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Housing venture pieces together affordability plan for de Blasio

first_imgShare via Shortlink Greystone Capital Advisors’ Drew Fletcher and Lappin Associates’ Michael LappinTwo firms are offering New York City a solution to a slew of affordable housing issues.To make it work, Greystone and Lappin Associates need a property-tax break for rent-regulated housing.Their plan would address two controversial elements of the rent-stabilization law passed last year: its severe limits on regulated rent increases to pay for improvements, and its elimination of means-testing, which lets even the wealthiest New Yorkers lease rent-stabilized units.Greystone and Lappin hope to find Mayor Bill de Blasio receptive in the wake of his reluctantly cutting capital funding for about 21,000 affordable apartments, jeopardizing his goal of building or financing 300,000 such units.In exchange for tax breaks on rent-stabilized housing, the developers would ink long-term agreements to restrict the income of incoming tenants. That would qualify those units to count toward de Blasio’s numerical target.The city’s nearly 1 million rent-regulated apartments need work — and the city should make it happen, Lappin Associates founder Mike Lappin argued.“The new rent law makes it very difficult to get money into buildings that need repairs,” said Lappin. “We don’t know the extent of the deterioration, but the fact is, these older buildings need a fair amount of care, and they need it consistently.”By adding some rent-regulated properties to the mayor’s affordable-unit tally, the Lappin-Greystone proposal could also be one of the few remaining pathways for the mayor to reach his targets. The income restriction would qualify the units for more favorable financing through government-sponsored entities Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.Business plans that depended on renovating apartments to raise rents are now “upside down,” explained Drew Fletcher, president of Greystone Capital Advisors. Those landlords now need to refinance expensive debt in a less lenient lending environment. Fletcher hopes Greystone can fill the void with low-cost, senior, first-mortgage financing for assets with a federal loan guarantee — when combined with a city tax benefit.“This housing stock is critical to New York City,” said Fletcher. “These apartments should be treated as if they are ‘capital A’ affordable properties — and if they were, we’d be able to take advantage of attractive underwriting criteria.”His firm, which is one of the largest private multifamily lenders in the country, is already having “high-level conversations” with Fannie and Freddie to develop underwriting criteria, Fletcher said.The proposal sounds like a lifeline for multifamily landlords who were still in shock over last year’s rent law change when the pandemic triggered a huge drop in rent collection. But the joint venture is also counting on at least some help from the city.Privately, however, few affordable housing industry insiders believe the administration has any intention of hitting its numbers, which have a deadline of 2026 — five years after the mayor must leave office.“They’re not going to make the targets, which they admitted by cutting 40 percent of the capital budget,” said one affordable housing executive. “Further constraining the revenues by extending more tax breaks to other housing stock may be tough for the city.”Some champions of last year’s rent law are skeptical of the call to dedicate city resources to private landlords.“What is maybe worth noting is that the landlords who are in the worst straits now likely refinanced a few years ago in order to do renovations, because that was the path to getting the buildings out of rent stabilization,” said Laura Wolf-Powers, an associate professor of urban planning at CUNY Hunter College. “So it’s particularly rich for them to be saying they need federal loan guarantees and city tax relief for renovations now.”The mayor might also see little upside to layering an affordability agreement on top of rent stabilization’s regulatory framework, which already provides de facto affordable housing.Unlike with the 5,000 Stuyvesant Town apartments protected from market-rate rents for 20 years under a 2016 agreement, deregulation isn’t on the table for rent-stabilized units. That means the city could make other demands, such as income restriction in those apartments, said Matthew Murphy, executive director of the Furman Center. And it probably wouldn’t have to pay as much for such agreements as it would have before.“The city now has leverage it didn’t have before,” said Murphy. “If you compared a deal like this to [one] prior to the rent-law changes, the city would have paid more to keep those units affordable and deregulated.”Murphy described the need for renovations as compelling. Even when regulated rents could be raised significantly to pay for improvements, the condition of rent-regulated apartments was worse than their market-rate counterparts. Now both unsophisticated smaller landlords and large corporate entities need to make renovations — and are on the hook for the bill.“This all kind of comes down to the question of whether the city will absorb the cost of the rent-law changes,” said Murphy. “It’s a generational question: What is the local government’s role in using tax money to support those changes?” Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinkcenter_img TagsAffordable HousingProperty taxeslast_img read more

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Sanitation worker helps 88-year-old woman with dementia wheel trashcan up her driveway

first_imgiStock(NEW YORK) — A sweet moment between an elderly woman with dementia and a waste management employee caught on a doorbell camera is restoring our faith in humanity.In January, 88-year-old Opal Zucca was wheeling her trashcan up the driveway of her Missouri home when she tripped and fell. Zucca hit her head and had to get eight stitches. Waste management employee Billy Shelby saw it happen and stayed with Zucca in her driveway until the ambulance arrived.“I was alarmed because she’s an elderly woman and I knew she was in bad shape,” Shelby said. “I could see the fear in her eyes. I called an ambulance and I took off my jacket and put it on her because it was cold.”After the incident, Shelby wanted to make sure it would never happen again. Now, every Tuesday when he visits Zucca’s home, he makes it a point to wheel Zucca’s trashcan back up the driveway for her each time after he empties it.Zucca’s family knew that a waste management employee helped her bring her trashcan up after her fall, but her doorbell camera revealed that Shelby’s kindness went much further than just a driveway drop off.The footage showed Shelby walking up the driveway slowly arm-in-arm with Zucca while holding her trashcan. After the can was placed and Shelby went to leave, he gave Zucca a big hug.“Good to see you,” Shelby told Zucca. “And God bless you as always, darling.”Shelby took the time to speak with Zucca further even complimenting her hair. “You’re looking good. I like that hair! You’ve got it down,” Shelby said. “I’ve got to work on mine.”Shelby then gave Zucca an enthusiastic goodbye as he hopped on the truck and drove off.When Zucca’s daughter Colette Kingston discovered the footage, she said it brought tears to her eyes.“I actually got teary-eyed that a stranger would take a couple minutes out of their day to not only help her, but to build a relationship and a friendship,” Kingston said.For Zucca’s family it was unbelievably touching, but for Shelby it was just the right thing to do.“I always try to make her smile. That’s my goal,” Shelby said. “I always tell myself how do you know you’re a good person: Is it when you you’re doing good things when people are watching or when people are not watching? I did it because it’s the right thing to do.”Kingston posted the video to Facebook and had millions of views. For Shelby, the reaction the video has gotten is very humbling.“I’m not on Facebook so I didn’t understand the noise behind it,” Shelby said. “Everybody has a grandmother, so I can see why people are impacted by it.”Shelby hopes the video will help spread kindness.“If you do the right thing when no one is looking, it’s really good for the soul,” Shelby said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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George Floyd protest live updates: NYC institutes curfew

first_imgMostafa Bassim/Anadolu Agency via Getty ImagesBy JON HAWORTH and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — The death of George Floyd, a black man who died on Memorial Day after he was pinned down by a white Minnesota police officer, has sparked outrage and protests in Minneapolis and across the United States.Murder and manslaughter charges have been filed against Derek Chauvin, the officer who prosecutors say held his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes.Chauvin and the other three officers at the scene have been fired. The Department of Justice is investigating.Latest:– Independent autopsy says George Floyd died from asphyxia– More National Guardsmen are on duty now than ever before– Barr sending riot teams to Miami, DCThis story is being updated throughout the day. Please check back for updates. All times Eastern.4 p.m.: NYC curfew to begin at 11 p.m.A curfew in New York City will go into effect from 11 p.m. Monday to 5 a.m. Tuesday in the wake of violence and property damage during Sunday night’s protests, the governor and mayor said.The New York City Police Department will also double its presence.“I stand behind the protestors and their message, but unfortunately there are people who are looking to distract and discredit this moment,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement. “The violence and the looting has been bad for the city, the state and this entire national movement, undermining and distracting from this righteous cause. While we encourage people to protest peacefully and make their voices heard, the safety of the general public is paramount and cannot be compromised.”Luxury retailers on Madison Avenue were seen Monday boarding up their glass storefronts and windows in anticipation of additional protests.More than 250 people were arrested during protests overnight Sunday in New York City, which included significant looting, vandalism and theft of luxury stores in the SoHo neighborhood.Looting is rare for New York City and Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday condemned the behavior as “unacceptable.”The NYPD believes the destruction of property, particularly at high-end retail stores, is part of a preconceived plan by agitators who have co-opted the demonstrations related to Floyd’s death.“We’re seeing a lot of outside and independent agitators connected with anarchist groups who are deliberately trying to provoke acts of violence,” Deputy Police Commissioner John Miller said on Sunday.These “agitators” came prepared to commit property damage, Miller said, and directed followers to do so selectively, only in wealthier areas and at high-end stores.More than 1,000 people have been arrested since protests began in New York City on Thursday.One in seven protesters who have been arrested are from outside the city, the NYPD said, including states such as Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Iowa, New Jersey, Nevada, Virginia, Maryland, Texas and Minnesota.Among the 345 arrested Saturday night was the mayor’s 25-year-old daughter, Chiara. She was arrested for unlawful assembly and given a desk appearance ticket, according to NYPD sources.“I love my daughter deeply,” de Blasio said Monday. “I’m proud of her that she cares so much.”“She was acting peacefully. She believes that everything she did was in the spirit of peaceful, respectful protest,” de Blasio said. “I will let her speak for herself … But I admire that she was out there trying to change something that she thought was unjust.”The NYPD overall “showed restraint” as they worked to keep the peace and allow demonstrators to continue to protest on Sunday, the mayor said.But De Blasio did condemn what he called the rare act of officers acting inappropriately, bringing up the “troubling video” of two police cars moving through a crowd in Brooklyn Saturday night.Video showed one police SUV being blocked by a group of protesters behind a barricade as various items and objects can be seen striking the vehicle. Another NYPD SUV then pulled up alongside the first vehicle before both of them can be seen accelerating into the crowd of people knocking many of them over as the screaming and yelling from the crowd began to intensify.“Not acceptable,” the mayor said, stressing that there’s “no situation where a police vehicle should drive into a crowd of protesters or New Yorkers.”The incident is under investigation.De Blasio also called for the officer who pulled a gun on a group of protesters to be fired.“Any officer who does the wrong thing there needs to be consequences and they need to be fast,” the mayor said.3:50 p.m.: Denver cleans up, police chief commits to marching with protestersHundreds of volunteers showed up in downtown Denver Monday morning to pick up trash and wash the walls and statues covered in graffiti from Sunday’s massive protest. Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen was spotted wiping away tears. He told ABC News it hurt to see the damage to the city, but it was inspiring to see the massive cleanup effort.Pazen said he also spoke with a young, black protester.“I committed to Neil that I would march with him, I would stand with him and I would do the hard work with him moving forward,” Pazen said. “This is not acceptable. We cannot continue down this path. And if it means coming together and having those hard conversations, getting into some heavy lifts, then our commitment is to do that.”3:10 p.m.: Independent autopsy says George Floyd died from asphyxiaAn independent autopsy requested by Floyd’s family found that he died by homicide, caused by asphyxia due to neck and back compression that led to a lack of blood flow to the brain.The doctors conducting the independent autopsy found that the sustained pressure on the right side of Floyd’s carotid artery prevented blood flow to the brain and that the weight on his back kept him from breathing.The weight, the handcuffs and the positioning were contributory factors because they hurt Floyd’s diaphragm, doctors said, adding that it appeared Floyd died at the scene.The combined effects of being restrained, possible intoxicants in his system and underlying health issues — including heart disease — probably played a role in his death, doctors said. The preliminary findings reported “no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia.”Floyd’s family is calling for the arrest of the three other officers at the scene and for a first-degree murder charge for Derek Chauvin, the since-fired officer who pinned Floyd to the ground.2:30 p.m.: Total of 65 US Park Police injured during DC protestsA total of 65 U.S. Park Police were injured during three nights of protests in Washington, D.C.Most of the injuries came from projectiles being thrown at officers; they were hit with bricks, urine bottles and petroleum-based substances, Sgt. Eduardo Delgado, spokesman for the Park Service, told ABC News.Police arrested 88 people related to the violent demonstrations Sunday night, Metropolitan Police Chief Peter Newsham said. Of those, 44 were charged with felony rioting.Newsham said the city is looking at federal statutes that might be used to prosecute some of those arrested.The entire D.C. National Guard has been activated by Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy to assist U.S. Park Police, according to Master Sgt. Craig Clapper, a spokesman for the D.C. National Guard.The additional forces will be unarmed and in a support role to U.S. Park police and that they will be equipped in protective riot gear, Clapper said.Mayor Muriel Bowser has ordered a two-day curfew, beginning at 7 p.m. Monday.Newsham warned, if you are not a member of the media or performing an essential function, “local and federal police will take you into custody.”1:48 p.m.: More than 400 arrested in Santa MonicaIn Santa Monica, California, more than 400 people were arrested on Sunday.Charges included looting, violating curfew, burglary and assault with a deadly weapon, officials said.While there were no serious injuries, Santa Monica Police Chief Cynthia Renaud on Monday cautioned protesters that the looters “are opportunists” who will “take advantage” of the peaceful protests.She said they “are tracking where peaceful protests are occurring, and they are then going to that city knowing that resources will be tied up ensuring first amendment rights to free speech. And they take advantage of that, and they loot and they perform criminal activity.”1:20 p.m.: More National Guardsmen on duty now than ever beforeBetween the George Floyd protests and the COVID-19 pandemic, there are more National Guardsmen on duty right now for a domestic response than ever before, the National Guard Bureau said.There are now 66,700 activated National Guard soldiers and airmen. To put that in context, for Hurricane Katrina in 2005, more than 51,000 were activated.The National Guard is now active in the District of Columbia and at least 25 states: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington state and Wisconsin.New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the National Guard is on standby but not needed in New York City at this time because the NYPD is such a large police force.1 p.m.: ‘Miraculous’ that no one injured when truck barreled toward Minnesota crowdIn Minneapolis — the epicenter of the protests — a memorial will be held for George Floyd on Thursday, Gov. Tim Walz saidSome of the Minnesota National Guard will be redeployed and sent home, he said.On Sunday afternoon, between 5,000 and 7,000 people joined in a “very peaceful demonstration” at Minneapolis’ U.S. Bank Stadium, said DPS Commissioner John Harrington.Then the group moved to the freeway, and that was when a tanker truck started barreling toward the crowd.Harrington called it “miraculous” that there were no deaths or injuries.Walz also commended the peaceful protesters who jumped in to protect the truck driver, even though at the time the driver appeared poised to assault them.It does not appear that the truck driver headed toward the protesters intentionally, Harrington said.“He saw the crowd and initially, what it looks like, he panicked, and he just kept barreling forward,” Harrington said. “And then he saw … a young woman on a bike fall down in front of him and he slammed on the brakes. And he slid for a certain period of time until the vehicle stopped.”The driver is facing assault charges.12:17 p.m.: 1 dead from police shooting in LouisvilleThe Kentucky State Police will independently investigate a deadly shooting that took place overnight at the hands of police, Gov. Andy Beshear said.Around midnight, officers with the Louisville police and the Kentucky National Guard were trying to disperse a crowd when they “were fired upon,” Beshear said.The local police and National Guard returned fire, “resulting in a death,” Beshear said.Additional details were not immediately released.12 p.m.: Nearly 700 arrested in ChicagoJust on Sunday, 699 people were arrested in Chicago, primarily for looting, David Brown, superintendent of the Chicago Police, said Monday.Brown addressed the rioters and looters directly, saying, “you disgraced the name of Mr. Floyd by your actions.”“Hate can never drive out hate,” Brown said, and he vowed, “we will hold you accountable.”Brown also addressed the late George Floyd directly, saying, “We are embarrassed by the cops in Minneapolis’ use of force, asphyxiating you on the streets.”“We stand with Mr. Floyd’s family,” he said.11:38 a.m. Barr sending riot teams to Miami, DCA senior Department of Justice official says U.S. Attorney General William Barr has directed the Bureau of Prisons to send riot teams (Special Operation Response Teams) to Miami and Washington, D.C. to help with crowd control, a senior DOJ official said.The team was already present in Miami over the weekend, this official said.On Sunday night, Barr also dispatched the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team to help D.C. police.All FBI field offices have been instructed to set up command posts to deal specifically with the protests in nearby communities, the official said.10:24 a.m.: Minnesota AG ‘seriously looking’ at prosecuting other officersMinnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said on SiriusXM’s “The Joe Madison Show” on Monday that he’s “very seriously looking at” prosecuting the three other officers who were at the scene of Floyd’s death.“I’m not prepared to announce anything at this moment,” Ellison said, adding, “I will say that we are going to hold everybody accountable for what they did wrong and what they did that’s illegal.”“We are reviewing the video tapes, the audio tapes, all the evidence, and we will make a charging decision based on the facts that we can prove,” he said.Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said Sunday that he has asked Ellison to help with the case.At a Sunday night news conference Ellison said he wanted to give people “a dose of reality.”“Prosecuting police officers for misconduct is very difficult,” Ellison said. “We are pursuing justice relentlessly and we are pursuing it on behalf of the people of Minnesota.”9:13 a.m.: Miami-Dade County mayor wants to honor protesters who stopped potential lootersIn Miami, video overnight showed a group of protesters shattering the glass door of a CVS as they prepared to loot the store — only to be stopped by a group of peaceful protesters who formed a line to prevent them from entering. Police then arrived and dispersed the crowd.Monday morning, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said he wants to meet and commend the protesters who kept the potential looters from breaking in.“Anyone who can identify the people responsible for keeping the peace as they, themselves, properly exercised their right to assemble and protest, please reach out to the Mayor’s office via social media on the Mayor’s Facebook page Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, or on Twitter @mayorgimenez,” he said in a statement.2:22 a.m.: Derek Chauvin moved to state prison in Oak Park Heights, MinnesotaDerek Chauvin, the officer accused of killing George Floyd, is now in custody at the state prison in Oak Park Heights, Minnesota, said Minnesota Department of Corrections Commissioner Paul Schnell.Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchison made the request to move him over concerns about the large number of people who could possibly be booked into Hennepin County Jail Sunday night, and concerns over COVID-19.Chauvin’s court date has been pushed back a week to June 8.1:40 a.m.: In several cities, protesters and police share a hugAlthough Sunday’s protests included much of the looting and violence of the previous week’s demonstrations, there were signs throughout the country that relations between protesters and police were warming.In Orlando, Florida, photos on social media showed two police officers holding hands with protesters through a barricade.Video showed a Florida Highway Patrol trooper in Miami detach himself from a security line to offer a hug to a woman sitting on a motor scooter, who said, “I appreciate your patience” after troopers remained calm when protesters approached them.In New York City’s Foley Square, a cheer went up among protesters when a group of NYPD officers took a knee in a show of solidarity.In Oklahoma City, cameras also captured sheriff’s deputies taking a knee, with some hugging protesters near the Oklahoma County Jail.In Flint, Michigan, video showed Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson telling a crowd of protesters that he’d ordered his deputies to lower their batons and that he wanted to make the event “a parade, not a protest.” The crowd then applauded the sheriff and invited him to join the march.12:41 a.m.: Clashes continue in some cities, while others are calmerArrests during Sunday’s protests have driven the total number of demonstrator arrests to 4,100 since protests began early in the week, according to the AP.Confrontations between police and protesters continued for another night in Brooklyn, where demonstrators clashed with officers outside Barclay’s Center.In Boston, an SUV drove through a crowd of protesters but officials said no one appeared to be seriously hurt.In Washington, D.C., members of the U.S. Marshals Service and DEA agents were called in to assist National Guard troops responding to protests near the White House, a Department of Justice official said.In Atlanta, two police officers were fired for using excessive force during an arrest of two college students during Saturday night’s protests. Video of the incident appeared to show officers Tase the two students as they sat in their vehicle, and then forcefully drag them out of the car.Other protests were peaceful. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said demonstrators were “largely cooperative.”ABC News’ Luis Martinez, Whitney Lloyd, Will Gretzky, Aaron Katersky, Stephanie Wash, Victor Oquendo, Dee Carden, Jeff Cook, Matt Foster, Alexander Mallin, Matt Zarrell and Marc Nathanson contributed to this report. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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12-year-old shot and killed in front of family while working in yard

first_imgClayton County PoliceBy IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News(RIVERDALE, Ga.) — Police in Georgia are asking for the public’s help in finding a suspect who they say shot and killed a 12-year-old boy in front of his family.Clayton County Police said Brayan Zavala was fixing a lawnmower with his father and brother in the family’s front yard in Riverdale, Georgia, Thursday night when a masked person approached him.The suspect was allegedly armed with a shotgun and fired a single shot, which struck Brayan, according to the police.The boy died at the scene and the suspect fled before officers arrived, the police said.“The Clayton County Police Department is humbly asking the community and any persons having knowledge of this crime to contact the police department or Crime Stoppers for any information about this case,” the police said in a statement.Anyone with information can text TIP CCSOGA followed by your message to 888777, or submit the tip on the Clayton County Police Department’s website.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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House bill seeks to open 403(b) plans to CITs

first_imgLast Wednesday, Rep. Jimmy Panetta, D-Calif., reintroduced a bill that would make collective investment trusts legal within 403(b)s, the defined-contribution plans commonly used by nonprofits, schools and churches.CITs, which are bank products, have been gaining market share in 401(k)s for years. As of 2016, they represented 28% of plan assets, although they accounted for at least 43% of money in plans with at least $1 billion, data from the Investment Company Institute and BrightScope show. CITs are not funds and do not have the same reporting requirements, although many investment providers have adapted the products to make them feel like mutual funds by adding prospectus-like documents and disclosing holdings and prices more frequently.Although mutual funds are available in low-cost institutional share classes, CITs usually have a slight pricing advantage as a result of their lower distribution and marketing costs. For example, actively managed CITs have net fees of 37 basis points on an asset-weighted basis, compared to 65 bps for mutual funds with identical investment strategies, according to data from Morningstar. For passive CITs, that figure is 5 bps for CITs and about 8 bps for mutual funds. The text of Panetta’s new bill was not posted to Congress’s website as of Monday. But the version introduced over a year ago would revise the Internal Revenue Code, the Investment Company of 1940 Act and the Securities Act of 1933 to allow 403(b)s to use CITs. Under current law, most 403(b) plans do not have that option, and plan sponsors have had to seek permission individually from the IRS to do so.Last year, the bill died in committee. Observers have said the idea is unlikely to succeed on its own but could be passed as part of a larger tax or retirement package. A member of Congress is renewing a push to open 403(b) plans to the kind of institutional investments that have taken hold in the 401(k) world.center_img Standardizing the terms used in ESG investinglast_img read more

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71% stand space already sold for Euro Bus Expo 2020

first_imgMajor vehicle manufacturers and dealers confirmed for industry’s leading European trade showJust 12 months from doors opening, the organisers of Euro Bus Expo have confirmed that 71% of exhibition space has been sold, with over 270 exhibitors expected.Vehicle manufacturers and dealers confirmed include: Alexander Dennis, BASE, Connaught PSV, Donnegal Commercial Vehicles, GM Coachwork, Ilesbus, Irizar UK, MAN Bus and Coach UK, Mercedes-Benz Buses, Moseley (PCV), Optare, Pelican Yutong, PHVC Minibus and Fleet Suppliers, Van Hool, VDL Bus and Coach and Volvo Bus.Established as a leading international trade fair for the coach and bus industry in 2020, Euro Bus Expo returns to the NEC, Birmingham on 3 – 5 November.9,000 international attendees are expected to attend to discover the latest products and services to advance their business including: Senior decision makers at the largest multi-national organisations through to the smallest family-run businesses, community transport operations and local authorities.“Bookings have been very strong for next year’s event with the majority of key manufacturers and dealers already confirmed,” says Sales Manager Martin Laverton. “Euro Bus Expo 2020 is already positioned as a key event for our industry next year, as operators and suppliers focus on the opportunities for 2020 and beyond. We look forward to delivering another quality show which our industry can be proud of. Prospective exhibitors are urged to act quickly to secure their stand of choice.”The Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT) is once again the show partner.[box]To book a stand, contact Martin Laverton on 01733 405735 or [email protected] floorplan and more details are available at www.eurobusxpo.comlast_img read more

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Instead of Just Donating Pastries, Starbucks Canada Will Soon Be Rescuing 1.5 Million Meals Per Year

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThough Canadian Starbucks stores have always donated unsold pastries and baked goods to charity, the company is now going one step further.Earlier this week, Starbucks Canada announced the launch of Starbucks FoodShare: a national effort to provide nourishing, ready-to-eat meals to people in need by ensuring that all of their edible, non-expired products will be rescued from the trash can as well.The FoodShare project is part of the company’s commitment to eventually rescuing 100% of their food available for donation from its more than 1,100 company-owned stores, amounting to a whopping total of 1.5 million meals for the hungry every year. The initiative, which builds on a successful pilot program with Second Harvest, the largest food rescue organization in Canada, will launch in Ontario starting with more than 250 stores in the Greater Toronto Area by February 22nd. Starbucks is now working to expand the program to even more cities and provinces, with a goal to have a national solution in place by 2021.RELATED: 12-Year-old Boy Gives Away Thousands of Lunches to the Homeless – and He’ll Soon Have His Own Truck“Wasted food is a wide-scale problem for everyone in the food business, while more than 4 million Canadians are impacted by hunger,” says Luisa Girotto, the vice president of public affairs at Starbucks Canada. “This is unacceptable, and we will help solve this now that we have a way to safely donate chilled, perishable food, while preserving its quality.”Starbucks previously invested in research and quality assurance-testing to develop a sector-leading program ensuring that chilled and perishable food can be safely donated to those in need. This means that nourishing company products, such as breakfast sandwiches, paninis, protein boxes, salads, yogurt, milk and dairy alternatives like soy and coconut, can be safely donated and enjoyed by those in need.The FoodShare program has identified guidelines and developed a training framework on maintaining food temperature, texture, flavor so that it is guaranteed to maintain its quality and safety. In turn, Second Harvest will work with local community groups across the province to collect the food and enforce the new food safety standards.LOOK: In Bid to Cut Food Waste, Kellogg’s is Using Their Rejected Cornflakes to Make Beer“We’re thrilled to partner with Starbucks to support food recovery in local neighborhoods to ensure people have the food they need to be healthy while also making a positive impact on the environment,” says Lori Nikkel, CEO of Second Harvest. “We all have a part to play in reducing the social and environmental costs of food waste and it’s great to see Starbucks taking a leadership role.”In addition to combatting hunger, the Starbucks FoodShare program will divert food surplus from landfills, which will help to minimize the company’s environmental footprint. In Canada, it is estimated that nearly 60% of all food produced is lost and wasted annually, according to a recent study titled The Avoidable Crisis Of Food Waste. To limit the effects of climate change, the United Nations has set a target of halving food loss and waste by 2030.The movement to donate unsold food has been gaining momentum globally, with consumers showing increased concern for the greater issue of waste – and this initiative is just one way that Starbucks is joining in on the conservational mission.Be Sure And Share This Grande Good News Story With Your Friends On Social Media AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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2010 Time Road Bikes and Frames

first_img2010 Time NXR Instinct in White with SRAM Red component group and S60 deep rimmed carbon wheels.2010 Time NXR Instinct in white with Campagnolo Super Record rear derailleur, cassette and shifter, Chrous front derailleur, FSA cranks and Time Equal wheels.2010 Time NXR Instinct in black with Dura-Ace and FSA components, and Time Equal wheels2010 Time  RX Instinct with Shimano Dura-Ace and FSA components, and Fulcrum Racing 5 wheels.  Time will have a second color for this frame available, but it’s not announced yet.2010 Time  NXR Instinct framesets in White (above) and Black (below). Time has released photos of their 2010 Instinct and Ulteam road bikes and frames.  In terms of heirarchy, the VXRS Ulteam Worldstar (not shown) leads the pack, followed by the RXR Ulteam (shown above in white with Campy Super Record and Bora Ultra wheels), then NXR Instinct and RX Instinct.The frames use Time’s RTM (Resin Transfer Molding) manufacturing process. Instead of flat sheets of pre-preg carbon that are wrapped around a bladder, they weave their own tubular braid of carbon in-house then layer them on wax skeleton that’s put in mold and injected with epoxy. Once it’s cured, they melt down the wax, leaving the finished frame.  Time’s rep said “RTM Integral is…using the RTM concept to make a monobloc front triangle; the chainstays and wishbone are tubes that can be easily replace if damaged.”The 2010 NXR Instinct and RX Instinct will both use BB30 bottom brackets only, while the RXR Ulteam will get BB30 in the Spring.  The primary difference between the NXR and RX is the integrated seatmast on the NXR versus the standard seat post on the RX.Hit ‘more’ to see the full range and specs… 2010 Time RX Instinct frameset in White.last_img read more

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Mustian’s new novel explores love and war

first_img October 1, 2010 Annie Butterworth Jones Associate Editor Regular News Mustian’s new novel explores love and war Mustian’s new novel explores love and war Associate EditorFlorida Bar member and Tallahassee City Commissioner Mark Mustian recently released his second novel, The Gendarme, to mostly positive reviews. His first book, The Return, was published in 2000.“This is different from the first one,” said Mustian, a government lawyer at Nabors, Giblin & Nickerson. “I had no idea what I was doing. I had this naive assumption that I could sit down and write a book, and someone would publish it.“For what it [ The Return ] is — commercial filler with a twist — I’m proud of it. I discovered that I liked writing and trying to be creative, so this one I’ve tried to make a more literary effort.”In The Gendarme, 92-year-old Emmett Conn begins to remember through vivid dreams events that occurred during his time as a Turkish soldier in World War I. Slowly, Conn grasps the terrible truth: He served as a police officer during the war and policed one of the most brutal marches in world history. With this realization, Conn must face the fact that his past is filled with unspeakable crimes, but also with acts of kindness. As he faces his past, Conn tries to find a young Armenian woman he remembers from those difficult years and begs her forgiveness for the horrific crimes he committed.Mustian admits his novel covers a serious topic, but he insists there’s some light-hearted moments in the book, too.“Given the subject matter and how it’s fairly serious and grave — very unpleasant things happened during this time period — I tried to balance it with some humor and humorous situations. I’m proud of those parts.”Although The Gendarme is a story of memory, love, and forgiveness, it’s set against the backdrop of the Armenian Genocide, a period in history not many are familiar with.“All my life people have asked me if I’m of Armenian descent, since my name ends in ‘ian,’” said Mustian, “so I’ve always responded that I am, but it’s fairly far back.“Someone recommended I read Black Dog of Fate [by Peter Balakian], a memoir written about discovering their Armenian past, and how that author’s grandmother had survived this march out of Turkey. That event inspired me.”The novel, out this month, has already received glowing reviews from critics and readers alike, something Mustian hasn’t quite gotten accustomed to.“It’s been a long time getting here; it took me seven years to write this book!“I’m just grateful to have it published and to have it be a success makes me want to do this some more.” The Gendarme, published by Amy Einhorn Books, can be purchased from major booksellers and online at www.markmustian.com.last_img read more

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Suntec Concrete names Derek Wright president

first_imgDerek Wright, Suntec ConcreteSuntec Concrete, Phoenix, announced today that Derek Wright has been named president of the 700-employee concrete construction firm. Wright has been with the company for more than 24 years and is well positioned for this role, having started as a carpenter in 1990, and managing several divisions prior to becoming vice president in 1997.“Suntec will continue its pursuit of excellence with the same ownership dynamic going forward to ensure their clients of the utmost commitment to continual partnering and shared success for building the best buildings in the industry,” Wright stated regarding the promotion.According to Jerry Barnier, former president and founder of Suntec Concrete, the change comes as a logical progression as Wright has led the operational direction of the company for the last 16 years. “Derek’s promotion is an example of what makes Suntec work—he has led this great team for many years as vice president; it was good timing and opportunity for me to participate where I fit best as well.” Barnier, who founded the company 30 years ago, will continue in a similar capacity with the company as before, emphasizing the involvement in the upfront design concepts of complex projects and working hands on with clients and Suntec tradesmen.“Derek has a passion for growing the company and continues to explore ways to serve our clients and build great work,” Barnier continued.  Barnier remains as a majority owner of the company and has six additional partners.The success Suntec has enjoyed under Wright’s leadership and direction is not only evident by the company’s growth in revenue but by the commitment to its clients and employees.  Wright’s passion for innovation, performance, and growth of people has lead Suntec to being named ENR Southwest’s 2013 Specialty Contractor of the Year.last_img read more

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Van seksistische werksituaties worden vrouwen âqueen beesâ

first_imgNieuwsbank:Van seksistische werksituaties worden vrouwen âqueen beesâWil je als organisatie meer vrouwen aan de top, dan lukt dat niet door simpelweg een paar vrouwen op topposities te zetten, stellen Leidse onderzoekers. Beter verander je de seksistische organisatiecultuur, want die zorgt voor queen bee-gedrag: vrouwen vechten voor hun eigen positie en niet voor hun seksegroep.Seksistische organisatieculturenRead more: Nieuwsbank More of our Members in the Media >last_img

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Study: Moody Toddlers Could End Up as Compulsive Gamblers

first_imgEducation Week:Is your 3-year-old overly cranky, impulsive and restless? If the answer is yes, you could be raising a future gambler.So says a new study published recently in the journal Psychological Science that found a correlation between so-called “under-controlled” temperament in preschoolers and compulsive gambling later in life.The study’s researchers say their results suggest it may be possible to determine as early as age 3 whether a person is at increased risk of becoming a gambler, according to psychologist Wendy S. Slutske of the University of Missouri, Columbia.Slutske conducted the study along with Terrie E. Moffitt and Avshalom Caspi, both of Duke University in Durham, N.C., and University College/London; and Richie Poulton of the University of Otago, in Dunedin, New Zealand, according to a press release from the Association for Psychological Science.The researchers followed 939 people who were first assessed as toddlers and then at ages 21 and 32 as part of a New Zealand longitudinal health and development study. They were part of a slightly larger group whose temperaments were assessed for 90 minutes at age 3. The more-restless kids who were also impulsive and unable to control their emotions were tagged as having under-controlled temperaments.Read the whole story: Education Week More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

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Housebuilders call for HomeBuy reboot

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Shark Tank Pitch: Dirty Water

first_img[email protected] Share Okay, now I’m rooting for dirty water.Dump your toxic waste into the waters of Coopers Beach, just ranked in the nation’s Top 10. Discharge chemical waste into Sag Harbor. Let the melting ice caps raise the water level until they meet the septic tanks overflowing with the waste of overpopulation of the East End and let the rust tide algae bloom. Sail the Exxon Valdez II toward Montauk Point and let it run aground on Shagwong Reef, spilling an oil slick across the entire East End like a dark black moat. Let the mosquito sprayers napalm the coastline with methoprene larvicide and let the rains wash the weed killers and lawn chemicals into the waters of Lake Montauk, Block Island Sound, and the Atlantic coast.Flush all your plastics.Bring back scandal-polluted Scott Pruitt to finish the task of poisoning our blue waters as head of the Environmental Protection Agency, officially renaming the Potomac as Trump Swamp.Send up a million balloons from Hot Dog Beach.When news came last week that a 20-foot great white shark was tracked off Montauk, I was transported back to 1974 when I first read a popular novel called “Jaws” by Peter Benchley that remained on The New York Times bestseller list for 44 weeks. The book was so frightening that I promised myself I would never again swim in the ocean.I grew up watching monster movies about Dracula, the Wolfman, Frankenstein, Godzilla, Rodan, the Fly, and King Kong. As kids, we collected bubble gum cards with all these monsters from the Vincent Price and Bela Lugosi and Roger Corman and Japanese C-movie catalogue. But even as kids, you knew they were fantasy monsters that you would never run across in real life.But “Jaws” bit readers a different way.Sharks were real-life monsters that in real life could devour you like a hors d’oeuvre at a beach party. Down in Coney Island, the Poor Man’s Paradise of Brooklyn, the waters were so dirty with sewage, sludge, oil slicks, illegal dumping, medical waste, syringes, dirty diapers, and the waste of humans too lazy to walk to a rest room that most self-respecting germs wouldn’t swim there, never mind a noble school of fish that would attract a big shark.One of the last decent things Richard Nixon had done as the dirtiest president in U.S. history — until Trump claimed the title — was sign legislation creating the Environmental Protection Agency. My theory is that if he was going to be sent up the river, Nixon wanted it to be a clean one when his kids came to visit.The first novel after the Hardy Boys that my big brother Pete gave me to read as a kid was “The Mugger” by Ed McBain, a scary crime thriller which I read on a bus to Camp Sebago which was part of the Fresh Air Fund that sent poor city kids to the sticks for two weeks to see cows and horses and verdant forest and mirror-topped lakes. But I’d soon learn that muggers are not as scary as sharks. I learned how to swim in summer camp in gorgeous Lake Sebago. When I came home, I showed off my aquatic skills to the other tenement kids out in the rolling filthy waves off Coney Island.Then my brother gave me “The Old Man and the Sea” as a 13th birthday gift. The chapters where the sharks attack, tearing away great hunks of Santiago’s prized giant marlin catch lashed to his old fishing skiff, gave me the willies. I would then only go into the Coney surf up to my waist, so I could run for shore if I saw a dorsal fin.I never saw one.The waters of Coney were too dirty.But after reading “Jaws,” I swore off all ocean swimming.Then came the movie version of “Jaws,” made by a skinny, 26-year-old director named Steven Spielberg, and that has remained, for me, the scariest monster movie ever made. I watched it in a darkened theater with screaming adults who jumped from their seats at the shock editing so effective it won a Best Editing Oscar. The lingering images of Robert Shaw being masticated by a great white shark made me fearful of taking a bath. It did for swimming what “Psycho” had done for taking showers.I have not dipped a toe in the ocean since. I have never been on an ocean cruise. If I won one, I’d give it away to someone I don’t like.Don’t get me wrong, I love to look out at the ocean. I love the mystery, majesty, and might of the sea. But the ocean is unforgiving and filled with monsters with big giant teeth, the better to eat you with, called sharks. Like the sharks that devoured Santiago’s final great catch and that terrorized the little fictional coastal town of Amity in “Jaws,” which is so similar to the beach towns of the East End.The sea belongs to the creatures that inhabit it. I have nothing against sharks. They wouldn’t eat us if we didn’t invade their home. I am a proud landlubber who takes the advice Humphrey Bogart’s Rick gives a Nazi officer in “Casablanca.” “There are certain sections of New York, Major, that I wouldn’t advise you to try to invade.”There are certain sections of planet Earth I don’t invade. Starting with the seven seas. But I have kids and grandkids much braver than I who love to swim in the ocean. I watch from the blanket, always scanning for a dorsal fin.And now that there is a great white shark dun-dun-dun-dunning off the coast of Montauk, the experts tell us it has come our way because the waters are cleaner. Following other creatures lured by clean water upon which the sharks feed.Not long before one of those creatures has two legs and two arms instead of gills and tails.So, I’m rooting for sludge, oil spills, nitrogen, and enterococcus. I want waters so polluted that bilge rats will think they’re skeevy and upon which mosquitoes will perish on contact. I want waters that only corporate America could love. Polluted waters that sea life and my loved ones will avoid, sending great white sharks back to deep water where they belong.We don’t need a bigger boat.We need dirtier water.last_img read more

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Building buys a pint … for Whitelaw Turkington

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