Newrest ASL Nigeria Plc (AIRSER.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Transport sector has released it’s 2009 annual report.For more information about Newrest ASL Nigeria Plc (AIRSER.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Newrest ASL Nigeria Plc (AIRSER.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Newrest ASL Nigeria Plc (AIRSER.ng) 2009 annual report.Company ProfileNewrest ASL Plc is a multi-sector catering company in Nigeria specialising in out-of-home food services for the hospitality, aviation, mining and corporate sectors. It is the only multi-sector catering company in Nigeria. The company’s service footprint extends to 49 countries around the world. The catering operation is extensive with over 30 000 employees turning out more than a million meals a day. Newrest ASL Plc’s client base includes: airline companies, providing menu design, skills training, logistics management, picking and packing bars and dry stores and catering for airport lounges and VIP flights; railway companies, offering catering, cleaning and logistic services to railway operators through Newrest Wagons-Lit; oil, gas and mining companies, offering catering services for remote sites; and commercial and corporate entities, handling daily meal plans and catering for functions, inhouse restaurants and cafeterias. Newrest ASL supplies and markets its own inhouse brands which includes Le RDV, Daily Break, Caffé Lindo, Sky Shop and The Lunch. Newrest ASL Plc is majority-owned by its management where over 300 managers have a combined stake in the business of 88.7%. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Newrest ASL Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
Featured Events Youth Minister Lorton, VA Anglican Communion [Ecumenical News International] Tensions have heightened in central Nigeria following the killing on Aug. 8 of four people near a mosque, a day after 20 worshipers in a church in the Okene area of Kogi state, were shot dead.In the mosque attack, news reports said the armed men came in a van chanting Islamic songs before they attacked some Muslims who were holding tafsir (a Ramadan lecture) at the Central Mosque in Okene. Two of the dead were soldiers who were on surveillance duty.In the church incident, armed men entered Deeper Life Bible Church on Aug. 7 and fired at worshipers. Church leaders have pleaded for increased security in places of worship.Anglican Archbishop Nicholas Okoh of Nigeria urged the government to protection all Nigerians. He condemned the attacks, called for improved strategies to fight the violence and urged Christians to desist from acts that would worsen the situation.“At the rate we are going, the country is drifting fast into anarchy,” the Nigerian newspaper Punch quoted Okoh as saying on Aug. 8. It is the government’s responsibility to provide defense for the people, he added.Following the attacks, the government ordered a dusk to dawn curfew in the state, while the country’s inspector general has also ordered a 24 hour surveillance of all places of worship, according to reports.No group has claimed responsibility for the latest attacks, although the Islamist militant group Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for attacks on churches and government installations in northern states. The latest attacks have occurred south of the areas that have experienced violence previously. 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Côte d’IvoireAfrica News November 27, 2020 Find out more Côte d’IvoireAfrica Help by sharing this information October 29, 2020 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders is outraged at the way journalists were treated when demonstrators claiming to support President Laurent Gbagbo seized control of the streets of Abidjan from 16 to 19 January. In a grim week for press freedom, at least four journalists were physically attacked, many were threatened with death or rape, many others were subjected to extortion, a radio station was ransacked and the state TV broadcaster, RadioTélévision Ivoirienne (RTI), was taken over.“No lesson was learned from RTI’s takeover by the Young Patriots in November 2004,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The international community offered impunity to the press freedom predators and they repeated their offence. We therefore urge the United Nations, which condemned these events in firm and pertinent terms in New York, to quickly establish a serious programme for implementing its position in Côte d’Ivoire.”16-17 January – 48 hour siegeThe barricades began being thrown up at dawn on 16 January. In response to calls from several pro-Gbagbo organisations, young demonstrators built and manned checkpoints, stopping and searching cars and extorting money from drivers. Groups gathered outside the French embassy, the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), and the barracks of the French 43rd Marine Infantry Battalion, which is part of a French peacekeeping presence known as the Licorne Force. The goal was to force all the UN-mandated foreign troops to leave Côte d’Ivoire after the International Working Group – which was set up by the African Union, with UN support, to monitor the transition – recommended not extending the period of the Ivorian parliament, which expired on 16 December.Several hundred pro-Gbagbo Young Patriots began gathering outside RTI headquarters in the district of Cocody at midday. A group led by Serge Koffi, the head of the Student and School Federation (FESCI), by Ferdinand “Watchard Kédjébo” Kouadio, the head of the National Committee for the Liberation of Bouaké (CNLB), and by Thierry Legré, one of the leaders of the Alliance of Young Patriots, demanded the right to make a statement live on the air. RTI deputy director-general Aka Sayé Lazare refused, but offered to broadcast a pre-recorded statement. Negotiations began under the authority of the armed forces chief of staff, Gen. Philippe Mangou, and the head of the security operations command centre (CECOS), Col. Georges Guiai Bi Poin.Meanwhile, after a crisis meeting with President Gbagbo and Prime Minster Charles Konan Banny at the president’s home in Cocody, interior minister Joseph Dja Blé and defence minister René Aphing Kouassi went to RTI headquarters to record a message calling for calm. They were joined by deputy communication minister Martine Coffi Studer. The three ministers installed themselves in the director-general’s office.Learning of the three ministers’ presence and faced by the continuing refusal of RTI management to bow to their demands, the leaders of the demonstrators threatened to call on the Young Patriots massed in the courtyard. Several demonstrators forced their way onto the set in Studio A while David Mobio was presenting the 1 p.m. news programme. They ejected Mobio from his seat and demanded to make a statement, but the broadcast was immediately suspended. It resumed only after the Young Patriots had left the studio. Mobio ended the programme saying: “May God bring peace to this country.”Emboldened by the army chief’s apparent personal support and by the passivity of his soldiers, the Young Patriots in RTI’s courtyard insulted and threatened the station’s journalists and other employees, called them “rebels with cushy jobs.” A well-known woman journalist who has often been threatened by the pro-Gbagbo youth in the past was actively sought by some of the demonstrators, who said they were going to “rape her.” She was absent that day.The demonstrators stayed in the courtyard until the 8 p.m. news programme, when their recorded message was broadcast. They then began organising a siege of the building, installing a makeshift camp outside the perimeter wall.18 January – RTI taken by stormThere was a dramatic development at 4 a.m. on 18 January. The soldiers guarding the RTI building opened the gates. The Young Patriots rushed through and forced their way into the studios where they threatened the technicians present and got them to broadcast a message by Koffi, urging all young people to take to the streets to demand the departure of foreign troops and “our country’s complete liberation.” Koffi also claimed that he had “taken” the TV station.After the 1 p.m. news programme, the leaders of groups claiming to support Gbagbo were back on the air issuing calls for “peaceful” demonstration outside the “symbols of the occupation,” namely the French 43rd Marine Infantry Battalion, the French embassy, RTI and the Hotel Sébroko (UNOCI headquarters). The messages delivered on camera were almost identical. They called on people to “take to the streets” to “force UNOCI and Licorne to leave.” Those who spoke one after another were Damanan Pickass, the former head of the youth wing of the ruling Ivorian Popular Front (FPI), Eugène Djué, the head of the Union of Patriots for the Total Liberation of Côte d’Ivoire (UPLTCI), Geneviève Bro Grébé, head of the Women Patriots, and Alfred M’Bra N’Goran, the secretary-general of the Collective of Political Parties Supporting the President.In Daloa, a town in the centre of the country, the community radio station Radio Tchrato-Daloa was stormed by the local Young Patriots after the management refused to broadcast an appeal for an attack on the local UN base. The demonstrators ransacked the station and wrecked equipment.Abidjan journalists who do not belong to the pro-Gbagbo camp made themselves scarce. The places normally frequented by the opposition press were deserted. Many members of the RTI management stopped going to work. Reporters Without Borders issued a release at the end of the day expressing its outrage that “calls for insurrection have again been broadcast by the state-owned RadioTélévision Ivoirienne (RTI) under threat from demonstrators claiming to be the supporters of President Laurent Gbagbo.” The release recommended that “the installations of RTI and RCI should be made secure or, failing that, they should be taken off the air.”The 8 p.m. news programme screened long sequences of calls for popular “mobilisation” accompanied by favourable comments.19 January – urban terrorThe pro-Gbagbo press was exultant. A column by Guillaume T. Gbato in the privately-owned, pro-FPI daily Notre Voie proclaimed: “Honour and glory to the Ivorian TV journalists who have chosen the camp of the fatherland and honour. Glory to these valiant sons of Côte d’Ivoire who have shown Ivorians and the world that despite the love of money, sons of this country are ready for fight for the dignity of the motherland.” The column attacked RTI director-general Kébé Yacouba, calling him a “pro-rebel activist,” an “incompetent unworthy of managing such an important public service media as the national television station.” It also claimed that Prime Minister Charles Konan Banny’s nickname at the “university of Abidjan” was “bandit.”Journalists were unceremoniously interrogated by demonstrators at the barricades, who said they were looking for reporters working for Le Patriote, a privately-owned daily that supports former Prime Minister Alassane Ouattara’s party, the Rally of Republicans (RDR), or other newspapers that support the opposition.On hearing of a murder on a street in the Abobo district of Abidjan, a team of journalists working for the Olympe group, which owns the daily newspapers L’Inter and Soir Info, was dispatched to a location near the 15th arrondissement police station. They were stopped at the “bachelor crossroads” roadblock by a group of Young Patriots armed with machetes, swords, knives and clubs, who were led by a man called Zokou. The Young Patriots threatened to kill Soir Info reporter Konan N’Bra, photographer Abdoul Karim Koné and their driver, called Thomas, beating them and taking their money and their equipment. At the same time, the demonstrators took care to spare L’Inter woman reporter Eugénie Agoh. N’Bra said police and CECOS soldiers who were nearby opened fire in an attempt to intimidate the demonstrators but then retreated. The journalists finally managed to get away from their assailants after two hours.At the end of the morning, RTI repeatedly transmitted a text message across the bottom of the screen saying: “Ivorian patriots, we invite you to come and defend your television station at Cocody, because it is your television.”20 January – a provisional denouementWhile negotiations got under way in Abidjan with the aim of restoring order peacefully, the UNSecurity Council met in New York. It issued a statement stressing that “the occupation of the RTI facilities constitutes an attack against freedom and neutrality of information, as well as a breach of the principles of the process of national reconciliation, of previous resolutions of the Security Council and of the peace agreements.” The statement added that the Security Council, “demands that effective control by the board and the director-general over RTI shall be re-established immediately.”At the end of the day, Young Patriots leader Charles Blé Goudé called on his followers to end the demonstrations. In the evening, deputy communication minister Martine Coffi Studer went to RTI to broadcast a message from the prime minister which had been recorded at his home in Cocody-Deux Plateaux and which called on Ivorians “to go back to work.” She was accompanied by Cissé Bakary Bacongo, an assistant to the RTI director-general, and Koné Lanciné, the station’s news director.Ben Zahui, an RTI journalist who said he was “president” of the station’s “crisis committee,” demanded to view the video-cassette before it was broadcast. The minister refused and the situation became tense. According to the minister’s account, confirmed by several witnesses, Zahui hit her hard and shook her. “He hit my arm as I was trying to protect my face,” she told Agence France-Presse (AFP). “He clearly intended to slap me and he jostled me.” In an interview for L’Inter on 21 January, Zahui acknowledged there was “a very sharp exchange” but he denied hitting her. “A normal man cannot slap a government minister, especially if she is a woman,” he said. The RTI management has begun disciplinary proceedings against Zahui. Interviewed the same day by Notre Voie, Zahui said of RTI: “From now on, things are clear. There are those who support the rebellion and those who defend the republic.” He added that, “if Kébé Yacouba has to come back to RTI,” the government should establish “a collegial leadership.”RTI resumed normal programming at the end of the day on 20 January. The siege by the Young Patriots was lifted and Yacouba’s team was able to go back to work. Nonetheless, the ruling FPI issued a “warning” to the RTI management, advising it not to take “any reprisals against employees who remained at their post” especially Zahui, the “coordinator of the crisis team.” Reports News Receive email alerts to go further Organisation The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa January 25, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 A week of terror for the press as Young Patriots impose their law Follow the news on Côte d’Ivoire Reporters Without Borders is outraged at the way journalists were treated when demonstrators claiming to support President Laurent Gbagbo seized control of the streets of Abidjan from 16 to 19 January. In a grim week for press freedom, at least four journalists were physically attacked, many were threatened with death or rape, many others were subjected to extortion, a radio station was ransacked and the state TV broadcaster, RadioTélévision Ivoirienne (RTI), was taken over. 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Make a comment EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS The City of Pasadena recently developed the Pasadena Zero Waste Partner Program, a free program that assists businesses with incorporating waste reduction practices into their daily operations.Businesses involved in the Program receive technical assistance, guidance on achieving waste reduction goals, and city-wide recognition. The Program is part of the City’s larger commitment to achieving zero waste by 2040 and increasing environmental sustainability within the community.Sage Vegan Bistro’s Pasadena location has joined the Program, becoming the City’s first Zero Waste Partner. The restaurant’s current zero waste practices involve utilizing paper straws, paper to-go products, and transporting pre-consumer food waste to Sow A Heart Farm in Fillmore, CA for compost and animal feed.A city spokesperson said the Zero Waste Partner Program will be a great way to enhance and build on the practices Sage Vegan Bistro has implemented to instill a zero waste culture within its restaurants.Businesses in Pasadena are encouraged to join the program by completing an online application at https://ww5.cityofpasadena.net/public-works/pasadena-zero-waste-partner-program or by contacting the Citizen Service Center at (626) 744-7311 for more information.The Program is sponsored by the City of Pasadena’s Public Works Recycling Program. Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Subscribe Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy HerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Easy Tips To Help You Reset Your Sleep ScheduleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWomen Love These Great Tips To Making Your Teeth Look WhiterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyFinding The Right Type Of Workout For You According AstrologyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Government City Announces Free Program for Businesses to Reduce Waste Published on Monday, July 16, 2018 | 2:11 pm Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Community News 3 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it More Cool Stuff Business News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Top of the News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena
Taste of honey may not be so sweetOn 30 Sep 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Guru was concerned after discovering that a private investigation firm is advertising in job centres for flirtatious men and women to work as ‘honey trap’ agents. The company, cunningly called The Honey Trap, offers £30-50 per hour for smart and confident people to ‘detect infidelity in personal relationships and report back to the client’. Hours are given as between 10am and 9pm, six days per week, including evening and weekend work. The work is advertised in job centres across the UK on the computerised Job Point database. There is a website for interested parties that explains that employees are required to observe or flirt with a target to test their fidelity. However, Guru – who knows only too well the forbidden thrill of extra-marital temptation – fears that the service could break up happy relationships as well as expose dishonest partners. CIPD members should be worried too – the service is based in Harrogate. Spanish practices sure to turn heads Strikes to the right of Guru, strikes to the left of Guru, strikes in front of Guru… It could be the beginning of a poem to match Tennyson’s Charge of the Light Brigade, but alas it is just Guru skimming the papers over his morning tea. It seems to Guru that things are just too evenly balanced these days and one side needs to bring in some heavy hitters – and Guru doesn’t mean those of the stature of Bob Crow or Digby Jones. When he wants to tip the scales, Guru just puts in a quick call to the appropriate celebrity colleague who will then come out in support of his latest, morally unjustified crusade. Like many of Guru’s strategies, this idea has spread, this time all the way to Spain, where staff walked out of a luxury hotel over a pay dispute. The venue was supposed to be full of actors who were staying in the San Sebastian hotel during the San Sebastian film festival and a chambermaid took advantage of the presence of Sean Penn, an actor who often champions the underdog, in her fight for justice. She said if Penn showed solidarity, she would invite him to stay in her flat: “He can come and stay with me instead,” she said. “He can come into my bed if he wants.” Little in the way of job satisfaction Antipodean disciples will be sad to learn that ‘leprechaun hurling’ may soon come to an end in New Zealand. Officials from the Little People of New Zealand organisation (LPNZ) say that four-foot-six Andrew Roigard is demeaning small folk while putting in his hours as the entertainment at Mount Mellick bar at Mount Maunganui on the North Island. Roigard dons a helmet and boxer shorts and, having smothered himself in vegetable oil, is paid by punters to be launched the length of the bar on a plastic sheet. The LPNZ also claim Roigard is putting his health at risk because his condition puts immense pressure on his spine, joints and muscles. Guru would like to point out that Roigard must be maintaining good work-life balance, otherwise the vertically challenged chap would end up lying in a pile of grease on the floor (something that Guru also recommends for a weekend’s entertainment). The final word on the work-shy fops Guru was impressed by British Waterways’ HR manager Andrew Johnson’s approach to tackling ‘sickies’, which he outlined in the final limerick of the great absence debate: Our post-room spotty yoof Roger, The proverbial work-shy dodger, His phoning in sick, Was a regular trick, Til we threatened to chop off his todger. Guru would like to thank everyone who sent in their poetic gems and leaves disciples with this advice: Those that wrote about others who shirk, And head home from the office to lurk, Should stop writing in rhyme, And stop wasting their time, And get back to doing some work. Comments are closed.
Message* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlink (iStock/Photo Illustration by Kevin Rebong for The Real Deal)Imagine you wanted to stop denser housing. What would be your strategy?You would spread word that new housing would be unaffordable to locals and cause their own rents to rise. You would demonstrate, demonize developers and run candidates on a Real Estate is Evil platform.And you would back up your argument with a study — manipulated if necessary.No anti-development playbook is complete without a study. Nothing turns anecdotes into facts, and predictions into certainties, quite like scientific-looking analysis does.What if the evidence contradicts your claims? Worry not. You can finesse data to say just about anything. The expression “lies, damn lies, and statistics” doesn’t come from nothing.ADVERTISEMENTAnti-development activists in New York City have played this game well. City planners, not so much.Case in point: the 2005 rezoning of Greenpoint and Williamsburg. Some of the apartment buildings it yielded had income-restricted units, but many did not, because the Bloomberg administration and City Council incentivized, rather than mandated, affordability.Read moreWhen NIMBYs attack: Why regional planning doesn’t flyWhere de Blasio went wrong on property tax reformWhy Ron Kim blames real estate for poverty Full Name* The northern Brooklyn rezoning has since been weaponized by opponents of market-rate housing. Key to this effort is the nonprofit group Churches United for Fair Housing, which blames the zoning change for driving Latino residents out of the area. Needing a study to underpin their claim, it conjured one up.The big takeaway of the analysis, released in 2019, was that over 15 years the rezoned area added more than 20,000 people yet lost 15,000 Latinos.The study had two major flaws that were either unnoticed or deliberately ignored by advocates, politicians and many reporters.Most obviously, it counted population changes beginning in 2000, five years before the rezoning passed the City Council, and part of South Williamsburg that was not rezoned.Second, it omitted that the area’s Hispanic population had been falling since 1990.In a nutshell, it cherry-picked data to blame the rezoning for a trend that had been happening for 15 years.Even folks who don’t know the first rule of statistics — correlation is not causation — should have figured that out.City planners certainly did. They put out their own study, which pointed out that the Hispanic population decline slowed down after the rezoning. That is, the residents who Churches United said were pushed out by the rezoning were actually more likely to stay after it passed.Could it be that the thousands of new apartments gave all the newcomers flocking to Williamsburg somewhere to go besides existing housing, so they were less likely to displace Latinos?A smaller potential factor is that some residents took note of the gentrification and became more inclined to stay — even if many disliked the Starbucks, trendy bars and other changes that came with the hipsters and the yuppies.Some observers offer that hypothesis to explain research showing that low-income children in gentrifying areas of New York City from 2009 to 2015 were more likely to stay in their neighborhood than low-income children in non-gentrifying areas. In both cases, poor children changed addresses a lot, but they were less likely to leave areas where property values and incomes were rising.City Planning buries the ledeThe Department of City Planning’s view is that if new housing is not built in gentrifying areas, newcomers will outbid locals for existing housing.As noted above, the agency’s own study debunked Churches United’s. But City Planning buried the key findings on page 24 of a 57-page, generically titled report and made little attempt to promote them. Another agency report, innocuously named “The Geography of Jobs,” tucked a key statistic about low housing growth hurting affordability into page 27. No rallies, no op-eds, no media blitz, no political campaigns. After all, it’s an agency of planners, not publicists.Mayor Bill de Blasio knew the facts and had a platform to amplify them, but instead focused his media appearances on more politically beneficial topics such as providing legal assistance to fight evictions. In that void, Churches United’s fiction has become fact in the minds of advocates and local elected officials.At a hearing last month, City Council members confidently cited the study to undermine the testimony of administration officials, who corrected the politicians timidly and politely — and were dismissed as naive wonks. It was a crucial lost opportunity.Churches United stands by its study and criticizes that of City Planning officials.“By not looking at earlier time frames, they ignore the speculative behavior that often occurs before rezonings and often drives low-income residents out before zoning changes are implemented,” said Maxwell Cabello, the group’s senior land use and policy analyst. “Our report was intentional about addressing these qualitative and well-known aspects of developer-driven rezonings while also working within the limitations of what data is publicly available.”But it’s impossible to know what, if any, “speculative behavior” was caused by a potential rezoning years in the future. The Bloomberg administration did not even exist until 2002. Countless other factors cause population changes. There was a recession in the early 2000s, for example, and the rent-stabilization law incentivized landlords to replace tenants; it no longer does.I think Churches United means well. While NIMBYists oppose development for selfish reasons, Churches United tries to help the disadvantaged. It just mistakenly blames upzoning for making the city more expensive, when in reality it does the opposite.Brooklyn boomIn New York City, gentrification typically means an area gets whiter. I saw it happening before it showed up in the Census data. Well into the 2000s, whenever Brooklyn-bound subways opened their doors at my stop, Grand Army Plaza in Park Slope, virtually every white rider would exit. A decade later, about half would stay aboard, bound for Prospect Heights and Crown Heights.Fort Greene gentrified too. For decades I have biked past its stately brownstones and sweeping shade trees to play tennis in Fort Greene Park. In the 1980s and 1990s, white folks were few and far between. Now they are everywhere. Many have British or French accents. They moved into Bedford-Stuyvesant too, a once unimaginable trend.There was no big upzoning, no building boom, in these historically Black neighborhoods. But critics of rezoning did not blame the lack of housing construction for the displacement of minorities. That would have contradicted their narrative.Similarly, little housing was added to white neighborhoods such as Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens and Park Slope, which — given the law of supply and demand — became increasingly unaffordable to young New Yorkers.One analysis found that from 2010 to 2018 the city added only 19 dwellings for every 100 new jobs. As employment boomed and housing didn’t, white people pushed out into minority neighborhoods, where rents were half as much and crime had fallen precipitously.The de Blasio administration is now making an overdue push to allow more housing in heavily white Soho and Gowanus. The City Council and advocates for the working class support these efforts because more low-income New Yorkers will be able to move into these so-called high-opportunity neighborhoods. The research — the honest research, that is — predicts the newcomers’ children will reap lifelong benefits.Calls are growing to upzone other wealthy areas. By law, that would require affordable housing in new developments. Local opposition motivated by NIMBYism, racism or plain old self-interest make these fights difficult, but they are worth pursuing.Proponents of adding housing in rich districts can cite data to show why. But they cannot turn around and tout pseudoscience when it suits their political agenda or preconceived notions. Not only does that undermine their credibility, it hurts their constituents.Think about it. As New York recovers, people will continue pushing out to where housing costs less. Absent new zoning and new development, they will bump others from existing homes. This has happened before. If we ignore that history, we will be condemned to repeat it.Contact Erik Engquist Tags DevelopmentHousingPoliticsRezonings Email Address*
Geomagnetic pulsation in the Pc3–4 bands have been studied at high Antarctic latitudes during the local summer. The statistical relation between the occurrence probability of Pc3 and Pc4 pulsations and the solar wind (SW) and IMF parameters has been revealed by verifying the hypothesis that an indication is identical in two distributions. Different dependences of the occurrence probability of high-latitude Pc3 and Pc4 pulsations on the IMF value and orientation and SW density and velocity have been found out. It has been indicated that these dependences remain unchanged in the range of geomagnetic latitudes from 66 to 87. It has been established that the Pc3 observation probability at small (2050) IMF cone angles ( = cos1(Bx/B)) is a factor of 1.5 higher than the average statistical probability and depends on the IMF value, which confirms the hypothesis that the Pc3 source is the turbulent region upstream of the magnetospheric quasiparallel low shock. On the contrary, the probability of occurrence of Pc4 weakly depends on the IMF cone angle and is maximal at ~ 0 and ~90. With increasing negative Bz values, the generation probability increases in the Pc4 band and tends to decrease in the Pc3 band. It has been found out for the first time that the dependence of the Pc4 occurrence probability on the IMF clock angle ( = /Bz) is identical in the regions of projections of closed and open field lines, whereas this dependence is different for Pc3. In the region of projections of closed field lines, the Pc3 occurrence probability increases at Bz 0 (the condition under which the cusp shifts on the dawn side) and at By 0 (which is typical of the formation of the low-latitude boundary plasma sheet). In the region of projections of open field lines such a probability increases at By < 0 and Bz < 0 (which results in the formation of the high-latitude boundary plasma sheet). Based on the discovered regularities, the conclusion has been made that the sources of generation of high-latitude Pc3 and Pc4 pulsations are different.