It’s clear traditional Leaving Cert can’t go ahead – McHugh

first_img Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction DL Debate – 24/05/21 By News Highland – February 15, 2021 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Twitter It’s clear traditional Leaving Cert can’t go ahead – McHugh Facebook Pinterest Twittercenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR A former Education Minister says it’s clear that the Leaving Cert in its traditional format cannot go ahead this year.Talks on holding the leaving cert will continue today between the Department of Education and teacher unions.The ASTI pulled out of discussions last week over the calculated grades system but it has since reengaged.Donegal Deputy Joe McHugh says this year’s cohort need to be given a lot more options around the examinations.The Taoiseach has said there would be clarity on the process this week.Speaking on today’s Nine Til Noon Show Deputy McHugh says he believes that principals hold the key on how the Leaving Cert should be modified:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/joemchugh1pm-2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Previous articleTractor driver fails roadside drug test in south DonegalNext articleBreaking: LYIT to become vaccination centre News Highland FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Google+ WhatsApp AudioHomepage BannerNews Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

How a Red Hook developer circumvented the City Council

first_imgThe site is contaminated, so Washburn will say he needs the higher returns of residential to pay for remediation. He will say it won’t change the neighborhood because, despite its zoning, there are already lots of homes nearby. He bought the property in 2019, so he can say he did not cause the hardship. And the project is 25 percent commercial and 22 percent manufacturing, so he can say he is not asking for a purely residential use.But opponents — no doubt including Menchaca, who did not comment for this story — will rebut these arguments before Brooklyn Community Board 6, which can render an advisory opinion, and then directly to the BSA.They will start with this: The site is not only zoned for manufacturing, it’s in an industrial business zone. IBZs were designated by the Bloomberg administration to protect their businesses from the very thing Washburn is seeking — residential use.Residents in manufacturing districts call 311 to complain about noise, trucks, odors, lights or whatever else bothers them, leading to violations and fines for their industrial neighbors. Even worse, industrial landlords see nearby owners raking in cash from apartments and want the same, so they raise rents and offer only short-term leases or none at all until their business tenants give up and leave.IBZs were essentially a promise by the Bloomberg administration — and a message to landlords — that industrial sites will stay industrial. Mayor Bill de Blasio strengthened that promise by requiring a special permit for hotels and self-storage to locate there. His planning department might well have blocked a Washburn rezoning application before it even got to Menchaca. The mayor has less control over the BSA, but did appoint all five of its members.Advocates for industry will further challenge Washburn’s assertion that he can’t make a decent return on investment without apartments.“Industrial businesses have been a lifeline for our city,” said Ben Margolis, executive director of the Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation, which guards Red Hook’s IBZ. “Industrial properties remain a relatively strong sector, particularly as the pandemic continues to limit the city’s retail, office and residential markets.”Critics of the 14-story project will also call it out of scale with the low-slung neighborhood; Washburn will counter that 135 Richards Street, within the Red Hook Houses, is also 14 stories.The opponents will line up locals to testify against the project, and Washburn will line up locals to support it. (Several were quoted in his press release announcing the project Tuesday.)Washburn, a longtime Red Hook resident, is partnering with Washington, D.C.-based development firm Four Points on the project, which they have dubbed “the Model Block.” Besides the mixed-income housing, it has light manufacturing, office space, an art gallery and space for a restaurant and stores.It will be a fight, but a fair fight. Washburn’s alternative is to place the fate of his project in the hands of one man — a man running for office on an anti-development agenda and a record to back it up.Menchaca is sure to complain at the developer’s choice, but the Council member really did not leave him one.Contact Erik Engquist Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Message* Share via Shortlink From left: BSA chairwoman Margery Perlmutter, developer Alexandros Washburn, New York City Council member Carlos Menchaca and a rendering of the project (Photos via the City of New York, LinkedIn and Arquitectonica)Developers can’t go through Carlos Menchaca, but they can go around him.The Brooklyn City Council member last year killed a major rezoning in his district and tried to stop one in someone else’s. Now, a builder is steering a $200 million Red Hook project to an agency where Menchaca has no vote.The proposal for 145 Wolcott Street includes 210 apartments — 61 of them affordable — in a manufacturing zone, so it needs either new zoning from the City Council or a variance from the Board of Standards and Appeals.The developer, Alexandros Washburn, opted to seek the latter, knowing that even if a rezoning got through city planners, the Council would defer to Menchaca because the project is in his district. Menchaca is best known for stopping the Industry City zoning application that the campus’s owners said would trigger $1 billion in upgrades to the campus.A rendering of the Red Hook Project (Arquitectonica)Three months later Menchaca rallied opposition to a $2 billion Flushing project in Peter Koo’s district, asking colleagues to ignore the same tradition of member deference that Menchaca had just demanded they respect on his own turf. The Queens project passed, but Menchaca’s move marked him indelibly as a man for developers to avoid.Washburn will instead roll the dice with BSA chairwoman Margery Perlmutter and the four other members of the obscure but powerful panel.Perlmutter is an architect and a lawyer. Land-use professionals consider her a fair arbiter. They see Menchaca as an unreliable negotiator — a politician who moves the goalposts, is inconsistent in his reasoning and bends to the whims of his loudest constituents.And now that he is running for mayor and courting the endorsement of the Democratic Socialists of America, the industry trusts him even less, if that is possible.Besides bypassing crotchety Council members, going to the Board of Standards and Appeals can save developers a year off the approval process — and maybe a digit off the cost.To be sure, Washburn’s path at the BSA will not be easy. Like all variance applicants, he must persuade the board of five things: that his site has special challenges, that he did not cause them, that he could not make a reasonable return without a variance, that his project would not change the character of the neighborhood and that he is not asking the board for more than he needs.Read moreGindi, Chetrit and Nakash plan Red Hook warehouseFood Bazaar to replace Fairway in Red HookPort Authority has waterfront land in Red Hook to sellcenter_img Full Name* Email Address* Tagsboard of standards and appealsDevelopmentIndustrial Real Estatenew york city councilPoliticsred hooklast_img read more

Christmas desserts see festive success

first_imgAll the major four traditional Christmas desserts enjoyed significant growth in both volume and value sales over the 2014/2015 festive period. In figures collated for British Baker by Kantar Worldpanel for the four weeks to 4 January 2015, the biggest supermarket winner was Christmas cake. It boasted spend up by 16.2% on the same period in 2013/2014 from £36m to more than £40m with volume up 14% – making it the most popular traditional dessert of this Christmas season.The dessert to place second-highest in increased spend this year was children’s favourite the chocolate Yule log. Value was up by 13.6% from £8.5m to almost £10m, though volume increase was up by just 8%.Stollen cake was another festive dessert to enjoy an increase in spend of 12.1% from £2.5m to £2.7m, with volume sales also up by 13.1%.As expected, mince pies remained popular with an even increase across volume and value of 10%, equating to a total spend of almost £4m.last_img read more

Gibbs impressed by newcomer Sanchez

first_img “It’s great for the confidence of the squad. When players like Ozil and Sanchez come in it makes everyone feel good,” Gibbs said. “Mesut didn’t come in with an arrogance about him – he came in like he still had something to prove, like he wasn’t already a world-class player. “Alexis has that same mentality. He’s like an animal in training and on the pitch. He’s everywhere. He never stops running. That’s what we need. “We can’t just sign a superstar and think we’re going to win everything. It’s about attitude as well.” Ozil enjoyed an excellent start to life at Arsenal last season but the 25-year-old’s form fell away as the campaign progressed, with fatigue and injury gradually taking their toll. Signings from abroad often take time to adapt to the intensity of the Premier League but Sanchez’s physical style may mean he is better-suited. “Alexis has got straight into us,” Gibbs said. “You always worry about some players coming in and adapting to the Premier League but, to be honest, I don’t see him struggling. “You can see it in him that he’s a tough character. He’s come in and he can be that 20-goal-a-season striker every team needs.” Conceding goals – rather than scoring them – has been the greater problem for Arsenal in recent seasons, with many questioning the defensive spine throughout the side. The Gunners were more solid last term but heavy defeats to Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City mean there is still room for improvement. “We’ve got an exciting team and a lot of players who can make a difference going forward, so we just need to be aware as well of the other side of the game,” Gibbs said. “We want to be careful as well. We want to be well-balanced. We want to be aware we’ve got responsibilities. “We’re not going to be an all-out attack team this season and we’re working hard in training on all aspects of our game.” Arsenal return to Wembley on Sunday with fond memories after beating Hull to win the FA Cup in May. The victory ended an agonising nine-year wait for a trophy and Gibbs hopes the triumph is just the start of things to come. “The boys definitely needed it – everyone involved in the club needed it,” Gibbs said. “It was a nice feeling and we need to use it as a stepping stone now for the rest of this season. “It’s not something where we think we can take our foot off the gas now, it’s made us put our foot down even more.” Gibbs added: “It was a special feeling and extra-special because it was so long coming. “It does feel different now. The ceiling is higher, we just feel more responsible and more mature because we’ve gone through a lot to win and you realise what it takes.” Arsenal face Manchester City in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday, looking to lay down an early marker ahead of their Barclays Premier League opener against Crystal Palace. The Gunners parted with around £35million to bring Sanchez to the Emirates this summer, a year after spending £42.4m on Mesut Ozil. Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs says Alexis Sanchez is like “an animal” in training and believes the forward’s arrival has injected added belief into the Gunners squad. Press Associationlast_img read more