Stephen Ross puts $500K into PAC. Where’s the rest?

first_imgStephen Ross (Getty, iStock)Related Companies chairman Stephen Ross has made no secret of his desire for a more business-friendly mayor in City Hall. But his efforts to get other industry leaders to pour money into the race might not be going as planned.Ross recently made a $500,000 contribution to Vote for NYC’s Future, a super PAC with ties to his development firm, The City reported. Charles John O’Byrne, Related’s executive vice president for policy, is listed as the super PAC’s treasurer. Related declined to comment.The donation is the only contribution the group has received, according to state Board of Election records. And it’s a far cry from the $10 million — or even tens of millions — that Ross reportedly hopes to raise in an effort to “change the future course of the city,” as the New York Times reported last month.Ross, whose net worth is about $7 billion, has reportedly tried to gather other business leaders to pour money into the race to “help us get this mayoral election right,” according to that report. Industry bigwigs have donated substantial sums to a PAC supporting former Citigroup executive Ray McGuire, which has raised more than $1 million, with contributions coming from RFR Holdings’ Aby Rosen and entities tied to the LeFrak family, among others.Read moreWhat to make of Stephen Ross betting $1M on mayor’s raceRay McGuire draws $1.1M in real estate contributionsStephen Ross, wife divorcing after 18 years In the past, Ross has donated to candidates on both sides of the aisle, including former President Donald Trump, for whom he threw a 2019 fundraiser that sparked a backlash that Ross came to regret.In this election cycle he has donated $1 million to Common Sense NYC, an independent expenditure that has already spent about $220,000 on City Council candidates. But he’s remained mum on supporting any particular mayoral candidate, telling the Times that he would back “the one who is best and can help all New Yorkers.”If Ross remains unsure of his choice, he is not alone. Half of voters in a recent poll said they were undecided on the June 22 Democratic primary, which is almost certain to determine the outcome of the general election.[The City] — Amy PlittContact Amy Plitt Full Name* Tags Email Address* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Message* Share via Shortlink Real Estate and PoliticsRelated CompaniesStephen Rosslast_img read more

Reproductive biology of the loliginid squid, Alloteuthis subulata in the north-east Atlantic and adjacent waters

first_imgA study of the reproductive biology of the loliginid squid, Alloteuthis subulata in the North Sea, Irish Sea and Portuguese waters was carried out. A predominance of small squid (<50 mm ML) during autumn was observed in all three areas. Multi-modal size-frequency distributions were apparent in both sexes. The greatest complexity was observed in Portuguese waters, with males exhibiting possibly four or more modal size classes. Sexually mature squid were found throughout the year, with generally more mature squid in spring-summer and fewer in autumn-winter. In Portuguese waters, maturity in both sexes peaked in spring, whereas maturity in the other areas peaked in summer. Similar sizes-at-maturity were observed, with male squid maturing over a greater size range (40-125 mm ML) than females (30-50 mm ML). An apparent secondary peak in male maturity at 65 mm ML suggests two different size-maturation patterns in Portuguese waters. Estimates of potential fecundity in the Irish Sea ranged from similar to 2200-13 500 eggs per female. Mean egg diameters of 0.45 mm and 1.55 mm were recorded for developing oocytes and mature ova, respectively. Three to four modal size classes of oocytes were apparent in each ovary. There was some indication of latitudinal effects on growth, maturation and reproduction of A. subulata across its geographic range. The greater complexity of size-structure in warmer waters suggests that water temperature may be the main factor involved, possibly through shorter incubation times, faster growth and maturation rates and extended spawning periods.last_img read more

BLOG: Caring for Senior Family Members This Holiday Season

first_img By: Teresa Osborne, Secretary of Aging Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Holidays,  Human Services,  Seniors,  The Blog With the holiday season upon us, many families are likely to get together at some point during the next two weeks.  Such family gatherings serve as the perfect time to check in and quietly assess how elderly family members are faring and to determine if they may need some extra help.  There are five primary areas recommended to check on.Look around the house or apartment.Do you see dark stairwells, loose rugs, clutter or fire hazards?  Would brighter lighting and clearer passage ways help?  Could the home be easier to navigate with simple modifications, such as easier to use handles and switches, a tub bench, comfort height toilet, or walk-in shower?  Are the stairs easy to manage, or would a stair glide help?  Would it be safer if all living quarters were on one level?  Is there a bath on the ground floor or a room that could become a bedroom? Do you see scorched pots and pans?  Is the home more un-kept than usual?  Are the smoke alarm batteries working?Look in the refrigerator and assess nutritional status.Are there healthy foods, fresh produce and meats?  Are food products expired or moldy?   When you sit down for a meal or go out to eat, are they eating less or showing little interest in food?  Do they appear to have lost weight?Look at medications and assess health & social status.Have they recently seen their primary care physician?  Are their prescriptions up to date or are expired pill bottles mixed in with current ones?  Ask how their medications make them feel?  Do they remember to take their medications properly?  Are the pills organized?  Would a pill organizer help?  Ask when was the last time they went out with friends or did things they like to do, such as go out to a movie, to eat or to church?  Can you carry on a coherent conversation?  Do they keep repeating the same story?Look at their financial situation.Is mail left unopened?  Are household bills piling up?  Have late-notices been received?  Are there bills that they simply cannot afford to pay?  Ask if all of their financial information is one place in case you ever need to access it in an emergency?Look at their car.If they are still driving, let them take you for a drive so you can assess their driving skills. Do they drive too slow, miss traffic signals or signs or have trouble at intersections?  Assess the car, are there dents or dings on the car or garage?  Have they received any recent speeding or traffic tickets?While these quick tips will allow you to check in respectfully and gracefully, it’s important that your elderly family members have the support and tools needed to live independently after your holiday visit has ended.  If your check in leads to concerns make any necessary home adjustments and arrange for proper supports and resources to help them remain safely at home.  Your local area agency on aging is available to provide you and your loved one with proper guidance and can be located here.During this time of year when many seniors are more prone to loneliness or depression, in addition to checking in with your own elderly family members, pausing to remember the elders in your community by making a visit to a nursing home or bringing a meal or plate of goodies to your elderly neighbor are some of the greatest gifts you can give.center_img BLOG: Caring for Senior Family Members This Holiday Season December 17, 2015last_img read more

Poverty not only reason for suicide spike, says Key

first_imgNZ Herald 30 Oct 2012Prime Minister John Key said deprivation may be one of the reasons behind the large number of youth suicides but it was not an explanation by itself.   “Of itself, just being poor doesn’t mean someone will commit suicide … the children of very well-off families committed suicide so it is not as clear as that.”   He told his post-Cabinet press conference yesterday he was aware of the cluster in suicides in Northland this year including that of a 10-year-old boy in recent weeks. There have been 32 suicides in the region this year – compared with 17 last year – and about half of them young people.   Mr Key announced a series of measures in April, costing $62 million over four years, to address youth mental health issues including funding health workers in schools.   Maori Party co-leader and Associate Health Minister Tariana Turia questioned whether that was a good use of the money.   Mr Key said gaps had been identified in the delivery of mental health services to young people and the package was designed to fill those gaps.“What we know is that there is quite a lot that we don’t know about the system. We don’t know what works perfectly.”   But what was known was that a disproportionate number of Maori boys took their lives and that boys were more likely to succeed at their attempts than girls.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10843785last_img read more

Iowa report: Opioid use drops, alcohol & meth remain critical problems

first_imgDES MOINES — A new report on the use and abuse of legal and illegal drugs in Iowa finds progress in some areas and a backslide in others.The 2020 Iowa Drug Control Strategy places Iowa 47th nationally in the rate of overall illicit drug use and 46th in drug overdose deaths.Dale Woolery, director of the Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy, says alcohol, tobacco and methamphetamine still pose tremendous threats.“Binge drinking in Iowa is considerably above the national average,” Woolery says, “and while it doesn’t get talked about as much as opioid-related deaths, we have about three times as many alcohol-related deaths in the state of Iowa, at least in 2018, there were 616 alcohol-related deaths.”More than 10,000 Iowans were treated for meth use disorders this year, an all-time high. Among adults entering substance use treatment, the report says more cited meth as their primary drug. After rising steadily for over a decade, the report says the number of fatal opioid-related overdoses statewide fell by 32% last year — to 136 deaths.“We’re hopeful that we’ll continue to keep that down and go lower,” Woolery says. “We’ve seen a lot of positive changes in response to the opioid epidemic, getting more people into treatment, getting more people into recovery, prevention efforts have ramped up, more naloxone is available and being used to reverse overdoses.”The report says Iowa recorded the lowest number of cocaine-related prison admissions in at least 15 years during 2019.Marijuana remains one of the most commonly used illicit drugs in Iowa, accounting for more than 25% of all substance use disorder treatment admissions last year. Also, Woolery says marijuana-related hospital emergency department visits in Iowa rose 28% in the past two years.“One of the indicators that we look at that could be foretelling is the attitude of youth,” Woolery says. “Eleventh graders, for instance, and how they perceive marijuana, 23% say they see no risk to smoking marijuana once or more a week.”Nicotine and tobacco remain significant health threats in Iowa, according to the report. As the number of Iowa youth using tobacco has steadily fallen over the last decade, the 2018 Iowa Youth Survey says 23% of Iowa 11th graders reported using e-cigarettes in the past 30 days. E-cigarette use by Iowa 11th graders surpassed both alcohol and other drug use rates in 2018.last_img read more