New Organization – Nismo Club Wed, 22 Sep 2021 09:24:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 New Organization – Nismo Club 32 32 D-8 meets in New York – Political today Wed, 22 Sep 2021 09:24:00 +0000

The D-8 foreign ministers held this informal gathering in New York on Tuesday on the sidelines of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

At the meeting, chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh, participants expressed their views on the activities of the organization, which includes Iran, Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Malaysia , Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey.

In his comments during the session, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for International Affairs Reza Najafi underscored the importance Iran attaches to the D-8 as a Muslim and developing country.

Pledging the support of the new Iranian administration to the D-8, Najafi stressed the need for reform in order to make the organization more dynamic.

He also called for more active participation of D-8 member states in various areas related to trade, industries, communication, agriculture and food security as overarching goals of economic organization. given the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

Najafi also expressed Iran’s willingness to share its experiences with D-8 members in the face of illegal and unfair sanctions.

According to the D-8 secretariat, the organization’s foreign ministers are expected to hold a meeting on information and communication technologies in Istanbul on October 7.

In addition, senior officials and officials from foreign ministries of D-8 member states will meet in Islamabad on October 20-22 for a meeting on tourism.

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Anti-hate organizations denounce Cobb County school board for hate speech in schools Tue, 21 Sep 2021 04:27:55 +0000

Georgia’s second largest school district is currently under fire.

Members of the Jewish community are frustrated with the response from the Cobb County School Board. Anti-Semitic graffiti found in two high schools.

They call the board response inadequate.

A district spokesperson said the council chairman has publicly condemned the incidents on numerous occasions.

In a new statement to FOX 5 News, the board continued to condemn hate speech and anti-Semitism, but the chairman of the Atlanta Initiative Against Anti-Semitism said this new response was not still not sufficient.

“It doesn’t really deal with the seriousness of the swastikas and the praise of Hitler in two schools in the district in the space of a week,” said Lauren Menis, chair of the Atlanta Initiative Against Anti-Semitism. .

FOX 5 previously reported disturbing school officials recently found graffiti at Pope and Lassiter High Schools.

Someone drew anti-Semitic symbols and language in the toilets of both schools.

“My reaction to both incidents was what it’s usually like ‘oh my god. Here we go again, ”Menis said.

The incidents both occurred during major Jewish holidays.

“We are not going to sit down and watch hate happen in their schools. We are going to fix it,” Menis said.

She said her organization and community members were initially upset that the school board did not immediately label the acts as anti-Semitism.

Now that the council has done so, she has said they want the district to provide students and staff with educational and anti-hate programs to prevent this type of incident from happening again.

“These need to be taken seriously and also used as a way to have a good time for learning that doesn’t happen at all,” she said.

On Monday, a district spokesperson sent us the following statement regarding the incidents:

“On behalf of the chairman of the board and council, the district continues to condemn the recent disturbing trend in social media involving hate speech, anti-Semitic references and abuse of school property. This continues to be unacceptable and to distract our teachers and students. ability to focus on teaching and learning. Our principals have and are engaging with students, teachers, parents and community members on how to prevent harmful and illegal behavior from occurring. There is zero tolerance for actions that harm individual students, groups of people, or the school building, and all applicable district policies and laws will be enforced. We encourage families to talk to their students about the impacts of inappropriate and dangerous trends circulating on social media. Parents, students, or staff can report safety concerns to the Tipline District by call, text, or email. “

Menis said “you can’t group ‘Heil Hitler’ and swastikas together with the other things they group them with.”

AIAAS created this petition calling on the board to take immediate action against anti-Semitism in their schools.

The organization along with the Anti-Defamation League, American Jewish Committee and Union of Jewish Students plan to attend Thursday’s board meeting to share their concerns with district leaders.

“When a community is targeted, we are all at risk,” Menis explained.

FOX 5 asked the district spokesperson if he had identified the person responsible for the vandalism in the schools, but he did not answer this question.

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]]> 0 Columbus arts organizations will require proof of vaccination this fall Mon, 20 Sep 2021 18:15:25 +0000

With the fall show season underway, a group of performing arts organizations in Columbus will require all patrons, staff and volunteers to present full proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to attend. at indoor events starting October 8.

The move comes in response to the notable increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Greater Columbus.

Participating organizations include BalletMet, Chamber Music Columbus, Chamber Music Connection and all the spaces of the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA) – Broadway in Columbus, Columbus Children’s Theater, Columbus Symphony, King Arts Complex, Lincoln Theater Association, Opera Columbus , Contemporary American Theater Company (CATCO), Drexel Theater, Jazz Arts Group, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, Shadowbox Live, Short North Stage and some performances at the Jeanne B. McCoy Center for the Arts.

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Anyone attending an arts event or performance must show full proof of vaccination with an Astra Zeneca, J&J, Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or negative COVID test along with their valid ticket and corresponding government issued ID.

According to a press release, this policy was established to ensure that local performance venues remain open as organizations move forward with their fall schedules. No performances scheduled beyond October 8, the Charleen & Charles Hinson Amphitheater in New Albany and the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts are excluded.

The latest COVID-19 policy will coincide with the city’s mask mandate, requiring the use of face coverings in indoor facilities at all times.

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Customers aged 11 and under will not be required to provide proof of a negative test, but will be required to wear masks. A number of exceptions will be in place and can be viewed on the websites of individual organizations.

Each organization will begin to notify ticket holders of specific policy details and entry requirements.

These arts organizations will continue to assess the effects of the ongoing pandemic and adjust security requirements and procedures based on advice from public health officials.

For more information, customers are advised to visit the website of the host organization of the event they plan to attend.

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Red Rock Center gets new floors | News, Sports, Jobs Mon, 20 Sep 2021 06:00:35 +0000

Above: Left to right, volunteers Michael Kutch, Jacob Green and Erik Walker tear up the floor at Red Rock Center for the Arts in Fairmont on Saturday afternoon. The 123-year-old parquet will soon be replaced.

FAIRMONT – The history of an ancient building must be cherished and its preservation kept in the foreground. But tracking maintenance to secure its future must also be taken into account.

Sonja Fortune, Executive Director of the Red Rock Center for the Arts at Fairmont, knows this well.

“It has been our agenda for several years to replace the upper level floor. It has reached its end of life stage and can no longer be sanded and refinished ”, said fortune.

Fortune said the ground is soft in some places and it is cracking as well. She said the 123-year-old flooring, made from natural pine and installed in 1898, has been re-sanded six times.

“We contacted several different companies. We considered replacing it with real solid wood and also with wool parquet ”, said fortune.

Eventually, it was decided to replace it with natural, solid red oak parquet, which will look like what they currently have.

As Red Rock is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the exterior structure of the building cannot be changed, but improvements can be made to the interior. Fortune said luckily the building’s structure was sound, but the flooring needed to be fixed.

“It was important for us to preserve the integrity of historical significance, but also to ensure a future for our organization“, she said.

Fortune said they plan to keep some of the original flooring and will make pieces of it to display in the Red Rock.

“The good thing is that we started looking for deals before Covid and we signed a contract before Covid. It was a very lucky thing for us because the price of wood went up a lot, so we saved a lot of money ”, she said.

During the weekend, volunteers tore up the old parquet. Fortune said they were originally worried about finding enough volunteers for the project.

“The Red Rock was restored by a large group of volunteers in 1998. Most of them are older now and can no longer do this job, but we are fortunate to have a group of younger volunteers to pull up. ground. “ she said.

She especially thanked board member Michael Kutch for coordinating the project.

Fortune said the next Hertzke Construction will come and check and make sure it’s structurally sound under the flooring. Then a company will come to install the new floor in October.

The cost of the project is just under $ 40,000. Fortune said the money came from a building improvement fund, a large part of which comes from the dividend interest of the endowment fund.

“We also accept donations and appreciate the generosity of the community to help keep the building in good condition”, said fortune.

Because the Red Rock is a non-profit organization, all donations are tax deductible.

Fortune said it received $ 1,000 from the Martin County Area Foundation to advance the project.

Unfortunately, the Red Rock will have to close for about a month while the floors are replaced. However, Fortune said she thought it was worth it because of the money they saved.

After the flooring project is complete, Fortune announced plans to reopen on November 1.

“During Covid, we actually turned our lower level space into an art room. We are going strong enough with artistic education ”, said fortune.

She said they will be doing arts education throughout the month of October and that the office will be open to limited hours over the next few weeks.

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Council considers approving 30-year lease for new Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo location Sun, 19 Sep 2021 16:02:00 +0000

Mitchell City Council will consider approving a 30-year lease with the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo organization on Monday for its plans to move the annual Mitchell Rodeo to a new location along Airport Road, less than a mile away. north of its current location north of Highway 37. Council will vote on the lease at the 6 pm Monday meeting at Town Hall.

As part of the lease, the city would lease 20 acres of land to the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo group, located at 5951 Airport Road, where the organization would host the Mitchell Rodeo which attracts approximately 8,000 to 10,000 people each summer.

Over the past year, the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo group – which hosts the Mitchell rodeo which draws around 8,000 to 10,000 people each summer in late July – has been in the midst of an ongoing legal battle with its owners over issues at present arena, known as Horseman’s Sports Arena. The dispute between the two entities prompted the rodeo organization to seek a new location on the north side of Mitchell, about half a mile from the existing rodeo grounds along Highway 37.

Scenes from the last night of the 50th Annual Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo on July 18 at Horseman’s Sports Arena. (Matt Gade / Republic)

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Under the terms of the lease, the Corn Palace Stampede organization would enter into a 30-year lease with the town of Mitchell, running from January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2051, if the council approves the agreement. Under the deal, the rodeo group would lease the land for $ 7,500 per year. Currently, Corn Palace Stampede pays Horsemen’s Sports $ 2,000 per year.

Notable stipulations in the rental agreement include the process of improving the rodeo grounds and maintaining the arena, which are some of the issues the Mitchell-based rodeo group and Horseman’s Sports Arena have fought over. .

With regard to maintenance, the rental agreement states that “with the exception of general maintenance, repairs and required replacements, the tenant shall not make or cause to be made or permit any construction, modification, installation or improvement on or on the premises. without the prior approval of the owner’s mayor, ”who would be Mitchell’s interim mayor. In addition, the rodeo group would be solely responsible for the construction, installations and improvements to the rodeo grounds.

The city also requires the rodeo organization to purchase insurance at the expense of the group, including commercial liability insurance, flood insurance, workers ‘compensation and builders’ risk insurance.

In an effort to avoid possible legal action, the agreement states that the rodeo group will “indemnify” or hold the city harmless from “liabilities, claims, demands, damages, lawsuits, judgments, expenses and costs of any kind. “

The Corn Palace Stampede’s ongoing lawsuit with Horsemen’s Sports Inc. alleges that its owners committed “intentional” property damage to Corn Palace Stampede property and breached the contract, among other things. The complaint also alleges unjust enrichment and seeks a permanent injunction and declaratory judgment.

Corn Palace Stampede alleged that his group made all the improvements to the property and alleged that Horsemen’s Sports defendants entered the property and damaged it without cause, not allowing Corn Palace Stampede to use the pitch as planned.

The lawsuit does not specifically list property that was damaged and destroyed. The complaint seeks a jury trial in the case and seeks damages and costs for the property being destroyed.

The claim states that the claimant – Corn Palace Stampede Inc. – “created, provided and made all improvements to the property, at its own expense and effort.” The lawsuit says there is no separation agreement between Corn Palace Stampede and Horsemen’s Sports over these improvements.

Both parties have a lease that runs until 2031, but the rodeo group continues to seek a new location. Despite the ongoing legal dispute, the 50th annual Corn Palace Stampede rodeo went ahead as planned in late July at Horseman’s Sports Arena after a judge granted a waiver in April at the request of the local rodeo organization.

Consent agenda

The following items will be considered as part of the consent agenda:

  • Approve the minutes and reports of the following meetings: municipal council meeting of September 9; August 23 Meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission.

  • Approve departmental reports.

  • Approve the amending grant with the South Dakota Department of Transportation.

  • Approve the following special event request: September 25 Dakota Wesleyan University Blue and White Days, which will cause Main Street to close at 10:00 a.m.

  • Approve the following raffle permits: Mitchell Main Street & Beyond (Fur Get Me Not Animal Care) with the draw taking place on October 9; LB Williams PTO with the draw on October 23; First Presbyterian Church for which the draw will take place on May 1, 2022 or when tickets run out; Jean-Paul II School with the drawings that will take place on January 21, January 28, February 4, February 11, February 17 and February 25, 2022.

  • Approve the following appointments to the Board of Directors: Jean Koehler to the Board of Directors of Corn Palace Events & Entertainment for a term from October to September 2024; Carol Cersosimo of the Corn Palace Events & Entertainment Board for a term from October to September 2024; Giovanni Lanier at the Corn Palace Events & Entertainment Board for a term from October to September 2024.

  • Approve Change Order # 7 for the Boulevard Sanborn, Phases II and III project to H and W Contracting.

  • Set the date for the following liquor licenses: October 4, Corn Palace Shrine Club’s application for a liquor license for a special event located at Masonic Hall for an event on October 29; On October 4, Overtime Properties Inc. carrying on business as Overtime Steakhouse and Sports Bar, applied for the transfer of a retail alcohol license (on-site sale) from 716 N. Rowley St. to Hohn Partnership, LLC, carrying on business under the name of Platinum Players Club III, located at 719 N. Sanborn Blvd. Suite n ° 3.

  • Approve September 20 salary estimates.

  • Approve invoices, payroll, salary adjustments, hires of new employees, authorization of recurring payments and other expenses.

Other business

  • Recite the Pledge of Allegiance and receive the Salvation Army invocation.

  • Listen to citizen comments.

  • Meet as an adjustment council.

  • Hold hearings on the following: Brooke Hartman’s application for a conditional use license to operate a family residential day care center in her home at 317 E. Fourth Ave., legally described as Lot 2, Block 27, original addition , in the town of Mitchell. The property is zoned residential single family R2; Stacy Nettinga’s request for a 0ft to 3ft backyard gap as required for the construction of a garage addition at 204 W. 11th Ave., legally described as Lot 11, Block 29, Capital Addition, in the town of Mitchell. The property is zoned residential single family R2; Request from George Morgan for a 0ft to 3ft side yard deviation as required to fence an existing non-conforming carport at 414 N. Davison St., legally described as Lot 6A and the western half of Lot 5A , block 30, cooley and guernsey addition, in the town of Mitchell; Faith Missionary Church’s request to construct a 38 by 57 building addition crossing the lot lines located at 1025 E. Sixth Ave. legally described as lot 4, except in block 3 of the Gleeson addition in the northeast quarter of section 22, township 103 north, range 60 west of the fifth principal meridian, in the town of Mitchell, in Davison County, South Dakota and Lots 3 and E 33 ‘of Lot 4 in Block 3 of the Gleeson Addition in the Northeast Quarter of Section 22, Township 103 North, Range 50 to west of the fifth prime meridian, in the town of Mitchell. The property is zoned R4 High Density Residential District.

  • Set the date for the following hearings: October 4, Jason Bates’ request for a 0ft to 3ft North Side Yard Deviation as required for an addition located at 1112 N. Rowley St., legally described as Lot 16, Block 4, DA Scotts Addition, in the Town of Mitchell. The property is zoned residential single family R2.

  • Reconstitute as city council.

  • Approve streetlights for Phase I of Ethan Co-op Lumber’s Lakeridge housing development near Mitchell Lake. The request aims to install three streetlights for the first phase of the ongoing development.

  • Approve the exchange of land on North Harmon Drive.

  • Hold a hearing and consider approving a resolution to collect a special assessment for construction projects in 2020.

  • Hold a hearing and consider approving tax levies certified by the Davison County auditor.

  • Approve the resolution to declare surplus property between 109 and 115 North Main Street.

  • Approve the resolution to create Tax Increase Funding District # 26 for neighboring lots around the old Crafty Fox building in downtown Mitchell. The TIF relates to a plan by a California developer to renovate the building at 223 N. Main St.

  • Hold a public hearing on the request for state revolving credit funds to be used for upgrades to Mitchell’s water supply system.

  • Endorse the resolution to use FSR funds for upgrades to Mitchell’s water supply system.

  • Approve the first reading of the emergency ordinance amending the city’s medical marijuana by-laws.

  • Approve the golf course master plan with Norby Golf Course Design.

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Biden administration to deport Haitians in Del Rio, Texas Sun, 19 Sep 2021 01:25:58 +0000

The majority of migrants arrived after months of overland travel from Brazil and Chile, where many were granted permission to reside and work after an earthquake struck the country in 2010. The economies of these countries were hit by the pandemic. To help Haitian returnees who have not lived in the country for years, nonprofits and some US officials will be stationed at Port-au-Prince airport to welcome migrants as they disembark, said the manager.

People who have been firmly resettled in another country are not eligible for asylum in the United States, suggesting that many Haitians at the border would find it difficult to secure their protection claims in the United States unless that they could not prove that they were being subjected to violence.

However, defenders accused the United States of violating international law by deporting people without properly screening them to determine whether they could reasonably claim to fear returning home. The Department of Homeland Security did not respond to whether this was the policy. Hundreds of people said they were afraid on Saturday and were not put on hold for deportation, the official said.

“Part of the problem is that there are a lot of Haitians who come with a whole bunch of statuses,” said Yael Schacher, senior US lawyer for Refugees International, a nonprofit.

Yet she and others have sharply criticized the United States for sending people back to Haiti, the poorest country in the western hemisphere, plunged into crisis this summer by a natural disaster and the murder of its president.

“Haitians are living crisis after crisis and deserve compassion,” said Representative Ilhan Omar, Democrat of Minnesota, said on Twitter on Saturday. “Instead of stepping up the evictions, we should end them. It is shameful that, from administration to administration, our cruel immigration policies persist.

Recognizing the difficult conditions in Haiti, the Biden administration recently granted temporary deportation assistance to approximately 150,000 Haitians already living in the United States, granting them temporary protection status. But tens of thousands of people have tried to cross the country since then, despite not qualifying for the program, which covers those who entered before July 29, before the recent earthquake.

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Harassed and harangued, tellers now have a new form of defense Sat, 18 Sep 2021 09:00:08 +0000

WASHINGTON – Perhaps this is a metaphor for when even the volunteer who put you in the polls in November now has a legal defense committee.

The Election Official Legal Defense Network, which made its public debut on September 7, of course offers to represent more than just election officials. Formed to counter the waves of political pressure and public intimidation that election workers faced over the past year, the organization promises free legal services to anyone involved in the voting process, from secretaries of state to officials. local election officials and volunteers.

The group has already received requests from several election officials, said David J. Becker, executive director of the nonprofit Center for Electoral Research and Innovation, which oversees the project. Without going into details, Mr Becker said their questions were “related to issues such as harassment and bullying”.

The network is the creation of two powers in Republican and Democratic legal circles, Benjamin L. Ginsberg and Bob Bauer. In a Washington Post opinion piece this month, the two – Mr. Ginsberg was a leading GOP attorney for 38 years and Mr. Bauer was both a Democratic Party attorney and a White House attorney. in the Obama administration – wrote that such attacks on those “overseeing the counting and casting of the ballots on an independent, non-partisan basis are destructive to our democracy.” “