SF supervisors thumb noses at SB 827

first_img Tags: Board of Supervisors • development • housing • Scott Wiener Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% The supes were initially set to vote on a resolution merely stating that they’d be okay with working with state legislators to amend the bill to give San Francisco local control over housing policy. But Supervisor Aaron Peskin upped the ante with amendments changing the resolution to flatly oppose SB 827. “I think we should send a message of, ‘full stop, let’s start this over,’” he said. “Usurping San Francisco’s authority is not the way forward.”The debate on the resolution proved lively, with many afterward calling it the open debate on SB 827 they’ve been longing for. The resolution passed 8-3, with Supervisors London Breed, Ahsha Safai and Jeff Sheehy voting against it. Katy Tang, Malia Cohen and Catherine Stefani all joined their more left-leaning colleagues in the vote. “I never have, and never will believe that solely increasing the supply of luxury housing will somehow eventually trickle down and create the affordable housing that we obviously, desperately need,” said District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen. “This piece of legislation, however well-intentioned, is so fundamentally flawed that I believe it is absolutely not only correct but necessary that we go on record as a city opposing it.”“This is not the right way to build housing,” added District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim, a mayoral candidate. “This is a giveaway to landlords and developers without asking anything in return for our city and community.”Breed, also a mayoral candidate, said that she supports the intent of SB 827. “This bill, in its current form, does not change our ability to deal with local controls,” she said.Breed also noted that the state bill will be significantly amended next week. “Why won’t we wait at least a few weeks to see exactly what the bill looks like?” she asked.  “Knee-jerk opposition … sends a loud and clear message that San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors isn’t serious about addressing this deep affordable housing crisis.”Hours before the meeting, organizations opposed to SB 827, composed in large part of people of color and seniors, held a press conference on the steps of City Hall with speakers, including Peskin and Kim. 0% Following dueling press conferences, protests and counter-protests, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday went on record about SB 827, Sen. Scott Weiner’s bill in the California legislature that would reduce restrictions on height and density for residential developments near transit lines.They don’t like it.center_img YIMBY Action, which supports the bill, held a competing event a few feet away, protesting the press conference and attempting to noisily drown it out. It quickly degraded into the two sides chanting slogans at each other.“Affording housing now,” and “Upzone the Westside,” the YIMBY side shouted.Speaking at the podium, Kim said the west side should be upzoned — but by San Francisco, not Sacramento. “In fact, I have been the queen of density and upzoning in District 6,” she said.  We are building the most housing of any district in San Francisco.”“This is not about NIMBY vs. YIMBY,” Peskin said.  “This is about WIMBY — Wall Street in our backyard.”Although largely peaceful, there was one moment of brief physical contact between the two groups. Sonja Trauss, a YIMBY activist  running for supervisor in District 6 for the seat Kim is termed out of, waded into the anti-SB 827 crowed. A sheriff’s deputy intervened, and escorted Trauss back to the YIMBY side.“She made physical contact,” said Gen Fujioka, policy director for Chinatown Community Development Center. “I don’t think she was intentionally hitting anybody. But she literally crossed a line that the deputies were trying to keep” between the two groups.Fujioka said Trauss was yelling and waving a sign. “There was some jostling for sure.”Trauss confirmed she was escorted away by a deputy, but said she was shoved by aggressive people in the crowd. That confused several witnesses, who didn’t recall seeing this, but claimed that Trauss muscled into a group of elderly Chinese people. Board of Supervisors candidate Sonja Trauss escorted off by sheriff’s deputy after wading into crowd of opposing protesterslast_img read more

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He takes up the role with immediate effect and wil

first_imgHe takes up the role with immediate effect and will be looking to work closely with local churches, community centres and charities to further enhance the Foundation’s contribution within our own community.Foundation Director, Steve Leonard, stated: “It all came about when we were both in Australia on the Academy tour. Derek wanted to discuss a few things and had some ideas of his own that he wanted to explore. I have known him a long time and know first-hand the good work he and many other from his church do within the wider community.“He is a person who wants to make a difference and will go the extra mile to make things happen. He is just the right person, at just the right time for us to make this step forward.”Derek added: “Over in Australia, Steve and I discussed the prospect of me becoming the Foundation’s Chaplain. I was exploring the idea of taking up a missionary role abroad, but Steve spoke of the amount of good work he believes can be done on our own door step.“Once we listened to each other’s ideas and I understood what the Foundation was seeking to achieve, it became clear to me that I wanted to play a part. My faith is important to both my family and me and this opportunity gives me the chance to stay close to home but still be out making a difference to people’s lives by just being there for them.“I am really looking forward to taking up the Chaplain role for the Foundation and getting out and about around the community, listening to people and organisations on how best the Foundation can assist in the good work already being done.”last_img read more

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The prop has been in full training and taking part

first_imgThe prop has been in full training and taking part in the intense pre-season preparations ahead of the new campaign but needed a scan to ensure he could return to play.That has now been done and the good news is he will be ready to go come the new season.“I can honestly say this has been the toughest journey I have ever been on,” Alex said. “I’m so grateful to be able to put it to bed and carry on with my career.“I really appreciate all the support of not only my teammates and everyone at the club but the fans too.“Bring on 2019 and the new season … I can’t wait!”Memberships for the 2019 campaign are now on sale.They offer a whole host of benefits and save you ££ on matchday prices.To find out more, click here.last_img read more

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UNSOLVED Road rage turns deadly in Brunswick County

first_img It happened on June 21, 1979 on Pea Landing Road about two miles off of Highway 17. Captain Phil Perry with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office said it was around 1:45 in the afternoon.“There was a Buick Electra, possibly a dark green, late model Buick Electra model 225 traveling towards Thomasboro,” Perry said.Perry said Bennie Smith, 26, and his friend James Lee were on a motorcycle headed in the same direction. He said Bennie attempted to pass, and as he passed, the driver of the Electra 225 pulled to the left running Smith off of the road. Smith and the driver in the Buick started yelling at each other.Related Article: Woman gets 8 years in prison for heroin death“They ended up having an argument about the reason for running him off the road like that according to the passenger on the motorcycle,” Perry said.Perry said it escalated quickly. Then, he said the driver of the Buick pulled out a small handgun and started firing. He said. Lee jumped into a ditch.“Bennie was struck one time in the head,” Perry said. “The shot went through the motorcycle helmet he was wearing.”Perry said the shooter never got out of his car and when he drove off, he was in no rush despite a witness and several neighbors all watching.“You would think, after shooting somebody and you got a witness there or a couple of witnesses there that he would have floored it or hightailed down the road but he didn’t,” Perry said.After he was gone, Perry said Lee got out of the ditch and went up to the Smith. He said Lee had to pull the motorcycle off of Smith. Smith died two days later at the hospital.Investigators put together a composite sketch of the shooter. witnesses say it was a man in his 30s or 40s. they say his car had some writing or a sign on the side. perry says the man shot smith with a 25-caliber gun.Perry said several people have been interviewed over the years, and they have more or less been eliminated. While they do not know who did it, Perry said detectives do have an idea of what they are looking for.“A yearbook out of Columbus County,” Perry said. “It’s very possible the suspect is from that county.”He said it could be yearbooks from around 1957 through 1967. They are looking for someone who resembles the sketch they have of the shooter.If you have any yearbooks from that time or any other information, please call the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A case of road rage that ended in murder remains unsolved in Brunswick County.Almost forty years ago, someone shot and killed Bennie Smith in the middle of the day in Brunswick County.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Watch APS Bank registers record pretax profits

first_img SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> During 2018 APS Bank registered a record €19 million pre-tax profit. The information was given by the Bank’s CEO Marcel Cassar Thursday morning during the presentation of its 2018 results.“APS is gaining market share”Miguela XuerebIn his presentation Cassar also spoke of the Bank’s other strong performance indicators which “attested to our ability at gaining market share and maximising on opportunities in a buoyant, yet competitive and demanding, environment”. He also referred to the recent conversion to ‘plc’, which signified the Bank’s clear vision and long term development plans also vis-à-vis capital requirements. Another announcement related to the launch of the digitally enhanced omni-channel solution ‘myAPS’ in the coming weeks.Read: APS Bank completes the conversion to a Public Limited CompanyThe CEO of APS Bank told Newsbook.com.mt that the Bank’s vision is to become the bank of the Maltese community. The main values that APS Bank will endorse are excellence, authenticity, passion and inclusivity.The presentation followed the Annual General Meeting.New Strategic PlanChairman Mifsud Bonnici announced the approval by the General Meeting of a 1 for 12 Rights Issue which would be marking the first phase of a process that would support the Bank’s projected growth over the coming years. He also spoke about the new 2019-2021 Strategic Plan and how the vision to grow into an increasingly important bank for the Maltese system “places on us challenges as well as responsibilities”.During the General Meeting the following directors were re-elected: Mr Frederick Mifsud Bonnici (Chairman), Mr Victor E Agius, Mr Franco Azzopardi, Dr Ing Joseph C Attard, Dr Laragh Cassar, Mr Alfred DeMarco, Mr Victor Gusman, Mr Michael Pace Ross and Mr Martin Scicluna.Read: Tax rebate on new Pension Plans by APS BankAPS Bank further enhances its core banking systemWhatsApplast_img read more

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Emotional and physically drained survivor had to identify his fathers body

first_img SharePrint Following a frantic swim to shore, an emotional and physically tired Luciano Sapienza had to identify his father’s corpse at the morgue in Malta. This was reported by the media outlet Siracusa Post. The RAI website, also reported that once he was taken to Mater Dei Hospital, he started to cry out that he wanted his father.On Saturday, four persons ended up fighting for their lives in the choppy sea outside of Marsascala after their fishing boat capsized. Two survived by managing to swim to the shore. However, the other two, whom the Italian press identified as the Sicilian Luciano Sapienza and 29-old Moroccan Toumi Zakaria lost their lives.According to the Police, Zakaria died whilst trying to reach the shore swimming. The corpse of the Sicilian national was found later following a search and rescue mission.Watch: Update (4): Body of 4th person recoveredWhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

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Worlds fastest computers US regains top spot

first_imgAdvertisement President Barack Obama mentioned China’s top-ranked supercomputer in two separate speeches, including last year’s State of the Union address, and Secretary of Energy Steven Chu warned that America’s innovation leadership was at risk.The Linux-based IBM Sequoia system that tops the latest list is powered by Power BQC 16-core processors running at 1.6GHz, and mostly relies on architecture and parallelism, not Moore’s Law, to achieve speeds of 16.32 sustained petaflops. Sequoia, an IBM BlueGene/Q, is installed at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.“We’re at the point where the processors themselves aren’t really getting any faster,” said Michael Papka, deputy associate director for computing, environment and life sciences at the DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory, which runs a similar IBM system that placed third on the list. “Moore’s Law is generally slowing down and we’re [getting faster speeds] by parallelism.” – Advertisement – “The classic trick of waiting for Moore’s Law to come along and help you out really doesn’t exist anymore,” added David Turek, vice president of exascale computing at IBM.Both the Sequoia supercomputer and the Mira system housed at the Argonne lab are among the first IBM supercomputers to use water-cooling technology.The most striking thing about the list, though, to Jack Dongarra, a professor of computer science at the University of Tennessee and a leader of the Top500 program, is that more than half of the machines on it aren’t deployed in research, in academic settings or by government.“More than half are used by industry,” he said. “Industry gets it. These machines are important; they can provide some competitive advantage.”Europeans, in particular, are moving aggressively to build out commercial supercomputing capability, despite all the troubles their economies are facing. “The Europeans weren’t keeping pace,” Dongarra noted. “Today, we see a resurgence.”The European machines in the top 10 — two in Germany, one in Italy and one in France — are new, he said.IBM made 213 of the systems on the list, including five of the top 10. Hewlett-Packard was the second most well-represented computer maker, with 141 of the 500 systems. Nearly 75% of the systems listed run on Intel processors, and 13% use AMD chips. Source: computerworld.comlast_img read more

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WhatsApp hits new record processes 27 billion messages in one day

first_imgAdvertisement Mobile messaging service WhatsApp has announced record user numbers, after revealing that the service just processed 27 billion messages over a 24 hour period. That’s significantly up on its previous best of 18 billion from the final day of 2012.The 27 billion consists of 10 billion inbound messages from WhatsApp users and 17 billion messages received. The reason that these do figures don’t match is that they include group messages;  “sending one message into group chat of 10 people is 1:10 inbound:outbound.[related-posts] – Advertisement – The messaging app allows users to send free text and multimedia messages to individuals or groups. It is available for a range of devices and platforms, including iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, Asha, Symbian and more.CEO Jan Koum recently revealed that the company has more than 200 million active monthly users (the total number of registered users is unknown). That makes it larger than Twitter and it’s fair to say it is leading the mobile messaging industry at this point.The company has signed deals with operators across the world and has partnered handset makers — including Nokia, which built a physical WhatsApp button on the Asha 210 – in a bid to widen its base to make the service useful for increasing numbers of people.Credit: TNWlast_img read more

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Everything You Love is Now Even Better With iOS 10

first_imgImage Credit: technlog Advertisement Apple Inc. early this week previewed iOS 10 at their World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC), as the biggest release ever of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system (OS), that features huge updates from expressing yourself in bold new ways in messages to reliving memories like never before in photos to beautifully redesigned maps to using the power of Siri in more apps than ever..and so forth.There’s so much to say about the new iOS 10, however here are just a few of the favorite things you ought to have the new OS.Add a personal touch: Send fireballs, heartbeats, sketches, and more. You can even draw over videos. – Advertisement – With the iMessage apps, you can easily access your favorite apps to create and share content, make payments, and more, minus leaving Messages.In addition to messaging, you can also send a message in your own handwriting and who ever you have sent it to will see it animate, just as ink flows on paper, plus you can send a hidden message or photo, then simply swipe to reveal it.Siri, a computer program that works as an intelligent personal assistant and knowledge navigator, now open to all apps works with your favored apps from the App Store, so you can ask it to book a ride, or send money to someone, and more.The newly beautifully redesigned maps can now take reservations, book a table through apps like OpenTable, and a ride with Uber all within the map. In addition to the redesigned maps, you can make proactive suggestions for where you’re likely to go and the fastest way to get there. Plus you can search along your route and see what’s around the corner and easily find the closest places for gas, food, or coffee.Apple’s new look at the iOS 101 of 10 Easily access your favorite apps in messages. Image Credit: Apple You can now book for a ride using siri. Image Credit: Apple You can type in two languages at the same time. Image Credit: Apple Send a message in your own handwriting. Image Credit: Apple Send an invisible message or photo. Image Credit: Apple Home app lets you turn on lights, unlock doors, and even raise your window shades. Image Credit: Apple Make reservations through apps like OpenTable. Image Credit: Apple Maps can make proactive suggestions for where you’re likely to go. Image Credit: Apple See what’s around the corner. Image Credit: Apple You can even draw over videos. Image Credit: AppleiOS 10 has a Home smart home, the new Home app lets you turn on lights, unlock doors, and even raise your window shades all at once if you like.[related-posts]To the music lovers, iOS 10’s simple and intuitive redesigned music system, makes it even easier to enjoy your favorite songs. You can also view the lyrics while you’re listening to them.Contextual predictions – typing is quicker and easier than ever. When you type something like “I’m available at,” the free time in your calendar pops up as an option.This is one of my favorites, iOS 10 offers you multilingual typing, you can type in two languages at the same time without having to switch between keyboards.last_img read more

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What Your Five Star Rating Means For Uber DriverPartners

first_imgUgandan comedienne Kansiime Anne taking her first uberX ride in Kampala! Photo: Uber Kampala (Twitter) Advertisement Many riders use Uber often enough to know that at the end of a trip, one needs to rate their driver. What many riders don’t know, is how important that rating is to their driver and what impact that rating has on that driver-partner long after a trip has ended.Uber implemented the five star rating system to ensure mutual respect between driver-partners and riders on the platform, because Uber is deeply committed to the safety of both riders and driver-partners on the platform. The system assists riders when they have a concern with a trip but is also in place to assist driver-partners should they encounter issues of their own, or even in the worst case, a difficult rider.The five star rating system is therefore twofold, riders rate their driver-partners and they in turn rate their riders after a trip has come to an end. Riders can check their rating on the app by going to the Menu > Help > Account and Payment > Account Setting and Rating > I’d like to know my rating. The feedback system allows both parties to provide feedback in order to keep standards up and address any issues along the way. – Advertisement – However, these five stars mean more to a driver-partner than just a thumbs up or some constructive criticism – these stars accumulate to reflect the overall service levels of a driver-partner. So when you give a driver-partner one star, that impacts not just that one trip, but the overall rating the driver-partner has.[related-posts]Should a driver-partner’s rating drop below average they are asked to go to Uber’s office so the team can provide the driver with some tailored feedback to improve their service for their customers. If ratings do not improve the driver-partner may have his access to the platform deactivated indefinitely. Furthermore, should Uber receive worrying feedback from a rider, the driver-partner has his account deactivated until the issue has been resolved.Ugandan comedienne Kansiime Anne taking her first UberX ride in Kampala! Photo: Uber Kampala (Twitter)The star rating also affects the driver-partner’s future opportunities on the Uber platform. Last year, Uber and WesBank launched a vehicle solutions programme that offers existing driver-partners access to a specially designed full maintenance lease programme from WesBank, enabling them to gain access to a vehicle at preferential rates, with a view to establishing their own passenger transport business in partnership and with the help of Uber’s technology. The programme is not based on credit ratings, but rather eligibility is determined by WesBank based on their established earnings and quality record with Uber. Rider feedback and star ratings are considered for the quality record.Therefore the star rating is more than just a way to tell a driver-partner’s how much a rider liked their service, or if they were a little slow to get to a destination. Next time you rate your trip, consider what your rating means to your driver-partner before clicking on those stars.last_img read more

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