AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re: “Mayor resurrects office to assist immigrants regardless of status” (May 24): As I understand it, this program (Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs) is being revived because it is “needed to inform immigrants about city laws and how City Hall works.” Please explain the law that, if these people are here illegally, they have already broken. And please, don’t encourage them by telling them that there is a chance that they, like other illegals, might get good-paying jobs with our Department of Water and Power. Instead, close this office being funded by federal (that’s us) money, and ask that it be spent on controlling our borders. Anita Work Sylmar Start with mayor Re: “Mayor resurrects office to assist immigrants regardless of status” (May 24): We vote in a mayor whose only goal, it seems, is to protect the illegal population with funding from the legal citizens. Our mayor is pressing to resurrect the Office of Immigrant Affairs to assist new illegal arrivals to L.A. If they are not here legally, the office should not be available to them. What is our mayor doing for the legal citizen? I’m tired of seeing him abuse his office to turn our city into a mess. He participates, aids and encourages illegals’ groups and gatherings. Why isn’t he working on citizens’ needs? I think it’s time to get rid of all these bad influences let’s start with our mayor. Myra Lazar Woodland Hills Exit exams are back Re: “Court reinstates exit exams” (May 25): At last, some sanity from the California Supreme Court to reinstate the exit exams. Some disappointed students, no doubt, who will not be eligible to graduate and receive a diploma, which they did not deserve in the first place. These exams can be taken again and they do not appear to be that difficult. We should not be giving a pass to students who do not make the grade for fear of hurting their self-esteem. This only undermines their competitiveness in the workplace and gives a feeling of entitlement that they cannot live up to. Pamela Franklin Granada Hills Employment verifying Re: “Senate OKs creation of vast employment verification system” (May 24): The Senate voted Tuesday to create a system which would require employers to send the government information on newly hired employees. The government would then notify the employer if the employee is not authorized to work in the U.S. and require that he be fired. Wonderful! A productively employed illegal alien becomes an unemployed illegal alien whose whereabouts will be unknown. Does he now go on welfare, become a beggar or a thief? Instead of notifying the employer about his illegal worker, why not notify the INS? The INS can then find him and do whatever is legally required. No, I don’t support deportation or making someone a felon for a phony crime. I just don’t like stupid laws. Ernst F. Ghermann Winnetka A Democratic thing Re: “Capturing the center” (Editorial endorsement, May 24): So the Daily News is anti-Angelides because the treasurer is “unapologetically” a Democrat. Funny, we Democrats consider that a plus. Damian Carroll Van Nuys Evil ruler into clown Re: “Trial turns evil ruler into clown” (Their Opinions, May 24): Richard Cohen wants to know why the crimes of Saddam Hussein did not figure into the thinking of those condemning the war in Iraq as morally wrong. His reference to Darfur answers his own question. America is not the world’s police force, using some trumped-up justification to invade a country of prejudiced choice. What gives us that right? It’s a big world out there with numerous murderous dictators practicing crimes based on discrimination, including genocide. It appears that Bush and his warlords thought they had a pushover in Iraq and a good source of oil. David Pine Northridge Rent control Re: “Communism, capitalism meet in L.A.” (Viewpoint, May 21): Walter Moore, real estate broker and attorney, writes: “Tying up the old (rent-controlled apartment) units guarantees the rents for all the new units will be much higher than otherwise … ” Really! So if rent controls are eliminated, it will result in the decline of currently astronomical rents on newer apartments to a more “reasonable” level? I rather think the opposite: Eliminate rent controls in the city and watch all rents skyrocket. To reduce inflated home prices, does Moore also favor the elimination of the 1978 rent-control equivalent for California homeowners, Proposition 13? Valerie Yaros Studio City Yard sales Re: “What a deal” (Valley News, May 24): I’d like to remind your staff writer and Barbara Morse and Mark Caplan, along with everyone else who does the same thing, that there is a responsibility not to violate the city’s municipal codes. These violations are a misdemeanor offense punishable by a fine of $1,000 per offense and/or six months in jail. Posting of signs on public utility poles, trees, etc., LAMC 28.04(a) and Obstructions of Sidewalks & Streets, LAMC 56.08 (a). It would have been a better story if Mark Kellam would have taken down the “Huge Yard Sale” sign and removed the nails or staples or tacks. Marilyn White-Sedel Studio City His word Re: “Duh! Vinci?” (Your Opinions, May 23): Despite expressed concern about “facts,” Dick Denne’s diatribe is short on them. He says that “every word found in written form was written down many centuries after the so-called fact.” In fact, though, we have parts of the Gospels from 125 A.D. and full copies from about 200 A.D. hardly “many centuries” later. Furthermore, those of us foolish enough to trust a text which has more than 300 fulfilled prophecies (with none missed) and ignorant enough to believe in God, know that such a God could see to it that reliable copies of his word are passed down through the ages. Gregg Frazer Castaic Reject the message Re: “Duh! Vinci?” (Your Opinions, May 23): Some research on “fact” is in order. The only disclaimer Dick Denne is entitled to is that there are no complete original Gospel manuscripts. When it comes to the writings from antiquity, that is common and not unique to Scripture. What is unique to the New Testament is that there are 24,000 manuscript copies in existence. The time gap from the original to the first copy is less than 100 years, not centuries, as you stated. Secular writing such as Homer’s “Iliad” has a 1,000-year gap from his writing and the first preserved copy. You don’t have to believe what Scripture says God gave you that free choice but you cannot state as fact that Gospels are fiction, only that you personally refuse to believe and reject the message, as I do the Gnostic writings. Lisa Hahn Newhall Above board How can it be that in other parts of the U.S. where there are very few illegal immigrants, ditches still get dug, houses reroofed, hotel rooms cleaned and lawns mowed? I checked with my relatives in the upper Midwest to see if it cost 40 bucks an hour to get these services done, and guess what the pay scale back there is about the same as it is here. At least it is for hiring American citizens and paying them “above the table.” Eric Olson Chatsworth Nuclear commitment The president is pushing for construction of nuclear power plants. The general reaction has been “not in my backyard.” I have a suggestion that would aid his approval rating and show that he’s not in fact all oil: build one at the Crawford Ranch. Hal Rothberg Calabasas
Pearse Doherty TD has welcomed the passage of Sinn Féin’s Consumer Insurance Contracts Bill through the Dáil.This legislation, which would reform insurance contracts, passed Report and Final Stages in the Dáil on Wednesday.“This is a good day for insurance policyholders, for consumers and businesses,” Deputy Doherty said yesterday. “Rip-off insurance costs are squeezing incomes and closing down businesses across the State. People are wondering how their premiums can go up every year even though they haven’t even made a claim.”He explained: “Our Consumer Insurance Contracts Bill, which passed Report and Final Stages of the Dáil today, will tilt the balance in favour of the consumer. By increasing transparency and strengthening the hand of the policyholder before, during and after the terms of their insurance contract.“This Bill will require companies to inform the customer of the past 3 years of premiums paid and claims received for all non-life insurance contracts. This would increase transparency and strengthen our hands when we look for a better deal each year.“Any company that cancels a policy would have to pay the customer the outstanding balance of the premium paid and make it easier for the customer to withdraw from a contract. “It would also require a company to inform customers of any claim made against their policy, allowing them to submit their own evidence and informing them of the cost of any claim against their policy that has been settled.“The legislation would also make it harder for an insurer to wriggle out of paying valid claims on grounds that have nothing to do with the accident or loss incurred by the policyholder.“In short, this would bring huge benefits to policyholders.”The legislation will now go the Seanad and Deputy Doherty expects it to become law before the end of the year.“Sinn Féin want to take on the insurance industry and ending the rip-off. By stamping out fraud, protecting consumers, banning dual pricing and bringing down premiums. The passage of this Bill today is a part of that work.” ‘A good day for insurance policy holders’ – Doherty welcomes passage of bill was last modified: November 14th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)
An Ndebele decorated hut in the village. An Ndebele warrior armed with spear and dressed in traditional gear.(Images: Motseng Cultural Village) MEDIA CONTACTS • Renette Smit Marketing Manager, Motseng Cultural Village +27 14 552 5080. RELATED ARTICLES • South Africa’s tourist highlights • Creativity brings economic growth • South Africa’s heritage is world classMusa MkalipiTo experience the cultures of the eight indigenous groups in South Africa, a visit to Motseng Cultural Village in North West province is a must-do. It is a true South African experience that preserves African culture through showcasing and paying tribute to the country’s indigenous cultural groups.Within the cultural village, different peoples share their customs through song, dance, poetry, praise singers and narrators. The Motseng village boma is a traditional gathering place where elders meet to discuss community interests and is also used for cultural evenings and conferences.A visit to the local sangoma, or diviner, offers private readings and discussions about the future and guests are also treated to traditional dancing and guided tours daily from 10:30 to 16:30.Local flavour, old and newThe local Motseng shebeen (bar) serves South African cuisine and umqombothi, a traditional beer made from maize, maize malt, sorghum, yeast and water. Patrons can enjoy the sounds of contemporary music, jazz, and kwaito – a uniquely South African genre featuring a mix of jazz, township sounds and international influences like house music. The lyrics are written in indigenous languages, taking their cue from African praise poetry. The vibey shebeen also hosts pantsula dancers and a disk jockey (DJ) on weekends.The latest addition to Motseng is the Dube Shack, which offers an authentic taste of 1960s township life. Visitors can treat themselves to a South African chisa nyama, the buy and braai practice which started in South African townships; enjoy a meal around an open fire, and play traditional board games.The Motseng curio shop sells African-designed arts and artefacts made by local crafters and guests who buy Jembe drums receive a drumming lesson to make the most of their purchase.The Motseng Cultural Village was officially opened in January 2004, for local and international tourist to experience and enjoy South Africa’s unique cultural diversity. The village has employed locals, improving lives in the area.The village is a living cultural destination housed within entertainment resort Sun City.Sun CitySun City offers visitors a number of attractions including the Butterfly Sanctuary, a land-bound beach – the Valley of Waves – and a Gary Player Golf course. Visitors can choose from four hotels or enjoy short stays attending events at the resort.The nearby malaria-free Pilanesberg Game Reserve is a two-hour drive from Johannesburg and offers spectacular mountain views, hot air balloon safaris and guided wildlife encounters.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest To say that we were busy the last two weeks would be an understatement. There was an unprecedented amount of replanting that occurred here in northwest Ohio this past week. It is not just in Ohio, it’s throughout the Midwest. It is widespread throughout Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, and Iowa.Everything planted in mid-May was crusted in and a very high percentage of it had to be replanted. On our farm we ended up replanting 20% of our corn and 60% of our soybeans. I’ve never experienced anything like that in my entire farming career. It was very prevalent throughout the whole northwest corner of Ohio. It didn’t matter what the soil type was, or how it was planted, the crusted ground did not allow for emergence in some fields. The seed germinated but it simply could not push through the crust that developed. In counties directly south, it was very common for people making their third attempt at planting. Conditions were such that it was pretty obvious that the crop was not going to emerge and we took immediate action to get the crop established. Soil crusting was the predominant issue in our area, yet very little disease was seen in the emerging plants.As far as insect pressure, there was a little bit of army worm damage in the counties south of us but we didn’t see any in our immediate area. We had many fields where it was a simple decision that the entire field had to be replanted. We addressed those fields first. We also spotted in some fields to add to the stand. I am a firm believer that you have to have a population in place to achieve a desirable yield. We don’t mess around when it comes to replanting. It is too early in the game to be less than satisfied with the emerged stand population. We finished replanting on June 8. It went in great and from what I scouted today, it all appears to have germinated and most of it has emerged as a result of the warm soil temperatures.Many people are sidedressing corn but we stopped because of the dry conditions. With showers in the forecast, we will be at it again next week.Frustration with the weather is one of the things we have to deal with quite often in agriculture. In the middle of May when we finished planting I was on top of the world thinking we had hit a home run. As it turned out we definitely hit a foul ball, but we will step back up to the plate, persevere and overcome.
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Back in August, Google acquired Instantiations, the maker of a suite of Java development tools for Google Web Toolkit (GWT). And in September, Google rebranded and relaunched those tools and made the Java Eclipse available for free as part of the GWT. That move has been well-received, and as a result Google announced today that it is open sourcing two of the projects through the Eclipse Foundation.Google is donating the source code and the IP for WindowBuilder, the leading Eclipse Java GUI Designer, and CodePro Profiler, an analytics tool that identifies code performance issues. Specifically, the donation includes the WindowBuilder Engine and designers for SWT and Swing – code and IP that Google says is valued at more than $5 million. The Eclipse Foundation calls this “this is clearly a significant new project announcement, and very good news for Java developers using Eclipse.” According to Ian Skerreitt, the foundation’s director of marketing, Java is its most popular IDE, with over 65% of those working with Eclipse being Java developers.Today’s announcement is good news for those Java developers, following what seems to be a long string of not-so-goodnews in terms of open source and Java. For its part, Google says that it hopes that today’s move will help grow the open source community around Eclipse. It will also provide the opportunity for other companies to offer enterprise support around the products, something that Google hasn’t focused on. Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting audrey watters Tags:#Google#NYT#web
Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities Tags:#Internet of Things#IoT#Jobs#Seattle#sensors#Smart Cities#smart city#Washington How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … David Curry How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Seattle, one of the finalists in the Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge, is on the hunt for a smart city coordinator to oversee the city’s strategy and start dialogues between the city and private partners.The coordinator will also be responsible for making sure smart city programs across multiple departments mesh, to reduce inefficiencies and avoid departments tripping over each other.See Also: San Diego gets its smart city on with GE Current hookup“We’re creating the smart cities coordinator role to help drive collaboration across these stakeholders and to make sure we have basic consistency in our smart cities deployment,” said Seattle Chief Technology Officer Michael Mattmiller to Government Technology.Understanding what to do with smart city programs is a necessity for the job, as Seattle already has some programs that may require upgrades. One of those is RainWatch, a network of sensors that monitor precipitation in the city. This could do with an upgrade in the near future to smaller, cheaper, and more efficient sensors, which should be installed in more places, according to Mattmiller.Trying to keep everyone on the same pageAs Seattle becomes more infatuated with smart city technologies, it will be the coordinator’s job to reign-in overzealous departments that work on too many programs. They will also need to ensure the various programs don’t break the budget, either by reducing the amount of programs or enlisting the help of private organizations.Standardising the platforms for smart city programs and making sure departments are following the best practices will also be a key role for the coordinator, according to Mattmiller.It is one of the first job titles specifically for smart cities, but don’t expect other metropolitan cities to be far behind. Internet of Things (IoT), traffic, and networking tech is entering into the public domain and a lot of cities want to be ahead of the curve, as seen by the massive response to the DoT’s smart city challenge last year. Related Posts For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…
Smith blasts ‘terrible’ PBA referees Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel import Charles Rhodes said it was a total team effort that lifted them from a dirge of a first half en route to a 111-102 over TNT in Game 5 of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Beermen were dreadful to watch in the second period, absorbing each and every single one of the KaTropa’s eight three-pointers and ending the first half trailing by 61-46ADVERTISEMENT What ‘missteps’? LATEST STORIES LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games The Beermen doubled the KaTropa’s production of 18 third quarter points, putting up 36 in the penultimate period, including a 19-4 run.Instrumental in the quarter turnaround was 2013 MVP Arwind Santos, who had 14 of his 27 points in the third period.“Arwind always told me that when the Finals came he played his best, and he was the MVP out there tonight,” said Rhodes who finished with 20 points and 14 rebounds.San Miguel now lead the series 3-2.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Not only was the difference in the halftime scores glaring, TNT’s production of 35 points in the second quarter alone seemed gargantuan to San Miguel’s 17.Rhodes said everything changed come the third quarter and he credited his team’s collective sense of urgency for turning it around in the second half.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“We were down 15 at the half, and that’s all we talked about,” said Rhodes. “We know what time of team we have and we knew we did some mistakes and we just had to adjust to it. We knew what we were doing wrong.”San Miguel was able to counteract TNT’s offensive punch with a spirited effort of its own. China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games
Drama is in very short supply so far in these playoffs. Close games? Few and far between (more on this later). Ratings? They’re down double-digit percentages from last year, a massive hit that suggests casual fans aren’t watching if LeBron James — out of the playoffs for the first time since 2005 — isn’t playing. Tickets? There were seats on the secondary market available for Monday’s Milwaukee-Detroit game for as little as $18.That’s $18, by the way, to see a Bucks team that was the best team in the NBA during the regular season. The Bucks have the likely MVP in Giannis Antetokounmpo. Pistons fans had to have known it would be their team’s last home game of the season. And it was, with Milwaukee winning in a rout to finish off a four-game sweep.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsA predictable one, at that.The divide between the haves and the have-nots in the NBA looks like a canyon right now. Unless San Antonio takes two of the next three against Denver, or someone rallies from 3-1 or 3-0 down, the eight higher-seeded teams will all win in the first round for the first time since 2008. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles On the one hand, that means the second-round matchups could be really good. Boston-Milwaukee. Golden State-Houston. Philadelphia-Toronto. None of them are set yet, but they would all be fascinating if they happen.“You take control of a series by winning games on the road,” Golden State star Stephen Curry said. “We’ve been able to do that.”This past weekend, all the higher-seeded teams took control by winning away from home. Road teams went 4-0 on Saturday. Road teams went 4-0 again on Sunday. That’s never happened in NBA history. And with lower seeds not cashing in on home-court advantage, this first round might wind down real fast.Boston swept away Indiana. Milwaukee swept Detroit. Houston could sweep Utah on Monday night. Philadelphia, Golden State, Toronto and Portland all have a chance to win in five games. Entering Monday, only one series — Denver vs. San Antonio — was assured of going six games. There might not be a single Game 7 in the first round. The last time that happened was 2011.Fans might want the drama that comes with close games, long series, back-and-forth tussles. Players, of course, don’t mind going without. There have been moments, of course. Portland-Oklahoma City has given us flashes of Damian Lillard vs. Russell Westbrook. And Brooklyn-Philadelphia had some on-court shenanigans, plus Nets general manager Sean Marks somehow getting into the referee locker room to complain and a Nets owner tweeting to the league’s chagrin.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) defends against Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) as he drives up court in the first half during an NBA basketball game Saturday, April 20, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)ORLANDO, Florida — If there was a silver lining for Indiana fans after the Pacers were the first team to be bounced from the 2019 NBA playoffs, it’s this: They won’t have to watch any more first-round games.For that, they should be thankful.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Hot tempers, yes. Great games, not so much.“Not worried about it or paying attention to anybody else right now,” said Toronto guard Danny Green, whose team is up 3-1 over Orlando. “We’re focused on us and Orlando. We don’t skip steps here. We can’t think about the next series. We haven’t won this series yet. Can’t even think about the next series. Orlando’s our focus. They deserve all our focus. They’re a pretty damn good team. And we’re not looking ahead because we haven’t beat them yet. The job’s not finished.”Out of the first 31 games in these playoffs, road teams have gone 17-14. That’s absurd.And just two of the 31 games have been decided by three points or less. The average margin of victory so far in these playoffs: 14 points per game.So there’s been lopsided games, and for the most part, lopsided matchups. By Wednesday, most of the second round might be set. By Thursday, the first round might be completely done. There’s a chance this could be the fastest first round since the NBA made the opening matchups all best-of-sevens in 2003.The earliest the second round can start is Saturday.Here’s hoping the intrigue ramps up around then as well.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte SYKES Philippines dominates Manila and Cebu Inter-BPO Basketball Leagues DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess