Unite Students Sells Eight Properties Worth GBP 133 Mln

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Ted Cruz Complains He Was Taunted At The Border And You Know What Happened Next

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) complained on Fox News on Monday that he was taunted during a photo op at the U.S.-Mexico border last week. 

In the footage from the trip, Cruz pointed into the bushes near the Rio Grande and spoke of unseen smugglers on the other side.

“Just a few minutes ago there were multiple smugglers on the other side who were shining flashlights at us, who were yelling at us, who were taunting us,” he said. “Who were taunting, I think they probably assumed we were Border Patrol, but they routinely taunt the Border Patrol.”  

Cruz also complained in footage he posted on his Twitter feed last week about the “taunting.” 

But given that Cruz is often taunted elsewhere ― especially on Twitter ― more than a few critics did so again and several refered to a scene in “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” featuring a literal taunter:

Cruz’s latest trip came more than a month after he visited the other side of the border for a very different reason. He abandoned his home state in the middle of a major disaster to take a vacation in Cancun. As Texans struggled with freezing temperatures and sweeping power outages, Cruz and his family hung out at the Ritz-Carlton. 

Cruz returned the next day once word got out, tried to blame the trip on his daughters, then blamed the media and ultimately attempted to make jokes about it. For that and other reasons, the taunting followed Cruz from the border to Twitter: 

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Dialight Posts Wider Underlying Loss From Operating Activities In FY20; Revenue Down 21%

Dialight plc (DIA.L) reported a loss before tax of 10.1 million pounds for the year ended 31 December 2020 compared to a loss of 12.5 million pounds, last year. Basic loss per share was 24.0 pence compared to a loss of 49.8 pence. Underlying EBIT loss was 6.4 million pounds compared to an underlying EBIT loss of 5.0 million pounds, last year.

Fiscal year revenue declined to 119.0 million pounds from 151.0 million pounds, prior year.

Dialight plc stated that it is experiencing an increase in quoting activity early in the year. The Group sees a range of profitable outcomes for the full year.

The Board is not proposing a final dividend payment for 2020.

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NYPD: Elderly Asian American woman assaulted, suspect sought

NEW YORK – An elderly Asian American woman was attacked by a man Monday afternoon who repeatedly kicked her in front of witnesses who seemingly stood by, according to surveillance footage released by the New York City Police Department.

The 65-year-old woman was walking along 43rd street when a man came up to her and kicked her in the stomach, knocking her to the ground, the NYPD said. 

The man then stomps on the woman’s face several times while hurling anti-Asian statements at her, police said. He later casually walks away, the footage shows. 

A man inside a building lobby seemingly stops what he’s doing to watch the assault and later two more men wearing blazers walk into the frame and one of them closes the door as the woman lies on the ground. 

The woman was hospitalized with serious injuries. 

The NYPD’s Hate Crime Task Force is investigating the incident and has asked anyone with information to contact the department. 

According to a report from Stop AAPI Hate over 3,795 incidents were reported to the organization from March 19, 2020 to February 28, 2021. The organization said that number is “only a fraction of the number of hate incidents that actually occur.”

Unite Students Sells Eight Properties Worth GBP 133 Mln

Student lodging owner and developer Unite Group Plc (UTG.L) said on Tuesday that it has sold around eight properties, consisting of 2,284 beds for a sum of 133 million pounds to Aventicum Real Estate. In the sale value, Unite share is 90 million pounds.

Out of the eight properties in the portfolio, seven have been sold for 120 million pounds, while Unite share is 77 million pounds. The last one property in Manchester will be sold for a sum of 13 million pounds in the second half of the year.

The sale comprises of properties at Coventry, Wolverhampton, Birmingham, Exeter and Manchester. The properties have nomination agreements covering 28 percent of beds on short-term leases. The property disposals are marked at an NOI yield of 6.5 percent and a 2 percent discount to existing book value.

The sale is part of Unite Students ongoing portfolio management policy and the company has, in the long run, plans to sell many subscale properties, even as better alignment with high and mid-ranked Universities takes place.

Richard Smith, Chief Executive, Unite Students, said, “”This disposal forms part of our target to dispose £200-300 million of assets in 2021. The sale is consistent with our strategy of increasing our exposure to high and mid-ranked Universities where demand is strongest, while delivering operational efficiencies that contribute towards our target for an improvement in our EBIT margin to 74 percent by 2023-end.”