Sylmar ignored, again

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant While gratified to see proposed left-turn signals in my neighborhood south of Shadow Hills and at my commute destination of CSUN, I am startled not to see Woodman Avenue north to west on Plummer, Woodman south to eastbound Terra Bella, and Osborne west and east to southbound and northbound Arleta. These are multiple-light-change waits. Neighborhood streets in the community of Arleta have become alternatives to Terra Bella, Osborne and Van Nuys for east-west traffic between Woodman and San Fernando Road. Arleta and San Fernando are both heavily traveled alternatives to the I-5 for north-south commute traffic. The long-awaited new high school on Van Nuys at the former Gemco site just around the bend from the DMV can be counted on to increase traffic and congestion in this area, as well. – Kris Ecklund Sun Valley Supervisors’ fault Re: “Baca’s blame game” (Editorial, Feb. 8): Re: “Left turns to be easier” (Feb. 9): I was very happy about hearing left-turn arrows were being installed in numerous places in the San Fernando Valley. I was shocked when I looked at the map and found out one was not being installed at San Fernando Road and Polk Avenue in Sylmar. There have been inactive lights installed there for approximately a year and I keep waiting for them to be activated. As usual, Sylmar is totally ignored. – Sandra Mantik Sylmar East Valley snubs Re: “Left turns to be easier” (Feb. 9): As a member of the Sheriff’s Department for over 23 years, I can tell you I know firsthand why there are recruiting woes within the Sheriff’s Department. The problem lies within the Board of Supervisors. They negotiated poor contracts with the deputies union that cannot keep up with other agencies in the county, or even the state for that matter. In doing so, they shunted all potential recruits to these agencies and they encouraged hundreds of current L.A. County deputies to move laterally to these other agencies. Because it is well known in law enforcement circles that the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department is one of the lowest-paid departments in the state, these agencies recruit deputies to be their new police officers that were already hired and trained at the expense of county taxpayers. m- Brian Jones Palmdale New-found sensitivity Re: “Compounding the error” (Editorial, Feb. 8): Loved your editorial condemning the Danish paper for publishing ‘insulting and offensive” cartoons about Mohammed. It calls to mind a letter I sent you following a cartoon you ran on Oct. 7, 2004. It showed a dog viciously attacking a man who is clearly a fanatic Christian, then wryly remarking “I try to put the ‘fun’ in fundamentalism.” I, a Christian fundamentalist, was insulted and offended and questioned whether you would run a similar cartoon with the dog attacking a Jew or black. But that letter never saw the light of day. So your new-found sensitivity rings false. – Joe Pool Calabasas offtag! Rebirth of Reseda? Re: “Theater of dreams” (Feb. 5): Hanging one’s hat on the rebirth of Reseda via a theater is as ridiculous as the fact that Canoga Park, overflowing with illegal aliens and gangs, won the title of All-American City. The next thing you know, we’ll be referring to the graffiti that the chronic disrespecters scrawl all over the San Fernando Valley slum in question as “performance art.” – Jim Henson West Hills Parents shirking duty Re: “Boy, 6, can’t spell it but still did it” (Briefly, Feb. 10): No wonder we are developing a misfunctional society. A 6-year-old certainly should be able to understand the word “no,” or the words “that is wrong.” Parents are shirking their responsibility to teach their children right from wrong. When the child misbehaves, they blame it on the schools and/or society. – Irving Leemon Northridge Eat right Re: “Low-fat diets may not cut cancer, heart disease” (Feb. 8): Forty-five years of health research has convinced me – the wrong foods with excess: fat, protein, carbohydrates, sugar, sodium, etc., are responsible for 95 percent of all health problems. Only medical “experts” who need illness would say diet isn’t important. Money isn’t available for research that wouldn’t generate big bucks. No incentive for the medical industry to find answers – for if people ate right, they wouldn’t need “cures.” – Barbara Charis North Hollywood Sowell the Libertarian Re: “Terrorism much bigger threat than wiretapping” (Their Opinions, Feb. 9): Thomas Sowell is concerned that “precious time can be wasted filing legalistic documents to get some judge’s permission” to tap a domestic terrorist’s phone while the phone is still worth tapping. “Legalistic document?” You mean … a warrant? Sowell says history reveals people are often preoccupied with trivial things while mortal danger looms. I am reminded that the government still finds time to keep many sick people from a medicine that works for them, namely medical marijuana. This proves to me that politicians are, in fact, not serious about the War on Terror. When they end drug prohibition – as a war measure – then get back to me about what rights I am willing to waive during this tragic time. – Edward Bowers Sherman Oaks A little license Re: “Bubble of anger” (Your Opinions, Feb. 9): Patrick Owens’ personal attack is half-assessed: I’m not a “right-winger,” just a proud American who doesn’t bow to phonies in either party. Owens is correct that I’m “angry,” but not because it’s fun, as he claims. I took a little literary license to jab both Justice Alito and his adversaries after Alito halted an execution to investigate the most ridiculous excuse – that death by injection after the condemned has been put to sleep by sedative is “cruel and unusual.” Maybe that’s just Alito’s super-cautious, plodding approach to everything, but we have genuine problems for our leaders to resolve without wasting time on lawyers’ tricks. – Charles K. Sergis Calabasas Committed no crime Re: “Laws don’t apply?” (Your Opinions, Feb. 8): Lisa Chase, have you seen the videotape of Elio Carrion’s shooting? I can’t believe you would make such a statement after viewing the tape. Carrion was not driving the car. What crime did he commit? Even if he was the driver, you don’t shoot an unarmed, nonthreatening subject. Please tell me I’m wrong and that you don’t believe it’s OK to shoot a person for a car chase. The driver of the car in the pursuit and Deputy Ivory Webb have not been charged at this time, nor Carrion. I’m waiting for the FBI’s review of the videotape and a written breakdown of what was exactly said. From what I saw and heard, attempted execution, I expect Webb will be charged with attempted murder and a civil-rights violation. – Joseph Martin Granada Hills Chuckle revisited Re: “Winning elections” (Your Opinions, Feb. 3): As I read David Ward’s letter, I couldn’t help chuckling to myself. He talks as if there is no actual definition of the term “majority” and as if every president in American history had not been elected as a result of winning the Electoral College vote. He also suggests that only Republicans have claimed “a clear mandate from the people” after a close election victory. In each of his elections, George W. Bush won at least 30 states and five-sixths of America’s counties. He is the first presidential candidate to receive a majority of the popular vote since his father in 1988. Bill Clinton nonetheless claimed a “mandate” after receiving only 43 percent of the popular vote in 1992. – Gregg Frazer Castaic Party of integrity I just want to thank the GOP for bringing honesty and integrity back to the White House. Now if you will excuse me, I have a bridge to sell. – Don Allen Santa Clarita 160Want 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

Policy Holders of liquidated BAFSL collecting 25cents on the dollar for some

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 08 Jul 2015 – Payments to British Atlantic Financial Services policy holders started last week and one report to Magnetic Media is that the customer in question received 25% of the cash value of their life insurance plan.It means the liquidation process is done and that, the forecast that the losses would be huge, by the Managing Director of the Financial Services Commission, Kevin Higgins was on point. BAFSL gave a vigorous fight in order to salvage the company, but Higgins told media: “Unfortunately because US interest rates went down so low the company was not able to meet the guaranteed interest rate given to policy holders.” It was said BAFSL was 6.2 million dollars in the red and at one point the PNP Administration had weighed in; asking for some leniency and proposing to bail out the indigenous company which was owned by the Methodist Church. Notices went out on Monday and policy holders have been streaming in to collect what is left of their savings after a liquidation process by PriceWaterhouseCoopers. We expect to have more on this in another newscast. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp IMF report gives warning and suggestion to refund insurance company clients Related Items:bafsl, fiancial services commission, liquidate, policy holders, pricewaterhousecooperscenter_img Surplus but no savior in PNP Administration for BAFSL Recommended for youlast_img read more

2018 San Diego walk to cure lupus

first_img Categories: Healthy Living, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 2018 San Diego walk to cure lupus KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- The autoimmune disease lupus affects 1.5 million Americans. The chronic condition strikes mostly women of childbearing age but men, children, and teenagers develop lupus as well.A 5k walk is happening this Saturday at Liberty Station to raise money to help to help find a cure.Dr. Eric Wood, a naturopathic physician, joins KUSI’s Sandra Maas to tell us more. Updated: 10:50 PMcenter_img Posted: November 29, 2018 November 29, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Magazine CEO to Get Tattoo to Commemorate Web Traffic Milestone

first_imgBut for all I know, Donahue (who blogs regularly for FOLIO:) may already have a bunch of tattoos.I’ve met him several times so if he does, he keeps them well covered.Anyway, the tattoo idea, as these things generally do, originated as aspontaneous, “half-kidding” pact—at Comic Con,no less—inspired by a science themed online tattoo gallery curated byone of Discover’s bloggers. Donahue and Plait promised to get tattoosif the site tripled its traffic.Taking it a step further, they’re engaging their audience to helpwith ideas. “Now that has actually happened, we’re committed to doingit,” said Donahue in a statement announcing the traffic spike. “I thinkI’m getting a fish and Phil is getting a galaxy, but we’re also excitedto see what the readers come up with.”Not sure how science-y a fish is, but I bet Discover’s audience willget into it with the fervor of a teachers-versus-students kickballtournament.[Photo illustration: FOLIO:] Here’s one way to drum up interest in an otherwise benign press release.Discover Magazine’s Web site hit 1.7 million uniques in March and its blog, Bad Astronomy,broke the 2 million page view barrier. The unique visitor metric isthree times the site’s traffic a year earlier. To celebrate, CEO HenryDonahue and blogger Phil Plait will be getting tattoos.Now we’ve all heard about brand ambassadors, especially amongeditors, but having the CEO drop himself into the community interplayby commemorating a brand milestone with something as permanent as atattoo is particularly cool, if not slightly weird.last_img read more

JP Morgan Chase Takes Stake in Johnson Publishing

first_imgUnder Rogers, Johnson has also boosted its sales and editorial presence in New York City. However, Ebony posted a 2.5 percent drop in ad pages while ad pages in Jet plunged 12.9 percent through July, according to FOLIO: sister publication min. “Right now it’s so busy because we’re looking to upgrade both magazines plus the cosmetics line without losing the rich history that’s been established,” Rogers told FOLIO: earlier this year. “In no way do I want anyone to think that we’re walking away from our history. We want that old excitement back. We have to remain focused on what we’re trying to achieve as a unit.” Ebony and Jet publisher Johnson Publishing has sold a minority stake to J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. Johnson will put the funds toward its growth plan, including the development of an e-commerce business.”J.P. Morgan Chase’s investment in our firm is a logical outgrowth of our outstanding relationship. It positions Johnson Publishing for continued growth as a family-owned publisher of the Black communities most-trusted brands by providing financial resources to take our iconic Ebony and Jet magazines to the next level and accelerate our growth strategy for Fashion Fair Cosmetics,” said Johnson publishing chairman Linda Johnson Rice in a statement.Johnson Publishing has endured significant losses in magazine circulation and advertising revenue in recent years, as well as executive turnover. Last June, Anne Sempowski Ward resigned as president and COO while former White House press secretary (and Johnson consultant) Desiree Rogers was named CEO. Johnson Rice, who previously served as CEO, became chairman. Returning Ebony and Jet to rate base has been a priority and the publisher has used direct-mail and discounted subscriptions to get Ebony back to a rate base of 1.25 million while Jet‘s circulation has grown to 800,000, Rogers told Chicago Business. last_img read more

PFAS Update Senate Panel to Hold Hearing on Federal Role in Contamination

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR A Senate subcommittee next month will take a close look at the federal role in the contamination of local drinking water supplies by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), Michigan Sen. Gary Peters (D) said Thursday. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs’ Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management Subcommittee will hold the hearing — which is expected to include witnesses from DOD, EPA and affected Michigan communities — on Sept. 26, according to a press release. The contaminants have been detected in Michigan lakes and drinking water and outside two former bases — Wurtsmith AFB and K.I. Sawyer AFB. … A public school campus located close to the former Wurtsmith AFB, Mich., is connecting to a municipal water system because the campus well is threatened by PFAS contamination stemming from the use of firefighting foam to battle two separate fires since 1987. The foam was brought by Air force firefighters as part of mutual aid responses, reported MLive. The project, estimated to cost $123,000, received a $50,000 grant from the Agriculture Department. The Air Force is not aiding the project because PFAS levels in the school’s well are below the 70-parts-per-trilion health advisory level set by the Environmental Protection Agency and because “groundwater migration pathways from mission activities” at the base “have not been identified.”MLive photo by Jake Maylast_img read more

Around 9m yaba pills seized on Myanmar border in 3 months

first_imgRohingya children cross the Bangladesh-Myanmar border fence as they try to enter Bangladesh in Bandarban, an area under Cox`s Bazar authority. ReutersBorder security forces have seized nearly nine million yaba (methamphetamine) pills in less than three months as a massive influx of Rohingyas brings increased smuggling from Myanmar, officials said Tuesday.Increased raids on fishing boats on the Naf river, which divides the neighbours, have reaped the massive haul of ‘yaba’ pills which are snapped up by Bangladesh youth.Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) troops in the border town of Teknaf have seized some 5.16 million of the caffeine-laced meth pills and coast guards have confiscated 3.47 million pills since 1 January, officials said.”In one raid on 15 March, we seized 1.8 million yaba pills abandoned in four sacks in the Naf river,” border guard commander lieutenant colonel Asadud Zaman Chowdhury told AFP.”It is the biggest ever yaba seizure by the BGB,” he said. The guards arrested 11 smugglers in March, including seven Rohingyas.Rohingya refugee. Photo: Syful-IslamCoast guards patrolling the Bay of Bengal arrested six Myanmar citizens and seized some 300,000 pills from one fishing boat this month, a senior officer said.Yaba is a Thai word meaning “crazy medicine”. The pills have become an easy source of income for the Rohingya who have poured across the border since the Myanmar military launched a crackdown in their home Rakhine state in August last year.The refugees act as ‘yaba’ carriers, handing over the pills to dealers on the Bangladesh side of the border who then take them to the country’s main cities, according to police.Border guards and counter-narcotics officials told AFP that the trafficking flourishes because of the difficulty patrolling the 54 kilometres (33 miles) of the Naf which acts as the border between the two countries.The pills are produced in bathroom-sized labs on the Myanmar side of the border, according to a Bangladeshi counter-narcotic official.Nearly 700,000 Rohingya have entered Bangladesh since August 25, joining another 300,000 already living in camps along the border for many years.”The number of people who were used as carriers has increased due to the influx. The internal carriers have increased. Some of them are desperate just for survival,” Chowdhury said.”It is a way to make easy money,” said Chowdhury, who explained that a yaba pill bought on the Myanmar border for 20 US cents can be sold at three-four dollars in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has called for “zero tolerance” on yaba smuggling from Myanmar and ordered an increased anti-narcotics drive along the border, the coast guard officer said, speaking on condition of anonymity.last_img

Senior US congressman shot at Virginia baseball practice

first_imgSenior Republican Congressman Steve Scalise was among several victims shot and wounded at a baseball practice ahead of an annual game between lawmakers in a Washington suburb, one of his colleagues said Thursday.Fellow Republican lawmaker Mo Brooks told CNN that Scalise was shot in the hip, adding that at least two law enforcement officers and one congressional staffer were shot in Alexandria, Virginia.Scalise, the majority whip who rallies Republican votes in the House of Representatives, “was not able to move on his own power. He was dragging his body from the second base infield to the outfield to get away from the shooter while all this firing was going on,” Brooks said.The suspect is “believed in custody,” ABC reported, according to Alexandria police. Majority Whip Steve Scalise and two Capitol Police officers were shot, according to multiple reports. A reporter from Fox News also tweeted that staffers were hit.last_img read more

US goes alone on Iran

first_imgUS president Donald Trump is poised to break with US allies and withdraw his backing from the Iran nuclear accord, undermining a landmark victory of multilateral diplomacy.On Friday, the “America First” president is expected to declare to Congress that retaining the 2015 agreement is no longer in the US national interest.This in itself does not mean the deal will collapse. US lawmakers will have 60 days to decide whether they want to “snap back” the sanctions Washington has suspended.But it will mark a clear break with Washington’s allies, who have pleaded with Trump to respect the accord, and a fierce blow to the multilateral international order.The agreement was signed between Iran and six world powers — Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the US — at talks coordinated by the European Union.UN nuclear inspectors say Iran is meeting the technical requirements of its side of the bargain, dramatically curtailing its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.So, while US officials still insist that “America First” does not mean “America Alone,” on this issue they are starkly isolated. The other signatories all back the deal.”This is the worst deal. We got nothing,” Trump thundered to Fox News on Wednesday. “We did it out of weakness when actually, we have great strength.”Trump, whose address to this year’s UN General Assembly was a hymn to national sovereignty, has been railing against the Iran deal since before he was elected.- Allies pleading -In office, he has chafed at being required under US law to re-certify Iran’s compliance with the accord every 90 days, declaring that Tehran has broken it “in spirit.”Now, as he prepares to roll out a broader US strategy to combat Iran’s expanding power in the Middle East, he feels the time has come to turn his back on the deal.Right up until the last minute, America’s closest allies have urged Trump to think again.After his nationalist UN speech, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini warned that the deal “doesn’t belong to one country… it belongs to the international community.”US allies have not been convinced by the argument that the deal fell short because it left Iran free to develop ballistic missiles and sponsor proxy militias in its region.”Mixing everything means risking everything,” a French diplomatic source told AFP. “The existential threat is the bomb. The nuclear deal is not meant to solve Lebanon’s problems.”Europe fears not only that Iran will resume the quest for the bomb but that the US is relinquishing its leadership role in a stable, rules-based international system.On Tuesday, British Prime Minister Theresa May called the White House to impress upon her government’s “strong commitment to the deal alongside our European partners.”In parallel, her foreign minister, Boris Johnson, told his US counterpart Secretary of State Rex Tillerson “that the nuclear deal was an historic achievement.””It was the culmination of 13 years of painstaking diplomacy and has increased security, both in the region and in the UK,” he argued.But the US administration barely acknowledged the calls, and European diplomats in Washington privately complain that their message is not getting through.- ‘We will see’ -One Western diplomat said that once Trump “decertifies” the deal their efforts will move to Congress, where they will urge US lawmakers not to re-impose sanctions.”Our embassy is working with the legislature,” German foreign ministry spokesman Rainer Breul said this week. “We are looking for dialogue, to explain our arguments.”They will find some sympathetic ears in Congress but this won’t move Trump. His most senior foreign policy advisers have also urged him to back the deal, to no avail.Last week, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis was asked whether he believes the Iran deal remains in the US national interest.”Yes, senator, I do,” he replied.”I believe at this point in time, absent indication to the contrary, it is something that the president should consider staying with.”Since that testimony, Mattis and Tillerson have had lunch with Trump and discussed Iran, but Trump later spoke once more against the deal on Fox television.”We will see what happens pretty soon,” Trump warned.On Thursday, in another dramatic sign of Washington’s foreign policy direction, the US announced that it was withdrawing from the United Nations science and cultural organization UNESCO.France’s UN ambassador expressed dismay, warning “we need an America that stays committed to world affairs.”last_img read more