City’s oldest business district starting to come back to life

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe site touts a range of ethnic restaurants from authentic Mexican to Thai, a new bar called Vu with a daily line of entertainment and a host of shops – a florist, two soccer stores, a cookbook boutique and a bike shop among them. “In getting the Web site up and running, we wanted to capitalize on the holiday season to drive additional traffic to Newhall,” Hernandez said. “Hopefully, residents and visitors will consider it as additional shopping, an alternative.” Mymainstreet.com also is targeting potential merchants who might be interested in the area, willing to invest in the vision of a pedestrian-friendly arts, entertainment and shopping destination. “It’s an effort by the city to be on the forefront of helping promote the area to attract business who would want to locate there and, of course, to attract shoppers,” Hernandez said. He offers these snippets from e-mails sent commenting on the site: “Everything from this is great.” “Looks great. Makes me want to go there.” “Awesome, fun, engaging.” For Mutschler, it’s all about location. Downtown Newhall is easily accessible from anywhere in the Santa Clarita Valley. Right now, he’s sitting back and watching, enjoying walks in an area dotted by unusual businesses, nonchain restaurants, the historic William S. Hart Park and the city’s new Veterans Park. “There’s not a big influx of people yet, but we’re getting to that point,” Mutschler said. “People are getting more comfortable coming here.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEWHALL – From David Mutschler’s view of Santa Clarita’s newly renamed Main Street, the drive to bring new life to the city’s oldest business center is finally taking shape. “The area’s getting nicer, which is certainly an advantage for us,” said Mutschler, who relocated his Roger Dunn Golf Shop to downtown Newhall about six years ago. A dozen years after the city of Santa Clarita created a redevelopment zone encompassing the beleaguered downtown, the changes are visible. And there’s the promise of more by summer when crews begin a major streetscape project, adding stone crosswalks, seating areas, “old-town” street lighting, trees and other features, said Alex Hernandez, a city administrative analyst. Now, in hopes of attracting holiday shoppers, the city is using a modern tool to bring life to the historic center of town. By launching mynewmainstreet.com last month, Santa Clarita is hoping to sell an eclectic range of retailers and restaurants as key pieces of an emerging shopping zone. last_img read more

Neymar’s attitude causing a divide at PSG

first_imgPSG Is Neymar’s attitude towards Emery causing a divide at PSG? Sabrina Belalmi Last updated 2 years ago 03:33 11/10/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(80) Neymar Paris Saint-Germain Getty PSG Neymar Ligue 1 The 25-year-old has always had issues following orders, but his recent fall-out with PSG boss Unai Emery has caused friction at the Ligue 1 club Since his €222 million move from Barcelona, Neymar has proved a a divisive figure at Paris Saint-Germain.The Brazil international’s fall-out with team-mate Edinson Cavani over which of the two forwards took a penalty awarded in PSG’s 2-0 victory over Lyon earlier in the season caused tension at the capital club, and his relationship with manager Unai Emery is evidently strained. PSG 4-0 Nantes 13/2 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player It’s not the first time Neymar has found it difficult to bow to the demands of his higher-ups, and Emery’s decision to side with Cavani over the aforementioned penalty has caused strain behind the scenes at PSG.Neymar famously took on then-Santos manager Dorival Junior following a similar incident in which the coach refused to let the Brazilian take a spot-kick against Atletico GO, resulting in him losing his job.”I am not here to make excuses,” Neymar said following the incident. “But to apologise to everyone who enjoys football. The real Neymar is not the Neymar you saw yesterday. The real Neymar is a joyful player, always happy and with a smile on his face. I came home and saw what I did, and I was embarrassed.”Neymar may have eventually apologised for his reaction to the situation, but it only magnified his issues with following order. The 25-year-old has also held a public spat with Barcelona chiefs since his summer departure, though tension between Neymar and Barca backroom staff was reported before mention of a move away.Neymar Cavani penalty PSGNeymar Edinson Cavani PSG Paris Saint-Germain“He does not like any coach,” a source close to the player told Goal. “Ever since he has been in Santos, he has had problems with all his coaches, whether club or selection. He complained about Luis Enrique methods of work in general, his choices on the regular players and substitutes. “The highlight was the blood drive against Unzue, Enrique’s assistant, when he told him to be careful not to finish like Ronaldinho and focus more on his football.”Neymar has also taken issues with Emery’s pre-match preparation, and more specifically the Spaniard’s over-reliance on his video sessions. Emery’s set-up includes private instructions for Neymar in video form which the forward does not buy into.The personal issues draw attention to a wider problem; a disconnect between Emery’s team and the Brazilian contingent at the Ligue 1 club. Dani Alves is said to enjoy the former Sevilla manager’s style of coaching, though Thiago Silva and Lucas Moura, a close friend of Neymar who is yet to make a single league start this season, share the forward’s concerns.Silva in particular, who publicly backed Neymar over the penalty incident, is said to have turned on the management as a result of Cavani taking the following spot-kick after his comments. Is Neymar happy in Paris? It appears so. Will the Brazilian be able to repair his relationship with Emery? Only time will tell.last_img read more

National friendship centres preparing for upcoming federal election in urban areas

first_imgAnnette FrancisAPTN NewsThe National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) is preparing election kits that will be sent out to partner organizations across the country.The NAFC represents 113 friendship centres across the country.They offer culturally appropriate programming and services to First Nation, Metis and Inuit peoples living in cities.NAFC Executive Director Jocelyn Formsma said it’s important the centres prepare their clients for the election.“We’re encouraging friendship centres to invite candidates to the centre, so that they’re aware of the programing,” she said.“And that people at the centres are also aware of who the candidates are.”Read More: #Vote2019: Climate change and drinking water top Indigenous issues in federal election#Vote2019: Truth and Reconciliation still important to Indigenous voters according to pollAccording to a poll commissioned by APTN and conducted by Environics, the environment is one of the most pressing issues on the ballot this year with housing it on the lower end at 6 per cent.But according to Formsa, the urban population’s needs are different.“Making sure people have a safe place to live, shelter, making sure that families have support, that children have support especially those who are leaving the child welfare system or currently involved with the child welfare system,” she said.72 per cent of those surveyed said they’ll definitely vote on election night, but that number is often higher than the actual turnout.Gabrielle Fayant, the founding member of a non-profit youth group Assembly of Seven Generations, said the number of youth at the polls could be lower than in 2015 due to the fact the politicians have failed to reach out to them.“It seems like a mixed response, like some youth are really outspoken and they’re saying like we need to go out and vote and other youth are just like, why, why should we even vote”, said Fayant.The poll also found that 73 per cent of respondents said child welfare is a very important issue, something that Fayant [email protected]@aptnafrancislast_img read more

In Other News Tinker AFB Edwards AFB Gain Role in Supporting B21

first_imgThe Air Force has selected Tinker AFB, Okla., to coordinate maintenance and sustainment of the B-21 Raider and Edwards AFB, Calif., to lead testing and evaluation of the next-generation, long-range strike bomber, officials announced Friday. Robins AFB, Ga., and Hill AFB, Utah, will support Tinker to ensure the B-21 is maintained and, when necessary, overhauled and upgraded, according to a press release. Edwards is home to the Air Force Test Center. The Air Force expects to stand up the first B-21 operational units around 2025, reported Air Force Times. The service plans to purchase at least 100 of the advanced stealth bombers. … The master developer for 145 acres at the former Fort McPherson in south Atlanta has submitted a reuse plan calling for 525,000 square feet of office space, a 600-student school, 235,000 square feet of retail, 46,000 square feet of restaurants, 100 hotel rooms and 2,800 residential units. The property represents the portion of the Army post that remained after the Fort Mac LRA sold 330 acres of the site in 2015 to filmmaker Tyler Perry to build a movie and television production complex. “We believe we can turn Fort Mac into a destination for entertainment, film, gaming and music,” Stephen Macauley, principal of master developer Macauley Investments, told the Atlanta Business Chronicle last year. “We also want to find a way to feature the performing and visual arts, along with [attracting] technology companies.”Illustration courtesy of U.S. Air Force Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Mountaineering Foundation frames new uniform guideline for clubs

first_imgKolkata: With more youth and students showing interests in mountaineering and adventure sports in the state, the West Bengal Mountaineering and Adventure Sports Foundation (WBMASF) under the state Youth Services and Sports department has framed a uniform guideline that has to be followed by all the clubs in Bengal to provide training on the same.Sources say the guideline has already been framed following discussions and proposals by the members of the WBMASF. Senior officials of the Youth Services and Sports department are also members of the foundation and they have put forward the suggestions of the state government in this connection. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedA high-level meeting of the foundation will be held on July 6 where aspects related to the newly framed guideline will be discussed. In the same meeting, decisions will be taken on trip itineraries, like which club will take students and youth for training in adventure sports and location among other details.There are around 100 clubs in the state that take students and youth to different locations, which include Joychandi, Mathaguru and Gajaguru areas in Purulia and Susunia hills in Bankura for training in mountaineering, rock-climbing, altitude trekking, hang gliding, jungle safari and river crossing. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPThe training takes place between November and February.The Youth Services and Sports department provides necessary assistance to each one of the clubs for taking students and youth for training.The clubs get the assistance after successful completion of the training programme with at least 20 boys and girls in each group including two selected from the area where the training would take place or from economically challenged families.Most of the participants in the training programme are the usually students of class VII to XII. According to an official, the guideline has already been framed. Hence, the next step would be to make all the clubs well aware of it.”In a bid to make the clubs aware of each and every aspects of the newly framed guideline, a work shop will be organised in November beginning,” the official said.The workshop will be for 5 days where one member from each club would be present. “The representatives will be going through both theoretical and practical sessions in the workshop. It will help them to follow the guideline while providing training to youth and students,” the official maintained adding that introduction of a uniform guideline for all clubs will benefit the trainees as it has been framed following all rules and regulations.Moreover, the clubs will also get a clear picture on the focus areas of the training programmes on mountaineering and adventure sports.last_img read more