Meanwhile, the reported outline of the council’s plan doesn’t seem too promising. It would require landlords to pay steep fees to evicted tenants, while making no distinctions as to the tenants’ incomes or length of residency. Rich yuppies and retirees living on a fixed income would get the same treatment. Which means the council’s response – whenever it’s complete – will be too little and too late. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! THE Los Angeles City Council got one small step closer Tuesday to passing a plan to deal with the city’s condo-conversion crisis – now that the crisis is all but over. When the real-estate market was still soaring, there was a rash of old apartment buildings’ converting to condos. Since 2001, tenants from some 12,000 units have been evicted. This presented a real hardship for many older and disabled tenants who found themselves without a home and unable to afford a new one. But now the market has cooled. In 2006, condo sales in the San Fernando Valley dropped 23.5 percent, the single biggest fall since 1990. And as condos get harder to sell, the rush to convert apartments will slow to a crawl.
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said the “special gesture” of US President Donald Trump to join the Indian community programme in Houston signifies special friendship between the two countries. In a series of tweets, the prime minister said he looks forward to joining the Indian origin community in welcoming Trump at the programme. “A special gesture by @POTUS, signifying the special friendship between India and USA…highlights the strength of the relationship and recognition of the contribution of the Indian community to American society and economy,” the prime minister wrote on Twitter. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsExpressing delight at Trump’s decision to join the community programme in Houston on September 22, Modi said he looks forward to joining the Indian origin community in welcoming him at the event. More than 50,000 Indian-Americans from across the US have registered for the September 22 “Howdy, Modi! Shared Dreams, Bright Futures” event to be held at the NRG Stadium in Houston. “Howdy”, short for ‘How do you do?’, is a friendly greeting commonly used in the southwestern United States.
Lawyer Joe Amendola with Jerry Sandusky.Jerry Sandusky, convicted child molester, will make a statement at his sentencing hearing Tuesday, according to his lawyer, Joe Amendola.Amendola said, “It’s as certain as certain can be” that the former Penn State assistant football coach will address Judge John Cleland and profess his innocence before he is sentenced on 45 counts of child sexual abuse.Nobody else is expected to speak on Sandusky’s behalf during the sentencing hearing Tuesday in Bellefonte, Amendola said.“What I anticipate he’ll say is that he’s innocent,” Amendola said outside the courthouse.The attorney said others, including Sandusky’s wife, have submitted letters on his behalf and that Dottie Sandusky stands by her husband and will attend the sentencing.“He’s going to fight for a new trial,” Amendola said. He said “the important thing” about sentencing for the defense “is it starts the appellate process.”Last week, jurors in Sandusky’s trial said they wished Sandusky is imprisoned for life.Gayle Barnes, a homemaker and former school district employee, said she thinks a lot about the victims, particularly the eight who testified against Sandusky and provided what she considers the critical evidence of guilt. She said he deserves life in prison.“I do still feel good, what we as jurors did,” Barnes said. “I didn’t go there saying off the bat he’s guilty. I needed to listen to every single thing that was said.”Barnes said she has been in touch with a fifth juror and an alternate juror who also plan to attend the sentencing.High school science teacher Joshua Harper, who has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Penn State, said that he takes pride in having served on the jury, and that the guilty verdict was not a close call. He wants Sandusky “put away for the rest of his life, really.”“This is what prisons are for, you know,” Harper said. “I mean, I don’t think you let a guy loose like that.”He also felt the victim testimony was pivotal.“It was such a consistent pattern of behavior,” Harper said. “It was just so solid. The defense was just so thin. There was no evidence that these kids were lying. Even the minor inconsistencies that the defense tried to bring up — and did bring up — that made it more convincing.”
A music fan at the Woodstock festival in his car covered in anti-war slogans for love and peace. The Woodstock 50 event celebrating the anniversary of the iconic event has been canceled. Getty Images The Woodstock 50 music festival is a no-go. The festival made an official statement on Wednesday canceling the event, but said it’s hoping the artists already paid to perform will donate 10% of their fees to the charity HeadCount, a nonprofit targeting voter registration in the US.The legendary Woodstock music festival — which is celebrating its 50th anniversary in August — was originally scheduled for Aug. 16 through Aug. 18 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland. Tags 22 Photos 0 “We are saddened that a series of unforeseen setbacks has made it impossible to put on the festival we imagined with the great lineup we had booked and the social engagement we were anticipating,” Michael Lang, co-founder of Woodstock, said in the statement.”We released all the talent so any involvement on their part would be voluntary,” Lang added. “Due to conflicting radius issues in the DC area many acts were unable to participate and others passed for their own reasons.”Festival headliner Miley Cyrus announced on Tuesday that she backed out of the festival. Along with other musical acts including the Raconteurs, the Lumineers, Jay-Z and the Dead & Company, John Fogerty also confirmed he will not be performing at Woodstock.Original Woodstock 1969 performers Santana, John Sebastian and Country Joe McDonald also pulled out of the festival. Originally published July 31, 7:07 p.m. PT. Post a comment Lollapalooza 2019: YouTube lets you watch without heading to Chicago Uh-oh. Ja Rule might be planning a Fyre Festival follow-up SXSW 2019: The weirdest sights from the world’s largest culture fest Test your music system with these great rock tracks Share your voice More music festivals Music
Khaleda Zia .File PhotoBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia’s counsels are making preparations to file an appeal against a trial court verdict that landed her in jail.The lawyers said they are likely to get the certified copy of the verdict on Wednesday.On 8 February, the fifth special court of judge Md Akhteruzzaman handed down the verdict in the Zia Orphanage Trust case, convicting and thus sentencing the former prime minister to five years in jail.Shortly after the pronouncement of the verdict, Khaleda landed in the abandoned central jail building at Nazimuddin Road in the capital.A pro-BNP Supreme Court lawyer said they would first file the appeal against the verdict and then seek bail.The lawyer also voiced his optimism that the court would grant Khaleda the bail.He said Khaleda has already been asked to appear before the court in several cases. “It seems that the government wants to prolong Khaleda’s stay in jail,” the lawyer added.
Flag of IndiaThe Indian government on Thursday told the Supreme Court that Rohingya refugees were “a threat to national security”, pushing back against condemnation of its plans to deport them.India’s top court is hearing a challenge to prime minister Narendra Modi’s government’s decision to deport Rohingya Muslims, filed by two Rohingyas living in Delhi who fled their village in Myanmar’s western Rakhine State about six years ago.The decision to deport Rohingyas comes as Myanmar’s military crackdown in Rakhine has forced hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas to seek shelter in Bangladesh, in a process the UN has described as ethnic cleansing.Myanmar says its forces are carrying out their legitimate duty to restore order after guerrilla attacks on 25 August on security posts and an army camp in which about a dozen people were killed.Close to 40,000 Rohingya Muslims live in India after fleeing Myanmar over the past decade. Nearly 15,000 have received refugee documentation, according to the United Nations, but India wants to deport them all.Rohingyas are denied citizenship in Buddhist-majority Myanmar and regarded as illegal immigrants, despite claiming roots that date back centuries.Some groups allied to Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party have stepped up calls for Rohingyas to leave, and Modi said last week that India shared Myanmar’s concerns about “extremist violence” in Rakhine state.On Thursday, a senior lawyer representing India’s government told the Supreme Court that “the state considers that Rohingyas are a threat to national security.”Intelligence agencies suspect that Rohingya Muslim leaders in India are in touch with Pakistan-based militant groups, the lawyer said.The lawyer declined to be named because an affidavit the home ministry is preparing to file with the court has not yet been finalised.More than 400,000 Rohingyas have been living in Bangladesh after fleeing the persecution in Myanmar since the early 1990s. From Bangladesh, some Rohingyas have crossed into India.Aid groups and human rights activists have criticised the plans to expel Rohingyas, and some lawyers say deportation would violate India’s constitution.India’s Supreme Court is expected to start hearing the case on Monday.India this week sent 53 tonnes of relief materials to Bangladesh for Rohingyas fleeing Myanmar.
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