TagsMidtownPoliticsport authority Share via Shortlink Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink The bus terminal was built in the 1950s and designed to serve one fourth of the riders it sees today. (Getty) After years of being ridiculed as “hell on earth,” the Port Authority Bus Terminal will be torn down and rebuilt with street-facing retail, green space and several nearby towers.The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced Thursday it will raze its 70-year-old facility to construct a five-story, 2 million-square-foot building on the same Midtown site.The agency, which considered 30 options for the project over seven years, will keep buses running during the construction by first building a bus storage facility next to the existing terminal.Officials declined to say how much the project will cost, claiming an estimate would be released when the agency gets more clarity on it. But an iteration some years ago was pegged at $10 billion, so this one is likely to cost more.The Port Authority expects to fund the project mainly from four sources: $3 billion from its capital plan; the sale of air rights to allow for four new high-rise towers on surrounding parcels; payments in lieu of property taxes, or PILOTs, from the city; and federal infrastructure programs.The development will increase the bus storage capacity by about 40 percent, reducing off-street parking by buses and sparing them from dead-heading to and from New Jersey in between the morning and evening commute, as they have for years.The project’s initial, 900,000-square-foot building might be completed in 2028 and the replacement for the main terminal facing Eighth Avenue in 2030, according to documents obtained by Politico. The west end of the development will consist of ramps.Built in the 1950s to consolidate eight bus depots, the hulking terminal on Eighth Avenue and East 42nd Street was designed to serve 65,000 riders a day. By the time the coronavirus hit, it was serving 260,000 — and not very well.Severe overcrowding led to long lines and miserable experience for anyone who entered. When buses broke down, others could not get past them, causing cascading delays. The lack of street retail rendered the massive structure a monstrosity.“Very few have anything good to say about it,” said Rick Cotton, executive director of the Port of Authority, on a call with reporters Thursday.The project will use only existing Port Authority property, in deference to community leaders’ objections to the use of eminent domain. It will serve 12 subway lines and five city bus lines. It will also add about 3.5 acres of new green space on two parcels just south of the main terminal.Riders’ preferences and the community’s objections to condemnation of property left the Port Authority with few options. Two of the three finalists involved building at the nearby Javits Center, but commuters did not want to be so far west, and locals did not want them riding and walking through the neighborhood twice a day, backing up traffic.The news comes three weeks after the new Moynihan Train Hall opened. The project had been in the works for about 30 years and is now home to Amtrak and the Long Island Rail Road in New York City. It was a public private partnership between Vornado, Skanska, Related Companies and the state of New York. It was the first step in a possible redevelopment of Penn Station across the street.
Section 67 of the Mental Health Act 1983 gives the Secretary of State for Health the power to refer the case of non-restricted patients to the First-tier Tribunal (Mental Health).The tribunal’s main purpose is to review the case of patients detained or subject to supervised community treatment under the Act. Anyone, including hospital managers, local social services authorities, nearest relatives and patients themselves, may ask the Secretary of State to consider making a reference to the First-tier Tribunal.These documents include: a briefing on when the Secretary of State can make a referral and how to make a request for a referral a list of circumstances in which applications can be made to the tribunal and an explanation of who can make them
Facebook Twitter Google+ Bria and Briana Day are one in the same. They look the same. They both stand 6 feet, 4 inches. They both have the same slight southern accent.Though the identical twins are often interchangeable, the two tallest Syracuse basketball players have no trouble standing out in a crowd.When they walk into the Carmelo K. Anthony Center for practice together, they smile as they tower above their teammates.Inseparable growing up, not going to college together, not practicing together and not taking the court together were never an option.“Yeah,” Briana said defiantly. “There was never any question.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThis season, Bria and Briana will fulfill the inevitable when they take the court in Syracuse orange together for the first time.The journey to opening night started in middle school when Bria’s English teacher and the school’s basketball coach suggested the two join the team. Standing at 6 feet, 2 inches at the time, there wasn’t much debate.There was only one problem: They were bad.They were tall but unskilled, and didn’t know the rules.When the girls played on their seventh grade team, their mother Katherine approached an AAU coach, Ty Cox, who was in attendance watching his own daughter play the game. She asked if he could teach her daughters to play.“They weren’t very good at all,” Cox said. “They were tall and everyone expected them to be good, and it was tough for them. They were truly athletic. They could run. They could jump. But they didn’t know the game, and they really were not good.”So he took them under his wing. First he taught them dribbling. Next were layups. Then passing. They were starting to get better, and the future looked bright.But heading into eighth grade, they were faced with a choice. They had to either pursue basketball full time, or continue participating in track and field. Cox said their track and field coach said the girls had to choose one or the other in the hopes that they’d drop basketball.“But they chose basketball.” Cox said. “That’s when they really started playing basketball seriously.”In high school, they only got better. With more talent and a chance to get two athletes in a package deal, college coaches were relentless in their pursuit of the Day sisters.“It was stressful,” Bria said. “They’d call very, very early, like 8 o’clock, and I’d just want to sleep.”But no matter how much they wanted their sleep or privacy, they’d always entertain the calls. They listened to everyone, even though they had their minds on one school.When it came time to make the decision, the choice was easy.North Carolina. Having grown up in Raleigh, N.C., they were fans of the Tar Heel program. The choice made sense.Not long after they made their decision, Briana decided she wanted to de-commit. But Bria and their mother Katherine wanted them to stick with their decision to play at UNC. So Briana recommitted.But eventually, their interest in UNC waned and they opened themselves back up to recruitment.“Bria started to see different things, Briana started focusing on different things,” Cox said. “And they just felt that maybe they could look at different options.”So the sisters went into Cox’s office and laid out all of their college prospects.“We kind of created a spreadsheet to look at all of the schools that were interested,” he said. “We listed the pros the cons, the roster, players at their positions, tradition, winning, where they were going to study and the coaches’ contract situation.”They calculated just about everything. And the answer was Syracuse. In the end, it was the weather on their visit that sealed the deal.“When we first came here we thought it was going to be cold,” Bria said. “But it was actually really hot the day we came. It was 94 degrees, I remember it perfectly.”But now, as the winter rears its frigid head, basketball season begins and another chapter is written in the Day sisters’ story.With the graduation of all-time leading scorer Kayla Alexander, Syracuse coach Quentin Hillsman said he will be calling Bria and Briana’s numbers early and often this season.“When you can get two post players, it’s a luxury,” Hillsman said. “They’re in a role where they can step in and help us right away.”And just like everything they’ve always done, it will be together. From not being able to dribble a basketball, to playing in one of the top Division I conferences, Bria and Briana have always been a package deal.“Everything they say is in unison,” Hillsman said. “But it’s good they’re very close, they have a good bond.“They’ll have a great career here.” Comments Published on November 7, 2013 at 2:36 am Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3
Ricky Hatton has heaped praise on Ashley Theophane, insisting the Kilburn light-welterweight deserves a world title shot.Theophane, 31, will defend his British title against Darren Hamilton of Bristol at Aintree Racecourse on Saturday after Steve Williams withdrew at short notice because of illness.It is the second successive fight in which he has had to deal with a change of opponent.Theophane trains in New York.In December he overcame a difficult start and battled his way to an 11th-round stoppage of the rugged Ben Murphy, who was a late replacement for Nigel Wright.Ex-world champion Hatton, now Theophane’s promoter, declared: “Ashley is an example to all boxers, and just wants to train and fight all comers.“As soon as Williams pulled out he never once thought about not fighting, because the British title and owning a Lonsdale belt means so much to him. I have nothing but admiration for him.”Saturday’s fight will be on the undercard of the British heavyweight clash between David Price and Sam Sexton.It will be Theophane’s third defence of the belt he took from Lenny Daws last year, meaning a victory would see him keep the coveted Lonsdale belt outright and remain on course for a possible world title challenge.And Hatton, who dominated the light-welterweight division in his heyday, said: “Ashley has done it his way and flown around the world solo just to benefit from top-class sparring and experience in the best gyms.“He has served his dues and a world title fight is no more than he deserves, but Hamilton is still there to give him a test.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Participants at the 2008 SA Model UNconference in the Cape Town MetropolitanCouncil debating chamber.(Image: SA Model UN) The imposing headquarters of the UnitedNations in New York.(Image: United Nations) The Johannesburg Model UnitedNations gets underway. (Image: AmericanInternational School of Johannesburg)Janine ErasmusAt the end of March a team of young South Africans heads to the US to represent their country at an international Model United Nations debate hosted by Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. The South African participation is organised by South African Model United Nations and Education Africa.The silver-tongued team has come through a series of testing events on both a provincial and national level, to claim their place in one of the world’s foremost schools debating competitions. From 2 to 5 April 2009 Team South Africa will face up to 2 500 other pupils from all over the world.The Model United Nations (UN) authentically simulates specific UN organs or conferences, such as the General Assembly, Security Council, World Bank, International Court of Justice or the Human Rights Council. Conferences may also replicate intergovernmental organisations such as the European and African Unions, or the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.Model UN programmes are run in schools and universities all around the world. In Africa there are programmes operating the length and breadth of the continent, including the Cairo International Model UN, the East African Model UN, the Johannesburg Model UN, the Nigerian International Model UN, and the Zambia Model UN at the International School of Lusaka.Stepping into diplomatic shoesDebates are modelled on those held in the UN General Assembly and, to further recreate the atmosphere of that hallowed chamber, pupils are required to step into the shoes of international diplomats of UN member countries.Each team is assigned a country to represent, and must convincingly embody the policies of their allocated country in various spheres, such as relevant international issues, debate and consultation, and development of solutions to world problems. Teams must therefore research and thoroughly understand their allocated country’s political, economic, social and cultural policies.The 2009 conference will feature a number of key committees including the UN Development Programme, the 2007 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change held in Bali, The UN Human Rights Council, and South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.Crisis committees include Iraq 2003, the UN Security Council, the World Health Organisation, and the Peloponnesian War of 431-404 BC.All these structures are designed to give participating pupils an in-depth experience and understanding of global issues through investigation, communication and diplomacy.Debating their way to the topThe Model UN programme was established in 1995 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the United Nations. For pupils, the first step to debating on the international stage is participation in training workshops at provincial level. Schools are briefed on rules and procedures, as well as the topics of debate. Each team of four – two from an under-privileged school and two from an advantaged school – is allocated a country to represent in the debate.These teams then go forward to the provincial competition, where both topics and adjudicators are selected with the assistance of the UN. The winning team from each province becomes eligible to take part in the national event, and is assisted by a university tutor, usually from a political science or international relations background, in their preparations.The stakes are high as this is the stage during which the national team is selected. The national team comprises 12 members – the four from the winning team and one each from the other eight provinces.The finals for the 2009 international event took place in Pretoria in October 2008, with debate focusing on two hot topics; humanitarian intervention versus sovereignty in the case of Myanmar following Cyclone Nargis; and the indictment of Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court. KwaZulu-Natal walked away with top honours, and a further eight pupils were selected to complete the team.Education Africa, a Johannesburg-based non-profit organisation, co-ordinates the programme while the United Nations Information Centre assists with policy direction and adjudication. The South African Model United Nations provides tutoring and topic selection, and chairs the debates.South Africa’s young public speakers have done the country proud in previous years, and it is expected that the 2009 event will be no exception. In 2006 the team walked off with nine out of the 12 international awards, taking two Outstanding Delegate awards, three Honourable Mention awards and four Mentions for their representation of Nigeria.In 2008 Team South Africa, representing Tanzania, brought home the award for Best Delegation as well as two Honourable Mentions. And nine of the 12 students won individual awards for outstanding performances in their individual committees.Stuart Meyer, chair of the schools development programme of the South African Institute of International Affairs, commented, “It was a wonderful time to be South African. Seeing our pupils walk down the aisle of the mighty hall of the General Assembly, two small dots to thunderous applause as they received their prizes, was a truly emotional moment marking a great achievement.”Do you have queries or comments about this article? 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Salespeople have all kinds of superstitions around when they should make certain kinds of calls.Some salespeople refuse to make cold calls on Monday. This group believes that the last thing anyone wants is a call from a salesperson first thing out of the gate Monday morning. Others believe that Mondays are the very best possible day to make their calls. They believe that people that want to get things done take those calls so they can schedule an appointment to take care of something important.Some salespeople believe that Monday is the very best day to call you existing clients. The logic here is that you can ask them about their upcoming week. Others believe that Friday is the best day to call your existing clients, after their clients have completed their tasks for the week and created some breathing room.Who’s right and who’s wrong?The Arrogance of Reading MindsThe truth of the matter is that no one knows the best time to call. How could you?Some of your dream clients might have a project you could help with staring them in the face on Monday morning. Your call might be just what they need. Or they might be so overwhelmed that sound of their phone ringing is enough to put them in what we might call “an un-resourceful state.”It’s a certain kind of arrogance to believe you can read your dream client’s mind. You can’t. And as soon as you start to generalize about a giant, diverse group of people, you are automatically wrong. Each individual contact is dealing with their own life, they have their own agenda, and they have their communication preferences. There is no way you can know their minds, and it’s a waste of time to try.I think the fuss over when to make the calls should be replaced with a focus on a more important issue, namely: “Are you prepared to create value for your dream client when you do call?” If the reason you are calling is so you can share your ideas about how your dream client can increase their revenue, decrease their costs, improve their profitability, or somehow make a difference for their business results, it doesn’t matter when you call.Your odds of success are improved by the content of your call more than they are by the day you choose to make it.Making Calls Now is Better Than Making Calls LaterThat said, I do have another strong opinion: making calls right now is better than making calls later.The sooner you make the client to your dream client, the sooner you begin to open the relationships that open opportunities. Even if you fail to gain an appointment, you have begun developing a relationship, and you have begun to establish your strong desire to work with and make a difference for your dream client. The only thing that waiting does is postpone the opening of that relationship.The same is true when calling your existing clients. You should call anytime you have something valuable to share with your clients. If that’s a Monday, so be it.Let this be your guide: Calls made are better than calls unmade. Calls made sooner are better than calls made later. Calls about something valuable are better than calls that waste time.QuestionsDo you have some superstition about when you should make certain calls?How do you know exactly when your dream client will be most receptive to your call?Do you ever put more focus on the “when” of making your calls than you do on the content of the call? Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now
File photo of former IPL chairman Lalit Modi.Former Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Lalit Modi is on the run after an Interpol alert against him. There are reports that Modi is trying to get a passport from Iceland to escape the clutches of the Enforcement Directorate (ED). Modi had earlier tried very hard to be Iceland’s envoy in Mumbai. But the government scuttled the move after an adverse report from the Intelligence Bureau. Documents accessed by Headlines Today reveal that Modi even got Iceland to send a formal proposal to India to appoint him honorary consul general of the country in Mumbai. As honorary consul general, Modi would have got diplomatic privileges, including immunity and tax breaks. He would have access to key government functionaries. The documents reveal that the Maharashtra government and security agencies had no objection to Modi’s appointment. The proposal to have Modi as envoy had the backing of the highest office of Iceland and was made at the behest of the First Lady of Iceland, who is allegedly a close friend of Modi’s wife. The proposal also had the backing of former MoS external affairs Shashi Tharoor. Even though Tharoor’s office intervened on the matter, the government refused clearance because of the Intelligence Bureau report.Modi’s lawyer Mahmood Abidi denied the reports. “This is all nonsense and the latest in disinformation that is being spread against Modi by vested interests. We are going to fight it out in court,” Abidi told Headlines Today.
Twenty-four-year-old shuttler PV Sindhu took India up another very significant notch to glory with her latest accomplishment and became the first Indian ever to clinch a gold medal at Badminton World Championships on August 25. A historic day indeed, she beat Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in a lop-sided final held in Switzerland. This was Sindhu’s 5th World Championships medal after the four medals she bagged: bronze in 2013 and 2014, and silver in 2017 and 2018. She has earlier won a silver medal at the Rio Olympics in 2016. In this year, she appeared in the final of the Indonesia Open where she lost to Akane Yamaguchi. Sindhu’s historic win is a major accomplishment globally as she is the only player to be a defending women’s singles medallist at the Olympics, Worlds, Asian Games, and Commonwealth Games at the same time. She bloomed under the tutelage of Pullela Gopichand, winning her first Grand Prix gold in the Malaysian Open in May 2013. Adding to her glory, she is also a recipient of Padma Shri. With her Silver at Rio in 2016, she became the first Indian to reach athe badminton singles final at the Olympics. But notwithstanding the tales of glorious achievements, whisking it all aside and lessening it before numerous defeats that lead up to the victory is an unfortunates tendency that still persists in the Indian society at large. Sindhu’s gold medal at the world championship also came with some utterly unnecessary criticisms for losing two World Championship finals in 2018 and early 2019. The history she has written at Badminton World Championship is a loud and clear answer to all those doubting voices. Women in sports in India have never had it easy. Sports is not an easy choice of career and very few indeed are in a position to consider this option. And matters are just harder for women. Both of Sindhu’s parents are former volleyball players. This does not diminish her hard work by any means but sheds light on the reason for her rise that came in the form of support from her parents. Keeping up with her ambition, her next target is the Olympic gold. Her accomplishment and some much-needed change in attitude in society will eventually promote and encourage sports as a respectable career.