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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Saturday, June 24, 2017

New York

Fraunces Tavern, the historic restaurant in lower Manhattan, closed temporarily after health inspectors found several ‘critical’ safety violations, including contaminated food, evidence of rats, mice and filth flies and unsuitable sewage disposal. Owner Eddie Travers, attributes his restaurant's problems to the wet weather and heavy precipitation. It has been a wet spring, with 40% more precipitation through April than last year, as confirmed by the National Weather Service. 

As reported by Crain’s NY, Travers conceded that he often has to cope with water pooling in the basement following weeks of heavy rain. An inspector with the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene saw the water last week and following a thorough investigation

Health insurance companies, that sell policies to individuals through NY's online Obamacare exchange, have proposed raising premiums an average 16.6 percent in 2018. Requests for rate increases on individual policies ranged from 4.4 percent from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, to a high of  47.3 percent from HealthNow New York, the Buffalo-based parent of BlueShield of Northeastern New York, as reported by the Times Union. The information is available on NYS’ Department of Financial Services

It turns out New York City’s biggest lobbyers attempting to win influence with the city’s government are New York City’s largest landlord group. The Rent Stabilization Association of New York apparently spent up to $3.6 million trying to influence decisions on issues like property taxes and rent regulation.

Lobbying by the Rent Stabilization Association of New York has increased from $1.4 million spent on lobbying efforts in 2015 to more than double that this year, according to New York

Forest City Realty Trust shareholders are expected to meet next week, after activist investor Land & Buildings threatened to call for a special meeting in order to reduce the Ratner family’s control over the Cleveland-based company, according to The New York Post.

The Post sources said that if the hedge fund is successful in calling the meeting, it could result in bringing down all four of the Ratner family members from the company.

The Ratner family, which includes Bruce Ratner— the head

Dr. Ruth Westheimer, 88, the famous sexpert, is having a movie made about her life and there is a lot of sex in it, reports Page Six.

“I have a movie coming out next year for my 90th birthday. It is a movie about my life,” said the doctor at the Haps Hearts Fund gala at One World Observatory, said Page Six.

When asked about the movie and whether there will be “a lot of sex”, she assured Page Six, “Of course!”

Dr. Ruth added that she was a big fan of the charity’s supermodel founder Petra