5 honored for making Antelope Valley safer

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Anthony Bonelli and Walter Jimison, both municipal code enforcement officers, shared Outstanding Public Safety Practitioner of the Year honors for thwarting acts of vandalism. Public officials presenting the awards included Mayor Jim Ledford, City Manager Steve Williams, State Sen. George Runner, R-Lancaster, and representatives from the award winners’ departments. “We’re here to say a heartfelt thank you to those of you who work day in and day out to provide public safety on behalf of those of us who call Palmdale home,” Ledford said. gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (661) 267-7802 PALMDALE – Palmdale city officials honored five community workers recently at an annual Public Safety Appreciation Dinner. California Highway Patrol Officer Eduardo Alonzo was honored for making Antelope Valley highways safer by arresting motorists driving under the influence of alcohol and getting them off the road. He has arrested 117 DUI suspects, a record in the valley. Fire Department Capt. James Lewis was named Fireman of the Year for his work as an instructor in the department’s training program and for helping to educate the public about fire safety. Palmdale sheriff’s station Deputy Anthony Delia was named Deputy of the Year for his work in the sheriff’s training program. last_img read more

Race claims, ‘spying’ dominate Korea, Sweden build-up

first_imgThe astonishing claim came just 24 hours before his side open their World Cup campaign against Sweden, a seemingly tame encounter which has been spiced up by claims of spying as well as the Korean coach’s shirt subterfuge.In his press conference, Swedish coach Janne Andersson was forced to apologise after it was claimed one of his scouts had been caught spying on Monday’s opponents at a closed training session in Austria.But the claim by his Korean opposite number added an extra layer of intrigue to the Group F clash.“All of the others played in numbers a little bit confusing, that’s why we switched the numbers,” Shin Tae-yong told reporters.“It’s very difficult for Westerners to distinguish between Asians, that’s why we did that.”The plan may have backfired on the Koreans though as they lost to Senegal 2-0, and drew with Bolivia 0-0 in their final warm-up games for Russia.Asked about claims that Sweden had spied on his team, Shin Tae-yong was calm, saying: “I don’t think that’s bad”, adding that all teams needed to know about their opponents.There have been counter-claims that the Koreans also spied on the Swedes in the run-up to Russia.The row centres on Swedish scout Lasse Jacobsson who reportedly covertly watching the Koreans prepare for the World Cup.Jacobsson had apparently rented a house in the town of Leogang, near Salzburg to ‘spy’ on Sweden’s first opponents.“He heard about a practice session, he didn’t understand that it was a closed session, he didn’t understand and he watched from a distance,” said Andersson, attempting to downplay the incident.“It’s very important we show respect to all our opponents in all circumstances… if someone could interpret it in another way we regret it.”He added: “It’s been made a mountain out of a molehill.”The claims reflect the growing realisation for both teams that Monday’s match is vital as they have been drawn against world champions Germany and Mexico in a tough-looking group.Andersson also said he had a full squad of players to choose from and pretty much knew which team he would pick, but refused to reveal more details.Skipper Andreas Granqvist said at the same press conference that the players could not wait to start the match.“I am really looking forward to this World Cup, we are raring to go, all of us,” he said.“We are looking forward to the match… we have had excellent preparations.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000South Korea’s coach Shin Tae-yong has an uphill task to repeat his country’s semi-final appearance in 2002 © AFP / Johannes EISELENIZNHIY NOVGOROD, Russian Federation, Jun 17 – South Korea’s coach Shin Tae-yong said Sunday he deliberately made his team wear different numbered shirts in recent friendlies to confuse World Cup opponents who cannot tell his players apart.He said all but star player Son Heung-min and captain Ki Sung-yueng were given different shirts in games against Bolivia and Senegal in Austria earlier this month to outwit anyone checking up on his team.last_img read more

Fair lends homeless a hand

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Inside, the room bustled with more volunteers and employees from about 50 organizations, all waiting to provide solutions – or at least start the process. Against the far wall, the Department of Motor Vehicles was on hand with forms for procuring identification cards, and employees of the Social Security Administration screened attendees for eligibility. A row of tables along one side provided housing options. In the medical and mental- health section of the room, nurses provided screenings, arranged doctors’ appointments and distributed flu shots. “I have some beds waiting,” said Wallace Reid of the drug and alcohol treatment facility Cri-Help in North Hollywood and Lincoln Park. PASADENA – Scores of homeless people and residents of transitional housing facilities gathered at the Salvation Army headquarters Tuesday for the eighth annual Passageways Resource Fair. “In the past, we’ve done a resource fair where they come and get information and they go,” said Peggy Baddin, of the homeless services collaborative. This year, services were offered on the spot, she added. After checking in at front tables and explaining what help they needed, attendees were walked by volunteers past pet therapy dogs and into a gym. Though he expected to admit some attendees before the day was out, “the main thing we want to do is let people know that our services exist.” There were also stations for improving the attendees’ quality of life, including a massage chair and assistance with budgeting and setting up free e-mail accounts. Organizers expected to see about 150 attendees, but by noon it appeared there would be many more. Many arrived by vans that stopped at the city’s homeless hangouts and transitional housing complexes. Moses Eto, a 78-year-old Pasadena resident living in YMCA housing, came after seeing a flier posted on a bulletin board. “They’re helping me with low-income housing for low-income senior citizens,” he said. Others sought job opportunities, showers and shoes. elise.kleeman@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4451160Want 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

Project Angel Food delivers meals, hope to HIV carriers

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsIn the nearly two decades since Project Angel Food began, the Hollywood-based program’s volunteers have witnessed the spread and toll of AIDS and the HIV virus simply by the faces that await them each day. Now, they serve 1,200 meals a day throughout the Southland. In the beginning, there were mostly men as the disease claimed thousands within the gay community. More than 80 percent of the clients they served died of AIDS. In the late 1990s, there were more African-Americans, women and children who were in need of food. Now, they are seeing an older population, many, like Nacis, living with AIDS and HIV thanks to the combination of drugs that is helping maintain and even boost immune systems. “I have noticed that now we serve people living with HIV instead of dying with AIDS,” said Susan West, volunteer coordinator for the San Fernando Valley, where 30 clients receive hot meals. “In the early days, when I would go to the door and no one would answer, I would leave the meal there, not knowing if they had died or if they were in the hospital,” West said. “One time I came to a door and met a coroner. That is so few and far between now.” But on World AIDS Day today, global experts and leaders are still coping with death. A report released by the World Health Organization last month found that more than 5,700 people died each day from AIDS-related illnesses this year. More than 6,800 people are still being infected with HIV each day. About 1,200 are those under 15. In the United States, AIDS death rates have decreased from 16 percent at its highest point in 1995 to roughly 4.5 percent in recent years. But HIV persists, with an estimated 1 million people living with the virus in the U.S., according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of those, about 25 percent were unaware they were infected. In a study released this year by the Los Angeles Department of Public Health, the number of adults getting tested for HIV had fallen slightly, from 32 percent in 2002-2003, to 31 percent in 2005, the last year for which data was available. Federal health officials and those who work in the AIDS/HIV community launched a campaign this year, recommending that adults and adolescents between the ages of 13 and 64 be routinely tested. Meanwhile, services such as Project Angel Food continue on their mission. The agency has missed only two meal services: during the Northridge Earthquake in 1994 and on 9-11, West said. The agency recently served its 5 millionth meal and is expected to expand its delivery program as it settles into a new facility on Vine Street in Hollywood, where the meals are prepared daily. Because more people are living with HIV and AIDS, the agency is delivering both hot and frozen meals to those who are homebound because of other illnesses, including diabetes, West said. For volunteers like Koehnke, who has delivered meals for 10 years, giving just an hour of time reminds him of his own good fortune. He, like many volunteers, began in the kitchen helping prepare the food. “It puts your life in perspective and just reminds me of how fortunate I’ve been,” he said. “I’m delivering to people who don’t otherwise have a means of having a good meal, so I’m very grateful.” Before Koehnke leaves her home, Nacis tells him some last-minute good news. “My T-cell count is up to 800,” she says of the white cells that protect her against infections. “Oh darling, that’s great news!” he says. “That’s tremendous.” Nacis turns toward the direction from where his voice comes and smiles. “In 1996, a doctor told me I only had six months to live,” Nacis says. “I showed him.” susan.abram@dailynews.com 818-713-3664160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORTH HOLLYWOOD – Down a long, darkened hallway, Charine Nacis waits alone inside her Riverton Avenue apartment for a man she has known for years, but whom she could never recognize if she met him on the street. She doesn’t have to wait long. Dan Koehnke is a little early when he knocks on her door and heads for her kitchen. He empties the contents of a brown paper bag on her counter – ham, mac and cheese, peas and dessert. Nacis – who gradually has lost her vision, a result of medications she has taken to manage the HIV infection she contracted in 1991 – is delighted. The meals and visit by Koehnke and other volunteers from Project Angel Food have become her lifeblood. Without them, she could go hungry. “I don’t really like to cook, because I can’t,” said Nacis, 58. last_img read more

WILL ROCKERS NOEL AND LIAM JOIN GALLAGHER CLAN REUNION IN DONEGAL?

first_imgOASIS brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher are separately considering invitations to come to Co Donegal this summer – for the Gallagher clan reunion.Organisers had to send the Manchester-born due separate invitations….because the pair have hardly spoken to each other for four years.“We are extending special invitations to Noel and Liam Gallagher,” a spokesman for the Gallagher clan said. Events are planned in Letterkenny and Gortahork over ten days from August 6.“We hope they will be interested because of the songwriting and musical aspects but, also because it’s a Gallagher family gathering.” More than 14,000 Gallaghers were in Donegal in 2007 – setting a new clan gathering world record. And the organisers are hoping they can smash that this time…and bring a massive boost to the Donegal economy.A Global Gallagher Award will be presented during this year’s festivities, which are part of The Gathering.Visitors from across north America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand have already confirmed they are coming to the festival. WILL ROCKERS NOEL AND LIAM JOIN GALLAGHER CLAN REUNION IN DONEGAL? was last modified: March 14th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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)last_img read more

Liverpool v Middlesbrough live stream and confirmed line ups

first_img Liverpool v Middlesbrough is LIVE on talkSPORT 1 CLICK HERE TO LIVE STREAM FULL LIVERPOOL V MIDDLESBROUGH COMMENTARY ON TALKSPORT. KICK-OFF 15:00BST.The Premier League season is finally at its end, and talkSPORT has full live commentary of the final day clash between Liverpool and Middlesbrough from Anfield.The Reds are looking to secure their place in the top four and qualify for next season’s Champions League.They need to better Arsenal’s result against Everton to guarantee they finish above the Gunners, as they are currently one point ahead of Arsene Wenger’s side.A third place finish is also a possibility for Jurgen Klopp’s men, but they must overtake Manchester City – who sit two points ahead of Liverpool.Middlesbrough, already relegated, have nothing but pride to fight for, and have failed to win a game at Anfield in any of their last 21 league visits to Merseyside.So, who has been selected for the clash? The confirmed teams are available, in full, below…Confirmed line ups:Liverpool XI: Mignolet; Clyne, Matip, Lovren, Milner; Can; Wijnaldum, Coutinho; Lallana; Sturridge, FirminoSubstitutes: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Klavan, Moreno, Lucas, Grujic, OrigiMiddlesbrough XI: Guzan; Fabio, Chambers, Gibson, Friend; Clayton, Leadbitter, Forshaw; Bamford, Gestede, DowningSubstitutes: Dimi, Ayala, Bernardo, De Roon, Fischer, Stuani, Negredolast_img read more

O’DONNELL’S BAR PACKED AND READY FOR THE BURTONPORT BOMBER TO DESTROY – PIC SPECIAL

first_imgLocals in Burtonport have flocked to O’Donnell’s Bar to view Joseph Duffy’s latest fight in Las Vegas with Dustin Poirier. The Burtonport Bomber has made an incredible start to life in the UFC since his debut in Dallas, last March. His supporters who couldn’t make it to Las Vegas – are praying he produces the goods again against a formidable opponent in the form of Poirier.Both the front and back lounges in O’Donnell’s are packed – and excitement is building ahead of the fight.Duffy has always commanded huge support from locals in the area – and tonight is evidence again of the high esteem and popularity the Meenbannad man is held in.Owner, Jimmy O’Donnell has even provided ‘dry turf’ for the fire in the front bar which shows the magnitude of the event! 🙂 Here’s hoping he delivers another first-round TKO.#TEAMDUFFYO’DONNELL’S BAR PACKED AND READY FOR THE BURTONPORT BOMBER TO DESTROY – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: January 3rd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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)last_img read more

Everton vs Cardiff: match preview, team news, confirmed line-ups and more

first_imgThey are in the relegation zone only on goal difference and take on a revitalised Everton side.After a slow start, the Toffees are finding their feet under Marco Silva, losing just one league game since September.Silva has named an unchanged Everton side, while Neil Warnock makes one alteration.What the managers are sayingMarco Silva (Everton): “If you want to look just to the results, Cardiff are in a better position now than before.“They don’t change their style of play. They are strong in some parts of matches and have more confidence for sure.“They keep working hard even in some games they’ve lost. They are a tough match for the opponents.” 3 Sol Bamba was Cardiff’s hero last time out Cardiff City will be attempting to secure back-to-back wins for the first time this season as they take on Everton at Goodison Park.Bluebirds defender Sol Bamba scored a 90th-minute winner against ten-man Brighton in a dramatic 2-1 victory before the international break. Gylfi Sigurdsson has been in fine form for Everton this season getty images – getty 3 Neil Warnock (Cardiff): “You look at stats and they’re the hardest working side in the Premier League at the moment. Look at Richarlison up front he’s probably worth double that £45 million.“[Gylfi] Sigurdsson has had a two-week holiday whereas Aron [Gunnarsson] has been all over the world.“[Phil] Jagielka speaks very highly of the whole club so there’s no reason why they can’t push into the top five over the next few years.”Team newsEverton: Yerry Mina keeps his starting place at the expense of Kurt Zouma, who returns to the bench after being ineligible to play against parent club Chelsea.Gylfi Sigurdsson and Andre Gomes stayed with Everton during the international break after picking up minor injuries. Silva confirmed the pair are fit to face Cardiff. 3 Everton are making steady progress under Marco Silva Cardiff: Captain Sean Morrison will lead the Bluebirds out at Goodison Park – he was declared fit after breaking his nose two weeks ago.Harry Arter comes in for Josh Murphy after completing his one-match ban, but this weekend comes too soon for Danish striker Kenneth Zohore, who is nursing a calf injury.Confirmed line-upsEverton: Pickford; Coleman, Keane, Mina, Digne; Gueye, Gomes; Walcott, Sigurdsson, Bernard; Richarlison.Subs: Stekelenburg, Baines, Zouma, Tosun, Davies, Calvert-Lewin, Lookman.Cardiff: Etheridge; Manga, Morrison, Bamba, Cunningham; Gunnarsson, Ralls, Arter; Camarasa, Paterson, Harris.Subs: Smithies, Peltier, Bennett, Ward, Murphy, Reid, Hoilett.last_img read more

HARVEY: TIME TO CHANGE ARCHAIC RATES SYSTEM

first_imgCLLR Cora Harvey has called for a new rates system.Speaking at the public meeting in Ballybofey were the local Chamber ofCommerce were looking for 25% Rate cut Cllr Harvey said: “This is an age old problem, our rate system is archaic, it hasn’t changed in more than 100 years and it is about time that some Government looked at this problem.“Sinn Fein has constantly called for the legislation to be renewed and amended, the current system is not fit for purpose for modern Ireland, it is inequitable and needs reform. “I know that rates are currently the largest burden for small businessand are forcing businesses out of existence; a fairer rate system willprovide an economic stimulus because reduced rates will leave moremoney for jobs and investment in businesses.“Whilst I totally sympathise with the local business community andwould like to support them in any way that I can, but at the minute a25% cut in rates is not feasible, – I just cannot see it happen in theshort term.“The Council could not continue to fund public services ifa rate cut such as this were imposed. Yes of course if the Councilwere retaining the income from local property tax collections andhousehold charges, NPPR collections etc and the local Government fundwas not reducing then off course a massive rate cut would certainly befought for and got. But unfortunately at present I don’t think this isan option.“What needs to happen is a change in the Legislation which would seerates payable based on profitability as opposed to size of thebusiness premises, there should be different rate bands for businessesfor different levels of profits.” She said the system is wrong, a business in a small premises could have a massive turnover with little overheads and paying small rates, and in the same street a business operating from a large sq  footage because of service need, could be turning over a small profit and paying massive rates.Cllr Harvey added: “Whilst we will look for savings in Council and strive to reduce rates I would urge business’s who are having difficulty to talk to theCouncil and get the payments re-structured and in the meantime we willlead the campaign nationally to call for a change in the rate system.” HARVEY: TIME TO CHANGE ARCHAIC RATES SYSTEM was last modified: July 18th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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)last_img read more

Engineers kept in dark

first_img Earlier this week, the Business Council of New Orleans demanded Gov. Kathleen Blanco replace political appointees on New Orleans-area levee boards with a single panel of flood-control experts. “A great city has been devastated, and yet the Orleans Parish Levee Board continues to protect the unqualified and the corrupt,” the council wrote to Blanco. It cited a scandal involving a former levee board president who was forced out after giving cleanup contracts to relatives and claiming more than $90,000 in back pay. Blanco has proposed a new state agency to oversee all levee districts in the state, and the Legislature is considering changes to levee oversight during a special session now under way. Colletti said Friday that annual inspections by the Corps and the Orleans Levee District might have discovered the pooling water, but those inspections are not easy along the 17th Street Canal, where private yards meet the base of the levee. “You either have to do those by walking and knocking, door-to-door, or an aerial inspection or drive by, banking on the fact that you’re not getting complaints and that there’s nothing visible from the vantage point you may get,” Colletti said. “That’s not optimal by any means.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “Whether they forgot or let it slip, I don’t know,” Colletti said Friday. “The management over there knows better that something like that should be reported.” It was not clear if the environmental testing was ever conducted. Calls to the Sewerage and Water Board seeking comment Friday were not returned. University of California at Berkeley professor Ray Seed, part of a team studying the levee failures for the National Science Foundation, said such seepage is common with levees and does not necessarily indicate an imminent failure or even poor levee maintenance. “At same time, that ordinarily would be checked out,” Seed said. “Communication among the many agencies involved with the levees in New Orleans aren’t all that good.” Complaints about the management of the levee system have been growing since levee failures during the storm left 80 percent of the city inundated. NEW ORLEANS – Engineers responsible for monitoring the levees that failed after Hurricane Katrina were never told that canal water had been pooling in yards beside a flood wall months before the storm, an Army Corps of Engineers manager said Friday. Residents living along the 17th Street Canal told The Times-Picayune newspaper in an article published Friday that they had complained to the city Sewerage and Water Board nearly a year ago about water pooling in their yards. City workers came out and concluded environmental testing was needed to determine if water was seeping through the levee, said Beth LeBlanc, whose home is about 100 yards from where the levee later failed. But no one, including the Sewerage and Water Board, informed the Corps of Engineers or the Orleans Levee District, said Jerry Colletti, the Corps’ operations manager for completed works in the New Orleans District. last_img read more