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Church Lowers Asking Price in Falcons Stadium Deal

first_img ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Party Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility It’s not a deal.  But Mayor Kasim Reed said at a Friday press conference there’s progress in making the new Atlanta Falcons stadium a reality at the team’s preferred site.Mt. Vernon Baptist Church has lowered from $20.4 million to $15.5 million the asking price it says it needs before selling its land, Reed told reporters.  But there’s still a huge gap between that figure and the $6.2 million the Georgia World Congress Center  said is its maximum-allowed offer. So where will the $8-9 million to fill the gap?“I’m working on it,” said Reed. “I think I have a solve for that.”He declined to say what that solve was. WABE’s Denis O’Hayer and Jim Burress discuss the mayor’s announcement that Mt. Vernon Baptist has lowered its asking price to make way for the new Atlanta Falcons stadium. ??:??While the Mt. Vernon price drop was the news of the day, Reed spent most of the press conference responding to criticism that he’s plotting against Morris Brown College. The Mayor denied claims the church and city officials are attempting a land grab on Morris Brown, the historically black college still trying to dig itself out of bankruptcy.“It’s ludicrous,” said Reed. “We’ve got to stay out of the posture of just making up stuff. Sullying the name of the good people of Friendship. Sullying the name of the good people of Mt. Vernon.“The criticism is tied to securing the property of the two historic churches – Friendship Baptist Church and Mt. Vernon – located on the city’s preferred site for the new stadium.Friendship announced August 6 it would sell its property for $19.5 million. Part of the tentative agreement, which Friendship’s congregation will vote on this Sunday, includes a clause requiring the city to help the church relocate to the Morris Brown campus, or help find another site.Some Morris Brown alumni allege city officials and Friendship have already struck a backroom deal to secure two vacant dorm towers on the eastern part of the school’s campus. They say the powerful relationship between city officials, the Falcons, and Friendship has scared off at least one party – Family Dollar – vying to purchase that property.Reed on Friday didn’t deny his opposition to the Family Dollar deal.“I’ve been upfront…that I would not welcome a Family Dollar or Dollar General to Morris Brown’s campus. That’s not new news,” said Reed, adding it didn’t mean the city and Friendship were working towards a Morris Brown land grab.Lloyd Hawk, the chairman of Friendship’s board of trustees, said the church’s ties to the community are too deep to conduct itself in an underhanded manner.“There has been, by people who aren’t involved in the situation, a great deal of misinformation that’s been spread which totally mischaracterizes both our interest and the interest of Morris Brown,” said Hawk. “We have quite a few members who are alumni of Morris Brown. We have a strong history of supporting Morris Brown, Clark, Spelman, and Morehouse and that’s never changed.”Hawk did confirm the church is close to making an offer for the dorm towers.“We are simply one of several potential buyers that Morris Brown is considering selling that property to. As far as how the rest of their bankruptcy process and rest of the land is involved, we have no role in that whatsoever.” Hawk added there are a lot of advantages to the Morris Brown location.“Proximity to the current [Friendship] location, proximity to the MARTA station, [and] to the Atlanta University Center given our historical ties to all the schools there and we think it would be an important thing for the community to be assured that that property is bought by someone that is a good neighbor to the community.”Despite the protests from alumni and others, Morris Brown’s present leadership has not commented on the matter. WABE’s attempts Friday to reach Morris Brown President Stanley Pritchett were unsuccessful. In June, school officials rejected the city’s offer of $10 million for the 37 acres currently tied up in bankruptcy. Included was a provision allowing the school to rent the four buildings it still uses for classes, with an option to buy them back after three years. Mayor Reed said the deal would have cleared the school’s debts and helped revitalize the area. Officials with Morris Brown, however, said the offer failed to ensure long-term stability for the school.    Share Related Stories For Whom The Bell Rings ??:?? | Play story Add to My ListIn My List last_img read more

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Insolvency unit is spun off in ABS first

first_imgA business specialising in helping insolvency practitioners (IPs) to process financial mis-selling claims against financial institutions has been granted an alternative business structure (ABS) licence by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Ferguson Financial Limited, formerly a business unit of City employment specislist firm Ferguson Solicitors, said it was the first such business to take the step.Ferguson Financial now trades as a stand-alone law firm offering support to insolvency practitionrs by helping them identify and investigate the possible mis-selling of financial products to individuals and businesses that are subject to debt management or insolvency processes.A statement from the firm said: ‘Through our in-house team of lawyers, we are able to offer advice on all areas of financial mis-selling including payment protection insurance, interest rate swaps, mortgages, mortgage protection insurance and card protection plans.’Charles Ferguson, senior partner of Ferguson, will remain managing director of the new entity. Maurice Power, general manager, told the Gazette that ABS status would create ‘a lot more flexibility to look at more service sectors and to act autonomously’. The business currently has two solicitors as directors and one on staff, will be recruiting, Power said.It would be premature to reveal turnover or profit figures, he said.last_img read more

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Dominica expresses support for successful US & North Korea Summit

first_img 73 Views   no discussions (Press Release) Roseau, Dominica (May 17, 2018) – The Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica has taken the opportunity of the credentialing of His Excellency Kim Byung-yun as the Republic of Korea’s Ambassadorto Dominica to signal its strong support for the on-going peace process on the Korean Peninsular and forthe planned Summit between the Presidents of the United States of America and of the DemocraticPeople’s Republic of Korea.During talks with the Ambassador who had earlier presented his credentials to President Charles AngeloSavarin, Minister for Foreign and CARICOM Affairs Hon. Francine Baron noted that though Dominica wasfar from the Korean Peninsula, the peaceful resolution of the Korean conflict was in the interest of theRepublic of Korea – a strong partner of Dominica – as well as the entire international community.Minister Baron expressed the hope that the upcoming summit between the Presidents of the UnitedStates of America and Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, would accelerate the peace process andresult in the eventual denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and ultimately in the formal cessation ofthe Korean war. Tweet Sharing is caring! LocalNews Dominica expresses support for successful US & North Korea Summit by: – May 18, 2018center_img Share Share Sharelast_img read more

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‘Big City Greens’ creators get animated about real-life inspiration behind Disney Channel series

first_imgDisney Channel/Aaron Poole(NEW YORK) — Brothers Shane and Chris Houghton [HOE-tun] have taken their small town sensibilities to the big city with their animated Disney Channel series, Big City Greens.The series, heading into its second season next month, was inspired by their own childhood in the rural St. Johns, Michigan and their eventual move to a concrete jungle.“We just lived in this little oasis and our parents would always kick us out of the house and tell us to go play outside,” Shane Houghton tells ABC Audio. “We had a very country upbringing and then eventually we both moved to big cities and it was a little bit of a culture shock.”The characters on Big City Greens are a “big stew” of people from the brothers’ real lives. Chris Houghton even voices the main character, Cricket Green, a perpetually barefoot, mischievous country boy who moves to the city with his family after they lose their farm.In character as Cricket, Chris talks about the positive fan reaction to the show: “I like to walk around the house and read the [fan] letters out loud, you know, like, when I get in trouble I say, ‘Oh that’s interesting you think I’m bad. Well let me read you someone who thinks I’m great.’”Before the second season debut November 16, Shane and Chris are heading to New York Comic Con this weekend for a panel with fellow Disney Channel show creators.“Chris and I, we started in comic books so we’ve been to lots of comic conventions,” Shane says. “We’ve been to the New York City Comic Con once before and had an absolute blast so we’re thrilled to be coming back.”But, he notes, “We won’t be bringing Cricket because he’s a bit of a handful.”Disney is the parent company of ABC News.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Javier Tebas: Messi and Ronaldo leaving La Liga… impossible, like Catalunya’s independence

first_img He was asked about his support for Real Madrid and replied: “Clearly. If I say the contrary, that I support neither, then that would be hypocritical and I would be tainted as a liar. And I certainly don’t like to be called a liar.  “Imagine if I said that I loved all teams, and then it came out that I supported Madrid since I was a lad, went to 27 ‘Clásicos’ in the past, that I celebrated Madrid wins with friends in a bar… I prefer to call it as it is.” 16/11/2015 In an interview with Diario AS, Tebas said: “That Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi leave is like the independence of Catalunya, impossible.” Sport ENcenter_img CET Upd. at 20:24 La Liga president Javier Tebas has confirmed once more that he is a Real Madrid fan and that he can’t see a future without Messi and Ronaldo in the Spanish top flight.last_img read more

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Little Athletics goes long way

first_imgby Abigail Nimmo WITH Little Athletics summer season winding down before the muddy terrains of cross country take full effect,…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Mercy theme at life-transforming retreat

first_imgWORLD-RENOWNED preacher Brother Lalith Perera, who heads the Community of the Risen Lord (CRL), will conduct a two-day life-transforming weekend…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Tynong’s ‘Disney World’ takes shape

first_imgGumbuya World is set for a prehistoric overhaul as part of a $90 million revival, which will bring the Tynong…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription. By Rowan Forster last_img

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