Vancouver City Council updates accessory dwelling units rules

first_imgVancouver city councilors were split over whether an ordinance updating accessory dwelling units standards should become law as is, but at the end of Monday’s council meeting it narrowly passed 4-3.The ordinance makes several changes to the way Vancouver regulates ADUs, secondary residential units built within or next to single-family homes. The more controversial changes that passed eliminate on-site, off-street parking requirements and owner-occupancy requirements, which means both the main house and ADU can be rentals.Encouraging ADU development by relaxing restrictions was a recommendation of the Affordable Housing Task Force that met between May and December 2015. Mayor Tim Leavitt, along with Councilors Alishia Topper and Anne McEnerny-Ogle, sat on the task force. Rules and regulations around accessory dwelling units haven’t changed substantially since 2004, and only about 65 have been legally built since 2000. Prior to Monday’s meeting the updates had been discussed at an open house and city council and planning commission workshops.Before Monday evening’s vote, people spoke for and against the changes.Stephanie Turlay, Councilor Bill Turlay’s wife, said she finds it difficult to understand the “pack ’em and stack ’em attitude” considering existing congestion in Vancouver. She’s worried about property values going down as ADUs are built.“I do not see that the city has any business changing the integrity of neighborhoods as they now stand,” she said, adding that the old ADU requirements worked fine. “To me this whole thing is really basically unenforceable.”last_img read more

Storms knock down trees throughout San Diego

first_img , February 4, 2019 Storms knock down trees throughout San Diego Posted: February 4, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The storms hit and the winds howled this weekend as some massive trees across the city smashed to the ground, including a couple massive eucalyptus trees in Balboa Park.“When you have rainy conditions, windy, stormy conditions, trees will come down,” said Bradley Brown, Board Certified Master Arborist with Tree Life Consulting. “That’s part of the risk that’s inherent in them. They stand up and they fall down.”The powerful storm on Saturday roared through San Diego County and a large eucalyptus tree crushed a row of six cars in Balboa Park. Cars were damaged, but no one was hurt in the incident.“Anything can happen and it might not just be a limb falling,” said Brown. “It could be a wire falling, you don’t know.”Brown told KUSI Reporter Dani Ruberti he found a damaged tree in Balboa Park the other day. He said it looked like the fierce winds knocked out the upper part of it sending large branches to the ground.Just in University City, another large tree smashed an SUV.Arborists said it’s the combination of rain, the saturated soil and the strong gusty winds that can cause this kind of damage.Crews were hard a work cleaning up the pieces of another 80 ft eucalyptus tree that crashed down in the middle of the golf course in Balboa Park.“Sometimes its not always the ones we predict or the ones we would expect,” said Brown.He added there are things you can do at home to determine the health of your trees.“Are the roots talking to the leaves and if the roots aren’t talking to the leaves then it might not be very well anchored in the ground,” said Brown.It’s all about the health of the root system. Keep an eye on loose, hanging branches, cracks in the tree or soil, and the size of the branches compared to the size of the trunk.Anthony Santacroce with the City of San Diego said they’re on standby to clean up the pieces and protect the community when these storms hit.“Maintain your trees year round. Check that they are in good condition,” said Anthony Santacroce, Senior Public Information Officer with the City of San Diego. “If trees on your property are dead and you see signs of that, I would call a professional to evaluate that.”Brown said folks should not be afraid because the chances of being hit by a tree are so small, but you should still be aware of your surroundings and avoid trees that look dangerous during stormy conditions.“There’s more risks of them getting in their car and getting injured in their car every day than there is being around a tree,” said Brown. “They’re more likely to get hit by lightning.”If you see any trees around the city that look dangerous or threatening, contact the City of San Diego through the Get It Done app. Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter Updated: 8:15 PMlast_img read more

Crimes against women on the rise Report

first_imgAmidst the Delhi Police and the Delhi government being busy in a tug of war over policing matters in the light of rape of a two-year-old, four-year-old and five-year-old in the national Capital, cases of molestation, rape and other crimes pertaining to women have been increasing over the past one year. According to the Delhi Police data, in 2015, from January 1 to October 15, 4,406 molestation cases have been registered with the police. In 2014, total number of molestation cases registered were 4,322 and from January 1 to October 15 in 2014, 3,487 cases of molestation were registered which means there is an increase of 26.35 per cent in molestation cases. The number of rape cases have seen a spurt in the past one year. In 2015, 1,750 cases of rape have been registered till October 15. In 2014, 2,166 cases of rape were registered, out of which 1,725 were registered with the police till October 15. This means that there is an increase of 14.53 per cent in rape cases over the past one year. Apart from molestation and rape, crimes against women include snatching and robbery have also seen a hike over the past one year. According to the Delhi Police data, in 2015, from January 1 to October 15, 7,724 cases have been registered. In 2014, total number of snatching cases recorded with the police was 7,350, out of which from January 1 to October 15, 5,612 snatching cases were registered with the police. This means that there has been an increase of 37. 63 per cent. As per records for robbery cases, in 2015, from January 1 till October 15, 6033 cases of robbery have been registered. In 2014, total cases of robbery registered with the police were 6464 and from January 1 till Oct 15, 4962 robbery cases were registered. This suggests that there has been an increase of 21.58% in robbery cases over the past one year.last_img read more

This book is about the sense of loss Anupam Kher

first_imgThe veteran actor of B’town Anupam Kher was out here in Delhi for the release of a book ‘The Spirit of the River’, a spiritual fiction, based on the concept of depression. Apart from him the author of the book, Karina Arora and the CEO of Hay House publishers Ashok Chopra were present to grace the launch event.Featured by the Hay House publishers ‘The Spirit of the River’ highlights every kind of emotional and spiritual load, which is carried by humans on a daily basis. The story line of the novel follows the story of Zoe, a newly turned adult’s young life and her tragic experience compels us to start a conversation about loss and its implications. With her 18th birthday still a happy new memory, is confronted with the untimely death of her parents. The reality of such a huge loss throws Zoe into the dark corners of grief but leads her on an unexpected journey where she learns to experience life on her own. The simplicity in narration is fresh and the story-telling is both engaging and inspiring. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”This book is about the sense of loss, about losing parents at such an age, and how the young girl Zoe copes up with the sense of loss she has been through, is the most amazing factor of the book,” said Anupam about the book he narrated. Whereas on talking terms about depression among youngsters, he stated, “I think today’s youth has the stress about fitting into circumstances, like, ‘I want to fit in, I want to look cool’ this is one of the biggest reason for them to indulge in such a stressful zone.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveOn materialistic things and social media, he said, “You cannot be constantly with machine, like mobile, internet, and things like that because there comes a time when you will become like a machine. Information turns into knowledge only by going through life, otherwise it will be just information.” On the other hand the author of the book Karina Arora shared her own views and thoughts regarding the same, she said, “This book is about your inner self, it is about what you are from inside; it is not about the outside factor and what you look like. Writing a book is one of the ways to cope up with depression. This is a very far out concept, I haven’t experienced this situation personally, but as I read several books, I formed different outlook and perspective for life.”Karina Arora was 17 when she started writing this book, and by the age of 18 she completed it. Based from Delhi, presently she is pursuing her business degree from Australia.last_img read more

Oyo plans centre of excellence for training capacity building in city

first_imgKolkata: In a significant stride to extend its footprint further in Bengal, Oyo Hotels and Rooms is planning to come up with a centre of excellence for training and capacity building in Kolkata. The hotel chain also offered to help the state in maintaining a real-time digital data repository for ‘Digital Arrival & Departure Register’.”We are looking to come up with an OYO Centre of Excellence (OYO Skill Institute) by the end of this year as a part of our effort to increase our business further in Bengal. The state government has expressed to lend its support regarding the space needed,” Aditya Ghosh, Oyo CEO India and South Asia said on Monday on the sidelines of Destination East 2019, organised by the CII in association with the state Tourism department. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalWhile addressing the event, West Bengal Housing & Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) chairman Debashis Sen welcomed Ghosh’s ideas and said if Ghosh plans to come up with such a facility in New Town then space can be provided on rent. Ghosh maintained that the size of the Oyo training institute would depend on the space. As per officials in Oyo, they currently train about 3,500 people per month from around 26 institutes globally. “West Bengal has been one of the leading markets for us and we approximately have around 7,500 room capacities in this state,” Ghosh added. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedOyo currently has 1.64 lakh rooms across the country and 4.5 lakh in the world. Expressing his desire to provide assistance to the state government with regard to a real-time digital data repository, he said inflow and outflow of tourists can be managed more efficiently and transparently in comparison to the manual process. State Tourism minister Goutam Deb said the state is joining hands with private companies to come up with new projects at Jharkhali in South 24-Parganas and Sabuj Deep in Hooghly. He also announced of developing an app so that tourists can submit their feedback through it. State Principal Secretary, Tourism, Atri Bhattacharya said the government is emphasising on developing heritage tourism in the state.last_img read more

Lighting That Adjusts as You Watch TV Its Happening

first_imgDecember 29, 2014 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When 12 Monkeys premiers as a television show on the SyFy network on Jan. 16, viewers will notice some key differences from the film: the screen will be smaller, the story will be drawn out over months and neither Brad Pitt nor Bruce Willis — the stars of the original 1995 flick — will be involved. But the most interesting change is that viewers have the option of syncing the lights in their living rooms to the action on screen .Related: Talking Lamp Posts Are Just the Beginning in Verison’s Vision of a Smart CityThe SyFy channel has teamed up with Philips Hue light bulbs to create lighting schemes that correspond to the show. Through the Syfy Sync mobile app, available for Apple products, each of the 13 episodes will have a “light track” triggered by cues in the soundtrack of the show. Viewers with the Philips Hue smart bulbs and the app will see their lights dim, brighten, or change color at specific times, according to TechDigest.  The two companies have tried this combination before with Sharknado 2. More shows are expected to have light tracks in the future.Related: What Customers Want — and Don’t Want — From the Internet of Things (Infographic)   Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 2 min read Register Now »last_img read more

Why Tech Needs to Stop Blaming the Pipeline for Its Lack of

first_img 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. January 5, 2018 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Out-of-the-box thinking and innovation are prerequisites for success in Silicon Valley. Tech giants pride themselves on being problem solvers, and the infamous slogan “there’s an app for that” epitomizes the mentality that any inconvenience can be avoided with new technology. Unfortunately, the lack of diversity in tech is one code the industry has been slow to crack. But rather than admit defeat and change course internally, they’ve reassigned blame to an external factor: the STEM pipeline.The “pipeline problem” is the theory there simply aren’t enough properly skilled members of underrepresented groups for hire — including women, people of color, veterans and members of the LGBTQ community. While organizations argue the talent pool is just too small, the real issue may be that the pipeline itself is leaky.Related: The Tech Industry’s Real Problem Is Clear: It’s Not the Pipeline.Girls, for example, now make up about half of the enrollment in high-school science and math classes and are scoring almost identically to their male classmates on standardized tests. However, women make up only 29 percent of the science and engineering workforce in the United States. Furthermore, Blacks and Hispanics comprise just 1 percent of engineering leadership at Twitter, 2 percent at Google and 2 percent at Facebook.Without participation and representation in leadership, many minority STEM workers are overlooked. They never receive the mentorship, sponsorship and guidance needed to advance their careers.While the leaky pipeline is a persistent challenge, tech leaders have a responsibility to not only recognize the importance of diversity in their workforce but also to champion the issue internally. At Hired, we’ve created a diverse and inclusive team through a three-pronged approach that easily can be replicated.1. Continually evaluate where your talent is coming from and actively seek out diverse candidates.Companies can’t sit back and expect diverse talent to come knocking on their doors. At Hired, three of our five executives are women, including heads of finance, engineering and people operations. This is partially because we require at least one woman in the interview pool for every leadership role at the company.We intentionally engage with communities such as Women Who Code, Grace Hopper and Lesbians Who Tech to build relationships with talent who might otherwise not be familiar with our company. While this approach may require more time and energy than waiting for diverse candidates’ resumes to cross our desks, it’s a critical component to achieve a more inclusive culture that values equality.Related: The Website That Is Helping Companies Find More Diverse Talent2. Fully commit to diversity, equality and inclusion.The voices and actions of tech leaders are powerful. They not only influence the behavior of their internal teams but also can be replicated by other aspiring leaders. Ultimately, this sort of collective effort will elicit positive change throughout an industry. Making an authentic commitment to inclusion means more than making a public pledge.C-level executives must advocate internally for benefits such as generous parental leave, considerations for same-sex couples who cannot have biological children and student-loan repayment programs. Offering meaningful benefits that also account for traditionally marginalized employees communicates an authentic commitment to diversity. It goes far beyond a few slides in an annual PowerPoint presentation.Companies also should use inclusive language and format their job descriptions so underrepresented candidates don’t opt out of applying and instead are attracted to the opportunities.Related: A Lesson on Striving for Gender Equality Learned at Home3. Retain a diverse talent mix with employee advocacy programs.Many of the leaks in the STEM pipeline are products of Silicon Valley’s notorious white, male, clique culture. Companies should look for “culture adds” rather than “culture fits” that perpetuate the status quo. Ping-pong tournaments and happy hours with office mates might be of interest to some, but not all.One way to foster a supportive environment: funding employee resource groups (ERGs) — employee-led groups formed on a voluntary basis around common interests and/or backgrounds. Groups can cluster around race, gender, age, sexual orientation, working parents, disability and military-service status.Related: 6 Simple Actions Startups Can Take to Foster DiversityNone of these suggestions is a one-time fix. The state of a company’s diversity must be constantly evaluated on a regular basis. If a company’s performance disappointed its board members and investors quarter-over-quarter, those stakeholders would demand an explanation and a new strategy to turn things around. Every failing diversity initiative must be treated with the same level of urgency and scrutiny if the tech industry is to become more inclusive and diverse. After all, if any problem can be solved with technology, the individuals behind this tech should be up for the challenge.last_img read more