Construction worker killed by wall collapse in Brooklyn

first_imgShare via Shortlink Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink A retaining wall collapsed at a Brooklyn home. (NYPD via Twitter) A construction worker was killed Monday when a brick wall in the backyard of a Sunset Park home collapsed.The New York City Fire Department responded to 454 42nd Street just after 1 p.m., finding that a 10-foot retention wall in the property’s backyard had fallen on two workers, Gothamist reports. One of the workers was pronounced dead at the scene, while the other was transported to NYU Langone Hospital.It is unclear what kind of construction work, if any, was underway at the property. The Department of Buildings didn’t immediately respond to a request seeking additional information.ADVERTISEMENTThe agency’s website indicates that it received a complaint in 2014 about the property’s owner installing a retaining wall to elevate a flower bed in the backyard without permits. The agency didn’t issue violations, however, noting that the owner, listed in property records as Santiago and Aileen Mayol, didn’t require permits for the work. No other work permits appear to have been filed for the property.In 2018, another worker was killed after a wall collapse on a construction site on Seventh Avenue in Sunset Park. The project’s subcontractor was charged with manslaughter.[Gothamist] — Kathryn Brenzelcenter_img TagsConstruction accidentSunset Parklast_img read more

Free live stream jazz show

first_imgHe was part of the Young Lions with brother Philip and members of The Harper Brothers, having five much lauded albums and Billboard 100 positions to their name. He formed his own Sextet in 1993, recording seven albums featuring a host of special guests, true to Winard’s collaborative approach and the strong desire to showcase Jazz Greats of all ages, his heroes and heroines, he has held in high esteem.His latest project “Winard Harper & Jeli Posse” continues to record and perform throughout the region. For more info, visit: https://www.winardharperjazz.com/ Saturday August 29 at 8 p.m. Headroom Bar and Social presents Winard Harper and Jeli Posse on a free live stream via YouTube and Facebook @RIVERVIEWJAZZ.ORGWinard Harper studied at the Conservatory of the University of Cincinnati and at Howard University and was awarded a scholarship to study Jazz under the guidance of Jackie McLean at the University of Hartford. He has played with Dexter Gordon, Johnny Griffin, Betty Carter and formed Jazz sensation The Harper Brothers. ×last_img read more

New Property Ordinance Would Bring Historic Homes In Line with Other Ocean City Houses

first_imgA marker at the corner of Third Street and Ocean Avenue describes the history and boundaries of Ocean City’s Historic District. By Donald WittkowskiOcean City’s historic homes would face the same property maintenance requirements as every other house in town under an ordinance introduced Tuesday night by City Council.City Business Administrator Jim Mallon explained that the measure will bring historic homes in line with the property standards that apply to non-historic residential and commercial properties.It will ensure that the city’s property maintenance code will apply equally to every building, historic or otherwise, Mallon said.“Everyone is treated the same way,” he said in an interview after the Council meeting.Mainly, it will allow the city to issue violation notices to the owners of historic homes if their property becomes unsightly, such as overgrown grass or trash in the yard, Mallon said.Council introduced the ordinance by a 6-0 vote. First Ward Councilman Michael DeVlieger abstained from voting because he lives within the city’s Historic District.However, DeVlieger said he will join fellow Council members Keith Hartzell and Antwan McClellan to speak to homeowners in the Historic District about the implications of the ordinance.City Council voted 6-0 to introduce an ordinance that would make historic homes adhere to the same property maintenance standards as other houses. First Ward Councilman Michael DeVlieger abstained from voting because he lives in the Historic District.A public hearing is scheduled at the Nov. 10 Council meeting. Council is expected to take a final vote on the ordinance after the hearing.The ordinance would incorporate the hundreds of homes within the Historic District under the property maintenance code. The district’s boundaries roughly run from Third to Eighth streets between Ocean and Central avenues, although there are some offshoots.“This proposed ordinance would authorize the City’s Code Enforcement officers to require maintenance of historic properties in the same manner and to the same extent as non-historic properties,” Solicitor Dorothy McCrosson explained in a memo to Council.Ocean City’s property maintenance requirements are based on the 2015 International Property Maintenance Code, an umbrella group of standards for homes and businesses.McCrosson, in her memo, said the city can currently force the owner of a historic home to correct a maintenance violation only when it would cost more than 25 percent of the assessed value of the house, an extremely high threshold.The proposed ordinance, though, would correct “the deficiency” that largely exempted historic homes from the same property requirements that apply to the rest of the buildings in town, Mallon said.“It also allows us to treat everybody equally, whether you’re a historic property or not a historic property,” he said.Mallon stressed that there have been no problems with the maintenance of historic homes. He said the city simply wants to have the same property standards for all buildings in town.last_img read more

Bakkavor in revenue increase

first_imgFresh food manufacturer Bakkavor has seen revenues rise in its half year results, despite a challenging market.Like-for-like revenue increased 2% to £851.8m for the 26 weeks ended 27 June 2015.The company said it has seen “strong revenue growth in International business offset by challenging market conditions in the UK.”Despite this, Agust Gudmundsson, chief executive officer said he expected the challenging trade environment to continue due to a combination of price deflation and a highly competitive grocery market.He said: “We remain focused on our core strategic objectives of close partnering with our customers and selective investment to drive growth, technical excellence and product innovation. This strategy, combined with our leading market position and improved financial strength is a strong platform and gives us confidence for the period ahead.”The company, which produces pizza, desserts and sandwich products finalised the sale of its Italian pizza manufacturing business to Dreamfood in July this year.last_img read more

Decoding keys to a healthy life

first_imgFor 74 years, one of the longest-running studies of normal adult development has been examining not disease and illness, but what may be life’s magic question: How can you live long and happy?The answers that have emerged — and are still emerging — are surprising and obvious both. Having a difficult childhood, for example, matters a lot in early adulthood, but its effects fade as the years go by. Among those who had tough beginnings, self-starters who seek out jobs as kids do better than those who don’t. And education — specifically going to college — is more important than money or social status in determining lifetime success.More recently, the study’s aging subjects have shown that one’s situation at age 50 has more to do with one’s health and happiness at 70 than what happened earlier in life. And surprisingly, the quality of vacations younger in life — a measure of the ability to play — is a better indicator of late-life happiness than income.The study highlights both controllable and uncontrollable factors that affect healthy aging. While there’s not much someone can do about parents’ social class, early family stability, or ancestors’ longevity, a person certainly has a say over whether to smoke, abuse alcohol, exercise, and keep weight down. The study also highlights the importance of a healthy, stable marriage to late-life happiness and underlines the importance of having mature coping mechanisms for the adversity sure to come.“We used to think that if you had relatives who lived to a ripe old age, that was the best predictor” of a long life, said Robert Waldinger, director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital, and an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. “It turns out that the lifestyle choices people make in midlife are a more important predictor of how long you live.”Waldinger became director of the Harvard study in 2003, when longtime director George Vaillant stepped down from day-to-day management. To Vaillant, who continues to work on the study, the most important findings concerned the negative effects of alcohol on marital and lifetime success and the evidence that programs like Alcoholics Anonymous work better than other interventions. The study also added nuance to understanding adult development, Vaillant said, which is often thought of as stalling in middle age or peaking at 50 and then declining.“You only have to think of distinguished 70-year-olds in art and politics to see that something is wrong with that view,” Vaillant said. “Adult development from 30 to 80 certainly takes place. [But] it’s like watching the hour hand of a clock; that’s why it’s not appreciated.”Waldinger said the study’s central focus now is on marriage, examining how couples have weathered life’s storms and cope with challenges such as declining health and concerns about finances. In recent interviews, researchers asked older couples about conflicts and how they resolve them. But couple after couple, Waldinger said, couldn’t recall conflicts.“They said, ‘We used to argue about it, but we just don’t anymore,’ ” Waldinger said. “The main developmental task for younger couples is managing conflicts. The main task for older couples is mutual support. … Being in a good marriage buffers you from the effects of pain and disability.”Both Waldinger and Vaillant have published extensively on the study’s findings. Some of them were published just last year. In a recent paper, Waldinger, Elizabeth Kensinger, and Marc Schulz utilized neural imaging to find that older adults with positive outlooks process emotional information differently from those with more negative views. Vaillant, who has written scholarly articles and several books based on the study, is at work on a history of the study itself.The research has its roots in a Harvard University Health Services examination of 268 members of Harvard classes between 1939 and 1944. Begun in 1938 and called the Grant Study, it started with exhaustive physical examinations and included regular follow-ups over the years.The second arm of the study began with Harvard Law Professor Sheldon Glueck, who recruited 456 young men from inner-city Boston neighborhoods between 1940 and 1945 as controls for a study of juvenile delinquency. They were added to the study in the 1970s. Today, just 68 of the Harvard cohort are still alive, many in their early 90s, while 120 of the Glueck Study are alive, most in their early to mid-80s.Over the decades, subjects have answered biennial questionnaires, allowed health information to be gathered from their doctors, and sat for in-depth interviews. In recent years, they’ve also submitted to neuroimaging scans and given blood for DNA analysis. Researchers have also begun to engage more deeply with their wives, whose reaction, Waldinger said, was, “It’s about time.”Though the study has led to many publications, Waldinger and Vaillant view the decades of data, interview notes, questionnaires, and videotapes as a barely tapped treasure trove for researchers, providing a rare view of much of these men’s lives. Over the years, researchers have studied the effects of World War II combat, substance abuse, childhood trauma, education, and other factors. To make data easier to access for researchers, Waldinger said, they’ve embarked on a digitization project for the records, currently held in 50 filing cabinets.“You can search for the word ‘father,’ and the computer will pull out every time that word was used in a man’s life,” Waldinger said.Vaillant said the study still can surprise, even though he has been involved with the data for 40 years. Just last year, he said, he found that 57 percent of all divorces among Grant Study men involved alcoholism. That statistic had been artificially low until then because, though the men had spoken of their own alcohol problems, many hadn’t been forthcoming about those of their wives until later in life.“It’s still a treasure trove, and with each passing year more people mine it in different and imaginative ways,” Vaillant said.In addition to adding new genetic techniques, Waldinger said the researchers are seeking funding to continue the study by enrolling children and even grandchildren, an opportunity rarely replicated. That’s because most longitudinal studies — which follow subjects over long periods — fade after a decade or so because subjects drop out, funding dries up, and researchers move on to new projects. A study lasting as many decades as the Harvard one is a bit freakish, Waldinger said.“We know how they felt about their parents when they were 19, we know how their parents felt about them, we know what their childhoods were like,” Waldinger said. “It’s so unique, it’ll never be done again.”last_img read more

DEW Construction wins AGC-VT Best Builder award

first_imgDEW Construction Corp,DEW Construction Corp was among five companies awarded an Associated General Contractors of Vermont (AGC-VT) Best Builders Award for Outstanding Quality of Work and Effort at the AGC-VT Annual Meeting held at the Sheraton Hotel on December 7, 2010. DEW received recognition under the New Construction category for using Innovative Construction Technologies on the Tram Haus Lodge project at Jay Peak Resort in Jay, VT. The Tram Haus Lodge is a five ‘story, 57-suite hotel that offers a mix of studio, 1 and 2 bedroom units along with a bar and restaurant with seating for up to 180, a fitness studio and spa, coffee shop and bakery, a small retail store and a rental and repair shop. The project also includes an underground heated parking garage for hotel guests. The DEW team for the Tram Haus project included Jerry Davis, Senior Project Manager; Willis Whitaker, Superintendent; Dave Lothian, Assistant Superintendent; Karl Bahrenburg, Project Engineer; Andrew Rouille, Project Engineer; Chris Bertrand, Field Engineer and Sonya Samalis, Project Administrator. The Architect for the Project was Gardner Kilcoyne Architects out of Burlington, VT. ( Photo credit: Susan Teare Photography)Source: DEW. Burlington, VT, December 7, 2010last_img read more

ABA Chairman says it’s time to tax large CUs

first_img continue reading » The tax code shouldn’t pick winners and losers, and businesses performing the same service should face the same rules, ABA Chairman Ken Burgess wrote in a letter to the Wall Street Journal. The letter was in response to a Dec. 5 article highlighting the fact that credit unions were left out of the tax reform bill.“At a time when Congress is asking everyone from teachers to homeowners to give up tax breaks in the name of lowering rates, why is the trillion-dollar credit-union industry still getting a free ride?” wrote Burgess, chairman of FirstCapital Bank of Texas in Midland, Texas.Burgess added that today’s credit unions look nothing like those of the 1930s, when Congress first exempted credit unions from federal income tax and noted that there are now 282 credit unions with more than $1 billion in assets. 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

East Patchogue Man Charged With Fatal Hit-and-run

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An East Patchogue man has been arrested for allegedly killing a 37-year-old Medford man in a hit-and-run crash in Coram last week, Suffolk County police said.Abdelgheni Dakyouk was charged with leaving the scene of an incident without reporting involving a fatality.Vehicular Crime Unit detectives said the 48-year-old suspect was driving northbound on Route 112 when he struck the victim shortly before 6 a.m. Saturday, March 14.The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. He has been tentatively identified, but has not yet been positively identified, police said.Dakyouk will be arraigned Thursday at First District Court in Central Islip.last_img read more

Bad for what ails you? US drinkers snub Corona beer over virus

first_imgTopics : “While the brand has claimed that consumers understand there’s no linkage between the virus and the beer company, this is a disaster for the Corona brand,” Torossian said in a statement. “After all, what brand wants to be linked to a virus which is killing people worldwide?”The survey results were supported by a report from market analysis firm YouGov that pointed to an uptick in internet searches for phrases like “Corona beer virus” that was weighing on brand reputation.The Mexican-heritage beverage, owned by Constellation Brands, has not helped its cause with an awkwardly-phrased advertising campaign to plug new hard seltzer offerings in the United States. Confusion between coronavirus and Corona beer has been a punchline of questionable taste during the outbreak — but the matter may be no joke for the brand.The phrase “38% of Americans” was trending Friday on Twitter following a survey showing that proportion of beer drinkers “would not buy Corona under any circumstances now.” Ronn Torossian, founder and CEO of public relations firm 5W, which polled 737 US beer drinkers, said there “no question that Corona beer is suffering because of the coronavirus.” center_img The beverages, available in four “delicious” flavors, will be “coming ashore soon,” according to the spot posted to Twitter that had received 7.3 million views by Friday on the Corona USA page.”Given what’s hitting the news right now, this seems in remarkably poor taste,” one critic posted.”Pretty sure Corona has always had remarkably poor taste,” another replied.Constellation did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Brand favorability for Corona dropped from 75 percent in early January to 51 in late February, according to daily consumer surveys taken by YouGov.last_img read more

Japan suicides at historic low in 2019 but more teens kill themselves

first_imgSuicides in Japan in 2019 fell to a historic low, marking the tenth straight year of declines, but youth suicides continued to rise, police said on Tuesday.Though suicide in Japan has a long history as a way of avoiding shame or dishonor, and its suicide rate still tops the Group of Seven nations, a national effort has brought suicides down by about 40% in roughly 15 years.Suicides totaled 20,169 in 2019, 617 or 3.7% fewer than the previous year, and was the lowest since the compilation of data began in 1978. The suicide rate edged down to 16% per 100,000, a dip of 0.5% from the previous year and also the lowest in history. By contrast, the suicide rate for the United States, which has more than twice Japan’s population and a growing suicide problem, was 14.2% in 2018.The number of those under 20 who took their lives rose by 60 from the previous year to 659, the only age group to see a rise. Though suicides result from multiple causes, bullying has remained a persistent problem in Japanese schools.Suicides peaked at 34,427 in 2003, alarming policy makers and drawing foreign attention.Though the police did not give any reason for the decline, an improving economy has undoubtedly helped, and a suicide prevention program is apparently bearing fruit. Topics :last_img read more