High school’s wannabe cops have right stuff, Bratton says

first_img“You should be proud of yourselves. You are special. Take advantage of this opportunity and go on to be whatever you want to be in life. “On a more selfish note, I sure would like to see some of you in the uniform of an LAPD officer someday. That would make me so proud.” Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com (818) 713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Monroe High seniors Daniel Ortega, Manuel Limon, Gabriela Alcaraz and Sebastian Skibicki are among those who aspire to law enforcement careers after spending a few years in the military or community college. A few of them plan to hire on as LAPD community police aides, earning $16.50 an hour plus benefits, after they graduate from high school. “This program has challenged us academically – and motivated and encouraged us,” Skibicki said. “I think we all feel some obligation and desire to work in the law enforcement or community-service field.” There are 1,200 students enrolled in police magnet programs in five high schools and two middle schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District. They take a broad approach to the study of law, with community service as an integral part of the curriculum. But Bratton said he wasn’t at the North Hills campus on a recruiting trip Monday. The chief was there to say thanks to the kids and their instructors for being positive forces in their community. “With gangs and so many other diversions, it’s not easy being a young person in Los Angeles today,” he said. “You have daily challenges, stresses and strains I never had as a student. NORTH HILLS – Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton looked out Monday at the 150 cadets in the Police Academy magnet program at James Monroe High School, and he sent a message that came through loud and clear. With the academics, training and discipline they’re learning, the chief told them, the sky’s the limit. And he sure wouldn’t mind seeing more than a few of them wearing an LAPD uniform someday. “You’re the best and the brightest, the future of this city,” Bratton said. “We don’t want to lose you.” The Los Angeles Police Department has 9,432 officers – more than two dozen of whom have come through Monroe’s program. And with a goal of having 10,000 cops by 2010, the LAPD hopes training programs like Monroe’s will keep turning out potential recruits. last_img read more

AltaGas replacing compressor at Taylor plant

first_img“The compressor we’re taking offline is really old and its got a bad motor, and we’re not taking in all the gas that we can,” Operation Manager of AltaGas, Randy Merk said. “So, we’re just actually putting a new one in that can take more gas and be more reliable.”Merk says while a burn pit will be operating during the process, the community shouldn’t be affected by any smell, noise or other disturbances.The process is set to begin at 2:30 a.m. and should wrap-up sometime around 8:30 p.m.- Advertisement –last_img

Exclusive – ‘We should do this more often!’ Arsenal players react to back-to-back FA Cup wins

first_imgArsenal fans were in a jubilant mood as they celebrated a second successive FA Cup final victory at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.The Gunners were rampant throughout an utterly one-side affair, as they thumped Aston Villa 4-0 thanks to goals from Theo Walcott, Alexis Sanchez, Per Mertesacker and Oliver Grioud.Wembley was awash with their unfamiliar yellow away colours as the Emirates Stadium faithful enjoyed another successful day for the club, having put their previous ten-year barren spell firmly behind them with back-to-back titles.And talkSPORT’s touchline reporter Ian Danter was in the thick it as the Arsenal stars kicked off the celebrations on the hallowed pitch.Listen to talkSPORT interviews with Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Hector Bellerin and Aaron Ramey above!last_img read more

MYSTERY BLAZE GUTS TRUCK IN LETTERKENNY

first_imgThis is all that remains of a lorry following a blaze in Letterkenny this morning.The lorry was parked at the Port Bridge on the outskirts of the town when it caught blaze around 6am.It is not known how the blaze started, but 220 tyres on the truck caught fire. There are no reported injuries and Garda are investigating the cause of the blaze.MYSTERY BLAZE GUTS TRUCK IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: October 3rd, 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) Tags:fireletterkennylast_img read more

AURA HELPS HONOUR NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS WITH €20 MEMBERSHIP OFFER

first_imgPromoted postAura Letterkenny is putting the entire community on the right road to feeling better about themselves in 2014 with an offer to join the leisure centre for just €20 this month. Aura’s attractive membership offer is aimed at helping locals to forget about their wallet and focus on getting healthy together in 2014. There are so many in our community that just need that bit of support and encouragement – that’s where the team at Aura are on standby to support locals who want to kick start their new year’s resolutions or shed the excess of Christmas.“Taking up exercise is all about making that important first step. People should not be put off by price which is why everyone who joins Aura in January on a direct debit membership can enjoy their first month’s membership for just €20,” said Patricia Coyle, Operations Manager at Aura Letterkenny.“We want to help people to say “2014 was the year that we reached our goals”. This offer gives them a great opportunity to experience what Aura has to offer, to start as they mean to go on and to stop making excuses that don’t add up,” said Patricia.Those who sign up will receive their first month’s membership for €20. The standard monthly membership rates will apply thereafter. Everyone who becomes a member at Aura Letterkenny will receive a free fitness assessment with Aura’s fully trained gym instructors and they can count on their constant support and encouragement throughout the year.“The assessment will help to determine their fitness level and abilities and we will work with each new member to set goals to improve their fitness. Their progress will be monitored from week to week,” said Patricia.Aura’s wide range of fitness classes such as Aqua Aerobics and Indoor Cycling, have something to suit everyone including calorie killing, muscle conditioning and body toning workouts as well as classes which concentrate specially of problem areas like the bottom, legs and tummy.“Anyone who is serious about taking up exercise and getting into shape no longer has an excuse for not discovering how Aura can help them to achieve their goals. It could well be the best €20 that they spend this month” said Patricia.Booking and further information is available by visiting www.auraleisure.ie or calling 074 910 6422. AURA HELPS HONOUR NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS WITH €20 MEMBERSHIP OFFER was last modified: January 7th, 2014 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)Tags:Aura Leisure CentreJanuaryletterkennyofferslast_img read more

Blitzbokke bomb out in Glasgow

first_img6 May 2014A disappointing showing in the Glasgow Sevens on the weekend all but brought an end to South Africa’s challenge for the 2013/14 HSBC Sevens World Series title.The Blitzbokke were the form team earlier in the season, appearing in five successive finals. However, their recent form, in Hong Kong and Glasgow, has been scratchy at best.Neil Powell’s charges topped the standings heading into Hong Kong, but a loss to England in the Cup quarterfinals led to the team winning the Plate final.Cup quarterfinals lossIn Glasgow, it was worse as the Blitzbokke suffered a 12-7 shock loss to hosts, Scotland, in the Cup quarterfinals and then fell 14-7 to Kenya, coached by former long-time South Africa coach Paul Treu, in the Plate semi-finals.While South Africa floundered in Hong Kong and Glasgow, New Zealand flourished, winning both tournaments to open up a comfortable gap at the top of the table. They go into the final round of the World Series in London this coming weekend with a 19-point advantage over second-placed South Africa.StandingsThe Kiwis are on 158 points, followed by South Africa on 139, Fiji on 129, England on 117, Australia on 97, and this season’s surprise package, Canada, on 82 points, in sixth place.The Canadians made it to the Cup final in Scotland, but ran out of steam in the title-decider as New Zealand ran out 54-7 winners in a one-sided showdown.Fiji finished third with a 17-10 defeat of Scotland, while England downed Kenya 26-5 to lift the Plate.Dream TeamDespite the South African team’s below standard showing in Glasgow, Justin Geduld enjoyed a strong tournament and was deservedly named in the event’s Dream Team.The focus for the Blitzbokke at Twickenham this weekend, after their successive poor tournament performances, will realistically be on securing their second place in the standings.They have been drawn in Pool D with Scotland, France and Portugal, which appears to be a very favourable draw, provided they lift their game and play at or near their potential.Loss of momentumIn Glasgow, the lack of accuracy in their passing stood out. Time and time again it led to the loss of momentum in South Africa’s attacking moves, and with that came the turning over of possession. Powell’s charges also looked uncomfortable in the wet conditions and did not challenge enough at the breakdowns.They have a week to work on their shortcomings before the season-ending London tournament, and it is possible that they could receive two welcome boosts from regular captain Kyle Brown and Cecil Afrika. Both men, important contributors to the team’s successes, missed out on the Glasgow Sevens because of injuries.last_img read more

Lingering issues from 2018’s crops, and plans for 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Harold Watters, Ohio State University Extension agronomistI like to think about how to improve on my crop every year. It looks like yields will be good, but I think I missed out on a few bushels. On my mind for 2019 are several items for both corn and soybeans.For soybean variety selection, I comb the data. I have great friends with all the seed companies, and I want to buy from them all — but I really hold no loyalty to any one company. So I look at data, I often make a seed payment early, and sometimes commit to a particular variety, but I prefer to wait for university results to get a comparison across company offerings. I will also be looking hard for Frogeye leafspot resistance. I saw this disease everywhere this year so I need a boatload of protection. And for herbicide trait I am looking at LibertyLink again. I see plenty of high yielding varieties with the trait. I just need to match yield with Frogeye protection. Waterhemp management isn’t happening. This weed went ballistic this year. I study weed resistance and this one appears to be at about year three in the buildup to full blown resistance. I can control it in corn, with a good pre-emergent herbicide and a dicamba post application. But I know that overusing dicamba will find those resistance genes in there sooner rather than later, so I use Liberty in soybeans. And from Mark Loux, remember “Leave no pigweed behind” because the plant/seed you run through the combine will be out there to germinate next year, and the next too.What about timing of your herbicide application? Early is better, we missed the boat in 2018 with a very wet April and dry May (we were planting, not spraying). But several farmers have come back to me and said they will make a fall herbicide application, for Marestail, and load up on the residuals seven days pre-plant for their 2019 soybean crop. Then they will probably an application of a small seeded broadleaf herbicide (think metolachlor, acetochlor, or similar) with their early post application. I like the sounds of that, and I have seen it work well.Disease protection — we have to put scouting back in our vocabulary and in our methods. Choose resistant hybrids and varieties and then check on them for disease. This business of buying your air-applied fungicide in the dead of winter guarantees an application, but not the need. And with commodity prices I see right now, I want to save money not spend it. Know what your corn and soybean (and wheat) diseases look like and check for them at the appropriate time. If no disease is present, then don’t spray — and know the economic thresholds.Sudden death syndrome “came in” late this year. Did it cause yield loss? Typically in Ohio we see soybean cyst nematode associated with SDS, and SCN often doesn’t show up in plant growth but still causes yield loss. So check for SCN, there are some free sampling kits out there. But really sampling at soybean harvest and getting a feel for your SCN numbers is about maintenance – take advantage of those free tests, but you really ought to sample all of your soybean fields. So whether we had “late SDS” or SCN, we ought to know our levels. And here too, variety selection can help with both of these problems, and so can crop rotation.Gray leaf spot — I never saw so much. I heard that from industry agronomists, and I said it too. I think we need to look a little harder for those good high-yielding hybrids that will tolerate the disease, and even gripe a little to the seed company agronomists and plant breeders when you see them. Things can get better but pressure must be applied. That’s how biological systems make improvements.Hybrid selection — I’ve hit on it some already but again I like data. I WILL check company and university trial results very carefully this year. Yield works for me but I am willing to give up a bit for better disease protection. If I have to pay $30 an acre for a fungicide application that may be 10 bushels per acre if prices don’t improve.Nutrient applications — I am looking for free manure. The nutrients are the same and likely brings along some nitrogen too along with P, K, even sulfur for my crop. My next concern with no manure is potassium. Even though we saw no dry periods this year, I saw K deficiencies. My soil test says I am just a little low, but crops are definitely looking deficient at times. Also, phosphorus I am putting in my most needed spots. I can run a while in areas where I sit in the maintenance range.And then there’s nitrogen — still a concern in 2018. We made a lot, but lost a lot. I still think I was a bit short early when we had rapid growth, and before sidedress timing. And I think it showed up in rows-around on my ears — too many 14s, not enough 18s. So I’ll up my at-plant N, and make sure I have 50 pounds of N at plant not the 22 I had this year. As to rate, I want to move to a variable rate application, but don’t own my own applicator. The easiest way for me to get variable rate is by urea broadcast, and that has issues too so I will probably use the Corn Nitrogen Rate Calculator again this next year and put on the right economic rate for the price.Keep up with us at http://agcrops.osu.edu.Harold Watters, Extension Field Agronomist, works out of the Extension office in Bellefontaine and can be reached at watters.35@osu.edu or by phone at 937 599-4227.last_img read more

[Video] The Tablet Conundrum

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting jon mitchell Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tablets aren’t just the hot holiday gifts of today. They’ve broken open the idea of what a computer is, what it should look like, and how we should interact with it. Dan, Eliot and Jon were joined by new RWW writer Adam Popescu to discuss the Nexus 7, the iPad, and where touchscreen computing is going next.Here are links to the posts and topics we talked about:An iPad-Toting Mom Reviews the Google Nexus 7Google I/O: Android 4.1, aka Jelly Bean, Will Have Responsive Widgets, Offline Voice TypingCounterpoint: The Retina MacBook Pro Is Not a “Boondoggle” at AllUnited Future: Creating Interactive Experiences of the FutureWe hang out at 11:00 a.m. Pacific on Thursdays, and you’re welcome to join us or just watch live. (Here’s the schedule for every time zone.) Make sure to follow +ReadWriteWeb on Google+ if you want to watch or participate. We’d love to have you!center_img Tags:#Hangout#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts last_img read more

Read-only Launch For Medium & Branch, But Twitter Founders Promise More

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market On first use, it’s not (ahem) obvious what Medium is. There is seemingly no way to navigate around collections, nor are there subscribe buttons – for anything, as far as we can see. However, Williams promises that this version of Medium is “just a sliver of what we’ve figured out.” So we’ll give them the benefit of the doubt at this early stage.Medium is also currently just a read-only experience for most users, even if you register. “Posting is limited to a small invited list of friends and family,” wrote Williams in his introductory post. They will be letting other registered users post soon – but when is unknown.If we had to sum it up on first impression, Medium is like a categorized Tumblr. But without being able to post, it’s difficult to get a proper sense of what Medium offers compared to Tumblr, Pinterest and other modern publishing platforms.What Branch IsLike Medium, Branch isn’t completely public yet. If you register using your Twitter name, you’re promised an invitation “soon.”Branch is easier to understand – it’s basically a discussion forum, where someone posts a topic and others comment on it. For example this “branch” about women in tech: You can start a discussion based on something you found on the Web, or an original thought. You then add people to the discussion via email or Twitter – so the discussion remains closed and you control who’s in it. However you can choose to publish the branch publicly elsewhere, such as on WordPress. Tags:#Publishing Services#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… richard macmanus Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Twitter founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone have been busy developing two new services, both of which were publicly launched this week by their incubator company The Obvious Corporation. Unfortunately, both products are read-only for most people right now. So first impressions will be muted – perhaps even mystified, since Medium has very little navigation. That said, Williams and Stone have an outstanding track record with Web publishing products, as co-creators of first Blogger.com and then Twitter. So let’s see what they’ve cooked up.The first launch was Branch, a kind of discussion forum that came out of private beta yesterday. Then today, Obvious Corp released a brand new publishing platform called Medium. In announcing Medium, Williams positioned it as the next evolution of Blogger.com – which was launched back in 1999 by Williams and Stone. Similarly, as a discussions focused product, Branch can be thought of as an extension to Twitter. The connections might not end there. What’s most intriguing about Branch and Medium is that the two products may eventually intertwine, although Obvious is calling them “completely separate products” for now.What Medium IsLet’s start with the newest product first. Medium is a blog publishing platform, where posts are organized by topic or theme into “collections.” Collections can be “closed” (private) or “open” (public). To receive an invitation to join Medium, sign in using your Twitter ID. Will Medium and Branch Connect Together in Future?Obvious Corp states that the two products are separate. However, the Branch Twitter team noted that “there’s lots more to build, though, so we’ll see where we end up.”One immediate feature that would make sense is the ability to post a branch onto Medium. For example, if there was a ‘women in tech’ collection in Medium, the branch above could be published there. But we’ll see how this plays out.Despite the two products being a read-only experience for the majority of us when we first encounter them, it’s worth being patient given the success Williams and Stone have had with previous publishing innovations. Maybe Branch or Medium – or a combination of the two – will be the next Blogger or Twitter. It’s too early to say, but let us know your first impressions in the comments.last_img read more

Sehwag, PT Usha named in Khel Ratna, Arjuna Award committee

first_img(Eds: Correcting the name in second last paragraph) New Delhi, Jul 27 (PTI) Former India opener Virender Sehwag and celebrated athlete P T Usha have been named in a 12-member Committee which has been handed the job to pick this years Khel Ratna and Arjuna awardees. The Committee, to be headed by Justice (retd) C K Thakkar, will meet on August 3 to select this years awardees. The Committee has Mukund Killekar (boxing), Sunil Dabbas (Kabaddi), M R Mishra (Journalist), S Kannan (Journalist), Sanjeev Kumar (Journalist), Latha Madhvi (Para athlete), Anil Khanna (sports administrator), Injeti Srinivas (DG, SAI) and Rajvir Singh (joint Secretary, Sports Ministry) as the other members. PTI AT KHS KHSlast_img