17-year-old charged with larceny

first_imga girl was on Thursday placed on ,000 bail after she appeared before Magistrate Faith McGusty at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts to answer a charge of simple larceny.The 17-year-old, of Sophia, Georgetown, pleaded not guilty to the charge which stated that on May 17, 2016, at Bel Air Village, Georgetown, she stole one Samsung Galaxy s5 cellular phone, property of Joan Richmond.According to the presented facts, the defendant and Richmond are known to each other and on the day in question, while in her friend’s bedroom, the defendant asked to borrow her phone to browse the internet, to which Richmond complied.Richmond left the defendant in the room but upon her return both the young woman and the phone had vanished.The matter was reported and the defendant arrested. The defendant will return to court on June 17, 2016.last_img read more

Woman wrecks parked vehicles

first_imgThe blue Nissan Quest side-swiped two vehicles before coming to a stop when it plowed into a black Honda Civic, Pope Givens said. Samson Arzamendi, 19, of Pasadena, a culinary student, said he saw the Quest plow into the last in a row of four parked cars – crushing them like an accordion. “She was driving around 90 or 100 miles an hour,” he said. “I don’t know, but it was really fast. “We went to help her and she got out and started hugging my friend and kissing him on the neck. She was asking him if he loved her.” Meantime, firefighters worked to clear fuel spilled into the street by the damaged vehicles. PASADENA – A suspected drunken driver collided with a number of parked cars on a one-way street before eventually coming to a stop late Tuesday, police said. No one was injured when Adriana Vellascolucero, 32, of Inglewood side-swiped several cars parked along Green Street at Oakland Avenue – just outside the California School of Culinary Arts – about 8:30 p.m., said Pasadena police Sgt. Kathryn Jorge. Vellascolucero was issued a misdemeanor DUI citation after being transported to Huntington Hospital shortly after the accident, which involved seven vehicles, said police spokeswoman Janet Pope Givens. “She wasn’t injured,” Pope Givens said. “She was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure.” Cathy Kim, 22, another culinary student, waited at the school’s exit as she surveyed her smashed Civic. “My mom’s coming to give me a ride home,” she said. “I don’t know what I’ll do. For now, I am just going home.” Student Hixi Zavala, 18, waited to retrieve belongings from his Nissan Altima, another vehicle damaged. “This has been a bad month for me with cars,” he said. “One of my close friends just recently passed away from an accident.” mary.gurton@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4461 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

‘Van Gaal has been a bigger disaster than Moyes!’ – Man United fans fume at loss

first_imgManchester United’s nightmare season continued on Thursday evening when they were stunned by a 2-1 defeat to FC Midtjylland in Denmark.The biggest blow came before kick off when the Red Devils’ best player, David De Gea, rolled his ankle in the warm up and was replaced by Sergio Romero.United were poor throughout but took the lead through Memphis Depay before the Danish side equalised when Pione Sisto scored.And the humiliation was complete on 77 minutes when substitute Paul Onuachu gave Midtjylland the win.Manchester United fans raged at the result and manager Louis van Gaal on social media – their second consecutive loss after defeat to Sunderland on Saturday. See below for the best Twitter reaction! Louis van Gaal 1center_img [View the story “‘Louis van Gaal has been a bigger disaster than David Moyes!’ – Manchester United fans fume at Europa League loss” on Storify]last_img read more

DONEGAL COMPANY LAUNCHES 24 POINT PLAN TO EMPOWER HOUSE-BUYERS

first_imgDonegal-company GDC (Irl) Ltd has launched a new campaign aimed at restoring confidence in property market. ‘Avoid a Housing Headache’ is a 24-point best practice checklist for the home-buyer aimed at empowering, inspiring and promoting consumer rights when it comes to buying property.It was devised in response to the numbers of ghost estates, incomplete estates and completed estates with no Estate Management procedures in place throughout the country.  It also seeks to separate the poorly managed developments from those that are current and live and that meet extremely high standards of quality and finish. The checklist has been separated into four parts and queries four key aspects of the buying process: the property; the management company; general considerations and the developer.According to a report released by the Department of the Environment in November, there are currently 2,800 ghost estates in Ireland. With consumer confidence at an all time low and a realisation that consumers should be empowered in the property buying process, GDC (Irl) Ltd. decided to take action.Director Daniel Doherty says, “We wanted to try and reverse the negativity in the property market so we began work on ‘Avoid a Housing Headache’ – a campaign which promotes best practice for those involved in the buying and selling of properties.“The 24-point checklist informs buyers on what questions they should be asking off the developer, solicitor, estate agent and other relevant parties,” says Daniel. The ultimate aim of the campaign is to protect home-buyers and to advise them on what standards they should expect when buying a home. The new phenomenon of Ghost Estates in Ireland has been a topical debate in 2010 and GDC (Irl) Ltd. hopes to restore some much-needed faith in this suffering sector in 2011.Daniel explains the value of their 24-point checklist. “We have created a set of key questions which should become part of the national psyche.  We are now inviting the public to use our checklist when searching for a new home and to send us their feedback on its usefulness.“Members of the public including all parties involved in the buying and selling process including estate agents, solicitors, letting agents, property consultants, builders and management companies are being asked to endorse, promote and encourage these standards and start the process of restoring consumer confidence.“We want to ensure buyer commitment is delivered, developments are completed and estates are managed for the families who live there,” says Daniel. GDC (Irl) Ltd. have always been recognised as an advocate of completed and high quality developments and are associated with a number of public and private projects in the North West.They are now calling on all individuals and organisations involved in the property industry to endorse this campaign, stating that, “everyone has a duty of care to their customers”.To become a champion of this campaign, you can follow ‘Avoid a Housing Headache’ on Facebook and you are encouraged to share it among your clients and friends to save them the pain of a housing headache.For more information and to download your 24-point checklist please logon to:  http://www.gdcirl.com ENDS.DONEGAL COMPANY LAUNCHES 24 POINT PLAN TO EMPOWER HOUSE-BUYERS was last modified: February 22nd, 2011 by StephenShare 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

INNOVATIVE NEW PROJECT HOPING TO TACKLE CHILDHOOD OBESITY LAUNCHED IN LETTERKENNY

first_imgMotivate Educate and Exercise Together (MEET) project aims to tackle childhood obesity through the provision of community based family centred programmes in Donegal. The MEET project is FREE and has 2 programmes focusing on well being, nutrition and physical activity.By engaging in “Healthy Lifestyles” (Prevention) and “Making a Difference” (Management) programmes we target families seeking to encourage healthy life choices through positive lifestyle changes within the family. Prevention (Healthy Lifestyles) course is 8 weeks in duration for families with children between 0-5 years.Management (Making a Difference) course is 12 weeks in duration for families with children between 6-12 years.Provided FREE of charge included in the MEET project are “Cooking classes, Exercise Classes, and fun family centred event days”We are actively recruiting for this project, for more information or if you would like to get involved in the MEET project, contact the MEET Project Coordinator, Donnacha Gallagher, on Mob: IRL 0892337257, Landline: 0749123078 and e-mail lyfsmeet@gmail.com  INNOVATIVE NEW PROJECT HOPING TO TACKLE CHILDHOOD OBESITY LAUNCHED IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: October 31st, 2014 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) Tags:Childhood obesityhealthInnovative ProjectMEETnewsNoticesSportlast_img read more

DONEGAL WINDFARM OFFICIALLY OPENS MASSIVE €18MILION EXTENTION

first_imgA leading Irish windfarm company has cut the ribbon on a massive extention to their Donegal operation.Leading energy provider Energia officially opened their €18 million extention to their Drumloughill farm.The opening was officially performed by Minister of State Dinny McGinely. Deputy McGinley said: “Ireland has one of the best wind resources in all of Europe, as most of us will know from day to day life. The bulk of our overall renewable energy target will be met through wind.”Tom Gillen, Chief Operating Officer, at Energia Group said the company has 540MW of wind farms in development on top of over 300MW in operation. “This represents around 25% of the Irish renewable market, by 2013,” he said.The 10.2MW Drumloughhill extension is owned by Energia and the electricity is sold to business customers around Ireland.Energia currently has a 28% market share of the Irish electricity and gas market. DONEGAL WINDFARM OFFICIALLY OPENS MASSIVE €18MILION EXTENTION was last modified: June 17th, 2011 by StephenShare 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

Stroke victims to get aid

first_imgLANCASTER – Local paramedics will administer a nerve cell-protecting agent to stroke victims before taking them to hospitals as part of a groundbreaking study. Magnesium sulfate, a naturally occurring substance, dilates blood vessels in the brain and prevents calcium buildups in damaged nerve cells, possibly limiting the injury strokes can cause to victims’ ability to talk, walk and perform other functions – if administered quickly. “It’s a generic, it’s not patentable, so it’s cheap,” said Suzanne McCall, clinical site nurse coordinator for Antelope Valley Hospital and local fire stations. “It’s not a pharmaceutical study, so no big drug company is behind it. It’s simply researchers working on something to help stroke patients. It’s the first stroke study where we are treating patients in the field.” Paramedics from Antelope Valley’s Los Angeles County Fire Department Battalions 11 and 17 have been trained in recognizing stroke and in the study’s procedures. They will administer the magnesium sulfate drug intravenously. “We like doing new things,” Fire Capt. Daniel Rodriguez said. “We do like expanding our scope of practice because we are in business to save lives. The more we can do, the more ‘toys’ we have, the more tools in the box, the more benefits to the public we are saving.” The Field Administration of Stroke Therapy – Magnesium Sulfate clinical research trial will involve nearly 70 hospitals in Los Angeles County under a $16 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. Antelope Valley Hospital was among the first to sign up and organizers are working to get Lancaster Community Hospital to take part. Half the patients will receive the magnesium sulfate and half will receive a placebo. Stroke is the third-leading cause of death and the primary cause of adult disability in the U.S. Each year, 750,000 Americans suffer a symptomatic stroke. Clinical investigators, based at University of California, Los Angeles, want to see if magnesium sulfate can protect the threatened brain when administered to stroke victims by paramedics within the first two hours of the onset of stroke. “This magnesium might be neuroprotective so it might help patients who are experiencing potential neurological injury due to the fact that the nerves, the neurons are not getting enough oxygen,” said Dr. John Lynn, Antelope Valley Hospital’s emergency department medical director and principal investigator for the study for the hospital. “Magnesium might have a protective role to play in this process, to keep more of the neurological cells alive during a stroke.” Participating will help improve AVH’s relationship with Dr. Sidney Starkman, the study’s co-principal investigator, and the stroke center he runs at UCLA, officials said. “If we have complex stroke patients who come to the emergency room, we will have access to Dr. Starkman’s expertise and stroke unit, which is one of the best in the world,” Lynn said. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

LAUSD gets passing grade

first_imgUnder fire to submit to a city Controller’s Office management audit, the LAUSD released the results of a review it commissioned one year ago on district organization and structure, revealing steady improvement and little need for large restructuring, officials said Monday. While the performance review – technically not an audit – did not suggest any radical reorganization of the central office, it did criticize the district for a weak accountability system with no defined performance goals for teachers or academic progress. The report also recommended that the district strengthen how its operations are aligned so its departments can work together more effectively, said Michael Casserly, executive director of the Council of the Great City Schools, which conducted the review at no cost. For example, if a school needs to hire a classroom aide, it should be able to go to the central office and have its request filled in a timely manner. There is now a six-week delay on fulfilling such requests, officials said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “This school district has made substantial progress in a number of areas. I would characterize it as a district that’s on the move and that’s been on the move,” Casserly said. “It’s not a broken district. It’s not even a district in crisis. It’s a district with challenges.” The recommendations, intended to help steer the district on its path to reform, included giving principals more latitude over their budgets and over issues of accountability, as well as considering giving parents a role in evaluating the school district. It also calls on the district to develop a stronger accountability system, with objectives and benchmarks for staff and clearly defined outcomes if they fail to meet them. The board plans to appoint an oversight committee of credible outside experts to monitor progress on the plan. The board also will invite the Council of Great City Schools, a coalition of 66 of the nation’s largest urban school systems, back in one year to assess its progress. Board President Marlene Canter said she’s pleased with the thoroughness of the report and with the conclusion that the district is not in crisis. “You want them to come back with workable, tangible, actionable items. I was heartened to feel that the people who actually did the work on this were reflective of the complexity of what’s going on inside,” Canter said. “To hear that from him (that we are not a district in crisis) and to see that is very validating to the work that’s being done here.” Casserly said the district has been very receptive to the proposals of the report. In fact, only now is the district well positioned to take the next steps in reform, Casserly said. “Much of the work, the school district probably could not have done in years past. They needed to have foundations, new building to carry the steps forward. If they tried some of what we’ve proposed, they would never have been able to do it,” Casserly said. “They’re proactive and aggressive about not only ensuring student achievement.” District officials denied that the release of the review was timed to counteract City Controller Laura Chick’s increasingly aggressive push to oversee an audit of the district – an audit that could cost $800,000. Canter said the report was commissioned one year ago and was scheduled to be released six weeks ago. But Superintendent Roy Romer said given the overall audit picture of the district – including a $1.4 million annual audit by KPMG, and others by the county, state and the district’s own Inspector General’s Office – all the district’s practices and actions are well documented. Another audit could lead to unnecessary and wasteful replications. “Everybody ought to look at this and if there’s anything we missed, sit down and talk to us about it. But we’re not trying to hold off people who can bring things to us that are going to help us improve the education of children. It’s just wrong to duplicate it,” Romer said. The areas of audit in which Chick could help, Romer said, are in auditing a $100 million dispute with the Department of Water and Power, city and district procedures in the area of foster care, and joint-use issues. Chick said Monday that the request for help was nothing more than a “pat on the head” and “blowing smoke.” And the “laundry list” of audits has only created disjointed information of what is really going on at the nation’s second largest school district. “When you put it all together and look at it – as if anybody can read through all of it – does any or all of it answer the question: what is this thing we call LAUSD, how does it spend its money and what is it doing?” Chick said. “The audits are very professional, but they’re disconnected dots that don’t represent an integrated view. There is no transparency, there is no accountability. That’s what I want to deliver. The bottom line is they don’t seem to want me in there and I would question why not.” Staff at Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s office said they had not yet seen the new report, but that the mayor has made it clear he supports Chick’s efforts to do a comprehensive and in-depth audit of the district. “There’s no doubt in his mind that we need to improve outcomes for children in our public schools,” said Joe Ramallo, spokesman for the mayor. “You have to know how the money’s being spent in order to effectively improve our school system.” Naush Boghossian, (818) 713-3722 naush.boghossian@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Fishing the North Coast Chetco bubble season off to good start

first_imgThe opening weekend of the 2016 Chetco bubble season was good considering the weather wasn’t very cooperative. According to guide Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing, trolling off the mouth of the river was made difficult by choppy seas and south winds to 20 knots. “Most of the guides averaged a fish per rod, with the best fishing between Salmon Rock and the red buoy. Guide Mark Papazian of Brookings landed the biggest fish I saw during the opening weekend, a 42-pounder. The fish averaged in …last_img read more

Ohio State students dedicate capstone project to save wetland

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chip Tuson, Program Manager, Marketing & Communications for the Ohio State University Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, OSU Extension, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, and the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental SciencesEach autumn, seniors majoring in Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering (FABE) at The Ohio State University begin a yearlong capstone design experience. Students form teams to address real-world problems sponsored university, local, and national clients and organizations. This year, 118 FABE students completed 23 projects. In addition, 39 Agricultural Systems Management (ASM) students also worked on 12 projects in a similar exercise.One group of ecological and biological engineering students chose a project close to home with those familiar with Ohio State’s Columbus campus: restoring the Carmack Woods. The Carmack Woods are a 6.5-acre undeveloped area on the west side of the Columbus Campus.“There was a point in time when the university considered developing the Carmack Woods area into a parking lot because they are losing a large parking area near medical campus,” said the team, consisting of ecological engineering majors Monica Backs, Lucas Froelich, Jake Radeff, Patrick Sanders, and biological engineering major Gio Papio. “Each of us listed this amongst our top requested projects because we each have a passion for the environment and preserving it for future generations.”The site was sponsored as a capstone project by the Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed (FLOW). While Ohio State no longer plans to turn the area into a parking lot, FLOW hopes to keep the area protected — a goal that the student team believes will ultimately benefit the University.Under the University Sustainability Goals, Ohio State is planning to double the tree canopy converge on campus. By preserving the Carmack Woods, the group believes it can help Ohio State reach its sustainability goals while restoring the area to be a healthy wetland of benefit to the campus and local community.“Wetlands have a tremendous importance to environmental wellbeing. They can hold water for long amounts of time, which can heavily reduce the amount of toxins in water. Additionally, by holding storm water, wetlands slow storm water entering the sewer system, and can prevent erosion. Finally, wetlands store large amounts of carbon, preventing it from returning to the atmosphere,” the group said.The group began by delineating the area as a wetland, a major step in preserving the Carmack Woods for years to come: “Should Ohio State choose to develop Carmack Woods, it is required by law that any area delineated as a wetland would have to be ‘moved’ or re-established elsewhere for mitigation. These constructed wetlands take a long time to become established and are not as environmentally beneficial as naturally occurring wetlands. The mitigation process is also expensive, which is another factor the university should consider.”With the help of a Coca-Cola Sustainability Grant from the Office of Student Life Energy Management & Sustainability, the team was able to purchase equipment to remove harmful native plants and native species to plant in the woods.“Receiving the grant from Coca-Cola shifted our focus immensely. What started as a boardwalk design project became an invasive species removal and ecosystem re-establishment endeavor,” said the team.Previously, replacing the invasive honeysuckle plaguing the Carmack Woods with native plants would have been too expensive. But with funding from the grant, the group shifted focus to improving the ecological health and biodiversity of the area by replacing honeysuckle shrubs with native trees and plants. In order to see this goal through, the team sought help from the local and campus communities.“By opening up the site for students and the surrounding community, we hope to increase public interest in the area and bring awareness to the environmental importance of wetlands,” said the group. “Getting their hands dirty and helping preserve a natural area close to home will be an exciting, fulfilling and fun experience.”The outpouring of support was tremendous. “We have received a lot of help and donations from external sources such as FLOW, Coca-Cola, Green Columbus, MAD Scientists & Associates, LLC., Pay It Forward, Mount Leadership Society Scholars, and other student organizations on campus.”The Carmack Woods capstone team hosted three volunteer events over the months of March and April. With the help of hundreds of volunteers, the team was able to remove invasive species and plant over 500 native plants, shrubs, and seedlings in the woods.Though their project took place over a few months, the impact of this capstone team will be felt on the Columbus campus for years to come. To learn more about other capstone projects from FABE and ASM students, visit fabe.osu.edu and follow the department on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @OhioStateFABE. Or to become an industry sponsor and work with future Capstone teams, contact one of our FABE course instructors, Jane Fife at fife.14@osu.edu.last_img read more