Kansas mother of 3 goes missing on trip to visit family in Alabama

first_imgBy MARK OSBORNE, ABC News(BIRMINGHAM, Al.) — A mother of three from Kansas has now been missing for a week after leaving on a trip to visit family in Alabama.Marilane Carter, 36, left her home in Overland Park, Kansas, just outside Kansas City, on the night of Saturday, Aug. 1, according to police. She was last seen in surveillance footage checking into a hotel in West Plains, Missouri, the following morning.Law enforcement said Carter last spoke to family on that Sunday near Memphis, Tennessee, before her phone went dead. Police confirmed her cellphone last pinged in that area.Her husband, Adam Carter, told Kansas City ABC affiliate that his wife spent about three hours at the Missouri hotel before leaving and was speaking to her when her phone died. She spoke to her mother minutes later and her phone died again.The Overland Park police said she “made concerning statements to her family and has not been heard from since later Sunday, August 2nd.”Authorities did not specify what was said.“She was seeking some mental health care and she didn’t want to go to any place in Kansas City, but she wanted to go to a place she was familiar with,” Adam Carter, who works as a pastor in Kansas, told KMBC on Saturday.Marilane Carter’s mother lives in Birmingham, Alabama, and she was also going to see her newborn niece.Carter said the family has been searching in the area of the Interstate 55 bridge over the Mississippi River in Memphis where the cellphone last pinged her location. She has not used her phone or credit card since speaking to her husband and mother on Sunday evening.“We are devastated because she has three children and they cry every night,” Marlene Mesler, Marilane’s mother, told Birmingham ABC affiliate WBMA. “They are asking for their mommy. Her husband loves her so much.”Police said she was driving a gray 2011 GMC Acadia with the Kansas license plate, 194 LFY.Carter is about 5-foot-8 and 130 pounds with long brown hair and green eyes. Police said she was last seen wearing a green T-shirt and black yoga pants.“She’s a loving mother, loving wife. We have a great relationship ship. I miss her terribly. I want her home. I want her home with our kids,” Adam Carter said.ABC News’ Erin Calabrese and Ahmad Hemingway contributed to this report.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Lev Capital raises $10M from JLL, Trulia co-founder Pete Flint

first_imgLev Capital’s Yaakov Zar (middle), Trulia co-founder Pete Flint (left), Canaan Partners’ Rich Boyle (Lev Capital, NFX, Canaan)Lev Capital, an online financing platform for commercial real estate, has raised $10 million from investors that include brokerage JLL and former executives from Trulia and LoopNet.The New York City startup said the funding will allow it to meet growing demand for its services, which has surged over the past year. NFX, a venture capital fund started by Trulia co-founder Pete Flint, led the round, with participation from JLL Spark and Canaan Partners, where Rich Boyle, a former CEO of LoopNet, is now a managing partner. Prior backers Amino Ventures and Ludlow Ventures also participated.Lev was founded in 2019 by Sammy Greenwall, who previously worked at Toll Brothers, and Yaakov Zar, who sold a prior startup, Dispatch, a logistics management software firm, to Vista Equity Partners in 2018.ADVERTISEMENTThe platform uses data and automation to help real estate owners and investors source financing and get the most competitive capital stack for their property.Read moreTech broker hires Avison’s Justini Piasecki REInterview: VTS’ Nick Romito on the power of knowing your office tenant Tech-driven commercial brokerage comes to Queens Tags In a statement, Boyle said Lev is using tech to bring transparency to an opaque part of commercial real estate.“Lev is transforming commercial real estate financing in ways that are similar to what LoopNet did to property marketing and discovery 20 years ago,” he said.Despite the onset of the pandemic and a tighter lending environment, Lev notched $100 million in transaction volume in 2020. It is on track to do $1 billion or more in 2021, according to Zar.Over the past few months, the company has recruited veterans of the commercial real estate industry. In January, it hired Justin Piasecki from Avison Young. And last week, it announced a second office in Los Angeles and tapped Greg Goldstein, a veteran of Eastdil Secured, HFF and JLL, to lead that expansion.Contact E.B. Solomont Message* Share via Shortlink Email Address* Full Name* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Commercial Real EstateProptechReal Estate Financinglast_img read more

Top marks for South African wines in US

first_img26 January 2011South African wine and spirits maker KWV is continuing to establish itself a world leaders in the wine industry, with two of the company’s premium wines recently scoring top marks in a prominent US publication, Wine Enthusiast Magazine.KWV’s Cathedral Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 scored 87 points, while its Cathedral Cellar Shiraz 2006 scored 90 points. Both were selected as Wine Enthusiast Editor’s Choice wines, with the Cabernet Sauvignon selected for the November 2010 issue and the Shiraz for the December 2010 issue.“This award signifies our commitment to delivering a premium quality brand, as the Cathedral Cellar range typifies our pursuit of excellence and quality, and epitomises the new KWV energy,” Cathedral Cellar brand director Jeff Gradwell said in a statement last week.‘Full-bodied’With 22 to 24 months’ maturation in new French oak, the Cathedral Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 is a full-bodied wine displaying typical cassis flavours. The wine is complemented by hints of eucalyptus and spice.The smoky oak characters result in a well-balanced wine with an abundance of berry aromas, best enjoyed with roasted or grilled red meats with rich sauces.‘Intense and brooding’Described as an “intense and brooding” Shiraz with fantastic depth and character, the full bodied Cathedral Cellar Shiraz 2006’s “creamy mouth-feel is loaded with black fruit flavours, integrated with wood spice throughout,” according to KWV.“The finish is long and the impression strong and the wine is an ideal partner to flavourful, robust dishes.”Founded in 1988, Wine Enthusiast Magazine aims to keep its readers updated on vital information in the world of wine, and includes numerous wine reviews in each issue.“By providing this information to the wine consumer, the magazine has grown to become the world’s largest journal devoted exclusively to wine and spirits,” KWV said.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Forum focuses on active citizenship

first_imgBrand South Africa research manager, Petrus de Kock, says this year’s South African Competitiveness Forum will bring in youth development and labour stakeholders to discuss how active citizenship can boost the country’s global competitiveness. (Image: Shamin Chibba)• Sandisiwe GugushePublic RelationsBrand South Africa + 27 11 712 [email protected] Shamin ChibbaThis year’s South African Competitiveness Forum will focus on one of the core messages of the National Development Plan: that all citizens become active participants in the country’s growth.At a media briefing held at Brand South Africa’s headquarters on Wednesday, 4 June, research manager Petrus de Kock said this year’s theme of active citizenship was an attempt to move from a mentality that expected the government to solve all problems to one that encouraged the individual to take active steps to grow the country. “For society, it’s a bit of a reality check to say there are limitations to the capabilities of business and [the] government.”He said the forum would be based on the principles of Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part programme, which, in effect, would call on all citizens to work towards changing the country’s reputation and competitiveness. “Active citizenship will probably require a lot more crossover between [the] government and business, and much more interaction between civil society and business to drive specific types of programmes in places where you can create a better environment and more employment.” Global rankingsThe competitiveness forum bases its findings on the World Economic Forum (WEF) 2014 Global Competitiveness Index and the 2014 World Competitiveness Report from the Institute for Management Development (IMD). According to De Kock, South Africa had improved its standing in the IMD report by one position, moving from 53rd in 2013 to 52nd this year.Changing the mentality to one of active citizenry was simple, he explained. “For instance, if you see something wrong in your neighbourhood do you ignore it or do you call your councillor? To alert somebody is better than to just sit and expect somebody else to do it. It’s really just a change of attitude. As South Africans, let’s stop waiting for stuff to happen; let’s make it happen.” Labour a crucial role in competitivenessThe Deloitte and Manufacturing Circle’s Global Manufacturing Index found that South African business placed cost and availability of labour and materials as the country’s biggest competitiveness driver. It is one of the reasons that labour is a big part of this year’s competitiveness forum.The strikes in the platinum mining industry had created a negative perception of labour in South Africa, De Kock explained, but it was not a true reflection on labour. The picture was varied. Salary earners across all sectors contributed to the bulk of the country’s tax. “Labour doesn’t only mean people working in mines and factories; it’s blue collar, white collar and professionals too. So labour has a much bigger story to tell in the history of the country and has a bigger role to play in the future of the country.”New topics have also been added to this year’s plenary sessions. One of them will look at how South African expatriates can play their part in creating a competitive and reputable nation brand. De Kock said global South Africans were in a position to create partnerships with international companies. South Africans living in the United States, for example, were linking South African companies to those in Silicon Valley, he said. “That was through their own initiative.”Another discussion will look at how regional and business stakeholders can market the nation brand. The breakaway sessions will include:Youth, innovation and nation brand competitiveness, which will analyse what the next generation is thinking;Internal and foreign direct investment;Education and skills;[email protected] – the role of labour in creating a new brand identity; and,Improved infrastructure and economic performance.According to the IMD report, De Kock said South Africa had improved substantially in terms of infrastructure and economic performance, which bode well for the country’s reputation. International trade and investment, employment and prices were the biggest economic climbers, with the domestic economy remaining at 46th position for a second year running.Basic infrastructure moved up one place from 53rd in 2013 to 52nd, health and environment rose from 59th to 58th and, despite negative media reports, education improved from 54th to 51st. De Kock pointed out that the growth in infrastructure corresponded to Brand South Africa’s international investor perceptions, which were found to be wholly positive.As South Africa rolled out the National Infrastructure Plan, it was important to consider the country’s improved infrastructure performance as a way of measuring national competitiveness. He added that broadband infrastructure now had to be improved, especially in the education sector. “We have to move as soon as we can to get schools connected.”last_img read more

Short-handed Bulls stun Wizards

first_imgView comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event The game was the second between the teams since the deal that sent Porter to the Bulls for Parker and Bobby Portis on Feb. 6. The Wizards beat the Bulls 134-125 three days later in Chicago, with Beal scoring 31.This one went to overtime after Beal hit a baseline jumper to tie it with 2.4 seconds left. Markkanen then inbounded to Robin Lopez at the top of the key following a timeout. The Bulls wanted their star to get the ball back, but the Wizards took away that option.Lopez was unable to get a shot off before the buzzer, sending the game to overtime.OUCHMarkkanen insisted a blow to the face he took from Portis in the final minute of regulation while trying to score down low was unintentional.Markkanen made two free throws to extend the Bulls’ lead to 112-109 with 50 seconds left. Portis got called for a flagrant foul.“I actually haven’t seen the play yet, but I don’t believe it was intentional,” Markkanen said. “I don’t think he’s like that. The thing about Bobby is that he just always plays so hard so stuff happens.”TIP-INSWizards: Portis had 15 points. … Parker has 10 straight games with 15 or more points.Bulls: Porter missed his second consecutive game. Coach Jim Boylen said an MRI showed no structural damage, but was not sure when his player will return. Porter expects to return this season from the injury, which occurred during the game at Sacramento on Sunday. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Joel Embiid unstoppable as 76ers finally beat Celtics Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag “They didn’t get a field goal?” Dunn said. “That’s what I like to hear. That’s what I like to hear. Great team defense.”Tied at 113 through four quarters, the Bulls went on an 8-2 run to start overtime, with Robin Lopez hitting two foul shots and Dunn nailing two 3-pointers. It was 121-117 with a minute left when Dunn missed two free throws.Beal then missed the first and made the final two free throws after getting fouled on a 3, cutting the lead to two. But Markkanen nailed a 3 from the top of the key to make it 124-119 with 32.3 seconds remaining.Parker then put up an airball on the second attempt after making the first free throw, and Dunn hit two foul shots to make it 126-120 with 19.5 seconds left.GOING TO OTADVERTISEMENT Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving UP NEXTWizards: Host Denver on Thursday.Bulls: Host Utah on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “They were hungry,” Washington’s Bradley Beal said. “When you have a team like that — guys who, a lot of them weren’t on the team last year, weren’t on the team early in the year. Guys who don’t have deals; they’re hungry. They want to play and they’re taking advantage of their opportunity and kicked our (butt).”Markkanen nailed five 3-pointers, including a key shot beyond the arc in overtime. Dunn hit two 3’s in OT, and converted a pair of free throws near the end to make it a six-point game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsShaquille Harrison scored 18. Cristiano Felicio added 15 points, and the Bulls won their second straight after dropping five in a row, despite leading scorer Zach LaVine (bruised right thigh, right knee tendinitis) and Otto Porter Jr. (strained right rotator cuff) not playing because of injuries.Jabari Parker led Washington with 28 points against his former team. Beal scored 27 and hit the tying jumper in the closing seconds of regulation. But the Wizards went 0 for 6 from the field in OT, losing for the third time in four games. Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Google Philippines names new country director Chicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen, center, celebrates with Robin Lopez, left, and Ryan Arcidiacono after he made a 3-point basket during overtime of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Wednesday, March 20, 2019, in Chicago. The Bulls won 126-120 in overtime. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)CHICAGO— The fading Washington Wizards were going against a struggling team missing two of its top players. It’s fair to say their latest loss had a little extra sting.Lauri Markkanen had 32 points and 13 rebounds, Kris Dunn scored a season-high 26 — including eight in overtime — to go with 13 assists, and the short-handed Chicago Bulls beat the Wizards 126-120 on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

24 days agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer: We deserved penalty

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Solskjaer: We deserved penaltyby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer believes Manchester United were denied a penalty in Monday’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal.Sead Kolasinac appeared to handle the ball inside the box just prior to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s equaliser for the visitors.However, the referee decided against using VAR and Solskjaer thinks he was wrong.”I thought so. You’d rather blow the whistle and check it after if you’re not sure,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports post-game. “I was, and quite a few Man United fans were sure, that was a penalty.”Then again, sometimes you get them, sometimes you don’t. We’ve got our share of those against us some we’ll get some at the end.” last_img read more

Boeing faces challenge to prove harm from CSeries says US think tank

first_imgMONTREAL – Boeing Co. appears to face an uphill climb to prove to U.S. trade authorities that has been harmed by Bombardier’s CSeries commercial jet given that the world’s largest aircraft maker is running full out and earning big profits, a trade expert with the Cato Institute said Thursday.The U.S. Department of Commerce recently announced nearly 300 per cent in preliminary tariffs and dumping duties on CSeries aircraft exported to the United States. The rate could be lowered in a final determination in December.The future of Boeing’s case largely rests with the U.S. International Trade Commission, which is scheduled to determine in February if the aerospace giant suffered harm.“If the evidence doesn’t show that Boeing was injured by this, then the whole case disappears,” said Simon Lester, a trade policy analyst for the Washington-based independent research organization the Cato Institute.Without that ruling, Boeing’s trade challenge could face years of legal appeals.Trade investigators typically examine a series of factors to determine harm, including actual and potential declines in sales, market share, profits, employment, wages and ability to raise capital, Lester said.“Boeing is doing pretty well right now on all of these and so it’s not a great time to prove injury,” he said in a conference call hosted by Desjardins Capital Markets.“Usually you get more of these cases in times of recession where companies can say: ‘look how badly we are doing’. But as Donald Trump keeps telling us, the economy is booming right now so maybe it’s a little harder for Boeing to prove its case.”Chicago-based Boeing (NYSE:BA) recently raised its earnings forecast for the year as it has a backlog of 5,700 commercial planes on order, valued at US$424 billion.Several industry analysts are puzzled about Boeing’s claim of harm since the CSeries hasn’t yet entered the U.S. market and Boeing doesn’t even make a competitive product in the 100- to 120-seat size.The motivation for Boeing’s complaint is unclear, Lester said. It could be trying to force Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) to raise the price of the CSeries, forestall a larger version of the plane or create a precedent to prevent China from following down this path in a decade or two.Delta signed a deal for up to 125 CS100s in 2016. The firm order for 75 aircraft had a list price of US$5.6 billion or about US$75 million each, although large orders typically secure steep discounts. Deliveries were scheduled to begin in the spring.Bombardier has denied Boeing’s claim that Delta paid less than US$20 million for each CS100 that cost US$33 million to produce.The trade dispute has gained lots of attention with Canada threatening to cancel the planned purchase of 18 Boeing Super Hornets to temporarily augment Canada’s aging fleet of CF-18s.Canadian Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said the issue of Bombardier came up Thursday when she met with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar in Dublin.Ireland and Great Britain are concerned about the impact on the Northern Ireland economy and the fragile peace in the long-troubled region from potential Bombardier job losses and McKenna said Canada has support from Ireland in the battle.“They are very supportive of Bombardier,” she said. “They have been sending messages to the U.S. administration that they need to find a positive resolution at this because there are jobs at stake but beyond jobs there is the political situation in the north at stake.”Bombardier employs more than 4,000 people at its factory in Belfast, including almost 1,000 who make wings for the CSeries. McKenna said another 11,000 people are employed indirectly because of Bombardier, which also represents one-tenth of Northern Ireland’s manufacturing exports.last_img read more

Hydro working to restore power to the Old Fort and PRRD planning

first_imgThe PRRD is also working to organize meetings for the community in the mid-afternoon and another for in Fort St. John and will release information about those meetings as soon as possible.The Regional District is also looking at the idea of creating a water taxi service or shuttle service to help those that sill need to access the Old Fort.If you have any questions or need any assistance you’re asked to call the PRRD at 250-784-3200. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District continues work to help residents of the Old Fort.Power was shut off to most of the homes in the area Monday morning and Hydro will start working on a solution to try and restore power on Tuesday.  If they are successful, Hydro hopes to have power restored by early Tuesday evening.If you live in the Old Fort and are using a generator, you’re asked to shut off the main breaker in your home by 9 a.m. Tuesday.last_img read more

Fort St Johns Family Friendly Coalition changes their services

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) created a new Early Years Framework that is changing the way early years services are offered across the province.With this change, funding from the MCFD will be allocated to the community through MCFD regional offices being directed to agencies and services in the community. As a result of this change, posted to their FB Page, ‘As of March 31, 2019, both Success by 6 and Children First will cease to exist as funding initiatives.’ shares FSJ’s Family Friendly Early Years.The Family Friendly Coalition went on to share they were thankful to community partners for all the amazing years of collaboration and community programs that had been provided from these initiatives. The FSJ Early Years Centre was a member of the Family Friendly Coalition, which provided families, caregivers, teachers and anyone involved with children with information on local activities, events, resources and programming.The Family Friendly Coalition was an Early Childhood Development Initiative dedicated to providing all children with a good start in life. By helping to ensure children ages 0-6 developed the emotional, social, cognitive and physical skills they needed as they enter school.Crystal Kalas shared through a FB Post on the Child Development Centre’s Page, “It has been a pleasure to work in this community as the Early Years Centre Coordinator for the past 3 years. I have enjoyed being a part of the Family Friendly Coalition and supporting the community initiatives that have been implemented in our community and getting to connect with you and your family at these events. While my role at the CDC will be changing I am relieved that you will still be able to find Family Friendly Events in our community via “FSJ’s Family Friendly Early Years” and fsj.familyfriendlycommunity.org.”Kalas goes on to say, “Hopefully, some of the initiatives that the Family Friendly Coalition has worked so hard to bring to the community will continue and we will be posting about them on these sites!”last_img read more