The impact of the Cretaceous–Paleogene (K–Pg) mass extinction event on the global sulfur cycle: Evidence from Seymour Island, Antarctica

first_imgThe Cretaceous–Paleogene (K–Pg) mass extinction event 66 million years ago led to large changes to the global carbon cycle, primarily via a decrease in primary or export productivity of the oceans. However, the effects of this event and longer-term environmental changes during the Late Cretaceous on the global sulfur cycle are not well understood. We report new carbonate associated sulfate (CAS) sulfur isotope data derived from marine macrofossil shell material from a highly expanded high latitude Maastrichtian to Danian (69–65.5 Ma) succession located on Seymour Island, Antarctica. These data represent the highest resolution seawater sulfate record ever generated for this time interval, and are broadly in agreement with previous low-resolution estimates for the latest Cretaceous and Paleocene. A vigorous assessment of CAS preservation using sulfate oxygen, carbonate carbon and oxygen isotopes and trace element data, suggests factors affecting preservation of primary seawater CAS isotopes in ancient biogenic samples are complex, and not necessarily linked to the preservation of original carbonate mineralogy or chemistry. Primary data indicate a generally stable sulfur cycle in the early-mid Maastrichtian (69 Ma), with some fluctuations that could be related to increased pyrite burial during the ‘mid-Maastrichtian Event’. This is followed by an enigmatic +4‰ increase in δ34SCAS during the late Maastrichtian (68 to 66 Ma), culminating in a peak in values in the immediate aftermath of the K–Pg extinction which may be related to temporary development of oceanic anoxia in the aftermath of the Chicxulub bolide impact. There is no evidence of the direct influence of Deccan volcanism on the seawater sulfate isotopic record during the late Maastrichtian, nor of a direct influence by the Chicxulub impact itself. During the early Paleocene (magnetochron C29R) a prominent negative excursion in seawater δ34S of 3–4‰ suggests that a global decline in organic carbon burial related to collapse in export productivity, also impacted the sulfur cycle via a significant drop in pyrite burial. Box modelling suggests that to achieve an excursion of this magnitude, pyrite burial must be reduced by >15%, with a possible role for a short term increase in global weathering rates. Recovery of the sulfur cycle to pre-extinction values occurs at the same time (∼320 kyrs) as initial carbon cycle recovery globally. These recoveries are also contemporaneous with an initial increase in local alpha diversity of marine macrofossil faunas, suggesting biosphere-geosphere links during recovery from the mass extinction. Modelling further indicates that concentrations of sulfate in the oceans must have been 2mM, lower than previous estimates for the Late Cretaceous and Paleocene and an order of magnitude lower than today.last_img read more

Associate Dean, Administration, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital

first_img Florida, United States Johns Hopkins University All Children’sHospital – Florida Save Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Knowledge Enterprise Academic Affairs Not specified Full Time jobs in Saint Petersburg The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to apre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office at [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply depending on whichcampus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. 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Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdfImportant legal informationhttp://hrnt.jhu.edu/legal.cfm Facebook Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) Similar jobs LinkedIn You need to sign in or create an account to save Director, Maternal, Fetal & Neonatal Institute at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Salary Not Specified Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Knowledge Enterprise This position is the chiefacademic administrative role in support of the Vice Dean, JHACH,responsible for integrating and supporting the development of JohnsHopkins All Children’s Hospital (JHACH) with the medical-technical,research, education and scientific needs to ensure the higheststandards of patient care, research, teaching, and sound fiscalmanagement. The position is responsible for participating andleading in strategic planning, financial, administrative, and humanresource aspects of building key academic and research programs atJHACH, enabling synergy and integration with the clinicalprograms.This position directs theadministrative, financial, strategic, human resource aspects andoperational activities of both locations for the Office of the ViceDean (OVD), JHM-JHACH Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital,(Baltimore, MD and St. Petersburg, FL). Supervision and managementof these aspects are consistent with the research, clinical andeducational goals set forth in the 2011 Integration Strategy, theTen Year Strategic Plan and continuation beyond2021.This position will provideadministrative guidance and leadership to School of Medicine (SOM)faculty and staff, JHACH physicians and staff, by formulating andimplementing strategic and budgetary objectives. Directresponsibility for all administrative aspects of both OVD officesrelated to financial, administrative, research, educational andclinical activities through collaborative efforts with the SOMBusiness office, SOM Dean’s office, other clinical/basic sciencedepartments and Institutes within the Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM)and Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital (JHACH) and Johns HopkinsHealth System (JHHS). Direct administrative financial, operational,and strategic leadership for All Children’s Research Institute(ACRI). In support and collaboration with the Vice Dean, JHACH andJHACH faculty leadership and other peer Directors, this positionwill provide oversight and stewardship of finance, grant andcontract activity, clinical trial activity, service centeractivity, human resources, and other Institute and Core programdevelopment. Acts as spokesperson for the Vice Dean, JHACH with keysenior financial, administrative, and research leadership andChairs within JHMI/JHH. Interface with SOM leadership, includingmembers of the Dean’s Office, Business Office team, to ensure thatfinancial and administrative policies, processes and controls areproperly designed, implemented and followed at all times. Thisposition acts autonomously and requires no daily supervision by theVice Dean at JHACH.Specific duties &responsibilities: University of South Florida Business & Administrative Affairs Not specified Full Time jobs in Saint Petersburg More searches like this Sharecenter_img Save Director, Maternal, Fetal & Neonatal Institute at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Apply(This will open in a new window from which you will be automatically redirected to an external site after 5 seconds) Supports the Vice Dean in therecruitment and integration of new faculty into JHACH includingChairs, Division Chiefs, Institute Directors andCo-Directors.Supports the Vice Dean and theChairman of Pediatrics of Johns Hopkins Children’s Center (JHCC)with identifying collaborative academic programs across the JHCCand JHACH.Serves as the liaison for JHACHacademic programs at key national and international conferences andassociations.Serves as the senioradministrator for the Vice Dean’s Office at JHACH and EastBaltimore.Oversees creation and managementof departmental and division budgets that incorporate universityand hospital finance.Oversees university humanresource activities, including staff and faculty issues in supportof academic activities.Oversees JHACH’s ACRI and Officeof Medical Education strategic administrative, financial, and humanresource activities.Oversees federal, state, andprivate foundation research and programmatic grants (pre- and post-award) for both JHU SOM activities and JHACH’s ACRIactivities.Chief Institutional Official,ACRI.Supports Vice Dean indiscussions and program development activities with the JHM Dean’sOffice, JHCC discussions and JHACH leadership, and outreachprograms.Supervises Division, Financial,Shared Services, Service CoresAdministrators/ManagersServes as the communication linkbetween the JHACH physician group for research and academicactivities, and the JHACH Leadership Team seeking to integrate allfunctions in the attainment of JHACH’s strategicgoals.Collaborates with physicians andJHACH leadership to develop and support new academicprograms.Leads ad hoc and ongoing workteams to resolve academic and research management issues to thebenefit of the program.Develop SOM-JHACH and JHACH’sacademic and research operating budget program, as guided byinstitutional constraints, and provides consultativerecommendations regarding alternative approaches andcontingencies.Develops capital budget foracademic and research program and aids in the justification processin conjunction with the Chairs, Institute Directors, MedicalDirectors and Program Directors.Provides recommended products inthe most cost-effective manner, in concert with the purchasingdepartment and line supervisors.Other duties asassigned. Save Executive Director Administrative Not specified Full Time jobs in Saint Petersburg Chief Academic Officers & Vice Presidents Not specified Full Time jobs in Saint Petersburg You need to sign in or create an account to save Executive Director Salary Not specified PositionLocationPosition based at JHACH in St.Petersburg, FloridaTravelRequiredMinimum qualifications(mandatory):Master’s degree in business,health care administration or related field. Minimum of 10 yearsprogressively professional-level administrative and financialexperience required in a major academic medical department and/oracademic children’s hospital. Requires 10 years of seniorleadership experience.Preferredqualifications:Knowledge of universityand hospital financial and operations administration. PhysicianPractice and Sponsored Programs including grants and contractsmanagement experience preferredSpecial knowledge, skills,and abilities:Requires excellent interpersonalskills and a deep appreciation of research, educational andclinical issues within a major academic medical center and/oracademic children’s hospital. Must demonstrate leadership qualitiesand the ability to be a champion for the various stakeholderswithin JHM-JHACH and JHACH. Demonstrated record of relatedaccomplishments and the ability to work collaboratively and byconsensus.Technical qualificationsor specialized certifications: Proficient in MicrosoftOffice, Visio.Any specific physicalrequirements for the job:Sitting in a normal seatedposition for extended periods of time; Reaching by extendinghand(s) or arm(s) in any direction; Finger dexterity to manipulateobjects with fingers rather than with whole hand or arm, forexample, using a keyboard; Communication skills using the spokenword; Ability to see and hear within normal parameters; Ability tomove about workspace.Supervisoryresponsibility– Direct 8; Indirect or Matrix FY20Headcount – Fulltime Faculty, Staff and Postdocs146BudgetAuthority(indicate dollar amount of budget managed andtype/level of authority):Academic Integration:$160M+FY21 Budget-~$31M You need to sign in or create an account to save Florida, United States Twitter Salary Not specified Florida, United States Nearest Major Market:Tampa Chief Business Officers & Vice Presidents Not specified Full Time jobs in Saint Petersburglast_img read more

US politics: crying out for change

first_imgJohn Marshall comments on US politics. Hilary Clinton’s tearful episode a day before the New Hampshire democratic primary appears to have reignited her camp gain. With some pollsters putting principal adversary Barack Obama ahead by ten points this left many wondering exactly what had happened.Are Americans really that capricious? Despite the notorious unreliability of US opinion polls, this result implies a sea change in active popular sentiment. Large numbers said that they decided on the day. Although polls fairly accurately predicted Obama’s vote share, Clinton appeared to take the vote of every independent and some committed to third place candidate John Edwards.The dramatic shift of many independents to Clinton signals the success, but mostly the failings of current American politics. Voter interest in politics is unusually high – the American people seem to be responding to the rhetoric that America needs change. This turn will likely support more responsible and responsive government.However, serious questions must be asked when a tearful moment from a presidential candidate is credited with winning a potentially pivotal election. This moment is symptomatic of the prevailing image politics that has replaced substantive policy debate. Personally, it is Senator Edwards’ (poorly funded) vision that most significantly differentiates the candidates, yet focus among democrats centres upon the Clinton/ Obama battle. Both are ubiquitously surrounded by boards and signs containing ‘change’; while both Clinton and Obama proffer similar views on moral issues like abortion and gay marriage, the key issues of foreign and economic policy are a more fundamental concern. Characteristic of the post-2005 Democrats, their apparently separate visions for change are vague and predominantly negative in that they argue simply against Bush’s conduct on Iraq, Medicare, social security and the high income tax cuts. Against this backdrop, it is unsurpising that issues of competency and personal charisma take hold among voters in an age that can now relay images of Clinton near breakdown on televised, 24-hour news and internet sites within seconds. When we speak of more interest in this election, this is where it is directed.Considering the reality of the policy junctures concerning Iraq, Medicare and social security, the US needs to publicly discuss its direction. When a brief chink in Clinton’s usually controlled and austere image apparently causes an almighty electoral rupture, supporters of democratic politics must worry. Clinton’s dramatic New Hampshire success admits turnout approximately double the state’s primary average and serves to illuminate the extent of the recent national democratic deficit. Although all democrats should support increasing turnout, and the greater legitimacy that such results confer, nationwide US primary turnout hovers around ten percent. It will surprise nobody that those who do vote are not a representative bunch.Given the low levels of active participation, a pivotal moment such as the potential destruction of Clinton’s campaign or the long-awaited demonstration of ‘real’ emotion (depending on how you see it) mobilising a wave of support among a minority can induce drastic consequences. This seems to be what happened in New Hampshire where the influx of the undecided and habitual non-voters (suggested to comprise many single women) finally swayed by Clinton’s outpour rushed to the poll booths to give Clinton ten percentage points more than expected and thus secure the victory that now reinvigorates her campaign.The rising interest and participation in what may prove to be one of America’s most significant political years in recent memory is to be commended. But this should not conceal the threatening and thinly-veiled problems that lurk underneath.last_img read more

OUCA in election farce

first_imgAnother member agreed, saying, “it’s what candidates tend to do.”The member also expressed concern that the returning officer had only informed the candidates rather than the students who were barred from the elections.“[Neale] hasn’t announced to the membership that the new members won’t be able to vote, instead restricting his comments to officer candidates. Presumably people will turn up on the day, unaware that they have been barred,” he said.The elections normally take place in eighth week but were moved to seventh this term, leading to confusion over when the cut-off date would be for new members.Members predict that the new cut-off date will be most damaging for Malmqvist in the contest for the presidency against current treasurer Alex Elias. “The move has tipped the balance towards the treasurer candidate,” said one OUCA member. “She thought the termly meeting would be the cut off date so she carried on registering people.”Malmqvist condemned the decision, but denied that the move to bar new members would disadvantage her. “I can only express a form of concern that members who are interested in the association, who wanted to join and take part in the elections now can’t do so.”She admitted that one or two of her friends were among the recently-registered members, but claimed, “we always have a large increase in members before OUCA elections.”Ben Lyons, secretary of the Oxford University Labour Club said he was surprised by the controversy surrounding the decision. “It is rather surprising that a students’ organisation which is basically just an excuse for drinking and mild prejudice should go to such lengths to manage their elections,” he said in a statement.He added, “in contrast…we’re seriously involved in Oxford politics, hosting great speakers and taking an active role in our constituency.” Sixty students were barred from the OUCA elections on Wednesday after a last-minute decision by the returning officer prevented new members from voting.According to OUCA members, the sharp increase around election time is due to students signing up to the society in order to vote for their friends.Candidate for the presidency Josefin Malmqvist said she was concerned by the decision. She and other candidates were only informed of the move the day before the elections.She said she knew new members who are “very upset” that they will now not be eligible to vote. “They want to have their say,” she said. “I think it’s a shame.”Returning officer David Neale told officer candidates by email that any student who joined the Association after Monday would not be allowed to take part in the elections. He cited a rule which bars any student from taking part in the ballot if they register after nominations.No new member was eligible to vote in the election, unless his name was read out at Council in 6th week or before. Delays in receiving forms meant that some members who joined before Monday would also be barred on a technicality.Opposing candidate Alex Elias won the election in results announced on Wednesday. He expressed delight at his victory but refused to comment on the electoral issues. He said, “I’m absolutely thrilled. I had a very worthy opponent.”One OUCA member, who wished to remain anonymous, expressed his disapproval over the decision. “Considering most people will have bought a membership – £15 – at this time to vote for their friends in the election, it’s a bit sub-prime,” he said.He acknowledged that it was widespread for candidates to buy memberships for their friends just before the elections so they could vote for them. “Everybody known it goes on,” he said.last_img read more

‘It’s an amazing accolade for our team’

first_imgPaul Rostand, owner of Dorset-based Great British Biscotti Co, on how collaborating with customers Hotel Chocolat and the National Trust led to it winning the 2019 Customer Focus Award.Great British Biscotti Co sought to break the mould when it began life three-and-a-half years ago with its portfolio of sweet and savoury biscotti. Its 20 flavours range from coffee & walnut to chocolate orange and even parmesan & fennel, as well as Indian spice.“What we do is unique within the baking industry, particularly in relation to biscotti, as our products are very different to the rock-hard, dry Italian products,” says Paul Rostand, owner of Great British Biscotti Co. “Everyone has heard of sweet biscotti, so we expected to sell more sweet ones than savoury, but people have already bought into the savoury range because it is truly unique.”It was this kind of thinking that garnered the attention of coveted customers Hotel Chocolat and the National Trust, as well as the judges at the 2019 Baking Industry Awards (BIA), who rewarded the company with the Customer Focus Award.“Working with them is a real endorsement for the quality of our products,” he adds. “They’ve been really happy for us winning the award, but also with the service we have been giving them.”The partnership has seen Great British Biscotti Co create bespoke products for both organisations.“We always put the customer at the heart of our business,” Rostand says. “We always want to achieve and exceed the expectations of our customers and, whether that is through product quality or customer service, we have to fulfil their needs 100%.”Being a smaller firm that makes things by hand gives it the flexibility to make changes based on customers’ needs as it’s not constrained by the capabilities of machinery. This even allows for Hotel Chocolat’s development chef to work on-site when creating new products.As for the BIA experience, Rostand says “it’s something to be cherished”. “We’re a relatively small company that hasn’t been going that long, so to win is such an amazing accolade for us and the team back at the bakery.”He adds that the BIA are a great opportunity to showcase a business and to show the rest of the market what you are doing.“There are so many VIPs at the awards who hear about your company – it’s such great exposure – and an endorsement for your hard work.”Paul Rostand, owner of Great British Biscotti Co, is presented the award by John Lindsay, CEO of sponsor CSM Bakery Solutions, and event host Ashley RobertsSponsor’s comment“Great British Biscotti Co had a clear objective, which focused on delivering an ambitious category-first, while putting its customers at the heart.”Ellie David, marketing manager, CSM Bakery Solutionslast_img read more

‘Bugs’ on the subway: Monitoring the microbial environment to improve public health

first_imgThe trillions of microbes that transfer from people to surfaces could provide an early warning system for the emergence of public health threats such as a flu outbreak or a rise in antibiotic resistance, according to a study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The researchers took to the Boston subway system to find out what kinds of bugs people across the city are passing around—and how they might help preserve or disrupt our health.The study, which was published online June 28, 2016 in the American Society for Microbiology’s journal mSystems, is the first high-precision microbial survey in a mass-transit environment to look at multiple surface types and materials.Watch a video.“We were surprised to find that the microbes that we collected of surfaces that people touch—and sometimes sneeze on—had low numbers of worrisome pathogens or antibiotic resistance genes. These environments have drastically lower virulence profiles, in fact, than are observed in a typical human gut,” said senior author Curtis Huttenhower, associate professor of computational biology and bioinformatics. “Our findings establish a baseline against which deviations can be used as an early warning system to monitor public health.”With the support of the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority, the researchers collected samples by swabbing seats, seat backs, walls, vertical and horizontal poles, and hanging grips inside train cars from three subway lines, as well as touchscreens and walls of indoor and outdoor ticketing machines at five subway stations. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Best Buddies hosts fashion show

first_imgThe Notre Dame Best Buddies club, a club serving people with intellectual disabilities, will host a fashion show as part of Disabilities Awareness Month on Wednesday in Legends.“The event is meant to gain awareness for disabilities, but is also just a fun night,” President of Best Buddies and senior Kelly Keenan said. “Our buddies are people in South Bend who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, and the event will be a chance for them to get dressed up and have fun.”The fashion show is part of a yearly initiative formed several yearsw ago on campus by Notre Dame graduate Soeren Palumbo to end the use of the R-word.  This year, Best Buddies is collaborating with Special Olympics and the Super Sibs club to hold the event, Keenan said.“The [fashion] show was a vision of another member of Best Buddies,” she said. “She had a friend on campus that is a Vineyard Vines representative, so they are supplying our men’s clothing. A boutique in Granger, Ind., called Sorella is supplying the women’s clothing, and we also have clothing from adidas and Dress Barn.”Keenan said planning the show has been an organizational process.“When we knew we wanted to hold a fashion show, we spoke to Legends because they had done fashion shows before, so they already had the whole event set up for us,” Keenan said. “There has also been a lot of communication to find clothing to borrow.”Keenan said she hopes the event will open the eyes of the Notre Dame community to disabilities.“The main thing we would love is to get a lot of people there and show them what disabilities awareness is really about,” Keenan said. “We want to show the Notre Dame community what this is all about and what our three clubs do.”In addition to the fashion show, members of the Best Buddies club will be in the LaFortune Student Center, North and South dining halls and the Hesburgh Library on Wednesday as part of a pledge campaign.“We will station ourselves around campus to gather pledges to end the hateful use of the R-word,” Keenan said.Keenan said an important component of the event is to make sure everyone has a good time.“Our buddies are so excited about walking the runway in awesome clothes,” Keenan said. “We want to make it a fun event for everyone involved.”Contact Katie McCarty at   [email protected]: best buddies, disabilities awareness, fashion show, NDlast_img read more

Modern Amphibious Units will Counter Narcoterrorism in the VRAEM

first_imgBy Dialogo February 14, 2013 On February 7, Peruvian Ministry of Defense Pedro Cateriano Bellido introduced two modern Hovercraft amphibious units in the city of Pucallpa that will be used for surveillance and support of the Armed Forces in the fight against narcoterrorism in the Apurímac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers Valley (VRAEM). After the opening ceremony, Minister Cateriano boarded one of these amphibious units and sailed through the Ucayali River, where he was able to verify its operational capabilities, as well as how well the officers that will counter narcoterrorism in the VRAEM are trained. The main naval authority also joined Cateriano on the units, which later took them through the premises of the “BAP Clavero.” Afterwards, the authorities went to Pucallpa Naval Station, where a ceremony was held to commemorate members of personnel who died in the line of duty at Ucayali Front. Once the ceremony ended, the General Director of Companies and Coast Guards, Vice Admiral Edmundo Deville Del Campo gave a presentation about illegal mining in the Amazon. Then, Fourth Naval Zone Commander, Rear Admiral Hugo Verán Moreno spoke about the mission, its current situation and the goals within the area of responsibility. During his visit, the minister of defense stated that “we are putting two Hovercraft vessels that will join the fight against drug trafficking and terrorism, in service.” Furthermore, he reported that two more units will be added soon, both of which are currently under construction. He added that “in this way, the government is showing its commitment to provide the Armed Forces with the best tools, so they can perform their constitutional role of defending the country against other threats, such as terrorism.” It is important to consider that these amphibious Hovercraft units have aluminum armor and special air mattresses, so they can float and glide to emerge on either maritime or land surfaces, overcoming all kinds of obstacles. With a capacity to lodge 20 combatants, these vehicles can reach up to 35 knots. The units assigned to the VRAEM will be armored and armed, and they have night vision capabilities. In addition, they can go into an area, perform rescue tasks in support of a helicopter, for example, and then return to the water. According to technical specifications, their revering maneuverability remains operational throughout the year, under any weather conditions.last_img read more

3-Ex NYPD Cops from Long Island Charged With Bribery

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Three former New York City police officers from Long Island were implicated in an alleged scheme to rush gun permit licenses in exchange for bribes, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.Paul Dean, a 44-year-old former lieutenant of the NYPD’s Licensing Division from Wantagh, and 47-year-old Robert Espinal, an ex-officer from Seaford, were each charged with extortion and conspiracy to commit bribery. David Villanueva, a 43-year-old Valley Stream resident and former sergeant, who was arrested last summer for his role in the alleged scheme, pleaded guilty in February to conspiracy to commit bribery, bribery and making false statements. Villanueva also helped grease gun permit applications reviewed by the Nassau County Police Department’s Pistol Section investigators, authorities said.“Corruption at the License Division also spawned a cottage industry of parasitic profiteers, alleged bribers masquerading as so-called expediters,” said Joon Kim, the acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. “The critically important police function of issuing and controlling gun licenses was one they were willing to pervert for personal profit. When police officers violate their oath in this way, they not only betray the public they have sworn to protect, but their fellow officers who do their jobs the right way.”Prosecutors said the LI trio, a former NYPD detective from Queens, an ex-Brooklyn prosecutor and a gun permit license expeditor orchestrated a scheme to have the NYPD License Division speed up the approval of gun licenses in exchange for bribes of cash, paid vacations, food, liquor, guns and prostitutes between 2013 and last year.Dean, Espinal, Villanueva and a fourth officer from the city received bribes for clients of three gun permit expeditors, one of whom was a former NYPD detective, authorities said. In exchange, the accused officers didn’t do the required level of investigation into the applicants by, for example, not conducting interviews with them. Some of those who got gun permits in the alleged scheme had been convicted of violent crimes involving weapons and had histories of domestic violence, according to investigators.Dean and Espinal retired in 2015 to become better paid as gun permit expeditors themselves, relying on their contacts in their old unit to get special treatment for their clients, prosecutors said. They also tried to pressure other gun expeditors to share their clients or they would use their clout in the unit to slow their approvals, authorities said.In a separate alleged scheme, prosecutors said Villanueva received free dinners, sports memorabilia and an $8,000 watch for helping a former Brooklyn prosecutor shorten his clients’ 40-day waiting periods to as little as one day and shorten permit suspension periods, prosecutors said.The ex-prosecutor also had Villanueva send gun license renewal applications to the Nassau police Pistol Section on NYPD stationery, knowing that would shorten the review time for the ex-prosecutor’s clients, authorities said. In exchange, Villanueva was paid in cash and sports tickets by the ex-prosecutor, authorities said.The suspects face up to 10 years in prison.last_img read more

Luxury living doesn’t get any better than this Gold Coast mansion

first_img131-135 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters. 131-135 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters.THE Grasso family waited years for their chance to move onto Monaco St and when No. 131-135 hit the market they didn’t wait a second longer.Johnathan and Roberta Grasso bought the waterfront home three years ago.“We bought the house so we could live on the street,” Mr Grasso said. “It has been a dream goal for my wife and I for a long time.”The family previously lived on the Isle of Capri and admired the street.“When we first drove down the driveway we were really blown away, and we still are,” he said. “The effect hasn’t worn off yet, it’s really pretty magical.”131-135 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters.These Queensland homes are also pretty dreamy…Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:45Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:45 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Summer Dream Home: Currumbin01:45 Related videos 01:45Summer Dream Home: Currumbin01:34Paradise for sale…01:16Dream home: Broadbeach Waters01:33Dream Home: New Farm01:36Dream Home: Brookfield01:00Mermaid BeachA long winding driveway surrounded by palm trees, manicured lawns as well as a large swimming pool and kids play area leads up to the front door.“It is grand but it’s family orientated,” the father-of-two said.A cabana-bar and a timber deck add an element of entertainment to the frontyard but Mr Grasso said the backyard was even better.A spa overlooks the water and brilliantly captures the skyline.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North7 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago131-135 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters.“Sitting in the spa with a glass of wine and soaking up the sunset is something you can’t do in many homes,” Mr Grasso said.“We have two little ones and they have had all their friends over for camp-outs on the front yard and birthday parties with an outdoor cinema.“When we bought the home we put a few of our own touches on it too,” Mr Grasso said.“My wife is really talented with design.131-135 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters.The family put in new bathrooms and a special entertainment room.A piano and hanging pedant lights feature in the bar creating an elegant and fun space.“When you step through the front door, the home blows you away,” he said.“We have never lived in something like this before.”131-135 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters.The floor plan includes a basement cinema, self-contained nanny’s quarters, guest wing, media room and wine bar.The property is on the market at $9.95 million.Michael Kollosche and Jordan Williams of Kollosche Prestige Agents are marketing the residence.131-135 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters. 131-135 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters.last_img read more