VALLEY GLEN – Reacting to recent gang violence, about 250 people packed into Grant High School’s auditorium Wednesday to discuss ways of preventing and fighting crime in their neighborhood. Organized by Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, the town-hall meeting included speakers that included Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Michel Moore and Los Angeles Unified School District Assistant Superintendent Jim Morris, who advised residents to keep an eye out for graffiti, often an early warning sign for gang violence. “They (gangs) start to go to war with each other, at first with paint cans, then with guns,” Moore told residents. “Graffiti vandalism is not an art. It’s a gate to a life of destruction.” Vowing to fight back, Greuel said recent escalating gang violence threatens the Valley’s quality of life. “These gangs intend to make us feel unwelcomed and unwanted in our own neighborhoods. They prey on our fears,” she said. (818) 713-3329160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Defined by the neighborhood council, Valley Glen is roughly bordered east to west by Hazeltine Avenue and the 170 Freeway and north and south by Vanowen Street and Burbank Boulevard. Greuel emphasized the importance of police Chief William Bratton’s “broken window” approach to fighting crime. “It’s predicated on the belief that stopping larger crimes means focusing on smaller crimes, such as graffiti, illegal dumping, truancy, you name it,” she said. “Those are some things that can truly change a neighborhood.” Greuel said she’s organizing a “graffiti weekend,” during which community members can paint over graffiti. She also wants people to call the city’s 311 city service line to report graffiti. She said graffiti proliferation, in which taggers and gang members often write cryptic messages to each other, can lead to deadly consequences. “In North Hollywood in February, two taggers kept crossing out (each others monikers),” Greuel said. “That led to one of the taggers getting killed. They’re interrelated, graffiti and gangs.” Before the meeting, several dozen Valley Glen residents marched and circulated a petition advocating gang injunctions, allowing property owners to evict known gang members, an increase in Gang Unit patrols by the LAPD and support for hiring additional officers. “It doesn’t mean we want gang violence in other neighborhoods – we don’t,” said Terry Anderson, Greater Valley Glen Neighborhood Council vice president. “But at the very least, let’s hold the fort and protect the areas where the gangs haven’t taken over … These incursions into Valley Glen are new.” email@example.com
Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati on Thursday lashed out at Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for abandoning the grand-alliance and forming a government with the BJP, terming it a “betrayal of the people of Bihar.”Ms. Mayawati said the people of Bihar had voted against the “Modi wave” and handed a full-majority to the “secular” parties. That mandate should have been honoured for its full term of five years, she said here in an official statement.The four-time former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister said the political developments in Bihar were “not good signs” for democracy in the country.She alleged that the regular “misuse of the state machinery for power” by the “power hungry top leadership of BJP” had become a threat to democracy.“The turn of events in Manipur and Goa, and now Bihar, are evidence that under the Modi government the future of democracy is under threat,” Ms. Mayawati said.She hit out at the BJP for “running an open campaign to prove its opponents corrupt” in order to divert people’s attention from its failures, mistakes and corruption.This is “not just highly condemnable but also a threat to democracy,” Ms. Mayawati said, appealing citizens across the country to step forward and save democracy from becoming weak.Though there has been no official response to the quick political developments in Bihar from the Samajwadi Party, its president Akhilesh Yadav took to Twitter on Thursday to provide a hint of what he thought.Mr. Yadav tweeted two lines from a famous Hindi song from 1965 Bollywood film ‘Jab Jab Phool Khile.’ The film stars Shashi Kapoor and Nanda.The former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister tweeted in Hindi font: “Na na karke pyar tumhi se kar baithe. Karna tha inkar magar ikrar tumhi se kar baithe. Bihar Today.”In the song, the two actors talk about eventually falling in love despite their initial denials and assertions that they would not fall for each other.While UP CM Yogi Adityanath congratulated Mr. Kumar and Sushil Modi (deputy CM Bihar), UP Health Minister Sidharthnath Singh said the “homecoming” of the JDU chief would usher in “ache din” for Bihar.
There will be some new voices being heard through your TV speakers during the Final Four and NCAA Tournament national championship game this season. CBS announced Tuesday morning that longtime Final Four broadcaster Jim Nantz will announce the two semifinal games and national title bout with Bill Raftery and Grant Hill. Nantz, Greg Anthony and Steve Kerr announced the 2014 Final Four, while Nantz, Kerr and Clark Kellog had announced the previous three. Nantz has called every Final Four since 1991. CBS Sports and Turner Sports name Bill Raftery + Grant Hill game analysts for 2015 NCAA #FinalFour + National Champ, http://t.co/iQT6iITpOR— CBS Sports PR (@CBSSportsGang) February 3, 2015Raftery and Hill will join team of Jim Nantz and reporter @tracywolfson to call games together throughout 2015 NCAA Tournament— CBS Sports PR (@CBSSportsGang) February 3, 2015This season’s Final Four will take place at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on April 4, with the national championship game occurring on April 6. We’ll be filling out brackets in no time.
zoomImage Courtesy: Fincantieri Carnival Cruise Line’s newest ship, Carnival Panorama, completed its sea trials in the Adriatic Sea earlier this week in anticipation of its inaugural cruise in December 2019.Currently in the final stages of construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy, Carnival Panorama had a full contingent of officers, technicians and engineers on board who thoroughly tested the ship’s technical, mechanical and navigation systems.With the scheduled debut in Long Beach on December 11, the vessel will become the line’s first new ship on the West Coast in 20 years.“Carnival Panorama is a wonderful addition to the fleet and she passed all of its maneuvers and tests with flying colors,” said Carnival Panorama Captain Carlo Queirolo.Following an inaugural three-day voyage to Ensenada, Carnival Panorama will launch year-round seven-day Mexican Riviera cruises from Long Beach on December 14.
“I’m just really excited to be a part of the District team and the Lone Wolf Team. I had a chance to meet everyone over here at the Office and at the Golf Course. I’m excited to be a part of that brand and team.”Mayor Rob Fraser says he is looking forward to seeing Galay and the new team work together.“Thank you very much for taking the position and we’re looking forward to you and the team, there’s a new team there at the Golf Course, so we’re interested in how you are going to gel them together and we’re interested in your new ideas. Welcome, and thank you.”Prior to this position, Galay was General Manager and Lead Pro at Lakepoint Golf and Country Club in Charlie Lake. TAYLOR, B.C. – At a recent District of Taylor Council Meeting, Council introduced the new General Manager for the Lone Wolf Golf Club.Ryan Galay was hired by the District as the new General Manager for the Golf Course, replacing Dave Callum.Galay says he is very excited to join the Lone Wolf Team as a General Manager.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Stage North is looking for show submissions for their next season to be submitted before their Board Meeting on May 7th, 2019.The Theatre Society shares the call is open to the public to submit and if your play is accepted you would be asked to register as a member of Stage North. Available show slots include October, December, February, and April.To submit a show for consideration, the Board will need the following; A show title and authorThe synopsis of the showA DirectorA ProducerA Stage ManagerA budgetShow submissions need to be received Tuesday, May 7th at the Society’s Board Meeting at 6:30 PM, held at the Stage North rehearsal space. Located at 11520 East Bypass Rd.If you are unable to attend the Board Meeting or have further questions email; firstname.lastname@example.org
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Recently the FSJ Tourism Board made a presentation to City Council regarding their role working with the City as well as their desire to change a bylaw to allow them to become a society.In 2010, Tourism Fort St. John board was developed with a bylaw that has prevented and limits potential growth opportunities for the tourism organization to operate efficiently in Fort St John.The Board made a request to Council to rescind the bylaw and allow the board to incorporate as registered Society in BC rather than a Board of Council as well as retaining ownership of the branding and name ‘Tourism Fort St. John’. The Tourism Board also requested a financial commitment in the amount of $52,000.00 annually for a three year period (2020 – 2022). The annual funding would continue to provide Fort St. John with tourism services and capacity development through the creation of a business plan, a Tap Know & Go development study, professional development, stakeholder engagement, marketing, administration costs and would take over the NE BCTourism Marketing Cooperative, currently undertaken by the Visitor Centre.Council approved the motion and a repeal bylaw will be drafted for Tourism Fort St.John Bylaw No. 2049, 2010 and a fee for service agreement developed.
MATHURA: Actor and BJP lawmaker Hema Malini on Sunday campaigned in her parliamentary constituency, Mathura, in Uttar Pradesh with her husband and actor, Dharmendra, by her side. The popular Bollywood couple addressed a crowd for the Jat community where a massive crowd turned up. Addressing the rally, Dharmendra recalled how his humble beginnings helped him become a successful actor. “I am the son of a farmer and I have worked very hard in the fields when I was young,” he said. Dharmendra had a brief political stint about ten years ago when he contested the 2004 national elections from Rajasthan’s Bikaner on BJP ticket and won. Raising the poll pitch in the constituency, where the BJP has won four out of six Lok Sabha elections since 1991, Dharmendra told the crowd: “Gao walon, (Hema ji ke liye) vote karna. Nahi to kisi aas paas ki tanki pe chad jaunga aur wahan bahut mausi ko pukarunga. Bahut mausiyan aa jayengi. (Dear villagers, please vote for Hema Malini ji. Else, I will climb on one of the tanks and give a shout out to Mausi ji. I am sure a lot of them will come).” He reminded the crowd of the iconic scene from the movie, “Sholay”, where Hema Malini starred together with her husband and played the role of “Basanti”, a village girl. Hema Malini said she was excited to have her husband by her side. “With just two days remaining for the poll campaign to end in Mathura, people are excited to see me and him together. People have seen both of us together in so many movies. We are seeking votes for Mathura’s development,” she told reporters. Before the rally, she tweeted a picture of two of them together and said it was a “special day”. “Today is also a special day for me! Dharam ji is here in Mathura to campaign for a whole day on my behalf. The public is waiting eagerly to get a glimpse of him & listen to what he has to say! A photo taken in my house in Mathura just now before we leave for campaigning…(sic),” she wrote.
The 19-year-old has donated a minibus to his former Escola de Futebol O Fintas in Braga, where he was developed as a footballer.Full-back Diogo Dalot moved from Porto in the Portuguese First Division to Manchester United in the English Premier League in the summer of 2018.He had barely spent one season as a professional with his club, debuting in 2017.But the 19-year-old doesn’t forget where he comes from, and he just donated a minibus to his Escola de Futebol O Fintas in Braga.“I wanted to give them something because they didn’t get anything for my transfer to here and I’m aware of their difficulties,” Dalot told the Manchester United official website.“I needed to help – it’s my job. I didn’t do it for the press. I did it because I wanted to and they’ve helped me get here.”“I think we [as footballers] can all help in some way. I don’t think it’s just all about the money, but I tried to help in this way and I think it was good for them,” he added.“I remember the days when my dad had to drive my friends and I [to matches] because they didn’t have a van for the players.””I will try and help more if I can. I gave them a shirt too and they thought it was just the shirt, so they were very surprised [about the minibus],” he continued.“I Facetimed them when I was traveling to a United game, so it was a good moment to see.”Lukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.The Red Devils will pay Crystal Palace a visit tonight, as part of the Premier League Matchday 28.“I think when we play them at [their] home it’s always a tough game,” he said.“Of course we have a few injuries so we need to stick together as always, but this time more than ever. I think we’re going to be ready for it.”“In the last game, Crystal Palace did well, but we just need to keep focusing on ourselves first and, of course, be ready for the dangers,” Dalot recalled.“I think we’ve had some very good games. The away games have been incredible. I think we are keeping the team solid and playing good football and the away games, for me, have been a good experience to be a part of.”Next up for #MUFC:🆚 Crystal Palace📆 Wednesday 27 February⏰ 20:00 GMT🏟 Selhurst Park🏆 #PL pic.twitter.com/qr00vzO854— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 25, 2019
Bolton Wanderers manager Phil Parkinson has been talking about his team’s 2-0 loss to Aston Villa in the Sky Bet Championship on Friday.On his assessment of the game, Parkinson told the club’s official website, saying:“I thought we had more than enough chances to get something from the game.”“I think everybody who has watched it can see that. When we have periods of pressure, like we have done of late, we have to take those opportunities.”“We’ve come to Villa Park, which is a difficult place to come to, I thought we created more than enough to get something from the game. It was so close, the width of the post or someone sliding in half a yard quicker to get a goal.”“The keeper made a great save from Nooney in the second half. Obviously, we are disappointed with conceding that early goal and we know we’ve done that a lot recently.”Keith Hill is set to protect Bolton’s young players Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 After the team’s takeover last week, the club has only relied on youth players, and manager Keith Hill wants to protect them and give them chances for the future.“Was it a lack of concentration or a good piece of play from Abraham, to put Grealish in, who we know is a top-class player.”“I still feel we could have been more switched on in that situation.”“The second goal, how the referee can give a free kick for Joe Williams’ tackle, I honestly don’t know.”“However, I do feel we need to defend it better. We know they are good at set plays and have a very good delivery. We need to back stick better than we did.”“It was a performance that typified us recently, where we have had so much good play in the game and we need to capitalise on those big moments.”