Nine arrested in scheme for Katrina relief

first_imgBAKERSFIELD – Nine people allegedly involved in an scheme to steal American Red Cross funds meant for Hurricane Katrina relief were arrested shortly after federal authorities announced a second round of indictments in the case. Seven people were arrested in Bakersfield late Thursday and Friday, and two surrendered to authorities, according to FBI spokeswoman Karen Ernst. McGregor W. Scott announced Thursday the indictments of 15 people, accused of submitting or collecting on fake claims through a Katrina relief call center in Bakersfield. Some of the suspects were employees at the call center, and the rest knew an employee at the center. A total of 30 people have been indicted on wire fraud charges in the alleged scheme. Of those, 10 remain at large, Ernst said. 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Weeklast_img read more

Last chance to grab a bargain in Rossview Interiors and Donegal Tile Centre sale

first_imgDonegal Tile Centre and Rossview Interiors’ massive Marquee Sale is now in full swing but customers will have to hurry if they want a bargain, as the event ends tomorrow, Saturday at 5pm.Choose from a large selection of clearance wall and floor tiles, most at less than half price, vanity units from €89 and 900mm quadrant shower enclosures down to € 160For this weekend only there is also huge discounts throughout the showroom with 40% off a selection of ‘Laura Ashley’ vanity units. Also in this fantastic sale there is some exceptional value in furniture like storage beds reduced from € 530 to € 260 and Marble Dining Sets reduced from € 2,090 to € 1,400,So don’t miss out just watch for the Marquee from the Polestar Roundabout, Port Road, Letterkenny and pick up a real bargain this weekend.Last chance to grab a bargain in Rossview Interiors and Donegal Tile Centre sale was last modified: April 12th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

Travel alert: Truck overturned in Inishowen

first_imgAn HGV has overturned on the Carn Road in Inishowen this Monday afternoon.The accident was reported on the R238 road at Glassmullan before 4pm.Local reports say that the tanker has overturned into a field. Gardaí are currently at the scene, while it is not yet known if there are any injuries.Traffic is flowing as normal.Travel alert: Truck overturned in Inishowen was last modified: May 20th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

Kiwomya’s late cracker gives Chelsea FA Youth Cup triumph

first_imgAlex Kiwomya’s brilliant late strike gave Chelsea a 2-1 victory at Derby, taking them into the semi-finals of the FA Youth Cup.Kiwomya, son of former Ipswich and Arsenal forward and now Notts County manager Chris, smashed in a glorious winner after cutting in from the left in the final 10 minutes of a thrilling – and feisty – game at Pride Park.Chelsea’s youngsters bossed the opening period, playing with confidence from the back and picking holes in the home defence with ease.The Blues took full advantage of Derby’s eagerness to press high up the pitch and could easily have been three or four goals ahead by the break.The pace and trickery of Chelsea’s front line, in particular the lively Kiwomya, regularly carved open the Rams rearguard.Lewis Baker missed a great chance after a fine move and another attack almost led to a goal for Kiwomya, who also saw an effort go just wide.But Baker’s low penalty, which crept under keeper Ross Etheridge after the goalkeeper had taken out Rhys Mitchell, was all the visitors had to show for their dominance.Mason Bennett hit the post with Derby’s first noteworthy chance, in first-half stoppage time.However, the hosts improved markedly after half-time.The excellent Bennett played a major part in levelling when his left-wing cross took a huge deflection off the unfortunate Alex Davey and looped in at the far post.Chelsea, who had been disrupted by injuries, settled after a nervy 10-minute spell.Kiwomya was denied by the on-rushing Etheridge and the striker then failed to connect when through one-on-one.But it was Kiwomya who restored Chelsea’s advantage on 82 minutes with a breathtaking 20-yard shot that fizzed into the bottom corner.The Rams pressed late on and could have forced extra time when they hit the woodwork for the third time, but Chelsea held on and will play Liverpool or Hull in the semi-finals.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

It’s Time To Hack City Hall

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#apps#Facebook#Government#mobile Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Gavin Newsom, lieutenant governor of California and former mayor of San Francisco, sounds tired – but still in a hurry. Darting between meetings in Silicon Valley and Sacramento, Newsom tells me that it’s long past time for government to embrace the opportunities presented by smartphones, social media, and Big Data. I spoke with Newsom as he was returning from a meeting at Cisco. As he said:We have (leaders) in government who download a book to their Kindle in seconds, or order their groceries online. They understand the power of a 24/7 service, yet rather than adopting new technologies for their organization, we are patching old systems from the 1970s. These were great once, but now are becoming burdens.  Newsom has an infectious optimism regarding technology’s ability to improve government services and foster openness. “We need to learn and scale,” he says of government.The private sector is taking notice. Money, ideas and entrepreneurship are flowing into government at all levels. Not just to win big contracts or to promote immigration reform, but to use the very technologies that have changed homes and business to improve how government operates. Open GovEarlier this year, the Knight Foundation initiated the “Open Gov” challenge in order to, as the organization put it, “we sensed an opportunity to accelerate this nascent field and to help it develop solutions that serve defined needs.”Four months later, the foundation has just announced eight winners who will receive just over $3 million in funding. These include: Civic Insight: Providing up-to-date information on vacant properties so that communities can more easily find ways to make tangible improvements to local spaces.GitMachines: Supporting government innovation by creating pre-configured tools that developers in government agencies can use to easily build new technology.OpenCounter: Making it easier for residents to register and create new businesses by building open source software that governments can use to simplify the process.Procure.io: Making government contract bidding more transparent by simplifying the way smaller companies bid on government contracts.Toward A Government App StoreBusinesses that have worked with government for years also realize how mobile technology, social media and even smartphone apps can improve the delivery of service.Recently, I spoke with Maury Blackman, CEO of Accela, a Bay Area company that develops mobile apps specifically designed to streamline government activities and to make it easier for people to communicate with officials, get information, pay taxes and fees, access services and so forth.“Services once done in-person or online are now shifting to the smartphone,” Blackman told me. “Citizens expect around-the-clock access to government officials and services.”The Civic CloudAccela has also built a app platform it calls “the Civic Cloud,” one designed to help government agencies and app developers work more closely with one another. The goal is to create smartphone apps for government agencies that thousands of local governments across the country could easily replicate.If that effort is successful, developers would suddenly have access to a giant market. Meanwhile, government could offer improve service delivery, while citizens would get better roads, services and greater access to the government employees whose salaries they pay.Such apps might include a location-based pothole-repair request service, or one that would let contractors submit permit requests from the field. It’s not hard to see how such apps could scale across city and local governments around the country.In his book Citizenville, Newsom writes: “In the private sector and in our personal lives, absolutely everything has changed over the last decade. In government, very little has.” That finally may be about to change. brian s hallcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Premiere Pro CS6: Customizing Keyboard Shortcuts

first_imgAdobe has updated the Premiere Pro CS6 keyboard shortcut window to include more customization. Learn how to set Premiere to use shortcuts from other popular video editing applications!Recently, many editors have been making a move from other editing applications to Adobe Premiere Pro. Whether this is for the speed improvements, the native play-back of multiple formats, the integration with After Effects, Photoshop et al – whatever it may be – it all means change, which can slow you down! On top of all these changes the last thing you want to have to do is learn a whole new set of keyboard shortcuts potentially slowing down your workflow even more.Thankfully, Adobe have been very aware of this general move towards Premiere Pro and has tried to make things as simple as possible.In this post, you’ll learn how to make your Premiere Pro keyboard shortcuts mimic those found in Avid Media Composer 5, Final Cut Pro 7 or Premiere Pro version 5.5 (as many of the shortcuts have changed in the release of CS6).Premiere Pro Keyboard ShortcutsIn the menu bar go to ‘Edit’.  Towards the bottom you will find ‘Keyboard Shortcuts…’‘Keyboard Shortcuts’ WindowIf you simply want to load Avid, FCP or Premiere Pro CS5.5 shortcuts – click the drop-down and choose the option you want.‘Keyboard Shortcuts’ Window Drop-downNotice there is a very helpful search box in this menu where you can type the name of a command to find out what the corresponding keyboard shortcut is (if there is a shortcut assigned to that term).Searching – EditThe Keyboard Shortcuts Window is also an editor whereby you can add, remove and change keyboard shortcuts to fit your exact workflow.Start by either navigating to the command you wish to edit the shortcut for, or alternatively search for it as needed.  When you have found the item you wish to edit, select it and choose the ‘Edit’ button that will appear towards the bottom right of the panel.Edit Option with Item SelectedThen, simply type in the new keyboard shortcut that you want to assign it and it will automatically be added. If that keyboard shortcut happens to already be assigned to another command, you will get the following error.  Note however, the shortcut has been added to the item you chose and removed from its previous use!Error DialogueAs you will see from the picture above you still have options. You could click OK and go with the change. Alternatively, you could decide that you want to Undo the change and leave the shortcut as it was (which is what I did in this example).You can also clear existing keyboard shortcuts if you don’t use them and set them free for future use!Lastly, if you do make a change, notice that the ‘Go To’ menu will become active.  Click ‘Go To” and you’ll be directed to the command that you just removed a shortcut from.  Assign it a new keyboard shortcut with just one click.  Nice!Have a Premiere Pro shortcut that’s essential to your video editing?Let us know in the comments!last_img read more

Arrest those involved in desecration of crosses in Catholic cemetery: BJP MLA

first_imgBharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Nilesh Cabral on Wednesday threatened to sit on a dharna if culprits behind the mass desecration at a cemetery in Curchorem village are not arrested before the end of upcoming Monsoon session of the Goa legislative assembly. “These desecrations are a threat to my government. Police have to act quickly and arrest those responsible for the desecration or else I will sit on dharna outside the Curchorem police station before the assembly session ends”, said Mr. Cabral, an MLA from Curchorem constituency.”I will also be raising this issue in the assembly session. Police needs to modernise in order to catch such culprits,” Mr. Cabral, who is also the chairman of State-owned goa tourism Corporation Limited said.State legislative assembly monsoon session is scheduled to begin on July 18.Mr. Cabral’s statement comes in wake of a series of desecration of Catholic and Hindu religious symbols, including the incident earlier this week when several Catholic crosses were smashed and grave-stones broken at a cemetery in South Goa’s Curchorem town. The Goa Archbishop, as well as Governor Mridula Sinha on Tuesday had urged the state police to effectively probe the desecration series. Mr. Cabral also proposed to take up the matter with Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar who is presently away in the U.S. on a personal visit and is scheduled to be back on July 14.last_img read more

Goa villages to document biodiversity

first_imgPANAJI: Goa has become the second State after Kerala to constitute Biodiversity Management Committees in most of its village panchayats, according to Pradip V. Sarmokadam, Member Secretary, Goa State Biodiversity Board.The move is aimed at forming People’s Biodiversity Registers (PBRs) in villages, which as many as 75 villages are already in the process of forming these.Mr. Sarmokadam said here on Friday that as per the board’s chief mandate to implement the Biological Diversity Act, 2002, and Biological Diversity Rules, 2004, in Goa, this exercise was extensively conducted across the State. He was talking to The Hindu ahead of the first meeting of the State’s Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) committee on Saturday, under the chairmanship of C. Achalender Reddy, Additional Director, Centre for Innovation in Public Systems, Hyderabad. “Financial provisions have been assured by the government for us to start with the work of PBRs and ABS committee,” Mr. Sarmokadam said. He said that apart from Kerala and Goa, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat are doing a commendable work in conservation and sustainable access to biodiversity.Mr. Sarmokadam said that Section 41 of the Act makes it mandatory for every local governing body to constitute a Biodiversity Management Committees. Goa will soon take up a similar exercise for municipal councils.Traditional knowledgeThese committees are expected to function for conservation of biological diversity, sustainable use of its components and fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the use of biological resources and associated traditional knowledge. They will maintain data about local vaidyas (practitioners of traditional medicinal knowledge), keep a register on information of access of biological resources and traditional knowledge granted, details of collection fee imposed and of benefits derived and the mode of their sharing. He said the board would sensitise and train the committees in documentation of biodiversity and associated traditional knowledge. “Unless we are able to connect the biodiversity conservation to livelihood of people in the area, we will not be able to convince them about conservation and sustainable sharing of its benefits, for retaining same quality of food, same quality of environment,” he said.last_img read more

Kidswear market to touch Rs 58K cr by 2014

first_imgKids wear is not a small business anymore. Driven by huge demand from brand conscious children, the Indian kidswear retail market is expected to touch Rs 58,000 crore by 2014, according to retail consultancy firm Technopak Advisors.At present, the size of kidswear market in India is estimated at about Rs 38,000 crore – accounting for 25 per cent of the total Indian apparel category.”This segment, which is split into kidswear and school uniforms, is expected to reach Rs 58,000 crore by 2014,” Technopak’s recent report ‘Trends in India’s Domestic Fashion Market’ says.Growing at the rate of 17 per cent, this is one of the most attractive categories, according to the report. The report tracks children in the age group of three to 13 years.Technopak highlights increased media exposure, double-income parents and peer pressure as the reasons for children becoming more fashion and brand conscious.Kids are aware of branded goods and have started asking for exclusive products, the report says.Brands are also realising the potential of this market and are increasing their presence in this segment, it adds.In April 2009, the Mahindra Group launched Mom & Me stores to tap into this segment. Exclusive children’s brands, such as Gini & Jony, Lilliput and Catmoss, have also expanded their presence exponentially in the last two to three years.These brands are developing categories such as infant wear, kids’ formal wear, kids’ ethnic wear, swim wear and casual wear, along with a wide range of other merchandise for children.Even a brand like Reebok, which focused on adults till now, launched the ‘Reebok Juniors’ concept store last year to tap into this segment. It has started offering apparel, footwear, accessories and sports equipment for children in the age group of four to 14 years.Gini & Jony started their Freedom Fashions stores, which offer licensed products from brands like Reebok and Levi’s, along with their own products.Even premium brands, such as Tommy Hilfiger, Allen Solly and Puma, are not far behind and are now including more kids’ product and accessories.Childrens’ fashion shows, organised by these brands, is not a new concept. Lilliput started this trend and Catmoss roped in Darsheel Safary, of Taare Zameen Par-fame, to walk the ramp for its collection.Courtesy: Mail Today advertisementlast_img read more