The San Fernando Valley

January 11, 2020

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! POPULATION: Approximately 1.8 millionETHNIC BREAKDOWN Ethnic breakdown totals can exceed 100 percent due to a recent change allowing people to check more than one ethnic category. (2005 Census Data) Non-Hispanic white: 46.7%; Latino: 39.1%; Asian/Pacific Islander: 9.6%; African-American: 3.9% WEATHER: Avg. annual rainfall: 17.6 inches. Avg. high temperature: 77.9 degrees. Avg. low temperature: 49.4 degrees. LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Type: Charter city of Los Angeles. City Hall: 200 N. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90012; San Fernando Valley Government Center, 14410 Sylvan St., Van Nuys. City’s Web site: ANIMAL SHELTERS: West Valley Center, 20655 Plummer St., Chatsworth, (888) 452-7381 or (818) 756-9325; East Valley Center, 13131 Sherman Way, North Hollywood, (888) 452-7381, Ext. 145. COURTHOUSES: Northwest District, Van Nuys Courthouse West (criminal), 14400 Erwin St. Mall, Van Nuys, CA 91401. Northwest District, Van Nuys Courthouse East (civil and domestic), 6230 Sylmar Ave., Van Nuys, CA 91401. TRANSIT: General information: Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, (213) 922-2000. Bus service: (800) 266-6883 (COMMUTE); Greyhound, (800) 231-2222; Senior/disabled services: MTA, (213) 680-0054; City Ride, (818) 808-7433; (RIDE) Rail service: Metrolink, (800) 371-5465; Amtrak, (800) 872-7245. Airports: Bob Hope Airport, (818) 840-8840; Los Angeles International Airport, (310) 646-5252. (For more airports, see Page 66) UTILITIES: Water and power: Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, (800) 342-5397. Gas: Southern California Gas Co., (800) 427-2200. Telephone: ATT, (800) 310-2355; Verizon, (800) 483-4400. Cable TV: Time Warner Cable (West Valley), (818) 700-6500; Adelphia (East Valley), (888) 683-1000. TRASH: Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation, (800) 773-2489. RECYCLING: Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation, (800) 773-2489. EMERGENCY SERVICES: Police: Los Angeles Police Department, Valley Bureau, 11121 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Mission Hills, CA 91345, (818) 838-9470; Emergency: 911. Fire: Los Angeles Fire Department, (213) 485-5971 or Ambulance service: LAFD, (213) 485-5971; (private) American Medical Response, (818) 808-2100. LICENSES: Animal licenses: (888) 452-7381 or Business licenses: City of Los Angeles, Office of Finance, Tax and Permits, (213) 473-5901. Driver’s licenses: California Department of Motor Vehicles, OTHER SERVICES AND INFORMATION: Libraries: (for Valley library listings). Historical information: California State University, Northridge, Web site: Mail services: U.S. Postal Service, Voter registration: 12400 Imperial Highway, Norwalk, CA 90650; (800) 481-VOTE or Social Security offices: Birth, death and marriage records: County Clerk/Registrar-Recorder, (800) 201-8999. last_img read more

Some Spurs fans try to convince themselves Kyle Walker won’t be missed

December 27, 2019

first_imgKyle Walker is off to Man City, according to reports.The club are believed to have agreed a £50m fee with Tottenham for the right-back, who is expected to have a medical at the club on Friday.Although Spurs fans are not surprised by the deal, it is still hard to stomach seeing one of your best players join a Premier League rival. As a result some supporters have been expressing their belief on Twitter that Kieran Trippier is a better option. 1 Kyle Walker is on the verge of joining Man City last_img read more

Cllr McBrearty: ‘A fine Gael member has attacked my family and in a personal way’

December 21, 2019

first_imgFrank McBrearty has claimed that he and his family were ‘attacked in a personal way’ in a statement confirming his resignation form the Fine Gael party.The Raphoe politician issued a statement through his Facebook page on Saturday night, suggesting that he will be ‘issuing legal proceedings in the coming days’.The Raphoe man, who joined the Fine Gael ticket in the run up to the local elections, was last weekend re-elected to Donegal County Council after taking 1,208 votes in the Stranorlar/Lifford area. McBrearty’s acceptance into the party caused strife internally and this week the matter came to a head.Just three days after the election count, it emerged that McBrearty was on the verge of quitting Fine Gael and he told Donegal Daily that there was a ‘concerted effort to get me out’.On Saturday morning, McBrearty confirmed that he offered his resignation to the party and it was accepted.“For the record I have officially resigned from the Fine Gael Party on Thursday. I was approached by Fine Gael to run in the Local Elections,” the statement read. “My team and I decided to accept on the condition that I would not run for the Dail or the Senate and that they couldn’t gag me.“I told them I was only interested in representing my communities in east Donegal on Donegal County Council.“I was not informed by them about the internal turmoil the party was in and if I had knew about it I would not have joined them.”Fine Gale Councillor Martin Harley topped the poll in the Stranorlar/Lifford area. McBrearty, previously an Independent, had won a second seat under the Fine Gael umbrella and a third FG candidate, Garvan Connolly, narrowly missed out on a seat.McBrearty said: “Fine Gael brought me in to build the party along with 4 fantastic women candidates and some other new candidates. It is my opinion that due to internal problems in the party it cost them at least 4 seats. “A fine Gael member has attacked my family and I in a personal way that affected my family and I mentally and we will be issuing legal proceedings in the coming days.“My family have been severely traumatised by what has been on going for weeks. Let me make this clear that I’m not intimidated by anyone but this has affected me mentally watching my family suffering at the abuse being thrown at me.“My personal vote elected me and gave me a mandate to represent them. 5 years ago Fine Gael in the Stranorlar MD only had 1800 votes. This time they had 3366 votes and almost got a third candidate elected.“I have served the people of east Donegal honestly and I dedicated my life to representing the most vulnerable. Due to legal reasons I can’t say much more but watch this space.” McBrearty closed the statement referencing an old Latin legal maxim ‘Let justice be done though the heavens fall.’Cllr McBrearty: ‘A fine Gael member has attacked my family and in a personal way’ was last modified: June 4th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:2019 Donegal Local ElectionsDonegal County CouncilFine GaelFrank McBreartyRaphoelast_img read more

Stasis Is Not Evolution

December 19, 2019

first_img(Visited 433 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Only Darwinians would turn non-evolution or breakage into evidences for evolution.Stasis Is Not EvolutionEvolutionary backing found in analysis of mammalian vertebrae (Science Daily). If the headline makes you think you will hear evidence that backs evolution, what you will read is quite different. Darwinians at New York University are puzzled about non-evolution:The work centers on an effort to better understand why certain aspects of mammals remain consistent over time — a phenomenon known as evolutionary stasis.How’s that for an oxymoron? “Evolutionary stasis” means ‘evolutionary non-evolution.’Despite the diversity evolution has yielded, there remain consistencies across a wide range of distantly related organisms. Of particular note is the number neck (cervical) and back (thoracic and lumbar) vertebrae of mammals.“Nearly all mammals have the same number of cervical vertebrae, no matter how long or short their necks are — humans, giraffes, mice, whales, and platypuses all have exactly seven cervical vertebrae,” explains co-author Jeff Spear, an NYU doctoral student.The phrase “despite the diversity evolution has yielded” is an assertion of belief in Darwinism, not evidence. Actually, when you think about it, why hasn’t Darwinian evolution produced different numbers of cervical vertebrae? Isn’t evolution infinitely flexible?Darwin used the similarity of pentadactyl limbs as evidence for his theory. Ever since, diagrams of diverse organisms all bearing five digits have been used in classrooms to prove that humans and whales inherited them from the first fish that crawled out onto land. Giving this a name like ‘canalization’ only proves one thing: that Darwinians can explain opposite things with the same theory. Actually, this iconic drawing can be used as evidence against evolution as well as for it. Why should evolution get stuck in a rut in the first place? Watch Michael Denton explain this problem for Darwinists in a short video at Evolution News.Loss Is Not Evolution, EitherDarwinian evolution, we are told, is such a powerful, creative process, it produced humans from bacteria. When you think of the thousands or millions of genes that must have arisen to produce that kind of complexity, evidence for it should be more than abundant. But often the media tell us about cases of genetic loss of pre-existing information. That’s Darwinism in reverse.Life in evolution’s fast lane ( Look at how much genetic information was lost in a line of yeast. The devolution is so bad, this line cannot repair its DNA as effectively as other species can. They only appear to survive against mutational load because there are so many of them.Most living things have a suite of genes dedicated to repairing their DNA, limiting the rate at which their genomes change through time. But scientists at Vanderbilt and University of Wisconsin-Madison have discovered an ancient lineage of budding yeasts that appears to have accumulated a remarkably high load of mutations due to the unprecedented loss of dozens of genes involved in repairing errors in DNA and cell division, previously thought to be essential.Signs of selection in the stomach ( Darwinian biologists at the University of Munich are intrigued that the pathogen Helicobacter pylori, which causes stomach ulcers, adapts easily and diversifies within individuals and groups. When the germs are exposed to antibiotics, however, they cease diversifying, and only the resistant strain survives. This is a sign of a loss of genetic information – the opposite of Darwinian progress.At the initial sample from this individual, the H. pylori population was highly diverse and showed no signs of resistance to any of the antibiotics tested during growth in the laboratory. However, in a sample collected 2 years later, the level of diversity within the population was extremely low, and the bacteria had become completely resistant to a frontline antibiotic. Over the course of the intervening 2 years, the population had apparently undergone a massive reduction in size, which set the scene for the subsequent large-scale change in the structure of the surviving population.This scenario fits what Michael Behe argues in his new book Darwin Devolves. Organisms sometimes survive only by losing genetic information. When facing a threat, they will break or blunt anything that allows them to evade the threat, like a crew in a storm tossing cargo overboard to keep from sinking. That is not what Darwin had in mind. When all is said and done, the experimental population was still H. pylori, the same species at the beginning. That’s a remarkable amount of non-evolution for an organism thought to have plagued hominins for millions of years.Centre for Cancer Drug Discovery to focus on anti-evolution treatments (New Scientist). Some evolutionists treat cancer cells as models of Darwinian evolution. These surely are poor subjects to use as evidence. For one, they are not free-living organisms. For two, they are broken! They are out of control. The rapid changes in cancer cells do not imply fitness or innovation, but shifting-sideways changes that allow them to resist drugs. The article provides no evidence for the evolution Darwin had in mind. In fact, doctors are trying to force their “evolution” (if it can be called that) into dead ends so that cancer cells will die of their own evolution.last_img read more

Post-World Cup, ‘extra effort needed’

December 18, 2019

first_imgThe volatility of the exchange rate at present, it said, was primarily a function of the global financial flow of funds rather than a current account phenomenon. 6 August 2010 “The Soccer World Cup 2010 was an exceptional success and, although it raised expectations during June 2010, a special effort is required to sustain the positive momentum and enhance the business outlook,” the chamber said. South Africa’s Business Confidence Index (BCI) for July recorded the second highest reading this year at 84.3 points, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) said on Thursday. Sub-indices of the volumes of merchandise exports as well as imports recorded a relative strong performance compared to previous months. Sacci said that, relative to July 2009, eight of the BCI sub-indices improved, with real retail sales and building construction still lagging recent economic improvements. It said that the increase in liquidations was a legacy of the recession and the period of exuberance before the recession. Source: BuaNews Rand volatility The July figure of 84.3 points is 1.1 points above the July 2009 level, following on June 2010’s 84.8 points. “If July 2010 is compared to June 2010 (month-on-month), five sub-indices of the BCI were positive, four were negative and four remained neutral,” the chamber said. Legacy of the recession The global economy also reflected tensions as the pace of positive financial market developments outpaced a lagging real economy, Sacci said, adding that business confidence had yet to perceive strong and real economic prospects. “Stronger domestic demand and stronger posturing in the international trade environment are necessary to promote sustained improvements in business confidence.” Return to economic reality “The figure has improved from the recession, but it is still not good enough at the moment,” Sacci economist Richard Downing said of the BCI’s composite weighted index of 13 sub-indices that include new vehicle sales and merchandise import and export volumes. According to the chamber, the month of July 2010 renewed focus away from the sentiment of the World Cup and returned it to the economic reality of a domestic economy struggling to gain momentum. “Higher real financing cost came about by default as inflation trended lower and nominal interest rates remained unchanged,” said Sacci. It said that even though the present rand strength was causing some discomfort, the reasons for the strength should be looked at before any ill-conceived policy on intervention was implemented that could cause distortions and have unintended consequences for the economy. “South Africa’s highly developed financial markets provide a comfortable platform for these flows to take place over the short term providing the potential for substantial returns. Leads and lags on proceeds or payments of global trade transactions also exaggerate the volatility of the rand exchange rate.”last_img read more

The World Wide Web of Spiders

December 17, 2019

first_imgWhat to do if you’ve been bitSeek medical help if you think you’ve been bit by a brown recluse or black widow spiderMost spiders bites are non-venomous and require no specific treatment, but if you suspect you have been bitten by a brown recluse or black widow:Seek medical attention right awayRemain calm to keep your circulation relaxedApply a cold pack to the area to relieve swelling and discomfortDo not apply a tourniquetIf possible, bring the spider with you to the doctor’s office or ER for identification SharePrint RelatedHelp Name the Next Geocacher of the MonthJuly 11, 2014In “Community”Featured Geocacher of the Month Award WinnersAugust 25, 2011In “Community”Geocachers Save A Woman’s LifeNovember 17, 2016In “Community” Guest blog written by avid geocacher (and dedicated nurse) Kelley Piekarek*. A Floridian geocacher was reaching for a cache when she felt something bite her arm. Thinking nothing of it, she signed the log, replaced the cache, and moved on. Shortly thereafter her arm became red, swollen, and felt hot to the touch. The area surrounding the bite began to form what appeared to be an infection; her arm became very painful and she was running a high fever.She went to the emergency room where it was confirmed that she had been bitten by a brown recluse spider. The area was surgically cleaned, she was put on antibiotics, and is now on the road to a full recovery.Most spiders are absolutely harmless to humans. Of the 4,000+ species of spiders found in North America, only two are dangerous to humans—the brown recluse and the black widow. Geocachers are fortunate to enjoy the wonders of nature. But as we all know, nature can be a bit scary sometimes. If you are informed and aware of your environment, you can avoid spiders bites and know what action to take if you’re bitten.Brown RecluseThe brown recluse can be identified by the violin-shaped spot behind its eyes.The brown recluse is ¼ to ½ inch long, and can be identified by the violin-shaped spot behind its eyes. They are native to North America and live predominantly in the Midwestern United States.  What do spider bites look and feel like?The bites from brown recluse (left) and black widow spiders (right)The bite of the brown recluse is usually painless and goes unnoticed, but it may feel like a bee sting or there may be a burning sensation. Symptoms usually develop in 2-8 hours starting with a small white blister at the site of the bite.Many bites will cause a small red mark that will heal without problems or scarring. However redness, blistering, an open sore, and a black area may develop and take months to fully heal. Other symptoms include severe pain at the site of the bite, severe itching, nausea, vomiting, fever, and/or muscle pain.The bite of the black widow is similar to the brown recluse, and initially may look like two tiny Dracula fang marks. It feels like a pinprick, but also may not be felt at all. There may be slight swelling, redness and a spot that forms a target shape. Fifteen to sixty minutes later a dull muscle pain will spread from the bite area to the entire body. If the bite is on the upper body, the pain will be in the chest. If the bite is in the lower body, the pain will be in the abdomen. Black WidowThe black widow can be identified by a red, yellow, or white hourglass shape on their lower abdomen.The black widow can be identified by a red, yellow, or white hourglass shape on their lower abdomen. There are many species of widow spiders found worldwide, but the North American variety is about ½ inch long.Black Widow Distributioncenter_img Where do spiders like to hide?Spiders like to hide in wood pilesBoth spiders are found in similar locations. Inside, they prefer to hide in small, dark locations such as closets, cellars, garages, vents, stored boxes, and within the cracks and corners of walls. Outside they prefer to live like a geocache—underneath rocks, in wood piles, and inside hollow tree trunks. *If the name Kelley Piekarek sounds familiar, it may be from this story that made national geocaching news in February 2015.Share with your Friends:More How to avoid spidersYou’ve probably heard that spiders are more afraid of you than you are of them and that’s true. They’d prefer to avoid contact with humans all together, but they will defend their space. If you live in an area where co-existing with brown recluse and black widow spiders are part of the landscape, take some precautions:OutdoorsWatch for spider webs, which are the most obvious signs a spider is nearbyWear gloves and long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and sturdy shoesMove rocks and debris with a stick when looking for your cache to protect your handsAt Home:Keep your home clean and clutter freeBits of food can attract bugs which will in turn attract spiders, so vacuum and wipe down surfaces often Store your things in sealed plastic storage boxes or plastic bags with the edges taped shutWhen unpacking stored items, shake items out thoroughly before useKeep the sides of your home free of plants and debrisKeep your house clean and clutter free to avoid spidersStay safe out there, my friends. Be prepared and know what to do should a spider bite you, and keep on cachin’! How do you stay safe while enjoying your favorite hobby?last_img read more

Shooter Jitu Rai bags silver in Granada, wins berth for Rio Olympics

November 27, 2019

first_imgShooter Jitu RaiLucknow boy Jitu Rai on Tuesday became the first Indian shooter to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics after bagging a quota place with an impressive silver medal-finish at the 51st Shooting World Championships.Rai bagged the white metal in men’s 50-metre pistol event at the CEAR Juan Carlos I shooting range.The 25-year-old Army marksman narrowly missed out on the gold medal to South Korean double Olympic champion and world record holder, Jin Jingoh, in a closely contested final. Jin shot a total of 192.3 over 20 shots in the finals while Jitu finished with a score of 191.1.Pang Wei of China, also an Olympic champion, finished third to settle for the bronze, while Hoang Xuan Vinh came in fourth to bag the last Olympic quota on offer.Jitu, currently ranked fifth in the ISSF world rankings, is having a dream year after having won the Commonwealth Games gold medal at Glasgow in July-August earlier this year. This is his fifth consecutive international medal in 2014.He had won two back-to-back medals in the World Cup early this year, but this is undoubtedly the biggest feat he has scaled in his career so far.Expressing satisfaction over Rai’s performance, Raninder Singh, president of the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI), said, “It’s an extremely proud moment for us to see Jitu Rai become the first Indian athlete in all Olympic events to qualify for the Rio Olympics.”We were all very confident about the way Jitu has been shooting and he has repaid our faith in an emphatic manner. We hope that this is the beginning of many more such successes in the coming days.”advertisementAyonika Paul stormed into the final of the women’s 10m air rifle event but could not maintain the same form in the medal round, finishing eighth.Ayonika, the Commonwealth Games Silver medallist, shot a score of 620.8 to qualify in first place for the final, where she managed 80.9.There were six Olympic Quota places on offer in the women’s air rifle in the World Championships.Commonwealth Games silver medallist Gurpal Singh shot 550/600 to finish 33rd while Om Prakash shot 548/600 to finish in 38th place in the men’s 50m pistol event.2006 world champion Manavjit Singh Sandhu continued his excellent start to the competition with two perfect rounds of 25 each. Manavjit has shot 100/100 in his four qualifying rounds.last_img read more

September 30, 2019

Kobe Bryant Pleased With Progress Could Make Debut Sunday

Photo by Bryant, sidelined since April with a torn Achilles tendon, could make his season’s first appearance Sunday against Toronto in Los Angeles. That’s the goal of the Lakers’ superstar, anyway.“I’m trying,” Bryant said Thursday.He said he’s “pleased” with the way his injury has responded to three consecutive strenuous workouts, but he will measure the stiffness after more practices.“The [left] ankle joint, that’s the thing that’s been restricted for so long,” Bryant, 35, said. “You’re talking about months of immobility, so you got to work through that a little bit. There’s still some scar tissue in there that needs to be broken up. That’s done through movement and therapy and mobilizations.”He said he does not possess the explosiveness he displayed last season. “I’m not jumping through the gym by any means, but I don’t need to be able to do that in order to be a great player,” he said.Whenever he returns, which could be Tuesday against Phoenix if not Sunday, Bryant expects to log less than the 38.6 minutes he did last season, which was a point of controversy because he of his age and the number of  years he has been playing.  This is his 18th season in the league.In fact, coach Mike D’Antoni likely will ease Bryant into the flow, monitoring his minutes in an effort to prevent a setback.“The perfect-case scenario is that we get it right the first time,” Bryant said. “But if it’s not, then you have to be smart about it as well and take a step back and build up the strength and say, ‘Hey, listen, it’s not as good as we thought it was going to be, so let’s take a step back and get it to where we want it to be and try again.’” read more

September 17, 2019

2019 a very strange Copa America

first_img12 teams, three groups, two teams from Asia, this is the new version of the world’s oldest tournament set to be played in Brazil this summer.The draw for the 2019 Copa America tournament already took place, with 12 nations from two confederations competing for a single trophy.Six stadiums in five hosts cities in Brazil will witness how from June 14 to July 7th, 12 teams will try to show they are the best in South America.Including Japan and Qatar.These two Asian teams, who are currently in the Semifinals of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup and who might even get to meet in the final, were invited by CONMEBOL.This happened after both Mexico and the United States from CONCACAF decided not to attend a tournament they have been left uninvited when it was announced, then invited again some months ago.Neymar, BrazilNeymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.Hosts Brazil will lead Group A together with Bolivia, Venezuela, and Peru.Argentina was drawn into Group B with Colombia, Paraguay, and guests Qatar.While Uruguay is set to play in Group C with Ecuador, Japan, and Chile.The best two teams of each group will qualify directly to the Quarterfinals, while the best two ranked third places will also win a ticket to the elimination round.The Group Stage will be played from June 14 up to the 24th, while the Quarterfinals will be played from the 27 to the 29.Semifinals are set to be played on July 2nd and 3rd. Meanwhile, the Third Place match is scheduled for July 6 and the final for July 7 at Maracana Stadium.last_img read more