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More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. See all posts by Royston Wild The Bitcoin market has, like stock markets, behaved extremely wildly in recent weeks. The virtual currency collapsed to one-year lows around $4,600 in mid-March as the Covid-19 crisis shook investor confidence. But its recovery since has been remarkable, the asset charging back to within a whisker of $10,000 on Friday.There’s some who believe that Bitcoin could be about to embark on a fresh surge towards the stars too. The ‘halving’ is a process that cuts the number of tokens awarded to currency miners by half. This third instalment, scheduled for this evening, clearly threatens to have a serious supply side-effect for the cryptocurrency.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Sink or swimPrevious price patterns certainly suggest that Bitcoin could accelerate away following this upcoming episode. One crypto expert, Jaan Lainurm, notes that Bitcoin’s came within spitting distance of $20,000 the last time halving occurred in 2016.But don‘t break out your chequebook just yet. Lainurm, the chief investment officer of venture capital firm Vereeni Investments, isn’t totally convinced that the digital asset will spring higher. He notes that Bitcoin has struggled to gain traction alongside other more established assets due to coronavirus-related uncertainty, commenting that the asset was “at one point losing half of its value in the space of a few hours.”That said, Lairnum doesn’t rule out the possibility of a renewed appetite for Bitcoin, particularly as “investors will be buoyed to have seen it recover most of those losses over the past few weeks.” He notes that investors “may find Bitcoin’s fixed supply appealing” during a period when central banks across the globe ramp up quantitative easing programmes to support the global economy.Don’t bother with BitcoinThe upcoming halving procedure doesn’t impact my personal view of Bitcoin. I’d much rather put my money to work on share markets. Why? Well I don’t consider an asset class that remains as volatile as this to be an attractive investment target. The long-term future of cryptocurrencies remains up in the air and the Securities and Exchange Commission continues to rebut proposals for a Bitcoin-backed Exchange Traded Fund.I’d much rather continue to use my money to invest in share markets. For one, study after study shows long-term investors can expect to make returns of up to 10% per year. This is even when periods of extreme volatility (like recent coronavirus-related turbulence) are taken into account.Finally, I believe that the recent sell-off leaves plenty of brilliant bargains that are too good to ignore. Of course, further bouts of selling could be just around the corner. The Covid-19 crisis continues to evolve and the economic implications remain broadly unknown. Remember though, stocks should be bought and sold on their profits outlooks for 10, 20, maybe 30 years ahead. Not on the basis of what their share prices might do in the short- to medium-term. And there are plenty of great buys just on the FTSE 100 alone. 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Apartments Products translation missing: en-US.post.svg.material_description Area: 3679 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project France ArchDaily Social Housing in Paris / Bigoni Mortemard CopyApartments, Social Housing•Paris, France Stéphane BIGONI & Antoine MORTEMARD, architecture and landscape Social Housing in Paris / Bigoni MortemardSave this projectSaveSocial Housing in Paris / Bigoni Mortemard Photographs: Joachim Bakary, Jean-Marc Bichat Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Architects: Bigoni Mortemard Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” Save this picture!Courtesy of Bigoni Mortemard+ 27Curated by María Francisca González Share 2018 Lead Architects: “COPY” Photographs Year: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/907219/social-housing-in-paris-bigoni-mortemard Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/907219/social-housing-in-paris-bigoni-mortemard Clipboard Products used in this ProjectCurtain WallsJansenFacade Systems – VISS Basic TV/VISS Ixtra TVPartners:BMF, Batiserf, ALTO, ALTIAClient:Elogie-SiempCertification:Low-energy building Effinergie + / H&E profil A option PerformanceCity:ParisCountry:FranceMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!Courtesy of Bigoni MortemardText description provided by the architects. Clichy Avenue, at the corner of Bernard Buffet Street, the architects, Stéphane Bigoni and Antoine Mortemard recently completed a social housing project that points to one of the entrances of the Martin Luther King Park. A delicate, white varnished aluminum cloak, made of perforated sliding curtains animates the south-east facade and the bow facing the park. Its bending geometry addresses three issues. It counteracts the linear aspect of the plot on its longest side, perceived as not suitable to satisfy conventional proportions. Its bending shape also accommodates loggias.Their privacy can be adjusted by the dwellers, depending on the proportions of the aluminum curtains, whether it be stored on the side of the loggia or deployed. Finally, the folding shape of the facade enhances sidelong views. Each unit’s living room thereby enjoys distant, south oriented views over the park and beyond toward the Eiffel Tower. Access to the apartments is provided via a few gangways from which the edges enhance the view over the park. These passageways overlook a green backyard installed above the first floor and their layout allows for transition between apartments. Among the units, 46 enjoy a double or triple orientation.Save this picture!Courtesy of Bigoni MortemardSave this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!Courtesy of NONOTAKThe dwellings include a hall – entry lock or loggia – and offer traditional comfort with a night section layout. Ranging from the studio to the 3 bedroom apartment, the kitchens are open plan. However, their distinct location among the unit allows the dwellers to isolate these elements. The living rooms serve as ‘hubs’ for the apartments and face the south and west facades, extended by large and practical outdoor spaces. Implanted between the two retails at the corners, the lobby boasts a kinetic art installation commissioned to Nonotak Studio: www.nonotak.com/_MASKS-2Save this picture!SectionSave this picture!© Joachim BakaryProject gallerySee allShow lessHouse for children Gilching / Hirner and Riehl ArchitektenSelected ProjectsZaha Hadid Architects and A-Lab Share Designs for Norway’s Fornebubanen Metro LineArchitecture NewsProject locationAddress:ZAC Clichy-Batignolles, Paris, FranceLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Projects CopyAbout this officeBigoni MortemardOfficeFollowProductsSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsSocial HousingParisFrancePublished on December 06, 2018Cite: “Social Housing in Paris / Bigoni Mortemard ” 06 Dec 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/927999/vh-r-10-g-house-architecture-infrastructure-research Clipboard Projects Save this picture!© Bill Timmerman+ 18Curated by María Francisca González Share Photographs VH R-10 G House / Architecture-Infrastructure-ResearchSave this projectSaveVH R-10 G House / Architecture-Infrastructure-Research CopyHouses•Tisbury, United States Area: 1000 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project Darren Petrucci ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/927999/vh-r-10-g-house-architecture-infrastructure-research Clipboard ArchDaily Photographs: Bill Timmerman Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project VH R-10 G House / Architecture-Infrastructure-Research “COPY” “COPY” Lead Architect: Architects: Architecture-Infrastructure-Research Area Area of this architecture project Year: Manufacturers: Expanko, Kohler, Falmouth Glass, Insulpan, Will Parry Custom Windows + Doors Houses Engineers:Sourati Engineering GroupLandscape:Renata Hejduk, Darren PetrucciPresentation Drawings:Philip HortonGeneral Contractor:Darren PetrucciCity:TisburyCountry:United StatesMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Bill TimmermanRecommended ProductsDoorsStudcoAccess Panels – AccessDorMetallicsSculptformClick-on Battens in Ivanhoe ApartmentsDoorsVEKADoors – VEKAMOTION 82DoorsJansenDoors – Folding and SlidingText description provided by the architects. The VHR-10 gHOUSE is a prototype for a guest house, named for its zoning and location, R-10 zoning in the district of Vineyard Haven. The following guesthouse restrictions apply: Zoning district limits guesthouses to residential lots larger than 12,500sqft. House and guesthouse must be disconnected and at least 10 ft apart. The guesthouse square footage cannot exceed 600sqft. Guesthouse height must be under 24 feet. The first floor of the guesthouse must not exceed 6 feet in height (otherwise it is considered the second floor, and the basement is counted in the livable square feet.) Basement cannot be accessible from the inside living area of house (otherwise considered part of livable square footage).Save this picture!© Bill TimmermanThe initial diagram for the house grew out of the desire to maximize the allowable zoning envelope for the guesthouses in this district. The client built and lives in the guest house as their main house. The desire was to maximize the future value of their lot. Given the height and footprint zoning limitations a W 16’-0” x L 40’-0” x H 24’-0” box was drawn with a 4’-0” construction module. The 600 sqft main living level was established 5’-6” off of the ground – raising the basement a half level, thus allowing walkout and automobile accessibility along a reasonably sloped driveway from the street.Save this picture!© Bill TimmermanEven though the living area is raised, the 24’-0” height restriction accommodated a double high interior living space. The last restriction, access to basement, was created by dividing the box into three different volumes relating to the cooking, living/dining, and sleeping. The middle volume (living/dining) is shifted 4’-0” out from the other volumes to make room for vertical circulation. The three shifted volumes are wrapped in a wood rain-screen that re-establishes the box as a 20’-0” x 40’-0” volume enveloping the vertical circulation. This condition places the vertical circulation outside the house (living to basement) and inside the building wrapper. This ambiguity creates a layered extension of the inside to the outside while providing a weather protective and privacy screen.Save this picture!© Bill TimmermanGiven the fact that Martha’s Vineyard is an island, labor, materials, and weather greatly impact construction time and budget. The house combines pre-manufactured building techniques with modifications to local modes of production to create a reproducible building system that is unique to the island. The foundation was originally designed to employ a pre-cast concrete foundation system from off island, but given the prevalence of poured-in-placed concrete foundations the costs were less and the house and retaining walls could be the same material.Save this picture!PlansHowever, standard pour-in-place forms result in an unrefined finish, so a new water resistant OSB (oriented strand board) was used leaving the random texture of the wood strands concrete surface. The pattern resulted in a very finished texture that hides cracking. The OSB forms were then reused to construct the floor and roof deck of the house. The main structure of the house is built with Structurally Insulated Panels (SIPs) on a 4’-0” module. The panels were assembled in New Hampshire and shipped over via ferry. The entire structure was assembled in 3 days, including two 40 foot engineered beams for the sliding screen cantilevers.Save this picture!© Bill TimmermanThe stress skin nature of the SIP system allowed for a more open interior plan with only one 4’-0” shear wall in the main living / dining volume. The outer rain-screen also on a 4’-0” module is made from pre-assembled panels that were constructed on the ground and lifted into place with a block and tackle. This system accelerated construction time and allows panels to be easily removed for repair or access to the weather envelope.Save this picture!© Bill TimmermanProject gallerySee allShow lessPhobos Office Building Rehabilitation / Studio Vincent EschalierSelected ProjectsCo-Connect House / Hugo Kohno Architect AssociatesSelected Projects Share United States 2005 CopyAbout this officeArchitecture-Infrastructure-ResearchOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesOn FacebookTisburyUnited StatesPublished on November 09, 2019Cite: “VH R-10 G House / Architecture-Infrastructure-Research” 08 Nov 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021.
19 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Ireland Funds will open another round of grant applications next year, according to its website.This year it made a call for applications starting in February with a deadline at the end of March. No details have been provided on the number of successful applications or the total amount allocated although organisations which were successful began receiving notification during the summer.The Funds’ website includes testimonials from a number of recipients of grants in the youth, social welfare and cultural fields.In this year’s funding round the objective was to enable organisations to “fund new and innovative responses to social need”. The Funds said that when a project had proven its capacity, often on the back of a grant round gift, the Funds may bring it to the attention of individual donors for consideration.The maximum grant in 2011 was stated as €25,000, with the average €7,000. The Funds said that organisations seeking grants larger than €25,000 would be considered on an individual basis with possible presentation to individual donors.www.irlfunds.org AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Ireland Funds to provide grants in 2012 Tagged with: Funding Ireland Howard Lake | 18 November 2011 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
By Andy Eubank – Jan 17, 2016 Need to Stay Ahead on U.S. Transportation System Facebook Twitter SHARE Facebook Twitter SHARE USB transportationThe United States is the world’s leading soybean producer, and right now it has the rivers, roads and rails to move all those soybeans from field to market. However, this status might be in danger without continued investment in the U.S. transportation system.Soy checkoff farmer-leader Bill Beam from Pennsylvania was part of a checkoff-funded mission to see Brazil’s transportation infrastructure first hand.Beam says the amount of investment Brazil is putting into improving its infrastructure is staggering.“I guess as an American producer, it’s pretty obvious that you know we got some serious competition down there which I don’t think that’s surprising anybody, but I was surprised at the sheer amount of investment in everything as far as infrastructure.”Brazil’s infrastructure is still not as good as the United States. But through investments, it will not take long to catch up. This adds to the need to ensure the U.S. transportation system is well maintained.For more information on the importance of U.S. farmers maintaining their competitive advantages through transportation, visit WWW.UNITEDSOYBEAN.ORG. Home Indiana Agriculture News Need to Stay Ahead on U.S. Transportation System Previous articleBeekeepers Sue EPA for Not Regulating NeonicsNext articleAvian Flu Strikes Indiana Turkey Farm Andy Eubank
March 30, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Bloggers arrested and interrogated RSF_en The netizens Mahmoud Al-Youssef and Manaf Al-Muhandis were arrested and interrogated, before being released the next day. They were two of the bloggers and human rights activists whose photos had been circulated on the Internet with the legend “traitors to the homeland.” Mohamed Al-Maskati, who blogs under the name of Emoodz, was also arrested and held for eight days. He had been threatened by a presumed member of the royal family, Mohd Al-Khalifa (https://twitter.com/#!/MohdSAlkhalifa) after blogging actively and posting videos of the demonstrations of past few weeks events on his blog (http://emoodz.com/) and on Twitter (http://twitter.com/emoodz). Organisation News Help by sharing this information
Newsx Adverts Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Mc Gowan calls for campaign to stop further disability service cuts 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Facebook Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North A Donegal County Councillor is calling on the Government to stop cuts to disability services and benefits.Cllr Patrick McGowan says the last two budgets have seen disability benefits cut by €16, while people attending training centres are now being charged for transport by the Rural Transport Initiative, when it was previously provided free by the HSEThe Stranorlar area councillor is calling on all councils around the country to lobby government ahead of December’s budget…….[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/6mcgow10.mp3[/podcast] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ WhatsApp Google+ Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Twitter By News Highland – October 26, 2011 Previous articleJunior Health Minister says cuts to NoW DOC are not on the agendaNext articleTD says Justice Minister is making excuses rather than consulting on station closures News Highland Twitter Facebook
iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Federal officials this week warned police around the country that drones are posing an ever-growing threat to safety and security.Citing the Aug. 4 attack during an appearance of Venezuela’s president, the FBI, Department of Homeland Security and National Counterterrorism Center issued an intelligence bulletin with the starkest of warnings: “An attack could be conducted by one person or several people using a commercially available, off-the-shelf (drone) to target venues which attract large crowds, such as sporting facilities, concerts, and transportation terminals, or public figures.”The bulletin, dated Aug. 13 and obtained by ABC News, went on to say “details on building or modifying (drones) by terrorists as a means to deliver a weapon, are available on the internet and online forums, making it feasible for a person with sufficient technical experience or motivation to conduct an attack.”Unmanned, high-tech flying machines have been proliferating throughout the United States in recent years. The feds noted that in 2017 there were 3,000 reports of drones flying over or near critical sites in the U.S. That number is expected to grow as technology improves while costs continue to come down.The bulletin says that ISIS has already started using drones in Iraq and Syria – both for surveillance and to commit attacks.“Commercially available (drones) may be used by threat actors to deliver hazardous payloads, including explosives, chemicals, or biological or radiological agents, to conduct an attack, and recent (drone) employment tactics could expand options for potential attackers to conduct precise,” according to the bulletin.The threat from drones was driven home on international TV early this month when low-flying devices exploded over a military ceremony in Caracas, Venezuela, just as President Nicolas Maduro was speaking.Following the attack, U.S. officials went public with their own concerns about drones.“The danger from weaponized drones is real,” Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen tweeted the day after the Maduro attack. “It is time for Congress to give (DHS) the authority to counter this rapidly evolving threat.”Security expert Steve Gomez, the retired chief of counterterrorism at the FBI’s Los Angeles office, said American officials have been slow to recognize this new threat.“Even though we haven’t seen terrorists in the U.S. utilizing this method for attack, this has been seen outside the country,” said Gomez, an ABC News contributor. “Law enforcement has to be proactive. This is just one more example of terrorists identifying a new technology and this technology is going to be getting better.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
380 Southern Baptist church officials and volunteers faced abuse allegations, explosive report states
Darwin Brandis/iStock(HOUSTON) — An extensive newspaper investigation has revealed the seeming breadth and ubiquity of sexual abuse within the Southern Baptist church community, and details allegations of how church officials failed to take action for years.The investigation spanned 20 states, and involves numerous churches, which in the Southern Baptist faith generally operate with autonomy.The Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News published a six month investigation into allegations of widespread sex abuse, reporting that 380 church leaders and volunteers faced allegations of sexual misconduct.The investigation was a joint effort between the two newspapers — both of which published the same, explosive report in their respective publications on Sunday.Of the 380 individuals who have faced or are facing allegations of sexual misconduct, about 220 have either been convicted or accepted plea deals in connection to their misconduct, and dozens of pending cases remain unresolved, according to the investigation.An unspecified number of those individuals still work in Southern Baptist churches, the newspapers reported, while nearly 100 are in prison, and others faced no time in jail.The offenses include rape, sexual assault and pornography, the paper reports. Some of the abuse took place in pastors’ studies or in choral or Sunday school classrooms, the investigation found.The current president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), J.D. Greear, turned to Twitter to respond to the “pure evil” described in the investigation’s conclusions.The SBC is the world’s largest Baptist denomination and the largest Protestant denomination in the U.S., as well as the nation’s second largest Christian denomination, behind the Catholic Church. The SBC counts more than 50,000 churches and more than 15 million members among its congregation.“The voices in this article should be heard as a warning sent from God, calling the church to repent,” Greear wrote in a Twitter thread on Sunday after the investigative reports were published.“As Christians, we are called to expose everything sinful to the light. The survivors in this article have done that — at a personal cost few of us can fathom.”“We — leaders in the SBC — should have listened to the warnings of those who tried to call attention to this,” he continued in the Twitter thread. “I am committed to doing everything possible to ensure we never make these mistakes again.”Greear went on to note that “it’s time for pervasive change.”“As a denomination, now is a time to mourn and repent,” Greear continued in the social media plea to his fellow Southern Baptists. “Changes are coming. They must. We cannot just promise to ‘do better’ and expect that to be enough. But today, change begins with feeling the full weight of the problem.”Reports of SBC leaders either downplaying or ignoring earlier reports of abuse in numerous cases were included in the newspaper report.The cases uncovered in the investigation span the past two decades, and one case from 2007 involved communication with SBC leaders and a set of proposed reforms that were rejected. The Houston Chronicle notes that the current interim president of the SBC’s executive committee August “Augie” Boto was involved in the creation of the rejection of the reforms in 2008, and they included quotes from an email he sent to a victim around that time.“There is no question that some Southern Baptist ministers have done criminal things, including sexual abuse of children,” Boto wrote in a 2007 email, the newspaper reports.“It is a sad and tragic truth. Hopefully, the harm emanating from such occurrences will cause the local churches to be more aggressively vigilant,” the 2007 email read, according to the investigation.The investigation comes amid numerous ongoing investigations into sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in at least 16 states. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.,Darwin Brandis/iStock(HOUSTON) — An extensive newspaper investigation has revealed the seeming breadth and ubiquity of sexual abuse within the Southern Baptist church community, and details allegations of how church officials failed to take action for years.The investigation spanned 20 states, and involves numerous churches, which in the Southern Baptist faith generally operate with autonomy.The Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News published a six month investigation into allegations of widespread sex abuse, reporting that 380 church leaders and volunteers faced allegations of sexual misconduct.The investigation was a joint effort between the two newspapers — both of which published the same, explosive report in their respective publications on Sunday.Of the 380 individuals who have faced or are facing allegations of sexual misconduct, about 220 have either been convicted or accepted plea deals in connection to their misconduct, and dozens of pending cases remain unresolved, according to the investigation.An unspecified number of those individuals still work in Southern Baptist churches, the newspapers reported, while nearly 100 are in prison, and others faced no time in jail.The offenses include rape, sexual assault and pornography, the paper reports. Some of the abuse took place in pastors’ studies or in choral or Sunday school classrooms, the investigation found.The current president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), J.D. Greear, turned to Twitter to respond to the “pure evil” described in the investigation’s conclusions.The SBC is the world’s largest Baptist denomination and the largest Protestant denomination in the U.S., as well as the nation’s second largest Christian denomination, behind the Catholic Church. The SBC counts more than 50,000 churches and more than 15 million members among its congregation.“The voices in this article should be heard as a warning sent from God, calling the church to repent,” Greear wrote in a Twitter thread on Sunday after the investigative reports were published.“As Christians, we are called to expose everything sinful to the light. The survivors in this article have done that — at a personal cost few of us can fathom.”“We — leaders in the SBC — should have listened to the warnings of those who tried to call attention to this,” he continued in the Twitter thread. “I am committed to doing everything possible to ensure we never make these mistakes again.”Greear went on to note that “it’s time for pervasive change.”“As a denomination, now is a time to mourn and repent,” Greear continued in the social media plea to his fellow Southern Baptists. “Changes are coming. They must. We cannot just promise to ‘do better’ and expect that to be enough. But today, change begins with feeling the full weight of the problem.”Reports of SBC leaders either downplaying or ignoring earlier reports of abuse in numerous cases were included in the newspaper report.The cases uncovered in the investigation span the past two decades, and one case from 2007 involved communication with SBC leaders and a set of proposed reforms that were rejected. The Houston Chronicle notes that the current interim president of the SBC’s executive committee August “Augie” Boto was involved in the creation of the rejection of the reforms in 2008, and they included quotes from an email he sent to a victim around that time.“There is no question that some Southern Baptist ministers have done criminal things, including sexual abuse of children,” Boto wrote in a 2007 email, the newspaper reports.“It is a sad and tragic truth. Hopefully, the harm emanating from such occurrences will cause the local churches to be more aggressively vigilant,” the 2007 email read, according to the investigation.The investigation comes amid numerous ongoing investigations into sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in at least 16 states. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Share via Shortlink Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink (iStock/Illustration by Kevin Rebong for The Real Deal)New York City real estate avoided some of the deepest cuts seen during a year of record job losses across most industries.Despite challenges like a temporary ban on in-person property showings and the spring shutdown’s outsized damage to retail and hospitality, the city’s real estate job cuts were mild compared to its broader workforce.Across the five boroughs, jobs in the real estate sector fell 6.7 percent last year to 136,000 positions, according to state Department of Labor figures. That amounted to 9,100 fewer jobs industry-wide than in 2019.Though bruising, those job losses amounted to roughly half the 13.5 percent drop the city recorded across all sectors during that time.The number of licensed brokers at the city’s four largest commercial real estate service firms — CBRE, JLL, Newmark and Cushman & Wakefield — fell about 8 percent in 2020, a review of state licensing records shows.ADVERTISEMENT“The labor market for commercial real estate professionals has been very resilient,” said Sam Chandan, dean of New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate. “There are some sectors that have been impacted more significantly than others. That being said, there’s an expectation of recovery and growth in some subsets.”On the residential side, close to 4,000 brokers across the five boroughs terminated their licenses between January and December 2020. That amounted to a 9 percent drop from the 63,800 over the previous year, according to recent figures from Corofy, a data firm that tracks broker activity.The Covid economy is going through what experts have deemed a K-shaped recovery, where workers in sectors hit hardest by shutdowns like retail and the service industry struggle the most, while white-collar jobs that can largely be performed while working from home are doing well.And while real estate overall largely sits in the upward arm of that K, some segments of the industry performed far better than others. Layoffs at firms last year aligned closely with areas that were slammed by shutdowns.‘Trimming of the fat’Jobs that focused on areas like leasing retail space or selling multifamily properties were squeezed in a year when transaction volumes were way off. But those in segments such as asset management that were focused on preserving value, or in areas that remained buoyant like the industrial sector, were safer.“I think what we experienced at the beginning of Covid were two things: You had a trimming of the fat and the ability for companies to take that time and be introspective,” said Lisa Flicker, a partner at the real estate-focused executive search firm Rhodes Associates. “Some companies cut excess weight, and some went deeper.”“There’s an expectation of recovery and growth in some subsets,”Sam Chandan, NYU Schack InstituteBig investment firms made cuts, such as Vornado Realty Trust, which laid off about 70 people. Some businesses like hotels were able to get by for a while on Paycheck Protection Program loans, though for many the money was a short-term fix that only delayed eventual layoffs.The city’s big commercial real estate service firms like CBRE and JLL went through several rounds of layoffs and cost-cutting last year. Those two companies, along with Newmark and Cushman had a combined 1,274 brokers licensed at the end of the year, down from 1,386 at the last day of 2019, according to TRD.Not all of the job losses, however, could be laid directly at the feet of the pandemic.Parts of the industry like retail leasing and multifamily sales had been struggling prior to 2020. Brokers in those fields struggled more than their counterparts who work in areas like office leasing — which had a record year for activity in 2019 — or debt brokers, whose business has been on rocket fuel over the last decade with interest rates at or near zero percent.In fact, brokers whose business normally focuses on selling properties transitioned to taking on more work selling debt in 2020, as selling loans proved to be resilient business. Some brokers also started doing deals outside New York where the pandemic’s impact was less severe.Newmark sales broker Brett Siegel and his partner Evan Layne have recently worked on a few recapitalization and debt deals with their firm’s debt team, which is led by Dustin Stolly and Jordan Roeschlaub.As the market thaws,“the lines between debt and equity will become blurred” for their clients, Siegel said.Rhodes Associates partner Neda Levy said that since the beginning of 2021, she’s seen an uptick in hiring from companies that want to be able to act when deals bounce back.“What I keep hearing is, we want to be able to look at everything that hits the market in our asset classes,” she said.Contact Rich Bockmann Message* Tags Email Address* Full Name* Commercial Real EstateCoronavirus