College gears up to start projects

first_imgLANCASTER – An expansion of sports fields and renovation of Marauder Stadium are among the projects funded by a $139 million bond that will break ground this year at Antelope Valley College. The college will see the start of an expansion of its west campus and the beginning of work on a new maintenance and operations building as among the other major early uses of the money from Measure R, a bond approved by Antelope Valley residents in 2004. “We been doing a lot of planning work,” said Doug Jensen, the college’s director of planning and campus development. “We will see a lot of that planning come to fruition in the next nine months.” The expansion of the athletic fields is slated to begin in June followed by renovation work on the stadium in November, after the college’s last home football game. The west campus expansion, estimated at $29.9 million, is slated to be completed in July 2009. The combination of renovation and expansion projects will turn the west campus into an athletics complex that AVC officials say will be among the best in the community college system. The work will involve a major renovation of the college’s aging Marauder Stadium to bring it up to safety and Americans with Disabilities Act standards; a renovation of the softball field; the addition of a 300-seat baseball stadium; the addition of football and soccer practice fields; the addition of a “throws” field for track and field events; and the addition of a parking lot. An east-west concourse is planned to run between the stadiums, providing access for spectators and providing a connection to the rest of the college. The work will also include a roadway running north from Avenue K along the western side the athletics fields and a trail around the practices fields for walkers and joggers. The college is in discussions with the city about a possible joint use agreement that would allow the fields to be used for city programs when not in use by the college, said AVC president Jackie Fisher. “We’re going to make it more community friendly,” Fisher said. Construction on the new, $11.78 million maintenance and operations building is scheduled to begin in mid-October and be finished a year later. The existing maintenance and agricultural facilities are in the way of the new health-science building. The $139 million Measure R is funding construction aimed at updating the Lancaster campus, which has several buildings more than 40 years old, and will start the initial development of a Palmdale campus off Barrel Springs Road in southeast Palmdale. The overhaul is needed, college officials said, to accommodate enrollment expected nearly to double to more than 23,000 students by the year 2015. At the Lancaster campus, the construction funded by Measure R will provide 127,436 square feet of lab space and 30,817 square feet of lecture room space for students and 82,767 square feet of office and support space. The projects will provide room to accommodate more than 9,000 full-time students. The additional attendance will provide $39 million in revenue. AVC officials are also working on plans for a Palmdale campus they want to establish on 70 acres near 37th Street East and Avenue V. The campus is part of a 540-acre master-planned community planned by homebuilding giant DR Horton. The Palmdale campus will initially handle about 1,200 students, but will grow to eventually accommodate 10,000 students. The big dollar item for the Lancaster campus is a $52.8 million project to build a 92,240-square-foot health and science building. The building, which will house 37 labs and classrooms, is slated for completion in 2011. Another major project is a $26.5 million, 400-seat theater that can double as a lecture hall. The project has tentative start date of August 2008 and a completion date of July 2010. A significant piece of the bond will go towards vital, but unglamorous infrastructure improvements. Those improvements include new storm drains and sewer and water lines, estimated at $7.2 million; chilled water and gas lines, estimated at $10 million; electrical improvements estimated at $9.7 million; and technology backbone improvements, such as phone and data lines estimated at $2.8 million. No schedule for those improvements has been set yet. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Govt to Launch Website for Registration of NRI Marriages

first_imgRegistrars from all the states across India will now have to upload details associated with NRI marriages on the new website that the Ministry for Women and Child Development is setting up. The move is aimed at tackling the issue of NRI husbands abandoning or ill-treating their wives.“Having a website that has all data related to marriages of NRIs with Indian nationals, including the address of the NRI groom, where he works, etc., will help us to tackle complaints more promptly,” said a senior official of the ministry, the Hindustan Times reported.The official added that it will be mandatory for registrars to upload all details on the website soon after a marriage is registered. Currently, very few states, such as Punjab, which was the first, compulsorily register NRI marriages.These developments have been made following the recommendations made by an inter-ministerial panel to review the legal and regulatory challenges faced by women deserted by NRI men, headed by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.“The law ministry, which is in the process of bringing a law to make registration of all marriage mandatory, has been directed to examine the proposal,” the official with the Ministry of Women and Child Development said, the publication reported.The panel has also suggested that all NRI marriages would have to be registered within a week after they are solemnized. The recommendations also include uploading the court summons issued to NRI men on the website.“The panel has suggested that the Law Ministry amend the Indian Evidence Act to make the summons served on the website legally tenable,” said another government official, HT reported.This would be instrumental in addressing a major problem faced by Indian authorities while dealing with NRI husbands, which is that Indian missions and posts have no means of enforcing the order abroad, except when the other country accepts the request for mutual legal assistance.On Dec.21, 2017, the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement that as many as 3,328 complaints about marital disputes filed by Indian women who have NRI spouses were received by the Ministry of External Affairs, and its missions or posts abroad since 2015.In May 2017, an expert committee was set up by the External Affairs Ministry to look into the difficulties faced by Indian women married to overseas nationals and suggest changes in the existing policies. The committee was headed by Justice Arvind Kumar Goel, ex-Chairperson, Punjab’s NRI Commission and senior officers of Women and Child Development Ministry, Home and External Affairs Ministries and Department of Telecommunications.In its report submitted last month, the Goel panel had recommended impounding or cancelling the passport of NRIs who harass their wives for dowry or abuse and desert them in foreign land. The panel also recommended that cases of domestic violence be included in the scope of India’s extradition treaties with other countries.In November 2017, Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi said that in a move to make NRI grooms more accountable and curb incidents of desertion of wives in a foreign country, the Indian government is planning to collect data on all registered marriages. The Woman and Child Development Ministry had said that it wanted the Law Ministry to make registration of NRI marriages compulsory.Also, in September last year, the inter-ministerial committee recommended to the Ministry of External Affairs that Aadhaar should be made mandatory for registration of NRI marriages in India. Related Itemsfamilywomen’s rightslast_img read more

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