Community leaders arrested in housing protest

first_imgNew York City, Nov. 2 — “Kill the deal!’ shouted a hundred angry protesters, mostly people of color, in downtown Manhattan this morning, led by tenant organizers, including the New York Communities for Change and the Crown Heights Tenants Union.For many, this demand is three years old since their struggle to demand affordable housing at Brooklyn’s Bedford-Union Armory. This is city property, which the community demands be 100 percent affordable.The developers, BFC Partners, anticipate cuts in housing subsidies from the Trump administration’s Department of Housing and Urban Development. Instead of having BFC make all the planned 330 apartments in this Bedford Avenue block site affordable, the city’s planning commission settled for an 80/20 plan. Thus, 67 units are called affordable, 99 units will be priced at $2,203 a month with another 164 units at $3,700 a month, pushing nearly all local residents out.Protesters marched to the office of their City Council member now responsible for the next step in making sure the armory is 100 percent affordable. Since an Oct. 30 vote, NYC’s Planning Commission will allow BFC Partners to increase the number of market-priced units. Council member Laurie Cumbo and Mayor Bill de Blasio, who for years have failed to denounce the displacement of low-income tenants, get the next say in the future of the armory.As today’s protest marched near city Councilwoman Cumbo’s office, it broke into the street. Chants became “Whose street? Our street!” Soon the New York Police Department broadcast orders for all to leave the streets or face arrest.Ten marchers stood their ground to the cheers of others present. Green Party candidate Jabari Brisport was among those who were soon arrested. He and Joel Feingold had already been arrested at last week’s vote by the planning commission! Brisport had campaigned against Cumbo in the last election for City Council.Most working-class New Yorkers now ask, “Affordable for who?” to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and other politicians they consider sellouts to the real estate industry. These politicians boast that they have made developers agree to having a small portion of new housing “affordable.” This, although even the subsidized rent for allegedly affordable apartments is far higher than can be afforded on the community’s average incomes.The working class of Crown Heights sees how capitalism doesn’t work and says, “Kill the deal!”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Girls Volleyball: La Canada Sweeps Surging Maranatha in Nonleague Contest Thursday

first_img Community News HerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Signs That Your Ex May Still Want You BackHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyFinding The Right Type Of Workout For You According AstrologyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Make a comment Maranatha had won 9 of its last 10 matches and four in a row.Not that the Minutemen would ever want to lose, but a match sandwiched in between Olympic League contests would be less painful you might think.La Canada swept the visitors from Maranatha, 25-17, 28-26 and 25-20 in that nonleague match that comes between its sweep of Heritage Christian Tuesday and a home match with Cerritos Valley Christian next Tuesday at 6:15 when the Minutemen get back to defending their first-place status in the standings.On Thursday, though, Maranatha (10-3 overall, 2-0 in league) were led by senior outside hitter Mikaela Ashworth, who had 10 kills 9 digs and a block.Senior Tehya Topalian added 10 assists, 2 aces and 2 digs.Junior Hannah Beckler had 4 kills and a block, and junior Tiffany Godley had 4 kills and 12 digs for coach Eli Cuenca.“We had a hard time matching La Canada’s energy and we didn’t pass or serve well,” Tehya Topalian said. “This killed our opportunity to compete.” Subscribe Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Sports Girls Volleyball: La Canada Sweeps Surging Maranatha in Nonleague Contest Thursday By BRIAN REED-BAIOTTO, Sports Editor Published on Thursday, September 29, 2016 | 11:40 pm Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday More Cool Stuff Top of the News center_img Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS First Heatwave Expected Next Week Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Business News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

27 men charged with soliciting prostitutes

first_img Previous articleRates review debated for struggling businessesNext article‘Give the airport back to Shannon people’ – Malone admin Linkedin Facebook Free legal aid refused to one defendantFOLLOWING a garda sting operation where two female plain clothes detectives were located in the areas of Barrington Street, Mallow Street, Catherine Street and Pery Square, a total of 21 men have been convicted of soliciting a person for the purposes of prostitution at Limerick District Court. Twenty-seven cases were before the courts where details were heard of men making approaches to the two female gardai dressed in plain clothes,Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up and offering to pay them to perform a sexual act.Twenty-one men, ranging from their late twenties to one man in his late 60s, were convicted after they pleaded guilty to the charges contrary to section 7 of the Criminal Law Act 1993.Over the course of the 27 cases, presenting sergeant, Michelle Leahy, told the court that the Garda Operation, known as Freewheel, was conducted on November 19 and 30 last, where gardai made arrests after men, acting as clients seeking sex, sought to pay the two garda members for the purposes of prostitution. The majority of the cases, however, were arising out of another operation conducted this month when arrests were made on December 2, 3 and 4 last.Judge Eamon O’Brien heard in court that most of the men were “embarrassed” and “sorry” for the “mistake” made in approaching and attempting to solicit the detectives for the purposes of sex.The identities of the “decoy gardai” were withheld from the court proceedings as part of the ongoing battle against illegal prostitution in the city centre.Opting to deal with the matter by way of imposing that the maximum fine of €470, determined by the Oireachtas, would be given instead to Doras Luimini and not the State, Judge Eamon O’Brien convicted 21 men where a total of €9,870 must be paid to the support group for migrants by March 13 next.Six matters were adjourned for the defence to be furnished with a brief outline of the evidence while a bench warrant was issued for a fifth accused man who did not turn up to court to answer the allegations.One man told the court that he was in receipt of social welfare and did not have the means to pay for representation at court and sought the facilities of the legal aid system, but was told that, “if he could afford to pay for ladies of the night, he could afford to pay for a solicitor…and that is the second oldest profession in the world”.The men had addresses in Limerick city and county as well as North Cork and Tipperary.His application was refused, and he was ordered to seek the services of a solicitor before March 13 next.Gardai say that they will be increasing their crackdown on illegal prostitution rings attempting to operate in the city, while also targeting those that seek the services of prostitutes over the coming weeks. Print WhatsAppcenter_img Email Twitter NewsLocal News27 men charged with soliciting prostitutesBy admin – December 7, 2011 677 Advertisementlast_img read more

Did you get an urgent email from your CEO?

first_imgYou’re at your desk. You’re opening and responding to emails on a busy day. You have just a few minutes before heading into a meeting. Then you see it: an urgent email from your CEO who’s away from the office and needs a confidential document sent right away.Do you hit reply to respond quickly before your meeting begins? It’s always looks good to help your top exec expediently. Or, do you pause and take a closer look at the email and its request? To do this might mean not responding until after your meeting.After learning about business email compromise, I know I’ll stop and take a closer look.In a recent 16-minute CUES webinar, Ray Murphy, cybersecurity strategist at CUES strategic provider LEO Cyber Security, Dallas, Texas, and former CISO at $103 billion Navy Federal Credit Union, Vienna, Virginia, explains how BEC works and provides several examples. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

It’s a ‘New Year’ and a ‘New You’

first_imgGreensburg, In. — The Decatur County Family YMCA is offering a comprehensive 10-week fitness and nutrition program to get 2019 started.The program includes cooking and nutrition classes, weekly weigh-ins, team challenges, tailored workouts, goals and a “New Year, New You Team Transformation” T-shirt.Prizes and incentives are also offered.For more information please call 812-663-9622.last_img

Along came Polley

first_imgOne of the general rules when choosing a college is to make sure your decision is as informed as possible, meaning that a campus visit is all but a must. However Badger sophomore tennis player Nolan Polley, decided that when he heard his coach was going to become the men’s tennis head coach at the University of Wisconsin, he knew all he needed.Before last season began, Polley learned that Greg Van Emburgh, his long-time high school coach and assistant coach at the University of Kentucky, got the nod to head coach UW and Polley, in a classic display of loyalty packed up and headed north to a school he had never before visited.”That just means that he has a lot of faith in our head coach if he’s going to transfer and go with a guy who — he’s never set foot on this campus,” assistant coach Danny Westerman said.Polley has developed into the No. 2 singles player on the Badgers in his first year since transferring from the University of Kentucky, compiling an 11-3 record in spring play while remaining a top student in the classroom as well.Last fall, the Lexington, Ky., native player led Wisconsin with 13 singles victories, finishing 13-5 overall. His most notable win came as an unseeded player against Indiana’s Dima Ishtuganov in the championship match of the Big Ten tournament.”[It was] definitely the best moment of my tennis career,” Polley said. “Going into it I didn’t really have any expectations, but I went in there with nothing to lose and played as hard as I could — got through a couple tough three set matches and came out as the winner. That’s something I’ll remember for the rest of my life.”The power-serving left-hander takes control of his matches by serving well and executing on volleys. Being left-handed is a key to his success because it provides different angles and spins that the typical right-handed player isn’t used to seeing.”In tennis, that different serve and different spins help to kind of throw [the opponent] off a little bit,” Polley said. “And you just don’t see a lot of lefty’s in tennis.”Polley uses this difference to his advantage, making a mark already in just his first year at Wisconsin.”I think Nolan has really raised his level up this year. Obviously by doing well, in not only his dual matches, but winning the Big Ten’s in the fall, I think he realizes that he can be a top player not only in the Big Ten, but also on a national level.” Not only is Polley dedicated to tennis on a continual basis, but he’s committed to school as well. He plans on majoring in mechanical engineering.”Nolan, he’s probably what exemplifies a student-athlete,” Westerman said. “I mean he’s just bringing it today and all year, coming in it has been a joy for me to work with him. He takes care of his schoolwork, [and] takes care of it on the court.”Polley didn’t always show the poise and abilities seen today on the tennis court. He began playing sports at a young age, trying everything before settling on tennis around 13. He attributes his decision to commit to tennis because he was good at it and his dad played as well.Polley’s first real chance to bask in the limelight was in high school where he led Dunbar High to its first-ever state championship during his junior year. In his senior year, they repeated as State Champs.”It’s a really big deal in Kentucky, for high school I guess, and it was fun to go out there and help my team,” said Polley. “In my junior year we won the state championship for the first time. That was really fun. Then to repeat my senior year was just extra.”Between matches, practices and schoolwork, Polley doesn’t get much time to himself. But when he does, he enjoys lying down on a couch and catching whatever’s on Comedy Central. He also enjoys getting in a good round of golf.For the rest of the season and beyond, the loyal and hardworking Polley will try to lead by example, and hopes to move forward because he is just as hungry as ever to add to his already impressive list of accomplishments.”He’s starting to really find his own way in what his ability in tennis is and I think really his best years are to come,” Van Emburgh said.last_img read more

Call for examination of Tipp clubs bringing in coaches from outside the county

first_imgThe County Board Chairman is calling for ‘a higher body’ to deal with the phenomenon of clubs bringing in ‘outside’ coaches.According to Michael Bourke ‘sizeable money’ is being paid to those brought in to try and improve teams.He believes the trend is particularly prevalent among clubs competing for the county senior hurling champions. However, the Upperchurch-Drombane club man says investing in external help doesn’t always pay dividends.last_img

Australia make hard work of Bangladesh target in World T20

first_imgBANGALORE, India (AP):Australia made hard work of three three-wicket win over Bangladesh in the World Twenty20 match yesterday.After Bangladesh lost the toss and scored 156-5 at Chinnaswamy Stadium, Australia reached 157-7 in 18.3 overs for their first win in Group Two.”We made it difficult at the end and Bangladesh bowled quite well in the middle overs,” Australia captain Steven Smith said. “We’ve had a bit of travel, but it’s not an excuse.”Openers Usman Khawaja and Shane Watson made a confident start with 62 in 7.2 overs for the first wicket. But from 95-1, the Australians began losing wickets at regular intervals Shakib Al Hasan doing the bulk of the damage with 3-27 and Mustafizur Rahman picking up 2-30.Khawaja seemed like he could do nothing wrong during his 58 from 45 balls that was laced with seven fours and a six. In contrast, once the opening pair had departed at 115-3, Smith (14), David Warner (17), Mitchell Marsh (6) and John Hastings (3) failed to get going.But for Glenn Maxwell, who scored a 15-ball 26 with the help of two fours and a pair of sixes, the result could easily have been different.RESPECTABLETOTALEarlier, an unbeaten 49 from 29 balls by Mahmudullah, with seven fours and a six, enabled Bangladesh to post a respectable total.Bangladesh were reduced to 25-2 in the seventh over, Shane Watson doing the damage. He first had Soumya Sarkar (1) caught at point and then claimed Sabbir Rahman (12).The introduction of Adam Zampa’s spin tilted the game in Australia’s favour as he claimed three wickets, the batsmen unable to read his leg breaks.Zampa, who took 3-23, said it was “nice to make some difference”.Australia are third in Group Two with one victory and one defeat, by eight runs to New Zealand. Bangladesh are bottom.”Our fielding and bowling could have been better,” said Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza. “Two losses in a row, but we have two matches left and we’ll see what happens.”last_img read more

My South African Story

first_imgI am a Swiss lady of 63 years. I left Switzerland – this wonderful, clean and well-organized country – in 2000. It was too narrow-minded for me, and I emigrated to Spain.I lived at the Spanish coast six long years, until I decided to book a 2-week holiday in South Africa. Why SA? I don’t know. The only part of Africa I ever have been before was Morocco – and I was fascinated by the North African culture.Hence I arrived in Johannesburg the 23rd of July 2005, booked a Hotel close to the Airport, and after waking up the next morning I went outside.I have taken a deep breath and got tears in my eyes because of the arising feeling: “I am home”. This feeling was so strong, also during the next 2 weeks travelling around in the Cradle of Humankind that I decided: I want to live in this beautiful country. Not only because of this feeling, but also how I experienced the people.‘You must be crazy’Everyone I was talking about living here, told me: “You must be crazy; there is no future in this country. Look only at the crime.” I must admit that there is also lots of crime in Spain and in Switzerland, but not as brutal.Wherever I went – whatever problem I had: everybody was friendly and helpful. That was something new for me.When I was standing in a queue and had to wait, people were talking to me. Something I never experienced before, not in Switzerland and of course never in Spain. I was amazed . that’s communication!I was sad when my holidays ended and it was clear: I am coming back! Five months later, after having sold my business and everything I had, I arrived Christmas Day 2005 in Johannesburg, only with two suitcases of clothes and 2 dogs.I didn’t know where to liveI didn’t know where to live and how to make a living. But that was not too important. I only wanted to be here, in this beautiful country, with all the birds and animals, with a wonderful climate, a warm sun and a wide sky full of inspiring clouds. I wanted to discover the mentality of the South Africans and also experience black people and their beliefs – and was astounded about the variety and the depth.I felt very much attracted to the area of Magaliesburg, and the first few weeks I was living in self-catering cottages. It was not easy to find such kind of accommodation with two dogs. But the ones that allowed pets were very friendly.I didn’t know the heavy rainfalls here and experienced some surprises to drive my VW Chico on dirt tracks. One day I stuck. Only a few minutes later a friendly man in a 4×4 stopped and pulled me out – we became friends.Finally I found a nice little house to rent in this area and moved in. I bought new furniture, curtains and what else I needed. After a few days the company delivered a fridge and washing machine – and now I could start really living in South Africa.Everything was goneFor the first time I used my washing machine with all my dirty clothes and hung them outside in the sun before I left for shopping – that was my first mistake. Because of the not really secure fence (there were some holes in it), I took my (hunting) dogs along – that was already the second mistake.When I drove back home I immediately noticed at the gate that the washing rack was not anymore where I placed it. With very bad feelings I entered the house. Everything was gone, everything except the furniture! All new clothes, all bed sheets, all shoes – everything. The only thing left, was what I wore.The friendly Policemen have taken a report – and you wouldn’t believe it: after a few weeks I got more than 50% of my stuff back!It depends on the way of lookingI think it depends on the way of looking at this incident. I am living in South Africa and it is well known that (almost) nothing is secure, except the increasing prices. But I only lost some clothes and towels and suitcases – not my life. If I would be scared of crime, I rather should move into another country. It is part of the life here.Anyway, I moved closer to Johannesburg to reach my clients and rented a beautiful tiny house and applied for a Business Permit; I am a Health consultant. It took me a while until I got it, but with the friendly help of a lady at the DTI Department of Trade and Industry finally I received my Business Permit and I was able to start my work.This small house was not big enough to put all my furniture in it, so I had to look for storage. A friend of a friend of a friend, I never have seen before – offered me a complete empty Container to store my furniture: for free! I didn’t believe it, but it was true: I can store my stuff at least during three years there. Unbelievable!South Africa is the country of contrast and it is a challenge to live here. In spite of all the warnings of people around me, I want to apply for Permanent Residence.Why? I experienced so many positive things in the 28 months I am living here, I never experienced in my life before, and I was living in different countries in this world. And I want to make a difference – I love South Africa. I need some more time to explore the entire huge country .Story submitted to SAinfo on 12 April 2008last_img read more

Kimberley to get jewellery factory

first_img13 May 2008The provincial government and private investors are to open a gold jewellery manufacturing facility worth R100-million in Kimberley, in the Northern Cape, in an effort to ensure that more value is added to precious metals locally, with finished products destined for export markets.The Gold Chain Technology project, focussing on the production of gold and silver chains, will progressively escalate its production and employment. It is expected that in four years time, an estimated 300 people will be employed and the factory will process a total of three tons of gold and five tons of silver.The project is a partnership between the provincial government, black economic empowerment partner Solandra and Q-Quality, an Italian company that will contribute skills, technology and access to markets.“This initiative will focus on mass chain production for the export market – specifically the United States,” said the Northern Cape Premier’s office in a statement, with the initiative being part of the country’s diamond strategy and drive for beneficiation in South Africa.The project is also funded by Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and financially supported by the Augusta-Westland, which supplied helicopters as part of the South African arms deal.“The impact of this project will have a tremendous influence on the Northern Cape as well as the national economy and has the potential to expand and to compliment existing and new ventures,” the statement read, adding that the initiative would contribute positively towards the country’s gross domestic product and trade balance.“This is a key opportunity for facilitating empowerment in the jewellery manufacturing sector, while continuing regional development among the poorest communities in this country,” said Abel Malinga of IDC’s mining strategic business unit.Gold Chain Technology said it will have trained 460 people in jewellery manufacturing and design within five years and achieve sales knocking on R1-billion annually within five years.“The bulk of the skills will be transferred from Italian technicians to locals with several future trainers acquiring machinery and equipment training in Italy,” the organisation said.Furthermore, the provincial government and diamond mining giant De Beers are to establish an academy to promote the jewellery profession in the province, with students from the academy being employed by the Gold Chain Technology project.The move will provide South Africa with a foothold into the lucrative world jewellery market. Currently annual gold retailing is a R450-billion industry, with demand topping 2 800 tons.Principle consumers include India (25%), the US (18%) and China (12%) with the major producers being India (19%), Italy (10%) and Turkey (9%).Source: BuaNewslast_img read more