By Iacovos ConstantinouDefending champions APOEL stretched their lead at the top of the table to three points with an astonishing 9-0 win at Nea Salamina last night in the Cyprus football championship.The carnage began as early as the 2nd minute when Giorgos Efrem opened the scoring and it was 4-0 by half-time. Tomas De Vincenti and Fernando Cavenaghi helped themselves to two goals each as the leaders were rampant.Over the weekend, four of the top six teams, AEK, Anorthosis, Apollon and Anorthosis all defeated their opponents with consummate ease, scoring 15 goals without conceding in the process. The shock of the weekend came from Limassol where AEL were humbled 2-1 by the least glamorous of the Limassol clubs Aris.AEL have only themselves to blame for the loss as they failed to convert a number of chances they created culminating with a penalty miss in the final stages of the game.Aris took the lead through Bagura in the first half but AEL’s pressure paid off when Nyang headed past Aris keeper Nurendinofski late on.The winner for the visitors came four minutes from time when Marangoudakis raced onto a through ball to hit the ball past the AEL keeper.AEK continued their impressive away form, notching their fifth win in as many outings as they defeated AEK 2-0.Thomas Christiansen’s team were in control from the very first whistle and scored a goal in each half through Monteiro and Andre Alves.The third Limassol team in the top flight Apollon finally recorded their first away win of the season after overcoming Ayia Napa 3-0.They raced into a two-goal lead through Guie (13th min) and Freier (24th min) with Da Silva wrapping up the scoring with a second-half penalty.The outcome of the game between Omonia and Paphos FC was clear as early as the 13th minute when Omonia were awarded a penalty and the visitors had a player sent off. Nuno Assis scored from the subsequent spot-kick with Economides adding a second before the break.Kirm, Eze and Skembri with two were the other scorers.Anorthosis were poor in the opening 45 minutes and had to wait until the 67th minute to open the score against Ermis Aradippou who up until then defended well.Their top scorer Ndlovou hit his seventh goal of the season and two minutes later Gonzales put though his own net. Avraam and an injury time goal from Schwechlen completed the score.In the final weekend match Doxa Katokopias overcame Paralimni 2-1 in a game that could have gone either way. Lopes and Fernandes were the scorers for the home side with Vucevic getting Paralimni’s consolation goal.
Police Commissioner Leslie James, earlier this week, once again stated that the Guyana Police Force (GPF) has zero tolerance for corruption and warned that ranks found to be involved in corrupt and questionable practices will face the necessary consequences. The Commissioner’s statement comes as the GPF is celebrating its 180th anniversary and some days after Crime Chief Lyndon Alves was sent on administrative leave to facilitate a probe into corruption allegations levelled against him.Several damning allegations against Alves were detailed in the media, and there were several questions raised by various stakeholders as to the criteria used in the first place to appoint him to that high-level position. Among the allegations against Alves is his alleged use of his influence during his tenure as Commander of B Division to protect rogue cops.Another allegation levelled against the Crime Chief is his influence being reportedly used to prevent a relative of his, who was involved in an accident, from being charged. In that incident, the young woman allegedly struck four-year-old Mohan Ramkaran close to his Tuschen, East Bank Essequibo (EBE) home. However, after she was arrested, she was later placed on $20,000 station bail and over two years later, she is yet to face the court for her alleged actions.To clarify: we are not saying that Alves is culpable of any of these wrongdoings, as it is only an independent, impartial and thorough probe that would determine if, and to what extent, he was involved in actions that are against normal practices. However, more diligent efforts should have been employed to ensure that the position was filled by someone who was at least perceived to be qualified, professional, honest, and could enjoy the confidence of his peers as well as the public.That said, the Alves fiasco is not unique. For many years now we have been hearing about corruption at all levels of the Force; sometimes with the involvement of senior officers themselves. When certain cases are brought to the fore, either by private citizens complaining or by way of media reports, nothing much comes out of these cases even after investigations are carried out. Very often, it comes down to officers simply being transferred or demoted or put to perform ‘administrative duties’.A few months back, there was the issue of the former Head of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Unit, Deputy Superintendent Mootie Dookie, being investigated for alcohol smuggling. He has since been “temporarily transferred” to the Force’s Strategic Unit.Then there is the issue of some ranks moving around in heavily tinted vehicles in spite of several warnings for them to remove these tints. There is a tint law in place, but for quite some time now, ranks were allowed a free pass with their tinted vehicles, giving the impression to the general public that there is one law for Police Officers and another for the public. The law should apply to everyone, irrespective of their status, except in cases when the chief licensing authority grants an exemption, and in a few other special cases.Added to this is that some Police Officers openly break the traffic rules; and they do so with certainty that they would not be made to face the necessary charges. Pictures and videos of ranks using their mobile phones and drinking alcohol while on duty have been making the rounds of Facebook. And even though citizens observe the unprofessional and illegal conduct of ranks, they feel it is a waste of time to lodge the necessary complaints as nothing would come out of it.We had stated before that the Police must lead by example. If they want to win the public’s trust, they must be seen as having integrity and decency. They must engage in serious introspection and monitor themselves to ensure they too are held to higher standards. Police Officers cannot be seen breaking the same laws they expect the public to abide by.While we do not intend to paint the entire Police Force with the same brush, as there are many professional and honest officers within the Force, we are convinced that unless what is perceived as the endemic corruption in the organisation is addressed in a holistic manner, efforts being made at Police reform would be in vain. In the meantime, we await the findings of the Alves probe.
As ranks of the Police narcotics branch continue their eradication exercise, a 10-hour operation in the Berbice River has led to the destruction of several acres of cannabis and nine camps. Based on reports, the camps were found at Hofwerk and Gatetroy, located several miles out of New Amsterdam.In addition, in excess of 8000 cannabis plants, ranging from two to six feet in height with an estimated weight of 17,000 kilograms, were found under cultivation.Also, a quantity of dried and packaged marijuana was found under makeshift tents. The packaged ganja amounted to 9000 kilograms when weighed. No oneSome of the cannabis and camps found at Hofwerk and Gatetroy, Berbice Riverhas been arrested, but Police are continuing their investigations.In the latter part of September, Police ranks in Essequibo, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) and Berbice had arrested five men in two separate drug eradication exercises.In Berbice, two men were busted with a quarter kilogram of cannabis, which they tried to discard after being caught smoking a ‘joint’.Meanwhile, in Essequibo, during a 12-hour drug eradication exercise at Araray Village, Upper Essequibo, ranks stumbled upon several acres of marijuana. In excess of nine acres of cultivated cannabis with about 8000 plants ranging in heights from one foot to 10 feet, several nurseries with over 3000 seedlings, along with two makeshift tents were found and destroyed.Three males, who were found tending to the plants, were taken into custody and charged with cultivating prohibited plants.
0Shares0000Kieran Read will lead New Zealand’s fightback in the second Bledisloe Cup Test against Australia. © AFP / Marty MELVILLEAUCKLAND, New Zealand, Aug 16 – All Blacks captain Kieran Read warned he was in a “prickly” mood Friday as he demanded a marked improvement in discipline and defence for Saturday’s Bledisloe Cup decider against the Wallabies in Auckland.At stake is not only the All Blacks’ 16-year grip on the cup, but also the defence of a phenomenal record at Eden Park where they have not been beaten in 42 Tests since 1994. Another Australian triumph would also mark the first time since 2011 that the All Blacks have lost two matches in a row and, after their recent draw with South Africa, it would be the first time in 260 Tests since 1998 they have gone three successive matches without a win.Wallabies’ coach Michael Cheika has stuck with his winning formula from Sydney a week ago, while the All Blacks are still tinkering with their preferred line-up.Read cut a stern figure as he led the All Blacks through the captain’s run pre-game training session on Friday.Referring to his “prickly nature”, the All Blacks skipper said: “If you don’t do that you’re not going to get a response.“It’s a do-or-die game… it’s our discipline and our ability to defend early that’s going to be key. They put pressure on us through that last week so we have to respond.”Coach Steve Hansen, who will be marking his 100th Test in charge of the All Blacks, has been emphatic in spelling out his priorities with the World Cup number one and then the Bledisloe, which he suggested was a learning exercise.“They’re going to test our resolve to step up to the plate and we’ll learn a lot out of it and march on to the next occasion,” he said.– Fortress Eden Park –The Wallabies have not won at Eden Park in 18 games over the past 33 years, a dismal statistic which coach Michael Cheika has turned into a challenge.“There’s no point in hiding from it,” he said.“We know that that’s a big challenge but if you want to make change, one person has got to say, ‘Okay, this is going to change’. Then the next person will join in and the next person will join in.“You’re allowed to understand the history of the event and also the game, the trophy and also the venue, to make it ultra-important.”Despite being outplayed last week, Hansen has insisted the situation was like 2015 when the All Blacks were well beaten in Sydney and bounced back with a five-tries-to-one victory in Auckland.Australia, however, made sweeping changes to their line-up between the Tests four years ago while Cheika this time has made only one, with Adam Coleman in for the injured Rory Arnold.Hansen has made five changes including the axing of the battle-hardened Ben Smith, Owen Franks and Rieko Ioane.He used the word “dumped” but also said that with an eye on the World Cup they would probably have been rested anyway to see how replacement wings George Bridge and Sevu Reece, along with prop Nepo Laulala, handle a pressure game.The Wallabies last beat the All Blacks in New Zealand in 2001, when they sneaked home 24-23 in Dunedin.0Shares0000(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)
Among those who returned to Mexico last winter, 77.3 percent said they returned home less frequently over the past five years because it was becoming too difficult to evade the U.S. Border Patrol, too expensive to pay a smuggler to help them cross back or too dangerous, the university study showed. Other research suggests a trend. In 1998, about 45 percent of the nation’s farmworkers said they’d spent time out of the country within the previous year, according to the National Agricultural Workers Survey. By 2002, 28 percent of farmworkers in the country said they’d spent time outside the U.S., the survey said. The U.S. Border Patrol increased enforcement following the 2001 terrorist attacks, catching 905,065 people in 2003 and 1,077,598 in the first eight months of this year. More border patrol agents along stretches that are easier to cross have pushed immigrants into rugged desert and mountain areas. A record 415 people died crossing the border illegally in the fiscal year that ended in September, according to the Border Patrol. The previous high was 383 deaths in 2000. Some examples of the drop in migrant crossings are dramatic. From Nov. 24, 2003, to Jan. 11, 2004, 141,412 immigrants entered Nogales, Mexico, from Arizona, according to Mexican authorities. That fell to 61,981 between November 2004 and January 2005. Between last Nov. 1 and Dec. 14, that number fell to less than 18,000. “Once people come over, they don’t go back because they don’t want to risk being caught,” said Rogelio Fernandez, a doctor and the associate director of the Parlier Family Health Center, which serves mostly farmworkers. University of California, Davis, labor economist Phil Martin calls it the “paradox of tougher enforcement. “You actually get more people to stay,” he said. One indication of the trend can be found in the public schools, where enrollments used to plunge in the winter. In Parlier, the school district has seen its population become more stable in recent years, a trend reflected in towns throughout much of California farm country. Of the district’s 3,400 students, 1,545 are the children of migrants, meaning their families have moved outside the district at least once in the last three years. That’s down from 1,621 migrant students just two years ago. Life can be difficult for those who stay. A 130-unit migrant housing complex, where a furnished apartment rents for $10 a day, shuts down in the fall. This year, 15 of the 25 camps around the state stayed open up to a month and a half longer. Parlier’s camp remained open until the end of October – one month longer than scheduled. With the camps closed, there are few affordable housing options. The town is one of California’s poorest, where many residents rely on seasonal farm work and migrants earn a median income of $6,250. The Community Food Bank of Fresno, which supplies Parlier with produce and other staples once a month, has seen demand rise throughout the San Joaquin Valley, chief executive officer Sarah Reyes said. Last year, the group distributed 7 million pounds of food to Fresno, Kings and Madera counties. This year, the total reached 8.4 million pounds. Immigrants would rather return to Mexico, where they have safety nets, but can’t risk the return trip, said Ron Strochlic, executive director of the California Institute for Rural Studies. “They’re stuck here, living these really deprived existences,” he said. “They are more of a drain on the system, and it’s working in everyone’s detriment.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PARLIER, Calif. – Acres of leafless vineyards surround this town of 12,000 in California’s San Joaquin Valley, the bare branches a stark reminder that in the middle of winter, there is little work in the fields. Traditionally, many of the migrants who crossed the border illegally to plant and harvest returned home to Mexico by the time the winter fog unfurled over California’s farm belt, emptying towns such as Parlier to spend Christmas and New Year’s with family. That annual migration has slowed dramatically in the past few years, as tougher border enforcement has prompted fears of capture and persuaded many immigrants to stay put – even if there is little work in the U.S. “Who wouldn’t want to be home for Christmas?” asked Jorge Garcia, 26, who left the Mexican state of Michoacan two years ago to join two cousins and a brother working the grapevines around this town just south of Fresno. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Like roughly half the men and women who work the fields in the United States, he came illegally. He had hoped to go home during the winter, after the vines were pruned. Now, the fruit stands scattered around town are empty and shuttered, and there’s little for him to do. “Going home is too expensive and dangerous,” he said. Garcia and others like him choose to live meagerly through the winter rather than risk capture or dying of exposure when they try to return. Reliable numbers are hard to find, but a January 2005 survey by researchers at the University of California, San Diego, found that 37 percent of undocumented immigrants returning to Mexico had stayed in the U.S. longer than they expected. About 79 percent of those interviewed said they knew someone who had remained in the United States because of more stringent border enforcement.
Jack and his proud familyHe may be Junior Mastermind but you can always trust your family to get one up on you!Young Jack Meenan, 11, was the toast of Castlefin and Co Donegal when he scooped the award on TV3 on Sunday night.But he certainly wasn’t ready for the surprise his granny Olive Byrne arranged at the family’s shop in Liscooley yesterday afternoon. Brains to Byrne! Jack with granny Olive and grandad Pete ByrneJack had enjoyed a great day at St Mary’s National School in Castlefin and received a hero’s welcome from his classmates who spent the whole day watching the show and celebrating Jack’s success.Jack was speechless (and a little red in the face!) when he arrived at the shop to see the poster.And if that couldn’t be topped, he was then interviewed by Rick O’Shea on 2fm this afternoon (rick won the celebrity mastermind earlier in the year)Jack’s dad Derek says he is just thrilled by all the good wishes and is certainly enjoying his moment in the spotlight. “There is such a feeling of goodwill in the local community and county wide, it just couldn’t be a better time to be from Donegal,” said Derek who is helping Jack to celebrate along with mum Edel and younger brother Michael, 7.MASTERMIND JACK’S SPECIALIST SUBJECT – BEING CAUGHT OUT BY HIS FAMILY! was last modified: December 11th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:castlefinfamilyJack MeenanLiscooleyMastermind
1 Jermain Defoe scored his first international goal since 2013 Gareth Southgate may be preaching the need for England ‘to get off the island and learn from elsewhere’ as they seek international glory, but Sunday’s 2-0 win over Lithuania at Wembley was more of the same from the Three Lions.A listless performance which would not have looked out of place under Roy Hodgson, Fabio Capello or even Steve McClaren did little to continue the signs of development shown in the loss to Germany on Wednesday.The two goals were brought about by the two moments of quality shown by England, as Jermain Defoe scored his first international goal since 2013 to open the scoring, before Jamie Vardy rounded off a fantastic move in the second half to guarantee the points for the hosts.England started on the front foot, though at a slow pace which caused the visitors no issues. They were confident on the ball, but playing far too narrow to bother the compact Lithuania defence.Trying to be too precise was costing England, and it was no surprise the biggest chances were coming via attacks from the flanks; Walker almost headed in a Bertrand cross as a sign of the Three Lions’ threat on the left.It was an attack down that wing which led to Defoe’s goal, Sterling making space for himself before driving a low ball across the face of goal. The Sunderland man was there to send the ball into the corner to crown his return to the international scene.A cross from Bertrand after a strong run down the left from the Southampton man was claimed by Setkus, and Lithuania made a rare foray into England’s third on the counter, Cernych controlling the ball on his chest and turning nicely outside the box, though failing to direct his shot on target.Defoe fired just wide from 25 yards and Bertrand had a shot charged down from even further out, as speculative attempts were all England could muster.Lithuania were hardly defending all that well, they were just grouped together inside their own area – and Southgate’s men were struggling for ideas as they looked to break through.Truthfully, England were lucky to end the half with their one-goal lead still intact.A poor clearance from Hart was smashed straight back towards the England area, and the goalkeeper failed to claim the ball with Slivka heading towards goal. Slivka was incredibly offside, but play was allowed to continue, and Stones managed to get back in time and hook the ball off the line.Less than two minutes after the restart, England should have doubled the lead.Sterling failed to convert a wonderful Bertrand low cross from just a yard out, getting the ball stuck under his feet allowing Setkus to claim.Nice work on the left between Cernych and Slivka led to a shot from the latter which forced Hart into his first real save of the game, before Oxlade-Chamberlain sent a 25-yard strike curling towards goal which Setkus successfully palmed away.Rashford and Vardy were brought on to inject life into the game, and the latter rounded off a superb move – taking in a wondrous touch from Lallana – to double the lead with just over 20 minutes to go.With the result guaranteed, and the three points in England’s pocket, the game slowed down to an even more relaxed pace.Vardy was sent though on goal from a ball over the top, but he fired over, Alli won a corner with a long-range strike, and Dier headed the resultant set-piece just over the crossbar.Probing moves in the final third continued as the game drew to its end, though there was no further action of note with the final whistle blown to signal England’s victory.
Lombardi Ranch is open to the public, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays at 29527 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 296-8697. Breast Cancer Awareness Wine Tasting will feature wines from a variety of regions, 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Salt Creek Grill, 24415 Town Center Drive, No. 115, Valencia. Tickets: $35. Call (661) 222-9999. Jim Mooney of Back Pages will perform solo on acoustic guitar with vocals, 7-10 p.m. Thursday at All Corked Up, 26340 Diamond Place, Santa Clarita. Call (661) 799-7979. “Terror By Gaslight” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 1 p.m. Sundays (except Oct. 22) through Oct. 28 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $11-$14 for adults and $9-$11 for students and seniors. Call (661) 799-2702. “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” will be presented, 1 p.m. Saturdays and 6:30 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 28 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $11-$14 for adults and $9-$11 for students and seniors. Call (661) 799-2702. Gypsy Folk Ensemble will perform dance and music from cultures around the world, 2-3 p.m. Saturday at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library, 18601 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call (661) 251-2720. Illusionist Michael LaFond will present illusions that tell stories from the Bible, 4-6 p.m. Saturday in the multipurpose room at Helmers Elementary School, 27300 N. Grandview Drive, Valencia. Call Berean Baptist CMusic in the Mansion will feature pianist Theodora Primes and cellist Jerome Kessler, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday at the William S. Hart Museum, 24251 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $20-$25 for adults and $10 for children. Call (661) 254-4584. Leonard Nimoy will present his one-man, multi-media show, “See What I See: Shekhina,” 8 p.m. Saturday at Congregation Beth Shalom, 21430 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita. Tickets: $60. Call (661) 254-2411. Ranger-led nature hike, 11 a.m. the second, third and fourth Sundays of each month at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0840. Kid Expo will feature exhibitors showcasing services and activities for children, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at Golden Valley High School, 27051 Robert C. Lee Parkway, Canyon Country. Call Cheryl Jones at (661) 255-6847, Ext. 3018. “An Evening with Stephen Schwartz” will present the musical works of the composer and lyrcist, 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Tickets: $25-$150. Call (661) 633-3550 or visit www.canyonspac.com. Crawford-Fleming Golf Invitational will support the Sheila R. Veloz Breast Imaging Center, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday at the Valencia Country Club, 27330 Tourney Road, Valencia. Call Janis Engel at Valencia Acura at (661) 255-3000. Healthy hike, 8 a.m. every Tuesday at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0840. To submit an event for the Things To Do calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256.160Want 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 MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips“Proof” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 28 at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 288-0000. “The Rocky Horror Show” will be presented, 8:30 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 8 p.m. Oct. 27 and 7 and 11 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 362-5304 or visit www.canyonspac.com. Captain Underpants Purple Porta-Potty will make an appearance during two sessions, 10-10:45 a.m. and 11-11:45 a.m. Saturday at the Valencia Library, 23743 W. Valendcia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 259-8942. Tesoro Adobe Historic Park is open to the public, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday with guided tours of the Harry Carey/Farmer John Ranch House, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Call (661) 702-8953. Family Nature Walk, 11 a.m.-noon, and an animal presentation, 1-2 p.m. every Saturday at Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Additional phase one plans include a river overlook, native plants nursery, river promenade, riparian landscape, wildflower meadows and a transformation of the farm house into a visitors center. Project officials said the first portion of phase one will cost about $4.6 million. Faustinos said the agency has secured about $1.5 million from the San Gabriel & Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy, $460,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and applied for a $2million grant from the River Parkways Grant Program. If they receive all the funding necessary, the conservation authority plans to move ahead with the first phase next year. Juan Mota, 58, of La Puente said he is eager for the park to be finished. “It’s a big piece of land that has been empty for a long time and before that the ducks kept everyone out of there,” Mota said. “It’s good that now it’s going to be something a lot of people can use.” LA PUENTE – Shovels will soon hit the dirt at the old “duck farm” property near the San Gabriel River to make way for a regional park. Officials from the Watershed Conservation Authority said the concept plans for the park have been finished and anticipate initial construction to start at the beginning of the year. Belinda Faustinos, spokeswoman for the conservation authority, said the first phase of the multiphase project concentrates on the portion of the 57-acre property from Valley Boulevard south to Avocado Creek and on the east side of the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway near Proctor Drive. “We will be improving access from Proctor, improve landscaping, add trails, a small parking lot and make improvements to underpasses to give them more lighting,” Faustinos said. “We want it to be much more attractive and we want people to feel safe when they visit.” Between 1950 and 2001 the duck farm, previously known as Woodland Farms, operated as a breeder of thousands of orange-beaked Peking ducks that were sold to restaurants across the West. The conservation authority bought the property in 2004 for $4 million. Officials said the duck farm project is divided into 12 acres on the east side of the freeway and 45 acres on the west and is an opportunity to create open space and recreation areas in a densely urbanized area. Faustinos said the plans for the duck farm were drafted after the conservation authority held workshops and sought comment from the surrounding communities of La Puente and El Monte. Officials said the regional park project will take about 10 years to be completed. firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#NYT#social networks#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification LinkedIn has always served a very specific purpose in the business community: helping you find a new job. That utility came in a variety of flavors: posting your resume, offering advice on the perfect resume format, looking through job listings, answering questions in hopes of highlighting your intellect or getting in touch with former co-workers in hopes of landing a new gig. Up to this point, LinkedIn has remained focused but – apart from those invitations to connect – not especially social or dynamic.With the launch of the LinkedIn Applications platform, they’re hoping to change that by helping “over 30 million professionals on LinkedIn to communicate, collaborate, and share information even better than before.” But they still remain focused on one thing: helping you find a new job.The initial applications on the platform allow users to build a more dynamic and cohesive picture of the types of employees they are – or can be:Today’s launch features nine resume-enriching applications:Prove you’re more well-read than any of the other candidates with Reading Lists from Amazon.Share your portfolio pieces with potential employers or store that coveted letter of resignation with the file sharing of Box.net Files.Put that girth of presentation material on your machine to work for you with Google Presentation and SlideShare or use the apps to take a “creative” approach to pitching a new employer.Huddle Workspaces? Online job interviews. ‘Nuff said.Show off your acerbic wit and unique insights with Six Apart Blog Link (which supports a variety of blog formats) or WordPress applications that bring your latest blog posts into your profile.Well traveled individuals – or those who are willing to go where the company tells them to go – are always in demand and with My Travel by Tripit you’ll be able to show the lengths – literally – to which you’re willing to go.LinkedIn even offers their own application – Company Buzz – that will help you determine the most appropriate companies for your to pursue. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… rick turoczy 1 The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos The Facebook Elephant in the RoomBring up LinkedIn and comparisons to Facebook quickly follow. Now that applications have entered the picture, that comparison becomes even more obvious.So how do the two stack up?ReadWriteWeb wrote about LinkedIn and Facebook nearly two years ago, concluding:“It seems to us that LinkedIn needs to evolve more towards the Facebook model, where people can interact more on the site via profiles. Unlike Facebook, the interactions between individuals on LinkedIn cannot be open to all – but the idea that people interact on the site is important, because this is what keeps them coming back.”Six months ago, we approached the discussion again. At that point, we found LinkedIn gaining traction. “LinkedIn’s value to users is clear; their value as a business, however, is less clear.”Today, LinkedIn continues to grow by providing that selfsame value to its user base. LinkedIn’s new selective application platform – unlike Facebook’s “every application under the sun” strategy – only strengthens that stance.LinkedIn Remains FocusedDon’t mistake where LinkedIn is going with this new feature set.At first blush, LinkedIn may appear to be chasing the “portal play,” especially when you couple it with the recent news of their content partnership with The New York Times or when you take a look at their latest investors.But rest assured, LinkedIn has made a very successful business out of keeping you in contact with your former co-workers and, when the time comes, helping all of you find new gigs.No matter what the economic conditions, people will always be looking for new jobs. If LinkedIn continues to add features and applications that facilitate that inevitable searching and hiring, they’re sure to succeed. And this new application platform appears to be right in line with that focus.