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LIVE BLOG: Laois company hoping for Inter-firms hurling title

first_img TAGSFirst Ireland SpiritsGAA InterfirmsInter-firms hurlingLive Blog Community LIVE BLOG: Laois company hoping for Inter-firms hurling title Home Sport GAA LIVE BLOG: Laois company hoping for Inter-firms hurling title SportGAAHurling By Siun Lennon – 12th January 2019 Twitter New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening WhatsApp Clubs represented on the team include Rathdowney-Errill, Clough-Ballacolla, Shanahoe, The Harps, Abbeyleix, Borris-Kilcotton and Ballypickas.Alan Kelly (St Martin’s Muckalee Kilkenny) and Tom Ryan (Drom & Inch Tipperary) are the only two players coming from outside of Laois in the 65 person company.The Laois side reached the decider following great wins over Portlaoise Prison and Romaquip of Offaly.They face a tough task in the final as manager Kehoe revealed when speaking to LaoisToday:“I think they have one Offaly senior hurler and two or three from Westmeath so they will be strong.“But we are hoping to get a good crowd in Ratheniska on Saturday as the support we got in the semi final win in Abbeyleix certainly helped.”You can follow all of the live action here.Best of luck to all the lads! Council Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR It’s all systems go in Park-Ratheniska this afternoon as First  Ireland Spirits from Abbeyleix hope to claim Inter-firms hurling glory.Going up against the Laois side in this junior hurling final is Mergon International of Westmeath.There is a strong Laois element in the team. Indeed all bar two of the panel are from Laois, while Spink’s Denis Kehoe and Clough-Ballacolla’s John Fitzpatrick are managers. Pinterest Community SEE ALSO – Preview of the Panthers teams competing in this weekends Hula Hoops National Cup WhatsApp Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Pinterest Previous articlePowerful Panthers U20 women push through to National Cup finalNext articleSecond quarter costs Panthers U-20s as National Cup dream ends Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. Facebook Facebook Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic yearlast_img read more

North Korean Population and Life Expectancy Rising

first_img News Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak SHARE Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News AvatarPark Seong Guk Newscenter_img North Korea’s total population as of this month was 24,720,000, according to the CIA, which publishes regular country studies. The figure ranks the North Korean population 49th out of a global total of 239 states. In December last year, the “2012 Chosun Central Yearbook” cited a population of 24,052,000, a figure that it said was correct as of 2008. 43.8% of the current total population falls into the 25-54 age group, the CIA report notes. The 0-14 age group contains 21.7% of the total, while the 15-24 demographic incorporates 16%. According to the CIA, the North Korean population has risen 0.53% over the last year. This population growth rate ranks North Korea at 148th overall, and its relatively low birth rate puts it at 137th.The life expectancy of a North Korean citizen grew 0.3 years to 69.5 years over the last year, up from last year’s 69.2 years, indicating a trend of steady upward growth. The life expectancy for North Korean males is now 65.6 years, and females 73.5 years. Compared with 2010, the life expectancy of a male has risen by four years, and six for a female. In comparison, a South Korean male born in 2011 could be expected to live for 77 years, and a female 84 years. North Korean Population and Life Expectancy Rising There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China News By Park Seong Guk – 2013.07.15 3:43pm last_img read more

UK and Montenegro underline shared commitment to NATO on Carrier Strike Group visit

first_imgUK and Montenegro underline shared commitment to NATO on Carrier Strike Group visit Minister of State for Defence Baroness Annabel Goldie has reaffirmed the UK’s commitment to Western Balkans security on a visit to Montenegro.Coinciding with the visit of HMS Richmond, sailing from the UK Carrier Strike Group, Lady Goldie held high-level meetings to discuss regional security, the role of NATO in upholding that security and maintaining stability, as well as the UK-Montenegro defence relationship.Minister of State for Defence, Baroness Goldie said:The Carrier Strike Group’s visit to the Port of Bar marks the fourth anniversary of Montenegro’s accession to NATO and symbolises our close relationship as members of the most successful military alliance in history.The UK was the first nation to endorse Montenegro’s NATO membership in 2017 and we remain committed to supporting Montenegro and the Western Balkans region on its Euro Atlantic journey.On a two-day visit, the Baroness met with Montenegrin President Milo Djukanovic Prime Minister Zdravko Krivokapic and Defence Minister Olivera Injac. She discussed regional security issues, the UK’s commitment to supporting its partners and the positive role NATO plays in underpinning the region’s stability. Montenegro is an important partner to the UK and a fellow NATO Ally. Our Armed Forces both contribute to the NATO KFOR peacekeeping mission in Kosovo, which has helped to protect peace for over 20 years.On her visit to the Port of Bar, HMS Richmond hosted a number of diplomatic engagements including the donation of Search and rescue equipment to the Montenegrin Armed Forces and signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two Governments to collaborate on tacking organised crime on her flight deck. The ship also hosted Baroness Goldie’s meeting with Prime Minister Krivokapic, a STEM education event with local school children, and a Women in Peace and Security Network event before providing a reception and capability demonstration in honour of Her Majesty The Queen’s birthday.Commanding Officer HMS Richmond, Commander Hugh Botterill RN MBE, said:Montenegro is a welcoming and beautiful country. HMS Richmond has been proud to play its part in supporting this key strategic alliance. I thank all involved in making our visit to Bar a success. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:anniversary, Defence, demonstration, diplomatic, education, Government, Kosovo, Montenegro, NATO, President, Prime Minister, Queen, Richmond, stem, UK, UK Government, womenlast_img read more

Øeno Vaults – FLUX™ An Innovative Flow Control Service for Your…

first_imgPinterest Share AdvertisementØeno (ee-no) Vaults is a state-of-the-art, eco-friendly wine storage facility located in the heart of Sonoma County. FLUX™, which by definition means “a continuous flow”, is a new service being offered by Øeno Vaults and offers pickup, cellaring, shipping, and wine club management solutions for all wine buyers.The ingenuity of the new FLUX™ program serves wineries and consumers alike. For the consumer, it adds up to increased convenience and an innovative way to interact with their wine collection, and for a winery, the service and flexibility offered to its customers has the potential to increase both sales and retention.“Our focus is on service and adding value for both wineries and their customers,” says Casey Costello, Managing-Partner at Øeno Vaults.  “We’ve worked with both wineries and their customers and have identified pain points and molded our FLUX™ service to solve them.  We’re new on the block so North Coast Wine Industry Expo is going to be a great opportunity for us to reach a wide audience and show wineries what we’re all about.”For a limited time, Øeno Vaults is offering an introductory, “no strings attached” trial period of their FLUX™ service that wineries can pass on to their customers. With a FLUX™ membership, Øeno Vaults will pick up wine at local wineries, catalogue it, and store it. The customer can then ship on-demand when and where they want it.  Øeno Vaults currently facilitates shipments for their customers to 47 states and many international countries direct.When the wine arrives at Øeno Vaults, the bottles are inspected, photographed, and catalogued. Once its checked-in and in the system, the member can then manage their wine through FLUX™ Mobile, which is a new and advanced mobile app developed by Øeno Vaults.Stop by and visit Øeno Vaults at the North Coast Wine Industry Expo to learn more about their services and how FLUX™ can help your business.  You may also contact Casey Costello directly to learn more or get an invitation to come see us at the trade show.Casey Costello ([email protected])www.oenovaults.comAdvertisement Linkedin Home Industry News Releases Øeno Vaults – FLUX™ An Innovative Flow Control Service for Your CustomersIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessØeno Vaults – FLUX™ An Innovative Flow Control Service for Your CustomersBy Press Release – November 7, 2014 60 0 ReddIt Facebook TAGSfeaturedNorth Coast Wine Industry ExpoOeno Vaults Twitter Email Previous articleAfternoon Brief, November 6Next articleThe Infinite Monkey Theorem to Bring Urban Winery Culture to Austin, Texas Press Releaselast_img read more

Parking study validates field construction at the Civic Center

first_imgHomeNewsParking study validates field construction at the Civic Center Jun. 28, 2018 at 5:01 amNewsParking study validates field construction at the Civic CenterMatthew Hall3 years agodaily pressNewsSanta Monicasanta monica daily press Parking, or a lack thereof, should not impede construction of a field at the Civic Center site according to a new study.Plans to build a field in the Civic parking lot require approval from the Coastal Commission and the City Hall said the study had been required by the Commission as a condition for hearing the application. Walker consultants released their report this week concluding there are ample options for parking and/or alternate transit in the immediate area.“Walker’s analysis of the transportation options serving the Civic Center and broader Study Area, including the current and future supply of parking, demonstrates sufficient parking and transportation resources within a reasonable walking distance of the Civic Center to provide adequate access to the site and the broader area for employees, visitors, including coastal visitors, and other members of the public,” said the report. “Our analysis also shows a path for meeting the access needs of the Civic Auditorium in the future, and includes suggestions to facilitate all mobility options to maximize accessibility to the Auditorium.”According to the report, there are currently 740 spaces available at the site as construction of the Early Childhood Lab School has already removed 230 spaces from the lot. The field will require removal of 644 spaces. With other construction concerns and restriping of the available land, the Civic Center surface lot will be expected to have 75 – 85 spaces once construction of the field is complete.The report says transportation options will continue to increase but said for the purposes of the analysis, no reduction in parking demand was assumed by increased use of alternate transit in the area. However the report also recommends establishing a “mobility hub” that would allow companies like Lyft or Uber to use the space while creating space for future innovations.“The recent growth trends in ride-hailing services (e.g., Uber, Lyft) and new mobility services (e.g., Breeze Bike Share, Waive Car, ZipCar), and automated vehicles in the not too distant future, open the possibility to rethink how visitors will access the Civic Center area,” said the report. “This presents an opportunity to lay the groundwork for a different mobility strategy that promotes smarter and integrated transportation choices for the public.”To offset the reduced number of spaces, the report said some of the monthly parking permits issued for the Civic lot should be transferred to one of the five public lots that are within walking distance from the Civic. The report said employees that park in the area on a daily basis are going to be more familiar with the City and therefore better able to navigate the short walk to their destination. About 288 monthly parkers could be moved to other locations on a weekday. Short-term visitors could still use the Civic lot for their temporary business. Weekend parking is not likely to require alterations as the number of users is far less.Staff said the report will be sent to the Coastal Commission as part of the application for the field and the timeline for the project remains on track with submittal to the commission by August 15 of this year.Tags :daily pressNewsSanta Monicasanta monica daily pressshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentDesperation ‘you can smell’ as pot shops sell untested weedRestorative Justice: The End of Punishment in Our Schools?You Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall10 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press20 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press20 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson20 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter20 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor20 hours agolast_img read more

Vanlord parks homeless crisis in residential neighborhoods

first_img @ JosieB really its comical to see you complaining about homeless people not paying taxes for water, sewer and police. Potential new home buyers should feel the same way about prop 13. Why should someone pay $20K a year in property taxes while there neighbor pays $5K. Have some compassion. After reading the above comments I sense the same coincidental theme, an obvious ignorance of the greater problem of finding gainful employment while being homeless. I’m not sure how the women is supposed to get up? Nor am I sure how she is supposed to do it on minimum wage jobs in an era when rents are at historic highs while multi million dollar price tags are attached to what were once funky affordable housing in Venice?Real estate agents put a premium on listings sellers are happy with who seek to realize heady profits. Able buyers stand in line to price out competition. It’s a viscous cycle that defines the difference between affordable housing and all the housing the affluent can afford.None of this is new, its how rent control got a foothold in Santa Monica to begin with and despite the fact of rent control one need only look at what has come of real estate prices where once $180k housing now fetches $3m?It is not sustainable. October 14, 2019 at 10:36 AM First, I’ve known Teresa Spencer for years, and she has never gone a day without working or looking for work. She hates being in a situation that bothers anyone. I assure you she does everything humanly possible not to infringe on anyone. She doesn’t have a drug or drinking problem. She doesn’t panhandle.She’s a veteran who served our country until an injury that nearly saw her get her leg amputated. And she’s had the worst run of bad luck you can imagine. A terrible divorce where she was cheated out of house and home. She rebuilt her life and lived with a boyfriend. When he died, she wasn’t on the lease and lost her home again. When her sick mother took a turn for the worse, she took care of her until she died, leaving Teresa with bills and unexpected responsibilities. She told her story so that people might understand that we are all three feet away from the street. And that not all homeless people are crazy rangers shitting in yards and bringing down home values. If you see Teresa on the street, you won’t know she’s homeless. She’s bathed, well-groomed, and she has a job. It pays for storage so she doesn’t have to carry her belongings everywhere. It pays for a phone so she can stay in touch with work clients. It isn’t enough for an apartment. The writer of this article missed the point and threw Teresa under the van, as it were. Obviously, the van option isn’t available to her after that. She made one comment about watching people from the van and ignorant people accuse her of lying around all day. Incompetent reporting and people who assume the worst are now part of what makes her life hard. To the gutless “anonymous” above, you clearly lack even a tenth of Teresa’s character. You’d do well to listen to her as, in my experience, people like you doth protest to much. You’re probably a paycheck from dumpster diving. The people here who think they are better than others are a bigger problem than poverty or homelessness. When you want to hurt a disabled veteran instead of try to help her, YOU are the person who doesn’t deserve the freedoms veterans provided this country. America isn’t great anymore. And you selfish assholes are the reason. Teresa Spencer says: HomeFeaturedVanlord parks homeless crisis in residential neighborhoods Jul. 09, 2019 at 5:40 amFeaturedHomelessnessNewsVanlord parks homeless crisis in residential neighborhoodsMadeleine Pauker2 years ago“Van life is not a crime”Gary GallerieGary PainterhomelessLos Angeles Homeless Services AuthorityTeresa SpencerUSC’s Homeless Policy Research InstitutevanlordRenting space in a van has become the best housing solution for some people living on the streets. With two days left at a Venice hostel and nowhere else to stay, Teresa Spencer was preparing to sleep on the beach.Then, a friend told her about the “vanlord.” Within a week, Spencer, who has been homeless on the Westside since 2011, was renting a van parked in a residential neighborhood in Venice for $300 a month.The vanlord’s name is Gary Gallerie. He lives in a van in Venice and rents out another 14, most of which don’t run. Bearing bumper stickers that proclaim “Van life is not a crime,” they sit in front of the neighborhood’s multimillion dollar homes for weeks at a time. Spencer, now a social media manager, started living in her car eight years ago after her roommate died and she was laid off from her job. After she lost her car, she started crashing on friends’ couches and sleeping on the beach. She briefly stayed in a homeless shelter, but said she couldn’t go back because she had to live in close quarters to people with severe, untreated mental illness. They would defecate, urinate and hoard trash in the cubicles they shared and threaten to attack her if she looked at them the wrong way, she said.After a stay on a family member’s couch earlier this year, Spencer checked into a hostel in Venice that allows guests to book a bed for up to 14 days. She began renting the van in May, just before her stay was up. It’s the first time in years that she’s been able to live in relative privacy and safety, she said. “It’s peaceful,” she said. “I don’t have to worry about someone attacking me or taking my stuff.”Almost a third of the roughly 60,000 people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles County live in their vehicles, according to the 2019 Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority point-in-time count. In Venice, that population increased by 65% last year to 447 people.Local homelessness experts said a vehicle rental business like Gallerie’s is unprecedented, but not surprising in a region where a renter has to make triple the minimum wage to afford the median monthly rent of about $2,500. Basic shelter for $300 a month is bound to appeal to people trying to get off the street, said Gary Painter, director of USC’s Homeless Policy Research Institute.“People recognize that it’s better to live with some kind of shelter than it is to be completely unsheltered,” Painter said. “It’s not shocking that people are thinking about these makeshift solutions.”Emily Uyeda Kantrim, director of Safe Parking LA, a nonprofit that turns parking lots into overnight parking for people living in their vehicles, said it’s not uncommon for people to rent vehicles that don’t run. She has never heard of someone renting out more than a dozen such vehicles, however.“When someone is renting a vehicle that’s not operable, often that’s someone trying to move forward,” she said. “Having somewhere you can store your stuff and sleep inside is preferable to sleeping on the sidewalk, where there’s a risk of having your belongings stolen or confiscated by the police.”Spencer’s van is parked on a quiet street between the Venice Beach Boardwalk and Abbot Kinney, lined with well-kept bungalows and sleek, modern homes. Spencer tries not to attract attention to herself, keeping the van’s door closed and leaving only when nobody is walking by. She likes to lie inside the van during the day, watching passers by from behind its tinted windows. Van tenants have the keys to the back doors of the vehicles but do not have keys to the ignition and are unable to drive the vans. Gallerie moves the vans that run when necessary and pays to tow the non-operational vehicles to new locations.Spencer’s vehicle is parked near several other vans Gallerie owns, including the one he lives in, and the neighbors and police have noticed.“I got a note saying that the neighborhood had had enough,” Spencer said. Mark Ryavec, president of the Venice Stakeholders Association, said Gallerie’s vans, as well as other vans and RVs parked in the neighborhood, take away parking from residents, many of whom don’t have off-street parking. People living in the vehicles often empty sewage and trash into the gutter, he added.“It puts a real burden on the community and erodes the quality of life here,” he said.Ryavec fought to restrict overnight RV parking throughout the 2000s, resulting in a 2009 vote by the Venice Neighborhood Council that made it illegal to live in a vehicle in many parts of Venice. Spencer’s van is parked on a street where it’s only legal to live in a vehicle during the day. The police have to see signs of someone living in the vehicle to enforce the restriction, however.Spencer said she understands why residents don’t want the vehicles in the neighborhood, especially because they are parked so close together.“I don’t think (Gallerie) is going to get away with this much longer,” she said. “It can’t be so concentrated. You have to have consideration for the neighborhood.”Ultimately, though, Spencer doesn’t want to go back to a homeless shelter or live on the street. Having a private place to sleep and store her belongings has helped her focus on the long term, she said. She sees her caseworkers regularly and is applying for permanent housing.“Bottom line, being homeless requires people to do sketchy things to get shelter and sleep,” she said. “Without those, it’s hard to keep it together.”Ryavec said he would like to see the vans and RVs in his neighborhood relocated to a safe parking program. But Uyeda Kantrim said because people enrolled in Safe Parking LA must leave the parking lots early in the morning, it’s impossible for the program to accommodate a vehicle that doesn’t run. “We can’t serve them in our program, but we connect them to an outreach team who can provide them with services,” Uyeda Kantrim said.It would still be extremely difficult for someone living in a drivable van or RV to use Safe Parking LA’s lots because they’re so small, she said. The largest lot the organization operates holds 25 cars. The overall capacity of safe parking programs in Los Angeles County is very limited, Uyeda Kantrim said. Ten lots operated by a handful of nonprofits with funding from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority provide space for 125 vehicles. The first opened in spring 2017.“Safe parking as a concept is the remedy for all people sleeping in their vehicles on a city street,” she said. “But how it’s been rolled out in the last few years is so small in its scope and costs a lot of money.”While there are a few safe parking lots in West Los Angeles, there are none in Venice. Ryavec said he wants to keep it that way.“They need to get out of proximity to residential neighborhoods,” he said.But Painter said Venice can’t expect its van and RV problem to go away without safe parking lots in the neighborhood. “Homeowners in a number of places think if you don’t provide mechanisms that are better than living on the streets, people will go elsewhere,” he said. “We don’t have evidence that actually happens.”Spencer said she would move inland to a less expensive area if given the opportunity. Recently, her caseworker brought up an opportunity for subsidized housing in Azusa, but it fell through. She would not be able to pay for a market-rate apartment there; the average rent is $1,500, according to Yardi Matrix.“Asking why I wouldn’t move somewhere cheaper is a totally valid question,” she said. “If something came up that I could afford, I would move in a heartbeat. But right now, there isn’t.”Gallerie declined to comment for this [email protected] :“Van life is not a crime”Gary GallerieGary PainterhomelessLos Angeles Homeless Services AuthorityTeresa SpencerUSC’s Homeless Policy Research Institutevanlordshare on Facebookshare on Twittershow 14 comments July 9, 2019 at 4:57 PM This is totally ridiculous . She likes to lay in the van all day. Get a job then you can afford to at least get a roommate and live in an apartment like the rest of the world…..I This Gallerie guy is operating a business that likely isn’t registered with state and local authorities or tax boards and hasn’t sought zoning approvals from the city. He and his tenants pay nothing for water or sewer services or policing or schools. Said shorter, the whole operation is illegal in a bunch of different ways.If this “vanlord” wants to charge people to transport them in his vehicles to places where rents are less than $2,000 a month, fine. But “renting” to them so they all can live here and free-ride on people who DO pay their bills should not be an option.LA and SM have seen many more people living in vans or campers in the last couple years. It’s fair to guess that there are more vanlords than just this one. 14 Comments C Smith-Ross says: July 13, 2019 at 3:29 AM The rest of the story is revealed now by Teresa herself. A female veteran. A dutiful daughter. A widow. And salt of the earth stand up person.By her and Mr Watkins accounts the cautionary tale here is clear, but for the grace of God everyone is vulnerable to circumstances beyond our control when adversity strikes that would put us three feet away.If Teresa reads this, get up to the WLAVA and apply at New Directions which does provide for women.Hang in there Teresa despite the vitriol and character assassination directed your way here in these comments you’re a role model to me. Your grit and determination to adjust, adapt, and survive is inspiring and a testament to who your parents raised up.I/we may never read or hear of your ultimate triumph over the trials and tribulations your are now challenged by in other news accounts, a blockbuster book, and stupendous movie, but you must know there are strangers you will never meet really care about you and the others thus affected, otherwise an army of volunteers everywhere would not give of their time and money to provide whatever assistance they are.Hang in there Teresa is my fervent prayer . I need you to triumph and never forget and save others when you do.Amen. Comments are closed. Hi I’m Teresa Spencer. I was the person featured in the story. The story that I was interviewed for over an hour of which I thought was about how people of any economic situation can end up on the street. To clarify. I have NOT been homeless for 8 years. When my BOYFRIEND died 8 years ago. the day after I was LAID OFF. Our apartment (on San Vicente in Santa Monica) that I had lived in for 5 years and he had lived in for 12 years went from $1800 a month to $3600 a month. I then slept in my car dealing with grief and trying to figure out how to fix things, WHILE WORKING. During that 3 months I managed to NEVER CRAP ON A LAWN. I am working now. I go the the library to charge and use the restroom. I can use the restroom at work. I go for services. I can get a shower 4 days a week. I STILL do not crap on a sidewalk. Funny thing, I actually told Madeleine that I can go 12 to 16 hours without going to the bathroom, it’s not rocket science. I generally don’t even get to the van until after 11pm. I sometimes walk the 3 miles from work to save bus fare. I am up and out around 7am or 8am. I am a veteran with a service connected injury that I have recently started a claim on. I have had 2 apartments in Texas where I lived to care for my mother and came back to the place I have called home most of my life when she died. I was living a $10,000 a month lifestyle prior to my divorce. The article was supposed to be a discussion about how someone can have all the trappings that constitute a successful lifestyle and end up on the street 20 years later. When I was approached to be interviewed, I was told that my story was interesting and Madeleine claimed she wanted to tell my story. At this point I’m wondering if she even taped our interview since the quotes are from texts we were sending to each other. I was trying to show that everything is so messed up that private citizens are handing out food and trying to come up with solutions. JR Thomas, at what point did she claim that I sit in a van all day. What i told her was that I was so embarrassed by my situation that I sometimes wait and watch for 15 – 20 minutes to get out of the van because I hate being labled as you two have done. I expressed to her that this is a temporary situation that I am in while I get housing. I guess the rest of the world is renting apartments, Really? So, now you don’t even consider the thousands of homeless people part of the world? The article was supposed to tell what it was like for someone who has had 3 homes at once, expensive cars and all that goes with that lifestyle to find themselves living in such a complex, heartbreaking situation. The article was supposed to be about how someone can live paycheck to paycheck and end up sleeping in front of a lawn, just like the lawn they had. All it can take is an injury, job loss, car accident, lawsuit, divorce, earthquake, flood or copious other anomylous events and you could be living on the street and apparently C Smith Ross and JR Thomas would have to go crap on the first nice lawn they found because that’s exactly what crosses someone’s mind when they end up without shelter. If your still reading this…. somehow I doubt you read a whole story before being triggered, in order to be in a shelter you must be able to check multiple boxes. You must be chronically homeless. You cannot just land on the street and they take you in. You must be mentally unstable or disabled, preferably both or a veteran. Even though I am a veteran, there is not a facility here for women. Millions of dollars that no one can find were supposed to be used for housing. So, yes I served so that you twerps can make disgusting assumptions about someone going through a hard time. SMDP maybe you should take a lesson in journalism. I don’t know why you wanted my photo and wasted my time asking about my story when your goal was to out the Vanlord. For the record, I didn’t even know Gary’s last name, so maybe, I was thrown under the bus… make that van because I wasn’t a good source for SMDP’s true agenda. You didn’t tell my story, you misrepresented my situation and then told a convoluted story. It goes to show that you can’t expect true journalism in a free publication. July 10, 2019 at 12:50 AM Sounds like Gallerie is already managing a safe parking program of sorts. The City of Los Angeles might want to consider blending some form of his work with existing services. As an FYI, Neighborhoods Councils serve only in an advisory capacity to the City. It was the City that imposed the prohibition, no doubt due to heavy pressure from Mr. Ryavec, who appears to have made it his mission to prioritize systemic inequality over equitable solutions. July 19, 2019 at 5:07 AM July 10, 2019 at 9:26 PM July 10, 2019 at 5:20 PM K.A.G. says: July 10, 2019 at 10:10 PM Thank you for this article. I know Mr Gallerie personally and his efforts to help the homeless are endless. The “vanlord” started with himself and just grew when he saw the want from others to have a safe place to sleep. He has strict rules for his tenants and uses the money from rent to help maintain the vans, including cleaning, maintenance, registration fees, and illegal impound fees. The cost of rent is so outrageous that even with a job and a roommate most people can’t afford to live here.I understand the residents perspective, but I also hope they realize that those dumping trash or sewage are likely not Mr Gallerie’s tenants. He’d kick them out immediately if he were to find that to be true.Mr. Gallerie has been a van tenant for over 15 years himself. An air force veteran, a father, a grandfather… a man that just needed somewhere to sleep and decided not to leave. At the time of this publication I was already at a shelter called OPCC. I have been assaulted twice, one time was by a woman that bit me twice! There are no consequences. I am heavily medicated to deal with the mental illnesses, constant noise and physical violence. Suicide would have been better, but hey I’m not bothering anyone in Venice anymore! Thank you to those of you showed compassion.center_img BaySt Surfer says: Move out of California, get a job (8 years she’s been homeless with no work? Give me a break.) and quit crapping on people’s lawns. She said she couldn’t stay in a homeless shelter because of the crazies….well, living in a broken down van for $300, with no toilet no shower, and living in front of someone’s house for the ritzy neighborhood I would say constitutes crazy. California is soon going to lose their tax paying, expensive home buying people because they’ll be tired of people crapping on their sidewalks and paying the bills for these people and then what will you have? Nothing but people living in broken down vans. I left CA in 2003 because there wasn’t any work, I couldn’t afford the $900 rent in Covina, and now I live in Az where you can afford to live, and work, and go to school. Sorry, I’m not living in Venice and paying high rents or mortgage to have people defecating on my front lawn. Horatio Hornblower says: July 11, 2019 at 10:13 AM Isn’t it something? the more so-called the town the more vagrants as not there is. California is a hellhole only an illegal could love. I cannot believe the judgmental, selfish assholes who commented here or the ones in Venice who turn up their noses at homeless people “eroding their quality of life.” Get over yourselves. Our country is rapidly turning into a feudal hellhole of very rich versus very poor, while jerks like you cheer every tax break for the wealthy and every attempt to shred the social safety net, and the unfortunate victims are people like Miss Spencer. I think the “vanlord” is doing a great public service, and stepping in where the local government has clearly failed to take care of its people . It can happen to anyone, yes, including the self-important, smug jerks passing judgment on this woman. I hope that when it does, you are greeted with more compassion than you have shown. No sharia says: Jed Pauker says: Horatio Hornblower says: Anonymous says: Carmel Sileo says: July 9, 2019 at 5:19 PM July 9, 2019 at 5:29 PM Teresa Spencer says: JR Thomas says: July 19, 2019 at 6:30 AM JosieB says: Reality TV internship is a fantasy job for former homeless studentUber offers riders more legroom, less chatting at a priceYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall8 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press18 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press18 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson18 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter18 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor18 hours ago July 11, 2019 at 6:52 PM Vince Watkins says: Boy I’d love to be able to afford to be homeless in Venice! Are you kidding me?? This is legal? If Gallerie owns all these vans and lives in one, he can afford to have a real place to live. The vans don’t have bathrooms or showers and if you can’t poop where you live, I don’t even want to think about where they are going. This isn’t right. And let me get this straight, she’s been homeless for 8 years and has had no job during that time? Doesn’t sound like she’s really trying, and who needs to when you can live on Venice in the ritzy neighborhood in a van? Where’s the $300 coming from if she’s out of work and homeless? Probably from the overtaxed people of Venice? Get out of CA. In Arizona you can live much cheaper and sleep outside all year round based on the amount of folks I see doing it. Quit crapping on our streets and find a better way! This is not the answer and CA needs to wake up soon because the people who can just barely afford to live there are going to come to their senses and move out, and then all CA will have are the van people, who can’t pay them because they’re all just getting a handout! When I went broke after losing my job in 2003, I MOVED! Wake up and smell the coffee folks. July 12, 2019 at 7:35 AM last_img read more

Telenor axing 170 jobs as part of digital shift

first_img Telenor seizes domestic 5G initiative Related AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 17 FEB 2017 Previous ArticleVerizon buys drone management firm to boost IoTNext ArticleSamsung to use Sony batteries in Galaxy S8 Telenor Norway Author Telenor mulls options in competition lawsuit Operators divided on 5G strategies Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >> Read more Home Telenor axing 170 jobs as part of digital shift Kavit Majithia Tags Telenor Group will cut 170 jobs in Norway as it reorganises its broadband and technology divisions, with the plans due to take effect on 1 April.In a statement, Telenor Norway said the moves were in response to ongoing technology shifts, with digitisation and evolving customer needs changing the way the company works.Berit Svendsen (pictured), EVP and CEO of Telenor Norway described the measures as “tough but absolutely necessary” for Telenor as part of its digitisation efforts.“Competition in our markets is harder than ever, and if we are to maintain competitiveness in the future, such changes are crucial,” she said.The company said it was working to establish new competencies as part of its ongoing shift from operating as a traditional telecoms player to a digital services company.In its technology division, it said it was developing its offering “to create robust communities and strengthen customer focus”. In TV and broadband, the measures will see it merge sales and customer services.Those affected by the job cuts will be made redundant and offered severance packages, added Telenor.The company has 3,900 employees in 24 offices across Norway. No offices will be closed as part of the reorganisation.In early February, Telenor Group president and CEO Sigve Brekke said digital platforms are key to the company’s future, noting a strategy to digitise its core business will leave it better placed to “build strong and engaging customer relations” and capitalise on the “efficiency opportunities that digitisation brings.”last_img read more

‘Lucky’ Hoffmann motivated by his muscular dystrophy

first_imgHONOLULU – Lucky. The word hangs in the air for an awkward moment before the conversation moves forward. Morgan Hoffmann is a lot of things – professional golfer, pilot, athlete, and (if the gallery following his group on Thursday at the Sony Open was any indication) handsome. Like Hollywood handsome. So as the 28-year-old explains his sleep habits, the idea that he’s lucky certainly applies. “I have to sleep for eight hours every day. That’s my optimal sleep range,” he explains. “I can fall asleep anywhere. I’m lucky.” But given what’s transpired the last few months, it’s an interesting, even odd, choice of words. Hoffmann revealed in an emotional essay on The Players’ Tribune in early December that he had muscular dystrophy. His right pectoral muscle is completely deteriorated, and his left pectoral is starting to deteriorate. There is no cure for muscular dystrophy. So when Hoffmann offers an easy smile and a line like, “I’m lucky,” it normally leads to a tough follow-up question. But even though his plight is less than ideal, know that Hoffmann has come by his optimism honestly. Hoffmann first started to feel the affects of muscular dystrophy in his right pectoral muscle in 2011, but it took five years and some 25 doctors to finally receive a diagnosis. It was hard, particularly for a player who lists his interests as “anything active, sports, outdoors,” to come to grips with such a devastating disease, but he did. “I have a lot of energy. I’m eating the right things and feel great getting up in the morning,” he smiles. “Just a couple of muscles keep atrophying, which is aggravating, but I’m getting stronger in the places I have muscles still. I think I’m on the right path.” Hoffmann, who is entering his sixth season on the Tour this year, believes that he can make a difference with the way he lives his life. By eating better, working out, meditating and getting those eight hours of sleep, he can help stem the damage caused by muscular dystrophy. He also believes he can help others live better lives. Full-field scores from the Sony Open in Hawaii Sony Open in Hawaii: Articles, photos and videos Many people talk about making a difference, but Hoffmann is doing it, and his plan goes well beyond bringing more attention to muscular dystrophy. “I think I can help a lot of people, not just for awareness of muscular dystrophy, but kind of guide people in a more healthy way of living,” Hoffmann says. “People are just so uneducated about what is going in their bodies, and it’s pretty unfortunate the way Americans are eating right now. I really believe you can change you physiology if you eat right and you know what you’re putting in your body.” To that end, Hoffmann hopes to build what he calls a “wellness center,” a kind of health superstore that will focus on the body and the mind. The wheels are already turning for Hoffmann and his wellness center. In August, the week before The Northern Trust kicks off the FedExCup playoffs, he has organized a pro-am tournament to help raise money. The event will be played at Arcola Country Club in Paramus, N.J., which is where Hoffmann grew up and is just about a mile form Ridgewood Country Club, site of this year’s first playoff stop. “The turnout and response already has been incredible,” he says. “It’s going to be pretty amazing what will happen over the next few months.” Hoffmann says many of the members at Arcola have already committed to playing the event – that’s 44 teams at $12,000 a group – and that he’s already been approached by many Tour players who want to volunteer to play in the event. In many ways, the wellness center is a byproduct of the life Hoffmann has chosen in the wake of his diagnosis. Each morning, he wakes to take a variety of “high-dose” vitamins to keep his blood levels at the correct level along with a regimen of amino acids and organic honey. Before he headed out for his round on Thursday at Waialae Country Club, where he opened with a 1-under 69, there was 30 minutes in the gym to warm up, and after his round it was back to the gym for more physical therapy. Hoffmann doesn’t know if he can slow the onset of muscular dystrophy, but he’s determined to try by any means necessary. That is how the idea of a wellness center was born. “My vision is having a one-stop shop. You can go in and get a nutritionist, get a therapist, you can check the way your body functions, we are going to have blood testing,” he says. “We’ll have a trainer, a doctor. You go in and get your entire body looked at from inside to out. We’ll put you on a diet, we’ll talk about sleep, meditation, everything.” Hoffmann’s eyes light up as he explains his grand plans and the pieces that continue to fall into place. There’s no sadness, no regret, no edge to suggest he’s still coming to terms with his plight – just an unwavering belief that he can make a difference. “If I can just touch a couple of kids that have [MD], that have been put down and don’t think they can achieve their dreams, I just want to show them I can still play and live my dream and hopefully reach my goals,” he smiles. Lucky, indeed.last_img read more

Missing the Masters: These storylines will have to wait …

first_imgThe sprawling oak tree that guards the back of the clubhouse is still there, ready to serve as an unofficial monument at golf’s most famous event. The lawn it shades remains as verdant as ever, even as no footsteps trod across its perfectly manicured grass. The pain of a postponed Masters was felt as soon as club chairman Fred Ridley made the announcement on March 13, but this week those feelings will be magnified considerably. On a week when Augusta National Golf Club should shine for the world to see, it will instead remain behind a locked gate without a patron in sight. There remains hope that the Masters will be contested this year, as it has been re-slated for November 12-15. But in the interim, and especially this week, golf fans more closely resemble the residents of Whoville just after the Grinch rolled through town: robbed of every accoutrement and hoping to restore any sense of normalcy. So to kick off a week that would have, under other circumstances, filled our notebooks to the brim with engaging topics and captivating angles, we’re left to reminisce about the ones that might have been. Here’s a look at some of the top storylines that could have highlighted the 84th Masters, some of which might still come to pass once it eventually takes place. The defending champ returns amid questions Even with no play, there has been a lot of reminiscing of Tiger Woods’ return to glory last year. But, it would have been nice to have had a chance to question the reigning champ this week about his health and readiness – and to see how the last few weeks would have played out. Coronavirus was a footnote in the news cycle the last time that Woods played a competitive round, on Feb. 16. And while the pandemic has shifted our focus since, there’s no denying that Woods was on his way to a less-than-robust preparation for his green jacket defense. Details remain sparse, but it was clear that Woods’ back was an issue, one that led him to skip a trio of high-profile events including The Players. Would Tiger have returned at the WGC-Dell Match Play or added an unexpected start? Would an Augusta fondness spark a return to form? Was the rest all precautionary or something more serious? Those questions, among others, will remain unanswered for now. Getty Images McIlroy renews his Grand Slam quest as world No. 1 It’s been five years since McIlroy last drove down Magnolia Lane as the top-ranked player in the world in search of the final leg of the career Grand Slam. That year he trailed Jordan Spieth by 12 shots heading into the weekend before finishing fourth. The speculation that he might have improved considerably on that result would’ve been enormous this week. McIlroy hadn’t won yet in 2020, but his game was clearly trending toward a peak: four starts with no finish worse than T-5, the sort of consistency that culminated with his Players win last year. The ghosts of Augusta National still haunt McIlroy from his 2011 collapse, and they surely would have nipped at his heels across 72 holes. But it would have been a privilege to watch the world’s best, playing near his best, attempt once again to slay the lone remaining dragon in his way and join some elite company. Spieth, Mickelson search for lightning in a bottle Prior to the stoppage, the new year hadn’t been kind to either former champion. Spieth’s prolonged struggles are well-documented, and any occasional signs of progress he flashed were usually undone in short order. He had cracked the top 50 just once in five starts. It was more feast or famine for Mickelson, who finished third in both Saudi Arabia and Pebble Beach but missed the cut in each of his other four starts this year. The three-time jacket winner has been searching rather fruitlessly for months, and questions lingered over whether he could salvage his plummeting world ranking in time to qualify for the U.S. Open. But Augusta National remains an inviting destination for those who learn how to unlock its secrets. Spieth and Mickelson have both turned on a dime in recent years once arriving in the Champions Locker Room, turning minimal form into a shot at contention. Both men are imbued with confidence simply by walking on the grounds, a factor that could have become an equalizer as they sought to keep pace with peers who were boasting stronger week-to-week credentials. Admit it – either one (or both) making a late Sunday charge wouldn’t have been that surprising. Photos PHOTOS: An empty Augusta during pandemic Here are some images of a closed Augusta National and empty Augusta, Georgia, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Im leads the latest crop of first-timers If you’re a Masters fan, you’re undoubtedly aware of the stat: discounting the very first Masters in 1934, the only player to win in his first trip down Magnolia Lane is Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979. It’s hard enough to tame the imperceptible nuances and slick greens at Augusta National, but nearly impossible to do it on your first try. But inevitably, at least one first-timer makes a bit of a run at bucking the trend. Spieth nearly did so in his debut, finishing second in 2014, and Im might have been the best candidate to pull it off this week. Given his penchant for playing nearly every possible event, Im might be going through more competitive withdrawal than many of his peers at the moment. But he earned his first Masters invite by making last year’s Tour Championship, and he snagged his first win at the Honda Classic just before the sport hit the pause button. Im would have been joined by a number of other decorated Masters rookies, including Abraham Ancer, Matthew Wolff and Cameron Champ. Both Max Homa and Sebastian Munoz were racking up notable results in the spring, while Collin Morikawa and Scottie Scheffler were both on the cusp of qualifying for the first time. There would have been a number of rookie storylines to follow, but Im might have been the pick of the bunch. With impeccable ball-striking, an Ironman work ethic and a recent victory to his credit, contending deep into the weekend of his first Masters would have been well within his reach. Bernhard Langer turns back the clock with a random 68 This is a possibility that feels more like an inevitability. The Masters almost always treats us to a graying former champion who dazzles early in the week, sparking wistful remembrances of the magical week that produced their green jacket. Last year, Sandy Lyle opened with 73 and nearly made the cut, while Fred Couples turned this trend into something of a cottage industry in the mid-2000s. But the likely candidate this time around would’ve been the ageless Langer, who at 62 years young is still dusting fields on the PGA Tour Champions. On the anniversary of his first Masters win in 1985, Langer might have turned back the clock during one of the early rounds. Or perhaps he would have squeezed past the cut line only to make an early Saturday move while patrons were still filing in. Either way, the chances were strong that a man who has more Masters top-25s than missed cuts since 2013 would have found a way to get his name once again featured prominently on the yawning white scoreboards that line the course, eliciting another round of “How does he do it?” head shakes. Getty Images The scientist seeks a major top-10 Bryson DeChambeau turned heads with his unorthodox offseason program of weight gain and muscle build, but the jokes and jeers started to die down once DeChambeau got back to competing. The new-look physique was leading to lower scores, including a near-miss at the WGC-Mexico Championship. With three straight top-5 finishes through Bay Hill, he was heating up at just the right time. While DeChambeau has won five times on Tour and made a pair of U.S. team events, though, the major stage has eluded him to date. After finishing T-15 at the 2016 U.S. Open in his first major as a pro, he hasn’t matched that result in 11 subsequent starts. His best Masters result came in 2016, when he was still an amateur and tied for 21st. Would the new-look DeChambeau attempt to overpower Amen Corner? Would his analytical approach thrive on a venue with endless information to compute? Would his pace-of-play issues crop up again, this time with a green jacket hanging in the balance? They’re all appetizing questions to ponder, and they’re all put on hold for the time being. Stars out for revenge on Golden Bell The 12th hole is among the most famous par-3s in the world, and it was an indisputable turning point during last year’s final round. Brooks Koepka, Francesco Molinari, Tony Finau and Ian Poulter all rinsed their tee shots among the final two groups, while Tiger Woods made a routine par that spurred him to victory. News & Opinion How field unraveled last year at Augusta’s 12th BY Rex Hoggard  — April 7, 2020 at 10:30 AM The par-3 12th at Augusta National always plays a pivotal role in determining the Masters champion. But last year it took center stage. That watery quartet has had 12 months to lick their wounds, with some faring better than others. Koepka won another major the next month, while Molinari hasn’t been the same since. But they all would have been back for a little revenge on the shortest hole at Augusta National, ready to take that short walk from the 11th green to the 12th tee with equal parts anticipation and trepidation. Lee Westwood gets one more shot at major glory No one has played in more majors without winning one than Westwood, who will turn 47 later this month. While he qualified for his first Masters since 2017 with his T-4 finish at Royal Portrush, that performance sparked a renaissance that has seen Westwood return to the top 50 in the world thanks in large part to a win earlier this year in Abu Dhabi. From 2010-16 Westwood racked up five top-10s at Augusta National, finishing second in both 2010 and 2016. He has had more heartbreak in majors than many peers might collect over their entire playing career, and years ago he aged from a prime “best player without a major” candidate to one whose decorated credentials would seemingly carry a permanent void. But there might be a little bit of magic left for the Englishman, who appears comfortable both on and off the course amid his latest resurgence. A wily veteran with plenty of Masters experience and nothing to lose, captivating the patrons and refusing to back down long after the whims of probability would have expected him to falter. It’s the sort of tale that’s often played out among those fabled pines, and Westwood might have become the latest subject. But for now, like so many other appetizing storylines we’d all love to write and read about, it’ll have to wait.last_img read more

Glacier Hosts Virtual Science and History Week

first_imgGlacier National Park and Waterton Lakes National Park, which combine as the world’s only International Peace Park, are jointly hosting a series of virtual speakers for the first Science and History Week.The virtual presentations are replacing the annual Science and History Day that Parks Canada and the National Park Service have held for 16 years. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and associated travel restrictions, the agencies decided to move to live webinars instead of in-person events.“Science and History Week allows us to celebrate the long-standing cooperation between Waterton and Glacier as we conduct research about our shared history and resources,” Glacier Park Superintendent Jeff Mow said in a press release.The webinars will start Monday, Sept. 21 and run through Thursday, with all presentations beginning at noon and lasting approximately 45 minutes.The presentation topics were selected to highlight current research and historical subjects related to Waterton-Glacier. The goal for the series is to give viewers the chance to “connect with scientists and historians from the park and get a unique look at our archives, insights and latest findings.”Monday’s talk will focus on fescue prairie restoration using fire and traditional ecological knowledge in Waterton and the Blood Timber unit and will feature Oregon State faculty member Dr. Cristina Eisenberg, Blood Tribe Natural Resource Manager Kansie Fox and Blood Tribe Land Department Technician Monroe Fox.On Tuesday, Glacier’s resident wildlife biologist, Lisa Bate, will talk about raptors in the park, specifically the long-term efforts that have been made to find suitable surveying sites for monitoring migration in the park.Cassandra Buunk, a master’s student at the University of Victoria, will spend Wednesday delving into the Mountain Legacy Project, one of the largest systematic repeat photography projects in the world. Survey photos of Wateron taken in the late 1800s and early 1900s were repeated in 2004 and in 2019 and showcase the significant changes to the landscape in the park.The webinar week will wrap up with a session by historical archeologist Kelli Casias on Josephine Droody, the infamous Bootleg Lady of Glacier Park, and her husband, park ranger Dan. Josephine is known for running a moonshine business for the Great Northern trainmen out of her remote log cabin on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River. Anthropologists at the University of Montana extensively surveyed the Droody homestead in the Park and the evidence recovered at the site will be discussed in relation to the fur trade, gender, railroad and mining history, and prohibition.Participants can pre-register online to attend each webinar.“We’re enthused about the opportunity to bring Science and History Week presentations to a much broader audience than we ever have before,” Waterton Lakes National Park Superintendent Sal Rasheed said. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Emaillast_img read more