WHITTIER – Crossing guards tasked with overseeing the mid-day release of kindergartners in half-day programs will no longer be in place at 14 intersections come Nov. 1, school officials said Friday. In a city report, officials said the crossing-guard eliminations would not affect public safety because schools already have a policy in place to protect kindergartners during the mid-day school-release time, which ranges from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. The motion to cut the city-funded crossing guards was approved at the City Council’s last meeting on Sept. 25. For more on this story, pick up a copy of tomorrow’s Whittier Daily News. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Photo by Clive Wasson.BUSINESS: House builders will be given free access to essential information from leading experts at Donegal’s first ever building advice expo, #Build16 in Letterkenny on Saturday June 11.Sponsored by EBS Letterkenny, #Build16 has brought together a team of trusted local professionals to walk house builders step by step through the build process. The expo, which will take place at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Letterkenny on Saturday, June 11, is designed for anyone building, renovating or extending their property – whether first time self-builders or experienced multi-site developers.Garry Clarke, a property law expert from Lanigan Clarke Solicitors in Letterkenny, says the event is designed to help home builders save both time and money while achieving the best results in their build projects.The property solicitor leads the #Build16 team of experts: Dean Spencer, BER in Donegal; Darren Donaghy, Donaghy Training; Peter Cullinane, Cullinane Steele Architects; Bert Galbraith, Galbraith Construction; Christy Lynch, Efficient Renewables and Gareth McLarnon, Glen Estates.Mr Clarke explains: “The number of people planning to build new homes, renovate old ones and add extensions to existing properties is on the rise and we want to ensure that they benefit from the right advice before they begin. “#Build16 is a free entry event which is open to the public and will shed light on the build process from inception to inhabitation. Our trusted experts will highlight all the important do’s and don’ts in situations which home builders are likely to encounter during their build projects.“#Build16 is the first event of its kind in Donegal. Sponsored by EBS, #Build16 brings a highly experienced and recommended team of local professionals all under one roof to provide practical advice and helpful tips on self-build and larger scale development projects.“Attendees will receive up-to-date information which could save many thousands of euro on build costs and help them avoid unnecessary delays in the process.“From adhering to the latest planning stipulations to side stepping the legal pitfalls of property development and from maximising energy efficiency to ensuring the highest levels of site safety – attendees can rest assured that #Build16 has got it covered,” Mr Clarke adds.Fidelma Kelly, from event sponsor EBS Letterkenny, said: “We are delighted to sponsor this event as building a home can be a daunting prospect.“At EBS we know how much time and energy goes into building your own home and we want to support you every step of the way.” #Build16 attendees will be given access to practical advice and essential information from experts in the areas of mortgages, property law, planning, site safety, building affordability, energy efficiency, building energy rating and property valuation.”#Build16 will take place at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny on Saturday, June 11 from 9.30am – 2pm. Complimentary tea and coffee will be available on arrival.Entry to both the event and the #Build16 prize draw is free. To register your free place at #Build16 today email: email@example.com or call 086 088 5070.Each speaker will be available to answer questions after addressing the event on topics as follows: ‘Compliance with new building regulations and planning conditions’Peter Cullinane, RIAI Architect, Cullinane Steele Architects‘Site Safety – what you need to know’Darren Donaghy, Donaghy Safety Training ‘Building high quality affordable homes’Bert Galbraith, Galbraith Construction‘Legal pitfalls in planning and house purchases’Garry Clarke, Lanigan Clarke Solicitors ‘Cost saving heating and water saving systems’Christy Lynch, Efficient Renewables/Efficient Heating and Plumbing‘Market Intelligence – The property market in 2016’Gareth McLarnon, Glen Estates‘Building Energy Ratings and how to make you home efficient’Dean Spencer, BER In DonegalEXPERTS TO GIVE FREE ADVICE TO SELF-BUILDERS AND HOUSE DEVELOPERS AT #BUILD16 EXPO was last modified: June 10th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:#BUILD16BusinessconstructionexpoFeaturesfreenews
A well-known Letterkenny cafe is putting charity before profit when it opens up for business this Thursday morning.O’Hehir’s Bakery on the town’s Main Street will donate all its profits from its till from 10.30am until 12.30pm will go into buckets instead and go directly to the Irish Hospice Foundation. That means that every cent spent on a coffee, a bun or a sandwich will go directly towards people less well off than most of us.See you there for a cuppa! CAFE BREWING UP A STORM FOR CHARITY was last modified: September 17th, 2012 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)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2State Consumer Affairs investigators launched a probe of the cemetery in April 2005 amid allegations cemetery President Marsha Howard was reusing and reselling graves – in one instance even using $3,446.50 from the sale of two plots to post bail for a jailed employee, according to court records. She is also accused of taking $40,000 from the cemetery’s endowment care fund, set up for perpetual grounds maintenance, court records show. She is due in a Pasadena courtroom Tuesday, where she has been charged with six felony counts of unlawful use of endowment care funds and three misdemeanor counts of unlawfully disposing of remains, co-mingling remains and removing human remains without a permit. If convicted, she could face up to 18 years in prison, $23,500 in fines and the loss of her business license. Howard, 58, did not return calls for comment, but in court documents she claimed the remains had been left there by the previous owners, and that she had groundskeepers dig small holes around the cemetery to do “unrecorded interments,” according to court records. GLENDALE – Grand View Memorial Park, whose owners are suspected of improperly disposing of thousands of cremated remains, might have to close as early as Tuesday because of a lack of funds, its operator says. Moshe Goldsman said he cannot afford the $45,000 to $50,000 a month in mortgage, insurance, utility bills and salaries for about a dozen Grand View employees. “I’d like to keep it open forever but it may not be feasible,” he said. “No money. No money.” The financial crisis is just the latest in a string of problems at Grand View. Her attorney, Myles Mattenson, did not return a call seeking comment. Goldsman, 41, was put in place to run Grand View while Howard is being investigated. He said he wants to sell the cemetery but can’t because Howard is the majority investor. He and Kevin Flanagan, a spokesman with the state Consumer Affairs Department, which regulates cemeteries and other businesses statewide, said Howard doesn’t want to sell, a matter Goldsman said he might fight in court. Flanagan said there is a good chance Grand View could close Tuesday. And even though Howard has been removed from overseeing day-to-day operations, the state can’t take away her business. It’s really a question of due process, he said. “We certainly will do everything we can to urge the owners to come up with some sort of solution to keep Grand View open,” he said. Glendale City Councilman Bob Yousefian sympathized with the families, but said he and his council colleagues have little power over private business matters. “My hands are tied,” he said. “I don’t feel good, but what can I do?” The uncertain future of the cemetery is causing more heartache for the families of those interred there. It is unclear what will happen to those buried at the site should it close. “Every Mother’s Day and birthday is hard enough. Now we have to go through this again?” said Molly Rodriguez, 43, of Sylmar, who visited Grand View on Mother’s Day to see the graves of her mother and grandmother. “It hurts a lot. My mom was my world.” firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 546-3306160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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Arnold Schwarzenegger framed his special-election government-reform agenda partly as an attack against the power of special interests in Sacramento, especially the unions.But after voters successfully fought back and handed the governor a stinging defeat of all his ballot measures, political analysts say the governor’s efforts might have simply made those special interests even more powerful.And when state government gears up again in January – with the return of the legislative session, the release of the governor’s proposed 2006-07 budget and his State of the State speech – those special interests are expected to leverage their increased influence.“There’s no question \ solidified their power,” said government watchdog Robert Stern, president of the Los Angeles-based Center for Governmental Studies.“This is the first time the governor has lost a ballot measure election. And he lost it big time. I think they enhanced their muscle. They may have veto power over a lot of legislation.”Spending exceeded $250 million in the campaign, with the biggest donations coming from unions, which spent at least $100 million – more than half from the California Teachers Association.Schwarzenegger and his allies, relying on traditional Republican big-business donors, spent about $50 million. The pharmaceutical industry spent about $80 million to support Proposition 78 and defeat Proposition 79.Successfully fighting off the governor’s effort to make it harder for teachers to gain tenure, the teachers union now is expected to ratchet up efforts to push Schwarzenegger to restore education funding to the state budget.The group has long argued that Schwarzenegger failed to restore full funding for education after striking an agreement with the teachers to let him borrow school funds to balance the budget.Organized labor – which fought off a Schwarzenegger measure that would have made it harder for unions to use members’ dues for political campaigns – also is expected to join together to block Schwarzenegger’s effort to reform the state pension system, as well as potentially get a measure on the ballot to restrict corporations’ ability to make political contributions without shareholder approval.They could also try again to get a minimum wage hike, following Schwarzenegger’s veto this year.The California Nurses Association – which emerged as a power player in the special election when it was one of the first groups to publicly criticize Schwarzenegger’s efforts – will be pushing for a few reform proposals of its own.The nurses, angry at Schwarzenegger for efforts to change the nurse-staffing ratio, were not big spenders during the campaign but were persistent and creative in their attacks on the governor, following him even to out-of-state events with picket signs and fly-over banners.While administration officials said the move was not related to the governor’s election loss – and the nurses’ role in it – just a few days afterward, the administration dropped its court challenge aimed at overturning the nurse-patient ratio.The nurses say they now are looking to go after their main political opposition – big healthcare companies and hospitals – with proposals for campaign finance reform, universal healthcare and closing corporate tax loopholes.“We said pretty clearly since the election that California voters sent a very strong signal that they’re not interested in bogus reforms,” said CNA spokesman Chuck Idelson.“What is needed now are genuine reforms that address the real problems that face Californians, including the corruption of our political system by wealthy corporations, the healthcare crisis and the inequity of our budget, in which so much of the burden falls on low-and middle-income taxpayers.”Other union groups are also looking at another strike against corporations – a proposed ballot measure that would require companies to obtain prior shareholder approval before spending money on political activities.The initiative was a retaliatory countermeasure to Proposition 75, which would have required unions to get prior consent from every member before spending money for political purposes.For his part, Schwarzenegger now faces growing pressure to portray himself as more moderate and centrist to win back a disenchanted electorate and buoy his sagging approval ratings.He also faces a delicate balancing act between the newly empowered unions and the business interests – particularly corporate CEOs and developers – that were big contributors to his ballot efforts.The biggest contributors to Schwarzenegger’s California Recovery Team were William Robinson, retired founder of the DHL delivery service, who gave $2.25 million; Stockton developer Alex Spanos, $1.5 million; and Univision CEO Jerold Perenchio, $1.5 million.Schwarzenegger has been closely allied with the California Chamber of Commerce and big-business interests from the beginning of his administration.The chamber led the $12-million signature-gathering effort to get Schwarzenegger’s measures on the ballot, and chamber President Allan Zaremberg was among business leaders who traveled with the governor on his China trade mission last week.The group, which has had limited success getting its bills through the Democratic Legislature, has not yet formalized its agenda for next year but is expected to continue pushing pro-job measures.“As is always the case with the chamber, we’ll be focused on policies and an agenda that helps create jobs and keep California’s economy on the right track,” chamber spokeswoman Sara Lee said.But political analysts note that all special interests have to be careful in pushing too blatantly for an agenda that benefits only their group.“I think they have to be very careful about it looking like a quid pro quo,” said Barbara O’Connor, director of the Institute for the Study of Politics and the Media at Cal State Sacramento.“And all of the politicians know that, because you have a mighty angry electorate out there. Whatever is done needs to pass the smell test. I think they have to be very careful, and not gloat.” email@example.com(916) 446-6723
Older people in Donegal are being urged to avail of the Fuel Allowance this autumn, as the new fuel allowance season gets underway in advance of the winter months.Older people and those in receipt of social welfare can apply for the allowance by filling in a form at their local Post Office, or applying online by clicking here.Those on an employment scheme or in receipt of a Back to Education Allowance are also entitled to the Fuel Allowance if they satisfy the criteria needed to avail of the allowance. Fine Gael Minister of State Joe McHugh TD says; “The Fuel Allowance scheme is designed to assist pensioners and other very low income households to meet the cost of their heating needs during the winter season.”Minister Joe McHugh“I encourage older people and people in receipt of social welfare here in Donegal to apply for the allowance.”“The Fuel Allowance is means tested and is paid to the customer with their social welfare payment at a rate of €22.50 per week.”“All those who qualify for the Fuel Allowance should apply for it now. Fairness will be the focus of the upcoming Budget and we will continue to reducing high levels of taxation on modest incomes and phase out the USC.” “Our top priority is to protect the economy and create more jobs, which in turn will fund better public services for hard pressed families.” In order to qualify, the claimant:Must be resident in the StateMust be in receipt of certain qualifying paymentsMust live alone or only with:>a qualified spouse/ civil partner / cohabitant or qualified child(ren);>a person in receipt of a qualifying payment who would be entitled to the allowance in their own right;>a person who is in receipt of Carer’s Allowance or Carer’s Benefit in respect of providing full time care and attention to the Fuel Allowance applicant or their qualified spouse / civil partner / cohabitant or qualified child(ren);>a person receiving short term Jobseeker’s Allowance or the Basic Supplementary Welfare Allowance (less than 391 days).Older people urged to avail of Fuel Allowance was last modified: October 8th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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)
“It’s my favorite match of the year. Our kids know how much it means for us to win against them and our seniors wanted to make sure that they could seal up their fourth win in a row.” That was the reaction of Arcata High School wrestling coach Eric Mikolai after his Tigers wrestling team defeated Big 5 rival McKinleyville 63-18 on Wednesday night in a Humboldt-Del Norte league match.Arcata won six of the seven matches (seven other were won by forfeit) and five of those wins came by pin with …
Quarterfinal win A 33-10 victory over France and a 34-5 win over the USA on the opening day of the Edinburgh Sevens, the final stop in the IRB Sevens World Series, ensured a first ever overall sevens rugby world title for South Africa, under coach Paul Treu. The win lifted Fiji up to second in the final Sevens World Series standings, above England, but some way behind South Africa. This time around the Scots dumped the English 33-17 in pool play. They suffered a 22-17 reversal against the hugely impressive Kenya, who evolved into a true Sevens power during the course of the season, and then beat Canada 26-5. One point in itRenfred Dazel, the sweeper and an excellent playmaker, then broke the line before beating the Fijian sweeper to score South Africa’s third try. With the conversion going over, SA trailed 20-19 and it was anyone’s game. Some enterprising running, however, created half a gap for Ryno Benjamin and he forced his way over to the right of the uprights, which left captain Mzwandile Stick with a tricky kick to tie the game and send it into sudden death overtime. His kick was straight and true. 1 June 2009 Although the title had been clinched, South Africa had to put their celebrations on hold until after the completion of the Edinburgh event as they progressed to the title-deciding contest. Scotland’s form On Sunday, Scotland edged out Samoa, who had scored some big wins on the opening day – 38-7 over Georgia, 21-14 over Wales, and 42-7 over Argentina – by 14 points to 12. That win put South Africa into the semi-finals where they faced the hosts, Scotland. The Scots had reached the semi-finals of the previous round, at Twickenham, where they fell to England, who went on to beat New Zealand to score a victory on home soil. South Africa finished the season with victories in Dubai, George, and Adelaide, while England won in Wellington and London, Fiji took victory in Hong Kong and Edinburgh, and Argentina won in San Diego. New Zealand had dominated the previous season’s series on their way to the title, but they were left behind in the 2008/09 series, eventually having to settle for fourth. Last season’s champions met South Africa in the final match in Pool A to decide which side would top the standings and, as it had been for most of the season, it was SA that came out on top, winning a tight contest 14-12. A superb try by Vereniki Goneva, in which he exhibited both strength and skill, put Fiji well in command and it looked as if the final had been decided. But it was far from over. Lucky tryFiji kept pressing and were rewarded with their third try before the break through Osea Kolinisau. They were somewhat lucky as a television replay proved that he had been tackled into touch before dotting down, but the try stood as decisions in Sevens are made by the on-field officials and not by television replays. A third missed conversion attempt, however, left them only 15-7 in front, despite outscoring South Africa by three tries to one in the half. Fiji continued to dominate possession and created a massive overlap on the right flank. All Benjamin could do was shepherd the try scorer Pio Tuwai out wide, which resulted in a missed conversion attempt. Gio Aplon came up centimetres short as South Africa exerted stiff pressure on the islanders, but it wasn’t long before he broke through to reduce the gap to 20-12. In overtime Gip Aplon broke Scottish hearts by breaking through for the try that sent SA into the final. Treu’s charges opened the second day with a 17-7 victory over a rejuvenated Australia, who had impressed on the opening day, beating Spain 24-7 and whitewashing Portugal 29-0 before suffering a narrow 26-19 defeat to Fiji. SA also reached the final of the Cup in Hong Kong and Edinburgh, the semi-finals of the Cup competitions in San Diego and London, and won the Plate competition in Wellington. The Fijians started the final strongly, controlling the ball as South Africa struggled to get possession. Emosi Vucago put the islanders in front, but Ryno Benjamin replied for the series champions, and a successful conversion made it 7-5 in their favour. South Africa got hold of the ball but, with time ticking down, they were penalised at a breakdown. The Fijians delayed taking the free kick and there were only two seconds left on the clock when they finally did. A kick into touch and they had won the Edinburgh Sevens. Praise from the coachCoach Paul Treu praised his team after the completion of the tournament. “It’s a bit disappointing to end the season like this,” he said, “but I told the guys that we have been the most consistent team of the year. “There’s been some great moments this season and what the guys have achieved will go down in eternity. “We have waited for 10 years to win the IRB World Sevens Series, so we might as well enjoy this. We are the best team in the world and now we are going back to South Africa as the champions of the world. Let’s not forget that feeling because it does not happen every day. Final points’ standingsSouth Africa finished on 132 points, Fiji were second on 102, England ended with 98, fourth-placed New Zealand had 88, Argentina 68, and sixth-placed Kenya 64. With their home fans roaring them on, Scotland started very impressively against South Africa, retaining possession very effectively before finally breaching the South African defence through Sean Lamont. The match then became something of an arm wrestle and, with time running out, South Africa found themselves still seven points down. “I would also like to thank all our great supporters in South Africa and then also a huge thanks to SA Rugby for their support.” Fiji reach final In the second semi-final, Fiji outplayed Wales 28-14, with only a late five-pointer bringing some sort of respectability to the scoreline for the Welsh. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Confusion and delays may have encumbered the launches of stimulus-funded weatherization and other energy efficiency programs in a few states, but there are publicly funded retrofit programs out there that have gotten off the dime quickly and become more popular than anticipated.A prominent example is Project ReEnergize, a rebate-eligible retrofit program run by the Builders Association of Minnesota that launched on October 1 with $2.5 million in federal funds, attracted more than 1,000 contractors to its mandatory training program, and has already begun or completed improvements in more than 1,200 homes. As noted in a recent story posted by Finance & Commerce, a Minnesota business daily, homeowners who opt for the full menu of ReEnergize improvements – including window replacements, attic insulation or air sealing, exterior wall insulation, and water heater replacements – could be eligible for up to $4,000 in rebates.Administered in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Project ReEnergize limits its retrofits to homes built before 2000 and with no more than 3,000 sq. ft. of interior space (not including basements or garages).A force in weatherizationBy December 21, Finance & Commerce points out, the Department of Commerce had paid about $648,000 in Project ReEnergize rebates for completed work. Ongoing demand for Project ReEnergize services – including $2.8 million in “pre-rebate” applications – now exceeds current funding for the program.ReEnergize was among the recipients of a $7.4 million allotment, from a total of $54.1 million for State Energy Program initiatives in Minnesota, granted in 2009 by the Department of Energy. Minnesota also received $131.9 million in federal stimulus money to weatherize homes for low-income people. All told, stimulus funds are expected to pay for about 22,000 retrofit projects statewide, at an average cost of $6.400 per project, according to the Department of Commerce.Whether or not Project ReEnergize gets financially reenergized remains to be seen, but the National Association of Home Builders, in a November 2009 memorandum to Nancy Sutley, chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, cited the program as a model that could be implemented nationwide and become a key component of the administration’s Recovery Through Retrofit initiative, which aims to make home weatherization a self-sustaining industry.Although the memo, at 16 pages, ventures far and wide into energy efficiency strategies and policies, and their implications for NAHB and its affiliates, the document also unequivocally endorses the programs that seem to be working. “There are a number of states that are taking proactive steps to remove impediments and facilitate weatherization opportunities to improve the energy efficiency of their existing housing stock,” writes Susan Asmus, NAHB’s senior vice president for environmental and regulatory affairs. “The Administration is urged to thoroughly examine these examples to determine if they may be expanded nationwide before drafting new initiatives.”
As a leader, it is easy to get bogged down in the little stuff.Many of the people you lead will bring you small problems because they haven’t worked for a leader who has required them to act independently (mostly because that leader didn’t trust them to act independently).Much of what reaches your desk are tiny fires. The nature of the problem requires urgency, and the people who work for you want to make sure that you know what’s going on and weigh in on the decision.Urgent work gives you a sense of accomplishment. Nothing makes you feel like you’re working more than making decisions and handling the things that need attention. Many people in leadership roles thrive on this work because it feeds their need for significance. But “small fires” isn’t where a leader should spend much of their time.For many leaders, these “small fires,” keep them from having to do the real heavy lifting of leadership.It is easier to be frustrated and focused on small stuff than it is to fix the big stuff.Strategic Threats: Dealing with urgent issues keeps you busy and prevents you from dealing with the strategic threat facing your business. That threat is so great that there is no easy answer available. But strategic threats left unaddressed makes the future more uncertain and creates additional risks.Developing Leaders: Small, urgent issues with relatively easy answers can keep you from spending time developing the next generation of leaders, the important work that is never urgent enough to get a leader’s full attention.Biggest Initiatives: There is some work that only a leader can do. There is more work that competent, trusted people can easily do when empowered to take action independently. The small urgent issues still need to be taken care of, but the leader’s job is to ensure that she has the team necessary to handle them so that she can focus on what only the leader can do.The most dangerous thing a leader can do is to allow small issues to prevent them from pursuing their two or three biggest initiatives. The reason these important initiatives die is because they are neglected when a leader’s time is being devoted to smaller, less important issues.Where do you spend your time?