser piece by piece.

“The girls – they did the fundraising, they did the online posting, they did sales at football games and promotional things at school,” Lundy said. “So it’s really run by all the girls. It pushed them beyond finding other people, realizing that there are other communities that need services. They come out of the football field and realize that they can help others.

When the Football Gets Bigger began when the 2021 State College Women’s Football Seniors were freshmen. The program is designed to keep student-athletes engaged in community service by having them choose “a person or organization to raise awareness, support, encourage and help financially” for each year, according to a press release.

The Little Lions have continued the mission of the WSBG through each of their three campaigns. The team raised $ 8,158.23 in 2018 for Center Safe to help raise awareness and fund the fight against domestic violence and sexual violence. In 2019, they raised $ 24,180.29 to support a local family fighting against pediatric cancer. COVID-19 put the program on hiatus last year, but seniors have continued to push to shape this year’s efforts through planning and goal setting.

“It’s great to see them get involved,” State College head coach Todd Roth said. “We’re talking about what the whole concept is: when football gets bigger. They are fantastic football players and teammates and to see them giving back to the community, getting involved and caring about something outside of our squad I couldn’t be more proud of the effort they put there devoted.

State College women’s football travel to Bellefonte on Monday for the District 6, Class 4A semi-final against Mifflin County at 5:30 p.m.

District 6 Football Playoff Schedule for Central County Teams

On Monday

Semi-final 3A boys: No. 2 Bellefonte vs. No. 3 Central Mountain at 7:30 p.m. in Bellefonte

Semi-final 3A girls: # 3 Bellefonte vs. # 2 Tyrone at 5:30 p.m. in Hollidaysburg

4A girls semi-final: No. 3 State College vs. No. 2 Mifflin County at 5:30 p.m. in Bellefonte

Tuesday

2A girls semi-final: Number 6 Bald Eagle Area vs. No. 7 Juniata at 5:30 p.m. at Bald Eagle Area

Wednesday

Girls’ championship class 4A: Winner of State College / Mifflin County against No.1 Altoona at 5:30 p.m. in Bald Eagle Area

Boys championship class 3A: Winner of Bellefonte / Central Mountain against No.1 Hollidaysburg / No. 4 Winner Penn Cambria at 6:00 p.m. at Mansion Park

Boys Championship class 4A: No. 1 State College vs. No. 2 Altoona at 7:30 p.m. at Bald Eagle Area

Girls’ championship class 3A: Winner Bellefonte / Tyrone vs. Hollidaysburg # 1 at 8 p.m. at Mansion Park

Thursday

Boys Championship class 1A: No. 2 Saint Joseph’s vs. No. 1 West Shamokin at 6 p.m. at Mansion Park

Girls’ championship class 2A: Winner BEA / Juniata against No. 1 Bedford / No. 4th Somerset winner at 8 p.m. at Mansion Park

This story was originally published October 30, 2021 2:36 pm.

Kyle J. Andrews is a 2018 graduate of the University of Baltimore, home of the lifelong undefeated Bees. Prior to going to the Center Daily Times, he was a sports reporter for the Baltimore Sun Media Group, covering the Ravens and Orioles for 105.7 The Fan, Baltimore Beatdown and Fox Sports 1340 AM.

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The pros and cons of unsecured loans


LOS ANGELES, Oct 27, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Loan buyers should consider a variety of factors when looking for the right loan for their needs, including whether they will get secured or unsecured loans. Unsecured loans can be a great option for borrowers who have to pay for expenses such as major purchases or medical expenses without the use of collateral, but it is important to weigh the pros and cons before proceeding with one. Here is how unsecured personal loans Work, the pros and cons, and how they compare to secured loans.

What are Unsecured Loans?

Unsecured loans are loans that do not require the borrower to use any asset they own as collateral to secure the loan. Lenders offering this type of loan take into account factors such as the borrower’s creditworthiness, income, employment history, and current debts when deciding whether to approve it.

Some examples of unsecured loans are:

  • Installment Loans

  • Cash withdrawals

  • Credit cards

  • Credit lines

Secured vs. Unsecured Loans

Unlike unsecured loans, secured loans such as mortgages and auto loans require that the borrower leave collateral to secure the loan. If the borrower defaults – meaning they won’t pay back their loan – the lender can repossess and sell the asset to offset their losses.

The benefits of unsecured loans

Simple application process

Many unsecured loans are very easy and quick to apply for. Many online lenders have a short application process that only asks for some basic personal and financial information. In many cases, the borrower can complete the application within minutes and receive their loan either on the day of application or the next banking day.

No danger to personal property

Since no collateral is required for unsecured loans, the borrower does not have to risk any valuable items in order to obtain the loan. This can be helpful when the borrower’s personal property is useful or has sentimental value.

The disadvantages of unsecured loans

Less favorable terms

Lenders can offer better terms on secured loans when the borrower’s collateral is in place as the loan is considered less risky. Borrowers applying for unsecured loans can get higher interest rates, which translates into higher payments.

Additionally, the amount of credit the lender is offering may be less as they have no asset of value to base the amount on. This means that for bad credit borrowers, it may take more time and research to find an unsecured loan with loan terms that are suitable for their situation.

Effects on creditworthiness

Unsecured loans have no collateral, so borrowers who fail to meet their repayment obligations can receive collection notices and have a negative impact on their creditworthiness, making it harder to obtain loans in the future.

The bottom line

Unsecured loans provide borrowers with a quick way to get a loan without using any personal property as collateral. And there are many lenders who have milder credit standards, so borrowers may still be approved with poor or fair credit. Borrowers should research and compare options to find the right loan for their needs.

Note: The information in this article is provided for informational purposes only. Check with your financial advisor about your financial situation.

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Houston Bar and Lounge announces expansion and new community program


The owners of Third Ward’s Emancipation Avenue dive bar, The Spot Lounge and Bar, have big plans that come to fruition and they lift up as they climb. Co-owners Adfanie Smith Gray and Aaron Gray have announced the official opening date for a new location, The EaDo Spot (East of downtown) and the launch of a new community outreach program. The program will sponsor a local business in their new East Downtown mall development.

The couple, who opened their original location on Emancipation Avenue in the Third Quarter, opened a second outpost in 2019. According to a press release, the new EaDo location is a beautifully decorated bar and lounge, spread over 4,000 square feet and is scheduled to open next month. The new location will run parallel to the original location, offering the same neighborhood vibe and craft cocktails.

The neighborhood bar is also working to expand its influence in the community. The new community investment program for businesses opens up new avenues for homeowners to pay it back. “My husband and I are proud to be a part of our community and we are thrilled with this new venture,” Adfanie Smith Gray said in a statement.

The husband and wife duo continue to deepen their roots in Houston through the investment program. The couple offer support for expanding a local business, which includes up to $ 50,000 in financial resources and professional assistance required for a showcase. Businesses and entrepreneurs had the opportunity to submit videos and business plans to The Spot’s website. The top 10 submissions will be selected for in-person interviews with the program’s community board. A winner will be announced at the grand opening.

“We have met so many amazing and hardworking people through our company. As we grow we want the community to grow with us. This showcase is one way we can give back to make a real impact on someone’s business and help make their entrepreneurial dreams come true, right here in the heart of Houston, Texas.

The grand opening of Spot EaDo is scheduled for November 11, 2021. For more information, visit the website website.



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Banks are likely to keep lending to households firmly under control in the fourth quarter


SEOUL, Oct. 18 (Yonhap) – Banks in South Korea are expected to keep their household lending under control in the fourth quarter of this year as the government tries to limit borrowing, a central bank survey found on Monday.

According to a survey by the Bank of Korea, the index, which measures banks’ attitudes towards domestically secured and unsecured credit, was minus 15 and minus 32 for the period from October to December.

The corresponding numbers in the third quarter were minus 35 and minus 29.

The lower the value, the more likely banks will tighten their lending restrictions. A score below zero means that the number of lenders restricting lending exceeds that of banks trying to relax lending criteria.

“A significantly stronger trend in lending to private households is expected to continue from the previous quarter, influenced by the tightening of regulations on household loans,” says a press release from BOK.

A BOK official said the survey also showed that banks are likely to tighten regulations on unsecured loans more than domestic loans in the fourth quarter.

Financial regulators will take further steps to curb household debt in a follow-up step this month after applying stricter lending rules in July.

Banks expected household credit risks to “significantly” increase, in part due to increased borrowing costs and concerns about borrowers’ incomes falling amid the coronavirus pandemic, the survey showed.

At the end of September, outstanding bank loans to households increased by 6.5 trillion won to 1,052.7 trillion won (US $ 877.9 billion), according to central bank data.

Last Tuesday, the BOK left its key rate unchanged for October at 0.75 percent after a quarter of a percentage point hike in August, but indicated the possibility of a further rate hike next month.


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New poke bowl coffee arrives in New Jersey

A new concept of quick and relaxed Asian fusion called Poke Café is coming to New Jersey.

The Poke Café will occupy a 2,400 square foot building on the Flemington Marketplace, located at 325 Route 202 in Flemington, according to a press release.

An opening date has not yet been announced.

The restaurant will serve a variety of customizable poke bowls – which consist of raw diced fish mixed with rice, vegetables and sauces – as well as bubble and fruit teas.

“More and more, consumers are looking for freshly prepared, nutritious, tasty and high quality meals,” said Vanessa Fernandez-Kelty, a rental representative for the building. “Poke Café adds another fast and casual dining option to the Flemington Marketplace, and we are excited to bring this concept to the community.”

Flemington Marketplace includes major retailers Burlington, Kohl’s, Michaels and Aldi, which anchor the mall. Chili’s, Panera Bread, Cold Stone Creamery, and Verizon Wireless are also part of the mall.

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Proof of vaccination now required in Long Beach bars, other drinking establishments • Long Beach Post News


The city’s mandate applies to all bars, wineries, breweries, nightclubs and lounges that do not have licensed kitchens. While not mandatory, the city “strongly recommends” restaurant owners to require a vaccine check for indoor meals.

“We all want to protect our community by reducing the risk of transmission of COVID-19,” Mayor Robert Garcia said in a September 21 press release. “Requiring proof of vaccination in high-risk settings is an important step in achieving this. “

Bars and other drinking establishments are most often frequented by people in their 20s and 30s, an age group least likely to be vaccinated, according to city data. Less than 64% of Long Beach residents aged 18 to 34 are vaccinated, compared to over 67% of those aged 12 to 17 and over 87% of residents aged 35 and over.

Employees must also be vaccinated to work indoors at these companies, but may be granted medical or religious exemption. Exempt staff should be tested weekly.

The ordinance extends Nov. 4, requiring people to be fully vaccinated to work and drink inside drinking places.

The Long Beach ordinance, which is consistent with the county’s mandate, is tame compared to the city of Los Angeles. In a rare move, the LA city council voted to expand the county’s rules, requiring proof of vaccination at indoor restaurants, malls, hair and nail salons, coffee shops, museums and a range of ‘other interior places.

Long Beach and LA have mostly deferred to county regulations throughout the pandemic.

LA’s ordinance expires when the city’s emergency declaration expires. Long Beach, meanwhile, has not “designated a specific sunset for the new vaccine mandate,” according to spokeswoman Jennifer Rice Epstein.

The Long Beach Health Ordinance also applies to outdoor mega-events of 10,000 people or more. Participants in such events must show proof of vaccination or a negative test within 72 hours of the event.

The mega indoor event of 1,000 people or more already requires proof of vaccination or a negative test to enter.

“It is important that people receive their COVID-19 vaccine to protect themselves and others,” reads the city’s health order. “The data shows that people who have been vaccinated are much better protected against serious illnesses and infections. “

In Long Beach, 78% of eligible residents aged 12 and over received at least one dose of coronavirus vaccination on Wednesday, while 69% of eligible residents are fully vaccinated against the disease.

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Liquor license suspended for New Haven nightclub after massive brawl and shootout – NBC Connecticut


The Consumer Protection Department issued a liquor license suspension for a New Haven nightclub after a major brawl and shooting Thursday.

Officials said Terminal 110, located on Sargent Drive, received the summary suspension after a police dismissal over events that occurred in the wee hours of September 23.

DCP officials said Terminal 110 was the scene of a major brawl and shootout in which at least one person was shot and three shots were fired. Officials say the incident resembles another shooting incident that occurred earlier this month when 27 assorted used bullet casings, one live bullet and two bullet fragments were found around the club’s parking lot.

Police chief Renee Dominguez said officers working at the nightclub heard several gunshots upon release on September 5. They were unable to locate any suspects due to the large crowd. However, they noticed that three cars in the club parking lot had been hit. by bullets, according to Dominguez.

In the incident on September 23, an officer working at the club was alerted by a bouncer that a big brawl was taking place inside. After everyone was evacuated, three gunshots were heard coming from the parking lot, police said.

A person involved in the shooting who fled the scene in a vehicle was ultimately taken into custody after a brief foot chase. The man appeared to be suffering from a gunshot wound in the groin and was taken to hospital with injuries where he was listed in stable condition, police said.

Another man suspected of being involved in the shooting has not been located by police. Officials said the manager of Terminal 110 had agreed to provide surveillance footage of the shooting.

“I am grateful that the New Haven Police Department brought this matter to my attention and I believe this immediate suspension is justified and necessary to remedy this very serious situation,” said DCP Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull , in a press release. “The occurrence of two shootings at this site in a few weeks is a huge threat to public safety and highlights the need for better control of the site by our licensees. People should feel safe entering any facility that holds one of our licenses. “

The nightclub will not be allowed to serve alcohol until further notice.


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Dave’s Hot Chicken opens three restaurants


Dave ‘s Hot Chicken, the mind-blowing late-night pop-up that turns into a hot chicken sensation, today announced the grand opening of three new locations, each opening this Friday, September 24, continuing its expansion and goal of bringing the most coveted hot chicken to communities across the county.

The company’s first location in Houston, and the second in the state of Texas, is located at 12161 Westheimer and will be open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to midnight Friday through Sunday. Dave Hot Chicken’s Houston location has drive-thru and ceilings nearly 20 feet high, with outdoor seating as well.

The company’s first site in Northern California, in Santa Rosa, is located at 2240 Mendocino Ave., and will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week. The Santa Rosa Restaurant has a generous outdoor dining area, as well as custom interior graphics that reinforce the brand’s commitment to delivering irresistible ‘out of this world’ hot chicken.

Dave’s Hot Chicken’s second restaurant in California is located in Santa Ana at 3332 South Bristol St. Ana’s Firefighter Uniform. The restaurant will be open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight.

The quick and casual concept specializes in hot chicken fillets and sliders, as well as sides of house kale salad, creamy mac and cheese, and crispy fries. Offered in seven different spice levels ranging from No Spice to Reaper (which requires a signed waiver for those who dare), each hand-breaded, juicy piece of chicken uses a proprietary spice blend designed specifically for its heat level. . The brand started a few years ago as a pop-up parking lot and has drawn lines around the block, with rave reviews from its fanatic Instagram followers.

“Dave’s hot chicken will blow your mind!” Every offering is tangy, juicy and spicy, ”says Bill Phelps, CEO of Dave’s Hot Chicken. “Our founders started Dave’s as a pop-up restaurant in a Hollywood parking lot with a portable fryer and picnic tables in their backyard just three years ago. We are excited to open these new locations in California and Houston! “

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At Everett’s boat launch, a sandbar blocks sailors


EVERETT – The state’s largest boat launch is overrun by a sandbar.

Port officials say sediment is flowing at a much faster rate than usual to the Everett 10th Street boat launch.

The guilty? The Snohomish River. Accomplices? No more extreme weather events and a change in historical river flows.

The past decade has seen more severe storms, and with them more flooding, said Laura Gurley, the port’s planning director. “With more water comes more sediment,” she said.

The silt is problematic. More than 30,000 vessels depart each year from the 13-lane boat launch, jointly owned by the port, the Town of Everett and the County of Snohomish. It is used for recreation, commerce, Department of Defense operations, emergency response, and tribal fishing. And it’s a lifeline for Hat Island residents.

At low tide, there have been more and more reports of boaters stranded near the boat launch. Sometimes the north end of the launch becomes unusable. Port officials fear the impacts will one day be more severe than those from a stranded person on a sunny afternoon.

“Thousands of boaters depend on the launch and surrounding waterways to be accessible at all tide levels, including our local emergency responders who provide essential life-safety services on the water. Having a response vessel unable to reach the river channel on a rescue mission could quickly become a life or death situation and we cannot have it, ”said Port CEO Lisa Lefeber , in a press release.

The port will therefore hire someone to dig the launching ramp, as well as part of the sandbank. Literally.

Last month, the port announced it was accepting bids for the work. Whoever gets the contract, which should be awarded this fall, will use cranes equipped with clamshells to pick up the mud. Then they’ll haul the silt somewhere near Port Gardner, where it’ll be dropped off at an open water disposal site – essentially a large hole in Puget Sound. The work is scheduled to take place this winter and must be completed by February 15 to protect the fish runs.

The accumulation of sediment at the boat launch is nothing new. It sits at the mouth of a large river that perpetually pushes silt as water pushes its way through Snohomish County. Dredging therefore takes place approximately every decade.

But there has never been a sandbar like the one that formed just outside the boat launch, and there has never been so much to dig, said Gurley. Ten years ago, teams dug up 25,000 cubic meters of sand. This winter, they are expected to remove 41,000 cubic yards, or about 4,000 dump truck loads. As a result, the project this winter will cost twice as much, at $ 1.2 million.

“We have never seen such a level of sedimentation,” said port spokeswoman Catherine Soper.

This spot near the boat launch and the Federal Shipping Canal is no man’s land – or rather, no man’s water – that has never been dredged before, Gurley said. So, getting the right permits is a complicated affair, involving an assortment of agencies, like the US Army Corps of Engineers, which does most of the dredging in the channel between Everett and Jetty Island. Emergency clearance has not been granted, but Gurley has promised the port will work on it.

Even when dredging is allowed, it’s a band-aid solution that can last for a few years, Gurley said. It probably won’t be long before it fills with sediment. The next step will be to obtain more permanent permits that will allow more frequent dredging over a larger area.

In the meantime, boaters should exercise caution in checking the tides for their scheduled departure and return times. (It’s the return time that people most often forget, Soper said.) And they should understand the ship’s draft, which is how far their boat goes below the surface. some water.

Zachariah Bryan: 425-339-3431; [email protected] Twitter: @zachariahtb.

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Equinix, Inc. — Moody’s assigns Baa3 rating to Equinix’s proposed senior unsecured notes

Equinix, Inc. — Moody’s assigns Baa3 rating to Equinix’s proposed senior unsecured notes

Rating Action: Moody’s assigns Baa3 rating to Equinix’s proposed senior unsecured notesGlobal Credit Research – 24 Feb 2021New York, February 24, 2021 — Moody’s Investors Service (Moody’s) has assigned a Baa3 rating to Equinix, Inc.’s (Equinix) proposed Eurodollar senior unsecured notes expected to be issued in two separate maturity tranches. Net proceeds from the offering will be allocated to a portfolio of eligible green projects including green buildings, renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable water and wastewater management investments. Pending the full allocation of proceeds towards eligible green projects, a portion of the net proceeds is expected to be used to retire existing senior unsecured debt. The Baa3 rating is in line with the existing rating for Equinix’s unsecured debt class. The company’s bank facilities (unrated) are unsecured obligations and rank pari passu with the unsecured notes. All other ratings, including Equinix’s Baa3 rating on the company’s existing senior unsecured notes, are unaffected by the proposed transaction. The outlook is stable.Assignments:..Issuer: Equinix, Inc…..Senior Unsecured Regular Bond/Debenture, Assigned Baa3RATINGS RATIONALEEquinix’s Baa3 senior unsecured rating is supported by Equinix’s position as the leading global independent data center operator offering carrier-neutral data center and interconnection services to large enterprises, content distributors and global internet companies. Equinix benefits from its global competitive position, increasing asset coverage, and more disciplined and balanced debt and equity funding strategy to support organic and M&A-driven business growth and to fund annual cash flow deficits due to high capital spending and steadily rising dividend payments associated with its real estate investment trust (REIT) tax status. Moody’s notes that Equinix’s dividend payout ratio as a percentage of adjusted funds from operations (AFFO), a non-GAAP financial measure commonly used in the REIT industry, has historically been in the mid 40% range which is more conservative relative to many other REITS.The company’s credit profile also incorporates still favorable near-term growth trends for data center services across the world, the company’s stable base of contracted recurring revenue, low churn, scale and strategic real estate holdings in key communications hubs. Equinix’s substantial asset portfolio and qualitative business strengths are supportive of higher leverage tolerance for its rating. These positive factors are offset by significant industry risks as data center business models continue to evolve, intense competition from strategic and financial operators, relatively high capital intensity and a history of opportunistic M&A which could delay more significant deleveraging if primarily debt funded.Equinix has good liquidity for the next 12-18 months. As of December 30, 2020, the company has approximately $1.6 billion of cash on hand and approximately $1.9 billion available under its $2 billion revolver. Moody’s estimates that Equinix will pay around $1 billion in cash dividends during 2021, growing in future periods. Moody’s expects dividends will exceed internally generated cash and capital spending for at least the next two years, and that the company will continue to rely upon a balanced mix of debt and equity capital to finance these annual deficits. Equinix has a $1.5 billion at-the-market (ATM) equity offering program currently available to optimized equity capital raises. Although unlikely, Equinix also has the option of sale leasebacks of its facilities to generate additional liquidity.The stable outlook reflects Moody’s belief that net leverage will fall towards 4.5x (Moody’s adjusted) over the next 12 to 18 months. 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Alternatively, please see the Rating Methodologies page on www.moodys.com for a copy of this methodology.Headquartered in Redwood City, CA, Equinix, Inc. is the largest publicly traded carrier-neutral data center provider in the world with 227 data centers operating in 63 metro markets across the Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific. With the most networks, clouds and IT services companies on one platform, Equinix connects its more than 9,500 customers to their customers and partners utilizing over 1,800 networks.REGULATORY DISCLOSURESFor further specification of Moody’s key rating assumptions and sensitivity analysis, see the sections Methodology Assumptions and Sensitivity to Assumptions in the disclosure form. 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Vedanta Resources Finance II Plc — Moody’s downgrades Vedanta Resources’ CFR to B2, senior unsecured notes to Caa1; all ratings remain under review for downgrade

Vedanta Resources Finance II Plc — Moody’s downgrades Vedanta Resources’ CFR to B2, senior unsecured notes to Caa1; all ratings remain under review for downgrade

Rating Action: Moody’s downgrades Vedanta Resources’ CFR to B2, senior unsecured notes to Caa1; all ratings remain under review for downgrade

Global Credit Research – 03 Dec 2020

Singapore, December 03, 2020 — Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded the corporate family rating (CFR) of Vedanta Resources Limited (VRL) to B2 from B1. Moody’s has also downgraded the ratings on the senior unsecured bonds issued by VRL and those issued by Vedanta Resources Finance II Plc (VRF) and guaranteed by VRL to Caa1 from B3.

All ratings remain under review for further downgrade.

“The downgrade primarily reflects the holding company VRL’s persistently weak liquidity and high refinancing needs amid growing signs of an aggressive risk appetite, with implications for the company’s financial strategy and risk management, a key component of our governance risk assessment framework,” says Kaustubh Chaubal a Moody’s Vice President and Senior Credit Officer.

Today’s rating action also considers the impact of the company’s governance practices on its credit profile, which Moody’s regard as credit negative.

RATINGS RATIONALE

Holdco VRL’s liquidity is severely challenged with $2.8 billion of its debt maturing from January 2021 through June 2022, including intercompany debt maturities of $507 million and a $325 million debt maturity at VRL’s sole shareholder Volcan Investments, which Moody’s expects to be serviced out of VRL group cash flows. Further weakening the holdco’s liquidity is an estimated $470 million of annual interest expense. And following the upstreaming of the intercompany loan from Cairn India Holdings Limited (CIHL) earlier this fiscal year and VDL’s commitment to investors that no further intercompany loans will be extended without approval from the VDL board, cash movement options from operating subsidiaries to the holdcos may be restricted to dividends and a nominal management/branding fee from its operating subsidiaries. However, Moody’s cautions that the group’s complex structure with less than 100% shareholding in key operating and cash rich subsidiaries, restricts the amounts of such dividends.

“VRL’s funding access had been underpinned by continued support from Indian and multinational banks not only at the operating entities, but also at various holding companies,” adds Chaubal, who is also Moody’s Lead Analyst for VRL. “However, VRL had to repay its $425 million debt maturity from one of its relationship banks, as opposed to rolling it over or refinancing it with other long-term debt, a sign of reduced bank support.”

On 20 November, VRL announced it had appointed a top-15 accountancy firm, MHA Maclntyre Hudson as its statutory auditors for the fiscal year ending 31 March 2021 (fiscal 2021) following Ernst & Young’s — the company’s former statutory auditors — decision not to be reappointed as auditors. Ernst & Young were statutory auditors of VRL for the fiscal years 2017 through 2020 and had issued a qualified audit report for fiscal 2020. However, the exiting auditor has confirmed that there were no reasons or matters that need to be brought to the attention of the members/creditors of the company in connection with them ceasing to hold office.

S R Batliboi & Co and other Ernst and Young member firms continue as statutory auditors of VRL’s 50.1% owned subsidiary Vedanta Limited (VDL) and its subsidiaries. However, VDL’s unaudited interim financial statements for fiscal 2021 also contain a qualified conclusion from the auditors pertaining to the $956 million intercompany loan from VDL’s wholly owned subsidiary CIHL to holdco VRL.

Earlier in November, VDL announced that one of its independent directors resigned for personal reasons, marking the fourth senior departure in 2020. Departures in the senior management/board at such frequent intervals can be alarming, especially at a time when the company’s liquidity is weak, statutory auditors opt not to be reelected and are providing qualified reports and qualified conclusions.

Further adding pressure to VRL’s credit profile is an accident in November at one of its mines in Gamsberg, South Africa, where mining activity remains suspended due to a geotechnical failure. The geotechnical failure trapped 10 of the company’s employees, killing two. With 108,000 tons of zinc production in fiscal 2020, the Gamsberg mine is relatively small and the suspension in its mining is unlikely to meaningfully dent VRL’s consolidated earnings or cash flow generation. Even so, the accident underscores social risks, with plausible implications for the company’s globally diversified mining operations.

Meanwhile, VDL’s operations continued to improve steadily with performance in the second quarter of the fiscal year ending March 2021 (Q2 fiscal 2021) significantly higher than Q1 fiscal 2021. More importantly, against consolidated revenues and operating EBITDA of $4.9 billion and $1.6 billion respectively in H1 fiscal 2021, Moody’s expects VDL to achieve consolidated revenues of $9.5 billion – $10.0 billion and consolidated EBITDA of $3.5 billion – $3.6 billion in full year fiscal 2021. With these operating metrics, Moody’s expects VRL’s consolidated adjusted debt/EBITDA leverage at March 2021 to marginally improve to less than 5.0x from around 5.5x in September 2020 and 5.3x in March 2020.

FACTORS THAT COULD LEAD TO AN UPGRADE OR DOWNGRADE OF THE RATINGS

Moody’s expects to conclude the review within 90 days. The ratings review will focus on VRL’s ability to refinance its upcoming debt maturities in a timely manner with long-term debt.

An upgrade is unlikely, given the review for downgrade. However, Moody’s could conclude its review for downgrade and confirm all ratings if VRL successfully simplifies its complex group structure and refinances its upcoming debt maturities, in particular its bank loans, with long-term debt and also addresses the $670 million maturity of the June 2021 notes.

The ratings could be downgraded if the company fails to secure a firm refinancing plan, if there are further signs of reduced bank support, or if the company undertakes a large debt-financed acquisition without any immediate and meaningful impact on earnings.

The principal methodology used in these ratings was Mining published in September 2018 and available at https://www.moodys.com/researchdocumentcontentpage.aspx?docid=PBC_1089739. Alternatively, please see the Rating Methodologies page on www.moodys.com for a copy of this methodology.

Vedanta Resources Limited, headquartered in London, is a diversified resources company with interests mainly in India. Its main operations are held by Vedanta Ltd, a 50.1%-owned subsidiary. Through Vedanta Resources’ various operating subsidiaries, the group produces oil and gas, zinc, lead, silver, aluminum, iron ore and power.

Delisted from the London Stock Exchange in October 2018, Vedanta Resources is now wholly owned by Volcan Investments Ltd. Founder chairman of Vedanta Resources, Anil Agarwal, and his family, are the key shareholders of Volcan.

For the fiscal year ending 31 March 2020, Vedanta Resources generated revenues of USD11.8 billion and adjusted EBITDA of USD3.4 billion.

REGULATORY DISCLOSURES

For further specification of Moody’s key rating assumptions and sensitivity analysis, see the sections Methodology Assumptions and Sensitivity to Assumptions in the disclosure form. Moody’s Rating Symbols and Definitions can be found at: https://www.moodys.com/researchdocumentcontentpage.aspx?docid=PBC_79004.

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Moody’s general principles for assessing environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks in our credit analysis can be found at https://www.moodys.com/researchdocumentcontentpage.aspx?docid=PBC_1133569.

At least one ESG consideration was material to the credit rating action(s) announced and described above.

The Global Scale Credit Rating on this Credit Rating Announcement was issued by one of Moody’s affiliates outside the EU and is endorsed by Moody’s Deutschland GmbH, An der Welle 5, Frankfurt am Main 60322, Germany, in accordance with Art.4 paragraph 3 of the Regulation (EC) No 1060/2009 on Credit Rating Agencies. Further information on the EU endorsement status and on the Moody’s office that issued the credit rating is available on www.moodys.com.

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Modern Meat Partners with Real Vison to Produce Performance Bars and Plant-Based Meal Kits for High Performance Cognitive Athletes, Students and High Tension Mental Activities

Modern Meat Partners with Real Vison to Produce Performance Bars and Plant-Based Meal Kits for High Performance Cognitive Athletes, Students and High Tension Mental Activities


VANCOUVER, BC, August 25, 2021 / CNW / – Modern Plant-Based Foods Inc., (CSE: MEAT) (“Modern Plant-Based Foods”) or (the “Company”), an award-winning plant-based food company, is pleased to announce that its meat alternatives brand, Modern Meat, has entered into a partnership agreement with Real Vision Foods, LLC (“Real Vision”), a natural food manufacturer capable of producing and distributing high volumes of Modern Meat’s proprietary herbal bars and meals for high performance cognitive athletes.

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Real Vision creates products with exceptional taste and nutritional density through a selective supply of biodiverse ingredients, which has a positive social, economic and environmental impact throughout the supply chain. Its management team has over 100 years of experience working with companies such as General Mills, Pepsi and Yum Restaurants. Managers have supplied over 250 different storage units to the retail, mass merchandise and club store supply chain, with branded and private label applications in United States and Canada.

“Currently on the market, there are many food and supplement choices available for athletes involved in physical activities that promote muscle growth, recovery and endurance. However, we have identified a gap in the market. We recognize that the diet of high performance cognitive athletes should be similar to that of other competitive athletes, but they also require additional nutrients, which will increase circulation to the brain. by maintaining the blood sugar level of the body ”, explains Tara Haddad, Founder and CEO of Modern Plant-Based Foods.

A recent study has shown that the amount of cortisol produced by a cognitive athlete is about the same as that of a racing car driver, this combined with a high pulse sometimes as high as 160 to 180 beats per minute, which is equivalent to what happens in a very fast race, almost a marathon. In turn, opinion has shown that contemporary sports are just as demanding as most other types of sports, if not more demanding.

“We are committing to a time when herbal alternatives are a priority for many consumers. The size of the global dietary supplements market has been estimated to be $ 140.36 billion in 2020 and should reach $ 151.85 billion in 2021 with sustained growth trends leading to herbal alternatives. We have already identified suitors and potential customers for these nutritious plant-based bars and meals and discussions are underway to ensure scalability and wide distribution. This joint venture with Real Vision will be effective immediately and plans to roll out products through e-commerce and retail by the end of the year, ”Tara said.

About modern plant-based foods

Modern Plant-Based Foods is a Canadian food company based in Vancouver, British Columbia, which offers a portfolio of plant-based products, including meat and dairy-free alternatives, soups and vegan snacks. Our products are available in select restaurants and retailers across Canada including our own modern wellness bars located in Vancouver. We take a holistic approach to plant-based life and understand the importance of providing nutritious and sustainable alternatives to consumers without sacrificing taste. We want people to feel good about the food they eat, which is why we deliberately choose ingredients that are soy, gluten, nut and GMO free.

Our mission is to change the way food is produced and consumed for the benefit of people, animals and the environment by using natural, plant-based ingredients.

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This press release includes certain “forward-looking statements” and “forward-looking information” under applicable Canadian securities laws that are not historical facts. Forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results, performance, prospects and opportunities to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements contained in this press release include, without limitation, statements regarding: the Company and the business and prospects of the Company; the objectives, goals or future plans of the Company; the Company’s sales growth, planned expansion, brand awareness of the Company, increased market penetration and distribution, as well as the Company’s business, operations, management and capitalization. Forward-looking statements are necessarily based on a number of estimates and assumptions which, while believed to be reasonable, are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results and future events differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to: general business, economic and social uncertainties; the local and global market and economic uncertainties arising from the COVID-19 pandemic; litigation, availability of key product ingredients, legislative, environmental and other legal, regulatory, political and competitive developments; the ability to effectively expand manufacturing and production capacity; the ability to secure retail partners to distribute the company’s products, the success of market initiatives and the ability to grow brand awareness; the ability to attract, maintain and expand relationships with key strategic restoration and restoration partners; our ability to predict consumer taste preferences; delay or failure to receive regulatory approvals; the adequacy of our cash flow to meet liquidity needs; the additional risks set out in the Company’s public documents filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com; and other matters discussed in this press release. Accordingly, the forward-looking statements discussed in this press release may not occur and could differ materially due to such known and unknown risk factors and uncertainties affecting the Company. Although the Company believes that the assumptions and factors used in the preparation of forward-looking statements are reasonable, one should not place undue reliance on such statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release, and no No guarantee can be given that these events will occur within the disclosed time frame or not at all. Except as required by law, the Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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Should Pennsylvania Restaurants Require Proof of Vaccination? Owners say this will lead to conflict


At CityLine Diner in Paxtang, owner Tefa Ghatas practices security in regards to COVID-19.

Its staff are vaccinated and the restaurant has adhered to previous guidelines regarding masks, social distancing and occupancy levels.

But Ghatas said he was not ready to ask diners for proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

“We cannot ask every client if they are vaccinated,” Ghatas said. “It’s going to cause problems and conflict and people will get angry and say it’s none of your business. “

As concerns about the delta variant grow, there is more talk of mandatory vaccinations and companies requiring proof of vaccines.

Last week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that starting August 16, proof of vaccination will be required for indoor restaurants, gyms and indoor entertainment venues. Los Angeles is considering a similar proposal.

The Yelp website, popular for its restaurant and store reviews, recently announced that it allows businesses to add descriptions to their profile pages to let customers know if “proof of vaccination” is required and if “all the staff [are] fully vaccinated.

In Pennsylvania, a handful of restaurants have announced policies, but at this point no formal rules have been instituted. A handful in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh have started checking vaccination cards for entry.

In fact, Philadelphia restaurant Martha recently sparked outrage when it announced on Instagram that it was adopting such a policy, prompting the owner to turn off comments on the post.

“There is no perfect map for what to do,” owner Olivia Caceres told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “We’re just trying to do what we can do to keep our staff and our neighbors safe.”

The restaurant industry has talked about vaccinations. In fact, the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association runs pop-up vaccination clinics in parts of the state. The effort is aimed at vaccinating more people and ultimately protecting hotel workers.

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In response to New York City’s proof of vaccination policy, the National Restaurant Association said it supports vaccinations but does not believe operators should be responsible for verifying the vaccination status of customers.

“Now, without training, our staff members are expected to check the immunization status of every customer who wishes to eat inside the facility,” said Larry Lynch, senior vice president of science and industry for the association in a press release. “Last year, when mask warrants across the country were put in place, restaurant workers suffered a terrifying reaction when these rules were enforced.”

Chuck Moran, executive director of the Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage and Tavern Association, said he hasn’t heard of any central Pennsylvania facility that has adopted the practice.

“I think at this point business owners would have to comply if it was mandatory, but they wouldn’t be happy because they’ve taken all the precautions and have already taken this route,” he said.

Importantly, Moran said he’s seeing a few restaurant chains bring back mask policies. In some cases, in other parts of the country, restaurants reward vaccinated customers by allowing them to sit indoors and welcoming unvaccinated customers with outdoor seating, he said. .

Don Carter, Jr., operator of Wormleysburg restaurants including Duke’s Riverside Bar & Grill and Dockside Willies, said he would oppose verification of vaccine status.

“The people here are not going to put up with you at the front door doing an inquisition to find out where they are.” Even if they got the hang of it, they are going to be insulted and angry with you, ”he said.

In addition, Carter said the industry is facing a serious shortage of workers and he wonders every day whether he will have enough staff to open his restaurants. Between those shortages and a slight increase in business this summer, Carter admitted there was enough to cope with let alone monitor whether diners were vaccinated or not.

Joey Straw, owner of Harper’s Tavern in East Hanover Township, wonders how she would handle such a mandate and said it would likely lead to confrontations with clients. She noted that she would probably have to pay someone to hold the door and check customers’ cards.

“We’re busy buying your martini and now I have to stop. It is disrupting our whole industry, ”she said. “Are Lowe’s and all these stores going to turn people down?” “

Some owners like Jason Viscount of Greystone Public House in Lower Paxton Township and Greystone Brew House in Dillsburg have said they need to learn more about the legality of asking customers for vaccination information.

However, he said, if the state mandates indoor masking for unvaccinated people, restaurants will require it for everyone. But it does not go so far as to put in place controls.

“I don’t think there is anything good that comes out of it. My employees, we are in the hotel business to make people happy. I am not in charge of monitoring people and their ideas and beliefs, ”he said.


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A&W to open three restaurants in the Charlotte area


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A&W Restaurants plans to open three restaurants in the Charlotte area. The restaurant is known for its American cuisine and fresh root beer.

An iconic root beer and hamburger chain will open several restaurants in the Charlotte area, debuting in North Carolina.

A&W Restaurants, based in Lexington, Ky., Will open nine franchise restaurants, including three in the Charlotte area, five in Las Vegas and one in St. Louis, the company said in a press release.

Ronald and Nadyne Jennings will build restaurants in the Gastonia and Kings Mountain areas and in South Carolina in the Rock Hill area, according to A&W.

A company official did not immediately respond to a request for more information about plans for the Charlotte area.

A&W is known for making its root beer on site at every restaurant and served in frozen mugs. The menu includes burgers, chicken, and hot dogs, and of course, root beer floats and other desserts.

The company owns five restaurants in South Carolina, according to the company’s website.

Since its acquisition by franchisees nearly 10 years ago, A&W sales have grown by more than 50%, according to the company.

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Three A&W restaurants will open in the Charlotte area serving freshly made root beer and other menu items like chicken fillets. A&W Restaurants

About A&W

The 102-year-old company began with a root beer stand from founder Roy Allen in Lodi, California. There are now over 900 A&W in the United States and Asia.

Five years ago, A&W parted ways with Yum Brands, which includes fast food restaurants like KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell, and reverted to being an independent business.

A&W CEO Kevin Brazner said in a corporate video that the chain is focused on growing with franchise partners. A&W is the number one franchise restaurant chain in the United States, according to the company.

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Catherine Muccigrosso is the retail journalist for The Charlotte Observer. An award-winning journalist, she worked for several newspapers and McClatchy for over a decade.


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THE DISH: Umaga Cafe is worth the wait | Food

We are all looking for something new and interesting, especially when it comes to food. Here’s a look at some of the latest additions.

Umaga Cafe is in a soft opening but already brings it out of the park.

Umaga means “morning” in Filipino (Tagalog) and I could easily imagine starting my mornings with the Ooh-Bae latte, made with ube cookie butter. It was easier to scoop the butter from the cookies with the wide cut straw (designed for the boba) when the ice cream had melted a bit but it just allowed me to enjoy the flavor of the coffee.

Owners Jeremy and Jezreel Cruz started their business selling high quality coffee imported from the Philippines, and the coffee is available by bag in the store.

The queue was long on the first day of the smooth opening so I should have added a bag of coffee to the initial order.

Now on to the pastries, despite the warning that the menu would be limited as they went live, there was still plenty to choose from. I tasted pandan (screw pine), langka (jackfruit) and guava fritters. All were tasty and chewy, the pandan, topped with grated coconut, being my favorite. (And I normally don’t like the coconut on top, which is a testament to the baking’s balanced flavors.)

Finally, the donuts can be topped with a choice of options – milk chocolate with ube crumbs, Biscoff cookie crumbs, fruity pebbles, or chocolate or rainbow chips – but for now the case was stacked with garnished donuts.

Special praise is reserved for the ube mochi muffin. The last regular had been sold to the customer before me, so I got the gluten free version. It didn’t matter because the flavor of the ube was great and the chewy texture of the mochiko sweet rice flour was satisfying. I would gladly order this version, which differs from the other only by the addition of ube cookie crumbs, which contain gluten.

The banana and peanut butter fried bun, served with halo-halo ice cream, was a nice balance of crunch and sweetness. The peanut butter, which could be overwhelming in a flaky dish like this, was balanced with the ice cream.

If this was just a sample of what the cafe will offer, I’m excited to come back in the coming months and see what the full menu has in store – and grab an ube cheese pandesal, which was going to be a 30-minute wait as the initial batch was already sold out about an hour after opening last Saturday. (I had them at a previous Umaga pop-up held at the Idea Hive and I’m up for more.)

It should also be noted that the staff were courteous and helpful, explaining the flavors of the pastries and apologizing for any wait times.

I am happy to see another local family business take the next step in building their brand. Hoping Bakersfield does what he does best and supports him as fiercely as he did on opening weekend.

The cafe at 4801 Stockdale Highway is closed Mondays and open the rest of the week from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information about Umaga Cafe, visit their website umagacoffee.com or its social networks – Facebook (facebook.com/umagacoffee) and Instagram (@umagacoffee).

New and improved

Tuesday, Subway launched what he called “Eat Fresh Refresh,” a massive overhaul of his menu, which took heat for the quality of the tuna he uses.

The changes include newly improved ingredients as well as fresh sandwiches.

Roast beef and roast chicken, both cut last summer, are back along with three new sandwiches: fresh Cali steak, made with steak, hickory smoked bacon, crushed avocado, BelGioioso mozzarella, spinach, red onion, tomatoes and mayo; the fresh Cali turkey, which is the same as the Cali steak, except that the featured protein is the oven roasted turkey; and the All-American Club, which features oven-roasted turkey, Black Forest ham, and hickory-smoked bacon with American cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and red onions.

The standard subway club also benefited from the improved turkey, ham, and roast beef.

Some of the ingredients in these sandwiches might have intrigued you (at least as much as Subway) and that’s because they’re new or overhauled. These include mashed avocado, BelGioioso mozzarella, MVP (Most Valuable Parm) Parmesan dressing, hickory smoked bacon, black forest ham, oven roasted turkey, and steak.

There was also an upgrade to his signature Italian bread – now baked longer, at a higher temperature, 370 degrees, to give it a crispier crust – and his multigrain bread, made with amber grains and three types. of seeds. The last bread change was in 2000 when it went from cutting the trench at the top of the bread to slicing horizontally

The chain is also rolling out Subway Delivers, described as a white label delivery provided by DoorDash available on the company’s website and app. It’s part of the company’s ongoing efforts to simplify the digital control experience.

Reviews have been mixed since the midweek launch. Have you tried anything new at Subway? Email [email protected] and let us know what you think.

Coastal Grill from Rubio now offers Cauliflower Rice, available in any bowl or burrito for an additional $ 2. It can also be ordered as a side dish or in a children’s meal.

The herbal option is made with cauliflower rice cooked with fresh cilantro, lime juice, lemongrass and sea salt. A nutrient-dense food that contains antioxidants such as vitamins A and C, fiber, potassium, and calcium, it aligns with Keto, Whole 30, Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free, and Vegetarian diets.

“Rubio customers are incredibly food savvy and appreciate being able to order personalized meals based on their wellness goals,” Rubio co-founder Ralph Rubio said in a press release. “When cabbage rice is replaced with rice in our California bowl, cabbage rice is just 130 calories with 7 net carbs per serving. It’s an easy swap that tastes delicious with great health benefits. . “

Rubio’s is at 9200 Rosedale Highway, Suite 200.

Popeye, which aimed to dominate the fast food chicken sandwich market, is expanding further into nuggets. Last on the menu nearly 10 years ago, the Nuggets will be available from July 27, taking “the quality and flavor” of Popeye’s famous chicken sandwich and breaking it into poppable chunks.

Nuggets are made from white meat and made with a special flour and dough system, according to Restaurant Business’s website. They are available in classic flavor and can be paired with several sauces, including Bayou Buffalo, BoldBQ, Blackened Ranch, Buttermilk Ranch, Mardi Gras Mustard, and Mild Heat.

Farmer boys offers two summer offers, both back at the request of customers. First up is the Pork Heaven Breakfast Burrito, consisting of three cage-free eggs, American cheese, crispy hash browns, homemade salsa, smoked hickory bacon, pork sausage. and diced ham, rolled in a hot flour tortilla.

He also brought back the Chicken Caesar Salad, which consisted of flame-grilled chicken, hand-diced Hass avocado, hickory-smoked bacon and Parmesan on a bed of hand-chopped romaine lettuce accompanied Farmer Boys Parmesan Crusted Sourdough. toast.

Menu items are available now through August 30. To learn more about Farmer Boys, visit www.farmerboys.com.

Stefani Dias can be reached at 661-395-7488. Follow her on Twitter: @realstefanidias.

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Everi Launches Private Offering of $ 400.0 Million Unsecured Notes Due 2029

LAS VEGAS, June 28, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Everi Holdings Inc. (NYSE: EVRI) (“Everi” or the “Company”), a leading provider of land and digital casino gaming content and products, financial technology and player loyalty solutions, announced today that it intends, subject to market and other conditions, $ 400.0 million in the total notional amount of the senior unsecured notes due in 2029 (the “Notes”) in a Private Offering. The Notes are guaranteed by the Company and certain direct and indirect domestic subsidiaries of the Company on a senior unsecured basis.

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The Company intends to use the proceeds of the Notes to repay in full its 7.50% Senior Unsecured Notes due 2025 and to pay related fees and expenses, and upon completion of the Refinancing of the Credit Facility described below, to repay a portion of the outstanding loans in accordance with its existing credit lines.

Upon completion of the Offering, the Company intends to enter into certain new credit facilities, the proceeds of which, together with cash, will be used to repay in full the remaining outstanding loans under its existing credit facilities (the “Refinancing through Credit Facilities”). The completion of the offering of the Notes is not dependent on the completion of the refinancing of the Credit Facility.

The Notes are only offered and sold to qualified institutional buyers under Rule 144A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”) and non-US persons under Regulation S of the Securities Act. The bonds and their guarantees will not be registered under the Securities Act or state securities laws and may not be offered or sold The United States lack of registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable state securities laws.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the Notes or any other security and does not constitute an offer or solicitation; or sale in any jurisdiction in which or to any person to whom any such offer, solicitation or sale is unlawful. All offers of the Notes will only be made by means of a private offer memorandum. This press release is issued in accordance with and in accordance with Rule 135c of the Securities Act. This press release contains information about pending transactions and there can be no guarantee that such transactions will complete.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the US Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. As used in this context, forward-looking statements often relate to our expected future business and financial performance and often include words such as “intend,” “expect,” “plan “,” well established “,” believe “,” aim “,” aim “,” future “,” estimate “,” foresee “,” strive for “,” can “,” should “or” will “and similar expressions, to identify forward-looking statements.

The forward-looking statements in this press release are subject to additional risks and uncertainties, including those set out in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including, but not limited to, our Annual Report on Form 10 – K for the past fiscal year December 31, 2020 filed with the SEC on March 15, 2021 and subsequent periodic reports and are based on information available to us as of the date of this agreement.

These cautionary statements qualify our forward-looking statements and you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements contained herein speak only as of the date of their publication and we do not intend or assume any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information or future events or otherwise.

This press release should be read in conjunction with our most recent reports on Form 10 – K and Form 10 – Q, as well as the information in our other filings with the SEC. Understanding the information contained in this document is important in order to fully understand our published financial results and our business outlook for future periods.

About Everi

Everi’s mission is to be the industry leader by redesigning the gaming experience. With a focus on player engagement and helping casino customers run more efficiently, the company develops entertaining game content and slot machines, gaming systems and services for land-based and iGaming operators. The company is also the leading provider of trusted financial technology solutions that power the casino space while improving operational efficiencies and meeting regulatory compliance requirements, as well as regulatory and intelligence software.

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Everi announces the successful completion of $ 400.0 million senior unsecured notes due in 2029

LAS VEGAS, July 15, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Everi Holdings Inc. (NYSE: EVRI) (“Everi” or the “Company”), a leading provider of land and digital casino gaming content and products, financial technology and player loyalty solutions, announced today the successful completion of the previously announced offer of $ 400 million in the aggregate notional amount of its 5,000% Senior Unsecured Notes due 2029 which will be issued at face value (the “New Notes”). The new Notes are guaranteed by certain wholly owned subsidiaries of the Company.

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The Company intends to use a portion of the proceeds from the New Notes to (i) fully repay its 7.50% Senior Unsecured Notes due 2025 (the “2025 Notes”) and (ii) all related fees and expenses pay. Upon completion of the Company’s previously announced expected new credit facilities in August 2021, the Company intends to use the remaining proceeds from the New Notes, along with the proceeds from such expected new credit facilities and cash, to (i) repay all outstanding loans under its currently existing credit facilities and to meet all obligations under its currently existing credit facilities quit; and (ii) pay all related fees and expenses.

The New Notes have been offered and sold only to qualified institutional buyers under Rule 144A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”) and non-US persons under Regulation S of the Securities Act. The New Notes and their guarantees have not been and will not be registered under the Securities Act or state securities laws and may not be offered or sold The United States lack of registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable state securities laws.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the New Notes or any other security and does not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale in any jurisdiction in or to any person to whom such an offer is made , Solicitation or sale is illegal. All offers of the New Notes will only be made by means of a private offer memorandum. This press release is issued in accordance with and in accordance with Rule 135c of the Securities Act.

This press release does not constitute a notice of redemption under the bond for the 2025 bonds or an offer to offer or buy 2025 bonds or any other security.

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The forward-looking statements in this press release are subject to additional risks and uncertainties, including those set out under the headings “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Operating Results” in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including, but not limited to, our Annual Report on Form 10 – K for the past fiscal year December 31, 2020 filed with the SEC on March 15, 2021 and subsequent periodic reports and are based on information available to us as of the date of this agreement.

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This press release should be read in conjunction with our most recent reports on Form 10 – K and Form 10 – Q, as well as the information in our other filings with the SEC. Understanding the information contained in this document is important in order to fully understand our published financial results and our business outlook for future periods.

About Everi
Everi’s mission is to be the industry leader through the power of people, imagination and technology. With a focus on player loyalty and helping casino customers run more efficiently, the company develops entertaining game content and slot machines, gaming systems and services for land-based and iGaming operators. The company is also the leading provider of trusted financial technology solutions that power the casino space while improving operational efficiency and meeting regulatory compliance requirements, including products and services that enable convenient and secure cash and cashless financial transactions, self-service Player retention tools and applications, as well as regulatory and intelligence software.

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Indian banks see their peak after FY23: Fitch

MUMBAI: According to Fitch Ratings, Indian banks’ credit strain is likely to peak after fiscal 2023 as regulatory relief measures postponed asset quality issues. In a press release titled Indian Banks 2021 Report Card, the global rating agency said the stress from small business and retail customers was not fully accounted for by lenders, which caused banks’ credit ratios to drop to 7.5% in fiscal 2021 is.

“Additional relief efforts targeting Covid-19 affected segments (such as micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), retail and contact services) have played a critical role in deferring the detection of asset quality problems. Fitch expects NPL after FY23 to peak as stress from that pool is likely to manifest itself over a fairly long period of time, ”the press release said.

According to Fitch, the regulatory moratorium, the Covid-19-specific restructuring and the government-guaranteed refinancing for MSMEs account for around 10% plus system loans. The rating agency also said the crackdown on bad loans will continue in the current budget year as new measures address the impact of the second wave of the pandemic.

Fitch also said it anticipates banks’ exposure to stressed MSME and retail borrowers will continue to grow as relief spending increases. It added that it is likely to force banks, especially state ones, to curb regular lending if they do not have adequate core capital buffers and a weak emergency buffer

The global rating agency estimates that the aggregate potentially strained credit volume is highest at 11.9% of the loans with large state banks, followed by medium-sized state banks at 9.3%, after the total exposure to MSMEs using the ECLGS on the Based on the available bank information.

“Most private banks have significantly fewer impaired loans and a higher proportion of government-guaranteed ECLGS loans (2.2%) than state banks (1.2%) in FY21, but they also have more retail loans. We consider MSME and retail lending particularly unsecured and loans to low- and middle-income borrowers as most at risk, although retail lending has so far outperformed our expectations, “the press release said.

Fitch expects the outlook for Indian banks to be moderately poorer in 2021 as it sees subdued prospects for new business due to expectations of weak business and consumer confidence, ongoing high risk aversion among banks and sub-trend credit demand.

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Summit Industrial Income REIT announces the completion of its $ 225 million unsecured debt offering

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TORONTO, July 14, 2021 / CNW / – Summit Industrial Income REIT (“summit” or the “REIT“) (TSX: SMU.UN) announced today that its previously announced offer (the”offer“) of $ 225 million in aggregate principal amount of D Series Senior Unsecured Notes (the”Bonds“). The bonds have a coupon of 2.44% per annum and are due on July 14, 2028.

Summit Industrial Income REIT Logo (CNW Group / Summit Industrial Income REIT)

The Notes were offered by a consortium of agents led by BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. and National Bank Financial Inc. to the best of their ability. DBRS Limited has a final rating of “BBB (low)” with a “stable” trend on the Notes. The bonds were issued in accordance with a supplement to the prospectus dated July 12, 2021 to the base prospectus of Summit from June 21, 2021.

Summit intends to use the net proceeds of the offering to repay existing fixed income debt maturing in 2028 and 2029 at a weighted average rate of approximately 4.0% and for general trust purposes.

The bonds have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933 (the “1933 Act”), as amended, and may not be offered, sold or delivered, directly or indirectly The United States, or to or for the account or for the benefit of “US Persons” (as defined in Regulation S of the 1933 Act), lack of registration or an applicable exception to the registration requirements of the 1933 Act. This press release does not constitute an offer for sale or a solicitation to submit an offer to buy bonds in The United States or to or for the account of or for the benefit of US persons, nor will there be any sale of the Notes in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

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Summit Industrial Income REIT is an unregistered open-end trust focused on growing and managing a portfolio of light industrial real estate across the world Canada. Summit’s units are listed on the TSX and trade under the symbol SMU.UN. For more information, please visit our website at www.summitiireit.com.

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This press release contains forward-looking statements and forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws. The use of any of the words “expect”, “anticipate”, “continue”, “estimate”, “objective”, “ongoing”, “can”, “will”, “project”, “should”, “believe”, ” Plans, “intends,” “goal” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking information or statements. Forward-looking information may relate to future results, performance, successes, events, prospects or opportunities for the REIT or the real estate industry, prospects and expected events or results. Some of the specific forward-looking statements contained herein include statements regarding the use of the proceeds from the Offering and the plans, goals, strategies, intentions, beliefs, estimates, costs, goals, economic performance or expectations or assumptions made by any of the foregoing .

A variety of factors, many of which are beyond the control of the REIT, affect the operations, performance, and results of the REIT and its business and could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations of estimated or expected events or results . These factors include, but are not limited to, the risks discussed in the REIT’s filings from time to time with Canadian securities regulators www.sedar.com. Readers are cautioned to weigh these and other factors, uncertainties and potential events carefully, as there can be no guarantee that actual results will match any such forward-looking statements.

The information contained in forward-looking statements is based on certain material assumptions that were used in drawing conclusions or making a forecast or forecast, including general economic conditions. While management believes these assumptions are reasonable based on the information currently available, they may prove to be incorrect. By its very nature, forward-looking information is subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and expectations to differ materially from expected results or expectations expressed, and given the impact of COVID-19 and government action to contain it, the REIT’s assumptions are naturally associated with more uncertainty compared to previous periods.

Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on this forward-looking information as of the date of this publication and not to use this forward-looking information for any purpose other than its intended purpose. Summit assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events, or for any other reason, except as required by law.

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Summit Industrial Income REIT Announces $ 225 million unsecured debt offering

THIS PRESS RELEASE IS A “SPECIFIC NEWS RELEASE” FOR THE PURPOSE OF THE INDUSTRIAL INCOME REIT’S SUMMIT SUPPLEMENT OF THE PROSPECTUS JUNE 21, 2021 TO HIS BASIC RULE BROCHURE OF THE DATA JUNE 21, 2021

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TORONTO, July 12, 2021 / CNW / – Summit Industrial Income REIT (“Summit” or the “REIT”) (TSX: SMU.UN) announced today that it has agreed to the issue (the “Offer”) $ 225 million Total notional amount of the D Series Senior Unsecured Notes (the “Notes”). The Notes are issued at a price of $ 999.68 Per $ 1,000 Nominal amount of which interest at 2.44% pa and is due July 14, 2028. Offer is expected to close on or approximately July 14, 2021, subject to certain customary closing conditions being met.

Summit intends to use the net proceeds of the Offering to prepay existing fixed income debt maturing in 2028 and 2029 at a weighted average rate of approximately 4.0% and for general escrow purposes.

The Notes are being offered by a consortium of agents led by BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. and National Bank Financial Inc. on a best-effort basis. DBRS Limited has a preliminary rating of “BBB (low)” with a “stable” trend on the Notes. It is a condition for the completion of the Offering that DBRS Limited assign the Notes a final rating of “BBB (low)” with a “stable” trend.

Summit makes the offer in Canada according to their base prospectus dated June 21, 2021. The terms of the offering are set out in a prospectus supplement to the base prospectus which is required to be filed with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities in each province and territory of the United States Canada and can be reached at www.sedar.com.

The bonds have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933 (the “1933 Act”), as amended, and may not be offered, sold or delivered, directly or indirectly The United States, or to or for the account or for the benefit of “US Persons” (as defined in Regulation S of the 1933 Act), lack of registration or an applicable exception to the registration requirements of the 1933 Act. This press release does not constitute an offer for sale or a solicitation to submit an offer to buy bonds in The United States or to or for the account of or for the benefit of US persons, nor will there be any sale of the Notes in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

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Summit Industrial Income REIT is an unregistered open-end trust focused on growing and managing a portfolio of light industrial real estate across the world Canada. Summit’s units are listed on the TSX and trade under the symbol SMU.UN. For more information, please visit our website at www.summitiireit.com.

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A variety of factors, many of which are beyond the control of the REIT, affect the operations, performance, and results of the REIT and its business and could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations of estimated or expected events or results . These factors include, but are not limited to, the risks discussed in the REIT’s filings from time to time with Canadian securities regulators www.sedar.com. Readers are cautioned to weigh these and other factors, uncertainties and potential events carefully, as there can be no guarantee that actual results will match any such forward-looking statements.

The information contained in forward-looking statements is based on certain material assumptions that were used in drawing conclusions or making a forecast or forecast, including general economic conditions. While management believes these assumptions are reasonable based on the information currently available, they may prove to be incorrect. By its very nature, forward-looking information is subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and expectations to differ materially from expected results or expectations expressed, and given the impact of COVID-19 and government action to contain it, the REIT’s assumptions are naturally associated with more uncertainty compared to previous periods.

Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on this forward-looking information as of the date of this publication and not to use this forward-looking information for any purpose other than its intended purpose. Summit assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events, or for any other reason, except as required by law.

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Transcontinental Inc. Announces Private Offering of $ 250 Million Senior Unsecured Notes

MONTREAL, July 07, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Transcontinental inc. (TSX: TCL.A TCL.B) announced today that it has made an offer of $ 250 million in aggregate face value of 2.28% senior unsecured notes due in July 2026 (“the Notes”).

The bonds are being issued through an agency consortium consisting of BMO Capital Markets Inc., CIBC World Markets Inc., Scotia Capital Inc. as Joint Bookrunners and including Desjardins Securities Inc., National Bank Financial Inc., TD Securities Inc. and Casgrain & Limited Company Liability.

The offering is expected to end on or about July 12, 2021, subject to customary closing conditions. Transcontinental Inc. intends to use the net proceeds of the offering to repay existing debt, including the November 1st tranche of the term loansNS, 2021, and other general corporate purposes.

“The bond offer announced today will provide the company with additional financial flexibility to implement its growth strategy. The current environment, supported by a strong balance sheet, offers the company the opportunity to secure financing at an attractive level,” said Donald LeCavalier, Chief Financial Officer of Transcontinental Inc.

The Notes are direct unsecured debt of Transcontinental Inc. and will rank pari passu with all other unsecured and unsubordinated debt of Transcontinental Inc. The Notes are being offered in Canada in a private placement in reliance on exemptions from the prospectus requirements under applicable securities legislation.

The Notes have not been and will not be approved for sale to the public under applicable securities laws in Canada and accordingly all offers and sales of the Notes in Canada are made on a basis that is exempt from the prospectus requirements of such securities laws. The Notes have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “US Securities Act”) or the securities laws of any other jurisdiction and may not be offered or sold in the United States in the absence of registration under the US Securities Act or any applicable exemption from registration requirements under the US Securities Act. This press release constitutes neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation of an offer to buy, nor may there be an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy the Notes in any jurisdiction in which this is unlawful.

About TC Transcontinental

TC Transcontinental is a leader in flexible packaging in North America and Canada’s largest printing company. The company is also Canada’s leading publishing group for French-speaking educational institutions. For over 45 years, TC Transcontinental’s mission has been to develop high quality products and services that enable companies to attract, reach and retain their target customers.

Respect, teamwork, performance and innovation are the strong values ​​of the company and its employees. TC Transcontinental’s commitment to its stakeholders is to conduct its business in a responsible manner.

Transcontinental Inc. (TSX: TCL.A TCL.B), known as TC Transcontinental, has nearly 8,000 employees, most of whom are based in Canada, the United States, and Latin America. TC Transcontinental achieved sales of approximately CAD 2.6 billion in the fiscal year ended October 25, 2020. For more information, please visit the TC Transcontinental website at www.tc.tc.

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Our public announcements often contain oral or written forward-looking statements that are based on management’s expectations and that are inherently subject to a number of known and unknown risks and uncertainties. By their very nature, forward-looking statements are based on both general and specific assumptions. The company cautions against placing undue reliance on such statements, as actual results or events could differ materially from the expectations expressed or implied. Forward-looking statements may include observations about the company’s goals, strategy, expected financial results, and business prospects. The future performance of the company can also be influenced by a number of factors, many of which are beyond the will or control of the company. These factors include, but are not limited to, the economic climate in the world, structural changes in the industries in which the company operates, the impact of the development and adoption of digital products on the demand for retail-related services and other printed products, the company’s ability to produce organic Generating growth in highly competitive industries, the company’s ability to complete and properly integrate acquisitions in the packaging industry, the inability to maintain or improve operational efficiencies, and avoid disruptions that could affect deadlines, cybersecurity and privacy , the political and social environment as well as regulatory and legislative changes, especially with regard to the environment and house-to-house distribution, changed consumption habits, especially in connection with questions of sustainable development g and the use of certain products or services such as door-to-door distribution, change in consumption habits or loss of a large customer, customer consolidation, the safety and quality of its packaging products that are used in the food industry, the protection of its intellectual property rights, the exchange rate, the Availability of capital at a reasonable price, bad debts from certain customers, import and export controls, raw material and transportation costs, recruitment and retention of qualified personnel in certain geographic areas and industrial sectors, taxation, interest rates and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic the operations, facilities and financial results, changes in consumption habits of consumers and changes in the operational and financial condition of the company’s customers due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the effectiveness of the plans and actions taken in response n. The key risks, uncertainties, and factors that could affect actual results are discussed in the Discussion and analysis of the management for the year ending October 25, 2020 and at the latest Annual information form.

Unless otherwise specified by the company, forward-looking statements do not take into account the potential effects of one-time or other unusual events, or any disposal, business combination, merger or acquisition announced or entered into after the date of July November 2021. The forward-looking statements in this press release are made in accordance with the “Safe Harbor” provisions of applicable Canadian securities laws. The forward-looking statements in this press release are based on current expectations and information available as of July 7, 2021. Such forward-looking information may also be found in other documents filed with Canadian securities regulators or in other communications. Management of the company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise these statements unless the securities authorities request otherwise.

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STAG Industrial is issuing $ 325 million in senior unsecured debt

BOSTON, July 8, 2021 / PRNewswire / – STAG Industrial, Inc. (the “Company”) (NYSE: STAG) announced today that it has entered into a Schuldschein agreement to issue $ 325 million of Fixed Income Senior Unsecured Notes in a private placement offering with a weighted average interest rate of 2.82% as of the issue date. The transaction consists of $ 275 million of 2.80% bonds with a term of ten years due on September 29, 2031, and $ 50 million of 2.95% Bonds with a term of twelve years due on September 28, 2033.

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The Company expects the Offer to close on or at September 28, 2021.

The Notes have not been and will not be registered under the Securities Act of 1933 or the securities laws of any state or other jurisdiction and may not be offered or sold in the The United States or any other jurisdiction without registration or exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933 and the applicable securities laws of any state or other jurisdiction.

About STAG Industrial, Inc.

STAG Industrial, Inc. is a real estate investment trust focused on buying, owning and operating industrial real estate with a single tenant. The United States. away March 31, 2021, the company’s portfolio consists of 494 buildings in 39 states with approximately 99.1 million square feet of lettable space.

For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.stagindustrial.com.

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This press release, together with other statements and information publicly disclosed by the company, contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. The Company intends that such forward-looking statements will be subject to the safe harbors for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and is including this statement for the purpose of complying with those safe harbors. Forward-looking statements, which are based on certain assumptions and describe the company’s future plans, strategies and expectations, are generally identified by the use of the words “believe”, “will”, “expect”, “intend”, “anticipate”, “estimate” “,“ Should ”,“ project ”or similar expressions. You should not rely on forward-looking statements because they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that, in some cases, are beyond the control of the company and that could materially affect actual results, performance or achievements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations include, but are not limited to, the risk factors discussed in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the past year December 31, 2020 as updated by the company’s quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. Accordingly, there is no guarantee that company expectations will be met. Unless otherwise required by federal securities laws, the Company disclaims any obligation or obligation to publicly release any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein (or elsewhere) to reflect changes in Company expectations regarding this or changes in events Conditions or circumstances on which such a statement is based.

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$ 650 million home price agreement for two-tranche unsecured notes | Status

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, me., May 5, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Agree Realty Corporation (NYSE: ADC) (the “Company”) today announced that its operating partnership, Agree Limited Partnership (the “Operating Partnership”), is a public offering by $ 350 million of 2,000% senior unsecured notes maturing in 2028 (the “2028 Notes”) $ 300 million of 2.600% Senior Unsecured Notes due 2033 (the “2033 Notes” and together with the 2028 Notes the “Notes”). The public offering price for the 2028 bonds was 99.265% of face value with an effective yield to maturity of 2.112%, and the public offer price for the 2033 bonds was 99.136% of face value with an effective yield to maturity of 2.684%. . The Notes are senior unsecured obligations of the Operating Partnership and are guaranteed by the Company and certain of its subsidiary guarantors. This offer is expected to be closed May 14, 2021, subject to customary closing conditions being met.

The Company expects to use the net proceeds from this offering to repay outstanding amounts under its senior unsecured revolving credit facility and unsecured term loans, including accrued and unpaid interest, and to settle certain swap agreements, including swap termination costs simultaneously with or shortly after the conclusion of this offer. The remaining net proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes including financing property purchases and development activities.

“The pricing of our dual tranche issue demonstrates our continued ability to leverage the public bond market to strengthen our balance sheet and position Agree Realty for further growth,” said Simon Leopold, CFO. “This offering, combined with the anticipated prepayment of all of our unsecured term loans, extends our weighted average loan life to approximately 9 years while lowering our effective weighted average interest rate to approximately 3.2%, excluding the unsecured revolving credit facility.”

Citigroup, Wells Fargo Securities and PNC Capital Markets LLC acted as joint book-running managers for the offering. JP Morgan, Stifel, Capital One Securities, Mizuho Securities, Truist Securities and US Bancorp acted as co-managers for the offering.

A registration statement relating to the securities has been filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and is automatically effective upon filing with the SEC under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. Before investing, you should read the prospectus in this registration statement and other documents that the issuer has filed with the SEC for more complete information about the issuer and this offering. You can obtain these documents free of charge by visiting EDGAR on the SEC website at www.sec.gov, or contact: Citigroup Global Markets Inc., c / o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717, 800-831-9146 or email: [email protected]; or Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, Attention: WFS Customer Service, 608 2nd Avenue South, Suite 1000, Minneapolis, MN 55402, at 800-645-3751 or email: [email protected].

The offer of the securities was made exclusively by means of a prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus, which are deposited with the SEC. This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, nor will any sale of such securities be made in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale is unlawful prior to registration or qualification would be such a jurisdiction under securities laws.

About Agree Realty Corporation

Agree Realty Corporation is a publicly traded real estate investment trust that RETHINK SALE by acquiring and developing properties that have been let on a net basis to industry-leading omnichannel retail tenants. From March 31, 2021, owned and operated a portfolio of 1,213 properties in 46 states with gross lettable space of approximately 24.2 million square feet. The company’s common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “ADC”.

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities laws, including statements about the terms and scope of the offering and the intended use of the proceeds from the offering, that reflect the company’s expectations and projections for the future. There can be no assurance that the offer described above will be concluded on the terms described or at all or that the net proceeds of the offer will be used as stated. While these forward-looking statements are based on good faith, reasonable assumption, and the company’s best judgment based on current information, you should not rely on forward-looking statements because they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may in some cases arise over which we have no control and which could materially affect the company’s results of operations, financial position, cash flows, performance or future performance or events. However, one of the most important factors right now is the potential negative impact of the current novel coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic on the financial condition, operating results, cash flows and performance of the company and its tenants. the real estate market as well as the global economy and financial markets. The extent of the impact of COVID-19 on the company and its tenants will depend on future developments that are highly uncertain and cannot be predicted with confidence, including the size, severity and duration of the pandemic, the measures taken to contain the Pandemic or to mitigate its effects, as well as the direct and indirect economic effects of the pandemic and containment measures, among others. In addition, investors are cautioned to interpret many of the risks identified in the Risk Factors discussed in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the past year December 31, 2020 and other SEC filings as well as the risks listed below have increased as a result of the persistent and numerous negative effects of COVID-19. Other important factors that could cause actual results for the company to differ, among other things, are the general deterioration in national economic conditions, the slowdown in real estate markets, the decrease in credit availability, the rise in interest rates, negative changes in retail trade, persistent ability the company’s qualification as a REIT; and other factors discussed in the company’s SEC filings. Unless required by law, the company assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future.

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Mobile is home to one of the last lesbian bars in the United States


In the middle of the shops along Government Boulevard in Mobile is a bar called “Herz”. It might not look like much on the outside, but it’s the patrons inside that make it a rarity among American bars.

Herz is a lesbian bar – according to one group, it’s the only lesbian bar in Alabama and one of less than two dozen still standing in the United States.

According to the Lesbian Bar Project, a group that aims to raise awareness of the dearth of lesbian bars across the country, there were approximately more than 200 lesbian bars in the United States in the 1980s. Several factors contributed to their rapid demise, but the project was founded following the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As we enter a post-pandemic era, we want to continue to highlight the unique challenges lesbian bars face as they seek not only to reopen, but to thrive,” said Erica Rose, Co-Director of The Lesbian Bar Project, in a press release. .

Herz was started in 2019 by Sheila and Rachel Smallman, a couple who just wanted to start a new business and fill a need for lesbians.

“I have been in law enforcement for several years,” Sheila said. “I just wanted a fresh start. Something new, something different.

Herz owners Rachel and Sheila Smallman pose for a portrait inside the bar. Herz is the only lesbian bar in Alabama, and one of many across the country.

There are already a handful of gay bars in Mobile, but Rachel points out that they aren’t always places designed to make lesbians feel at home.

“Even though we have such a large community here in Mobile, they’ve never had a hangout that they feel comfortable in because you can go to an average gay bar, and it’s kinda focused on men, ”Rachel said. “With (the LGBTQ + community) being so large with different types of people, having this place here where you can come and just be yourself, whoever you are, has been a real step forward for them. “

Despite the low numbers, the founders of Herz had no idea that there were so few lesbian bars when they decided to open. In fact, they admit, the Smallmans might not even have opened Herz if they knew how few there were.

“I think if I had known that when I came in I would have been worried,” Rachel said. “I’m so glad we didn’t know that when we walked in. Because we started to say, ‘Okay, it’s just a bar, you know. It’s a bar for us.

The Lesbian Bar Project, while recalling that their bar is one of the few, provided a support group for Sheila and Rachel. In fact, Rachel says all the other bar owners keep in touch with each other.

“We are all connected and it’s like a family. We have a chain message that has lasted since we met, ”she said. “It really brought us together, even nationally.

The project released a short documentary on June 3 featuring a few of the bars, including Herz, to start a dialogue about the remaining bars and raise awareness.

“Our aim is to tell the personal stories of lesbian bar owners, patrons and community activists who have worked tirelessly to save the sacred spaces of their local communities over the past year,” Elina Street, Co-Director of Lesbian Bar Project, said in a statement. “The documentary highlights their hopes for the future, but also looks back at the safe spaces that have influenced the queer community throughout history. “

Herz is one of the only lesbian bars in the South, and while some may see operating a space for LGBTQ + people in the conservative South as a challenge, the Smallmans see their strength in it.

“People admire southerners,” Rachel said. “When you get to Herz the first thing you get is a ‘Hey, how are you? And the next thing you’re going to get is a hug.

“It’s clean, there are no empty glasses, there is no garbage on the floor, inside or out. I just can’t stand still because I want you to come back, the next day and the next day and the next day, ”Sheila said in the documentary.

Having first class service is important to them, but they also care about being a space where gay people can express themselves safely and with confidence. For example, Rachel reflects on a drag queen and king pride month show, which they call “Swag Shows,” and their transgender social night.

“The night of our show it was electric in here, you know everyone was so proud,” she said. “You could just see them come out like themselves, you know. I don’t think they could just walk into a bar dressed like themselves and be accepted the way they were here.

Pride month may be over, but the Smallmans are clear that pride never ends in Herz.

“Pride month has been awesome,” said Rachel. “You know, I felt that sense of pride, and I think we should feel that every day. Not just in June or July, but show that pride every day. Bring your communities together every day as if it was. pride month, and it will be so much stronger.


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One dead and three injured in shooting at St. Charles nightclub


An Aurora man was killed and three others were injured early Sunday in a shooting at a St. Charles nightclub, authorities said.

St. Charles Police identified the victim as 23-year-old Khalief D. McAllister.

The shooting occurred at 2:03 a.m. at Trilogy nightclub, 2051 Lincoln Highway, according to a press release.

St. Charles Police found McAllister and another victim near the entrance to the nightclub. Officers provided first aid and called firefighters to the scene, the statement said.

Both victims were taken to Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital in Geneva, where McAllister was pronounced dead.

Emergency personnel were in the hospital emergency room when another gunshot victim was brought to the hospital by a friend.

Each of the surviving victims in Delnor has undergone emergency surgery, police said, with one in stable condition while another is in critical condition.

A fourth gunshot victim was taken to Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora before being treated and released.

Police Chief James Keegan said no one was in custody, but several people were questioned.

Authorities are conducting interviews at the hospital. They are still trying to piece together what happened.

“We’re still working a lot of angles on this,” Keegan said.

Keegan said the club have had no issues to date and no liquor license violations.

He said establishments must have a special permit if they are allowed to stay open until 2 a.m. Trilogy was licensed at 2 a.m.

Trilogy opened at the end of April in the space that once housed the Paradiso restaurant. At the time, owner David Brown said Trilogy would offer a variety of entertainment options, including comedy shows and salsa dance parties.

“We don’t want to be labeled just as a club,” Brown said. “We are more than just a club. We want to please everyone.”

On Sunday, the owner of a nearby business expressed concern after the shooting. She said she had a security camera that could help with the investigation.

Keegan confirmed that video footage was being viewed.

“There is a lot to do,” he said, “not just from surrounding businesses, but from the business itself”.

St. Charles Police are investigating the case with the assistance of the Kane County Major Crime Task Force and the Aurora and Montgomery Police Department.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Detective Division at (630) 377-4435.

• Eric Schelkopf of Shaw Media contributed to this report.


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