De Blasio wades into Gowanus rezoning, seeks dismissal of lawsuit

first_img Share via Shortlink Message* Tags Email Address* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinkcenter_img Full Name* City attorneys say an executive order signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio should spell the end of a lawsuit holding up the Gowanus rezoning (Getty/Illustration by Kevin Rebong for The Real Deal)The de Blasio administration is urging the court to dismiss a lawsuit holding up the rezoning of Gowanus, saying a recent executive order negates claims that hearings must be held in person.In a legal filing Wednesday, the city pointed to a March 13 executive order signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio suspending rules that community board hearings for the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure must be at a “place of convenient public assembly.”Community groups fighting the rezoning have demanded the city postpone the rezoning approval process until in-the-flesh hearings return.An attorney for the city, Rachel Ramirez-Guest, argued that the groups’ claims didn’t hold water even before the executive order, but that the mayor’s action eliminates any ambiguity on the matter.“We’re urging the court to dismiss this case because there is no legal basis to support these claims,” Nick Paolucci, a spokesperson for the city’s Law Department, said in a statement.He noted that virtual meetings have increased public participation. “This litigation is preventing community voices from being heard and is delaying the creation of jobs, housing, open spaces, and a number of other community amenities.” (A final benefits agreement between the administration and the local City Council members, Brad Lander and Steve Levin, has not been reached.)Jason Zakai, an attorney for plaintiff Voice of Gowanus, issued a statement calling the executive order “an obvious and desperate attempt to bypass the judicial process.”A state judge in January temporarily halted the application to rezone 80 blocks of Gowanus in response to the suit, which argues hearings on the proposal can’t be held remotely under city rules. The complaint also accused City Planning of violating new regulations around notifying the public of its intention to move forward with a rezoning application.Brooklyn Supreme Court Judge Katherine Levine has indicated that she thinks the city provided ample notice. And while she has supported the idea of finding ways to increase public access to the process, she has repeatedly said that remote hearings are an unavoidable part of the pandemic.The city is now calling on the coalition to show why the judge shouldn’t dismiss its lawsuit. At a minimum, the city wants the judge to allow the rezoning application to be certified and move forward through the Ulurp process.Supporters of the rezoning are worried that the lawsuit will delay the seven-month process enough so that it cannot be completed before de Blasio, Lander and Levin leave office at the end of the year, which would throw the outcome into doubt.Contact Kathryn Brenzel DevelopmentGowanusPoliticsRezoningulurplast_img read more

News story: Update for Carillion workers: claiming redundancy payments

first_img in total, to date 6,668 jobs have been saved and 989 jobs have been made redundant through the liquidation further information about rights in redundancy is available on continued support by Carillion’s public and private sector customers is enabling as many employees as possible to be retained in the interim until all contracts have been worked through All employees of the group will be eligible to make a claim for redundancy, including those transferring to new suppliers.We have established a specialist team spanning both the Redundancy Payments Service in the Insolvency Service and the company’s HR department to process these payments as quickly as possible. You should expect receive the information you need to submit your claim within seven days of being made redundant or transferring to a new employer.As a result of the systems we have established to prioritise these payments we are aiming to pay your claim quicker than our agreed 14 day target.Additional information To be notified of future updates from the Official Receiver please register to receive an email alert.last_img read more

PREMIUMCOVID-19: Indonesia expands travel restrictions

first_imgGoogle Forgot Password ? Linkedin Facebook LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Topics : Log in with your social account The government announced on Thursday new travel restrictions for people with a history of travel from coronavirus-hit regions of Iran, South Korea and Italy in the wake of a significant surge of COVID-19 cases globally.The temporary ban, which will come into effect on Sunday, would prevent people who had visited certain regions in the three countries in the last 14 days from visiting or transiting in Indonesia, Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said.“After reviewing a report from the World Health Organization, there has been an increase of cases outside China, especially in three countries: Iran, Italy and South Korea,” Retno told journalists in her office on Thursday.“Therefore, Indonesia is to temporarily impose a new policy for travelers from those countries,” she added.The policy will affect people who have a recent history of travel to Tehran,… travel travel-restriction travel-advice Iran South-Korea Italy coronavirus COVID-19 Wuhan-coronavirus-in-Indonesialast_img read more

Madison Bumgarner rumors: Cardinals in the hunt for October’s mighty lefty

first_imgA rumor floated by reporter Mark Feinsand on Thursday afternoon perked up ears throughout the 314 and 636 area codes. Could St. Louis possibly be the new home base for one of the best free-agent arms available? That’s what Feinsand caught on the fly.  Here’s the exact wording, from Feinsand:”And while several clubs have been linked to Bumgarner, including the Twins, Reds, White Sox and Braves, a source told that a new potential bidder could be entering the fray: the St. Louis Cardinals.”Yep, that’s interesting.SN FA PREDICTIONS: Placing players with teams Bumgarner is 30 years old, with a track record that’s beyond reproach, especially in the postseason. For the franchise that ranks No. 2 on the list of most World Series titles in baseball history — the Cardinals won their 11th title in 2011 — that’s an appealing quality. St. Louis advanced to the NLCS last year, a welcome return to October success after three consecutive October-less seasons of baseball. They failed to win a single game in that round, though their failings were hardly the fault of the hurlers. The St. Louis pitchers did a fine job in the first two games — the Cardinals trailed 1-0 entering the seventh inning of both contests — before stumbling in the final two games.The offense was anemic. In the first 30 innings of the series, the Nationals outscored the Cardinals 20-2. St. Louis hitters, collectively, produced a .374 OPS in the series. For context, the worst OPS for any player in the majors with at least 200 plate appearances in 2019 was .433, by Jeff Mathis. So, yeah, the Cardinals’ hitters were significantly worse, as a group, than the worst hitter in baseball when it mattered most.Truth is, Bumgarner himself might have had more of a chance against the Nationals’ pitchers than the Cardinals’ hitters did. But the point today isn’t to harp on failings of the past. It’s to point out that, in any reasonable evaluation of the Cardinals’ offseason needs, offense seems to top that list. Marcell Ozuna, who hit 29 home runs and carried the offense in the NLDS, will depart as a free agent. Matt Carpenter is entering his Age 34 season and coming off the worst full season of his career. Dexter Fowler is entering his Age 34 season and coming off a 98 OPS+ season. Yadier Molina is still plugging away but entering his Age 37 season.RIVERA: Is Zack Wheeler the second coming of A.J. Burnett? So to see the Cardinals rumored to be involved in the bidding for one of the elite starters on the market — after Zack Wheeler got $118 million from the Phillies, MadBum seems likely to top $100 million, too — might have been a bit of a surprise to some Cardinals fans. After all, the rotation isn’t too bad. Jack Flaherty developed into an ace in 2019. Dakota Hudson was very good (3.35 ERA) in his first full year in the rotation. Miles Mikolas, though not as good in 2019 as he was in 2018, still was a reliable piece of a contending rotation. And veteran Adam Wainwright showed he still has enough stuff to combine with his competitiveness to get MLB hitters out. It’s here where we’ll point out two things:First, the Cardinals are not going to win -— or, really, participate in — a true bidding war.  They are, they have been, but this truth remains: They’re looking for big value not a big splash, and we’ve seen pitching deals already that could sweep the #Cardinals quickly out of the bidding for Bumgarner. They have their eyes peeled for a starter, but at their price.— Derrick S. Goold (@dgoold) December 5, 2019Second, the Cardinals have the financial flexibility to sign Bumgarner (again, at their price, if St. Louis is where Bumgarner wants to be) and still upgrade the offense through the free-agent and/or trade markets. And the markets don’t always play out as front offices would prefer, so even though another starter might not be the front office’s top priority, that doesn’t mean it can afford to wait if Bumgarner really is a target and the left-hander wants to choose a new home soon.Now that Wheeler is off the market, dominoes could fall quickly. Feinsand says in his story that one executive told him Bumgarner could sign before the Winter Meetings begin next week. It still seems unlikely that the Cardinals will wind up with Bumgarner, but it was considered unlikely that the Nationals would run all the way to the World Series title as a wild-card team last fall, too. So like last October, we’ll see what happens.last_img read more

Ind vs Eng: Morgan reveals story behind Bell run-out drama

first_imgEngland batsman Eoin Morgan, who was at the non-striker’s end when the Ian Bell run-out controversy happened during the second Test against India, claims that the confusion was caused by umpire Asad Rauf’s ambiguous gestures.Bell was run out when he walked off the crease presuming that the ball had gone for four at the stroke of tea only to realise later that it was in play when he headed for the dressing room. But he was reinstated after India decided to take back the appeal on being requested by England coach Andy Flower and captain Andrew Strauss.Morgan was at the non-striker’s end at that time and revealed that Rauf didn’t quite give a clear answer as to whether the ball was still in play when he asked him.”I said ‘Is it four?’ And Asad (Rauf, the umpire) nodded his head. No, he didn’t nod his head. He sort of gestured. So I just turned round and walked off presuming the ball was dead,” Morgan told The Daily Telegraph.”It was a weird one really because Asad at the end of the over doesn’t actually call ‘over’; he never does. He just gestures to the bowler,” he claimed.Bell and Morgan were then stopped reserve umpire Tim Robinson on the boundary line.”Tim just told us to hold on because they were checking to see if it had gone for four and what action they were going to take because the bails had been taken off,” he recalled.advertisementMorgan insisted that neither he nor Bell had a clue about what was happening in the middle.”I wasn’t really worried until I walked off and Belly told me they’d taken the bails off,” he said. .”In the dressing room we didn’t really know what was going on. We were just waiting around to see what happened.The bell went and we still hadn’t heard anything,” Morgan said.”Billy Bowden (the television umpire) came up to our dressing room three times during the interval to say they hadn’t retracted their appeal,” he elaborated.”Literally two minutes before Matt (Prior) and I were about to go out, the message came through that Belly was still in.”Morgan said he could not really understand the fuss that followed.”It was ridiculous really. If the roles were reversed, we would have felt a responsibility to the spirit of cricket and to the way the game should be played,” he asserted.Talking about the ongoing four-match Test series which England lead 2-0, Morgan said the hosts were aiming for the number one spot.”We want to strive to be No.1. For all the talk outside, inside the changing room it is a matter of keeping things simple and breaking down every part of our game. We know that if we execute our plans we can get to be No 1,” he said.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

The Huskies Are Better Than The Wildcats Ever Hoped To Be

Don’t let the UConn women’s one-loss record fool you: The Huskies are the most dominant college basketball team on Earth. Aside from that two-point November loss to Stanford, the Huskies have won every game they’ve played by double digits — since March 12, 2013. In that period, they’re 83-1 with an average margin of victory of 38 points.On Tuesday night, those Huskies take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, with the NCAA women’s basketball national championship up for grabs. The UConn team features three freshmen and eight players returning from last year’s championship squad, five of whom are looking for the three-peat. And let’s just say, they have a pretty good chance.Their biggest star and leading scorer is forward Breanna Stewart, a 6-foot-4-inch junior who, in addition to having already won the NCAA player of the year award as a sophomore, averages 1.9 steals and 2.6 blocks per 36 minutes.1All stats as of the start of the Final Four. Senior Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis — the only player other than Stewart to start for both title teams — has a whopping 68.4 effective field goal percentage2A field goal measure that takes into account the extra points awarded for 3-pointers. (good for second-highest of 1,827 qualifying players). This may be due to her nation-leading 50 percent shooting from 3-point range — on 6.6 attempts per game.3Her teammate Moriah Jefferson shot a slightly higher 50.5 percent but did not have enough attempts to qualify for NCAA 3-point leaderboard. Even the Huskies’ “role-players” get it right — like Kiah Stokes, a senior non-starter who averages only 4.5 points in 18.6 minutes per game but makes those minutes count by averaging 7.5 blocks and 13.3 rebounds per 36.In other words, when the Huskies have the ball, they’re pretty good at putting it into that net hanging from the rim. And when they don’t have the ball, they’re pretty good at stopping their opponents from doing the same. No, really:That cloud in the middle is the other 348 NCAA women’s basketball teams. Teams want to be on the lower-right of the plot, and if you look deep in the lower-right area, you may be able to find Connecticut (highlighted in red so that you don’t mistake it for a flea on your monitor). Yes, that means UConn has — by far — the best offense in the country (even though many of its competitors play in weaker conferences), as well as — by far — the best defense in the country.On average, every trip up and down the floor nets the Huskies more than half a point (0.58 points on average). That’s an insane reciprocal advantage. The next-best are Princeton (who went undefeated in the Ivy League), South Carolina and Notre Dame at +0.33, +0.32 and +0.29 points per possessions exchanged, respectively.In sports, it’s common for the best to be relatively much better than the second-best and for the gap between the first and second-best to be bigger than the gap between the second-best and the third-best, and so on. In other words, it’s pretty normal for the best team in a league or sport to be really, really good. But this UConn team is better.We can line up each team’s reciprocal advantage from worst to best like so:4Small gaps and darker points are the result of ties. This kind of sideways/backwards S-shape distribution is common in sports, and you can see how the vertical distances between points get larger on the ends. This is one reason that great players and teams seem so amazing.But this UConn team takes it to a new level. The distance between it and the next-highest team is 0.25 points, and the distance between it and Notre Dame is the same as the distance between Notre Dame and the average team. You might even say — without being hyperbolic — that UConn has been twice as good as its championship rival.A few more fun facts before we look at the bigger picture:Unsurprisingly, UConn scored the most points per game overall this season (90). Normally, teams that score that much play a fast up-and-down game, so regardless of how good their defenses are, the extra possessions mean their opponents are going to score more points. But UConn isn’t normal, and still managed to allow the fewest points per game (48) of anybody.UConn’s offense led the nation in both 2-point (60.6 percent) and 3-point (40.9 percent) shooting.The Huskies are way down the charts in rebounds per game, but this is pretty much because they don’t miss enough shots to get enough chances. When there was a rebound to get, they nabbed it 58.2 percent of the time — good for the fourth-highest rebounding rate of all 349 teams.They led the NCAA with 8.0 blocks per game.Oh, and the Huskies managed to win by scores in the form of 80-something to 20-something (their 87-24 romp over Memphis, for example) four times.Of course, college basketball seasons are only 40ish games (including tournaments) long, which is less than half of an NBA season. So perhaps this year’s Connecticut team is just having the run of its life.This is at least partially true. The 2014-15 Huskies are an anomaly among anomalies — this year’s squad has been more efficient both offensively and defensively than either of their championship-winning predecessors (including last year’s unbeaten team). But, taken together, this three-year run is even more amazing. If you thought Connecticut’s 2015 offense/defense chart was crazy, here’s something crazier:Each V-shaped line in that tangle shows a team’s three-year performance on offense and defense. The side with a dot is how the team did in 2014-15, the “kink” in the middle is how it did in 2013-14, and the open end is how it did in 2012-13. At the center of the chart, note the chaotic 348-team jumble — if you can’t find, say, McNeese State, that’s the point. Most teams vary a lot from year to year. And when a team strays very far from the league’s center of gravity, it is likely to come crashing back.Except UConn. Once again, while it may look like someone accidentally took a red Sharpie to your monitor, that little red brush stroke is actually the Huskies. And not only are they nowhere near the pack, they appear to be running away from it.Indeed, each of UConn’s points scored per possession in the past three seasons is higher than any other team’s, which means that the other teams had a combined 1,044 chances to match UConn’s worst offensive season, and none could. Similarly, no other team has ceded fewer points per possession over a season than UConn’s 0.68 in 2012-13 — its worst season of the past three by this metric (though kudos to Hampton for matching it).Connecticut’s three-year performance is impressive not only for being extreme, but also for being extremely consistent. Sure, this year’s squad had even better efficiency stats than the previous two, but way out in space like that, such distinctions mean little. Some of their statistical improvement in the past two years may stem from their 2013 move from the Big East conference into the weaker American Athletic Conference. For example, my homebrew-version of SRS (Simple Rating System) — a stat that adjusts team strength to account for strength of schedule — slightly prefers the 2012-13 squad.5FYI, UConn has a history of cleaning up in this stat, posting eight of the top 12 seasons of the past 15 years. But because UConn is so good and its games are often decided by halftime or earlier, exactly how much it’s going to dominate is practically a coaches’ decision. (My colleague Carl Bialik found that its average lead at the half this year was 25 points.)So instead of looking at fancy small-scale possession-based stats and the like, let’s step back and look at the big picture. Here are the basic cumulative tallies of UConn’s points scored and points allowed after each game for the past three years:The dots represent where the Huskies stood after winning each championship. If you look incredibly carefully, it looks like the yellow “defense” line trends downward a tiny bit this year, but for the most part, it’s pretty remarkable how flat each is and how constant the ratio between the two lines is. Note that those lines don’t represent trends or a local regression or anything fancy — only consistency.And this is nothing new during coach Geno Auriemma’s reign. Whether it’s his schemes, his managerial style, his training or just his uncanny ability to recruit (or poach) all the best female basketballers to the Nutmeg State, Auriemma is on the threshold of yet another amazing accomplishment.It’s hard to believe that the great Geno toiled with this program for 10 years before it even sniffed a chance at a championship in 1995. But since then, wow. Connecticut has reached nine NCAA tournament finals and has won each time. This year gives Auriemma the chance to match John Wooden’s 10 national championships.6Note Wooden didn’t have to deal with a 64-team tournament, but that cuts both ways: The larger field means a team has to win more games, but it also makes it a bit more likely to face weaker opposition from “Cinderellas” that make it into later rounds. And to get there, all the Huskies need to do is beat archrival Notre Dame.In this season’s only meeting between the two, the Huskies beat the Fighting Irish in South Bend by (a mere) 18 points. But while Connecticut has lost only five games in the past three seasons, three were against Notre Dame — all in early 2013. Unfortunately for Notre Dame, the fourth time was the charm that year, as the Huskies beat the Fighting Irish in the Final Four en route to the title. They’ll have to take down a juggernaut to return the favor. read more

Dr Myles Ruth Munroe and Pastor Richard Pinder Farewell Services Revealed

first_img Recommended for you TENS OF THOUSANDS TO SAY FAREWELL TO THE MUNROES; CREFLO DOLLAR INCLUDED Bahamas delegation lands this morning for four day Gospel conference in Provo Related Items:bfmi, Dr. Myles Munroe, farewell service, Pastor Dave Burrows, richard pinder. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe Bahamas, 17 Nov 2014 – The farewell services of Dr Myles & Ruth Munroe and Pastor Richard Pinder are revealed as set for early December. A National Thanksgiving Service is December 3rd at a venue to be announced… an invitation only service for Dr Myles and his wife, RuthAnn is at BFMI for December 4th and Dr. Richard Pinder, who also died in that plane crash in Freeport eight days ago will be buried on December 2nd, 2014, also at BFM. The service will be streamed live… churches around the world are being encouraged to hold ceremonies at their sanctuaries simultaneously. Pastor Dave Burrows, a founding member of BFM has taken the lead at the ministry; he is named new Senior Pastor. The funeral service of the Parks family is set for this weekend. Deputy Premier attends state recognized funeral service for Dr. Myles Munroe Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Indias US govt securities holdings touch new high at 117 billion

first_imgContinuing to increase its exposure to US government bonds, India’s holding of such securities touched a new high of $117 billion in June, amid mixed global economic trends. India has purchased nearly $45 billion worth such securities in the first six months of this year.In June, China continued to have the maximum exposure with holdings worth over $1.27 trillion, followed by Japan ($1.19 trillion). Since start of this year, India has been steadily hiking its exposure, which stood at $91.2 billion in January. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashAt the end of 2014, the holdings were worth $72.4 billion. Latest data from the US Treasury Department showed that India’s holdings rose to $117 billion in June from $114 billion recorded in May.Among the BRIC grouping, only Brazil trimmed its holdings in June to $256.3 billion while Russia’s rose to $72 billion. China too marginally increased its exposure during the same period.The United States, also the world’s largest economy, saw its GDP grow 2.3 per cent in the three months ended June. Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian tourists”Real gross domestic product — the value of the production of goods and services in the US, adjusted for price changes — increased at an annual rate of 2.3 per cent in the second quarter of 2015,” according to advance estimate released by the US Bureau of Economic Analysis last month.Meanwhile, global economy is witnessing uncertain times and there are rising concerns about Chinese economic health while Europe is seeing a fragile recovery.last_img read more