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No pussyfooting around when it comes to change

first_imgIn recent days, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has made two stellar moves. The first one was living up to his campaign promise to terminate Guerdon Stuckey, the controversial general manager of the city’s Animal Services Department. Stuckey failed to attend major conferences on how to reduce euthanasia; he failed to investigate documented animal-abuse cases; and he consistently failed to implement the life-enhancing recommendations provided by the department’s civilian commissioners. While Villaraigosa took 161 days to make the move that most people, including many city leaders, feel he should have made on Day 1 of his administration, he ultimately did what he promised, and that’s what counts. Villaraigosa made another great move in appointing Ed Boks, a noted humane leader from New York, to step in as Interim GM, and quite likely as Stuckey’s permanent successor. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Boks is considered to be the best available person from a very small pool of qualified candidates, and brings three qualities that Stuckey comprehensively lacked: major city shelter experience, a passion for the “no kill” philosophy and – possibly most importantly – an understanding of how to rid shelter systems of employees who lack the passion to work there. Let’s hope that Villaraigosa now makes a third great move, by heeding three key lessons of Stuckey’s tumultuous tenure as Villaraigosa’s GM: 1. A great idea is a great idea, regardless of who supports it. Villaraigosa hesitated to terminate Stuckey because it was an idea supported by the Animal Liberation Front, a group that allegedly set off a smoke bomb in Stuckey’s apartment complex. But Stuckey’s termination was an idea that the vast majority of L.A.’s humane community demanded, including Stuckey’s early supporters. This was a case of the mayor allowing fringe groups to prevent him from doing what was widely agreed to be the right thing. 2. Being an animal-lover doesn’t mean you’re a terrorist. Prior to Villaraigosa’s election, Mayor James Hahn’s administration ignorantly labeled the city’s humane community as “crazy animal people” and “terrorists” simply because they want to do good things for animals living lives of torture, abuse and neglect. Passion to help the underprivileged should never again be labeled so unfairly. 3. Stop wasting taxpayer dollars on can’t-be-won prosecutions of the Animal Defense League. The mayor should tell City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo to knock it off. Doing this will show the mayor to be a leader and a thinker, and not one who tolerates vindictive, politically motivated prosecutors to run roughshod over those making the world better. What appears to be the turning point in the tumultuous history of L.A. Animal Services can serve as a template for all other major cities that say “our city is too big to find homes for all of the animals, so we just have to kill the extras.” If Boks can succeed in drastically reducing the euthanasia rate in Los Angeles while increasing the number of high-quality adoptions, Los Angeles will be the template that other cities can follow. The key is to fund the spay or neuter surgery for dogs and cats, so the city won’t have to kill countless of their puppies or kittens in the future. In addition to striking down the euthanasia rate, the mayor must also remember that the shelters should not be the last resort for animals; they should be elevated as the people’s first choice when they’re seeking to adopt a dog or cat, rather than going to a breeder or pet store, which are relics of ignorance. Doing so will prove that Los Angeles will be a city where a dog doesn’t have to be an underdog, just because it’s in the shelter. — Daniel Guss is a Sherman Oaks-based writer who founded Stop Torture Abuse & Neglect of Dogs, www.STANDFoundation.org.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 LOCAL: DRUMKEEN TO HOST ANNUAL CAR WASH

first_imgDRUMKEEN COMMUNITY NOTESDrumkeen Community ChildcareWe will be holding our annual Cake Sale & Coffee morning in the service on Sunday 17th May from 11.30am to 1pm. Lovely homemade goodies on the day. Everyone welcome.  Community 6th Annual Car WashWe will have our 6th annual community car wash on Sun 31st May from 10am-2pm. The 5 previous years have been a fantastic success with almost €4,000 raised in total for various local charities and community projects. As in previous years we give the community the chance to decide where the proceeds should go, so if your organisation or group would like to benefit from the car wash, please contact any committee member or phone/text Aidan on 086 4083625 or Harry on 087 7741054 or email: drumkeencommunitygroup@gmail.com with your suggestion.  Community Group Clean-UpThe local Community Group would like to thank the residents of Trentabuoy, Stralongford and Corravaddy who helped to clean up their areas last Sunday. Over 3 tonne of rubbish was collected. Thanks also to Cllr Liam Doherty who organised the rubbish bags, high-viz jackets and also the removal of the rubbish.It’s through working together as a community that our local areas can look their best. If you would like your own area to avail of a clean-up, just text your name and townland to 086 4083625 or email drumkeencommunitygroup@gmail.com Drumkeen Band ReunionThe band reunion will be held on Sat 6th June. It will commence with a thanksgiving mass at 2 pm in St. Patrick’s church, followed by light refreshments in the parish hall.The gala reunion will then take place at 8 pm in The Finn valley Centre, Stranorlar. Tickets still available and can be purchased by contacting Josephine on 089 4385005 or any committee member. Drumkeen NotesAnyone wishing to have material included for next weekPlease Email: drumkeennotes@gmail.com or text 086 4083625 (Deadline Fri @ 8pm)DD LOCAL: DRUMKEEN TO HOST ANNUAL CAR WASH was last modified: May 10th, 2015 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:donegalDrumkeen noteslast_img read more

Capsized kayak prompts rescue mission off Donegal coast

first_imgRescue volunteers with the Bundoran RNLI were called to action this afternoon after a capsized kayak was spotted off the shore at Nuns Pool.The alarm was raised shortly before 3pm when concerned crew member Fergal Muller saw an empty kayak from the cliffs on Bundoran’s West End.The lifeboat was launched within five minutes, with helm Brian Gillespie and three crew members onboard. Once on scene, the crew recovered the kayak and began a 25-minute search for any occupants.Fortunately, during the search, word came to Bundoran Lifeboat Station that the occupant had been brought to shore by fellow kayakers while the kayak had been carried out to sea in a rip current. The lifeboat was subsequently stood down.Speaking following the call out, Captain Tony McGowan, Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said: “We are delighted that no one was in any immediate danger this afternoon and that the group of kayakers had made their way safely to shore. I would like to commend Fergal for his quick thinking in raising the alarm when he observed the capsized kayak and praise the crew for what was a swift response. “We would remind anyone planning a trip to sea regardless of their activity, to always respect the water. Always wear a lifejacket, always carry a means of communication and should you get into difficulty call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard. “We would also appeal to everyone to remember that should you for any reason need to leave or abandon your vessel, to please report it as missing to the Coast Guard once you have safely made it to shore.”Capsized kayak prompts rescue mission off Donegal coast was last modified: November 17th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

HTC One Officially Gets A Google Nexus Version

first_imgTags:#Android#Google#HTC#now The HTC One will be getting the Nexus treatment, according to Google’s Android head Sundar Pichai. Speaking at AllThingsD’s executive conference today, Pichai said that the HTC will get a stripped down version of Android that replaces HTC’s Sense skin with the classic unadulterated Android Nexus skin from Google.Samsung had already announced a Nexus version of its Galaxy S4 at the Google I/O developer conference earlier this month. The Nexus HTC One will be available on June 26 for $599 through the Google Play store. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology dan rowinski Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img

TFA OFFICIAL RECOGNISED AT AUSPORT AWARDS

first_imgHot on the heels of the Australian Mens 30’s Touch team being nominated at the Australian Sports Awards, one of TFA’s leading officials was nominated for an award at the Australian Sports Commission 2006 Ausport Awards.The Ausport Awards recognise coaches, officials, management and other programs that have played pivotal roles in developing sport Australia-wide. TFA took the opportunity to nominate a member of our National Referees Panel (NRP) who has served the sport and its officials tirelessly for many years.Ian Matthew, who is also the Director of Referees in NSW, was nominated for the ‘Officials Development Award’ and we were delighted when he was short-listed to the final three nominees. Unfortunately Ian was unable to attend the Awards breakfast in Melbourne, due to his commitments in Coffs Harbour for the NTL, but Miles Davine, Touch Football Victoria Manager, kindly stepped in and attended on Ian’s behalf.The eventual winner of the award was Sharon Arnold from Basketball Australia, while Ian Matthew and Neil Poulton from Baseball were both highly commended at the breakfast.Ian can be credited for many of the strategies and techniques in place in Touch Football today to develop referees from grass roots level to the elite level. He has influenced an enormous number of referees through his work at local, state, national and international level. Thank you Ian for all of your hard work!last_img read more

2016 NBA Mock Draft: First Round 2.0

first_imgNBA DraftTwitter/@NBADraft NBA DraftTwitter/@NBADraftWe’re only one week away from the 2016 NBA Draft. The draft order has long been set, and the Philadelphia 76ers have been on the clock deciding who they will take with the No. 1 pick. As the date gets closer, all of the potential picks begin to crystallize and the draft starts to take shape. Last month, we brought you our first NBA Mock Draft, but now we decided to take an updated crack at prognosticating how the draft will play out. Note, there are no draft-day trades in our scenario. We predicted what every team would do if it stood pat and picked in its designated slot.Without further ado, let’s kick things off.   Get Started: Picks 1-5Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7last_img

Education Ministry to Re-Introduce the Truancy Officer Programme in Schools

first_imgMinister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid says his Ministry will be working with the police to re-introduce the truancy officer programme in schools.This, he said, is to ensure that all children are accounted for at all times which will lessen the likelihood of them being recruited by gangs or become involved in criminal activities.“No child should be left behind, because if we fail to do that, all we are doing is leaving them to be taken over by the gangsters,” he said.The Minister was addressing the first in a series of anti-gang workshops at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston on May 18.Mr. Reid said the programme “is something that we have to put back in place” to ensure that once students are at the age for school, they must be attending school regularly.The Education Minister stressed that students found to be out of school must be able to account for why they are not attending school regularly.In the meantime, Mr. Reid noted that the education system must be the avenue through which troubled youth can lead a more purposeful life and transition out of a life of crime.“We are saying that those who themselves are involved in organized crime, there is now an opportunity for you to come out, be trained, be skilled, be empowered, put down the guns, put down the crime, and let Jamaica be a crime free country,” he stressed.For his part, Acting Commander of the Counter Terrorism and Organized Crime Branch, Superintendent of Police Anthony McLaughlin, said the police is serious about dismantling gangs and welcomes working with the Education Ministry to achieve this feat.He noted that the partnership with the Education Ministry is important, as the Ministry is seeking to go beyond what the police does in addressing the symptoms of criminal gang activities, to tackle the root causes.“In dismantling the gangs, if we do not try to attack the root cause of the problem, then we will always be trying to dismantle gangs,” he said.Noting that there are over 250 active gangs which account for between 60 to 70 per cent of homicides yearly, SSP McLaughlin said he was pleased that the workshop participants will be given the tools and knowledge to help steer students away from gangs and gang activities.“We are not saying that gangs are in schools, but a large number of the students are impacted by gang activities and the gangs are out there recruiting these youngsters and we have to know what we are dealing with in terms of these children coming into school when we see the anti-social behaviours, we must know the signs we are to look for,” he said.Research has shown that gangs recruit children as young as age eight.The six anti-gang workshops scheduled, are being staged by the Safety and Security Unit of the Education Ministry. They are geared towards providing school personnel with the necessary skills to reduce the vulnerability of stakeholders to a range of potential threats.One key issue the workshops will address is the formation of gangs and the effect on home, school, the community and by extension Jamaica.last_img read more

Ontario Natural Resources minister speaks to APTN about Grassy Narrows decision

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Ontario government is responding to their recent court victory over the Grassy Narrows First Nation.The long legal battle had to do with logging permits and who had the right to the approve them.The Ontario Court of Appeal ruled the province does overturning a previous court decision.Natural Resources David Orazietti spoke with APTN National News reporter Delaney Windigo.last_img

CIBCs Simplii Financial direct banking launches but customers find glitches

first_imgTORONTO – The launch of CIBC’s new Simplii Financial direct banking brand on Wednesday has not gone exactly to plan, as some customers are finding glitches with the new offering.The bank (TSX:CM) has switched over customers from President’s Choice Financial to Simplii after reaching a deal with Loblaw Cos. Ltd. (TSX:L) in August.The companies decided to end a decades-long partnership and go their separate ways, with Simplii taking the savings, chequing and mortgage accounts and PC Financial keeping its MasterCard credit cards and PC Plus points program.Some customers say they have found long call waits for customer services, and others are complaining on Twitter that the mobile application isn’t working or that they’re unimpressed with the changes.“There are no innovations. They simplii just changed the app logo and colour. It’s still the worst mobile banking app in Canada,” tweeted Andrew Chisholm.Others were simply confused about where their new banking cards are (they will be mailed out between today and next April) and while some were pleased by new Simplii offerings such as free e-transfers.The company has responded on Twitter saying that its mobile app is being updated throughout the day and suggesting customers delete and reinstall the app if they have issues.Communicating with customers is key in situations like this, said IDC Canada associate analyst Bob Smythe, adding that any impact on the brand will be limited if problems are fixed quickly.“In any situation where someone’s forced to do something, you’re going to find people who are annoyed. But I guess it depends how smoothly it goes over the next couple of days.”“I think if it carried on for very long it would be a problem but, if it’s rectified quickly, they can overcome any negative feelings,” Smythe said.In announcing the deal in August, CIBC (TSX:CM) promised a smooth transition for existing PC Financial clients, with no changes to account numbers, mortgage terms or automatic payments and deposits.CIBC spokeswoman Olga Petrycki said by email Wednesday that the company “seamlessly transitioned nearly 2 million clients to Simplii today,” and that the technical issue experienced by a few people was limited to a slow refresh of the Apple app that customers could solve by reinstalling it.last_img read more

AuroraCanniMed 1B cannabis deal puts pressure on competitors

first_imgAurora Cannabis Inc.’s friendly billion-dollar deal to buy rival licensed producer CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. marks the biggest acquisition the marijuana sector has seen and puts pressure on their competitors to up their expansion antes.The agreement, valued around $1.1 billion, comes after an acrimonious takeover battle that included a public war of words and a lawsuit filed by CanniMed against its suitor.But after spending long days at the negotiating table since late last week, the adversaries agreed on a transaction that now includes both shares and cash — a sweeter deal than the earlier all-stock transaction offered in November.“It probably creates an expectation that there will be more consolidation in the sector,” said Aurora’s chief corporate officer Cam Battley.The CanniMed transaction marks the largest acquisition in this sector by far, said Russell Stanley, special situations analyst at Echelon Wealth Partners.There is now increased pressure for the sector’s bigger players — who have all raised money amid soaring share prices recently — to scale up either organically or via acquisitions, Stanley said.“They’ve got the currency, they’ve got the ammunition, and the market’s going to expect people to use it.”The transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions, is the latest in a wave of consolidation in the sector ahead of legalization for recreational use this summer.Rival producer Aphria Inc. earlier this month announced a deal to buy B.C. based Broken Coast Cannabis Inc., a transaction valued at $230 million in cash and stock. Prior to the Aurora-CanniMed deal, the largest deal had been Canopy Growth’s 2016 friendly all-stock deal to acquire Mettrum Health Corp. valued at $430 million.Based on an implied Aurora share price of $12.65 and an exchange ratio that would see CanniMed shareholders receive 3.4 Aurora shares or a combination of cash and shares for each CanniMed share, the companies said the new offer would amount to $43 per share, or $1.1 billion.However, Aurora shares closed at $14.79 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Tuesday and CanniMed shares closed at $37.51, making the offer worth currently worth about $50 per share by the time it was announced Wednesday. The value could bounce around significantly before the deal closes due to volatility in the marijuana sector.CanniMed had argued that Aurora’s earlier all-stock offer valued at up to $24 per share for the company was too low, given the wild upward swing in marijuana stocks in recent months.The deal gives Aurora the cannabis producer with the longest track record in the industry. CanniMed’s predecessor was the sole supplier to Health Canada before the current medical marijuana licensing regime was implemented.CanniMed has also demonstrated success in developing and monetizing value-added products, Stanley added, noting that 57 per cent of the latest quarter’s sales came from oils rather than dried flower. These capabilities could help Aurora as cannabis companies race to develop pill-form cannabis amid growing interest in the drug’s use for medical applications.CanniMed has more than 200 employees, while Aurora has more than 450, said Battley. Aurora does not expect to cut jobs, but rather ramp up hiring, he added.Battley also expects Zettl to come on board for at least a transition period, and perhaps beyond that.The deal also means CanniMed will abandon its plans to acquire the Tragically Hip-backed Newstrike Resources Ltd., whose shareholders had already voted in favour of a takeover by CanniMed.CanniMed chief executive Brent Zettl said he was angling for a three-way deal that would include Newstrike as well.“I think there is still some open-mindedness … It’s just that we didn’t get to a commercial agreement on that.”CanniMed will pay a $9.5-million break fee to Newstrike as a result of its decision, though its stock tumbled as much as 25 per cent after the deal was announced.Newstrike’s chief executive Jay Wilgar says that while the view may be that his company was “left at the altar”, this was a “mutual decision” and things have changed since its deal with CanniMed was announced.“Newstrike has received its sales license, which is a huge step,” he said.“We are in a very strong position right now, as a standalone.”Companies in this story: (TSX:CMD, TSX:ACB, TSXV:HIP, TSX:APH, TSX:WEED)last_img read more