Lincoln’s hat, bloody gloves among items potentially at risk for auction to pay debt

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum may lose a few of the famed president’s key artifacts — such as a stovepipe hat Lincoln purportedly wore and the bloodstained gloves he wore on the night he was assassinated — as the foundation that supports the museum aims to pay off the loan it took out in 2007 to obtain them.The items are part of the Barry and Louise Taper Collection, which the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation paid $25 million for in 2007 to obtain.A total of $23 million was borrowed to fund the purchase, and the foundation still owes about $9.7 million, it said in a statement.“While the foundation’s lender has been quite helpful, we now face significant uncertainty about whether the foundation’s lender will be willing and able to refinance the loan at affordable terms,” the statement reads. “The loan comes up for renewal in October 2019, just 20 short months away.”Also included in the collection is an 1824 book containing the first-known example of Lincoln’s handwriting.The foundation did not receive any financial commitments for state funding during a meeting at the office of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner this week, so it will continue to try to raise the funds privately “in the hopes of avoiding having to sell these unique artifacts,” it said.The foundation noted in the statement that it has attempted to secure funds from the Illinois Legislature to help pay down the debt on three different occasions.Rauner’s office did not immediately return a request for comment from ABC News. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Kelsey Grammer Set for Amazon’s Tycoon & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Kelsey Grammer Tapped for Amazon PilotKelsey Grammer, who will return to Broadway’s Finding Neverland on January 19, is set to star in The Last Tycoon, a drama pilot for Amazon, reports Deadline. He joins Matt Bomer and Rosemarie DeWitt for the project, inspired by the life of Irving Thalberg, a film producer of the early 1900s. Grammer will take on the role of Pat Brady, a characted based on MGM co-founder Louis B. Mayer. An imposing big-shot producer? Not much of a stretch from Charles Frohman!Tyler Perry to Bring Passion to FoxAnother live musical telecast is heading to Fox next year…this one of biblical proportions. Stage and screen titan Tyler Perry will present a live, musical adaptation of the Last Supper and crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ…set in modern day New Orleans. The event, titled The Passion, will air on March 20, 2016 (Palm Sunday) and feature a cast of to-be-announced stars performing a variety of pop music.Off-Broadway’s Wilder Christmas ExtendsPeccadillo Theater Company’s A Wilder Christmas will now play off-Broadway’s Theatre at St. Clements through January 10, 2016. The show—a presentation of two rarely seen Thornton Wilder one-acts—opened officially on December 8. Dan Wackerman directs.Enter now to win!‘Tis the season of giving, and we want to give you some gift cards and a trip to New York to see Matilda!’s #MatildaSweeps ends December 20, and you have until December 23 to take a selfie with one of our cabs and enter our Taxi Top Selfie Sweepstakes. Come on; you don’t want to upset Miss Trunchbull… View Commentslast_img read more

Couple says 8-year-old they adopted was actually an adult and tried to kill them

first_imgA couple accused of abandoning their 8-year-old adoptive daughter has pleaded not guilty to the charges after they say the 8-year-old was actually an adult posing as a child and that she tried several times to kill members of the family.The incident occurred back in 2010.Michael and Kristine Barnett who already had three children of their own, decided to adopt Natalia who they believed was an 8-year-old from Ukraine who suffers from a rare form of dwarfism.When the family got Natalia home, however, they say there was signs that Natalia was not who they believed she was and that she was much older than 8-years-old.The family says that the child spoke English and did not have an accent that was consistent with her being from and living in the Ukraine.They also said that Natalia had pubic hair, menstrual cycles, and suffered from mental health disorders that usually develop when a person is in their teens and 20s.In addition to that, the family says Natalia was violent towards them and both threatened and attempted to kill or harm them on several occasions.In an interview with Good Morning America, Michael told reporters that Natalia would put clear thumbtacks on the stairs face up so they would step on them. At another point, she also poured Pine-Sol cleaner into Kristine’s coffee and attempted to push Kristine into an electric fence.Michael also says that Natalia admitted that she was trying to kill Kristine.In 2012, the couple somehow had the girl’s age legally changed to 22-years-old before moving Natalia into her own apartment in Indiana in 2013. The rest of the family moved to Canada so that the couple’s eldest son, a physics prodigy, could study at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Ontario.During the investigation, the Barnett’s told authorities that they paid rent for Natalia’s apartment for a year, set her up with Social Security disability income, and food stamps but did not provide any other care for her.Court records show that Natalia was evicted from the apartment in May of 2014 and in September of that same year, Natalia contacted police and claimed that the Barnett’s abandoned her.The Barnett’s are now facing two counts of neglect of a dependent which they have plead not guilty to.  A jury trial date has been set for Jan. 28, 2020.Prosecutors say that they are positive that if “due justice” is done, the Barnett’s will not be vindicated of their charges. They also brought up that two bone scans done on the girl in 2010 and in 2012 prove that her Ukrainian records were correct and that the couple abandoned the child who was also deemed mentally ill.Other records in 2016 state that when a new family petitioned for guardianship of the girl and attempted to get her original birth record restored, Michael showed up to the hearing with a doctor and a lawyer and that particular judge sided with Michael’s case.Natalia, who is either in her teens or in her 30’s, has not been charged with any crime.While it is unclear where Natalia is currently residing, several news outlets say she remains in the care of the couple who petitioned for guardianship over her in 2016.last_img read more

Houdini touch helps Hilleard to Berkhamsted victory

first_img England’s Josh Hilleard found the touch of Houdini to seal a one-shot win in the Berkhamsted Trophy on four-under par.He led for most of the 72-hole event at Berkhamsted Golf Club in Hertfordshire,  but was closely challenged throughout, notably by Lincolnshire’s Simon Richardson, the eventual runner –up; Norfolk’s Jack Yule and fellow England A squad member, Will Enefer of Shropshire & Herefordshire.But when it counted, Hilleard (Image © Leaderboard Photography) discovered the magic touch which kept him ahead. “The last round was very eventful, it was my worst ball striking round but I had a few hole-outs from strange positions,” said the 21-year-old from Farrington Park in Somerset.On the eighth, for example, his tee shot finished in trees and he had to chip out, but a restricted follow through meant his ball ended in a bush. Fortunately the bush was in ground under repair and he received a free drop – and promptly holed his 60-yard shot to the green for an unlikely par. “It was a bit of a surprise!” he said.He followed up on the 14th when he holed his second shot from about 100 yards for an eagle two. “It makes it easy!” he laughed.From then on he parred in, knowing that he needed a four on the last to beat Richardson (Spalding). “That tests your pressure game, but that’s good, it what we live and play for,” said Hilleard.He played his way into the lead with a first round score of three-under 68 which put him one clear. He followed up with 71 which tied him with Jack Yule (Middleton Hall) at the halfway stage; 72 in the third round which left him tied with Will Enefer (Wrekin); and finally 69 to edge in ahead of Simon Richardson.Kealan Lowe (Wheatley) was third on two under; while Charlie Strickland (Ham Manor) and Enefer shared fourth place on one-under.Hilleard’s win marked a return to form after he was disappointed by his last outing in the Spanish amateur. “It’s a nice bounce back,” he said. “I’ve had a couple of lessons to get my head clear and we had our squad training at Quinta do Lago, which was a bit of an eye opener and changed how I will approach tournaments from now on.”This is his first individual win of the 2016 season but he has already helped England to victory in the Costa Ballena Quadrangular Tournament against Spain, Germany and Finland.The tournament was extended this year from 36 holes, played on one day,  to 72 holes, over three days, in a bid to gain world ranking status for the event, which boasts illustrious past winners such as Sandy Lyle and Luke Donald.Click here for the final scores 3 Apr 2016 Houdini touch helps Hilleard to Berkhamsted victory last_img read more

Texas University, Bridges Global Medical host outreach in Linden

first_imgA medical team comprising personnel from the Texas State University and Bridges Global Medical Mission has completed a successful respiratory medical outreach in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara- Berbice).The team, comprising medical officials, respiratory care students, mass communication students and respiratory therapists, conducted screenings for asthma and COPD at the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) and the Mackenzie High School over a two- day period.The team also rendered assistance to the Spirometry department at the LHC. Forming part of the team were Director of Clinical Education, Clinical Assistant and Professor at the Texas State University, Sharon Armstead; Lecturer at Texas State University and Director of SJMC Global News Team, Holly Wise; and Dr Claudette Helligar- Thomas of the Bridges Global Medical Mission, in addition to the medical students and officials.Speaking during an official meeting with the team, outgoing Mayor of Linden, Carwyn Holland, thanked the team for the visit, and noted that it was a timely one, since many residents in the bauxite mining community are in need of the services.“We have the bauxite industry here, and many people would have been affected by asthma…So your visit is timely. I know we have many cases…,” Holland pointed out.Meanwhile, Armstead said the team’s goal is to expose the profession of Respiratory Care to the Guyanese public. Having herself been diagnosed with asthma 4 years ago, she noted that it was during one of her last visits to Linden that she realized her asthmatic condition was “triggered” by something in the environment.“I could breathe in Georgetown, but when I came to Linden…something in Linden triggered it, and I still feel that…there’s something in the air,” she noted.Armstead continued that when she first visited the community, she was told there was “no asthma” there; but she noted that it would be difficult to detect the ailment without the proper diagnostic equipment — a Spirometer. She said she was happy to have recently secured a grant to secure two more diagnostic machines for Guyana, but said it was up to the MoPH to decide where they would be placed.The mobile units which were secured were utilised during the outreach, according to Armstead, who stressed the need for “mobile” units to be used in far-flung areas. She said while hospitals are equipped, the mobile machines are convenient for use in other areas.Armstead also highlighted that the World Health Organization (WHO) does not state the number of asthma and COPD cases in Guyana, as she stated her belief that this may be due to the unavailability of tools for diagnosis. As such, she stressed the importance of using the correct tool and spreading its use. Armstead further stressed the importance of educating the Guyanese public on asthma, COPD and chronic diseases, noting that the main steps in Respiratory Care are diagnosis, treatment and education.International Desk Coordinator attached to the Public Health Ministry, Denroy Tudor, who was present at the meeting, said the MoPH was elated for the collaboration. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the LHC, Dr Farouk Riyasat, Regional Health Officer Dr Pansy Armstrong, and LHC Chief Medical Officer Dr Steve Mark were also among officials present at the meeting. The medical team was also attached to the Georgetown Public Hospital prior to the visit to Linden.last_img read more

V&A buyers to invest more in SA

first_img16 February 2007The British- and Dubai-led consortium that bought Cape Town’s landmark Victoria & Alfred (V&A) Waterfront for US$1-billion has indicated that it will spend at least a further $1-billion on the development of “Africa’s Riviera” ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.The V&A Waterfront, a world-class mixed-use development near the heart of Cape Town’s central business district, attracts up to 22-million visitors a year. Set against a backdrop of sea and mountain views, its mixes shopping and entertainment venues with offices, luxury hotels and exclusive apartments in a residential marina.In September, Istithmar, the private equity arm of government-owned Dubai World, partnered with UK-based London and Regional Properties and a local black empowerment grouping in a successful bid to buy the Waterfront.Only 45% of the 603 000 square metre property has been developed, and the consortium immediately announced plans to drive the further development of the V&A Waterfront as “a world-leading shopping, leisure, business and luxury waterfront destination”.2010 opportunityLondon and Regional Properties director Richard Livingston said in a statement following the sale that the most important thing the V&A Waterfront offered the consortium was “opportunity”.“It sits in a magnificent location with significant allowable development, giving us the chance to create a truly world-class resort, which can be a focal point for the Fifa World Cup 2010,” Livingston said.“The existing waterfront development consistently attracts a high volume of tourists annually, and our proposed enhancement of this exceptionally unique location will further the growth of Cape Town as a leading lifestyle destination.”James Wilson, CEO of Nakheel Hotels and Resorts – an Istithmar subsidiary company appointed, along with London and Regional, to manage the development – confirmed the link with the 2010 World Cup, saying in the same statement that they aimed to ensure that the Waterfront “links seamlessly” both to the central business district and the new stadium to be built for 2010.In a recent interview with Engineering News, Wilson said that Dubai World would spend at least $1-billion on developing the Waterfront ahead of the World Cup, and was considering the part funding and construction of a new boulevard between the Waterfront and the still-to-be-built Green Point Stadium.According to Engineering News, potential new developments at the V&A include a new yacht club and further marina development, a cruise ship terminal, a train station and improved connections to Cape Town International Airport.The consortium is also looking to build a number of new hotels, including a 250-bedroom luxury hotel and a resort hotel. “We have already had every top-ten hotel group in the world approach us over opportunities at the V&A,” Wilson told Engineering News.Other investment possibilitiesIn a separate interview with Business Day during a conference in Cape Town in November, Wilson said that Dubai World was looking at possible investments in a number of other sectors in South Africa.He said Dubai World disagreed with the high risk rating assigned to SA by international raging agencies. “There is a crime issue [in South Africa],” he said, “but employment will solve that.”South Africa, he told Business Day, had a sophisticated economy backed by a sound legal system and a banking system comparable to that of the US or UK. It also boasted some of the best tourism assets in the world – and offered excellent returns on investment.“The costs of entry are lower here than in the rest of the world,” Wilson said. “With the price of entry being low, obviously the investment return is higher for us.” reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Grassroots soccer talent nurtured in Port Elizabeth

first_imgHosted at Young Park Primary school in Young Park, 16 primary schools from Schauderville and Kwazakhele were invited to participate in the workshop (Image: Chevrolet Ute Force)The Chevrolet Ute Force, in partnership with the Dreamfields Project, a non-profit organisation that focuses on soccer development, rolled out its coaching workshop in Port Elizabeth this week.Hosted at Young Park Primary school in Young Park, 16 primary schools from Schauderville and Kwazakhele were invited to participate in the workshop that provided them with basic coaching skills and intra school league training. Thirty teachers and seven General Motors employees participated in the workshop and in turn will develop aspirant soccer stars in their communities.The seven Schauderville Schools are De Vos Malan Primary, GJ Louw Primary, Dieterich Primary, St.Theresa Primary, Frank Joubert Primary, Abraham Levy Primary, Adolph Schauder Primary, and Young Park Primary School. The eight Kwazakele Schools are Henry Nginza Primary, Ebhongweni Primary, Phakama Primary, JK Zondi Primary, Inkqubela Primary, BJ Mnyanda Primary, Ben Nyati Primary, and WB Tshume Primary.According to Chevrolet brand manager Tim Hendon, the partnership with Dreamfields Project, has enabled Chevrolet to reach many disadvantaged communities where soccer is popular amongst youth. “Each participant will receive a certificate of completion after the workshop which makes them eligible to coach and arrange intra school league games in the future,” said Hendon.He explained that the initiative links back to the Dreamfields Project’s goal of supporting the South African Football Association Development Agency’s (SAFADA) 2022 Vision, which highlights the need for coaches and the need of finding and grooming talent. “Chevrolet Ute Force has pledged its commitment to this vision, and provides not only funding but also donates One World Futbol soccer balls and soccer equipment and the use of utility bakkies to reach remote communities,” Hendon added.Earlier this year Chevrolet donated 55 000 One World Futbol, soccer balls to SAFADA. These balls are nearly indestructible and were designed to withstand gruelling conditions and rough surfaces. “Children train with the balls and are able to play with them over and over again without the fear of the ball going flat, this provides them with the needed training time before playing league games.“As part of our ‘What do you #PlayFor?‘ campaign introduced in April of this year, we will continue to support communities and the beautiful game of soccer – building the nation through play.”In the spirit of the Chevrolet Ute Force project, which is collaborative in nature and aims to share with people across the country, challenging South Africans to support their communities – a mini documentary of the Port Elizabeth project will be created. Spear headed by the creative team of BoltonInc, cinematographer Louis Bolton has captured the dreams of communities through the Ute Force initiative from day one.Traveling with the team to Port Elizabeth, Bolton believes that it is through sharing stories that real change can be achieved. He is joined by producer and Ute Force Project manager Bridgette Bolton who oversees the roll-out of the Chevrolet Ute Force project from one community to the next.last_img read more

A Different Story About Race in America

first_imgI saw the woman sitting on the ground leaning against the outside of the retail store. I couldn’t tell whether she was hurt or just taking a little break. It was almost 100 degrees outside; she might have just needed to sit in the air conditioning for a few minutes.Something wasn’t right. I looked at my wife. She looked at me. Neither of us could tell if the woman needed help. But as we got closer, I saw the woman struggling to breathe and noticed something about her eyes wasn’t quite right.I said, “Honey, I think she needs help.” My wife is a nurse, and she immediately leaped into action. She started speaking with the woman, and she tried to take her pulse. Then I was ordered to go and get a paper bag. I ran into the store and retrieved the paper bag. I was too late. When I returned the woman had already thrown up.Now, in addition to my wife, there were two African American security guards (one male, one female), one older African American lady, and one young white lady. All were surrounding the sick woman on the floor.My wife instructed me to go back to the store, this time for paper towels. I ran back to the store, told the woman behind the counter what I needed, and she handed me two rolls of paper towels. When I returned with the paper towels, a young, hispanic, female security guard showed up with an ice pack. My wife put the ice pack on the back of the sick woman’s neck. The hispanic security guard ran to get another ice pack. The male African American security guard had just returned from running to call the paramedics.We were now joined by an elderly Asian lady who came over to make sure we didn’t need anything else.The poor, sick woman was horribly embarrassed and crying. She didn’t want to call her husband because she didn’t want him to worry. Everyone tried to console her, telling her that there was nothing to be ashamed of; she was sick.African American people stopped to help the sick woman, who also happened to be African American. White people stopped to help the sick African American woman. An hispanic woman twice ran for ice. An Asian woman stopped to help, too.What was noticeably in short supply were men. Of any race.I know for a fact that racism is alive and well in the United States; I am fortunate to not have been subject to it, but I’ve witnessed it firsthand. I know that sexism and ageism are alive and well, too. Which is to say nothing of discrimination based on social class. But I believe, as President Obama stated yesterday, that each generation is better than the one before it when it comes to these issues. No doubt there is still work to be done. But I witnessed another story. A different story.No one left the sick woman’s side until the paramedics arrived.last_img read more

10 months agoMcAteer: McCarthy can convince West Ham youngster Rice

first_imgMcAteer: McCarthy can convince West Ham youngster Riceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Republic of Ireland international Jason McAteer believes new coach Mick McCarthy is capable of securing Declan Rice’s commitment.West Ham utility Rice also qualifies for England and is weighing up his commitment.McAteer told the Irish Independent: “Knowing Mick as I do, it wouldn’t surprise me if Declan Rice decided to represent Ireland now.”However, the way they’re moving, Declan possibly thinks England. Gareth Southgate is doing a really good job and he might want to be a part of that. England have a better chance of winning a World Cup. “But I don’t think he’d play a great deal of football for England. There are four of five midfielders that maybe come before him.”For Ireland, he’d be a key player. He could be a star for us.”Jason McAteer, speaking exclusively for bookmaker comparison platform TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

TSX falls as energy stocks fail to get lift from highest crude

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock market resumed its downward trajectory Wednesday as energy stocks failed to get a lift even though crude oil prices hit nearly a nine-week high.There was a disconnect as the overall market didn’t benefit from higher commodity prices because of uncertainty over NAFTA negotiations, said Candice Bangsund, vice-president and portfolio manager for Fiera Capital.“We’re not there yet and I think the market is just expressing a little bit of caution there and just waiting for some sort of tangible news on the NAFTA front,” she said in an interview.“That NAFTA overhang has really weighed on the index fairly generally and the hope is that we do get some sort of positive news on that front and likely could see a relief rally on Canadian stocks.”The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 45.23 points to 16,049.02, after hitting a low of 15,993.58 on 266.3 million shares traded. The decrease came a day after the market hit its first daily gain in September.Market heavyweights industrials, financials and energy all closed down.Gold, materials and base metals led on the positive because of a lower U.S. dollar and hope that a solution could be found in the U.S. trade dispute with China after a report said that the Americans were seeking new trade talks before even imposing new tariffs.“We find this to be fairly encouraging and I think the market is tentatively, cautiously optimistic so that’s why you’re not seeing a strong relief rally,” Bangsund said.Offsetting the hope was a down day in the United States for the market-heavy U.S. technology sector.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 27.86 points to 25,998.92. The S&P 500 index was up 1.03 points to 2,888.92, while the Nasdaq composite was off 18.24 points to 7,954.23.The Canadian dollar was trading at an average of 76.84 cents US compared with an average of 76.22 cents US on Tuesday.The gain came as the October crude contract was up US$1.12 at US$70.37 per barrel, the highest level since July 13.The improvement was driven by the U.S. producer price index posting its first monthly decline in 18 months, a weaker U.S. greenback against several currencies and concern about the impact of Hurricane Florence that is set to hit the U.S. southeastern coast.“On the oil front we saw a larger than expected weekly draw down in crude stockpiles so this is contributing to an already fairly tight crude market,” she added.The October natural gas contract was up 0.1 of a cent at US$2.83 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up $8.70 to US$1,210.90 an ounce and the December copper contract was up 5.4 cents at US$2.68 a pound.last_img read more