Over the summer, crews worked on maintenance and renovation projects to update the residence halls at Saint Mary’s.Benjamin Bowman, facilities director at the College, said maintenance and building services workers were busy over the summer with several different projects.“In Le Mans, we put carpeting in all the corridors from the second through fifth floors,” Bowman said.Another change to Le Mans Hall occurred on the second floor. In one section on this floor, Bowman said wooden parts of walls were restored with the rest painted white. Additionally, the ceilings were painted a darker color with the intention of making the pipes appear less visible.“What we need to do yet there is lower the lighting so it’s not highlighting the piping and put wall sconces outside each door,” Bowman said.He said there are plans to complete this project in the near future.While working on this section, Bowman said the renovation crew was surprised to find terrazzo, a material made of cement and chips of marble and similar minerals, underneath the carpet.Not wanting to cover this again, Bowman said he and College President Jan Cervelli agreed to remove the carpet glue one area of the floor and leave the terrazzo exposed rather than cover it with carpet again.“We decided to restore a section of it, and we used our own building services staff do to that,” he said.All of the residence halls saw some form of update since touch-up painting was done in each of them, he said.Holy Cross Hall received additional renovation in its basement in the form of flooring.“We took the vinyl tile up,” Bowman said. “It was loose and coming up, chipping off, so we put a luxury vinyl tile down. It looks like wood.”Bowman said a significant part of the maintenance done over the summer occurred as a result of a full inspection of every dorm room on campus. This led to the discovery of numerous necessary repair projects.“We had 10 maintenance guys that took care of 1,100 items over the summer,” he said.Items that needed repairs included light fixtures, door hardware and pieces of furniture, and Bowman said some window screens and mattresses were also replaced. After these findings, there are plans to continue the process of inspection next year.Maintenance issues in the residence halls can concern students, as reports of brown water circulated around campus last week, but Bowman said occurrences like this are common due to the old pipes on campus.“What happens is if a fire hydrant’s open or we get a big rush of water going to one location, it breaks loose iron buildup inside the pipes,” Bowman said.In situations like this, he said maintenance crews will “flush the buildings” by running water in sinks and showers to make sure the strainers in faucets are functioning properly.Another issue about which students have shown concern is a study showing that the shower curtains found on campus last year were made of PVC, a material known to transmit toxic chemicals. A report of these findings was made public last semester.According to Bowman, all the PVC shower curtains were replaced over the summer.Sophomore Brynne Volpe said she is relieved to know there are no longer carcinogens in the campus shower curtains.“It’s definitely a step in the right direction,” she said. “But there’s still that lingering question — why were they there in the first place?”Tags: dorm renovations
WNY News Now Stock Image.JAMESTOWN – A City of Jamestown man was arrested Friday following an alleged domestic dispute with his girlfriend.Jamestown Police say officers responded to a Hallock Street house around 11:20 p.m.Officers allege Demetrie Williams, 20, pushed his girlfriend to the ground causing her to hit her chin on a bedframe.Williams was not at the scene when officers arrived, however, police say he was located a short time later and taken into custody. By visiting his girlfriend, police say William violated an order of protection.Williams is charged with first-degree criminal contempt and was held at Jamestown City Jail pending arraignment. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享ReNews.biz:Saudi Arabia will become a regional heavyweight in the Middle East’s wind power market adding over 6GW in the next 10 years, according to new research by Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables.The report – ‘Middle East Wind Power Market Outlook, 2019-2028’ – said developers will build 6.2GW of wind capacity in the country or 46% of the region’s total wind capacity additions between 2019 and 2028.Saudi Arabia has set a 16GW target for wind by 2030 and 40GW for solar, Wood Mackenzie added.The report noted that regional volatility is expected to remain, with strong positive growth, driven by Jordan and Iran in 2018 expected to reverse in 2019. Post-2020 Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables sees regional demand returning to steady growth.Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables added that the outlook for solar in the region is “much more positive” than wind.“Compared to only 6GW of wind power capacity, developers will add 53GW of PV capacity through 2024,” said [Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables senior analyst Sohaib] Malik. He added: “Solar PV has become a natural choice for many countries in the region, which is endowed with world class solar energy resources.More: Saudis set to ‘boost wind by over 6GW’ Wind power projects gaining traction in sunny Middle East
By Cezary Podkul and Marcelo Rochabrun, ProPublicaAs gleaming new housing towers spring up around New York City, thousands of new rent-stabilized apartments are coming onto the market. And in return for following rent limits, developers get a share of $1 billion in property tax breaks handed out by the city.Is your rent legal? It might not be. Your landlord might be charging you too much, and we want your help figuring that out.Let’s Talk About NYC RentsHave a question about your NYC rent? Do you think it’s too high? Is it legal? It might not be. Send us a question using #NYCRentChat. Our reporters will answer your questions live on Twitter, Tuesday, November 10, at 1 p.m.But while developers bank the tax savings, an examination by ProPublica found that some renters are getting overcharged as government officials fail to enforce rent limits and tenants fail to grasp whether they apply to newer apartments.Julie Renwick recently learned she’s among the tenants who should be paying significantly less rent.In February 2012, Renwick viewed a one-bedroom apartment at The Driggs, a sparkling new luxury building in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood with a doorman, gym, rooftop deck and more. The owners of the building, The Rabsky Group, benefitted from a 93 percent reduction in property taxes this year, owing only $47,000 of what would otherwise be a $678,000 tax bill.When Renwick visited the apartment, she was quoted a rent of $2,875 a month. She figured she could afford it and applied to become the first tenant.That $2,875 should have been a crucial benchmark. Under the rent stabilization law that covers New York City, all subsequent increases must be calculated against that initial number. But when Renwick sat down to review the lease, she noticed something strange: The rent listed was $3,400 per month.“What is the actual rent?” she asked.Her broker said there was “nothing unusual” about the arrangement. He said the $3,400 was just a “legal” rent and meant the landlord could charge no more than that. The $2,875 — known as a “preferential” rent — would be the amount she paid.It looked like a good deal — but not for long. The next year, when the city capped annual rent increases at 4 percent, The Driggs boosted Renwick’s rent 9 percent. More recently, the landlord raised her rent 7 percent even as the city held increases in stabilized units like hers to 1 percent.Today, Renwick pays $3,350 per month, or nearly 17 percent more than when she moved in three years ago. That’s more than triple what the city allowed.Renwick had no idea that high-end apartments like hers were subject to New York’s rent-stabilization laws — a common misconception. So far, she has paid almost $6,000 more in rent than she legally should have, according to ProPublica’s estimate.“I’m a smart, educated person, and to feel swindled by these people — it’s embarrassing as well as maddening,” said Renwick.The Rabsky Group — which owns many other buildings in its home borough of Brooklyn — did not respond to calls, emails and a hand-delivered letter. Rachel Munoz-Shivers, a lawyer for the group, declined to answer questions about leases at The Driggs.There is little doubt that The Rabsky Group broke the law.“It is unfortunate that in the case of The Driggs, the landlord has been able to get away with registering illegal rents,” New York City Public Advocate Letitia James said in response to a request by ProPublica to examine the building’s initial rent schedule and other records. “It is clear that this unscrupulous landlord is violating rent-stabilization laws.”Just how many people have been overcharged like Renwick? No one can say for sure. That’s why ProPublica and WNYC are inviting New York City tenants to share their stories and help us find out what’s really happening under what has grown to become the city’s single-largest program to subsidize housing.Abuse of preferential rents is “a huge issue,” said Sheila Garcia, a tenant representative on the city’s Rent Guidelines Board, which sets annual rent limits. “I can imagine that this is happening across the board, no matter what income you have.”The tax-break program, known as 421-a, was set to expire in June, but lawmakers extended it for six months after a heated debate. Over the last decade, more than 2,600 apartment buildings with 39,000 rental units have received the exemption, according to city Department of Finance data.Much of the criticism of the 421-a program focused on provisions requiring developers to set aside 20 percent of new units for affordable housing in certain high-priced parts of the city. Critics, including Mayor Bill de Blasio, argued that this was far too little when compared to the size of the tax break.Little attention was paid to whether landlords have been meeting the law’s requirement to limit rent increases in buildings receiving 421-a tax benefits.The rent-stabilization rules are clear on how Renwick’s increases should have been calculated. Because she was the first tenant, The Rabsky Group was required to apply the city’s annual caps to the rent “charged and paid.”Once the original tenant moves out, however, the law allows landlords to raise the rent by as much as 20 percent — and to set that as the new “legal” rent for stabilization. If it’s too high to attract renters, they may charge a lower “preferential” rent. But at that point the city’s limits apply to the higher “legal” rent — not to a preferential rent, if one is offered.The upshot: The protection afforded tenants from rent limits quickly fades, while the property owners can collect both higher rents and the lucrative tax breaks. Over time, the gap between legal and preferential rents can grow wide, allowing for big rent increases.“This is really stabilized in name only,” Tom Waters, a housing policy analyst with the Community Service Society, said when ProPublica showed him a renewal lease with a $2,099 difference between the legal and preferential rents.The enforcement of the rent laws is a bureaucratic tangle of state and city agencies that seldom coordinate efforts.The state collects rent registrations from landlords, who are supposed to report both the legal and preferential rents for each apartment. Tenants and landlords can access their data, but the information is otherwise exempt from disclosure under New York’s Freedom of Information Law.ProPublica’s requests for registration data were denied. Questionable rents at The Driggs came to light only because reporters found the building’s initial rent roll in court papers.Tenants who’ve paid too much can get relief, although it may take a lawsuit.In a recent case in the Bronx, a landlord reduced rents because of faulty registrations almost 25 years ago involving preferential rents. The move came after tenants sued. Had the landlord not acted, state law potentially entitled tenants to triple the overcharges.As with The Driggs, the landlord was receiving annual 421-a property tax exemptions.“The benefit they’re getting is because of the tenants,” said Emmanuel Yusuf, a longtime resident who helped organize the lawsuit, “and if they are not fulfilling that promise they made to the government, that’s totally unacceptable.”These days, 421-a buildings aren’t hard to spot. Virtually every tall, shiny, glass-covered doorman building in Manhattan receives tax reductions under 421-a, and it has spawned big, luxury apartment complexes in Long Island City in Queens and downtown Brooklyn.In theory, landlords who fail to comply with rent stabilization rules can lose their tax benefits. But revocations are rare — they have happened only twice in the last three years, city officials said.The city’s Department of Finance gives landlords their property tax breaks but lacks the authority to take them away. That power rests with the city’s Housing Preservation and Development Department (HPD), which has no jurisdiction over rent stabilization.Primary oversight of rent stabilization rests with a state agency, the Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR). The agency handles tenant complaints and collects data on rents that landlords must report each year, but it doesn’t check them for accuracy.These rent histories, which list legal and preferential rents, come with a disclaimer: “DHCR does not attest to the truthfulness of the owner’s statements or the legality of the rents.” (Renters can get their apartment’s rent history. Click here to find out how).“No one is really enforcing what’s happening,” said state Sen. Jesse Hamilton, a Brooklyn Democrat who says his district is rapidly losing rent-stabilized apartments because landlords are flouting the law in a variety of ways.With no referee in the game, tenant groups are left to fill the gap.“So much of what we deal with is simply enforcement of existing housing law,” said Daniel Moraff, an organizer at the Metropolitan Council on Housing, a tenants’ rights group. “The lives of tenants would improve immensely if the state would only do its job.”The state’s DHCR did not respond to repeated emails, voicemails and phone calls about the agency’s enforcement of rent stabilization in buildings receiving 421-a tax breaks. A spokeswoman, Catie Marshall, would only say: “Talk to HPD. It’s their program.”Had regulators been curious, rents at The Driggs might have raised concern from the start.In housing court files, ProPublica found a schedule filed with DHCR listing initial rents for 112 apartments in The Driggs. Preferential rents were universal; the average discount from the stated legal rent was $686, a gap that created the potential for hundreds of thousands of dollars in rent overcharges building-wide.The seven-story complex sits on a quiet corner in a neighborhood known for its mix of hipsters and wealthy professionals. Some residents told reporters their rents topped $6,000 a month.Half a dozen initial tenants contacted by ProPublica were charged increases that exceeded the caps imposed by the Rent Guidelines Board, according to leases they provided or, in two cases, court records. Most asked not to be identified for fear of retaliation.Leases provided by a second-floor tenant showed that he paid an 11 percent increase on his first renewal. The tenant said it would cost him more to take a week off to find a new apartment than to pay the $225-a-month increase — five times what the law allowed.Earlier this year, though, he moved out rather than accept another increase that would have set his rent at 25 percent above the initial preferential rent.“I definitely wondered,” he said about the increases. “But I lived in New York now for just about 16 years and have seen all kinds of weird, shady kind of things, and so I didn’t really know exactly how it worked.”Another tenant — a real estate broker — moved out after a cumulative 14 percent rent hike over three years, more than double the applicable Rent Guidelines Board caps.The woman said building employees told her when she moved in that The Driggs was a market-rate building not subject to rent limits. So she was surprised when her renewal lease said the apartment was rent-stabilized. “This landlord was being totally sketchy and trying to skirt the stabilization that they were given, in my opinion,” she said.Renwick compared preferential rent to “a fake sale price. It’s like, ‘We’re going to mark it up and then give you a sale price that is wrong.’”Renwick sensed something wasn’t quite right when she moved in. The Driggs asked her for six months’ rent upfront, comprised of four months’ security deposit and first and last months’ rent, totaling $17,250, she said. Landlords can’t charge more than one month’s security deposit in rent-stabilized apartments, nor can they charge the last month’s rent in advance. But Renwick didn’t know and paid up.One day, an upstairs neighbor, Mark Burstiner, slipped a piece of paper underneath her door. Burstiner was in a dispute with the landlord over his lease and the fact that he had paid four months of rent upfront before moving in. He hoped to organize tenants around the issue of rent stabilization.The Driggs sued Burstiner for withholding rent in the dispute. In late April 2013, Burstiner met with a senior executive from Rabsky Group to talk things over. Burstiner attempted to lay out his complaints, including that he wasn’t given a rent-stabilized lease.“I’m standing up for my rights as a tenant in New York state,” Burstiner exclaimed in the session, which he recorded and posted later on YouTube.“You may have rights and you have everything,” the executive shot back, “but the one thing you should know is I have more time and deeper pockets.”When Burstiner said his steep security deposit broke the law, the executive said: “You know, a lot of people think they studied the law. They go online, they print it out. That’s bullshit. There’s a way to get through that. All you got to do is stay focused to the end — where I win and you lose.”A housing court judge initially sided with Burstiner. But the landlord persuaded a second judge to reverse that decision. Burstiner settled, agreeing to pay $32,650 in back rent.Burstiner has since moved out of the building and left New York. He hopes to move back someday but dreads that future landlords might consider the dispute a mark against him.“How can we be expected to protect our rights if exercising our rights gets us banned from living in New York?” he said.Tenants aren’t necessarily doomed to lose. Take the case of 1111 Gerard Avenue, an unassuming beige building just north of Yankee Stadium, with a sign out front that says, “Stop Illegal Rent Increase.”The building’s initial owners were granted a 25-year property tax break under the 421-a program around 1991. Just like The Driggs, the landlord registered higher “legal” rents than the amounts actually charged and paid by the first tenants.In interviews, several tenants shared rent histories listing initial legal rents of $703 per month versus the $407 in preferential rent they actually paid, a gap in today’s dollars of $517.Diana Caudle has lived in the building since it opened. A single mother of three, she earns $1,600 a month at a day care center. Her last pay raise was three years ago, so Caudle was glad when the Rent Guidelines Board ordered a rent freeze for leases after Oct. 1. It was the first time in the board’s 46-year history that it ordered an increase of zero percent.But not long after that decision last summer, Caudle said her landlord proposed raising her “preferential” rent by 10 percent, to $1,087 a month. She panicked. “My fear is becoming homeless,” Caudle said. “This is my fear every day.”Then, in late September, Caudle got a surprising letter from her landlord: Her rent had been “recalculated based on the initial rent charged for your apartment back in 1991–92.”Her new legal rent is $827 per month — $161 less than the preferential rent Caudle had been paying since November 2014.Lawyers for the Legal Aid Society and Legal Services NYC had filed a lawsuit on the tenants’ behalf in August, prompting the landlord’s action. Edmund Witter, a lawyer for the tenants, said the case is in settlement talks and the landlord has begun refunding overcharges.A lawyer for the landlord, Shree Ganesh Bronx LLC, owned by a Long Island doctor, declined to comment. The property’s 421-a tax break was worth $58,350 this year.Caudle said she had no idea what a 421-a property tax break was. But if it means not being priced out of her apartment, she approves.“Nobody should have to worry about something like that,” she said.ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for their newsletter. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York
8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr If credit unions are to position themselves as disruptors in the data analytics space, it will take a collaborative effort, two experts advised at Monday’s 2016 Credit Union National Association Data Analytics Roundtable in Salt Lake City.“We’ve concluded that there’s going to have to be an industry-wide solution for credit unions,” said Steve Hodgson, principal of RedPort, a data analytics firm that works with credit unions. “There’s just not the scale and the data,” he said during the panel “Building the Analytics Base: Cultures, Concepts and Tools.”Hodgson said only the very biggest credit unions have the budget and the data to achieve their objectives with data analytics. Most credit union must make at least a $1 million investment in analytics with multiple levels of personnel.“So many different skill sets are needed,” Hodgson added. continue reading »
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Pat Worboys in her amazing wardrobe which she extended. Picture: Jerad WilliamsOn the Sovereign Islands, luxury mansion Villa Blue Waters is fitted out with a television in the dressing room and champagne to keep you refreshed. Just down the road, a sprawling mansion at King Arthurs Court comes with a 9sq m wardrobe — for shoes only.Designer Michelle Marsden said wardrobes were becoming just as important as kitchens for some homeowners and costing just as much. 111 Commodore Drive, Paradise Waters.Mrs Worboys said the couple expanded the wardrobe considerably when they bought the house.“The bedrooms were originally quite expansive so we were able to create a bigger wardrobe without taking away too much space from the bedroom,” she said.“We’ve decorated it and made it a tranquil space with natural light and plants.” 57 Woodroffe Ave, Main Beach.Ms Marsden said she has been styling property in Australia for 25 years and in the past 12 months has been inundated with wardrobe requests. Some of the crazy requests include coffee stations, bar fridges, special sunglass storage, security safes and even bulletproof walls. “Televisions and make up areas are becoming a norm in the wardrobes I’m seeing, homeowners are really thinking outside the box,” she said.“Coffee stations are also a big trend simply due to the fact that the house is so big it is easier to make a coffee in the wardrobe than go to the kitchen.”Ms Marsden said the luxury trend followed the Hamptons style which was popping up in most Gold Coast homes. 7360 Marine Drive East Hope Island, QLD, 4212. Picture: CoreLogicJAW-DROPPING WARDROBES ON THE MARKET 57 Woodroffe Ave, Main Beach111 Commodore Drive, Paradise Waters21 King Arthurs Court, Sovereign Islands7360 Marine Drive East, Sanctuary Cove 43 Meadowlake Drive, Carrara31801/2 Ephraim Island, Paradise Point 21 King Arthurs Court, Sovereign Islands.“My husband and I still find that we have a lot of excess space that we can’t fill.”In Mrs Worboys’ closet, French doors open to reveal a lavish room with a study nook and makeup area. “One whole side of the room is devoted to shoes,” Mrs Worboys said. Pat Worboys in her amazing wardrobe. Picture: Jerad WilliamsTHESE wardrobes rival the closet of Sex in the City star Carrie Bradshaw. High ceilings, chandeliers and bulletproof walls are just some of the wardrobe must-haves in Gold Coast prestige property.The trend is leaving some cashed-up homeowners with wardrobes as big as the average lounge room and costing them up to $50,000. 31801/2 Ephraim Island, Paradise Point.“We wanted to create a practical room that we could spend time in and not just have as another utility. “My friends and I can hang out in the wardrobe and my husband loves working in there. These spaces are not like they used to be, they have a lot of potential if you have a great usable design.” 18 Boolama Place, Mudgeeraba.“When I was working in the US big wardrobes were in most houses and the Gold Coast has adapted it just like the Hamptons trend,” she said. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North3 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa23 hours agoMen are no exception either according to Ms Marsden, who said even they have wardrobes as big as their partners. Mother-of-three Pat Worboys recently renovated her Surfers Paradise mansion and said her walk-in wardrobe was more than just a place to store clothes.“More space means we are able to purchase more shoes and clothes, we don’t have to compromise and throw away things that we love,” she said.
Athens-based dry bulk specialist Diana Shipping has taken delivery of M/V Phaidra, a 2013-built Post-Panamax vessel previously known as Soya May, from the US-based Foremost Maritime Corp. In April 2017, Diana entered into an agreement to buy the 87,146 dwt ship for USD 20.1 million in an en block transaction which included one more Foremost’s Post-Panamax bulker, according to data provided by VesselsValue. Also in April, the company purchased a Kamsarmax bulker from Thenamaris.Subsequently, Diana’s board of directors approved the acquisition of the three vessels.Furthermore, the company informed it has entered into a time charter contract with Singapore’s Koch Shipping for one of its Capesize dry bulk vessels, M/V Semirio. The 174,261 dwt Semirio was built in 2007.The gross charter rate is USD 14,150 per day for a period of minimum twelve to maximum sixteen months. The charter is expected to commence on May 20, 2017.Additionally, the company has agreed to extend the present time charter contract with Narina Maritime for one of its Panamax dry bulk vessels, the 2006-built M/V Coronis, for a period of minimum eleven to maximum fourteen months.The gross charter rate for the 74,381 dwt ship is USD 9,000 per day and the new charter period is expected to commence on May 17, 2017.As disclosed, the employment of Semirio as well as the employment extension of Coronis are anticipated to generate approximately USD 8.06 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charters.Including the newly delivered Phaidra, Diana’s fleet currently comprises 49 dry bulk vessels. The company also expects to take delivery of one Post-Panamax dry bulk vessel by the end of May 2017 as well as one Kamsarmax ship by the end of May 2017.As of May 15, the combined carrying capacity of the company’s fleet, excluding the two vessels not yet delivered, is around 5.75 million dwt with a weighted average age of 7.9 years.
NZ Herald 30 May 2015It is not often I wish I was a pensioner in Wellington but I did this week. Given spare time and proximity to the city’s High Court, I would have been in the public gallery every day of the hearing of Lecretia Seales’ request for euthanasia.I’d have been very quiet, assuming most of those around me were friends and supporters of the 42-year-old woman with an inoperable brain tumour. When her battery of lawyers argued that her wish ought to be a matter between Lecretia and her doctor and that it was nobody else’s business, I’d have been asking myself, why do I care? Why am I here?All I know is that I do not want her to take her own life, with or without assistance, and nor does the law but I don’t know why. I’d have come back the next day hoping to hear the Solicitor General, Mike Heron QC, provide a profound answer.Reports from the court quote him saying the sanctity of life was a fundamental principle of the common law. “The principle recognises that human life is a basic, intrinsic good.” The law was designed also to protect the vulnerable.“The right not to be killed is enjoyed regardless of inability or disability.”The spectre of the very old and infirm being pressured to request death is not a satisfying answer to the campaign for euthanasia. Doctors pull the plug on comatose patients every day with the consent of families. Voluntary euthanasia is a much more chilling, premeditated prospect.Lawyers for Lecretia Seales contended that she and her doctor already have the right to make the decision under the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act which provides for the right to life and the right not to be subjected to cruelty.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11456922
The Batesville Lady Bulldogs got into the win column for the first time this season with a 7-5 victory over The Lawrenceburg Lady Tigers.Batesville vs. Lawrenceburg Softball (4-22)Batesville is 1-8 overall and 1-5 in EIAC play and will travel to Greenfield Central for a Friday Night Doubleheader. Game One 1st Pitch will be around 5:30.Submitted by Batesville Coach Jody Thomas.