Residents blast Mae’s for occupying community ground

first_imgCity Hall CoIA number of residents of the Subryanville, Georgetown area, showed up at the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into City Hall’s operation on Friday to highlight the issues they have been facing after Mae’s Schools invaded the residential community.Mae’s Schools has been operating in Third Avenue, Subryanville, for a number of years and the building which initially started the school has now turned into four.While operating in the area has caused major traffic disturbances and sewage issues, one problem which many are concerned about, is the Farnum CommunityMaterials that were dumped onto the resurfaced groundGround which has been cordoned off for private use by the educational facility.A resident of the community, Damian Fernandes, told the Commission that one-third of the public football field was cordoned off with a 12-foot fence by the school’s administration and is being used for the students only.Additionally, all of the waste materials which were generated from construction on the school building were dumped on the ground. This includes wooden boards, large chunks of cement and steel rods. “If you check, you will see that the metal rods are still sticking out of the ground. The form boards that were used to cast the base were thrown with nails and you can see the nails sticking up and that’s how it is left for many months. The construction crew from the school is dumping builders waste on the ground,” Fernandes argued.On many occasions, the residents would have tried to engage senior officials from the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) but it was a no-show on the Council’s part.Furthermore, the Administrator of the school, Stacy French, indicated to the residents that she obtained a lease for the property. However, they were told byTown Clerk Royston KingTown Clerk Royston King that it was just a letter of permission.Contradicting that, Mayor Patricia Chase Green stated that she was unaware of any such activities. French would have banned persons from utilising the public amenity by padlocking the gates to keep out certain “elements”.“It’s very upsetting to see a private business now carving out a piece of our green space, fence it and padlock it for the use of private school students.”Fernandes, along with other members of the community, are concerned since they feel it is a full-time job to handle these issues.While the Mayor is insinuating that the ground was not maintained, residents presented evidence that it was maintained and footballers would utilise the facilities for the practice sessions. Fernandes explained that prior to this, the community ground was regularly maintained and $2.7 million was spent for its resurfacing.At present, it is very difficult to weed the vegetation since machinery is being damaged by the concrete that was dumped in the area.Another problem that is being faced by residents is the fact that parents are parking in front of their properties while waiting on their children and in the process; they are littering the environment on a daily basis.The Commission also heard that the school’s administration is in the process of constructing another school in the area of which the residents are opposing. They vocalised that the area is a residential community and businesses should not operate in the vicinity.last_img read more

Women gather to give big

first_imgAn amused photographer stood on a ladder, looking at the group of more than 100 women trying to organize themselves for a group photo. They crowded on and around a small stage Monday night at The Heathman Lodge, quieting their chatter only for a few seconds until they heard the camera shutter click.The photo commemorated how in one hour that evening they had collected $11,200 to donate to the Portland-based nonprofit Friends of the Children. A few women sitting front-and-center for the photo were holding the giant check.It was the first meeting of 100 Women Who Care SW Washington, a newly formed chapter of the national 100 Who Care Alliance. The alliance began in 2006 when someone at the Center for Family Health in Jackson, Mich., asked former mayor Karen Dunigan to raise $10,000 to buy 300 cribs for expectant mothers. Dunigan, who died in 2014, knew she could find 100 women who could give $100 each. The effort was so successful, she decided to do that four times a year, and then the idea spread across the country.If 100 women give $100, or a total of $10,000 each quarter, that’s $40,000 being invested in local charities each year. This pooling and siloing of resources from a group of people is called a giving circle. Rather than scattering money across the community, a large lump sum makes a bigger impact. And, the members feel more ownership over what they’re doing because they collectively decide how the sum is spent.“There is need here, and we see it every day and it can feel overwhelming,” said Katherine Morris, one of the directors. She emceed Monday night’s meeting. “This is where we can make an impact and we can see the impact.”last_img read more

Stealth guided missile destroyer Monsoor to be commissioned Saturday

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- This Saturday, in Coronado, the newest class of Navy destroyer will be commissioned. The USS Michael Monsoor is named after a fallen Navy SEAL who was awarded the medal of honor, posthumously.KUSI’s Ed Lenderman shows us a preview of the ship. KUSI Newsroom Posted: January 24, 2019 January 24, 2019 Updated: 9:45 PM KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News Stealth guided missile destroyer Monsoor to be commissioned Saturday FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

A homage to worst book covers ever

first_imgAs readers haven’t we all read books with tad ‘embarrassing’ book covers? I remember my school friends wrapping copies of numerous ‘chick-lits’ as they are called, in newspapers and reading them in class. Some even ripped off the steamy covers so that they can do some reading at home, away from the prying eyes of parents and siblings. I remember as a school girl being quite wary of reading Gone with the Wind with Scarlett O’Hara in Rhett Butler’s embrace right on the cover. Of course, I didn’t know, the image was borrowed from the movie. But, a few days ago while surfing the Internet I found a list of books, in fact, ebook covers that will want you to hide your kindle in sheets of newspaper. And for a different reason altogether. Of course, why you would want to read these books is a different tale altogether. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘Never judge a book by its cover’, they say. Well, for these books, I’d say, please do. Imagine a book with the image of a woman in a passionate embrace. If you are reminded of Gone with the Wind, let me point out that this is no Vivien Leigh holding on to Clark Gable for dear life. The lady in question is embracing, well, a horse. And to be fair, the horse is hugging her back as passionately I would like to believe. The book title, you wonder? It’s called But…you’re a horse. Intrigued? Not yet? There are a whole range of books to choose from. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThere is Texting Mr Right with, big surprise! a woman texting! There is a of course a ‘Mr Right’ running his fingers through his hair and to make it even more interesting there is a lighthouse in the background (gasp)! There you go. Some interesting read, right? From photoshopped images of men and women (and horses, never forget horses), to childish drawings, pictures picked up from Google’s stock photos and even screenshots of video games, the lack of imagination (of the abundance of it, maybe) leaves you in splits. There is a whole list of books that the blog site Kindle Cover Disaster has revealed to horrify any self respecting reader, from How to deal with Hippo Encounter and Time Swirl: A Binky Adventure to Animal Future. Let me do you a favour and leave the book coversto your imagination or go check them out yourself. Between The Covers  is a weekly column on reading up and rating downlast_img read more

Govt to build bridge across Muri Ganga

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced that the state government will come up with a steel bridge across Muri Ganga river to reduce hassles of reaching Gangasagar.Muri Ganga is a tributary of the Hooghly river that connects Sagar Island with Kakdwip. People have to travel by road and then on vessels to reach Gangasagar for taking the holy dip every year. “It will take time as the cost for constructing the bridge as per estimates will be over Rs 1,500 crore. But we will come up with the bridge to facilitate the pilgrims who come to Sagar Island every year in January, from different states. Our Chief Secretary has already spoken with the state Public Works Department and has asked to prepare a DPR,” Banerjee said at a programme held in Babughat, where pilgrims of Gangasagar have camped. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalThe Chief Minister said that after the state government announced its plans to come up with a deep sea port at Tajpur, the Centre had asked for 74 percent stake in the port. Banerjee had then imposed a condition upon them that the state would be ready to hand over the stake to them if they come up with a 3.5 km long steel bridge on Muri Ganga to make the journey to Gangasagar smooth. “Four years have gone by but the Centre has done nothing. Every year, more than 20 lakh pilgrims come to Gangasagar. The infrastructural development in the last three-four years at the place has ensured that pilgrims come here repeatedly. So we have already taken a decision that we will not look for any central assistance and will construct the bridge on our own,” Banerjee said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedShe urged the pilgrims not to pay heed to any religious instigation. “The administration will take strong action against anybody who will try to incite people on religious grounds,” she warned. She also came down heavily on BJP without taking the party’s name and said: “A party is trying to preach a culture of hatred in the country.” Meanwhile, Banerjee offered government service to a family member of a liftman at Nabanna who suddenly died a few days back, from the Babughat venue and also unveiled two linear accelerator machines for cancer treatment at NRS Hospital. “The machine is capable of treating 70 patients per day,” Banerjee said.last_img read more

Two arrested Mukul Roy booked for TMC MLAs murder

first_imgKolkata: BJP leader Mukul Roy was among the four people booked on Sunday in connection with the killing of Trinamool Congress MLA Satyajit Biswas in West Bengal’s Nadia district, a senior police officer said. Of the four people named in the FIR, two have been arrested, an officer of the West Bengal Police told PTI. Biswas (41), who represented Krishnaganj constituency in the state assembly, was shot from point blank range by unidentified assailants Saturday evening inside a Saraswati puja marquee at Phoolbari area in the district bordering Bangladesh. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose He was immediately taken to a local hospital where doctors announced him “brought dead”. “So far, we have arrested two persons in this case and detained another three. A country-made revolver used to shoot the MLA has also been recovered. “As per our primary findings, it seems that the victim was fired from behind and the act was the result of a well-planned plot,” the officer said. Asked about the chances of the assailants fleeing the area, the police officer said the state police have been put on a high alert. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata “Nadia shares border with Bangladesh and there could be a possibility of them (assailants) trying to escape to the neighbouring country. Police have been put on high alert to check the movements along the border,” he said. Roy, a former TMC member of Parliament, joined the BJP last year after his relations soured with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Claiming that the attack was a conspiracy by the BJP, TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee said Saturday that those involved in the killing will be punished after a full- fledged inquiry. He also said the saffron party was trying to create disturbances ahead of the Lok Sabha polls and resorted to “politics of murder” by singling out leaders having mass bases. The allegations were termed “baseless” by Roy and BJP state president Dilip Ghosh.last_img read more