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first_img Full Name* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlink Email Address* Message* JDSJDS DevelopmentTwo Bridges Paula Segal, an attorney who represents Tenants United Fighting for the Lower East Side and other neighborhood groups in one lawsuit, said her clients are considering their legal options.Kenneth Kimerling, who represents Lower East Side Organized Neighbors and other organizations that brought a second lawsuit, did not immediately return a request seeking comment.Because the Appellate Division’s decision was unanimous, the groups would need to receive court approval to appeal to the state’s highest court.The three projects — JDS Development’s 247 Cherry Street, L+M Development and CIM Group’s 260 South Street and Starrett Corporation’s 259 Clinton Street — would have 2,775 rental units across four towers at three addresses. A quarter of those units would be set aside as affordable.The developers are also upgrading a local subway station and financing repairs at a nearby public housing complex. A spokesperson for developers praised Tuesday’s decisions.“Private investments in affordable housing and essential community infrastructure are critical as the city emerges from the pandemic, and these projects will deliver a range of meaningful and lasting benefits for the Two Bridges neighborhood,” the spokesperson said in a statement.The Appellate Division’s decisions cap a tumultuous two years for the projects. In June 2019, Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron halted the developments, agreeing with the New York City Council and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer that the projects must go through the city’s land use review process. In February 2020, Engoron similarly ruled in favor of community groups in two other lawsuits challenging the projects.But the Appellate Division reversed Engoron’s first decision in August 2020, casting doubt on the prospects of the other two lawsuits.Those complaints argued that City Planning was required to report certain findings before approving the projects, based on a provision in the zoning resolution. In Tuesday’s decisions, the panel found that the developers “persuasively argue” that the provision doesn’t apply to their projects.The Two Bridges lawsuits were among several recent cases that concerned the real estate industry.In late 2019 a state Supreme Court judge annulled the city’s rezoning of Inwood. That decision was ultimately overturned. Developers of another project, 200 Amsterdam, are still awaiting the results of its appeal after a lower court ruled that it must remove 20 floors to comply with zoning rules.Contact Kathryn Brenzel JDS Development’s Michael Stern, L&M’s Ron Moelis and Starrett’s Josh Siegel with a rendering of Two Bridges (Twitter, SHoP Architects)After a series of setbacks, developers planning four towers in Two Bridges have survived two more legal challenges.A state appeals court on Tuesday unanimously overturned two decisions, clearing the way for the projects to move forward. The panel of judges found that the lower court judge should have deferred to the Department of City Planning’s “reasonable interpretation” that the city’s zoning resolution didn’t require further justification for its approval of the towers.Neighborhood groups had argued that the developers’ proposed modification to the Two Bridges large-scale development plan, which was approved in 1972, required further examination by the city. Opponents argue that the projects require City Council approval.ADVERTISEMENTRead moreInwood rezoning is a done dealJudge nixes Inwood rezoningShock ruling could throw 200 Amsterdam Ave loan indo default Tagslast_img read more

first_imgn Latest companies to sign up as exhibitors at next year’s Baking Industry Exhibition include Pentagram, HMP Lindholme andStable Micro Systems. BIE08 takes place at Birmingham’s NEC on 6-9 April 2008.n Administrators report that talks with a buyer for the Hull-based Skeltons bakery chain are continuing. Meanwhile, Martin’s Cakes & Desserts in Manchester has taken on some of the business’ wholesale accounts.n Shipton Mill, near Tetbury, is among suppliers for the flagship Whole Foods Market superstore, which opens in Kensington, London on 6 June.n Morrisons’ The Best Chocolate Orange Pudding, supplied by Farmhouse Fare, was the winner in the desserts category at The Grocer Own-Label Excellence ceremony, held in London last month. La Fornaia, Fletchers Bakeries and Bells of Lazonby were among other winners at the event.n Acquisition vehicle Zetar has bought snacks company Britannia in a deal worth around £27.7m. Britannia, based in Teeside, manufactures biscuits, cereals and snacks. Zetar’s biggest business is Kinnerton Group, which makes novelty and niche chocolate confectionery.n Nottingham company Churchill Food Products took a first prize at the recent Food & Drink Forum and the East Midlands Development Agency Food & Drink Forum Innovation and Quality event. It was commended for its all-day breakfast baguette, particularly for its work in producing a baguette with a three- day rather than a one-day shelf life.last_img read more

first_imgThe trapping of songbirds is a widespread practice in Cyprus, but British Forces Cyprus (BFC) have worked tirelessly alongside the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and environmental organisation Birdlife Cyprus to reduce the horrific practice.An annual report released in March showed that in 2016, 888,000 songbird deaths were recorded, but by the following year there were 260,000 – a drop of 76 per cent. Armed Forces Minister Mark Lancaster travelled to Cyprus to learn more.Minister for Armed Forces Mark Lancaster said: The work being done by our Armed Forces and Sovereign Base Area Police has made a significant difference to the survival of these magnificent birds in Cyprus, and I applaud them for it. We will continue to do everything we can to protect them. British forces load irrigation pipes into a vehicle. Crown copyright.The implementation of hidden surveillance cameras and the acquisition of a Sovereign Base Area Police drone, as well as increased patrols, have also helped bring bird deaths down significantly.During a visit to the Sovereign Base Areas earlier in June, Head of International Policy Programmes for the RSPB Andrew Callender said: The UK and Cyprus have a deep shared history and common values, including as members of the Commonwealth, which is why I’m delighted that we have agreed to continue working closer together than ever before. It is great to have the opportunity to see at first-hand what the MOD are doing in preparation for the forthcoming migration season and we look forward to working even closer together in combatting bird crime this year. Mark Lancaster meets troops based in Cyprus. Crown copyright.center_img Earlier this month, to further decrease bird trapping, the Sovereign Base Area Administration hosted the RSPB and Birdlife Cyprus and have agreed a collaborative strategy for tackling bird crime in the forthcoming migration season.A key aspect to stopping bird trapping is the removal of invasive acacia trees, planted by trappers, and the illegal irrigation used to promote its growth. The trees are used to lure birds into fine mist nets before they are killed to make the local dish ambelopoulia. Since 2014 the equivalent area of 45 football pitches of acacia has been removed and over 60km of irrigation pipes destroyed. Irrigation pipes removed by British troops. Crown copyright. While on the island, the Minister took the opportunity to visit British troops who are involved in a number of missions.Among these are personnel based at RAF Akrotiri, who have bravely led the UK’s air strikes that have helped to decimate the presence of Daesh in Syria and Iraq.He also visited the 1st Battalion the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, who are currently deployed in Cyprus, and British soldiers who are involved in the UN Peacekeeping mission on the island. The Minister’s visit also presented an opportunity for defence ties between the UK and Cyprus to be reaffirmed, as Mr Lancaster signed a renewed defence co-operation agreement.This agreement brings the two nations closer together in a number of areas including: maritime and air security, counter-terrorism, cyber and intelligence.Minister for Armed Forces Mark Lancaster said:last_img read more

first_img General media queries (24 hours) Email [email protected] If you have an urgent media query, please email the DFID Media Team on [email protected] in the first instance and we will respond as soon as possible. The UK will double the first £2 million of donations from the British public to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s (DEC) Cyclone Idai Appeal, bringing the UK’s total response so far to £20 million.International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt has today (20 March 2019) announced that the UK will match pound-for-pound the first £2 million raised by the generous British public for DEC’s appeal, to support those affected by flooding in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe.International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said:This new support, from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), will double the impact of the public’s donations and ensure that charities working on the ground can reach the vulnerable men, women and children who have been left homeless and in urgent need of food, water and shelter.The UK sent humanitarian experts prior to the cyclone making landfall, and this latest package of support comes after the UK increased its direct support by £12 million, bringing the total UK aid support to £20 million to save lives in areas devastated by rising flood waters.This is on top of substantial existing support that the UK is already providing through its core funding to partners on the ground, including UNICEF, the World Food Programme and the International Red Cross.Notes to editorsDonations to the Cyclone Idai appeal will be matched through the UK Aid Match scheme.Through UK Aid Match, DFID gives the British public the opportunity to decide how the UK aid budget is spent and support people in desperate need by matching their donations pound-for-pound up to £2 million.This has increased the impact of a number of DEC appeals to help those in need around the world, including most recently to support people affected by the earthquake in Indonesia. Telephone 020 7023 0600last_img read more

first_imgOn Sunday, String Cheese Incident was slated to perform at the historic Oregon Eclipse Festival in Prineville, Oregon. Unfortunately, the band had to perform without guitarist Bill Nershi, who was unable to join the rest of the group in Oregon due to illness. A String Cheese Incident show sans Nershi is no doubt bizarre, but the Colorado-born band went on with their set, which also saw a sit-in by Emancipator violinist Ilya Goldberg. However, since Sunday, fans have been left wondering about Billy’s health, and the guitarist just offered a health update via his Facebook page. You can read Nershi’s comments below. We’re glad you’re okay, Billy!Hi everyone,Okay, here’s the skinny. I had benign positional vertigo (BPV). Crystals in a cavity in my inner ear had dislodged themselves somehow, causing the sensation that things were moving when they weren’t. I went to a hearing specialist that used a technique of having me lay back and move my head from side to side and use this vibrating thing against my head to get the crystals to gravitate back into the proper cavity. He said there is now absolutely no danger in flying. I am good to go!!!! See ya at Lockn’ this weekend!Thanks everyone for your concern and good vibes,Billylast_img read more

first_imgThe Competition Bureau, an independent Canadian law enforcement agency that makes sure businesses operate in a fair and competitive manner, is suing Ticketmaster over the company’s deceptive ticket prices.CBC News reports that an investigation by the agency found the ticketing powerhouse’s advertised prices to be misleading, since consumers usually ended up paying more in additional fees. The Competition Bureau called the practice “drip pricing” and noted that fees often pushed the cost of tickets to 20% more than the advertised price. The agency even reported cases in which additional fees increased the price of tickets by as much as 65%.As a result of its investigation, the Competition Bureau decided to file an application for Canada’s Competition Tribunal to force Ticketmaster to end the deceptive practice and pay a fine. The move comes six months after the agency called on ticket vendors to advertise the actual price of tickets upfront.“In July, we called on ticket vendors to review their marketing practices. Today, we are filing an application with the [Competition] Tribunal to stop Ticketmaster from making deceptive claims to consumers.” Commissioner of Competition John Pecman said in a statement. “Together, these actions send a strong signal to online retailers: consumers must have confidence that advertised prices are the ones they will pay.”According to CBC News, Ticketmaster told the publication it “remains committed to getting tickets into the hands of fans and has long practiced transparency to enable informed purchasing decisions.”This is far from the first time the concert and sports ticketing giant has been targeted with legal suits regarding its exorbitant fees. As part of the settlement of a Spring of 2016 class action lawsuit in the U.S., the company was forced to issue vouchers for free tickets to anyone who ordered tickets between October 21, 1999 and February 27, 2013. However, the settlement was met with predominantly negative response, as the available shows were highly limited and spots quickly sold out with many left holding vouchers they could no longer use.[via CBC News]last_img read more

first_imgThe 59th-annual Newport Folk Festival is currently underway, taking over Newport, Rhode Island’s Fort Adams State Park. The festival has long stood out as one of the premier music events in the Northeast, consistently curating one of the most expansive and highly anticipated lineups of the summer. On Saturday night, the secret headliner revealed itself to be Mumford And Sons. The British band played 15 songs, packing the setlist with unordinary covers and exciting guests.During their surprise set, Mumford And Sons kicked things off with Brandi Carlile, Maggie Rogers, and Jerry Douglas for a collaborative rendition of their own “Awake My Soul” from 2009’s Sigh No More. The next six songs remained within the band’s original, career-spanning catalog, before shocking the crowd with an unexpected cover of Radiohead‘s “All I Need”, welcoming out Phoebe Bridgers for the In Rainbows track, as well as dobro player Jerry Douglas, who stuck around through the remainder of the set.After the band’s own “Ghosts That We Knew”, Mumford And Songs welcomed out Brandi Carlile once again for a cover of Simon & Garfunkel‘s “The Boxer”. Carlile stuck around for another cover, The New Basement Tapes‘ “Kansas City”, penned by Bob Dylan, a veteran of the Newport Folk Festival.Following Sigh No More‘s “Dust Bowl Dance”, 24-year-old Maggie Rogers returned to the stage to play her own hit, “Alaska”, with Mumford And Sons–marking a truly beautiful moment for the up-and-coming star.After their own “I Will Wait”, Mumford And Sons welcomed out Mavis Staples, Brandi Carlile, Maggie Rogers, Phoebe Bridgers, Phil Cook, and MC Taylor (Hiss Golden Messenger) for a celebratory finalé, appropriately covering The Band‘s “The Weight” to close out the surprise set.Mumford and Sons fear. Phoebe Bridgers, Jerry Douglas – “All I Need” (Radiohead)[Video: rac3m]Mumford And Sons feat. Mavis Staples, Brandi Carlile, Maggie Rogers, Phoebe Bridgers, Phil Cook, MC Taylor – “The Weight” (The Band)[Video: rac3m]Earlier in the weekend, legendary folk and rock icon David Crosby joined Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit for a rendition of his own “Wooden Ships”, which was featured on Crosby, Stills & Nash‘s self-titled 1969 release, followed by the iconic fan-favorite 1970 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young track “Ohio”, a protest song penned by Neil Young following the Kent State shootings on May 4th, 1970. Get the full low-down, plus videos, here.Tonight, Newport Folk Festival continues with Brandi Carlile, Gary Clark Jr., Toots and the Maytals, and more.Setlist: Mumford And Sons | Newport Folk Festival | Fort Adams State Park | Newport, RI | 7/28/18Awake My Soul (with Brandi Carlile, Maggie Rogers, Jerry Douglas), Broad-Shouldered Breasts, The Cave, Little Lion Man, White Blank Page, Love of the Light, Tompkins Square Park, All I Need (Radiohead cover, with Phoebe Bridgers). Ghosts That We Knew, The Boxer (Simon & Garfunkel cover, with Brandi Carlile), Kansas City (The New Basement Tapes cover, with Brandi Carlile), Dust Bowl Dance, Alaska (Maggie Rogers cover, with Maggie Rogers), I Will Wait, The Weight (The Band cover, with Mavis Staples, Brandi Carlile, Maggie Rogers, Phoebe Bridgers, Phil Cook, and MC Taylor)last_img read more

first_imgChildren First recognizes lawmakers Children First recognizes lawmakers May 15, 2006 Regular Newscenter_img Florida’s Children First, a nonprofit organization that advocates for the legal rights of foster kids and other at-risk children, honored three Broward lawmakers for their ongoing support of children’s issues in Tallahassee at its recent annual Broward fundraiser.The event raised more than $80,000.“These legislators are the ones who are making a huge difference in changing the lives of children in foster care,” said Howard Talenfeld, FCF president.Rep. Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Ft. Lauderdale, was honored for her commitment to children’s legislation, particularly her work for children growing up in the foster care system.Sen. Nan Rich, D-Sunrise, is widely recognized as one of Florida’s leading champions of children’s and social justice issues. Senator Rich was recognized for her exemplary work, both in the legislature and in the community, on behalf of children and families.Sen. Walter “Skip” Campbell, D-Ft. Lauderdale, is the chair of the Senate Children and Families Committee and most recently spearheaded hearings on the need for a guardian ad litem for every child and an attorney ad litem for children with special needs and followed up on his legislation regulating psychotropic medication prescribed to children in foster care.FCF also honored Boardroom Communications, a public relations firm, for its pro bono work publicizing the plight of Florida’s foster care children on behalf of FCF.United Automobile Insurance Group presented a check for $20,000 to Florida’s Children First during the award presentation at the event.“We are only able to do the work that we do because of the support of United Auto and other sponsors,” said Talenfeld.For more information on FCF visit www.floridaschildrenfirst.org or call 954-796-0860.last_img read more

first_imgTopics : He said the company would hire 2,500 local workers in the first phase. These workers would become smelter operators, which were priority positions that VDNI needed filled. Indrayanto did not detail the successive phases.Indrayanto also said the company had brought in 261 out of the 500 Chinese workers as of Thursday. The remaining third batch was supposed to arrive last week but the arrival was delayed due to local protests.Virtue Dragon, which is developing Indonesia’s largest nickel smelter, plays a key role in realizing the central government’s ambition of transforming mineral-rich Indonesia from a commodity-driven economy to an industrial economy.The smelter, last valued at US$1.4 billion, is slated to produce 600,000 tons of nickel pig iron (NPI) each year once fully completed in 2021. Chinese-backed mining company PT Virtue Dragon Nickel Industry (VDNI) has promised to hire 5,000 locals amid protests over the employment of 500 Chinese workers for nickel smelter projects in Konawe regency, Southeast Sulawesi.VDNI signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the matter with the Konawe administration on Wednesday. The company agreed to absorb the workforce while the administration agreed to headhunt workers, who will start working once the smelter installation was finished.“We are committed to employing local workers. But recruitment will be done in stages, as needed,” VDNI spokesman Indrayanto told The Jakarta Post from nickel-rich Southeast Sulawesi on Thursday.center_img Indrayanto argued that the employment of Chinese workers was essential to install the smelter. While there had been a delay in the arrival of foreign workers, he was optimistic the project would still run on time, at the end of the year.“The development of the [smelter] is still ongoing but it will just be slower,” he said.In April, Southeast Sulawesi Governor Ali Mazi and the Southeast Sulawesi Legislative Council had refused entry to the foreign workers, supposedly due to concerns over COVID-19 transmission. Ali then turned around and green lighted the arrival amid the backlash.Manpower Minister Ida Fauziah previously stated in June that allowing foreign employment would eventually result in more jobs for local workers after they learned to use the technology used in the projects.With the sizeable investment for the project, the Office of the Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister has also stated that it would oversee the local worker recruitment process, says a spokesman.“With this deal, we hope all employment-related policy making and problem solving in the area can be handled faster and better,” Office of the Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister spokesman Jodi Mahardi said in a statement on Wednesday.Locals were seen up in arms near Haluoleo Kendari Airport in South Konawe on June 23 as the first batch of 152 Chinese workers landed. Protesters raised concerns over local unemployment rates, COVID-19 infections and the workers’ visa statuses, while also blaring religious and racially-charged statements.As of May 27, more than 1.79 million people have lost their jobs as many nonessential businesses shut down to comply with government restrictions, according to data from the Manpower Ministry. The government predicts up to 5.5 million workers could lose their jobs, while 4 million could fall below the poverty line.last_img read more

first_img Share 32 Views   no discussions NewsPrint ‘Baby bin’ to save South Africa’s unwanted children by: – March 16, 2011 Tweet Most people would not give a second glance to the metal hatch on a wall in Hillbrow Street in Johannesburg’s tough Berea suburb. But the “Door of Hope” is saving the lives of scores of unwanted babies. Mothers can place their babies, usually newborn, inside and leave them anonymously to be found and cared for. Once the infant is placed inside the “baby bin”, sensors on the mattress set off an alarm.“When that alarm rings you drop everything because you know there is a tiny baby in there fighting for his or her life,” says a carer at the Door of Hope orphanage. The child is then taken for a medical check-up. “Some of the babies we get through the bin are healthy but others are not so lucky. Some are dehydrated, malnourished and underweight and we have to nurse them back to health,” says Angela Kizobokamba, who works at the centre.The baby hatch was opened in 1999 by a local church in response to the number of infants’ bodies which were being found in the area every month. To date, Door of Hope has received more than 960 children – 10% of which were left in the baby bin. Berea has a reputation for crime, unemployment prostitution and drugs. Child welfare workers here say the area’s desperate social conditions, compounded by Aids, are the main reasons why so many young mothers abandon their children.‘A chance at life’ Inside the orphanage the carers are hard at work. It is almost feeding time for some of the older babies – who are just over a year old. The hallways are quiet, a group of women speak in hushed tones as they tip-toe past two neighbouring rooms. Inside, babies – some as young as two weeks – lie peacefully in their cribs. These are the lucky few – they are alive and have someone to care for them.And if the orphanage has its way, they will soon be adopted by families who can provide for them. None of the children can be identified to protect the children and the identities of their birth mothers. For the carers, feeding, bathing and playing with these children is a labour of love whose reward they say is knowing that they “loved the baby back to life”. Ms Kizobokamba says most babies are abandoned during the holidays, with Christmas and Easter being the busiest times of the year.“Often the mother wants to go home for their holidays and they don’t want their families to know that they fell pregnant so they come and leave them here,” she says.Life and death One child is abandoned in Johannesburg each day and two in Soweto – a township south of Johannesburg, according to Door of Hope director Kate Allen. “We’ve seen an increase in the number of children being abandoned. When we started, we got an average of four children per month but now we receive up to 16 children,” says Ms Allen. Child Welfare South Africa (CWSA) – the country’s largest non-governmental organisation – says more than 2,000 children are abandoned in the country every year – a 30% increase in the past three years.Many of them are found near death in rubbish bins, wrapped in plastic bags, inside toilets, shoe boxes, open fields and parks and often die within hours of birth from dehydration, starvation or hypothermia. Many of the children cared for by the orphanage over the years have been well but some had to be put on anti-Aids drugs, after tests revealed that they were HIV-positive. The orphanage has received criticism for the hatch over the years, with people saying it gives mothers an easy way out.But Ms Allen rejects this criticism. “By the time somebody finds these children, they are usually already dead. At least with this, mothers who can’t keep their babies know that their child has a chance at life,” she says. “The reality is that whether there is a baby bin or not, young mothers are abandoning their children all over the country every day,” says Ms Kizobokamba as she feeds a nine-month old baby at the home. “What we do gives desperate mothers and their children an alternative.”By Pumza Fihlani BBC News, Johannesburgcenter_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more