Public Safety Former Torrance and Pasadena Police Officer to Plead Guilty to Illegal Gun Dealing, DOJ Says By BRIAN DAY Published on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 | 4:58 pm Your email address will not be published. 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Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Make a comment CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS A man who worked as a police officer in Torrance and Pasadena agreed to plead guilty to federal charges related to using his position to obtain, then illegally sell, at least 50 guns, prosecutors announced Tuesday.Lindley Alan Hupp, 32, of Long Beach, has agreed to plead guilty to a two-count indictment filed Friday in federal court, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. The indictment contains two charges: Engaging in the business of dealing in firearms without a license and making a false statement in a federal firearm licensee’s records during the purchase of a firearm.He’s accused of “being an unlicensed firearms dealer who sold dozens of guns, as well as certifying he was the actual purchaser of a handgun, when, in fact, he was buying the gun for another person,” DOJ spokesman Thom Mrozek said in a written statement.“According to the court documents, Hupp sold at least 48 firearms during an 8½-year period while employed by the [Torrance Police Department],” he said. “Hupp sold another two guns in 2011 while serving as an auxiliary police officer with the Pasadena Police Department.”Hupp abused his position as a police officer to obtain so-called “off-roster” weapons, which are available to police officers but not available to the general public, in order to resell them and turn a profit, prosecutors said.“Hupp made a business of dealing firearms, in part, by abusing exemptions made available to him under California law as a sworn peace officer,” according to the plea agreement. “Of the 48 firearms [the] defendant sold while employed at the TPD, 36 firearms were ‘off roster’ firearms; that is, firearms that Hupp’s non-law enforcement customers could not have purchased directly from a licensed firearms dealer.”While the law allows for police officers to sell their “off-roster” handguns on the secondary market when no longer needed, Hupp admitted to repeatedly “repeatedly exploiting the privilege” by purchasing guns and selling them almost immediately afterward.“Hupp resold nearly half of the 36 off roster guns within 30 days of having initially purchased them,” according to Mrozek.Hupp has agreed to surrender 42 guns in his possession, officials said. Prosecutors have recommended a prison term of no longer than 18 months, although the recommendation is not binding, Mrozek said. The judge will have discretion to sentence him to up to 15 years in federal prison, once Hupp has formally pleaded guilty.Hupp was scheduled to appear in federal court in Los Angeles on Dec. 3.It was not clear Friday exactly when and how Hupp became separated from the Torrance Police Department.The alleged crimes took place during the same period of time when another Pasadena police officer, former Lt. Vasekn Gourdikian, was running a similar but larger scheme, according to prosecutors.Gourdikian, of Sierra Madre, acted as an unlicensed gun dealer between March of 2014 and February of 2017, officials said at the time. He used his position as a police officer to obtain and sell more than 100 guns, including many “off-roster” ones.He pleaded guilty to illegal gun dealing and making a false statement during the purchase of a firearm in September of 2018 and received a sentence of one year and one day in prison, along with a $10,000 fine.See also:Former Pasadena Police Lieutenant Sentenced to 12 Months and 1 Day, Fined $10,000 for Illegal Gun Possession, Sales
The prolific rock-jazz, Steely Dan will be hitting Las Vegas this April, with nine shows at the Opaline Theatre at The Venetian. To support their nine-day residency, dubbed “Reelin’ In the Chips” as a nod to their 1973 classic “Reelin’ In the Years,” Donald Fagen and Walter Becker have assembled a solid crew of musicians to round out the ensemble, including guitarist Jon Herington, drummer Keith Carlock, bassist Freddie Washington, and keyboardist Jim Beard. The horn section will be filled with Roger Rosenberg, Walt Weiskopf, Michael Leonhart, and Jim Pugh, and Carolyn Leonhart, Cindy Mizelle, and La Tanya Hall will serve as vocalists for the nine-day affair.Dates for the residency include April 12, 14, 15, 19, 21, 22, 26, 28, and 29. Advance tickets go on sale for American Express® cardholders on January 17th at 10 a.m. (PT). Tickets will be made fully public this Friday, January 20, at 10 a.m. (PT).[H/T Jambase]
By Directorate of Information and Aerospace Interests, Peruvian Air Force January 23, 2017 On January 18th,The Peruvian Air Force (FAP, per its Spanish acronym) received an award for flight safety from the System of Cooperation among the American Air Forces (SICOFAA, per its Spanish acronym). The prize was awarded for having the best air operations safety record and for safety measures taken by FAP personnel that contributed to preventing aviation accidents and encouraging other similar actions. Air General Javier Ramírez Guillén, commander general of FAP, officiated the international awards ceremony in the Plaza de Armas of the 2nd Air Wing (Callao), with assistance from civilian and military personnel who belong to this air unit, members of the High Command, as well as authorities from the Air Wing and Operations Command. SICOFAA awarded the prize for the distinguished record of crews and personnel from the 8th Air Group (GRUP8) for merit in flight safety and for the safety measures that contributed to the prevention of aviation accidents in the institution. The commander of GRUP8, FAP Colonel Roberto Aranda Del Castillo, received the award on behalf of the unit and expressed his satisfaction with the group’s achievement. SICOFAA is a voluntary non-political organization comprised of members from the Air Forces of North and South America. Its objective is to promote bonds of friendship and mutual aid through cooperation during emergency situations, to promote the exchange of experiences so the capacities of the air forces and their equivalents can be strengthened, as well as to provide support for the requirements of their members.
Let me be clear here; this article is not about crisis strategy, which involves contingency planning and business continuity planning for dealing with identified crises as they arise. It is about the formulation and reformulation of the regular ongoing strategy of the credit union during times of organizational stress. Setting aside your preparation for the future to concentrate solely on putting out the fires of today can be detrimental to the long-term viability of the organization.I’ve had several calls from credit union CEOs over the last few weeks requesting guidance on a couple of topics relating to strategy. Their first concern is whether all existing strategic initiatives should simply be put on the back burner until we see the much-hoped-for, light at the end of the tunnel. My answer to that is a categorical no. Your competitors are not going to rein in their efforts to win the allegiance of your members. As far as is possible, under the challenging circumstances, there is an even greater need for quality strategic discussion now than in stable times.The second question I’m being asked relates to how best to evaluate the relevance of existing strategic initiatives in light of the extreme volatility that’s resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Victor Camarasa’s penalty briefly gave Cardiff hope as they reduced the arrears to 2-1, but Jesse Lingard won and scored a contentious second-half penalty and then rounded Neil Etheridge to tap into an empty net at the death to make the result safe.It is the first time United have scored five goals in a Premier League game since legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s last game in charge – a 5-5 draw with West Brom in May 2013.All eyes were on Solskjaer’s first selection as United boss, and Pogba was included in the starting line-up.The World Cup winner and club record signing had been a forlorn-looking substitute for the past three Premier League matches, but returned to a more attack-minded United XI.Pogba was joined by French forward Martial, who made his 100th Premier League appearance, with Romelu Lukaku away on compassionate leave.Luke Shaw and Phil Jones returned to a defence that had conceded 29 goals already this term – their worst record since 1962 – as Solskjaer made four changes.Pogba was involved in the thick of the action inside three minutes, winning a free-kick from Aron Gunnarsson that would give the Norwegian the perfect start to life in the United dugout, Rashford brilliantly finding the bottom corner.The contest proved an ideal opportunity for Pogba to send a message on the pitch rather than on social media and he certainly appeared less inhibited as the visitors passed with a good tempo and closed down effectively.United were superior throughout the first period and it was no surprise when they doubled their advantage just before the half-hour mark when Pogba picked out Herrera, whose speculative effort nicked off Greg Cunningham and gave Neil Etheridge no chance.However, United’s defensive fragility reappeared before the interval, with Rashford handballing carelessly when he moved his upper arm towards the ball under little pressure and Camarasa slammed home the penalty.But in the end, United made light work of a Cardiff side, who had won their past four home games, with attacking flair throughout.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was punching the air in delight with less than four minutes on the clock as he got off to a perfect start as Manchester United manager with a 5-1 thrashing of his former club Cardiff in Wales yesterday.The former United striker succeeded Jose Mourinho, who was sacked in midweek, and got his first win courtesy of a performance that will encourage United fans as some of their more marginalised talent came to the fore in a performance full of attacking intent.Marcus Rashford’s stunning free-kick, a deflected effort from Ander Herrera and a fabulous team goal by Anthony Martial effectively won the contest before half-time for a United side inspired by the recalled Paul Pogba, who had a hand in all three first-half goals.
Midfielder Thomas Partey was on target as Atletico Madrid were held to a 2-2 draw at Valencia on Friday night.Partey was hugely impressive and found the net with a thumping finish but Atletico were left to rue yet another couple of points dropped as they bid to secure a Champions League spot.Marcos Llorente had put Atleti ahead in the 15th minute with a close-range finish but Valencia found an equaliser with five minutes to go in the half, as Gabriel Paulista headed home.Partey then took charge, bossing the midfield as Atletico exerted some pressure on the hosts.He then lit up the Mestalla, picking the ball up in midfield in the 43rd minute, driving forward past a couple of challenges before thumping home a 20-yard effort.It flew past the goalkeeper, who stretched out his hand despairingly to try and save it.The lead was cancelled out by Geoffrey Kondogbia’s second-half strike.The goal was Partey’s second in La Liga and third overall this season, having scored in the Champions League as well.Take a look at Partey’s well-placed strike below:⚽️: Thomas Partey – 43’#Valencia 1×2 #AtleticoMadrid #LaLiga pic.twitter.com/euhGgR6MVn— gols e futebol (@golsefutebol) February 14, 2020
Middleweight Contender 2015 champion Kemahl Russell will fight Mexican Hector Nava in Mexico City tonight. This will bring to an end a period of overseas training for Russell. The training was designed to prepare him for some serious fight challenges next year.Russell has been based in New York since late September, and told The Gleaner yesterday that he has had the benefit of working with some good trainers and sparring partners, and this has allowed him to sharpen his skills.”I have learnt a lot, and I am a much better fighter now than when I left Jamaica. I am feeling great and will be putting everything into this fight so that I can return to Jamaica next week with another victory on my record ” he continued.His manager, Leiza Keane, told The Gleaner that she is very pleased with the progress that Russell has made over these past several months, and she expects a good performance from him tonight.- L.B.
The Assistant Secretary General of the National Foreign Exchange Bureau of Liberia (NAFIBOL), Nimely Saye, has attributed the rise of the exchange rate to unlicensed owners of foreign exchange (forex) bureaus and those operating on street corners.Mr. Saye also blamed owners of gas stations, cement depots, and stores who are clandestinely involved in the forex business, and not charging their customers the CBL rate.Mr. Saye made the remarks yesterday in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer at his forex bureau on Broad Street, when he described the situation as a serious embarrassment for “legal foreign exchangers in the country.”He said “These people operate out of the confines of the regulations that are put in place by the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL); and as such, they do whatsoever pleases them, although some of their actions constrain the overall economy, evidenced by what the country is currently going through.”Saye, who has over ten years of experience in the forex business, said there is a need for the CBL to take serious actions against illegal forex businesses to control the exchange rate in Liberia. “We have some big business people who are getting the United States dollars from the CBL to purchase goods but selling it to other businesses in order to make maximum profit. These people even put people in the street to get US dollars for them, because they have sold the US dollars provided to them by the bank,” Saye said.“Licensed businesses are changing for L$106 for US$1 and need to pay taxes, including CBL fees, while at the same time unlicensed businesses are also changing at the same rate and not paying taxes, or even renting places. Licensed bureaus have to pay rent and workers as well.” He said any attempt by the CBL to relent on arresting the situation will lead to a serious rise of the US dollar on the Liberian market, adding that “CBL is doing well but need to reinforce their strategies and communicate more to registered bureaus.”“Legal businesses go by the CBL rate but those illegal ‘forexers,’ cement depots and gas stations don’t go by the CBL rate, which is causing problems now for the economy. Licensed businesses are expecting the rate to increase from what it is today L$106/107 for US$1to even L$110, 115 and above,” Mr. Saye said.He noted that the CBL’s auction or ‘special window’ for licensed forex bureaus, which is usually meant to drop the rate, cannot help to control the rise of the rate in the wake of the many illegal forex bureaus.Mr. Saye said his organization is currently working with the CBL to establish more bureaus around the country to ensure that illegal ‘forexers’ are incorporated or licensed.In other countries, he said, “The rate goes up high but it is stable, as forex bureaus will operate on one rate. You will not see someone changing for L$100 for US$1 and others changing for L$102. Owners of stores even contact bureaus to provide them with huge sums of US dollars, sometime at the end of the month or a sale, to get goods.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
OKLAHOMA CITY — Warriors guard D’Angelo Russell took a wide step to his right, bounced off Thunder guard Chris Paul and made a contested floater before hitting the floor. Then, believing he was fouled, Russell popped up and made a bee-line for referee James Williams and unloaded a verbal onslaught. Russell was ejected from the game. At the time, five minutes into the second half, the Warriors trailed by 32 points. Russell later admitted his emotions got the best of him. After all, it’s been a …
The world of agriculture technology, or agtech, is rapidly evolving from an industry entrenched in tradition to one that is fast embracing change. It’s automating laborious tasks and providing farmers and growers with greater knowledge and insight into their crops than ever before. As technology evolves so does the needs of the farmer and the growing environment. Here are some of the biggest trends of 2016:1. Sensor tech in the field and on the farmToday’s farmer is as likely to have an iPhone and iPad as a pitchfork in hand as they utilize IoT technology to get the most accurate information about the weather and growing conditions, soil quality and moisture and other information that previously was unavailable or difficult to attain in real time.Even traditional companies like John Deere have created connected platforms and vehicles along with a suite of start-ups intent on modernizing farming through increased technological insight. One such company providing solutions is Arable, an agtech start-up who have created the PulsePod, a six-band spectrometer, four-way net radiometer, and acoustic rain gauge that measures more than 40 observation streams including rain, hail, canopy leaf area, crop water demand, environmental stresses, microclimate, and even air pollution. It’s always on and always connected (built-in Bluetooth, wifi, and cellular).It’s built for security (military grade encryption), flexibility (an API to plug the data into existing platforms), and control (customers choose how/when/what data to share) and enables unprecedented visibility for what’s happening in the field. As founder, Adam Wolf explained:“for the first time we see farmers able to manage the response of crops to the weather, processors can predict future yield so they can make marketing decisions, we start to see insurance stepping in to cover risk for small holder agriculture, we really see opening up for these parts of the market that are previously inaccessible in terms of risk. This includes drought forecasting and food security; forest and crop responses to weather and climate change; and rural water usage.”2. Indoor and urban farmingCurrently around 20% of the world’s food production is grown within cities rather rural areas and inherent in this is the multi-billion dollar industry of indoor growing and hydroponics. The industry includes $5 billion in urban farming in the US and $5.7 billion for legal cannabis production. The latter is significant as figures are set to rise with the increased legalization of marijuana as the US.One company creating solutions for the home grower is Leaf who have developed a self-contained plug and plant system that automatically grows ‘medicinal’ plants and vegetables that are controlled via smartphone technology. The system provides all the pumps, lights, carbon filter fans (to avoid your home smelling like a marijuana plantation) and nutrients needed to raise a pair of cannabis plants and yield 4 to 5 ounces of marijuana.It also includes a host of environmental sensors and an HD camera that push data (and a time-lapse view of your plants) to your smartphone for continuous tracking. However, it’s not exactly cheap to run with electricity costs alone estimated a between $15-$50 per month so it would be interesting to see future solar applications.Another approach to urban farming is Freight Farms who take an innovative approach to farming, growing crops inside repurposed shipping containers, called Leafy Green Machines- literally a freight-truck-sized farm-in-a-box, with all the necessary equipment and storage required to grow produce.It is hoped that the use of an IoT platform will allow for more detailed monitoring of growing conditions in real-time. By using LogMeIn’s IoT platform Xively, it enables farmers to assess their crops remotely, tracking features such as temperature, humidity, CO2 levels and plant growth.Alerts are delivered whenever any of these metrics fall out of the ideal growing range. The data collected from users also enables Freight Farms to improve their services, giving them greater insight into how customers are utilizing their products. Container gardening is nothing new in urban areas, but it’s foreseeable that the water-efficient containers could be of benefit to regions where drought causes a barrier to farming.3. Edible insects and plant-based nutrientsInsect protein is poised to become a big part of the global food supply. Commonly enjoyed in many non-Western countries they are easy to breed, with a low-carbon input. One US-based company, Tiny Farms which relies on IoT and automation to build smart, easily scalable farming systems for insect growth. These include complete sensor integration and a data capture platform for monitoring, analysis, and optimization. A corresponding app provides appropriate tracking to ensure your herd is healthy.Farming also meets food tech as a proliferation of start-ups have emerged over the last year to rival Soylent in the powdered food supplement/substitute market. Almost every start-up conference I have attended in 2016 has included at least three different vendors. Whether it can be considered farming (or manufacturing) is up for debate, but there’s certainly technology in the process.4. What about the robots? Related Posts How IoT Will Transform Cold Chain Logistics For… Electronic Design is Utilizing AI-Enabled Solu… Tags:#Agtech#factory farming#insects#Leaf#Marijuana#motorleaf#Pulsepod#robotics#robots#sensor tech#Soylent#urban farming A 2012 Agriculture Census revealed that during the past 30 years the average age of U.S. farmers has grown by nearly eight years, from 50.5 years to 58.3 years. This is a concern for the future of farming since there are fewer individuals choosing to farm than before. Thus, it’s entirely possible that robots could meet the employee demand agriculture over the next two decades, especially since they become smarter and cheaper.5. Cost remains a barrierWhile the IoT has a strong presence in farming, it’s not without its’ critics with a report by Lux Research in June suggesting that service costs and niche products are slowing down the adoption of new technologies. Traditionally an industry subsidized in many parts of the world, farming relies on profits through an increased yield and cost savings of water and fertilizer to ensure that technological innovations can be truly effective and provide solutions to the challenges of modern farming.What’s also needed is appropriate mobile coverage across the many acres of farming land, often so extensive it requires visitation by helicopter. Narrow-Band IoT (NB-IoT) standards will help ensure the breadth of coverage of mobile networks across the fields as well as devices where batteries may not need to be replaced for some years. It will also help extend coverage into cellars, barns, and silos inaccessible via cell signals, actually connecting alarms, sensors, meters, and many more IoT devices 5 Industries Destined for Technological Disruption The Ultimate Checklist on Ways to Prevent IoT D… Cate Lawrence