Losing a councilman

first_imgRe: “Padilla to support Garcetti” (Nov. 22): Alex Padilla is willing to step down from council president in favor of (perhaps) Garcetti. I just would like to send a word of warning to Garcetti’s district: Don’t ever expect your councilman to be around in your district. At least, not unless there’s the opportunity for a great publicity spot. He becomes president, you lose your council representative. Does that give you some idea of how I have felt with Padilla as president? And now he’ll be running for another office, while still “representing” my district. What a sham. Why doesn’t our council pass the office along yearly, so each district only loses their representation for the one year, instead of his whole term? What Tookie does I have seen what Tookie Williams can do with his “free time” while incarcerated. He can write children’s books (ho hum) and he can write books advising future punks not to be punks. I have seen what Tookie can do with his “free time” on the streets. He is a mass murderer and I don’t think for one minute Tookie has regrets he founded the Crips. This is an ego trip. There is nothing to do in jail but count the hours. You must make your own diversions and it is more comfortable to come up with an acceptable diversion. This is what Tookie did to make the time go by more comfortably for him. Not for you, not for me. He hasn’t changed; he has adapted. – Sherry Behrle Tujunga Not the same man Re: “Finally, justice could have its day” (Nov. 21): If one were to read the Associated Press story about Nuremburg prosecutor Whitney Harris, one might think him to be senile. He identifies Rudolph Hess as the commandant of Auschwitz and was “sent to the gallows.” Yet at the end of the story it says Hess drew a long prison sentence. Truth is, the writer mixed two men up. Harris was referring to Rudolph Hoss, who commanded Auschwitz and not Rudolph Hess, Hitler’s deputy fuhrer who flew to Britain in May of 1941 to try and end the war with England. That same month, Heinrich Himmler gave Hoss the order to turn Auschwitz into a death camp. – Jeff Zimmer Sherman Oaks OK, look at England Re: “Handgun ban OK’d” (Your Opinions, Nov. 22): Rick Owen’s contention that San Francisco should look to England, “where violent crime has increased after they took away guns,” should have taken the time to Google that fact. Firearms have always been heavily controlled in Great Britain, and after gun deaths reached 358 in 1995, handgun sales were banned in 1999 and – in a country with a population approaching 61 million, less than double the estimated 35 million in California – gunshot deaths declined to 163 in 2003. With a U.S. population approaching 300 million, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial (nleomf.com), 601 U.S. peace officers were killed in the line of duty nationwide 1995-2004. Britain in the same period – 3. And yes, I am a multi-gun owner – a reluctant one. – Clyde Llewellyn North Hollywood Just makes sense Why don’t they paint the buses on the Orange Line orange? Seems to me they should have been orange right from the beginning. If they painted them a bright orange color, maybe people would see them and stop crashing into them. – Ken Kaitshuck North Hollywood Don’t worry Our government announced it was going to take strong action against the latest flu problem. One of their solutions is to make sure all legal persons entering the USA, by air or boat, would have to provide data noting they were OK, or be tested for the flu. Meanwhile, up to 5,000 illegal immigrants enter our country each day, mostly Latino, but also hundreds from around the world, and many without any kind of inoculation, let alone flu. Thank God, we have the government to protect us. Consider the same problem with our Homeland Security Department. The other day they arrested someone bringing missiles across the border. How many other missiles did they miss? How many insurgents did they miss? But don’t worry, our government will protect us. – Charles Dusheck Chatsworth A new low The right wing, whose motto is “Live and let die,” pulled another of their mendacious prevarications on the floor of the House. They brought a bill to the floor that they claimed was the proposition made by John Murtha about when to pull our forces out of Iraq. Naturally, it was a typical Republican lie, leaving out Murtha’s caveat “as soon as possible.” Rep. Jean Schmidt was forced to withdraw her pernicious remarks against “war hero” Murtha. She accomplished the seemingly impossible. In one fell swoop, she reached the bottom rung of female sleaziness, heretofore occupied solely by Ann Coulter. The Republican Party, led by Dick Cheney and George Bush, is ill-equipped to denigrate war heroes. – Zachary Charles Burbank Factor this in Re: “Factors left out” (Your Opinions, Nov. 22): Yes, I did work full-time. Eight hours of having to listen to rude people taking out their anger at the government’s red tape on whichever public service worker happened to answer the phone. I worked for the state for 14 years when I had to retire in 1994 on $5,000 a year. Six years later, I had to return to work for the state. After checking with CalPERS, like Richard Stanis said I should, I found that when I do reach 65, I will be receiving a whopping $12,000 a year. Wow, what am I ever going to do with all of that money? I just might be able topay my rent, and with the little I will get from SSA, I may be able to buy food, pay utilities, make car payments, and, oh, yeah, buy that yacht I had my eye on – with all that money I get from my big retirement. – Joan Olear Burbank Another urban myth Re: “Teacher’s workday” (Your Opinions, Nov. 20): Six-hour teacher workdays? You’re kidding, right? Those “six”-hour workdays are just the time spent instructing, guiding, testing and disciplining our students. It’s not unusual for a teacher to eat while working, having little time to take a break during that time. Those “six”-hour days don’t take into account correcting student work, planning curriculum, finding new educational resources and fulfilling adjunct duties. All of that happens in addition to those “six” hours. Dedicated teachers continue to work into the evenings and throughout the weekend. The “six”-hour teacher day is an urban myth. – Chyre Kan Simi Valley Teach your children well It all boils down to parents teaching their children their preferred religion. Example: the uproar about Christmas and other religious activities in public locations. I was raised in the last century, about 73 years ago, in a very Orthodox Jewish home. I participated in Christmas and sang Christmas songs. My mother and father always said sing and be happy and when the verses say “Jesus,” just don’t say it. So teaching your children is the rule for any movement. – Leo Glick Northridge Hurting ourselves Re: “Gas price gouging” (Your Opinions, Nov. 21): California drivers are not being price-gouged by gas companies; we are price-gouging ourselves. If you don’t think this is true, just try driving about 5 mph over the speed limit. The rest you can figure out for yourself. I am definitely opposed to the high gas prices because it hurts me as much as anyone. But it is frustrating to know that we hold the solution and refuse to do it. Slow down; the life you save might be mine. – Billy Cruce Quartz Hill 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 MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals – Evelyn Catron Sylmar Just gives and gives Re: “30,000 jobs to go from GM, CEO says” (Nov. 23): Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to our valued laid-off employees – ScrooG.M. P.S. To demonstrate my sympathy and understanding, I’ve reduced my multimillion-dollar bonus by $30,000. – Jerold Drucker Tarzana last_img read more

Everyday Hero: Zinhle Thabethe

first_imgHIV/AIDS ActivistWhy is Zinhle Thabethe an Everyday Hero?Zinhle Thabethe is a positive person. She is HIV-positive yes, but she is also positive that HIV is yet another challenge that South Africa can beat.She likens the challenge to that of apartheid and how South Africans came together and rallied around the cause to bring down a regime that was determined to destroy us. But it didn’t. It made us stronger. And that’s what Zinhle believes can and should happen around HIV.Zinhle is not a doctor or scientist; in fact she has very little formal education. But she knows HIV and is determined to empower other people with this knowledge.Why? Because she believes that all she needs is a moment to clarify and simplify and unpack the issues that are scary to people. Because fear and ignorance are still two of the most dangerous attributes of the disease.In her own words …“We should all be aids activists, because there is a thin line between being positive and being negative. You never know what may happen in the future.”Fast FactsZinhle grew up in Umlazi township.She is one of the lead vocalists in the Sinikithemba Choir, an internationally acclaimed HIV-positive vocal ensemble. Its name translates to “we give hope.” The choir originated with patients from a support group at the Sinikithemba Center, a clinic that provided care even before Aids treatment was available.Zinhle works as a deputy director for iTeach, an HIV/Aids-focused educational and solution-seeking programme.Zinhle is the only South African to be named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer. She is one of 10 other visionaries from all over the world who have been recognised for their contributions to world knowledge through exploration.Story published on SAinfo on 12 June 2008.Source: Brand South Africalast_img read more

SA punts ‘green’ initiatives at COP 17

first_img30 November 2011 South Africa is taking advantage of the UN Climate Change Conference currently under way in Durban to demonstrate various “green” economy initiatives that form part of the country’s new growth strategy. Officials have launched what has been referred to as the Green Economy Accord, with Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel telling reporters in Durban on Tuesday that the agreement sought to create more than 300 000 jobs over the next decade. Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe was among the first government leaders at COP 17 to sign a pledge on the green economy in support of the initiative.Global green economy market Predictions are that should South Africa, a leading emitter of carbon dioxide on the African continent, be able to capture 2% of the estimated global green economy market in the next five years, the country could create up to 400 000 jobs in energy, manufacturing, agriculture, mining and other services. One of the commitments in the pact, which has received the backing of the private sector and labour unions, is to install one-million solar water heating systems across South Africa over the next three years. The South African Climate Change Response Expo running alongside COP 17 is showcasing the country’s progress on solar water heating technology, among other things. One of the stands even allows members of the public to make pledges to financially support access to solar heating systems by poor households.Creating jobs in the green economy Responding to journalists’ questions on Tuesday, Patel insisted that South Africa was not being ambitious in its targets, citing countries like China who have made great strides in the green economy sector. “We are convinced that with support and focus, our goals are achievable,” Patel said. “Because of its innovations and the decision they have made, China today has created more than one-million jobs in the green economy … so it can be done.” COP 17 was an opportunity for South Africa to share experience and to learn from the rest of the world on successful examples of using new technologies, Patel added. He then referred reporters to details of the accord, with the government planning to procure more than 3 725 megawatts of renewable energy for the national grid by 2016 – more than the annual energy used by the entire City of Cape Town.Locally produced solar heaters Patel said an agreement had been reached with the insurance industry to ensure that it promoted locally produced solar water heaters to replace the 200 000 geysers damaged every year. “So for us, that is an important step because a lot of geysers get damaged or burst every year, so what we have agreed on with the industry is to replace those with locally manufactured solar geysers.” All parties, including business and government, will further promote the manufacturing and distribution of clean cooking stoves and heaters for the local and continental market. The Industrial Development Corporation has already committed to provide R25-billion over the next five years for various initiatives linked to the country’s green economy strategy. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Emmanuel Ogbah has his own #hashtag

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Emmanuel Ogbah’s all-american public relations campaign has got off to a rocking start. Not because of a unified campaign or social media outcry, but simply because of his performance on the field.Through 6 games, Ogbah ranks No. 4 in the nation in sacks with 7.5, and No. 8 in the nation in total tackles for loss with 11.Another interesting note from the release includes the fact he has put on 45 pounds since his arrival as a freshman… Just incredible.Here’s the release from the athletic department below. The official hashtag for the campaign is #EmanOKSTAdChoices广告Emmanuel Ogbah has his own hashtag – #EManOKST. Use it to join the conversation on #okstate’s All-America candidate! pic.twitter.com/6uKgjLeodn— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) October 12, 2015last_img read more

Toronto Star TV critic moonlights as an extra in Frankie Drake Mysteries

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement The correspondence over the next few weeks did nothing to quell fears. If I showed up on a particular Tuesday I could be a chef or even a “King Mah-Jong player!” read an email from another publicist. This did not bode well.But at some point I realized this wasn’t a slight; it was an opportunity. After all, following in the footsteps of just about every minority actor seemed a great way to start a conversation. I sent my reply: “I’m practising my Chinglish!”READ MORE Tony Wong, left, and fellow extra William Chong, right, with actor Russell Yuen. Wong and Chong play a helper and patron of a Chinese benevolent society while Yuen plays the head of that society in the Frankie Drake Mysteries episode airing Jan. 8. (SHAFTESBURY) Twitter Facebookcenter_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement I wasn’t sure whether to be flattered or offended. After all, I wasbeing offered a role on the new CBC series Frankie Drake Mysteries.“You can play a waiter in a Chinese restaurant!” the publicist cheerfully suggested.After years of interviewing Asian American actors such as John Cho (Star Trek), Eddie Huang (Fresh Off The Boat) and Ken Jeong (Dr. Ken) about the lack of Asian representation in movies and television, playing an ingrained stereotype lacked appeal, to say the least. I had also, in the past, pointedly called out Canadian television producers for making racist comments. So maybe I wasn’t the best candidate.last_img read more

World Cup Crib Notes Day 13

Tuesday’s match to watch is Italy vs. Uruguay, essentially a must-win duel (for Uruguay at least) between the 16th- and 10th-best sides in the world according to ESPN’s Soccer Power Index (SPI). A surprisingly close second? Costa Rica-England, which features a group leader and an eliminated team with nothing but pride to play for. In between, there’s plenty of action in Group C, where every team is technically alive and fighting to advance to the Round of 16.Costa Rica vs. England: 12 p.m. EDTItaly vs. Uruguay: 12 p.m. EDTGreece vs. Ivory Coast: 4 p.m. EDTJapan vs. Colombia: 4 p.m. EDTIN BRIEFSee our World Cup predictions for the latest probabilities.IN DEPTHIt’s tough to overstate what’s on the line in Tuesday’s match between Uruguay and Italy. Both teams are tied for second place in Group D with three points apiece, although Italy holds the all-important tiebreaker with a superior goal differential.Group D’s leader, Costa Rica, won its first two matches and has guaranteed itself a spot in the next round, so there’s only one unclaimed berth left in the group. Uruguay is the favorite to win the match by SPI, about 41 percent to 30 percent (with a 29 percent probability of a draw), and that’s not because of defense. Neither team has been particularly dominant at that end of the pitch, but Uruguay has allowed four goals in the tournament, including three to a Costa Rican side that’s far from a scoring juggernaut.Instead, the odds are in Uruguay’s favor mostly because — theoretically speaking — it has the better offense, led by the sublime forward Luis Suarez. After not appearing at all in Uruguay’s opening loss against Costa Rica, Suarez returned from a knee injury Thursday to score a pair of goals and help sink England’s World Cup hopes. He’ll continue to get support from the passing of Edinson Cavani, Cristian Rodríguez and Nicolás Lodeiro. But Suarez aside, La Celeste has had some difficulty generating consistent scoring chances in the tournament so far, and Uruguay will have a hard time winning if it continues to muster only 8.5 shots per game.Meanwhile, Italy was expected to be in the middle of the pack offensively before the tournament, and it’s played largely to form. Mario Balotelli has been his customarily uneven self; he picked up a goal and caused all manner of havoc against England, then promptly had a terrible game (three offsides, one yellow card and only one shot on target) against Costa Rica. Andrea Pirlo’s passing remains superb, and the Italian offense plays with an efficient style — forgoing crosses in favor of passes through the middle of the pitch — but it’s also had a lot of trouble sustaining attacks in the opponent’s third.Uruguay might not be the best opponent for the pass-heavy Italian style; it’s been one of the best defenses at intercepting passes so far in the World Cup. Watch for the stark contrast between Italy’s ball control-centric offensive game and the more direct Uruguayan style, which sacrifices possession in favor of the long ball, and attempts to win by attacking from the wings and winning balls in the air. Each approach represents one side of a fierce philosophical divide in soccer, and which one prevails will go a long way toward determining who advances out of Group D.It’s worth noting that our World Cup odds list Italy as the favorites to advance despite Uruguay being favored in this specific match. That’s because in the event of a draw, Italy would claim second place in the group on goal differential. An Uruguayan win is the single most likely outcome of the game, but there’s also a 59 percent chance that Uruguay doesn’t win the match and fails to advance. Confused yet?The second-best game of the day (at least according to our method of taking the harmonic mean of the two competitors’ SPI scores) is Costa Rica vs. England. It’s a fine matchup, but the stakes are as low as it gets for both teams. Costa Rica has clinched a berth in the knockout round (and has an 89 percent chance of winning Group D), and England has been mathematically eliminated.The remaining games have some implications for the next round, though Colombia has already punched its ticket into the Round of 16 and Japan’s odds are slim. Greece vs. Ivory Coast offers a bit more to play for: Greece has a better than 19 percent chance of making it to the knockout stage, but SPI also predicts the match to be a dreary, low-scoring affair.YESTERDAYThe Netherlands avoided a matchup with Brazil in the Round of 16 by defeating Chile 2-0 in their Group B finale Monday. The Netherlands’ chance of advancing to the quarterfinals is now 69 percent, while Chile must face Brazil on Sunday with odds of 26 percent. The Dutch would have been an underdog against Brazil, advancing 23 percent of the time.For the first 75 minutes Monday, the Netherlands struggled to get opportunities, completing two of 16 passes into the attacking penalty area and creating four total chances. Then in the final 15 minutes plus stoppage time, the Dutch completed two of four passes into the attacking penalty area, creating two chances and scoring on both. Substitute Leroy Fer gave the Netherlands the lead less than two minutes after entering the match with just his second touch of the game.The Netherlands struggled not only on passes into the box; Dutch players completed 63.9 percent of passes overall, their worst rate in a World Cup match in at least 50 years. In their first two wins, the Dutch completed 78.9 percent of their passes.Chile had the majority of possession, with 657 touches to the Netherlands’ 395, but couldn’t get anything going in the Netherlands’ penalty area. Chile managed seven shots, one of which was on target, and had less than 2 percent of its overall touches (13) in the attacking penalty area.Part of the trouble could have been that Chile was fouled 26 times, the most in a match in this year’s World Cup. Forward Alexis Sanchez was fouled nine times, two more than anyone else this tournament.Later, Mexico and Croatia were scoreless through 70 minutes, and Mexico was poised to become the first team under the current tournament format to advance to the knockout round scoring exactly one goal. But then El Tri scored three times in 11 minutes to propel Mexico to the knockout round and a matchup with the Netherlands.Two of Mexico’s three goals came from headers — a rarity, as El Tri scored two headed goals in its past two World Cup appearances combined. Mexico’s third goal came from Javier Hernandez, who’s come off the bench in each of Mexico’s three matches and ended his career-long scoreless streak for his country Monday. His goal was one of 21 scored by substitutes this tournament, the most ever in a group stage (substitutes were first allowed in 1970). —  Jacob Nitzberg, senior stats analyst, ESPNOFF THE PITCHBelieve it or not, Italian food just wouldn’t be the same without its relationship with Uruguay. Although the country is known for its carb-heavy offerings, the roles of meat and fish in the Italian diet can’t be discounted. According to 2012 data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, 45 percent of Uruguay’s exports to Italy were bovine meat, followed by frozen fish fillets, at 16 percent. Follow the trade route in the opposite direction, and Italian exports to Uruguay run the gamut. They’re mostly concentrated in machinery — sewing machinery, tractors, furnaces, etc. But perfumery, cosmetics,and eyewear play a noticeable role as well. And, of course, it wouldn’t be Italian trade if it didn’t include pasta, of which Italy sent a healthy $2.4 million worth to Uruguay. — Hayley MunguiaFURTHER READINGAdvancement Scenarios For Groups C And DWatching the USMNT on Copacabana Beach in RioWorld Cup Pass & Move: I Can’t Believe That We Did Draw! read more