Holy Cross’ expansion

first_imgMission Hills Good idea gone wrong Re “Paid too much” (March 29): I think this would be a great idea if we did this to the politicians who earn too much. We could fire them and rehire them at minimum wage. Wouldn’t this save us taxpayers millions of dollars? But, then again, we would lose all their “expertise.” I think I’ll take my chances. – Erin Ziliak Re “Hospital expansion plan stalls in panel” (March 29): The overwhelming need, the sense of urgency and the tremendous community benefit for the expansion of Providence Holy Cross Medical Center require greater emphasis. As a physician in Mission Hills, I see this hospital strain to serve its ever-enlarging patient base. Despite this, every nurse, physician, other staff member and the hospital perform admirably in delivering high-quality medicine unmatched by most other hospitals. Yet, there are still consequences. Notably, patients often most in need of this hospital’s services may be diverted to other, more-distant, less-equipped hospitals because the emergency room and hospital are absolutely full and must close access in order to care for the patients already there. Unnecessary delays in starting this construction will only perpetuate this problematic situation, making Providence Holy Cross unavailable to members of its own community. – Michael Nelson, M.D. Sylmar The coming storm Re “Paid too much” (March 29): A storm of betrayal is coming; the first vicious gust of this new calamity is named Circuit City. What epitomizes betrayal better than being dismissed without afterthought after committing to and loyally abiding by what you perceived to be a mutual promise of trust and integrity? “Wait a minute,” you might say. “I’m being fired so my employer can hire others for less money or experience?” It’s moments like these that reveal the true nature of big-business officials. Have no illusions; be not deceived by smiles and affable gestures. It’s a pretense with a purpose. Their god is called “dollar,” and people are their sacrifice. Beyond this there is nothing. – Michael E. White Burbank Narrow focus Re “L.A. story: richer and poorer” (April 2): I read with amazement your analysis of the subject of income gap that was made between two Hispanics. There was no mention of their education, incentives, finances, whether they were in L.A. legally or illegally, if they spoke English or what their backgrounds were – i.e., first-generation or second-generation. Most of all, why only Hispanics when there are many other ethnic groups around? – Joe McMillin West Hills A donor state Re “All together now” (Our Opinions, March 30): Since California is a donor state, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and other public officials should be commended for representing our region’s infrastructure needs on Capitol Hill. For each dollar we pay in federal taxes, California receives back only 79 cents in federal funding. The trend has not improved in 20 years, so taxpayers should be helping the mayor’s efforts with phone calls of their own to our congressional delegation, urging members to do more of what other states’ delegations do when it comes to securing federal funds for their states: They put partisan politics aside and work closely to bring back their fair share. The federal appropriations process has hardly begun, but in the end Los Angeles County will be better off in part because of the mayor’s efforts in Washington, D.C. – Brendan L. Huffman President Valley Industry & Commerce Association The way people live Re “Cardinal against `culture of death”‘ (April 3): It would be more appropriate for Cardinal Mahony to be as passionate about the way people live as he is passionate about the way people die. The enormous amount of money spent on that new cathedral in downtown L.A. should have been spent to give proper shelter and comfort to the very-much-alive homeless men, women and children populating this city. Perhaps Mahony should find the time to read and try to understand what Jesus preached 2,000 years ago. – Dante F. Rochetti West Hills Taking the limelight Re “Fire blackens 150 hilly acres; teens arrested” (March 29): I knew it was only a matter of time before the photo-happy mayor would call a news conference and show up at the Barham Fire. Instead of quietly visiting the location without getting in the way, he had to have the microphones and cameras set up so he could take credit for the wonderful job the city was doing to fight the fire. The real heroes were the firefighters, not the mayor, but he always shows up to tell us what a great job he is doing. The final blow was when he repeated his speech in Spanish. Instead, he should encourage his people to learn English. What gall this man has. – Ellen Burns Burbank Do we have no say? Re “Imminent domain” (March 29) about the proposed razing of 22 homes in Van Nuys for a school: Do taxpaying citizens have no say in anything that the Los Angeles Unified School District does? How about the razing of Granada Hills Hospital, which no one wanted and yet it happened, to build yet another high school for children of illegal immigrants? Think about the density of people at Devonshire and Balboa. Does anyone care about that neighborhood and the traffic it will create? No wonder everyone is headed to Austin, Texas. Can this California native be far behind? – Gloria J. Aguilar Northridge Mexican trucks Re “America shouldn’t fear Mexican trucks” (Their Opinions, March 28): I believe the anticipated problem is with the Mexican tractors and drivers, not the trailers. Why is drayage transfer necessary? I don’t see why the trailer coming from the south can’t be disconnected from the Mexican tractor and immediately connected to the U.S. tractor. Then, after an inspection of the contents for illegal drugs, weapons and weight limitation, let the trailer be allowed to continue north with the American driver in charge. The safety issue would seem to me to be resolved by the assumed superior mechanical condition and pollution control on the U.S. equipment, versus the Mexican, and the superior experience/safety level of the U.S. licensed drivers over foreigners. A reasonably smooth operation could be expected. – Stuart H. Berg Burbank Parks vs. jobs Re “Kiss 200 good jobs goodbye” (April 1): Where is Councilman Ed Reyes’ head? Why would any responsible person turn down a business and endorse a park? Businesses are leaving L.A. and California in droves. I lost my job last May. My department was moved to Seattle. I was not alone. I think there were about a thousand jobs moved. Here we have a company that is willing to pay not minimum wages, but good wages. I was making less than the lowest amount that was stated in the article. Businesses pay taxes. Do parks? We do need parks but at whose expense? This is all wrong. – Patricia Meiner Canoga Park McCain’s vision Re “Iraqis don’t see same markets as McCain” (April 3): When John McCain says it is safe to walk down some streets in Baghdad, he reminds me of the crazy grandpa at Thanksgiving dinner. Top military commanders won’t leave the Green Zone without a platoon. Are you kidding me? McCain should go back to Arizona or, better yet, go to Crawford, Texas, and run the bunkhouse on King George’s ranch. – Jerry Pennington Van Nuys160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Man injured in Letterkenny hammer attack – two serious assaults at weekend

first_imgA man sustained serious injuries to his head after being struck by a hammer in Letterkenny at the weekend.The man was set upon at around 1am on Sunday morning in the Pearse Road area, close to the Riverside apartments.A man is believed to have been attacked by two males, who used weapons, including a hammer, during the course of the attack. Garda Rafferty asked in a weekly community alert for anyone who lives in the area and who saw or heard anything to make contact with Gardaí at Letterkenny on 074-9167100 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666-111.Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to two serious assaults in Letterkenny in the early hours of Sunday morning.It is not believed that the two are connected.At around 4.30am, a male was set upon at Oldtown Road. The man was waiting on a lift at Lower Main Street when he was approach by a group of makes and one female. He was verbally abused before being attacked at Old Town Road where he received ‘quite a few injuries’, Garda Rafferty said.Again, witnesses are asked to contact Gardaí at Letterkenny on 074-9167100 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666-111.Man injured in Letterkenny hammer attack – two serious assaults at weekend was last modified: April 17th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:assaultGardaiHAMMERletterkennyLetterkenny GardaiOld Town RoadPearse Roadlast_img read more

AVB fights to keep job – report

first_imgThe Daily Mail suggest Andre Villas-Boas is battling to keep his job as Chelsea manager.Club owner Roman Abramovich was at the Blues’ training ground on Saturday and Villas-Boas is understood to be ‘shaken’ by the visit, the paper says.Villas-Boas: ‘Shaken’It is claimed Abramovich spent half an hour with Villas-Boas demanding to know his tactics for the following day’s game against Manchester United, and spent the same amount of time in the dressing room speaking to the players after Sunday’s 3-3 draw.Meanwhile, England boss Fabio Capello’s public statement that he disagreed with the FA’s decision to strip John Terry of the captaincy dominates the news.The Daily Telegraph say Capello has put his future on the line with his show of support for the Chelsea defender.Mark Hughes may speak to Joey Barton about the player’s recent Twitter posts regarding Terry’s court case. (Related story: QPR boss may speak to Barton over tweets)And the Daily Mirror say Hughes could ban Barton from using Twitter altogether.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Latest: Sporting 0 Chelsea 0

first_imgChelsea made a lively start and dominated the early stages of their second Champions League game but failed to take a number of chances.Diego Costa, who started despite ongoing concerns about a hamstring injury, was denied an opener inside two minutes by a brilliant Rui Patricio block.And the Sporting Lisbon goalkeeper made a fine save to thwart Andre Schurrle, who also missed a glorious chance after being teed up by the excellent Eden Hazard.Filipe Luis started for the Blues, who left Willian and Cesar Azpilicueta on the bench.Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Filipe Luis; Matic, Fabregas; Schurrle, Oscar, Hazard; Diego Costa Subs: Cech, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Mikel, Salah, Willian, Remy.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Runs not an issue as Eureka, Arcata split

first_imgPowered by a 13-run outpouring the Arcata High softball team picked up a win against its Big 5 Conference foe Eureka for the first time since 2016, beating the home team 13-6 in the first game of Friday’s doubleheader at Eureka High.Eureka responded in game two, however, rattling off a dozen runs of their own to beat the visitors 12-5 and claim a 2-1 series win.Game oneArcata wasted no time churning out runs in game one, scoring three in the first inning to put the pressure on Eureka before …last_img read more

49ers Jimmy Garoppolo heading to famed QB coach

first_img[vemba-video id=”van/sc/2019/06/12/bang_5a95d343-6e13-482b-aab8-f1cdb5fcb4d2″]VIDEO: Garoppolo says he will work with famed throwing coach Tom HouseSANTA CLARA — Jimmy Garoppolo told reporters to have a good summer — or “H.A.G.S.” in school-yearbook parlance — after the 49ers went through their final offseason practice Wednesday.And now we know what Garoppolo will do with his summer: work in Southern California with famed throwing coach Tom House. Pleased with how his comeback …last_img read more

SA Google Earth layer is tops

first_imgGoogle Earth overview of the South Africa layer. (Image: South African Tourism)Janine ErasmusSouth African online marketing company Quirk eMarketing has won an international award for innovation in digital marketing. Quirk was acknowledged for its role in creating the Google Earth South Africa layer as part of South African Tourism’s online marketing strategy. The company has also recently worked with NGO Breadline Africa on the Worldwide Blogger Bake-Off to encourage internet users to fight hunger in Africa.The inaugural E-consultancy Innovation Awards were held early in December 2008. E-consultancy is a leading light in the fields of digital marketing and e-commerce, and is also the UK’s major online publisher of internet marketing research and how to guides, as well as best practice reports.The company instituted the awards in 2008 to recognise clients, suppliers and agencies for their innovation and success. The competition, which featured 14 categories, attracted some 230 entries from all around the world.The judging panel included a stellar group of marketing experts, including Obi Felten, Google’s head of consumer marketing, Apple’s online store manager John Veichmanis, David Bainbridge of the BBC, and Spencer McHugh, head of digital and direct at telecoms giant Orange UK.The South African Google Earth layer easily caught the judges’ attention and earned Quirk top marks in the category of Innovation in Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)/Natural Search. In the final round Quirk was pitted against digital marketing agency and SEO specialist Guava, and Linkdex.com, which is currently building an index of the internet based on the varying degree of influence of a web page.International acknowledgementWhile the E-consultancy award does not have a monetary component, Quirk staff is ecstatic with their achievement.“It’s fantastic to see the international community acknowledging the work coming out of South Africa,” said Quirk CEO Rob Stokes. “As one of the largest European awards in innovation, with judges from prestigious companies like Apple, the BBC and Whatif!, we are tremendously proud of our achievements and look forward to showing the world what South Africa is capable of.”Stokes added that the concept had all the elements the judges were looking for. As well as being interesting and ground-breaking it encouraged a high level of user interactivity. According to E-consultancy, Quirk’s work with the South African Tourism website elevated it above the other entries in its category.E-consultancy praised Quirk’s collaboration with Google Earth, saying that it was an extremely innovative way of engaging with visitors to the South African Tourism site. It also improved natural search visibility by driving the creation of more external links to the site.The South African layer was designed to promote the country as a top tourist destination and to help potential visitors plan their trips. It features more than 120 points of interest ranging from scenic drives, safari destinations and cultural attractions to 2010 Fifa World Cup venues. Maps, terrain and 3D satellite imagery provide visual enticement while the itinerary planner makes it easy for holidaymakers to put together a trip to remember, without having to move away from their computer.The project took about three months from initial development to implementation and, said Marketing Manager Tim Shier in his blog, meant that the Quirk team had to quickly learn an entirely new markup language (Keyhole Markup Language or KML, created especially for use in Google Earth). But the team’s fresh approach to the use of Google Earth elements, and a dedicated supporting website, has proven to be a roadmap for success.Amongst the hundreds of user-created layers, the South African layer was only the third, after those of New Zealand and Egypt, to receive official Google sanction and to be integrated into the core of the application.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related articlesGoogle Earth zooms in on SABloggers to fight hunger in AfricaMedia in South AfricaGoogle with South African flairUseful linksQuirk eMarketingGoogle Earth SA layerSouth African TourismPure New ZealandEgypt Tourismlast_img read more

Odisha bureaucrats protest against Minister’s remarks

first_imgThe IAS Officers’ Association of Odisha has taken strong exception to the remarks made by Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan against a senior IAS officer of the State at a function here on Monday.In a memorandum submitted to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, the Association said that Mr. Pradhan, during the inauguration of the National Data Centre of the National Informatics Centre, had “personally targeted” State IT Secretary Ashok Meena, who was attending the function on invitation.While addressing the gathering, Mr. Pradhan had remarked that senior IAS officers were unable to take decisions independently, and for every mundane issue they were seeking approval from “higher-ups”, in an apparent reference to the CMO.Others who were present at the function included Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union IT Secretary Ajay Sawhney and State Revenue Secretary Chandra Shekhar Kumar.Demoralised officialsStating that several such incidents had been reported by field functionaries, the Association said, “This has vitiated the working atmosphere and has a demoralising effect on the officers and employees of the State government.”“The IAS Association of Odisha strongly condemns such incidents and stands by all State government employees facing such situations,” Association secretary Vishal Dev said in the memorandum.The Association requested the Mr. Patnaik to take up the matter at the appropriate level. The OAS Officers’ Association representatives also met the Chief Minister at the State Secretariat and demanded action in the matter.last_img read more

Ethnic equation matters most in Assam’s Kokrajhar

first_imgUrkhao Gwra Brahma, a former Rajya Sabha member and the United People’s Party (Liberal) candidate for the Kokrajhar Lok Sabha constituency in western Assam, says the story of Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) is 5% development and 95% unemployment.But lack of development and jobs have seldom mattered in Kokrajhar, straddling 10 Assembly segments within BTC and beyond, that has suffered decades of extremism, a statehood movement, and communal violence.The electoral battle has thus often boiled down to a contest between the Bodos and non-Bodos, more intensely since the 2014 Lok Sabha election when a conglomerate of 19 non-Bodo organisations propelled Independent candidate Naba Kumar Sarania to Parliament.Non-Bodo winnerMr. Sarania, a former leader of the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom, won the Kokrajhar seat in 2014 by a margin of 3,55,779 votes over Mr. Brahma. He is the first non-Bodo to have won the seat since 1957 and hopes to retain it with a similar margin “because the oppressed non-Bodos” are behind him.Though Bodos are the single largest community in Kokrajhar, the non-Bodos, including migrant Bengali-speaking Muslims —the second largest group — account for more than 70% of the population.“I will deliver a knockout punch to my rivals this time. My supporters, who are neglected in the BTC, know Assam would have been fragmented had I not been in the picture,” said Mr. Sarania, referring to the Bodoland statehood movement which has its genesis in the “divide Assam 50-50” call in the 1960s. But more than Mr. Brahma, Mr. Sarania has trained his guns on the State’s Social Welfare Minister and Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) candidate Pramila Rani Brahma. The BPF, headed by Hagrama Mohilary, has been ruling the BTC since its creation in 2003 and is part of the Sarbananda Sonowal-led BJP government in Assam.The 69-year-old Ms. Brahma and Mr. Mohilary are former extremists like Mr. Sarania. Their outfit, Bodo Liberation Tigers, was disbanded soon after the BTC was born. “Our focus is on development and ensuring peaceful co-existence among all the communities that enrich BTC and other areas under Kokrajhar,” said Ms. Brahma, confident of succeeding where her predecessor — fellow Minister in the Assam government Chandan Brahma, also a former extremist — failed to by finishing third in 2014.But the non-Bodos are wary of her controversial statement after the 2014 election that led to the killing of 32 Muslims, mostly women and children in BTC areas. She had allegedly accused the Muslims of not voting for the candidate of her party that year. The BTC areas were witness to ethnic violence earlier too. More than 500 people were killed between 1993 and 2012 in communal attacks that claimed the lives of Muslims and Adivasis, besides Bodos. The 2012 violence displaced more than 1,00,000 Muslims most of whom did not return. “Whether it is a Bodo or a non-Bodo who wins, all we want is an end to living in fear,” said Hareswar Nath, a farmer in the constituency’s Sorbhog area.Altogether 12 candidates are vying for the Kokrajhar seat that goes to polls on April 23.last_img read more

Two arrested in Kashmir stone pelting incident in which truck driver was killed

first_imgTwo youths were arrested in the early hours of Monday for allegedly throwing stones at a truck in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district, killing the driver of the vehicle. Police said that six others have been detained for questioning in connection with the incident in which some stones had hit the truck at Zradipora in Uranhall locality of Bijbehara area in Anantnag. The driver, Noor Mohammed Dar, 42, was rushed to a nearby district hospital, from where he was referred to Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences at Soura in the outskirts of Srinagar where he was declared brought dead. The arrested youths were being questioned to ascertain their motive behind the crime, police said, adding that the duo had no past criminal history. It is alleged that the miscreants mistook his truck for a security force vehicle and hurled stones at it, police said, adding that a stone hit the windscreen and injured Dar in the head. A few days ago, a girl was seriously injured in a stone-pelting incident in downtown city of Srinagar.last_img read more