A group of University of Liberia staffers under the name “Concerned Staff of University of Liberia Staff Association (ULSA)” says a call by University of Liberia Staff Association president Zizi K. Zubah for the Vice President for Administration, Prof. Ansu Sonii, to resign is his personal opinion and not a general consensus of the entire association.Of recent a group named and styled “University of Liberia Staff Association,” wrote five counts alleging that Prof. Sonii is involved in administrative malpractices. The group subsequently called on him to resign his post.The Concern Staff of University of Liberia Staff Association, which supports Prof. Sonii, in a statement on Tuesday, May 6, passed a vote of no confidence in Zizi K. Zubah. They noted that Zizi’s tenure has expired but continues to perpetuate himself in power.The head of the Sonii support group, Gabriel Pyne Vanjah, who read the group’s position statement to the press indicated that Zizi’s call for Prof. Sonii to resign his post in 15 days, also poses an ultimatum on the University of Liberia’s Board of Trustees to act against its will in favor of him. “This is unrealistic and will never be given adherence to,” Vanjah said.In the vote-of-no-confidence resolution against Zizi, Vanjah and his group labeled among other things that Zizi has overstayed in the UL Staff Association leadership and this violates Article 9 Section 1 of the organization’s constitution.Vanjah further alleged that Zizi’s leadership has not been transparent and accountable to the general body, which is the supreme decision maker, withholding to present quarterly financial updates.Mr. Pyne Vanjah outlined monthly contributions, ULSA’s loan scheme interest generation, ULSA Day Fund expenditures, rice sale income, fund raising programs, and ULSA-UL Administration car loan as some sources of financial income that are unaccounted for.He also said there has not been annual report from the Zizi leadership. Said report is to take place on the second Friday of December annually to the general assembly.Vanjah further alleged that Zizi unilaterally appointed some individuals in elected positions which contravene ULSA’s constitution.Furthermore, the group said Zizi has been appointed Academic Coordinator for the T.J.R Faulkner College of Science & Technology, which under Article 4 Section 1 of their constitution prohibits a member from holding key administrative position.Zizi K. Zubah’s Position About a week ago the leadership of Zizi K. Zubah circulated a resolution in the name of the University of Liberia Staff Association, calling for the resignation of the Vice President for Administration, Ansu Sonii.Zizi alleged that Prof. Sonii uses regular and temporary staffers to perform his private duties with no compensation.According to Zizi, Prof. Sonii promised to employ some temporary staffers who have worked with the University of Liberia for more than three years; something he (Zizi) claims has not been fulfilled.In addition, the counts noted that the UL Vice President’s office has created a hostile posture to the leadership of the UL Staff Association in addressing legitimate concerns of staff of the University.He and his group also claimed that Prof. Sonii, is ambitious of contesting the senatorial seat in Margibi County. According to them, because of this alleged quest of Prof. Sonii, Mr. Sonii is now paying less attention to activities of the University and at the same time using the University resources to support his campaign.Zizi’s camp further accused Prof. Sonii of instigating confusion within the ranks and files of the University of Liberia Staff Association.He threatened that if Prof. Sonii does not resign in 15 days as Vice President for Administration, “we will as of May 15, 2014 lay down our chalks.”Meanwhile, the emerging argument between the two groups sends signal of past event that stalled normal academic activities at the University of Liberia for sometimes this just-ended semester.It can be recalled that in November, 2013, University of Liberia Faculty Association (ULFA) laid down chalks, demanding Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost Dr. Wede Elliot-Brownell to resign.This was fueled by violent actions by group of students and it led to indefinite suspension of classes until late January 2014 when academic activities resumed and was just completed in March.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Health In Action encourages active play, educates children on nutrition and provides them and their families access to fresh food. (Image: Wikipedia)The Mondelēz International Foundation launched a R37-million well-being programme at a celebratory event at Pudumo Primary School in Orange Farm earlier in October.Called Health in Action, the programme looks to extend the school’s existing vegetable garden so as to increase produce which is used to prepare daily meals for the learners.The programme encourages active play, educates children on nutrition and provides them and their families access to fresh food.Health in Action will reach up to 75 000 children in six disadvantaged areas in Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth, benefitting communities where the company’s operations are located. This is a multi-dimensional approach to create school environments that encourage children and families to adopt lifelong healthy habits.Early childhood development can mean closing the gaps between different classes and working to fight inequality in the long run by levelling the playing field. It can ensure that no class has an advantage over the next as a result of their upbringing.This resonates with the South Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP) in terms of improvement of healthcare, community development and skills development.Early childhood development is part of the NDP’s Vision 2030, and it believes the private sector will be in the forefront of this development.PARTNERSHIPS FOR HEALTHY LIFESTYLESHealth in Action partners with communities to promote healthy lifestyles, address obesity and reduce hunger. The program supports Mondelēz International’s Call For Well-being , which is focused on four key areas where the company can make the greatest impact: mindful snacking, sustainability, community and safety.Daniel Lombard, managing director for Mondelēz South Africa, said: “Medical studies have shown that South Africa has the highest obesity rate in sub-Saharan Africa so we are proud to bring the Mondelēz International Foundation’s well-being program here to help educate younger children.“We believe that this program will assist us in using global insights for a local impact and encouraging a future generation to embrace lifelong healthy habits.”Key elements of Health in Action include:Training selected lead teachers as “multipliers,” who can train their colleagues in the background and implementation of the program.Establishing school, home and community gardens and fish farms so as to provide fresh produce and fish protein to supplement school meals. This will help in improving nutrition and reducing hunger.Increasing participation in physical activities, including jobs for local unemployed youth as “recess buddies” who guide safe activity play during school breaks.ADAPTING IT TO SOUTH AFRICAMondelēz South Africa is working with Inmed Partnerships for Children to adapt their award-winning program from Brazil for South Africa.Lombard said: “We shall reach thousands of children aged between six and 12 years old in at least 100 primary schools, over a four-year period, with this program of hands-on, skills-based fun activities.“When they are better nourished and healthier, they will have the vitality to work and study to make their dreams come true.”Lombard added that non-communicable diseases, or lifestyle diseases, such as diabetes, high blood-pressure and cardiovascular problems, are increasing dramatically in South Africa.He said: “We see this program as offering a boost to the South African public health goals nationally as well as internationally. The program is aligned with United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals of addressing malnutrition and promoting good health and well-being.“I am also delighted that this program will be rolled out in the communities close to our operations in South Africa. This will allow our employees to get involved in the program and provide support and expertise when needed.”Similar Inmed strategies in Brazil were considered successful after two-thirds of the children participating reduced their body mass index (BMI). About a third of these children achieved a normal BMI.Dr Linda Pfeiffer, Inmed President and CEO, said: “We’re proud to partner with the Mondelēz International Foundation and Mondelez South Africa to prioritise well-being in South African communities and schools.“We’re partnering with relevant local and provincial departments of education and look forward to working alongside them, as well as teachers, parents and communities, to establish nutrition basics, encourage active lifestyles and expand access to nutritious foods.”
Reaching out to the poor, the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Uttar Pradesh government has distributed free power connections to over 58,000 persons from economically weaker sections in the State.The government carried out the programme through 624 camps organised by the U.P. Power and Energy Department on Sunday.A total of 86,101 power connections were distributed.Out of these, 58,596 “free” connections went to persons living in the Below Poverty Line category. Another 27,505 power connections were distributed to persons belonging to the Above Poverty Line (APL) category under the Sugam Sanyojan Scheme. The second category will avail easy installments.”This is the first time that such a programme was conducted in the State,” a government spokesperson said.U.P. Power and Energy minister Shrikant Sharma said the BPL beneficiaries in urban areas also received free cable and metre connections.The State selected the beneficiaries by identifying them under the National Food Security Scheme and the Ujjwala Yojana.Most of the beneficiaries were from the Purvanchal region, with 30, 470 connections, said Principal Secretary, Energy department, Alok Kumar.Allahabad division had the highest number of beneficiaries with 10,211 connections, while Lucknow had 8,708Bareilly 7,058, Kanpur 5,974, Mirzapur 5498, Gorakhpur 5434, Moradabad 4,458Ghaziabad 4,399 and Varanasi 4,038.The government also distributed 38,249 LED bulbs and 2,577 tubelights, a spokesperson said.
The Supreme Court on Friday cautioned the Haryana government against doing “anything” to harm the ecologically fragile Aravalli range.A Bench, led by Justice Arun Mishra, was responding to a submission by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta that he would prove that the State has not introduced amendments in the Punjab Land Preservation Act (PLPA), 1900, in order to give a leeway to illegal mining or builders.Liable for contempt“We are concerned with Aravalli. If you are doing anything with Aravalli or Kant Enclave (where the top court had ordered demolition of buildings due to illegal constructions in forest area) you will be in trouble. If you are doing anything with forest, you will be in trouble. We are telling you,” the bench told Mr. Mehta.On March 1, the court had threatened the Haryana government with contempt if it went ahead with the amendments virtually allowing massive scale of construction in the Aravalli Hills.The court had said the amendments pull the carpet from under a series orders passed by the Supreme Court over the years to protect the Aravalli and Shivalik ranges from builders and indiscriminate mining. The court had pointed out how the once-lush Aravalli region was devastated after years of indiscriminate and illegal mining. “The entire Aravalli area is devastated and entire flora and fauna there has gone,” the court had said in a hearing on February 4.In October last, the court had expressed shock over 31 “vanished” hills in the Aravallis and had asked Rajasthan to stop illegal mining in 115.34-hectare area.
Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Japan, Jordan, South Korea and New Zealand are the other Asian countries taking part and will be shooting to bag the second slot for the region in the 2020 Games in Tokyo where the Japanese earned automatic entry being the hosts.Team USA, the top-ranked team in the world, is favored to rule the China event, which will be held in eight cities in the Mainland until Sept. 15.And SBP and Gilas coach Yeng Guiao made it no secret that they would want to avoid being bracketed with the Americans in the first round.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed View comments And then there’s another objective which the draw could also determine for the Philippines.“Remember, the top Asian team [will] qualify for the Tokyo Olympics [next year],” Panlilio added. “I believe this is a far objective, too.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesFor the second straight edition since being out of the global stage for more than four decades, the Philippines will be playing against the best in the world, and will this time shoot to win more than just one game and possibly make it to the next round.In Spain in 2014, Gilas Pilipinas, which also had Andray Blatche as a naturalized player, squeezed out an 81-79 overtime victory over Senegal, a non-bearing game that was played late in its group schedule but one which reverberated back in the country since it was the Filipinos’ first group win in more than 40 years. Urgent reply from Philippine football chief Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy The Philippines will be trying to hit two birds with one stone when it campaigns for the second straight time in the Fiba World Cup starting Aug. 31.“We wish to get to a grouping where we [will] have a great chance to advance [to the second round],” Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Al Panlilio told the Inquirer in an overseas call from Shenzhen, China, where the draw for the 32-team spectacle will be held Saturday afternoon.ADVERTISEMENT Croatia and Greece, which were both ranked in the top 10 in Spain, were the first two foes of the Philippines in Seville and survived a scare from Gilas Pilipinas.When the Filipinos set out this time, they will be shooting to win at least two games, thus the powers-that-be in the national cage scene are hoping and praying that Gilas lands in a favorable group that would make those two wins realizable.“We might need to win two games [to advance],” Panlilio said.As of the end of February, the Philippines is ranked 31st in the world, with Australia the top-ranked Asian team that will be playing in China.Of the eight Asian teams playing in the Worlds, Iran and China are the only other teams ranked higher than the Filipinos in the region.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Mendoza, Lee lead MercedesTrophy golf champions Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Related Items:#investturksandcaicosnewbrand, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 27, 2017 – Providenciales – Invest Turks & Caicos, the country’s investment promotion agency, recently launched a new agency brand through the hosting of two stakeholder networking receptions. The ‘Brand Launch & Networking Reception’ events were held in Providenciales and Grand Turk, on March 22nd and April 24th respectively.Now into its second year of operations, the Board and senior management felt it needed a brand which would distinguish it, and the TCI, in the minds of clients, potential investors and the general public alike. In September 2016, the Agency began a recruitment exercise which resulted in the hiring of Jamaican brand specialists, The UnAgency, and the results of their work are now in place.John Rutherford, CEO, said “Invest Turks and Caicos is very proud of the results of its rebranding exercise, which has not only produced an attractive and relevant new logo, but also ensured the Agency’s values and personality are strengthened. “We will incorporate these values into our day to day activities to ensure a positive and consistent approach to our customers and stakeholders. We were delighted to launch the brand at our receptions and very happy with the feedback received. We now look forward to promoting the Turks and Caicos Islands internationally and to local business with a powerful logo and positive communications.”Premier of the Turks & Caicos Islands and Minister of Finance, Investment and Trade, the Hon. Sherlene Cartwright-Robinson, expressed at the Grand Turk reception that she was “proud of the work of the Agency and that it was an important part of the growth and development of the country, especially through its work with the MSME programme”.The receptions hosted Minsters, Parliamentarians, Government officials, business persons and the Agency’s partner and stakeholders. It gave attendees an opportunity to network and discuss matter related to investment and continued economic growth for the islands.The new brand logo and colours incorporate the “Beautiful by Nature” theme of the islands by using Navy Blue to represent the beautiful sky and seas; Orange for the golden sun and sand; and Green to represent our beautiful islands. The Agency’s values are based on three E’s – to always be Energetic, Evolving and Engaging.#MagneticMediaNews#InvestTurksandCaicosNewBrand Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk insists he’s focusing on the positives following the team’s 2-1 loss to Manchester City on Thursday night.The Netherlands international made a point to remind the Reds’ fans of the club’s current standing in the Premier League at the turn of the new year.“You can’t look at this situation in a negative way,” Van Dijk said, as quoted by ESPN. “We are still top of the league with a four-point lead. It is still looking fine for us. Our next game in the Premier League is Brighton and we are already looking forward to that. There is the FA Cup in between, of course.”“The only thing we can do now is bounce back. We will. We can go on another unbeaten run, but we take it game by game. We know it is going to be tough.”Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“We have a great mentality. We have shown that all season. We just have to keep on doing what we have been doing. There is no reason to change anything or panic.”Meanwhile, Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson insists he’s happy with the team’s performance at the Etihad Stadium in their loss to City.“There is no need to get carried away,” he said. “All season we have taken it game by game and we will do that again.”“It is normal to be disappointed by a defeat. Now it is about reaction and I am sure the lads will react in the right way. Why would you lose confidence after a game like tonight? It could have been different.”“The Premier League is a tough league, the games keep coming. We need to be ready and we will be. In terms of the result we are disappointed. We were beaten by a very good City team, but there were still moments in the game where we could have scored one or two more. We just have to accept the defeat.”
Reliance Jio on Sunday evening launched its 4G services at an event in Mumbai, but it will be available to only Reliance employees as of now. The public rollout is expected to begin in March-April 2016.The launch had already been deferred twice, apparently because Mukesh Ambani was not happy with the service being offered. As of now, Reliance 4G’s peak speed, as reported in field trials by Credit Suisse, is 70 Megabits per second (Mbps), which translates to downloading a 700 MB video file â€” the maximum amount of data that can be put on a CD â€” in 80 seconds.However, other sources say the usual speed is in the 15-30 Mbps range, meaning the entire contents of a full CD can be downloaded in approximately 6 minutes and 15 seconds in the lower limit, and about 3 minutes and 6 seconds in the upper limit.Interestingly, the Reliance Industries chairman has managed to rope in Shah Rukh Khan, the erstwhile brand ambassador of Bharti Airtel, to endorse his product. Airtel is one of the biggest competitors of Reliance in the 4G space, having heavily advertised the service over the past few months to capture a majority share of the market.In a glittering event where performances by Shah Rukh Khan and internationally-acclaimed music composer were the highlights, no one missed the significance of the presence of Mukesh’s brother Anil, his wife Tina and their two children.A statement from RIL said: “By throwing open the Jio services to all its business partners, and its vast number of employees and their families spread all across India, RIL will be making the optimal use of human resources to ensure that the last and the slightest wrinkle would be smoothed out to perfection before Jio launches its all-India commercial services.”The launch also saw Reliance pushing its Lyf brand of phones with the connection.
12.0Rs 2.64 crore 6EndgameRs 1.17 crore 7KabaliRs 1.12 crore 2SarkarRs 2.41 crore Suriya’s NGK is off to a good start at Chennai box office.PR HandoutSuriya’s NGK has got a good start at the Chennai box office. The Tamil movie has become the third biggest opener of the year in the capital city of Tamil Nadu after Hollywood film Avengers: Endgame and Rajinikanth’s Petta, while beating the record of another biggie, Ajith’s Viswasam.On the first day, NGK is estimated to have grossed Rs 1.03 crore which is considered to be the biggest opening for a Suriya film in Chennai. Also, it is his first film to gross Rs 1 crore or above on the opening day in the capital city of Tamil Nadu.It has shattered the record of Ajith Kumar’s Viswasam, which had grossed Rs 88 lakh on the first day in Chennai earlier this year. However, the Suriya-starrer failed to surpass the collection of Avengers: Endgame (Rs 1.17 crore) and Rajinikanth’s Petta (Rs 1.12 crore).NGK has found a place in the list of top 10 biggest openers of Chennai. Rajinikanth’s 2.0 is in the numero uno position by minting Rs 2.64 crore. It is followed by Thalapathy Vijay’s Sarkar (Rs 2.41 crore) and Rajini’s Kaala (Rs 1.76 crore).Check Out The Top 10 list:RankingRankingMovieMovieCollectionCollectionRanking1Movie2.0CollectionRs 2.64 croreRanking2MovieSarkarCollectionRs 2.41 croreRanking3MovieKaalaCollectionRs 1.76 croreRanking4MovieMersalCollectionRs 1.52 croreRanking5MovieVivegamCollectionRs 1.21 croreRanking6MovieEndgameCollectionRs 1.17 croreRanking7MovieKabaliCollectionRs 1.12 croreRanking8MoviePettaCollectionRs 1.12 croreRanking9MovieTheriCollectionRs 1.05 croreRanking10MovieNGKCollectionRs 1.03 crore 4MersalRs 1.52 crore 9TheriRs 1.05 crore 3KaalaRs 1.76 crore However, the movie is likely to lose its place in the top 10 list as there are a few big movies are scheduled for release in the second half of the year. Ajith Kumar’s Nerkonda Paarvai and Vijay’s 63 film have strong chances to overpower not just the records of NGK, but also Petta and Endgame. Nerkonda Paarvai and Viswasam.PR HandoutNGK at Tamil Nadu Box OfficeThe film was released in over 450 screens in Tamil Nadu on Friday, 31 May. Owing to the craze, the makers had special morning shows across the state. The Selvaraghavan-directorial has opened well and expected to perform well at the box office in the next few days. RankingMovieCollection 5VivegamRs 1.21 crore 8PettaRs 1.12 crore 10NGKRs 1.03 crore
MunshiganjAt least two people were killed and 15 others injured in a bus plunge in Kewatchira area on Dhaka-Mawa highway in Srinagar upazila of Munshiganj on Tuesday night.Among the deceased, one was identified as Taslima Begum, 55.A speeding bus fell into a roadside ditch, leaving the two passengers dead on the spot and injuring 15 others, said Srinagar police station officer-in-charge SM Alamgir Hossain.Among the injured, two were rushed to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital in critical condition. The injured were treated in the local hospital, OC added.
Wildfire creeps through the forest, down the south side of Dry Creek Canyon, at the Partrick Fire on 12 October 2017 west of Napa, California. Thousands of homes have burned, at least 31 people confirmed killed with hundreds still missing as California wildfires continue to spread out of control.The death toll from California’s raging wildfires rose to 38 on Saturday, with more than 10,000 firefighters battling 16 large blazes and 100,000 people evacuated, the state’s fire service said.Around 335 square miles (864 square kilometers) of residential neighborhoods, forests and other property have been burned since Sunday, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire).”These fires have been extremely destructive, with 5,700 structures estimated to have been destroyed,” the service said in a statement.Cal Fire later announced on its Twitter account that the death toll had risen from 35 in the morning to 38, with 20 of the fatalities occurring in Sonoma County alone, where more than 200 people are still missing.Pre-dawn winds in Santa Rosa have complicated the effort, pushing a blaze known as the Nuns Fire in two separate directions and forcing thousands to evacuate their homes near Oakmont and northeast of the city of Sonoma, Cal Fire said.Numerous churches across the region — in Santa Rosa, Napa, Sonoma, Petaluma and Novato — were housing victims of the wildfires and serving as resting places for firefighters, according to the Sacramento Bee newspaper.California Governor Jerry Brown announced the White House had approved a request for direct aid for families in four counties, adding to emergency funds promised to the devastated winemaking areas of Napa and Sonoma.- ‘The horror’ -Brown and Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris met community leaders and emergency management officials in Santa Rosa later Saturday, with nine counties still under a state of emergency.”Nothing has been this bad that I’ve ever seen in this state,” Brown was quoted as saying by the Bee.”The devastation, the horror, the displacement, is truly something that none of us will ever forget.”Firefighters working 24 hours on, 24 hours off, have come in from around the western United States and even as far as the Carolinas to provide fresh legs for the battle.In Redwood Valley, a small town around 70 miles north of the Sonoma County fires that threatened world-renowned wineries, officials have been struggling with the gruesome task of naming victims.At least nine people were killed late Sunday by a wildfire that “swept through the area so fast it engulfed moving cars,” the Bee reported, but several remain unidentified.The settlement’s 2,300 residents have been begging for information about missing friends and relatives as rescuers scour the charred remains of dozens of homes.- ‘Hell on Earth’ -“This is hell on earth,” Sheriff Tom Allman told the newspaper as he confirmed the ninth death, an 86-year-old widow found in the ashes of her Redwood Valley house.”This is such an all encompassing tragedy — you lose a 14-year-old boy whose grandfather was a friend of mine, an elderly woman and her caretaker, a grandma and grandpa who died together.”The last week has been the deadliest for wildfires in California’s history, according to officials.The Griffith Park fire in Los Angeles County in 1933 killed at least 29 people, and 25 people died in the 1991 Oakland Hills fire.Sonoma County Sheriff Rob Giordano said Friday his department was continuing to track down people reported missing by family or friends.The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department had received 1,308 missing persons reports so far and 1,052 people have been located, Giordano said.Evacuation orders were in place for several towns in Napa and Sonoma, where hundreds of people have already lost their homes to the fast-moving infernos.Many residents took to social media to berate President Donald Trump for his silence over the tragedy on his Twitter account.Trump’s tweets and retweets on Saturday were largely limited to observations on health care and his son Eric’s upcoming appearance on Fox News, with nothing about California.”Still no comments from Trump about devastating fires in California & the lives lost. Is it ’cause millions of CA voted for Hillary? How petty,” read one tweet, echoing much of the criticism.
WASHINGTON — A plan to build a 120,000 square foot greenhouse in Southeast Washington that will produce one million pounds of fresh lettuce, tomatoes, and herbs annually ran into opposition recently from Ward 8 commissioners who say they don’t want the project in their community.The District of Columbia’s Department of General Services (DGS) has signed a lease with BrightFarms Inc., a New York based company that builds greenhouses, to construct what the company says will be the world’s most productive urban farm near the intersection of South Capitol Street and Southern Avenue. The project is scheduled to be completed by 2015.The BrightFarms Greenhouse Project is an initiatives of outgoing Mayor Vincent C. Gray to increase healthy food grown within the city.DGS, in coordination with the Department of Parks and Recreation, negotiated a 10-year ground lease for a portion of the Oxon Run Park – Eastover Site, located near the intersection of South Capitol Street and Southern Avenue where the greenhouse will be built. City officials said the project will create 100 construction jobs and 25 permanent jobs.“The greenhouse farm project is consistent with our sustainable DC food goals,” Gray said in a statement when he announced the project in 2011. “This project not only adds two and a half acres of food-cultivating land within the District, but it helps put the city on the path to ensuring universal access to secure, nutritious and affordable food supplies.”BrightFarms is supposed to grow enough crops to meet the fresh-vegetable-consumption needs of up to 5,000 residents, create 25 full time green collar jobs, and facilitate more than 100 construction jobs. The company has built, or is building, farms in Bucks County, Pa.; Oklahoma City, St. Louis, New York City, Chicago, and Kansas City, Mo.BrightFarms will also be partnering with 32 Giant Food stores to provide fresh produce grown at the greenhouse. Seventy percent of the produce is to be bought by Giant Foods. The rest will go to other food markets, DGS officials said.During a recent Advisory Neighborhood Commission meeting, Ward 8 residents and commissioners said that they do not want a greenhouse in their neighborhood, because it will not provide enough benefits directly to people living in the community.“It is a disrespect to the community because the ANC has never heard about it”, said Commissioner Olivia Henderson, who serves as the 8D02 commissioner for Ward 8. “I have never received any of this information. You guys are starting this project, but the first public announcement was May 9, 2013.”ANC 8D commissioners said they are upset with the DGS for starting a project in their community without proper consent and notification. The commissioners said none of them received a letter of intent or notification of the project. “I contacted you spring 2013,” said Commissioner Absalom Jordan, who serves as the 8D03 commissioner of Ward 8. “You promised you would get back to me, and I haven’t heard from you since then.”Derek Davis, who owns a barbershop in Ward 8, said he was also upset about the project. “It bothers me real bad as a resident, tax payer, and business owner that I didn’t know anything about this project,” Davis said. “I am opposed to it.”Thea Dyson, who serves as the 8D06 commissioner of Ward 8, said she thought the land could be used better. “Why are we having someone come in for something we can do ourselves?” Dyson asked. “Why give the food to Giant when we can give it to the residents for free? People here need the basics, food, water, and shelter. There are a lot of people that are hungry. At least third or half should be given to the residents.”Davis said that the Ward needs a senior wellness center more than it needs a greenhouse.Marc Chambers, associate director of the DGS, told those in opposition to the greenhouse that while the suggestions for other projects might be a good, they cost money, and no one had offered a plan of how they could be built.“The project has to be financed,” Chambers said. “There might be a way to make a program happen like that, but this project is creating 35 jobs, and in order to be created it has to be financed.”
Delhiites, it is time to rediscover the romance of Russia that Bollywood once created soon after Independence. So from Russian theatre to ballet, you can catch them all in your city itself. And all this, thanks to a protocol that was signed on Monday between the Indian Council for Cultural Relations [ICCR] and the Ministry of Russian Federation. As a result, a festival that will showcase Russian culture in India will be held later this month and will go on till early November. Not just Delhi, those living in Mumbai and Bangalore will also get a chance to be a part of this cultural extravaganza. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’A total of 65 artistes and delegates will travel from Russia for the festival and they will be provided with hospitality by ICCR. A similar cultural programme will take place in Russia next year.In India though, expect performances by soloists of the Bolshoi, Marinsky and Mikhailovsky Theatres, St Petersburg Folk ensemble Barynya, the troupe of the Russian Academic Youth Theatre and a photo exhibition.The two-day festival in Delhi will see joint performances by folk dance ensemble Barynya and the State Academic Youth Theatre [RAMT]. The next day, there will be a performance of Russian Bolshoi Ballet and Marinsky and Mikhailovsky Theatres, St Petersburg. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixBarynya originally is a Russian folk dance accompanied by music. The word barynya was used by simple folk as a form of addressing a woman of a higher class. The Barynya dance is an alternation of chastushkas and frenetic dancing. The dance doesn’t adhere to a choreography and consists mainly of fancy stomping and traditional Russian squatwork — knee bending. Go for this.DETAILWhat: Barynya and State Academic Youth Theatre [RAMT] When: 29 October At: FICCI Auditorium, What: Bolshoi Ballet and Marinsky and Mikhailovsky Theatres When: 1 NovemberAt: Siri Fort AuditoriumTimings: 7 pm
Kolkata: The drivers of Baguiati-Ultadanga auto rickshaw route suspended their service alleging that several autos are plying illegally on the same route. It has been alleged that the drivers of such auto-rickshaws behave badly with the passengers.According to the sources, the number legal autos on the Baguiati-Ultadanga route is around 350. But every day approximately 600 autos ply on the same route. The auto drivers with legal documents alleged that over 250 autos are plying without any valid papers. “As people do not know about these autos, they tend to blame all the auto drivers in case of extra fare or rude behaviour,” said an auto driver. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe auto drivers on Friday afternoon stopped their service protesting against the illegal auto drivers. They demanded strict action against the illegal autos plying on their mentioned regularly. Due to plying of illegal autos, the legal auto drivers’ earning have came down. In the evening, the number of autos that ply has become low compared to the number of passengers. Sources informed that several autos do not have any insurance as they are not authorised by the Regional Transport Authority (RTA). Thus, the passengers of those autos will not get any compensation if the auto meets with an accident.
Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA stretch of the A500 in South Cheshire is set to become a dual carriageway after plans were given the go-ahead this morning. Under the proposals, approved earlier today by Cheshire East Council’s Strategic Planning Board, a 2.05 mile (3.3km) stretch of road between Meremoss Roundabout near Crewe and junction 16 of the M6 motorway will be widened to include two lanes in both directions. Work on the £55m plan is set to begin in 2020 – with work set to finish in 2021 after 19 months. The construction, which will also require the removal of two bridges, is expected to take place between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday, 8am and 2pm on Saturdays, with none of the work planned on Sundays and Bank Holiidays. A report said: “It is likely that there will be a significant number of HGV movements associated with the scheme, especially in relation to earthworks element of the scheme. “The two road overbridges, namely Barthomley Road overbridge and Radway Green overbridge, that currently cross the existing section of A500, would require full phased demolition and two new bridges with a larger span to cross the widened road would be constructed in their place.” Read MoreFire at Chester Zoo was accident – fire service confirm In a statement recommending approval, council planning officers said: “The development would provide benefits in terms of increasing capacity of the existing highway network, economic benefits and enhanced landscaping and ecological impacts thus representing betterment from the existing situation. “The development would have a neutral impact upon flooding, living conditions, design, air quality, right of way, public safety, historic environment and contaminated land.” Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive .