first_imgITHACA, N.Y. — The Vecino Group has been selected as the preferred developer for the Green Street Garage Project.After receiving four proposals for the site, the city had narrowed the field to Vecino’s “Asteri Ithaca” proposal and a proposal from Visum Development/Newman Development for “120 East Green.” Mayor Svante Myrick and members of the Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency board cited Vecino’s commitment to affordable housing as the primary reason for favoring their plan.Related: Final proposals in hand, city to decide on preferred Green Street Garage developer this weekThe IURA vote is not the last word. The board’s recommendation will go on to Common Council, who could choose to reconsider both finalists’ proposals. Nevertheless, the IURA recommendation signals a big step forward for Vecino.As members of the IURA board acknowledged, the two final proposals have much in common. Both promise over 500 parking spaces, a possible conference center, and some apartment units below market rate.Discussion Thursday at a packed meeting centered on a few key differences, however: how affordable units would be structured, how housing will be managed once occupied, and the building’s architectural design.Vecino’s proposal includes 206 housing units, all priced at 50 to 80 percent area median income. The group is counting on getting $5 million in grants and New Market Tax Credit equity. Seeking public funding comes with risk because the application process is competitive, but tying the project to public funding also comes with a guarantee that units will remain affordable into perpetuity, with income caps for eligible renters.As Stacy Jurado-Miller, chief mission officer for the Vecino Group, told the board, “With state and federal funding comes state and federal regulation.”Related: Green Street Development Opinion: Vecino group delivers more affordable housing than other proposalsVisum/Newman’s proposal also includes affordable units, though their vision is for a mixed-income development rather than a 100 percent affordable development. Their proposal would ensure 71 units at 43 to 80 percent AMI, 108 workforce units at 80 to 90 percent AMI, and 27 market rate units at up to 125 percent AMI. Their plan would cap rents, but would not legally impose income limits on renters.Related: Green Street Development Opinion: The best project does the greatest good – and can be builtTracy Farrell, the vice-chair of the IURA board, ultimately voted for the Vecino proposal but said she preferred the Visum/Newman plan in part because it would foster an integrated mixed-income community. Others countered that Vecino’s fully affordable development would create a mixed-income community too, though, given the number of market rate units in nearby buildings. Devon Magliozzi Your Economy & Development news is made possible with support from: Devon Magliozzi is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] or 607-391-0328. More by Devon Magliozzi “We have two great projects,” said board member Karl Graham, “but my concern from the very beginning has been affordable housing.” Graham acknowledged the appeal of mixed-income neighborhoods but said in tandem with other developments the Vecino proposal would create a mix. “We need affordable housing and this is our opportunity to really address that issue, so therefore I support the Vecino project,” Graham said.Members of the public spilled into the hallway at Thursday’s crowded IURA meeting. (Devon Magliozzi/The Ithaca Voice) Members of the public spilled into the hallway at Thursday’s crowded IURA meeting. (Devon Magliozzi/The Ithaca Voice)On the issues of property management and design, comments tended to favor the Visum/Newman proposal.Visum/Newman proposed contracting Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services to manage the property, whereas Vecino proposed contracting Christopher Community, Inc., a Syracuse non-profit property manager. Members of the public and board members said they were nervous about relying on a management company based outside Ithaca.“All things being equal it would be great to work with a partner we know,” said board member Chris Proulx, noting his support for INHS.In the end, IURA added language to the resolution recommending Vecino to urge them to do further research and provide more information about how the property will be managed before negotiations are carried out.Visum/Newman’s architectural and landscape design won praise from several public commenters and board members, particularly with regards to how it connects with the Harold’s Square development and the Commons.Mitch Glass, who sits on the city’s Planning and Development Board, said during public comment that the project proposed by Visum/Newman “would be an iconic public space for Ithaca” and praised the proposal “as an example of how to successfully integrate landscaping with architecture.”Molly Chiang, an architect for the Vecino Group, said the board should treat design details as “an after-award question,” however.Graham said he liked Visum/Newman’s design but calculated that design would change significantly as the project made its way through the planning process. Myrick likewise said design was not the deciding factor for him, since it is liable to change.“I’ve learned to not fall in love with the design before it goes to the Planning Board anyway,” Myrick said.The IURA added language to the resolution asking Vecino to prioritize the project’s relationship to neighboring developments and street setbacks as plans move forward.A contingent of local union workers was on hand to insist that whatever developer wins the project, they use local labor. Union leaders have spoken with both the Vecino and Visum/Newman teams, and both said they would prioritize jobs for local workers. Vecino’s proposal includes plans to meet with trades and union representatives, as well as local contractors, before soliciting project bids.Vecino will enter a 90-day exclusive negotiation agreement with the city before heading back to the IURA board and Common Council for further approval.Featured image provided by the Vecino Group. 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first_imgLa Albiceleste dream that was reignited with last Group D victory over Nigeria in St Petersburg last Tuesday was effectively doused in the seven-goal thriller at the Kazan Arena in Russia.The Monaco forward who is on loan at PSG was clearly the dominant Number 10 figure of the evening as Argentina’s five-time world player of the year, Lionel Messi, was made anonymous.Argentina’s ageing defence found it very difficult to cope with the pace of the combination of Mbappe and Atletico man, Antoine Griezmann.Central defenders Marcos Rojo and Nicolas Otamendi were simply not remotely equipped to cope and when Ever Banega offered up possession to the PSG player in the game’s 13th minute, he exploited the opportunity with a devastating acceleration.Mbappe eased past the ageing Javier Mascherano and had done the same to Rojo when the defender brought him down with something little less than an assault which began outside of the goal area and ended inside.Griezmann stepped forward to slot the penalty into the left side of Franco Armani for France’s first goal of the evening.Argentina looked unable to reply for much of the first half, until Angel di Maria hauled his side level with a stunning long-range curler shortly before the break.On return from the half time break, Gabriel Mercado diverted Messi’s shot past Hugo Lloris in goal for France to give the South Americans the lead.But Benjamin Pavard of VFB Stuttgart’sstunning strike levelled the scores again, and 11 minutes later Mbappe had scored twice – two clinical finishes that ensured the 2014 beaten finalists would be going home at the last 16 stage.In barely one week, the two finalists at the last edition in Brazil have been sent home to set the stage for new champions to emerge here in Russia.The winners truly deserve their quarter final ticket as it was the balance in the French side which made them look so fundamentally superior to the South Americans who struggled right from the group stage. Chelsea man, Ngolo Kante, was the heartbeat of a secure midfield. Paul Pogba was the axis between defence and attacking movement, even though his first half ball retention was not impeccable. And the French defence looked absolutely resolute.Substitute Sergio Aguero got a late consolation Argentina for with a low header from a pin-point Messi cross in the 93rd minute.Argentina Coach Jorge Sampaoli who is likely to face the backlash of the Albiceleste failure in Russia when the team gets back to Buenos Aries, cut the picture of a sad man at the post-match conference.“This is very painful, especially because the players have made a huge effort. It was a very difficult game but we have not achieved our goal here in Russia,” observed the gaffer who was almost sacked after Argentina drew the first game against Iceland and got beaten 3-0 by Croatia but got a lifeline from Nigeria to qualify for the Last 16.“I’m sad, I’m frustrated – I think that’s quite normal. For me, the fact of being here and being able to be where means I won’t decide my future today,” he stressed of his future with the Albiceleste.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Magnificent Mbappe scores brace to end Messi’s World Cup dreamDuro Ikhazuagbe and Ademola Ojo in RussiaThe 2018 World Cup title dream for Argentina in Russia is over. Paris Saint Germain teenager, Kylian Mbappe, scored twice Saturday as France defeated Argentina 4-3 to book a quarter-final ticket.The 19-year-old Mbappe became the first teenager to score two goals in a single World Cup match after legendary Pele did so for Brazil against Sweden at the 1958 edition.last_img read more

first_img CRISP SCORING FORM WESTERN BUREAU: After defeating Montego Bay United FC 3-1 in Monday night’s Red Stripe Premier League fixture at the Montego Bay Sports Complex, Portmore United’s head coach, Jeffrey Hewitt, believes his team’s 3-1 victory proved they can adapt and still remain razor sharp. Hewitt employed a counter-attacking style in the second half as MBU had them pinned inside their half for the majority of the second half of a thrilling match, to come away with a result that put them back atop the standings with only three regular season games left in the schedule. “We knew how this Montego Bay team plays and we wanted to catch them on the break, which we did twice, as we can play counter-attacking football too, and we demonstrated that and got three goals for it,” said Hewitt. He said his core of players can play from the bench as well as from the start and whenever summoned they are ready to perform, which oftentimes ends in a good result for the team. Hewitt’s three second-half substitutes played key roles in Monday night’s victory, but Hewitt said they remain focused on the upcoming games and the semi-finals. Ricardo Morris fired Portmore into a fifth-minute lead, which they held way into the second half when substitute Mark Alves doubled the score in the 72nd minute. Tramaine Stewart made the game safe for Portmore when he scored in the 76th minute. Owayne Gordon continued his crisp scoring form by netting in the 86th minute. However, it was the only goal MBU would muster on a night when they dominated the ball-possession statistic. Already assured a semi-final place, Portmore, according to Hewitt, went about embellishing their head-to-head record against MBU, posting a third win over their title-chasing rivals in emphatic style and now have eyes peeled on the bonus $1 million for the team ending the regular season with the most points. Portmore lead the standings with 57 points, one clear of MBU, and followed by defending champions Arnett Gardens FC (54). UWI FC (42), Humble Lion FC (41) and Harbour View (39) are also in a keen battle for the final semi-final spot. “We are taking it one step at a time. From this game, we will now concentrate on the next game and hope it gets us where we need to be at the end,” Hewitt stated.last_img read more

first_imgthe Choice Trust offers training to community-based health workers and community members who are then able to provide care to their communities. (Image: Choice Trust, via Facebook)The threat of illness is always something we have to keep an eye out for, and access to medical care is important for living a healthy and fulfilling life.But for people living in South Africa’s rural areas, access to medical assistance often means having to cover large distances to get to the nearest hospital or clinic, which makes regular check-ups difficult.This is why the Choice Trust has shifted the focus onto rural communities around Tzaneen in Limpopo and has developed community home-based medical care through training and outreach.WHAT CHOICE TRUST IS ABOUTAccredited by the Health and Welfare Sector Education and Training Authority, the Choice Trust offers training to community-based health workers and community members who are then able to provide care to their communities.“It was established in greater Tzaneen originally and focused predominantly on the needs of farm workers,” explains Nicola Stuart-Thompson, the director of the Choice Trust.“Soon, however, the organisation realised that addressing just the needs of farm workers wasn’t sufficient and we needed to move into the rural community.”While spreading their reach further into Tzaneen’s rural areas, members of the organisation realised that health needs are very broad and therefore developed the organisation in order to provide a variety of services.“One of our programmes is the home-based care programme through which we have 65 caregivers,” Stuart-Thompson explains.These caregivers service around 10 000 households, offering a variety of services including screening and prevention in order to catch health issues before they become more problematic.“There are a number of challenges that we face,” says Hilary Saichitima, the programme coordinator at the Choice Trust.“One of the biggest challenges that we face is the distance that patients have to travel in order to get to a clinic or in order to get to a health facility as well as the distances that our caregivers have to travel in order to get to the patients.”Knowing where to go when in need of help is one of the major benefits of Choice Trust. It has also grown into a good referral system for those looking for help from social workers and support groups.GET INVOLVEDIf you’re looking to get involved with the Choice Trust, have a look at their website for details.You can also contact the organisation on +27 15 307 6329 or via email at [email protected] YOUR PARTAre you playing your part to help improve the lives of those around you or the environment? Do you know of anyone who has gone out of their way to help improve South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Another dry day today, but this time we should not have to battle fog and low clouds like we did yesterday in parts of the state. The combination kept a lid on temperatures, while warm air started to spill in over the top of us. Temps should start to climb a bit over the next couple of days. We do have a few tweaks to the forecast, though, around our next precipitation events. Tomorrow probably is able to stay dry over most of Ohio, but we do look for clouds to be in the increase, particularly  in NW OH, as clouds spill in out of MI and northern IN. South and southwest winds will allow temps to eek a little higher. Overnight tomorrow night, a fast moving batch of moisture moves across northern Ohio, and it will likely bring some wet snow to areas mostly north of US 30. The best precipitation will be in north central and NE Ohio, where we see some interaction with the lake. However, there is nothing farther south for the period, and it is likely that southern Ohio does not even see the clouds that northern areas get, although we may wake up to a minor streak of clouds in southern Ohio near where the cold front sets up. While we are a bit colder, we are still dry for Thursday. Clouds are a good bet as we are shifting air masses around, but overall we still have a general flow pattern that supports south winds. This will keep temps near normal. Clouds thicken even further on Friday, but moisture holds off until Friday night, when we start to see rains slowly rise up into southern Ohio. From there, action spreads over the rest of the state and holds all the way through midnight Saturday. Rain totals can be from .25″-1″ over 70% of the state, and there can be some periods of moderate to heavier rain through the day Saturday. Action finally leaves the southeast part of Ohio Sunday morning. The map shows precipitation potential for the weekend. Colder air moves in on Sunday as clouds give way to some sunshine. High pressure moves into Ohio by later Sunday evening. A dry pattern develops and extends all the way through next Wednesday, with another high-pressure center working through in that period. Temps cool off just a bit initially on Sunday and Monday but return to near normal levels for the rest of the period. Clouds develop next Thursday as we kick off the extended period. Scattered showers likely develop for the 20th and may linger into early the 21st. Rain totals still look to end up in the .1”-.6” range, even with the slight delay in that system’s arrival. We also continue to watch some snow potential for the 22nd and 23rd with potential up to a few inches over 70% of the state. Behind that, we go drier but remain cold for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.last_img read more

first_imgSex could be the reason for the soccer teams powerful performances in the World Cup, as per a new survey by website Quartz. Pamela Supple, who’s a sex and relationship counselor from Sex Therapy Australia, explained that being intimate helps men connect and relax by letting loose a lot of “feel-good” hormones and chemicals, News.com.au reported. But it should be kept to a half-hour or an hour time period, which is apt for a sportsperson body to rejuvenate and feel fresh, followed by 8-9 hours sleep, as overdoing the activity could leave one very tired, she added. It should be noted that while all the eight teams that remain in the battle of 2014 FIFA World Cup, have permitted intimate contact between players and their partners for some extent, the teams namely Russia, Chile, Mexico and Bosnia and Herzegovina, which have been eliminated had clearly banned sex.last_img read more

first_imgCALGARY – Encana Corp. has an agreement to sell its San Juan assets in New Mexico to a Denver-based company for nearly $615 million.The Calgary-based oil and gas producer’s San Juan assets include lands that produce the equivalent of 5,400 barrels per day of oil.Denver-based DJR Energy, LLC says the US$480-million acquisition will about double its land in the San Juan Basin to 350,000 net acres (141,639 hectares) and increase its production to more than 6,000 barrels per day.DJR is an exploration and production company formed in April 2017 with funds from Trilantic Capital Management LP, Waveland Energy Partners and Global Energy Capital.The sale is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2018 with an effective date of April 1, 2018.Companies in this story: (TSX:ECA)last_img

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP are warning users of the classifieds section on fsjnow.com after a scammer has been targetting local users.On June 5 and 6, 2019, the RCMP received multiple reports of the fraudulent scam.  Victims of the scam report that someone identifying themselves as “Jennifer Brooks,” contacted multiple people selling items on the website.The scammer would then send a cheque for a significant amount of money over what the seller was asking.  Once the seller received the cheque, the scammer would text them, asking that they return the overpaid amount back to “Brooks” through an electronic transfer. The cheques appear real and have the information from a legitimate painting company in Vancouver. However, the cheques themselves are fraudulent.The Fort St John RCMP want to warn the public that if someone pays you with a cheque that has a larger amount than the agreed upon amount, and asks for the difference to be electronically transferred back, this is likely a fraudulent scam.  Don’t cash the cheque or transfer the funds back to the sender.Click for additional information on online buying and selling scams.The Fort St John RCMP continue to investigate and are asking anyone who has information in this matter to contact police. If you have information about this incident, you are asked to contact the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100. Should you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at www.crimestoppersnebc.calast_img read more

Former Dallas Cowboy Josh Brent was convicted of intoxication manslaughter Wednesday for driving and crashing in a fiery wreck that killed his teammate and close friend, Jerry Brown, in December 2012.He faces up to 20 years in prison. He could also get probation, as did North Texas teen, Ethan Couch, who received probation for intoxication manslaughter after a wreck that left four people dead a few weeks ago.Brent was led from the courtroom in handcuffs after the jury returned its decision following nine hours of deliberation over two days. Among those sitting with Brent’s sobbing family was Stacey Jackson, Brown’s mother. Jackson left the courtroom with Brent’s family and did not answer questions. She said in previous interviews that she’s forgiven Brent and could testify in support of a lighter sentence for him when that phase of the trial begins Thursday.Attorneys from both sides remain under a gag order that prevented them from commenting after the proceedings.“We understand the very serious nature of this situation and express our concerns for all of the families and individuals that have been affected by the tragedy of Jerry Brown’s death,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in a statement.Prosecutors say Brent, a defensive tackle, was drunk when he crashed his Mercedes on a suburban Dallas highway in December 2012, killing Brown, a linebacker on the Cowboys practice squad who had also been Brent’s teammate at the University of Illinois. Officers who arrived on scene saw Brent trying to pull Brown’s body from the wreckage.Police say Brent’s blood alcohol level was tested shortly after the crash at 0.18 percent, more than twice the legal limit for drivers in Texas. Prosecutors last week argued that the burly, 320-pound defensive tackle had as many as 17 drinks the night of the crash.Brent’s attorneys argued the blood tests used by police were faulty and that Brent couldn’t have had nearly that much to drink. Attorney George Milner said his client was “guilty of being stupid behind the wheel of a car,” not drinking beforehand.Jurors saw video of Brent appearing to hold bottles of Champagne in each hand and credit-card receipts that showed Brent had purchased three bottles. They also saw police camera footage of Brent losing his balance during field sobriety tests and occasionally stumbling over his words while talking to officers. read more