SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego City Councilwoman Lorie Zapf Thursday endorsed the SDSU West initiative to redevelop the Mission Valley stadium site.“SDSU West is the right fit for San Diego,” she said. “It is my hope that future generations of students are able to attend SDSU and receive all the benefits that come from being a proud SDSU alumnus. Our entire community will benefit from a plan that encourages growth in higher education and prioritizes public input from all San Diegans.”City Councilwoman Barbara Bry and representatives from the right- leaning Lincoln Club and Sierra Club environmental organization also joined Zapf at a news conference Thursday to reaffirm their support for the SDSU West proposal.It calls for a new 35,000-seat Aztecs football stadium, and also includes hotels, retail space, a river park and an academic campus to be shared with commercial office tenants.The competing SoccerCity initiative also proposes mixed-use spaces, as well as a 23,500-seat professional soccer stadium that could be expanded to accommodate Aztecs football.Both initiatives appear headed to voters in November.RELATED STORY: Poll released by ‘Friends of SDSU’ says voters favor SDSU West plan over SoccerCityOn Monday, the Fourth District Court of Appeal rejected writs filed by City Attorney Mara Elliott to strike the proposals from the ballot. Elliott had argued that forcing the city to lease or sell property on proponents’ terms was an improper use of the initiative process.Supporters of whichever measure receives more votes in November, provided it cracks majority support, will likely be given an opportunity to negotiate with the city over the land. August 9, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Lorie Zapf, SDSU West, Stadium Site FacebookTwitter San Diego Councilwoman Lorie Zapf endorses SDSU West Updated: 11:28 AM Posted: August 9, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom,
Kolkata: The Mamata Banerjee government on Saturday sent letters to as many as five states including Odisha, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Punjab seeking additional police forces for providing security to as many as 58,467 polling booths where the forthcoming Panchayat elections will be held on May 14. “We have written to five states seeking additional forces,” a senior official of the state Home department said stating that the personnel from other states will be used as “back up”. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIt may be mentioned that as per requirement of the State Election Commission (SEC) there should be one armed personnel per booth. Added to this, there are 341 blocks out of which election is being held in 330.”The SEC wants to have one company per block, that is around 3,3000 armed forces for patrolling duty, quick response and circle office, in case of emergency. Hence, as per SEC’s requirement of armed forces, we need to have 91,467 personnel. Our strength is 46,000,” an official in the state Secretariat said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”The shortfall stands at 45,467. We are trying to arrange for the additional forces from the five states to which we have already written,” he added.It may also be mentioned that as per the government’s proposal sent to the SEC a few days ago, there would be one armed police per premise and one constable per booth. The government had assured that they would make up for the shortfall with Home Guards and civic volunteers whose strength is around 1,10,000. Meanwhile, the BJP has decided to go to court on Monday over alleged inadequate security for the elections. It took the decision after the meeting of Opposition parties’ representatives with State Election Commissioner Amarendra Kumar Singh over security concerns on Saturday.The Communist Party of India-Marxist and Party of Democratic Socialism (PDS) have already decided to move court on Monday on the ground that the State Election Commission allegedly announced the election date without discussing security arrangements with the Opposition parties as per the Calcutta High Court’s order.”The outcome of the meeting was a zero. The State Election Commission does not have any concrete plan on security on the polling day. It is strange that the State Election Commissioner just inquired about our demands but did not divulge any details about his own planning,” alleged BJP vice-president Joy Prakash Majumdar.Communist Party of India-Marxist leader Rabin Deb complained that the Commission couldn’t provide them with the figures of security personnel that would be deployed. “Our candidates were forced to withdraw the nomination and water connection and power lines were snapped in those areas. We demand action against them,” Deb said.
Pablo Picasso once said: ‘Every child is an artist. The problem is to remain an artist once they grow up.’ Inspired by these lines, artist Nehmat Mongia has created a genre of artworks that are truly unique. Curated by Shobha Broota, the artworks will be displayed as ‘Open Block, a flow of imagination’ at the Convention Center Foyer, The India Habitat Center, New Delhi from April 27 – 30.The 21-year old artist who is in the third-year graduation says, “The most powerful way of my expression is through Forms of Art. For me, it is as spontaneous as my imagination. The beautiful ensemble of nature created by the ‘creator’ is the provider for the inspiration of my artworks.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Often, hearing my grandparents talk about how they would sleep under a sky full of stars or dance around in the rain without being worried about toxins pouring onto the Earth fascinated me.” She spent her schooling years discussing and working for many programmes related to issues of global warming, planting trees, spreading concepts of re-cycling/ re-use/ reduce, saving the tiger and banning of the use of plastic. Through her canvas, she still endeavors to create the simple small pleasures of life and that “we all may have missed out on” being the children of this millennium. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”A search to find new forms within the matter of living or nonliving, which may have existed or may be striving to exist even today, kindled the curiosity within me, leading to this ensemble.”The Creator’s Ensemble uses the pen and pencil on canvas. This work of art is an amalgamation of realism, observation and imagination. It follows an academic study of ‘animals’ running towards a natural habitat, which has been created on the basis of observation with underlining realism. While on the other side of the forest are the ‘robotic figures’ of my imagination representing the creations of mankind themselves charging towards the forest, in turn, causing large-scale upheaval known to be as ‘Kalyug”. In addition, there are about 100 artworks – 8 inches by 8 inches each. Nehmat says she loves to explore a variety of mediums to innovate unique techniques to express herself. Since 2009, she has taken part in several art exhibitions and even displayed her works in France and Germany. Her many achievements include working as an Art Director, Assistant Director of Photography and Illustrations on making of the Film A Tribute to Vande Mataram.