Irfaan Ali calls out Govt for broken promise on affordable housing

first_img…says a PPP Govt will embark on aggressive, affordable housing driveTaking into account the current Government’s lacklustre housing drive, People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Presidential Candidate, Dr Irfaan Ali has promised that should his party win power, it would ensure affordable housing is made more accessible.PPP/C Presidential Candidate, Dr Irfaan Ali flocked by supporters on Sunday at the Party’s campaign launch at Kitty Market Square, GeorgetownThis was revealed on Sunday at the launch of the PPP/C campaign for the upcoming General and Regional Elections. Dr Ali pointed out that in 2015, one of A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) campaign slogans was “housing for all”.“Our programme is about improving the well-being of our people through improved health, education, social services, affordable housing … imagine this government came to office and they said they will give everyone housing,” he said.“To date, they have not developed a single new house lot. That is their track record that they are hiding from, that they cannot speak about. So, our programme will create a future that is sustainable for our children.”Records have shown that the distribution of house lots has declined since the change of Government in 2015, despite the fact that the demand has not decreased. This was evident in the 2017 Annual Report of the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA), which was laid in the National Assembly last year.Turnkey houses built under the PPP/C GovernmentThe report shows that a total of only 1131 house lots were allocated in that year for qualified applicants. In fact, the report states that the original allocation target for that year was merely 1000.This does not compare favourably with the previous year, during which – according to the report – 2020 house lots were allocated, an improvement on the original target of 1100. This includes 625 low to moderate income house lots and 1395 middle to high-income house lots.But these years’ figures pale in comparison to the number of house lots distributed in previous years under the PPP/C Administration. In the CH&PA’s 2013 Annual Report, its programme performance assessment had indicated that 4417 house lots were allocated, just shy of the 5900 target.In the area of conveyance of transports and titles, the Authority was able to achieve its targets for successive years. The report shows that in 2017, 2076 titles were processed and 3498 were distributed. A target of 2000 was set for both activities. It is, however, a reduction from 2016, when 2212 titles were processed and 4874 allocated.Again, however, 2017’s figures are unable to stand up to CH&PA’s performance under the former Administration. In 2013, the PPP planned to process 5000 titles and exceeded that target to process 5326 titles. In addition, it distributed 3643 titles that year.At its end-of-year press conference in December, the CH&PA had announced that for last year approximately 1300 house lots were allocated countrywide.last_img read more

Trapped woman rescued

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Gallery: Firefighter’s rescuer driverWEST COVINA – An unidentified woman was injured when her car, above, was trapped beneath a tractor-trailer Wednesday at the intersection of Vincent Avenue and West Covina Parkway. The woman, right, who was not identified, was taken by helicopter to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center in serious condition, authorities said. Truck driver Jaime Martinez of Las Vegas said he was making a right turn northbound onto Vincent from westbound West Covina Parkway when he heard honking. “The honking was the only reason I stopped,” he said. Martinez said he jumped from his cab and noticed the woman pinned in her car beneath his 53-foot trailer. “I asked her if she was OK,” he said. “She said she would be fine.” West Covina police closed off both streets while fire crews used a saw to cut off the roof of the woman’s car. They rescued the woman after peeling the roof back. – Frank C. Girardot last_img read more

Harman: Threat was hyped

first_imgHarman alleges that Republican lawmakers hyped intelligence of a possible attack on the Capitol to pressure Democrats to pass the Protect America Act, which expands the president’s eavesdropping powers. “The actual intelligence reporting says the source was deemed unreliable,” Harman, D-El Segundo, said. “But that information was circulating on the House floor before the ? vote.” Harman first made the allegation last week during a talk at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. In the speech, she also accused the Bush administration of “pursuing the Karl Rovean strategy of using terrorism as a wedge political issue.” Harman’s rhetoric has escalated in the wake of the August vote approving the Protect America Act, which she opposed. The act expands the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act by permitting warrantless wiretapping on domestic-to-foreign calls, so long as the target of the wiretapping is not believed to be in the United States. Republicans argued the amendment was essential to eavesdrop on terrorists’ communications, while most Democrats argued it would infringe on Americans’ constitutional rights. CONGRESS: The El Segundo Democrat ties politics to report during eavesdropping debate. By Gene Maddaus STAFF WRITER Rep. Jane Harman is causing a stir on Capitol Hill by accusing Republicans of politicizing a “bogus” threat during the debate over warrantless wiretapping last month. Harman has criticized Mike McConnell, the director of national intelligence, for disclosing classified information on the program to an El Paso newspaper, and for taking what she saw as a political role in the FISA debate. “Jane to Mike: Please stop,” Harman said recently at the Council on Foreign Relations. “You’re undermining the authority of your office.” In an Aug. 14 letter, Harman urged Scott Redd, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center, to be more assertive in correcting mistaken information when it becomes political fodder. She said she had been frustrated by “the NCTC’s silence while one of your products was being mispresented and misused for political gain.” Carl Kropf, an NCTC spokesman, declined to comment on the allegation. He did say that after the letter was received, top NCTC officials met with Harman and “she was apparently satisfied with the information we had given her.” Harman declined to name the Republican lawmakers whom she accused of politicizing intelligence. Just before the FISA amendment passed the House, a story appeared in Roll Call citing unnamed sources who said the Capitol Police had been alerted to a terrorist threat on the Capitol. Rep. Zach Wamp, R-Tenn., was quoted saying “the leaders of the committees of jurisdiction have been briefed on threats to the Capitol.” Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., suggested that if Congress adjourned for its August recess without passing the FISA amendment, “the disaster could be on our doorstep.” In the letter, Harman said she had “no idea what the Republican members were talking about,” and set out to investigate. She said NCTC staff ultimately traced the report to a source of “dubious veracity.” Harman said that the NCTC had told her that the report was provided to Congress as part of routine threat reporting, and not as part of a campaign to amend FISA. Though several Republican members warned of the dangers of failing to amend FISA before the August recess, none overtly referred to the threat on the Capitol in their floor statements. Sen. Kit Bond, the ranking Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, told Newsweek that the threat played no role in the FISA debate. “This is more of House Democrats, with their friends in the media, trying to demonize the Protect America Act,” Bond said. “This is a bogus, irresponsible attempt to attack the administration.” Also at the Center for American Progress talk, Harman indicated her willingness to grant retroactive immunity to telecommunications companies that participated in the warrantless wiretapping program. “Agreeing to do that should be leverage to getting other changes to the Protect America Act, which I think are critical,” Harman said. “The purpose is to make certain the program doesn’t metastasize into a political witch hunt. What if they somehow get targeted on political enemies or ideological enemies?” Harman is the former ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee. During the FISA debate, Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., suggested that classified committee briefings have become more alarming since Harman was forced off the committee by Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “It’s much worse than when you served on the committee,” Wilson said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Jury selection starts in Burmeister case

first_imgPOMONA – Jury selection began Monday in the trial of two people charged in the 2001 slaying of a Cal Poly Pomona student. Opening statements will likely be held next week for Henry Singer and Markeisha Dixon. Both are charged with murder in the death of Christina Burmeister, the 20-year-old Cerritos sorority member who was kidnapped and slashed to death on her way to a fraternity party in Pomona. The pair’s trial appeared threatened last week after it was announced Singer attempted suicide in his jail cell. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Judge George Genesta appointed a psychiatrist to examine Singer and report the findings to the man’s lawyer. On Monday, attorney Charles Uhalley told the judge Singer is mentally stable enough to face a jury. Uhalley said he reached the conclusion after he spoke to the doctor Friday. “Based on that interview and his exam of Mr. Singer, we’re ready to proceed,” the defense attorney said. Singer looked exhausted and haggard as a bailiff led him into court Monday morning. He wore yellow and blue jail clothing, and had puffy, red bags under his eyes. He said almost nothing during his brief appearance. Singer, 29, and Dixon, 26, are being tried together, but they will have separate juries. Some 200 prospective jurors have been summoned to Pomona Superior Court this week for the case. Attorneys and the judge began screening for Dixon’s jury Monday. Jury selection for Singer is set to start today. Burmeister’s body was found inside her pickup truck on a turnout along Highway 39 above Azusa. Prosecutors say Singer and Dixon helped kidnap the woman and take her into the mountains. They also say Dixon is the woman caught on a bank surveillance video using Burmeister’s ATM card to withdraw cash around the time of the kidnapping. Dixon’s husband, James Dixon, is also charged in the case. (909) 483-9325160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Preparing to Conquer the Arctic Via Drumkeen

first_imgDrumkeen man, Justin Toner is preparing to embark on an expedition of a lifetime, to become one of the first people ever to walk to the ‘Northern Pole of Inaccessibility.’Working with a team of 28 people travelling a distance of 800 kilometers in 80 days, the Ice Warrior Expedition plans to be the first group to reach the Northern Pole of Inaccessibility also known as the Arctic Pole on foot. The Arctic Pole  is 270 miles further from land than the much more well know Geographic North Pole.But adventure is not a new concept to Toner who has lived his life exploring other cultures since 2006. After completing his first trekking trip in Morocco, Toner went on to explore parts of Nepal, USA Saudi Arabia and throughout the Middle East, Tanzania, and various countries in South East Asia. However, this expedition will be totally unlike any journey he has done in the past. The Ice Warrior Expedition is led by renowned polar explorer Jim McNeill, who has been meticulous in planning out every detail in the training, gear and journey.The mission will begin at Cape Isachsen on Ellef Riingnes Island in North Canada around Mid-February during the 24-hour polar night. It is there that the group will begin their journey, travelling 10-12 hours a day on foot or by ski, collecting data and performing experiments along the way. The trip is partly funded by stake holders in NASA as well as in Russian, Canadian, Chinese and British scientific organisations. Throughout the trip the team members will be collecting data on ice thickness, temperature, salinity, and polar bear numbers to name only a few.The teams are composed of people from all walks of life and of different ages with the youngest adventurer so far being 18 and the oldest being 60 years old. As Justin puts it, the trip has “ordinary people doing the extra ordinary.”Justin has been dedicated to this cause, training tirelessly in the gym and attending survival courses Dartmoor and Svalbard as well as going to Sweden next October in preparation of the expedition.. Justin is also fundraising to qualify for the expedition while “trying to promote local businesses as much as I can.”Justin is excited to take part in the journey and is counting down the days until his departure, however he acknowledges the dangers he faces, from the -50°C climate and thin ice to the polar bears “hungry enough they’ll come and have a go at you” and to the days or weeks from rescue the group are if something was to go wrong.Each leg of the expedition will be different with some being harder than others and it will not be until later in the year before Justin will know which leg of the trek he will be on, but says that he “would like to do all four if possible.”“Everyone wants to be the person that gets to the Northern Pole of Inaccessibility but not everyone could do that.”For now, Justin is continuing to focus on his training and his fundraising and hopes that he can “get Donegal to get behind me and follow the journey.” And on what he will miss most when on the expedition Justin said that he’ll long for a pint of Guinness, the scenery and greenery, and home comforts like having his “feet on the sofa.”The Ice Warriors Expedition are still looking for volunteers and are especially looking for women to get involved in the adventure. For more information on the expedition or if you would like to sponsor Justin’s journey follow the links below:Justin’s blog: justintoner.comJustin’s Facebook: Website: Company: to Conquer the Arctic Via Drumkeen was last modified: June 3rd, 2017 by Callum LaveryShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Ice Warrior ExpeditionJUstin TonerLastpolelast_img read more

Leeds target comments on his future amid links with Elland Road move

first_imgCurrently playing for Kasimpasa, former Juventus striker Diagne netted an impressive 12 goals in just 17 games for the Turkish side last season, and Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa is on the lookout for a new hitman as a move for Derby ace Matej Vydra appears to have been called off.The Senegalese striker has also played in Hungary and China, his last destination before moving to Turkey in January of this year, and he has been asked about his future by the Turkish media. IN DEMAND Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer RANKED Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? TOP WORK targets LATEST Latest transfer news The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star 1 LIVING THE DREAM Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti targets center_img Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing moving on Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Sabah asked Diagne about him potentially signing for another club this summer, and he replied saying: “We’ll see what happens.“But there is also an option to renew my contract with Kasimpasa, but this all depends on Kasımpasa, depending on the offer from Kasimpasa, the desire of the club. Then we’ll see what happens together.”Diange also went on to admit he has received offers from some of Kasimpasa’s Super Lig rivals, though he refused to name clubs when asked.“Proposals came from the Super Lig,” he added. “I will not say who these proposals came from, but maybe there are teams that are interested. But for now I am a player of Kasimpasa… all my concentration is on Kasimpasa.” Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Diagne only joined Kasimpasa in January Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland three-way race Mbaye Diagne has commented on his future amid reports he is a target for Leeds United.Diagne, the forward, was linked with a summer transfer to Elland Road on Wednesday, with the Whites set to battle Championship rivals Hull for the 26-year-old’s signature. REVEALED last_img read more

Banged-up Bengals still get win, 16-10

first_img Houshmandzadeh caught eight passes for 105 yards and steadied an offense that had to grind it out for the first time all season. Shayne Graham’s 27-yard field goal with 5:04 broke a 10-all tie, and David Carr’s disputed fumble with 3:14 to go sent the Texans to their first 0-3 start in their four seasons. Carr was hit by Justin Smith while his arm was cocked, and the ball slipped out of his hand as he started an awkward throwing motion. John Thornton fell on the ball, and referee Larry Nemmers upheld the call on review. The decision cost the Texans their final timeout. Houston players thought his arm was going forward, so it should have been an incomplete pass. “We all thought it was going to be overturned,” right tackle Todd Wade said. “That’s why we stayed on the field. Apparently, they saw it otherwise.” Graham kicked another field goal from 46 yards. Six plays later, Carr was sacked on what was supposed to be a desperation throw from midfield as time ran out. Houshmandzadeh kept the offense moving on a day when the Texans made sure his showy teammate wouldn’t celebrate. Johnson had promised a new end-zone routine against the Texans. “They weren’t going to give me anything this week,” said Johnson, who had seven catches for 67 yards. “I had double coverage, a couple of times triple coverage. It was ridiculous, exotic coverages that they might have drawn up in the dirt.” The Texans’ offense ran smoother under a new offensive coordinator. They fired Chris Palmer during their bye week and promoted line coach Joe Pendry in hopes of stopping mistakes that limited the offense to two touchdowns in two games. There were fewer mistakes, but the result was the same — only one touchdown again. Carr was 17 of 26 for 174 yards with seven sacks. “I felt like we were playing to our potential today,” said Carr, who was sacked eight times in his last game. “I just wish we had a win to go along with that feeling. But I’m happy that our guys are playing with some confidence.” Palmer went 25 of 34 for 276 yards and a touchdown in an offense that had to adjust on the fly because of injuries. Centers Rich Braham and Larry Moore went down with knee injuries in the second quarter and forced guard Eric Steinbach to snap the ball for the first time. The offense was out of sync while it adjusted to a major line shuffle, and never moved the ball consistently because of the penalties. “It was a tough game,” Houshmandzadeh said. “But hey, we’re winning, man. I’m happy about that, just to be 4-0.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Four wins will do that. The Bengals had 14 penalties for 117 yards — one of them wiped out T.J. Houshmandzadeh’s touchdown catch — and lost both of their veteran centers to knee injuries in the second quarter. They absorbed the penalties, shuffled the line and gritted it out. “We had some dumb mistakes,” Palmer said. “We’re not always perfect.” But so far, good enough. The Bengals improved to 4-0 for the first time since 1988 — the last time they made the Super Bowl –with a 16-10 victory Sunday over the Houston Texans, who couldn’t take advantage of their penalties or their pain. “Everybody was going with some type of injury,” said Anderson, a Pro Bowl right tackle who threw his back out before the kickoff and hurt his nose during the game. “That’s the type of character this team has now.” center_img CINCINNATI — Carson Palmer’s shoulder bore a nasty red scrape. Blood trickled from an inch-long gash on the bridge of Willie Anderson’s nose. Chad Johnson wore a bandage above his skinned knee. These Bengals were beaten up, but still unbeaten. last_img read more

Seeing him run could make more believers

first_imgMicah Littlejohn keeps going over it in his head. It seems silly to think attending one scouting combine could have made such a difference, but as best as he can determine, it’s made all the difference. The 5-foot-6 Littlejohn, a senior running back for Highland High, leads the talent-rich Golden League in rushing. He’s averaging more than 100 yards per game on the ground (784 yards in six games). Sure, he’s a little undersized for Division I football, but there has to be somebody out there interested in him, right? “I haven’t gotten any letters,” Littlejohn said. “I don’t know why. I’m thinking it’s not too late to do something big.” Littlejohn thinks his problems started last summer, when he missed the High Desert Combine, which usually attracts a wide array of college recruiters. Littlejohn didn’t intentionally skip it, he said. He hadn’t heard about the event because he had missed a few weeks of spring practice. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Respect is high for Littlejohn around the Golden League. He didn’t become Highland’s starting running back until midway through last season, but he did enough to impress rival coaches, who selected him to the all-league first-team. During preseason, Littlejohn frequently was mentioned by opposing coaches among the league’s most dangerous players. If a college recruiter would come calling, Littlejohn would be ready. He’s taking eight classes this fall to qualify academically for a Division I college, and he’s already applied to the NCAA Clearinghouse. “My mom and I are getting on the Internet to this recruiting site and starting that up, and coach (Jim) Root has offered to help,” Littlejohn said. Stirring the pot: After Palmdale’s Week 5 loss to Antelope Valley, Falcons coach Jeff Williams wanted to shake things up. Williams started junior David Coleman at quarterback, ahead of three-year starter Rodney Trimm, in last Friday’s 55-24 victory over Littlerock. He says the position, officially, is up for grabs. “It’s just a nice, friendly competition,” Williams said. “David played last week, and they’ll split reps in practice again this week, and Thursday night, we’ll make a determination of who the best guy is. “It was not a disciplinary thing. We’ve just got to keep it open, competition-wise. A good, healthy competition is good for both guys.” Palmdale plays Friday night at defending Div. XI champion Oaks Christian of Westlake Village. Site change: Knight’s game Friday night against Littlerock has been switched from Palmdale High to Littlerock High, according to Hawks coach Jim Bauer, creating an odd “home” game for Knight. Ramona Shelburne, (818) 713-3617 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

100 north-western based solicitors gather to discuss GDPR for local businesses

first_imgOn Thursday 14 and Friday 15 June 2018 the Solis Lough Eske Hotel, Donegal hosted over 100 north-western based solicitors attending a major legal conference.Organised by Law Society Skillnet in partnership with the Donegal and Inishowen Bar Associations, the conference was an opportunity for solicitors to up skill in areas of law of essential relevance including GDPR and probate.The new GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) rules came into force for everyone in Europe on 25 May 2018 and were discussed at the conference. Solicitor Margaret Mulrine of MM Mulrine and Co Solicitors (Letterkenny) and President of Donegal Bar Association says all local businesses should review their company policy on data.“The new data protection rules came into effect just last month and it is important that all businesses in the north-western region stay compliant,” says Ms Mulrine.“Anyone dealing with personal data, including many social groups, sport clubs, volunteer groups and SMEs in this region need to be following these rules. If you are still unsure what GDPR means for you and your business, talk to your solicitor for advice.” Personal data is any information that can identify an individual person. This can include, but is not limited to, a name, postal address, images or anything relating to the identity of a person.Businesses not compliant with the new rules may face severe penalties in the coming months, including fines.“Solicitors are key advisers across a number of business matters including employment law, contracts, tenancies and more. Your local solicitor can also help with GDPR through advice on data protection audits, preparing for data breaches and appointing a data protection officer within the business,” says Ms Mulrine.Emerging issues in probate and wills were also on the agenda of the annual legal event.“Probate delays can leave Donegal families waiting months to resolve wills. This is a very personal and sometimes stressful time. This conference helps local solicitors stay up-to-date on changes in the field, so they can provide the best advice to their clients,” concluded Ms Mulrine.100 north-western based solicitors gather to discuss GDPR for local businesses was last modified: June 28th, 2018 by Chris CannonShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:barGDPRlawLocal businesslast_img read more

Raidrers vs. Colts: Five questions with opposing beat writer

first_imgFive questions with Zak Keefer, who covers the Indianapolis Colts for The Athletic”1) We’ll get to Jacoby Brissett in a minute. Was curious for your perspective on how the Colts moved on from Andrew Luck’s retirement. Was there even a hint of anger or resentment for pulling the plug so late in the game? And if not, why not?I’ll be perfectly blunt on this: they handled this way better than I expected them to, and way better than most NFL teams would. I mean, the franchise quarterback, who …last_img