Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal UEFA has also been subject to phishing attempts to gain access to its email accounts, but said it could find no evidence of a hack. Still, UEFA has received dozens of questions about cases going back several years and the contents of private exchanges.“We are not stealing,” Infantino said, discussing the contents of any leaks. “What counts is do things in an appropriate way.”In a separate statement, FIFA said it “condemns any attempts to compromise the confidentiality, integrity and availability of data in any organization using unlawful practices.”“Of course, we are concerned by the fact that some information has been obtained illegally,” it said.Soccer has been hit by the release of confidential information in recent years, including a group called “Football Leaks.” Through the European Investigative Collaborations, it has released details on the financial arrangements of top footballers, which have led to tax evasion convictions. The leaks group also obtained a 2010 non-disclosure agreement that saw five-time world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo accused of a rape allegation he denies. The EIC did not respond to emails in the last week about the potential release of information from FIFA and UEFA.ADVERTISEMENT Cybersecurity is under constant review at FIFA, which organizes the World Cup.“FIFA takes all necessary measures to adequately respond to security incidents as well as to continuously improve the security of its IT environment,” the Zurich-based organization said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Lillard, Blazers rout struggling Rockets Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum FIFA did not provide details about the data gained in the latest attack this year on e-mail systems, but it has been contacted by media outlets about internal information contained in private exchanges.“The questions we received, we answered,” FIFA President Gianni Infantino said when asked about what could be released. “My job entails having discussions, having conversations, exchanging documents, drafts, ideas, whatever, on many, many, many, many, topics. Otherwise you don’t go anywhere.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I mean, if I just have to stay in my room and not speak to anyone and cannot do anything, how can I do my job properly? So if then this is being portrayed as something bad, I think there’s not much I can do more than my job in an honest way, in a professional way and trying to defend the interests of football.”Before being elected FIFA president in 2016, Infantino was general secretary at UEFA, overseeing the administration of European soccer at a time when new Financial Fair Play rules were being enforced on European clubs. FIFA President Gianni Infantino speaks during an inauguration ceremony for the new building of the Asia Football Confederation in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)LONDON — FIFA President Gianni Infantino is braced for a release of private information gained by hackers after world soccer’s governing body said its computer network was subject to another cyberattack.The disclosure comes in the same month the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI said Russia’s military intelligence body was responsible for a hack on FIFA in 2016, which led to evidence from anti-doping investigations and lab results being published.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college
Some called it the Nimba ‘scare’, others termed it Nimba disturbance; for some, it was the ‘Yekepa Raid’, among others. But what is clear is that last week’s violent incidence in Nimba is a national wakeup call that must be checked on from all fronts; behind-the-scene happenings, hidden but eventual causes, and mechanisms that would prevent future occurrences on not justArcelorMittal but also all current and future investments, whether foreign or locally-owned.The obvious condemnation of what transpired seems, however, to be the only thing on everyone’s lips without a second thought to what may have led to such a violent scene like never witnessed in the post-war country’s decade-long years of peace. With no intention on my part to justify such violence (which warrant immense and immediate action against perpetrators and their hidden supporters), we must use the ArcelorMittal situation to put into place corrective measures on issues bordering around how we sign concession agreements, on how we raise expectations of would-be beneficiaries, how we manage or direct proceeds derived out of social funds, and how we follow-up with the least of the contents of the agreements.As a matter of fact, post-war concessions, be they agricultural like oil palm or rubber or industrial like mining, are all protest-prone to the extent that fire-arms violence erupts at times. The case of the 2007 Liberia Agriculture Company (LAC) anti-expansion violence that killed its Belgian national, Bruno Mitchell who was the Plantation Manager is enough reason for all Liberians and their foreign investors to take cure for avoiding such.For the case at hand, Nimba youths have in recent months never rested from expressing their frustrations over ArcelorMittal’s operations until it reached boiling point last week. They had demanded, or probably appealed for greater Liberian employment, implementation and in some cases completion of projects and other infrastructural developments to include schools, hospitals and roads and even a vocational training center in Yekepa and improvement of workers’ conditions, among others.The company, on the other hand—though maintained that it has lived up to its corporate responsibility at 100 percent—had engaged the locals regularly during and after their protests.Whatever became of the outcomes of the engagements, however, was not reflected in the recent violence that reportedly left about four national police officers injured and millions of dollars’ worth of properties damaged.But as the company picks up the pieces in counting its losses and has since resumed operations, let’s take a look at some of the issues.When Our Lawmakers Pen ‘Hasty’ Agreements The ArcelorMittal deal was initiated during the Gyude Bryant Transitional Government during a time when warring-fractional lawmakers on Capitol Hill were deemed to have ratified the deal under dubious circumstances, prompting the revision of a deal put forth on the table at around US$900 million to be spent over 25 years.On 17 August 2005, the National Transitional Government of Liberia (NTGL) entered into a Mineral Development Agreement (MDA) with Mittal Steel to exploit Liberia’s reserves of iron ore. Of course, it was renegotiated by the current administration in 2006, apparently fueled by a Global Witness report that raised some alarms over some issues in the Byrant deal.But a year and few months after the revision of the deal, ArcelorMittal in 2008 donated 100 Toyota Hilux DXD4 double-cabin pickups to members of the 52nd National Legislature to be used, according to the company’s former CEO Joseph Matthews, for agricultural purposes in their respective constituencies. The donation ceremony which was held in the Executive Mansion yard was said to be in response to the President’s request for Liberia’s partners to assist in the reconstruction efforts of the government’s agriculture development drive. That met public condemnations too on grounds that it was meant to influence the lawmakers over future actions of the company.But the deal had the potential to bring a range of benefits, including increased government revenues, the creation of employment positions and improved infrastructure to a nation fresh from the ashes of war and at the time yearned for investment opportunities. Nonetheless, the terms and conditions of the MDA attracted significant criticism from civil society groups due to their alleged impact on human rights.In a 2006 report entitled ‘Heavy Mittal?’, Global Witness noted that the presence of a stabilization clause in the MDA could undermine Liberia’s right to regulate important public policy areas, such as human rights and the environment. Although the MDA acknowledged that the project was subject to Liberian law, it imposed a number of restrictions on its application including concerns that the MDA precluded modifications to applicable Liberian law without the prior consent of the company. As a result, the report noted that the company was effectively in a position to refuse to consent to any new law or other form of regulation for the duration of the contract.Another concern was that the MDA guaranteed that the duties and rights of the company under the agreement shall never be derogated from or otherwise prejudiced by any law or by the action or inaction of the government. As a result, the MDA guaranteed that the duties and rights of the company would take precedence over any domestic law, international law or other form of regulation and that the Liberian Government was obliged to indemnify the company for any and all “claims, liabilities, costs, expenses, losses and damages” as a result of a failure by the government to honor its obligations under the MDA – even if such failure was required under Liberian law.But the renegotiated MDA of December 2006 between the Liberian Government and ArcelorMittal saw an amended stabilization clause which still superseded Liberian law on income tax, royalties and other payments due to the government substantially restricted. The amended MDA also made expressed provision for the protection of specific human rights in relation to the project. For example, under that renegotiated agreement, ArcelorMittal is bound to ensure that its private security force follows the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights, that the company must respect certain rights of third parties within the project area including the right of specified people to use infrastructure within the project area. It also called for the company to no longer has the right to secure (at no additional cost) public land outside of the concession area that is necessary for the operation of the project. Acquisition of such land is now subject to good faith negotiation between the parties.In short, the renegotiated settlement provides for stronger human rights protection. According to Global Witness at the time, “the renegotiated agreement showed it was possible to secure profitable commercial terms, whilst also safeguarding the interests of the host state and its population.” This, it said, gives Liberia a real chance of extracting reasonable benefits from the concession. However, the real benefits of this contract to Liberia, Global Witness notes, could only be truly assessed once the company started its operations.And so, are the previously raised issues in that report that led to the renegotiation like human rights, improved working conditions and benefits of the locals being addressed?Were Huge Expectations Raised For Locals?Another issue we must consider in the aftermath of the Yekepa violence is whether the expectations of the locals were raised beyond the company’s capacities.ArcelorMittal contributes US$3 million annually to a development fund as enshrined in the MDA for the three counties where it operates (with Nimba where the mines are located receiving the largest trunk of US$1.5 million dollars, Grand Bassa where the company ships ores through its port receiving US$1 million while Bong receives the remaining half a million because the company’s rail passes through that county).I remain a testimony to projects in these counties that derived out of the Corporate Funds including community colleges in Nimba and Grand Bassa Counties, among others. The understanding is that legislators, administrators and the citizenries from these counties derive at how they spend their allotted portions of the Funds which ArcelorMittal boosts of being in full commitment to in terms of up-to-date payments.But aside from this, it is also understood that the company committed itself to other initiatives outside the MDA which may seem to be causing the current problems. Nothing in the MDA says the company should pave the Ganta-Yekepa Road, for instance, but ArcelorMittal made a commitment to this and other issues advanced by the locals. As a matter of fact, locals in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County do have their demands too outside the MDA to which the Company committed to doing but dragging or refusing to do so later may cause problems (which we hope not for).May we use the Yekepa scenario to avoid raising expectations of would-be beneficiaries and how we ratify concessions; how we manage or direct proceeds derived out of social funds, and how we follow-up with the least of the contents of the agreements.In this case, with the reported losses sustained by the company, its target of reaching 100 million tons by next year would not reached as was in 2012 when its target of 4 million tons could not be met due to weather. A reported capital investment of US$800 million in rails, port, infrastructure, among others is worth protecting but the situation also speaks to how fragile ArcelorMittal’s own security (the hired PGS) is and the need to bolster it.About the Author: Nat Bayjay is a Media Consultant/Communication specialist. Doubling as a PUL Best Investigative & Best Environmental Journalist in 2011, Bayjay uses his journalistic profession to always highlight issues in the country including political, economical and socio issues through in-depth articles and news analyses. He’s reachable on: email@example.com/0777-402737Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
– urges public to demand ID; payments to only be made at HQ, offices– says several persons conned in last few weeksBy Jarryl BryanBogus Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) ‘agents’ have recently fleeced a business of almost half a million dollars in liquor and cash, and the tax agency is warning the public that this is no isolated incident.According to the GRA in a notice, there have been several instances of these scams in the past few weeks, and these reports have come from the East Coast of Demerara (ECD), East Bank of Demerara (EBD), and West Coast of Demerara (WCD).“The general public is advised to be on the lookout for persons posing as GuyanaGRA is urging the public to make all payments at its Camp Street headquarters, or at regional officesRevenue Authority officers who are visiting shops and other business premises to conduct ‘enforcement checks.’ Several of these reported acts have occurred in recent weeks,” GRA warned.The tax collection agency is urging the public to request proof of identification from any purported GRA officer who shows up at any business place, and has reminded the public that all GRA staff members are required to carry identification cards while performing their duties.“Note the identification number and name of any individual claiming to be from the GRA,” the authority advised. “Verify the legitimacy of the exercise by calling 227-6060 extension numbers 3201-3208 or 4601.”The tax authority went on to remind that officers of the GRA are not authorised to collect monies from taxpayers, since all payments are to be made to the cashiers at the GRA regional offices and at its headquarters.”The scamIn November of last year, the Customs, Excise and Trade Operations (CE&TO) of the GRA made mandatory the application of excise stamps on imported alcohol (excluding beer) and tobacco products. This was in collaboration with the Canadian Bank Note (CBN).As such, importers, businesses and persons selling alcohol and tobacco products are expected to have these stamps on their products, to verify that the items were legally imported into Guyana.The aforementioned scam was perpetrated on a 67-year-old caretaker of AmazonAn example of alcohol with the Excise stamp affixedDelight, located at Regent and Oronoque Streets, Georgetown. He allegedly was scammed of almost $300,000 in imported liquor and cash by two men pretending to be officials of the GRA.According to ‘Aunty Seeta’, the men turned up at the business place at about 10:00h, fully dressed and carrying badges with the GRA logo. “They said GRA sent them to seize the imported liquor because she didn’t have their [GRA] stamp on it,” she explained. According to “Seeta”, she was ordered to turn over $150,000 in imported liquor— namely, tequila, whiskey, Black Hennessy, Ciroc, Grey Goose, Apple Smirnoff and Vanilla Smirnoff. Moreover, the men advised her that if she did not want to face criminal charges, she should pay them $125,000. The woman said she complied.However, the distraught woman said that after the men had left, she began to feel sceptical about the way in which the men operated. As such, she contacted the GRA office on Wednesday and reported the matter.She was then informed that the entity did not order the seizure of items belonging to the establishment. At this point, that the pensioner realised she had been conned.“I called 911 and they took a statement from me, and the person on the other end of the line told me to report the matter to the Alberttown Police Station,” the woman explained.The woman has been taking care of the business for the past 14 years, and according to her, this is the first time she has been conned. Both the GRA and the Guyana Police Force have since launched an investigation into the matter.
Saturday, Jun 11, 2011 – Saturday, Jun 25, 2011 Shop ’til you Drop PassportVisitor Centre Children & Family , Community , Market Here is a list of community events taking place this weekend in Fort St. John and the North Peace. If you have an event, let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org Date Of EventName of EventVenue LocationEvent Type Saturday, Jun 11, 2011 09.00 AM – 03.00 PM Farmer’s MarketNorth Peace Arena Market Saturday, Jun 11, 2011 – Saturday, Jun 18, 2011 Be A Tourist In Your Own Town WeekVisitor Centre Children & Family , Community , Celebration , Sports & Fitness Saturday, Jun 11, 2011 09.00 AM Energetic Amazing RaceVisitor Centre Children & Family , Youth , Conferences, Lectures, Workshops & Meetings , Community , Celebration Saturday, Jun 11, 2011 02.00 PM – 04.00 PM Official Community Plan Vision Statement Open HousePomeroy Sport Centre Community , Conferences, Lectures, Workshops & Meetings Saturday, Jun 11, 2011 07.00 PM – 10.00 PM Big Bang Rock FestLido Theatre Youth Saturday, Jun 11, 2011 01.00 PM SCARS Ministries Golf TournamentLinks Golf Course Fundraiser Friday, Jun 10, 2011 – Saturday, Jun 11, 2011 Auditions for “Cabaret” The MusicalNorth Peace Cultural Centre Theatre & Performances Sunday, Jun 12, 2011 – Saturday, Jun 18, 2011 Then & Now QuizVisitor Centre Community – Advertisement –
PARIS – Iran restarted important nuclear activities on the same day this week that six world powers offered it incentives aimed at encouraging the complete suspension of the nuclear work, the International Atomic Energy Agency reported on Thursday. On Tuesday, Iran restarted the pouring of a raw form of uranium into a set of 164 centrifuge machines to produce enriched uranium, said the nuclear monitoring agency based in Vienna, Austria. That same day, Javier Solana, the European Union’s foreign policy chief, was in Tehran, where he presented Iranian leaders with an international package of incentives to help resolve the crisis caused by the country’s nuclear program. There was no explanation for Iran’s decision. But it seemed to underscore its often-stated determination not to be bullied into accepting any deal requiring it to end activities related to uranium enrichment. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The decision also could be intended to win more concessions from the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany, which proposed the incentives package. The revelation seems likely to stiffen the resolve of the United States and the Europeans in particular that a complete freeze of uranium enrichment and reprocessing activities is a condition for talks. In April, Iran succeeded in enriching uranium to the low levels needed to fuel a nuclear reactor. Later that month, without explanation, it stopped introducing the raw form of uranium into the fast-spinning centrifuge machines that concentrate uranium into material that can fuel nuclear reactors or bombs. The empty machines continued to run, which is necessary to prevent them from wobbling. In his first public comments since Iran was presented with the incentives package, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday that Iran was willing to restart negotiations to resolve misunderstandings, but would never give up its “rights,” code for what Iran has consistently said is its sovereign right to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. “On behalf of the Iranian nation, I’m announcing that the Iranian nation will never hold negotiations about its inalienable rights with anybody, but we are for talks about mutual concerns to resolve misunderstandings in the international arena,” he told a crowd of thousands in the city of Qazvin. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Bibinz is being held on $100,000 bail pending his Sept. 19 arraignment. The collision Tuesday on a rural stretch of Sierra Highway near Agua Dulce has become the focal point for groups battling to deport illegal immigrants and, in particular, to deny them driver’s licenses. While the state Legislature approved licensing immigrants, the governor has vowed to use his veto power. Conservative Web sites, as well as white-power sites, are rocking with posts about the case. Walt Rettig, the victim’s brother-in-law, said the grieving family is well aware the case is being politicized. “The system is not working,” Rettig said. “Mike’s dead. I can’t do anything to change that except fight his cause: that is, that law enforcement does not enforce the law.” Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Rosemary Sprinkles, whose husband, paramedic Michael Sprinkles, was killed last week, stands with sons Austin, 11, and Logan, 9, after meeting with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger at a fundraiser Monday evening.Governor meets widow, sons of dead paramedicBy Eugene Tong, and Patricia Farrell Aidem Staff Writers The governor met privately Monday with the widow and two young sons of a Canyon Country paramedic killed last week in a head-on collision with a man who investigators said is an illegal immigrant. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, in Lancaster for an evening fundraiser, scheduled the meeting with Rosemary Sprinkles, whose husband, Michael Sprinkles, was killed Sept. 6 on Sierra Highway near Agua Dulce. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Frank Visco, an event organizer, said Schwarzenegger was scheduled to have his picture taken with the Sprinkles’ sons, 11 and 9. “This was a nice part of the week for the boys,” Rosemary Sprinkles said. “It was very nice of Mr. Schwarzenegger to let a picture be taken. “It was amazing. They saw him as ‘The Terminator.’ They didn’t see him as the governor.” Schwarzenegger, who was in town for a fundraising dinner, gave no statement. Blamed for the crash is Juan Bibinz, a 38-year-old Littlerock man who investigators and prosecutors say had a driver’s license under one of many assumed names and was in the U.S. illegally after being deported in 1999.
At the forum, both addressed the issue, saying they had enough personal and professional integrity to carry off their board duties, if elected. “I know the Brown Act and the issues regarding quorum,” Martinez said at the time, “but we take our job seriously enough to know what our job is and to follow through with it.” Benavente’s bid for office may be over, but he reiterated his support for the district’s new superintendent, Lillian Maldonado French. “She’s headed in the right direction,” he added. “And I hope to see both Cathy and Gloria win back their seats.” Tracy Garcia can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.orgWant 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “I talked to a guy Saturday and he said the academy is a lot more work than they were telling me,” he added. “I would rather have someone (on the board) who can really commit to it full time, not just a quarter of the time or maybe even less.” With his departure, there are now five candidates vying for three seats on the board in the Nov. 8 elections — Duran, Martinez, and challengers Art Escobedo, Grisel Vasquez and Diana Villalba. Escobedo said it was a shame to hear Benavente was dropping out of the race because “at the forum, he said things that made sense, and there were some things that I disagreed with. But he’s a concerned parent and taxpayer.” “But once you commit yourself to a board, it becomes a part of your everyday life,” Escobedo said. “And if you’re not going to have enough time, probably the wisest choice to make is to drop out of the race.” Benavente and Martinez took some hits in recent campaign mailers that described their bid for public office as a sort of power play to make up a majority on the five-member panel. WEST WHITTIER — School board candidate Jesse Benavente announced Monday he is dropping out of the race for the Los Nietos School District school board and throwing his support behind incumbents Gloria Duran and his wife Cathy Martinez. Benavente, 39, said he came to the decision over the weekend, after he passed the written and agility tests to join the Pasadena Police Department. At a candidates forum earlier this month at Los Nietos Middle School, Benavente had said he was planning to start the police academy in January. But this weekend, he realized the academy would be a lot more rigorous than he’d expected. “I’m not going to have the time — and not just for this race, but to continue with the school board for a year or year and a half until I get the academy completed,” Benavente said.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Westly also has the endorsements from Rep. Grace Napolitano, …D-Santa Fe Springs, Assemblymen Ron Calderon, …D-Montebello, and Ed Chavez, D-Industry. Meanwhile, Westly’s main opponent, state Treasurer Phil Angelides, …has the endorsements of Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina, …Reps. Linda Sanchez, …D-Lakewood, and Hilda Solis, …D-El Monte, state Sen. Gloria Romero, …D-Los Angeles, and Andre Quintero, …Rio Hondo Community College trustee. “Phil Angelides will be our party’s strongest nominee because he has been the strongest and most consistent leader in standing up to Governor Schwarzenegger’s attacks on working Californians,” Solis said. “It is time to unify the Democratic Party around Phil’s candidacy for Governor so we can wage a winning campaign next year to take back California.” SUPREME COURT COMMENT: Rep. Linda Sanchez …, D-Lakewood, has called on President George W. Bush to consider a qualified Latino for the U.S. Supreme Court position that is again open after Harriet Miers withdrew her candidacy. “If he looks to the Hispanic community to fill this vacancy, I hope he will choose a nominee who is committed to defending the rights and access to the courts that the Latino community has fought so hard to achieve,” said Sanchez, vice-chair of the caucus’ Civil Rights Task Force. “The worst thing the president could do is insult the Hispanic community by snubbing them again, or worse, selecting someone who is Hispanic in name only.” CANDIDATES FORUM: The La Mirada Chamber of Commerce will hold a forum for candidates for the Cerritos College and Norwalk La Mirada Unified School District boards at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday at the La Mirada Golf Course, 15501 E. Alicante Rd., La Mirada. Breakfast is available for $10 per person. For reservations, call (562) 902-1970. COUNTY REPORT: Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe …will speak at the 11 a.m. Friday lunch of the Whittier Republican Women Federated. The club meets at the Friendly Hills Country Club, 8500 S. Villaverde Drive, Whittier. For reservations, call Pat King, (562) 695-0690. Cost is $17. SOCIAL SECURITY TALK: Dick Mac Donald, …a tax specialist, will speak about privatizing Social Security at the 7:30 a.m. Friday breakfast of the Southeast chapter of the Lincoln Clubs of Los Angeles County. The event will be held at Geezer’s Restaurant, 12120 Telegraph Road, Santa Fe Springs. Cost is $25 per person. For reservations, write LACLC, 6055 E. Washington Blvd., Suite 228, Commerce; call Peter Bylsma at (323) 215-4500; or e-mail him at email@example.com.. Mail items for It’s Politics to the Whittier Daily News, P.O. Box 581, Whittier, CA 90608; fax to (562) 698-0450; phone (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022; or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org..160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It’s Politics reports Saturdays on the ins and outs of Whittier-area politics and city government. The Democratic primary for governor is a mere seven months away, and local politicians are beginning to take sides. The latest is state Sen. Martha Escutia, …D-Norwalk, who has endorsed state Controller Steve Westly …for governor. “Steve Westly isn’t just a tough fiscal watchdog, high-tech innovator and leader on progressive environmental issues,” Escutia said. “He’s a former teacher, who truly understands that in order to ensure a brighter future for our state, we must invest in a quality education for our kids.”
SANTA CLARITA – Residents and business owners are encouraged to put a smile on the faces of underprivileged children by contributing to the Foundation for Children’s Dental Health’s Adopt-A-Smile campaign. The Foundation for Children’s Dental Health provides screenings, dental education and treatments for children in the Santa Clarita Valley who could not otherwise afford to see a dentist. This is the first year the Saugus-based nonprofit organization, which is funded mainly through grants and donations, has attempted a mass-mailing fundraising campaign. About 400 cards were sent out two weeks ago to people who have attended past fundraisers, local dentists and people who have contributed to the organization in the past. Now the group is trying to get the word out to people who were not on the mailing list. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “Many people in the community don’t know about the foundation,” said Executive Director Ericka Watson. “We’re just trying to get the word out so that other people who might not be familiar with the foundation can contribute. “We tried to time it with the end of the year, when people do more giving.” Throughout the year, volunteers from the Foundation for Children’s Dental Health visit local elementary schools to provide oral hygiene education, free dental screenings and emergency dental services to children from low-income families. The screenings identify which children need to be treated at the organization’s annual weeklong dental clinic. With help from the community, the foundation hopes to hold two clinics in 2006 and help twice as many children. “Each clinic costs around $45,000, so we will need $90,000 just for clinics alone,” Watson said. “We’re hoping to treat about 100 to 120 children at the next clinic.” The group’s next clinic is scheduled for May 19-26, and in addition to funding, volunteers are needed to help with the clinics. Dentists are provided by the University of Southern California’s School of Dentistry. Volunteers help with set-up, registration, cleanup and translating and are needed every day during the weeklong clinic. No dentists are needed for the clinics; however, the foundation is always looking for local dentists to participate in its emergency referral network, which helps children with dental emergencies between clinics. After the clinics, children who were embarrassed to smile have a smile on their face, and many children are finally without mouth pain, Watson said. “We have some before and after photos that speak more than words,” she said. “The parents and the children are very grateful for the program we have.” HOW TO HELP The Foundation for Children’s Dental Health is seeking donations and volunteers in order to continue its mission to provide free dental services to children in the Santa Clarita Valley who could not otherwise afford to see a dentist. Here’s how you can help. Individual/business donor: Drop off or mail a contribution to The Foundation for Children’s Dental Health, 27943 Seco Canyon Road, No. 210, Santa Clarita, CA 91350. A donation of $50 will provide one full dental screening for a needy child; $100 will provide dental education for more than 100 local children; $300 will provide more than 400 children with toothbrushes; and $350 will provide full dental services to one needy child. Local dentists: The foundation is always looking for more local dentists who can volunteer their time and expertise. To volunteer your professional services, call the foundation at (661) 296-8515. Parents: Parents can help by volunteering at clinics and educating their children on the importance of good oral hygiene. Local school leaders: They can help in the fight against irresponsible eating habits at school. Business sponsorship: Local businesses can sponsor the Foundation for Children’s Dental Health throughout the year by sponsoring supplies for its various events. — Sharon Cotal, (661) 257-5256 email@example.comWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
A letter sent to Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar shows there are no plans in the immediate future to start work on the Letterkenny Relief Road.The letter sent to Deputy MacLochlainn and Minister Leo Varadkar.The letter states that due to a lack of funding, no further works will be carried out on plans for the Bonagee Link between the Lifford Road and Letterkenny.The plan had included a bridge over the Rover Swilly which would have taken a large volume of traffic away from the town. Donegal Sinn Féin TD Pádraig Mac Lochlainn, who was also sent the letter by a spokesman for the National Road Authority, has slammed the lack of action on the project.Deputy Mac Lochlainn was speaking after the National Roads Authority responded on behalf of the Minister for Transport, Leo Varadkar to parliamentary questions submitted by him.He said “A recent road traffic accident on the Port Road demonstrated yet again how vital the Bonagee Link from the recently constructed N56 IDA road to the Dry Arch Roundabout is to the people and economy of Letterkenny and North Donegal. People were caught in a traffic gridlock for hours and the damage to the local economy was substantial.“It is outrageous that four years after Donegal County Council has submitted their plans to the National Roads Authority, this Government stil has failed to free up the neccessary finances. They are investing hundreds of millions of euro across the state from various sources and yet again, Donegal has been shafted. “They also have refused to fund the N14 Letterkenny to Lifford road upgrade that is also a vital project, particularly when the A5 dual carriageway proceeds. Are this Government going to allow the first entry point to Donegal for many from the new dual carriageway to be what is a glorified bog road with bend after bend?”He said he was now calling again on the Government supporting Oireachtas members and councillors to “step up to the plate and make the fight for our county.” LETTER SHOWS THAT FUNDING FOR LETTERKENNY RELIEF ROAD IS LONG WAY AWAY was last modified: April 17th, 2014 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:donegalfundingLetterkenny Relief Road