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S.F. Valley gang feeling the heat

first_imgWhat apparently cleaned up the park and reduced the presence of the Canoga Park Alabama gang was the 2002 court injunction filed by City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo and enforced by the Los Angeles Police Department and neighborhood prosecutors. “I’ve always believed that gang injunctions can be an effective tool in reducing crime,” said Delgadillo, “and the Canoga Park Alabama injunction has had an impact in the Canoga Park neighborhood.” Delgadillo said a Los Angeles grand jury report concluded that gang injunctions have shown a 7 percent to 50 percent drop in crime. The permanent injunction bans the Canoga Park Alabama gang and its members from associating in public with one another and provides police officers with a greater ability to enforce the law. According to police, authorities have arrested and prosecuted 97 identified Canoga Park Alabama gang members for violating provisions of the injunction. “Our experience is that gang injunctions suppress the constant intimidation and constant presence of gangs,” said Deputy City Attorney Jim McDougal, the lead prosecutor against the CPA gang. “The gang still exists because it’s a generational thing, but the suppression of their presence at places like the park means you don’t have the crime of opportunity that existed in the past.” Nevertheless, Canoga Park Alabama gang was included earlier this week on a list of the city’s most violent gangs because its members are responsible for most of the hate crimes in the San Fernando Valley. “They shoot at innocent people in the Valley, based on their race,” said Lt. Tom Smart, head of the LAPD West Valley’s gang unit. Since last July, police logged 14 racially motivated gang shootings. Ten of those cases are suspected of being Canoga Park Alabama gang members shooting at African-Americans. Now, officials hope the mayor’s newly announced anti-gang plan will further intensify the crackdown on the Canoga Park Alabama gang that began with the 2002 injunction. “The success of the injunction doesn’t mean we can’t do better and will do better,” Delgadillo said. “Gang injunctions alone are not going to eliminate gangs from our city, and that’s what we need to do. Injunctions are just one tool in a very large arsenal.” Local businesses say they’ve seen a reduction in gang-related crimes. “We’ve been broken into in the past – by the Alabama street gang,” Tony Czarnecki said at a sporting goods store on Saticoy Street. “They’d come in through the roof. But now all we’ve had is graffiti on the side of the building, and somebody comes by and covers it up.” “The goal (was) to take the sidewalks and streets away from the gangsters … and return it to the community – and we’re not surprised to hear that it’s working,” said McDougal. The Canoga Park Alabama gang dates back to the 1930s, law enforcement officials say, its legacy of vandalism, assault, robbery, drug sales and murder escalating as it passed from generation to generation. The gang, with an estimated membership as high as 400, is now considered the most violent gang in the west San Fernando Valley. Police say the most active gang members are between the ages of 14 and 18 years old. “They are the ones who put in the work,” said Smart. “They write on the walls, they break into cars and they shoot people.” But the injunction has dramatically reduced their activity, especially in their own hangouts. “They used to own this park, but it’s changed,” says Evan Traub, an independent computer programmer, enjoying a lazy afternoon at Lanark Park. “Maybe it’s different at night, but the park closes at 10 p.m. People don’t really use most parks at night. It’s something they enjoy during the day, and I’m telling you, you can do that now and you couldn’t do it before.” tony.castro@dailynews.com (818) 713-3761160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CANOGA PARK – With antiques stores on each corner boasting collectibles and vintage Tiffany lamps, the intersection of Sherman Way and Alabama Avenue appears an unlikely stomping grounds for a notorious street gang. At nearby Lanark Park, mothers strolled with their kids while old men played cards and dominoes – all unafraid that they could be easy prey for gangbangers. You could drive the 4.65 square miles that authorities have identified as the territory of the Canoga Park Alabama gang and find no sign of them. “There was a time a few years ago when you didn’t dare come to this park,” said 63-year-old Antonio Revalez. “The cholos were in control, but someone cleaned the park out. The cholos are gone.” last_img read more

UEFA bans Sergio Ramos for additional Champions League game

first_imgPlenty of respect and confidence for Canelo Alvarez, Daniel Jacobs SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed MOST READ He will now also miss the first leg of the quarterfinals if Madrid advances from the round of 16.The Spain defender was booked for a foul in the 90th minute of Madrid’s 2-1 win in Amsterdam in the first leg.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThat triggered a one-game ban for the second leg at home, which would have cleaned Ramos’s disciplinary slate for the quarterfinals.Ramos reportedly acknowledged his intentions in a post-game interview, then retracted it in a Twitter post. (FILES) In this file photo taken on January 24, 2019 Real Madrid’s Spanish defender Sergio Ramos celebrates after scoring a penalty during the Spanish Copa del Rey (King’s Cup) quarter-final first leg football match between Real Madrid CF and Girona FC at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid. – Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos has been given two-game European ban for deliberate booking, AFP reported on February 28, 2019. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO / AFP)NYON, Switzerland — Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has been banned for an additional Champions League game for deliberately provoking a yellow card to control the timing of a one-game suspension.UEFA says its disciplinary panel found Ramos guilty of “clearly receiving a yellow card on purpose” against Ajax two weeks ago.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

4 days ago​Chelsea manager Lampard: Young team are learning every game

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Chelsea manager Lampard: Young team are learning every gameby Freddie Taylor4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard believes his players are constantly learning from each match.The Blues endured a rocky start to the season, but have since stabilised and shown a level of consistency that was missing from previous displays.Now they face off against Ajax in the Champions League group stages. “Yes, yes it is [a tight group],” said the Chelsea boss to reporters. “We got a good result in Lille which changes the face of it slightly. Now, these two games against Ajax are really big. They have been such a strong team, they’ve got points on the board and they will give us a problem.”In terms of the atmosphere in the stadium, they are going to be strong. The movement and the way they play football is going to be a big test for us. We go there relatively confident so let’s take on the challenge.”I think everything is an education in football. Today we were trying to break down a team with 10 men behind the ball a lot of the time. Lille was a big education for Champions League debuts for Tammy, Mason [Mount], Fikayo [Tomori] and Reece [James].”Another one with Ajax who are a top-level team who have managed to get to the semi-finals. They have good players who play a certain way. Off the ball, you have to be fully concentrated. In terms of what they can do to you, how they play, so yes, it is a big challenge.”Chelsea have three points from their first two matches, while Ajax are top of the group with six points. last_img read more

Iowa Releases “4th Quarter” Hype Video Ahead Of Rose Bowl

first_imgIowa football players run onto the field.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – JANUARY 05: Quarterback Ricky Stanzi #12 of the Iowa Hawkeyes leads his team onto the field against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the FedEx Orange Bowl at Land Shark Stadium on January 5, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)The College Football Playoff semifinal contests may be over, but ‘The Granddaddy of Them All’ still awaits. Friday, Iowa and Stanford are set to tangle in the Rose Bowl in what might be the most exciting non-playoff postseason contest. It’s the first appearance in the big game for the Hawkeyes since 1991, and as such, tens of thousands of Hawkeyes fans are making the trip out west.Thursday, the school released an interesting hype video for fans to watch ahead of the fourth quarter. Check it out:For your viewing pleasure during the 4th quarter of the @rosebowlgame | #Hawkeyes : @chrisruthiowa https://t.co/5Zh1MDgMcB— Hawkeye Football (@HawkeyeFootball) December 31, 2015Will Iowa restore faith in the Big Ten after a rough Thursday night? We’ll find out in just a few hours.last_img read more

No Major Impact from Mega Ships on Port Performance

first_imgzoom Despite the strains that mega vessels may put on port operations, they did not have a major impact on port performance in 2017, a study undertaken by CargoSmart showed.Thw study, which compared mega vessel and non-mega vessel performance in the ports of Los Angeles, Rotterdam, and Shanghai, revealed that very large vessels did not experience significantly longer than average arrival and departure delays than non-mega vessels at the three ports during the year.In 2017, ocean carriers deployed hundreds of mega vessels, with a capacity of 10,000 or more TEUs, to ship cargo around the globe.When looking at the number of vessel arrivals at the three ports, the study found that Shanghai was the busiest port, serving the most mega vessels and the most vessels overall among three ports. Rotterdam served the most vessels with a capacity of less than 10,000 TEUs.Vessel arrival delays were shorter for mega vessels at Los Angeles and Rotterdam, according to the findings.Taking a closer look at the overall average vessel arrival delays at the ports for the year, the study found out that mega vessels at Los Angeles and Rotterdam had shorter vessel arrival delays than non-mega vessels. At Shanghai, mega vessels had longer vessel arrival delays than non-mega vessels. While the difference in performance between mega vessels and non-mega vessels was 1.1 hours for Rotterdam and Shanghai, the performance difference was greater at Los Angeles. On average for the year, mega vessels had 2.7 hours shorter arrival delays than non-mega vessels at Los Angeles.Furthermore, the findings showed that vessel departure delays at the three ports were longer for mega vessels. However, the difference between the mega vessel and non-mega vessel delays only deviated by about one hour at each of the ports.The longest average departure delays were at Shanghai for both types of vessels, with an average departure delay of 26.9 hours for mega vessels and 25.4 hours for non-mega vessels in 2017.CargoSmart’s Global Vessel Voyage Monitoring Center (GVVMC), through which the study was conducted, will continue to monitor port performance by vessel size for changes in performance over time.last_img read more

Zimmer hosting second roundtable discussion on firearms laws in Fort St John

first_imgPRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies MP Bob Zimmer hosted a roundtable discussion regarding new proposed federal firearms laws in Prince George earlier this week.In a release, Zimmer said the discussion topics included Canada’s current firearms classification system, the process a law-abiding firearms owner has to go through to purchase a firearm legally, and the recent introduction of firearms legislation by the Liberal government.“I wanted to hold this roundtable to have an open conversation about firearms and our current laws. It is important to me that I consult with constituents from Prince George and the region about how they feel about this issue. If people have concerns, it’s my goal to hear those concerns and help with them in any way I can,” said Mr. Zimmer. “There is a lot of misinformation out there about our current firearms laws, and one of the reasons why I wanted to have this roundtable was to be able to provide accurate information.” “It was a great discussion and I was able to learn a lot about where people are at on the issue. I want to hear from any of my constituents regarding any changes that they would like to see to firearms legislation. It is also my hope those who attended were able to come away with a better understanding of our current system.”last_img read more

Provincial Government to start budget consultations in Dawson Creek

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The Provincial Government will start 2019 budget consultations in Dawson Creek this September.The all-party Select Standing Committee on Finance will start consultation on September 17.  The consultation will run until October 15, and on top of the public consultation meetings, members of the public can provide their ideas for the next provincial budget by telephone at a public hearing, by providing a written, audio or video submission, or by filling out an online survey. The committee must release its report by Nov. 15.“This consultation is a great opportunity for British Columbians to share their priorities for Budget 2019,” said Bob D’Eith, committee chair. “In renewing our consultation outreach, we are encouraging more British Columbians to participate, including Indigenous organizations, community-based groups and first-time participants. Registration for public hearings will open on Friday, Sept. 7 at 9 a.m. (Pacific time) via the committee’s website: https://www.leg.bc.ca/cmt/financeThe committee will hold public hearings in 14 communities throughout the province:Dawson Creek (Sept. 17)Prince George (Sept. 18)Smithers (Sept. 18)Masset (Sept. 19)Campbell River (Sept. 20)Vancouver (Sept. 24)Cranbrook (Sept. 25)Trail (Sept. 25)Nelson (Sept. 26)Kamloops (Sept. 26)Kelowna (Sept. 27)Esquimalt (Oct. 9)Mission (Oct. 10)Surrey (Oct. 11)British Columbians may also request to participate via teleconference opportunities by calling 1 877 428-8337 toll-free in B.C. from 9 a.m. onward on Friday, Sept. 7. Open-mike opportunities will also be available at public hearings.last_img read more

Seniors Housing Project takes another step in the right direction

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Zoning amendments and a public hearing for a new seniors housing project were approved by Council.The public hearing scheduled for Monday, July 22nd at 6 pm will take place in the city hall chambers. Peace Holdings Inc. sought to change zoning to support the build of a seniors housing development. This will facilitate residential and affordable housing and some commercial facilities for health services to serve the needs of the residents creating what is called an ageing-in-place community.The property located at 10763 86 Street will be made up of mixed-use, seniors housing,affordable housing, assisted living, adult living, and care facility as there is a need for seniors and affordable housing.Senior Housing findings forum report; CLICK HERE Peace Enterprises continuum of care; CLICK HERElast_img read more

Banks others may lose Rs over Rs 90000 crore as Videocon sinks

first_imgMumbai: The beleaguered Videocon Group has admitted to stupendous outstandings to various lenders – public and private – amounting to over Rs 90,000 crore, making it perhaps the biggest corporate bankruptcy case in Indian banking history, official sources said on Thursday. The two main group companies – Videocon Industries Ltd (VIL) and Videocon Telecommunication Ltd. (VTL) – owe Rs.59,451.87 crore and Rs.26,673.81 crore, respectively or a staggering Rs.86,125.68 crore to Indian banks, led by the State Bank of India (SBI). Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Besides, 731 other Operational Creditors have made separate claims of Rs.31,117, 971,029 (VIL) and Rs.12,669,978,507 (VTL) for a total of over Rs 90,000 crore, the sources said. Interestingly, even the Group promoters – Venugopal Dhoot, Pradipkumar Dhoot and Rajkumar Dhoot – have also filed claims of Rs.57,823.24 crores on the basis of personal guarantees provided by them for various facilities availed/guaranteed by VIL, which are under evaluation. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The VTL has also claimed Rs.17,86,94,69,659 from VIL on which there is no dispute and has been accepted in toto. This and other data has been uploaded by the company’s Resolution Professional (RP) on its website today for varing periods ranging from November 2018 to January 2019. Industry sources say this will be the biggest private sector bankruptcy in India after the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code was introduced in 2016 for debt resolution – with wide-ranging ramifications for both the corporate world and the banking sector. Last year, the company was sent by the SBI to the National Company Law Tribunal after the Dhoot-family owned company defaulted on its loans. As per the IBC regulations, the company’s board of directors has been suspended and a RP appointed to manage its routine daily operations. Revealing the figures of claims, VIL has named a whopping 54 Indian and foreign banks, financial institutions and even a cooperative bank to whom it owes a staggering Rs 59,451.87 crore. Against this, claims of Rs.57,443.62 crore have been admitted while claims of Rs 1,149.57 crore have been rejected and those worth Rs.782.24 crore are being verified. There’s the ICICI Bank with a claim of Rs 3,318.08 crore on VIL and another Rs 1,439 crore on VTL. It may be recalled that in January this year, the CBI had booked the then ICICI Bank Managing Director and CEO Chanda Kochhar, her husband Deepak Kochhar, VIL’s Venugopal Dhoot and others, in an alleged quid pro quo loan scam, for criminal conspiracy and cheating. Later that month, Chanda Kochhar quit but in a drastic action, she was sacked by the bank which also revoked all her entitlements and appointed a new COO, Sandeep Bakshi, in her place. On January 31, the Justice B.N. Shrikrishna Committee appointed to probe the scam found her guilty of flouting the ICICI Bank’s Code of Conduct as she failed to discharge her fiduciary functions to rescue herself to avoid any conflict of interest. Among the claims of VIL’s 54 lenders are 34 banks with SBI making the biggest claim of Rs.11,175.25 crore; from VTL’s total 34 lenders, SBI has claimed the highest amount of Rs 4,605.15 crore. From VIL, the second highest claimant is IDBI with Rs 9,561.67 crore crore. From VTL, the Central Bank of India is the second biggest claimant with Rs 3,073.16 crore. From VIL, the Latur Urban Cooperative Bank (Maharashtra) is the lowest claimant with Rs 33 lakh and from VTL, the lowest claim has been submitted by Bank of Maharashtra for Rs 21.13 crore.last_img read more

Reinvented the actor in me in New York Anupam

first_imgMumbai: Veteran actor Anupam Kher, who is back in the country after almost three months, says it has been a great learning experience being in New York and reinventing the actor in him there. Anupam was busy shooting for the second season of the medical drama series ‘New Amsterdam’ in the US. He took to Twitter to announce his return to India after 100 days. “I am finally India bound after almost 100 days. It has been a great learning experience being in New York and reinventing my life and the actor in me,” Anupam wrote in the post he shared on his Twitter handle. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaHe also said he felt emotional on his return to India. “I am joyous and emotional going back to my country after a long gap. Looking forward to a familiar experience,” he added. Inspired by Bellevue, the oldest public hospital in the US, the medical drama – ‘New Amsterdam’ follows the brilliant and charming doctor Max Goodwin played by actor Ryan Eggold, the institution’s newest medical director who sets out to tear up the bureaucracy and provide exceptional care. On the Bollywood front, the 63-year-old actor was last seen on screen in The Accidental Prime Minister. He played former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the film.last_img read more