Hearse stolen from California church with dead body still inside: Officials

first_imgGrabillCreative/iStock(PASADENA, Calif.) — Authorities in Los Angeles County were looking for a stolen hearse late Wednesday night, but said they were far more concerned about what was inside the vehicle.The black Lincoln Navigator was taken around 8 p.m. local time from St. Anthony’s Church on Rosemead Boulevard in Pasadena, California, with a dead woman’s body inside, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.“Out of all the bad decisions you have made, at least make one good one & bring back the deceased person & casket inside the Navigator,” the department tweeted Wednesday.Authorities have not publicly released the suspect’s name, possible whereabouts for the vehicle, nor the name of the person whose body is inside the SUV.The Greek Orthodox Church, according to ABC Los Angeles station KABC-TV, was holding a prayer service often held the night before a funeral on Wednesday evening. However, officials told KABC that the woman’s body that was stolen was not associated with the service.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Kamal Miller and Hugo Delhommelle step up to take Syracuse’s penalty kicks

first_imgSyracuse’s Mamadou Balde charged toward the goal before being taken down inside the box, drawing the Orange’s second penalty kick of the season. When the referee blew his whistle, junior defender Kamal Miller jogged past head coach Ian McIntyre and most of his teammates, including Hugo Delhommelle, to the penalty spot.Miller stopped in the middle of box, took the ball and placed it on the ground with the white Nike swoosh facing away from the goalkeeper, the way he always does. With a stutter step and a well-struck kick with his natural left foot, Miller beat the keeper and SU took the lead in an eventual 3-2 win over Oregon State on Sept. 12.A week later, McIntyre said he didn’t assign a particular player to the shot. He admitted that he is mostly just a spectator, waiting for a player to take charge.“I had nothing to do with (the decisions),” McIntyre said. “Sometimes, there’s a little bit of over-coaching, the guys took responsibility. He stepped up, he took it, he scored.”Through eight games, No. 11 SU (4-2-2, 0-1-1 Atlantic Coast) has converted on both of its penalty attempts: Miller with the go-ahead goal against Oregon State and Delhommelle the first goal in an eventual 2-2 draw against Virginia four days prior. Both players have been tabbed as the go-to penalty kick takers, not by the coaching staff, but by themselves.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I think it’s a good thing to be able to share,” McIntyre said. “It becomes more difficult for an opponent to know who’s going to step up.”Penalty kicks have cost SU over the last two seasons. In 2015, the Orange’s College Cup run came to an end after a shootout loss to Clemson. Last year, Syracuse fell again to the Tigers in the ACC tournament quarterfinals.In a meeting before this season, McIntyre spoke in front of his team. He asked which player was interested in taking penalty kicks and, immediately, Miller and Delhommelle shot their hands up. After some training sessions, both agreed to share the responsibility. The pair decide during games who is going to take a potential kick. That decision, Miller said, comes down to whoever feels poised and more focused.“(McIntyre) likes the confidence that both of us bring,” Miller said. “He said we can work it out on the field.”That confidence grows when he connects on both short passes and looping lead passes through the air. The idea behind it is, if either can put their passes wherever they please, a penalty kick shouldn’t be as difficult. Whoever gets that “sweet” feeling on the ball will take charge when the penalty kick comes.When Miller takes a penalty kick, he looks to place the ball at a position that makes the goalkeeper uncomfortable. That usually means either shooting it low near the posts or high and out of reach. Placing the ball at mid-height, Miller said, simulates a normal shot that occurs throughout the course of the game and makes it easier to save.“I would take a quick look at the goalkeeper’s tendencies” Miller said. “If he got scored on to a certain side, maybe that’s not his strongest.”On Sept. 13 against then-No. 11 Virginia, Miller readied himself for a penalty kick. But before he could stand over the ball, Delhommelle walked over to him and claimed the opportunity for himself. In a scoreless game on the road, the native of France lined up to the left of the ball. He short-chopped his steps, hesitated, and beat UVA’s Jeff Caldwell with a sharp kick to right post. After scoring, the junior transfer stroked his beard and swung his arms back and forth before being mobbed by white jerseys.“If they are feeling confident and they want the ball,” McIntyre said, “that’s a good start. If they have that force of personality, it’s almost like an arrogance of saying, ‘I’m going to score this.’” Comments Published on September 20, 2017 at 9:26 pm Contact Nick: [email protected] | @nick_a_alvarez Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Fourth of July Pet Safety from Joint Animal Services

first_imgFacebook3Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Joint Animal ServicesTo help keep your pets safe and comfortable, it is important to plan ahead with 4th of July safety tips.Many dogs and cats are afraid of fireworks, causing some to get loose and run away. Make sure your pets are inside and turn on the air-conditioning, radio or TV to help mask the noise of the fireworks.Walk your dogs several times during the day or exercise them indoors to help them be relaxed and tired during the fireworks.   Chewing on a bone or toy filled with kibble and treats can help relieve your dog’s stress.Do not set off fireworks near wildlife areas.  The noises and bright lights may cause animals to flee their natural habitat, leaving their young behind. Stray sparks can also create fires.For more information about how to keep your pets safe during the holiday, please contact Animal Services at 360-352-2510 or visit www.JointAnimalServices.org.last_img read more

GEM: A year to remember

first_imgFor the Going The Extra Mile project, 2017 was a year of milestones and great successes, with volunteers from around the country banding together to make a difference in their communities. Take a look back at a few of the organisation’s achievements last year.“There are so many positive actions taking place and so much joy and happiness being spread,” says Camilo Ramada, co-founder of GEM with David Shields.Mathiba MolefeFor the Going The Extra Mile (GEM) project, 2017 started off well enough, with its volunteer community growing steadily as word spread of its work, but few could have guessed the scale of its success.In 2017, Going the Extra Mile touched the lives of more than 30,000 people, with about 4,000 of them being direct beneficiaries of the efforts of the many volunteers who gave up their time to work towards improving lives.Throughout the year the project listed more than 370 events in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape, working with 45 non-government organisations.At more than an event a day, GEM offered almost everyone an opportunity to make a difference at some point during the year.“There are so many positive actions taking place and so much joy and happiness being spread,” says Camilo Ramada, co-founder of GEM with David Shields.“There’s a social activity for everyone on the GEM app and if you haven’t already, download GEM project & check it out for yourself.”Onwards and upwardsHaving raised the bar in 2017, GEM is gearing up to make similar strides in 2018 with the continued support of its volunteer and stakeholder community.“We’re definitely keen on going nationwide,” explains Ramada. “What we want to do is identify champions in the communities we haven’t reached yet and get them to help us spread our reach and build our network of non-profit organisations and volunteers.”Currently working in three of the country’s nine provinces, in 2018 GEM aims to offer people across the entire country an opportunity to work for the greater good while earning rewards either for themselves or the listed organisation of their choice.Getting as many South Africans actively involved in the improvement of society as possible remains key to building a country that all residents can proudly call home. This is a view shared by Brand South Africa and, through partnerships such as the one with GEM, it is definitely a possibility.“We hope that the nation will continue to contribute to positive change because a nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live, is beneficial for everyone,” says Sithembile Ntombela, Brand South Africa’s general manager of marketing.Getting as many South Africans actively involved in the improvement of society as possible remains key to building a country that all residents can proudly call home.Get involvedRamada concludes: “South Africa is one of the best countries in the world, so why not get involved, why not work together to do good, feel good and be good?”To find out how you can volunteer for one of GEM’s projects, check out the GEM website and download the app or simply dial *120*GEM1# to get started. You can also follow GEM on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

Small businesses compete for seat on UK plane

first_img“South African entrepreneurs can reach the global levels of their international counterparts, and the business deals they are able to secure on the UK visits are tremendous,” says Judi Sandrock, Medo’s joint chief executive. (Image: The Lime Envelope) • Michelle Samraj PR & Events Assistant The Lime Envelope +27 11 467 8998 [email protected] • Liberian entrepreneurs build South African networks • Cooperation, trade and education key to Africa’s success – Coleman • The DTI spotlights small tech businesses • Entrepreneurs bring British business back home • Can Africa lead the way to a sustainable future?Staff writerExcited entrepreneurs buzzed with ambition at a gathering in Bryanston, Johannesburg during the final leg of the selection process for the 2014 Medo International Trade Programme (ITP), an opportunity for small enterprises from across South Africa to visit the UK as part of a business and trade delegation aimed at evolving their businesses.Only 14% of people in Africa intend to start a business in the next three years. Given this low figure, Medo is assertively driving enterprise development and entrepreneurship in South Africa, in order to accelerate the growth of self-employment, job creation and innovation in the country.Medo connects large companies with emerging micro and small enterprises that are at least 50% black-owned, and facilitates micro and small business development and supplier relationships. Its partnership with UK Trade & Investment targets micro and small enterprises in urban, rural and semi-rural communities in South Africa. Businesses in the green tourism, fashion and ICT sectors form the majority of the candidates. The goal of the programme is to support entrepreneurs in these areas with skills and business development training, as well as sourcing opportunities for them to trade with businesses in Britain.Chosen entrepreneurs from across the country have already jumped a number of hurdles in an effort to secure a spot in the delegation heading to the UK. Before the Bryanston meeting on 16 July, their most recent undertaking was an intensive Medo Bootcamp in Cape Town that was designed to assist smaller businesses to play on a global stage.Bootcamp highlights included intensive workshops in business leadership, the building of international relationships, scaling a business, operations strategy development and management, trade requirements, managing virtual relationships as well as presentation skills. It was designed to ensure the entrepreneurs were prepared for all that international trade had to offer, to maximise trade relations between businesses in the two countries.D-Day is now approaching and the short list of small enterprises has been drawn up. The trip to the UK will include networking events, appointments, workshops at Coventry University’s Serious Gaming Institute and the University Centre of Applied Entrepreneurship. It will end with a reception with the South African Trade Commissioner in London to share the value and experiences of the visit.“South African entrepreneurs can reach the global levels of their international counterparts, and the business deals they are able to secure on the UK visits are tremendous,” says Judi Sandrock, Medo’s joint chief executive.Entrepreneurs gearing up to try to secure their place on the 2014 Medo ITP include:Quick Connect Wireless – James Coetzee & Brandon MullerQuick Connect Wireless is an emerging connectivity start-up based in Pretoria that provides fast, simple and affordable wireless internet access to end users and event based companies. Quick Connect’s plug-and-play system is fully customised, allowing event owners to present contextual content through various channels such as Twitter feeds to contact details, event schedules to page links. Quick Connect Wireless is able to clearly direct all and any communication to attendees through integrating social network logins and creating tangible insights.Learning e-Varsity Online – Abraham MotsoaneLearning e-Varsity is an online, elearning, distance education and training service provider, based in Marshalltown, Johannesburg. Its main focus is poised on providing state-of-the-art service solutions to current training and educational needs. The company believes in the value of education and training, and has an innovative approach to learning and equipping students with a laptop and 3G modem.Mido Technologies – Dale SimonsMido Technologies is a community focused IT consultation business, based in Stellenbosch. Its courses are accredited on an international level by accredited partners across various industries. The social enterprise scopes, plans and delivers old-fashioned IT services such as project management and technical support. The executive service extends to strategic planning, governance and technology selection. The firm works closely with Rupert Education Trust on its Franschhoek Schools ICT integration project and Project Isizwe on its free wifi project for Atlantis and Robertson. Mido Technologies will also be launching its ICT Apprenticeship Programme to provide professional support services to community-based organisations while creating a new career path for technical-minded youth.PCD Assessments – Yolandi and Natasha van NiekerkPCD Assessments is a young company started by two sisters. Based in Pretoria, it is a psychometric assessment practice and is regulated by the Health Professions Council of South Africa. Its assessments diagnose, explain and predict the capability and potential of individuals, teams and organisations for a variety of circumstances, and its assessment offerings are based on sound scientific theories and world class practice. PCD Assessments makes use of well-researched assessment tools from test published around the globe.Banda Business Services – Helen Banda BainBanda Business Services is a female- owned and managed team that provides quality business services for all types of businesses, and is based in Durban. Founder Helen Banda Bain started the business based on her passion for the internet. She is a self-taught online marketer who specialises in producing online profiles for businesses, brands and individuals. The company offers clients design, host and managing websites. It also conducts outcomes-based assessments, sells advertising space, and creates blogs and business Facebook pages.Blue Lenz Pictures – Innocentia MasimeneBlue Lenz Pictures is a motion picture company owned by Innocentia Masimene. The company, based in Johannesburg, was formed with the desire to make motion history. The group uses technology to creatively tell stories and allow clients’ ideas to come to life. Blue Lenz Pictures strives to be a full-service production house producing great quality videography and photography that goes above and beyond clients’ needs.Bizdev Concepts – Nhlanhla MthembuBizdev Concepts creates and produces international large scale conferences for innovators and entrepreneurs of small and large organisations. It is also based in Johannesburg. Owned by Nhlanhla Mthembu, Bizdev Concepts specialises in topics of innovation and collaboration. Incubated at Medo, it has grown to employ two permanent staff members.Modern Entertainments Project – Kopano MtsoaneModern Entertainments Project was established in 2011 in the video gaming sector. It markets and provides a range of services, from multi-big screen video games displays to love digital life generation, as well as facilitates and assesses a programme called Modern Edutainment for mainstream schools and intellectually challenged learners. The firm’s strategy is to develop facilities for young people to have fun and interact by learning in a more modern way. Modern Entertainment develops customised social video games on mobile and computer devices for business, social organisation and government departments.UmoyAir Communications – Khayalethu Nontsana Cokoto and Sapho MaqhwazimaUmoyAir Communication is a cross network, free call platform with user and advertiser incentives, based in Port Elizabeth. A mobile communications company, it specialises in mobile advertising and is co-owned by Khaya Cokoto and Sapho Maqhwazima. UmoyAir Communications is a patented innovation that allows registered users to call any number free of charge, no airtime required, from any network at any time. In turn, advertisers sponsor the calls and have access to a demographically defined client base.FlavaLite Innovations – Sibongiseni Maqhwazima and Unathi TunzelanaFlavaLite Innovations is a ground-breaking technology company founded in 2011 by four females, based in Cape Town. It is 100% black-owned and 100% female-owned. Its aim is to pioneer innovative products in IT service delivery that will ultimately put the customer first. FlavaLite’s innovative IT solutions include convenient and secure eticketing services. It is also blazing a trail in strategic web analytics solutions and other IT services.SchoolMedia – Khethi NgwenyaSchoolMedia is a 100% black-owned media company, based in Johannesburg. Founder Khethi Ngwenya has exclusive rights to media and advertising placements in over 9 000 schools, reaching over 6 million pupils. The company has sole distribution rights in schools via the National Association of School Governing Bodies. SchoolMedia serves its partners by imparting valuable information on issues like furthering one’s education, environmental awareness, crime awareness and sports development.last_img read more

In The Spotlight – Zoe Dacey-Aiken

first_imgIn the tenth edition of In The Spotlight, Australian Mixed Open player, Zoe Dacey-Aiken, speaks about what it means to her to play at the 2011 World Cup and her favourite sporting moment. Name: Zoe Dacey-AikenNickname: ZadaAge: 27Affiliate: Northern Districts Perth/Alliance Occupation: Executive Assistant at PricewaterhouseCoopersPosition: LinkDebut for Australia: Wollongong – 2009 Trans Tasman SeriesCareer highlights so far: 2010 Trans Tasman in New ZealandHow you got involved in Touch Football: My Dad when I was a baby.Favourite player: I have too many to name them all.What does it mean to you to be representing Australia at the 2011 World Cup: It means everything to me, it has always been a goal of mine most my life. Biggest influence on your Touch Football career: My Dad and Bernie Morrison.Favourite sporting moment: Playing for the first time for my country with such an amazing bunch of people and coach. What do you know about Scotland: The national costume is the tartan kilt.Any superstitions: NoFunniest Australian teammate: Tashy (assistant coach Tony El Takchi).Favourite quote: No pain no gain.Any travel plans for after World Cup: Yes to London then the Greek Islands.Stay tuned to the website for the upcoming editions of In The Spotlight, which will feature every Open’s player travelling to the World Cup.  With only 44 days to go until the 2011 Federation of International Touch World Cup, be sure to be regularly visiting the Touch Football Australia website to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information. Don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook and Twitter in the lead up to the 2011 World Cup to find out all you need to know about Australia’s World Cup campaign:http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 www.twitter.com/touchfootyauslast_img read more

a month agoAston Villa defender Tyrone Mings: Something has to change

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings: Something has to changeby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTyrone Mings says something has to change at Aston Villa following Sunday’s 3-2 loss to Arsenal.With just 10 men, the Gunners came from behind twice to claim the home victory over Mings’ Villa outfit.It wasn’t the first time Villa have blown a lead this season, and Mings wants to see a different attitude from his teammates.Speaking after the game, Mings said: “We were good at times but it feels like when we go ahead there is desperation to hold onto the lead rather than going and getting another goal and really being ruthless.”I don’t know what it is at the moment but something needs to change, especially when we go either ahead or have a man advantage. It seems to have the opposite effect.”We know that we should have done the same things as we did in the first half that got us into the lead.”The manager didn’t really give us a message but we should have been able to troubleshoot on the pitch. We’re a pressing team and we like to go and press. We just stopped doing that.”As a team we need to be a bit braver and go and stop teams higher up the pitch, especially with a man advantage. But we said the same after Tottenham when we appeared to drop off so it’s a tough one to take.”I don’t question the group of lads that we’ve got one bit. There’s just certain elements of our game – and when certain things happen – it seems to affect us in a negative way, rather than a positive.”The mentality we have has got us into the lead on two occasions. It’s a natural thing to drop off when we’ve got a goal, but we need to start doing what we did when we got into the lead in the first place. It’s been our downfall.” last_img read more

Manitoba Hydros 37M net income almost half what it was year before

first_imgWINNIPEG – Manitoba Hydro made millions less in income last year and the Crown corporation expects its long-term debt to grow by $25 billion in the next five years.The utility’s annual report shows it made $37 million in net income for the fiscal year ended March 31, down from $71 million the year before.It projects the income loss to continue next year.The utility says the drop comes primarily from $50 million in restructuring costs, including a reduction in employees and management.Hydro incurred huge debt to build new generating stations and transmission lines — its total debt is more than $19 billion.In the report, Hydro president and CEO Kelvin Shepherd says reducing costs is only part of a plan to restore financial stability, adding the utility will look at increasing exports.The report says higher domestic electricity revenues because of colder weather and an increase in customers helped the financial results, but improvements were offset by a drop in revenues from export sales due to reduced hydraulic generation.The Crown utility has undergone inner turmoil recently with nine out of 10 board members resigning in March. They cited an inability to work with Premier Brian Pallister and the Progressive Conservative government.Pallister said the resignations were linked to the board’s plan to pay $70 million to the Manitoba Metis Federation so the organization wouldn’t pursue concerns over a new transmission line to Minnesota. The government overturned the decision and Pallister called the deal “persuasion money.”Shepherd announced in July that he will step down in November.Hydro has said it will seek rate increases of nearly eight per cent for the next several years.In May, Manitoba Hydro lost its bid to raise the rate an additional 7.9 per cent in June. A 3.6 per cent increase was approved instead.The Public Utilities Board also directed the utility to create a special rate class for Indigenous customers who live on reserves. Last week, Hydro asked the courts to overturn that directive.Shepherd said Manitoba Hydro is working on a long-term financial plan.“This level of debt increases the potential financial exposure from risks facing the corporation and is a concern for both the corporation and our customers, who may be exposed to higher rate increases in the event of rising interest rates, a prolonged drought or a major system failure,” Shepherd said.last_img read more

Fort St John Capital Budget

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At the recent Regular Council Meeting on January 28, 2019, Council, provided a first reading of the 5-year Financial Plan Bylaw and approved the Capital Budget only in principle to apply for Peace River Agreement Funding. There are still a few more steps until it is officially approved.In 2019, the capital budget includes four-laning of 100 street up to Northern Lights College for $5.9 million, $5.5 million for renovations at Centennial Park, $2.8 million for the new RCMP building with more money budgeted for that project in 2020 and 2021.  The list of projects in 2019 also includes a fire training centre for $1.5 million and sewage lift station upgrades worth $4 million.The City has budgeted $255.8 million for capital projects over the next five years that are funded by sources such as; Peace River AgreementReservesLong Term BorrowingGrantsCurrent Year SurplusContributions by othersThese monies then become funding for infrastructure under the titles;Transportation, Roads, SidewalksFacilities, Buildings, ParksWater, SewerEquipment, Fleet, Machinery, ITStudies, Plans, ProjectsThe Budget also showed that the City has $70.7 million in reserves for both its capital and operating budgets, and has a current debt capacity available of $76.6 million, with a debt servicing capacity of $14.1 million per year.For more details CLICK HERE or view the below slide showlast_img read more

Two minors rescued from being married

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) and Delhi Police on Monday said that they have prevented the marriage of two minor girls in Dwarka district. Samrah Mirza, member, DCPCR, told Millennium Post that they got the information from their volunteer regarding the crime and without wasting any time the child rights body shared the information with other stakeholders regarding the incident.”Soon the police personnel reached the spot and stopped the marriage,” said Mirza adding that one girl is aged between 17 and 18 and other 15 years. Investigation revealed that one of the girls was a few months away from attaining the age of majority and the age of other girl is being verified. One of the family told the cops that they will only marry the girl once she attains major age group. “The other family (groom) belongs to another state we have created awareness related to child marriage,” added officer. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsMeanwhile, the Delhi Police created awareness among the families regarding the menace and law related to child marriage. The child rights body had started mapping the city to know whether child marriages prevails in National Capital. According to DCPCR, the areas of New Delhi, North West, South West and Northeast districts are being studied. They have also held meetings with concerned stakeholders regarding this. According to official during the study, the DCPCR will identify the communities where the evil of child marriage still prevail and also the ill effect on health will also be studied. The parents will also be made aware of the crime and the importance of intervention during child marriage will also be part of the awareness programme. “We are creating awareness in community to report such kind of crime so that it can be curb quickly,” said Mirza. DCPCR official will also give focus on the clusters in national Capital to make sure that such type of evil did not prevails there.last_img read more