Freshly CEO Michael Wystrach and 28 East 28th Street (Photos via Twitter; Google Maps)Meal-delivery company Freshly will be more than quadrupling its office footprint after relocating to north of Madison Square Park.Freshly has signed a 92,306-square-foot lease at 28 East 28th Street, according to a release from the landlord. It will occupy the 12th and 13th floors of the building, which is owned by George Comfort & Sons, Jamestown Properties and Loeb Partners Real Estate.Read moreAfter Facebook passes, CBS signs huge lease at NoMad buildingNew York Life building gets $410M refi Email Address* The terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, but sources said Freshly’s lease runs for 12.5 years, and tenants of the building pay between $85 to $100 per square foot.Nestlè USA acquired Freshly in October 2020. The meal-delivery company will leave its current office at 115 East 23rd Street, where it occupies about 20,000 square feet, following a full buildout of the new space.The building on 28th Street has recently gone through major renovations, including a new lobby. Whole Foods Market is set to occupy the 60,000-square-foot retail space at the property’s base.Other tenants include New York Life and CBS, which, according to the New York Post, inked a 15-year lease renewal for 164,000 square feet in 2019. At one point, Facebook was also eyeing space in the building, but ultimately signed a massive lease for the office redevelopment of the Farley Post Office.Freshly was represented in the transaction by Colliers International’s Eric Ferriello. The owner partnership represented itself in-house by a team led by George Comfort & Sons President and CEO Peter Duncan.Contact Akiko Matsuda Share via Shortlink Full Name* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Message* TagsCommercial Real EstateManhattan Office MarketOffice Leasing
Coventry City Council has begun a 10-week consultation on introducing both selective and additional licensing in several areas that could see landlords charged £773 a year per rental property for a five-year licence.The schemes would raise approximately £2.5 million for the council, which says it would be spent on running them, and would cover the St Michael’s and Foleshill wards of the city, both of which are two of the city’s most deprived and student-dominated areas.Coventry is the largest private rented property market in the West Midlands but the council says concerns have been raised from residents about the quality of some of the housing provided within the sector.Some 44% of homes in the areas being proposed are privately rented properties, almost twice the national average, and in one area it has reached 63%.The council says residents have experienced anti-social behaviour, fly-tipping and ‘noise nuisance’ in areas where there are high densities of rental property.Coventry is proposing both a Selective Licensing scheme, which would require all landlords within large swathes of its city centre to pay to join a licensing scheme, and Additional Licensing for Houses of Multiple Occupancy (HMOs).The National Landlords claims the schemes will push up rents in the area by £13 a month per person, and has warned that: “local authorities such as Coventry Council should be aware that selective licensing is a housing policy, not a social policy, and should not be seen as the sole response to deep-rooted problems such as anti-social behaviour, which councils often cite as a reason for introducing schemes.”The consultation runs Wednesday 20 March 2019.landlords additional licencing rental property selective licensing coventry city council January 11, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Coventry consults on licensing rental properties in city centre previous nextRegulation & LawCoventry consults on licensing rental properties in city centreTwo key areas of Coventry will be covered by the proposed schemes, raising £2.5 million for its local authority.Nigel Lewis11th January 201901,092 Views
December 16, 2013 Back to overview,Home naval-today FS Siroco Hosts Meeting with Somaliland Representatives FS Siroco Hosts Meeting with Somaliland Representatives SOMALILAND REPRESENTATIVES ONBOARD FS SIROCOOn Sunday, 15 December 2013, EU Naval Force French flagship, FS Siroco hosted a meeting with Somaliland representatives, including Vice President Abdirahman Abdallahi Ismail Saylici. “We welcome this engagement with EUCAP Nestor as it will pave the way for technical cooperation in the field of maritime security. “The visitors were welcomed on board by Mr Etienne de Poncins, Head of Mission of the European Union’s maritime security capacity building mission, EUCAP Nestor, and the new Force Commander of the EU Naval Force, Rear Admiral Hervé Bléjean.The event which took place at sea off the coast of Berbera, was an opportunity to highlight the complementary work of the European Union missions in the Horn of Africa and how they work together with regional states and entities to help strengthen security and local capacities.In line with the European Union’s comprehensive approach to the region, the meeting was also seen as a stepping stone for technical cooperation between EUCAP Nestor, Atalanta and Somaliland. Somaliland plays an important role in countering piracy in the region by deterring pirates’ activities on land, and is therefore seen as an important partner in strengthening regional maritime security. During the meeting, a joint plan of future activities and programmes proposed by EUCAP Nestor was established and endorsed by the participants.“It was an honour for EUCAP Nestor and EU Naval Force to host the Delegation from Somaliland today” says Mr de Poncins. “Mentoring, advising and training as well as providing light equipment, are the core activities of EUCAP Nestor in the Horn of Africa region” he continues. ”Our future presence in Hargeisa will make it easier to coordinate these activities with Somaliland and to plan and carry out training and workshops. We are excited to develop further partnership with Somaliland and committed to deliver on time programmes and equipment as discussed during the meeting. They will reinforce maritime security in the region as a whole”Currently EUCAP Nestor activities related to Somaliland are dealt with by staff based in Nairobi, with support from the headquarters in Djibouti. The mission is in the process of establishing an office in Hargeisa that will enable EUCAP Nestor to support Somaliland on a more permanent and efficient basis.Previous EUCAP Nestor training, such as the investigation of maritime crime training for the Somaliland Coast Guard in November, has taken place on board EU Naval Force ships at sea. In the future, the intention is for EUCAP Nestor to have police, legal and maritime experts deployed on a rotating basis to Somaliland in order to work together with their counterparts to design and run mentoring, advisory and training programmes. A maritime security course, with links to the World Maritime University, is also proposed for next year.Speaking about the meeting, Vice President Abdrihman Abdillahi Ismail Zeylai added “We welcome this engagement with EUCAP Nestor as it will pave the way for technical cooperation in the field of maritime security. Somaliland is committed and is an active partner in the fight against piracy and has done a lot through its small resources, but we request EUCAP Nestor to seek the mandate, apart from training and capacity building to provide us material support to complement our contributions on the fight against piracy.”EUCAP Nestor is a civilian mission mandated to assist countries in the Horn of Africa and the Western Indian Ocean region to develop and enhance their own maritime security. The mission also aims to develop land-based coastal police forces and judicial capabilities in the region.EU Naval Force deters, prevents and represses acts of piracy and armed robbery off the coast of Somalia. EU Naval Force ships protect World Food Programme vessels delivering aid to Somalia and AMISOM shipping. EU Naval Force ships also contribute to the monitoring of fishing activity off the Somali Coast.[mappress]Press Release, December 16, 2013; Image: EU Navfor Authorities Share this article
South Jersey Amnesty International will commemorate International Human Rights Day (Dec. 10) at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7 at the Ocean City Free Public library by hosting a local advocate for Syrian refugees, especially women and children.The theme of this year’s Human Rights Day is “Our Rights, Our Freedoms Always.”Sandra Fasy of Upper Township will make a presentation that is open to the public about her work with Narenj Tree Foundation www.narenjtree.org in getting clothing, food, medical and school supplies directly to people displaced by war in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. She will give a history of the conflicts and will show a video.Gayle Davidson will co-present. For further information, call 609-398-1934 or email [email protected] or [email protected] you cannot attend, it is possible to make a donation to help her work at the Narenj Tree website. Containers of essential items are shipped directly to the people in camps.Please spread the word. It is open to the public.— News release from South Jersey Amnesty International
A man who sexually abused a teenager more than 40 years ago has today had his sentence increased after the Solicitor General, Robert Buckland QC MP, referred it to the Court of Appeal for being unduly lenient.While in his late teens, Graham Stridgeon sexually abused a fellow resident at Bryn Alyn children’s home on several occasions in the 1970s. The victim was under 15 at the time. Stridgeon, now 64, was arrested and charged following ‘Operation Pallial’, an independent National Crime Agency investigation into recent allegations of past abuse in the North Wales care system.Stridgeon was originally sentenced in October 2018 to 3 and a half years in prison at Mold Crown Court. The Court of Appeal has today increased his sentence to 5 years and 10 months in prison with an extended licence period of 3 years.Speaking after the hearing, the Solicitor General said:“I would like to thank the victim for bringing Stridgeon’s offences to light, and I hope that they now feel that their courage has been rewarded and that justice has been done. I would also like to thank the National Crime Agency for their hard work on Operation Pallial.”
Aldi and Waitrose have recorded the two highest percentage growth rates in the grocery market during the last 12 weeks, Kantar Worldpanel has revealed.The research firm published the latest grocery share figures for the 12 weeks to 17 March, highlighting a 30.8% growth rate for the discount food retailer. The John Lewis Partnership-owned Waitrose also saw a 12.5% growth rate during the same period.Other food retailers seeing an increase in growth included Lidl and Iceland, which experienced an increase of 10.5% and 8.7% respectively.Sainsbury’s growth rate stood at 6.2%, while Tesco and Asda saw an increase of 1.1% and 3.8% respectively, and Morrisons reported a 1% decline in growth.Fraser McKevitt, retail analyst at Kantar Worldpanel, said: “Sainsbury’s year-on-year growth of 6.2% firmly beats the total market growth of 3.9%. Since 2004, its annual share has been on a rising trend and now stands at 16.8% for the 52 weeks ending 17 March.“Looking ahead, Tesco has responded with its Price Promise promotion, which delivers coupons to shoppers at the tills and Morrisons has announced plans to plug its home-delivery gap during 2013. These strategies are expected to help boost the retailers’ performances going forward.”Kantar also revealed that grocery inflation stood at 4.2% for the same 12-week period, currently higher than the market growth of 3.9%. The firm said that this reflects shoppers’ coping mechanisms, such as switching products and retailers and seeking out offers.
Bristol-based pie company Pieminister aims to open its “most ambitious project to date” in Leeds at the end of April following a £300,000 refurbishment. The site, which will the company’s ninth, is a third bigger than all previous ventures undertaken by Pieminister, measuring 300,000sq ft with 120 seats. The space, near the Corn Exchange and Trinity University, is “a complete bomb site” and will undergo a refurbishment “from the ground up”.The site will offer an extended pie, snacks and drinks menu, as well as alcohol with pie-themed cocktails on offer, such as lemon meringue pie. A new collection of free-range snacks is currently on trial in Bristol, before launching at the Leeds site, including pork scratchings, potted pork and pickled eggs.The venue will serve food from 10am to 1am in an attempt to meet demand.Jon Simon, joint founder, said: “The restaurants are going really well. It is really exciting for us to be doing this and every store we open gets busier and busier. This one is by far our most ambitious project to date. It is over two floors and has a lot more seats than ever before. As seen in previous restaurants, people can’t get seats as it is too busy.”In November, food consultancy Horizons highlights Pieminister as one to watch and it continues to perform well, with restaurant business total sales up 45%.Future plansSimon confirmed that the company, jointly founded with Tristan Hogg, is looking for more sites in locations including Liverpool, a second site in Manchester and London. “We do demographic mapping to see where the best cities for us are,” said Simon.“These big cities where students are tend to be good places. The students help, but the cities tend to be a bit more vibrant. London is definitely a target for us and, as soon as we find the right site, we’ll be in.” In terms of the capital, Simon is looking for sites “where the cool kids are”, such as Brixton, Hackney and Shoreditch.Pieminister recently held a #PieElection to coincide with British Pie Week (2 to 8 March), which allowed consumers to vote for their favourite discontinued pie. The Minty Lamb won and there will be further pie specials coming out for summer.
Bakeries have been a star performer in the quick-serve restaurant (QSR) market in the past year.They recorded the strongest growth in eat-in dining across QSR channels in the 12 months to this April, with sales up 19% and number of visits up 18%, according to analysts The NPD Group.Total sales at bakery outlets rose 6% in the year, with a 2.2% increase in the number of visits, outperforming pizza and chicken outlets.NPD said the best evidence for success was in the number of servings, with bakery outlets recording a 9% jump to 1.17 billion – the strongest servings growth in the past year of any QSR channel.Bakeries were also well placed to tap some of the biggest trends in UK foodservice and ramp up their performance in on-the-go food market, according to Peter Linden, insight manager for UK foodservice at NPD.“Bakeries, by their very nature, focus on food-to-go and this is where the growth is, with sales in this part of Britain’s total out-of-home market having grown by 8% in the year to April 2019,” he explained, adding that some bakeries had already shaped their offer to tap this.“Many businesses – small and large – are moving away from their traditional bakery offering to a sharper food-to-go focus. This involves putting on good coffee, offering new food choices – such as pizza, salads, pasta, hot sandwiches, croissants and pasties – and much more.”Bakeries recorded the strongest growth in coffee servings of any QSR channel in the year to April, with servings of coffee up nearly 19%.Currently, bakeries account for 5% of the £22.5bn food-to-go market, but there is an opportunity to grow this by targeting different times of day, such as dinner, and offering delivery. Bakeries make up just 3% of total click-and-collect services, and delivery business for bakeries is still at a very low level, although delivery volume was up nearly 63% in the past year.“Say the word ‘bakery’ and some might think of a traditional family-run business that sets to work each day well before dawn, turning out bread, savoury bakes, pastries and cakes for sale across the counter,” added Linden.“Those outlets still exist throughout Britain, but there are many other ambitious outlets already competing head-on with the big high street names. We believe competition will heat up. Bakery chains are ideally suited to riding some of the big trends in British foodservice and have responded imaginatively to consumer demand for convenience.”
This is part of our Coronavirus Update series in which Harvard specialists in epidemiology, infectious disease, economics, politics, and other disciplines offer insights into what the latest developments in the COVID-19 outbreak may bring.Sarah Fortune leads a lab of about 20 scientists who study tuberculosis. The lab at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is in a biosafety level 3 containment facility, so researchers must wear N95 personal respirator masks and full-body Tyvek protection suits to experiment on specimens of the disease that in 2018 killed 1.5 million worldwide.The researchers investigate drug resistance and host response, which is important in preclinical vaccine development. But last week, as the numbers of COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts and the U.S. continued to rise, Fortune had to make a gut-wrenching decision.Her lab came to a complete stop.Scientists saved what data they could and destroyed cultures and other materials they couldn’t, but they didn’t stop there. They donated their masks, suits, and respirators to local health care clinics to use as coronavirus cases continue to escalate.“We have this special responsibility to share our personal protective equipment with health care workers,” said Fortune, the John LaPorte Given Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the Chan School who is also director of the TB Research Program at the Ragon Institute of MGH, Harvard, and MIT. “We all feel like if we — especially us who understand so clearly what this could be — don’t really fully make hard sacrifices, then how could we ask anybody else in our community to do that?”Decisions like this are happening all across Harvard as scientists have rapidly scaled down the work in their laboratories to only essential functions as part of a massive effort to de-densify the University and lower the risk of infection through social distancing. In some cases, they’ve also had to figure out how to keep research subjects alive and sensitive equipment functioning. At the same time, other Harvard labs are racing to learn the secrets of coronavirus in the search for a vaccine.Labs have closed in the Faculty of Arts and Science’s Division of Science, the Harvard John E. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), Harvard Medical School, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard Dental School, and affiliated hospitals. The closure’s affect a wide range of scientific studies, from plants and rocks to Alzheimer’s and cancer. “We all feel like if we — especially us who understand so clearly what this could be — don’t really fully make hard sacrifices, then how could we ask anybody else in our community to do that?” — Sarah Fortune, John LaPorte Given Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases The ramp-down went into wide effect on March 18.The first announcement of the scale-down came in a March 12 email co-written by FAS Dean Claudine Gay, SEAS Dean Francis J. Doyle III, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Dean Emma Dench, Dean of Science Christopher W. Stubbs, Dean of Social Science Lawrence D. Bobo, and Dean of Arts and Humanities Robin E. Kelsey.The next day the deans of the Medical School, Dental School, and the School of Public Health jointly announced they, too, would be entering a period of “low productivity.” On Saturday, the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard followed suit, as did the Wyss Institute.The deans asked principal investigators to identify key individuals and essential tasks that must be completed during the ramp-down to avoid significant financial and data loss.“The policy that we put in place asks the research community to limit their time on campus to sustaining research organisms, keeping irreplaceable samples, and making sure that high-value apparatus doesn’t get damaged,” Stubbs said. “It’s essentially putting our research activities into suspended animation.”Stubbs said the impact on both cost and careers was carefully considered before the decision was made, but it was important to act decisively to help flatten the curve of coronavirus infections.“It’s essential that we keep, to the maximum extent possible, the number of people who turn up at hospitals within the capacity of the healthcare system,” he said. “I don’t mean to be alarmist here, but we’re trying to reduce the number of people who are going to die.”Normally, scientific research never stops. But by the end of business on March 18, many projects at Harvard effectively went dark. Leading up to that, many labs worked to make sure machines such as cryogenic freezers and superconducting magnets would be properly maintained by essential staff, and that the model organisms they work with — fruit flies, worms, and zebrafish — would be well cared for as most research scientists observe social distancing guidelines.Roger Fu, assistant professor of earth and planetary sciences at FAS, said no one from his paleomagnetics lab will be going into the physically lab space for the duration of the scale-down. Instead, his team of eight postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and undergrads will do remote data analysis with the computers and equipment they took home. The team studies the magnetic properties of rocks to understand planet formation and the early Earth.,Harvard building facilities will check on key hardware that the researchers left in standby mode, including the magnetometer, which runs on a cryogenic coolant system. Fu said that although “there’s nothing that would die if we’re not in the lab every day,” the magnetometer could be damaged if the cooling system malfunctioned.In the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the Chan School, however, the malaria group must keep alive malaria parasites grown in red blood cells and the mosquito colonies that transmit these parasites. Two or three essential personnel will go in to care for the mosquitoes, which are housed at Catteruccia Lab.Among other research, the work at the lab helps develop new interventions, including vaccines and drugs, said Dyann F. Wirth, the Richard Pearson Strong Professor of Infectious Diseases. Every year, there are more than 200 million new cases of malaria, and more than 400,000 people die from the disease, Wirth said.“Mosquitoes can’t be frozen, so they must be maintained in their reproductive cycle,” she said. “They need to be fed and transferred. There’s a whole mosquito-breeding protocol, so that will need to be maintained. It’s a very specialized set of skills.”Neuroscientist Catherine Dulac faces similar issues at her lab. The Higgins Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology and the Lee and Ezpeleta Professor of Arts and Sciences has mice that her lab uses to study the brain control of social behavior.,“For us, our most important resources are the mouse lines and our frozen stock of cell lines in liquid nitrogen,” said Dulac, who is also a Howard Hughes investigator. “We have established a very minimal crew of people who are each going to come once or twice a week and have a long list of things to do, checking and taking care of the mice for multiple labs to minimize the number of people who need to get in.”Along with tending to the mice, lab members will also monitor and refill the tanks of carbon dioxide that sustain long-term cell cultures that cannot be frozen, and tanks of liquid nitrogen that keep large stocks of frozen cell lines properly cooled.Many Harvard science labs can rely on teams devoted specifically to animal care.Labs are also donating key materials and equipment to front-line health care workers. Fortune’s lab along with other labs at the Chan School donated 15 cases of N95 masks, 500 protection suits, and close to 4,000 gloves to Harvard University Health Services and the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center.Matthew Volpe, a fourth-year graduate student in the FAS Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, said the Balskus Lab donated its RNA extraction kits — which are essential to coronavirus testing — to Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Volpe, who studies gut microbes including E. coli, said other research labs at FAS have done the same. On Wednesday, Volpe paid his last visit to the lab for the immediate future to package human cancer cell lines in the biosafety cabinet and freeze them for long-term storage.,The researchers’ efforts are proof of Harvard’s commitment to putting public health needs ahead of their own work during a time of crisis.“Our researchers are cooperating fully,” said SEAS’s Doyle, especially “since the consequences involved [could] have life-and-death ramifications in the community.”Still, many researchers are concerned about long-term effects on their work as the pandemic stretches out. The University recommended researchers devote their time to writing grant proposals, reviewing articles and papers, writing thesis chapters, data analysis, planning future work. Many plan on doing just that.Frank Keutsch, the Stonington Professor of Engineering and Atmospheric Science and a professor of chemistry and chemical biology, wonders what will happen if or when that work runs out.“As this starts getting much longer, and going into summer, at some point, we’ll have to really rethink, in some sense, the research we’re doing, and what we’re doing [day to day],” he said. “A lot of my research is based on experiments. At some point, the external data that you have sitting in your pocket that needs work is going to run out, and then we’ll have to transition.”Keutsch’s lab at SEAS studies atmosphere and plant interactions to see how humans are changing the chemical processes in the atmosphere. During the scale-down, the lab safety officer will be going into the lab to monitor the health of the plants.A few researchers, like some at the Harvard Forest, are more fortunate when it comes to their experiments. A small number of researchers there still will be able to monitor plants in the field to sustain long-term data records for their experiments. They will have to travel to the forest alone and maintain the recommended social distance from others while there, said Jonathan Thompson, a senior investigator for the forest’s long-term ecological research program. There are also a number of automated sensors that will continue to collect data on trees.,Researchers will be able to access the data from computers and other equipment they took home, Thompson added. Maintenance on the forest’s research towers will be allowed during the scale-down, but all onsite labs are closed.One concern among laboratory scientists getting accustomed to working remotely is the line between social distancing and social isolation. To guard againt this, Keutsch said he’s introduced a number of social forums for his lab and is starting a weekly kaffeeklatsch, “a German word for when you have coffee and talk about stuff,” he said. “Purely social.”In her now-virtual laboratory, Monica Colaiácovo, professor of genetics in the Blavatnik Institute at Harvard Medical School, said she is setting up similar one-on-one meetings with everyone in her lab on the Longwood Campus, where researchers study the cell-division process meiosis. Last week, they worked furiously to freeze many of the microscopic worms called C. elegans that were close to being ready for analysis. During the scale-down, a member of her lab will go in once a week to refill the liquid nitrogen that cools the cryofreezer where the worms are stored. Colaiácovo estimates that when they are allowed to restart work they can be fully operational in seven to 10 days.Another researcher at HMS, where all research has stopped except work related to coronavirus, is Michael Crickmore. He is assistant professor of neurology at the School and a research associate in the Kirby Center at Boston Children’s Hospital, where his lab studies fruit flies to understand motivational states.“It’s really sad,” Crickmore said. “It’s sad for me as a relatively new [principal investigator] living out a dream to have a beautiful lab at a place like this and being able to chase big discoveries every day — also for people who are in my lab and are just finding out what it’s like to make discoveries and get addicted to it. To have to put that aside is super sad for us just like it is for everybody else.”But, he said, they realize what’s at stake, and are ready to play their part. The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.
NAFCU’s final member call-in for 2015, “NAFCU Year-End Advocacy Update,” will feature NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger and other senior staff with a look at the latest legislative, regulatory and economic developments affecting credit unions.The member-only call (login required) will begin at 4 p.m. Eastern Dec. 15. Among the key topics are:NCUA’s current and future rulemaking, including developments affecting field of membership and member business lending;CFPB activities focused on unfair and deceptive acts and practices;NAFCU’s legal challenge to the Federal Communications Commission’s robocall ruling;progress in the Target data breach suit and federal data and cybersecurity legislation;economic developments and the future of interest rates. continue reading » 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr