Car falls into patch of wet cement in Mission Hills

first_imgReader Caroline Robinson snapped this picture of a car that got stuck in a patch of wet cement Thursday afternoon on 69th Street between Tomahawk and Belinder. WaterOne workers had been installing a new water main in the area, and had finished pouring cement to close up the hole in the road when the black sedan drove by and immediately sunk.A tow truck arrive to pull the vehicle out of the hole, and the motorist was able to drive away with the vehicle apparently unharmed.last_img

Farmington council looks for Maxfield property developers

first_imgWith one dissenting vote, city officials on Monday approved a document designed to draw private developers to Farmington’s Maxfield Training Center project.Council members on September 2 reviewed the Request for Qualifications (RFQ), which asks developers to show how they would bring housing to the long-vacant property on Thomas Street. At that time, several officials objected to language that set a 124-unit limit, but it remained in the approved draft.The number led council member Maria Taylor to vote against the RFQ developed by Carmine Avantini and Justin Sprague of Community Image Builders (CIB), and Eric Helzer of Advanced Redevelopment Solutions (ARS). Taylor pointed out that three of five council members said earlier that they weren’t comfortable with the high number.“The whole reason that we bought this was so that we wouldn’t be in a situation with too many units… that cancels out the whole reason for doing this project,” she said.Cap based on ordinances, TIFCity officials earlier this year finalized a deal with Farmington Public Schools to buy the 3-acre property for $690,000, after years of failed development proposals. Neighboring residents opposed AC Acquisitions plans for as many as 155 luxury apartments; a revised plan for 115 units stalled in 2018. The company withdrew from the project in 2019, after the death of owner Walter Cohen.City council member Steven Schneemann also balked at 124 units. Avanti explained the number was based on factors that included the city’s zoning ordinance and calculating repayment of funds advanced through tax increment financing (TIF) for demolition and site cleanup.“We wanted to put a cap on there, we wanted to have it high enough that we could have discussions with (developers),” Avanti said. “That’s a number they’d have to reach for. We’re going to be negotiating based on what kind of tax capture we can commit to the project based on what they’re willing to do.”Schneemann said that a developer could argue the city’s desired amenities – a connection with Shiawassee Park and public parking – are already in place, and simply propose 124 units.“My concern is if we’re not specific enough, we’re basically going to not come to an agreement with the developer,” he said.Avanti said the larger number will attract more proposals, and “the bigger the pool, the better the opportunity for the city is to find that development you’re looking for.” Sprague added that officials could withdraw from an offer if a developer decided to “go rogue” and present something outside the city’s vision.“My concern is the same,” Schneemann said. “We’re saying one thing and looking for another.”Fewer units narrows the fieldTaylor said she would be comfortable with putting 100 units into the RFQ. She asked what would happen if a developer came in with a 124-unit project.“They’d have to show the numbers,” Avanti said. “Because we’re going to be offering financial incentives, they have to submit a detailed pro forma that shows the rate of return and expenses… We can put in 100, but that narrows the field of developers.”He added that the city could negotiate with financial incentives to drop the number of units, and that officials could turn down all offers and reissue the RFQ at a later date.“I don’t think we should negotiate for what we want… I think we should ask for what we want,” Taylor said.Mayor Pro Tem Joe LaRussa asked about the state of the market, and Avanti said housing projects are the only ones moving forward. He said the State of Michigan has put a hold on incentives, and Farmington has tools other communities may not to help developers make their projects work.Once the RFQ is released, Avanti said, developers would have 30-45 days to respond. Schneemann said he would support the document, but still had “serious concerns” about the types of proposals the city would receive.“We want to put together a project that will be accepted by the public, that the council feels comfortable (with) financially, that the developer can make a reasonable return on and make sure that it’s managed properly, and a project that looks good on top of that, high quality,” Avanti said. “Those are things I think we’re all looking for.” Reported by Joni Hubred Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ole Miss breaks out special Peach Bowl cleats

first_imgATLANTA — Ole Miss will wear special red and silver glitter Nike cleats during today’s Peach Bowl.From the Instagram account of senior linebacker Serderius Bryant:THESE NEW THINGS FOR TOMORROW…… MIGHT AS WELL GO OUT IN STYLE #BIRDGANGLASTONE #diamondonmyfeetIt’s the uniform adjustment for the game between No. 9 Ole Miss (9-3) and No. 6 TCU (11-1). The Rebels will wear their white jerseys with red numbers and white pants for the game. Ole Miss 1-0 under coach Hugh Freeze in that combination, wearing them in a win against Texas A&M earlier this season.. @[email protected] white jerseys with red numbers %26 white pants will be worn in the @CFAPeachBowl#OleMisspic.twitter.com/hJb4EjD90r— ken crain (@kencrain) December 31, 2014last_img read more

“A Dog’s Purpose” L.A. Premiere Canceled Amid Accusations of Animal Cruelty

first_imgUniversal Pictures – 2017(LOS ANGELES) — Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment have canceled the Los Angeles premiere of A Dog’s Purpose this weekend amid threats of a boycott by PETA, according to The Hollywood Reporter.The controversy stems from a video that surfaced Wednesday showing a frightened German Shepherd being forced to perform in a pool of water intended to simulate river rapids.Universal and Amblin relesed a statement on Thursday that read, “Because Amblin’s review into the edited video released [Wednesday] is still ongoing, distributor Universal Pictures has decided it is in the best interest of A Dog’s Purpose to cancel this weekend’s premiere and press junket. Amblin and Universal do not want anything to overshadow this film that celebrates the relationship between humans and animals.”“Since the emergence of the footage, Amblin has engaged with many associated with the production of the film, including safety personnel, trainers and stunt coordinators as part of their in-depth review,” the statement continues. “While we are all disheartened by the appearance of an animal in distress, everyone has assured us that Hercules the German Shepherd was not harmed throughout the filmmaking.”In addition to the boycott, PETA is calling on the film’s director, Lasse Hallstrom, and producer Gavin Polone to pledge never to use animals in films again and to rescue the dogs from Birds & Animals Unlimited, the training and handling facility which reportedly supplied the animals.A Dog’s Purpose is scheduled for wide release on January 27.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

Student Arrested

first_imgOn Thursday, a parent contacted the Macon County Sheriff’s Department to let them know that their child had overheard another Franklin High School student communicate a threat towards the school during class Thursday. An investigation was initiated at that time. Charges were filed against a Franklin High School student for a threat of mass violence on educational property.last_img

Q&A: Iran’s top science official strives for a Silicon Valley spirit

first_imgNEW YORK CITY—During his 2 years in office, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has filled his cabinet with Ph.D.-trained technocrats. One of the youngest is Sorena Sattari, the vice president for science and technology. A mechanical engineer by training, Sattari, 43, has been a forceful proponent of yoking science more tightly to the economy and says he would like to imbue Iran with an “entrepreneurial spirit.” His Innovation and Prosperity Fund has handed out $600 million in low-interest loans to 1650 technology startups and to other firms seeking to branch out in new directions.He has not turned his back on basic research, however. He cites as “a point of pride” for his country the $30 million Iranian National Observatory, a world-class, 3.4-meter optical telescope that is expected to see first light in 4 or 5 years. Backers credit him with helping get the long-delayed project back on track earlier this year (Science, 4 September, p. 1042). Sattari spoke with Science last week on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. 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That was a difficult time to come of age.A: I spent a lot of time on air force bases during the war. Before the revolution [in 1979], Iran had one of the most advanced air forces in the world. But when U.S. military advisers left the country during the revolution, we realized we didn’t understand the technology. I think that’s why Saddam Hussein attacked us. He thought we would survive only 3 months. Iranian pilots were flying aircraft that weren’t reliable because they weren’t maintained well. But we learned how to stand on our own feet. Two days before [the] war ended, we had our last air combat with Iraq. For the first time, we shot down a MiG-29. We used an F-14 aircraft with an Iranian missile. We learned how to build new weapons. That was the start of the Iranian missile program. It was a result of international sanctions.Q: The war and sanctions hardened the Iranian psyche.A: The war was difficult, but what was harder was what went on under the skin of society. Many women lost their husbands, and parents lost their sons. Sometimes I get scared when the phone rings at night, because I think it must be very bad news. That fear comes from those times.Q: Your father died in a military plane crash in 1995. Did you think to follow his path into the military?A: My father didn’t want me to go into the military and didn’t ask me to. He was martyred when I was 22.Q: You had just finished your master’s degree in mechanical engineering at Sharif University of Technology.A: After I lost my father, I had to take care of my family. I left school and started working in the oil and gas ministry. After I collected enough money for my family, I went back to Sharif and completed my Ph.D.Q: In December 2013, Iran put a monkey named Fargam [“auspicious”] into orbit and safely brought him back to Earth. What’s next for the space program?A: We will have to change how we manage the space program, both the technology side and the business side. We’re hoping that with [the] help of foreign companies, we can commercialize the program.Q: Iran and Russia are talking about jointly developing remote-sensing satellites for environmental monitoring. Does this represent a deepening of scientific ties?A: We are now becoming very serious in our relationship with Russia. We have formed for the first time a joint commission on science and technology cooperation, which is much higher level than our economic joint commission. It’s headed by the deputy prime minister of Russia and myself. For the first time, science and technology is driving the relationship between our countries.Q: You said recently that “the most important responsibility” of your vice presidency is changing Iran’s oil-based economy into a knowledge-based economy. A: Before sanctions, our government got 85% of its revenues from oil. This year, we got less than 25% from oil. But we have not succumbed to this pressure. Resistance is ingrained in our nature; it is in Iranian genes. Our mindset has changed because of the sanctions. Now, we believe in investing in science and technology. Innovation is essential to creating a knowledge economy.Q: You’ve talked about privatizing Iran’s research institutes. Do you have a concrete plan?A: I have a mental model. There must be a difference between grants for pure research and support for projects that have potential to become a business. Government funds should be used to expand the boundaries of science. We have wasted a lot of money on institutes that are not contributing to the economy. We thought that we could use oil money to simply buy whatever technology we need. We thought that if we have a building and equipment, we could achieve results. But you have to acquire expertise. In many of our institutes, frankly, we need a new way of thinking.Q: In a speech at the University of Tehran in October 2013, President Rouhani pledged to increase academic freedom at Iranian universities. Are conditions improving?A: It’s unprecedented for an Iranian president to walk in and out of a university and talk to students without some sort of protests. We never experienced this before. It shows how supportive the majority of university students are of his policies. The university atmosphere has become much better compared with the past. Iran is becoming more open. If the United States wants to create a serious scientific relationship, this is the time.Q: This summer you were appointed to the Supreme Council of Cyberspace. One of its tasks is to accelerate the launch of a national intranet. What is the purpose of this network?A: Many countries are building similar networks. It will increase the speed and security of information transfer. And this does not have political intentions behind it.Q: The council also is supposed to pay special attention to “cleaning and securing” the nation’s cyberspace, and promoting Islamic and Iranian norms. Iran now blocks Facebook, Twitter, and other social media websites. Will achieving the council’s goal mean more aggressive Internet censorship?A: The Internet has a good face and a bad face. In the Middle East we have lots of challenges. For example, we have [the Islamic State group] recruiting on the Internet. It’s very scary to see what’s happening in the region. We want to make sure our data hubs remain in Iran. We don’t want messages to go out of the country and then come back in. We want more security.Q: According to the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution’s master plan for science, “the revival of the great Islamic civilization” is “contingent upon all-out progress in science.” What does that mean?A: It means that we want to be the superpower of science and technology in the region. And we also want to be No. 1 in the Islamic world as well.Q: Who is No. 1 now?A: Overall, Iran is No. 1. [Smiles.] Now, we are aiming for the whole world.last_img read more

Indian Navy recruiting Sailors under sports quota, apply by April 30

first_imgThe Indian Navy has invited job applications from unmarried male candidates for the post of Sailor under sports quota (02/2014 batch) in various disciplines. Interested and eligible candidates have to send their applications by April 30, 2014.The candidates will initially be recruited for 15 years, subject to successful completion of the training.Vacancy details:1. SailorStipend: Rs 5,700 per month (during training period)Pay Scale: Pay band of Rs 5,200-20,200 with grade pay of Rs 2,000 + MSP of Rs 2,000 + DA (on completion of training)a. Direct Entry Petty OfficerThe age of the candidate should be between 17 years and 22 years.Educational qualification: The candidate should have passed his class 12 examination or equivalent examination in any stream.Sports qualification: The candidate should have participated at international/national/state level team games at junior/senior level or represented a university in Inter-University tournament or he should have attained minimum 6th position in Senior National / 3rd position in Junior National / 3rd position in Inter-University meets in individual events.b. Senior Secondary Recruitment (SSR)The age of the candidate should be between 17 years and 21 years.Educational qualification: The candidate should have passed his class 12 examination or equivalent examination in any stream.Sports qualification: The candidate should have participated at international/national/state level at junior/senior level or he must have represented a university in an Inter-University tournament.c. Matric Recruits (MR)The age of the candidate should be between 17 years and 21 years.Educational qualification: The candidate should have passed his class 10 examination or equivalent examination.Sports qualification: The candidate should have participated at international/national/state level tournaments.(Selected candidates will be enrolled as Cooks/Stewards)advertisementd. Non Matric Recruits (NMR)The age of the candidate should be between 17 years and 21 years.Educational qualification: The candidate should have passed his class 6 examination or equivalent examination.Sports qualification: The candidate should have participated at international/national/state level tournaments.(Selected candidates will be enrolled as Sanitary Hygienist)Selection procedure: The candidates will be selected on the basis of their performance in the trials and the prescribed medical examination to be conducted at INS Hamla, Mumbai.How to apply: Interested and eligible candidates can obtain the application forms from the official website: http://www.nausena-bharti.nic.in/sailor_entry.phpThey need to send their applications along with a recent colour passport size photograph (with blue background) with their name and signature on the reverse side by ordinary post to: The Secretary, Indian Navy Sports Control Board, 7th Floor, Chankya Bhavan, Integrated Headquarters, MoD (NAVY), New Delhi- 110021.The envelope (brown) containing the application should be superscribed with: The type of entry, sports discipline with achievements.Note: Each candidate is required to send only one application.Important dates:Last date for receipt of applications at the office: April 30, 2014May 7, 2014 (for candidates from the states of North-East, Sikkim, J&K, Andaman and Nicobar, Lakshadweep and Minicoy Island)last_img read more

Three Ways to Humanize Your Nonprofit’s Social Media Outreach

first_img(Credit: United Way, Source: Peter Panepento/The Chronicle of Philanthropy)Social media is a fantastic tool to make your presence known online. But are you using it correctly? Many nonprofits are using it to promote themselves, but often in the wrong ways, said Peter Panepento, assistant managing editor at The Chronicle of Philanthropy, at the Washington, DC, edition of the Social Media for Nonprofits conference. He often sees nonprofits tweeting links to press releases or posting them on their Facebook page, trying to hijack their social media pages as an “official communication channel.”“Don’t use social media to be bureaucratic,” Peter told the conference. Social media is the perfect tool for PR, but only when the emphasis is on personal. Nonprofits should put a human face on everything and use social media to humanize your organization.” “You don’t need a big budget or to be particularly photogenic,” Peter said, you just need to be human. Here are three rules we learned from Peter on how to humanize your social media and tell a great story:1. Think like a reporter.Use your social media accounts to feature someone in your community that your group engages with such as donors, beneficiaries of your work, and local businesses that support you. Seek out someone that can answer the question, “Who cares? Why should this matter to me?” Remember that stories are about people, so feature the people who matter to your cause.2. Share your #fail.In 2010, the organization charity: water posted on Facebook for its September Campaign Live Drill. From Central African Republic, they produced a live broadcast when they attempted to drill for clean water-and failed. Peter highlighted charity: water because instead of trying to hide that something went wrong, they made it public, even writing a blog post about it. For every success, there is failure. “Followers really responded to seeing things that don’t work, you seem more genuine to your followers.”3. Give your supporters the megaphone.Think about how your supporters can help tell your story over social media. Invite them to talk about your work just like the United Way did for their 160th anniversary (as seen above). You can even encourage volunteers to be reporters by rewarding them: retweet them, call them out, and thank them. If you bake it into the volunteer experience, Peter said, “you’ll get more genuine language from people than you could otherwise compose.”For better social media engagement, follow these tips from Peter to humanize your organization. “If you can show the work that you’re doing and the people you’re serving, even if it’s not in a mud pit somewhere in Alaska but at your desk, that can be really helpful.”The Social Media for Nonprofits conference is coming to Austin, TX on August 13, 2013. Check out the conference agenda, and follow SM4Nonprofits on Facebook for the latest updates. Heading to Austin? Use our “N4G” discount code to save $20.last_img read more

The 4 qualities of powerful visual storytelling

first_imgContent syndication outlet NewsCred has teamed up with Getty Images to create a new site, The Power of Visual Storytelling. The online guide (and accompanying whitepaper) boils down the essentials of effective imagery into four principles:Be authentic. With stock images and Photoshop, it’s easy to be fake. Allow your readers to connect with the human side of your work by highlighting candid photos that show the reality of your work. Your images don’t have to be perfect, but they do have to stir emotion.Excite the senses. Don’t avoid the gritty details that bring a story to life. Generic or too-glossy photos remove the personality from your subject. Choose or create images that make your audience feel like they can almost hear, smell, and touch the world you’re inviting them into.Evoke a familiar archetype. Tap into what resonates with your audience by creating a persona to connect with their experiences or aspirations. Remember: powerful characters are a must for any great story.Be relevant. To really connect with your supporters, your images and stories need to reflect the things that are immediate and real to them. This means that your outreach must be current and culturally sensitive to make an impact. The Power of Visual Storytelling offers more insight on each of these components, complete with stats and examples. As you’re creating your next campaign, try incorporating all four elements to command attention and draw your audience even closer to your cause. Want more storytelling ideas? Download our free guide: Storytelling for Nonprofits.last_img read more

Research Council of Norway Announces New Funding Opportunity for FP and MNCH

first_imgPosted on August 2, 2013February 16, 2017By: Kate Mitchell, Manager of the MHTF Knowledge Management System, Women and Health InitiativeClick 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The Global Health and Vaccination Research Program (GLOBVAC) has recently announced a global health funding opportunity that will give priority to research on family planning as well as maternal, neonatal, and child health. The group has announced up to NOK 244 million for research in these areas. From the Research Council of Norway:Family planning, reproductive, maternal, neonatal, child and youth health are relevant topics for the new priority. All relevant health aspects are covered, including nutrition and child development. An important aspect is the follow-up of the recommendations of the  UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children. Encourage collaboration with low and middle-income countries International collaboration is highly encouraged in the call. Collaborations and partnerships with highly qualified international groups, including partnerships with research groups and institutions in low and middle-income countries are strongly encouraged. Relevance for the health-related United Nations Millennium Development Goals, i.e. child and maternal health and communicable diseases, as well as other major global health endeavours, is of overarching importance to GLOBVAC. Priorities for this call: 1. Prevention and treatment of, and diagnostics for, communicable diseases with particular relevance for low and lower-middle income countries. 2. Prevention and treatment of, and diagnostics for, neglected tropical diseases. 3. Family planning, reproductive, maternal, neonatal, child and youth health. 4. Health systems and health policy research. 5. Implementation research. 6. Innovation in technology and methods development for maternal and child health in settings where appropriate technologies are not available or non-existing. The application deadline is 4 September 2013.Learn more about this opportunity.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more