Mayor Asks Students to Work to Make Local Climate Plan Stronger

first_imgCommunity News Mayor Asks Students to Work to Make Local Climate Plan Stronger STAFF REPORT Published on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 | 5:04 am EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 7 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Local students once again called on the Pasadena City Council to declare a climate emergency, but this time the City Council members responded by asking the students to get involved in the dialogue to strengthen the city’s Climate Action Plan.Under the Pasadena Climate Action Plan, the City commits to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels this year, and 40 percent below that level by 2030 and 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.Under state mandates, utilities get 33 percent in renewable energy by the end of this year. Pasadena plans to procure 60 percent of its power sources from renewable energy by 2030, along with a 75 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions as compared to 1990 levels.“I’m sure you’re tired of me, and I’m tired of being here,” said Ozzy Simpson of the Sequoyah School. “But until real action happens, I will keep showing up and asking you all to uphold your responsibility in combating the climate crisis.”Simpson told Pasadena Now that 41 people have sent letters to Mayor Terry Tornek. Tornek said he supports the goals in the Pasadena Climate Action Plan.Tornek responded to put the letter in context after Simpson’s comments.“This is exactly what I hoped would happen,” Mayor Tornek said. “Some of these folks have read the city’s Climate Action Plan, and now specific suggestions are emerging how we can make it more stronger and more aggressive.”Tornek said the city’s Climate Action Plan is not a fixed document forever, and invited the students to work with the city to help revise the plan.The students have called out the council members before and at one point asked every candidate running for office to sign a pledge to support a Green New Deal. Several candidates signed the pledge, but no council members signed on.“Declaring a Climate Emergency and working toward alleviating it requires much effort and collaboration, but it could be done step by step,” said Selina Yang, a senior at the Sequoyah School. “This is why I hope that Pasadena can commit itself to combat climate change further by declaring Climate Emergency on a local level. Over 1000 councils like Pasadena’s have already declared climate emergencies, and many neighboring cities have declared. I sincerely hope that Pasadena be one among them in the near future.”John Kennedy asked the students to share more information with him about neighboring communities that have signed climate emergency declaration.“I hope this council will seriously consider your request,” Kennedy said.Simpson will be one of the moderators at 5 p.m. next Tuesday at the first-ever youth led Climate Action Forum at the Jackie Robinson Recreation Center, 1081 N Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena. The mayoral and city council candidates have been invited to“At your suggestion, my peers and I looked at the Pasadena Climate Action Plan,” said junior Audrey Bluestone. “While we are supportive of local efforts, we can all agree that it doesn’t do enough. We can do better, and we should.” Make a comment Subscribe Herbeauty15 things only girls who live life to the maximum understandHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA 74 Year Old Fitness Enthusiast Defies All Concept Of AgeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News center_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News Business News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes More Cool Stufflast_img read more

Gardai renew appeal for information into the murder of Andrew Burns

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Previous articleNeed for first response unit to tackle gorse fires vital – MacGiolla EasbuigNext articleTanaiste accused of trying to wriggle out of business insurance controversy News Highland Facebook By News Highland – February 11, 2021 Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 Google+ Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Ahead of the 13th anniversary of his murder, An Garda Síochána are renewing its appeal for information into the death of Andrew Burns.On Tuesday February 12 2008, 27 year old Andrew Burns was murdered at Donnyloop, Castlefin, Co. Donegal by a number of individuals.Shortly after 7pm on this date Andrew Burns received a number of gunshot wounds. He was later found on a roadway close to Donnyloop Church and pronounced dead shortly before 8pm.To date one person has been convicted of this murder and is currently serving a life sentence.An Garda Síochána believe that a number of people were involved in the murder.Andrew’s family remain devastated by this callous act and continue to struggle to come to terms with his murder.Detective Inspector Pat O’Donnell said, “An Garda Síochána in Donegal would like to directly appeal to those individuals who were on the periphery of the group involved in Andrew’s murder.”In particular their friends, family members and partners. It has been 13 years since Andrew’s murder and during that time relationships change, loyalties change and people may not now be constrained by the set of circumstances that existed for them some 13 years ago. An Garda Síochána is appealing to those individuals to look into their conscience and unburden themselves of whatever information they may have”.An Garda Síochána are very grateful for all the witnesses that have come forward and made statements in the intervening years, however it is never too late for those who have yet to come forward to make contact with An Garda Síochána.Information received by An Garda Síochána will be treated in the strictest confidence.Anyone with information is asked to please contact the incident room at Letterkenny Garda Station on 074 9167100, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or make contact with any Garda Station. News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Homepage BannerNewscenter_img Pinterest Google+ Facebook Gardai renew appeal for information into the murder of Andrew Burns Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter WhatsApp WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

Boston Properties to launch $2B joint venture

first_img Tags Email Address* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Boston Properties CEO Owen Thomas (iStock, Thomas by Axel Dupeux)Boston Properties is making a $2 billion bet on the office market.Executives at the real estate investment trust announced during its first quarter earnings call that it will team up with two sovereign wealth funds to invest in office real estate.The investors, which the REIT said it would identify once the joint venture paperwork was finalized, will put in about $1 billion worth of equity, which will work out to about $2 billion in purchasing power.“It will be investment-by-investment,” said CEO Owen Thomas, “and if it goes well, it could be bigger.”Boston Properties also announced on the call that it launched three new life sciences labs in Boston and South Francisco totaling almost $1 billion in investment.ADVERTISEMENTThe life sciences and biotech sectors are closely watched by the investment and brokerage communities, which see them as a source of demand for space with a long runway for growth. The top 14 markets across the country are expected to add 36 million square feet of lab space.In New York City, projects by Taconic Partners and Silverstein Properties, Alexandria Real Estate Equities and Georgetown Properties have experienced recent success.On Park Avenue South, Enterprise Asset Management is looking to sell its interest in a 450,000-square-foot property that could be converted to a life sciences hub across the street from medical fund manager Deerfield’s hub at 345 Park Avenue South.But Boston Properties executives said their largest markets are in the areas surrounding Boston and San Francisco, and that there wasn’t even a close third.The REIT reported net income of $91.6 million for the first three months of 2021, down from $497.5 million during the same period last year.Boston Properties executives said they’re seeing a strong increase in tenants touring spaces, but they’re not yet signing large leases in the same numbers as before the pandemic.Correction: A previous version of this article said Boston Properties’ new joint venture would be focused on life sciences. The JV is focused on all office developments, not just life sciences.Contact Rich Bockmann Share via Shortlinkcenter_img Message* Full Name* Boston PropertiesCommercial Real EstateReal Estate Investmentlast_img read more

Why voting matters

first_imgIt was just days before Election Day when a group of powerhouse women leaders gathered to discuss the importance of civic engagement, local participation, and why voting matters.“Why should I bother? Why should I make the effort to get to the polls or get my ballot in the mail? What do you say to the skeptics?” These questions were posited by Danielle Allen, James Bryant Conant University Professor and director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics.Allen led the Oct. 29 discussion, which included Cambridge Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui; Michelle Tassinari, director and legal counsel for the Office of the Secretary of the commonwealth’s Elections Division; Eneida Tavares, the interim commissioner for the city of Boston’s Elections Department; and Tova Wang, a Democracy Visiting Fellow at the Ash Center at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.Siddiqui explained that whenever she discusses the importance of voting, she always raises voter suppression, and how the very act of voting is “an act of survival. Elections have consequences … Our vote is our power,” she said.Tavares said Boston voters need only to look back to the 2019 City Council race, “when we had a citywide recount and it came down to one vote,” she said.And it’s not just about candidates. “Ballot questions [also] have a huge impact on us — whether they’re statewide ballot questions this year, or questions we’ve had in the past,” said Tassinari. “It’s important to create a pattern of civic pride and to be able to participate in all elections … even if it’s local elections, voting for your board of selectmen or your city council — people who are doing things in your city or town and making decisions that are important. This election is certainly important because it’s a presidential election, but every election is important.”Wang said her work focuses on voters, particularly young voters, having their voices and power be heard. “It’s quite clear to me that young people … know what they want in their public officials and they’re very intent on holding them accountable. This is their moment to stand up and have the youth vote recognized as a force to be reckoned with,” said Wang.Process too, the panelists argued, can be as important as the act of voting itself.“It’s important to go through the petition process and collect signatures of registered voters to get those questions on the ballot,” Tassinari continued.“I’ve been deeply impressed with the work that we’ve been seeing with young people — their understanding of voting being important, but it not being the only thing. They understand that it’s part of an array of tools in the toolbox of things that that need to happen in order to really see the change you want to see in the world,” said Wang.The panelists discussed how they were implementing additional safety measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as how they’re planning to handle the expected record turnouts — both at the polls, and with mail-in ballots.The commonwealth is working very hard to set “realistic expectations” in everything from registration questions to voting lines to even the post-election process, Tassinari said.“What’s going to happen on election night? Are we going to have results? And the answer is no. And I can tell you very clearly that the answer has always been no — we don’t have results on election night. There may be unofficial results — but no place in the country has ever had official election results on election night. Making sure that every vote is counted is important, so we have to make sure that people realize its taking longer because we are doing it right,” she said.The very nature of any election, Allen reminded attendees, is that when someone wins, someone else loses. She asked the panelists to share their advice on how some voters, post-election, should handle the news that their preferred candidate may not have won.“I think no matter the outcome of an election, it’s about being civically engaged and exercising that right and that privilege that so many have worked give us,” said Siddiqui. “When there’s a loss, it’s difficult. You can become apathetic and despondent … but I think you need to remember that there are still people that need help. There are still people worth fighting for. So, you need to keep fighting and keep trying, and get behind candidates who are preaching to those values that you have. The more we have people engaged who come from different backgrounds — engaged in this political process — the better it is for everyone.”“Civic engagement,” Allen said, “is not a one-off, one-day thing. Civic engagement is a way of life.” Allen has long been a champion of the importance of civic engagement. One of her more recent projects included working with the Cambridge Public Schools on a new yearlong civics curriculum for eighth-graders.The panelists agreed. It’s about helping shape the conversation and agenda at all levels of government, joining the discussion, holding politicians up and down the ballot accountable, insuring voter participation, expanding voter opportunities, and continuing to actively stay informed and engaged, they said.“The best counsel I’ve gotten,” said Allen, “is from one of my favorite authors and novelists, Ralph Ellison. He said, ‘Democracy is not winner take all.’ Losers and winners are part of the same team. That’s one of the hardest things about democracy. For winners to understand the limits of victory, and that that they continue to be responsible to the people who didn’t vote for them.“But why do we do it,” she continued. “What’s the reward? It is literally the only way to be free and self-governing people. That is why we do this work together, so that we can make decisions together as a whole people. That’s what has to motivate us, and that’s what we have to stay committed to.”last_img read more

A Welcome Outlier in the Age of Ultralite: High Sierra Lightning 35 Pack

first_imgIt’s happening again. It’s only a day-hike with the family, you say, pulling that ultralight daypack out of the closet. Yet here you are, struggling with a bag full of diapers, granola bars, cartoon-shaped fruit snacks, rain gear (just in case the 0% precipitation forecast is wrong – because your partner insisted), your 10 essentials (good for you, seriously), and maybe some dog food since Ruffwear doesn’t come in SilNy under 1 lb.And this lightweight daypack is not cutting it. You might as well be using a bindle because your hip, ultralite bag has about as much structure and all those diapers, clean and dirty, are sitting right on your shoulders.Lightning strikes. In the age of ultralight, the High Sierra Lightning 35 is a stalwart workhorse that makes no compromise to cut weight, and for the $60 price tag currently available on High Sierra’s site, I shouldn’t have to say more. This “full-service” pack served me well on a dozen daytrips to the crag as well as a few overnights. I cannot find any significant fault, and if I’m being honest, I hit the trail looking for trouble because I have my own loyalties within the pack industry.The Lightning boasts pockets in all the right places including my favorite snack stash on the hipstrap, a built in rain fly so you can think about more important things, and a hydration system pocket. There are even a few extras you don’t really need like the classic shoulder-strap camera/phone pocket for all the dad’s out there who realize you can’t wear a pack and a fannypack at the same time. These are pretty standard features. But most importantly – the lightning has the structural support to carry heavy loads despite being a lower volume pack. It is overpowered in a good way. At 4 pounds and change, it doesn’t pretend to compete with that GoLite Jam that you brag about to friends (leaving out the part about how sore it makes you every time). That extra weight more than makes up for itself on the trail in terms of support. I’ve owned a number of daypacks in this volume range but none of them could hold a candle to the grace with which the lightning held heavier loads.Some of that weight, too, comes from sturdier materials. I dragged this bag all over Appalachia, probably threw it around a few times, and might even have given it a few kicks for kicks. All I’ve been able to do to it is separate the sheath from a drawstring – a simple fix, remove the sheath, the strength of the cord is in the core anyway – and put a small tear in the bag cramming a rack of cams deep in the bag. At $60, I’m not complaining and neither is my back.High Sierra Lightning 35 Backpack, MSRP $60last_img read more

Village of Deposit has a police problem; here’s the solution

first_img“I think this sets an example for how communities are going to have to move forward,” Moore said. “Small communities have got to start thinking outside the box because with the new state mandates and such, there’s no way around it.” Moore told 12 News he believes the village’s police force decision will influence other smaller communities like Deposit. Now, the Broome County Sheriff’s Office is stepping in, as sheriff David Harder announced today that the BCSO will station one full-time deputy in Deposit to help oversee the community. But in the end, Moore is happy his area is getting what he thinks they need: a quality service at a reasonable price. Joining the sheriff in the announcement was Broome County Executive Jason Garnar and Deposit mayor Bryan Moore, both of which are excited about the move. (WBNG) – After months of not knowing, the village of Deposit finally has answer to their police department issue. They are getting a world -class police department coming into their village,” Garnar said. “You won’t see a beat missed out there.” For Moore, the decision to abolish the Deposit police department wasn’t easy, but the tax benefits played a factor. “We felt like that was the only fair thing to do, to give it all back to the people,” Moore said. “Like all small communities, we struggle with business, and things are starting to turn around for us. We’re hoping that with getting a huge property tax deduction that that will draw people into us.”center_img The village will pay the BCSO $60,000 to contract their services. “What we’re paying for is a dedicated patrol in the village,” Moore said. There’s always somebody out there on patrol that can respond, it may take them five minutes longer or something, but they’re going to be in the area,” Harder said. The deputy will take over officially on March 1st. Last January, the village voted in favor of abolishing the village’s police department, leaving many residents and town board members curious as to where protection in the community would come from. Harder added the sheriff’s office will be looking to add new equipment and resources to help keep up the safety standards in Deposit. Village taxpayers will save over $200,000 per year with the new policing situation, with a 22 percent tax deductible going back to them as well. last_img read more

Old Route 17 Bridge to be closed for months

first_imgBroome County Officials say the construction is expected to be complete on November 12. Beginning Monday, the bridge will undergo construction and will eventually be replaced. TOWN OF SANFORD (WBNG) — Those who use the Old Route 17 Bridge in the town of Sanford will need to find an alternative route.center_img They say detour signs will be posted for alternative routes.last_img

China sentences Australian to death in fresh blow to relations

first_img China’s foreign ministry said on Sunday capital punishment was suitable for drug crimes that cause serious harm.”China law stipulates that the law must be equally applied to everyone who commits a crime. China judicial institutions handle the cases of criminals of all nationalities according to the law,” said the ministry in a faxed reply to Reuters.Attempts to reach Gillespie’s family were unsuccessful.”We are deeply saddened to hear of the verdict made in his case,” the Australian foreign affairs department said in an emailed statement to Reuters. An Australian man has been sentenced to death in China, authorities said on Saturday, a development that could further escalate tensions between the two countries.Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it was providing consular assistance to the man, without identifying him.Australian and Chinese media have identified the man as Cam Gillespie, arrested seven years ago on charges of drug trafficking in southern China. Topics :center_img “Australia opposes the death penalty, in all circumstances for all people. We support the universal abolition of the death penalty and are committed to pursuing this goal through all the avenues available to us.”Cam Gillespie was arrested in 2013 with more than 7.5 kg (17 pounds) of methamphetamine in his check-in luggage while attempting to board an international flight from Baiyun Airport in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, according to several media reports.Diplomatic tensions between Beijing and Canberra have worsened since Australia called for an international inquiry into the source and spread of the new coronavirus, which emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.China has in recent weeks banned Australian beef imports and imposed tariffs on Australian barley. It has also urged Chinese tourists to avoid Australia.The death sentence for drug smuggling is not uncommon in China, where executions are usually carried out by firing squad.Last year, the country sentenced two Canadians to death for drug-related crimes following the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou and said it was “not worried in the slightest” by mounting international concern over the verdict. last_img read more

Disease puts 1 in 5 globally at severe COVID-19 risk: Study

first_imgThey found that one in five people have at least one underlying health problem putting them in greater danger.While not all of those would go on to develop severe symptoms if infected, the researchers said around 4 percent of the global population — around 350 million) would likely get sick enough to require hospital treatment. “As countries move out of lockdown, governments are looking for ways to protect the most vulnerable from a virus that is still circulating,” said Andrew Clark, who contributed to the study.”This might involve advising people with underlying conditions to adopt social distancing measures appropriate to their level of risk.” Clark said the findings could help governments make decisions on who receives a COVID-19 vaccine first when one becomes available. Consistent with other studies about COVID risk, the authors found that older people are in greater danger of getting seriously unwell from the virus. Less than 5 percent of people aged under 20 have an underlying risk factor, compared with two thirds of over 70s. Countries with younger populations have fewer people with at least one underlying condition, but risks vary globally, according to the analysis. Small island states such as Fiji and Mauritius have among the highest rates of diabetes — a known COVID-19 risk factor — on Earth, for example. And countries with the highest prevalence of HIV/AIDS, such as eSwatini and Lesotho, also need to be vigilant, said authors of the research published in The Lancet. In Europe, more than 30 percent of people have one or more health conditions, it showed. Writing in a linked comment, Nina Schwalbe from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, said the study showed “it is time to evolve from a one-size-fits-all approach to one that centers on those most at risk.” An estimated 1.7 billion people — more than 20 percent of the world’s population — risk becoming severely infected with COVID-19 due to underlying health problems such as obesity and heart disease, analysis showed Tuesday. The novel coronavirus, which has killed more than 420,000 people globally during the first wave of the pandemic, adversely effects patients suffering from co-morbidities. A team of experts from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine analyzed global data sets of illnesses including diabetes, lung disease and HIV used these to estimate how many people are at heightened risk of serious COVID-19 infection. center_img Topics :last_img read more

Up in smoke: Ministry to revoke marijuana’s designation as ‘medicinal plant’

first_imgThe ministry responded that it would revise the decree because of Agriculture Minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo’s commitment to “eradicate drug abuse”.“The decree will be revised soon, after we coordinate with the National Narcotics Agency [BNN], the Health Ministry and the Indonesian Institute of Sciences [LIPI],” the ministry’s vegetable and medicinal plant director, Tommy Nugraha, said in a statement on Saturday.He added that marijuana had been listed as a medicinal plant since 2006 because the ministry wanted to help marijuana farmers shift to growing other crops.“Marijuana’s inclusion on the medicinal plant list means that it can only be used for research, as stipulated in Article 67 of Law No. 13/2020 on horticulture. Currently, we record no legal marijuana farmers in Indonesia,” Tommy added. Read also: 420 blaze it? Here’s what you need to know about Indonesia’s marijuana lawMarijuana is illegal in Indonesia. The 2009 Narcotics Law includes the plant as a type-1 narcotic, alongside opium and cocaine, meaning it is forbidden for both recreational and medicinal use.The country’s stringent anti-cannabis enforcement has resulted in the arrests of several people, including Reyndhart Siahaan in East Nusa Tenggara. He was arrested for allegedly using marijuana, which he said relieved the pain caused by a spinal cord disease. The court later declared him guilty and sentenced him to 10 months’ imprisonment. Numerous studies have indicated the effectiveness of cannabidiol (CBD), one of the plant’s active ingredients, as a medication. Peter Grinspoon of Harvard Medical School wrote that CBD could be used to treat pain, epilepsy, seizures, anxiety and insomnia.The LGN has been pushing for a revision of the Narcotics Law and the legalization of marijuana for medicinal use since 2010.Topics : The Agriculture Ministry will revise a 2020 ministerial decree that lists marijuana as a “medicinal plant” under the ministry’s supervision.Signed on Feb. 3, the decree includes marijuana (Cannabis sativa) as one of 66 medicinal plants whose production is under the supervision of the ministry’s horticulture directorate general.The decree went viral on Friday after the Nusantara Marijuana Network (LGN) posted a photo of the document on its Instagram account, @lgn_id.last_img read more