Violent gang crime down 12% in city

first_img“There is a fear in their mind, a knowledge that someone is looking over their shoulder,” said Valley Bureau Cmdr. Valentino Paniccia. Since January, the FBI has assigned 50 agents to Southern California to tackle gang crime in some of the most violent areas, including South Los Angeles. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has deployed 80 agents throughout the Southland to focus on gang crime by illegal immigrants. And the City Attorney’s Office began work this week to prosecute gang members. Since January, City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo also has unveiled three new gang injunctions in northeast and central Los Angeles. “This effort is larger than anything that I have ever seen before,” said George Cardona, acting U.S. attorney for the Central District. But in some neighborhoods not policed by the 50-officer task force, crime remains higher than last year and residents complain of a spillover effect. Immigration officials have deployed dozens of agents across Southern California to combat gang violence, including a 10-member squad in the San Fernando Valley, officials said Wednesday. And local officials cited the stepped-up coordination by federal and state law enforcement agencies as one reason behind a 12 percent drop in violent gang crime citywide in the past three months, though the Valley has shown no improvement after a 40 percent surge last year. “It’s clear our suppression strategy is effective and on target,” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said at a meeting to discuss his two-month-old plan to combat gangs. “We all recognize we still have a lot of work to do.” So far, immigration officials say they have made only a handful of arrests. But the Los Angeles Police Department said other efforts – including establishing a 50-officer task force in the Valley and placing probation officers inside police gang units – have put criminals on notice. “They are working so hard in other parts of the Valley, my feeling is that we are forgotten,” said Mary Ellen Crosby, a member of the Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council. Crosby said gang members hang out in front of her home and tag a nearby park. “It never used to be this bad,” she said. (818) 713-3741160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Staunton up for some villainy

first_img – Associated Press160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Oscar nominee Imelda Staunton wasn’t exactly flattered when a friend first suggested she’d be perfect for the part of Harry Potter’s first female nemesis, Dolores Umbridge. “I read the book, and Umbridge is described as a short, ugly, toadlike woman,” Staunton told Newsweek. “I thought, `Oh, thanks very much.”‘ But Staunton ended up playing the villainess as an “apple-cheeked schoolmarm – drenched in pink angora,” the magazine says. In “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” the fifth movie based on the J.K. Rowling series, Umbridge is a new teacher at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry bent on restricting free thought. Staunton, who was nominated for a best-actress Academy Award for playing Vera Drake in the eponymous 2004 movie, says the Potter role is no joke. “You may think that it’s just a bunch of hand-waving, but there’s a lot of proper acting going on,” she said. – Associated Press No culture is an island The notion of cultural purity is a dead end, said famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who was born in Paris to Chinese parents and came to the United States as a child prodigy. Ma’s internationally recruited Silk Road Ensemble involves instruments such as Indian sitars, Islamic ouds, and Chinese erhu, suona and pipa and has filled museums with works from Azerbaijan, Iran, Mongolia and Uzbekistan. “I have this theory that I share with (Art Institute of Chicago president) Jim Cuno,” Ma told The Associated Press in Chicago. “It’s that nothing great was ever produced in isolation.” last_img

Rush-hour crash sends 3 to hospital

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – Three people were hospitalized – two in critical condition – after a rush-hour collision Thursday morning at a heavily traveled intersection in the Valencia Industrial Center. Rescuers spent several precious minutes removing the roof and door of one car to free a critically injured woman, believed to be in her thirties, from the front seat of a Kia Spectra that was hit broadside while turning left by a Dodge Ram full-size pickup truck. “She was moving and talking,” Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Leonard Miller said. “She had tears, which is a good sign.” The Lancaster woman and her male passenger, neither of whom was identified, were heading west on Rye Canyon Road and turned left onto Avenue Scott when they were hit by the pickup driven by Ricardo Blanco, 19, who was driving his 16-year-old sister to Valencia High School. Blanco’s truck charged up a small embankment, breaking through the monument sign for H.R. Textron and snapping two trees. The Kia was crushed and came to rest against a pedestrian button at the corner. The Blancos managed easily to get out of the truck, though Ricardo was taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Sheriff’s Deputy Anthony Arnold said the pair in the Kia remained hospitalized in critical condition as of Thursday afternoon. Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 carol.rock@dailynews.comlast_img read more

What’s the appeal of chemical peels? Beautician Lorraine Quinn explains all

first_imgLorraine Quinn from Beauty at the Lodge Ballybofey breaks down the science behind chemical peels for an easy guide on choosing the right one for you:Though the word “acid” may sound a little frightening, dropping a little acid into your beauty regime can in fact benefit your skin. With scientific beauty terms being thrown around the industry it can get quite confusing, especially when it comes to the long list of acids contained in skincare products. Acids are split into two categories:alpha hydroxy acids (AHA’s) and beta hydroxy acids (BHA’s)AHA are chemicals that slow down the natural cell turnover process by loosening the fluid that connects surface skin cells, while BHA are chemical exfoliant’s that target fine lines, pigmentation and pores. In layman’s terms AHA helps with anti-ageing, while BHA treats acneiform conditions.How AHAs and BHAs are DifferentAHAs work on skin’s surface, and are water soluble. They’re generally preferred for normal to dry, sun-damaged skin, due to their ability to enhance natural moisturizing factors within skin. They’ve also been proven effective in reducing the visible signs of sun damage.BHA works on skin’s surface and inside the pore, it’s oil soluble, so it’s most often preferred for normal to oily skin prone to bumps, clogs, blemishes, and enlarged pores. BHA also has natural skin-calming properties, so it’s gentle enough for sensitive skin prone to redness and/or rosacea. This well-rounded, gentle ingredient is even suitable for skin prone to milia. Acids can do a lot of things: Smooth, tighten, firm and brighten. Almost everyone can tolerate them when used as directed.Though there are various types of acids, glycolic, lactic, mandelic, citric and salicylic acids they in fact have the most clinical research behind them and the most studies supporting their efficacy. That’s why they’re also the most commonly used acids in skin care products.At this stage, most of us have used a product or two that contains hydroxy acids, glycolic, lactic, salicylic. We’ve heard of them, we know they work, but what exactly does each of them do?How Hydroxy Acids WorkHydroxy acids can do a lot of things, they can smooth, tighten, firm and brighten the skin.What’s great is almost everyone can tolerate them in lower concentrations and will notice significant improvements in their skin when used as directed.But how exactly do these multitaskers-in-a-bottle work? Hydroxy acids weaken the ‘cellular glue’ that makes dead skin cells stick together, encouraging exfoliation and revealing healthy, younger skin cells.Hydroxy acids at medium to higher concentrations can also function beyond the surface of the skin and work in the epidermal and dermal layers to deliver additional results, such as collagen and elastin remodeling, pigment lightening and melanin suppressionMANDELIC ACIDMandelic acid is a naturally occurring acid derived from bitter almond and wild cherry.Mandelic acid is a highly effective acid that works on a lot of things, including fine lines, firmness, acne and discolouration. Mandelic is a slightly larger molecule, it’s better for sensitive skin types and for those with darker skin because it doesn’t trigger post-inflammatory responses or pigmentation like we see from other AHAs.Mandelic acid is going to be one of the next big ingredients in skincare. SALICYLIC ACIDSalicylic acid is a naturally occurring BHA derived from willow bark (the same place we get aspirin).Salicylic acid is both highly keratolytic and comedolytic, which means it not only dissolves dead skin cells on the surface of the skin, but it’s also able to get down into the pore, dissolve the oil and break apart the debris inside that commonly leads to acne.HYALURONIC ACIDA powerful age fighter, hyaluronic acid plumps and hydrates the skin by drawing moisture from the air. As we age, skin moisture can drop significantly, which makes the skin lose elasticity and expose the signs of ageing on the skin. Hyaluronic acid plays a critical role in skin health with its unique ability to hold in moisture (1000 ml of water per gram of hyaluronic acid).Hyaluronic Acid has many benefits and is one of the most interesting ingredients in skincare GLYCOLIC ACIDThis naturally occurring sugarcane-derived AHA has long been considered by many professionals to be the best-performing AHA. As the smallest hydroxyl acid molecule, glycolic acid can penetrate the skin the deepest and the fastest.Like all AHAs, glycolic acid exfoliates the skin by dissolving the cellular glue and exfoliating superficial, dead skin cells. Because glycolic penetrates the deepest, some studies suggest all the way into the dermis. It has been shown to be the most effective at stimulating collagen production, thus better promoting deeper wrinkle reduction.Aside from reducing wrinkles, glycolic acid is also effective at reducing photodamage, which makes it ideal for those with more mature skin. If you have dry skin, you’ll also find glycolic particularly useful, because it draws moisture to the skin and helps prevent transepidermal water loss. It also increases the hyaluronic acid levels in the skin.It’s important to know that because glycolic acid penetrates quickly, it can be more irritating than other AHAs and is sometimes not tolerated well by sensitive skin types.LACTIC ACIDLactic acid is a naturally occurring acid derived from a variety of sources, most commonly sour milk. Cleopatra is believed to have bathed in it as part of her beauty rituals.Like glycolic acid, lactic acid exfoliates as it increases moisture levels in the top layers of the skin, improving barrier function and resistance to dryness and flakiness.Like all AHAs, lactic acid is great for general exfoliation and skin lightening. But because this is a larger molecule, it makes it somewhat “gentler” than glycolic acid.Those with sensitive skin or darker skin often prefer lactic products over glycolic acid products because they tend to see less inflammation in the skin after use, but get similar desired results.CITRIC ACIDIt is a naturally occurring acid derived from fruits, including orange, lemon and grapefruit. It is often used in skin care formulations to provide natural fragrance and preservative properties.Citric acid is antimicrobial and often formulated into acne products for its bacteria-busting powers.Whatever your skin type, tone or condition, there is so much research behind hydroxy acids supporting their numerous benefits. Find which ones are right for you and you will likely find yourself with happier, healthier skin!For more information contact me on xWhat’s the appeal of chemical peels? Beautician Lorraine Quinn explains all was last modified: October 27th, 2017 by Lorraine QuinnShare 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:beauty at the lodgechemical peelslorraine quinnlast_img read more

NCS Playoffs: St. Bernard’s girl’s soccer wins first round game, 2-1, over South Fork

first_imgEureka >> Two goals from a star player and a stingy defense led by a backup goalie helped the St. Bernard’s Crusaders girl’s soccer team hold off the South Fork Cubs for a nail-biting 2-1 first round playoff win on Wednesday at St. Bernard’s Academy. Midfielder Makenna Schoenhofer scored both goals to lead the Crusaders, which had to hold on as the Cubs made a furious push to try to net the equalizer late in the game.“A 2-0 lead is definitely dangerous, especially coming just after …last_img read more

Did failed Warriors’ TV show pave the way for ‘This Is Us’?

first_imgA buddy comedy set in the world of the Golden State Warriors? Hollywood producer Dan Fogelman thought it was a slam dunk.But the show never made it to the air and that failure just might have paved the way for the biggest hit of Fogelman’s career — “This Is Us.”Maybe Steph Curry could have made a cameoSpeaking on “The Bill Simmons Podcast” earlier this week, Fogelman, who created “This Is Us,” recalled how he made a series pilot for ABC with the Warriors just as the team was “rising to …last_img read more

Top quotes from 49ers Jimmy Garoppolo ahead of opener

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is all set for only his 11th career start in six NFL seasons, and, by the way, Sunday’s season opener at Tamp Bay also will serve as the officially launching point of his comeback from knee reconstruction.Here are the top quotes Garoppolo said Wednesday in his press conference at Levi’s Stadium:On preparing for Week 1: “There’s a lot of excitement. Been a long time coming. It’s finally here. It’s good to be back.”DENVER, CO – AUGUST 19: Quarterback …last_img read more

US-Africa summit hugely positive: Davies

first_img12 August 2014South Africa, and the continent as a whole, benefited immensely from the US-Africa Leaders’ Summit held in Washington last week, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said on Tuesday.“By and large, there are a lot of positive things we gained from the summit,” Davies told reporters in Pretoria. “The message from all of us was that the African continent needs to industrialise, and there were a lot of echoes in that regard.”Davies said the major victory from the summit was the commitment by US President Barack Obama to support the renewal of the African Growth and Opportunities Act (Agoa), along with his announcement of investments in Africa to the tune of US$33-billion through the Doing Business in Africa programme.More than 40 African heads of state, including President Jacob Zuma, attended the summit, which focused on peace and security as well as trade between Africa and the world’s economic giant.On the renewal of Agoa, Minister Davies said the summit provided an indication that the US believed a lengthy re-authorisation of Agoa was justified.“They are looking at possibilities of improving Agoa. They said they are looking at the eligibility criteria … They are looking at countries that did not qualify … I think that was the message from our side that was pretty good news.”Congress is scheduled to vote on the renewal of Agoa, whose current term expires in next year. Obama last week said he was confident that Congress would back the renewal of the scheme, which enables eligible sub-Saharan African countries to export most products duty-free to the United States.South Africa is the only country that makes extensive use of the tariff trade preferences provided by the US through Agoa and other schemes.Meanwhile, Davies said there were a lot of partnerships that South Africa can build with Hollywood studios to grow the local film industry. The minister paid a visit to Hollywood during a stopover in Los Angeles last week, visiting Disney and 20th Century Fox, among other big names in the film industry.Source: read more

Recycling Expanded Polystyrene

first_imgA New Machine “Densifies” Discarded FoamTALAHASSEE, Fl. — Most of the nation’s discarded expanded polystyrene (EPS) — including hamburger clamshell boxes, coffee cups, protective foam packaging inserts, and pieces of building insulation — goes straight to a landfill. Recent technical improvements in recycling equipment, however, have begun to make EPS recycling cost-effective.One manufacturer of equipment to process EPS waste is RecycleTech Corporation, which makes a machine that “densifies” EPS by putting scraps through a crusher, heater, and extruder. The resulting hard ingots are 90 times denser (and therefore smaller in volume) than the EPS used to create them. The ingots become the raw material for the manufacture of a variety of plastic products, including picture frames, shoe soles, and the backs of CD cases.Funding from the state of Florida has allowed RecycleTech machines to be installed at recycling centers in several Florida counties, including Indian River County, Leon County, and Polk County. Since the first unit was delivered in June of 2008, over 1,607,400 cubic feet of EPS has been diverted from landfills.Low Density Complicates CollectionEPS recycling programs face several hurdles; for example, the low density of EPS makes transportation of EPS scraps expensive. According to RecycleTech representative Leonard Black, “Collection of EPS is difficult since the material is so light it tends to blow away at curbside.”The city of Conway, Arkansas, has a successful EPS recycling program. “A lot of our residents receive packages, and it’s unreal the amount of foam that our residents get because of Internet shipping,” said Duane Campbell, Conway’s recycling manager. “Our program cost us $65,000 to get set up and started. We’re doing it because of our landfill situation. Three years ago we had only 17 years left on our only local landfill. It was filling up fast, so we’ve had to raise our recycling efforts.”For more information, visit the Recycle Web site.last_img read more