No more sneaky?

first_img– Michael Babrowicz Northridge Our wandering mayor It looks like our own Gulliver is traveling again. All of his half-baked promises are probably on the back burner. Our streets still have potholes. Our trees are yet to be planted. The money collected from the trash fee for more police is, I’m sure, being guarded from those who might take this treasure. His attempt to take over the schools has fizzled in the courts, but actions and moneys contributed to school board candidates seem like they’re opening a back door to achieve his goal. At least we may have a few days free of his photo ops. Have a nice trip, Gulliver and crew. – Ira Kaplan Woodland Hills Cowinkadink? Re “`Perfect’ crash sets scene for gridlock near Bay bridge” (April 30): Just wondering how Rosie O’Donnell is going to explain the steel meltdown of the connector ramp in San Francisco. The 9-11 meltdown of the twin towers was an inside job of the Bush administration. Fire does not melt steel, she says. Who was behind this 51-year-old speeding truck driver to make the steel melt? Both incidents involved a lot of gasoline. Huh? – Almut Bower Calabasas Underlying message In a proclamation declaring May 1, 2007, as Law Day, President George W. Bush declared, “We all have a duty to help our youth become responsible citizens by promoting the virtues that sustain our democracy and fostering a deeper understanding and respect for our Constitution and laws.” These words ring hollow coming from someone who has shown so much contempt for the rule of law and for the rights guaranteed by the Constitution. If Bush really wished to promote the virtues he spoke of, he would act as a model of affirmation of those virtues and respect for our Constitution and laws. The underlying message appears to be, “Do as I say, not as I do.” – David Holland Chatsworth Less than forthright Re “Dems still the party of defeat” (April 30): Rich Lowry’s description of Harry Reid and the Democrats as defeatist and less than “forthright about what they believe” is utter hypocrisy. It’s increasingly clear that the president and his administration have been less than “forthright” with us. The war in Iraq is only the biggest lie. Daily, someone else who was a part of this administration is revealing more and more deceptions at every step. The Democrats aren’t perfect, but at least they are listening to the American people. Whether they have enough gumption to stand up for their convictions, only time will tell. – David Newton Thousand Oaks If you believe Re “Penalty for sex, war” (Your Opinions, April, 30): When Bill Clinton wagged his finger at the news cameras and said “I did not have sex with that woman,” that was a lie. When he lied under oath, that was perjury. Clinton was impeached because he broke the law. Being mistaken about something you believe to be true is not a lie; neither is it illegal. If it were, every person ever elected to public office would have been impeached. As for your last statement, I suggest you look in a mirror. – Jeff Clarke Simi Valley Liberals must learn Re “Pelosi’s scarf” (Your Opinions, May 1): I disagree with letter writers who complain about Nancy Pelosi’s trip to the Middle East and about her wearing a scarf during the trip. She did the right thing. We cannot push our culture on foreign countries and still try to deal with them on a friendly basis. The speaker of the House is third in line after the president. This is not lost on Arab countries. The best way to learn about their culture is what Nancy has attempted to do. Since the Democrats firmly insist on withdrawal of all our troops from Iraq, what comes next? Hard decisions confront Congress and the president. Do we become isolationist and forsake Israel and Europe? Many world cultures are not at all similar to that in America. Liberals must learn this painful lesson. – Sion Colvin Woodland Hills English immersion Re “Bilingual education” (Your Opinions, May 1): According to professor emeritus Stephen Kashen of the University of Southern California, “children in bilingual education do better than those in English immersion on tests of English reading” and “reading scores are low (because) California has the worst school libraries and public libraries in the U.S.” His logic evades me: If children are unable to read, then even a Library of Alexandria wouldn’t help. Bilingual educators in the Los Angeles Unified School District put Japanese-only students – friends of ours – into Spanish-language classes to learn Spanish, so they could later “transition” into English. After moving to a Burbank school and English-only classes, these girls earned “A” and “B” grades within three months. And please don’t speak of or for all of California’s libraries. Those in Burbank have to rank among the best, not only in available material but also in the wonderful knowledge and helpfulness of staff. – Phillip Barton Burbank Jolie and Madonna There certainly must be others who feel as I do about Angelina Jolie and Madonna, who travel halfway around the world to adopt a child, especially when there are so many children right here in their own country. It seems to me they both are going way out of their way just to find a child. I mean, do they need publicity that much? I would think not. And frankly, to me, their motives are suspect. I am not taking a stab at controversy here, but if one is white, then why pick Asian and black? I’ve known a few couples here who have had difficulty trying to adopt. Their biggest complaint was that the process takes so long, and yet the two celebrities hop a plane and accomplish their adoption almost effortlessly. Oh, how naive of me. They are celebrities. That’s why. Well, I still think it’s ridiculous. – Leo Bertucelli Sherman Oaks Twilight Zone Re “No amnesty (Your Opinions, May 2): We are literally living in “The Twilight Zone.” In what other country could illegal aliens openly break the law and then claim they have the same civil rights as those who are here legally? Amnesty for illegal aliens? I don’t think so. – Sandy Sand West Hills160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Los Angeles To the bone Re “DWP crews costly choice” (April 17): After years of analyses by the Department of Water and Power, it was determined that using DWP staff to construct large water mains costs twice as much as using a private contractor. So, armed with this information, the DWP board voted to increase DWP construction staff people so they “can get more experience doing this work” – seven years isn’t long enough? – and spend millions of dollars more as they tie up traffic for twice as long “getting experience.” Thank you, Mayor Villaraigosa, for appointing the Board of Water and Power Commissioners. Members’ insight is incredible, and I’ll be thinking of you as I sit on my shrinking wallet stuck in traffic behind a DWP flagman. The next time the DWP asks for a rate increase and officials claim the budget is cut “to the bone,” we’ll know they mean the funny bone – because the joke is on us ratepayers. Re “Parks seeks more public input on Bratton reappointment” (May 2): Let me see if I get this straight. Los Angeles City Council members want more community meetings to get input for the reappointment of Chief William Bratton. Aren’t these the same City Council members who were very sneaky and rushed through getting Proposition R on the ballot without any community or neighborhood council input? Also, didn’t Councilwoman Janice Hahn try to rush through a motion without community input to get a $50 million parcel-tax ballot measure to pay for more gang programs, and she failed? You bet. – Monica Harmon last_img


first_imgA Donegal nutritionist is offering you a chance to win a place on her popular ‘quit sugar’ programme.The sugar-free eating plan can help reduce mood swings, bloating and help relieve heartburn, says Letterkenny nutritionist Caitriona Feeney.“There are so many other health benefits associated with reducing the amount of sugar in your daily diet. It really is something to consider when you are trying to eat healthier,” she said. Caitriona, from Raw Nutrition, is now running a second “Free Yourself From Sugar” programme starting on October 12th.To win a place on the programme, just send an email to, with SUGAR in the subject and your contact details – a winner will be announced this Friday, October 9.Based in Donegal Town and Letterkenny, Raw Nutrition Centre also offers a food intolerance test at its two centres.To book an appointment with Niamh or Caitriona all you have to do is private message on Facebook or call on 00353 87 795 1159. They are based in Donegal Town on a Monday.Appointment times are:Monday 9:30am-7pmAppointments for LetterkennyTuesdays 9:00am- 6:00pmWednesday 9:00am-7:30pmThursday 9:00am -6:00pmFriday 9:00am-5:00pmThe Raw Nutrition online programme Free Yourself from Sugar programme is a six week personalised service that will help you curb your sugar cravings and help eliminate refined sugars from your diet.Caitriona said: “We devise a seven day personalised nutrition plan and you have unlimited contact with one of our nutritionists. We also provide nutritional updates and motivational tips throughout.“Free Yourself from Sugar is one of the best designed programmes Raw Nutrition has come up with. We have thought of everything, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and how to control the little sugar cravings.” Caitriona said the programme is suitable for everyone.“If you are just setting out on a healthier eating plan, this will help you. You have support on hand and you will have your own nutritional plan prepared for you. Sometimes the hardest part is thinking about change. We make it easier to take those next steps,” she says.“For more active people who are finding it difficult to lose that last bit of weight, it will also help them. Everyone knows that you can’t out-train a poor diet. The online programme will help you to stop feeling hungry, it will give options for a healthy snack and show you how to enhance your meals using spices.“People who are halfway through the current programme have said that one of the main results is the amount of energy that they now have as well as a much better sleep pattern,” said Caitriona. Caitriona can be contacted at:Raw Nutrition087 795 1159or Click here: WIN A PLACE ON POPULAR SUGAR-FREE EATING PROGRAMME was last modified: October 5th, 2015 by John2Share 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:competitiondonegaleating planFree Yourself from SugarRaw Nutritionsugar-freewinlast_img read more

Chelsea Ladies through to semi-final

first_imgChelsea Ladies reached the semi-finals of the Women’s FA Cup with a fine 3-1 win at Manchester City.Laura Coombs, Eniola Aluko and Katie Chapman scored as Emma Hayes’ side maintained their unbeaten start to the season.Coombs netted the opener after seven minutes, firing home after being set up by Jackie Groenen.City levelled when Toni Duggan scored from the penalty spot after Chapman fouled Jill Scott, but Chelsea’s lead was restored when Aluko beat two players and finished coolly.Chapman made it 3-1 just before the hour mark with a header from the outstanding Yuki Ogimi’s cross.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Blue Haven and Waterloo Investment Holdings to raise funds for Haiti and

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 24, 2016 – Tickets available says Blue Haven and Waterloo Investment Holdings Ltd to raise funds and collect goods for Haiti and The Bahamas.In an interview with Magnetic Media this morning, it was explained that a $10 donation gets you access to the Halloween fun and a movie, Ghostbusters 2016, and all proceeds benefit the Hurricane Relief Fund which WHL says it will match, dollar for dollar.Tune in to News Break on Power 92 and KissFM for details on the event where residents are also encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes.Blue Haven tickets at the resort, with organizers, at International School and at the Wine Cellar.  Corporate sponsors are also being sought. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Lighthouse Pointe at Grand Lucayan on Grand Bahama Island Reopens

first_img Recommended for you Grand Bahama Set to Return to Normal After Hurricane Irma Related Items:#magneticmedianews, grand bahama, Grand Lucayan, Lighthouse Pointe Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Independence Festival coming to Taino Beach Grand Bahama International Airport Will Reopen Today Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, September 15, 2017 – Grand Lucayan – Lighthouse Pointe at Grand Lucayan, the Caribbean resort offering guests an authentic Bahamian experience, fared well during the storm and will be re-opening its doors on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017.“Aside from the loss of a few trees, no damage resulted from the storm at Lighthouse Pointe at Grand Lucayan,” said Veronica Clarke, hotel manager. “We are relieved to be re-opening quickly and our thoughts remain with our neighbors in the Caribbean who are not as fortunate.”Grand Bahama International Airport is just 20 minutes from the resort, with Silver Airways, American Eagle and Bahamasair offering daily flights to and from Grand Bahama Island while Delta Airlines offer flights every Saturday. There are two cruise lines offering scheduled trips to and from Grand Bahama Island for those who prefer travelling by sea — Bahamas Paradise sails from Palm Beach, Florida every other day, and Balearia Bahamas Express sails from Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Tuesdays and Thursdays through Sundays.last_img read more

Apple TV Plus is the ultimate test of Apples brand magic

first_img Apple Event Crutchfield HBO Disney Amazon Hulu Netflix Apple 43 It’s showtime for Apple’s streaming service Now playing: Watch this: Aug 26 • Every Apple TV Plus show announced so far Now playing: Watch this: Apple teases its original shows in new trailer While Apple will have you believe it’s breaking new ground, the truth is it’s just one of myriad players going after cord-cutters. There are a host of services including HBO, Hulu and YouTube all going after subscription dollars, while another highly anticipated option from Disney, which will tie together kids programming, Star Wars and Marvel content, will launch this year. Apple’s option to bundle different subscriptions like HBO and Starz through its Apple TV Channel app, meanwhile, looks a lot like the Amazon Prime Video Channels program offered to Prime subscribers. One advantage that Apple seems to be pushing: a focus on privacy and a safe space away from advertisers. If there’s one theme the company hit time and time again, it’s that these services would respect your personal information.  It’s tough to discount Apple entirely. After all, Apple Music came out of nowhere to capture the No. 2 spot behind Spotify. Then there are the myriad of hit products, from the game-changing iPhone to the iPod and MacBook Air. The company is hoping history repeats itself with video. But without a price yet (the service launches in the fall in more than 100 countries), it’s still unclear what the demand will be. “Apple’s advantage is certainly that they have such large resources — they showcased today that they can line up big Hollywood stars to make this happen,” said Gartner analyst Annette Zimmerman. “And maybe even more important — they gave a hint towards the themes they want to address with their own shows/movies, not light and easy topics but rather societal issues that not only the US-based users can relate to.” Apple waited until the end to show off its lineup of celebrities and projects for its Apple TV Plus.  Apple Between Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams and Sofia Coppola, Apple showed off a star-studded lineup for its newly unveiled Apple TV Plus service. Consistent with the Apple way of building up its products and services, the superlatives poured forth from CEO Tim Cook. “It’s unlike anything that’s been done before,” he said at an event on Monday at the company’s Cupertino, California, headquarters’ Steve Jobs Theater.  Given the talent signed on to Apple, you might be under the impression that this is a groundbreaking, must-have service. After all, who are we to question Oprah? See It Best Buy Apple Event Aug 29 • New iPhones, Apple Watch and more: Apple’s September event preview $179 Oprah joins the Apple family with two new documentaries Mentioned Above Apple TV 4K (32GB) 2:45 Comments Tags See All Killer app: Privacy While celebrities lined up to sing Apple TV Plus’s praises, we saw little footage from the individual projects aside from a sizzle reel at the end. For now, it’s not enough to get people excited about the prospect of spending more money, despite the star power. One recurrent theme at the event was Apple’s focus on privacy. The company noted that article recommendations from Apple News Plus would happen on device, so the company won’t know what you like to read.  Another perk for the News service: Advertisers won’t track you. Cook calls the App Store, “A safe and trusted place for users to discover and download apps.” Apple has spent the last few years talking up the privacy aspects of its products and services but ramped up its focus in the last few months as other tech titans have fumbled with how they’ve handled the personal information of their users. Stumbles by Google and Facebook have raised questions about how seriously the tech world considers our information.  It’s a nice story for Apple to present. But time will tell if its fans tune in for the exclusive stories on its TV service.  For now, competitors like Netflix aren’t sweating too much — even with Apple’s storied history of success.  Originally published March 25, 11:54 a.m. PT. Update, 2:25 p.m. PT: Adds analyst comments. Update, March 26 at 4 a.m. PT: Adds additional background.  3:03 Aug 30 • iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11R and 11 Max: Price, specs and features we expect on Sept. 10 1:36center_img Review • Apple TV 4K review: The best TV streamer keeps getting better See It $179 But if you wanted to get HBO with your Hulu, you need to sign up for its cablelike live-TV service known as Hulu + Live TV, which starts at $45 monthly and then requires an additional $15 a month for the premium network. And then there are things like AMC Premiere. The Walking Dead’s network offers fans the option to pay an extra $5 a month to stream its shows without any of its ads and watch certain shows two days before they air, but you need to already be paying for AMC through a typical pay-TV provider. That headache-inducing complexity of navigating online video subscriptions could play in Apple’s favor, at least in the US. The company is touting Apple TV as a simplified hub for streaming services and cable channels. Big spenders Apple was long reported to have kicked off its original programming mission with a $1 billion budget, but the company has flown past that. BTIG analyst Rich Greenfield estimated Apple’s budget has swelled to $2 billion a year. While that seems big, especially for a gadget giant with barely any background in programming, it pales in comparison with Netflix. The streaming company, operating the world’s biggest subscription video service by members, spent $12 billion on content last year. That budget could surpass $15 billion this year, according to BMO Capital Markets analyst Daniel Salmon. But Netflix’s big spending is unprecedented for a company that doesn’t touch live sports. Netflix’s head of content, Ted Sarandos, once said the company was trying to become HBO before HBO could become Netflix. Purely based on budget, Netflix passed that point long ago. Research firm Kagan estimated that HBO spent $2.5 billion in 2017, compared with the $6 billion Netflix spent then. (HBO’s spending is sure to rise in 2019: John Stankey, the new head the unit that oversees the premium channel, said one of AT&T’s plans as HBO’s new parent company would be to boost the network’s programming budget.) Even Amazon was expected to spend $5 billion in video content last year, according to JPMorgan’s Doug Anmuth.  But Apple’s legendary track record with products may not automatically equate to success elsewhere. For one, Hollywood is a tough business and one that Apple has little experience in. Spending an estimated $2 billion on A-list talent garners a whole lot of buzz, but it’s no guarantee of success. Its first forays into original programming — Carpool Karaoke and Planet of the Apps — flopped.  (Note: Carpool Karaoke originally emerged out of the The Late Late Show on CBS, the parent company of CNET.) So Apple TV Plus represents the biggest test of whether its loyal fanbase will hoover up all of its services like it lines up at its stores for the latest iPhone. The company’s focus on services, which include newly unveiled Apple News Plus and Apple Arcade, as well as a revamp of its Apple TV app, comes as the company attempts to transform itself into a company that’s less reliant on the iPhone, which provides two-thirds of its revenue. There are 1.4 billion Apple devices out there, an ideal platform for its services business, which in the December quarter jumped 19 percent to a record $10.9 billion. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Apple TV 4K Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice 97 Photos More from the Apple event What will it cost? Want to stir up some internet rage? Announce a price hike to a beloved streaming service. Netflix found that out the hard way once after dropping a sudden 60 percent hike on customers, driving away members in droves. Since then, Netflix has become an expert at tapping its prices gently higher every couple of years. It announced its latest price increase earlier this year. In the US, Netflix’s plans range between $9 and $16.  Its cheapest plan received the first bump in almost eight years. For now, Apple remains mum on the pricing for Apple TV Plus. The company has a history of pricing its hardware at a premium, but its Apple Music service, at $10 a month, is in line with Spotify. Peter Stern, Apple's vice president of servicesPeter Stern, Apple’s vice president of services, talks about the different services on Apple TV.  Screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET The other side of the streaming video coin is Apple TV Channels, which bundles different services like HBO and Starz with livestreaming TV services like DirecTV Now and PlayStation Vue. Cable and satellite companies like Charter and DirecTV will integrate their services into Apple TV, while Optimum and Altice will join later this year. Having a hub for all of your shows makes a lot of sense. Consulting firm PwC notes that consumers increasingly want a single source for programming. But Apple hasn’t talked about pricing for the channels, although you can look elsewhere for clues. HBO as an Amazon Channel, for example, costs $15 a month for people who already subscribe to the $119-a-year Amazon Prime service, the same price you’d pay if you signed up directly for HBO Now. Starz costs $9 a month — again, the same price as for an online customer. But the more you look at competitive pricing, the more confusing it can be. Hulu, for example, would compete with Apple by offering both video-on-demand for exclusive originals as well as its giant library of programs from giant networks like NBC, ABC, Fox, FX, Bravo and others. That starts at just $6 a month with ads or $12 a month if you want to pay to strip them out. Aug 30 • Apple will launch iPhone 11 on Sept. 10 in Cupertino $179 TV and Movies Digital Media • See It Apple Everything Apple announced Apple TV Channels streaming service is here, wants to run the show All the Apple TV shows and series announced Apple introduces new Apple Card, a virtual credit card See all our Apple event coverage Kumail Nanjiani talks up new show, Little America reading • Apple TV Plus is the ultimate test of Apple’s brand magic $169 See it Preview • Apple TV 4K: New $179 Apple streamer adds HDR, better gaminglast_img read more

CU suspends BCL leader for entry test forgery

first_imgChittagong University has suspended two students, including a leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), for their alleged complicity in supplying electronic devices for cheating in the ongoing admission test.BCL is the student wing of ruling Bangladesh Awami League.The suspended students are HMG Ishtiaq and Shariful Islam Nazmul. Ishtiaq, a student of Marketing department, is the joint secretary of the suspended BCL CU unit committee while Shariful is a student of English Literature and Language department.Mohammad Niaz Morshed, assistant proctor of the university, told Prothom Alo on Friday that Ishtiaq and Shariful have been suspended and served show-cause notice for their involvement with the gang that committed the forgery during the test.On Thursday, the police arrested Ishtiaq on charge of fraudulence in the admission test from Chittagong city’s Chakbazar area.Three electronic devices were recovered from Ishtiaq’s possession, Bayezid Bostami police station officer-in-charge Abul Kalam Azad told Prothom Alo.last_img read more

BNP accuses AL of destroying liberation war spirit

first_imgBNPBangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Thursday alleged that whenever Awami League came to power it destroyed the spirit of the liberation war, reports UNB.”We waged the liberation war in 1971 with a dream to build a democratic and modern state ensuring the freedom of expression. But the dream still remains unimplemented. Whenever Awami League got the chance to come power, it destroyed the spirit of liberation war,” he said.The BNP leader came up with the comments while speaking at a discussion at Mohanagar Natya Mancha in the city, arranged by the party marking the Martyred Intellectual Day.He alleged that the government is taking all-out steps to eliminate its opponents and those who hold alternative opinions.Fakhrul called upon people from all walks of life to get united to restore democracy and freedom of expression in the country.He said the government has completely politicised the administration and brought the judiciary under the control of the ruling party.The BNP leader alleged that those who are raising their voice against the current regime are being made disappeared, killed, harassed and implicated in ‘false’ cases.Turning to the next election issue, he urged the government to engage in talks with political parties for finding out an acceptable way for holding the polls in a credible manner as per the hopes and aspirations of people. Otherwise, Fakhrul warned, the government will have to face serious public wraths.BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain said they heard that a conspiracy is on to keep them out of the election race by implicating the BNP chairperson and all other leaders in cases and ensuring their conviction.”But we want to say unequivocally that the 11th national election will not be similar to the 2014 polls as it will not be allowed to hold such an election,” he said.If the 11th general election is held like the one held in 2014, it will only kill democracy, the spirit of the liberation war and that of the martyred intellectuals. “So, the BNP which was founded by freedom fighter late president Ziaur Rahman will never let it do so,” Mosharraf added.Another BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed said the independence of the country’s judiciary and the Supreme Court was hampered by the government. “Now the government forces judges to resign as it made former chief justice SK Sinha to do so by humiliating and insulting them on any silly ground.”Presided over by Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, the discussion was also addressed by BNP standing committee member Abdul Moyeen Khan, BNP vice chairperson Selima Rahman, Dhaka University professors Mahbubullah and Sukomal Barua.BNP publicity secretary Shahiduddin Chowdhury Annie and its assistant publicity secretary Amirul Islam Khan Alim moderated the discussion.last_img read more