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New day-laborer center OK’d

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “I think this is going to be one of the best-run facilities into the future,” said Councilman Tony Cardenas, who represents parts of Van Nuys and Sylmar. “It took a lot of work and cooperation with Home Depot.” The plan calls for the Youth Policy Institute to operate a resource center in a building in the parking lot of the Home Depot at Balboa Place and Roscoe Boulevard on property owned by the city’s airport agency. Home Depot will pay to renovate the building, and the Youth Policy Institute will receive $150,000 in city funding. Councilman Greig Smith, whose district includes residential areas near the store, said the city and the company must make sure potential workers actually use the center. “What the neighbors have complained about for years is that (job seekers) are stretched out all along this boulevard looking for jobs but the building sits empty,” he said. “Unless Home Depot steps up to the plate and pushes people into this building, the project will fail.” The San Fernando Valley is poised to get its second city-sponsored day-labor center after the City Council approved a plan Wednesday for a site in Van Nuys. The council unanimously approved a lease agreement in which Home Depot and the city will support an effort by the nonprofit Youth Policy Institute to establish a site to aid job seekers. The vote comes as Los Angeles officials consider a citywide policy on day-labor facilities, and neighboring cities, most recently Burbank, add sites of their own. The new center would be the eighth city-backed site in Los Angeles, with three more in the works. Officials touted the Van Nuys plan as a model that could be replicated elsewhere. Cardenas said he is confident the Van Nuys site will succeed because it will provide programming to keep people inside, and two Youth Policy Institute staffers will be present at all times. The site will include job, computer and English-language training, as well as medical services, said Luis Perez, coordinator with the Youth Policy Institute, which has operated a similar center in North Hollywood for 15 years. While the North Hollywood site sees from 80 to 110 job-seekers a day, the Van Nuys facility would likely draw even more, Perez said. “This site is open to everybody and anybody who’s looking for work,” he said. “It’s open to anybody who’s willing to come in and conduct themselves in a professional way.” Jobs would be disseminated according to a lottery system, Perez said, with consideration given to workers with special skills. The arrangement in Van Nuys will serve as a template as the city expands the Day Laborer Program, said Delphia Jones, director of the Human Services and Family Development Division of the city’s Community Development Department. One of the sites under consideration now for such a center is a Home Depot in Canoga Park. Councilman Dennis Zine, who represents the area, said he would welcome an effectively run program because the issue concerns his constituents. “You go to Home Depot and get bombarded by people looking for work,” Zine said. “I understand them looking for work, but we have a responsibility for maintaining some semblance of order.” Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 [email protected] 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

QPR v Wigan Athletic line-ups: Rangers unchanged, Derby County loanee starts for Latics

first_imgQPR have named an unchanged line-up for the visit of Wigan Athletic.Boss Ian Holloway has resisted the temptation to tinker with the side that won so impressively at Birmingham City on Saturday.It means Darnell Furlong and Ryan Manning continue, with January signings Luke Freeman and Matt Smith starting again.The bench is also the same, with no place for Sean Goss or Ravel Morrison in the squad.Wigan Athletic make one change from the side that drew 0-0 with Preston, on-loan Derby County midfielder Jamie Hanson replacing Shaun MacDonald in midfield.Ryan Tunnicliffe, on loan from Fulham, is also in the Latics line-up, alongside ex-Whites man Dan Burn.QPR: Smithies; Furlong, Onuoha, Lynch, Bidwell; Wszolek, Hall, Manning, Freeman; Smith, Washington.Subs: Ingram, Perch, Luongo, Ngbakoto, LuaLua, Mackie, Sylla.Wigan: Gilks, Connolly, Warnock, Buxton, Burn; Hanson, Power, Morsy, Tunnicliffe; Grigg, BogleSubs: Roberts, Perkins, Obertan, Kellett, Laurent, Mandron, Weir.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Joburg ramps up for Fashion Kapitol

first_img5 May 2008Johannesburg is to have the world’s first public outdoor fashion ramp, to be opened as the Fashion Kapitol in July this year. So says fashion writer and consultant Adam Levin.And, adds Rees Mann, the person driving the revamp of Johannesburg’s fashion district, what is happening in the district is not displacing anyone, as happened in Newtown, but is rather bringing people to live in the area.Things are moving fast on the eastern edge of Johannesburg’s CBD; initially they were held up by buying properties and then getting permission from the provincial heritage authority to demolish buildings. Now that permission has been obtained and two buildings have been demolished, the fashion ramp is rapidly taking shape in the Fashion Kapitol.The kapitol will take up most of a block in the heart of the fashion district. It will consist of 30 shops, offices, studios, a restaurant, a small square, a ramp, an amphitheatre, and an arcade linking Pritchard and Market streets.“The feel of the kapitol is that of a sexy new metropolitan centre,” says Mann.“In time, the streets surrounding the kapitol will bustle with beads and buttons, models lugging their portfolios to casting sessions, and the city’s fashion pioneers strutting their uniquely personal styles.” It will become Africa’s fashion capital.Joburg’s Fashion Kapitol will take its place alongside international capitals. New York’s Fashion Avenue is home to 5 000 fashion merchants; Antwerp’s ModeNatie or Fashion Nation boasts a fashion museum; while Los Angeles has a fashion district of 94 blocks with an annual turnover of $6-billion.Mann says the kapitol has three target markets: fashion-conscious suburban shoppers, downtown shoppers who work in the CBD, and tourists. Its African flavour will be a draw card for tourists.He is the third generation of garment entrepreneurs in the fashion district – his family having set up shop there in 1948. Mann has planted three trees in the square, in memory of the three generations.26 city blocksThe district incorporates an area of some 26 city blocks on the eastern edge of the CBD, with its core bordered by Polly, President, Troye and Pritchard streets. It houses over 100 fashion-related businesses, including cut, make and trim operators, a budget clothing retail industry and studios of several emerging and established designers like Clive Rundle and Bongiwe Walaza.Rundle has booked his place in the kapitol, taking one of the old buildings as his upstairs studio, with plans to open a coffee shop on the ground floor. Walaza has taken one of the shops fronting the square.Mann emphasises that the kapitol is not just for the fashion industry, but he hopes it will be seen as a space for product launches, for artists and their exhibition space, poetry readings, training and meetings. “This is not just garments, it is about lifestyle and anything related to the arts industry.”It will also house the offices of the Fashion District Institute, a section 21 company of which he is the acting executive director. Mann says the kapitol has been a dream of 10 years, which is finally coming to fruition. “Ten years ago I went to the City of Johannesburg with a proposal to renew this area.“It’s amazing to see a part of Johannesburg that is so close to my heart come full circle – but while the bustling rag trade of my childhood had a distinctly Eurocentric feel, its rebirth will be pan-African and cosmopolitan.”He is using bold colours in the kapitol, like lime green, orange and pink, to emphasise that it is a vibrant place. He also hopes to hold lunch-time fashion shows, run by student and emerging designers. The square could also double as a market place.The row of shops along President Street has being identified for international designers, so that it will become an “international walkway”, with flags denoting the countries represented. “It has been 10 years from getting the ball rolling,” he says with a broad smile. “The kapitol has exceeded my expectations.”Three heritage buildingsThe three heritage buildings are two houses dating back to 1892 and 1895, and a two-storey cabinet maker’s workshop and furniture store, built in 1928. The houses consisted of verandas, bedrooms, sitting rooms, dining rooms, kitchens and outside toilets. In 1992 all three buildings become a restaurant and tavern, with a fast food section, offices and storerooms, with the two-storey structure becoming the dining area.Heritage consultant Herbert Prins says in a report that the buildings were “typical of urban living”, with the verandas allowing social interaction between the owners of the houses and passers-by.The original building materials are still visible: burnt brick, interlaced with clay or dagha as mortar, tar and sand for the damp coursing, rubble stone masonry for the foundations and galvanised iron for the roofing.Prins says the buildings are significant because they are some of the city’s earliest inner city dwellings, showing what materials were used for construction, how the houses were positioned on the street, and finer details like outside toilets.“Although the internal structure has been largely destroyed, the extant plans point to the social relations of public and private spaces, family and individual spaces, entertainment and service spaces, work and living spaces, and the ways these were arranged and linked to each other in the early days of the mining town of Johannesburg.”JDA sponsorshipThe development is sponsored by the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA), which is pumping R9-million into the kapitol and a further R26-million into the revamp of the greater fashion district precinct.This involves paving 20 blocks over the next several years, replacing the mosaic stitching pavements, adding street furniture like benches, bins and trees, and giving the district a distinctive feel with new lighting. The plan includes artworks to be placed in the square by June, says Claudia Mahlaule, a development manager at the JDA.The plan is to link the recently revamped high court precinct with the fashion district by means of new paving and lighting. The JDA has also recently revamped jewel city, just south of the fashion district, and work continues on the Ellis Park precinct.The fashion district is also in the early stages of applying for city improvement district status.Property boomProperty in the fashion district is experiencing a boom as a result of the developments. Two major property development companies, City Properties and Afhco, have bought derelict blocks of flats and offices, and are converting them into B-grade offices and residential units.Max Katz of City Properties says the company started buying in the district two years ago. It bought Fashion Art Court and Fashion Art Place on the corner of Pritchard and Troye streets, and are in the throes of renovating the two buildings.The small businesses that occupied the buildings will be re-instated, together with offices and bachelor, one-bedroom and two-bedroom flats. With smart finishings, the flats will have prepaid electricity meters, an intercom system and 24-hour security. There will be an entertainment gallery, a braai area and a drying port, so washing is not hung on balconies, he emphasises.Neighbouring Registry House has also been bought and the first few storeys have already been converted. The Malalaituka Grill is doing brisk business, while retail space is ready for occupation. An internet cafe, a training centre and a college have already taken office space.City Properties has also bought the 23-storey Splendid Place in Pritchard Street, at present an eyesore with washing on balconies, rubbish accumulated above the retail-level roof, and broken windows. The company paid R22-million for the building, and will spend R45-million on revamping it.Tayob Towers, slightly further east but still within the district, was also recently purchased, and will be converted into 360 residential units. Katz says his company has bought some 70 buildings in the city centre and converted most of them into 1 200 residential units, while upgrading office spaces.“The company is tapping into the emerging middle-class market.”Lebo Mashego of Afhco says the company owns 11 buildings in the district, and it is busying buying another five. Three of them have already been converted into residential units, while work on the others continues. Most units are bachelor or one-bedroomed, confirms Mashego, in line with the demand in the precinct.Afhco has bought and converted some 45 buildings in the inner city. He says that the eastern edge of the CBD is still thought of as a dangerous area but things are changing, with the help of the JDA and the private sector.“The unique pan-African ambience reflects the character of the new Johannesburg and will make the kapitol an accessible and lively destination for tourists, suburbanites and the fashion community we intend to establish in the area,” confirms Mann.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

OSU hops tours

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farmers and brewers can learn about hops and how to grow the increasingly popular crop during the First Fridays Hops Tours at the Ohio State University South Centers in Piketon.The tours, which are offered on the first Friday of the months of May, June and July, will allow participants to learn more about the Ohio hops research being conducted by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.The tours are part of the Hop Production to Enhance Economic Opportunities for Farmers and Brewers project. They include a classroom session on hops led by researchers with Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, and a tour of the hop fields at the Piketon facility, said Charissa Gardner, program assistant with South Centers.Registration requiredIn addition to basic information on the ins and outs of hops production, topics addressed at the First Fridays sessions will include:* Hop yard construction.* Establishment costs.* Bine training.* Irrigation.* Variety selection.* Fertilization.The sessions are from 10 a.m. to noon on May 6, June 3 and July 1, she said.The tours are hosted by Brad Bergefurd, an OSU Extension educator, and assisted by Thom Harker, a horticulture research assistant with the South Centers.Interested parties must register by the Wednesday before the tour by contacting Gardner at 740-289-2071, ext. 132, or [email protected] Registration is $15 per family or farm.last_img read more

More links emerging between farm economics, productivity and the environment

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Soil Health Partnership, an initiative of the NCGA, recently held its third annual Soil Health Summit in Des Moines, Iowa. About 185 Ag scientists, industry leaders, environmentalists, water quality experts and enrolled farmers discussed their efforts to make agriculture more productive and sustainable through healthy soil.The key takeaway from the meeting: Building long-term data by its very nature takes time, but early indicators are promising on the relationship between soil health and economic, productivity and environmental gains in agriculture.“Through this program, we have powerful analytics underway providing early indicators of tangible links between soil health and enhanced farm performance,” said Nick Goeser, SHP director and NCGA director of soil health and sustainability.Working with their agronomists and trained field managers, SHP farmers have enrolled about 32,000 acres to provide data for the analytics. The three main areas of study are cover crops, reduced tillage and advanced nutrient management.Doug Karlen, a USDA distinguished senior research scientist based in Iowa, provided a first look into the soil sample data collected across SHP farms. His team analyzed data from approximately 700 soil health assessment samples. This data provides a basis to guide soil health assessment interpretations.For example, results indicate soil texture is extremely important for organic matter content, Goeser said.“While dry lab studies and analyses have documented the patterns shown, this is the first time the relationship has been supported across an on-farm trial network as expansive as the Soil Health Partnership,” he said. “These early looks will help us better understand opportunities and limitations to interpreting soil health assessments based on different regions and soil types. SHP is revolutionary in this effort.”Other speakers at the conference included Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey, The Nature Conservancy’s Director of Working Lands Michael Doane, Purdue Agricultural Economics Professor Wallace Tyner, and AgSolver co-founder Dave Muth. Based in Ames, Iowa, farmers enrolled in SHP have access to AgSolver’s software tools to analyze a field’s agronomic and economic performances side-by-side, and compare potential management scenarios.Three years into the program, the SHP teams, with support from AgSolver, are developing a preliminary research summary to be released soon. The SHP works closely with diverse organizations including commodity groups, industry groups, federal agencies and well-known environmental groups, including TNC, toward common goals. The Partnership is completing its third year with more than 65 partner farms across nine Midwestern states.last_img read more

Location Scouting Tips: The Whys and Hows of Where

first_imgAside from just finding a place that looks cool, here are some practical concerns you should consider when location scouting.All images via ShutterstockThere tends to be a weird philosophy that location scouting always concerns finding an exotic oasis for your film. Those projects are pretty few and far between. Many locations scouts are just looking for cool office spaces, lobbies, coffee shops, restaurants, and downtown areas that will be pleasing to look at on screen.There’s a reason so many shows use the same locations, like the Quality Cafe, or former famous locations like the 6th Street Viaduct and the recently burned-down Sable Ranch. Those places offer the look the production needs, while also providing all the practical amenities the crew requires.Basic Production Needs: Power, Parking, and PottyThere is one thing you need on every single shoot: Power. You literally can’t operate a camera without a battery. If you are planning on being on location for quite some time, you will want plenty of batteries or a way to charge back up. Be sure to check for access to power — and even if there are a few outlets, that doesn’t necessarily mean you will have enough juice. Take into account everything that needs power, from big things like lights and monitors, down to little things like your cell phone.Image via ShutterstockOne of the next biggest concerns is transportation. From large scale shoots in the wilderness with a transportation bus, down to small shoots where each crew member has to park their own car downtown, you need to find somewhere for everyone to park. Does the location have its own lot, or will you have to use a nearby parking garage? If a parking garage — is it free? If not, what is the rate? You may have to preplan out a guest list or ticket system for the crew, or, worse, break the news that they’ll have to pay (though you really should reimburse them).You also need to provide basic necessities like food and water. So when you’re taking account of where to park vehicles, know that all the gear and supplies must make the trek to the location.Image via ShutterstockAlso, after eating and drinking — you and your crew are going to need somewhere to go when it’s time to go. There are plenty of horror stories out there about crew members not having access to a bathroom. There are even comical oversights, like Waterworld’s set in the middle of nowhere without a bathroom anywhere closer than a boat ride away.But nobody had provided bathrooms on the boats used by the crew or on the set, a 1,000-ton atoll made of steel that is supposed to serve as home for Mr. Costner and the other good guys. So when nature called, the actors and crew had to flag down a boat to take them to a barge near shore that was equipped with portable toilets. — Wall Street JournalCheck for Location Hazards, Risks, Weather, and AnnoyancesImage via ShutterstockWhen talking about on-location hazards, sure, it can mean shooting near a nuclear test site like a John Wayne picture. Realistically, your hazards will be more mundane — but you’ve got to take them seriously. Are there tricky steps in the building? Is there poison ivy nearby? Will there be a clear path to the fire escape with all the cast, crew, and gear inside?There are also small annoyances to take into account. How close is the location to the airport? Will you have to stop shooting every time a plane flies over? You will also want to consider the average weather and temperature for a location based on the time you are shooting. Is there a good chance for non-stop rain? Can you expect to see lots of snow?Location Measurements and Overall Physical StateImage via ShutterstockOnce you think you have a location in mind, you’ll want to know all the specifics of that spot. Remember, this is location scouting, so literally scout and survey the area. What direction is the location facing? Which direction will the cameras face? Make note of the cardinal directions. How much total space is there? If you are shooting in a small coffee shop, make sure you have enough room for the actors, set pieces, camera, and crew. Know the length, width, and height of the area. Take note of the overall existing lighting. Are there any windows or sunroofs that allow natural light? What is the color temperature and output of the existing lighting? Is it a dimly lit blue location, or are there plenty of bright tungsten lights? See if there is room for your own lights. Remember to check the power again. Know the number of outlets and total amps, as well as the location of the breaker box. If there is no power, determine where a power generator would have to go, and make sure to calculate how long cables need to be from the set to the generator.Finally, take a look at the physical state of the building. If you’re shooting in an abandoned warehouse, is the location safe enough to be in? Look for any cracks in the floor, or uneven ground. This may require some apple boxes to level out camera equipment, or if you are running a dolly track – well, good luck evening that out.Check for Permissions and Conflicting EventsImage via ShutterstockIf you’re shooting guerrilla-style, then odds are you are skipping this step. However, it’s something you should really consider. Let’s say you want to shoot a scene in a public park. If there are plenty of pedestrians or random people just out and about, you need to either get a model release signed by everyone there, or you need to post proper signage mentioning that you are filming in the area. Working with a city to clear permission will make things easier on the day of the shoot.You can also verify that the city doesn’t have any scheduled events on or around the day of your shoot. You may plan to shoot a nice quiet park conversation, only to find out the local food truck and music festival has taken over the location. You probably don’t want to shoot right after an event like that either, because odds are there still might be plenty of trash, an empty stage, and remnants of what was once grass all throughout the park.Find these tips helpful? Have any other advice to share? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

The Leadership Playbook: What A Leader Does

first_imgA leader leads. They lead the people and the organization in their charge forward.The vision thing. The leader can only lead if she has a clear vision of where she is leading the people in her charge. That vision—and the ability to share it in a clear and compelling way—is what draws followers to her, and what inspires them to take action.Making change. No leader ever finds themselves in charge of an organization that doesn’t need to change, or one that could not produce greater results than they are currently producing. That means a leader leads change. That change is what move an organization from their current state to its future.Strategy. A leader has to have some idea of how to compete and how to win. Strategy is the plan to do so. Without strategy, the vision will not come to life, and the change will not be achieved.Execution. A leader has to ensure execution. Execution is a big deal. You can have the best strategy on Earth and the tactics to achieve them, but without execution, it is all for naught.Growing people. Execution isn’t easy. To execute, the people in the leader’s charge will be required to change, to grow, to develop personally and professionally (you cannot have the latter without the former). A great leader helps those in their charge become the best version of themselves. The greatest of leaders build leadership factories.Teams. Leaders build teams. They bring diverse groups of people together to achieve what would otherwise be impossible. Teams are a force multiplier, creating value far in excess of the individuals it is made of.Nonnegotiable values. A leader creates a culture. They decide what values are nonnegotiable, the core beliefs and behaviors that make the organization in their charge what it is. They decide where the organization stands, what it is for, and what it is against. And then the leader protects that culture.These are some of the component parts of leadership. That said, what a leader really does is lead. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

LNG Charter Rates to Remain under Pressure in 2018

first_imgzoom Increasing vessel supply will keep LNG charter rates under pressure in 2018, despite strong growth in trade, shipping consultancy Drewry said.Short-term outlook for LNG charter rates remains pessimistic because of the high fleet growth rate compared with demand, according to Drewry. The fleet is expected to expand by 11% because of high deliveries and low demolition activity. Low freight rates in the first three quarters of 2017 have resulted in a huge pile-up of deliveries in 2018, which will further put pressure on supply.In 2017, 43 vessels were scheduled for delivery, while just 27 were delivered during the entire year, and 16 were deferred to 2018. Taking into account the slippages from 2017, 69 vessels, aggregating 11 million cbm capacity, are scheduled for delivery in 2018.However, Drewry believes not all 69 ships will stick to schedule, and therefore, projects that only 45 LNG carriers, with 7.6 million cbm capacity, will be delivered. Demolitions are also expected to remain low.High slippages of vessels from 2017, along with low demolition activity, will further add pressure on the supply side. Average spot rates are projected to remain lower than charter rates were in 2017.The first quarter of 2018 will be weaker than the last quarter of 2017, and slide further in the second quarter on account of high tonnage availability. Charter rates will improve in the second half of 2018 as high Chinese LNG imports will absorb the excess tonnage available in the spot market.Overall, the LNG market in 2018 will be marked by a high number of vessel deliveries, low scrapping activity, reactivation of idle fleet and strong Chinese demand.last_img read more