Some ways to halt gangs in our city

first_img Expose the myth of “blood in – blood out” with L.A’s media to encourage gang members to quit their gangs. Here’s a cause big enough for all our entertainers and athletes, politicians and clergy, billboards, radio, television and community events. Stop using ex-gangster organizations as leaders and spokesmen for gang prevention. Almost without exception, these groups are anti-law enforcement and preach a quasi-religious doctrine of racist paranoia about our justice system. Many activities and philosophies implemented by these groups during the past decade have made the gang problem much worse. Gang summit meetings, peace treaties and gang sports have only served to legitimize and glamorize the criminal lifestyle. Contrary to popular perception, gangs are not tightly-knit cohesive groups, but loosely organized lost children. Use L.A.’s faith community to offer free child care to every low-income, unwed mother under 30 who is employed or going to school. All it would require to provide this life-changing opportunity would be for each of our 2,000-plus churches, mosques and temples to commit their millions of members to opening facilities two days per week to a maximum of six children each. Get a commitment from Los Angeles Unified School District to require mandatory drug testing for all extracurricular activities. There’s almost a 100 percent correlation between drug/alcohol abuse and gang involvement. Stop seeing graffiti as a minor crime, and start enforcing the law. Any criminal activity that costs Angelenos $55 million a year, spreads racist sentiments and incites deadly violence is done by committed, arrogant criminals. When we start treating and punishing them as such, gangs will lose their ability to freely publicize their presence and activity. Our goal should not be to reduce or manage our gang activity, but to totally dissolve it. A radical commitment to gang prevention ideas like these would do just that – rapidly – and thus transform our city and our future. Paul D. White is the co-founder of West Valley Leadership Academy in Canoga Park.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The failed programs and millions of dollars wasted by the L.A. Bridges gang prevention program over the last decade are a good thing. Hopefully, it means that Los Angeles leaders are ready to stop pursuing strategies and activities that have never really worked. Perhaps now they will be more receptive to proven anti-gang ideas that attack the root causes of gang activity, ideas that could have L.A. gangster-free in three years or less. Hold accountable the homes that breed and harbor gang members. A fast track for court hearings must be established to prosecute parents who provide safe havens for minors involved in gangs, crime and the drug trade. Parenting classes must be mandated for every parent of every child convicted of a crime. Commit the majority of gang prevention funding to subsidizing quality job and internship opportunities. The money wasted on the L.A. Bridges program during the last 10 years would have provided every juvenile gang member in L.A. with three hours of supervised work after school every school day for an entire school year at $10 per hour. These jobs would be available only to gang members who voluntarily tested clean for drugs, attended school regularly, passed their classes and stayed out of trouble. last_img read more

AFP’s team of the World Cup

first_imgChelsea’s giant goalkeeper was a dominant presence for Roberto Martinez’s team in Russia.He produced one of the saves of the tournament when he leapt to his left to tip over a Neymar curler in the dying seconds of the quarter-final against Brazil to keep the score at 2-1.Thomas MeunierIf Belgium had been able to field the suspended Meunier for their semi-final against France, the outcome might have been different, as France’s players admitted themselves.If proof were needed, the Paris Saint-Germain attacking left-back scored in Belgium’s victory against England in the third-place playoff.Raphael VaraneVarane came to the World Cup having just won his fourth Champions League medal with Real Madrid.He and Samuel Umtiti enhanced their reputation during the tournament, giving France defensive solidity and helping the side keep clean sheets against Uruguay and Belgium.Kieran TrippierWhen Tottenham’s Trippier scored a fantastic free-kick early in the semi-final against Croatia, Gareth Southgate’s team appeared to be heading for their first World Cup final since 1966.Alongside John Stones and Harry Maguire, he epitomises England’s young new generation of ball-playing, pacey defenders.Paul PogbaManchester United midfielder Pogba came to Russia after an underwhelming club season under Jose Mourinho, during which he was left out on a number of occasions.But under Deschamps, Pogba anchored the midfield alongside N’Golo Kante, giving players around him the licence to go forward.N’Golo KanteAs always the unsung hero, Chelsea’s Kante is certainly not underestimated in his dressing room.The French players treat him as a lucky charm and he rarely lets them down, doing the dirty work in front of the defence while others are able to showcase their skills further forward.Philippe CoutinhoBrazil looked like they were picking up momentum at the World Cup until they ran into Belgium in the quarter-finals.While Neymar blew hot and cold, Barcelona’s Coutinho was a constant attacking threat, scoring a wonderful curling goal against Switzerland in Brazil’s opening match at the World Cup.Luka ModricCroatia captain Modric was named player of the tournament after inspiring his side to reach the final in Moscow.The Real Madrid midfielder, who has a vast range of silky skills and an ability to control matches, had a superb match against Argentina and dominated the midfield in the semi-final as England tired.Kylian MbappeMbappe, just 19, scored twice against Argentina to overshadow Lionel Messi and announce his arrival as a future superstar.His goal in the final was the cherry on the cake and the Paris Saint-Germain forward received the tournament’s young player of the year award.Eden HazardHazard proved in Belgium’s thrilling last-16 win over Japan and then the coming-of-age quarter-final victory against Brazil that he can unlock defences.It says it all that his performances at the World Cup could well earn him a move to Real Madrid to replace Cristiano Ronaldo.Mario MandzukicThe 32-year-old forward was the warrior at the heart of Croatia’s surprising run to the final.The Juventus man nipped in ahead of England defender John Stones to score the winning goal in the semi-final and send his nation into uncharted territory.His own goal in the showpiece took nothing away from his superb tournament.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000France players lift the World Cup © AFP / Jewel SAMADMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jul 16 – After a thrilling World Cup, AFP Sport reporters have chosen their team of the tournament based on all 64 matches in Russia:Thibaut Courtoislast_img read more

SHAY GIVEN SET TO SIGN TWO-YEAR DEAL WITH MIDDLESBROUGH

first_imgShay Given is expected to sign a two-year deal with Middlesbrough later today. .FOOTBALL: Republic of Ireland international Shay Given is set to complete his transfer from Aston Villa to Middlesbrough later today.Given had a successful loan spell at Middlesbrough in November 2013.Given produced some outstanding performances and was a hugely popular figure with the fans during his spell and the club were desperate to keep him at the club. However, he returned to Aston Villa and eventually reclaimed the No.1 jersey at Villa Park.Given last played for Aston Villa in the FA Cup final in May.Unfortunately for the Lifford man – Villa went down 4-0 to a rampant Arsenal side.Despite the heavy defeat Given produced a number of superb saves in the game and also retained his place in the Ireland side for their crucial EURO 2016 clash with Scotland in June. Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has agreed to release Given from the last year of his contract with the club which has paved the way for his move to the Riverside stadium.Given is expected to complete the formalities later this afternoon.  SHAY GIVEN SET TO SIGN TWO-YEAR DEAL WITH MIDDLESBROUGH was last modified: July 8th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Aston VillaHome-page SportMiddlesbroughnewsShay Givenlast_img read more

Wenger explains Wilshire omission

first_imgArsenal manager Arsene Wenger said he left Jack Wilshere out of the starting line-up for his team’s victory at Fulham because the midfielder has still not fully recovered from an ankle injury.Wilshire came on a 71st-minute substitute at Craven Cottage, where’s Fulham’s Steve Sidwell was sent off.Wenger said: “Jack played on Saturday and Tuesday and he is still not completely recovered. He is not yet pain-free so I took the decision to rest him today.”Per Mertesacker’s first-half header was enough to see off Fulham and boost the Gunners’ hopes of a top-four finish.“It was a very important win for us. It was important for us to put the pressure on Tottenham and Chelsea today,” Wenger added.“It’s important for us to win all our games. We are on a strong run and now we most concentrate on the next one – Manchester United – which will be an intense game.”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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Latest: Chelsea 2 Crystal Palace 1 – Blues lead but visitors begin to threaten

first_imgGoals from Fernando Torres and Ramires left Chelsea edging towards a win that would take them to within two points of Premier League leaders Arsenal.The Blues, who face Arsenal a week on Monday, went ahead when Torres tucked away the rebound after Willian’s low shot had been tipped onto the post by Crystal Palace keeper Julian Speroni.And Branislav Ivanovic missed a great chance to double the lead when he fired wide after being put through by Juan Mata’s delightful back-heel.Chelsea seemed to be in control but switched off at the back and Marouane Chamakh equalised just before the half-hour mark, steering home from nine yards out after being found by Joel Ward’s ball in from the left.But Ramires struck five minutes later, collecting Eden Hazard’s pass and sending a 25-yard shot beyond the motionless Speroni into the corner of the net.Mata, back in the starting line-up along with Michael Essien, scuffed a shot wide following good work on the left by Willian early in the second half.At the other end, Cameron Jerome’s effort went wide before Petr Cech was twice called into action.Jason Puncheon’s drive forced a good save from the Chelsea keeper, who was also able to gather Damien Delaney’s close-range header.Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Azpilicueta; Essien, Ramires; Willian, Mata, Hazard, Torres.Subs: Schwarzer, Cole, Lampard, Oscar, Schurrle, Ba, Eto’o.YTo4OntzOjk6IndpZGdldF9pZCI7czoyMDoid3lzaWphLW5sLTEzNTI0NjE4NjkiO3M6NToibGlzdHMiO2E6MTp7aTowO3M6MToiMyI7fXM6MTA6Imxpc3RzX25hbWUiO2E6MTp7aTozO3M6MjI6Ildlc3QgTG9uZG9uIFNwb3J0IGxpc3QiO31zOjEyOiJhdXRvcmVnaXN0ZXIiO3M6MTc6Im5vdF9hdXRvX3JlZ2lzdGVyIjtzOjEyOiJsYWJlbHN3aXRoaW4iO3M6MTM6ImxhYmVsc193aXRoaW4iO3M6Njoic3VibWl0IjtzOjMzOiJTdWJzY3JpYmUgdG8gb3VyIGRhaWx5IG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIiO3M6Nzoic3VjY2VzcyI7czoyODM6IlRoYW5rIHlvdSEgUGxlYXNlIGNoZWNrIHlvdXIgaW5ib3ggaW4gb3JkZXIgdG8gY29uZmlybSB5b3VyIHN1YnNjcmlwdGlvbi4gSWYgeW91IGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbiBlLW1haWwgZnJvbSB1cywgY2hlY2sgeW91ciBzcGFtIGZvbGRlci4gSWYgeW91IHN0aWxsIGhhdmVuJ3QgcmVjZWl2ZWQgYSBjb25maXJtYXRpb24gbWVzc2FnZSwgcGxlYXNlIGUtbWFpbCBmZWVkYmFja0B3ZXN0bG9uZG9uc3BvcnQuY29tIGFuZCB0ZWxsIHVzIHlvdSB3aXNoIHRvIHN1YnNjcmliZSB0byBvdXIgbmV3c2xldHRlci4iO3M6MTI6ImN1c3RvbWZpZWxkcyI7YToxOntzOjU6ImVtYWlsIjthOjE6e3M6NToibGFiZWwiO3M6NToiRW1haWwiO319fQ== Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

The world’s biggest cycle race

first_imgThe Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tourmay take riders through some of SouthAfrica’s most spectacular scenery, but it’sstill 100 kilometres of hard work. The race brings out many cyclists’ innerclown. Hollywood actor Matt Damon’sparticipation in the 2009 race lured manyhopefuls out onto the streets of CapeTown. Some cyclepunk. After successfully negotiating the worst ofthe Boyes Drive descent, these cyclistshead towards the bright yellow-coveredhay bales at the bottom of Clairvaux Roadand a sharp right turn into the Main Road. The Argus is as much about the spectatorsas the cyclists. These Clovelly locals madethemselves comfortable on the pavementoutside their house.(Images: Jennifer Stern)Jennifer SternThe 32nd annual Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour, held in Cape Town on 8 March 2009, had some 25 600 cyclists pedalling the roads of the Cape Peninsula and tens of thousands of spectators lining the route to cheer on friends and strangers. The world’s largest individually timed cycling event, it’s a circuit of over 100 spectacularly scenic kilometres, and a celebration of sport, community and place with a history going back over more than three decades.The 2009 tour was, according to David Bellairs, co-director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust that organises the event, “without a doubt the toughest Cycle Tour ever. Never before have we experienced such gale force winds during a race.”Although 35 000 cyclists entered this year’s race, conditions were such that only 25 600 actually took part. Winds of up to 60 kilometres an hour blew down tents and caused a number of injuries – mostly broken collar bones, arms and legs, luckily none of them too serious.There have been other years that offered an equally tough challenge. In 1987 freezing rain and wind had a number of cyclists opting out, and in 2002 the race was officially stopped because temperatures of up to 42°C made it unsafe. This year, the start was delayed because of the strong wind and – towards the end of the day – people were literally being blown off their bicycles, so the organisers called a halt.One of the race’s most famous stretches, both dreaded and loved by cyclists, is Chapman’s Peak Drive. This long, steep and beautiful coastal drive is a test of mind and muscle, and most of the leisure cyclists are extremely grateful for the granny gear on their mountain bikes.But the road has been closed to traffic for quite a few months because of the risk of rock falls after heavy rains last year. It was a big decision but, after careful consultation, the drive was declared safe and the traditional route could be followed. Well, almost.The Main Road between Muizenberg and Kalk Bay on the False Bay Coast is undergoing extensive rebuilding and so it was likely that the single lane would cause a severe bottleneck and, more seriously, the uneven road surface could be dangerous. So the cyclists had to take a short detour over Boyes Drive. This only added a kilometre to the race, but it did include a long, uphill slog and a scary, twisting and steep descent.Recognising the extreme nature of the final little downhill chicane on Boyes Drive, the organisers brought in loads of hay bales, put up warning signs and stationed marshals with loud hailers exhorting cyclists to slow down. It worked. There were a few minor tumbles, but nothing like the potential carnage that cyclist and organisers alike were dreading.A beginning in protestThe Argus started off more as a protest than a race. In1977 two keen cyclists, John Stegmann and Bill Mylrea, fed up with the lack of cycling infrastructure in Cape Town, decided to do a long race around the peninsula. It was part of a plan to popularise the sport and get support for the construction of safe cycle lanes and routes throughout the city.It was a great idea, but not particularly successful. A few bicycle lanes appeared over the next few years, but it was pretty ad hoc and remained a small isolated feature of the city’s streets. Fortunately, this is in the process of changing. In March 2006 the signing of the Cape Town Declaration led to the formation of the Non Motorised Transport Forum, which is now managed by the Cape Town City Council.But that first race, which was run on Saturday 26 October 1978, was the start of big things. Originally, Stegman and Mylrea intended to call it the Peninsula Marathon but, realising they needed media backing, they offered naming rights to – at that stage – a rather reluctant Cape Argus newspaper.So the race started off as the Argus Cycle Tour, and soon became simply “The Argus”. This remains its popular name, although today supermarket chain Pick n Pay is the main sponsor.Rapid growthThat first race saw 585 hopefuls lined up at the start, of whom 446 finished in the cut-off time, then set at eight-and-a-half hours. It seems like a long time, but cyclists had to weave through normal Saturday morning traffic. The following year it moved to the now familiar March slot and, in 1990, it was moved to a Sunday as it was getting far too big for a Saturday. By 1997, with over 28 000 participants, it was clear that competitors and cars could not coexist and the route was closed to traffic for the morning.There are many reasons for the immense popularity of this iconic race. First, the scenery is simply gobsmackingly gorgeous. But it’s also the vibe. It’s one of the few races in the world where recreational cyclists can ride in the same event as serious professional competitors – albeit at different times.In fact, most of the serious cyclists are finished and showered and starting on breakfast before many of the “fish and chips” at the back have even got on their bikes. In 1992 it got even more serious with the inauguration of the prestigious Giro del Capo or “Tour of the Cape”, an event made up of four one-day races of which the Cycle Tour is the last leg.Although for most the entrants it’s really all about taking part – and finishing – the serious cyclists are fiercely competitive. This year, the first man home was  Arran Brown (Medscheme), shortly followed by Robbie Hunter (Barloworld) and Nolan Hoffman (Neotel), all within a split second of each other in a time of  02:46:32. Jennie Stenerhag (Alpha Pharm) led the women’s pack in a time of 03:06:01, with Anriette Schoeman (Nashua Telecoms) and Marissa van der Merwe hot on her wheels.While these serious athletes whizz along the route early in the morning in a dazzling blur of colourful lycra, it’s the slower, more relaxed entrants that really embody the character of the Argus. And there are always the weirdos – the people dressed as rhinos, Superman or fairies. Cyclists in lycra shorts and a dress shirt with a bow tie are not uncommon, and even one intrepid Braveheart lookalike has been seen pedalling the route in a kilt – hopefully wearing far more underneath than is traditional.This year there was much excitement with Hollywood actor Matt Damon and his younger brother Kyle taking part in – and finishing – the race on a tandem bike. Damon is in South Africa to film the new Clint Eastwood movie about South Africa’s win in the 1995 Rugby World Cup.And then, of course, there are the spectators. Cape Town makes a day of the Argus. Those lucky enough to live on the route set up camp in their front gardens, on their verandas, or on the pavement outside their houses. Deck chairs, umbrellas, picnics, bottles of bubbly and various forms of music all add to the festival air.It is a bit of a mixed blessing as most of them can’t go anywhere until after midday, but it’s only one day a year. And a few thousand travel in from adjacent suburbs to line the route.It’s Cape Town’s biggest party.Related articlesImproving lives with bicycles The Tour de Kruger – a wild ride Bikes for Africa – from bamboo The adventure starts here Useful linksThe Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle TourGiro del CapoPick n Pay 94.7 Cycle Challengelast_img read more

Ohio’s Crop Progress – September 21st, 2015

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Continued dry weather this week allowed producers to harvest soybeans and corn in Ohio, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Regional Office. There were 5.9 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending September 20th. Soybean and grain corn harvest was largely limited to early planted varieties, while corn silage harvest progressed very quickly. Crop maturity was aided significantly by the warm dry weather. Hay cutting continued as well. Producers also spent the week installing tile.See how far along progress is in Ohio with the full report herelast_img

Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Episode 14 | World record corn plant and the dam infrastructure problem

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Ag Net crew comes together for Podcast Episode 14, courtesy of AgriGold. The heat and the crop growth that has come with it is on a lot of farmer’s minds. Hay progression made big movement as well as wheat which will see harvest starting soon. The group shares those topics and much more. Matt Reese talks a world record attempt in an Ohio corn field with Ohio State’s Trey Colley and Nate Douritas. Ty Higgins talks infrastructure changes with Mike Steenhoek of the Soy Transportation Coalition after a recent announcement from President Donald Trump.last_img

Create Unique Film Looks in Final Cut Pro X with mVintage

first_imgQuickly give your Final Cut Pro X projects a vintage look with the plug-in pack from MotionVFX!The effects gurus over at MotionVFX knock it out of the park with their newest plug-in release for Final Cut Pro X and Apple Motion.  mVintage is a complete effects solution for giving your digital video footage a distinct vintage look.Once you apply mVintage to your footage, you can modify the look of the retro film effects through it’s user interface within Final Cut Pro X.  Choose a preset from each of the main effect parameters: film burns, scratches and over 50 different color filters.  Each of these variables is customizable by adjusting it’s strength and blending mode (choose from add, screen or dodge).Once you nail down the main look, add additional vintage effects:Roll:  Mimics the look of a film projector, rolling your footage inDrop:  Drops frames for a low frame-rate or stop motion effectShake:  Jittery film camera shakePrism:  Offset the colors in your footageFlicker:  Adds a film camera light flicker ALL of the parameters are totally customizable, allowing you take the vintage look from subtle to EXTREME for a look that’s all your own. Although similar plug-ins exist, this one really excels in it’s processing speed and ease of use.If you’re a dedicated Final Cut Pro X or Motion user, adding this plug-in pack to your editing arsenal is a no-brainer.  With the popularity of Instagram, Hipstamatic and other retro image emulators, the vintage look is hotter than ever. The mVintage plug-in for Final Cut Pro X get it right for video projects.Download a demo risk-free or buy mVintage for $89.last_img read more