Vick pleads guilty to federal dogfighting charge

first_imgRICHMOND, Va. – Michael Vick pleaded guilty Monday to a federal dogfighting charge and awaited a Dec. 10 sentencing date that could send the NFL star to prison. The plea by the suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback was accepted by U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson, who asked: “Are you entering the plea of guilty to a conspiracy charge because you are in fact guilty?” Vick replied, “Yes, sir.” Hudson emphasized he is not bound by sentencing guidelines and can impose the maximum sentence of up to five years in prison. For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “You’re taking your chances here. You’ll have to live with whatever decision I make,” Hudson. In his written plea filed in federal court Friday, Vick admitted helping kill six to eight pit bulls and supplying money for gambling on the fights. He said he did not personally place any bets or share in any winnings. The NFL suspended him indefinitely and without pay Friday after his plea agreement was filed. Merely associating with gamblers can trigger a lifetime ban under the league’s personal conduct policy. The case began in late April when authorities conducting a drug investigation of Vick’s cousin raided the former Virginia Tech star’s rural Surry County property and seized dozens of dogs, some injured, and equipment commonly used in dogfighting. last_img read more

Oasis eyeing fertile ground

first_imgWOODLAND HILLS – The roar of a hockey game, din of a rock concert, the thunder of 10,000 circus fans.Such spectacles, now available only downtown, could enliven a sports and entertainment arena proposed for the west San Fernando Valley, according to its promoter.“It would be our Staples, our Disney Hall,” said Mark Steele of his plan for the Oasis Event Center. “The San Fernando Valley does not have an iconic landmark building to call its own.“We are the equivalent of the sixth-largest city in the country, yet we don’t have a single pro sports team or major collegiate or family entertainment venue.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.After more than a decade of false starts for Oasis from Northridge to North Hollywood, Steele has set his sights on the Warner Center in Woodland Hills.Last month, Steele told Valley business leaders he’d like to build his $100 million arena either at Pierce College, or sites owned by Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne or Northrop Grumman.On Wednesday, the former music industry producer will attempt to sell his arena concept to the Woodland Hills-Warner Center Neighborhood Council.Without Neighborhood Council support, City Councilman Dennis Zine said he will refuse to consider the proposal.And without Zine’s support, planners say, the City Council won’t open its doors on the Oasis arena plan. “I believe he’s had a little problem gaining momentum,” said Bob Scott, chair of the Livable Communities Council of the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley, which hosted a Steele presentation last month.“People in the San Fernando Valley have gotten burned in the past with investments and proposals that didn’t get off on the right foot.”But that hasn’t deterred Steele, who has worked to build his arena ever since the 1994 Northridge Earthquake.He approached California State University, Northridge, which opted for a retail center instead.He planned it for west Woodland Hills, but the deal sank when media reports drove up land prices.He tried North Hollywood — spending $250,000 to develop a proposal for property owned by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority — only to be told his “mini-Staples of the Valley” wouldn’t blend well with the NoHo arts district.“It was political forces, not the public, that was against this project,” said Steele, 42, a Valley native who lives in Woodland Hills.The Oasis, to be designed by architect Ron Turner of Staples Center fame, appears in concept like a metal-clad ice cube.The 110-foot-high, 3-acre arena would draw up to 10,000 fans three times a week for family-oriented events from minor league hockey, CSUN basketball and circuses to Easter Sunday mega-sermons.Steele projects the Oasis to generate at least $91 million in taxable sales revenue for the center and surrounding businesses.Proceeds would also go to The Oasis Foundation, benefitting local charities, he said.Steele, whose sports authority is composed of 10 silent partners, said he’s got $200 million in financing lined up through an unidentified pension fund.He stressed that although he’s discussed his proposal with officials at Pierce College, Rocketdyne and Northrup Grumman on Canoga Avenue near the 101 Freeway, no real estate negotiations have taken place.Many expressed skepticism about its effect on the West Valley community.“This community considers Pierce College its Central Park,” said Dennis Washburn, director of the Foundation for Pierce College, who has spoken with Steele. “Would a New Yorker let you put a stadium in the middle of Central Park?”Zine said he doubted residents would support such a project.“It’ll have a big impact on the community, lots of traffic, environmental concerns, quality-of-life concerns,” said Zine.“I don’t support any of his proposed sites. If the neighborhood council shoots this down, obviously there’s no discussion.”August Steurer, vice chairman of the Woodland Hills-Warner Center Neighborhood Council, said he was concerned the Oasis would not fit in with the area’s specific plan.“My personal opinion is that it doesn’t quite go, because we’re trying to keep the industrial (zones) industrial, but we have little to go on,” he said.Steele said he’s got solutions for traffic and other challenges posed by the arena.“Every site that you look at has different dynamics and challenges you need to overcome,” said Steele, who now works full time on the project. “We will produce major shows, we will produce world-class sports entertainment and cultural events for the Valley — for the first time.”[email protected](818) 713-3730160Want 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

Remote ISO Launcher

first_imgEver want to remotely boot an ISO image on your vPro machine but find it’s cumbersome to load up a management console? Do you day dream of launching a simple application entering your machine’s name and clicking boot? Wish that it would support Fast Call for Help, TLS and have a vt100 terminal built in? Do you wish you could embed commands into your ISO image that would communicate back to the application and generate menus or get user input?Meet the Remote ISO Launcher! I’ve written an application that does just that! You can download the binaries from here: http://communities.intel.com/docs/DOC-5943But wait! There’s more! The source code is also included at no extra cost!Try it out and leave feedback.Thanks–Richard(Legal disclaimer: By downloading the source code you agree not to mock my code. Bugs or feature enhancements welcome. Just no mocking )last_img read more

Indian golfer Himmat Singh Rai jumps to eighth place in Aboitiz tournament

first_imgIndian golfer Himmat Singh Rai might not be going through a good phase in his career, but he got a shot in his arm on Thursday when he hit a five-under 67 to jump to tied eighth place after second round of the Asian Development Tour’s Aboitiz Invitational golf tournament in Manila, Philippines.The Indian shot a three-under 69 in the first round and with a six-under 136 aggregate, he is five strokes behind the Filipino leader Juvic Pagunsan.Also read: Indian golfer Ranveer Saini bags Gold in Special OlympicsThailand’s Pijit Petchkasem, overnight joint leader, shot a second straight 66 to slip to second place while local duo Zanie Boy Gialon and Angelo Que shared third place on 133 following rounds of 63 and 67.Rai, who won a title on the Asian Tour in 2011, started his second round at the Aboitiz Open on a sour note when he dropped a bogey on the second hole. But it was a mistake he was never to repeat throughout the day as he made amends from there. Rai turned his plummeting fortunes around with a hat-trick of birdies, starting from fifth hole. It kept him in a good stead as Rai added one more birdie on 15th hole, before closing his round with a 18th hole birdie.Also read: Vijender awaits govt’s permission to join training in UK  The Development Tour serves as the feeder tour for the Asian tour. Top-five finishers on the Development Tour qualify for the main tour at the end of season. Rai is currently 105th on the Development Tour order of merit, but a good finish in Manila can help him get good ranking points. advertisementlast_img read more

JCF to be Redefined as Protection and Service Entity

first_img The Government is to develop a policy framework, which will redefine the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) as a protection and service organisation.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, said the policy is expected to be in place by November 2017.“That will become the launching pad for a discussion about what our new Jamaica protection and service institution will be; (and) what should our new law-enforcement institution be,” he noted.He said it is hoped that the policy will also change people’s perception of the JCF.“I think that once we get to that point where the people recognise that the JCF is there to serve us, then their job, the Commissioner’s job will be much easier, because at that point, we would have enlisted the entire community in this business of enforcing the law and supporting the rule of law,” he added.The Prime Minster made the remarks as he joined scores of volunteers at the Central Police Station in downtown Kingston yesterday (May 23), to beautify the facility as part of activities for Labour Day 2017.Central Police Station was one of two national projects. The other was the renovation of the Ward Theatre, also located in downtown Kingston.The scope of work at the Central Police Station included cleaning, bushing and painting as well as landscaping.The police station has also been selected as one of 55 sites across the island where a mural will be painted as part of the ‘Jamaica 55’ celebrations.The JCF, among other things, is responsible for the maintenance of law and order, the prevention and detection of crime, the investigation of alleged crimes, the protection of life and property and the enforcement of all criminal laws as defined by the Jamaican Penal Code. Story Highlights The Prime Minster made the remarks as he joined scores of volunteers at the Central Police Station in downtown Kingston yesterday (May 23), to beautify the facility as part of activities for Labour Day 2017. The Government is to develop a policy framework, which will redefine the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) as a protection and service organisation. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, said the policy is expected to be in place by November 2017.last_img read more

Japanese firm proposes LUNA RING to send solar energy from moon to

first_img Japanese firm wants to transform the Moon into a giant solar power plant Explore further It’s quite possible that Shimizu has no intention of actually attempting to carry out its proposed project, but is instead using it as showcase to demonstrate the great lengths it and the country are willing to go to restore the electrical infrastructure of their country. It’s also possible that other, less difficult projects or new technologies could make the construction of LUNA RING moot by the time the company is ready to start building it. Since the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan back in March 2011 (which led to closing the country’s nuclear power plants) scientists there (and elsewhere) have been scrambling to find ways to create electricity for the country in other ways. In this latest proposal, a private company is reaching, quite literally, for the sky.The idea, company reps say, is to lay down a band of concrete (which can be made from moon soil) 250 miles wide all the way around the moon’s equator (a distance of approximately 6,800 miles), using robots directed by humans back here on Earth. Next, the concrete would be covered with solar panels, which would be connected via cables to microwave and laser transmission stations. The energy beams sent from the moon would be directed at receiving stations on Earth, allowing for a round-the-clock source of energy as there are no clouds or other bad weather on the moon. Shimizu claims that such a system would be capable of sending 13,000 terawatts of power back to Earth and that construction could begin on the project as early as 2035.Not addressed are the costs and considerable hurdles such a project would have to overcome—foremost among them would be building such a massive structure from such a great distance—nothing like it has ever been attempted. There are also issues of getting the international community to go along with the project and overcoming seemingly simple problems, such as lunar soil disrupting the robots and their construction efforts—not to mention dusting the solar cells once in place. Citation: Japanese firm proposes LUNA RING to send solar energy from moon to Earth (2013, November 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-11-japanese-firm-luna-solar-energy.htmllast_img read more