George W Bush And Chad McQueen Attend 2018 Scottsdale Auction

first_imgFormer U.S. President George W. Bush and Chad McQueen helped Barrett-Jackson speed past the $100 million mark in funds raised for charity as ten vehicles brought in $6.21 million for non-profit organizations during the 47th Annual Scottsdale Auction at WestWorld.The top fundraisers included Lot #3010, the first current-generation Ford GT that has been donated for charity since the car was introduced, bringing in $2.55 million to push the company to nearly $102 million since 1971. On Saturday, President Bush joined Chevrolet on the block for the sale of a 2018 Corvette Carbon Fiber 65 Edition (Lot #3007), which sold for $1.4 million to benefit The George W. Bush Presidential Center’s Military Service Initiative while film star Chad McQueen was on stage Friday as the Ford Mustang Bullitt brought $300,000 for Boys Republic.“I’m incredibly proud that we’ve reached such a historic milestone of raising almost $102 million in total charity donations at our home in Scottsdale,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “Our company was founded on the principle of charitable donations by my father Russ Jackson and his partner, Tom Barrett, and I’m grateful to be able to carry on that banner in their honor. This has been an incredible 47-year journey for our company, driven by our tremendous bidders, consignors, sponsors, celebrities and the entire collector car community, whose heart is only matched by their generosity and outpouring of support. The amount of good that has come from the $102 million we’ve raised together is simply immeasurable. But we’re not going to stop here as this is simply a milestone on our journey to continue to help those who need our help the most.”For the first time in the company’s history, the Barrett-Jackson team was joined on the block by a former U.S. president. President Bush, along with television host Jay Leno, as well as Chad McQueen, son of TV actor Steve McQueen, lent their efforts to help raise awareness and donations for charity this week.Carolyn and Craig Jackson auctioned their personal Corvette with the entire sale benefiting the American Heart Association (AHA). Joined on the block by Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association, the sale kicked off Barrett-Jackson’s yearlong Driven Hearts initiative. The company will continue to raise awareness and much-needed funds for the AHA in a variety of ways, including the first Barrett-Jackson themed license plate program through the Arizona Department of Transportation, Motor Vehicle Division (ADOT-MVD). The six-character license plates cost $25, with $17 from each plate sold benefiting the AHA. The Driven Hearts campaign also includes a partnership with Hotels for Hope, which enables fans traveling to Barrett-Jackson events to book rooms through, with a portion of every actualized hotel room night booked going to the AHA.“We’ve been given a tremendous opportunity to enrich the lives of so many deserving individuals,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “Over the last 47 years, the collector car community has joined us to help our youth, those who struggle with disease and sickness, our nation’s military veterans and first responders, and so many others. We’re proud to be a catalyst for change and for reaching this incredible milestone and excited to continue this great tradition of charitable giving in the future.”Ten charity vehicles crossed the block in Scottsdale with 100 percent of the hammer prices raising a total of $6.21 million. This year’s charity vehicles included:• 2017 Ford GT (Lot #3010) – $2.55 million – Donated by Ron Pratte to benefit The Autism Society of North Carolina’s Ignite Program and the Autism Alliance of Michigan • 2018 Chevrolet Corvette Carbon 65 Edition (Lot #3007) – $1,400,000 – Donated by to benefit The George W. Bush Presidential Center’s Military Service Initiative • 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 (Lot #3009) – $925,000 benefiting Building for America’s Bravest Through the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation • 1988 Chevrolet Corvette 35th Anniversary Edition (Lot #3008) – $350,000 benefiting the American Heart Association • 2015 Pioneer Cedar One Custom Roadster (Lot #3005) – $350,000 benefiting the National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation, The Royal Canadian Legion and Our Nation’s Heroes Foundation • 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt (Lot #3006) – $300,000 to benefit Boys Republic • 2017 Ford F-250 Pickup (Lot #3003) – $115,000 benefiting ChildHelp through the SEMA Cares Foundation • 1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Aero Custom Coupe “Project Prestone” (Lot #3004) – $100,000 benefiting TGen Foundation • 2018 Bennington 23SSBXP Pontoon Boat (Lot #3002) – $100,000 benefiting the Mayshad Foundation • 1996 Ford Mustang (Lot #3001) $20,000 – benefiting Jordan Vocational High Schoollast_img read more

Degrassis new season tackles abortion refugees scary rightwing thinking

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitter “We’re very much influenced by what’s going on in the world, there’s no question. When this season comes on air, in the very first episode, we (also) see that ‘Degrassi’ is welcoming Syrian refugees.”The entire third season will be available in Canada on Friday on the Family Channel app and on Netflix in the U.S. and around the world. The season makes its Canadian broadcast premiere on Family Channel on Monday night.This is the fourth time a “Degrassi” character has had an abortion. The previous characters were Erica Farrell of “Degrassi High,” Tessa Campanelli of “School’s Out!” and Manny Santos of “Degrassi: The Next Generation.”“We’ve also done an equal number of stories of kids who get pregnant and make different choices,” says Schuyler.“So it’s not like we are advocating, ‘Get pregnant, get an abortion.’ But we really felt that it was very important, particularly in this day and age when the abortion debate is coming back on the main stage, that we wanted to demystify it.“Our message is not: ‘Use abortion as birth control.’ Far from it,” she adds. “But we also want to respect the dignity and the rights of a young woman to be able to make her own informed choices.”In the episode “#IRegretNothing,” Lola finds out she’s pregnant and decides to have an abortion after researching her options for a couple of weeks.When a counsellor at the clinic stresses that she can take more time to think about her options, Lola insists she wants to go through with it. Cameras then show her lying on the examination table and chatting with the doctor in the procedure room as he preps the equipment.“I think that it will help a lot of teenagers realize that, ‘Hey, it’s OK if I do this because it is my body and I can be strong after this, I’ll get through this, I have lots of people supporting me,’” says Arcuri.Lola isn’t haunted by her decision, as is often the case in abortion storylines. Instead, she tells a friend that it wasn’t a difficult choice for her and that she doesn’t feel sad or regretful.“Some girls will have an emotion and cry for days after and some will feel strong and feel liberated and feel like it wasn’t a big deal. And I think it’s a good way to tell a story — that people react differently, Lola’s reaction is justified, it’s normal, it’s OK,” says Arcuri.“I’m happy that the writers gave me this opportunity to portray it and help young girls.”Lola also doesn’t tell the father about her abortion beforehand. Arcuri says it speaks to a woman’s right to make a decision about her own body, but she adds that it might make some viewers angry.“It was also very scary to think about portraying this with all the controversy that’s going on and how many people have different views on this specific topic,” she says.“I wanted to get it right and to prepare myself for any backlash or anything that happens.”The new season picks up right after the season 2 cliffhanger, which involved a tragic bus crash. The new season will also see an influx of Syrian refugees to “Degrassi.”But the abortion storyline will likely be among the most discussed, says Schuyler: “It is a subject matter, out of all — I think we’re up to 525 episodes of ‘Degrassi’ now — and no question, it’s the first, if not the second, most divisive topic that we talk about.”Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Advertisement The esteemed Canadian teen-TV franchise “Degrassi” is tackling the subject of abortion again, given that it’s “a very important time to be telling this story,” says series co-creator Linda Schuyler.In the upcoming third season of “Degrassi: Next Class,” Amanda Arcuri’s 16-year-old character Lola Pacini decides to have an abortion and viewers get a unique perspective — from inside the procedure room with her.“We’re constantly reading the stats and keeping apprised as to what’s happening and also have our finger on the pulse of some of the scary right-wing thinking that’s out there,” says Schuyler, who is also an executive producer for the show. Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Province to boost Climate action tax credit to help BC families

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – Starting July 5, the Government of B.C. will be giving a boost to the Climate action tax credit in order to help families across the province.According to the Government, nearly 50 percent of B.C. families will receive more for their climate action tax credit this week, putting money back in their pockets and helping make life more affordable.The Province says, on July 5, eligible families will see the first of four instalments of the newly expanded credit. Families of four will receive up to $400 over the next year and up to $500 starting in July 2021 when the credit will be nearly 70 percent higher than it was in 2017.This is the second increase to the climate action tax credit since it was last expanded in September 2017.$223 million was invested in the tax credit as part of Budget 2019.For more information on the CleanBC plan, you can visit the Province’s website.last_img read more

Latin America and Caribbean to discuss human trafficking at UN meeting

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has arranged the summit, to be held in Bogotá from Wednesday, through its country offices in Colombia and Ecuador as it fights the disturbing rise in human trafficking in the region.The conference is expected to focus on finding ways to strengthen regional collaboration and developing agreements for better international judicial and police cooperation, according to a statement issued today by the UN Information Service in Vienna.UNODC says indicators show that international organized crime, especially drug trafficking, arms trafficking and money laundering, is closely linked to trafficking in people. The reasons for trafficking can vary from forced labour to sexual exploitation.The summit will be attended by experts and government officials from across Latin America and the Caribbean, as well government officials from Sweden and the Czech Republic, UNODC officials from Africa and Asia, the International Organization for Migration and academics in the field. read more

New bishop of London could pave the way for female archbishop say

first_img“Since the legislation went through in 2014 the potential has been there. Archbishops are no different from bishops in that respect. “Whoever are our next archbishops, that can be a man or a woman regardless. “Obviously the fact that that has now become a reality, as the bishop of London is a very senior position, perhaps those who were thinking ‘it’ll never be an archbishop’ are now thinking that all things are possible. “This has been a very clear marker for the direction of travel of the church in terms of wanting to have full gender equality,” said spokeswoman the Rev Jody Stowell. However, conservative groups said the appointment would result in a “deeper impairment of communion”.A statement from Forward in Faith, which opposes women’s ministry, said: “We remain committed to maintaining the highest degree of communion that is still possible in these changed circumstances, while being realistic about its limits.” The statement, signed by Bishop of Wakefield Tony Robinson, added that since the church agreed to appoint female bishops in 2014 there had been “numerous appointments of women as bishops and archdeacons, but only one new appointment of a traditional catholic”. Last week one of the largest churches in the diocese threatened to split away from the Church of England if the next Bishop had a liberal view on sexuality. The rector at St Helen’s Bishopsgate, William Taylor, said in a sermon that his first question to the new bishop would be whether they are “prepared to openly to declare as sin what God calls sin”. Sarah Mullally (right), who was bishop of Crediton, at Canterbury Cathedral with Justin WelbyCredit:Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images  The Reverend Libby Lane outside York Minster after she was consecrated as the eighth Bishop of Stockport on January 26, 2015 in York In a statement posted online on Monday, the church said: “We offer Bishop Sarah our congratulations and assure her of our prayers”. She is widely considered a supporter of LGBT equality, but said she “absolutely supports” current Church teaching on marriage, which does not allow gay couples to wed in church. A trained cancer nurse, Bishop Mullally rose to become chief nursing officer for England and was made a dame for services to nursing in 2005, before becoming a priest in 2006.  The Church appointed its first woman bishop, Libby Lane, to the post of Bishop of Stockport in 2015.  The new bishop of London could pave the way for a female Archbishop of Canterbury, campaigners have said. Supporters have celebrated the appointment of Sarah Mullally, currently Bishop of Crediton, to the third-most senior role in the Church of England. The surprise appointment is a controversial one in a diocese divided over the issue of women’s ordination. The previous incumbent, Richard Chartres, ordained neither male nor female priests in a concession to conservatives who opposed the ordination of women, and a female successor was widely considered unlikely.Speaking at a press conference announcing her appointment, Bishop Mullally was conciliatory towards those who opposed it. “I am aware that for some the appointment of a woman as a bishop will be difficult. I am very respectful of those who for theological reasons cannot accept my role as a priest or as a bishop,” she said.She admitted that her appointment had been a “surprise” to some, adding “I would probably share some of that surprise.”  The Reverend Libby Lane outside York Minster after she was consecrated as the eighth Bishop of Stockport on January 26, 2015 in YorkCredit:Jeff J Mitchell /Getty Images Europe  It is understood that members of the diocese who do not believe in women’s ordination will likely be ordained instead by the bishops of Fulham and Maidstone, who minister to those who do not accept women priests. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Commenting on the appointment, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said: “As one of the first women consecrated as a bishop in the Church of England, she has not only blazed a trail for others but lived out the principles of mutual flourishing and acceptance which I know will continue to bear fruit in London.”Campaign group Women and the Church, which was founded in 1996 to advocate for women’s leadership, celebrated the appointment.  Sarah Mullally (right), who was bishop of Crediton, at Canterbury Cathedral with Justin Welby Perhaps those who were thinking ‘it’ll never be an archbishop’ are now thinking that all things are possible. A spokesperson for the Church of England said: “People from all walks of life – women and men, young and old – are warmly welcome to all roles within the Church of England.“So far 12 of our bishops are women, last year the number of women entering training for ordination jumped by almost 20 per cent.“The nomination of Bishop Sarah Mullally as Bishop of London shows powerfully that the Church of England is open to all.”last_img read more

Child sex abuse inquiry widens scope to other religions outside Christianity for

Reacting to the announcement that IICSA was widening its religious scope, Dino Nocivelli, a specialist child abuse solicitor at BoltBurdonKemp and an ambassador for the Survivors Trust, welcomed the move. “Finally!” he tweeted. “IICSA has agreed to look into #childabuse in a number of religions to include Jehovah’s Witnesses, Islam, Judaism and others #BreakTheSilence #StopChildAbuse.”The IICSA said more than one in 10 survivors of child sexual abuse who shared their accounts with the inquiry’s Truth Project reported sexual abuse in a religious institution.Of these, almost a quarter said they were abused in institutions in the scope of the new investigation.The IICSA said the latest strand will review the current child protection policies, practices and procedures in religious institutions in England and Wales.Other organisations falling under the remit of the investigation will include non conformist Christian denominations, Methodists, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism and Hinduism.Other religious settings being considered are churches, temples, Muslim madrassas, Christian Sunday schools, and places where children and young people gather in connection with their religious beliefs, including youth groups and camps.Organisations and individuals are being invited to apply for core participant status.A preliminary hearing will take place in July and public hearings are expected to begin next year. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Organisations falling under the remit of this investigation will include non conformist Christian denominations, the Jehovah’s Witnesses, Baptists, Methodists, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, Hinduism and Buddhism. This investigation is separate from our investigations into the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches.Religious settings including mosques, synagogues, churches and temples will fall within the scope of the investigation. Places of faith tuition such as Muslim madrassahs and Christian Sunday schools and places where children and young people gather in connection with their religious beliefs, including youth groups and camps will also be investigated by the Inquiry. Religious organisations across the country will be investigated for the first time, as the  Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) announced it was widenening its scope.Faiths including Buddhism, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Baptists and religious settings such as mosques and synagogues will all fall within the scope of the newly announced probe.This marks the 14th strand in the investigation into child protection in religious organisations and settings.The IICSA was set up in 2015 to investigate institutions which failed to protect children from sexual abuse. Prior to the announcement yesterday the investigation has only dealt with Christian cases when probing religion.The new investigation will be separate from the investigations into the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches and will review the current child protection policies, practices and procedures in religious institutions in England and Wales. read more

Hausse de la TVA lUFCQue Chosir surveille les résiliations télécom

first_imgHausse de la TVA : l’UFC-Que Chosir surveille les résiliations télécomDepuis plusieurs semaines, les consommateurs n’hésitent pas à faire valoir leur droit à la résiliation sans frais auprès de leur opérateur suite à la hausse de la TVA. Face aux difficultés que rencontrent certains particuliers, l’UFC – Que Choisir conseille aux opérateurs de jouer le jeu sous peine de poursuites judiciaires.Trois cents plaintes de consommateurs ont mis la puce à l’oreille de l’UFC – Que Choisir. L’organisme de défense des acheteurs a constaté que, dans certains cas, les opérateurs retenaient les clients contre leur gré. Pourtant, les particuliers sont libres de résilier leurs abonnements sans frais depuis la hausse de la TVA qui augmente les tarifs des abonnements sauf pour Bouygues Telecom, qui a décidé de prendre l’augmentation à sa charge. En réalité, il pourrait y avoir 300.000 plaintes, confie l’association. Ainsi, l’UFC a prévenu de poursuites judiciaires pour toute manoeuvre des opérateurs ayant pour but de conserver de force ses clients : “L’association exige que les opérateurs se mettent en conformité avec la loi et demande au gouvernement de sanctionner les récalcitrants”. Selon l’enquête, les litiges concernent majoritairement les renouvellements de contrat après le 16 novembre, date de la décision d’augmenter officiellement la TVA le premier février, et les résiliations prononcées avant le premier février, date de l’augmentation.Le 2 février 2011 à 13:17 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Former teacher challenges Blue Hill seat for PDA

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 1, 2016 – Betty Been is on the green ticket, the PDA introduced the former teacher to Blue Hills on Saturday night at rally in that community as their candidate for Electoral District #8.  It was a small but exuberant turn out for the newest political party led by former Chief Minister, Oswald Skippings.Been mounted the stage to share with voters that, and I quote her now… “I’ve got your back Blue Hills.  I am not afraid.  They may not be here in record numbers but I know where their hearts lie… they want, they need change.”  The Progressive Democratic Alliance still has more candidates to be rolled out as we near the December 15, 2016 General Elections. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#bettyneenlast_img read more

TCI Government praised for support during Beaches Resort rebuilding

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, December 19, 2017 – Providenciales – Gordon Butch Stewart is a true Caribbean son, as the founder and builder of a chain of world renowned resorts which are all – at this time anyway – set up in the Caribbean.   Among the regional countries where Stewart has established a Sandals or Beaches resort is the Turks and Caicos.An appreciation luncheon was on Friday hosted by the Chairman of SRI, and the comments by Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness, who was here for that luncheon – received robust applause from the near 60 attendees at the function.   In addition to many thank yous and kudos, there were statistics and a description given about the job of work which had to be done following the ferocious Hurricane Irma.The Hurricane, which tore up Beaches Resort and forced a 90 day closure of the property, Stewart said it’s the worst he has seen in decades.“… spend that kind of money on damage, I have to thank the government, the government was exceptional in that we needed A huge amount of builders, the operational side, retraining the staff, managing the work permits, seeing that our lead got his spaces on the project side of things, that’s why we are open today.”The bill to rebuild at the 75-acre property on Grace Bay, Providenciales is put at $50m by the Chairman.   The luncheon was held at his Key West Village.last_img read more

The worlds first electric rally car is an Opel Corsae

first_img5:55 2020 Bentley Continental GT: Concept looks with a surprise inside Electric Cars Future Cars Share your voice A blast through the trees at DirtFish’s epic rally school More From Roadshow Enlarge ImageAll electric and ready to hit the dirt. Opel Motorsport has long been a way for automakers to test new technologies at their limits. After all, if a new technology or engineering solution can handle the task of racing, it should do mighty fine in everyday life. Yet, Opel is doing things the other way around, revealing the world’s first electric rally car, but it happens to be based on a production vehicle.The Opel Corsa-e rally car debuted online Thursday ahead of an official reveal at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Opel didn’t give the race car a proper name, so we’ll just call it the Corsa-e rally car. Like the production car, it has a full electric powertrain that consists of a 50-kWh lithium-ion battery supplying charge to an electric motor. The powertrain spins out 136 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque and these figures don’t change for the rally car.Where there are differences is in the construction. To prepare the Corsa-e for rally duty, the body is lighter and features an integrated roll cage and underbody protection. A fire extinguisher and quick releases for the hood and hatchback are also present. Drivers will have zero electronic driver aids at their disposal, which should make things interesting considering the 191 pound-feet of torque comes on instantly. Ahead of the driver is a new motorsport display with a data logger to boot.Opel also worked to beef up the braking system, but the solution is specifically designed to handle regenerative braking capabilities as well. Most importantly, there’s a handbrake for sideways action.The German brand plans to field 15 of these customer race cars (yes, Opel will sell them to customers) for the ADAC Opel e-Rally Cup. Rounds will take place alongside various German Rally Championship events and other outings. In 2021, Opel plans for at least 10 qualifying rounds to sort out the best talent and move drivers onto the European Junior Rally Championship. There, they’ll drive the latest Corsa R2 rally car.Anyone interested will be looking at 50,000 euro (about $55,000) to purchase one of the Corsa-e rally cars. It’s not clear when Opel will start sales, but we’ll surely learn more when the electric rally car debuts in Frankfurt next month. Post a comment 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class first drive: If it ain’t broke…center_img 2020 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 first drive: A standout track star Opel Corsa-e becomes world’s first electric rally car 7 Photos 0 Tags Now playing: Watch this: Frankfurt Motor Show 2019last_img read more

Governor declares disaster in Sitka opening new lines of relief funds

first_imgOn Friday, Governor Bill Walker issued a disaster declaration for Sitka, in response to seven landslides on August 18th. The slides killed three men and caused extensive damage to private and public property, including city roads and utilities.Listen now:“It looks like a lot of our costs to date in responding to the emergency will be covered, both labor and contractors,” said City Administrator Mark Gorman. “So we are very, very encouraged by this declaration.”On Friday, Governor Bill Walker issued a disaster declaration for Sitka, in response to seven landslides on August 18th. The slides killed three men and caused extensive damage to private and public property, including city roads and utilities. In a letter to the legislature, Walker said he would cap relief at $1 million for the moment. Individual assistance is also available. (Rachel Waldholz/KCAW photo)In a letter to the legislature, Walker said he would cap relief at $1 million for the moment, but that the incident is ongoing and total recovery costs are unknown. According to Gorman, the cost of emergency response alone is estimated to be over half a million dollars.“We mobilized the contractor community. We had numerous excavators out there and heavy equipment. That comes at a very high price tag,” said Gorman. The city will likely be reimbursed for theses costs.The Disaster Relief Fund is divided up into two categories. The biggest portion – called the Public Assistance (PA) Program – is earmarked for critical infrastructure, like repairing roads and restoring utilities. Debris clean-up is also included.A smaller portion includes funding for affected individuals and families, available through the Individual and Family Grant (IFG) Program.“The maximum dollar amount for the individual family grant program is $16,450,” said Jeremy Zidek with the Division for Homeland Security and Emergency Management, with implements disaster assistance in Alaska.The IFG program provides financial assistance to people who suffered damage to a primary residence, primary mode of transportation, or to defray the cost of medical, dental, and funeral needs.It also includes a temporary housing program. “So, if a family of five had a three bedroom home, we would look to give them a three bedroom home that would suffice for their family and be similar to what they had before the disaster,” Zidek said.However, Zidek added that houses under construction, which includes a handful of damaged properties in the Kramer avenue area, will likely not qualify.“[Individual assistance] is a program of last resorts. When people don’t have any other assistance to turn to, they can turn to the state program,” said Zidek. “And in the case of a homeowner that has another home to go and reside in, that becomes what they need to do and not use the state’s individual family grant program.”One population that may qualify for state funding, however, is local businesses. According to Zedick, if a minimum of five businesses are impacted, they may request assistance in the form of a small, 1 to 2% interest loan.State officials will be in Sitka tomorrow, Sept. 2, and Thursday, Sept. 3, to walk city officials and families through the process of procuring disaster relief funding. A verification team with the Division of Homeland Security has reached out to some affected Sitkans already, but Zidek said there are many who still qualify and should apply.Sitkans may apply to the individual and family grant (IFG) program by calling 1-855-445-7131 Monday through Friday (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) or apply online The deadline to apply is October 26th. The state requests that applicants have the following information with them:Description of damages and/or lossesHome ownership documentation Insurance informationPersonal identificationProof of occupancy (utility bill)last_img read more

Virginia Governor Clings to Office Ignoring Calls to Resign

first_imgBy ALAN SUDERMAN, Associated PressRICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Ralph Northam clung to office Sunday amid nearly unanimous calls from his own party to resign over a racist photo in his 1984 medical school yearbook, going silent after a bizarre 24 hours in which he first admitted he was in the picture, then denied it.The Democrat’s stunning about-face — at a weekend news conference where he also acknowledged putting on Blackface for a dance contest decades ago and appeared to briefly entertain the notion of doing the Michael Jackson moonwalk for reporters — only seemed to make things worse.Demonstrators hold signs and chant outside the Governors Mansion at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. The demonstrators are calling for the resignation of Virginia Governor Ralph Northam after a 30 year old photo of him on his medical school yearbook photo was widely distributed Friday. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)The chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus declared that Northam “still does not understand the seriousness of his actions.” The photo shows someone in Blackface and another person in a Ku Klux Klan hood and robe.“I think he’s been completely dishonest and disingenuous,” Rep. Karen Bass, D-California, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” ”He knew this picture was there, and he could’ve come clean and talked to African-Americans that he’s close to decades ago.”Northam worshipped at his home church, the predominantly Black First Baptist in Capeville, but otherwise kept out of sight on Sunday as calls intensified for him to step down.Even if Northam doesn’t resign, the scandal threatens to cripple his ability to govern. He has lost the support of virtually all of the state’s Democratic establishment. Top Republicans in the Virginia General Assembly also urged Northam to step down, as did many declared and potential Democratic presidential candidates.Virginia governors can be removed for “malfeasance in office, corruption, neglect of duty, or other high crime or misdemeanor” under the state constitution, but top Democrats said they don’t believe it will come to that.Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe predicted that Northam — who served as McAuliffe’s lieutenant governor — will eventually leave office.“Ralph will do the right thing for the Commonwealth of Virginia,” McAuliffe said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”Northam apologized on Friday for appearing in the photograph on his yearbook page. He did not say which costume he was wearing, but said he was “deeply sorry for the decision I made to appear as I did in this photo.” On Saturday, though, the governor reversed course and said the picture “is definitely not me.”While talking with reporters, Northam admitted he once used shoe polish to put on Blackface as part of a Michael Jackson costume for a 1984 dance contest in Texas, when he was in the Army. Northam said he regrets that he didn’t understand “the harmful legacy of an action like that.”Asked by a reporter if he could still do Jackson’s famous moonwalk, Northam looked at the floor as if thinking about demonstrating it. His wife put a stop to it, telling him, “Inappropriate circumstances.”His shifting explanations did little or nothing to sway prominent Democrats who had swiftly disowned him.Both of Virginia’s U.S. senators, Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, joined the dean of Virginia’s congressional delegation, Rep. Bobby Scott, in saying they no longer believe Northam can serve effectively. James Ryan, president of the University of Virginia, said in a statement that it would be “exceedingly difficult” for Northam to continue serving.If Northam does resign, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax would become the second African-American governor in the state’s history. He stopped short of calling for Northam’s departure but said he “cannot condone actions” from Northam’s past that “suggest a comfort with Virginia’s darker history of white supremacy, racial stereotyping and intimidation.”McAuliffe faulted Northam’s handling of the furor.“If it wasn’t him in the photo, he should’ve said that on Friday,” McAuliffe said. “Instinctively, you know if you put black paint on your face. You know if you put a hood on. And so if it isn’t you, you come out immediately and say, ‘This is not me.’”Ultimately, McAuliffe said, “It doesn’t matter whether he was in the photo or not in the photo at this point. We have to close that chapter. We have to move Virginia forward.”One of the few voices backing Northam on Sunday was former Virginia Rep. Jim Moran, a Democrat who served in Congress from 1991 to 2015.Moran told ABC’s “This Week” that Northam’s record — including his support of Medicaid expansion and of public schools in minority neighborhoods — shows that the embattled governor is a friend of African-Americans and that he should ride out the storm.“I think it is a rush to judgment before we know all of the facts and before we’ve considered all of the consequences,” said Moran, who is white. “I don’t think these public shamings really get us all that much.”Northam, a pediatric neurologist who came to politics late in life, spent years courting the Black community in the run-up to his 2017 race for governor.He recently came under fire from Republicans who have accused him of backing infanticide after he said he supported a bill loosening restrictions on late-term abortions.Late last month, Florida’s secretary of state resigned after photos from a 2005 Halloween party showed him in Blackface while dressed as a Hurricane Katrina victim.____Associated Press writer Ben Finley contributed to this report.last_img read more

City begins legal proceedings to remove squatters at Puerto Aventuras

first_imgCity officials recorded the squatter’s clearing of land as well as the construction of eight small cabins, all in an invasion of the city property. Staff of the Dirección de Asuntos Jurídicos (legal affairs department) of Solidaridad conducted an inspection of the one-hectare property they have been living on since December, and determined that it belongs to the municipality. The three leaders, who have been attempting to illegally sell plots of the municipal land, along with the other invaders, have been notified of their legal standing, however, they claim the land to be national and are refusing to leave. Under Article 158 of the Código Penal para el Estado de Quintana Roo, the crime of dispossession can result in a large fine as well as six months to six years in jail. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) Puerto Aventuras, Q.R. — A group of squatters on land located in Puerto Aventuras have had legal proceedings started against them by the municipality of Solidaridad. Faced with the refusal to leave, the Ayuntamiento de Solidaridad filed a legal complaint with the General Prosecutor of the State of Quintana Roo for the crime of dispossession and what is, according to the law, against the leaders and inhabitants of the invasion. Photo: Ayuntamiento de Solidaridadlast_img read more

New Minister of Public Works and Transport outlines priorities

first_imgNo related posts. Pedro Castro this Thursday assumed his post as Costa Rica’s new minister of Public Works and Transport (MOPT), and said he will prioritize three projects: the construction of theCircunvalación Norte, the expanding of the route to San Ramón and the completion of the “Route 1856,” a road parallel to the border with Nicaragua.The Circunvalación Norte project, a road connecting the northern sectors of the capital San José, is awaiting the eviction of residents of the “Triángulo de Solidaridad,” a slum neighborhood through which the route is set to pass.The widening of the route to the canton of San Ramón in Alajuela will begin at La Sabana Park, west of San José. The project is stalled due to lack of funding for the company that won the public bid for the construction.“We have many important projects, but we have to consider financing,” said the new minister. “We have to make an efficient distribution of staff, and organize the work so that projects can be done adequately.“ Regarding “Route 1856,” the new minister said he will keep the status quo, but will add supervision to avoid problems with corruption, which led to the departure of former Minister Francisco Jiménez. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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