Spelinspektionen: online gambling in decline amid Covid-19

first_img Regions: Europe Nordics Sweden Online gambling rates in Sweden have declined since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19), according to new data from the country’s Gambling Authority (Spelinspektionen). Spelinspektionen: online gambling in decline amid Covid-19 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Casino & games 19th May 2020 | By Daniel O’Boyle Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Sports betting Email Address Online gambling rates in Sweden have declined since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19), according to new data from the country’s Gambling Authority (Spelinspektionen).The data, part of the of the first of a series of monthly reports Spelinspektionen was tasked with producing during the crisis, found that overall betting and gaming turnover in March and April was down 5.9% and 5.4% year-on-year respectively. This contrasts with January, when online gaming turnover was up 21%, and February, for which a 9% increase was recorded.The authority did note, however, that some of the comparability may be affected by the fact that Sweden’s market only opened at the start of 2019.The regulator said that while casino play increased, the decline in sports betting was drastic enough to ensure that overall online betting and gaming was down 6% for the year to date.“Virtually all betting activities except horse racing ceased in the middle of March, when most major sporting events were canceled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic,” Spelinspektionen said. “An example of this is the turnover of two major gaming companies with a focus on betting decreased significantly by 40% and 51% in March 2020, compared to March 2019.“Several of the larger companies that are more focused on online casino games fared significantly better. As a whole, the category of online gaming and betting sales decreased by 6% in March 2020 compared to March 2019.”However, the authority added that 55% of online licensees reported growth in turnover for March, based on tax returns, while 58% did so in April.This decline in play casts doubt on the reasoning behind online casino restrictions proposed by Sweden’s Minister for Health and Social Affairs Ardalan Shekarabi and set to come into effect on 1 June.The rules include a SEK5,000 (£401/€459/$495) weekly deposit limit and a SEK100 cap on bonuses. These rules have already drawn criticism from stakeholders across the Swedish gambling industry, as well as the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA). Spelinspektionen, meanwhile, said the rules could benefit illegal operators rather than enhancing player protection.The Spelpaus self-exclusion scheme, meanwhile, saw a “continuous increase” in self-exclusions, with the regulator not noting a growth or slowing in the rate of this increase. As of 14 May, 51,674 people had voluntarily blocked access to gambling sites.Spelinspektionen added that many of these rules would be difficult to implement by 1 June, echoing the concerns aired by many operators earlier this month.“The Authority wishes to point out that the proposed rules may affect key parts of the licensees’ technical systems,” Spelinspektionen said. “These changes can be both time-consuming and require re-certification of the systems. This entails a great risk that many licensees will not be able to meet the new requirements within the proposed time.”The Authority added that players could deposit far more than SEK5,000 in a single week through playing with various different operators. It said that it was “not possible” to institute a national register or deposits or losses in order to monitor player activity between operators.In terms of new measures to strengthen player protection, Spelinspektionen said introducing a B2B supplier licence could help substantially in the fight against online gambling. This suggestion has already been put forward by Svenska Spel and Betsson in their submissions to the consultation held by the Swedish government on its proposed new controls.“Spelinspektionen sees several benefits of introducing such a scheme as soon as possible,” it said. “Such an arrangement would also reduce the administrative burden for the licensees by shifting the emphasis of the certification procedure to the gaming software providers.”In addition, the regulator said that a “debt register”, as proposed by the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority (Finansinspektionen) could be “more important for the protection of players than many other measures”.This register would, according to FI, “allow for creditors to get a comprehensive picture of consumer debt,” which Spelinspektionen said would make it more difficult for players to borrow money to gamble.“A major problem with gambling is the over-indebtedness that burdens many people,” Spelinspektionen said. “With a well-functioning credit check, this type of indebtedness could be avoided.”It also noted that enforcement of rules prohibiting marketing to self-excluded customers could be improved if the Authority and the Swedish Consumer Agency (Konsumentverket) were able to share more data.The regulator added that it has been collaborating with law enforcement authorities in Sweden and elsewhere to fight illegal gambling sites, but said it was too early to mention progress in this area. It said it had identified 20 new operators who “may be eligible for a possible injunction” for illegally targeting Swedish players in the coming months, on top of 11 operators who have already received injunctions.In addition, it said it had conducted a survey in order to understand links between affiliate marketing and unlicensed gambling sites. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Tags: Online Gamblinglast_img read more


Gongs and plaudits for Church of England’s ethical investment stance

first_img Rector Hopkinsville, KY Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Submit an Event Listing Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Anglican Communion Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Jobs & Calls Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Press Release Service Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Tags The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Submit a Press Release Youth Minister Lorton, VA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC [Anglican Communion News Service] The Church Commissioners for England have been ranked joint tenth out of 500 of the world’s largest investment funds and given an AAA rating over their performance in tackling climate change. The list was produced by the Asset Owners Disclosure Project (AODP) for its 2016 Report on the world top 500 investors, which was published May 2. Together, the 500 funds under review manage a total of $38 trillion assets.There are only three “new entries” in this year’s top 10 from the 2015 list. Pensionskassernes Administration A/S (PKA) pension fund in Denmark have gone from 12th place to sixth place; and the French-based pension fund Etablissement de retraite additionnelle de la Fonction Publique (ERAFP) moved from 13th place to joint tenth place with the Church Commissioners.The Church Commissioners are the only fund to have entered this year’s top ten from outside last year’s 500. “The Church Commissioners for England have gone straight to the top, gaining a AAA rating for their awareness and action on climate risk,” the AODP said. “They are very active on the engagement front, driving many of the shareholder resolutions being presented to boards.”On May 25, shareholders of ExxonMobil will vote on a motion co-sponsored by the Church Commissioners which will force the company to disclose its plans for responding to climate change following the COP21 climate change agreement on limiting the rise of global temperatures to just two degrees Celsius.The board of ExxonMobil attempted to block the motion but the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ruled that it must be put to shareholders. Since that ruling, institutional investors responsible for some $6 trillion of investment have said that they are backing the Church Commissioners’ move.Last year shareholders at ExxonMobil’s competitors Shell and BP backed similar motions after the boards of both companies said they supported the Church Commissioners’ call.A separate C of E fund, the Church of England Pensions Board, is another new entry in the top 500; coming in at 29th place on the list. It has been given an A rating.In a separate move, the Church Commissioners won two categories at this year’s Portfolio Institutional Awards last week. It took home the prize for the Best Charity / Fund / Trust for the first time since 2013; and also the award for Best Implementation of Responsible Investment for the second year in a row.“We’re delighted to see the hard work of our whole investment team on responsible investment and climate change recognized,” the Head of Responsible Investment for the Church Commissioners, Edward Mason, said. “Our investments allow us to fund the church’s activities across the country, as well as giving us an opportunity to engage with companies on a range of issues.“It is good to see that this work resonates with others in the investment community.”The Church Commissioners for England were established by the British Parliament to support the work and mission of the Church of England; they manage a number of historic assets, including an investment fund of £6.7 billion. In 2014, they distributed £215 million to support the mission and ministry of the Church of England; making them the third largest U.K. charitable giver and the 14th largest globally. Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET By Gavin DrakePosted May 3, 2016 Rector Pittsburgh, PA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Tampa, FL Rector Belleville, IL Rector Shreveport, LA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Featured Events TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Collierville, TN Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Knoxville, TN Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Bath, NC Rector Albany, NY Rector Martinsville, VA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Gongs and plaudits for Church of England’s ethical investment stance An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Submit a Job Listing Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LAlast_img read more


Candelaria House / Llano Arquitectos

first_imgPhotographs:  Alejandro Arango Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/912409/candelaria-house-llano-arquitectos Clipboard Colombia Lead Architect: Projects Candelaria House / Llano ArquitectosSave this projectSaveCandelaria House / Llano Arquitectos ArchDaily Architects: Llano Arquitectos Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” CopyHouses•La Estrella, Colombia Save this picture!© Alejandro Arango+ 27Curated by Clara Ott Share Photographs Area:  187 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project 2017 Year:  Candelaria House / Llano Arquitectos Manufacturers: Ladrillera Santafé, Plasma Nodo, Vano Arquitectónico “COPY” CopyAbout this officeLlano ArquitectosOfficeFollowProductsSteelBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesLa EstrellaColombiaPublished on March 01, 2019Cite: “Candelaria House / Llano Arquitectos” [Casa Candelaria / Llano Arquitectos] 01 Mar 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldChoosing the Skyfold Wall for Your SpaceGlass3MSun Control Window Film in MarkthalBathroom AccessorieshansgroheBath & Shower ThermostatsCabinetsFlorenseCabinet – FloAirWood Boards / HPL PanelsBruagStair Railing – CELLON®LightsLouis PoulsenOutdoor Lighting – Flindt GardenBathroom AccessoriesBradley Corporation USAHigh Speed Hand Dryers – Aerix+BoardsForestOneLaminate – EGGER laminatesAcousticSchöckStaircase Insulation – Tronsole®Metal PanelsRHEINZINKPanel Systems – Horizontal PanelWall / Ceiling LightsA-LightAccolade Wall Light at River Dental OfficeBricksStröherClinker Brick Slips – StiltreuMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/912409/candelaria-house-llano-arquitectos Clipboard Juan Camilo Llano Correa, Carlos Andrés Holguín Construction:Jaime Gaviria, Escala UrbanaStructural Engineering:Carlos Alberto Betancur, Péndulo ingenieríaDesign Team:Juan Manuel Portillo, Tomas VillaCity:La EstrellaCountry:ColombiaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Alejandro ArangoRecommended ProductsWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesDoorsGorter HatchesRoof Hatch – RHT AluminiumDoorsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Entice Series Entrance SystemDoorsSaliceSliding Door System – Slider S20Text description provided by the architects. This house is located in the upper part of a subdivision in the municipality of La Estrella, Antioquia. This is a small parallelepiped, in order to preserve natural and permeable light, reinforces the idea of an isolated pavilion that tries to dissolve the limits with the exterior and the occasion of the invitation to contemplate the surrounding landscape.Save this picture!© Alejandro ArangoSave this picture!Save this picture!© Alejandro ArangoThis pavilion of glazed metal structure has two horizontal floors intercepted by a vacuum, towards which the spaces of the house are turned.Save this picture!© Alejandro ArangoThe main bedroom acquires a dominant character over the interior space due to the absence of walls. A small metal structure bridge that crosses the central void connects the bedroom with a kind of covered terrace that dominates the surrounding natural landscape. The terrace becomes the extension of the main bedroom and also a space for contemplation.Save this picture!© Alejandro ArangoProject gallerySee allShow lessHow Zena Howard Uses Design to Help Cities HealArticlesCoolest White: A Painting to Reduce the Urban Heat IslandsArticles Sharelast_img read more


House in Clavadel / Krähenbühl Architekten Studio

first_imgCopyAbout this officeKrähenbühl Architekten StudioOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentRenovationInterior DesignResidential InteriorsHouse InteriorsOn FacebookDavosSwitzerlandPublished on August 29, 2020Cite: “House in Clavadel / Krähenbühl Architekten Studio” 29 Aug 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodHow to Design a Façade with AluProfile Vertical ProfilesGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseMetal PanelsAurubisOxidized Copper: Nordic BrownDoorsEGGERWood Laminate Doors in Molecular Plant Science InstituteStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Silestone® Nebula SeriesWall / Ceiling LightsLouis PoulsenLamp – LP RiplsWood Boards / HPL PanelsBruagRoom Dividers – Partition Wall MDFStonesNeolithSintered Stone – Mar del PlataWindowspanoramah!®ah! SecurityPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsMIS Facade PanelCarpetsFabromont AGTextile Floor Covering – Orbital® 07 COLORpunkt®LightsNorka lightingLuminaire – BelfastMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream 2016 CopyHouses, Renovation, House Interiors•Davos, Switzerland Save this picture!© Ralph Feiner+ 18Curated by Paula Pintos Share Lead Architects: Year:  Georg Krähenbühl ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/944583/house-in-clavadel-krahenbuhl-architekten-studio Clipboard Projects House in Clavadel / Krähenbühl Architekten Studio Design Team:Urs KrähenbühlNomination:DER BESTE UMBAU 2018, Switzerland (Nomination for the best renovation)City:DavosCountry:SwitzerlandMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Ralph FeinerRecommended ProductsFaucets / SinkshansgroheKitchen SinksFaucetsDornbrachtBathroom Fittings – TARADoorsSky-FrameInsulated Sliding Doors – Sky-Frame ArcWoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsText description provided by the architects. The building is an important witness to the history of development within the landscape of Davos, especially for Clavadel. When the Walsers came to the valley at the time, they founded the first settlement and thus brought their way of building with them, the solid-timber log house. Much later, the Davos landscape, with its guesthouses, spa businesses, and, lastly, sanatoriums, took a further step in its development as a settlement, upon which the present-day city of Davos is founded.Save this picture!© Ralph FeinerDue to the excellent geographical location of Clavadel, slightly above Davos, the first spa businesses, and, later, the famous “Zürcher Heilstätte Clavadel” by architect Rudolf Gaberel, were built here early on, in addition to the simple farmhouses. Simple farmhouses in their catchment area were in part transformed, adapted to the times, and used as accommodation for the relatives of spa guests.Save this picture!© Ralph FeinerThis was also the case with the building we converted, which unites the entire history of development under one roof. The oldest part of the house dates back to a Walser farmhouse. As the spas and sanatoriums developed, this was transformed in the middle of the 19th century, and another storey was built with solid, filled-in half-timbering. The floor heights, the roof shape, the interior, and its external appearance from that time were adapted accordingly. The south-facing balcony element and the flat roof are the most striking features. Inside, these are mainly the wood paneling and the stucco elements on the ceiling. Previously, work was mostly done on the inside, with layers placed upon layer. The whole building was in very bad shape.Save this picture!© Ralph FeinerSave this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!© Ralph FeinerTogether with the client, we decided to renovate the building and refrain from building new construction, as the building contributes to the identity of Clavadel as a witness of the past, not only in terms of its scale from an urban-planning perspective, but also with respect to its appearance together with the surrounding buildings. This piece of history was thus able to be preserved and yet still be adapted to modern-day requirements, as was already once the case in around 1850. Historical photos were also helpful for getting a feel for the history of the building and its surroundings.Save this picture!© Ralph FeinerThe main task was to bring the original qualities of the building back to light and to remove all layers that had been deposited over time. In some cases, up to 4 superposed floor coverings had to be removed until you got to the original wooden floor planks. These were then sanded down and oiled.Save this picture!© Ralph FeinerIn order to meet today’s requirements for building shells, the floors, ceilings, roofs, and windows had to be insulated or replaced. There was the possibility of insulating on the inside or outside. We opted for a newly insulated facade on the outside, because the timber formwork was painted and could not be saved. Furthermore, the value of the wooden panels inside the building was estimated to be more valuable. The difficulties of the structural physics when insulating a multi-storey building on the inside also supported this decision. The new facade was developed based on the old one, so as not to change the character of the building too substantially.Save this picture!© Ralph FeinerTogether with the client, we have succeeded in this renovation project in once again uncovering the original qualities of the house. This has strengthened the identity of the place and enabled a piece of history to be preserved.Save this picture!© Ralph FeinerProject gallerySee allShow lessAP House Urbino / GGA gardini gibertini architectsSelected ProjectsEeetwell Restaurant / WeWantMoreSelected Projects Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/944583/house-in-clavadel-krahenbuhl-architekten-studio Clipboard Photographs:  Ralph Feiner Photographs Houses ArchDaily Switzerland “COPY” Architects: Krähenbühl Architekten Studio Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” House in Clavadel / Krähenbühl Architekten StudioSave this projectSaveHouse in Clavadel / Krähenbühl Architekten Studiolast_img read more


ECRW luncheon

first_img Facebook ECRW luncheon By admin – April 17, 2018 Twitter Ector County Republican Women logo Pinterest Twitter Pinterestcenter_img Local News Facebook Ector County Republican WomenEctor County Republican Women has scheduled a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Odessa Country Club, 1 Fairway Drive.Guest speaker will be City of Odessa Mayor David Turner. There will also be a candidate forum with statements and questions and answers by Missi Walden and Matt Stringer.For more information, please call Sherry Hurt at 432-352-5107.ECRW luncheon are open to interested Republican men, women, students and to the general public. WhatsApp WhatsApp Previous articleOC spring concertNext articleCHAPMAN: Trump succeeds at preserving his ignorance adminlast_img read more


Agreement on parking arrangements sought for match day in Twin Towns

first_img Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By admin – January 9, 2017 Homepage BannerNews 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Twitter WhatsApp A Donegal Councillor says it’s important that event organisers in the Twin Towns consult with Gardai and the county council to ensure that parking arrangements are agreed and stewarded.Cllr Patrick Mc Gowan was speaking after a number of people last week complained that they had been ticketed in the Railway Road area of Stranorlar while attending a recent match.Cllr Mc Gowan says his understanding is a small number of people were ticketed for blocking the footpath and parking too close to the bus station entrance.He says consultation and communication are key:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/PMCGOW.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ WhatsApp Facebookcenter_img Pinterest Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Previous articleCampaign intensifies to “reunite Donegal”Next articleDale Gorman extends Stevenage contract admin Pinterest Google+ Twitter Facebook Agreement on parking arrangements sought for match day in Twin Towns Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more


Garda Keith Harrison tells Tribunal he felt Tusla was manipulated by Gardai

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Garda Keith Harrison has told the Disclosures Tribunal he felt Tusla was manipulated by gardai for malicious reasons against him.However a social worker has contradicted Garda Harrison, saying a follow-up visit to the family home was appropriate and not based on scurrilous accusations.Garda Harrison was also asked why he did not send a 72 cent letter to Tusla raising questions about their visit, rather than instigating a Tribunal costing millions. Garda Keith Harrison tells Tribunal he felt Tusla was manipulated by Gardai Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows This module of the Disclosures Tribunal concerns contacts between gardai and Tusla, the child and family agency, about Garda Keith Harrison.This morning Garda Harrison said he and his partner met with a social worker in Letterkenny in 2014, on foot of a statement by Marisa Simms to gardai following an argument they’d had.He said he felt the matter was over and was surprised when a follow up visit was arranged to the couple’s home, and that he believed gardai leaned on Tusla to arrange that house visit.In her statement to the Tribunal, social worker Donna McTeague said her belief was that the referral was not based on a scurrilous accusation but one that was appropriately made and assessed.Marisa Simms told the Tribunal on Wednesday that she no longer believed that gardai manipulated Tusla into investigating her and her family.Counsel for Tusla asked Garda Harrison why he didn’t contact them with any questions and concerns he may have had, when a letter was sent to the couple by the social worker telling them the matter was over and to contact them with any questions or concerns.Paul Anthony McDermott asked him to consider the cost of a stamp, 72cent at the time- versus the cost of a Tribunal of Inquiry which can cost millions of euro.Garda Harrison replied that in Feb 2014, he could never have thought that he’d be talking about various details of his family life at a Tribunal today.Clip: 13juliette-tribunal-pkg-jg- WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Previous articleBloody Sunday: Ex-Official IRA pair might face prosecutionNext articleLUH consultant backs Carbon Monoxide alarm campaign News Highland Facebook Homepage BannerNews Twitter Twitter Google+ Harps come back to win in Waterford Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook By News Highland – September 29, 2017 last_img read more


Sale of Underground Railroad site to city caps off “financial disaster”

first_img Share via Shortlink Full Name* 227 Duffield Street in Brooklyn (Google Maps)The de Blasio administration has purchased an abolitionist’s home in Downtown Brooklyn that recently received landmark status — ending a controversial developer’s plans for the site.On Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s wife Chirlane McCray announced the city purchased 227 Duffield Street for $3.2 million. The circa-1850 building is believed to have ties to the Underground Railroad, and while plans for the site are unclear, McCray stated that the purchase ensures the property “will be protected and celebrated for a very long time to come.”The acquisition came just a month after the Landmarks Preservation Commission gave the building historic status — which years ago it had refused to do.The designation made the property impossible to develop, according to an attorney for the site’s previous owner, Brooklyn developer Samiel Hanasab.The lawyer, Garfield Heslop, said the project’s landmark status prevented Hanasab from moving forward plans to demolish the property and build a 13-story mixed-use development — hence the sale to the city. In total, Heslop claims that Hanasab lost over $3 million.“It was a financial disaster,” Heslop said.How 227 Duffield Street came to be owned by Hanasab is not a simple story. For decades it was reportedly owned by the family of Joy Chatel, a community activist known as Mama Joy. In 2004 she signed the deed over to her mother, Arnelda Monroe, who sold half of her ownership to investor Errol Bartholomew a year later.In 2015 Hanasab paid $439,000 for Bartholomew’s stake. In 2017, the developer acquired the remaining 50 percent from Monroe for $149,000, according to property records.The total, $588,000, may sound like a steal for Downtown Brooklyn real estate with development potential.But Hanasab’s lawyer Garfield Heslop says that when Hanasab purchased the property, he also assumed a delinquent mortgage with a pending foreclosure lawsuit. (A foreclosure suit tied to the 2004 mortgage was filed in state court in 2015 and discontinued in 2018, according to court records.)Hanasab took out a $1.59 million mortgage in 2017 and a $715,000 mortgage two years later, property records show. Heslop said the loans were used to pay down the previous mortgage, which was in foreclosure.In 2019 Hanasab filed a demolition permit with the city, but a year later he was facing foreclosure; a lender claimed Hanasab had been delinquent on the two mortgages since February 2020. The suit was discontinued this month.Hanasab and Yuval Golan, another former investor in 227 Duffield Street, have faced scrutiny for how they have acquired some properties.The guardian of an elderly (now deceased) owner of a Brooklyn home sued Hanasab and Golan in 2010, alleging they defrauded the investors and withheld funds from the sale of her house. A judge ordered Golan and Hanasab to pay the petitioner over $200,000 in unpaid compensation but dismissed the fraud allegations.Contact Keith Larsen Message* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinkcenter_img Tags Email Address* Bill de BlasioDevelopmentReal Estate Lawsuitslast_img read more


How old is the ice beneath Dome A, Antarctica?

first_imgChinese scientists will start to drill a deep ice core at Kunlun station near Dome A in the near future. Recent work has predicted that Dome A is a location where ice older than 1 million years can be found. We model flow, temperature and the age of the ice by applying a three-dimensional, thermo-mechanically coupled full-Stokes model to a 70 km × 70 km domain around Kunlun station, using isotropic non-linear rheology and different prescribed anisotropic ice fabrics that vary the evolution from isotropic to single maximum at 1/3 or 2/3 depths. The variation in fabric is about as important as the uncertainties in geothermal heat flux in determining the vertical advection which in consequence controls both the basal temperature and the age profile. We find strongly variable basal ages across the domain since the ice varies greatly in thickness and any basal melting effectively removes very old ice in the deepest parts of the subglacial valleys. Comparison with dated radar isochrones in the upper one third of the ice sheet cannot sufficiently constrain the age of the deeper ice, with uncertainties as large as 500 000 yr in the basal age. We also assess basal age and thermal state sensitivities to geothermal heat flux and surface conditions. Despite expectations of modest changes in surface height over a glacial cycle at Dome A, even small variations in the evolution of surface conditions cause large variation in basal conditions which is consistent with basal accretion features seen in radar surveys.last_img read more


Latitudinal and depth gradients in marine predation pressure

first_imgAim There is a general paradigm that marine predation pressure increases towards the tropics and decreases with depth. However, data demonstrating global trends are generally lacking. Rhynchonelliform brachiopods inhabit all the oceans and often survive shell-crushing predator attacks. We investigate shell repair in brachiopods across a range of Southern Hemisphere and tropical Northern Hemisphere latitudes and depths. Location The Southern Hemisphere and tropical Northern Hemisphere. Methods We analysed the frequency of shell repair in 112 bulk samples, over 70% of which showed traces of shell damage and repair. Results The pattern of shell repair frequency (RF) was more complicated than the anticipated increase with decreasing latitude, with low levels at both polar and tropical sites but high levels at temperate latitudes. This pattern is only evident, however, in shallow water assemblages; and there is no latitudinal trend in water depths greater than 200 m, where shell RF is systematically low. There was a significant logarithmic relationship between RF and depth. Low polar repair rates reflect reduced predation pressure, directly supporting the global paradigm. Low rates in the tropics appears counter to the paradigm. However, tropical brachiopods are generally very small (micromorphic) in shallow water and below the minimum size at which damage is recorded anywhere. Main conclusions Predation pressure decreased logarithmically with depth. At shallow depths (< 200 m) RF showed its highest levels in the mid temperate latitudes with decreasing frequency towards both the tropics and the poles. Low levels of shell repair at high latitudes are likely to be due to a lack of crushing predators, but in the tropics it is suggested that the low frequency is a result of the small size of tropical brachiopods. We hypothesize that micromorphy in this region may be an outcome of high predation pressure.last_img read more