Afarin Rahmanifar Fri, 21 Jan 2022 15:07:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Afarin Rahmanifar 32 32 “A clear victory and already tired of winning? – An interview with Anatoly Karpov Fri, 21 Jan 2022 10:48:34 +0000

Anatoly Karpov, born in Zlatoust in 1951, was the greatest Soviet chess talent in the late 1960s and early 1970s and was supposed to bring the world title to the USSR in a match against Bobby Fischer. But as Fischer refused to defend his title in 1975, Karpov became world champion without a title match.

However, in the following years, Karpov confirmed his role as the best player in the world with a unique series of tournament victories. In 1978 and 1981 he had two hard-fought and tense world championship matches against Viktor Kortschnoi. Karpov won the first narrowly and the second sharply.

Karpov’s five world championship matches against Garry Kasparov between 1984 and 1990 turned into an epic duel between two chess giants. In 1993, Karpov became FIDE World Champion again after Kasparov broke with the World Chess Federation.

Karpov is one of the world champions represented in the ChessBase World Champion NFT series. In an interview, he talks about NFTs, his famous match against Kortschnoi given in the NFT series, the 2021 World Championship match between Carlsen and Nepomniachtchi, and Carlsen alluding to his reluctance to defend the title.

Master Class Vol.6: Anatoly Karpov

On this DVD, a team of experts take a close look at the secrets of Karpov’s games. In over 7 hours of video, the authors examine four key aspects of Karpov’s superb play.

Question: You are an avid stamp collector, but what do you think of NFTs and collecting NFTs?

Karpov: These NFTs are a new topic, a new topic for the world and a new topic for collectors. I know you can use NFTs to sell digital artwork, stamps, and other interesting historical documents. This could therefore be a step towards the future

Question: What can you tell us about the game given in your NFT?

Karpov: The NFT cover associated with me shows a Sicilian Dragon replica that was played in a pivotal match of my match against Viktor Kortschnoi in 1974. It was the final of the Candidates matches, which effectively became the match. of the world championship because Fischer then refused to defend his title. And according to the rules of the International Chess Federation, the winner of the Candidates Final was declared World Champion because the World Champion did not show up for the match.

It is quite logical. After all, the winner of Candidates matches, beating other top players of his time in matches, has proven himself to be the strongest of all possible challengers and, without counting the world champion, the player the strongest in the world.

The game with Kortschnoi is an example of high tactical art in chess. I should mention that I had the idea of ​​consolidating the knight on c3 with Nde2 during the preparation for the match, and I showed this idea to Efim Geller, who was a great expert on the Dragon variation. We decided the idea deserved attention, but I didn’t know if Kortschnoi would play the Dragon or not. Although one of his seconds, Genna Sosonko, was a fan of this version of the Sicilian, we thought the chances of a Dragon appearing on the board were pretty slim. That Kortschnoi was playing the strong Dragon Variation right from the start of the match really surprised me.

And it should be mentioned that Kortschnoi immediately deviated from my home analysis after my novelty Rd3, and I had to find the remaining moves on the board. It was particularly satisfying that this beautiful match moment was crowned with a beautiful combination.

Question: Did you follow the World Chess Championship match between Magnus Carlsen and Ian Nepomniachtchi? What’s your opinion ?

Karpov: A few remarks on the last World Championship match: Of course, it’s good that the number of matches is now higher than before, but I still think that 14 matches is not enough. I always played games of 24 games or more, and all the games went all the way. Only once was I able to win a match early, in 1981, in my second world championship match against Kortschnoi. But 14 games is not enough, because this format offers no room for risk. Today, everything has become a bit flat.

At the start of the Carlsen-Nepomniachtchi match, Nepomniachtchi was the one pushing, and I think he had a decent advantage. I don’t mean he should have won, but he had a decent advantage in game one, game two and game five. Two of those games ended in quick draws. In the opener, Carlsen had some compensation, but that should be enough for a draw at most.

White had a lot of chances, but Nepomniachtchi played very badly, very unlucky in the middle game and almost lost. So: he even had the chance to lose, which is surprising after reaching such a good position.

And if he had played c4 at the right time in the fifth game, his advantage would have been very unpleasant. Maybe White doesn’t win straight, but he has very uncomfortable pressure and defending such positions is quite difficult.

In game six, in which he had Black, it looked like he was very close to a win. Now there are many people who say that the computer shows that there was no direct win, but what the computer shows is one thing, but a practical game is completely different… under the pressure of the clock things are not so simple.

I think the reason for the tragic turn of the game was psychological and mental, when Nepomniachtchi realized he had missed too many chances. And as they say in football, if you don’t use your chances to score, your opponent will score.

It was crucial that Nepomniachtchi didn’t score in the sixth game. After that, he was just a shadow of himself. The following matches were not at world championship level. Carlsen sensed his opponent’s weakness and exploited it vigorously. He won, not spectacularly, but very convincingly. And in general, winning four games out of six is ​​very rare. In fact, I don’t remember anyone winning four out of six games in post-war World Championship matches. There were very sharp title fights, for example Botvinnik against Smyslov, where you had four wins in six matches, but both players won.

Question: What do you think of Carlsen’s hint that he might not defend the title?

Karpov: Carlsen proved he was the strongest player in the world and deserved the title. But as far as his hints go, maybe he’s bored. However, it cannot be said that he beat Caruana or Karjakin convincingly. There were also questions in his match against Anand. If he had beaten all three of them as clearly as he won against Nepomniachtchi, I would understand Carlsen. But is he already tired of winning after clearly winning a match? This surprises me a bit, but first you have to figure out exactly what he means with his hints.

Because the young Iranian player is already so strong, he is the most interesting opponent for Carlsen. But to play against Carlsen, the Iranian grandmaster first had to win the Candidates Tournament. This is how it works.


Opportunity and value of private credit Thu, 20 Jan 2022 11:04:49 +0000

There have always been and still are excessive spreads in private debt opportunities in the middle market – but many institutional investors struggle to access the middle market.

“You can’t flip a switch and be successful,” says Andrew Edgell, senior managing director and global head of credit investments at CPP Investments, one of the world’s largest pension funds. “You need the right infrastructure to do it right. That said, we see huge opportunities in the mid-market space – where deal sizes are slightly smaller and the business requires significantly more human resources.

CPP Investments leverages the potential for exposure to the private credit middle market through private credit manager Antares Capital, a market leader for over 25 years. CPP Investments invested in Antares in 2015.

“We are partnering with Antares to access the middle market and see tremendous value in originating and underwriting loans,” says Edgell. “Because transaction sizes are smaller, we are seeing better pricing and terms than we would in the heavily syndicated market. compared to heavily syndicated loans since 2013.1 We have worked with Antares in several scenarios where they originated the transaction, developed the relationships over time, invested in senior capital and syndicated parts of the capital structure. We provided junior capital, been there when the sponsor sold the business to another sponsor, or even went public. This symbiotic relationship with Antares allows us to holistically play into the capital structure over time. We think there is a lot more opportunity ahead in the middle market as a result, and in private debt in general.

A changing middle market

The definition of the middle market has broadened as the market has matured and become a more attractive asset class. There was a time when investors got commitments on every mid-market trade, but cov-lite has become increasingly common, especially at the upper end of the mid-market size range.

“We are working to mitigate the risk associated with the loss of covenants, but it becomes more difficult to reap a performance premium unless you are well positioned as a lending leader,” says Edgell.

The middle market has also grown over the years, with more players – not many, but more – ready to write the biggest checks. The United States has seen over $50 billion in unitranche loans of $1 billion or more since September 2019, for example.2 The size of deals with direct lenders has grown with the holding companies they have funded for years, but only the biggest players have the ability to play at the high end of the middle market.

“Even outside of the middle market, direct lenders take a slice of the large, heavily syndicated transactions normally conducted by banks – and still get a spread premium because direct lending can be easier to execute. There’s no [credit] evaluation or roadshow, and no flexibility – and there is confidentiality,” says Edgell.

Wider set of opportunities

At CPP Investments, the credit investment business is highly diversified and provides debt financing solutions for the entire capital structure. About 80% of its strategies are private, with a large portion being corporate leveraged buyouts [LBO] finance.

“Private debt and private credit have many different rounds, of course, but the main part of our business is LBO financing,” says Edgell. “Because we are one of the largest private equity LPs in the world, we have been able to create incumbents in many capital structures and be there for multiple iterations of the investment life cycle. business. This is great for identifying credit opportunities as we look to grow our assets under management. Plus, from an underwriting and risk management perspective, it gives us a better understanding of the direction of companies and see how their strategies are unfolding.

Edgell and his team tend to follow sponsor-backed debt quickly because, as he puts it, “sponsors tend to invest in better companies, so we back their due diligence. They bring a lot of industry expertise to the table. They tend to organize themselves around industrial sectors.

In his experience, Edgell has found this especially true with partners his team knows well through the pension fund’s private equity funds and direct private equity business. This translates into confidence that the company has already been vetted when a deal comes to the door of a private equity sponsor. Sponsors have also strengthened in terms of financial support and agile management at the height of the pandemic.

Private equity sponsors are a huge engine of growth in credit markets. There’s over $1.1 trillion in dry PE powder according to recent numbers from Preqin, and similarly cited direct lending numbers are about 20% of that. Even with all that dry powder, there probably isn’t enough loan capital available to meet demand.

Edgell likes what he sees in that regard, but he’s not overlooking other opportunities.

“At a high level, we see great opportunities in corporate credit markets,” he says. “However, seeing a big opportunity doesn’t stop us from trying to diversify the portfolio and target other pockets of opportunity. And this is how we produce long-term value for contributors and beneficiaries of RPC Investissements.

1 Refinitiv LPC

2 “Direct Lending Agreements”, Q3 2021

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Art exhibit at Heartland Community College showcases oppressed lives of women in Iran Thu, 20 Jan 2022 00:22:12 +0000

NORMAL, Ill. (WMBD) – Heartland Community College (HCC) presents an exhibition featuring photographs by 50 Iranian artists expressing the lives of women in Iran.

Being a Woman: Reflections by Iranian Artists is an installation of dozens of photographs and digital art curated by Shahrbanoo Hamzeh, exhibition coordinator at Heartland Community College, at the Joe McCauley Gallery on HCC’s normal campus. This is her first collection and the first of its kind at the HCC.

“You are never enough in my country as a woman,” said Hamzeh, who was born and raised in Iran. She came to the United States four years ago to pursue her Masters of Fine Arts at Illinois State University.

Hamzeh said she wanted to shine a light on the sanctioned oppression of women in Iran. She said they are treated like second-class citizens by the government.

“Domestic violence is tolerated up to femicide, and it is not acceptable. There is no way for women to get help because the law is against them,” she said.

Hamzeh said women in Iran are constantly in survival mode.

“A lot of women in Iran think it’s like that everywhere,” she said. “You fight to stay alive to survive and you don’t know what’s happening to you until you leave the situation.”

All photos were sent digitally and reproduced locally due to Iranian regime censorship.

“It’s another layer of not being safe. Being a woman is a problem in itself, but being an artist is not highly valued either… This is one of the reasons why I left my country,” Hamzeh said.

Hamzeh said two artists pulled out at the last moment to cover their photos. She said it sent a message of her own.

“I think it’s going to show how fear can change people’s interactions. They decided to censor themselves, and I think that’s how authority can strike deep fear into people’s minds,” she said.

Carol Hahn, associate dean of liberal arts and social sciences at Heartland Community College, said the exhibit was eye-opening, especially as a woman herself.

“Reflecting on what these women are up against kind of helped me reflect on where I am and where we come from,” she said.

Hahn hopes that the students will also make this association.

“So when the students come in, it shows them what the experiences of these women are, but they can also make connections between these women’s ideas and their own ideas,” she said.

Hamzeh said she wanted to draw attention to violence and human rights abuses against women in Iran. She said that some people know the Iranian government, but not the Iranian people.

“I want more people to know about our situation. Hopefully with enough conversations in the future the laws will change,” she said.

A reception will be held on Monday, February 7 at 4 p.m. at the Joe McCauley Gallery.

The gallery is located in Room 2507 of the Instructional Commons Building (ICB) on the HCC Normal Campus.

The exhibition continues until March 4.

Iranian-born Australian artist Hossein Valamanesh dies aged 72 Wed, 19 Jan 2022 10:43:34 +0000

The Art Gallery of South Australia remembers the life and career of famous Iranian-born Australian artist Hossein Valamanesh (born 2 March 1949), who died suddenly on Saturday 15 January 2022.

AGSA Director Rhana Devenport ONZM said: “Hossein’s passing leaves us all deeply shocked and saddened at AGSA – it has been a great privilege for AGSA to work so closely with him for decades and to witness his the extraordinary impact he had nationally and internationally. We have lost a true poet.

Born in Iran in 1949, Hossein entered the art school in Tehran at the age of 15 and graduated in 1970 focusing on political and socially charged work. Hossein immigrated to Australia in 1973 and graduated from the South Australian School of Art in 1977. Drawing inspiration from the cultural and natural worlds of his birthplace and adopted country in Australia, Hossein explored the intertwined spheres of love, spirituality and nature with frequent references. to the artist’s constant interest in poetry, in particular the texts of the Persian poet Jalâl ad-Dîn Rûmî.

Hossein’s work, in his words, has often explored “notions of an essential connection to place, the nature of being, and the transience of existence.” Her practice has embraced a wealth of materiality including sculpture, text, photography, installation, architecture, large-scale public art and the moving image.

Hossein and his wife and frequent collaborator of 46 years, Angela Valamanesh, have been leaders in the national and international artistic community. Angela and Hossein Valamanesh’s art will feature prominently in Adelaide 2022 Australian Art Biennial: Free/State, curated by Sebastian Goldspink, which opens March 4 at the AGSA.

“Despite Hossein’s tragic passing, his legacy will continue to inspire, amaze and resonate with our visitors here at AGSA every day. We are grateful to Angela to soon present her collaborative work with Hossein as part of the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Free/State, which once again demonstrates their rich artistic and personal relationship,” said Rhana Devenport.

Hossein has had over thirty solo exhibitions around the world and his work has been seen in Canada, France, UK, Switzerland, India, United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Japan and Iran. Hossein’s major European solo exhibition Since Everything Passes is currently on view at the Institut des Cultures d’Islam (ICI) in Paris until February 13 – with the accompanying publication now available from the AGSA shop.

Several of Hossein’s works are on display at the AGSA, including Untitled, 1994 and After rain, 2013. Hossein’s work is held in many important collections in Australia, including the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, the National Gallery of Australia , Canberra, the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, and Sara Hilden Art Museum, Finland.

His public art commissions are installed in Australia and Japan. Hossein received the Dhaka Biennial Grand Prize, Bangladesh in 1998, a Member of the Order of Australia in 2011, the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship in Washington DC in 2014, and the Art Moving Image Commission of the Film Festival of Adelaide in 2015.

A memorial to celebrate the life of Hossein Valamanesh will be held with details to be announced at a later date.

Best bets: a quick guide to online and in-person entertainment and experiences Tue, 18 Jan 2022 22:00:31 +0000

the La Jolla Light presents this ongoing series of online activities to undertake on your computer or tablet, as well as local in-person events.

Conferences and learning

Prebys of Sanford Burnham presents “Insights: Sanford Burnham Prebys and the Rady Children’s Heart Institute – Unraveling the genetics of congenital heart defects to help save lives” at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, January 25, online. To free.

• UC San Diego international institute presents “The Impact of the 1979 Revolution on the Lives of Iranian Women” at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 26, online. Rezvan Moghaddam will lead the conference. To free.

Families & children

• La Jolla/Riford Library presents “Present your passion” at 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 22, at 7555 Draper Ave. The event aims to give teens in grades eight through 12 five minutes to express what excites them in front of their peers and local politicians. The teen audience will then vote anonymously to have a cause started become a community service project. To

Health and fitness

• The Yiddish Arts and Academics Association of North America presents “New Energy Yoga in Yiddish” at 8 a.m. on Sunday, January 23, online. The yoga class, taught in Yiddish, is open to all levels of yoga practice. $15.

arts & culture

The San Diego Early Music Society will present the Profeti della Quinta ensemble on Tuesday, January 25 at St. James by-the-Sea in La Jolla.

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• The San Diego Early Music Society presents the ensemble Quinta teacher at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 25 at St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 743 Prospect St., La Jolla. The program will include music by Monteverdi, Gesualdo, Luzzaschi, Cipriano de Rore and Kapsberger. $10 and up. (619) 291 8246

• Warwick Bookshop presents the author Huntley Swan at 4 p.m. on Thursday, January 27, online. Huntley will discuss her new book, “Getting Clean with Stevie Green,” with Jeniffer Thompson. To free.

• The Salon de Musiques presents “Russian Masterpieces” at 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 6, at the La Jolla Women’s Club, 7791 Draper Ave. The program will feature music by Rachmaninoff and Arensky performed by violinist Benjamin Hoffman, cellist Taeguk Mun and pianist Hyejin Kim. $

• The Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center presents the 32nd edition San Diego International Jewish Film Festival starting Wednesday, February 9, online and at the David & Dorothea Garfield Theater, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla. The festival, which runs until Sunday February 20, will present 25 feature films, eight short films and three television series. $12 for JCC members; $15 for non-members.

• St. James Gallery by-the-Sea presents its “Show by three artists” through Wednesday, February 16, at 743 Prospect St., La Jolla. Jeweler Ann Craig, painter Paula McColl and photographer Edie High Sanchez will display their works for sale. To free.

• The Quint gallery presents “Manny Farber, Works on Paper: 1968-1980” until Saturday, March 12, at 7655 Girard Ave., La Jolla. The exhibition presents a small study of Farber’s works produced between New York and San Diego. To free.

The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library presents the exhibition “La Jolla Reading Room” until Saturday March 12.

The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library presents the exhibition “La Jolla Reading Room” until Saturday March 12.

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• The musical and artistic library of the Athenaeum presents “La Jolla Reading Room” through Saturday, March 12, at 1008 Wall St., La Jolla. The exhibition, created by writer Jared Stanley and artist Matthew Hebert, contains sculptures and sound recordings inspired by the Athenaeum’s collection of more than 2,200 artists’ books as well as the tradition of the halls of library reading. To free.

Galas & events

• La Jolla/Riford Library presents “Quick Read” at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 22 at 7555 Draper Ave. In the alternative book club for 20-30 year olds, participants will share what they read in front of a peer for 10 minutes at a time, switching partners as time runs out. To free.

• The non-profit Center St. Madeleine Sophie will hold its “Tea by the Seaside Brunch” at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 22 at The Marine Room, 2000 Spindrift Drive, La Jolla. The event will benefit the organization’s arts program and will include cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and live music. $135.

• TheOpen Farmers InsuranceThe Pro Golf Tournament returns Wednesday, Jan. 26 through Saturday, Jan. 29 at Torrey Pines Golf Course, 11480 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla. The event is part of the PGA Tour. $60 and up.

• Fashionkind, a foundation that supports women in recovery from addiction, presents the concert“Reclaimed Rocks”at 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 30 at 7843 Girard Ave., La Jolla. The event will feature a performance by Runaway King. $25.

Do you have an event – online or in person – that you would like to see here? Email your leads to

Excruciating pain in man’s penis turns out to be a rare side effect of COVID Tue, 18 Jan 2022 20:15:00 +0000

Excruciating pain in a man’s penis has been blamed on COVID infection, as doctors warned of the rare side effect.

Writing in a medical journal, the Iranian team described how the virus caused blood to clot in the poor man’s tree.

The unnamed man had suffered from penile pain for three days before being seen by a urologist in Iran, who referred him for tests.

The discomfort started following an erection during sex, the 41-year-old married man told doctors.

He had not suffered any trauma to the pelvic region that could explain his symptom.

But he had had a positive COVID PCR test three weeks prior, radiologist Seyed Morteza Bagheri and a colleague from Iran’s University of Medical Sciences wrote in the journal Clinical Case Reports.

Nothing was unusual about his COVID illness. note the doctors.

He had mild symptoms, including fever, cough and fatigue, and did not need to take any medication.

Tests at the hospital showed the man had ‘deep dorsal penile vein thrombosis’ – blood clotting in a vein that runs along the top of the shaft.

The vein runs the full length of the penis and is involved in supplying oxygenated blood to the organ.

An ultrasound showed “no [blood] flow in the vein” due to a clot halfway along the penis.

Immediately, doctors started giving rivaroxaban, a blood thinner used to treat and prevent blood clots.

“Two months after starting treatment, the patient’s symptoms had completely disappeared and he no longer had penile pain during erection and sexual dysfunction,” the doctors wrote.

Everything worked “over there,” wrote Morteza Bagheri.

However, the man still felt a little pressure pain at the site of blood clotting.

Doctors had to drain blood from the penis with a needle because ice packs weren’t working to reduce the stiffness.

Trapped Blood

Scientists have learned during the pandemic that the coronavirus doesn’t just cause respiratory symptoms.

One of its other characteristics is to increase the tendency of blood to clot. In fact, it is often the cause of death.

“Roughly 20-50% of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 infection have abnormal coagulation tests,” Morteza Bagheri wrote.

But he said this patient’s type of blood clotting was very rare. When this happens, it’s usually in someone who has a blood clotting disorder.

It could be fatal if the blood clot breaks off and travels to the lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism.

“The literature search did not show any similar previously published case of deep dorsal penile vein thrombosis following COVID-19 infection and our patient is the first reported case,” said Morteza Bagheri.

Thrombosis in another vein, the superficial dorsal penile vein, has previously been reported in men with COVID.

And a bunch of other complications in male genitals have been reported by doctors during the pandemic.

A 69-year-old man in Ohio had a three-hour erection – a condition called priapism – due to blood clotting issues in his penis.

Doctors reported in the American Journal of American Medicine that they believe COVID caused clots to form in his penis, trapping blood in the erection chambers.

Doctors had to drain blood from the penis with a needle because ice packs weren’t working to reduce the stiffness.

He sadly died of COVID due to lung failure.

Another man in his 60s, in France, had to undergo the same procedure after COVID left him with a four-hour erection.

In this case, doctors concluded that the man’s priapism was triggered by COVID. He survived and has not suffered from priapism since his release.

Meanwhile, experts have found evidence that COVID can damage blood vessels in the penis, making it harder to get an erection.

A man in his 30s has revealed he had trouble getting an erection after an infection and as a result his penis had shrunk.

This story originally appeared on The Sun and has been reproduced here with permission.

ACRES issues $30.5 million loan for 1200 West Fulton Street in Chicago Tue, 18 Jan 2022 13:31:00 +0000

CHICAGO, January 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — ACRES Capital Corp. (together with its subsidiaries, “ACRES”), a leading mid-market commercial real estate lender, has launched a $30.5 million loan to finance the acquisition and pre-development of 1200 Fulton Street (the “Property”) at Chicago.

Located in the heart of the Fulton Market District, the property, consisting of 19 adjoining parcels of land totaling 92,944 square feet in area, is set to be developed into two (2) office/retail buildings totaling 749,250 square feet as well as a residential tower of 380 units which will also contain 5,000 net leasable square feet for retail.

The property is located in the West Loop submarket of Chicago, which is just one block directly west of the Fulton Market neighborhood and is conveniently served by the Chicago Transit Authority’s green and pink lines at the Morgan ‘L’ station, as well as several bus routes .

“Home to companies like Google, Glassdoor and TikTok, the Fulton Market District has become one of the nation’s largest and most successful technology hubs,” said the CEO and Chairman of ACRES. Marc Fogel. “The area is complete with a world-class restaurant district and an upscale shopping corridor, all catering to the strongest tenant population in Chicago.”

As of 2017, the Fulton Market District has been widely regarded as one of the hottest submarkets for commercial real estate in the Chicago region. A little like the New York one Meatpacking District, the area has grown from its manufacturing and industrial roots to a thriving, fashionable neighborhood lined with art galleries, murals, restaurants and experiential destinations lining the cobblestone streets.

The loan was made to sponsor Fulton Street Companies, a Chicago-a real estate development company specializing in the Fulton Market District, and was arranged by steve skok from Berkadia. Justin Seitenbach of ACRES’ New York office issued the loan.

ACRES is a nationwide direct lender and SEC-registered investment adviser providing construction, bridge and permanent debt capital solutions for the commercial real estate industry. ACRES partners on targeted opportunities in the $10 million at $100 million range including multi-family, student accommodation, retail, office, hospitality and industrial. Contact us at or at (516) 535-0015.

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Visiting art teachers exhibit recent work at Hopkins Hall Mon, 17 Jan 2022 18:44:56 +0000

Photos by Visiting Assistant Professor Christopher Stackhouse are on display as part of the ‘Recent Work’ exhibition at Hopkins Hall Gallery. The exhibit will be on view until Thursday. Credit: Phoebe Helms | Lantern Reporter

An exhibition entitled “Recent Works” presents multimedia pieces by visiting art teachers at the Hopkins Hall Gallery.

Located at 128 N. Oval Mall, the gallery serves as a venue for Ohio State students and faculty members to exhibit their work in various exhibits, as well as participate in design, research, and Creation. The “Recent workthe exhibition features Dionne Lee, Illya Mousavijad and Christopher Stackhouse. Lee, a post-MA fine arts lecturer and visual artist from Oakland, California, said there is a connection between her art, nature and history.

“Much of my work explores my relationship to nature and the outdoors and reflects on how our relationships with spaces have been formed through ancestral traumas and historical systems such as segregation,” Lee said.

One of the main pieces Lee presented to Hopkins was a short video segment titled “Castings,” which depicts a stick — Y-shaped, moving across the floor — as a divination tool, she said.

“So you charge this stick to tell you where the water is, so I was drawn to this symbol as a casting tool or a navigational tool,” Lee said.

Mousavijad, Visiting Assistant Professor in Art and Technology with an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania, said he was presenting two plays related to his Iranian heritage.

Mousavijad’s first piece contrasts a poem about the pain of friendship, written by Iranian Kurdish singer Shahram Nazeri, and an animation of the Iranian flag and the American flag fluttering directly against each other in the wind. Mousavijad said he used the poem to describe “precious pain” between two countries that once had friendlier relations.

“I took that a bit out of context and tied it to the relationship between Iran and the United States, which is quite extreme,” Mousavijad said.

His second piece, “A Night at the Pottery Shop”, once again opposes poetry to a new artistic medium: a voice recording. The recording relays a conversation between Mousavijad and a Jordanian friend whose immigration status expires as they discuss the ideas of Middle Eastern poets Elyas Alavi and Omar Khayyam.

“We understand the temporality of life and also the nonsense of the kind of class and race identity boundaries that we have in life,” Mousavijad said. “When we die, we all merge into the same ground.”

Stackhouse, a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Art, has a background in art that has taken him from Grand Rapids, Michigan, and San Francisco to New York. He said his time in New York directly influenced his work featured in the exhibit.

“These are images that were on a set of four film canisters that I shot in 2014 and 2015, and they were all shot in my apartment in Brooklyn,” Stackhouse said. “And on those rolls, there were pictures of my kids and pictures of the city of different things. I took all kinds of pictures, but all 35 [millimeter] movies and all at different exposure speeds.

Light plays an important role in the pieces he chose for his Hopkins Hall show, Stackhouse said.

“If you focus on what photography is, which literally means ‘light writing,’ that’s kind of what it is,” Stackhouse said. “It’s about capturing very private, meditative moments where the light just becomes a part of that.”

The exhibition “Recent works” is to be discovered until Thursday. Those interested can register online to see the exhibition on the Espace Arts Urbains website. Time slots are available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

AhlulBayt World Assembly staff should have Intl. point of view on their activities Mon, 17 Jan 2022 04:43:00 +0000 Stressing the need for an international perspective on the activities of the Assembly, the Secretary General of the World Assembly of AhlulBayt (as) added: “International institutions cannot be managed from a purely Iranian perspective. The supreme leader of the revolution told one of the international institutions: “In the activities, you should get help from the people of the target areas. You cannot succeed without their help”.

AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): Stressing the need for an international perspective on the activities of the Assembly, the Secretary General of the World Assembly of AhlulBayt (as) added: “International institutions cannot be managed from a purely Iranian perspective. The supreme leader of the revolution told one of the international institutions: “In the activities, you should get help from the people of the target areas. You cannot succeed without their help”.

On Thursday, January 13, 2022, in a friendly meeting, the Secretary General of the World Assembly of AhlulBayt (as) met with the staff of the Assembly.

During this meeting, Ayatollah Reza Ramazani said: “From the beginning of my term in the AhlulBayt (as) World Assembly until now, we have been determined to be on the path of promotion and change. It is a principle and it requires that all our friends and colleagues have this vision for change.

“A demanding vision for change must form in people’s minds, and we must all work sincerely to achieve and realize it,” he added.

Stressing the need for an international perspective on the activities of the Assembly, the Secretary General of the World Assembly of AhlulBayt (as) added: “International institutions cannot be managed from a purely Iranian perspective. The supreme leader of the revolution told one of the international institutions: “In the activities, you should get help from the people of the target areas. You cannot succeed without their help”.

“We have a long way to go to reach the position of scientific authority. Therefore, it is necessary to act in time and not miss opportunities. Each of us has a mission, and we must not procrastinate. The path must always be towards change,” he stressed.

Referring to previous traditions of the World Assembly of AhlulBayt (as), Ayatollah Ramazani said, “Some of the traditions of the past cannot prevail today and we need to be up to date in our plans and strategies. Of course, this does not mean abandoning the good traditions of the past. For example, in the propagation tradition, traditional preaching sessions are necessary. But they are not enough. Instead, cyberspace should be used. All sections of the Assembly should be concerned about cyberspace.

“In the interaction and confrontation on the international stage, one must be familiar with world literature,” he continued, “people from different countries attend the Assembly, and the concerns of customers and followers of the AhlulBayt (as) should be given consideration.”

After the meeting, the staff of the World Assembly of AhlulBayt (as) spoke to the Secretary General about their concerns, problems and suggestions to improve their activities.

After reviewing the views of the staff, the General Secretary of AhlulBayt (as) World Assembly said, “In Tehran and Qom, a committee has been formed to resolve the issues and the content will be categorized. By May next year, the activities of the World Assembly of AhlulBayt (as) should focus on the Seventh General Assembly. This Summit is a hands-on report on the Assembly’s activities, and the Assembly’s path to change is evident in the General Assembly. Therefore, the top should be held differently and problems should be minimized.

“Intellectually, managerially and operationally pioneering people should follow the activities. The system must train personnel for all sections. In our institution, we also welcome with open arms the optimistic, operational and theoretical staff,” Ayatollah Ramazani continued, emphasizing the need for a holistic view of the Assembly’s activities.

“We have focused on improving knowledge from the start,” he added, “All those who work at the Assembly must have a global and international outlook and be fluent in one of the living languages of the world”.

Ayatollah Ramazani mentioned respect and care for the families of Assembly staff as one of the principles of the activities and stressed the need to support the families.

On the significance of Wiki Shia’s activities, he said, “Wiki Shia virtual encyclopedia is one of our brands and should be considered in all sections. With the presence of experts, the scientific level of Wiki Shia should be raised. I believe that in a period of 5 years, the number of Shia Wiki entries should reach one hundred thousand.

Speaking to ABNA News Agency, AhlulBayt (as) World Assembly Secretary General said, “With 25 languages, ABNA has international capability and through interaction and synergy it can be the most most unique in the world and in Iran. I visit ABNA several times a day. What is very important in promoting activities is empathy and cooperation in group work.

“We believe in expertise and commitment,” he added at the end, “We hope to achieve scientific and spiritual authority through cooperation, and that is only possible with cooperation and empathy.”

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