Full Name* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlink Message* Editor’s note: This story was updated to include testimony from real estate trade groups. Costa Constantinides (Getty)UPDATED, Sept. 22,2020, 1:41 p.m.: When the city approved strict carbon emission caps last year, officials exempted properties with any rent-stabilized apartments.But the City Council is moving forward with a bill that would require certain rent-regulated apartment buildings to meet the standards laid out in Local Law 97, which calls for a 40 percent reduction in citywide emissions by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050. Under the law, most properties larger than 25,000 square feet must limit emissions based on building type and size.A new bill, introduced in May and sponsored by Queens Democrat Costa Constantinides, would revise Local Law 97 to include buildings where up to 35 percent of units are rent-regulated. The Committee on Environmental Protection held a hearing on the measure Tuesday morning — an important step if it is to become law.Following the passage of Local Law 97, the Real Estate Board of New York criticized the measure for — among other reasons — excluding “more than 50 percent of New York’s built environment from its carbon emission limits.” REBNY pointed to the exemption of buildings with at least one rent-regulated unit, as well as public housing, houses of worship and city-owned properties.Essentially, the trade group saw the measure as shouldering some property owners with a burden that others were allowed to ignore.Separately, owners have warned that the pandemic could make Local Law 97 compliance much more difficult, as they grapple with drops in rent revenue.Michael Rothschild, vice president at property management firm AJ Clarke Real Estate, said Constantinides’ bill unfairly targets buildings with high percentages of market-rate apartments.“It is an odd metric to use,” he said. “They are not evaluating the age or size, but rather the type of lease.”REBNY estimates that more than 1,600 buildings would be affected by the measure. In prepared testimony, the group called on the City Council to “undertake a rigorous analysis of this proposed legislation as any expansion of local carbon reduction mandates must be reflective of buildings’ physical and financial realities, particularly now in a moment of economic downturn.”The Community Housing Improvement Program said that because the cost of retrofits can’t be passed along to renters, the City Council doesn’t care about the financial toll of Constantinides’ bill. “There are thousands of small- and medium-sized housing providers who are struggling under the current financial climate and cannot fathom how to begin to budget for such a project,” the group testified Tuesday.But Constantinides said the bill should not come as a surprise to anyone in the industry. When the state legislature changed the Major Capital Improvements program last year, it limited rent increases through the program to 2 percent and made it so that such increases could only be applied to properties where more than 35 percent of the apartments are rent-regulated.That change paved the way for the city to subject some rent-regulated properties to Local Law 97, as the new 35 percent threshold could be used to prevent landlords from passing the costs of meeting emission caps onto renters through MCIs.“Big Real Estate complained when we passed Local Law 97 that rent-regulated buildings weren’t included,” Council member Costa Constantinides said in a statement. “Now, as many landlords continue to collect rent from struggling New Yorkers through the pandemic, they say it cannot be done. Which is it?”Contact Kathryn Brenzel Email Address* TagsLocal Law 97
iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The commander and the senior enlisted officer of a U.S. Navy SEAL team have been relieved of their duties after investigations into alleged sexual assault and sexual harassment while their unit was deployed to East Africa, officials said.Both senior leaders had been sent back to the United States in May while the allegations were investigated and could possibly face administrative punishments.“The commanding officer and command master chief of an East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare command were relieved of their duties on July 9,” said Lt. Jacqui Maxwell, a spokesperson for Naval Special Warfare Group Two.“Cmdr. Jarrod Donaldson and Master Chief Jon Franklin were relieved from their position by Capt. Jamie Sands, commander, Naval Special Warfare Group Two,” Maxwell added.“Donaldson and Franklin have been administratively reassigned to Naval Special Warfare Group Two.”In early May, Donaldson and Franklin were “pulled from deployment” in East Africa after sexual misconduct allegations were made. Both leaders retained their command positions within the unit stateside while the allegations were investigated.One of the team leaders was investigated for the alleged inappropriate touching of a female service member during the deployment, two defense officials said.Both team leaders are being investigated for allegations of sexual harassment, officials said.Donaldson and Franklin were investigated by a command investigation and the Navy’s Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) investigated personal conduct allegations against Franklin, Lt. Maxwell said.They have been relieved of their duties now that the investigations are concluded. “The Navy will follow due process,” Maxwell said.Substantiated allegations are typically followed by potential nonjudicial punishments meted out by a commanding officer, a disciplinary review board or both, a defense official said. SEAL Team units deployed to East Africa typically operate in Djibouti, where the United States has a base, and in Somalia, where they assist in an advisory capacity with the Somali military.While “pulled from deployment,” both senior leaders have not been relieved of their duties as the commanding officer and command master chief of their SEAL Team. While stateside they will remain in those positions as the allegations are investigated.The Navy has eight SEAL team units, four odd-numbered units stationed in Coronado, California, and four even-numbered units stationed at Little Creek, Virginia.A ninth SEAL Team is more commonly known as SEAL Team Six, though its official name is Special Warfare Development Group DEVGRU. That elite Special Missions unit is best known for its role in the Osama bin Laden raid.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
To apply, visit https://careers.utrgv.edu/postings/28167 Description of Duties:• Assists the Director of The Learning Center in the overalloperation of the student-athlete VICTORY Center.• Monitors academic progress of student-athletes and advisesstudent-athletes as to how to stay on course to meet NCAAeligibility and institutional graduation requirements. Activemember of the NCAA Certification Team.• Responsible for providing missed class reports and academicprogress reports.• Oversight of academic misconduct polices and enforcement.• Participates in the recruitment, orientation, initial andcontinuing academic advising, pre-registration, and enrollment ofstudent-athletes.• Conducts regularly scheduled academic meetings with at-riskstudent athletes and prepares academic road maps for at-riskteams.• Supervises study hall (VICTORY Center) for student -athletes toensure meeting departmental and team requirements, and composesstudy hall weekly reports.• Collects and reports data to the NCAA Academic PerformanceProgram (APP).• Helps in training Learning Center full-time and student staff onNCAA policies.• Acts as a consultant on topics related to student-athleteacademics on campus wide committees and off campuscommittees.• Acts as official liaison between coaches and faculty.• Completes and submits weekly status reports to the academic andathletic administration as well as meets with academic and athleticadministration to provide updates and recommendations on a regularbasis.• May participate as a member of the University AthleticsCouncil.• Determines and presents orientation academic content for currentand prospective student athletes.• May be responsible for the training of full-time staff.• Responsible for hiring, supervising, and training support andtemporary staff.• Performs other duties as assigned. Special Instructions to Applicants:Dear Applicant,Human Resources will not be held responsible for redacting anyconfidential information from the documents you attach with yourapplication. The confidential information includes thefollowing:*Date of Birth*Gender*Ethnicity/RacePlease make sure that you omit this information prior tosubmission. We are advising that Human Resources will be forwardingyour application to the department as per your submission. TheUniversity of Texas Rio Grande Valley reserves the right todiscontinue accepting applications prior to the stated close dateof this position, after meeting the posting requirement of three(3) calendar days.If you have any questions, please visit our Careers site athttps://careers.utrgv.edufor detailed contact information. Preferred Experience:Knowledge of NCAA rules and Regulations in regards to eligibilityrequirements. Experience with degree plans and academic roadmaps. Other:Great organizational and time management skills; excellent verbaland written communication skills, presentation skills. Ability tomanage a direct contact caseload of 80 student-athletes. Ability tomanage a study hall/computer lab. Ability to leverage universityresources for the benefit of at-risk student populations. jeid-b15019b3086201499595619129659c95 Equipment:Use of standard office equipment, especially Microsoft Officeprograms. Physical Capabilities: N/AEmployment Category: Full-TimeMinimum Salary: Commensurate with experiencePosted Salary: Commensurate with ExperiencePosition Available Date: 04/27/2021Grant Funded Position: NoIf Yes, Provide Grant Expiration Date:EEO Statement:It is the policy of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley topromote and ensure equal employment opportunities for allindividuals without regard to race, color, national origin, sex,age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity orexpression, genetic information or protected veteran status. Inaccordance with the requirements of Title VII of the civil rightsact of 1964, the title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972,Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americanswith Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, our University iscommitted to comply with all government requirements and ensuresnon discrimination in it’s education programs and activities,including employment. STUDENT ATHLETE ADVISORPosting Number: SRGV5033Number of Vacancies: 1Location: Edinburg, TexasDepartment: AthleticsFLSA: ExemptScope of Job:To supervise and coordinate the daily operation of theStudent-Athlete VICTORY center and provide academic guidance andsupport to student athletes to ensure compliance with university,conference and NCAA requirements. Additional Information:UTRGV is a distributed location institution and working location issubject to change based on need.All UTRGV employees are required to have a criminal backgroundcheck (CBC). Incomplete applications will not be considered.Substitutions to the above requirements must have prior approvalfrom the Chief Human Resources Officer. Supervision Received:General supervision from assigned supervisor.Supervision Given:Direct supervision of assigned staff.Required Education:Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.Preferred Education:Master’s degree in Sports Administration, Sports Management,Education or related field.Licenses/Certifications:None.Required Experience:Two (2) years of experience working in an academic advising,counseling or student services setting. Working Conditions:Needs to be able to successfully perform all required duties.Office Environment; some travel and weekend/evening work isrequired.
ShareTweetShareShareEmail Related Items:golden league, Serbian handball team GOLDEN LEAGUE: Norway beat Brasil – Denmark lost against France! Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsThe Serbian national team won’t keep their presence at Golden League Tournament in France this winter in good memory.The “Eagles” have suffered two convincing defeats against home team – France (26:40) in Metz and Norway 28:38 in Paris.Team led by Nenad Perunicic now going to Graz, where they will face Belarus on January 9, Montenegro on January 11 and Croatia two days later. Denmark wins Golden League Click to comment Recommended for you Serbs with 6 newcomers at WCh 2019
Malloch is known as an ally to UKIP leader Nigel Farage and was briefly touted as the U.S. president’s pick for EU ambassador last year, before reports that he made misleading claims in an autobiography — including that Margaret Thatcher had called him a “genius” — and strong criticism from European officials thwarted the appointment.He has been asked to testify before Robert Mueller, the special counsel leading a U.S. Department of Justice probe into potential links between Russia and Trump’s 2016 election campaign. Trump has denounced the investigation as a “witch hunt.”Malloch said in the statement that he assisted in the Trump campaign in an informal and unpaid capacity, and that he never met with Stone alone. He said he found his treatment by the FBI “objectionable.”“They did not need to use such tactics or intimidation,” he said. “I was a U.S. patriot and would do anything and everything to assist the government and I had no information that I believed was relevant.” Also On POLITICO Mueller: Rick Gates spoke to person with Russian spy ties in late 2016 By Kyle Cheney Trump attack unleashes oppo against Mueller By Darren Samuelsohn The FBI detained Ted Malloch upon arrival in the United States and issued a subpoena to testify on potential collusion between Donald Trump’s campaign and the Russian government, the Guardian reported Friday.Malloch, an American academic and outspoken Trump supporter based in London, said in an emailed statement that he was stopped by the FBI at Boston’s Logan Airport on Wednesday and interrogated about his involvement in Trump’s presidential campaign. He said he was also asked about his ties to Roger Stone, the Republican strategist who is believed to have known ahead of time that Wikileaks planned to publish emails stolen — allegedly by Russian hackers — from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign in 2016.The FBI agents “seemed to know everything about me,” he said in his statement about the experience.
The 7th Annual T-Bois Blues Fest to be held March 17-19, 2016 at the T-Bois Farm in Larose, Louisiana has announced an impressive line up of musicians that will play at the 2,000 acre alligator and crawfish farm next year.Anders Osborne Welcomes In Star-Studded Cast Of Guests To Holiday SpectacularNext year’s lineup currently includes Anders Osborne, Nigel Hall, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Mike Zito & The Wheel and The Nick Moss Band, among many others (see below for full details).Watch Sister Sparrow’s ‘Back To The Future’ Themed Halloween HighlightsAs there will only be 1,200 tickets sold to the event, be sure to get your tickets well in advance. Included in a 2-Day general admission pass is a selection of beer from the NOLA Brewing Company and gourmet Cajun cooking including alligator sauce piquante and jambalaya. And if you really want to up the ante, a 2-Day VIP pass will be available. It entails a gourmet Cajun meal cooked by some of the region’s best chefs from the top restaurants, including Patois, Boucherie and Charcoals, a selection of craft beer from NOLA Brewing, a commemorative poster and sticker, a ticket to a crawfish boil, restrooms and air conditioning, and a special viewing area.For more information, visit the festival’s website here.T-Bois Blues Fest LineupAnders OsborneNigel HallSister Sparrow & The Dirty BirdsMike Zito & The WheelThe Nick Moss BandJason RicciEric LindellCarolyn WonderlandAlvin Youngblood HartThe Ben Miller BandHoney Island Swamp BandColin LakeLost Bayou RamblersJonathon Boogie LongEric TessmerEdward David AndersonBilly Iuso & The Restless NativesCarolina StoryDave Jordan & The NIAThe Heath Ledet BandNonc No & Da Wild Matous
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWhat’s more fun than a barrel of monkeys? A pitcher of mimosas. At least, that’s the current thinking from the folks at Cracker Barrel, America’s “old country store” restaurant chain.Cracker BarrelCracker Barrel is best known for its signature breakfasts featuring a host of Southern-style favorites including pancakes, biscuits, grits, eggs, and country ham, as well as family-style dinner entrees that boast enough servings to feed a small army.But just recently, the 51-year-old franchise ventured into new waters by adding a limited number of more spirited adult beverages to its traditional menu. Now, your brunch, dinner, or all-day breakfast dishes can be paired with beer, wine, or a mimosa cocktail (orange or strawberry, thank you).After testing the concept at 100-plus locations, customer feedback was positively bubbling over with admiration.“Our guests told us that offering beer and wine would reduce the veto vote—that is, those guests who would choose Cracker Barrel for a given dining occasion, but ultimately go elsewhere because they would like to have a beer or a glass of wine with their meal— especially during weekend dinner,” a Cracker Barrel spokesman told CNN.There was simply no putting the cork back in the champagne bottle after that.CHECK OUT: Customers Jump Up to Help Run Restaurant When Chef is Left Alone After Staff Emergency: ‘Beautiful to witness’While grown-up drinks won’t be offered at every location, by the end of the fiscal year, 600 additional Cracker Barrel restaurants in Florida, Kentucky, and Tennessee will amend their already extensive menus with non-teetotaling drink options.So the next time you order Uncle Herschel’s Favorite, you’ll be able to say “Cheers!” with a tasty blend of sparkling wine and O.J. (barrel of monkeys not included).SHARE The News With Some Friends You’d Like to Clink Glasses With…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
“But rain from March caused the ground cover to grow back and the wallabies have started breeding again, and this latest count in July we recorded 75 wallabies,” says project officer, Sarah Bell.Dr. Bell works for the Save Our Species conservation action program facilitated by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, which works to save endangered species the world over.“We were getting quite concerned, because 60 in one population is such a small number of animals to represent a species distribution in NSW,” noted Dr. Bell.RELATED: After 3,000 Years, Tasmanian Devils Make a Comeback on Mainland Australia“If you put the population count on top of rainfall data, it’s really quite amazing how closely it corresponds.” Leroy Johnson is a Barkindji Aboriginal man, and the Park Manager of Mutawintji. For him, the Wangarru is a special animal. The Mutawintji Aboriginal Land Council has it on their logo, and Johnson told ABC news Australia that his people “take it very seriously to look after not only those animals, but the habitat they live in.”He and his staff put out feeding and watering stations throughout the park to help the animals through the dry period.“If the numbers are good then the land and the country is healthy too… we take pride in the fact that they’re there.”CC, PeripitusHowever attached the Barkindji are with the cute rock wallaby, another bad drought could easily wipe out the remaining population, so Dr. Bell is working with the Mutawintji Land Council on relocation projects to create subpopulations elsewhere in the state.This tactic, used to help restore California condors for example, is quite common when there are few animals but ample territory where they can live.MORE: Rescue Dog Helps Save Endangered Whales By Sniffing Out Their Poop as a Conservation CanineNatural disasters, drought, or a new disease can all decimate a delicate population, and the more places in NSW that Dr. Bell and Leroy Johnson can create stable populations, the better the chance that the Mutawindji Land Council can have them on their logos for years to come.SHARE the Good News From Down Under With Pals on Social Media… AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreAfter years of decline, a critically endangered species of rock wallaby in Australia is finally growing in population following recent rainfall.The beloved Wangarru, or yellow-footed rock wallaby as it’s commonly called, is found only in Mutawintji National Park and Nature Reserve in the Far West and outback-South Australia.CC, Andrew JenssenIn New South Wales’ longest ariel population survey program, the NSW government has been keeping tabs on the Wangarru for 40 years. Recently, drought and invasive predators like foxes and cats have reduced their numbers from 150 to just 60 individuals.
Hawk Racing’s news is focused on their wheels, which are all now hand built in Florida using Sapim spokes and Italian Alpina self-locking nipples. They were being built in Taiwan by a friend of his, but they closed their facility to do other things. We’re glad to see it come home.The wind tunnel tested Veyron rims gain a 42mm carbon clincher. Founder Sven Folmer says the profile is similar to Zipp’s Firecrest shape but are his own design, not from a catalog (yes, we asked directly). Weight is 1,590g for the set, retail is $2,999. His new hubs get a carbon shell with straight pull 20/24 spokes and will be used mostly on the Veyron wheels.
D.C. officials are concerned that they will be unable to vaccinate the city’s health care workforce once a coronavirus vaccine is available, according to the city’s health director.More than 80,000 health care workers are employed in the District, but the federal government plans to allocate the city just 8,000 doses as part of the first phase of distribution. Those estimates could change though.“We have requested that they reconsider and provide the District a pro rata share based on our workforce, given our porous borders,” D.C. Health Director LaQuandra Nesbitt said during a press conference on Nov. 30.A vaccine may be distributed as early as December because promising research results were filed in November.Moderna reported that its vaccine was 95% effective on Nov. 16. Pfizer reported that its vaccine is safe and at least 95% effective and that it would seek regulatory approval on Nov. 20. And AstraZeneca reported three days later that its vaccine was up to 90% effective and easy to transport, though its study has raised questions in the weeks since, as some test groups were mistakenly given incorrect doses.Both Pfizer and Moderna applied for emergency use authorization on Nov. 20 and Nov. 30, respectively. The Food and Drug Administration will review the research results and an advisory committee will then vote on whether to approve each vaccine. If both vaccines are approved, 20 million people could be vaccinated by the end of the yearStates have already begun working on how they would distribute a coronavirus vaccine. Each state had to submit a draft vaccine distribution plan to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in October. D.C. officials recently made its draft plan public.D.C. health officials believe the city has sufficient storage for the vaccine, which may have to be stored at ultra-cold temperatures. But the city will only get one tenth of what is needed to vaccinate those eligible in the first half of phase one; there are four phases. That is because the allocation is based on how many health care workers are District residents, even though many workers enter the city from Maryland and Virginia.“We don’t quibble about testing residents from Maryland or Virginia who work here, because we can just put more money into that,” Nesbitt said during a recent scientific advisory meeting in October. “But I can’t put more money into buying more vaccines. It’s a controlled supply chain, so it’s not a budgetary issue, it is strictly a resource allocation issue.”More than 21,000 residents have tested positive for the virus, and 680 people have died from COVID-19. Nearly 160 COVID-19 patients are in D.C. hospitals, 43 of whom are in the intensive care unit. District officials believe those numbers will get worse in a few weeks, reflecting the reality that many people traveled and gathered for the Thanksgiving holiday, even though health officials advised against it.“We expect that we’re going to have more cases,” D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser said during a press conference on Nov. 30. “We have a very robust testing program, which we feel strongly will help us identify and isolate people who have been infected by covid.”The spikes in coronavirus numbers could come at a time when health officials are distributing the first doses of a vaccine. While D.C. health officials are concerned that they might not receive enough vaccines to vaccinate all health care workers regardless of their residency, they are perhaps more concerned that vaccine acceptance is low.People mistrust a coronavirus vaccine because of how rapidly the manufacturers have developed the vaccines, and because of the Trump administration’s interference at the FDA.People of color are especially suspicious of a vaccine because of reports of Black people being used for research experiments in the past, such as in the case of the Tuskegee Study when men were unknowingly infected with syphilis and then weren’t treated for it. The suspicion is particularly worrisome because Ward 7 and Ward 8, which have the highest populations of African Americans in the city, have been particularly hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic.But Castina Watson, a Shaw resident who is Black, plans to take a vaccine as soon as she can. She lost her mother to COVID-19 earlier this year and can’t imagine not doing her part to protect other people from the illness.“Seeing this thing up close and what it does to people, not only people who pass away but people like me who are just left here to deal with the ashes, anything that I can do to try to eradicate it from the planet, I’m totally interested in doing,” Watson said.,Fear growing in ICE detention centers as COVID-19 cases steadily climb this winter. Immigration organizations and lawyers are fighting for better health care but are afraid it’s…,Families must wait longer than usual to set up funerals for lost loved ones in another grim consequence of the enduring pandemic.,Black Lives Matter activists and community organizers march outside the L.A. mayor’s…