The strange and terrible saga of Anne Kihagi, arguably this city’s cruelest landlord, reached an inflection point today. Judge Lynn O’Malley Taylor found her in contempt, and ordered her to report back to court March 8 with the $124,900 in rents she owes the city in hand, or be prepared to head to county jail for 10 days. Mission Local asked Kihagi in the hallway, point blank, whether she planned to pay the money. Her attorney, Isaac Zfaty, intervened, stating Kihagi won’t be answering questions at this time. He held out the possibility of appealing this judgment. He’d better hurry. His request for a stay was denied by Judge Taylor. To prevent his client from being forced to either pay up or go to jail, he’d have to convince the court of appeals to take the case, then successfully convince another judge to issue a stay — all before Taylor’s deadline of 3:30 p.m. March 8. 0% It was yet another legal setback for Kihagi, who is amassing losing judgments at almost the same pace she built up a real-estate empire. Between 2006 and 2013, she acquired at least 14 Southern California properties (it appears she still owns at least 11 of them). In 2013 Kihagi, her sisters and various LLCs engaged in a San Francisco spending spree, picking up 11 San Francisco properties for a shade under $30 million. Illegal evictions and unwarranted construction began almost immediately. The city last May stuck her with nearly $6 million in fines and fees in a case that’s still under appeal. The largest judgment in state history regarding one unit followed last October, when a jury awarded Dale Duncan and his family $3.5 million. Ousted tenant Kelly Kimball is slated to have his case go to trial on March 19, and a virtual conga line of disgruntled former Kihagi renters is waiting in the wings. The city’s contempt case centered on proving that Kihagi had not only failed to pay the January rents a judge ruled the city was entitled to glean, but had encouraged her tenants to skip paying it. Judge Taylor found that, yes, that had happened, and ordered Kihagi to pay up, or else — and also left her on the hook for “reasonable attorneys’ fees.” Throughout the proceedings, the defendant — flanked by up to four attorneys — laughed and smiled as if everything was going her way. This seems to be a trend. “In court, she was losing and smiling like she’s winning a million dollars,” said Kihagi tenant Sylvia Smith, whom the landlord has attempted to oust from Guerrero Street on multiple occasions, regarding one of Kihagi’s many other days in court. “I am not so smart, but I am old. I’ve been through many things. I can tell when someone is a little weird.” Kihagi lost in court today, but on the PR front, she’s going on the offensive. She has hired a publicist and is offering magazines across the realm an “EXCLUSIVE interview opportunity” or op-ed from Kihagi, “pronounced ‘key-hah-gee.’” Outside the courthouse, Deputy City Attorney Peter Keith could only shake his head at that development. As for the legal outcome, he’s pleased. “Our legal system is based on due process,” he said. “And Anne Kihagi has gotten a lot of due process.” Tags: displacement • evictions • housing • landlord Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%
DAY 6 – After last night’s heroics and long bus journey home the lads were left to have a well-earned lie in after only arriving back well after 1am.The day began with a 9am recovery session in the swimming pool; a much needed easy swim to help ease aching bodies after such a physical contest. The lads were reluctant to jump into the cool waters, none more than Levy Nzoungou.As a reward for their performance the lads were treated to a couple of bacon and egg barms, done Aussie style on the BBQ, for breakfast before hopping on the bus for a ride to Manly.Rushie also rewarded the staff for their hard work by treating them all to Magnum ice creams!!The lads were given a few hours of free time in the beautiful resort, some choosing to do some shopping or relax on the beach and others decided to play in the waters.While staff enjoying some lunch, our resident medic, Johnny Skinner, having done his homework on NRL clubs, asked: “So where do the famous Manly Sea Turtles play?”We then returned to the Panthers Leagues Clubs for dinner before heading to the driving range.Spending hours practicing on Thatto Heath stood Brad Pinder in good stead as he looked a natural with club in hand… on the other hand Jordan Gibbons looked like he was playing with the club upside down!The recovery day complete, it’s again time to start focusing on game day as they always come around thick and fast… next up Central Coast on Wednesday.By Ian Talbot
Again shorn of Jack Welsby on first team duty in the South of France, Saints gave a debut to Harvey McDaid off the bench and a first run out in the starting line-up for Harry Brooks.Saints got off to a wonderful start with Jumah Sambou scoring after only 3 minutes. Josh Simm increased the lead with the first of his brace after 13 minutes with Lewis Dodd converting this effort.The Wildcats hit back straight away however, with lively standoff Tom Ashen scoring and converting his own try.Josh Simm’s second converted effort gave Saints back their breathing space, mad even easier on the stroke of oranges with a Matty Foster try.The Wildcats responded and closed the gap within the first five minutes of the second period before Saints were reduced to 12 men with the sending off of Simm.Another Wildcats try and Saints would be starting to look over their shoulder, but any worries were calmed as Kye Siyani scored his first four pointer of the campaign converted again by Dodd.But back came the home side again scoring virtually straight away to keep in touch before just short of the hour mark any Saints nerves were calmed.Firstly Dodd slotted over a penalty goal before Ryan Horne scored Saints sixth try of the afternoon again converted by Dodd.The scrum half kicked another penalty with ten minutes to go and then rounded off a masterful display with his sixth goal converting John Hutchings try.Often a tricky place to go to this was a big for Saints especially playing most of the second half with a man down. Harvey McDaid made a great impression on debut and ‘old stagers’ Matty Foster, Jake Wingfield and Captain Sam Royle led the Saints home.Match Summary:Wakefield U19s:Robbie Butterworth, Harrison Burrows, Jack Croft, Oliver Greensmith, Van der Waal, Tom Ashen, Owen Hughes, Jacob Jones, Lewis Teale, Yusuf Aydin, Harry Dodd, Dane Windrow, Connor Bailey.Interchanges: James Patrickson, Sebastian Russo, Jordan Schofield, Moris Kamano.Tries:Tom Ashen (16), Dane Windrow (44), Van der Waal (54).Goals: Tom Ashen 1 from 3.Saints:Tom Nisbett, Jumah Sambou, Josh Simm, Nico Rizzelli, John Hutchings, Ryan Horne, Lewis Dodd, Harry Brooks, Paul Nash, Kye Siyani, Matty Foster, Sam Royle (C), Jake Wingfield.Interchanges: Keenan McDaid, Harvey McDaid, Lewis Baxter, Warren Smith.Tries:Jumah Sambou (3), Josh Simm (13 & 25), Matty Foster (36), Kye Siyani (51), Ryan Horne (65), John Hutchings (74).Goals:Lewis Dodd 6 from 9.Half Time: 6-20 Full Time: 14-40
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — You can get a peek at thousands and thousands of artifacts at the Cape Fear Museum on Sunday.The ‘Behind the Scenes: Tour the Collection’ is a look at the museum’s permanent collection with Curator Heather Yenco and Collections Assistant Terry Prior.- Advertisement – You’ll see collections storage with highlights such as television and movie props, period clothing, and oddities like a soap box derby car and a cast of architect Henry Bacon’s hand.You will also learn about the acquisition process and view recent donations.The event is for ages 16 and up and only lasts about 30 minutes.Related Article: Cape Fear Museum awarded $1,300 grant to present “Becoming American”It is free with museum admission and for museum members.Click here for information on how to register.
CALABASH, NC (WWAY) — If you know this man, Brunswick County detectives want to know.They say he stole more than $500 worth of e-cigarettes from a Calabash store.- Advertisement – It happened Wednesday at Minuteman Convenience Store at 9011 Beach Drive on Oct. 24.If you have any info, call the sheriff’s office.
Freeman Park (Photo: Helen Holt/WWAY) CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY)– The town of Carolina Beach is closing Freeman park Saturday due to over crowdedness, according to a Facebook post.The town had initially reported a temporary closure from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., but an extended closure was warranted for public safety. The post noted closings north of zone 12 and great beach weather overcrowded the park.- Advertisement – In addition, the post cautions visitors that plan on visiting Sunday, June 23 to expect additional closures pending patron usage.
Pink Ambulance donated to Coastline VRS (Photo: David Robinson) Supply, NC (WWAY) — Coastline Volunteer Rescue Squadron is officially not allowed to operate in Brunswick County. This after the county ended its franchise service agreement back in May.Tuesday, July 22, marked the official end of the Franchise Agreement with Brunswick County and Coastline Volunteer Rescue Squad, Inc. This effectively means that CVRS ceased functioning as an Emergency Medical Services provider within its designated territorial boundaries within the County. Those territories and communities included Holden Beach, Supply, Varnamtown, Boones Neck, Shell Point, Civietown, Royal Oak, Stone Chimney, Sunset Harbor, portions of Bolivia and many communities in between and up to the Columbus County line.- Advertisement – “While we are regretful that a decision could not be reached to restore this contract prior to the expiration of the previous one, a new Franchise Application has been applied for and we are eagerly awaiting a response from Brunswick County,” said chief David Robinson in a Wednesday news release. “The new application makes no requests for monetary compensation, only an opportunity to be able to continue assisting the community just as we have for the past 43 years.”Coastline attempted to file an injunction last week on the county to keep the franchise agreement active as both parties worked out a new agreement.“We have been assured that the County will receive and evaluate any proposal that CVRS may make. Again, our request is to continue service as we have in the past, with no funding from the county, and with no request for exclusivity,” Robinson said.Related Article: Brunswick high schools approved for new artificial turf fieldsCoastline officials say a public hearing may be scheduled under the Brunswick County Ordinance with regard to Ambulance Franchise applications. They are asking the community to support this request.
During the recent debate in Parliament on the financial estimates of the Embryo Protection, Nationalist Party Claudio Grech said that the foetus should be included in the definition of ‘minor’ within the Child Protection Act. During the same discussion PL MP Rosianne Cutajar called for a mature discussion on the Embryo Protection Act to include amendments that would allow preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) which is a procedure used in IVF prior to the implantation of the human embryo to ensure that only embryos free from genetic defects are transferred into the womb. During the same debate Labour Party MP Etienne Grech said that all government members were against abortion.Read Also: “Those against abortion should be against PGD” – Prof AgiusDiscussions in Parliament on the protection of human embryo need to be consistent and clear. If all members of Parliament are against abortion, as MP Etienne Grech claimed, then the same members should be consistent in their claim for the defence of the human being from its conception. They should claim unequivocally that they do not support amendments that would introduce PGD in the Embryo Protection Act because such technique would lead to the destruction of the vulnerable human being.Unlike other forms of prenatal diagnosis, in which the diagnostic phase is clearly separated from any possible later elimination and which provide therefore a period in which a couple would be free to accept a child with medical problems, in this case, the diagnosis before implantation is immediately followed by the elimination of an embryo suspected of having genetic or chromosomal defects, or not having the sex desired, or having other qualities that are not wanted. By treating the human embryo as mere “laboratory material” or a “cluster of cells”, the dignity of the human embryo is seriously compromised. Dignity belongs equally to every single human being, irrespective of his parents’ desires and his genetic condition!Preimplantation genetic diagnosis is therefore the expression of a eugenic mentality that accepts the wilful destruction of the human embryo in order to prevent the birth of children affected by various types of anomalies. Such an attitude is shameful and utterly reprehensible, since it presumes to measure the value of a human life only within the parameters of ‘normality’ and physical well-being.What we need in our Parliamentary discussions is a consistent ethics of life. Those who are truly against abortion must voice their opinion against any medical procedure which would destroy the life of an innocent human being at its inception, including the technique of PGD which selects human embryos and consequently the wilful destruction of embryos. The flawed reasoning behind one’s arguments against abortion and at the same time in support of PGD is highly inconsistent and dangerous to the ‘culture of dignity’ that respects and protects those who are vulnerable, including disabled human beings.WhatsApp SharePrint
Advertisement The equipment was donated by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) through its Division of Emergency Telecommunications under the auspices of UCC.Mr Godfrey Mutabazi, the executive director, handed over the equipment to the minister, Dr. Stephen Mallinga on August 7. The phones can use both satellite and GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) networks. They also provide accurate GPS (Global Positioning System) coordinates to aid relief and rescue.Dr Mallinga applauded UCC and ITU for the support and said the equipment would help in overcoming the current problems caused by disasters. – Advertisement – He said the government has a plan to set up a disaster office at each district headquarters to coordinate with the centre in Kampala in an effort to mitigate the effects of disasters on the people.UCC boosts disaster preparednessThe Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), has handed over four Inmarsat Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) terminals, four Iridium Satellite telephones and two Thuraya Satellite telephones, to support the Ministry of Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees.The equipment was donated by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) through its Division of Emergency Telecommunications under the auspices of UCC.Mr Godfrey Mutabazi, the executive director, handed over the equipment to the minister, Dr. Stephen Mallinga on August 7. The phones can use both satellite and GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) networks. They also provide accurate GPS (Global Positioning System) coordinates to aid relief and rescue.Dr Mallinga applauded UCC and ITU for the support and said the equipment would help in overcoming the current problems caused by disasters.He said the government has a plan to set up a disaster office at each district headquarters to coordinate with the centre in Kampala in an effort to mitigate the effects of disasters on the people.Source: Allafrica News
Advertisement Bank officials say this product innovation saves clients’ unnecessary costs in currency conversions, and avoids the inherent risks associated with fluctuating currency rates – a challenge most African traders face when dealing with trade partners outside of their economies.Officials add that motivating factors behind such product innovations stem from ongoing trade developments, such as Botswana’s trade with the European Union more than tripling from 2010 to 2011, and Chinese trade increasing five-fold between 2007 and 2011. Zambia’s top trading partners are Switzerland, South Africa, China and the Democratic Republic of Congo, with trade volumes for Developing Asia increasing twenty-fold since 2004. Uganda has enjoyed similar trade growth with Chinese trade expanding from $800,000 in 2002, to a total of $43million for 2011.Lydia Karanja, Standard Chartered’s head of transaction banking for Uganda said: “Our corporate clients in Botswana, Zambia, Uganda as well as a number of other international markets in our footprint, will have immediate access to these product innovations, without incurring setup costs or installation delays.” – Advertisement – BY JULIUS BUSINGE, THE OBSERVER