Financier lists Brooklyn Heights townhouse for $18M

first_img Full Name* Share via Shortlink Email Address* 212 Columbia Heights (Leslie J. Garfield)After a month of record-breaking sales, a Brooklyn Heights townhouse hit the market asking $18.25 million.The asking price on the 8,250-square-foot home pencils out to $2,212 per square foot. As a comparison, a mansion a couple of blocks away that’s about 3,000 square feet larger recently sold for over $25 million.The six-bedroom home at 212 Columbia Heights listed last week. It appears to be owned by financier Mark Werner and his wife Dawn, according to property records. The couple bought the home in 2012 for $11 million. At the time, it was the priciest sale recorded in the borough since 2003, according to the Brooklyn Eagle.Werner is an adviser to private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management; he previously co-founded Amherst Pierpont Securities and led Bank of America’s global markets team.The townhouse is 25 feet wide, spans five stories, has a private outdoor garden and views of New York Harbor and the Manhattan skyline. The structure originally dates to 1855, though the home was recently gut-renovated. Original flooring, fireplace mantels and plaster moldings have been preserved and restored.212 Columbia Heights is a couple of blocks from 8 Montague Terrace, the 11,600-square-foot townhouse that billionaire Vincent Viola and his wife Theresa sold last month for $25.5 million. The deal made it the highest price ever recorded in the borough. The sale penciled out to $2,202.Both the Columbia Heights and Montague Terrace properties are parallel to the Brooklyn Queens Expressway overlooking the New York Harbor.The listing agent on 212 Columbia, Ravi Kantha of Leslie J. Garfield, said “a turn-key house at this price is a relatively good value.” He pegged the cost of a renovation at $600 per square foot. He added the recent improvements would allow a buyer to move-in immediately. “You’re not spending two to three years of going through the headaches of a gut renovation in New York City.”Kantha, who shares the listing with Matthew Lesser, pointed to sales of 218 Columbia Heights and 192 Columbia Heights, as examples. Both properties sold for about $12 million in 2018, and both are now being renovated.Last week, the average per square foot price of eight Brooklyn townhouses that went into contract asking more than $2 million was $1,078.Contact Erin Hudson Message* Tags Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Read moreVince Viola’s $25.5M mansion sale breaks Brooklyn recordWhat Brooklyn’s record $25.5M sale means for borough’s resi market$6.5M Fort Greene townhouse sale breaks neighborhood record brooklynResidential Real Estatelast_img read more

Press release: New team to help Commonwealth citizens confirm their status in the UK

first_imgThe new dedicated team will work across government to help individuals identify and gather evidence to confirm their existing right to be in the UK. The team will include a dedicated contact point and aim to resolve cases within 2 weeks once the evidence has been put together. In addition, no one affected will be charged for the documentation which proves their right to be here.The package of measures is being introduced to support individuals, who have resided in the UK for an extended period of time, and encourage them to come forward and regularise their stay. It will help guide individuals through the process and use data from across government to help build a picture that will evidence a person’s right to be here.Home Secretary Amber Rudd said: The new team will work with HM Revenue and Customs, the Department for Work and Pensions, the Department of Health and Social Care, the Department for Education and other relevant bodies to help people evidence their right to be here.The Home Office has also published a new web page which provides information and guidance for former Commonwealth citizens.It gives examples of the type of evidence that can be provided to support applications including exam certificates, employment records, your National Insurance number, birth and marriage certificates or bills and letters. This is about individuals, people who have built their lives here in the UK and contributed so much to our society. I don’t want them to feel unwelcome or to be in any doubt about their right to remain here. There is absolutely no question about their right to remain and I am very sorry for any confusion or anxiety felt. The vast majority will already have documentation that proves their right to be here. For those that don’t I am announcing a new dedicated team that will be set up to help these people with getting the documentation they need and do it quickly. We’ve also set up a webpage and have been speaking to charities, community groups and High Commissioners about providing advice and reassurance to those affected and we will set up a dedicated contact point to ensure this is resolved as soon as possible.last_img read more

Coeliac UK says its future is uncertain without support

first_imgThe future of Coeliac UK is in the balance as the coronavirus crisis takes its toll on charity funding.Receiving no government funding, Coeliac UK depends on sources including membership, sponsorship and commercial income through food safety schemes. It also relies on fundraising through events such as the London Marathon, which has been postponed.“It won’t be a surprise to hear that all of these income streams are under threat due to the coronavirus crisis and at a time we are seeing a surge in demand for our services, which are more vital than ever,” said Coeliac UK chief executive Hilary Croft.“We are working hard with our network of health and food professionals to collaborate, share knowledge and find the answers to support our community at a time when they need us most.”The charity said that, because of coronavirus, people with coeliac disease are relying on Coeliac UK more than ever, bringing a big increase in demand for its services. Croft explained it costs £33.40 for each enquiry the charity receives, with it receiving more than 10,000 in a fortnight from social media alone. The charity’s helpline costs £500 a day or £62.50 an hour to run.“For over 50 years Coeliac UK has provided information and support to thousands of people diagnosed or suffering with symptoms. We’re now worried about the outlook, and how we can stay around to keep helping people now and in the future. We need support more than ever to sustain our work.”The charity is launching an appeal asking people to donate – for further information see the Coeliac UK website.last_img read more

Memorial Day celebrated in Jay/Livermore Falls

first_imgMembers of the Spruce Mountain Band play Taps at the World War II monument in Chisholm Square.JAY – Under blue skies, residents of the Jay and Livermore Falls area gathered along Main Street Monday morning to wave flags and cheer on the Memorial Day parade.Led by the town police chiefs and Parade Grand Marshal Gil Barnaby, a U.S. Army veteran, the parade featured representatives of a number of different organizations, including VFW Post 3335 and AmVets Post 33, a marching band from Regional School Unit 73 and, of course, veterans. The parade paused at the World War II monument in Chisholm Square in order to lay a wreath, listen to a prayer and have the band play Taps, prior to proceeding beneath an enormous flag held aloft by Jay and Livermore Falls fire engines.Jay Police Chief Richard IV and Chief Ernest N. Steward Jr. lead the parade down Main Street.In Chisholm Square, veterans, students and others listen to speakers at the World War II monument.Handing out flags along the parade route.Old West-themed marchers for the Cornerstone Baptist Church.Puppets on the Cornerstone Baptist Church float.The Jay Fire Departments Engine 3 leads the fire trucks.last_img read more

Nominations open for Harvard Corporation members

first_imgAs announced in December, the Harvard Corporation will expand from seven to 13 members, as part of a broader set of changes involving the Corporation’s composition and work.All members of the extended Harvard community are invited to send advice on the search and nominate individuals who would be strong candidates for the Corporation. Email advice and nominations to [email protected] or mail them to the Corporation Search Committee, Harvard University, Loeb House, 17 Quincy St., Cambridge, MA 02138. Communications will be held in strict confidence.last_img read more

Too much salt led to nearly 2.3 million heart-related deaths worldwide

first_imgThe global taste for salt — seventy-five percent of the world’s population consumes nearly double the daily recommended amount of sodium — may have been responsible for 2.3 million heart-related deaths worldwide in 2010, according to Harvard School of Public Health researchers. The findings were presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism 2013 Scientific Sessions, held March 19-22, 2013 in New Orleans.Excess sodium consumption is known to increase blood pressure, which contributes to cardiovascular disease—the world’s number one cause of death, according to the AHA. Globally sodium intake from commercially prepared food, table salt, soy sauce, and salt added during food preparation averaged nearly 4,000 mg a day in 2010. The World Health Organization recommends less than 2,000 mg a day of sodium; the AHA recommends less than 1,500 mg a day.To estimate global sodium intake, researchers analyzed survey data gathered between 1990 and 2010 as part of the 2010 Global Burden of Diseases Study, which is an international collaborative study by 488 scientists from 303 institutions in 50 countries around the world.Dariush Mozaffarian, associate professor of epidemiology, led the study linking heart-related deaths to sodium consumption. Saman Fahimi, visiting scientist in HSPH’s epidemiology department, led the study on sodium consumption levels. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Central America Seeks International Help for Its Security Strategy

first_imgBy Dialogo May 12, 2011 For Salvadoran Foreign Minister Hugo Martínez, the most important thing is that the design of a common strategy is being achieved. The director of the Guatemalan police, Jaime Leonel Otzin, commented that the security agencies and the judicial system are working “harmoniously” on short-, medium-, and long-term programs contained in the regional strategy. “Shared responsibility” in the execution of the strategy, which includes crime prevention and re-entry into society, is justified, according to Castro, in areas like drug trafficking, which involves the countries of origin of the drugs, the transit nations, and the destination countries. According to a draft of the regional strategy, fighting crime is what will require the most resources: 803 million dollars. “Now we have a security plan that specifies national and regional activities (and) the costs of those activities,” in Martínez’s estimation. Prior to this meeting, Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes warned that the drug cartels operating in the isthmus have an annual income of 100 billion dollars, five times more than El Salvador’s gross domestic product (GDP). “We are facing a very powerful enemy, one who acts on a regional level with resources that exceed those available to the security forces of our countries,” Funes indicated. For his part, the secretary general of the Central American Integration System (SICA), Juan Daniel Alemán, stated that with the strategy, the aim is to “generate awareness under the principle of shared responsibility and the additive character of resources in the area of democratic security.” center_img The delegates discussed, among other issues, how to ensure that Costa Rica and Panama, which do not have armies or navies, can safeguard their territorial waters. Central America has completed the design of a regional security strategy that includes the concept of “shared responsibility” and is hoping that the international community will finance part of the one billion dollars needed to confront organized crime. Crime and violence cost Central America 8% of its GDP, according to the World Bank. According to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), between 2003 and 2008, more than 79,000 people were murdered in the region, where almost three million firearms are in circulation, two out of three of them illegally. “The issue of security is a transnational problem, and we all have to assume our share of the responsibility, in proportion,” Costa Rican Foreign Minister René Castro declared to AFP. The shared strategy, according to Alemán, is “directed” toward an effort that will begin on 16 May with the search for funds in Madrid, Spain. In order to confront crime, the countries of Central America’s Northern Triangle (Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras) decided to send their armies into the streets to support the police in security tasks. The final occasion for obtaining international cooperation will be at an international conference that will be held on 22 and 23 June in Guatemala.last_img read more

Colombian Authorities Dismantle Underage Prostitution Ring

first_imgA prostitution ring that offered underage girls to the criminal gang Clan Úsuga has been taken down thanks to cooperative efforts by the Colombian Army, National Police, and Attorney General’s Office. “And who will she be with, your dad? … Tell him I’ll bring him the girl, but it must be with him,” she replied. “I don’t want her to be with some other brute.” In the end, Paola Machado didn’t take her sister because she found another girl to replace her. By Dialogo May 22, 2015 Before the Police’s Directorate of Criminal Investigation and Interpol (DIJIN) captured her, Paola lived with her family in a ramshackle house in Antioquia. The arrests cap a two-year investigation that included surveillance and wiretaps. Providing underage females to gang members Allegedly, during that investigation, a Clan Úsuga member would call Paola and ask for two or three females for a party every week. Often, they would ask for “zero kilometer” girls for their “dads,” a code phrase that referred to underage virgins for their commanders. In one case, Paola readily agreed, and even offered her own 11-year-old sister when one of the minors she had contacted cancelled at the last minute, according to a wiretapped conversation. Though Paola is not officially a Clan Úsuga operative, security forces captured her along with 71 members of the gang. The National Police, with support from the Army and the Attorney General’s Office, raided hideouts in four departments, seized 84 mobile phones, computers, and memory sticks, and detained 65 regular members, six ringleaders, and Machado. A prostitution ring that offered underage girls to the criminal gang Clan Úsuga has been taken down thanks to cooperative efforts by the Colombian Army, National Police, and Attorney General’s Office. Allegedly, during that investigation, a Clan Úsuga member would call Paola and ask for two or three females for a party every week. Often, they would ask for “zero kilometer” girls for their “dads,” a code phrase that referred to underage virgins for their commanders. In one case, Paola readily agreed, and even offered her own 11-year-old sister when one of the minors she had contacted cancelled at the last minute, according to a wiretapped conversation. Their work culminated in the late April arrest of Briseda Machado, the ring’s alleged pimp, along with 71 members of Clan Úsuga. Machado, also known as “Paola,” is 24, illiterate — and regarded as one of the organized crime group’s most important leaders. Its top leaders — Darío Antonio Úsuga David, who is also known as “Otoniel,” and his top lieutenant, Roberto Vargas Gutiérrez — were allegedly both Machado’s customers. She also allegedly provided prostitutes to Luis Orlando Padierna, who is known by the alias “Inglaterra.” Machado allegedly recruited underage girls at some schools in the department of Antioquia, especially in the towns of Apartadó, Carepa, Necoclí, Turbo, and Chigorodó. She lured the girls with promises of money, cell phones, motorcycles, and clothes, which they would receive from the men with whom they had sex. The National Police is currently trying to identify and assist the girls that were abused as part of Machado’s prostitution ring. Authorities are also working to capture any other people that might have helped Machado recruit girls in local schools or neighboring towns. “Well, if the ‘zero kilometers’ won’t come and your little sister is ready, then tell her to come…,” an unidentified Clan Úsuga member told Paola. “Well, if the ‘zero kilometers’ won’t come and your little sister is ready, then tell her to come…,” an unidentified Clan Úsuga member told Paola. The arrests were part of Operation Agamemnón, an ongoing joint operation that began on February 3. The National Police and the Army have deployed 1,200 and 1,000 men, respectively, to capture “Otoniel” and “Gavilán,” whom authorities suspect are behind many of the sexual abuse cases that Colombian authorities have detected. Their work culminated in the late April arrest of Briseda Machado, the ring’s alleged pimp, along with 71 members of Clan Úsuga. Machado, also known as “Paola,” is 24, illiterate — and regarded as one of the organized crime group’s most important leaders. Its top leaders — Darío Antonio Úsuga David, who is also known as “Otoniel,” and his top lieutenant, Roberto Vargas Gutiérrez — were allegedly both Machado’s customers. She also allegedly provided prostitutes to Luis Orlando Padierna, who is known by the alias “Inglaterra.” Before the Police’s Directorate of Criminal Investigation and Interpol (DIJIN) captured her, Paola lived with her family in a ramshackle house in Antioquia. The arrests cap a two-year investigation that included surveillance and wiretaps. Though Paola is not officially a Clan Úsuga operative, security forces captured her along with 71 members of the gang. The National Police, with support from the Army and the Attorney General’s Office, raided hideouts in four departments, seized 84 mobile phones, computers, and memory sticks, and detained 65 regular members, six ringleaders, and Machado. Having been convinced by Machado, the girls would usually travel an hour by car and another hour by mule to reach the criminal organizations’ parties. There they would be asked to wear special kinds of underwear by the Clan’s leaders, who, after sexually abusing them, would sometimes regale them with gifts, such as expensive clothes or money for breast augmentation surgery. The parties, organized with Paola’s help, went on for at least two years. Having been convinced by Machado, the girls would usually travel an hour by car and another hour by mule to reach the criminal organizations’ parties. There they would be asked to wear special kinds of underwear by the Clan’s leaders, who, after sexually abusing them, would sometimes regale them with gifts, such as expensive clothes or money for breast augmentation surgery. The parties, organized with Paola’s help, went on for at least two years. “And who will she be with, your dad? … Tell him I’ll bring him the girl, but it must be with him,” she replied. “I don’t want her to be with some other brute.” In the end, Paola Machado didn’t take her sister because she found another girl to replace her. Providing underage females to gang members There are no exact figures on the number of girls that Machado prostituted, but DIJIN investigators estimate that she would send at least two or three girls every week to some Clan Úsuga hideout in the Urabá. Phone calls asking for “zero kilometers” or regular girls would rise at the end of month, when the criminal organization pays its members. There are no exact figures on the number of girls that Machado prostituted, but DIJIN investigators estimate that she would send at least two or three girls every week to some Clan Úsuga hideout in the Urabá. Phone calls asking for “zero kilometers” or regular girls would rise at the end of month, when the criminal organization pays its members. Machado allegedly recruited underage girls at some schools in the department of Antioquia, especially in the towns of Apartadó, Carepa, Necoclí, Turbo, and Chigorodó. She lured the girls with promises of money, cell phones, motorcycles, and clothes, which they would receive from the men with whom they had sex. The arrests were part of Operation Agamemnón, an ongoing joint operation that began on February 3. The National Police and the Army have deployed 1,200 and 1,000 men, respectively, to capture “Otoniel” and “Gavilán,” whom authorities suspect are behind many of the sexual abuse cases that Colombian authorities have detected. The National Police is currently trying to identify and assist the girls that were abused as part of Machado’s prostitution ring. Authorities are also working to capture any other people that might have helped Machado recruit girls in local schools or neighboring towns. Excellent. Congratulations to the Colombian police This was very tragic news The Minister of Defense should do the same thing with the guerrilla and get rid of those who oppose him. In Colombia the government is in charge, not the insurgent insurgents. What’s it worth, if they catch them then let them go two days later and they keep on doing the same thing I think this is excellent. I am against the prostitution of minors. Please, parents, what’s wrong with you? I DON’T AGREE WITH THESE NEWS ITEMSlast_img read more

Why to move to Office 365 for credit unions

first_img continue reading » If you’ve been eyeing that shiny new Office 365 productivity suite, we totally get it. It boasts all the fancy features we love these days, such as simplified licensing, cost savings, and a cloud-based platform. It all sounds very well and good, but is Office 365 for credit unions all it’s cracked up to be?As some of you may remember, we asked a similar question back in 2013, and at the time, our answer was “no.” We felt that there were significant drawbacks to Office 365 that posed some risks to credit unions.For example, we were concerned about the loss of some control aspects, some of the security ramifications, and third-party plugin issues. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Šibenik will host the World Sailing Championship this weekend

first_img“This world championship is an event of special importance for Šibenik because it connects sailing, our beautiful sea and the rich heritage of Šibenik. Apart from positioning us as an important destination on the world nautical map, the upcoming sailing spectacle is an excellent promotion of Šibenik as a tourist destination.”, Points out Mayor Zeljko Buric. The city of Šibenik, one of the few cities in the world with two cultural monuments on the UNESCO list of cultural heritage – the Cathedral of St. Jakov and the fortress of Sv. Nikola, in recent years the most recognizable for its rich cultural heritage, this year, together with the Sailing Club VAL and marina D-Marin Mandalina, hosts the largest sporting event in the history of Šibenik, also the most important nautical event of the season – the World ORC Championship. You can check out more about the event HERE. During the six-day regatta “D-Marin ORC World Sailing Championship 2019”, which takes place in late May and early June, about 130 sailboats and more than 1.500 sailors from around the world, sailing among the islands of Sibenik will send the most beautiful image of Sibenik and its unique waters. “D-Marin ORC World Sailing Championship 2019” will be marked by rich accompanying events, so an exhibition of photographs dedicated to sailing will be opened in the Museum of the City of Šibenik, while the finale of the championship will be marked by the performance of popular Italian DJ duo Marvin & Guy and local musicians Bakula and Lawrence Klein. Beepolar from Komiža. The official program begins on May 31 with a survey of the sailboats, while the grand opening of the regatta is scheduled for Sunday, June 2 in front of the Cathedral of St. Jacob. Apart from the D-Marin Mandalina marina, the sailboats will also be anchored along the Šibenik waterfront, so the people of Šibenik and their guests will be able to enjoy this attractive picture and be able to see them up close. The sailing fleet will be divided into two parts, so one will sail from the southern tip of Zlarin to Žirje, and the other in the waters of Murter. last_img read more