Buffalo, N.Y., residents fight gentrification

first_imgThreatened with displacement by the relentless development land grabs occurring all around them, residents of a historic Black neighborhood in the midst of Buffalo’s “medical corridor” building boom are fighting back.The Fruit Belt/McCarley Gardens Housing Task Force has been tirelessly struggling for decades to save their neighborhood from demolition and gentrification by bankers and developers.A press conference and rally held on Aug. 5 right in the Fruit Belt neighborhood demanded a community land trust (a nonprofit that holds land in trust for the permanent benefit of low-income residents) to give residents — who are mostly tenants — final control over land use in their own neighborhood. The organizing group intends to grow bigger and stronger and not back off until they win.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Gardaí urged to prioritise Janesboro blackspot

first_imgLimerick on Covid watch list WhatsApp Facebook TAGSanti social behaviourCommunityLimerick City and Countylocal news Twitter NewsCommunityLocal NewsGardaí urged to prioritise Janesboro blackspotBy Alan Jacques – April 18, 2019 1846 TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Linkedin Previous articleListen: Limerick Post News Roundup April 20, 2019Next articleAngela is still flying it at 75 Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites center_img Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? Sarah Kiely at The Boro Field.A GREEN space in Janesboro, which is being used for illegal dumping and antisocial behaviour, should be developed into a community centre with astro turf pitches and a dog-walking area.That’s the view of Fine Gael City East local election hopeful Sarah Kiely who spoke this week about the concerns of residents living in Janesboro.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The green space, which is next to Janesboro AFC’s grounds, is known locally as ‘The Boro Field’ and Ms Kiely says it should now be made a priority by Gardaí.“The current issues include illegal dumping of garden waste and more importantly, household rubbish. Some houses in Colbert Avenue have back gardens backing on to this site and it is an obvious negative for them.“Horses are often left there for days and animal welfare is a huge concern. They have no shelter and the owners are unknown,” she told the Limerick Post.“When scramblers and quads are being used there is a serious risk to safety. They are used on the main roads and avenues of Rathbane and Janesboro, making their way down to the field where mayhem takes over. Dog walkers are fearful and kids can’t play safely.”Sarah believes community policing would go a long way to addressing some of the issues.“Visibility is also key.“The solution is not a simple one. It will take input from residents and the council as well as the Gardaí on a meaningful level. Immediate intervention is required from a safety aspect so if enough people contact the Gardaí, it would put it up the list of priorities.”She is proposing that the area, also known as ‘The Wild Boro’, is used to develop astro turf pitches and a dog-walking area.“A community centre is also badly needed. I know that’s a massive undertaking but we might as well go big or go home. If we had a representative on the council, we could advocate for this at a local and national level. There are lots of ways to access funding, we just need to give it serious effort with multidisciplinary input from all local stakeholders.“The fact is Old Christians GAA club and Janesboro AFC pay to use Younger Munsters astro turf during the winter. Why can’t a community our size have our own?“Not only would it be fantastic for our clubs, it would go a long way to addressing some of the issues that are having an adverse impact on the community. Rathbane, Kennedy and Glasgow Park, Carey’s Road and Janesboro would all benefit from this proposal,” she concluded. Print Advertisement Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year Unstoppable Sean shows that all things are possiblelast_img read more

Swedish roundup: AMF invests €200m in VW truck subsidiary

first_imgSwedish pension fund AMF has signed a deal with German vehicle manufacturer Volkswagen to invest over SEK2bn (€200m) in the company’s heavy truck and bus division, Traton.The deal for an equity stake in the VW subsidiary, which includes brands such as Scania and MAN, is taking place in connection with Traton’s upcoming listing on the Stockholm and Frankfurt stock exchanges at the end of June.Anders Oscarsson, head of equities and ownership at AMF, said: “Five years ago, we were among those working for Scania to stay on the stock exchange, and now we do not want to miss the opportunity to invest once again in one of Sweden’s most respected and important industrial companies, even though this time as part of a larger vehicle group.”Oscarsson said the deal felt “extra right in light of how important Scania is to Sweden in general, and in particular to many of our savers who work in the company”. Sweden’s AP7 has added seven stocks to its exclusion list, bringing the total blacklisted by the defined contribution default fund to 71 following its latest half-yearly revision of the list.The latest companies to be cut from the SEK460.1bn (€43.6bn) fund’s investment universe include two Canadian cannabis companies that the main national pension buffer funds, AP1-4, blacklisted at the beginning of this year.Aurora Cannabis and Canopy Growth were excluded following a recommendation from the AP funds’ council on ethics. AP7 has followed suit, saying the companies’ involvement in cannabis violated international conventions against drugs.The fund announced the exclusion of five other companies:Brookfield Asset Management for involvement with nuclear weapons;US energy company Evergy for acting in violation of the Paris Agreement;Korean steel manufacturer Posco and its subsidiary Posco International for violations of worker rights in Turkey; andRosneft Oil for violations of environmental standards in connection with oil extraction in Russia.Danica in Sweden changes name to Futur PensionNow under new ownership, the Swedish arm of Danica Pension has announced that it is to change its name to Futur Pension at the beginning of next year.The name change comes after the pension provider’s parent company, Danske Bank, finalised its sale to a group of investors including Danish labour market pension fund Sampension, Swiss asset manager Unigestion and two private equity companies.Claes Carlson, chief executive of Danica Sweden, said: “With the change of ownership and as part of the agreement, we also take the opportunity to switch to a name and a visual identity that is more in line with our ambition and our values.”The fund said the change of identity was agreed as part of the DKK1.9bn (€254m) sale, which was finalised on 2 May. The Swedish commercial vehicle brand Scania has its headquarters in the city of Södertälje and has been one of the country’s leading industrial companies since it was founded in 1891.Institutional investors including AP4 and Alecta were invested in Scania prior to its purchase by VW in 2014. At the time, both investors attempted to resist the acquisition in support of Scania’s independence, but eventually submitted to the bid in May 2014.AP7 blacklists stocks including cannabis firmslast_img read more