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first_imgOteil Burbridge is teaming up with online coaching practitioner Taraleigh Weathers to stimulate community, positivity, and change through monthly group calls. The two spiritual leaders will guide various conversations through interactive donation-based calls, with the proceeds of each member’s contribution going to the cause of the month. These kinds of rhetoric are important to stimulate change, so join the movement!Each call will have a different topic. This week will focus on “Rising up in our communities,” and is happening this Friday November 4th at 12PM ET. In order to participate in the live call (with the opportunity to ask questions and share thoughts with Oteil and Taraleigh), you must donate to Standing Rock. Shortly after you do so, you will receive call-in instructions. If you can’t attend live, you will receive a recording of the conversation on your email.Taraleigh would like to share this additional information about this month’s cause from Katrina Coravos’ Facebook:Over 140 people got arrested last night.Most of the protectors have bail set at $1500.It is hard on my heart to know that people I love are behind bars right now. I trust the unfolding of this process, and know that there are many hands at work inside of this transformation we are in. But, it is hard and heavy.My heart goes out to all the good hearts that are sitting in the jails tonight.Two people that I love deeply are there: Kei Koromoto and Jonah Neale.Kei has been the main cook at camp and dedicates over 12 hours a day to feed the people at camp. She always greets you with a warm smile and loving words. Jonah works tirelessly every day helping in any way he can- from building, lugging, lifting, doing the overnight shift in security, giving great hugs. Both of them are generous and giving hearts, that are showing up because they love life and people.My gratitude goes to them, for standing for what is right- and to all the protectors that are risking so much to do what is calling in their hearts.The legal group that is helping is deeply involved in releasing everyone within 72 hours.Fortunately, there has been a fund raiser that will cover the costs to get the protectors out. This is another example of the outpouring of giving that Standing Rock has received.The world is watching, the world is praying, the world is witnessing the unification of the people and truly what we are up against to live in harmony together.We are doing this, and even when faced with what the people faced yesterday, love is prevailing, spirit is with us, and we are making a change.Join Oteil & Taraleigh on their first call happening this Friday (November 4th) at 12pm est. Donate here to receive the call in number. If you can’t attend live, you will receive an email with a recording shortly after. Remember to Rise Up in Your Community![Photo by Jess Burbridge]last_img read more


first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is telling California it can’t enforce a ban on indoor church services because of the coronavirus pandemic. The high court issued orders late Friday in two cases where churches had sued over coronavirus-related restrictions in the state. The high court said that for now, California can’t ban indoor worship in areas where virus cases are surging, but it can cap indoor services at 25% of a building’s capacity. The justices also declined to stop the state from barring singing and chanting at services. The court’s three liberal justices dissented.last_img


first_imgBy Dialogo August 06, 2009 Managua, 5 August (EFE).- The U.S. ambassador to Nicaragua, Robert Callahan, said today that the use of Colombian bases by military personnel from his country will not represent a threat to Latin America, but only to “drug traffickers.” These bases, which are the centerpiece of an accord being negotiated by Colombia and the United States, are not “a threat to anyone, only to drug traffickers,” the ambassador affirmed in a press conference. “It is not a threat against any government in Latin America,” Callahan repeated. The president of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, said on 31 July that the base accord has the purpose of organizing operations to try to put an end to social, popular, and democratic processes in Latin America. The Sandinista leader affirmed that the bases are not only a threat to nations bordering Colombia, but also to all of Latin America “and to Nicaragua.” According to the Sandinista executive, Colombia, by sharing the use of the bases with the United States, “can have more forces available and even combine operations aimed at putting an end to social, popular, and democratic processes like those that are moving forward in Venezuela, Bolivia, and Ecuador,” Nicaragua’s allies in the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA). The U.S. ambassador in Managua insisted that the bases belong to Colombia, not to the United States, and that what is being negotiated is “permission to use (them) every so often in order to try to control the plague of drugs.” “It’s something that is quite normal and completely constitutional, and it’s not a threat to anyone, only to drug traffickers,” he reiterated. The aim, Callahan said, is to try to control drug trafficking in the Western Hemisphere. The accord will permit U.S. military personnel to use up to seven bases in Colombia for anti-drug-trafficking operations, according to the authorities of the South American country. Ambassador Callahan made these declarations at the headquarters of the American Chamber of Commerce of Nicaragua (Amcham) in Managua, after meeting with directors of the organization.last_img read more


first_img Aronovitz reports on All Bar Conference, MJP, court funding September 15, 2002 Regular News Aronovitz reports on All Bar Conference, MJP, court fundingcenter_img A new multijurisdictional practice committee, work on January’s All Bar Conference, and choosing liaisons to various Supreme Court groups, among other activities, have been occupying Bar President Tod Aronovitz lately.Aronovitz, presiding at his first Board of Governors meeting in August, reported on a wide range of activities since he took his oath of office during the June Annual Meeting.He noted that Supreme Court Chief Justice Harry Lee Anstead has set up an advisory committee on Article V funding composed of chief judges, administrative personnel, and others. That group will work on the problems in the next two years as the state, pursuant to a constitutional amendment, takes over more trial court funding from the counties.Aronovitz said he has asked board members Grier Wells, Sharon Langer, and Richard Gilbert to serve as liaisons to that panel. “This really is the issue of the next year and the issue of the year after that as well,” he said, adding that he and President-elect Miles McGrane plan on attending the committee’s meetings.He also said Anstead has appointed former Bar Presidents Ben Hill and John DeVault to the board of the Supreme Court Historical Society, and they are working to boost that group’s activities. Aronovitz said he has asked board member Ervin Gonzalez to serve as liaison to that group.As to the All Bar Conference, the president announced that it would be held in conjunction with January’s Midyear Meeting and would focus on the Bar’s Dignity in Law campaign. He said board member Alan Bookman will chair the conference, which will study how the campaign is proceeding and what has been accomplished.Aronovitz announced he was looking for board members willing to serve on the Special Committee on MDP/Ancillary Business. And now that the threat of multidisciplinary practices has faded, he said the panel would be focusing more on helping lawyers interested in ancillary businesses.He also announced he would appoint a special committee to review the 10-point recommendations of the ABA concerning multijurisdictional practices. That committee will submit a report to the board and then to the Supreme Court either during the current Bar year or the following year. ( See story on page 1 of this News. )last_img read more


first_imgSakhir, Bahrain | AFP | Sebastian Vettel marked his 200th Formula One race with a thrilling and brilliantly-judged victory for Ferrari in Sunday’s dramatic Bahrain Grand Prix.The four-time ex champion, on severely-worn tyres, came home narrowly ahead of Valtteri Bottas and the Finn’s Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in a nail-biting finish to an intriguing contest.French rookie Pierre Gasly took a stunning fourth place for the Honda-powered Toro Rosso team ahead of Kevin Magnussen of Haas.It was Vettel’s second win in as many races this season, the 49th of his career and extended his lead ahead of Hamilton in the drivers’ championship to 17 points after the Englishman delivered a dazzling drive from ninth on the grid to finish only six seconds adrift.Both have won four championships and, this season, are battling to secure an historic fifth title.“Wow!” screamed Vettel as he crossed the line. “These tyres were done – they were done for the last 10 laps.“I came on the radio to say everything was under control, but that was a lie! I thought Bottas would catch me and I just tried to keep it as clean as possible.”Bottas said: “We were on the harder compound and I knew there was a chance. I tried to catch him, but it was just not enough. Extremely disappointing.”Hamilton, who started ninth after being given a five-place penalty for a gearbox change, said he was satisfied. “I am happy,” he said. “It was damage limitation. I started ninth so third is not that bad…”But it was not all good news for Ferrari as Vettel’s team-mate Finn Kimi Raikkonen failed to finish after colliding with a mechanic at a pit stop.The mechanic was taken to the circuit medical centre with a suspected broken leg.Both the Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo also retired after the opening laps.Nico Hulkenberg was sixth for Renault ahead of Fernando Alonso and his McLaren team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne.Marcus Ericsson grabbed two points for Sauber by finishing ninth ahead of Esteban Ocon, who was 10th for Force India. – luck ended –The race began with temperatures falling from 29 and 35 degrees Celsius respectively for air and track.Vettel made a clean start and Bottas swept past Raikkonen to split the Ferraris on the opening lap.This lifted spirits for Mercedes, but Hamilton, down in ninth to resist a charging lunge by Verstappen at the start of lap two.From 15th on the grid, the Red Bull driver had reached the top ten, but his luck ended when he banged wheels with Hamilton and punctured his left rear tyre.As the Dutchman idled back to the pits, his Red Bull team-mate Ricciardo slowed and stopped at the side of the track. A Virtual Safety Car was deployed.Verstappen pitted and re-joined, but his race was over when, like Ricciardo, he stopped and retired.This left Hamilton to make up places and after slipping to 10th he regained ninth and then passed Alonso, Hulkenberg and Ocon in one move.Vettel pitted after 19 laps, passing the lead to Bottas, and rejoining fourth. Two laps later, Raikkonen also came in for a Ferrari pit-stop that elevated Hamilton to second.Bottas finally pitted after 21 laps, in a 3.8 seconds stop for medium tyres that were expected to see him complete the race – while both Ferrari ran on softs.In the lead, Hamilton was 5.3 seconds clear of Vettel after 22 laps, an advantage trimmed to half a second by lap 25 with Bottas five seconds adrift in third.A frustrated Vettel finally burst past the defensive Hamilton, on his original tyres, to re-gain the lead on lap 26. Hamilton then pitted, also for mediums, which left both Mercedes on a one-stop strategy and Ferrari requiring another stop each.With further stops required, Ferrari’s problems were compounded after 36 laps when Raikkonen came in and inadvertently ran over a mechanic as he pulled away.It was his second unsafe release of the weekend and his third in a race.Unaffected, Vettel pushed to make the most of an emergency one-stop strategy, resisting Bottas all the way to the flag.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more


first_imgBy John BurtonRUMSON – Changes at the Oceanic Bridge not only include its refurbishment but also who operates the drawbridge.Oceanic Bridge control room.As county and local officials convened Friday, May 18, to celebrate the opening of the county bridge connecting Rumson to the Locust section of Middletown, Monmouth County Freeholder Director John P. Curley talked about the switch to a private company for the Oceanic Bridge and three other county spans.“The county took a hard look at the operation of our four county drawbridges,” he said. It was determined it would be more cost effective to contract the operation to a private company, as opposed to continue using county, unionized employees.Beginning on Jan. 1, the county contracted with Draw­bridge Services, Inc., Pom­pano Beach, Fla., to operate the Oceanic, Rumson-Sea Bright, Shark River inlet and Glimmer Glass bridges.The county had 23 employees – 19 operators and four chief operators – working on those bridges, Curley said this week. With the signing of the agreement to privatize the operation, “right off the bat we saved $576,000,” in salary, benefits and pension costs.New Jersey, according to Curley, is the last state on the eastern seaboard to use government workers to man the bridges.“What this does is it keeps the county at an arm’s length, away from liability,” the freeholder said, meaning the private company would be the first recourse against any possible litigation. “Plus,” Curley said, “we don’t have to deal with employee conflicts,” as would be the case with union members.The county employees are members of Communication Workers of America Local 1032. Phone and email messages to the local’s Ewing office this week to speak to the president, Patrick Kavanagh, were not returned by press time.Drawbridge Services operates 50 bridges, mostly in Florida, but also in Washington, D.C. In addition to the four in Monmouth County, the company operates one in the Atlantic City area, the company’s president, Daniel Porter, said.Drawbridge Services has 37 workers employed in Monmouth County to man the four bridges; they all live in the areas where they work, Porter said.Among those employees are “a handful” of former county bridge tenders, he said. All of his employees go through company training, including classroom instruction and on-site lessons, he said. Instruction is based on U.S. Coast Guard regulations and state and federal transportation regulations.“It’s going very good,” since taking over, Porter said this week. “The customer [Monmouth County] is satisfied.” Curley said the bulk of county bridge workers were incorporated into other departments, with special attention given to longer serving employees who were approaching retirement.The county’s move, Curley said, “shrinks the size of government,” and has no downside, that he has detected.The Oceanic Bridge work was completed and opened last Friday after seven months and $3.5 million worth of repairs. The project was completed a week ahead of schedule and on budget, but its closure since last October forced drivers to take lengthy detours, and had local businesses worrying about downturns in their sales as inconvenienced customers sought out other locations.last_img read more


first_img “Healthy Wonder Bread? That’s an oxymoron,” said Darra Goldstein, editor-in-chief of Gastronomica, a journal of food and culture. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Stan Osman, vice president of marketing at the Kansas City, Mo.-based Interstate Bakeries, said his company aims to make it easier for people to do that by turning whole wheat into something more easily stomached by fans of white bread. “These are soft breads. They don’t have any grains or stuff in them that you can see,” he said recently. “You couldn’t find anything in them. They don’t have any toppings on them. They’re very much like what you would expect from Wonder Bread.” The change is made possible with white whole wheat flour, which has a milder taste, texture and color than traditional wheat, but a similar nutritional profile. The new breads contain 2 grams of fiber per slice; the original Wonder Bread has none. Osman doesn’t worry that consumers won’t take whole grains seriously from a company defined by white bread, a term that has become a pejorative, and not just to those with carbohydrate phobias. “White bread America” isn’t exactly a term of endearment. Others aren’t so sure it’s a good move. But will kids still be able to wad it up into sticky, glutinous balls and throw it across the cafeteria? Wonder Bread, that icon of squishy, oh-so-American white bread, turns a nutritional corner today with the launch of two whole wheat versions intended to look, taste and feel just like the spongy original. It’s part of a plan to resuscitate Wonder Bread’s baker, the bankrupt Interstate Bakeries Corp. – also the maker of Hostess Twinkies – which has struggled as consumers went from rejecting carbs outright to demanding they be whole grain. The launch comes as concerns about skyrocketing obesity rates and the preponderance of highly processed foods in the American diet (such as white bread) have fueled campaigns by government and health officials to get consumers to eat more whole grains. last_img read more


first_imgThe first 482 houses in the initial phase at Cornubia have been finished and handed over to residents. (Image: GCIS)• Karen PetersenHuman Settlements ExecutiveTongaat [email protected] PhilipThe day that Vusi Shabangu was handed the keys to his new home was the best day of his life. Early in March he moved into a two-bedroom house in the Cornubia housing development outside Durban, a place where a single room was larger than the shack he had called home.In 1995, excited by a new democracy and the promise of opportunity, Shabangu moved from rural KwaZulu-Natal to Durban in search of a better life. For almost two decades he worked as an itinerant labourer, moving from one backyard room to a shack in one of the informal settlements that ring eThekwini.It does not matter to Shabangu that he is resident in a landmark development; all that matters to me are the keys in his hands. Along with the keys, he gets to enjoy the parks and recreation, and communal hall as well. He will grow to appreciate the fact that Cornubia – which will be renamed on April 1 by President Jacob Zuma when he hands over keys to the next bunch of residents – is designed as a community with schools, clinics, recreational and shopping facilities. Work opportunities are also easily reached by the new mass transit routes that are part and parcel of the infrastructure improvements included in the design.Cornubia is being created by the eThekwini Municipality and agriculture giant Tongaat Hulett. Once completed – expected to be in 20 years – the mixed-use development of housing, commercial and industrial sites will change the skyline between King Shaka International Airport and Umhlanga.Karen Petersen, the human settlement executive at Tongaat Hulett, explains that Cornubia will provide over 24 000 residential units, catering for all races, across income bands. More than just a housing development, the vision is to provide residents with access to employment and retail opportunities as well. “By offering a safe and secure environment, traffic accessibility, and access to other urban amenities and services, Cornubia’s mixed-use development will provide a place for all residents to live, work and play.”Communal spacesBut its importance extends beyond the amenities. She says that Cornubia puts an end to the stereotype that social housing is simply about putting a roof over someone’s head. The communal spaces are designed to encourage social interaction and create a sense of ownership and commitment to community. “There is a real social implication of poorly designed housing. If you don’t create places where people are proud to live, then you’re just reinforcing the idea that neither the building nor the tenant is worth the effort.”A key principle behind Cornubia is the integration of different income levels and a mix of freehold and rental housing. In line with international design concepts, provision has also been made for social infrastructure. “The planning was driven around the need for accessibility, so all facilities – schools, health and other social infrastructure – will be within a five-minute walk.” Human Settlements new focus includes ensuring the delivery of affordable housing in sustainable and habitable settlements. (Image: GCIS)Social and environmental sustainability are important considerations for Tongaat Hulett, and the buildings going up in the commercial and industrial sections are designed to be environmentally sensitive, and totally green where possible. “There are, however, financial limitations which restrict major green interventions in the subsidised housing components of the project. However, Tongaat Hulett where appropriate is encouraging the adoption of these principles. Unfortunately, for now, this will in all likelihood only take place in the higher intensity commercial/mixed-use areas like Cornubia Town Centre,” Petersen says.By the time the R24-billion site is completed in 2030, the 1 200ha property will consist of 24 000 housing units, of which 15 000 will be low cost homes; there will be 2 million square metres of commercial space and an 80ha industrial development. The construction phase will create up to 15 000 new jobs, while the completed development will create space for about 48 000 permanent retail and industrial jobs. Residents will contribute about R300-million in rates to the eThekwini coffers and a further R2.1-billion in VAT receipts for the national fiscus.Cornubia is important for the potential benefits it will create in housing, employment and economic opportunity. It represents a shift in thinking in the housing programmes of local and national housing departments and is proving to a benchmark for future development in South Africa.Human settlementsHuman Settlements Minister Connie September explains: “We have shifted from housing to human settlements. We now have an integrated approach that includes better spatial planning. Today we want to build communities planned around water and sanitation, with schools and recreation facilities in close proximity, and economic opportunities close by. We want to plant trees.”To promote the creation of vibrant communities that have access to adequate social and economic facilities, the government agreed that the former Department of Housing should have its mandate widened to facilitate sustainable human settlements. In addition to housing, the new mandate includes integrated provision of services, social facilities and economic opportunities.September says that her department is committed to addressing the legacy of spatial poverty by developing human settlements in well-located land with sufficient social and economic opportunities. “This will be a key priority of the department in the future. In simple, we are striving to create new settlements that are conducive for human habitation and growth.”Taking a leaf from the National Treasury’s successful public-private partnership unit, the department has also been more receptive to working with the private sector when building new housing.Petersen says Tongaat Hulett refers to Cornubia as “a joint initiative or collaboration between public and private sector partners”. It is built on land acquired from Hulett at below market rates with the understanding that it will be used for low income housing.Housing backlogWhen negotiations began for a new political dispensation in South Africa, there was a backlog of 1.3 million homes. Each year, the demand has grown by a further 200 000 with just 50 000 new homes being built to meet the demand.From 1994 onwards, through the Reconstruction and Development Programme, the new administration began building homes at a rapid pace. To date, 2.68 million homes have been built, providing accommodation to 12.5 million South Africans for the first time.Critics of the RDP build have slated the poor build quality of these houses. Their biggest complaint though, has been aesthetic; RDP homes resemble the building programmes of the apartheid government – bleak, massive settlements far away from work opportunities, decent public transport and retailers.Containing the growing backlog while meeting existing demand meant “good design” and “communities” were concepts that were not considered. However, in the last few years there has been a growing recognition that it’s not just houses that need to be built, but communities and places where people want to live.Cornubia is one of four projects nationally that signal this shift in the way the Department of Human Settlements views development. It was one of the first when construction began in March 2012, in line with the department’s Breaking New Ground policy. Nationally there are two other projects that are close to receiving the first group of new residents.In the Waterberg District, the Lephalale Project’s 29 709 houses are being built adjacent to a retail and commercial precinct. It has been fast-tracked to deal with a housing backlog aggravated by the influx of workers to the Medupi Power Station, which is 21 kilometres away.The Khutsong Project in Merafong has been fast-tracked to move 25 000 households living on geographically unstable dolomitic land. Khutsong is a community being designed and built from the ground up and will include subsidised housing, retail and industrial sites as well as social and educational amenities, September explains. “These new projects are beginning to reshape the spatial legacy of apartheid into the non-racial integrated settlements that we dreamed of.”last_img read more


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Family fun and a connection to rural Ohio are just two of the many reasons for visitors to stop by the Land and Living Exhibit at the Ohio State Fair, July 26 to Aug. 6. Presented by Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and Nationwide, the exhibit demonstrates agriculture’s link to everyday life. Visitors to the exhibit, located in the Nationwide Donahey Ag & Hort building, can participate in a variety of interactive opportunities such as playing with local rescue dogs, learning about nutrition in the reimagined grocery store display and watching chicks and turkeys come out of their shells. The ever-popular Country Cruise pedal tractors are back for children to enjoy, as is the augmented reality sandbox, a water quality learning tool that made its successful debut last year. Throughout the building, everyone can enjoy learning about Ohio’s crops, animals and other important areas of Ohio agriculture. Families can also have a commemorative picture taken, compliments of OFBF and Nationwide. In addition, the Land and Living Exhibit activities include the Country Connection stage that will feature demonstrations such as agriscience experiments, local entertainment, visits from Columbus Zoo animals and more. Squash carver Gus Smithhisler will be back again this year to carve giant squash weighing more than 600 pounds each on July 26, 29, 31 and Aug. 2. A joint Ohio House and Senate Ag Committee Hearing will be held Aug. 1.This year the OFBF grocery store inside the Land and Living Exhibit is more interactive than ever. Building on last year’s display, children can go through this child-sized store and pick out their own groceries. This exhibit for youth provides the opportunity to learn more about putting together complete, quality meals. Each child who visits the grocery leaves with a goodie bag.“With so many exciting activities, the Land and Living Exhibit is informational and interactive for all ages,” said Abby Pozderac, OFBF intern. “We hope visitors leave with a better understanding of the many facets of agriculture in Ohio.”The Land and Living Exhibit is supported by the Ohio Soybean Council, Ohio Corn Marketing Program and the Ohio Expositions Commission. Last year, the exhibit attracted an estimated 300,000 state fair visitors. The Land and Living Exhibit is located east of the giant slide and across from the south entrance to the midway. All exhibits in the building are free.last_img read more

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