Anglican churches assisting those displaced by crisis in Burundi

first_img Tags This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Press Release Service Rector Tampa, FL Rector Collierville, TN Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Refugees Migration & Resettlement Rector Pittsburgh, PA Submit a Press Release Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Anglican churches assisting those displaced by crisis in Burundi Rector Knoxville, TN By ACNS staff based on information from the Anglican AlliancePosted May 28, 2015 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Featured Jobs & Calls Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Hopkinsville, KY The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Featured Events Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Shreveport, LA Submit a Job Listing The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Submit an Event Listing In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 [Anglican Communion News Service] The Province of the Anglican Church of Burundi is preparing to assist people displaced by violence and insecurity due to the ongoing political crisis in the country.Unrest began last month with President Nkurunziza’s announcement that he intended to run for a third term of office, a re-election bid which his opponents say violates the constitution. At least 20 civilians have since died in clashes with police during mass demonstrations.The security situation has continued to deteriorate in the wake of the failed military coup on May 13 and the death of Zedi Feruzi, opposition leader of the Union for Peace and Development (UPD) party.Many people have fled their home in fear of the “Imbonerakure” youth militia who are faithful to the president’s party. The opposition coalition has accused the government of targeting its leaders for arrest and detention, forced disappearance, torture and inhumane treatment of demonstrators, UNHCR said. Many opposition leaders have gone into hiding. Nearly all privately operated media have been forced to shut down.Nearly 90,000 Burundians have fled to neighboring countries since April 2015, according to UNHCR, while a significant number have sought refuge with friends or family in other towns or provinces.Internally displacedThose fleeing the insecurity and violence are living in dire conditions and lack food, water, sanitation and health services, clothing and shelter, Leonidas Niyongabo, provincial development officer of the Anglican Church of Burundi, reported to the Anglican Alliance. With the closure of universities and secondary schools, students are particular vulnerable.Many people are stranded at Burundi’s borders, unable to cross into neighboring countries due to administrative obstacles.“Urgent intervention is very much needed,” he said.The church has created emergency committees in 10 of its parishes to assist as the security situation permits. A rapid needs assessment will be carried out to determine how best to respond, particularly to give support to children and women.“Most humanitarian organizations are leaving the country, which adds to the urgency,” Niyongabo said.Anglican churches in neighboring countries also are responding to the crisis, assisting Burundian refugees arriving in their dioceses. Nearly 10,000 Burundians have crossed into the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo and nearly 47,000 have sought refuge in Tanzania, according to UNHCR.The Diocese of Bukavu in the Province of the Anglican Church of Congo (Province de l’Eglise Anglicane Du Congo) is seeking to assist 150 refugee families, in total 600 people, who are living either in church buildings or with host families, the Anglican Alliance reports.The Diocese of Western Tanganyika in the Anglican Church of Tanzania reports a new influx of Burundian refugees. The diocese has been donating food and non-food items to way stations for refugees families on their journey to the Nyarugusu refugee camp.On behalf of the Anglican Church of Burundi, Niyongabo thanked the Anglican Communion for its support for people in crisis and requested further prayer.“We ask you to continue to pray for the country and for all the people of Burundi. May the hand of God continue to work so that God’s righteousness, peace, and unity prevail in Burundi,” he said.*This news story is based on information from the Anglican Alliance which is working closely with the Relief Department of the Anglican Church of Burundi.Information on how to support the response of Anglican churches to people displaced by the crisis in Burundi will be available shortly from the Anglican Alliance. Please visit the Anglican Alliance website for further updates on the situation in Burundi and neighboring countries.Share prayers for Burundi on the Prayer Wall of the Anglican Communion website. 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Palestinians celebrate release of hunger striker Bilal Kayed

first_imgBilal Kayed in Asira ash-Shamaliya upon his release from prison, Dec. 12.Over 1,000 Palestinians gathered Dec. 12 in the town of Asira ash-Shamaliya, near Nablus in the occupied West Bank, to welcome Bilal Kayed and celebrate his hard-fought release from an Israeli prison after 15 years.Kayed, a leader in the prison branch of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, had been imprisoned by Israel since 2001 on charges of membership in the PFLP’s Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades and armed struggle during the first Intifada.A PFLP statement marking Kayed’s freedom said, “His victory is one for the entire Palestinian people and the prisoners’ movement that will only strengthen the prisoners’ spirit of confrontation against the jailer and its tools of repression.” (’s 14-and-a-half year sentence expired June 13, but the morning of his expected release, he instead was ordered into “administrative detention” — indefinite internment without charge or trial — by secret decree of an Israeli commander.The next day, Kayed launched a hunger strike to demand his freedom.Unprecedented mobilizationHis fast, lasting 71 days, mobilized both Palestinian and solidarity activists, ultimately forcing Israel to agree to a deal securing his release.Kayed and his supporters feared that by ordering him into “administrative detention,” Israel sought to establish a new precedent for interning Palestinian political prisoners beyond the fixed sentences issued by Israeli military courts.The unabashedly political nature of his case energized Kayed’s defenders and spurred an unprecedented global campaign for his release.In Palestine, the PFLP mobilized inside and outside Israel’s prisons, with hundreds of prisoners from different factions joining Kayed’s hunger strike, as thousands of supporters filled public squares across the occupied country.Internationally, Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network coordinated repeated days and weeks of action, with over a hundred demonstrations and educational events across the world.In New York, Samidoun organized nine rallies for Kayed, while joining protests by Students for Justice in Palestine groups outside the Israeli Consulate and the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. It also participated in educational events, including a packed gathering in the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Center, and a report by New York City Students for Justice in Palestine members at the Solidarity Center only hours before Kayed ended his strike.Samidoun activists held and joined events in Amman, Amsterdam, Athens, Beirut, Brussels, Copenhagen, Istanbul, Malmo, Vancouver and Lebanon’s Ein el-Hilweh refugee camp, while coordinating the visit of a delegation of European parliamentarians to Palestine.Other events, including in Algeria, Austria, Brazil, Chile, the Czech Republic, France, Ireland, Italy, Morocco, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Tunisia and the United Kingdom, made the mobilization one of the largest in support of the Palestinian prisoners’ movement.Political prisoners showed their solidarity, from a three-day fast by Lebanese revolutionary Georges Abdallah and six other Arab and Basque prisoners in France, to a statement of support by Black activists, including Mumia Abu-Jamal and Sundiata Acoli.“An incomplete happiness”The effort to free Kayed spurred fresh gains for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The British-Danish security conglomerate G4S, a contractor with Israeli prisons, has been targeted by many protests in support of Kayed. On December 2, G4S finalized a deal to sell its main Israeli unit. This was a victory for Kayed and the Palestinian prisoners’ movement, whose hunger strikes and prison struggles inspired campaigns against G4S across the world.In a letter to supporters, released by Samidoun on Aug. 1, Kayed wrote: “What I have received from you through your struggles, your sit-ins, your demonstrations, gives me more determination to continue forward until victory. Either freedom or martyrdom.” ( the day of Kayed’s release, his brother Mahmoud Kayed told Al-Jazeera: “We cannot express how happy we are that he has been released, but it is an incomplete happiness because he carries the message of all the other prisoners who remain in Israeli jails.”Samidoun and other supporters of Palestinian political prisoners will continue weekly protests in 2017, in Manhattan on most Fridays between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Currently these are located outside Best Buy in Union Square, a store selling products manufactured by Hewlett Packard, a contractor with the Israeli prison system and major target of the BDS movement.For more information, visit and subscribe to is a member of Al-Awda New York: The Palestine Right to Return Coalition and an organizer with Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Venezuela, Trump y los demócratas

first_imgUn extraño momento de verdad pública ocurrió en el vil discurso del 4 de febrero de Trump sobre el Estado de la Unión cuando los dos partidos estadounidenses que representan a la clase dominante, aparentemente hostiles entre sí en muchos otros temas, se unieron.Como informó el 5 de febrero el periódico The New York Times: “En uno de los pocos momentos bipartidistas de la noche, republicanos y demócratas se pusieron de pie para aplaudir al Sr. [Juan] Guaidó”, a quien Trump presentó como “el presidente de Venezuela”.Esta fue una noche en que los demócratas obtuvieron la luz verde de sus líderes para abuchear a los acusados pero absolvieron a Trump, y cuando los miembros del “Escuadrón” se mantuvieron alejados o se marcharon. Después del Estado de la Unión, la presidenta de la Cámara de Representantes, Nancy Pelosi, incluso rompió una copia del discurso en la cara de Trump.Pero en la presentación de Guaidó por parte de Trump, la mayoría de los demócratas se pusieron de pie y aplaudieron al autodenominado no líder venezolano.Si se necesitaba una nueva lección para demostrar que, sí, los líderes del Partido Demócrata representan el imperialismo vicioso y opresivo de los Estados Unidos, ahí estaba la prueba.La ironía es que, mientras que el traidor venezolano Guaidó cuenta con el respaldo de la Casa Blanca, el Departamento de Estado, la CIA y el liderazgo del Partido Demócrata, prácticamente no tiene apoyo en Venezuela, ni siquiera dentro de la derecha venezolana.Guaidó era poco conocido fuera de su distrito local hace un año cuando, con el aliento de Trump, Mike Pence y otros gángsters imperialistas estadounidenses, adquirió suficiente arrogancia para designarse presidente de Venezuela. Durante el año, con el respaldo de Estados Unidos, intentó derrocar al presidente venezolano electo, Nicolás Maduro, no menos de cinco veces.Cada vez que Guaidó fallaba porque solo contaba con el respaldo de fuera de Venezuela. Mientras tanto, el gobierno revolucionario bolivariano en Caracas, liderado por Maduro, tenía la lealtad del pueblo venezolano en general, incluso después de años del estricto bloqueo económico de Estados Unidos. El gobierno también tenía la lealtad de las fuerzas armadas y había movilizado y entrenado a una milicia popular.Los fracasos de Guaidó le hicieron perder el respaldo que tenía hace un año de los capitalistas venezolanos. En una votación en la Asamblea Nacional de Venezuela este enero, los diversos partidos derechistas y antirrevolucionarios en realidad votaron para destituir a Guaidó y reemplazarlo como jefe de la Asamblea.Aunque Guaidó sea inútil como líder político, todavía representa una amenaza para los venezolanos porque cuenta con el respaldo de Washington y otras capitales reaccionarias en América Latina y Europa.Eso significa que los antiimperialistas, contra la guerra y cualquier pueblo progresista en los Estados Unidos tienen el deber de defender al gobierno venezolano existente.Ahora hay una oportunidad en los Estados Unidos para defender a Venezuela defendiendo a los Protectores de la Embajada de Venezuela. Son activistas políticos que ocuparon la Embajada de Venezuela en Washington la primavera pasada en solidaridad con el pueblo venezolano. Pudieron retrasar la toma de posesión de la embajada por la pandilla de Guaidó.Cuatro de los protectores, Kevin Zeese, Margaret Flowers, Adriene Pine y David Paul, enfrentan un año de prisión y multas de $100.000 por sus valientes acciones legales. Su juicio comenzó el 11 de febrero en Washington. Workers World anima a todos los que pueden acudir a los tribunales para apoyarlos.16 de febrero: El juicio del 11 de febrero terminó en un juicio nulo. Para obtener más información sobre cómo ayudar a defender a los protectores, consulte thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Contemporary Design as Tradition

first_img 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. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment HerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNow She’s 19 – Look At Her Transformation! Incredible!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHow To Lose Weight & Burn Fat While You SleepHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeauty EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Subscribe First Heatwave Expected Next Week center_img 12 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Top of the News Design Contemporary Design as Tradition From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, December 1, 2014 | 7:13 pm Business News More Cool Stuff Pasadena Bead and Design Show is January 15-18, 2015, at the Hilton Pasadena. It showcases both local and international artists, artisans, and designers –and in eight short years has become Southern California’s marketplace for contemporary artistic beads, jewelry, accessories, clothing, and hand-crafted textiles.Pasadena Bead and Design Show has rejuvenated the concept of contemporary design as tradition to a whole new generation of buyers who welcome one-of-a-kind products that are offered exclusively by the artisans themselves –like Kumihimo lariat, kiln-fired clay beads, and handcut gemstones.The quality of merchandise mirrors the beauty and refined design of antiques –including wearable art, handsewn clothing, repoussé, millinery couture, micro-mosaic art, polymer clay flowers, foil glass, hand-dyed silk, polymer clay and ceramic beads –design rooted in traditional handcraft.The exhibitors who are chosen by juried application and by invitation include top name beadmakers and handcrafters who carry on a tradition, passed down for generations, of using natural materials, handmade skills and techniques, to produce contemporary design.Woven into and together with contemporary design are many displays of the genuine article –tribal arts, vintage and antique beads, ethnographic and sacred textiles, antiquities, artifacts, ancestral and nomadic costuming, rare champlevé enamel, vintage buttons, Gablonzer pressed glass, Bedouin jewelry, ethnic beads, art nouveau silk, vintage lace, ancient masks, and bijoux de couture.Along with more than 300 boutiques and galleries, the show offers workshops for attendees who want to roll up their sleeves and learn handcraft techniques such as polymer clay, beadmaking, riveting, art clay silver, resin jewelry, talismans jewelry, soldering, glass casting, metal and wire work.There will also be design and style workshops by top designers Suzi Click and Gretchen Schields, as well as ongoing beadmaking presentations, do-it-yourself projects and design performances, directed by both established and up-and-coming artisans and designers from around the world.Open to the public, admission is $10. The workshops fill quickly, and early reservation recommended. Hours: Thursday- Sunday, January 15 – 18, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily. Hilton Pasadena, 168 S Los Robles Ave. For more information and registration –please visit read more

Fitch Reviews GSE Credit Risk During Forbearance

first_img credit Fannie Mae Freddie Mac 2020-05-21 Seth Welborn Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborn Previous: Five Star Academy Courses Free For the Next Month Next: Over 2.4 Million More Unemployment Claims in the Past Week Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Fitch Ratings has taken various rating actions on 61 total classes and related exchangeable notes from 15 GSE Credit Risk Sharing (CRT) transactions issued between 2013 and 2015 and one private label CRT transaction issued in 2018. Fitch has placed seven classes on Rating Watch Negative (and six related exchangeable notes).The transactions reviewed include eight Fannie Mae Connecticut Avenue Securities (CAS) transactions, seven Freddie Mac Structured Agency Credit Risk (STACR) transactions, and one PennyMac Credit Risk Transfer transaction. Payments on the notes are subject to the credit and principal payment risk of reference pools of certain prime agency residential mortgage loans held in various guaranteed MBS. All the transactions included in Fitch’s review follow a set fixed severity schedule for loans that experience a credit event. The loss severity (LS) applied is predetermined and based on the percentage of loans in the reference pool that have already been marked as credit events. Both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac transitioned from issuing a fixed LS schedule to actual loss in 2015.The Rating Watch Negative and Outlook Negative actions reflect the large increase of loans on a forbearance plan due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Borrowers on a forbearance plan are counted as delinquent until the missed payments are fully repaid or borrowers resume the monthly payment with the missed payments deferred as part of the resolution strategies announced by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.Four CAS and two STACR fixed severity transactions in this review do not contain language addressing the treatment of loans in forbearance as a result of the coronavirus or any natural disasters or casualty events. As a result, loans to borrowers who are on a forbearance plan due to the coronavirus pandemic will be recognized as a credit event once they are 180 days delinquent and cause write downs to the bonds. Transactions impacted by this treatment and placed on Rating Watch Negative include CAS 2013-C01, CAS 2014-C01, CAS 2014-C02, CAS 2014-C03, STACR 2013-DN2, STACR 2014-DN2. The Negative Watch reflects the additional credit events and permanent bond write downs expected due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.For CAS 2015-C01, CAS 2015-C02, CAS 2015-C03, and L Street Securities 2017-PM1 fixed severity transactions, a reference obligation that was in a forbearance period due to a casualty event (such as a natural disaster, fire or theft) at the time it became a credit event reference obligation will become a reversed credit event reference obligation if the reference obligation has a payment status reported as current at the conclusion of its forbearance period (or up to three months thereafter if necessary). While the reversal of credit events lessens the impact of affected borrowers, the bonds are at risk of permanent interest shortfalls since the interest paid will be calculated off of the written down bond balance until the reference pool and bonds are written back up. The Outlook for transactions impacted by this treatment were revised to Negative rather than placed on Negative Watch since the bonds are better protected from the coronavirus pandemic related forbearance from a principal perspective than the earlier CAS fixed severity transactions without any casualty event language.The later STACR fixed severity transactions STACR 2014-DN3, STACR 2014-DN4, STACR 2014-HQ1, STACR 2014-HQ2, STACR 2014-HQ3, STACR 2015-HQ2 contain provisions for loans on a forbearance plan as a result of natural disasters including the coronavirus. Affected borrowers have 18 months to bring a loan current before the loan is recognized as a credit event. Bonds in these transactions were all affirmed, and their Outlooks were unchanged. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago May 21, 2020 1,692 Views Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agocenter_img Home / Daily Dose / Fitch Reviews GSE Credit Risk During Forbearance Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles Fitch Reviews GSE Credit Risk During Forbearance Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. 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Stop ‘Intimate Terrorism’: Plea In Delhi HC Against Increase In Domestic Violence And Child Abuse Cases During Lockdown

first_imgNews UpdatesStop ‘Intimate Terrorism’: Plea In Delhi HC Against Increase In Domestic Violence And Child Abuse Cases During Lockdown Nilashish Chaudhary16 April 2020 8:55 AMShare This – xA Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in Delhi High Court seeks immediate steps to ameliorate the deplorable conditions being faced by victims of domestic violence and child abuse who are stranded with their abusers amid the nationwide lockdown.The petition urges the Court to take cognizance of the issue and devise methods to address the same in light of data that shows an increase in cases…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginA Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in Delhi High Court seeks immediate steps to ameliorate the deplorable conditions being faced by victims of domestic violence and child abuse who are stranded with their abusers amid the nationwide lockdown.The petition urges the Court to take cognizance of the issue and devise methods to address the same in light of data that shows an increase in cases of domestic violence since the imposition of the lockdown. The culmination of various factors ensures that a woman, who is isolated day in and day out with her abuser, bears the brunt of this unprecedented situation.”Stress, potential job or economic losses, the disruption of social and protective networks, and decreased access to services all are essential factors. As distancing measures are put in place and people are encouraged to stay at home, the risk of intimate partner violence is likely to increase even further. Women may have less contact with family and friends who may provide support and protection from violence. Women bear the brunt of increased care work during this pandemic.”The Petitioner, an NGO called All India Council of Human Rights, Liberties and Social Justice (AICHLS), thus apprises the Court of the “horrific surge” in cases of domestic violence globally since the COVID-19 outbreak and details the devastating impact that such abuse has on the mental, physical and sexual health of women and children who suffer silently.It is argued that the Right to Life guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution provides for a ‘dignified life’, which is being denied to these victims. Given that the lockdown is an unprecedented one, women and children who are suffering do not have access to proper help. The reach of helplines put out by Women’s Commissions are limited, access to police personnel and courts is restricted and accessing protection from friends and family too is remote.Keeping the above issues in mind, AICHLS has made a few suggestions which may be implemented in exercise of powers under Sections 34, 51 and 65 of the Disaster Management Act 2005:-· Appointment of Nodal Officers to attend distress calls by victims· Setting up area-wise hotline numbers, to be made functional 24/7 which may be maintained by NGOs and the Delhi government· Wide publicity of all helpline numbers through TV ads, social media, newspapers, on news channels, the radio,SMSs, Tele-Calls, etc.· Offering free online or tele-counselling facilities for both the victim and the abuser· Requisition or identification of certain properties by the State Government, in all zones in Delhi, to set up temporary shelters with basic facilities for victims of domestic violence. Wide publicity of the same· Allow relaxation/exemption to any person who breaks the norms of the lockdown as a result of trying to report abuse· Establishing a silent call or helpline number/facility or a code word (as agreed upon by authorities) which may be used to report domestic violence, as the proximity of the abuser during the lockdown may not allow the victim to make the complaint in any other mannerThe High Court has been urged to consider these suggestions and order the same to reduce the sufferings of such victims.The Petition is filed through Advocates Mithu Jain, Arjun Sayal and Vidisha kumarSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Old Library Project, Arthaus affordable housing request tax abatements

first_imgShould the abatement be approved in a decision next month, construction would begin immediately thereafter with completion by the end of August 2020. The abatement request includes a one-time sales tax exemption request on building materials, a one-time mortgage tax exemption on the mortgage recording fee, and a non-standard property tax abatement request. In lieu of the typical seven-year or enhanced ten-year abatement, Vecino is requesting a 30-year payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) agreement that would save them about $3.54 million off the lifetime of the tax deal. With the sales and mortgage tax exemptions, the total tax savings comes to $4.54 million, while generating an additional $3.73 million in new tax revenue over the life of the PILOT (note that the $3.73 million figure does not include existing tax payments, and is calculated using the current property taxes as a baseline; the PILOT would not eliminate existing property tax revenue, it reduces the rate of new tax revenue growth). The total project cost is $28.8 million. The PILOT approach has been used previously, with Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services’ 210 Hancock project in the city’s North Side neighborhood. If the abatement is issued, which would be in May or June, the project hopes to line up affordable housing grants in time to being construction near the end of this year and open for occupancy in late summer or early fall of 2021. Tagged: affordable housing, arthaus ithaca, library place, old library, senior housing, tax abatements, TCIDA, travis hyde properties, Vecino Group Brian Crandall reports on housing and development for the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached at [email protected] More by Brian Crandall ITHACA, N.Y. — A pair of large housing developments will be heading to the Tompkins County Industrial Development Agency (TCIDA) this week, in an effort to gain approval for tax abatements needed to move forward with their plans. So far, public comment on the Arthaus proposal has been fairly quiet, which may in part be a result of the project’s rather secluded location on Cherry Street, a neighborhood of mostly commercial and light industrial uses. Cherry Street was recently rezoned to allow for residential projects, and several developers have begun making plans. A trio of local businessmen purchased the Aeroplane Factory a few building away with an eye towards residential uses. Library Place (316 N. Cayuga St., Travis Hyde Properties) Rents in Library Place are expected to range from $1,900/month for a one-bedroom, to $3,000/month for a three-bedroom unit. Included in the agenda packet are a number of letters regarding the Library Place project, nearly all in opposition. The most frequent factors cited are opposition to an abatement for high-end housing, and a perceived lack of civic responsibility in the development team’s approach and overall handling of the asbestos issue. In contrast, Library Place is likely to be much more controversial. This is the project replacing the Old Library site; for the long-winded history, check out our archives or read the summary here. Among the controversies with the project by Tavis Hyde Properties include the contentious selection process in response to the county’s original Request for Proposals, the eight designs the project submitted before passing the Ithaca Landmarks Preservation Commission by a single vote, and the demolition, in which the “contained” demolition was replaced with a “controlled” demolition as a result of the building’s roof being structurally unstable prior to site preparation. Rather unusually, the site has already been cleared and prepped for construction. Most tax abatement applicants apply for IDA approval prior to any construction work taking place. In the IDA memo, it states “(t)he project will provide 66 market rate, age-restricted residential apartments for renters older than 55 in the heart of downtown Ithaca. The first floor will contain a 30-space parking garage for use by residential tenants in the building. The first floor will also include a community room that will be administered and operated by the Tompkins County Senior Citizens Council a.k.a. Life Long. Tenants on the first floor will also include a 60 seat public restaurant, a private spa and wellness center, and an office intended for a home health care agency that residents may elect to contract with for a-la-carte home health care services.” For anyone who wants to weigh in on the plans for Arthaus or Library Place, the meeting will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 10th in the County chambers at 121 East Court Street. E-mails and e-mailed letters may be sent to Heather McDaniel at Tompkins County Area Development, [email protected] Like Arthaus, Library Place will be built to state (NYSERDA) “Performance Path for Energy Star” standards for sustainable housing, but Library Place is seeking a higher certification, Tier III (>40% energy savings above code). The project will utilize electric heat pumps in place of conventional gas heating and complies with Ithaca’s Green Building Policy. No job creation is stated in the application, though the applicants note that an undetermined amount of indirect job creation is expected through staffing of the restaurant, wellness center and health care agency. Ithaca Arthaus (Vecino Group, 130 Cherry Street) Plans call for a five-story, 97,500 square-foot building with 52 ground floor covered parking spaces, and apartments on the floors above, a mix of studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units. The ground floor will also include 8,800 square feet of commercial space and amenity space geared towards artistic pursuits (hence the name Arthaus). Among the features are support service office space, a community room, a gallery/studio and a fitness room. The housing will be available to anyone who meets the income requirements. The project will also host bike racks, access to Ithaca CarShare, and be built to state (NYSERDA) “Performance Path for Energy Star” standards for sustainable housing (Tier II, >25% energy savings above code). Brian Crandall The development team is applying for the IDA’s 10-year Energy Incentive enhanced property tax abatement for the project, as well as sales tax and mortgage recording tax exemptions. The exemptions would reduce the tax revenue growth and save the project about $5.32 million in new taxes, while generating $1.7 million in new taxes on what was previously a tax-exempt property. The developers bought the property from the county for $925,000. According to a memo provided in the application by project consultant Scott Whitham of Whitham Planning and Design, Vecino is partnering with social services non-profit Tompkins Community Action (TCAction) to provide 40 units of supportive housing for formerly foster care, homeless or at-risk youth in the 19-26 age range. “Vecino and TC Action are discussing other populations to make the largest impact possible; supportive services for these residents will be included as part of overall property management, with offices and staff on site.” The first of the two projects scheduled is the Ithaca Arthaus project. Newcomer Vecino Group is planning 124 units of affordable housing at a site currently occupied by an auto body shop at 130 Cherry St. The units would be available to those making 50 to 80 percent of area median income. The project would be the largest addition to the city of Ithaca’s affordable housing offerings since the 1970s.last_img read more

Severe weather moves to Gulf Coast as damaging winds, hail and flash flooding expected

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — A new storm system produced baseball-sized hail that covered roads in central Texas and broke car windshields in the region.This storm will move east Tuesday from Texas into the Gulf Coast states with a threat for damaging winds, large hail and flash flooding.Tornadoes are not a major threat in the next 24 hours but it is possible there could be an isolated tornado with the severe weather.There are more than four million people are on alert Tuesday for severe weather from Lufkin, Texas, to New Orleans, Louisiana.These severe thunderstorms will be slow moving over the next 24 hours and that could cause flash flooding and locally more than 4 inches of rain could fall in the Gulf Coast.A flash flood watch has been issued for Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.Meanwhile, a cold blast is moving through the Rockies and the Upper Midwest with snow and low wind chills.Locally, wind chills will plummet Tuesday and Wednesday morning to single digits and teens.Five states from Colorado to Minnesota are under winter weather alerts and some areas in the highest elevations in Wyoming could see up to 15 inches of snow.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Best Value poses threat to outsourced service deals

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. The Best Value regime will place severe restrictions on local authorities’ ability to secure favourable terms and conditions for outsourced staff, the national employers’ body has warned.Working closely on HR issues with providers during the tendering process and throughout the life of the contract is desirable but will raise many difficult issues, said Mandy Wright, assistant director of the Employers’ Organisation, in its first annual report.“If we set high requirements but then use our monopoly position or small or new providers’ vulnerability to drive down contract prices, there could be a real risk of poor performance and service or contractor failure in just those services where clients are most vulnerable,” Wright warned.She predicted the need for major changes to the national bargaining and the national employers’ role, and suggested private contractors could not be excluded from some role in pay bargaining and other areas.“It will not be in the best interests of the public to have increased bankruptcies and service failures because we have made agreements that cause general difficulties for providers.”Wright stressed new approaches and strong relationships between councils and external providers would be vital. New and better procurement and commissioning skills would be needed, combined with greater HR expertise.But the Employers’ Organisation has not yet defined the role it will play in improving the process. “Should we work with external providers to develop HR services to support good practice by them?” Wright said. Executive director Charles Nolda said there was evidence of “considerable interest” among authorities of the potential of competency-related pay, despite the fact that “satisfactory experience with individual or team-based performance pay in public services remains elusive”.He also questioned the efficacy of extended pay deals in a low-inflation environment. “For cash-strapped organisations this seems a high price to pay for the relative stability and certainty of a longer deal,” he said.Web Link Change – Employers’ Organisation annual report, 020-7296 6600 Previous Article Next Article Best Value poses threat to outsourced service dealsOn 20 Jun 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more

New US Navy training jet crash

first_img Share this article A U.S. Navy T-45C Goshawk training jet aircraft crashed during a training flight in Missippi, within a month of another Goshawk crash in Texas. Naval Air Station (NAS) Meridian, Mississippi reported a T-45C Goshawk jet aircraft assigned to Training Air Wing 1 crashed Wednesday at approximately 1:15 p.m. while conducting a training flight.The Navy said the student and instructor pilot were able to eject safely near the airfield aboard NAS Meridian.NAS first responders have been dispatched to the scene of the mishap and both pilots were subsequently taken to a local medical facility for evaluation.A T-45C crashed in Texas on August 14, also with no injuries to pilots.The T-45 Goshawk was manufactured by McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) and British Aerospace (now BAE Systems) and is in use by the United States Navy as an aircraft carrier-capable trainer. Back to overview,Home naval-today New US Navy training jet crash View post tag: US Navy Authoritiescenter_img September 8, 2016 View post tag: T-45C Goshawk New US Navy training jet crashlast_img read more