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first_imgRe “LAPD demotes top cop” (May 8): What a novel idea. Chief William Bratton decides to stand up for the average citizen and reporter, instead of “one of his own.” Now if we could just motivate the average cop, doctor, lawyer, judge, plumber and politician to do the same, we might actually be able to start living up to the ideas of our country – to an idea such as “of the people, by the people, and for the people.” – James Hamilton Moore Burbank Question Re “LAPD demotes top cop” (May 8): What would happen if all the police officers walked off the job? Would the mayor and Chief Bratton be able to run the city? Support our LAPD officers. We need them. We don’t need illegal immigrants. We need a police chief who backs his men, not one who back-stabs them. Let’s face it. The last great chief that L.A. had was Daryl Gates. – Sam Vilardo Lake Balboa Mayor for all people? Re “Mayor decries violent clash” (May 5): Sounds to me like Mayor Antonio not only rushed home from his trip to Mexico, but also rushed to condemn the police without finding out the facts. Why? Because the protesters where Hispanics? Also, it irritates me that he gave his speeches in English and Spanish, and this was not the first time. I thought he was a mayor for all people. Since L.A. is a city of many ethnicities, why is he catering only to the Hispanics at a time when, instead of voting for the person, people instead seem to vote by race and gender? – Joe McMillin West Hills Pattern and practice Re “LAPD takes a beating” (May 3): When will the people of Los Angeles take their city back? Beatings by the Los Angeles Police Department over the decades, particularly of minorities and of poor people, are legendary, while Hollywood celebrities continue to get the red-carpet treatment. The Los Angeles Animal Services Department slaughters a horrific number of innocents every year, refusing to work with rescue groups beyond giving lip service. The recent attack on the participants, journalists and spectators of the immigrants-rights march is but the latest in an ongoing pattern and practice of a concerted policy of governmental violence. – Terry L. Clark Arcata Media’s fault We need to support our law enforcement officers if we expect to maintain peaceful assemblies. The disruptions to the May 1 demonstrations were obviously planned in advance by a small group to incite a riot. When bottles and stones start flying, the police become the ultimate authority. Anyone who does not follow the orders of the police is no longer an innocent bystander, but part of the problem, and deserves whatever the person gets. As for the news media: They are purely and simply facilitators to the problem and are gambling with their chances. If it weren’t for media publicity, this incident never would have occurred. – Robin G. Mitchell Calabasas What we’re thinking Re “Police’s actions at rally justified; Bratton’s aren’t” (Viewpoint, May 6): Sounds like Paul D. White, co-founder of the West Valley Leadership Academy in Canoga Park, should be the next Los Angeles Police Department chief. He had the guts to write what most of us taxpaying, law-abiding citizens are thinking, but I guess we don’t count. – Donika Trotta Palmdale Self-insured When is the city of Los Angeles going to require that policemen take out their own insurance to protect themselves against lawsuits. Doctors, dentists, psychotherapists and many others have to buy insurance to protect themselves against lawsuits. The city of Los Angeles and its taxpayers should not have to pay for a few bad policemen and their mistakes. – Marjorie Eisenberg West Hills McArthur Park rally Some advice for the demonstrators: When the guys with the guns say “Go home,” do it! – Rudi Wallasch La Crescenta `Wrong-headed’ Re “Cops, don’t mess with L.A.’s press” (Viewpoint, May 6): The suggestion by Mariel Garza that the press/media should be exempted upholds a long-held suspicion of mine. When media people enter a street skirmish, wildfire, weather event, etc., they have just bought a ticket to the worst the event has to offer – without exemption or privilege. Where does this “wrong-headed” thinking come from? – Joe Harris Granada Hills The rich are different Re “The Buzz” (U section, May 8): Those who thought Paris Hilton finally got her comeuppance have learned otherwise. The whole family treats it as a joke and as a possible financial boost. Talk about dysfunctional. Paris and parents should all have to spend 45 days in a 12-by-8 cell with a team of psychiatrists. – Jacque Lamishaw Winnetka Rewarding failure Re “Versatile, but bitter” (May 7): Two weeks after the ’94 Northridge Earthquake, the Federal Emergency Management Agency was at my home to inspect all damages. Within two weeks from that time, we received a check from FEMA to repair the brick chimney, which fell and crushed our car, and all the broken windows of our home. President Clinton was the president, and whoever was head of FEMA worked quickly. As for the FEMA failure in Hurricane Katrina, the blame lies with this president, George W. Bush, for appointing an unqualified man who, when he took the job, had no experience with emergency management. But this president likes to reward the failures of his appointees. – Nina Trotta-Sutton Simi Valley What’s wrong? This past Sunday, parking was banned on my street. Why? Because people were gathering there for the Cinco de Mayo parade. The route they took used to be the route of the old Bethlehem Star Parade, which was a tradition when I was growing up in Van Nuys. All the churches in the area sponsored floats as part of the city’s Christmas celebration. We no longer have any free fireworks displays for our Independence Day, as we did when I was a kid, or any great battle celebration, much less a parade. Yet now we allow a parade for some foreign holiday, which isn’t even a federal holiday in Mexico. What’s wrong with this country? – Tesa Becica Van Nuys Teddy was right Teddy Roosevelt said “walk softly and carry a big stick.” He didn’t say to alienate and threaten friend and foe alike, especially if you don’t have the means or resolve to back it up. Diplomacy is a only a useful tool if you’re dealing with rational people. No nation has ever wanted to see their youngest and finest lost to war. Nonetheless, we find ourselves in major conflict with the most irrational of all the religious fanatics, the suicidal want-to-be martyrs, the beheaders of anyone opposed to their beliefs. This is for all the marbles. We have to win. – Bill Fleming Burbank160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Fulham relegation battle has rewarding odds

first_imgSlavisa Jokanovic had been at the helm at Fulham since 2015 and had guided the club back to the Premier League football for the first time in six years. But despite Jokanovic’s hard work, commitment, as well as his achievements he was promptly given the boot back in November. His replacement, Claudio Ranieri will know exactly how it feels to guide an out of sorts club back in the right direction, only to be let go not long after it starts to turn pear shaped. Despite Fulham being a newly promoted side the bookies backed them to stay up.Along with fellow Premier League freshmen Wolves, Fulham were not tipped to go down in the preseason. In fact Betfair had such confidence in them that they set their odds at an impressive 5/2. Part of the bookies’ belief in Fulham and Wolves is the amount that both clubs have spent, and the signings that were brought in preseason.The Cottagers made big money moves for Jean Michaël Seri from Nice, Aleksandar Mitrovic from Newcastle and André-Frank Zambo Anguissa from Marseille. While World Cup winner and former Chelsea man André Schürrle was prudently brought in on loan from Dortmund.Despite swift switches to a tried and tested leadership in Ranieri, the odds have been further slashed. Betting sites now have Fulham as one of the favourites to go down, with odds ranging from a low of 8/11 to a high of 5/6. For a comparison of the best football betting sites visit a specifically tailored guide for an overview of where to find the best welcome bonus and sign-up offers to boost your bets. The best value bet right now is on Fulham to stay up. With the likes of BetVictor offering odds of 10/1. It’s a solid value bet considering the recent shakeups at Craven Cottage. A change of regime under Ranieri will most likely reap rewards given the quality throughout the squad and the experience of their new manager.Fulham are just a win off safety, and there’s plenty of time to turn it round. It’s not likely it’ll be the most rewarding season for The Cottagers but you can still find a beneficial bet before things start to turn round for Ranieri, Mitrovic and co. Fulham rocket through December with home advantage against the likes of West Ham, Wolves and Huddersfield, with just one trip up north to Newcastle. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoRome Hotels | Search AdsRome Hotels Might be Cheaper Than You ThinkRome Hotels | Search AdsUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndolast_img read more

South Africa gets serious about water

first_imgSonjica said it was still being determined how much water agriculture, which accounts for about 62% of South Africa’s usage, was wasting, as well as how much water was being illegally extracted. “We need to quantify the impact of this,” she said. “We are engaging farmers so that we can have a mutual understanding of how to deal with the matter. This is not an easy process. It is a difficult situation, and there is a lot of hostility.” New legislation to establish the specialist “Green Scorpions” environmental crime-fighting unit, which will include the “Blue Scorpions”, a unit to tackle water-related crime, is almost complete, while environmental courts are expected to be established in South Africa within eight months. “We will ensure, through the ‘polluter pays’ principle, that behaviour such as pollution and illegal water use do not go unpunished.” “One of our big issues is to enforce compliance with the law,” Sonjica said. “The prospect of a single enforcement unit, from the possible integration of the ‘Blue Scorpions’ and ‘Green Scorpions’, will strengthen our resolve against wrongdoers. 24 June 2009 “We have completed studies in areas like Taung, and we are ready to re-commission the dam so it can be used to also benefit the community. We will do this throughout the country, where such needs exist,” she said. “Another point that we are looking at is how good water is being used by golf courses to sprinkle their lawns, while some communities do not have any water. Water needs to be used as effectively as possible in this country,” she said. This would increase the capacity of South Africa’s existing water resource infrastructure to provide water to strategic installations such as Eskom, Sasol and the mining sector, as well as for domestic needs. Infrastructure development Sonjica said that a very important part of water security was infrastructure development, and that the department would spend about R30-billion over the next five to eight years on the continued construction of 15 mega water resource infrastructure projects.center_img ‘Blue Scorpions’ There was a real danger that areas of the country could run out of water in the next few years, Water and Environment Minister Buyelwa Sonjica told a media briefing in Cape Town this week. Focus on agriculture She added that the department was also looking closely at the issue of single-purpose dams, some of which were allocated within communities that had no ready access to water. South Africa is to embark on a number of programmes to conserve and diversify its water sources this year. These will including desalinating sea water in coastal areas, and increasing effluent recycling. She added that the government would intensify its public awareness programmes on the value of water, as well as its aims of curbing water losses by at least 20% by 2014. The minister said the government would ” engage with mining and industry to ensure they do something to recycle the water they use,” adding that her department would act “harshly and decisively against defaulters”. “We are a water scarce country, and our water resources are finite,” Sonjica warned. “We cannot afford an uncoordinated programme of blue-sky water-thirsty projects.” Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

R2bn boost for FET college students

first_img13 February 2013 The government is to increase funding for students at the country’s Further Education and Training college students to R2-billion this year, as it moves to raise the profile of FET colleges and grow South Africa’s skills base. President Jacob Zuma made the announcement during his visit to the Tshwane South Further Education and Training College’s Odi Campus in Mabopane on Tuesday. In 2012, R1.7-million was allocated to students at FET colleges. “This programme gives effect to the introduction of free education, whereby all qualifying National Certificate Vocational and the NATED students are exempted from payment of fees at all public FET colleges,” Zuma said. He visited the college in Pretoria to see first-hand how FETs are run and what students do. The President also took the opportunity to encourage students as the academic year gets under way. The visit forms part of a community outreach programme designed to gauge the views of the public on a range of issues ahead of Thursday’s State of the Nation Address.First FET college visit by a President “The visit signifies the importance which government attaches to FETs,” Zuma said. “That’s why I brought ministers, so that we can recommit government to provide full support to FETs countrywide.” The first ever visit by a President to a FET college follows a meeting last year in which Zuma met with FET college principals. During that meeting, Zuma told the principals that the government would do everything to improve FETs and make them centres of excellence. He also ensured the principals that more funds would be allocated towards infrastructure at FETs. Zuma was accompanied on Tuesday by Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande, his deputy Mduduzi Manana, Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant and Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane.National Skills Accord He said the National Skills Accord, signed by government, business and labour in July 2011, committed them to a number of things with tangible targets. “They agreed that training will take place both in colleges and in workplaces in the private sector, government and state-owned enterprises, and agreed to take more apprentice learners and interns and to train them beyond their own needs,” Zuma said. “All parties agreed to work to improve the role and performance of FETs. We are optimistic that this will pave the way to achieve the New Growth Path target of 5-million new jobs by 2020.” He added that companies had committed to make 12 000 vacancies for internships for FETs students, as well as to provide opportunities for work exposure in an industry work environment for 16 000 FET lecturers annually. Zuma encouraged students to take full advantage of opportunities brought about by freedom and democracy. He said there were many opportunities created by the government’s investment in student financial aid, including infrastructure programmes and other economic opportunities which required their skills.‘We want you to become change agents’ “We want you to become change agents that will break the cycle of poverty. Liberate yourself and future generations in your community. Work hard, stay focused and complete your studies in record time. “Government is providing opportunities to all of us [you], even those who may not have means to further their studies. Take advantage of the opportunity,” Zuma told students. Nzimande said the President’s visit to the college would help the department in its journey to transform FET colleges into institutions of choice for school leavers. “This will help in sending a message to youngsters to take FETs seriously,” Nzimande said. The Tshwane South FET College has four campuses – Centurion, Pretoria West, Atteridgeville and Odi. They offer artisan training, electrical and civil engineering and motor mechanic studies, among others. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Milk date labels contribute to food waste

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Scientists in the Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) say that arbitrary date labels on food contribute to significant food waste because the date labels serve only as an indicator of shelf life, which relates more to food quality than safety.Brian Roe, a CFAES professor of agricultural economics, co-authored a new study examining consumer behavior regarding date labeling on milk containers. The goal of the research is to help consumers reduce food waste through improved food labeling systems and consumer education.The study, which will appear in the June 2018 edition of Food Quality and Preference Journal, surveyed 88 consumers who were asked to sniff half-gallon jugs of milk that were 15, 25, 30 and 40 days past the date they were bottled. Some milk samples were dated and some were not dated.The study found that 64% of respondents said they would throw the milk out that had a date label, while only 45.8% of respondents said they would throw the same milk out if they didn’t know the date label of the milk.“Date labeling doesn’t tell you when a food will spoil,” said Roe, who also leads the Ohio State Food Waste Collaborative, a collection of researchers, practitioners and students working together to promote the reduction and redirection of food waste.“Consumers often view dates as if they indicated health or safety, but those dates are really just about the quality of a product determined by manufacturers,” Roe said. “There’s a difference between quality and safety.“Pasteurized milk is safe past the sell-by date unless it has been cross-contaminated. While it may not taste as good — it can go sour and have flavors that people don’t like and may make them feel nausea — but it isn’t going to make them sick.”Roe said the study focused on milk because it is one of the most wasted food products in the United States, representing 12% of consumer food waste by weight. And past research suggests the date label is a critical reason why milk is discarded, he said.“Innovations in date labels and explaining what the date labels mean will allow more consumers to save money by keeping milk longer and reducing food waste, which has social implications as well,” Roe said. “It’s very resource intensive to produce milk — from the land needed to grow feed for the cows, to the water used for cows to produce the milk, to the energy that goes into housing cows and to processing and transporting the milk.“Not to mention the retailers, who spend a lot of time managing the milk case at the grocery store as well.”Confusion regarding food label dates leads to significant food waste nationwide, with the average American household spending more than $2,000 annually on wasted food, according to a study by the Natural Resources Defense Council.So what do the date labels on food mean?According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the:“Best if used by/before” date indicates when a product will be of best flavor or quality. It is not a purchase or a safety date.“Sell-by” date tells the store how long to display the product for sale for inventory management. It is not a safety date.“Use-by” date is the last date recommended for the use of the product while at peak quality. It is not a safety date except when used on infant formula.“If we make changes to the date labeling, we have to make sure the regulatory system understands how the changes will impact their regulations,” said Dennis R. Heldman, a CFAES professor of food engineering, a member of the Food Waste Collaborative and a study co-author.Heldman is also studying the effect on consumers of an indicator that would be attached to containers of perishable foods to monitor their shelf life. The indicator would gradually change color during storage and distribution of a food or beverage. So a change in color, say, from blue to red, would tell consumers that the product has reached the end of its shelf life.“Using this method, consumers can be confident as to when the product should and shouldn’t be consumed,” he said.last_img read more

Android Could Get Audible App Before iPhone

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Amazon’s audio book provider Audible.com is testing an app for the Android platform. With a target date of “Summer 2010” the company will likely land its popular service on Android before it does on the iPhone. The app will allow subscribers to participate in the Audible ecosystem beyond simply listening to the audio files; a lightweight social network, accomplishment badges, analytics concerning your listening habits and text content all appear to be supported. It might seem unnecessary for the company to build a dedicated Audible app – but there’s actually some very good reasons to.Breon Nagy gained beta tester access to the app and posted screenshots today on his site DroidDog. Amazon acquired Audible.com for $300 million in 2008. The service charges a monthly subscription fee, sells DRM-protected audio books and provides substantial financial support for the larger community of free podcasts on the web through advertising.The Richness of the FilesAudible files are published using the RSuite Content Management System, which allows the company to append more than 100 different fields of metadata to each file. That much metadata offers opportunities for cross referencing various fields and other data sets, such as social activity, meaning that an Audible app could offer incredibly rich functionality. In other words, there is reason for a dedicated app to be built.Audible has a complicated and unfulfilling relationship with the iPhone.Unfortunately, Audible doesn’t support in-app purchases of audiobooks in its Blackberry app or this forthcoming Android app. The Android app is also not particularly attractive. Audible has a complicated and unfulfilling relationship with the iPhone; there is no iPhone app for the service. Wireless syncing, file sizes, proprietary formats and audio book competition appear to be complicating factors.Any time Android wins, it’s good for competition and the larger ecosystem.Android screenshots below are from DroidDog, where there are more posted as well. Tags:#mobile#web The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Dhankhar bats for Ayushman Bharat in Bengal

first_imgWest Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Thursday batted for implementation of Central government’s Ayushman Bharat scheme in the State saying “matters of health should be kept above politics”.“I have been the Governor [of West Bengal] for less than 100 days and I have received between 2,000 and 3,000 applications from people all over the State seeking medical assistance. I examined all [applications] and found that they were eligible for benefits under the Centre’s Ayushman Bharat scheme,” the Governor said at an event in Kolkata. Mr. Dhankhar said he finds it incongruous why a Central scheme that makes available such a great facility, which has been recognised all over the world, is not being adopted for the benefit of the people of West Bengal.“I have also come to know that the applicants could have taken benefits of State-run schemes. Despite that if they are writing to the Raj Bhavan then there was something that needed to be looked into,” he said.The Trinamool Congress government in the State had pulled out of the Ayushman Bharat scheme, stating that the programmes launched by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee were enough to cater to the health requirements of the people of Bengal.3,000 applications “If I can get 3,000 applications in three months, it reflects the state of affairs. I would therefore urge those concerned to work in harmony. Health should be above politics,” the Governor told media persons.Ever since he assumed charge in July this year, Governor Dhankhar has questioned the functioning of the State government on several issues, including law and order and education system. Though there was a thaw in relations after Mr. Dhankhar visited the residence of Ms. Banerjee on Kali Puja, the comments and counter comments have continued.Ms. Banerjee refused to make any comments on the Governor’s remarks during a press conference.last_img read more

Military appeal court orders retrial in sexual assault case

first_imgOTTAWA – A retrial has been ordered in the case of a Canadian Forces member who was acquitted last year of sexually assaulting a female colleague while the two were deployed on a training exercise in Jamaica in 2015.A military judge found Cpl. Simon Cadieux not guilty of sexual assault and drunkenness following a court martial in May 2017, but the Court Martial Appeal Court says the judge erred in his ruling.Cadieux and his special forces unit were in Jamaica in November 2015 when they held a barbecue that included drinking and partying to mark the end of a training exercise.According to testimony delivered during the initial court martial, a drunk Cadieux went into a female-only tent after the party where he woke up another service member and the two kissed in the dark before she realized he wasn’t who she thought.The woman also testified that she was woken up by a touch to the pelvic area, which Cadieux said was accidental.Military judge Lt.-Col. Louis-Vincent d’Auteuil ultimately acquitted Cadieux after concluding the corporal did not enter the tent intending to kiss or engage in any sexual activity with his colleague.He also concluded the woman had initiated the kiss and Cadieux subjectively believed she had consented to it.But in the Appeal Court’s ruling, a three-judge panel unanimously agreed that d’Auteuil did not properly test Cadieux’s argument that he believed the woman had consented to the kiss given various other factors.Those included his admitting to having woken her up, being intoxicated, that it was dark in the tent and that “there was no romantic relationship between the two of them before or during the exercise or on the evening in question.“In other words, and stated rather bluntly, the complainant had no reason to kiss Cpl. Cadieux, he had no reason to believe she wanted to kiss him, and, importantly, immediately prior to the actual kissing, he had no reason to believe she wanted him to kiss her.”The Appeal Court’s decision to order a retrial comes as military commanders have been cracking down on sexual misconduct in the Forces, and was welcomed on Friday by Col. Bruce MacGregor, the military’s top prosecutor.“The recent decision in the Cadieux case from the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada is but another example of our efforts to pursue justice for all victims of sexual misconduct by enforcing the rule of law and promoting the discipline, efficiency and morale of the women and men who proudly serve,” he said.last_img read more