Runyon parking plan at center of dispute

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champAfter reviewing Dodge’s appeal Wednesday, the city’s Bureau of Engineering said that only construction noise for the project could impact wildlife in the park. The department will rework its plans to build and will return before the City Council for approval. Plans to build a parking lot on the parcel inside the park – which stretches up to Mulholland Drive – have been in the works since 1986, when a master plan was created. Although the entrance off Mulholland Drive has 25 parking spots, no parking was ever built on the Hollywood side where most visitors start the trails through entrances on Vista Street and Fuller Avenue. And that has left visitors circling adjacent neighborhoods – many with restrictive parking rules – in search of scarce parking. With 134 acres to hike, room for dogs to roam and a grassy patch of land set aside for outdoor yoga, Runyon Canyon seems a peaceful break for thousands of city dwellers. But behind its “Kumbaya” exterior, a storm is brewing among residents and outdoor enthusiasts over plans to build an 80-space parking lot on a 0.6-acre parcel inside the popular park off Fuller and Franklin avenues that weekly sees more than 7,000 visitors. Opponents argue parking in the park will destroy its natural beauty, upset wildlife and bring unwanted noise to a place that provides quiet respite from Hollywood’s bustling streets. “It’s our only last spot where the car hasn’t been able to take over, invade and dominate the area,” said Randy Dodge, who with his group New Friends of Runyon Canyon, has hired an attorney and filed appeals with the city of Los Angeles to stop the construction. Some have terrorized homeowners who say park visitors have vandalized their cars and acted belligerently on the streets. Residents also talk of dogs – and dog owners – using their yards as bathrooms. Homeowners say that a parking lot inside the park is desperately needed to give visitors and residents much needed space and that the city must do more to secure the area by locking gates at dusk and providing a park ranger. Resident Vincent Brocato said one day a woman with two pit bulls on leashes lost control of her dogs, which then leaped over Brocato’s bushes and killed his small dog. “This has gone on way too long,” said Brocato, who lives near Runyon Canyon. “We have a right to some comfort. Hikers look at us like we’re selfish. We are not. This is happening 24/7.” Armed with $950,000 to widen the park’s entrance at 2000 Fuller Ave., build the lot on decomposed granite and construct a 24-hour park ranger station, city officials are eager to start the projects. Construction could start in April 2009. The best thing for the park is accessibility, said City Councilman Tom LaBonge. He said the city will not back down from plans to build a parking lot despite opposition from neighborhood groups. “Runyon Canyon is the great Los Angeles Stairmaster,” said LaBonge. “It’s so popular it has overwhelmed the neighborhoods, and there is no parking for the park.” 818-713-3746160Want 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

Clay County Couple Arrested on Neglect Allegations

first_imgWednesday Indiana State Police arrested the mother and step-father of an 11-year-old special needs girl on one count each of Neglect of a Dependent (felony).The pair was incarcerated in the Clay County Jail. Arrested were Autumn Renee Stone Snodgrass, age 29 and Stephen C. Snodgrass, age 36, of 3995 East County Road 1500 North in Clay County.  Autumn R. Stone Snodgrass was taken into custody yesterday afternoon at approximately 2:15. Stephen Snodgrass was taken into custody last evening at 8:47. The case was investigated by ISP Detective Michael Featherling. Assisting were ISP Detective Sergeant Sam Stearley, troopers from the Putnamville Post, Clay County Prosecutor’s Office, Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Clay County Probation Office, Clay County Department of Child Services, Clay County Health Department, and Suzie’s Place Child Advocacy Center of Terre Haute. The investigation originated on August 18, 2017 when Indiana State Police, Clay County Probation Officers, and Clay County Community Corrections Officers went to 3995 East County Road 1500 North in Clay County to conduct a home compliance check.No one was home, but officers noticed the home was in deplorable condition. Over the next few days, Indiana State Police gathered information from various sources, which ultimately led to a Clay County search warrant for the home. On August 29, 2017, Indiana State Police and the Clay County Probation Office served a Clay County search warrant on the residence. The mother, step-father and daughter were interviewed with the daughter ultimately placed in foster care and currently doing well. During execution of the search warrant, investigators documented that the small outbuilding shack type home was unclean, no indoor modern plumbing, unprotected electrical outlets, unprotected electrical wires in and around the building, trash strewn about, raw sewage on the ground around the structure and adjacent to the small water well, and numerous other health hazards. last_img read more

LinkedIn Offers Free Trial to

first_imgFor LinkedIn users, learning a new skill or updating their technology, business, or creativity knowledge got a lot easier with this week’s announcement of a free trial to online training site LinkedIn members can get 30-day access to online courses on, while non-paying LinkedIn members can receive 21 days of access. Anyone who isn’t a LinkedIn member can access the online courses for 10 is an online training site offering all kinds of courses to improve your skills in business, design, technology, photography, social media, and more.You have access to thousands of videos you can watch on your mobile, tablet, or desktop computer. Courses are taught by experts, and you can save custom playlists of the courses you want to take. As I mentioned in January when offered 12 free online courses , I’ve been a fan of for years. I’ve taken design courses, brushed up on Excel, and improved my WordPress skills. What I like about courses:Taught by knowledgeable professionals who are known for their work in the fieldCourses are constantly updated with new informationOne of the few online learning sites with transcriptsSigning Up for TrialIt wasn’t clear to me how LinkedIn members sign up for the free trial at, so I gave a call. Their customer support was helpful, telling me LinkedIn users who have never been a member will receive an email message about the free trials. The messages started going out on June 15 and will continue til June 22. LinkedIn users have until July 15 to sign up for the free trial. Keep an eye out for a LinkedIn message in your inbox, and get a start improving your knowledge and skills!Which course are you going to try? Share your course in the comments.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…Relatedlast_img read more

R3m boost for African maths

first_img13 September 2006South Africa’s Department of Education is to donate R3-million to a mathematics institute aimed at recruiting African students for training in research and teaching careers.The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) is a partnership of three Universities in the Western Cape – the University of Cape Town, Stellenbosch University and University of the Western Cape – and three European Universities: Cambridge, Oxford and Paris-Sud-XI.“We believe that where programmes are highly regarded, and students demonstrate commitment and potential, ways must be found to support them,” Education Minister Naledi Pandor said in Cape Town on Wednesday.International recognitionAIMS was established in 2003 and has since gained international recognition as a centre of excellence in preparing students for research and teaching careers in the quantitative sciences.The institute recruits students from around Africa for an intensive nine-month course offered by renowned international lecturers, improving their research skills through exposure to cutting-edge topics.The graduates proceed to advanced programmes in a range of scientific fields and careers in education, industry and government – “forming a powerful network working together for African development,” Pandor artment said.Successful studentsOf the 200 applications received for the September 2006 intake, 50 students were accepted, of whom 15 were women, from 20 African countries. Many of the students are already engaged in teaching and would like to continue in educational careers.One of AIMS’ graduates is Tendai Mugwagwa, a young Zimbabwean from Bindura, both of whose parents were primary school teachers.Mugwagwa entered AIMS in 2003, completed her Masters in 2005 under the supervision of a UCT academic, and was then accepted for a PhD programme in the Netherlands.Daphne Singo, a South African student from Limpopo, was accepted into the institute in 2006. Both of her parents were unemployed.She is now preparing an essay to form the basis of a Masters in nuclear physics, after which she will have the opportunity to proceed to a research programme on the Pebble Bed Reactor.Alumni ‘remarkable’Professor Neil Turok, chair of the council of Aims, said its alumni record was remarkable. “I know of no other comparable institution with this sort of success rate,” he said.“To put it into context, when AIMS opened, Sudan’s top university had just 14 PhDs on their science faculty, teaching nearly 20 000 students. Aims hopes to double that number within six or seven years.”Source: BauNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Apple Speaks Out in Defense of Personal Data Protection

first_imgIn a recent open letter to their customers, Apple CEO Tim Cook responded defensively to the FBI’s demand that the company provide the government with assistance in hacking an iPhone. Cook’s letter underscores the importance of data protection and privacy for its customers and warns of the implications that may result if the company complies with the FBI’s order.The iPhone under investigation belonged to one of the attackers in the San Bernardino, CA, shooting last December, in which 14 people were killed. Apple says it has complied with all FBI’s requests for data in their possession during the investigation, but that the government’s demand for “a new version of the iPhone operating system, circumventing several important security features” would “undermine decades of security advancements that protect [customers].”Since its 2014 iOS 8 update, Apple devices have been built with default encryption that ensures a user’s personal data cannot be accessed by any third party—including by Apple itself—without the user’s password key. The FBI seeks to skip over these customer data protection controls with Apple’s help, but Cook’s letter reveals in no uncertain terms that the company would challenge any court order requiring it to build a “backdoor” into the iPhone.- Sponsor – “Once created, the technique could be used over and over again, on any number of devices,” Cook said. “In the physical world, it would be the equivalent of a master key, capable of opening hundreds of millions of locks—from restaurants and banks to stores and homes.”Other Silicon Valley tech companies have voiced vehement support for Apple’s position on data protection for its customers. According to the Financial Times, company leaders from both Google and WhatsApp have applauded Cook’s stance on the issue. Now it’s up to the federal courts to respond, as American citizens watch the fight over encryption, information security, and data protection legislation unfold over the coming months. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Apple Is Blacklisting European Users Who Game Its App-Refund System

first_imgRelated Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#app refunds#App Store#Apple Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Apple is striking back at users who’ve figured out how to abuse its new refund policy for digital purchases in Europe—by blacklisting them from future reimbursements.To conform with the EU’s consumer protection laws, Apple rolled out a new policy last month that lets European users who purchase apps, songs, ebooks or other digital media claim refunds within 14 days of purchase. But some customers have discovered they can demand their money back on repeated purchases—apparently even if they keep the downloads. See also: How Apple’s New App-Refund Policy Could Hurt DevelopersIt may be tough to police everyone, but Apple’s ready to put the kibosh on at least the worst offenders who try to game the system. In other words, ask for too many refunds in a short time period, and the company will flag the behavior and revoke your refund privileges, iDownloadBlog reports. Apple has already sent messages to users through the App Store, alerting flagged users with the following prompt: “I acknowledge that if I download this app within fourteen days of tapping ‘Buy,’ I will no longer be eligible to cancel this purchase.” The user then has the choice of canceling the download or acknowledging the message to proceed while waiving the right to any refund. the company doesn’t want users treating the refund policy like a trial period for paid apps or to let unscrupulous types get away with shady practices. Its latest move seems designed to nip that in the bud. While the refund policy and its woes remain limited to Europe for now, the company could be eyeing it as a test of sorts for more universal changes down the road. In that way, how Apple handles refunds abroad could influence the way it approaches its App Store policies at home, which can directly affect the developers who stock its digital shelves everywhere. Photo by Ben Husmann; screenshot courtesy of Twitter user Rosynacenter_img adriana lee Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Xhaka looking for house in Milan

first_imgArsenal outcast Granit Xhaka is reportedly looking for a property in Milan, as his link to the Rossoneri strengthens before the transfer window this January. Milan have been linked to the Swiss 27-year-old this week and now RSI reports that Xhaka has been studying the property market in Italy’s fashion capital. The Arsenal midfielder hasn’t played for The Gunners since he reacted with anger towards the club’s fans during a 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace last month. He has also been stripped from his captaincy by Unai Emery, who is now ready to let the Switzerland international leave the club. Milan’s managing director and former Gunner Ivan Gazidis might be ready to give the player he brought to London in 2016 a new opportunity at San Siro. Milan are 14th in the League and will face Napoli when they return to action after the international break. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: read more

Facebook winter challenge 2014 Jumping into rivers lakes and snow banks

first_imgAPTN National NewsPeople are jumping into rivers, lakes and snow banks across Canada and posting it on Facebook.It’s a call to Aboriginal peoples across the country to get out and get active.APTN’s Shaneen Robinson reports about the social media phenomenon – winter challenge 2014.last_img

Trippier praises support for England

first_imgEngland full-back Kieran Trippier has hailed the support the English international team are receiving from their supporters at the World Cup.Gareth Southgate’s men have accomplished something quite unexpected – they reached the semi-finals for the first time since 1990, where they will be facing Croatia. If they were to win, they would be heading to the finals for the first time since 1966.Support for the team has been crazy, as ‘It’s coming home’ has become one of the trending hashtags the English have been using in the past few days.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“It feels amazing. Growing up and watching England, to be a part of it with the lads…it is an amazing achievement form everyone here and we can’t wait to get going against Croatia,” Trippier said, according to SportsMole.“It gives you goosebumps just to see how happy they are with how we are doing. We just want to keep on improving, stick together as a team and give more moments like that, they are special moments.”last_img read more