July 2019

As time runs out for fire victims supervisor proposes extended relief

first_img 0% The latter will be easy to fulfill. The building at 22nd Street was demolished to street level and remains a pit in the ground.“The legislation is meant to address the situation in terms of the 22nd and Mission fire, but it reflects the reality of any working-class person that is displaced from housing in San Francisco,” Ronen said. “Finding replacement housing, even with city assistance, takes a long time.”Recent months have held some displaced tenants in suspense, as a solution had not yet materialized and they faced expiring leases at the end of the month. The city was able to put up most of the displaced from the 2015 fire in apartments on Treasure Island and recently extended their leases there for another year. Others, however, are running out of time.  Some have been housed under the Good Samaritan law  in which landlords offer units at below market rates for a maximum of two years. Others  housed at Parkmerced using city rental subsidies were also about to lose their rental assistance at the end of the month. Ronen’s legislation would give them more time.While only a handful of those displaced from the 22nd Street fire are using subsidies or the Good Samaritan program including four tenants at Parkmerced, the change would apply to all fire victims receiving city assistance of this kind. That includes those displaced by the fire at 29th and Mission streets last June, who have also not been able to return to their units while the building awaits renovation and is being marketed for sale. Making the money accessible is just one of several steps needed to keep the tenants whose time is up in place, said Gabriel Medina of the Mission Economic Development Agency, who has been working with displaced tenants. The leases, too, will need to be worked out for an extension.Beyond that, Medina says he is hoping the city will be able to incentivize landlords to make repairs to seriously damaged units much faster.“There’s a lot to call for as far as landlords restoring their buildings in a timely fashion,” he said. More than two years since a fire at 22nd and Mission streets claimed one life and displaced dozens of tenants, Supervisor Hillary Ronen plans to propose legislation on Tuesday to extend assistance to displaced tenants.For some, their two-year relocation rentals will expire at the end of the month.Ronen’s proposal would extend the time period in which victims can get rent assistance in interim housing to four years, provided that the victims have met certain requirements. These include making less than 70 percent of the area median income, demonstrating that they have applied for permanent below-market-rate housing through the Mayor’s Office and that their previous apartment remains unavailable.center_img Tags: Fires • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

first_img“THREE games…. One Ticket”You can now buy your tickets for the Wakefield, Castleford and Crusaders home matches at a special one-off price.For just £60 – you can purchase tickets in the South Stand (Blocks A and B) and save £15 in the process.Kids can get theirs for just a tenner a match – that’s more than £20 off matchday tickets in that Stand.For more information or to book your ticket you can visit the Saints Superstore, pop into the Town Centre Store or call the Ticket Hotline on 01744 455 052Please note if buying your ticket online you MUST SELECT the SEASON/PROMOTION tab to be able to select your package.last_img read more

Traffic shift for new Surf City bridge to start this summer

first_img Last month, WWAY told you the new bridge could be open to drivers as early as November because of a new incentive for contractors. Engineers with the Department of Transportation say the first traffic shift for the roundabout will happen July 9 on the mainland.The rest of the traffic shifts depend on when the bridge is open to drivers.Related Article: County reduces curfew, encourages evacuees to stay putThe completion date for this provision is September 25, 2019. 1 of 4 The community got a chance to talk with NCDOT engineers tonight about the construction plans. (Photo: Hannah Patrick/WWAY) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — In Surf City, drivers will see the first traffic shift for the new bridge this summer.The community got a chance to talk with engineers Wednesday night about the construction plans.- Advertisement – last_img read more

North Topsail Beach wants your Christmas tree to build up dunes

first_img You can drop off trees at the access located at BA 31B, 315 New River Inlet Road at the far end of the New Jeffries lot for three weeks following Christmas.Christmas lights and ornaments should be removed from the trees prior to disposal.Once the trees are collected, town personnel and volunteers will place these along the oceanfront to build up the sand dunes.Related Article: Bye, bye, Thanksgiving. Hello Christmas!Anyone wanting to volunteer for any part of this initiative or who has questions can email Cameron Kuegel, [email protected], Thomas Best, [email protected] , Bryan Chadwick,[email protected] or Laura Oxley [email protected] A volunteer carries Christmas trees to the beach to rebuild dunes (Photo: Justin McKee/WWAY) NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH, NC (WWAY) — While the holidays are in full swing, here’s a way to give your Christmas tree a new life when you’re ready to take it down.The residents, property‐owners, and visitors to North Topsail Beach may dispose of their trees at the beach by also improving the health of the dune system.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Leland police searching for driver who ran from traffic stop

first_imgLeland Police search for driver who ran after traffic stop (Photo: Matt Bennett/WWAY) LELAND, NC (WWAY)– Leland Police are searching for a driver who ran from their car during a traffic stop.According to Brunswick County 911, it happened just before 11:00 p.m. on Thursday.- Advertisement – Local law enforcement began searching for a person they say jumped out of their car during a traffic stop and ran.It happened off Highway 17 and Brunswick Forest Parkway in Leland.  Multiple vehicles from Brunswick County Sheriff’s office and Leland Police responded to the scene, but Leland PD will be taking over the search.We’re told by witnesses that officers are using flashlights and searching the nearby wooded area.Related Article: Police official: Smollett lawyers meeting with investigatorsWe’ll have more details as they become available.last_img read more

New Hanover County to consolidate Public Health and Social Services agencies

first_img Under this new governance structure, the Board of Commissioners will appoint a 15-person Consolidated Human Services Board to set a unified vision for the agency.“This is an important policy decision for our community, and I believe it will serve our citizens better with more efficiencies and an improved client experience,” said County Manager Chris Coudriet. “The programs our Public Health and Social Services departments offer will continue; what will change is the way they are administered. The goal is to make sure our clients and families have every opportunity available to them through the services of both agencies, and to make those service offerings as streamlined as possible.”The county’s combined Public Health and Social Services facility is already underway, and is expected to be complete this fall. Social services operations will move into the building once it is complete, making way for a parking lot to be constructed where the current social services building is. By February of 2020, public health functions will move into the building – creating greater synergy for the consolidated agency at one location.Related Article: No amount of alcohol is safe, new study warnsIn 2012, the North Carolina General Assembly gave counties the ability to consolidate departments into one Human Services Agency to promote efficiency and effectiveness, and to appoint a Consolidated Human Services Board. Currently, 37 other counties in North Carolina have executed consolidation.You can watch the board’s discussion about consolidation in the meeting video and view the board’s adopted resolution here. New Hanover County Government Center (Photo: WWAY) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — At Monday’s meeting, New Hanover County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to consolidate the county’s Public Health and Social Services departments into one human services agency.Consolidation will become effective on July 1, providing service integration for the two agencies.- Advertisement – last_img read more

List of road closures in downtown Wilmington during Azalea Festival

first_img Crews set up all the bleachers for the parade throughout the day Tuesday.As the festival approaches, be aware of the road closures throughout the week.See the all festival mapRelated Article: Wilmington shops to governor: We are open for businessSee the barricade zone map The 71st annual Azalea Festival parade (Photo: Justin McKee/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s a sure sign, the week of the North Carolina Azalea Festival is here. The parade bleachers are all set up in downtown Wilmington.The festival is preparing for the week-long events including the festival parade Saturday.- Advertisement – last_img read more

I will not be a stopgap leader – Louis Galea

first_imgPN trouble-shooter Dr Louis Galea told Newsbook.com.mt that he is not prepared to be a stop-gap leader. Galea was replying to questions made by this portal in the wake of the discussion ignited by RTK 103FM‘s programme, Newsline.During the same programme Galea’s reformist mission was endorsed by Ivan Bartolo who was the mind behind the letter calling for a meeting of the General Council to discuss a motion of confidence in party leader Adrian Delia.Galea has, meanwhile, started with his series of meetings with the PN local committees. The first was held in Gozo on Sunday and the rest will run up to Wednesday.“There are no such provisions in the statute”On Newsline, Ivan Bartolo said that if Delia loses a vote of confidence from the party members, Louis Galea could be there to provide continuity.Newsbook.com.mt asked Galea if this meant that he was ready to be an interim leader. “No” replied Galea.The PN grandee added that “The statute of the party does not provide for such a situation. According to the statute, the PN Leader has to be elected through a National Convention of the paid up members”.He further explained that the PN General Council would be discussing reforms needed by the party in a holistic manner, not simply focusing on the leadership.“Strength in diversity” – Ivan BartoloPN Executive committee member Ivan Bartolo, in the same programme, expressed his belief that the choice of Louis Galea as change-maker in the reform process was a very good decision. His outlook on the PN Executive Committee meeting held the previous Thursday too, was positive.READ: Watch: “Delia is not the problem” – Ivan BartoloREAD: ‘No invalid signatures’ – BartoloBartolo said that in the meeting of the Executive Committee, the members seemed to be finding strength in diversity saying that the petition he was piloting was already having positive effects. He added that the stagnation which had hallmarked the erstwhile status quo, was also being eroded.“Galea is far-sighted politician” – Peppi AzzopardiGuest speaker Peppi Azzopardi described Galea as a far sighted politician, a man with a vision for the future. He expressed the opinion that the problems facing the PN were not mainly structural. Azzopardi said that the leader needs to win the trust of the electorate so that the PN can find a place in the electorate’s heart once more. He added that Galea’s task was not only to say what reforms were necessary but also to formulate a communication plan for these reforms.READ: Is Delia the disease in the party? Louis Galea answersREAD: Dr Louis Galea appointed as AŻAD PresidentThe meetings started in GozoOn Sunday, Louis Galea invited the Presidents and Secretaries of the PN committees in Gozo as well as the Mayors, local councilors and members of the regional committee to a meeting in the party sub-headquarters. The meeting was attended by some three dozen persons.People who spoke to Newsbook.com.mt on condition of anonymity said that, as expected, the meeting reflected the tensions currently rife in the party with heated arguments and some harsh words dominating parts of the meeting. However, they added that the greatest part of the meeting was characterized by political arguments developed between those who signed the petition backing Delia and those who signed a petition asking Delia to shoulder the political responsibility of the electoral shambles and resign. The participants were offered the possibility of sending their views about the statute and other things in writing.Monday evening  Dr Galea will be meeting committee members from the 2, 3, 4 and electoral districts. Tomorrow Tuesday those invited hail from the 1, 6, 7 and 8 electoral districts while on Wednesday it is the turn of those from the 9, 10, 11 and 12 electoral districts.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

New Kurdish PM says priority is stronger Baghdad ties rather than independence

first_img SharePrint Members of the new cabinet of the Kurdistan parliament headed by Prime Minister Masrour Barzani pose for a family photo, in Erbil, Iraq July 10, 2019. REUTERS/Azad LashkariMembers of the new cabinet of the Kurdistan parliament headed by Prime Minister Masrour Barzani pose for a family photo, in Erbil, Iraq July 10, 2019. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari Two years after a failed independence bid plunged Iraq’s Kurdistan Region into months of instability, the new regional prime minister said his priority was strengthening ties with Baghdad, signalling dreams of self-rule should be put on hold.Masrour Barzani, sworn in as regional prime minister on Wednesday, told Reuters in an exclusive interview that under his leadership, the Kurdistan Regional Government’s focus would be to establish a “strong and constructive” relationship with Baghdad, leaving the question of independence aside for now.“This (independence referendum) happened in the past and it’s a reflection of the enduring aspiration of a nation,” said Barzani, speaking at his palace in the hillside village of Salaheddine, near regional capital Erbil.“However, the focus of my government will be how to build a stronger relationship and partnership with Baghdad,” he said, adding he would look to fix “those issues that were actually keeping us apart.”The independence bid was led by Barzani’s father Masoud, who stepped down as Kurdish president in 2017 after the referendum backfired and prompted a military offensive from Baghdad.At stake for the new premier are long-running disputes over independent oil exports, revenue sharing, security, and territory which have plagued ties between Erbil and Baghdad since a U.S.-led invasion toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003.Barzani was instrumental in orchestrating the September 2017 referendum, which was held over the objections of Baghdad and regional powers. It was seen as the culmination of years of oppositional politics by the semi-autonomous region.The backlash was swift and pushed the country to the brink of civil war, threatening to undo the years of unprecedented autonomy the region had enjoyed. Relations eventually improved, cemented by a change of government in both capitals.‘A WIN-WIN SITUATION’The region’s oil exports have long been a source of contention with Baghdad. The Kurds, who control Iraq’s only northern pipeline, had been exporting oil independently since 2013. Exports from Kirkuk were restarted in 2018, after a year-long freeze amid post-referendum disputes. Exports from smaller oilfields under the regional government’s control continued.As part of the 2018 and 2019 budgets, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) agreed to send 250,000 barrels per day (bpd) to federal authorities in exchange for Baghdad paying civil servants’ salaries.However, Iraqi officials, including the prime minister, complain that the KRG has not kept up its end of the bargain, having not sent a single barrel to Baghdad.Barzani said negotiations on oil and gas were already underway and he sees room for “quick progress” on the file.“There is great potential for a win-win situation,” he said. “Working together in cooperation with each other, we can increase the production of oil.”Mutual benefits for both sides is a theme Barzani echoed regarding regional security.Nearly two years since Iraq declared victory against Islamic State militants, the country has seen a deterioration in security in the areas bordering the Kurdistan Region.SECURITYBarzani, formerly the region’s security chief, said the threat from Islamic State isn’t yet over. The group exploited the rift between the Kurds and Baghdad, he said, who fought side by side to defeat the militant group in 2017.He is looking to establish a joint security mechanism in the so-called disputed territories, areas claimed by both Baghdad and Erbil, “to close that gap”.Masrour is the latest Barzani to head the regional government. His father Masoud, himself the son of a veteran Kurdish leader, still holds considerable sway over its politics.His cousin Nechirvan held the premiership until last month when he was sworn in as president, following a regional parliamentary election in September 2018.The Barzanis are one of two families that have dominated regional politics for decades. Though they enjoy continued support among their respective bases through extensive patronage networks, their continued grip on power has opened them up to allegations of mismanagement and corruption from voters, many of whom are owed years of back pay from the government.Barzani said winning back hearts and minds was therefore a leading priority, as was tackling graft. “I’d like to see reform,” he said. “To make sure that people have more trust in the government.”WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

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