first_imgA ‘chaadar’ was on Saturday offered at the dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti here on behalf of Prime Minister Narendra Modi who said the service of the Sufi saint to humanity will continue to inspire generations.Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi offered the ‘chaadar’ (shawl) on behalf of the PM and read out his message in which Modi greeted the followers of the saint in India and abroad on the occasion of the 805th annual Urs.“Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti is a symbol of India’s great spiritual tradition,” the Prime Minister said in his message.He said the service of Garib Nawaz to humanity will continue to inspire generations. Chishti, a great 6th century Sufi saint, is also known as Gharib Nawaz (patron of the poor).Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Naqvi said that the country is an example of social and communal harmony for the entire world and the life of ‘Garib Nawaz’ inspires all to strengthen it.“This unity can defeat the forces which are engaged in a conspiracy to create divide and conflict in the society,” he said.The Minister said that development of the country and living up to the trust of the people is the only commitment of the NDA Government under the leadership of Mr. Modi.He said Chishti’s message of world peace is a strong weapon to protect human values and defeat the nefarious designs of terror forces.last_img read more

first_imgThe bypolls for the lone Lok Sabha seat in Nagaland and an Assembly seat in Meghalaya saw a high turnout of voters on Monday. At least 75% of 11,97,436 voters in Nagaland and 90.42% of 24,181 voters in Meghalaya’s Ampati seat cast their votes.Voting in Nagaland was peaceful barring a mob attack on the 13-Kubza polling station in Mokokchung district. “Seven persons were arrested after a large mob overpowered the polling personnel and vandalised the polling booth. Re-polling will be needed there,” the State’s chief electoral officer Abhijit Sinha said.“The final polling figure will be known tomorrow [Tuesday] morning after reports from remote areas come in. As of now, we recorded 75% polling,” he added.The Nagaland LS seat fell vacant in February after Neiphiu Rio resigned to contest the Assembly election as a candidate of the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), which formed an alliance with the BJP. He is now the Chief Minister. The contest for the Nagaland LS seat is between NDPP candidate Tokheho Yepthomi and C. Apok Jamir of the Naga People’s Front, a former BJP ally now backed by long-time rival Congress.The bypoll for Ampati was necessitated by former Chief Minister Mukul M Sangma, who had won from two seats, vacating it and retaining the Songsak seat. His daughter Miani D Shira hopes to retain the seat for the Congress.last_img read more

first_imgFormer Bihar social welfare minister Manju Verma who was absconding in an Arms Act case linked with Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case, for over a month surrendered in a local court in Begusarai on Tuesday.Ms. Manju Verma surrendered in Majhaul local court of Begusarai district. She came in a car to the local court on Tuesday morning and quietly surrendered in the court even when the Begusarai police had launched manhunt and conducting raid at several places to arrest her for long.Recently, following a stern observation by the Supreme Court which is monitoring the Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case, the Begusarai police had attached property of Ms Manju Verma recently. She was earlier suspended from the primary membership of the ruling party JD(U).While expressing “shock” over delay in arrest of Ms. Manju Verma, Supreme Court had summoned the Bihar chief secretary and Director General of Police to appear in court on November 27 in person.The former Bihar Minister had to step down in August after media reported that her husband Chandrashekhar Verma had made several phone calls to the main accused of Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case, Brajesh Thakur. Mr. Thakur is currently lodged in Patiala court jail in Punjab.Mr. Chandrashekhar Verma too had surrendered in the same Majhaul court of Begusarai and was sent to jail recently.In a police raid in connection with the Muzaffarpur shelter home as many as 50 illegal live cartridges were recovered from the residence of the Vermas. Madhu Verma too surrendersMeanwhile, another absconding accused in the Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case, Madhu Verma too has surrendered in a local court in Muzaffarpur.She was said to be wearing burqa to cover her face while entering into the court to surrender. Ms. Madhu Verma was absconding since the Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case was exposed in a social audit report prepared by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS).The report had revealed that as many as 34 minor girls were sexually exploited at the State-run shelter home in Muzaffarpur managed by an NGO owned by Brajesh Thakur.Recently, the Muzaffarpur municipal corporation had taken steps to demolish the illegal parts of the shelter home.last_img read more

first_imgMarin Cilic overcame Federico Delbonis 6-3 7-5 3-6 1-6 6-2 after a titanic tussle in the opening singles rubber to give hosts Croatia a 1-0 lead over Argentina in the Davis Cup final on Friday.Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro faces big-serving Ivo Karlovic in the day’s other match at a packed Zagreb Arena, including several thousand passionate away fans led by the south American country’s former World Cup winner Diego Maradona.Roared on by an equally fervent home crowd, Cilic rained down a barrage of aces and service winners in the opening set, having broken Delbonis in the fourth game to edge ahead. (Marin Cilic and Federico Delbonis to open Davis Cup final)Cilic, the world number six, broke again in the 11th game of the second set and held serve to take a commanding 2-0 lead before Delbonis hauled himself back into the match.The 41st-ranked Argentine saved three break points in the seventh game of the third set and claimed it with a searing forehand winner. (Novak Djokovic suggests round-robin format for Olympics, Davis Cup)He could not miss in the fourth, racing through the set with a barrage of spectacular shots against a subdued Cilic.The resurgent Croatian found another gear in the fifth set, however, breaking Delbonis in the second game and again in the seventh before he closed out the match in three hours and 30 minutes.last_img read more

first_imgLarry Coker has coached Barry Sanders, Thurman Thomas, Willis McGahee, Clinton Portis, Edgerrin James, and every “Moss” and “Rolle” that every came through The U. On Monday he called Tyreek Hill something I don’t think he’s ever called anyone. “They have maybe the fastest football player in the world playing for them as a running back, so somehow we have to hem him up.” Another in a long collection of crazy, insane quotes about The Freek.(NewsOK)If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

first_imgThe Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica (BCJ) took its media literacy programme to western Jamaica on Wednesday, March 6, staging the first in a series of three sensitisation and awareness sessions in the region, at the St. James High School in Montego Bay. Some 300 students benefitted from the session, addressed by Assistant Executive Director of the Commission, Karlene Salmon Johnson, where they were educated on how to make use of traditional and new media, such as social networking sites, for personal development. Mrs. Salmon Johnson, in her presentation on the topic: ‘Managing Your Digital Self’, told the students to be careful about what they post online and to consider the implications of what they share. [RELATED: Students Benefit from Broadcasting Commission Outreach Session] She noted that “from the moment you have an email address, Facebook page, Twitter handle, a blog, it means that you have created a digital version of yourself, and you want to make sure that no one hijacks this or takes it away and uses it for nefarious purposes, such as scamming and related activities.” Mrs. Salmon Johnson also warned them against creating and sharing inappropriate material that may cause embarrassment if made public. She noted that often, employers visit these sites and examine digital profiles of prospective employees to determine who they really are. “Remember that persons (access) your Facebook page and discover pictures of you in compromising positions or information that can easily turn off a prospective employer and such can cause serious damage to your character and image,” she warned. The BCJ addressed students of the Barracks Road Primary in Montego Bay on Thursday, March 7, and the team travels to Westmoreland on March 20 for a presentation at the Godfrey Stewart High School in Savanna-La-Mar. The BCJ’s media literacy programme seeks to educate students about the pending change from analogue to digital broadcasting, called the “digital switchover” and challenges in the new media landscape. More than 20 educational institutions and 3,400 students have been engaged over the past two years.last_img read more

first_imgBeijing: Ahead of the crucial talks next month to finalise the texts of trade deal with the US to end the trade war, a top Chinese official said on Sunday that China will import more goods from the US to balance bilateral trade, a key demand of President Donald Trump. Trump is demanding China to reduce the USD 375 billion trade deficit and protection of intellectual property rights (IPR), technology transfer and more access to American goods to Chinese markets. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal He has already increased the tariffs on over USD 250 billion Chinese exports to the US and threatened to extend tariffs on USD 200 billion Chinese imports to 25 per cent. Trump held back his threat to impose additional tariffs on the rest of Chinese imports as both sides stepped up talks to finalise the text of the deal. The White House said recently that talks between Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He, China’s main trade negotiator and the US Trade Representative Robert Lighthize and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will be held on April in Washington. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost Ahead of the talks, Vice-Premier and Politburo Standing Committee member Han Zheng told the China Development Forum in Beijing on Sunday that China will work to boost imports and achieve a more even balance of trade with the US. Han told a gathering of foreign business representatives and former government officials from the US and other countries that his government was committed to levelling the playing field. We do not aim to (increase the) trade surplus and sincerely want to increase imports to achieve trade balance, Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported. He said that China would improve market access, including shortening the negative list of industries in which foreign investment is limited or prohibited, and ban the practice of forcing foreign firms to transfer proprietary technology to joint venture partners. As the next step, we will continue to shorten the negative list for foreign investors and allow sole proprietorship of foreign businesses in more sectors, he said. China would also speed up the opening up of more sectors, including telecommunications, education and health care, he said. We will continue to strengthen intellectual property protection, prohibit forced technology transfers, and build a penalty and compensation system (for infringement cases),” he said. Beijing is reported to have promised to buy larger quantities of US agricultural and energy products to help achieve that goal. The trade gap for goods bought and sold by the US and China in 2018 rose 11.6 per cent from the previous year to a record USD 419 billion, the Post report said. China recently passed a new foreign investment law which for the first time provide an opportunity to foreign firms from June 1 to invest in China without joint ventures with protection to technology. Chinese officials say the new law with a negative list provides level playing field treating foreign firms on par with that of the domestic companies.last_img read more

23 January 2012Over 3,000 participants from 150 countries have gathered in Geneva today for a United Nations conference to review and revise the international treaty governing the use of radio-frequency and satellite orbits and which will focus on ensuring universal access to radio services worldwide. The four-week conference, organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), will examine the technical, regulatory and operational aspects involved in the allocation and sharing of radio frequency in various services such as maritime and aeronautical transport, as well as for environmental purposes such as meteorology and disaster prediction, mitigation and relief.“The World Radiocommunication Conference will review and modify global spectrum regulations to ensure that this most precious resource is used effectively to benefit all players,” said ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré. “The aim is to ensure reliable radio services are available everywhere and at any time enabling people to live and travel safely while enjoying high performance radiocommunications.”In a news release issued by ITU, the agency stressed the importance of making the most of resources available at a time of rapid technological developments in information and communication technologies (ICTs).In addition to the representatives of ITU member States, some 100 observers from among the agency’s 700 private sector members along with international organizations are attending the 2012 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-12).“The decisions taken by the ITU membership during WRC-12 will play a vital role in contributing towards improved access and development of ICT wireless infrastructure, in particular in meeting the challenges of mobile broadband and ensuring that ICTs work for the benefit of all the world’s people,” said François Rancy, Director of ITU’s Radiocommunication BureauHe added that the main objective will be to “enable the introduction of the latest technological developments, while protecting investments and favouring economies of scale.”WRC-12 will also seek to advance the introduction of mobile broadband and other technologies such as the development of Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV), as well as consider the potential for radiocommunications to act as a catalyst to reduce the impact of human activity on the environment. read more

GENEVA — From towering giraffes to bottom-feeding sharks and many species in between, endangered species have received new protections under an agreement finalized by most of the world’s countries at a conference on saving plants and animals from the ravages of international trade.The World Wildlife Conference aims to ensure trade doesn’t threaten the survival of endangered fauna and flora. It adopted measures about elephants, otters, turtles, saiga antelope and rosewood among other species as its 11-day conference neared its end Wednesday.The conference occurs every three years and took on added importance this year in the wake of a U.N. report on biodiversity in May warning that extinction looms for over 1 million species of plants and animals.There are growing concerns that policymakers aren’t acting quickly enough to stop it.The Associated Press read more

first_imgShe said: “I am so thrilled that we got to this stage and I am just so proud of Griffin and I love that he is getting the recognition that he deserves for everything that he does. Sarah Mohammadi with her hearing assistance dog WaffleCredit: JULIAN SIMMONDS A 14-year-old girl is hoping her hearing assistance dog will win the 2018 Friends For Life award at Crufts on Sunday after the Cocker Spaniel/Poodle cross helped her make friends.Sarah Mohammadi, who is profoundly deaf, was matched with Waffle by Hearing Dogs for Deaf People in 2012. She joins four other hopeful owners whose pets have been selected for the annual prize which honours dogs who play a leading role in helping people battle adversity.Sarah’s mother Sapedeh said: “From a child that wouldn’t even look into someone’s eyes to a child that is happy to explain that Waffle is her hearing dog and this is what they do, it’s a massive change.“Waffle brings a joy and happiness and just seeing a smile on her face will make our day because it’s been huge what Waffle as bought for her.”Clare Syversten, who is hoping her dog Griffin will win, said she was pleased that her “hero” and “best friend” was getting recognition for everything that he does. Miss Syvertsen, 29, from Northolt in north west London, said her Labrador/Golden Retriever cross has completely transformed her ability to be independent in performing routine tasks. hero Dogs who will compete in a public vote for the prestigious Friends for Life Award at Crufts in 2018 “I’m not even nervous for the final I’m just pleased that we have made it to this stage and I have been able to share with people about all the things that assistant dogs can do.”In an emotional tribute to Griffin she added: “Life as a disabled person can be so hard, you’re very invisible, which is the one of the things that I love about having Griffin, he’s opened up a whole new world to me and I’m not invisible anymore. He just means the world to me.” Sarah Mohammadi with her hearing assistance dog Waffle “Friends for Life, the final of which is held on the world’s largest dog stage at Crufts, is an opportunity to celebrate these dogs that quietly go about changing people’s lives in their own unique and special way.“We had some fantastic nominees this year from all over the UK so choosing just five finalists was incredibly tough. All of this year’s finalists are incredibly worthy winners, and all share a very special relationship with their pets.”The winner will be revealed in the Genting Arena at Crufts on Sunday at 5.20pm.center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club secretary, said: “Dogs play such a significant role in our lives. Every day there are dogs out there saving lives in war zones, giving confidence and independence to those with disabilities, and showing remarkable bravery and loyalty as pets. (L-R) Sir Jack Spratticus and Vanessa Holbrow; Buttons and Hannah Gates; Griffin and Clare Syversten; Waffle and Sarah Mohammadi; Taz and Gayle WildeCredit: JULIAN SIMMONDS Miss Syvertsen is a wheelchair user who suffers from the rare connective tissue disorder, Ehlers Danlos syndrome, and relies on Griffin to assist her with over 100 physical chores, from opening doors, to loading and unloading the washing machine and flushing the toilet. Waffle and Griffin join 39-year-old Gayle Wilde’s Lanarkshire-based search and rescue Border Collie, Taz, Vanessa Holbrow, 47, from Burnham-on-Sea in Somerset and her re-homed Border Terrier, Sir Jack Spratticus and 19-year-old Hannah Gates’ emotionally-supportive Shih Tzu, Buttons, for a chance to be crowned overall winner of the Friends For Life Prize.Selected from over 300 applicants by judges at Crufts’ governing body, The Kennel Club, each of the finalists have been chosen from five distinct categories before being entered for a public vote to name the top dog at the awards ceremony on Sunday.last_img read more

first_img“HOMOPHOBIA IS ALIVE and well in Ireland.”That is the message being spread by Buzz O’Neill after he experienced it first-hand while on a night out with friends in Dublin this week.The well-known businessman and nightclub promoter was attacked by four men outside The George at about 1.15am Thursday morning. He suffered bruising and minor injuries. He recalls: “I left The George before it ended with a friend. We walked to the corner, where we stopped to chat as we were going in different directions.“We kissed each other goodnight and a person from the back of a taxi shouted ‘fucking faggot’ out the window.“I told him to ‘mind his own business’ but he spat at me. I wasn’t going to walk away from that so I responded. They piled out of the taxi. One of them came out the door of the taxi, and another came out the other side and approached me from behind. That one punched me.“Thankfully the staff from The George were able to intervene.”Gardaí have opened an investigation into the assault and CCTV footage of the incident has been gathered. The suspects are described as young men in their early 20s.“Unfortunately, it is not an isolated incident,” O’Neill told TheJournal.ie. “Many of these attacks go unreported so I decided to come forward and speak about it. I’ve had enough. I’m saying ‘No’.”According to O’Neill, he could name at least ten friends who have been beaten up as a result of a hate crime in the past five years.“Since Wednesday, I’ve heard from even more people,” he continues. “There is a fear of speaking out so they go unreported. People would be more inclined to come forward if they were regular assaults. In Ireland, we have no legislation which adequately covered hate crime.”Currently, France is experiencing a surge in homophobic assaults as the same-sex marriage debate receives widespread media and political coverage.The Irish debate on gay marriage is something that is also “niggling” at O’Neill right now.“These organisations that preach against gay marriage, they are preaching an anti-gay rhetoric. They have to be held accountable. In a twisted way, it gives these people a mandate,” he says.This weekend, the Constitutional Convention will vote on whether to make a recommendation to the government to provide marriage equality.Regardless of the outcome, O’Neill believes that Ireland still needs a “proper debate” about gay rights.“This government could legislate for gay marriage tomorrow if there was political will. They are looking for someone else to tell them, ‘You should do this’. They shouldn’t need the Constitutional Convention to tell them. Common sense should do that.”As the garda investigation continues, O’Neill must return to his job at the front of Dublin’s most popular gay nightclubs. He runs FAG in the Button Factory, as well as Bukkake and Sunday Social in Four Dame Lane.“It has knocked my confidence, no doubt,” he admits. “But I have to get back out there.”Earlier today, Buzz tweeted an image of his eye with the message: “Swelling gone down.. Blackening up nicely! #yestolove”Homophobic assaults surge in France amid gay marriage debatelast_img read more

first_img KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Posted: August 7, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – County Supervisors Nathan Fletcher and Greg Cox will launch a program Wednesday to help mitigate the use of high-polluting vehicles around the county.Fletcher and Cox will hold a news conference to launch the County Air Pollution Control District’s “Clean Air for All” campaign, which will allow businesses, nonprofits and government organizations to replace their high- emission vehicles with more climate friendly options.Officials with the California Air Resources Board will also present the county with roughly $28.5 million in state grants to fund the program. Earlier this year, the CARB also awarded $2.5 million to the Air Pollution Control District to monitor air quality in Barrio Logan, Logan Heights, Sherman Heights and parts of National City.The news conference and check presentation will be held at the County Administration Center at 1600 Pacific Highway. The launch event is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter County to Launch High-Emission Vehicle Replacement Campaign August 7, 2019last_img read more

first_imgCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA has ordered up a series of urgent spacewalks to fix a broken cooling line at the International Space Station.Station managers decided Tuesday to send two American astronauts out as soon as possible to replace a pump with a bad valve. It’s a major job that will require three spacewalks — Saturday, Monday and next Wednesday on Christmas Day.“The next week will be busy with space walks so not much tweeting from here,” NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio tweeted from space soon after the decision was announced.The spacewalks are taking priority over the launch of a supply ship from Virginia. The commercial delivery had been scheduled for this week, but is now delayed until at least mid-January.Half of the station’s cooling system shut down last Wednesday, forcing the six-man crew to turn off all nonessential equipment, including some science experiments. Because of the valve failure, one of the two cooling lines became too cold.The space station cooling system, which runs ammonia through the lines, is critical for dispelling heat generated by on-board equipment.While the astronauts are safe and comfortable, NASA wants the system back up to full strength, in case of another failure that could leave the orbiting outpost even more vulnerable than it is right now.last_img read more

first_imgA huge wildfire in a forest region east of Sacramento expanded by 3,000 acres, fire officials reported Saturday.State fire agency Cal Fire and the U.S. Forest Service, which are jointly managing firefighting efforts in the area, said that nearly 5,000 firefighters continued battling the 80,000-acre King fire, which is believed to have been set intentionally.Nearly 3,000 people had been evacuated from the area, and 21,000 structures remain threatened by the week-old blaze, which was 10 percent contained as of Saturday afternoon.“This fire is a monster,” Cal Fire spokeswoman Lynne Tolmachoff said Saturday.The King fire started Sept. 13, grew for several days, and then exploded in a matter of hours Wednesday night from 27,930 acres to 71,000 acres.Warm temperatures, low humidity and forests full of extremely dry trees — the result of serious drought conditions — all contributed to the fire’s severity, Tolmachoff said.On Saturday, ground crews worked to strengthen containment lines to limit further spread of the flames. Teams fanned out to assess damage to structures.Cal Fire and U.S. Forest Service crews also split the fire into two management zones, in an effort to improve logistics and reduce travel time for fire crews to reach their assignments.last_img read more

first_img NASA Space At the time, some astronomers suggested a collision with another object could’ve caused the asteroid to start spouting off, but a new paper from an international team of researchers concludes that Gault was actually ready to come apart, perhaps even without an impact to trigger the breakdown.”This self-destruction event is rare,” co-author Olivier Hainaut from the European Southern Observatory, explained in a release. “Active and unstable asteroids such as Gault are only now being detected by means of new survey telescopes that scan the entire sky, which means asteroids such as Gault that are misbehaving cannot escape detection any more.” The paper will be published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters.   The images from Hubble show Gault being trailed by two narrow tails of debris, indicating the material was thrown off in a pair of short bursts lasting between a few hours and a few days. Active asteroid 6478 Gault last night from the @INGLaPalma after discovery by @TheGenghisKen @fallingstarIfA . The ejected dust extends > 400,000 km, more than the Earth-Moon distance.From observations by @astrostevanus and @Sun_d_citizen @AstroQUB pic.twitter.com/Xc1ByV4OhJ— Alan Fitzsimmons (@FitzsimmonsAlan) January 12, 2019 The asteroid 6478 Gault as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope. Two narrow, cometlike tails of debris indicate that the asteroid is slowly undergoing self-destruction.  NASA, ESA, K. Meech and J. Kleyna (University of Hawaii), O. Hainaut (European Southern Observatory) We first noted in January that an asteroid discovered decades ago was showing signs of transforming into a comet, but now astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope say the space rock may be completely falling apart.The 2.5-mile-wide (4-kilometer-wide) asteroid 6478 Gault is located in the asteroid belt between Jupiter and Mars, where it was first seen in 1988. Though it’s been observed by telescopes many times over the decades, it wasn’t until last November that scientists saw signs something was changing. By January, Gault had developed a cometlike tail of dust extending over 249,000 miles (400,000 kilometers). Sci-Tech Tagscenter_img Post a comment There are around 800,000 known asteroids in the asteroid belt beyond Mars, but astronomers estimate that this kind of crack-up happens only once per year. The asteroid’s fragile state is attributed to something called the Yarkovsky-O’Keefe-Radzievskii-Paddack effect, or YORP torque. The basic idea is that electromagnetic radiation from the sun interacts with small objects like asteroids in ways that can cause them to spin faster and faster, becoming more and more unstable.  “It could have been on the brink of instability for 10 million years. Even a tiny disturbance, like a small impact from a pebble, might have triggered the recent outbursts,” explained lead author Jan Kleyna from the University of Hawaii.Astronomers say the tails will begin to fade in the coming months as the dust disperses into space. That is, unless 6478 Gault continues to fall apart before our eyes. Share your voice 0last_img read more

first_imgA partnership that was going to bring 41 units of low-income senior housing to Juneau has ended, leaving a Seattle-based developer with $9 million in funding and no land to build on.Download AudioDan Austin, general manager of St. Vincent de Paul Society in Juneau, called the housing project the Home Run. When the nonprofit and its partner GMD Development were awarded the financing in December, Austin had been working on the project for 10 years.The plan was to break ground this summer.“We put in a lot of time, effort, money, blood, sweat, tears into this project and it’s very disappointing, very disappointing,” Austin said.Both entities say it was the other that withdrew from the partnership.Juneau’s St. Vincent de Paul Society and Seattle-based GMD Development were supposed to break ground on low-income senior housing on this land near the airport. With the partnership over, the land remains untouched. (Photo courtesy St. Vincent de Paul Society)Austin said St. Vincent de Paul and GMD Development weren’t able to agree on things like the administration of the project and the role of the housing’s thrift store.“It’s mainly differences in management philosophy and mission between the two organizations. One is not necessarily better than the other, but we got to a point where it appeared that they were incompatible,” Austin said.The proposed project targeting low to moderate income seniors was to be a mix of studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units with a thrift store on the ground floor. The plan was to build it on a lot adjacent to the nonprofit’s current property near the airport.Alaska Housing Finance Corporation awarded the $9 million in financing to the project. With the broken partnership, director of planning and program development Mark Romick said the award contractually stays with GMD Development.The Seattle-based company has until Dec. 31 to find another partner for the proposed Juneau housing.“The project has to be exactly the same as it was proposed — same units, same energy efficiency, techniques, same design, same everything,” Romick said.Romick hopes the proposed project can still happen.“We want to see the units developed in Juneau and we’re hoping that this whole thing can work itself out,” Romick said.If GMD Development doesn’t use the financing, AHFC gets it back. Romick says there’s a possibility it could be restricted to a Juneau project.GMD may still have the financing, but it doesn’t have the land. That belongs to St. Vincent de Paul.Project manager Emily Breidenbach said GMD is looking for new development sites and a new nonprofit partner. It’s been in discussions with a few agencies in Juneau, including Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority, but doesn’t have anything concrete.“Certainly because these are going to be seniors, we are looking for a site that’s well connected that has access to buses and sidewalks so that seniors can get out and be connected to the community,” Breidenbach said.GMD and St. Vincent de Paul are still partners on a current renovation to Channel Terrace apartments in Douglas, and have funding applications in for other projects.As GMD looks for another partner and land to build on, St. Vincent de Paul continues to pursue developing its land for low-income senior housing. Austin says he’s meeting with a potential partner in a few weeks.last_img read more

first_imgWarangal: The annual exams of the degree and postgraduate (distance mode) have begun on a peaceful note here on Monday, School of Distance Learning and Continuing Education (SDLCE) of Kakatiya University (KU) Director Prof Guguloth Veeranna said. On the first day, final year students of BA, BCom (Computers/General), BSc, BBM etc, MA, MCom, MSc (Maths) and LLM attended the exams. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us Controller of Examinations Prof S Mahender Reddy, along with SDLCE Director Prof G Veeranna, Additional Controller Dr Y Venkaiah, Joint Director Balbir Singh, Media in-charge Dr Sangala Ephraim Raj, inspected the examination centre located on the premises of SDLCE head office. In all, 28,698 degree students and 6,678 PG students were attending exams across the SDLCE centres in Telangana. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us Meanwhile, the last date for applying for ‘Eligibility Test’ to get admission into degree courses offered by the SDLCE has been extended to July 30. In view of the demand from the students, the SDLCE has extended the last date, Prof Veeranna said. The candidates can apply online or offline or submitting their application forms at Students Learners centre. For further details, students can browsewww.sdlceku.co.in or www.sdlcekuems.co.inlast_img read more

first_img “The morning of May 18th, I got a call not to come to school. There was a shooter. Time seemed to stop but everything around us moved so fast. I attended a prayer vigil that evening and then fled to Austin to spend time with my aunt. Gun violence was personal now, and I felt the clock was ticking until another community was next.” “To try and find my personal solution, that weekend the Orange Generation was born. It’s a nonprofit spread awareness about gun violence and help victims. We chose the name because orange is the color for gun violence, and most of us were born the same year that the Columbine shooting happened.”“Before, I felt too young to make a difference, or my voice was too small. I’ve learned that one person can make a difference, no matter how they do that. Activism doesn’t always have to be large and loud. It’s become part of my daily life, with little things. At graduation, I pinned an orange ribbon on my robe to honor victims of gun violence — even though my school’s dress code meant it had to go under my stole. I still wore orange.” 00:00 /03:58 Listen Courtesy of Kennedy RodriguezKennedy Rodriguez graduated with the Santa Fe High Class of 2018 and is a founding member of the Orange Generation, an advocacy group to prevent gun violence.Students return to class in Santa Fe this week, where the community is still coming to grips with a deadly school shooting last May. While schools around the country react differently to shootings, we have one student’s story.Kennedy Rodriguez attended Santa Fe High and tells in her own words how this changed her. Rodriguez, 18, graduated in June and is about to start her freshman year at the University of Texas at Austin.Here are some highlights. Listen to the full audio piece below.center_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

first_imgPhoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver has guided a one-time proud franchise into the deepest depths of the abyss, but even as his team looks to tank for the fifth year in a row he’s battling with the Phoenix City Council over $150 million in funding to renovate the 30-year old Talking Stick Resort Arena.If the city and Sarver can’t reach an agreement by 2022, the Suns could relocate and – according to reporting this week – Sarver has told several members of the city council that he would move his team to either Las Vegas or Seattle.Sarver received predictable blowback from his relocation comments, but it was nothing compared to the evisceration he received from an elderly woman named Greta Rodgers, who ripped Sarver on everything from his inability to build a winner, to just flat out calling him cheap. Not surprisingly, Rodgers doesn’t want to give one penny to help Sarver in his quest for a hundred million in taxpayer funds to help prop up his franchise.There’s lighting someone up, then there’s this bodybagging, courtesy of Greta Rodgers. Get some Sarver.My new hero Greta Rogers dunked all over Robert Sarver 😳 pic.twitter.com/MbpEyIBO8V— Andrew Joseph (@AndyJ0seph) December 13, 2018last_img read more