Person found dead in charred wreckage of Eagle Rock house fire

first_imgEAGLE ROCK – One person was found dead today and another person was missing at the scene of a fire in Eagle Rock that damaged two houses and one or two other structures, authorities said. The fire in the 1900 block of North Nolden Street was reported about 6:20 a.m., said Ron Myers of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Firefighters gained the upper hand on the fire after about a half hour and prevented the flames from spreading to nearby vegetation. The fire was extinguished about 7:40 a.m., Myers said. The gender and age of the dead person were not immediately known. Authorities, assisted by a search dog, were looking for a second person who was unaccounted for, Myers 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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The cause of the fire was under investigation. A damage estimate was not immediately available. For news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.last_img read more


first_imgDue to the overwhelming popularity of their online photo and gift service Healthwise Pharmacies have upgraded and expanded their central photo-lab. They’ve upgraded and expanded the central photo-lab with the installation of new large format printers and canvas printing machines.This increased capacity will allow improved turnaround times, and deliver improved printing solutions with large scale poster and canvas prints now on offer. Director Liam Grimley told Donegal Daily, “We have had a huge response to our recent free Photo Mug offer, and are delighted that when people realise how easy our website is to use, we are seeing huge numbers of repeat orders.“This is further helped by the fact that customers are recognising and appreciate the savings on delivery charges by availing of free collection from any of our network of pharmacies in Donegal, Sligo and Galway.“As the popularity of our photo service continues to grow, Healthwise Pharmacies will continue to invest to make sure we have the capacity to maintain our quality and service levels.The Healthwise Free Photo Mug offer continues for a limited time. Simply log onto the Healthwise website and order and collect a free personalised photo Mug at any Healthwise Pharmacy totally free of charge.Or view the wide range of photo print and gift options available.  HEALTHWISE PHARMACIES EXPAND ONLINE PHOTO LABS was last modified: November 20th, 2014 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:BusinessFeaturesHealthwise Pharmaciesnewslast_img read more

Everton FC news: Toffees submit proposals for ‘rebranding’ of Goodison Park

first_img1 Everton have submitted proposals to Liverpool City Council to spruce up Goodison Park.The club plan a ‘rebranding’ exercise over the summer involving the installation of new cladding and light displays.Plans show cladding to both ends of the Main Stand and a new cladded tower construction at the Bullens Road side of the Park Stand.They also show a banner system that will wrap around the Main Stand, Gwladys Street and Bullens Road Stand.“Much of the work is scheduled to be completed by the start of the season and the project forms part of a major ground refurbishment scheme, including some rebranding on internal concourses which is being driven by the club’s fans’ forum,” said an Everton statement.Proposals also include an application to create a Holy Trinity statue – featuring Howard Kendall, Colin Harvey and Alan Ball – as part of the project. Everton want to spruce up Goodison Park last_img read more

Schwarzenegger vows to declare ‘fiscal emergency’ in new year

first_imgSACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says he will declare a “fiscal emergency” in January to give him and the Legislature more power to deal with the state’s growing deficit. Schwarzenegger made the announcement Friday after meeting with lawmakers and interest groups this week to tell them California’s budget deficit is far worse than economists predicted just a few weeks ago. The shortfall is no longer expected to be $10billion, but more than $14billion – a 40percent jump that would put it in orbit with some of the state’s worst fiscal crises, those who have met with him said. Schwarzenegger said Friday that the state could be “anywhere between $10(billion) and $14billion in the hole.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe low end of that estimate represents a gap larger than California’s entire budget for its 172,000-inmate prison system. The high end is equivalent to what the state spends on both prisons and all the state’s University of California campuses in one year. Declaring a fiscal emergency would trigger a special session and force lawmakers and the governor to begin addressing the shortfall within 45 days. “What we have to do is fix the budget system. The system itself needs to be fixed, and I think that this is a good year, this coming year, to fix it,” Schwarzenegger said in Long Beach, where he was promoting his plan for health-care reform. California is struggling with shrinking state tax revenue from the meltdown of the subprime-mortgage market and the credit crunch on Wall Street. State spending also has increased by more than 40percent since Schwarzenegger took office after the 2003 recall of then-Gov. Gray Davis. Schwarzenegger in August signed a $145.5billion budget that increased spending 11percent due largely to the increased cost of bond repayments and special funds. General fund spending for day-to-day operations increased less than 1percent, from $101.7billion to $102.3billion for the budget year that began July 1. In August, Schwarzenegger’s office projected that the state would end its current budget year with a $4.1billion reserve. Last month, the state’s nonpartisan legislative analyst reported that the state would instead end the year in the red, and was on pace to rack up a staggering $10billion deficit over the next 18 months. Schwarzenegger and his top aides this week have privately told lawmakers and interest groups that the gap could top $14billion and warned cities, counties and health and welfare agencies to expect cuts. The governor already has ordered agency leaders to draft plans for an across-the-board cut as high as 10percent. Schwarzenegger would make the declaration under Proposition 58, the 2004 ballot measure he successfully campaigned for to restrict state borrowing and create a reserve fund. The measure contained a little-known provision authorizing the governor to declare a fiscal emergency if revenue and expenditures fall substantially out of line. The declaration triggers a constitutional mandate to reopen the current budget and begin cutting costs or finding ways to increase revenue to close the gap. Democratic and Republican leaders said an emergency declaration would be a serious step, but apparently a necessary one, given the state’s growing fiscal problem. “We gave the governor the authority to do that when we wrote the measure and we will take it seriously and respond to it when it happens,” said Alicia Trost, a spokeswoman for Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland. Perata said Thursday that the deficit had overtaken lawmakers’ ambitions to pass a universal health care deal. He said he would not ask fellow senators to vote on a health deal until he knows the extent of Schwarzenegger’s plans to cut the budget. But Schwarzenegger, a Republican, and Democratic Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez remained optimistic Friday about reaching a deal to expand health-care coverage before the end of the year. The Assembly is expected to vote on a health-care bill Monday. Assemblyman Roger Niello, R-Sacramento, vice chairman of the Assembly Budget Committee, said the planned health-care vote was foolhardy given the state’s deficit. “As the old saying goes, the first thing you should do when you find yourself in a hole is stop digging,” Niello said in a statement. “Our state simply cannot afford the massive government-run health-care program that will be voted upon next week.” If Schwarzenegger declares a fiscal emergency in January, he’s required under the law to introduce a plan to correct the problem and to call the Legislature into special session to act on his recommendations. If legislators don’t pass a budget bill within 45 days, lawmakers would be prohibited from acting on any other legislation or adjourning until they reach agreement. A special session also could allow the Legislature’s Democratic majority to make most decisions about where to make spending cuts. Unlike the state’s normal budget bill, which requires a two-thirds majority to pass, only a majority vote is needed to enact cuts within 90 days. A tax increase would still need a two-thirds majority, which would require Republican support.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

We have the power to ensure conservation

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonHere is the point: When you flush a toilet today, you use far less water than you would have 20 years ago. You do this not because you are an environmentalist, but because the machine takes care of it for you. For electricity conservers, think motion-sensor light switches that turn themselves off when you leave the room. Here’s another example: For many decades, the state Department of Health forbade the use of “gray water,” even for irrigation. Gray water is much less expensive to produce than “reclaimed water.” Gray water comes off your shower and your washing machine, goes through a home-based filter system, and can be used for your home landscaping, including fruit trees. In 1994, during a major drought, the city conducted a comparison of contamination in the soil where gray water was used with that of soil where potable water was used. Guess what: all the sites were equally contaminated, the result of squirrels, birds, cats and other animal life. So the state approved the program, and a month later lifted the ban statewide. Today freeway landscaping is routinely watered with recycled water rather than the potable stuff. Gray-water systems are not quite as user-neutral as low-flow toilets, but they’re close. And during that last major drought, private entrepreneurs created a whole industry, offering gray-water systems of varying complexity. But then some idiot declared the drought over, and, within months, the gray-water industry died. My system, part of the demonstration program, is still in my yard, but there is no one to call for maintenance because the company went out of business – taking its technology with it into oblivion. The best tools for conservation are the ones we don’t have to think about because a device does it for us. Consider, for example, the lowly toilet. Until the 1990s, your average household toilet used up to eight gallons of water per flush. In the early 1990s, with Los Angeles in the midst of a housing construction boom, I introduced an ordinance to require that all new residential toilets be the kind using no more than three gallons. (Today they are down to less than two.) The toilet manufacturers went nuts. But they eventually complied with the new law, and today “low-flow” are the only toilets on the market. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power discovered how much water would be saved, and thus how much “new” supply it would not have to create. That, in turn, resulted in one of the most creative programs the city has ever run. The DWP bought low-flow toilets in bulk, and hired community-based organizations to retrofit existing housing for low- and moderate-income families. The DWP and its community partners replaced well over 1million water-guzzling toilets. While government can still play a major role in encouraging conservation through demonstrations like the gray-water project, government is no longer alone. The private sector, moved as always by the desire to make money, is champing at the bit. Consider the waterless urinal, which requires government approval but not government development. Where government used to have to be the innovator, today government officials need only regulate to ensure public health and safety. In Southern California, the drought is never over. It is time to revive the gray-water industry and turn entrepreneurs loose to invent and sell us other tools that will make us conserve – no matter how we feel about the environment. Ruth Galanter is a former member and president of the Los Angeles City Council, on which she served for 16 years.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

End of year brings 20 more dead across Iraq

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE A letter from President Bush lauded political developments in both Iraq and Afghanistan, praising the efforts of U.S. troops in helping Iraqis exercise the right to vote three times during 2005 and the people of Afghanistan to also cast ballots. “In the coming year, America will continue to stand beside these young democracies and lay the foundation of peace for our children and grandchildren,” Bush said. “We appreciate the brave men and women in uniform who protect our country and advance freedom around the world. We are grateful to their families for their support and sacrifice, and we pray for all those who have lost loved ones in freedom’s cause.” At Camp Victory near Baghdad’s airport, “American Idol 3” finalist Diana DeGarmo and other entertainers treated hundreds of U.S. servicemen and women to a New Year’s Eve show. Soldiers sat in the cold in front of a tan stage as DeGarmo pulled several on stage to dance. She was followed by comedian Reggie McFadden and country music singer Michael Peterson, who traveled with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on a six-nation holiday tour to thank the troops. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD, Iraq – Bombings and shootings killed at least 20 people across Iraq on the final day of the year Saturday, while U.S. troops shivered in the cold during a performance by an “American Idol” singer as part of New Year’s Eve celebrations. The U.S. military also reported the death of an American soldier from wounds, bringing its death toll in Iraq for 2005 near 2004’s record level. Iraq’s electoral commission, meanwhile, repeated a call for political groups to remove from their candidate lists 90 former members of Saddam Hussein’s Baath party before the agency issues final results next week from the Dec. 15 parliamentary elections. Many Iraqis, particularly from the long oppressed Shiite Muslim majority and Kurdish communities, want to keep ex-Baathists out of the new government. Sunni Arabs, the backbone of Iraq’s insurgency, sees that as an attempt to deny their minority a role in politics. last_img read more

Collision leaves Arnold stitched up

first_imgGov. Arnold Schwarzenegger received 15 stitches in his lip Sunday after a traffic collision near his Los Angeles home, his spokeswoman said. Schwarzenegger was riding a Harley Davidson motorcycle with his son Patrick, 12, when another driver backed into the street shortly after 3 p.m., spokeswoman Margita Thompson said in a statement. “The governor was unable to avoid the vehicle in his path and collided with it at a low speed,” she said. Schwarzenegger and his son, a passenger in the motorcycle’s sidecar, were released from St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica after being treated for cuts and bruises, Thompson said. The two, both of whom were wearing helmets at the time, were recovering at home Sunday night. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The other driver was uninjured. The governor was expected to keep his appointments today. No further details were immediately available. – Daily News 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

3-year term likely for Ponzi schemer

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Investors in National Investment were led to believe that their money was being put in mostly stocks and initial public offerings for high-tech stocks and Internet companies. Part of the money was used to pay old investors, as in other Ponzi schemes. Money was also used to pay salaries and other expenses at National Investment and to invest in certain securities about which investors were never told. “He did not personally enrich himself,” John Yzurdiaga, Gharakhanian’s attorney, said after the court hearing. Gharakhanian, who is free on $100,000 bond, had a small staff, none of whom were charged in the case. He also told investors about an individual named Bika Balian, who he said was overseeing finances, but Balian did not exist, Wilner said. Most of the investors were from the San Fernando Valley, including many Armenian-Americans from Glendale. The scheme could have netted as much as $10 million. A Van Nuys man pleaded guilty Wednesday to defrauding dozens of investors of at least $2.5 million under a plea bargain reached with federal prosecutors. Melkon Gharakhanian, 44, also known as Mike Garian, pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud. He faces up to five years in prison, but prosecutors will seek three years when he is sentenced on May 1. Prosecutors say they will drop seven additional charges as part of the plea deal. Authorities said Gharakhanian failed to tell investors he had filed for personal bankruptcy before establishing National Investment Enterprises Inc. The Glendale company defrauded more than 40 victims between 1999 and 2001 in what prosecutors say was a classic Ponzi scheme – using money from new investors to pay earlier investors. “To the extent the money was misused, it was not necessarily put in his pocket. However, there’s no doubt that Mr. Gharakhanian lived a very comfortable lifestyle,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Wilner said outside the courtroom at U.S. District Court in downtown Los Angeles. In 2004, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission secured a $2.6 million judgment against Gharakhanian, but he has been unable to pay it. Gharakhanian is Canadian and could eventually be deported as a result of his conviction. Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304 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

Bing makes it 5 to declare for draft

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Justice and Bing will hold a news conference at USC today to officially announce their decision. Justice is projected by the NFL as going anywhere from 10th to 20th in the first round; Matua never sought an NFL evaluation. According to sources, a factor in Bing’s decision was the fear that he would get injured if he played next season. Bing was advised by Carroll’s friend, NFL analyst Pat Kirwan, that only one safety usually gets selected in the first round, but ultimately it did not sway him to remain in school. A highly touted high school player, Bing got USC athletic director Mike Garrett to unretire his No. 20 jersey. Bing was inconsistent during his three seasons but recorded 41 tackles and intercepted four passes this season while being named an Associated Press All-American. Technically, players have until Wednesday to change their mind, when the NFL officially announces which underclassmen made themselves available for the draft. Packers want Ruel: USC offensive line coach Pat Ruel was contacted by new Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy about joining the staff, but Ruel said he planned to remain at USC. Earlier in the week, tailbacks LenDale White and Reggie Bush also turned pro. Of the six juniors who considered turning pro, only wide receiver Steve Smith elected to return for his senior season. It’s a blow to USC coach Pete Carroll, who held a seminar for underclassmen last month in an effort to keep players from leaving early. “I’m going to take the same advice I gave the players who wanted to turn pro,” Ruel said. “I’m going to maximize my potential and stay at USC.” Ruel worked in Green Bay for two seasons (2001-2002), when new offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski was the tight ends coach. “The NFL is always entertaining to me, but when you think about the great players and the great guy I work for, you don’t go,” Ruel said. “There’s always people I know that would like me to come back, but I’m happy at USC. I want to put people in the NFL; I just don’t want them to leave early.” Ruel did not rule out the possibility of ever returning to the NFL, but said this was not the right time. Meanwhile, USC quarterback Matt Leinart hired Leigh Steinberg to be his agent. Scott Wolf, (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img As expected, USC safety Darnell Bing announced Sunday he would make himself available for the NFL Draft. Bing, who is projected by the NFL to be a second- or third-round draft pick, was the final Trojan to make his decision. As previously reported, offensive tackle Winston Justice submitted his paperwork to the NFL on Friday, and offensive guard Fred Matua announced Saturday he would turn pro. last_img read more


first_imgDonegal’s Local Enterprise Office is encouraging local businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs to take time out of their busy schedules to participate in Donegal Business Week.Running from Monday, 7th to Friday, 11th March, Donegal Business Week has something for everyone doing business in Donegal, from those thinking of starting a business in the county, to start-ups, growing SMEs and established businesses.This week-long series of talks, seminars and workshops showcases the wide range of supports available to Donegal’s small business community. A number of key speakers will visit the county to participate in the event, including Padraig O’Ceidigh, the Connemara man synonymous with Aer Arann, Alastair Dobson from A Taste of Arran in Scotland and multi-award winning marketing speaker, Geoff Ramm. On Tuesday, 8th March, the ‘Looking After Your Money’ workshop takes place in the LEO office, Ballyraine, Letterkenny. Pictured are Mary Farrell, Tax Advice Services, Joe Coyle, Joe Coyle Financial Consultants and Joseph Doherty, Simply Inish, who will host the workshop. Also pictured are Cllr Ciaran Brogan, Cathaoirleach Donegal County Council, Michael Tunney, Head of Enterprise, Donegal LEO, Seamus Neely, Chief Executive of Donegal County Council and Liam Ward, Director of Services, Donegal County Council.Raising finance for business is one of the main focuses of Donegal Business Week. On Tuesday, 8th March, a series of presentations from organisations and agencies that help raise finance for businesses will take place in An Grianan Hotel, Burt. Guest speakers include Michael Johnson, CEO of Micro Finance Ireland. Under his leadership, MFI has grown from lending €2 million a year in 2013 to almost €6 million in 2015. This lending, primarily delivered in partnership with Local Enterprise Offices, is now supporting 1,900 jobs.Other speakers include Ian Brannigan of The Western Development Commission and Aidan Gough of IntertradeIreland. This event also gives attendees the opportunity to have a one-to-one appointment with a key advisor. Registration is at 8.30am and the event runs until 12.30pmDonegal Business Week will focus on ‘Wellness at Work, with advice for businesses on ways to foster a healthier and happier workplace. Check out the full range of events and register now at 10th March focuses on ‘Wellness at Work’ and takes place in Kees Hotel, Stranorlar. Guest speakers include nutritionist Paula Mee, fitness expert Pat Divilly, Declan Thomas, IBEC, Leeanne Mimnagh, Pramerica and David O’Neill, co-founder of Uppiddee, a software solution for improving wellbeing in businesses, colleges and professional sports’ teams. Registration is at 9.00am and the event runs until 12.45pmEncouraging businesses to get involved, Ursula Donnelly of Donegal’s LEO said: “Donegal Business Week is a great opportunity for Donegal businesses, or those considering setting up a business, to learn from, listen to and network with leaders in their field. This year’s event covers a wide range of topics, from mentoring and training to advice on encouraging wellness in the workplace and raising finance for your business. We’ve already had a great response from the local business community and I would encourage anyone considering attending to check out the range of events on offer and book in advance, as places are filling up fast.’Image Three and Caption ‘Making Donegal Famous For Food’ takes place on Wednesday, 9th March, in The Donegal Brewing Co., Dicey Reilly’s, Ballyshannon, from 10.30am – 1.30pm Pictured are Eve–Anne McCarron, The Food Coast, (Donegal’s Good Food Initiative),Richard Finney, The Counter, Martin Hernandez, Sage Restaurant, Liam Ward, Director of Services, Donegal County Council and Linda McClean, Mallow Mia.Taking place on Thursday, 10th March, Connecting Your Creative Talent is an interactive workshop designed to help participants share experiences and learn from other creative businesses, as well as offering advice on the latest supports available under the EU project – My Creative Edge. The workshop will be followed by the launch of the Creative Coast Network and the new Creative Business Development and Investment Programme. Guest speakers include Jonathan Ball, Glass and Metal Artist, Javier Burón Garcia, Director of Limerick Fab Lab, Gary Reddin, Illustrator and Designer and Pauline White, Policy Analyst Western Development Commission. The event takes place at the Centre Building, Justice Walsh Road, Letterkenny, (beside the Scally Practice and HSE Outpatients). Registration is at 2.00pm and the event runs until 5.00pm.Donegal Business Week culminates with the 20th Donegal Business Awards, which take place on Friday, 11th March at 12.30pm in the Villa Rose Hotel, Ballybofey. This event is open to the public and guest speaker is serial entrepreneur, Padraig O’Ceidigh.Places at the week’s events are strictly limited, so check out the range of events and register now at  or contact LEO on 074 91 60735.DISCOVER WHAT’S POSSIBLE FOR YOUR BUSINESS DURING DONEGAL BUSINESS WEEK was last modified: March 2nd, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal Business Weeklast_img read more