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Investigation into editor’s disappearance must not be repeat of Gongadze case

first_imgNews Follow the news on Ukraine March 26, 2021 Find out more UkraineEurope – Central Asia Ukraine escalates “information war” by banning three pro-Kremlin media to go further Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Crimean journalist “confesses” to spying for Ukraine on Russian TV Reporters Without Borders reiterates its concern about the disappearance of Vasyl Klymentyev. the editor of a regional investigative weekly based in the northeastern city of Kharkiv. The subsequent disappearance of a police officer who was a potential witness and the harassment of his wife and lawyer have reinforced suspicions that he was murdered because he had damaging information about certain prominent figures in the Kharkiv region.Ukraine attorney general Alexandre Medvedko yesterday said the case was being treated as murder and that for the time being it was being handled by the interior ministry. But he added: “We will take over the case if it is confirmed that it was a murder and if a link with the police is established.”“In view of the latest developments, we fear that no link between Klymentyev’s disappearance and the police will be established as long as the interior ministry is in charge of the case,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We therefore strongly urge the Ukrainian authorities to transfer the case without to delay to an entity such as the attorney general’s office which is independent of the local police.”Reporters Without Borders hopes that this case will not bog down in the same way as the investigation into opposition journalist Georgiy Gongadze’s September 2000 murder. The attorney general yesterday said the Gongadze investigation has just suffered another delay because of a forensic report that took “longer than expected.” The press freedom organisation continues to follow the case closely.Pietro Matviyenko, the deputy editor or Klymentyev’s magazine, Novyy Styl, told journalists earlier this week that Andriy Kozyr, the police officer who took Klymentyev to the Pechenizke water reservoir to photograph properties owned by regional director of taxes Stanislav Denysyuk and three other local officials, including a former member of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), is himself now missing.Klymentyev’s mobile phone and keys were found in a boat adrift on the reservoir a few days after he was last seen on the morning of 11 August.The apartment of Klymentyev’s lawyer, Vyasheslav Izmailov, was searched on 2 September by police officers and members of the local special forces, who forced the door to get in. They claimed to have a court warrant but did not produce it. Izmailov told the Ukrainskaya Pravda newspaper he was convinced the aim of the raid was to remove documents relating to the Klymentyev case although the police claimed that it was to do with another case.The local authorities prevented Klymentyev’s partner, Valentina Udovenko, from leaving Kharkiv on 4 September to attend a news conference in Kiev about his disappearance. The grounds for keeping her in Kharkiv was a tax department “inspection” of her business which happened to have been scheduled at the last moment for that day.The media freedom NGO Telekritika quoted the Kharkiv regional governor as saying on 7 September that he thought Klymentyev would be found soon. Referring to the regional director of taxes, the governor reportedly added: “Denysyuk had been a client of Klymentyev’s for more than 10 years. I know that some people paid Klymentyev every month so that he would not write about them.”These are astonishing comments, given that Klymentyev was investigating alleged abuse of authority by Denysyuk at the time of his disappearance and that, according to many sources, Klymentyev had repeatedly refused to take bribes from local personalities to drop stories about them.Deputy interior minister Leonid Zyma meanwhile said the chances of finding Klymentyev alive were “approaching zero.” He said investigators had considered a dozen hypotheses, of which the main one was that he was killed in connection with his work. “His articles criticised the security forces and local authorities; he was probably kidnapped.” He said. Zyma added that that most probable scenario was that Klymentyev was killed by drowning in Pechenizke reservoir, where many divers and local police officers have been searching, so far without success.Reporters Without Borders visited Ukraine in July to evaluate the press freedom situation. Read the report of the visit: http://en.rsf.org/ukraine-temptation-to-control-report-of-01-09-2010,38249.html September 10, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Investigation into editor’s disappearance must not be repeat of Gongadze casecenter_img Organisation News September 7, 2020 Find out more Ukrainian media group harassed by broadcasting authority News February 26, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en UkraineEurope – Central Asia last_img read more

Chips are down over Punches Cross student apartments plan

first_img TAGSHousingLimerick City and CountyNewspolitics Print Previous articleShannon ABC to receive more than €1m worth of new equipment from EI Technology Gateway ProgrammeNext articleFILM REVIEW: UglyDolls Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Limerick on Covid watch list WhatsApp Twitter NewsHousingPoliticsChips are down over Punches Cross student apartments planBy Alan Jacques – August 1, 2019 935 Mortgage payment break for local authority home loan borrowers will be extended by a further three months Limerick city house prices rise 4.9% as time to sell falls Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites center_img Advertisement Facebook Linkedin Limerick county house prices to rise 5% in 2021 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Labour Party councillor Joe Leddin at the Punches Cross site.NO off licence or fast food outlets will be tolerated at a proposed student accommodation development at Punches Cross.That was the strong message from Labour Party councillor Joe Leddin at a special meeting in City Hall about the 100-apartment development this Monday.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Councillors met to discuss an application to An Bord Pleanála from Cloncaragh Investments for permission for a strategic housing development at the Punches Cross site.The plan incorporates 70 student apartments with 326-bed spaces and 30 ‘build-to-rent’ apartments with 104-bed spaces. It is also proposed that two retail units be included in the development.Cllr Leddin made it clear to the council executive that there was no room for fast food outlets or an off licence as part of the development.He expressed disappointment that the developers had not taken the opportunity to engage with local residents about their plans.“To create a community you must build relationships,” he declared.He called for a review on the current fast track planning process, which facilitates developers looking to bypass local Councils in securing planning permission for large-scale housing developments within a 16- week timeframe.The process provides for a minimum of two pre-planning meetings between applicants and planners but does not provide or require any public consultation process in the form of public meetings.“The proposed development has raised concerns locally in the context of the proposed height reaching to several stories and also the potential traffic implications on adjacent roads.“While it’s great to have a site that has been derelict for over 20 years developed it is important that any new buildings enhance the surrounding area. I welcome clarification from the planners that the proposed two retail units will not displace existing local businesses and that no food outlets will be permitted.”Cllr Leddin also asked that consideration be given towards the placement of the higher storey buildings to the rear of the site rather than on the Rosbrien and Ballinacurra Road side.“With increased demands for student accommodation and the University now planning to facilitate over 1,000 students in their new city centre building, this facility, will help meet future accommodation needs,” he said.Fine Gael councillor Daniel Butler hit out at the developers for not getting off to the best start because of a lack of public consultation. He suggested that management would be needed on site 24/7 to deal with “key issues” as they arise in the construction phase and also when the apartments are finished.Fianna Fáil councillor Kieran O’Hanlon feared the development would be a “blight on the area” and warned of the impact antisocial behaviour could have.He added that the 430 students living there would have to be properly managed, particularly during RAG Week.Fine Gael councillor Dan McSweeney, who is studying Law and Taxation at Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT), said he has seen this type of antisocial behaviour firsthand. However, he added, that not all students behaved badly.He went on to question the need for student accommodation in the Rosbrien area.“There are student apartments at LIT which they can’t even rent out,” he said.Cllr Abul Kalam Azad Talukder (FF) felt it was their job as local representatives to ensure that both the local community and new student population are kept happy.“I worked in the Stables Bar 20 years ago and saw very closely how students behave. They are not bad at all. They are very young. They must be managed so that there is no antisocial behaviour,” he added. Email TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type!last_img read more

Rays of Hope volunteer training

first_img Pinterest Local News By admin – January 26, 2018 Facebook Rays of HopeRays of Hope, 900 W. Wall St., Midland, has scheduled volunteer training from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.This will be the last training held before the HopeWorks session starts in February.Rays of hope mission statement is to meet the unique needs of grieving children and their families. To RSVP, email [email protected] or by phone at 432-684-5437. Rays of Hope volunteer training WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleWPC food pantry distributionNext articleTEXAS VIEW: The real challenge in changing our culture of bad driving behavior adminlast_img read more

MCHS CEO talks healthcare challenges

first_imgHome Local News Government MCHS CEO talks healthcare challenges Medical Center Health Systems Chief Executive Officer and President Rick Napper. Facebook Summer Spaghetti SaladCreamy Fruit SaladUpside Down Blueberry Pie CheesecakePowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay Facebook Church leaders condemn mayor’s disparaging comments Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Landgraf prepares for state budget debate center_img Landgraf staffer resigns following investigation Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Local NewsGovernment MCHS CEO talks healthcare challenges Medical Center Health System President and CEO Rick Napper talked to attendees of the Ector County Republican Women’s luncheon Wednesday about the challenges in healthcare.Sharing some national statistics with the crowd, Napper said part of his intent in sharing the statistics was to “scare the crap” out of everyone.There are about 5,700 hospitals in the nation right now and in less than 10 years, the prediction is that 25 percent of those will no longer exist, he said.“Hospitals are going through the same issues as the bankers went through … it’s making it very difficult on small, rural hospitals and smaller hospitals to exist,” he said.Throughout the nation there are currently about 900,000 doctors across the country and it’s anticipated that in 15 years, there will be about 15 percent less than that. On top of that, the doctor — who used to be a leading person in the community — is now being villainized, Napper said.“What I can tell you is, people that believe physicians are overpaid in this country need to readjust what they’re looking at. I believe police officers are underpaid, I believe teachers are underpaid. Doctors are paid what they should be paid for what they’re doing,” he said.“And we’re trying to make them villains, when in a few years, physicians will be so understaffed that you will not be able to find a physician.”The CEO said it is hard to keep physicians in the community and they’re losing physicians all the time because there is such a shortage. For the first time in the history of the United States, he said they’re not able to fill residency programs.By the year 2025, it was predicted there will be a physician shortage of 130,000 and Napper said that just continues to grow.Throwing out another statistic, he said 20 percent of all physicians are hospital employees today and the American Hospital Association predicts that in just seven years, 85 percent of physicians will be employees of hospitals.“Why do you think that is?” he asked the crowd.People shouted out answers like “lawsuits,” “insurance,” and “guaranteed income.”“I know the biggest one because I talk to doctors every day. The biggest one is they’re tired of dealing with bureaucracy,” Napper said. “My daughter’s a physician. She calls me about three times a week, sometimes crying because for every hour she spends in the office she spends an hour at home doing medical records, keeping up with home health visits. That’s time that could be spent with her — with my grandchildren. It’s very cumbersome. So, physicians are tired of it.”Focusing specifically on MCHS, Napper said the health system creates about 18,000 jobs. It’s estimated each physician produces about 50 jobs in the community.“We have a little over 2,000 employees at Medical Center, but if you don’t have Medical Center, you don’t have a place for the physicians to practice — 15,000 jobs go out the door with those physicians,” he said.The CEO also talked about the things that keep him up at night.There are $250 billion in costs to process 30 billion healthcare transactions a year, he said, adding that “the billing process in the United States is broken.”“It is so bureaucratic and it is actually set up to stop hospitals from getting paid,” Napper added.A mistake as little as accidentally putting “male” instead of “female” can cause an insurance company to reject a claim.“That’s how silly it is,” he said.Last year, the district spent $71 million to replace their computer system and he said it’s not working well and some of the people in the room said they have experienced that. But it was required because the computer system they had was not certified by the federal government.“We have tremendous challenges at Medical Center Health System and if you have any CEO that stands up here that is running a hospital currently and says to you that everything is fine in their hospital, they are either lying to you or they’re not in contact with their organization,” he said.“It is becoming so complex that it is becoming very difficult to manage it and to keep up with it and see what the requirements are.”He also told the group he has accepted those challenges and the work they’ve got to do is tough, but he can’t do it without the community.“I am not gonna quit on Medical Center and my expectation is, you won’t either,” he said.Following Napper’s presentation and a presentation from local businesswoman Sondra Eoff, who talked about the hotel and conference center being built in downtown Odessa, one woman talked about the healthcare challenges in her own community.Winkler County Commissioner Hope Williams said she felt their hospital district had been positively impacted by MCHS’ leadership.“I’m from Winkler County and our poor little hospital in Winkler County was in the dumps and Representative (Brooks) Landgraf (R-Odessa) got us in touch with MCH staff. They came over, they’re helping us get on our feet, of course we’re a hospital district now, but this is the first time in I don’t know how long that our hospital has operated in the black. And I feel that MCH had a lot to do with that and I just want to say thank you,” Williams said.Napper said he met with the CEO of the Winkler hospital district in January, who is actually an employee of MCHS, and they talked about how they felt it was Medical Center’s responsibility to serve the six surrounding counties because “we’re only as good as those hospitals that surround us.” Previous articleSenior piano recital scheduledNext articleCity eyes traffic plan admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By admin – May 17, 2018 last_img read more

The Week Ahead: Will the Fed Raise Rates?

first_imgSign up for DS News Daily Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and copy-editor, and a reporter for DS News. She is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her masters degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha, also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas. Previous: When Vets Fall Behind on Mortgage Payments … Next: Focusing on Home Prices in Daily Dose, Featured, News The Week Ahead: Will the Fed Raise Rates? Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: Economy Fed FOMC Interest rates Jerome Powell Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles  Print This Post About Author: Radhika Ojha Economy Fed FOMC Interest rates Jerome Powell 2019-01-25 Radhika Ojhacenter_img The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) will meet on Tuesday and announce the results of this meeting on Wednesday at 2 p.m. EST. The announcement is a policy statement issued at the end of the FOMC meeting and offers updates on economic conditions as well as the status of the federal funds’ target or its official policy rate.Fed Chair Jerome Powell had announced the last fed hike of 2018 after the FOMC meeting in December. While the market was expecting this rate hike, the ninth one since 2015, the FOMC had said that it would assess the economic conditions “relative to its maximum employment objective and its symmetric 2 percent inflation objective,” to determine the target range for its federal fund rates. “This assessment will take into account a wide range of information, including measures of labor market conditions, indicators of inflation pressures and inflation expectations, and readings on financial and international developments,” the committee said in a statement.While the conventional 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rates don’t always move in step with the Fed interest rates, they do impact short-term mortgage rates such as adjustable-rate mortgages as well as Home Equity Lines of Credit.Here’s what else is happening in the week ahead:AEI Housing Market Indicators Briefing, Monday, 11 a.m. ESTFirst American Real House Price Index, Monday 10 a.m. ESTS&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller HPI, Tuesday, 9:00 AM ETCensus Bureau Housing Vacancies and Homeownership report, Tuesday, 9 a.m. ESTMBA Mortgage Applications, Wednesday, 7:00 AM ETNAR Pending Home Sales Index, Wednesday, 10:00 AM ETFed Balance Sheet, Thursday, 4:30 PM ETFreddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey, Thursday 10 a.m. EST The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago January 25, 2019 1,614 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / The Week Ahead: Will the Fed Raise Rates? Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

Deputy McConalogue heckled at Letterkenny protest rally

first_img Facebook News Google+ Donegal North-East Deputy, Charlie McConalogue was heckled and booed at Sundays anti-budget protest in Letterkenny.The Fianna Fail Deputy recieved the brunt of the crowds anger, as a number of people shouted “your party put us in this mess”.Deputy McConalogue would not give the crowd an answer when he was asked if he was paying the household charge.Speaking to Highland Radio today he said he wouldn’t be encouraging people to break the law, but he also said he wouldn’t be making any further comment. Twitter By News Highland – December 20, 2011 Previous articleMay be weeks before toxicology results reveal cause of Sligo tragedyNext article3rd robbery reported in Derry City News Highland Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Deputy McConalogue heckled at Letterkenny protest rally Google+ Pinterestcenter_img Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Twitterlast_img read more

Support group discusses living with Alzheimer’s

first_img You Might Like Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day At Thursday’ s meeting, a caregiver opened the conversation with a concern about a patient’s fear and rambling.A suggestion was made to remove all mirrors because a patient’s own reflection might be viewed as someone to fear. Giving a door a false appearance could prevent a patient from finding an exit and wandering. A patient who is fond of children might find comfort in having a doll.“What works for one Alzheimer’s patient might not work for another,” Walden said. “But, there’s a chance that it might.”One participant who has Parkinson’s disease talked about the commonality of the two diseases. He concluded with a smile that “It’s not much fun to grow old. It’s more fun getting to be an adult.”There were nods all around.One participant told of the time her mom forgot to swallow and how she handled that tense situation and that she is comfortable with her mom thinking she is her sister.“At least, my mom recognizes that the one taking care of her is someone she knows,” she said. “I’m good with that.”The conversation turned to whether an Alzheimer’s patient should be told when a loved one dies and about the blessings of a patient who is “pleasantly confused.”The participants agreed that Alzheimer’s patients “can’t live in our world so we must live in theirs.”That requires patience, understanding and unconditional love, they said.The Alzheimer’s Support Group always welcomes new participants. The meetings are at noon on the first Thursday of the month in the boardroom at TRMC.  Thursday holidays are the exception. Email the author Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Published 7:11 pm Thursday, June 6, 2019 “That’s the purpose of the Alzheimer’s Support Group,” Walden said. “We meet at noon on the first Thursday of every month in the TRMC boardroom. For those who are caring for an Alzheimer’s patient, it’s an opportunity to share their experiences, to share what is working or not working for them and to learn from what others are doing.”Walden said Alzheimer’s patients are welcome, too. The informal meetings are opportunities for sharing and also to provide support.“First, we go to the TRMC cafeteria and get lunch and enjoy visiting while we eat.”Walden said that time of fellowship is relaxing and casually moves the transition from general conversation to that specific to Alzheimer’s. At the beginning of the Alzheimer’s Support Group Meeting Thursday at Troy Regional Medical Center, things were rather quiet, perhaps reflective. But once the conversation started, all participants were engaged.Group leader Ovida Walden, Troy Health and Rehabilitation Center, explained that Alzheimer’s is a disease for which there is no cure. It does not pick and choose its patients.“I lost a cousin who was diagnosed at 42,” Walden said. “Alzheimer’s has not definitely been linked to heredity. For whatever reason or reasons, the braid dies slowly. The short-term memory goes first. A patient can’t remember what happened five minutes ago but can remember what happened 30 years ago.” Sponsored Content By The Penny Hoarder Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kitscenter_img Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? 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We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Support group discusses living with Alzheimer’s By Jaine Treadwell FULL BELLIES: Programs fill the food gap in Pike County When kids leave school for the summer, they aren’t just leaving behind their friends and their classes – many of… read more Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Latest Stories Book Nook to reopen Skip Print Article Walden said an Alzheimer’s patient might not remember a child as his or her grandchild but will know that a child brings them happiness.“There is still so much we don’t know about Alzheimer’s,” she said. “There are no drugs or treatments to cure Alzheimer’s disease but there are treatments that can slow down its progression.”That being so, Walden said it’s a matter of learning to live with the disease, both those who have the disease and those who care for them.last_img read more

Multiple people stabbed at Bible study, police chief injured taking down attacker

first_imgiStock/MattGushBy: JON HAWORTH, ABC News (WASHINGTON) — Multiple people were injured during a Bible study session on Saturday afternoon when an alleged member of the congregation stabbed the church’s pastor before being stopped by the area’s police chief who happened to be in attendance.The incident occurred on Saturday afternoon at around 3 p.m. at the Grace Covenant Church in Chantilly, Virginia, about 25 miles west of Washington, D.C. when a member of the church stabbed the church’s pastor who was leading a Bible study class at the time.Two church members reportedly came to the defense of the pastor, including Fairfax County Police Chief Ed Roessler who happened to be at Grace Covenant at the right time.A witness of the stabbing spoke to ABC News’ Washington, D.C. affiliate WJLA and described the chaotic scene.“He did his part in the moment,” the female witness said. “Sometimes we can’t prevent injury. I know people were injured but it could have been worse, I do believe. I think it could have been a lot worse. There are a lot of emotions but I do have faith that everything is going to be okay.”According to WJLA-TV, Ed Roessler is a 31-year law enforcement veteran who has been in a leadership position with Fairfax County Police since 2010 and also worked at the most recent presidential inauguration in 2017.Brett Fuller, another pastor at the Grace Covenant Church and chaplain to Washington, D.C.’s NFL franchise, released a statement following the stabbing.“Today, in a routine church educational setting, one of our pastors was assaulted by an attendee,” Fuller said. “Two church members came to the pastor’s aid and valiantly risked their own lives to defend him. In the process, one of our members was injured. The pastor and one of the members are being treated at Reston Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. The other member involved sustained injuries that did not require medical attention. The assailant was taken into captivity at the scene.”Said Fuller: “We are in prayer for all the injured. We are grateful for the courage exhibited that prevented worse from happening. Lastly, we want to thank the broader community for their outpouring of concern and support in this time.”Two people were treated for non-serious non-life-threatening injuries at nearby Reston Hospital and the unnamed suspect was taken into custody.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Brooklyn luxury contracts surge with $82M in deals

first_img Full Name* Tags Share via Shortlink Email Address* Message* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink 1 Clinton Street and 90 Furman Street (StreetEasy, 1 Clinton Street)In a rare turn, condos led the pack of luxury contracts signed in Brooklyn last week.There were 24 deals inked for homes asking $2 million or more last week, according to Compass’ weekly report. The combined sales volume jumped to $81.7 million — a big increase from the previous week’s $60 million, spread across 18 deals.Brooklyn’s luxury market has largely been dominated by townhouses, which typically take the top spots for each week’s report. Last week, those still made up the bulk of purchases, with 16 townhouses going into contract — but in a twist, the top two deals were both for condos.Read moreVince Viola’s $25.5M mansion sale breaks Brooklyn record$6.4M Cobble Hill townhouse tops list of Brooklyn luxury contractsManhattan Beach townhouse tops Brooklyn’s luxury market brooklynLuxury Real EstateResidential Real Estatetownhouse market The most expensive unit was a triplex penthouse at 90 Furman Street in Brooklyn Heights. The three-bedroom unit at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pierhouse spans 3,234 square feet and has an additional 2,000 square feet across three private terraces. The unit was last asking $7.7 million.The second priciest contract was for another Brooklyn Heights condo at 1 Clinton Street. The three-bedroom, 3,184-square-foot duplex overlooks lower Manhattan and New York Harbor through a 40-foot wall of floor-to-ceiling glass windows. It was last asking $6.6 million.The median asking price last week was $2.89 million and the average discount was zero, a contrast to the deep discounts in Manhattan’s luxury market. The average number of days the homes spent on the market was 148.Contact Erin Hudsonlast_img read more

Long-term determination of energetic electron precipitation into the atmosphere from AARDDVARK subionospheric VLF observations

first_imgWe analyze observations of subionospherically propagating very low frequency (VLF) radio waves to determine outer radiation belt energetic electron precipitation (EEP) flux magnitudes. The radio wave receiver in Sodankylä, Finland (Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory) observes signals from the transmitter with call sign NAA (Cutler, Maine). The receiver is part of the Antarctic-Arctic Radiation-belt Dynamic Deposition VLF Atmospheric Research Konsortia (AARDDVARK). We use a near-continuous data set spanning November 2004 until December 2013 to determine the long time period EEP variations. We determine quiet day curves over the entire period and use these to identify propagation disturbances caused by EEP. Long Wave Propagation Code radio wave propagation modeling is used to estimate the precipitating electron flux magnitudes from the observed amplitude disturbances, allowing for solar cycle changes in the ambient D region and dynamic variations in the EEP energy spectra. Our method performs well during the summer months when the daylit ionosphere is most stable but fails during the winter. From the summer observations, we have obtained 693 days worth of hourly EEP flux magnitudes over the 2004–2013 period. These AARDDVARK-based fluxes agree well with independent satellite precipitation measurements during high-intensity events. However, our method of EEP detection is 10–50 times more sensitive to low flux levels than the satellite measurements. Our EEP variations also show good agreement with the variation in lower band chorus wave powers, providing some confidence that chorus is the primary driver for the outer belt precipitation we are monitoring.last_img read more