City Council Approves $675 Million Budget for 2015 Fiscal Year

first_imgHome of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Subscribe Herbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeauty 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it The Pasadena City Council unanimously approved a balanced Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Budget on Monday during its regularly scheduled meeting, capping a series of public meetings and hearings held since mid-May on the City’s finances.Information about the FY 15 Recommended Budget is posted on the City’s website at FY 15 Annual Budget of approximately $675.2 million includes about $209.5 million in the General Fund to help pay for police and fire services, parks and other public programs and services that support Pasadena’s outstanding quality of life and public safety.The newly approved budget represents a slight decrease from the adopted FY 2014 Budget of $677.5 million. For FY 2015, about $72.3 million of the annual spending plan was authorized May 12 as part of the City’s Capital Improvement Program budget dedicated to improving and investing in the City’s key infrastructure, streets, public buildings and water and power projects.The FY 2015 budget includes appropriations for 16 City departments with about 2,170 full- and part-time employees, the Mayor and City Council offices, the Successor Agency to the Pasadena Community Development Commission, as well as the City’s three operating companies—Rose Bowl Operating Company, Pasadena Center Operating Company and Pasadena Community Access Corporation.The Council and its Finance Committee began holding meetings and receiving public input May 12 on the FY 2015 Annual Budget. Public hearings were held at City Hall May 12, May 19, June 2 and June 9 and June 16 with special joint meetings of the Finance Committee and the City Council.All of the public hearings on the budget were broadcast live this year on KPAS, the City’s cable access TV station, seen on Channel 3 and Channel 182 for Charter subscribers and Channel 99 for AT&T U-verse subscribers. The meetings were also streamed live on the City’s website,, and on KPAS at The videos are now archived on the City website for on-demand viewing.Stay connected to the City of Pasadena! Visit us online at; follow the city on Twitter @PasadenaGov,, and like us on Facebook at Or call the Citizen Service Center, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, at (626) 744-7311. Top of the News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday center_img Community News Business News Government City Council Approves $675 Million Budget for 2015 Fiscal Year Published on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 | 12:00 pm More Cool Stuff Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Make a comment Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDSlast_img read more

Enter Quilt Blocks at the Thurston County Fair

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 13, 2011Thurston County Fair Office Enter Thurston County Fair’s Quilt Block Contest on Monday, July 25, 2011 at the Thurston County Fairground’s Heritage Hall between 3:00pm -7:00pm. Quilt Block Kits are available for $7.95 at Ruby Street Quiltworks on 100 Ruby Street SE, Tumwater, WA 98501. You can use this fabric to make any block pattern from the fabrics, but you cannot add any other fabric from outside the packet. Participants should bring their finished quilt block no wider than 12 ½” square, which will be judged on accuracy of construction and creative use of the supplied fabric. All squares will be displayed in Heritage Hall during the Thurston County Fair, and twelve squares will be kept by the Thurston County Fair to be made into a quilt and raffled off at next year’s fair. Enter Quilt Blocks at the Thurston County Fair For more information, please contact the fair office at (360)786-5453, or visit the fair website at “TEN GALLONS OF FUN AT THE THURSTON COUNTY FAIR”,August 3-7, 2011last_img read more

Arts Walk XLVI In Downtown Olympia April 26 & 27

first_imgSubmitted by the City of OlympiaRegional Festival Celebrates the Arts!Explore the creative and spirited arts community of Olympia as Arts Walk XLVI takes to the streets of the City’s historic downtown.  Tucked into a valley at the foot of South Puget Sound, Olympia is the state’s Capital, and also home to a vibrant mix of musicians, filmmakers, writers and visual and performing artists.  Arts Walk is the largest festival of this type in the region – an unparalleled opportunity to embrace the arts and meet the artists!  Dates for the event are Friday, April 26 from 5-10pm and Saturday, April 27 from 12-8pm.As day reaches into night, Arts Walk brings together over 120 businesses, and hundreds of visual and performing artists with over 30,000 visitors as they welcome the arts in all forms during this twice-yearly event.Literary and performing arts share the limelight with paintings and sculpture:Meet artists from all career levels: pre-school through professional~Listen to a variety of live music including jazz, classical, folk acoustic, bluegrass, blues and Rock & Roll~Learn the Charleston, tour the Hands on Children’s Museum art collection, or try a new instrument~Check out human powered kinetic sculpture, the electric vehicle competition and demos from encaustic painting to martial arts~Take in impromptu street performances, crafts markets and of course, exhibition of fine art from photography, painting and drawing to sculpture, textiles, ceramics, printmaking and more!The festival also includes the spectacular Procession of the Species, an artistic and environmental celebration presented by Earthbound Productions,  The event is a colorful and joyous street pageant using the languages of art, music and dance to inspire cultural appreciation, understanding, and protection of the natural world;  the Procession begins at 4:30pm on Saturday.  Due to the popularity of the Procession, it is extremely important for individuals to pay close attention to street closures and  tow away zones.Peaceful City, by artist China Star, adorns the cover of the Arts Walk map this spring, constructed of low-relief mixed media illustration.  China’s studio work documents, through portraiture and repetition, a record of interactive vibrations between the 2nd and 3rd dimensions.  As an interdisciplinary artist, China has produced artwork in various mediums, elemental and synthesized, for the last 20 years.   Her Painted in the Language of Maps series, from which the 2013 Spring Cover Art is derived, documents her personal relationship with the physical and technological environments within which she lives and loves.  China’s cover art can be seen during Arts Walk at The Steam Plant (#12 on the Arts Walk map), and she’ll also show an installation of sculpted nests at the Yoga Loft (#100).Arts Walk is sponsored by the City of Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation Department and Olympia Arts Commission, with support provided by Art House Designs, Capitol City Press, Heritage Bank and MIXX 96fm.  Arts Walk maps are available at participating locations after April 13, and at Olympia City Hall, 601 4th Ave. East and The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW.  An electronic Arts Walk guide is also available at For more information, contact Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation at 360.753.8380. Facebook37Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Join the fun at the 7th annual Love INC Golf Tournament…

first_imgFacebook9Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Love INC of Mason CountyThe 7th Annual Love Inc Golf Tournament presented by Title Sponsor Alderbrook Properties, Tournament Sponsor Drew MacEwen, Falcon Financial Investment, Inc..and Event Sponsor the  Druzianich Family Charitable Foundation is SOLD OUT. The tournament is set for Monday, July 24, 2017 at the award-winning Alderbrook Golf and Yacht Club in Union.Ticket donations are now available for the Our Community Credit Union (OCCU) Love INC Golf Ball Drop which takes place after the Golf Tournament at 3:45 p.m.Love INC is accepting a donation of $10 per ticket to secure a ball for the “Golf Balls from Heaven” drop.  All balls “purchased” will be loaded into a helicopter which will fly over the 18th hole at Alderbrook and will drop all the “Golf Balls from Heaven.”  Everyone is encouraged to come and watch the drop, and six cash prizes will be awarded for the balls closest to the pin, including $2,000 for a hole-in-one!  There is also one cash prize awarded for the ball furthest from the pin.  To get your ticket/balls for this fun event, call Love INC at 360-462-LOVE (5683).All proceeds from this event go to Love INC of Mason County, a 501(c) (3) non-profit which mobilizes local churches in Mason County to assist people in need.  Twenty-five church affiliates in Mason County helped nearly 3,291 (or 1,159 families) people last year.  Love INC clearinghouse hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  For more information call 360-462-LOVE (5683), email [email protected], follow on Facebook or at Love INC of Mason County’s website.last_img read more

Chelsea will demand £25m for Daniel Sturridge – report

first_imgLiverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is planning a £15m swoop for Chelsea forward Daniel Sturridge, the Daily Mirror claim.It is suggested that Rodgers is ready to sell Charlie Adam and Stewart Downing in order to fund the deal.He is said to be a big admirer of Sturridge, whose future at Stamford Bridge has long been the subject of speculation.Sturridge has made it clear he wants to play in a centre-forward role rather than the wide position he has operated in for much of his time at Chelsea.The Blues are reportedly aware of Liverpool’s interest but would be reluctant to sell unless they sign a striker before this week’s transfer deadline.The Sun say Chelsea want £25m for Sturridge and that Tottenham are also interested in him, while the Daily Mail suggest Rodgers has made an inital enquiry and will try to land the England international for £10m.Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo recently stated that he expected Sturridge to stay at the club.The Mail also say Chelsea are tracking 23-year-old Montpellier defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.Meanwhile, QPR boss Mark Hughes is considering a loan move for Porto centre-back Rolando and will complete the signing of Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar from Inter Milan in the next 48 hours, the Mail report.It is claimed Rolando has been targeted because moves for Michael Dawson and Ricardo Carvalho have stalled.Tottenham could offer Jermain Defoe to Fulham as part of an exchange deal for Moussa Dembele, according to the Mirror.It is claimed that David Bentley and Jermaine Jenas could also be offered to the Whites as Spurs look to take Dembele to White Hart Lane.Tottenham’s apparent interest in the Belgian is also reported by The Guardian, while the Mail suggest Fulham are monitoring powerful Genk forward Christian Benteke as a possible replacement for Clint Dempsey.This page is regularly updated. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

49ers report card: Garoppolo bails out ‘humbled’ defense

first_imgGLENDALE, Ariz. — Here is how the 49ers (8-0) graded in Thursday night’s 28-25 win at the Arizona Cardinals (3-5-1):PASS OFFENSE: AJimmy Garoppolo’s four touchdown passes provided the points, and fittingly they came in clutch situations — third-and-3 to George Kittle, third-and-6 to Kendrick Bourne, fourth-and-1 to Emmanuel Sanders and third-and-7 to Dante Pettis. Perhaps the sweetest pass he’s thrown as a 49er resulted in a 22-yard dime to Sanders. Garoppolo still needed to come through …last_img

Read-only Launch For Medium & Branch, But Twitter Founders Promise More

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market On first use, it’s not (ahem) obvious what Medium is. There is seemingly no way to navigate around collections, nor are there subscribe buttons – for anything, as far as we can see. However, Williams promises that this version of Medium is “just a sliver of what we’ve figured out.” So we’ll give them the benefit of the doubt at this early stage.Medium is also currently just a read-only experience for most users, even if you register. “Posting is limited to a small invited list of friends and family,” wrote Williams in his introductory post. They will be letting other registered users post soon – but when is unknown.If we had to sum it up on first impression, Medium is like a categorized Tumblr. But without being able to post, it’s difficult to get a proper sense of what Medium offers compared to Tumblr, Pinterest and other modern publishing platforms.What Branch IsLike Medium, Branch isn’t completely public yet. If you register using your Twitter name, you’re promised an invitation “soon.”Branch is easier to understand – it’s basically a discussion forum, where someone posts a topic and others comment on it. For example this “branch” about women in tech: You can start a discussion based on something you found on the Web, or an original thought. You then add people to the discussion via email or Twitter – so the discussion remains closed and you control who’s in it. However you can choose to publish the branch publicly elsewhere, such as on WordPress. Tags:#Publishing Services#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… richard macmanus Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Twitter founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone have been busy developing two new services, both of which were publicly launched this week by their incubator company The Obvious Corporation. Unfortunately, both products are read-only for most people right now. So first impressions will be muted – perhaps even mystified, since Medium has very little navigation. That said, Williams and Stone have an outstanding track record with Web publishing products, as co-creators of first and then Twitter. So let’s see what they’ve cooked up.The first launch was Branch, a kind of discussion forum that came out of private beta yesterday. Then today, Obvious Corp released a brand new publishing platform called Medium. In announcing Medium, Williams positioned it as the next evolution of – which was launched back in 1999 by Williams and Stone. Similarly, as a discussions focused product, Branch can be thought of as an extension to Twitter. The connections might not end there. What’s most intriguing about Branch and Medium is that the two products may eventually intertwine, although Obvious is calling them “completely separate products” for now.What Medium IsLet’s start with the newest product first. Medium is a blog publishing platform, where posts are organized by topic or theme into “collections.” Collections can be “closed” (private) or “open” (public). To receive an invitation to join Medium, sign in using your Twitter ID. Will Medium and Branch Connect Together in Future?Obvious Corp states that the two products are separate. However, the Branch Twitter team noted that “there’s lots more to build, though, so we’ll see where we end up.”One immediate feature that would make sense is the ability to post a branch onto Medium. For example, if there was a ‘women in tech’ collection in Medium, the branch above could be published there. But we’ll see how this plays out.Despite the two products being a read-only experience for the majority of us when we first encounter them, it’s worth being patient given the success Williams and Stone have had with previous publishing innovations. Maybe Branch or Medium – or a combination of the two – will be the next Blogger or Twitter. It’s too early to say, but let us know your first impressions in the comments.last_img read more

In adding Griffin, Detroit Pistons take a risk to add a star

first_imgThe 28-year-old Griffin has averaged 21.6 points, 9.3 rebounds and 4.2 assists in his career, and he and the 24-year-old Drummond could be a formidable frontcourt tandem. Van Gundy acknowledged that the NBA has become more perimeter oriented, but he says there is value in trying to build a different type of team.“Like the Tampa Bay Rays in baseball. Everybody wanted power hitting and on-base percentage. They couldn’t get that. What did they go do? They went and built it on relief pitching and defense, and were very, very competitive for years,” Van Gundy said. “So we’re not in a situation where we can be that choosy, and we can’t necessarily go and try to do it the same way as everybody else.”The question is whether Griffin can stay healthy. The Clippers drafted him first overall in 2009, but he missed the 2009-10 season after surgery on his broken left kneecap. He also missed 21 games last season and 47 in 2015-16.If Griffin isn’t able to stay on the court, that big contract will become quite a burden for the Pistons — and even if he is healthy, Detroit may need to be creative to build a capable supporting cast around him and Drummond.Van Gundy already suggested that it will be hard for the Pistons to make another major move before this year’s trade deadline next week.“If you look at our roster, and the fact that we gave up a pick and the whole thing, we don’t have a ton of assets now to really do anything major,” he said. “But it doesn’t mean something couldn’t come up.”No matter how this deal turns out, it feels like a tipping point for Van Gundy, the kind of trade that could define his tenure in Detroit. The Pistons will have a hard time withstanding any significant decline in Griffin’s performance, but if he remains the star he’s been for much of his career, his arrival could be a big step in the right direction.“Since we’ve gotten here, all of our discussions have talked about, you know, how do you get that guy? How do you get the real superior talents in this league?” Van Gundy said. “You’ve got to have one of those guys.” View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Pistons’ Drummond to replace Wall on Team LeBron NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC FILE- In this Jan. 6, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, right, drives to the basket against Golden State Warriors guard Patrick McCaw during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles. The Detroit Pistons dramatically shook their struggling roster by acquiring one of the NBA’s top players in Griffin in a trade with the Clippers. The deal for the five-time All-Star forward was announced early Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, giving Detroit a player who has been the face of the Clippers but whose career has been undercut by injuries. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo, File)DETROIT — With his team in a slump that threatened to derail a once-promising season, Stan Van Gundy boldly put the Detroit Pistons on a new path.Where it will lead is anyone’s guess.ADVERTISEMENT So Detroit took a gamble, sending Bradley and leading scorer Tobias Harris to Los Angeles for Griffin in a six-player trade announced Tuesday morning. The deal also cost the Pistons a first-round draft pick.“It’s a great addition,” said Detroit forward Reggie Bullock, who once played with Griffin on the Clippers. “We’re getting an All-Star-caliber player coming to a team to add onto the one that we already have.”The upside is obvious. The Pistons have been mediocre for most of the past decade, but they’ve never picked higher than seventh in the draft during that period. Detroit isn’t considered a major free agent destination, so if the Pistons were going to acquire a player like Griffin, this was one way to do it.Griffin agreed to a $171 million, five-year deal with the Clippers in July, so Detroit can keep him for a while, albeit at a prohibitive cost.“Everybody can view that differently. ‘Oh wow, you’re locked into 140 million dollars-plus.’ Yeah, but he’s locked into us too, as one of the best players in the league,” Van Gundy said.ADVERTISEMENT The trade that brought Blake Griffin to the Pistons includes plenty of risk. The 6-foot-10 forward with an All-Star pedigree has a lengthy highlight reel and an injury history to match. But in his fourth season as Detroit’s coach and team president, Van Gundy wasn’t going to let this opportunity pass. If healthy, Griffin is the type of player who could lift this franchise significantly — and not just this season.“The hardest thing to do in this league is to get a proven star,” Van Gundy said Tuesday. “You get very few opportunities to do it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDetroit has made the playoffs once under Van Gundy, but when the Pistons lost their eighth straight game Sunday, this season seemed to be slipping away. Detroit has looked lost without injured point guard Reggie Jackson, and although center Andre Drummond is signed long term, the future appeared murky at best.Guard Avery Bradley was on an expiring contract, and recent draft picks Luke Kennard and Stanley Johnson look more like role players than stars. The Pistons weren’t in a clear rebuilding mode, but improving the roster wasn’t going to be easy. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

Tyson Chandler Named As UNICEF Ambassador

first_imgThe U.S. Fund for UNICEF today announced that NY Knicks’ Tyson Chandler is the newest UNICEF Ambassador.Chandler — the first American NBA player to be named a UNICEF Ambassador — will fundraise, educate and advocate on behalf of vulnerable children around the world.In his first role as UNICEF Ambassador, Chandler will light the UNICEF Snowflake this Friday on 57th Street and Fifth Avenue in New York City. The lighting ceremony will help raise awareness of areas of the Philippines ravaged by Super Typhoon Haiyan. The latest estimates indicate that as many as four million children could now be affected by the disaster. UNICEF is providing children and families with immediate necessities including food, water, and medicine. Designed by Ingo Maurer and dedicated to UNICEF by The Stonbely Family Foundation in 2002, the Snowflake serves as a beacon of hope and compassion.Following his gold medal win with the U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball team at the London Olympics, Chandler travelled to Tanzania with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. While in Tanzania, Chandler visited UNICEF-supported programs that provide children with life and vocational skills training and health centers for mothers of children with HIV/AIDS.“Traveling to Africa with UNICEF and seeing kids who don’t have access to an education, or who are living on the streets was a life-changing experience for me,” said Chandler. “I’m incredibly honored to help raise awareness of UNICEF’s work that’s truly making a difference for the lives of children.”In the U.S., Chandler has served as a strong advocate for the organization, raising awareness of emergency relief efforts and campaigns such as the UNICEF Tap Project to millions of basketball fans. An aspiring photographer, Chandler hosted a photo gallery exhibit in October 2012. Featuring powerful images from his trip to Tanzania, the exhibit generated thousands of dollars for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. Additionally, Chandler donated the exclusive opportunity to spend a day with him during NY Knicks practice as part of the 2012 UNICEF Snowflake Ball live auction.“Tyson’s deep commitment to saving and improving the lives of children is evident to those around him,” said Caryl Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. “We’re excited that he’s using his voice to help shine a light on the issues that children around the world face every day, such as lack of access to clean water or medicine.”Chandler – who is in his third season with the Knicks after joining the team in 2011 – has quite a few career accomplishments. In 2012 he was selected for the NBA All-Star team and named the Defensive Player of the Year. In 2011 he helped lead the Dallas Mavericks to their NBA championship. Off the court, Chandler, with his wife Kimberly, is devoted to philanthropic efforts. In addition to their work with UNICEF, they launched ‘Rebound 4 Rockaway’ to help those affected by Superstorm Sandy in Far Rockaway, New York.Chandler joins a roster of celebrities who have supported UNICEF over the years, from Danny Kaye and Audrey Hepburn, to Laurence Fishburne, Selena Gomez, Angie Harmon, Tea Leoni, Lucy Liu, Alyssa Milano, and Sarah Jessica Parker, among others.last_img read more

Angelina Jolie Visits Iraq Calls For International Leadership To End Suffering

first_imgThe UN refugee agency’s Special Envoy Angelina Jolie is in Dohuk, Iraq, visiting Syrian refugees and displaced Iraqi citizens in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq to offer support to 3.3 million displaced people in the country and highlight their dire needs.In Baghdad, Angelina Jolie visits with displaced Iraqi familiesCredit/Copyright: UNHCR/J. TannerSince Jolie’s last visit to Iraq in September 2012, the scale and gravity of the humanitarian situation have increased dramatically, as the conflicts in Syria and Iraq intensify and become intertwined.“It is shocking to see how the humanitarian situation in Iraq has deteriorated since my last visit. On top of large numbers of Syrian refugees, two million Iraqis were displaced by violence in 2014 alone. Many of these innocent people have been uprooted multiple times as they seek safety amidst shifting frontlines.”While a massive aid response has been launched by UNHCR and partners, an estimated 330,000 people across the country still live in sub-standard shelters as they face their first winter away from home.On Sunday, Jolie visited internally displaced Iraqis living in an informal settlement and a formal camp at Khanke, a 40 minute drive from Dohuk city. Together, the sites now accommodate more than 20,000 people from the Yazidi minority who fled Sinjar and surrounding areas in early August. Jolie spoke to people with dramatic stories of escape, including people who managed to flee their imprisonment by walking through the night and hiding by day. She also met elderly women who were among the 196 Yazidis recently released by insurgents and now staying in the informal settlement at Khanke.The women recounted their ordeal of kidnap, detention, escape, and release. Jolie listened to the stories of extreme hardship and loss, including from people who still have sons, husbands and daughters detained, and others who had heard their daughters were moved to Syria. Others had lost all contact with their loved ones and had no idea of their fate.“Nothing can prepare you for the horrific stories of these survivors of kidnap, abuse and exploitation and to see how they cannot all get the urgent help they need and deserve,” Jolie said. “The needs so dramatically outstrip the resources available in this vast crisis. Much more international assistance is needed,” the Special Envoy added.Funding shortfalls have affected the scale and type of programmes to help survivors of violence and human rights abuses alongside the provision of shelter and other assistance. While much aid has been provided by the government, UNHCR and partners over the last six months — including 34 new camps built or under construction — aid operations are hampered by lack of funding alongside security constraints. UNHCR, for example, has received only 53 per cent of its required USD 337 million for its response to internal displacement in Iraq during 2014 and has received the go-ahead to proceed on projected funding for only 31 per cent of its required USD 556 for 2015.The Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) is hosting some 900,000 displaced people, placing an enormous strain on hosting communities, authorities and infrastructure. The huge influx of people from Mosul and Sinjar between June and August 2014 caused a three-month delay in the start of the school year, as over 700 public schools in Dohuk were occupied by uprooted people. An estimated 20 per cent of the five million people in the KRI are either displaced Iraqis from elsewhere or refugees.“I am very thankful to the Kurdish authorities for hosting so many displaced Iraqis alongside Syrian refugees at a time when they are facing so many challenges,” the Special Envoy said.On Sunday morning, Jolie made a return visit to the sprawling Domiz camp which now hosts more than 50,000 Syrian refugees – more than a 5th of the entire population of Syrian refugees in Iraq, which currently stands at 233,000. She last visited Domiz, now the largest Syrian refugee camp in Iraq, on 16 September 2012 when it hosted some 8,500 people.As the conflict in Syria approaches its fifth year, Ms Jolie said: “The war in Syria is at the root of so many of the problems faced here in Iraq and across the region. There is an urgent need for international leadership to break the cycle of violence in Syria, and to find a way forward towards a just and sustainable peace agreement.”Jolie is on her fifth visit to Iraq and her sixth visit to Syrian refugees in the region.“Too many innocent people are paying the price of the conflict in Syria and spread of extremism,” Jolie said wrapping up the first day of her two-day visit to Iraq. “I express my deepest sympathy to the family of Haruna Yukawa the Japanese hostage reportedly murdered in Syria on Saturday, and to all the families and victims of these vile and extreme acts.”More than 3.8 million Syrians have fled to the neighboring states of Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt. Another 7.6 million Syrians are displaced inside the country.There are some 3.1 million internally displaced Iraqis throughout the country, including a million who had been displaced between 2003 and 2013 and 2.1 million who were displaced in 2014.Source:UNHCRlast_img read more