first_img Re: “Bus service not cut” (Your Opinions, Dec 1): Recent correspondence in your newspaper about the new Orange Line busway has drawn attention to the lack of Sunday and evening service on many bus routes in the San Fernando Valley. As a transportation commissioner for the city of Burbank, I have been conducting a study of the relative success of the routes that serve this city. In a nutshell, frequent, reliable routes with seven-day service enjoy high ridership. Routes with hourly service that stop running at 6:30 p.m., and with little or no weekend service have poor ridership. A bus service is more than just a line on the MTA map. In an urban area like ours, anything less than half hourly, 16 hours a day, seven days a week is a placebo, not a service. – Paul Dyson Transportation commissioner Burbank Wasn’t scapegoated Re: “County health chief resigns” (Nov. 30): Dr. Thomas Garthwaite hasn’t been scapegoated. Quite the opposite, the supervisors have allowed Garthwaite to misrepresent the progress of the multimillion-dollar consultants, to withhold critical information from them and to portray himself as the county’s CMO when he is not licensed to practice medicine in California, etc. If Garthwaite were the astute public servant that your reporter attempts to paint him, Garthwaite would’ve done his due diligence and known what a hornet’s nest the Health Department was. He accepted the job with its perks and risks; so let’s not shed any tears for him. His administration is defined by his glaring lack of leadership and ethics. The time is now to create a Health Authority. So let’s all roll up our sleeves and get to work. – Genevieve M. Clavreul, R.N. Pasadena It’s a quilt shop Re: “Christian food sellers in the soup” (Nov. 29): The unfortunate “Piecemakers Quilt Shop vendetta” is one that has gotten “waaay” out of control. Over the years, I have heard that one person – or maybe several – in local government has been attacking their ability to offer meals to customers. The owners are lovely Christian women, working diligently to earn a buck and share in the timeless art of quilting. The last thing on my mind when stopping to eat a homemade lunch is, “Gee, I wonder how clean the kitchen is?” Piecemakers’ owners probably have nothing to hide, but are through welcoming inspection. Because of the principle, they were forced to cease offering food to visitors, thus taking a large hit on their revenue. They are criticized for their efforts to halt inspections based on their faith; however, Christians can still get agitated by years of harassment. – Yvette Carling Calabasas160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Lose-lose Re: “Pickup truck, Orange Line bus collide” (Dec. 2): I sometimes do not understand people’s logic. They are more than willing to gamble with their lives and the lives of others just to save a minute. Rather than wait they do not think of what happens if they challenge an Orange Line bus. If they get into an accident, where is the time savings? First, they may not get there at all. They may injure other people. Now comes the time spent at the scene, time with the insurance agency, time off from work – possible court time. Most likely an increase in insurance rates. Not to mention that you will lose every time if you tangle with the bus. Oh, yes, when it’s over, what about having to find another car? Is this called in a hurry to go nowhere fast or Russian roulette? – Mike Hoblinski Burbank 7-day bus service Re: “Dueling dropout figures” (Dec. 2): The Daily News continues to espouse breaking up LAUSD into semiautonomous units, but a careful examination of another big-city school district where this breakup has been in effect for a few years (New York City) reveals that it simply does not work. A close relative of mine, who was a teacher in New York City, says that, instead of a large bureaucracy, they wound up with many smaller bureaucracies. Too many administrative jobs were filled with cronies, and many of the people making key educational decisions had never been in a classroom since they were kids. Bottom line: There was no appreciable improvement in student achievement. – Michael Wiener Encino last_img read more

first_imgTHE Twin Towns is in mourning following the death of noted businessman Michael Heeney.Michael passed away at his home at Dunwiley, Stranorlar following a short illness.Michael was best known as one of the proprietors of the Heeney’s U Drop Inn on Navenny Street in Ballybofey. Alongside his mother, Bridget, and brothers Terence and Aidan, Michael opted one of Ballybofey’s most recognisable haunts.Michael will be laid to rest following 11am Funeral Mass at the Church of Mary Immaculate, Stranorlar on Saturday morning.He sis survived by his mother Bridget, wife Bernie, daughters Rachael, Michelle and Meghan, brothers Patrick, Aidan, Martina, Eugene, Terence, John and Teresa and a wide circle of family and friends. Twin Towns mourns the passing of Michael Heeney was last modified: October 4th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BallybofeyMichael HeeneyU Drop Innlast_img read more

first_imgThe Alameda County Board of Supervisors congratulates the Oakland A’s on a great season that showcased exciting new talent. The winning spirit the A’s displayed on the field must now be matched by local leaders in working with the team to find a way to keep the A’s in Oakland for the long haul.Alameda County Supervisor Wilma ChanAs joint owner with the city of Oakland of the Coliseum properties where the A’s have played since 1968, Alameda County is unwavering in its strong support for …last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A conversation with…Pam Bennett, Ohio Master Gardener coordinatorOCJ: First, could you provide a little bit of background about Ohio’s Master Gardener program?Pam: The program started in 1974 in Ohio in three urban counties. Due to budget cuts, it did not take off quickly. In the early 1990’s however, a state coordinator for the program was hired and it really took off. Now we have more than 3,500 Master Gardener volunteers in 62 Ohio counties. If you go to this link, you can find more information about the program nationwide [ http://mastergardener.osu.edu/?q=node/417 ]OCJ: Now that spring has finally arrived, I am guessing you start to get many gardening questions. What are some of the most common questions you get this time of year?Pam: Right now it’s about lawns, swarming insects that are coming out of winter dormancy (multi-colored Asian ladybeetles, brown marmorated stink bug, and ants versus termites), when to plant flowers, vegetable garden questions, and of course, winter annual weeds that are growing like wildfire.OCJ: What kinds of programs are in place with the help of Master Gardeners around the state?Pam: Master Gardener volunteers are active in their counties focusing on local programs. We have four state initiatives and the projects fit into one of these: backyard and local foods (includes community gardens, vegetable garden workshops, demonstrations, working with local food efforts, etc.); invasive species (involved with invasive species removal such as honeysuckle and garlic mustard, presenting programs on invasive species such as educating about emerald ash borer and Asian longhorned beetle, etc.); Integrated Pest Management (demonstration gardens showing best management practices, educating the public on proper use of pesticides, how to identify pest problems, diagnosing plant problems, and more); and environmental horticulture (proper planting and maintenance techniques, good stewardship of our environment, rain gardens and collecting rain water, and more.)OCJ: What kinds of activities are Master Gardeners participating in?Pam: Most counties have some type of Horticulture Helpline or service where they assist homeowners with a wide variety of backyard garden and landscape questions. In addition, we have the Ask a Master Gardener online service where a homeowner can enter a question online and have it answered by a Master Gardener volunteer from around Ohio (http://mastergardener.osu.edu/ask ), demonstration gardens, displays and Q and A booths at farmer’s markets, county fairs and other events; speaker’s bureau where a Master Gardener volunteer can do a presentation for a club or organization about a gardening topic, community gardens and many more. For more information on some of our individual projects in counties, go to http://mastergardener.osu.edu and on the front page there are news stories about many of our projects. The articles are written by our Master Gardener volunteers.OCJ: Ohio is home to many beautiful wildflowers this time of year. What should readers be looking for in their yards, woodlots and pastures?Pam: Oh my goodness, Ohio is truly blessed with wildflowers and it’s an incredible sight to see. In central Ohio, our official Ohio wildflower, Trillium grandiflorum is in glorious bloom as is native ginger, Jack-in-the-pulpit, trout lily and many others.OCJ: There has been a significant increase in interest in natural, plant-based remedies in recent years. What role do Master Gardeners play in this area of interest?Pam: Master Gardener volunteers focus on research-based education. We point people toward the research information and avoid home remedies, etc.OCJ: How is the Master Gardener program benefitting Ohio’s communities?Pam: One of the best benefits of the Master Gardener Volunteer program is that each person is focused on their local county. They participate in projects that focus on educating people about research-based gardening practices (and we have fun doing it!). When people call the OSU Extension office and talk to a Master Gardener volunteer, they know they will get accurate information based on science. We aren’t selling products. We provide information to our clientele that enables them to make decisions about their garden and landscape needs. In addition, we also participate in many community service projects that help beautify or improve the environment in our community.OCJ: In what ways can those with an interest in the Master Gardener program participate?Pam: If you want to know more about becoming a Master Gardener volunteer, contact your local county Ohio State University Extension office to see if they have a program. Potential volunteers fill out an application, undergo a background check, and have 50 hours of horticulture training. In return, to become certified they are required to do 50 hours of service to the Extension office the first year and additional hours each year to remain certified.OCJ: This is not just for activities and events during the growing season. What do Master Gardeners do in the fall and winter months?Pam: There are lots of training and educational programs as well as planning!OCJ: What final piece of general Master Gardener wisdom would you like to impart?Pam: If you love to learn and want to give back to your community and teach others about gardening, this volunteer program is for you!last_img read more

first_imgCounting for all the 42 Lok Sabha Seats in West Bengal has started at 8 a.m. amidst tight security in Kolkata and rest of the State.The postal ballots are being counted in the first hour and it indicates that Trinamool Congress (TMC) is ahead in six Seats as the first few hundreds of the ballots are being counted.The BJP and the Congress are ahead in three and two Seats respectively. Most of these Seats showing trends are in north Bengal.Left Front is not ahead in any of the 42 Seats.A total of nearly seven crore electors voted in Bengal of which nearly 12 lakh were first-time voters. Polling took place in seven phase in the State with a population of about 10 crore.Various pre-result polls – which are not always correct – indicated that Left Front’s votes will drop in 2019 Bengal election and BJP will gain in the State.Trinamool Congress bagged 34 seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha poll while the BJP got two. The Congress and the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) got two each.A clear trend is expected to emerge around mid day.last_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe PDM is calling for the electorate to be sharp, and to not be duped by the catchy phrases of the PNP Administration; PDM House Members pulled no punches on Monday when they labeled as bogus some of the milestones recently touted by the Rufus Ewing led government. A former Health Minister and Opposition appointed member, Clarence Selver said when it comes to the InterHealth Canada deal, the Premier cannot be trusted. “And if you look at that you will see where the Premier declares that he has an interest with InterhealthCanada; he has an interest so when the InterhealthCanada contract is up for review he conveniently takes over that from his former minister for Health; Porsha (Smith, Minister) so that he can keep an eye on things.” It is true, the Premier has declared that he is compensated by the Hospitals and recent testimony given in the SIPT trials also exposed that Dr. Rufus Ewing was a part of the negotiations of the TCI Hospitals at their inception. Selver said the deal is just too expensive. “The bulk of government expenditure, over 20 odd percent; so every dollar government raises, 20 cents out of that dollar gatta go towards maintaining the hospitals cost. That being the case there were two audits supposed to have been done; a clinical audit which looks at the quality of healthcare that the hospital provided and whether it was up to par and other things, as well as the financial audit, how much money they received, what they spent money on and whether we are getting value for money.” Related Items:last_img read more

first_img Carlos Amezcua Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News Tags: Decision 2018 FacebookTwitter Carlos Amezcua, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsMonday, Carlos Amezcua met with Omar Passons in studio to discuss the upcoming election and the San Diego County Supervisor position.Omar Passons is an attorney and youth advocate seeking to replace termed-out Ron Roberts as the 4th District representative. Updated: 10:57 PMcenter_img Posted: May 14, 2018 Race for San Diego County Supervisor May 14, 2018last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a recent Wilmington Little League game summary:Single A: Cardinals vs. Astros on Monday, May 14 at Glen Road FieldThe Astros came out swinging in a single A game vs the Cardinals.  Jake Gryglik and Jackson Cipolle led the game off with two big hits to get the Astros offense going. They set the pace for a strong offensive performance by the Astros.  On the defensive side, CJ Morad made his season debut behind the plate and did a fine job defensively. Dylan Costantiello  pitched the final inning handling the big bats of the Cardinals by striking out the side to end the game.  The Cardinals looked sharp throughout the game, getting a great pitching performance by Patrick Moriarty and gold-glove caliber defense from Spencer Walker, Zach Maiella, and Sean Theodos. The Cardinals offensive charge was led by leadoff hitter Josh Lopez, who was followed by a series of screeching hits and great at bats from Brendan Cohen, Griffin Crowe, Tommy MacGilvary, and Matthew Norton. Meanwhile the defense was anchored by great defense behind the dish from Justice Eutsay, Max Glazer, and Tommy Demers. (NOTE: Summaries provided by the Wilmington Little League.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Little League’s Latest Game SummariesIn “Sports”Wilmington Little League’s Latest Game SummariesIn “Sports”Wilmington Little League’s Latest Game SummariesIn “Sports”last_img read more

first_img The Cheapskate Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Read the Rylo camera preview 2 Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Tags Share your voice Best Buy Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Sarah Tew/CNET $999 See at Amazon See It Tags Share your voice Amazon $999 Comments WORLD’S LARGEST BEE: Take a look at Wallace’s Giant Bee!It’s the biggest bee in the world and hasn’t been seen in over 30 years … until now. pic.twitter.com/KB1MjDBCdh— CBSDenver (@CBSDenver) February 21, 2019 Sarah Tew/CNET Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Read DJI Osmo Action preview JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Chris Monroe/CNET $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $6 at Tidal Sarah Tew/CNET Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $59 at eBay $520 at HP What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Sci-Tech,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. 7 See It Read Lenovo Smart Clock review “It was absolutely breathtaking to see this ‘flying bulldog’ of an insect that we weren’t sure existed anymore,” Clay Bolt, the photographer who took the rediscovered bee’s first photos, said in a statement. The report describes the bee as being about the size of an adult thumb, with a wingspan of about 2.5 inches (6.35 centimeters). That means it’s four times larger than the European honey bee. It is a very big boy and we’re in awe of the size. Read the AirPods review Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. See at Turo Apple iPhone XS $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Turo Boost Mobile An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $60 at Best Buy Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Sarah Tew/CNET See it Comments $999 Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $999 Sprint See It Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Simon Robson, honorary professor of biology at the University of Sydney and Central Queensland University in Australia, with Wallace’s giant bee. Fanie Heymans The world’s largest bee has resurfaced after 38 years. In January, conservationists found Wallace’s Giant Bee, or the Megachile pluto, on a group of Indonesian Islands known as the North Moluccas, the Global Wildlife Conservation reported Thursday. The Global Wildlife Conservation is a nonproft that’s been searching for “lost” species, or species that might not actually be extinct, but haven’t been seen in a decade or more.  Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $299 at Amazon $155 at Google Express Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Read Google Home Hub review DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Angela Lang/CNET Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $210 at Best Buy Rylolast_img read more