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first_img“When we serve a search warrant, we go into these homes and often times there are children,” Munoz said. “There’s drugs, weapons, firearms and narcotics lying around, and DCFS comes in after us and oftentimes they will place a child – basically rescue a child – from that environment.” The sweep comes after a surge in murders in the Industry Station’s jurisdiction last year, putting the station third in gang slayings behind crime-infested areas patrolled by the sheriff’s Compton and Century stations. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2730 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Early morning police raids in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties on Wednesday netted suspected gang members, firearms and thousands in cash, sheriff’s Industry Station deputies said. The sweep – which took place at 16 locations in Chino Hills, Fontana, Bassett, West Valinda, Pomona, and county land bordering West Covina – is part of an ongoing gang-suppression effort in response to recent murders and shootings in the Valinda Corridor, Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies said. The search warrants targeted members of the Bassett Street gang and the West Side Pomona gang, and six suspects were arrested on a variety of misdemeanor and felony charges, deputies said. “We were actually pretty happy with what we recovered,” Operation Safe Streets Sgt. Sal Munoz said. In addition to the arrests, deputies found several handguns, a rifle, a small amount of narcotics, and an “undetermined sum” of money. “It’s still being counted, but it’s well over $30,000,” Munoz said. “We take a high-profile, strong stance against these gangs so that people can walk down the streets, go to the parks, and go shopping without fear of a drive-by shooting, without being terrorized by these thugs,” Munoz said. But deputies said they could not discuss which murder cases, shootings and assaults they believed the six arrestees were linked to, nor several other details of the sweep. “We don’t want to reveal the crimes we believe them to be involved in because then we will alert \ to what we are doing and looking for,” said OSS Lt. George Zagurski. The morning operation involved several agencies and stations, including the sheriff’s Walnut Station, the Pomona Police Department, the county Probation Department, and the county’s Department of Children and Family Services. last_img read more

first_imgThe project will count on an existing series of pipelines to transport the liquefied natural gas from Western Canada to Oregon. The approval comes on the heels the project being approved by Canada’s National Energy Board for a 25 year license application that will send 1,550,000,000 cubic feet of liquefied natural gas a day from Western Canada to the U.S.Don Althoff, CEO of Veresen has stated that the Jordan Cove project will create jobs and tax revenue in the state. The project however is being opposed by environmentalists and some local residents. The project is slated to begin in 2019 with the liquefied natural gas being sent to Coos Bay in Oregon.- Advertisement –last_img

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With the forecast starting to show signs of improvement, local farmers are itching to start harvesting their fall crops.Following a wet period of weather, Kelly Kassian, manager of Viterra in Fort St. John, says producers are now looking forward to getting their combines in the fields to start harvesting the fall crops such as peas, oats, and wheat.According to Kassian, they are hoping for a bit of a breeze and sunshine to help dry out the wet spots that are in some of the fields.- Advertisement -“We need a little bit of a breeze going just to start drying out the ground a little bit because there’s a bunch of soft spots out in the fields and some guys are getting stuck, so if we can get that dried up, that would be a good thing.”Kassian hopes that the good weather will stick around until November to ensure a good harvest.Throughout the remainder of this week and into the next, Environment Canada is calling for mostly sunny conditions with light winds and a range of daytime temperatures in the high-teens and low-twenties.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_img1 Paris Saint-Germain and have joined Manchester City and Arsenal in the race to sign defender Raphael Guerreiro.The Lorient star, who has won two caps for Portugal, is hot property in Ligue 1 following a series of strong performances last term from both left-back and left wing.Guerreiro chipped in with seven league goals last season and made his international bow – sparking interest from all over Europe for his services.According to Tuttosport, PSG are on the prowl for defensive reinforcements to replace the outgoing Lucas Digne while City and the Gunners have held long-term interest in the 21-year-old star.Guerreiro, who began his career at Caen, has two years remaining on his existing deal with the Ligue 1 side but no offer is on the table to extend his contract.It opens the door for Arsene Wenger’s men and the Etihad Stadium club to move for his signature before the transfer window slams shut although Guerreiro has given no indication he wants to leave just yet. Lorient star Raphael Guerreiro last_img read more

first_imgLOS ANGELES (AP) – Taylor Hicks, the mop-topped manic dancer who wooed TV audiences with his raw singing style and boisterous personality, was named the new “American Idol” Wednesday. Hicks, 29, of Birmingham, Ala., became the latest in a string of Southern and Midwestern contestants to win the Fox talent contest and a record contract. In a final viewer voting poll he bested runner-up Katharine McPhee, 22, of Los Angeles. “Soul Patrol!” Hicks shouted, acknowledging his avid fans by their nickname. Hicks, whose thatch of prematurely gray hair made him a contest standout, seemed a longshot winner at his first audition after judge Simon Cowell gave him a thumbs-down and predicted that he didn’t have a chance of advancing to the finals. McPhee and Hicks weren’t as odd a finals pairing as second-season finalists Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken, but close. McPhee attended the prestigious Boston Conservatory for a semester; Hicks has been a fixture on honky-tonk stages. McPhee skillfully played to the cameras, all calculated seduction; Hicks stomped across the set, with Cowell comparing him to a drunken dad at a wedding. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals160Want 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

first_imgNaomh Conaill and Termon are through to the Quarter final stage of the Donegal Senior Football Championship following home wins for both.Naomh Conaill cruised to victory against Gaoth Dobhair in Glenties on a scoreline of 2-18 to 0-11.Termon defeated Four Masters in an excellent contest at the Burn Road to qualify to the next round. The scoreboard read 2-13 to 2-11, when the full whistle was blown. Kevin Cassidy took to twitter to announce his retirement from GAA following Gaoth Dobhair’s exit from Donegal’s Senior Championship.After 18yrs playing seniors the end has arrived unfortunately time passes too quickly!! #Gaothdobhair💚💚💚— Kevin Cassidy (@KCASS7) September 3, 2016A first half Dara Gallagher goal for Naomh Conaill put breathing space between the two sides which was the beginning of the end for Gaoth Dobhair in this years championship. Both teams traded scores until Gallagher’s decisive strike on the 18th minute.Naomh Conaill never took the foot off the gas and Brendan McDyre added more misery to Gaoth Dobhair with a second half goal to put 13 points between the teams and was game over with 15 minutes left on the clock.The McDaid brothers struck again to put Termon’s name into the hat for the Quarter final draw.Termon were 6 points down at one stage in the second half but goals from brothers Caolan and Daire McDaid helped Termon claw their way back into the game to defeat Four Masters.An early goal and two points in quick succession put Four Masters 1-5 to 0-4 up.Four Masters had a glorious chance to go 4 points up but a a wonderful save from Termon netminder Michael Boyle lifted Termon’s spirits which was followed by a Daire McDaid point and shortly after, a goal from younger brother Caolan to put Termon two ahead.A superb performance from Termon see’s them qualify in second place with 4 points as Naomh Conaill tops the group with 3 wins from 3 to state their intentions on retaining the Dr MaGuire trophy. Termon & Naomh Conaill march on as Cassidy calls time was last modified: September 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

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.ARLINGTON, Texas  — A’s starter Frankie Montas left Sunday’s game after six innings with a five-run lead, then watched that margin shrivel down to a single run with the Texas Rangers’ potential winning run on first base.Montas and the A’s finally could breathe a sigh of relief when Ramon Laureano caught Rangers first baseman Ronald Guzman’s fly ball to center field for the final out in a skin-of-their-teeth 9-8 win.Th …last_img

first_imgThe plant, which will be established near Pelindaba in Gauteng province, is a joint venture between the South African government, through Pelchem, and Swiss chemicals and biotechnology company Lonza Ltd. The Ketlaphela project is expected to create an estimated 2 600 jobs.Pandor said the construction process – which itself will create 3 800 jobs – would start early next year. “This joint venture, named ‘Ketlaphela’, will establish the first pharmaceutical plant to manufacture active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) for antiretroviral medicines in South Africa,” Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor told journalists in Cape Town. Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said South Africa consumed R25-billion worth of medicines each year, the “majority” of this imported. South Africa currently imports the APIs needed to manufacture antiretrovirals. Valuable and desirable partner South Africa is to build a R1.6-billion pharmaceutical plant to produce the ingredients for antiretroviral medicines used in the treatment of HIV/Aids, the government announced on Friday. Ketlaphela is a Sesotho word meaning “I will live or survive”. 13 February 2012 Stepping up manufacturing capacity Sapacenter_img Ketlaphela, once it starts up in 2016, is expected to significantly improve the security of supply of priority drugs, as well as stabilise the price of these.While most antiretrovirals used in South Africa are locally manufactured by four companies, all the APIs used in them are imported. “We anticipate we’ll have about 40% localisation through the initiative,” she said. The government had created an interdepartmental task team “to negotiate the modalities and incentives necessary to ensure the financial viability of the Ketlaphela project”, she said. Pandor indicated the saving South Africa might be expected to make through manufacturing its own APIs would be significant. Pandor said the new company would be funded by a capital investment of R1-billion by various state institutions, including the Industrial Development Corporation; more than R500-million from Lonza; and R100-million from Pelchem, a subsidiary of the Nuclear Energy Corporation of SA. On the partnership with Lonza, Davies said an important aspect was that South Africa would also be producing the chemicals used to make the APIs. “It’s a rather significant step up in our capacity as pharmaceutical manufacturers,” he said. Improving security of supply “Lonza’s high Swiss standards plus their superb track record of establishing and maintaining successful commercial operations in developing countries, make them a valuable and desirable partner.” “Our partnership with Lonza is based on the fact that Lonza is one of the world’s leading suppliers of various products of pharmaceutical, healthcare and life sciences industries and is a global leader in the production and support of APIs in cell-based research, endotoxin detection, and cell therapy manufacturing,” Pandor said.last_img read more

first_imgIt is tempting to dismiss asbestos as a problem of the past. The height of its consumption was in the 1970s, and asbestos litigation began over a half century ago. Many of its leading manufacturers and mining companies are long gone. Yet asbestos litigation is back in the news. In July 2018, a trial court ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $4.69 billion for failing to warn customers that its baby powder contained asbestos, which naturally occurs in talc. The company now faces thousands of these suits, and its stock took a nosedive in December 2018 on a report that it knew its talc was contaminated. The company plans to appeal and continue to fight these cases, but, even if it eventually wins, their emergence raises the question: Why does asbestos litigation persist?RELATED ARTICLESHow Worried Should You Be About Asbestos in Older Homes?Fixing Attics With Vermiculite Insulation I have studied asbestos for decades and written books about its dangers and public policy around it. The issues surrounding asbestos or the material itself will not go away. Stronger than steel, and potentially lethal One reason for the persistence of the problem is that tons of asbestos remain in our communities, a legacy from when asbestos was prized for its remarkable commercial properties. It is a fiber made of rock that is stronger than steel, yet flexible enough to be woven into cloth. It is waterproof, corrosion-proof, and fireproof, as well as abundant and easy to mine. Manufacturers found ways to add asbestos to everything from hair dryers to battleships, roof shingles to children’s modeling clay, car parts to missile silos. Asbestos is still used legally in the U. S. for some purposes, despite efforts to ban it completely in the U.S., as has already been done in many other countries, including those in the European Union, in Australia, and in dozens more. Scientists now know that exposure to asbestos fibers can cause a number of fatal diseases including mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer of the lining of organs, and asbestosis, a progressive scarring of the lungs. Asbestos exposure also can cause pleural plaques, fibrous thickenings of the membrane around the lung. This condition is asymptomatic and may not develop into serious diseases. But those who have been exposed face years of uncertainty because many of the worst asbestos-related diseases can take decades to appear. And yesterday’s asbestos can be today’s health hazard. Because it is a mineral, asbestos does not evaporate, and its dangers do not diminish over time. If anything, some asbestos products can become more dangerous as they become brittle and likely to release fibers into the environment. Asbestos fibers can also be released when disturbed, a fact tragically illustrated by the September 11 terrorists’ attacks, when the collapse of the World Trade Center towers released a cloud of dust containing asbestos. Finally, asbestos is part of the landscape of some communities, and epidemiologists have found higher rates of asbestos-related cancers in areas that are known to have deposits of asbestos-containing rock. Accordingly, even if the U.S. followed the lead of other countries and prohibited its use, health risks from asbestos would continue. Consistent with this assessment, the World Health Organization reported that asbestos-related deaths have persisted worldwide, including in countries that banned it in the early 1990s. Lawsuits are a result of politics? A final reason for continued litigation is political. Asbestos is a global problem, but the American response has been distinct. Whereas other countries have addressed asbestos injuries through centralized benefit programs that pool costs and risks, the U.S. has relied much more heavily on litigation. Consider the Netherlands. During the 1970s and 1980s, Dutch workers suffered five to 10 times the incidence of asbestos-related diseases as American workers. Dutch law allows workers to sue their employers for workplace injuries, yet there were only 10 asbestos-related lawsuits in the Netherlands in the 1990s. During the same period, one in three of all civil cases filed in the Eastern District of Texas were asbestos-related. Dutch workers did not file lawsuits because they did not need to. They enjoyed much more comprehensive health and unemployment benefits, which were deducted from any recovery in the courts. American workers also did not sue at first. Instead, they sought relief from state workers’ compensation programs. But these programs were designed to compensate workers for traumatic injuries, like broken arms and legs, and not slowly manifesting occupational diseases, like mesothelioma and asbestosis. As a result, these programs offered very limited relief. With no relief, lawyers moved in Entrepreneurial lawyers stepped into the breach. Aided by favorable rulings and the discovery of decades of corporate efforts to conceal the risks of their products, asbestos litigation took hold and ramped up. By the early 2000s, an estimated 730,000 claims had been filed targeting over 8,400 companies in 75 of 83 categories of economic activity within the U.S. economy. Building on their early successes, lawyers created an extensive infrastructure to support these claims, giving rise to a cottage industry complete with extensive marketing campaigns and sophisticated strategies for finding new claims. The final price tag has been estimated at over $325 billion in today’s dollars. Initially, this litigation illustrated the heroic side of the American legal system: its flexibility, innovativeness, and ability to take on powerful interests. Over time, however, serious concerns emerged from lawyers, policy experts, and judges about its costs and fairness. Numerous studies demonstrated that administrative costs of asbestos litigation gobble up over half of all compensation paid. These costs might be tolerable if asbestos litigation has delivered consistent and timely compensation to victims, but payments have been erratic and slow. Meanwhile, claims now are often herded into massive settlements or bankruptcy compensation trusts, where compensation varies and claimants are offered little, if any, individual due process. Even worse, asbestos litigation has reportedly become plagued by questionable practices and accusations of fraudulent practices that displace consideration of those suffering the most and unfairly burden the courts and businesses. Given these problems, judges, interest groups, and members of both political parties have repeatedly begged Congress to create a national asbestos injury compensation fund along the lines of other economically advanced democracies. These efforts have all failed at the federal level for a variety of complex political reasons, which have thwarted compromises over who pays, as well as how much and to whom. As a result, the erratic beat of asbestos litigation will continue, as the problem of asbestos will not go away on its own. People without adequate health insurance and social benefits will continue to suffer, and lawyers will continue to find ways to bring claims. Just ask Johnson & Johnson.   Jeb Barnes is a professor of political science at the University of California’s Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences. This post originally appeared at The Conversation and is republished here under a Creative Commons license.last_img read more

first_imgYou are never going to find your voice until you start exercising it.If you want to find your voice, you need to start talking. You need to start sharing what you know, what you believe, and what your experience has taught you. Until you start talking, until you start hear what comes out of your mouth, your heart, and your mind, you won’t know what’s really in there.I have seen dozens of people find their voice through Toastmasters. It awesome to see someone transform from quivering, fear-racked mortal to master and commander in the course of ten speeches. You can easily do the same.You will find your voice when you start writing. You have no idea how much you have buried deep in the crevices of your mind and even deeper in your gut. If you don’t write, you don’t really even know what you think. The act of writing sets your voice free. And it frees all the ideas, beliefs, and values you have trapped inside.You can start writing now. You don’t even have to write for someone; you can just write for yourself. Sit down with a blank screen and blinking cursor and tap on the keys. Write whatever comes into your mind. Don’t censor yourself. Write, and write, and write and you will find something inside you.If you want to find your voice, go looking for it by speaking and writing. I promise it’s in there, and it will reveal itself to you when you do the work. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more