Around Whittier

first_imgWHITTIER – Authorities arrested a man in connection with a carjacking incident in which the victim chased down the person who stole his vehicle, Whittier police said Thursday. The incident began 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, when Whittier officers spotted two men fighting near the main gate of the Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary. When they tried to stop the fight, one man got into a vehicle and drove off. Police later stopped the vehicle at Workman Mill Road and detained the driver. A short time later, several California Highway Patrol officers arrived. At that point it was determined that the man detained had earlier carjacked a Toyota pickup truck using a simulated handgun. The carjack victim had chased the man to Rose Hills, where the two fought. VFW post to host fundraiser tonight LA MIRADA – The Ladies Auxiliary from the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9148, 13932 Valley View Ave., will host a fundraiser dinner at 6 tonight. A pepper steak dinner will be served. A donation of $7 per person is requested. For more information, call (562) 941-4097. Church plans Walk for Life WHITTIER – The Whittier Life Center will host its 11th annual Walk For Life at 9 a.m. Saturday, beginning at St. Bruno’s Catholic Church, 15740 Citrustree Road. The walk will end at the Whittier Life Center, 7743 Painter Ave. A raffle and barbecue will be held following the walk. For more information, call (562) 693-8803. Fundraiser to benefit veterans SANTA FE SPRINGS – Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3752, 11912 Rivera Road, will hold a fundraiser dinner from 5:30 to 8 p.m. tonight. Corned beef and cabbage will be available for $5.95 per person. For more information, call (562) 698-9059. Register Monday for rec programs LA MIRADA – Registration for spring recreation classes offered by the city begins Monday. Classes range from arts and crafts to music to dance to sports and fitness. Several city sponsored trips also are planned. A listing of all the classes, trips and events can be found in the city’s La Mirada Living newsletter, available at City Hall, the Resource Center, the Activity Center and the Communty Gymnasium. For more information, call (562) 943-7277. Drive-in movie group to meet INDUSTRY – Beginning at 6:45 p.m. Saturday, fans of drive-in movies can share their favorite drive-in memories and view display items and videos at the Southern California Drive-in Movie Society’s first 2007 “Night Out” at the Vineland Drive-In, 443 N. Vineland Ave. Admission is $7.50 per person. Children 11 and younger are free with adult admission. For more information, call (626) 961-3416 after 6:30 p.m., or visit La Mirada Easter egg hunt set LA MIRADA – The city’s annual Easter egg hunt will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 7 at La Mirada Regional Park, 13701 Adelfa Ave. The free family event will feature an egg hunt, arts and crafts, games, live music, face-painting and photos with the Easter Bunny. The event kicks off with a $4-per-person pancake breakfast put on the by local Kiwanis Club. For more information, call (562) 943-7277. – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

DD Motoring: Russell Brookes and the Donegal connection

first_imgLast week rallying ace Russell Brookes passed away after a long illness, he was just 74.In the year 1974, he made one of his very few trips to the Donegal International Rally. He was seeded on the entry list that year at No 36 in his Ford Escort Mk1 RS 2000.Just one place ahead of a curly-headed Fermanagh man, Bertie Fisher also in an Mk1 RS 2000. Advertisement The story of Russell Brookes and his Donegal connection has more to do with his cars and how the ended up in Donegal than the great rally driver himself.Right through from before he was famous looking for that first works drive with Ford.The first of these cars was a Ford Escort MK1 Mexico which the late John Boyle paid £1150 for and competed in the 1973 Donegal in along with Johnny Mc Cafferty from Termon on the notes and sponsored by local Ford Dealership Mc Clean and McLaughlin.The late John Boyle at the Bonnet of his Escort Mk 2 LZP 85 which was originally created from an ex Russell Brookes Mk1 Escort Mexico. Photo Brian Mcdaid.That year the escort suffered transmission problems and the young Donegal crew were forced to retire. Advertisement Boyle then built a new Mk2, Ford Escort from a road-going Ford Escort 1.1 Popular and to that 1978 shell he transferred everything from Brookes old Mexico to produce that famous red LZP 85 Escort that John held onto all of his life.In the very early 80s, the late Bertie Fisher landed on a wet Galway International Rally in an ex Monte Carlo wide track Mk 2 Ford Escort which started its life in the Ford Works Team workshop built for Russell Brookes.It also appeared on the Circuit of Ireland in the hands of Billy Coleman in blue, sponsored by Ford of Ireland.Donegal’s Vincent Bonnar then purchased the ex Brookes’ RS 1800 from Fisher which was to give Bonnar his first-ever outright win on the Donegal International Rally in 1983, Making himself and Seamus Mc Gettigan the first all Donegal crew to win the event, Thanks to the Ex Brookes Escort.Breakfast with Brookes I always was a massive fan of Brookes for years. A group of us went to see him and all the other big names of the day at the full 5 days Circuit of Ireland, staying in Chimney Corner which was the starting point, on the Thursday night before the start.On a Friday morning, I slept in and was last down for breakfast.The place was packed, my crowd were jammed around a table with no room for me to sit with them.A waiter set up a makeshift table for me in the middle of the floor, much to the amusement of my so-called friends who were roaring over and taking a hand at me sitting on my own. Suddenly they all went quiet, as out of my view Russell Brooks walked into the restaurant decked out in his full “Andrews Heat for Hire” race suit and was faced with the same seating problem I had, he landed at my makeshift table and ask if the seat opposite me was free.Russell Brookes in his RS 1800 which went on to win the Donegal Rally in the hand of Donegal Vincent Bonnar and Seamus Mc Gettigan.I nearly covered him with coffee trying to get the words out, “Aye, No bother Russell, work away there,” I replied as if I was on first name terms with him all my life.My friend’s mouths dropped as they watched Brooks and me sitting yapping and enjoying a yarn over breakfast.Over that rally weekend, I name-dropped Brookes at every opportunity to the crew of spectators that were watching the rally with me.“Me and Russell were saying.” or “Brooks was telling me…” that sort of thing.Brookes and Colin McCreaIn 1991 another ex Brookes Ford landed in Donegal this time in the hands of Donegal’s James Cullen, who also competed in Brookes’ old RS1800 GVX 489T for a few seasons.Now It was an ex-works four-wheel-drive, Cosworth Sierra.A car that also was driven by the late Colin McCrea. As well as Russell Brookes. On the run-up to the Isle of man rally that year James had the car in Donegal to familiarise himself with it and when testing down at the back of Muckish.The Ex Russell Brookes Ford Sierra four wheel drive sitting in Tony Kelly’s old garage opposite Dunnes Stores which James Cullen and the Late Ellen Morgan competed in. Photo, Oran Grimes (Four Lanterns)On a September’s evening, the ex Russell Brookes Sierra was put through its paces and I was on duty to get a few photos of Cullens new car and his sponsors at the end of the test session.James asked if I would like a go for a run with him in the rally car which I gladly excepted and we set off down the road all strapped in for a fast run over Muckish.There are two things that I remember from the day.One was that James swapped seats with me and let me drive this state of the art rally car back over the mountain pass, and the other memory that still sticks with me was that of the late Frank Grimes, who was one of James Cullen’s principal sponsors from the Four Lanterns, out on the hillside that day, who captured a old black and white photo of me and James ready to head off in the ex Brookes Ford into the hills of Donegal.James Cullen and our motoring correspondent Brian McDaid in 1991 in an ex Russell Brookes Works Ford Four-wheel-drive Sierra on Muckish. Photo by the late Frank GrimesChances are there are far more ex-Russell Brookes machinery that made it way to Donegal over the years be it Fords, Talbot Sunbeams , DTV Vauxhall Chevettes Dealer Opel Teams Manta’s to name, but a few as Russell Brookes could sit in any car and get results, which were all painted in his signature Andrews Heat for Hire Colours. They were instantly recognisable.The first spectators from Donegal who were big Russell Brookes fans were the Orr brothers from the mountain top in Letterkenny, they even had a few cars painted in the Brookes colour scheme back in the day but we were unlucky not to find a photo of one of them this week.We do have a photo one oner of them old sun-visors from the seventies “Rally with Russell Brookes” thanks to Noel Orr for the photos of his old two-door Ford Escort, which had a Mexico engine fitted under the bonnet, an engine not unlike that fitted of the first Ex Brooks car that came to Donegal that the Late John Boyle from Manor purchased all them years ago.Happy Motoring FolksDD Motoring: Russell Brookes and the Donegal connection was last modified: November 6th, 2019 by Brian McDaidShare 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

Kik Jumps On the Bandwagon, Adds Group Messaging

first_imgRelated Posts mike melanson What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#mobile#web center_img Last fall, when Kik Messenger launched for iOS, Android and Blackberry, I quickly urged my friends to download the app and quit costing me an arm and a leg in SMS fees. The Kik honeymoon lasted but a short while, however. Soon enough, I was in love again, but this time it was all about spreading the love – Beluga had come along and shown me the ways of free, SMS-style messaging with groups of friends. Today, Kik has come a-calling again, trying to woo lost lovers like myself with the feature we’ve all been talking about – group messaging. According to the company’s blog post, Kik has added two new features that we’ve seen all over the mobile communications realm – picture sharing and group messaging. (Lest we forget, the company also announced $8 million in funding, but it’s more the group messaging aspect that we’re interested in here.) The company explains that it thinks that other group messaging apps haven’t gotten it quite right yet, however, “because they still have the same ‘talk to all’ mentality.”I don’t know about you, but it’s not often I want to message all my college friends at once. Or all of my soccer friends at once. Or everyone from work at once. But these other apps force me to do just that. It turns what could be a dynamic conversation into a mobile message board: “Ted: soccer game at 8 guys.” “Mike: Ok.” “Joe: Cool.” And then silence.With Kik, we wanted to create a product that allows you to have a real time conversation with one or more people. We wanted to allow conversations to expand and contract naturally, just like they do in real life. And we did just that. In Kik you don’t create a group, you just add someone to the conversation…instantaneously.When I look at an app like GroupMe, which focuses entirely on group communication, I can see that the point is a valid one. Just to get started, I need to create a group and name it. With Beluga, it’s slightly different, as I start by adding the people I want to communicate with, whether one or many, and have the option to add a group picture, name and description afterward. I don’t need to think about the why or what, just the who. At any point, members may be removed or added from the conversation. Kik’s group messaging feature allows for up to 10 people in a chat, boasting speed as one of its standout features. Competitors llike Beluga and GroupMe stand apart, however, by showing a map of all members of a conversation and including non-smartphone owners by using SMS. The success or failure of apps like Kik come down to one big thing – do your friends use it? For me, the SMS inclusiveness of Beluga and GroupMe are a big factor. Both Beluga and GroupMe also make it simple to invite friends – just add their names and the app sends them an SMS. With Kik, on the other hand, the process is a bit more convoluted. Kik may make the group creation process quick and easy, but if I need to invite my friend and wait for them to download and install the app before communicating with them, I’m going to go with Beluga or GroupMe every time. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Ross displeased after Miranda says groin kick ‘part of game’

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Ross was slapped with a technical foul during the incident before getting ejected later in the game after engaging in a verbal altercation with NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Chris Ross vs Michael Miranda. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ San Miguel Beer guard Chris Ross was left confused over Michael Miranda’s comments about the NLEX big man’s actions that led to a hefty fine and a one-game suspension.Miranda was fined P20,000 and will miss the Road Warriors’ next game against the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters on Friday after kicking Ross in the groin last Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stingcenter_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View comments Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Gab Banal savors chance to play for dad Joel, uncle Koy in Marinerong Pilipino LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers In an interview with, Miranda didn’t seem apologetic when he spoke with the media after being summoned by PBA officer-in-charge Willie Marcial at the PBA Office on Tuesday. Miranda justified his kick, saying that the move is just “part of the game.”READ: PBA suspends Camson, Almazan, MirandaFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMiranda’s unapologetic demeanor didn’t sit well with Ross, who expressed his displeasure on Twitter.“Part of basketball!?!? Never was taught that part! Could possibly ruin someone’s future by kicking in that area. It’s ok I accept your apology and send prayers your way!” Ross, a five-time champion, wrote.last_img read more

US Seizes North Korean Bulker for Violating Sanctions

first_imgzoomIllustration; Source: Pixabay The U.S. Department of Justice has seized the bulk carrier Wise Honest, belonging to North Korea, for allegedly violating United States and United Nations sanctions by illicitly shipping coal from North Korea.The authorities filed a civil forfeiture complaint against the 17,061-ton vessel that was also supposedly used to deliver heavy machinery to North Korea.According to the documents filed in Manhattan federal court, from at least November 2016 through April 2018, the Wise Honest was used by Korea Songi Shipping Company, an affiliate of Songi Trading Company, to export coal from North Korea to foreign purchasers and import machinery to North Korea. On June 1, 2017, OFAC designated Songi Trading Company pursuant to Executive Order 13722 for its involvement in the sale, supply, or transfer of coal from North Korea. OFAC also determined that Songi Trading Company was a subordinate of the Korean People’s Army.Mid-March 2018, the Wise Honest was loaded with coal in Nampo, North Korea. In early April 2018, foreign maritime authorities intercepted and detained the Wise Honest.Despite its March 2018 voyage from North Korea, the Wise Honest had not broadcast an AIS signal since August 4, 2017.Participants in the Korea Songi Scheme attempted to conceal the Wise Honest’s DPRK affiliation by falsely listing different countries for the Wise Honest’s nationality and the origin of the illicit coal in shipping documentation.“Payments for maintenance, equipment, and improvements of the Wise Honest were made in U.S. dollars through unwitting U.S. banks. This conduct violates longstanding U.S. law and United Nations Security Council resolutions,” according to the Department of Justice.“Today’s civil action is the first-ever seizure of a North Korean cargo vessel for violating international sanctions,” U.S. Attorney Berman said.The Wise Honest is currently in the custody of the United States, having previously been seized pursuant to a warrant issued in the Southern District of New York.last_img read more

Bengal to push for GST exemption up to Rs 50 lakh Mitra

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal would try to prevail upon the GST Council for giving exemption to businesses having an annual turnover of up to Rs 50 lakh, the state’s Finance Minister Amit Mitra said today. At present, the exemption limit for GST is for businesses having an annual turnover of Rs 20 lakh or less. “Let the GST stabilise first. It has not yet stabilised as matching of invoices with vouchers was being done manually,” Mitra said at a meeting of garment manufacturers and traders here. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed He said the implementation of the new tax regime was done in a hurry, and the GST network had not been able to upload the GSTR2 form online yet for matching vouchers with invoices done through the GSTR1 (already uploaded online). “The exemption limit can be raised gradually,” he said. Mitra also announced that requirement of e-way bills for workers within the state was no longer needed. This, he said, would apply to the garment manufacturers in West Bengal. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJP “The state government will help the industry (garment) to get more organised so that better margins are realised,” the minister said. Mitra said the state had already formed a JV with the National Institute of Design (NID) of Ahmedabad for a design centre in West Bengal, and efforts would be made for designing of textiles as well. He stressed upon the need for upgradation of the quality of garments and refrain from using ‘azo-dyes’, which bar the manufacturers from exporting to European countries.last_img read more

Uproot BJP from state says Abhishek in firebrand speech against saffron party

first_imgBALURGHAT: Trinamool Congress MP and youth wing president Abhishek Banerjee has appealed to the public to uproot BJP from the soil of Bengal in the upcoming Parliamentary Elections in 2019.Addressing a rally at Dishari Ground here in Balurghat, Banerjee said: “In the Left regime, we heard the names like Hat Kata Dilip, Kan Kata Dilip (nicknames of popular Left-backed goons during the party’s rule in Bengal). Now, the people of Bengal are hearing the name of BJP’s Dilip Ghosh, who is already popular for his abusive languages. The saffron brigade has no control over him. If our leader Mamata Banerjee instructs us, no one can find a single flag of BJP across Bengal.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAttacking the party at the Centre, Banerjee said: “BJP divides people using religion. This is nothing but petty politics through which BJP is trying to polarise voters. But Bengal’s soil is different, where people will never entertain such devastating politics.”Criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his role in the attack on Trinamool and party supremo Mamata Banerjee, the youth wing president said: “Seven births are not enough for Modi to oust Mamata Banerjee from Bengal. The Chief Minister, during her two-term tenure, has undertaken a plethora of development projects like Sabuj Sathi, Kanyashree, Shikshashree, Yubasree and many more. Bengal has been running peacefully under her guidance and ruling but there is total anarchy and unrest everywhere else for the misrule of BJP in the Centre.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedBanerjee also compared the Prime Minister with Gabbar Singh, a popular villain from the 70s Bollywood film Sholay.”We are ready to fight with the communal forces in the 2019 Lok Sabha poll. BJP will never form the government there. Mamata Banerjee has set a target to defeat BJP. We will win all 42 seats here. Bengal is the soil of Matangini, Ramakrishna, Swami Vivekananda and Rabindranath. Our integrity is great but nowadays we are hearing only Jai Sree Ram,” Banerjee said. Attacking ‘Aadhaar’, Banerjee said: “The Central government has already created panic among people in the name of Aadhaar card. People are now scared of it.”Attacking the Left Front, Banerjee said: “CPI-M and other Left parties are now taking shelter under BJP’s umbrella for existence. They have no ideology at all. People have already rejected them for misrule from Bengal.”Veteran Trinamool leaders like Firhad Hakim, Subrata Bakshi, Chandrima Bhattacharjee, Arpita Ghosh and Biplab Mitra echoed Banerjee and said people are now ready to oust BJP from the Centre, while Trinamool will win all 42 seats and will take the lead role to form government at the Centre in 2019.last_img read more

Social media push for antidengue drives

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will embrace social media in a big way to boost its dengue drive this year. People of the city particularly the young generation are very active on social media so planned use of the social media platform is expected to widen the civic body’s reach in creating awareness. The step will help to prevent the spread of mosquito-borne diseases.”We will start our campaigns on Facebook and Whats app and for this we have already started discussions with experts associated directly with these social platforms. We are in the process of preparing a strategy for our campaign,” said Deputy Mayor Atin Ghosh, who is also in-charge of Kolkata Municipal Corporation’s Health department. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe Health department of KMC has already been undertaking drives to prevent mosquito-borne diseases in the city with special emphasis on visiting households which had witnessed dengue cases last year. The civic body is armed with a map of those addresses across the city. The team from the KMC visited Chatubabu Lane and Ananda Palit Road area under ward 55 which are dominated by slums. We have come across a number of vacant plots which are privately owned or belong to the Kolkata Improvement Trust (KIT) or WAKF land which needs to be cleaned up. We have identified the owners and will soon slap notices to them under Section 496 A of the KMC Act. We will be cleaning up the places but the owners have to pay charges against it,” Ghosh said. The KMC team spoke to patients who had dengue last year and advised them on how to keep their premises clean. The team of KMC’s Health department was accompanied by the ward councillor, borough chairman and officials from the Solid Waste Management department of the KMC.last_img read more