‘Vineland Boys’ lead defendant gets life

first_imgThe lead defendant in the federal racketeering case against the Vineland Boys street gang was sentenced Monday to life in prison without possibility of parole. Rafael “Sneaky” Yepiz of Reseda, a leader of the Sun Valley-based gang, was sentenced during a hearing in U.S. District Court. Yepiz was convicted in October of 21 charges, including violating the federal Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, drug trafficking and money laundering. He was the last to be sentenced among the nine Vineland Boys members or associates brought to trial so far in the law-enforcement probe aimed at squashing the street gang. Authorities said the gang terrorized parts of Burbank, North Hollywood and Palmdale for more than a decade. Prosecutors said the Vineland Boys trafficked in cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana in Los Angeles, Hawaii, Indiana and the East Coast. The group also is linked to four homicides, including the slaying of rookie Burbank police Officer Matthew Pavelka, who was killed in a shootout with alleged Vineland Boys member David Garcia, who is awaiting trial on murder charges. Meanwhile, trial for defendants Jose Ledesma, Raul Robledo and Javier Covarrubius, who face the death penalty in a 2003 witness-slaying case, is slated to begin in June. eugene.tong@dailynews.com (818) 546-3304 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgLifford Clonleigh Resource centreLocal notes• Young parents Pathways programme is due to start end of March and is free: This programme is open to Young parents that would like to learn: Parenting Advice, Personal Development, Health Awareness, Paediatric First Aid and IT Qualification. Also enjoy Fun days out for parents & children, Visits to health spas. All expenses are covered by this programme at no cost to the individual. There is also childcare supplements and free travel available. For further information or to receive an application form contact: 04882 250 962/0749141773. • KITCHEN GARDENING FOR BEGINNERS: Beginning April 2013 in Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre. Course content: How to Sow Seeds, When & What to Sow Now, How to Plan & Layout a Kitchen Garden, Growing Herbs & Salads in pots, Growing Tasty Fruit. Contact 07491 41773 to book a place.• WRITER’S GROUP: Have you stories, poems or memoir pieces waiting to be written? Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre holds a creative writing session on Wednesdays from 2.30 – 4.30. Explore your creativity within a relaxed, informal atmosphere. The sessions are led by an experienced facilitator. The group is open to anyone with an interest in writing. The nominal fee of €2 is charged for each afternoon. For further information contact 07491 41773 or just pop in on Wednesday.• Art Classes: Art classes runs on Monday mornings from 10.30-12.30 in Lifford Clonleigh resource centre. For more information contact reception on 074 91 41773! Everyone Welcome• Calling all youth On Friday the 22nd March in association with Border Villages Integration Project, Sinead Scott will be running a Crazy Circuits session for any young person interested. She will also be advising on muscle/fat/water content in the body. For more information or to book a place contact reception on 074 91 41773. • Clothes Appeal: Are you doing a spring clean? Blossoms charity shop is appealing for donations. We are looking for clothes, shoes, belts, bags, brick-a-brac, toys and books (in good condition). Items can be dropped off at reception anytime Monday to Friday.Many Thanks• “Blossoms” Charity Shop: We are currently looking for volunteers for our local charity shop “Blossoms”. This shop generates much needed income to help the running costs of the Lifford Clonleigh resource centre. Without the help of volunteers we would not be able to open the shop. The current opening hours of the shop are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10am-4pm. Each Volunteer is only required to work 3 hours out of these shifts. If you have any free time to spare and would like to help out please contact reception on 074 91 41773.  DD LOCAL: LIFFORD/CLONLEIGH RESOURCE CENTRE NEWS was last modified: March 20th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:LIfford/Clonleigh newslast_img read more

Developer Drops Plans to Build Turbines that Would Have Limited Sheppard AFB

first_imgA developer considering building wind farms outside Sheppard AFB in north central Texas has opted to abandon the projects following an effort by the base and the Sheppard Military Affairs Committee (SMAC) to alert Innergex about the threat turbines pose to low-level military training routes used by pilots, reported the Times Record News. “These projects would have had serious negative impacts on our ability to safely manage both civilian and military air traffic in those areas and would also have reduced the overall number of effective flying training days we have each year,” base spokesman George Woodward said last week.Officials from the base and SMAC are hoping to reach out to developers sooner to avoid potential conflicts arising later. “We believe that, by working together and communicating early in the process, we can reach mutually compatible solutions not only in and around military bases, but also around FAA-designated military training routes and operating areas in Texas and Oklahoma,” Woodward said.SMAC President Glenn Barham said the organization would be talking with state lawmakers about a new Oklahoma law that is designed to prevent encroachment from wind farms by ensuring developers and base officials talk early in the planning process and submit projects to DOD’s Military Aviation and Installation Assurance Siting Clearinghouse.Photo courtesy of Times Record News Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

WB VP arrives Sunday to discuss Rohingya issue

first_imgWorld Bank vice president for South Asia region Hartwig SchaferWorld Bank vice president for South Asia region Hartwig Schafer arrives in Dhaka Sunday to discuss how to help Bangladesh cope with the Rohingya crisis.The WB official is scheduled to visit the Rohingya camps and meet local government officials, the civil society and non-governmental organisation representatives in Cox’s Bazar.“Despite its own challenges, Bangladesh has shown great generosity by sheltering nearly one million Rohingya people,” said Schafer.A WB release quoted him as saying, the World Bank is working closely with the government to help address the needs of the Rohingya until their safe return to Myanmar and help build the country’s capacity to deal with the crisisHe appreciates Bangladesh’s ‘remarkable story of cutting extreme poverty to half in record time’ and said other countries can learn from Bangladesh’s many development innovations and successes.“I look forward to meet our partners and see firsthand the country’s journey to economic growth,” said Schafer. This is his first visit to Bangladesh since assuming office on 1 July.In Dhaka, Schafer will meet the finance minister, the water resource minister as well as the private sector and civil society leaders.He will also join the launch of a new World Bank report, “South Asia’s Hotspots: The Impact of Temperature and Precipitation Changes on Living Standards.”He will also visit a World Bank supported project, which is upgrading a unit in the Ghorashal power station to more than double the unit’s electricity generation capacity.The WB release mentioned that it has mobilised up to $400 million on grant terms to help Bangladesh deal with the Rohingya crisis. It has approved the first two operations — totaling about $75 million in grants — to provide health services and education to the Rohingya, many of whom are children, youth or women.last_img read more

DC VA Hospital Gets Mixed Reviews

first_imgThe recent concerns voiced about the Washington, D.C. Veteran Affairs Medical Center (DCVAMC) in an inspector general’s report are echoed by some veterans. However, staff members say they are committed to providing top-notch service to the nation’s warriors.The Washington, D.C. Veteran Affairs Medical Center is located in the northwest quadrant of the District of Columbia. (Courtesy Photo)On April 12, the Veteran Affairs Office of the Inspector General issued an interim summary report citing management practices and staffing deficiencies that were present at the facility located near the Washington Hospital Center in the northwest quadrant of D.C. The backlash from the report prompted U.S. Sens. Mark Warner, Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Jon Testor (D-Mont.) to write Veteran Affairs Secretary David J. Shulkin demanding immediate action.Since the report’s release, retired Army Col. Lawrence Connell has been named the acting director.A spokesman for D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) told the AFRO that she is aware of the situation at the center and will respond appropriately in due time.Veterans receive free treatment at VA hospitals. Health professionals who work at VA hospitals tend to specialize in diseases and ailments that are unique to veterans. Dental and mental health services are also available.Jacque Patterson, retired Air Force veteran and president of the Ward 8 Democrats, told the AFRO that he is not a fan of veterans’ hospitals. “I try to avoid them if I can,” Patterson said. “If I had medical needs or had to have medical attention, I would not go to a VA hospital. The service is poor and it is hard to get an appointment.”Stanley Ray served in the Army and Navy and has visited the D.C. VA Hospital. He wasn’t impressed, either. “They need to improve,” Ray told the AFRO. “They don’t treat veterans with the type of respect that they deserve.”Ray is aware of the inspector general’s report critical of the way the D.C. VA hospital was run. However, he said, the Trump administration is likely to enhance VA hospitals financially, but the D.C. hospital has issues that need addressing. “There needs to be a strong emphasis on customer service,” Ray said. “It seems like when you are visiting there, they are doing you a favor when you they serve you. That’s not the case. This is a service that you have earned.”Ray made it clear he was so turned-off by the service at the D.C. VA hospital that he pledged “never to go back there.”That hasn’t been the experience of the Rev. Scott Bostic, youth pastor of Asbury United Methodist Church in the District. “My experience at the DC VAMC has been good overall,” Bostic, a 2005 graduate of the United States Military Academy West Point, told the AFRO. “I am seen there for my primary care but not for much else since overall I’m in good health. When I first moved to D.C., I had a routine surgery done at the VAMC and that went very well, and my follow-up was also handled well.”Bostic did cite a problem seeing a physical therapist and said that experience “was disappointing.” Nevertheless, Bostic, who served in Iraq as a health care administrator from 2009-2010, is upbeat about the center. “I have recommended and referred people to go to the D.C. VAMC because they have a lot of resources there which can make a significant difference to veterans in need of care,” he said. “However, I do warn people that they will need to be persistent and advocate for their care, so as to make sure they don’t fall into one of those cracks and get forgotten about.”Despite a few positive reviews, any unhappy veteran concerns Gloria Hairston, director of public affairs at the D.C. VA Hospital. “We are committed to caring for all veterans,” Hairston told the AFRO. “I don’t want veterans leaving the hospital feeling that our customer service wasn’t satisfactory. We are not looking to be rude to people.”last_img read more

Friends Greys Anatomy Were Most BingeWatched TV Shows of 2018 Study Finds

first_img“Friends” — which last aired on broadcast TV 14 years ago — was the most binge-watched television show of 2018 thanks to the full run being on Netflix, according to a new study.The sitcom about twentysomething New Yorkers nabbed the highest share of binge sessions over the course of the year, according to TV Time, based on its analysis of the behavior of 12 million registered users worldwide of its app for tracking, commenting on and voting for television shows.The enduring popularity of “Friends” (corroborated by other third-party research) clearly motivated Netflix to re-license the show from Warner Bros. Television: It was set to roll off Netflix at the end of 2018, and after a social-media uproar the streamer announced a new deal to keep “Friends” on the service through at least another year. Netflix reportedly agreed to pay around $100 million to keep all 10 seasons following Rachel, Monica, Ross, Chandler, Joey and Phoebe available to customers in the U.S. and Canada. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Rank ShowNetwork/ServiceShare of Binge-Watching Popular on Variety 8.“Orange Is the New Black”Netflix1.19% 3.“13 Reasons Why”Netflix1.69% 5.“Riverdale”CW/Netflix1.68% 10.“Pretty Little Liars”Freeform/Netflix1.06% 9.“The Big Bang Theory”CBS1.16%center_img 1.“Friends”Netflix2.36% 4.“La Casa de Papel” (“Money Heist”)Netflix1.69% 2.“Grey’s Anatomy”ABC/Netflix/Hulu2.07% Source: TV Time 6.“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”Fox/NBC/Hulu1.40% 7.“The 100”CW/Netflix1.25% No. 2 on TV Time’s ranking was ABC’s long-running primetime drama “Grey’s Anatomy,” whose past seasons are available on Netflix. That was followed by Netflix’s controversial teen-suicide show “13 Reasons Why”; Spanish-language series “La Casa de Papel” (“Money Heist”), which premiered on Spain’s Antena 3 in 2017 before it was picked up by Netflix; and The CW’s “Riverdale” (the first two seasons of which also are on Netflix). TV Time defines a binge session as one in which a user watches at least four episodes of a show within a 24-hour period. For the annual report, bingeing patterns were calculated from Jan. 1-Dec. 13, 2018.But take these rankings with a really big grain of salt.For starters, the binge-watching data aggregated by TV Time is self-reported by users of the free app — it’s not a passive measurement service that tracks actual viewing behavior. In addition, the company says the app’s base of 12 million users skews young, comprising primarily people 18-34. TV Time’s business model is geared around selling data and analytics to networks, streaming providers, studios and others.Another important point: Popular shows on traditional broadcast and cable channels are likely to be underrepresented in TV Time’s binge-viewing data, because episodes of current seasons are released weekly. Fans of, say, “Game of Thrones” would be far less likely to stack up four or more episodes to watch in one sitting than, for example, people who were eagerly anticipating season 2 of “13 Reasons Why.” Note that CBS’s “Big Bang Theory,” one of the top ratings-getters on primetime television, came in No. 9 on the TV Time list.That said, here are TV Time’s rankings, for what they’re worth:Top 10 Binge-Watched Shows of 2018last_img read more

Funds in KMC fixed deposit to be spent on providing amenities

first_imgKolkata: Mayor Firhad Hakim reiterated on Monday that funds in the fixed deposit of the civic body will be utilised only for development work and civic amenities and any wastage of such funds will not be tolerated.Replying to a query from Congress councillor Prakash Upadhyay regarding the existing amount in the fixed deposit of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) at the monthly meeting, Hakim said: “We have an amount of Rs 17.10 crore till February 2018. The funds in the fixed deposit, whether it is more or less, does not matter. What matters most is offering services and civic amenities to the people. Since the Trinamool Congress took over the board of the KMC in 2010, it has provided civic amenities in the form of potable drinking water, lights, development of slums, an overhaul of the drainage system, scientific plan for solid waste management etc.” Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseAccording to Hakim, when Subrata Mukherjee of the TMC ended his term as the Mayor in 2005, the amount of fixed deposit stood at Rs 377.16 crore. When Bikash Bhattacharya of the Left Front board took over as Mayor, he sold a number of plots of land and the fixed deposit went up to Rs 721.25 crore. Hakim further informed that when Bhattacharya’s term as Mayor ended in 2010, he left Rs 588. 67 crore in the fixed deposit of the KMC. “The revenue earning is a part our job but our main aim is to ensure that the citizens get the best of amenities,” he maintained. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe Mayor further said that the KMC has set a target of three years to ensure the supply of potable drinking water to every single pocket in the city. “There are problems in certain pockets, particularly in the added areas in the southern part, and we are taking all possible measures to augment water supply. The capacity of the Garden Reach Waterways is being raised by 25 million gallon and we are also constructing small booster pumping stations in these areas to boost water supply,” he added.last_img read more