D-Day for landlords: High court hears rent overcharge cases

first_imgHousing Rights Initiative’s Aaron Carr (Credit: iStock, Facebook)ALBANY— State legislators passed a new rent law in June, but many of the details are about to be hashed out in court.Today, the highest court in the state is hearing five cases involving alleged rent overcharges for rent-stabilized apartments. Landlords face treble damages for rent overcharges, which could mean a huge payday for tenants.Each of the cases cite a pivotal 2009 Court of Appeals ruling — Roberts v. Tishman Speyer Properties — which found that landlords receiving J-51 tax benefits could not deregulate an apartment when the legal passed a certain threshold and the unit was vacant or occupied by high-income tenants. The decision allowed the state to assess rent overcharges based on the most recent legal regulated rent, even if a significant period of time had elapsed.ADVERTISEMENTThe Roberts decision led to a string of legal challenges alleging that landlords deregulated units while reaping J-51 benefits. Many of the cases have been brought by the Housing Rights Initiative, a group headed by Aaron Carr.The lookback period — the window of time the state can assess treble damages for rent overcharges — was extended to six years from four by the June rent-law overhaul. The Court of Appeals will decide whether that extension also applies to ongoing overcharge cases, which would substantially increase the landlord’s liability.Attorneys for tenants and landlords noted that the move by the Court of Appeals to hear the five cases in one day and to solicit amicus briefs from the general legal community is very unusual. This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

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Watch Steven Tyler Take Vocals On “Rattlesnake Shake” At Peter Green Tribute Concert [Video]

first_imgExactly one year ago today, Mick Fleetwood put together what would still have been a candidate for best concert of the year even if COVID-19 hadn’t shut down all live events the following month. On February 25th, 2020, at The London Palladium, a venerable who’s-who of rock and roll royalty gathered for Mick Fleetwood and Friends Celebrate Peter Green and the Early Music of Fleetwood Mac. The concert was taped in full and is slated for a theatrical release next month, ahead of which Mick Fleetwood has shared the ensemble’s performance of “Rattlesnake Shake”, with Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler on vocals.The evening saw dynamic performances from Mick Fleetwood, Dave Bronze, Neil Finn, Noel Gallagher, Billy Gibbons, David Gilmour, Kirk Hammett, Jonny Lang, John Mayall, Christine McVie, Ricky Peterson, Zak Starkey, Rick Vito, Steven Tyler, Pete Townshend, Andy Fairweather Low, Bill Wyman, and Jeremy Spencer.Related: Kirk Hammett, Mick Fleetwood, Billy Gibbons Play “The Green Manalishi” At Peter Green Tribute [Watch]At any given moment there is at least one Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee onstage, and this video of “Rattlesnake Shake” is certainly no exception. Tyler puts on a memorable performance of the Then Play On track as he taps into the early blues energy of late guitarist Peter Green’s original vision for Fleetwood Mac. By his side is ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons who only bolsters the blues-infused performance while Tyler does what he does best and captivates every eyeball at the Palladium.The film is still slated for an unspecified one-night-only showing in theaters next month with physical copies, available in a wide variety of formats, out on April 30th.“The concert was a celebration of those early blues days where we all began, and it’s important to recognize the profound impact Peter and the early Fleetwood Mac had on the world of music,” Fleetwood said in a statement about the concert film. “Peter was my greatest mentor and it gave me such joy to pay tribute to his incredible talent. I was honored to be sharing the stage with some of the many artists Peter has inspired over the years and who share my great respect for this remarkable musician.”Watch the all-star performance of “Rattlesnake Shake” from Mick Fleetwood and Friends Celebrate Peter Green and the Early Music of Fleetwood Mac.Mick Fleetwood And Friends – Rattlesnake Shake (Official Video)[Video: Mick Fleetwood And Friends Official]last_img read more

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Alberta CCS project fully operational

first_imgThe ACTL carbon capture, utilisation and storage system, announced as fully operational today, utilises and stores CO2 captured at the North West Redwater Partnership (NWR) Sturgeon Refinery and Nutrien’s Redwater Fertiliser Facility. The two projects have a combined capture and storage capacity of almost 1.6 million tonnes of CO2 per annum (mtpa).The ACTL is a 240km pipeline that transports CO2 to aging oil fields for secure and permanent geologic storage via enhanced oil recovery (EOR). The pipeline offers transport services and is owned and operated by Wolf Midstream while Enhance Energy will be the owner and operator of the CO2 utilisation and storage part of the facility. The pipeline can transport up to 14.6 mtpa of CO2.Currently transporting about 1.6 mtpa, the system’s capacity indicates the potential for other industrial facilities to capture their CO2 and use the ACTL’s transport network, reducing risk and cost. At full capacity, the ACTL could become the largest carbon capture and storage system in the world.“This is just the beginning,” said Jeff Pearson, President of Wolf Midstream’s Carbon Business Unit. “The future of energy and a lower carbon economy relies on key infrastructure like the ACTL”.Kevin Jabusch, CEO of Enhance Energy, added, “We are putting CO2 to use. We permanently keep CO2 out of the environment, while producing low-carbon energy. Not only are we reinvigorating our rural energy economy at a time when it is needed most, but we are playing a key role in advancing a sustainable solution to global energy requirements.” Source: ACTLBrad Page, CEO of the Global CCS Institute, a think tank which tracks global, large-scale CCS projects in its co2re.co database, said, “We welcome this significant milestone of CCS deployment. It is also exciting to see the next wave of CCS projects commencing as we are moving to decarbonising industrial areas through CCS hubs and clusters.“There are 51 large-scale facilities globally – now 21 in operation, two under construction, and 28 in various stages of development with an estimated combined capture capacity of just over 100 million tonnes of CO2 per annum.”“With the addition of ACTL, we have welcomed three CCS facilities commencing operation in the past 12 months, demonstrating the important progress made to deploy CCS on the road to net-zero emissions..”In August 2019, the Gorgon facility in Australia became the 19th CCS facility. By 2050 approximately 2000 facilities are expected to be needed to meet climate and energy-related sustainable development goals, according to the International Energy Agency.Hubs and clusters, like the ACTL providing transportation and storage infrastructure for multiple sources of CO2, are largely regarded as the next wave of CCS projects. These projects unbundle the capture, transportation, and storage of CO2, reducing project risk and cost, and allowing each project party to focus on their core competencies, while also enabling further capture sources to be connected.The ACTL was supported with CAD$495 Million from the Alberta Government’s CCS Fund, as well as with CAD$63 Million from the Canadian Federal Government.last_img read more

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Miracle Mission on last day in Dominica

first_img 211 Views   no discussions Share Press releaseThe Miracle Mission in Dominica has been well underway since last Sunday December 3 that began at the facilities of the Venezuelan Embassy in Dominica, Roseau.This social mission is sponsored by the Governments of Venezuela and Dominica.Venezuelans and Dominicans Doctors have made of this Mission ‘One team’ in Roseau, Portsmouth, Marigot, Castle Bruce, Grand Bay and La Plaine where they have attended more than 1000 people.Miracle Mission is finishing the visual diagnosis session today December 10 in St Joseph. Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews Miracle Mission on last day in Dominica by: – December 10, 2016last_img read more

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