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Incumbents defeated in Montebello City Council race

first_imgVerdugo, 39, never did get his campaign off the ground. He didn’t participate in a council forum, nor did he pass out campaign literature. In the city treasurer’s race, challenger Norma Lopez defeated incumbent Gerri Guzman by a 2,594 to 2,069 margin. In the city clerk’s race, incumbent Robert King was re-elected over challengers Larry Salazar and Annette Ramirez. King received 2,021 votes or 44 percent; Ramirez, 1,805 votes or 39 percent and Salazar, 784 votes or 17 percent. sandra.molina@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want 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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre They led Lopez-Reid, who had 1,254 votes or 14 percent, Bagwell, 1,180 votes or 13 percent; Giuseppe “Joe” Veneziano, 764 votes or 8 percent; Leo Rodriguez, 385 votes or 4 percent; and Johnny Verdugo, 367 votes or 4 percent. “It was clear the community wanted a change,” Urteaga said. “They wanted a new direction. They think Kathy and I can move the city in a new positive direction.” The major issues of the campaign were graffiti, the development of open space, the city versus the county fire department and accountability of public officials. Lopez-Reid, 53, and Bagwell, 67, both said putting an initiative before the voters on whether fire services should be under city or county control has been distorted. The opponents, including Salazar, who has sued the city on getting the initiative on a ballot, said the issue should be decided by the public. All the candidates, Urteaga, Veneziano, 32, and Rodriguez, 50, said accountability to the public is key for any elected official. Special Section: Get the latest elections news and vote tallies NORWALK – Montebello voters opted for change, electing former Councilwoman Kathy Salazar and challenger Robert Urteaga, defeating incumbents Norma Lopez-Reid and Bob Bagwell in a seven-person race. Urteaga, 31, and Salazar, 68, won a sizable victory, getting twice as many votes as the two incumbents. Urteaga received 2,556 or 28 percent, while Salazar had 2,525 or 28 percent. last_img read more

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Press release: Deputy Minister of Communications joins the South Africa’s Men’s Hockey Team to Commemorate International Mandela Day

first_imgDeputy Minister of Communications, Ms Tandi Mahambehlala will spend International Mandela Day on Tuesday 18 July 2017 with Brand South Africa and the South African Men’s Hockey Team at the New Jerusalem Children’s Home in Midrand.Ms Tandi Mahambehlala is South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Communications. (Image: GovernmentZA, Flickr)Johannesburg, Friday 14 July 2017 – Brand South Africa will host the Deputy Minister of Communications, Ms Tandi Mahambehlala and the SA Men’s Hockey Team – who are competing in the Hockey World League Semi-Finals currently underway in Johannesburg at the Wits Hockey Stadium, to commemorate International Mandela Day at the New Jerusalem Children’s Home on 18 July 2017.International Mandela Day is a commemorative day inspired by a call Nelson Mandela made for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing the world’s social injustices.To honour the late African leaders’ epic struggle, setbacks, renewed hope and ultimate triumph – the United Nations General Assembly via unanimous decision proclaimed Mandela’s birthday, 18 July, as Nelson Mandela International Day in 2009, to mark his contribution to the anti-apartheid struggle.It called on individuals to donate 67 minutes to doing something for others, commemorating the 67 years that Mandela had been a part of the movement.“The world remains beset by so much suffering , poverty and deprivation it is in your hands to make of our world a better one for all this famous call to action by our Former President Nelson Mandela is a continuation of legacy, which calls upon all South Africans of all races and creeds to unite and act against poverty,” said the Deputy Minister of Communications Ms Tandi Mahambehlala.This International Mandela Day activation – led Brand South Africa in collaboration with and partners the South African Hockey Association and the Going the Extra Mile (GEM) Project, is premised on Brand South Africa’s mandate to promote pride and patriotism among South Africa by working collaboratively with government, business and civil society.This Mandela Day – Brand South Africa with its aforementioned partners, call on all South Africans to play their part and act against poverty and unite to make a change that’ll enhance the willingness of members of a society to cooperate with each other in order to survive and prosper for a better country and future.Media are invited to join the SA Men’s Hockey Team at the New Jerusalem Children’s Home as follows:Date: Tuesday 18 July 2017Time: 09h30 – 11h00Venue: 138 Steyn Road, President Park, Midrand, 1685RSVPs: Tsabeng Nthite on tsabengn@brandsouthafrica.com or Tel: +27 11 712 5061Follow the conversation on @MahambehlalaT; @Brand_SA and #ActionAgainstPoverty.last_img read more

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Keeping phosphorus out of waterways

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In a pit about 3 feet underground lies one possible solution to reducing a large amount of the phosphorus draining from some of Ohio’s agricultural fields.At two locations in the state, researchers with The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) are testing phosphorus filters that have removed up to 75% of the phosphorus running through them. Phosphorus can be found in commercial fertilizers and animal manure.On a typical agricultural field, rainfall percolates through layers of soil and eventually into an underground plastic pipe system that carries the rain to a drainage pipe, then to a ditch or nearby waterway. With a phosphorus filter, the water flows through an underground tank before it reaches the ditch or nearby waterway. The tank contains a chemical composite that acts like adhesive tape, causing the phosphorus to stick to it as the water then flows out to the ditch or nearby creek, stream or lake.“This filter has great potential,” said Larry Brown, an agricultural engineer and faculty member at CFAES who is studying phosphorus filters in Ohio. “The chemical used is very efficient at absorbing phosphorus.”During a five-year span, a phosphorus filter can remove up to 75% of the phosphorus flowing through it, depending on how the filter is designed, he said.The phosphorus filters that the researchers installed are on a privately owned farm in Putnam County and in CFAES’ Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory in Columbus. A third is slated to be installed in Defiance County later this year.A phosphorus filter can be costly, up to $20,000 or more, depending on the field size and the phosphorus concentrations in the soil, Brown said. But Brown, who is researching the effectiveness of phosphorus filters with other CFAES faculty and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is looking into grants that would help bring down the cost of the filter and other systems for stemming nutrients coming from agricultural fields.“There’s been a lot of discussion about who causes the algal bloom problem in Western Lake Erie or what causes the problem,” Brown said. “We’re trying to figure out what can take care of the problem.”Brown will be one of numerous speakers at the upcoming, annual Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference, set for March 5–6 on the campus of Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio. Christine Jones, an Australian soil ecologist, will be the keynote speaker with the topic “Building New Topsoil Through the Liquid Carbon Pathway for Long-Term Productivity and Profit.”Along with being high in phosphorus, the rainwater running off of agricultural fields can also be high in nitrate, a component of nitrogen, which is used in commercial fertilizers and is commonly found in manure. Brown is also studying how to remove nitrates from agricultural fields by having the water pass through a pit containing woodchips from hardwood trees, a system commonly called a bioreactor. The woodchips become food for anaerobic bacteria that can function with little oxygen and consume the nitrates in the soil, turning the nitrates into nitrogen gas, which is harmless.“It’s a clean conversion if the bioreactor is properly designed, installed, and managed,” he said.Brown cautioned that if the system is not set up correctly and the water remains stagnant in spots, nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas, could be produced.The warmer the temperature underground, the more nitrates the anaerobic bacteria can consume, but the nitrates can function when the soil temperature is as low as 5 degrees, he said.This system for filtering out nitrates could last up to 10 years and costs between $8,000 and $25,000 depending on the field size and the amount of water it processes, Brown said.After several years, the system could remove up to 70% of the nitrates funneled through it, he said.If excess nitrates enter a public drinking water source, a municipality has to take additional measures to treat the water and must alert the public if the nitrate levels are over 10 parts per million.Almost every year, somewhere in Ohio, at least one public alert goes out about high nitrate levels in drinking water, Brown said.“Later in the spring we may start seeing some alerts because of the amount of rain we had in the last year,” Brown said. “I’m expecting to see high nitrate alerts somewhere in Ohio.”For more information and an agenda for the Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference, visit go.osu.edu/tillageconference.last_img read more

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Musical Memes, Choosing A Netizen Anthem

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Celebrated Amateurs: Tay Zonday’s “Chocolate Rain” first became viral via 4Chan and has since landed the mahogany-voiced baritone features on Good Morning America, Jimmy Kimmel Live, a spot on Lily Allen’s Freeloader Nation Tour, and several endorsement deals. Also an overnight sensation, Gary Brolsma or “the Numa Numa Guy” is best known for his animated YouTube lipsync to Moldovan band O-Zone’s “Dragostea din tei.” Brolsma has since been featured in a South Park episode and videos for the Bare Naked Ladies and Weezer. While neither of these songs make strong direct political or social statements, the fact that they are so widely embraced, is a testament to the web’s spirit of playfulness. There are a number of perfectly worthy anthems for the wired generation. Kraftwerk’s Computer Love might suffice, or the Ataris’ Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Start captures the essence of devoted Konami Contra fans. But a real anthem rallies a movement. It’s the kind of song that is not only widely accepted, but it inspires people to change their lives and behaviors. The hippies have Blowin’ in the Wind, the children of disco have Stayin’ Alive and the GLBT community has I’m Coming Out. But what do modern day netizens consider their anthem? What gets us grooving in our guilds, cranking out our code and soldering up a mean arduino? Below are some of the top musical memes and anthems from recent years. If you got suggestions for a netizen anthem, leave them in the comments below. Love and Longing – Code Monkey: While Jonathan Coulton is perhaps one of the greatest geek anthem musicians with songs like Re Your Brains and That Spells DNA, Code Monkey still manages to top the list with its universal themes of a struggling underdog and unrequited geek love. The song actually became the theme for G4’s now defunct Code Monkeys TV series. It also spurred a number of YouTube mash ups including Mike Booth’s World of Warcraft machinima video. Pursuit of Knowledge – Free Software Song: Richard Stallman is best known as the founder of the GNU Project and father of the Free Software Foundation. A truly brilliant developer, Stallman has been writing folk songs about technology for more than a decade. His Free Software song based on Bulgarian “Sadi Moma” helped define the musical genre of “filking” – a type of folk music generally created by science fiction & fantasy fans. The song is a tribute to free culture and copyleft software licensing. Bootstrapped Success – Crank That Soulja Boy: In early 2007, DeAndre Ramone Way, also known as Soulja Boy, was a little known rap artist with a number of tracks released on YouTube and music community SoundClick. Thanks to his Crank That Soulja Boy hit, by 2009 Way was a Grammy Award nominated artist with a record deal and his own production company. According to a Yahoo’s Music blog post from May 2009, “Crank That (Soulja Boy)” has sold over 4,183,000 digital downloads in the United States, becoming the third highest-selling song ever. The song became an internet sensation after the dance tutorial video received more than 40 million YouTube views. Thousands of new videos have since been uploaded to YouTube in tribute to this anthem of a bootstrapped star. Resurrected Oldies: A number of songs written by music superstars have since become geek anthems. Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up was resurrected after 20 years when the act of tricking individuals into listening to the song or Rickrolling became a popular meme. The Astley meme became so widespread that Astley himself Rickrolled the Macy’s Day Thanksgiving parade in 2008. Meanwhile, Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” although always a popular rock ballad, got it’s first taste at video meme-dom in a “Team Cyprus” video that was wildly criticized as an ostentatious display of wealth during one of the country’s worst economic slumps in history. The song has since been featured in an a cappella version on the season premiere of Glee. The squeaky-clean Glee version debuted at number four on the Billboard charts. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Lists#web dana oshirolast_img read more

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Aerial Stunt Protests Google’s Relationship With Evil Lobbyist

first_imgTags:#Google#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market In addition to these issues, the Chamber of Commerce stands for a bunch of indisputably nasty things. The top 10 reasons Google should quit the Chamber according to voters on the campaign are horrifying.The Chamber wants unlimited corporate political donations. It opposed the creation of a national holiday for Martin Luther King, Jr. due to lost productivity. It opposes efforts to equalize pay between men and women. Todd Akin, the guy who thinks victims of “legitimate rape” don’t get pregnant, was one of the Chamber’s biggest recipients of political spending this year. Yeah. Nasty.The GoogleQuitTheChamber.org campaign has received over 800,000 votes on the best reasons for Google to quit the Chamber of Commerce, and over 275,000 people have signed their names to the petition. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… At noon Pacific on Monday, an airplane will approach Google’s headquarters in Mountain View. But it’s not a skydiving product demo this time. It’s towing a banner for a campaign to convince Google to quit the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over its record on climate change denial, Internet censorship, and money.Google has been considering leaving the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for nearly a year after Yahoo left in October 2011. Google is still paying dues to this powerful lobbying organization, even though its record stands at odds with Google’s positions and threatens its business.The Chamber lobbies heavily to protect the entertainment industry, a constituency Google needs on its side as it forays further into music, TV and video businesses. But the Chamber’s advocacy for Internet censorship legislation such as the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), which Google publicly opposed, proved a bridge too far for Yahoo. Today’s demonstration urges Google to follow suit.The Chamber is all about the interests of big business, so its record on the environment is pretty heinous, too. Google donates money to clean energy causes and has long-term corporate targets to reduce its own energy use. This is yet another reason Google’s relationship with the Chamber doesn’t make sense. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting jon mitchelllast_img read more

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GJM disappointed after talks with Bengal government

first_imgThe Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) has expressed its disappointment with the second round of talks with the West Bengal government held at Uttar Kanya on Tuesday. “It seems that the agenda of the meeting was decided in advance, namely to raise issues pertaining to minimum wages, bonus and salaries. There was no discussion on Gorkhaland or the need and modality of maintaining a tripartite dialogue on Gorkhaland,” a press statement issued by Jyoti Kumar Rai, assistant general secretary of GJM, said. The GJM also appealed to the Centre to “immediately convene a tripartite meeting” on the ongoing stalemate in Darjeeling. Seven members of the GJM, including two MLAs and expelled leader Binoy Tamang, participated in the meeting. The ongoing strike in Darjeeling has crossed 90 days. Attempts by the state government to normalise the situation in the hills have failed to yield much results. On Wednesday, the government resumed bus services between Darjeeling and Siliguri. The buses were escorted by vehicles of security forces. While expressing disappointment with the outcome of the meeting, the GJM said it was “partly appreciative” of CM’s statement that “every citizen has the right to do agitation”. The press statement also added that the “90 days of indefinite strike and the death of 11 Gorkhaland supporters was not bargain for bonus, salary, winter allowance for teachers and development issues”.The next round of talks is scheduled to be held on October 17.last_img read more

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a month agoSNAPPED! Areola upsets Real Madrid with PSG selfie

first_imgSNAPPED! Areola upsets Real Madrid with PSG selfieby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid goalkeeper Alphonse Areola upset fans with his actions after defeat at PSG.Real’s players are under huge pressure after this week’s 3-0 humbling at Champions League opponents PSG.On-loan from the Parisiens, Areola took snaps with some PSG players after the final whistle – actions which have upset some fans.Indeed, some members of Real management were also left unimpressed by the goalkeeper’s behaviour.Alphonse Areola joined Real Madrid C.F. on loan from PSG earlier this month.He looked a bit confused after last night’s result#PSGRMApic.twitter.com/ae0uomNQXC— TREQUARTISTA (@TheSporTalk) September 19, 2019 About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Artistes under Tour Support Programme Are Monitored

first_img Jamaican artistes, who receive funds under the Government’s Tour Support Programme are monitored and evaluated to ensure that brand Jamaica is promoted during their tours. Senior Director for Entertainment in the Ministry, Gillian Wilkinson McDaniel, said the Ministry is provided with trip reports and other marketing documents. Jamaican artistes, who receive funds under the Government’s Tour Support Programme are monitored and evaluated to ensure that brand Jamaica is promoted during their tours.The programme, which falls under the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, aims to strengthen the country’s Brand through media marketing and partnership.Senior Director for Entertainment in the Ministry, Gillian Wilkinson McDaniel, said the Ministry is provided with trip reports and other marketing documents.“All our projects and programmes have a monitoring and evaluation process. We have to monitor and we have to evaluate whether or not it makes sense. We get the trip report. We get all of the marketing documents and so we can evaluate; that is precisely what we do,” she said.She was addressing a press briefing on Tuesday (February 13) at the Ministry’s New Kingston offices to discuss the support programme.Earlier this week, the Ministry announced that reggae artiste Etana had received a grant of US$5000 to support her 32-city tour of the United States (US).Mrs. Wilkinson McDaniel said the Ministry will be assessing the impact of the support, including the number of visitors that come to Jamaica.“How many tourists does it bring to Jamaica, those are things we have to work out in terms of the quantification with the Ministry of Tourism,” she noted.She said that artistes may have to undergo some kind of protocol training in relation to what happens while they are on tour.“How do they act as artistes while they are on tour, how do they represent brand Jamaica, because this is something, of course, that we have to guard jealously in relation to what it is that we say about Jamaica when we are on tour,” she explained.Support for artistes was provided under the Artiste Ambassador Programme initiated by the Tourism Ministry in 2013 to utilize the brand of touring artistes to sure up and to provide additional marketing for destination Jamaica.Mrs. Wilkinson McDaniel said it was recognition that over the decades, Jamaican reggae and dancehall artistes “have been the vanguard and the ones who have held the Jamaican flag high internationally.”“We know it has been reggae music that has been the essence of the Jamaican brand and so knowing that and knowing the history of Jamaican music and its pull for destination Jamaica, the (programme) was started,” she said.Between 2013 and 2015, Protoje and Kabaka Pyramid received funds under the programme. In 2016, Freddie McGregor received support for his September 2016 tour; and in 2017, Raging Fyah received support for his ‘Everlasting Tour’ in North America.Mrs. Wilkinson McDaniel said that applications for tour support should be sent to the Entertainment Division where they will be vetted and sent to the Entertainment Advisory Board for consideration. Story Highlights “All our projects and programmes have a monitoring and evaluation process. We have to monitor and we have to evaluate whether or not it makes sense. We get the trip report. We get all of the marketing documents and so we can evaluate; that is precisely what we do,” she said.last_img read more

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Miranda Lamberts MuttNation Foundation Helps Mutts Across America

first_imgMiranda Lambert’s MuttNation Foundation is thrilled to announce their Mutts Across America: 50 States/50 Shelters initiative.A total of $253,660 was donated to shelters in each of the 50 states, with the minimum donation to an individual shelter being $3000.Miranda Lambert said, “We are thrilled to be able to reach out to every state and recognize shelters and organizations working at a grassroots level to help animals. It’s those people on the ground, day in and day out, who really make a huge difference.”The MuttNation Foundation board along with partners at the RACE (Ran’s Animal Care Express) team worked diligently to find the most deserving shelters in each of the 50 states. Operating under the premise that fans, friends, colleagues and benefactors across the US have sown into MuttNation Foundation in the past year, they launched a plan to select a shelter in each of the 50 states to lend a financial hand. The criteria used in their decision to grant funds were:• High adoption per intake rate: At least 90% successful adoption rate. Low euthanasia rate (10%)• High volunteerism: People rarely jump on/stay on a sinking ship.• Are they fiscally responsible? (Low administrative/staff costs)• High activity/fundraising. Are they working hard to earn income?• Do they have a specialty – MNF selected a zoo, a horse sanctuary, disabled pet farm, and an elderly/senior pet sanctuary, a last chance rescue for animals from other shelters and a blind farm to name a few.• Do they work outside of the shelter to adopt out or minister to elderly, schools, etc.? Do they have a presence in the community?• Is the website up to date with activity? Do they send newsletters? Are they current? Do they appear to still have the “fire”?•Are they heavily advocating/helping in spay and neuter campaigns, clinics and activities?• Are the hours of operation conducive with adequate adoption times? EX: are they open on weekends, nights, and/or weekdays? How many hours?As explained by MNF co-founder Bev Lambert, “We believe these criteria enabled us to find those shelters standing as examples in the fight to end animal homelessness, abuse and neglect as well as those that encourage adoption, spay and neuter programs and avoid needless euthanasia. We are confident and proud to award funding to the shelters we selected so they may continue the efforts that they have exhibited in the fight.”A complete list of the shelters that received donations is available at www.muttnationfoundation.com.Miranda’s love of animals led to the formation of MuttNation. The foundation has successfully raised money across the country in order to aid organizations, government institutions or entities that build animal shelters for better care, increased pet adoption and encouragement of responsible pet guardianship, rehabilitation of sick or unsocialized animals, spay/neuter programs, reduce/eliminate euthanasia of healthy animals, and train shelter dogs for purposes of therapy programs, assistance for wounded military personnel, and dogs-in-prisons programs. The mission of the organization is to end animal suffering and homelessness on every front.Donations can always be made at www.muttnationfoundation.com.last_img read more

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THE INBETWEEN with Harriet Dwyer Paul Blackthorne Starts Filming This Fall in

first_img Twitter Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Ghost Whisperer-like crime drama The InBetween with Harriet Dyer and Arrow’s Paul Blackthorne will film in Vancouver (and Los Angeles) this Fall and Winter.Filming dates: October 22nd to February 18th.Cast: Harriet Dyer, Paul Blackthorne, Anne-Marie Johnson, Cindy Luna, and Chad James Buchanan. What’s it about?Psychic Carrie Bishop partners with two LAPD police detectives — veteran Det. Tom Hackett (Paul Blackthorne) and damaged ex-FBI outsider Damien Asante — to solve homicides with the help of the ghosts who drop by to talk over their cases with her — whether she likes it or not.last_img read more

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