Tensions rise over proposed Ramada Inn homeless shelter in Venice

first_imgVenice residents continue to oppose plans for a new homeless shelter at a former hotel and some are accusing officials of deliberately building services in Venice to keep the homeless population out of other parts of the area.On Thursday the LA Bureau of Engineering held a public hearing for the proposed conversion of the Ramada Inn to an interim homeless housing shelter under the City’s Project Home Key program.While City and PATH representatives say the shelter will be an excellent resource to assist the area’s growing unhoused population, many community members fear the project may backfire and attract more homeless individuals to Venice.The City of LA bought the two-story 12,220-square foot property located at 3130 Washington Blvd. for $10 million in December 2020 and intend to spend around $380,000 on renovations.The City plans to partner with People Assisting the Homeless to transform it to a 33 bed interim housing center with comprehensive case management services for five years and then convert it to permanent supportive housing project.Over thirty community members spoke on Thursday in opposition of the project. Many argued that the City is trying to make Venice a containment zone for City District 11’s homeless population in a similar way that Skid Row became an unofficial containment zone for Downtown LA’s homeless population.While Venice represents roughly 4.3 percent of CD-11’s land, it houses 60.5 percent of the district’s homeless population, according to LASHA‘s 2020 homeless count.“We’re not rejecting any solutions to homelessness. However, we are rejecting the homeless containment of Venice,” said local resident Saul Goodman. “When Councilmember Mike Bonin first came to Venice in 2013 we had about 167 homeless people, per LASHA estimates. Now we have over 2000, so I’d call that containment.”The argument over the proposed Ramada Inn in some ways boils down to a ‘chicken or the egg scenario’.A group of community members believe that Venice attracts unhoused individuals because it has a high concentration of homeless services and a lenient attitude towards street homelessness. They fear that adding more beds locally will exacerbate the problem and also contribute to raising rates of neighborhood crime.PATH, the City, and other Venice community members believe the opposite and say shelters are a key solution to decrease the local homeless population.“A change of use from a low cost visitor recreation use motel to an interim supportive, affordable housing allows the city to begin to respond to the current emergency homeless crisis,” said City staff member Eileen Schoetzow. “New affordable housing is a more sustainable, just, and equitable action towards addressing chronic homelessness in the community of Venice.”Venice’s homeless population increased by 57 percent from 2019 to 2020. While LASHA is foregoing its annual count in 2021, this number has almost certainly increased over the course of the pandemic.The public comment period for the project is over but if approved, it is expected to reach the Coastal Commission on March [email protected] :BOEhomelessnessPATHProject Home KeyRamada InnVeniceshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentThe City’s Outdoor, COVID-19-Safe Student Poetry and Art Exhibition at Bluffs Park Highlights Malibu’s Talented YouthCar hits outdoor dining space on Main StreetYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall5 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press16 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press16 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson16 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter16 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor16 hours ago HomeFeaturedTensions rise over proposed Ramada Inn homeless shelter in Venice Feb. 13, 2021 at 6:00 amFeaturedHomelessnessNewsTensions rise over proposed Ramada Inn homeless shelter in VeniceClara Harter4 months agoBOEhomelessnessPATHProject Home KeyRamada InnVenice last_img read more

Alingsas revenge and first celebration – Strong Motor crush Kadetten in BBC Arena

first_img2.Szeged5401144:1338 Impressive Benjamin Buric stunned Lomza Vive Kielce! Recommended for you ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsMacedonian RK Metalurg Skopje are now the only team without a single point in the VELUX EHF Champions League. Swedish best side Alingsas HK gave revenge to the closest rival in the group, Turkish champions Besiktas Mogaz 27:24 (14:12). Even more important thing is that Swedes overcame the rival’s advantage from the first match in Istanbul (26:24) in Istanbul six days ago, which means that Alingsas will be ahead of the Turks if both teams ended Preliminary Round with the same number of points.Alingsås HK – Besiktas Mogaz  27 – 24 (14-12)Alingsås: Marcus Enström 5, Pontus Johansson 5 (2), Daniel Tellander 4, Johan Nilsson 3, Fredrik Teern 3, Jesper Konradsson 3, Emil Frend-Öfors 2, Max Darj 2Besiktas: Tolga Özbahar 6, Ömer Arifoglu 4, Ramazan Döne 3, Vedran Zrnic 3, Senol Boyar 3, Erwin Feuchtmann 2, Ivan Nincevic 2 (1), Predrag DacevicA small surprise has been seen in Schaffhausen. Ukrainian best side Motor Zaporozhye showed how dangerous they could be as visitors by beating Kadetten Schaffhausen 37:32 (18:14) in BBC Arena, after home win in Kiev 31:26 last weekend. Burka, Stochl and Co. are now on four points with solid chances to finish the Preliminary round on spot which will take them to the TOP 16. EHF CL: Meshkov, PSG and Telekom Veszprem cruised to QF 5.Kadetten6114158:1813 1.Kielce Vive5500155:13610 Share TweetShareShareEmail Related Items:Alingsas handball, Besiktas handball, EHF Champions League, Kadetten Schaffhausen, motor handball EHF CL: Aalborg, Kiel and Nantes reach quater-finals 6.Dunkerque5104113:1232 4.Motor Zaporozhye6204166:1664 3.Aalborg5212127:1245 Click to comment Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Pompeo to meet with Putin in Russia next week

first_imgSecretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to Russia early next week to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the State Department announced Friday, as tensions simmer between the two countries over a host of issues.Pompeo will meet with both Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to discuss the “full range of bilateral and multilateral challenges,” the State Department said Friday. The secretary will travel first to Moscow, where he will meet with U.S. embassy staff, and then to Sochi, Russia, where he will meet with Putin and Lavrov.The visit comes as Washington and Moscow have clashed over a number of foreign policy disputes, most critically during last week’s failed uprising in Venezuela. Top U.S. officials like Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton have accused Russia of intervening against opposition leader Juan Guaidó in his attempts to oust dictator Nicolás Maduro and using Cuban forces as a front to reinforce Maduro’s regime. Pompeo has often taken a tougher line on Russian aggression than his boss, President Donald Trump, who last week told reporters that Putin assured him Russia “is not looking at all to get involved in Venezuela.”Earlier this week, the Kremlin also panned Washington’s escalation of tensions with Iran. A spokesperson for Putin accused the Trump administration of provoking Tehran into rolling back some of its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal. The U.S. pulled out of the agreement last year and reimposed crippling sanctions on the country, slapping on more sanctions Wednesday and dispatching a Navy carrier group to the region.Pompeo’s trip to Russia also comes on the heels of Putin’s meeting last month with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who has returned to launching missile tests in recent weeks. Kim and Trump had been in denuclearization talks that have cooled dramatically since a meeting earlier this year in Vietnam ended without an agreement between the U.S. and North Korea.The White House said last week that talk of winding down North Korea’s nuclear program made up a significant chunk of Trump and Putin’s recent phone call.The secretary will also arrive in Russia as the conflict between the White House and congressional Democrats over the Mueller report continues to dominate the news in Washington, and as experts raise alarms about Moscow’s intent to once again meddle in American elections.last_img read more

Fraunhofer IIS Presents 8K Video-over-IP Transmission With JPEG XS at the Virtual IBC 2020

first_imgThe standardized JPEG XS codec was developed to handle media workflows from acquisition to the distribution encoder by using internet settings and Ethernet infrastructure only. The Fraunhofer IIS expert team for video coding successfully implemented a pilot project for streaming of 8K video-over-IP in cooperation with the Japanese public broadcaster NHK.JPEG XS — the new standardized low-latency codec for transfer of images up to 8K in production quality via IP. JPEG XS provides lowest latency for video-over-IP transmission. With the requirement for seamless media workflows, the handling of highest-quality images over internet protocol (IP) in local and wide area networks was required and JPEG XS is a codec enabling these requirements. The video coding expert team of the Fraunhofer-Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS in Erlangen developed a JPEG XS SDK in order to integrate JPEG XS in broadcast and movie production workflows to transfer high-quality images during the production and post-production process via IP in studio quality. The Fraunhofer JPEG XS SDK runs with CPU and GPU support.Production and broadcast studios are looking for new ways to manage video and image transmission by Ethernet to make their workflows easier and more cost-efficient. With JPEG XS as a new standardized video codec by ISO focusing these requirements, Fraunhofer IIS set up a system consisting of a PC-based real-time encoder with 4 by 12G SDI input and 10G Ethernet output and a PC-based real-time decoder with 10G Ethernet input and a 4 by 12G SDI output synchronized to the input of the encoder. The transmission of the data was operated on a 10G Ethernet link as SMPTE 2110 stream. The synchronization between input of the encoder and output of the decoder was realized over PTP IEEE1588 (Precision Time Protocol).Together with the Japanese broadcaster NHK and the team of Siegfried Foessel, head of the department moving picture technologies at Fraunhofer IIS, they carried out a pilot project to proof the capability of JPEG XS under real-time broadcast conditions. “In this pilot project the challenge was not only to use JPEG XS for transferring 8K video streams, but also to check the synchronization and the behavior of the system under real-time conditions,” said Foessel.“We verified the quality of JPEG XS during our evaluation phase with different compression ratios in order to use for our broadcast services. We will present all technical details about this evaluation and the excellent results in this pilot project at the virtual SMPTE ATC conference in November,” said Masayuki Miyazaki, deputy head of production engineering division at Engineering Development Center, NHK.For further information check out the virtual booth here: www.ibc2020.digitalmedia.fraunhofer.de.last_img read more

Davis sparkles at Crystal Bay

first_img3rd Keith Buchanan (15) 38ptsNear Pins: Mashi Kaneta, Matt Dunn, Alex Field, Colm Lawlor.Long Putts: Alex Field, Rudy Regenassr.Fourteen golfers saddled up to head out to Silky Oak Golf Club. As per usual, the course was in good nick and we played just the one flight from the white tees.Rudy Regenass that was first past the post with 39 points, a solitary shot clear of 3 golfers fighting it out for second spot. Colm Lawlor took it while Keith Buchanan had to settle for third and Rod Weekes missed out.Thursday, Nov. 22, Crystal Bay – Stableford1st John Davis (13) 43pts2nd Keith Buchanan (15) 41pts3rd Steve Younger (14) 41pts4th Rod Weekes (19) 40ptsNear Pins: Steve Younger, Steve Younger, John Davis, Colin Stielow.Long Putts: Keith Buchanan, Tony Cook.We sent off two buses and a couple of cars to Crystal Bay, today’s destination, and we were not too sure as to what to expect with plenty of rain all week and an absolute deluge the night before. We were expecting no carts on course, and “lift clean & place”, would be the rule, but much to our amazement neither were the case and we were set for a good game with only our ability getting in the way.We played from the yellow tees and the course was in good shape (considering the rains). With today’s numbers we were only able to have the one flight with four places and all novelties in play.We saw a welcome return by John Davis who hadn’t played with us for a few months and greeted the judges with a very good score of 43 points, leaving his nearest rivals two shots behind. Second went to the countback, with rivals Steve Younger and Keith Buchanan returning the same scores, but it was the latter getting the nod for the silver spot. Fourth place went to Rod Weekes, getting some late cash to take back with him. Rod Weekes with John Davis and Keith Buchanan.PSC Golf from The Growling SwanMonday, Nov. 19, Silky Oak – Stableford1st Rudy Regenass (15) 39pts2nd Colm Lawlor (15) 38ptslast_img read more

Overtime 1-6-16

first_imgBILL NEALSpecial Note: Do me a favor and don’t act like you didn’t know this was coming… yes you did…yes you did. Oh please, we’ve done this every year for the Past Five Years. No shut-up and take it like a man…or woman…other! *Yea mon, it’s my Top 10 New Year’s Wishes*:10—A Steelers Team that just wins. No more excuses, no exceptions, no blame, no more the coach this or the Quarterback that….Just a throw-back – Classic-Kickass Football Team that wins Baby, Just WINS!!!!!:09—A baseball team that leaves spring training with two ace pitchers and a killer shut down reliever. Come on Pirates let’s be serious about winning a World Series!:08—Kobe… AKA “The Black Mamba” retires for the summer and “Like Mike” come back to the NBA with a winning team and wins his sixth title (can you say KOBE and The King…King James that is?)last_img read more

Giant of a leader

first_imgBy JARROD POTTER LEADERSHIP qualities are hard to attain at any age, especially at the elite level. Most players just…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Connacht PPS Senior A Football Draw

first_imgQuarter Finals   31st January 2018B   Ballinrobe CS v St Gerald’sC  A v St Jarlath’s SEMI FINALS 14TH FEBRUARY 2018Winners Roscommon/Rice College v Winners CSt Attractas v Winners B The winner of Roscommon CBS and Rice College go straight into the Semi-Finals where they will play the winners of St Jarlath’s and the winners of the Preliminary Round.  The Other Quarter Final will see Ballinrobe CS and St Gerald’s with the winners playing St Attractas in the Semi-Final. It will begin on Wednesday the 24th of January with St Colmans College Claremorris playing the losers of Rice College and Roscommon CBS in the Preliminary Round. PRELIMINARY ROUNDWEDNESDAY 24TH JANUARY 201812.30A: St Colmans College; v Losers Rice College/Roscommon CBS The Draw has been announced for the Connacht Post Primary Schools Senior A Football Championship. CONNACHT FINAL – 3rd March 2018AISF – 24th March 2018 C v LALL IRELAND FINAL – Saturday 7th Aprilprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Irish Greyhound Board encouraging awareness as Responsible Gambling Week 2019 begins

first_imgThe IGB joins the Irish Bookmakers Association,Horse Racing Ireland, SkyBet and several English Football League clubs in supportingthe initiative.During Responsible Gambling Week, staff atIGB-licensed stadia across Ireland will be encouraged to initiate conversationswith customers about problem gambling, with messaging being prominentlydisplayed at all venues.Director of Tote Wagering with the Irish GreyhoundBoard, Joe Lewins, commented: “We’re proud to be supporting ResponsibleGambling Week 2019, a very worthwhile initiative, having successfully supportedlast year’s campaign. We would encourage visitors to Irish greyhound tracks atall times, but particularly this week, to be very mindful of only spending whatyou can afford and to set limits for both time and money when gambling.Visitors to our tracks this week will notice the IGB’s commitment toresponsible gambling all year round.”CEO of the Irish Greyhound Board, Gerard Dollard,commented: “It’s very important that people are aware of not only how to gambleresponsibly, but of the tools that are out there to help people to do that. Thetheme of the week is ‘let’s talk about gambling’, which is what staff atgreyhound stadia will be available to do. The IGB Strategic Plan 2018-2022targets competing within the betting industry as a priority for the Board. Todo that, we need to demonstrate ethical responsibility and to engage withothers to ensure our customers are betting responsibly.”Tips to manage responsible gambling and contactdetails available for those in need of help will be published throughout theIGB’s racing programmes, through in-stadia messaging and on its social mediaplatforms throughout RG Week 2019.Whatis Responsible Gambling?Responsible gambling is a broad term often used bythe gambling industry which describes the initiatives and measures they have inplace to inform gamblers on how to keep gambling fun and safe, provide helpfultools to protect players from adverse consequences of gambling, as well asensuring gamblers have adequate support services if and when required.Tipsto avoid allowing gambling becoming a problem; Some tips for ensuring your gambling remains funinclude;·         Onlygamble with what you can afford.·         Set limits and stick to them.·        Avoid chasing losses.·        Never allow gambling to interfere with your personal relationships.·        Don’t use gambling as a means of escape.·         Takefrequent breaks from your gambling.·        Don’t think of gambling as a way to make money.·        Gambling and alcohol are not a good combinationWhatdoes the gambling industry do to try and reduce or prevent problem gambling?Social responsibility has been increasinglyfundamental to the industry’s approach to customers and business.  As an industry, we recognise that we cannotprevent problem gambling on our own.  Anumber of safeguarding measures have been introduced and we will continue toimprove those measures in-line with International best practices. Thesemeasures include;·        Staff training and awareness to identify and approach persons that maybe affected by problem gambling.·        Prominent display and availability of relevant material relating toidentifying problem gambling and the services and support that is available·        On-line Reality checks, allow customers to set a session durationreminder. This reminder can help them to manage how long they are in a gamingsession.·        Deposit limits, with the option to set personal daily, weekly or monthlydeposit limits.·        Regular Responsible gambling messaging in stores, on sites, via socialmedia channels and on customer communications. Which assist to reinforce theresponsible gambling messaging, and the little tips and reminders about how tokeep gambling under control·        Self-exclusion facilities, which will prevent customer from accessinggambling services in that premises.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Thousands of customers and staff at greyhound stadianationwide will be participating during RG Week, which runs from November 7th –13th. The Irish Greyhound Board is encouraging all of itsbetting customers to gamble responsibly as Responsible Gambling Week 2019 getsunderway.last_img read more

Industrial policy plan reaps benefits

first_imgDavies said with demand and growth in Western developed countries likely to remain constrained in the foreseeable future, South Africa would focus on the Brics countries, high growth markets in Africa, Middle East, Asia and other emerging economies such as Turkey, Indonesia, Chile, Vietnam and Thailand. The department, Davies said, had learnt that the way forward for manufacturing was to invest and raise competitiveness and not wait in the hope that the global environment would improve. A total of R14.4-million disbursed to 106 companies, combined with the R310 million disbursed under the production incentive scheme, had supported 48 384 direct and indirect jobs, he said. He said the Cooperatives Amendment Bill has been submitted for certification to the State Law Advisors and was due for submission to Cabinet for approval. “In an effort to increase market access for co-operatives, through the Brics mechanism, South Africa and China have agreed to enter into business contracts – “cooperatives to cooperatives” – on the following three commodities: maize, wine and aquaculture,” he said. Davies said in spite of being introduced in 2009 during the global economic crisis, the Clothing and Textile Competitiveness Improvement Programme had not only stalled employment losses in 2010 but led to a modest increase in employment in 2011. The department had assisted in supporting 220 small scale co-operatives to set up and had trained 175 co-operatives and provided 115 with market access covering both local and international markets during the past year. He said the department had borrowed on the lessons of the clothing and textile production incentive, in launching the Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme (MCEP). 21 May 2012 He said incubators, through Seda’s incubator programme, had last year by the end of December 2011 created 189 new small enterprises and 931 jobs. This would address cash flow challenges faced by these enterprises, he said. Since it was introduced over two years ago, the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP2) has stabilised the clothing sector, turned around the automotive sector, added jobs in the business process services sector and had introduced procurement designation to boost local production, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies says. Boosting internal capacity The MCEP, which was launched last week and would supplement the 12i tax incentive, would be deployed towards upgrading the competitiveness of relatively labour-intensive and value-adding manufacturing sectors negatively impacted by the value of the rand, the global economic crisis and necessary increases in the cost of electricity. The Motor Industry Development Programme (MIDP) had supported investment commitments of over R15-billion investment commitments from both assemblers and component suppliers.center_img Opposition members lauded the developments, but pointed out that the department still had a significant amount of work still to do in improving economic support, particularly when it came to boosting support to small businesses and improving export assistance. The government is also acting to speed up payments to small businesses. Over 500 jobs were added in the sector in the last quarter, and Davies said a further set of approved projects would create about 11 000 jobs over the next three years. However, he added that the department would structure South Africa’s economic relations with countries of the South in ways that foster complementarily and mutual benefit, while avoiding destructive competition. The transition from the MIDP to the Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) by 2013 had largely been completed, he said, adding that this had helped give policy certainty even amid global economic stagnation. Davies said the department was boosting its internal capacity to focus more on the informal, townships and peri-urban enterprises and would also be developing a informal sector strategy, including the micro finance programme. Modest increase in employment The department, through the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda), would improve entrepreneurial capacity by rolling out more business incubators in partnership with incubator organisations. Presenting his Budget Vote in Parliament in Cape Town last week, Davies detailed progress made in the IPAP2 which was launched in February 2010 and which now falls under the New Growth Path. Raising competitiveness While Seda had set up an SMME hotline in 2009, the National Treasury had recently issued practice notes to all national and provincial departments including state-owned enterprises to pay businesses within 30 days on receipt of invoice in accordance with Treasury regulations. Davies said the introduction of the New Companies Act had also changed the manner in which business is undertaken in South Africa and as a result, South Africa has improved significantly in the Africa Competitiveness Report’s index for ease of starting a business. 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