Southern Sabaragamuwa PCs defeat Special Provisions draft Bill

Last week the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) and the North Central Provincial (NCP) Council also opposed the Development (Special Provisions) draft Bill. (Colombo Gazette) The Southern Provincial Council and the Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council today defeated the Development (Special Provisions) draft Bill.The Southern Provincial Council defeated the Bill with a majority of 19 votes while the  Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council defeated the Bill with a majority of 7 votes.

UN in a worldwide day of focus calls for end to ugly

“We must all work to erase this ugly stain on humanity’s conscience,” UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a message marking the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, which is observed 26 June, along with the 25th anniversary of the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture, one of the largest humanitarian funds of the international system.Mr. Annan welcomed the recent entry into force of an optional protocol to the international convention against torture, which facilitates international monitoring of places of detention, and he called on States that have not done so to ratify it.Despite such legal progress, however, the total ban on torture “is under unprecedented attack,” according to joint statement released in Geneva by the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Committee against Torture, the Special Rapporteur on torture and the Board of Trustees of the torture victim’s fund.“In many States, including democratic ones, adherence to human rights standards as well as the principles and procedures underpinning the rule of law are being questioned or bypassed on the grounds that established rules do not apply in our current geo-political climate,” they said.“Imminent or clear danger permits limitations on certain human rights,” they allowed, adding however, that: “The right to be free from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment is not one of these.” They urged that further measures be taken to monitor and safeguard the treatment of prisoners worldwide.Also in Geneva, marking the anniversary of the torture victim’s fund, High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour launched Rebuilding Lives, a book presenting the experiences of torture survivors and those who work to rehabilitate them. They included the efforts to heal Mustafa, who survived beatings and sexual abuse during confinement during the ethnic strife of the early 1990’s in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Marie, who still hears the drone of transistor radios calling for the death of Tutsis in Rwanda as she was threatened with death and raped over the course of months in Rwanda.“Assisting victims rebuilding lives is an enormous task, and unfortunately continues to be needed on a great scale,” Ms. Arbour told reporters. read more

Students camp out brave the elements to support Ohio States showdown with

While the Ohio State men’s basketball team’s game against No. 2 Michigan didn’t tip off until Sunday, some students started camping out as early as Friday morning. After all, it was the surest way to get the best seats possible, they said. “We got here at 1:30 in the morning to make sure we were here first,” said Marcus Otte, a first-year in exercise science. Their efforts didn’t go unnoticed. Members of the men’s team paid a visit to the students gathered outside the arena Saturday afternoon, and were given a box of Buckeye Donuts by freshman guard Amedeo Della Valle. The gathered students, who dubbed their tent city with a sign that read, “MATTARITAVILLE,” even took a photo with the men’s team. The team wasn’t the only group of people to take notice of the students, either. “A cop showed up around 10 a.m. (Friday) and asked us what we were here for too,” Otte said. The officer nor the rain showers that passed through campus Friday morning, were not enough cause for the students to pack up and head home, though. “The wind was blowing pretty hard this morning and all the water was going to my side of the tent,” said Benjamin Kleppel, a second-year in business. “I took my second tent out around 5 or 6 a.m. just so I wouldn’t get wet.” In fact, camping out is something that some of the students hope will become a regular occurrence. “My uncle works at Duke so I see those students camping out for every game and want to do it too,” said Jake Johnson, a second-year in business education. “I plan on pretty much doing it the second half of the season and for most of the weekend games.” Otte said employees of the Schottenstein Center were shocked to see students camping out two days prior to the game. “Some guy came out here because he didn’t believe it,” Otte said. “It’s my first game doing this, so I’m staying here the whole time and they better get used to it.” A security guard at the venue opened the building every two hours to let the students in so they could use the bathroom. Otte brought food with him. “I grabbed like five of these subs from campus before I came here today to stock up,” he said. “I know I’ll need it.” The group also set up a series of extension cords to the power outlets on the side of the building in order to charge their electronics and pump up air mattresses inside their tents. “It’s always fun to show support,” Kleppel said. “Even though we are not undefeated this year, we are still good, and it is a big game.” read more

Why its SO hard to ignore a crying baby

first_imgEVEN IF YOU are not a parent, the sound of a baby crying is difficult to ignore.Researchers at Oxford University have confirmed why: our brains are hard-wired to respond strongly to an infant in distress, forcing us to become more attentive and ready to help – even if the baby isn’t our own.The study’s leader Katie Young examined the processes that occur in the human brain when a baby cries, scanning the brains of 28 people as they listened to different sounds. The sounds included dogs whining, cats meowing, human adults crying, and human babies crying, the Guardian reports.Using a rapid-scanning technique called magnetoencephalography, which records magnetic fields produced by electrical currents that occur in the brain, researchers observed a burst in brain activity followed by an intense reaction about 100 milliseconds later in response to an infant’s cry.None of the participants were parents or had particular experience in caring for children.The rapid response to the sound of a baby’s cries suggests that humans are hard-wired to respond to an infant in distress before the person has even fully processed the sound, which researchers think could be a result of an activation of the sub-cortical areas of the brain.“This might be a fundamental response present in all of us, regardless of parental status,” said Christine Parsons, another researcher involved in the study.She said it could explain why it is so hard to ignore a crying baby when on a train or plane, even when the child isn’t our own, reports the Telegraph. “When you hear a baby on a plane, you’re immediately alert, even if you don’t want to hear it,” said Parsons. “It’s a sound that’s very difficult to ignore.”The findings were presented at this year’s annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in New OrleansVideo: This baby will only eat while Gangnam Style is being playedlast_img read more

Geek deal Quadcore 17inch Acer Aspire laptop for 449

first_imgIt isn’t often that we come across a deal this hot, especially when we’re still weeks away from Black Friday, so get ready. Staples is selling the awkwardly named Acer Aspire AS7560-Sb819 for $450, after a 25% price drop. And you can save and additional $100 if you trade in your old laptop, reducing the price to just $350.17-inch laptops generally command the higher part of the laptop price range and those closer to the bottom generally come with lower spec processors to keep cost down. This model from Acer has a fat discount on it from Staples, destroying all notions of value we usually see in budget laptops.This AS7560-Sb819 model from Acer is indeed a 17.3-inch beast, stuffed with an AMD quad-core processor and lots of goodies. The LCD runs at HD+ (1600×900) resolution, a nice step up from the low res panels we see in most budget laptops. You even get an impressive 6GB of DDR3 RAM, a 640GB hard drive, and 802.11n WiFi. The Radeon HD 6520G graphics are built into the processor and are supported by 256MB of dedicated system RAM.For a very limited time, Staples is offering a total of $150 instant savings on this well spec’d machine. Our deal sleuths also dug up another potential money saver for this deal: you are eligible to trade-in an old laptop and get a $100 Visa gift card in return. There are some conditions to the trade-in, but if you have a less than 5 year old working laptop, you could drop another $100 off this already hot deal.Visit LogicBuy for the Acer Aspire AS7560-Sb819 17.3-in AMD quad-core laptoplast_img read more

Ornithorynque son venin ressemble à celui des serpents et des araignées

Ornithorynque : son venin ressemble à celui des serpents et des araignées États-Unis – Publiée dans le journal Genome Biology, l’étude du venin de l’ornithorynque faite par un généticien américain révèle que plus de 80 toxines entrent dans sa composition, dont plusieurs communes à nombre d’animaux venimeux tels que reptiles ou araignées.C’est par l’étude des gènes codant les différentes toxines du venin de l’ornithorynque que Wesley Warren, de l’université Washington de St Louis (Missouri), a pu identifier une partie de celles-ci. En séquençant l’ARN messager extrait de la glande à venin, à la recherche de gènes absents des autres tissus de l’animal et ressemblant à ceux intervenant chez d’autres espèces venimeuses, son équipe a identifié 83 gènes codant 13 familles différentes de toxines, notamment des neurotoxines présentes aussi dans le venin de certains serpents et araignées. À lire aussiTop 5 : quels sont les poisons naturels les plus mortels au monde ?Ces résultats vont dans le sens de l’hypothèse d’autres biologistes, selon laquelle les toxines des venins dériveraient, chez tous les animaux, d’un “détournement” de protéines initialement utilisées pour d’autres tâches dans l’organisme. Un bel exemple de convergence évolutive.Chez l’ornithorynque, mammifère monotrème d’Australie pondant des œufs, seul le mâle développe, à la saison du rut, une glande à venin reliée à des ergots situés sur ses pattes arrière. Un homme de 57 ans, griffé par l’animal amphibie lors d’une partie de pêche, a eu un doigt enflé durant quatre mois, et décrit la douleur comme pire que celle infligée par les éclats d’obus qu’il avait reçus jadis.   Le 17 octobre 2010 à 19:03 • Emmanuel Perrin read more

Alligators Seen ‘Dragging Body’ Into Lake in Florida

first_img Watch: Here’s How Florida’s Gatorland Is Preparing for Hurri…Alligators Spotted ‘Swimming’ in Road, Climbing Fences in Florida Stay on target Just weeks after a man’s hand and foot were discovered inside an alligator’s stomach, witnesses describe seeing alligators drag a”badly decomposed” body into a Florida lake.The body was found in the mangroves of Lake Maggiore on Thursday morning, St. Petersburg police told the Tampa Bay Times.“It is badly decomposed,” police department spokeswoman Yolanda Fernandez said. “We’re unable to tell anything about it — gender or race or anything.”center_img Witnesses described the horrific sight of alligators dragging the body through the water, but police said it’s too soon to know the cause of death.“I saw an alligator take a chunk out of [the body], throw it up in the air and catch it and eat it,” said one of the witnesses, Patricia Kays, who was at the lake with her partner. “I had to go back to the car after that. I couldn’t watch anymore.”Kays and her partner told a nearby city worker what they saw, then called police.In a statement posted to Facebook, police confirmed that a death investigation was underway Thursday after the gruesome find in the southeast corner of the 380-acre lake.“Due to the condition of the body, the Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death,” St. Petersburg police said. “If you have any information please call St. Petersburg Police 893–7780.”At this time, police did not want to characterize the incident as an “alligator attack.”“At this time, we cannot call it an alligator attack, simply that there were alligators around the body when we found it and that made it a little more difficult in getting to it,” Fernandez told WFTS. “In cases like this, we definitely want to check the shoreline, so we’ve asked fire rescue to go around in the boat to see if maybe there are any personal effects — a backpack, information, a wallet.”Summertime is mating season for alligators, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)’s website.Alligators are known to be more aggressive during mating season. During the mating season last June, a 12 and a-half-foot gator pulled a woman into a Florida pond and killed her.According to FWC, the state has averaged five unprovoked alligator bites yearly since 1948. Twenty-two bites have resulted in death, the agency said. Alligators can be found in all 67 counties.More on Geek.com:11-Foot Alligator ‘Breaks Into Home’ at 3 A.M. in Florida10-Foot Alligator Takes Late-Night Stroll Across Florida HighwayAlligator Blocks Runway at Air Force Base in Floridalast_img read more

Javi Gracia pleased with important Watford win

first_imgJavi Gracia was pleased with what he described as an important Watford win despite a late scare from Cardiff City in their 3-2 triumph.Gracia felt the Hornets were good value for the three points and that the result did not reflect the control his side had of the game.The Golden Boys rattled in three goals thanks to Gerard Deulofeu, José Holebas and an exquisite third from Domingos Quina.What to expect from Watford V Arsenal? Taimoor Khan – September 8, 2019 Arsenal are set to take on Watford this weekend and the game is definitely going to be quite a peculiar contest between two sides…“We were very pleased with the result because we have played many games recently and we didn’t get the reward we maybe deserved then,” the Head Coach disclosed to the club’s website.“It was a very important victory and we can analyse the game after knowing we have played well. We have played well for 70 minutes, scored three goals and in that period their keeper was amazing. We have suffered a bit in the last part of the game, but we have had control of the game and we deserved the victory.”“I am happy with the way we have attacked today,” said Gracia. “Everyone knows it is difficult to attack Cardiff as they are tight and are strong in all the challenges. They win a lot of second balls and it’s not easy to create and find spaces to attack. Today we have done that well during that period.”last_img read more

Boil water notice issued for part of Hallandale Beach after main break

first_imgUpdate: The pipe repair should be completed in the next hour and a half. The impacted area will remain on a boil water notice for a minimum of 48 hours. pic.twitter.com/G9ypsrAh62— Hallandale Beach (@MYHBeach) September 8, 2019 HALLANDALE BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Officials in Hallandale Beach have issued a boil water notice after a water main break on a golf course.According to city officials, a contractor ruptured the 10-inch water main at 500 Diplomat Parkway, Saturday.The staff on site isolated the main to repair. As of Saturday night, crews are working to repair it. Officials said all residents living in the area east of 14th Avenue to Diplomat Parkway, between Atlantic Shores and Hallandale Beach boulevards should boil their water for at least three minutes before use.The advisory does not apply for residents of Golden Isles and Three Islands. Although water pressure may be lower than usual, water is safe to drink at these locations. center_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Boeing to Deliver 787 Dreamliner to Air India

first_imgAfter the Boeing Co. rolled out its 787 Dreamliner in South Carolina assembly plant on Friday, Air India is expected to get four aircrafts mid this year out of the 27 it has ordered.Speaking at the rollout ceremony of 787 Dreamliner, the most fuel-efficient and twin-engine aircraft, Jack Jones, Boeing South Carolina vice president said that it will start flying in three to four weeks.Stating that the aircraft manufacturing company is ready to deliver its Boeing 787 Dreamliner to India, Bloomberg quoted Jim Albaugh, head of Boeing’s commercial airplane division say: “I know we’re a little late delivering this airplane, but when they get it, they’re going to say it was worth it.”However, the head of Boeing’s commercial airplane division declined to comment about any compensation for Air India.Air India demanded $1 billion in February, after saying in August 2010 that it would seek $840 million. Airlines sign up for delivery slots when they place orders, and Boeing faces penalties for late planes such as the 787 Dreamliner, Bloomberg reports.However, Albaugh refuted the Indian government’s statement that the planemaker agreed to pay $500 million in compensation because of delays to the jet, originally scheduled for first delivery in May 2008.The decision to induct the “super-efficient” airplanes was decided by the government during a Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on April 12, 2012.27 Boeing 787 Dreamliners will be inducted to the government-owned airline in the first phase.According to the manufacturing company Boeing, the airbus has the capacity to carry 210-250 passengers on routes of 7,650 to 8,200 nautical miles (14,200 to 15,200 kilometers) while the 787-9 Dreamliner can carry 250 -290 passengers on routes of 8,000 to 8,500 nautical miles (14,800 to 15,750 kilometers).The distinguishing features of the airplane include a four-panel windshield, noise-reducing chevrons on its engine nacelles, composite fuselage, larger cabin windows (27 by 47 cm) and other improvised interior environment.last_img read more

Police Officer Placed on Leave After Maryland Shooting

first_imgSEVERN, Md. (AP) — A Maryland police officer has been placed on leave after firing twice at a man he suspected had a gun but never displayed a weapon.The Capital reports that Anne Arundel Police Cpl. Daniel M. Reynolds, a six-year veteran of the force, is under investigation after firing his weapon Thursday night in Severn. Neither shot fired hit the man.Anne Arundel County Police (Courtesy Photo)Police spokesman Ryan Frashure said the officer is White and the man who was fired at is Black.Reynolds was one of two officers investigating a report that a man was showing a gun to several kids.Police say the officer identified a man matching the description provided sitting in a car, and Reynolds fired after he believed the man was reaching for a gun.___Information from: The Capital, http://www.capitalgazette.com/last_img read more

LGBT teens are far more likely to smoke or vape than straight

first_imgA little over 25% of trans or gender nonconforming teens have vaped in the last 30 days and almost 20% reported having smoked.For cis male and female teens, the results are halved or more.Why is it happening at such a higher rate?Jackson Siegel, a youth program coordinator for the LGTB Community Center of Greater Cleveland, described smoking as a coping mechanism.It’s a way for these teens to deal with stress, anxiety, and more. Risky behaviors can come with trying to belong.Further, the American Cancer Society says most smokers start as teens and the younger someone starts, the more likely addiction becomes.While beginning to smoke can trace its roots to dealing with stress or peer pressure, quitting can be equally hard. Withdrawal symptoms can include depression and anxiety — the exact things these teens are trying to escape.Other reports have shown the struggles LGBTI teens face, such as a rise in bullying in school, both in the US and elsewhere. This can explain why only 1 in 4 teens feel safe in school in the US.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . It’s a dangerous habit | Photo: Unsplash/Thong Vo GAYSTARNEWS- Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/lgbt-teens-more-likely-smoke-vape/ The information comes out of the state’s Health Department and the Ohio Healthy Youth Environments Survey Data.They conducted the survey during the 2016-17 school year. Some of the questions included whether or not students smoked or vaped in the last 30 days.Researchers further broke down the data by gender and sexuality.What do the numbers say?On the basis of sexuality, gay, lesbian, and bisexual teens’ rate of smoking in the last 30 days is nearly double their peers.Smoking rates via sexuality | Photo: Ohio Department of HealthNearly 20% of LGB teens have vaped in the last 30 days and 17.5% have smoked.For straight teens, a little over 6% have smoked and 10% have vaped.For gender, the discrepancy is also present.Smoking rates via gender | Photo: Ohio Department of Healthcenter_img Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) According to a new report out of Ohio, almost double the amount of gay, lesbian, or bisexual teens smoke traditional and e-cigarettes than their straight and questioning peers.last_img read more

Public appeal for bone marrow donor

first_imgFirst Lady Andri Anastasiades has called on the public help find a compatible bone marrow donor for little Styliana Michael from Agros in a Facebook message.The call for help which was started on social media by the girl’s brother soon went viral and thousands of people responded by sending messages to each other.Anybody who is interested in helping and is aged between 18 and 45 years can contact the Karaiskakeio Foundation between 8am and 4pm.The process is simple and takes little time.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Rep Price readies legislation for Snyders focus on reading proficiency

first_img Categories: News Gov. Rick Snyder announced during tonight’s annual State of the State address that he plans to focus on the importance of reading proficiency for students, much to the appreciation of state Rep. Amanda Price.“I’m excited and encouraged by the governor’s focus on reading proficiency. I look forward to continuing to develop this policy alongside my colleagues, making Michigan more competitive in this key metric,” said Price, R-Park Township. “By ensuring that students are proficient in reading by grade 3, we are establishing a solid foundation for a quality academic experience and equipping our children with the tools they need to succeed.”Last session Price sponsored House Bill 5111 and co-sponsored House Bill 5144, two bills that aimed to increase early literacy by emphasizing reading intervention in grades K, 1, 2, and 3. The new House Education Committee chair says that she plans to reintroduce the bills in the new legislative session.Ottawa County residents are encouraged to contact Price by calling toll-free at (888) 238-1008 or by emailing amandaprice@house.mi.gov.### 20Jan Rep. Price readies legislation for Snyder’s focus on reading proficiencylast_img read more

Rep Miller votes for measure to end film subsidies

first_img12Mar Rep. Miller votes for measure to end film subsidies Lawmaker says priority should be on roads, not movies Categories: Miller News,Newscenter_img State Rep. Aaron Miller this week voted in favor of House Bill 4122, a measure to end the expenditure of taxpayer money to subsidize film and video production.Rep. Miller, R-Sturgis, said the film incentives program is a failed experiment that has not paid off, and there are more worthwhile ways to spend the $50 million set aside for film subsidies in the next budget.“Roads should be our top priority, not the film industry,” said Rep. Miller. “The $50 million we are spending on a very small number of film jobs could be spent to help fix our crumbling roads and bridges. This is all about priorities, and subsidizing the film industry should not be among our priorities.”Rep. Miller pointed out that the state should not be involved in picking winners and losers, as the film incentives program does.“Small businesses in the 59th District don’t get these sorts of subsidies, and I don’t think the film industry should either,” Rep. Miller said.HB 4122 now goes to the Senate for consideration.#####last_img read more

Rep Lucido invites residents to Seniors and Veterans Benefit Expo

first_img22Apr Rep. Lucido invites residents to Seniors and Veterans Benefit Expo Categories: Lucido News On Monday, May 23 Rep. Peter Lucido will be joined by local, state and federal officials as well as representatives from healthcare agencies, hospitals and veterans groups to discuss benefits available to seniors, veterans and their families.Guests will have the opportunity to speak with the officials, experts and vendors and have questions answered about things like Social Security, Insurance, tax assistance, GI Bill Credits, mortgage assistance, long-term care and other benefits available.“It is important that seniors and veterans and their families know the services and benefits that are available to them,” said Rep. Lucido, R-Shelby Township. “We need to make sure we are providing up to date information about all benefits and services, as often many families do not know where to turn because they are unaware of a service of benefit which can help them and their situation. Hopefully, by bringing the beneficiaries together with those who can help them, we will be able to help alleviate uncertainties and inform those who have done so much for us about the benefits and services they are entitled to receive.”The event is FREE to all seniors and veterans in the 36th District and their families and will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Palazzo Grande in Shelby Township. Lunch will be provided and there will be many giveaways.“You will not want to miss this,” Lucido said. “Not only will it be extremely informative, it will be a great time for all, I’m looking forward to seeing you all there!”Space will be limited, so please RSVP by email at PeterLucido@house.mi.gov or by phone at 1-888-MICHREP. Anyone who is interested in helping out, or has ideas for topics of conversation that would be helpful to this event is encouraged to contact the office as well.last_img read more

House approves legislation supported by Rep Whiteford to update disability windshield placards

first_img Categories: Whiteford News Legislation supported by state Rep. Mary Whiteford streamlining the application process for a windshield disability placard was approved today by the Michigan House.The bill allows a disability placard to display only the first letter and last three digits of the disabled person’s driver’s license number or official state personal identification card.Michigan statute currently requires that a disability windshield placard display the first letter and the last three digits or the first letter and the last four digits of the driver’s official state personal identification card.“A consistent, simplified standard is important for our disabled citizens,” said Whiteford, of Casco Township.House Bill 4574 now advances to the Senate for consideration.### 12Oct House approves legislation supported by Rep. Whiteford to update disability windshield placardslast_img read more

Rep LaFave invites residents to April office hours

first_img Categories: LaFave News 23Apr Rep. LaFave invites residents to April office hours Saturday, April 2711 to 12 p.m. CDT at Silver Lake Resort, N13195 M-95 in Channing. Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain announced his April office hours for residents of Dickinson, Menominee, and Delta counties.“Office hours provide a great opportunity to meet with people in the district and address their questions and concerns,” Rep. LaFave said. “Hearing from constituents is one of the best parts of my job.”The office hours schedule is as follows:Friday, April 265 to 6 p.m. EDT at The Dock at Bay Ridge RV Park, 15600 17th Road in Garden.center_img Residents also may contact Rep. LaFave at his Lansing office at (517) 373-0156 or BeauLaFave@house.mi.gov. Monday, April 2910 to 11 a.m. CDT at the Wildwood Restaurant, W5376 US-2 in Hermansville.last_img read more

Church Sues Nonprofit It Created over Possible Sale of Housing Development

first_imgShare17TweetShare1Email18 SharesJuly 28, 2015; SF GateIn San Francisco, there are reports that the Third Baptist Church is suing a nonprofit organization that may be trying to sell a low income apartment complex. Rev. Amos Brown, the church’s pastor, a former city supervisor and president of the local NAACP, claims that the possible sale is in violation of the nonprofit’s bylaws and fiduciary responsibility. The interesting part of this is that the church founded the nonprofit that it is now suing.The nonprofit in question, Third Baptist Gardens, was created in 1969 to purchase the land and build Frederick Douglas Haynes Gardens, a 104-unit Section 8 eligible housing project in the Western Addition section of the city. The nonprofit’s IRS Form 990 for 2013 shows the organization has an annual income of about $1.2 million, and has delegated the management of its business to California First Management Associates—meaning it does not actually manage the property it owns.Residents of the project are eligible under Section 8 to pay rent based on a percentage of their income, if they qualify by earning less than 50% of the area median income. For a family of 4, that would be $28,700 per year, which is considered “very low income.” Many of the residents have lived in the building for many years, even decades.Recently, the residents received word that the FD Haynes Gardens being sold to private developers, and that rents were likely to increase to a market value of about $3,000 to $7,000 per month. Clearly distraught at the prospect of losing their homes, some of the residents vowed to fight the sale, and the church joined their battle. A temporary restraining order has been issued, and the sale has been halted for the moment until an agreement can be reached.According to one source, churches in the Fillmore area, where the project is located, were granted the right to develop low income housing complexes as reparation for a period in which buildings in the area were bulldozed. The battle to stop the secret potential sale of the Frederick Douglas Haynes Gardens project is being billed as “Protecting San Francisco’s stock of affordable housing—in District 5 and citywide,” according to London Breed, President of the Board of Supervisors.It remains unclear why Third Baptist Gardens would want to sell the property. According to ratings, it has received a 78 out of 100 score from HUD, and has been given a value rating of 5, indicating that it is relatively well managed. Board President Rochelle Buford-Williams has not replied to newspaper reporters’ requests for comment. Buford-Williams, a vice president of Commercial Banking Group for the Bank of the West, is reported to have ousted a member of Third Baptist Church from the board in recent months, and has since refused to share financial information with the church.—Rob MeiksinsShare17TweetShare1Email18 Shareslast_img read more