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


British Armed Forces Launch Strike Against Libyan Air Defence Systems

first_img View post tag: British View post tag: forces View post tag: Naval British Armed Forces have participated in another co-ordinated strike against Libyan Air Defence systems tonight, Sunday 20 March 2011.The Chief of Defence Staff’s Strategic Communications Officer Major General John Lorimer said:“I can confirm that British Armed Forces have participated in another co-ordinated strike against Libyan Air Defence systems.”For a second time, the UK has launched guided Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAM) from a Trafalgar Class submarine in the Mediterranean as part of a coordinated coalition plan to enforce the resolution.“We and our international partners are continuing operations in support of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973.”UPDATESpeaking on Monday (21 March) morning about last night’s mission, General Lorimer added:“As the RAF GR4 Tornados moved into the area, further information came to light that identified a number of civilians within the intended target area. As a result the decision was taken not to launch weapons. This decision underlines the UK’s commitment to the protection of civilians.”It has also now been confirmed a number of Typhoon aircraft have now landed safely at the Gioia Dell Colle airbase in Southern Italy, where they are on standby for future tasking.RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus continues to support the operation under UN Security Council Resolution 1973 with a number of assets, including E3D Sentry, VC-10 and Sentinel.(mod)[mappress]Source: mod,March 21, 2011; image: View post tag: Armed Back to overview,Home naval-today British Armed Forces Launch Strike Against Libyan Air Defence Systems View post tag: News by topic View post tag: air View post tag: against View post tag: Defencecenter_img View post tag: launch View post tag: Libyan British Armed Forces Launch Strike Against Libyan Air Defence Systems March 21, 2011 View post tag: Strike View post tag: Systems View post tag: Navy Share this articlelast_img read more


Police Corporal – (STA006776)

first_imgOptional Documents Applicant DocumentsRequired EEO/AAQualifications :18 months and 1 year experience.Requires specialized training in basic trades, principles,procedures, practice, routines or techniques in a specific area ortrade which might normally be acquired through up to 18 months ofeducation or training beyond the high school level. Vocationalcompetence in the operation of mechanical or electronic equipmentmay be required.Requires a minimum of one (1) year of directly job-relatedexperience.Requires technical certification or licensing directly related tothe job, as specified on a job description addendum.Additional Information/Preferred Qualifications:Veterans are strongly encouraged to apply and will receivepreference in employment over other applicants for the sameposition who do not have greater qualification.The ideal candidate will possess:• One year of progressively responsible experience in lawenforcement and public safety• Considerable knowledge of State and Federal laws• Exceptional leadership and management skills• The ability to work effectively in complex, decentralizedorganization• Excellent written and oral communication skills• A proven ability to initiate and maintain productive relationshipwith internal and external constituenciesThis position requires the applicant to pass several phases:i.e.:• Multiple types of review• Tests (oral and written)• Background check clearanceApplicants that do not pass the testing phase, may re-apply afterthree months, if there is an open position.A valid, active TCOLE (formerly TCLEOSE) license with up-to-dateannual TCOLE training.Must be at least 21 years of age.Must have a valid Texas Driver’s License before receiving joboffer.Must pass a Criminal History and valid Driver’s License check priorto an interview.Must be able to work nights, weekends and overtimeassignments.Must pass Background Investigation and complete the DPS FBIFingerprints prior to employment.Must pass a pre-employment drug screening, physical andpsychological exams.UHPD requires all applicants to complete the criminal historyfields on their application.Applicants with incomplete criminal history fields may not beconsidered for a position.Required information includes, but may not be limited to: Provides work leadership, guidance and training to SecurityOfficers and Cougar Patrol during scheduled shift. Monitorsactivities to ensure actions are in accordance with procedures andapplicable laws. Performs Police Officer patrol tasks asneeded. This position is an essential position for Department of PublicSafety and the UH Police Department. Essential position youwillbe required to perform the work needed if directed bymanagement even when the office or school is closed and may berequired to report to work. PHYSICAL & ENVIRONMENTAL DEMANDS:The physical demands described here are representative of thosethat must be met by an employee to successfully perform theessential responsibilities and functions of the job and are notmeant to be all inclusive. While performing this job the staffmember shall:Environmental:The employee maybe exposed to inclement weather conditions;extensive public contact with student, faculty and staff.Employees are required to work various assigned shifts, includingdays,evenings, nights and weekends and may be required to remain attheir post for an additional shift. All staff are “essentialpersonnel” and are required to report to work during inclementweather.Physical:Primary functions require sufficient physical ability to work in alaw enforcementsetting and an office setting; restrain or subdue individuals;walk, stand, sit, or run for extended periods of time; occasionallystoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; occasionally climband balance; ability to operate and use specialized law enforcementtools and equipment. The selected candidate must have and/or obtain a Texas Driver’sLicense prior to job offer.center_img DD-214, if applicableTCOLE Personal Status ReportMisc. Documents Enforces all laws, including but not limited to, penal andtraffic laws.Performs all Police Officer patrol duties as needed.Monitors and assigns duties of personnel during scheduledshift.Provides guidance to new officers and interpretation ofdepartmental policies and procedures.Maintains a pleasant and professional demeanor as a publicrepresentative of the department and the university.Provides training to new and veteran Police Officers, SecurityOfficers and Cougar Patrol in accordance with departmentguidelines.Coordinates special projects, such as crime preventionpresentations and other community events.Reviews time sheets, offense reports and performsadministrative tasks as delegated by the Lieutenant.Serves as supervisor in the absence of the PoliceSergeant.Performs other job-related duties as assigned. DOBDriver’s licenseLast 4 digits of SSN ResumeCover Letter Additional Posting InformationAbility to work in a dynamic environment.Veterans are strongly encouraged to apply and will receivepreference in employment over other applicants for the sameposition who do not have a greater qualification.The ideal candidate will possess:Considerable knowledge of State and Federal laws.Exceptional leadership and management skills.The ability to work effectively in complex, decentralizedorganization. Excellent written and oral communicationskills.A proven ability to initiate and maintain productive relationshipswith internal andexternal constituencies.Responsibilities may include management and direct supervision ofSecurity Officer Personnel assigned to various campuses within theUH System.This position requires the applicant to pass several phases ofreviews and tests such as a written exam, an oral review, athorough background check, etc. Applicants that do not pass anyphase may re-apply after three months.Additional Monetary Benefits:• Special Event Overtime pay,• Uniforms & Equipment provided,• Designated Paid Holidays,• Education Incentive after completing a 12-month probationaryperiod,• Longevity Pay and Retirement benefits,• Tuition benefits up to 3 hours/week based on eligibility,• $10 monthly Hazardous duty pay for each 12-month period oflifetime service credit.last_img read more



News story: New figures reveal changes to the UK’s veteran population

first_imgThis week, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government announced that all social housing applicants will be given the chance to identify themselves as veterans, and those struggling with mental health will be given the same priority as their peers with physical injuries.Last year, NHS England confirmed that every part of the country now has dedicated mental health services up and running for veterans, and announced the first 25 hospitals to become ‘Veteran Aware’, delivering specialist healthcare support to those who have served. This will be supported by £10-million of investment as part of the NHS’s long term plan.Any veteran in need of advice can call the Veterans’ Gateway, a 24 hour helpline which acts as the first port of call for ex-service personnel and their families. The MOD has announced that the Gateway’s 24/7 helpline will trial a new outreach service where it will proactively call those who have served, to check in on their wellbeing and remind them of where support can be found. The figures reveal important insight into the potential needs of our future veteran community, and will help us to continue to step up our support for those who have served this country. While the vast majority of ex-service personnel go to live happy, healthy and successful lives, it’s right that we work across governments to make sure veterans can access the services they need. New figures released by the MOD provide an insight into how the UK’s veteran population will change over the next decade.The figures show that over the next ten years, the number of former service personnel in Great Britain is expected to decrease by around 1 million, to approximately 1.6 million by 2028. Estimates put the number of former service personnel currently residing in Britain at around 2.5 million.As well as the reduction in size, the age and gender profile of the ex-forces community is also expected to change. The percentage of veterans of working age, between 16 to 64, is projected to rise from 38% to 44%, while the percentage of women is set to increase from 10% to 13%.The new data projections will inform the first ‘Strategy for our Veterans’, jointly published by the UK, Scottish and Welsh Governments, which sets out the key areas of support for those who have left the armed forces.Published in November 2018, the strategy identified six key areas where support is most needed over the next ten years, including: community and relationships, employment and skills, health and wellbeing, finance and debt, housing, and contact with the law. The UK Government consultation complementing the strategy is open until 21 February.All relevant Government departments have a responsibility to ensure that the military community is treated fairly, and not disadvantaged by their service as part of the Armed Forces Covenant. This includes access to housing and healthcare, as well as employment and education support.The 2021 census, which will for the first time allow citizens to identify whether they have served, will work alongside these new projected figures to help local authorities to better understand the needs of the veterans community, and to support them in the most efficient way.Minister for Defence People and Veterans Tobias Ellwood said:last_img read more


Bakeries ramp up food donations as lockdown continues

first_imgSource: HovisHovisHovis is to donate an additional 250,000 loaves to support families living in food poverty.The bakery brand has committed to doubling its donations of loaves to charities through food redistribution charity FareShare in 2021.FareShare, along with Hovis, supports the Marcus Rashford Child Food Poverty Taskforce.The additional loaves are its recently relaunched Best of Both recipe, which now contains vitamin D to help support the immune system.“With the figures for child food poverty increasing, we’re committed to continuing the work we are doing with FareShare and the Taskforce to tackle food poverty. We are pleased to increase our support not only to provide tasty bread but to provide more bread that has nutritional ingredients such as Vitamin D,” added head of marketing Nina Shanahan.It is enough bread to make an additional 2.5 million sandwiches this year, it added, on top of the brand’s annual donation of 250,000 loaves.“Hovis’ commitment to supporting those children most affected by hunger is the reason I invited them to join the Child Food Poverty Taskforce. The active steps Hovis has taken to help cover deficits with great quality product is brilliant and I can’t thank them enough,” said Marcus Rashford MBE. Source: Calvin’s Free From FoodOwner of Calvin’s Free From Food Sabine Klaus-Carter making donations by carCalvin’s Free From FoodsEdinburgh-based Calvin’s Free From Foods is set to donate coconut bread to support families unable to feed their children.The Original Coconut Flat Bread Roll is naturally gluten-, allergen-, yeast- and grain-free. It is also plant-based, high in fibre, paleo, keto-friendly and vegan.“After seeing the recent images on social media of the meagre government food parcels supplied to financially disadvantaged families, I felt it was more important than ever for food businesses like mine to step up and do whatever we can to help,” said owner Sabine Klaus-Carter.The Original Coconut Bread received the accolade of Highly Commended in the Gluten-Free category at Britain’s Best Loaf 2020. Source: Calvin’s Free From FoodOwner of Calvin’s Free From Food Sabine Klaus-Carter making donations by carBakery businesses have stepped up to support their local communities with another round of donations as the third national lockdown continues.Hovis, Stacey’s Bakery and Calvin’s Free From Foods are among those to donate food to local charities or direct to the general public this year.Here’s how they’re helping:center_img Source: Stacey’s BakeryStacey’s BakeryDerbyshire-based Stacey’s Bakery is aiming to cheer up locals by giving away free tubs of gingerbread dough with any online or click and collect purchase.During the first lockdown, the bakery increased bread production threefold. It then organised a home delivery service and set up an initiative to find and celebrate local Covid Community Heroes by awarding them a month’s worth of free cake.“We know a lot of our customers are once again ordering their baked goods from us via our website for either local delivery or to collect from any of our shops, so it makes sense to cheer people up with a spot of home baking of their own,” said managing director David Stacey.The gingerbread men have been a closely guarded recipe for more than a century, he added.“Hopefully it’ll make a small difference. If giving away pots of our gingerbread dough helps alleviate the boredom, spread some smiles and perhaps even turn a few bored kids into budding bakers it will all have been well worth the effort,” he adds.last_img read more


Going out in style

first_imgSiberian cold in Maine. (Jane Knox)Winter berries look delicious. (Elizabeth (Stu) Mehlin)A partly frozen stream in the lovely, low light of winter. (Elizabeth (Stu) Mehlin)King survivor in Maine. (Jane Knox)Homing into this lovely contraption for food. (Jane Knox)A Welcome treasure. (Jane Knox)Braving the frigid winter. (Jane Knox)Little Chip was either catching snowflakes on his tongue, mid-grooming, or telling me enough was enough. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Little Chip checks the weather. No sign of real spring. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Hope springs eternal. It’s time for all little chipmunks to be snug underground until spring, but this odd behavior could be a case of not storing enough food for winter. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Perfect chipmunk posture. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Doe friends. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)When deer fly. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Ever watchful doe in Eustis. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Does grazing in Eustis. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Little Grey’s holiday portrait. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Little Grey takes off. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Mourning dove balancing act. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)What the heck? (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)The Bigelow Mountain Range rises up behind frozen Flagstaff Lake, the largest manmade lake in Maine. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Snow topped Tumbledown, The Jackson’s and Blueberry Mountain rises up behind Webb Lake (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Saddleback Mountain quietly waits for skiers. Next year, hopefully. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Rangeley Lake (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Rangeley Lake in frozen splendor. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Sunset, Rangeley Lake (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)The sun sets rapidly behind Rangeley Lake. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Step up to winter. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Flying Pond’s islands. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Let the sun shine in. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Sunrise on Porter Lake this morning. (Steve Muise)Sunset over Rangeley Lake, Rangeley, Maine. (Steve Muise)A Northern Shrike, photographed during the annual Christmas Bird Count. Shrikes are predatory songbirds that are winter visitors from the Tundra. They prey on small birds and mammals. (Steve Muise)The Moon and Venus at sunset, from high on Maple Avenue on Dec. 28. (Steve Muise)A pair of Bald Eagles in competition for some food, New Sharon, Maine. (Steve Muise)Bald Eagle flyover 1, Crowell Pond. (Steve Muise)Bald Eagle flyover 2, Crowell Pond. (Steve Muise)Bald Eagle flyover 3, Crowell Pond. (Steve Muise)Another perched Bald Eagle, Crowell Pond. (Steve Muise)A stack of 2 juvenile Bald Eagles. (Steve Muise)last_img read more


Steve Kimock, Jerry Joseph To Perform At Dixie Mattress Festival

first_imgThe annual Dixie Mattress Festival has confirmed their plans for 2016, boasting a fun lineup filled with great jam acts. Situated in Sandy, OR, Dixie Mattress is presented by the Cosmo Sex School, raising awareness for local food sustainability initiatives.The festival will see five sets from Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons, including two that feature guitar virtuoso Steve Kimock. Joseph and Kimock will also perform as a duo, and artists like Patterson Hood, Richmond Fontaine, and Cris Jacobs are all included on the lineup. Many more will be announced soon!For tickets and more information about this exciting camping festival, head to their official website!last_img read more