Supervisors call for inquiry into integrity of power lines

first_imgConcerned about the role power lines may have had in last week’s wildfires, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors directed officials Tuesday to investigate strengthening lines most susceptible to collapsing during high winds. “It’s not officially confirmed, but widely suspected, that in the case of the Malibu fire power lines were blown down (and ignited the fire),” Chairman Zev Yaroslavsky said. “We can’t underground all the power lines. It’s exceedingly expensive. But beyond that, what can we do to better secure those lines? This isn’t the first time this has happened, or the second time, but the 18th time fires have been started because of downed power lines.” The supervisors directed fire department and other officials to examine why power lines may have failed and determine what measures can be taken to strengthen them. troy.anderson@dailynews.com (213) 974-8985 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.But beyond the sheer expense of putting power lines underground, funding for such efforts is heavily restricted. Certain sources of funding, for example, may not be combined with other funds to pay for putting lines underground. Yaroslavsky said such restrictions should be lifted in areas deemed high fire-hazard zones. Supervisors also directed officials to assess the county’s response to the recent fires and whether it offers any new lessons. “The fire and sheriff’s departments worked extremely collaboratively to evacuate and save thousands of lives and property,” Supervisor Michael Antonovich said. “A large part of their success in managing this disaster is the result of lessons learned from prior disasters and ongoing emergency preparedness exercises.” last_img read more

Robert Goulet waited for lung transplant before dying at 73

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The Massachusetts-born Goulet, who spent much of his youth in Canada, gained stardom in 1960 with his Broadway debut in “Camelot,” the Lerner and Loewe musical that starred Richard Burton as King Arthur and Julie Andrews as his Queen Guenevere. Goulet played Sir Lancelot, the arrogant French knight who falls in love with Guenevere. He became a hit with American TV viewers with multiple appearances on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and other programs. Sullivan had labeled him the “American baritone from Canada,” where he had already been a popular star in the 1950s, hosting his own show on CBC-TV called “General Electric’s Showtime.” The Los Angeles Times wrote in 1963 that Goulet “is popping up in specials so often these days that you almost feel he has a weekly show. The handsome lad is about the hottest item in show business since his Broadway debut.” Goulet won a Grammy Award in 1962 for Best New Artist and made the singles chart in 1964 with “My Love Forgive Me.” Robert Goulet, the handsome, big-voiced baritone whose Broadway debut in “Camelot” launched an award-winning stage and recording career, has died. He was 73. The singer died Tuesday morning in a Los Angeles hospital while awaiting a lung transplant, said Goulet spokesman Norm Johnson. He had been awaiting a lung transplant at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after being diagnosed with a rare form of pulmonary fibrosis in September. Goulet had remained in good spirits even as he waited for the critically needed transplant, said Vera Goulet, his wife of 25 years. “Just watch my vocal cords,” she said he told doctors before they inserted a breathing tube. “When I’m using a microphone or doing recordings I try to concentrate on the emotional content of the song and to forget about the voice itself …,” he told The New York Times in 1962. “Sometimes I think that if you sing with a big voice, the people in the audience don’t listen to the words, as they should. They just listen to the sound.” While he returned to Broadway only infrequently after “Camelot,” he did win a Tony award in 1968 for best actor in a musical for his starring role in “The Happy Time.” His other Broadway appearances were in “Moon Over Buffalo,” in 1995, and “La Cage aux Folles,” 2005, plus a “Camelot” revival in 1993 in which he played King Arthur. His stage credits elsewhere include productions of “Carousel,” “Finian’s Rainbow,” “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” “The Pajama Game,” “Meet Me in St. Louis,” and “South Pacific.” None of the Broadway principals were chosen for the film version of “Camelot”; Lancelot was played by an Italian actor, Franco Nero. But Goulet did get some film work, performing in a range of movies from the animated “Gay Purr-ee” (1962), “Underground” (1970), to “The Naked Gun 21/2” (1991). He played a lounge singer in Louis Malle’s acclaimed 1980 film “Atlantic City.” He returned to Broadway in 2005 as one half of a gay couple in “La Cage aux Folles,” and Associated Press theater critic Michael Kuchwara praised Goulet for his “affable, self-deprecating charm.” Goulet had no problems poking fun at his own fame, appearing recently in an Emerald nuts commercial in which he “messes” with the stuff of dozing office workers, and lending his name to Goulet’s SnoozeBars. Goulet also has been sent up by Will Ferrell on “Saturday Night Live.” “You have to have humor, and be able to laugh at yourself,” Goulet said in a biography on his Web site. The only son of French-Canadian parents, Goulet was born in Lawrence, Mass. After Goulet’s father died, Goulet’s mother moved the family to Canada when the future star was about 13. (The family name was pronounced gou-LETT in Massachusetts and reverted to the proper French gou-LAY in Canada.) He received vocal training at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto but decided opera wasn’t for him. He made his first professional appearance at age 16 with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. His early success on Canadian television preceded his breakthrough on Broadway. When his onetime costar Julie Andrews received a Kennedy Center Honors award in 2001, Goulet was among those joining in singing in her honor. In his last performance Sept. 20 in Syracuse, N.Y., the crooner was backed by a 15-piece orchestra as he performed the one-man show, “A Man and his Music.” Although Goulet headlined frequently on the Las Vegas Strip, one incident stood out, evidenced by a photograph that hung on his office wall. It was the mid-1970s and he had just finished a two-week run at the Desert Inn, when he was asked to fill in at the Frontier across the street. Overnight, the marquees of two of the Strip’s hottest resorts at the time read the same: “Robert Goulet.” “I played there many, many years and have wonderful memories of the place,” Goulet told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. His first two marriages ended in divorce. He had a daughter with his first wife, Louise Longmore, and two sons with his second wife, Carol Lawrence, the actress and singer who played Maria in the original Broadway production of “West Side Story.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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Pellegrini: Man City refusing to give up title hopes despite draw at Norwich

first_imgManchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is refusing to give up hope of lifting the Premier League title, despite Saturday’s goalless draw at Norwich.The Chilean coach had said his side would need to win at least nine of their remaining ten games to catch Leicester, so victory at Carrow Road’s Canaries was a must.But Alex Neil’s relegation-threatened side showed spirit with a steadfast performance, and actually created the better chances in a 0-0 stalemate.City have not won back-to-back Premier League games since October.The point may prove a platform for Norwich to escape the danger zone, but it did little for City, who are still nine points behind the table-topping Foxes.Pellegrini, however, has not given up.“Every time you drop points it can be more difficult, but that will not change my mind,” the City boss said.“If you mathematically have a chance to do it, you must always think you can do it. If you ask me before the first game of the season what we must do, we must try to win all the games and we continue with the same mentality.“And at the end of the season we’ll see how many points we can have and in which position we’ll be.”Despite the result, Pellegrini was pleased with the manner of his side’s performance.“We started from the first minute of the game trying to score, but we couldn’t,” he added.“We had a very good attitude, very good possession, but we couldn’t create the space that we needed in the last third.“What we normally do in an easy way, today we couldn’t do it. We normally create space and score goals. Today Norwich defended very well. We tried different ways to create space, but we couldn’t.”City now turn their attentions to Tuesday’s Champions League last-16 second leg with Dynamo Kiev before next Sunday’s Premier League derby with Manchester United.“The most important thing now is to be focused on the Champions League game we have to play on Tuesday, to try to qualify for the next stage,” Pellegrini added.“After that we have to play against Manchester United on Sunday and try to win again the three points.” 1 A battling Norwich side frustrated Man City in a 0-0 draw on Saturday last_img read more

WATCH: Jamie Vardy actually HAS a party as Leicester are crowned champions

first_img‘Jamie Vardy’s having a party’ has been one of the most-sung crowd chants of the season.But on Monday night the England striker actually DID, as Leicester celebrated their remarkable Premier League title win.The Foxes star, who has spearheaded the club’s unreal rise from great escape artists to unthinkable champions this season, invited team-mate to his house to watch Chelsea v Tottenham on Monday night.Having needed only three points from their last three games to claim the crown, the Leicester stars knew that anything other than a Spurs win at Stamford Bridge – something Tottenham have never done in the Premier League era – would see the title go back to the King Power Stadium.Spurs started brightly and looked to take the title race right to the wire with two goals in the first half from Harry Kane and fellow forward Son.But a stunning second-half comeback from Chelsea, courtesy of goals from Gary Cahill and Eden Hazard, sealed a 2-2 draw and handed the title to Leicester with two games still the play.Cue absolute scenes at casa de Vardy! – Check it out in the video below! READ MORE: ‘Saturday can’t come quickly enough!’ – Wes Morgan on Leicester’s Premier League win‘Chelsea did it for Claudio, Hazard did it for Leicester’ – Foxes and Blues fans combine to taunt Tottenham Leicester stars celebrate their remarkable Premier League title win at Jamie Vardy’s gaff center_img 1last_img read more

WATCH: Erik Lamela scores and Lionel Messi equals goal record in Argentina win

first_imgLionel Messi became Argentina’s joint record goalscorer as they beat Venezuela 4-1 in Saturday’s Copa America quarter-final clash.The Barcelona superstar moved level with Gabriel Batistuta on 54 goals when he grabbed his side’s third in a comfortable victory at the Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.Gonzalo Higuain also scored twice while Tottenham’s Erik Lamela grabbed his third international goal on his 20th appearance for his country.West Brom striker Salomon Rondon got the consolation for Venezuela.Check out all the goals above.last_img read more

Dismal grades for Southland

first_imgSouthern California’s traffic-choked freeways finally got the failing grade they deserved, while other indicators reflected a declining quality of life, an annual report card released Thursday showed. The “State of the Region” report by the Southern California Association of Governments also gave D’s in education and housing. The region received B’s – a “moderately good” rating – for employment and safety and C’s for income and air quality. The report was released on the same day that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger proposed a multibillion-dollar bond issue to help pay for freeway and infrastructure improvements needed to cope with the state’s anticipated growth. “This report card is not the report card that I or any one of us would want to take home,” said Mark Pisano, executive director of SCAG. Despite an economic recovery and a modest 2 percent gain in household income, the quality of life continues to deteriorate because of gridlocked highways and skyrocketing housing prices, officials said. In housing, despite the biggest building boom in 15 years – local governments permitted 93,200 residential units, twice as many as in 1998 – home ownership remains out of reach for many. With the red-hot housing market, fewer than 20 percent of residents in Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties could afford to buy the median-priced home of $400,000. Prices have gone up since to nearly $500,000 in Los Angeles County. Much of the new home building was in apartments and condos, which increased 33 percent over the previous year. The only bright spots were the continued decline in violent crimes and the region’s first meaningful job growth since 2000. But Bruce Ackerman, president of the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley, said the report needs to be taken in context of the Southern California’s diverse neighborhoods. While the San Fernando Valley suffers from the same housing and traffic issues as the rest of the region, there have been vast improvements from a year or even a decade ago. “Everybody else I talk to … has a better feeling today than they did in the past,” he said. That said, Ackerman supports calls for a massive state bond to help build housing, transportation and other needed infrastructure. “What was the last freeway project you’ve seen completed? If we want to continue to enjoy the quality of life we have, we have to take some serious looks at biting the bullet on these bond measures to improve our infrastructure. I don’t want to pay more taxes any more than you do. But I’d rather do this than continue to risk the quality of life deterioration.” Lisa Mascaro, (818) 713-3761 lisa.mascaro@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “The governor’s message and actions of the Legislature to initiate new funding streams is paramount. Bonds and other financing … (are) going to be absolutely critical.” In giving traffic a failing grade – it’s received D’s since 2000 – SCAG officials cited the 93 hours that commuters waste in congestion each year, the lack of new roadways and the lagging use of mass transit. “It’s the pits,” said SCAG President Toni Young, who sits on the Port Hueneme City Council and endures a three-hour commute on the Ventura (101) Freeway to meetings in downtown Los Angeles. “You just don’t want to go out on the road if you don’t have to. It’s getting ridiculous.” The SCAG report is based on 2004 data from Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside and Imperial counties. last_img read more

Job Vacancies: Insurance Advisors sought by well-established brokerage

first_imgHickey, Clarke & Langan Insurance Brokers are recruiting! The Letterkenny-based brokers are currently providing career opportunities for the role of Personal Lines Insurance Advisors.Candidates must have relevant Personal Lines APA/CIP qualification or equivalent grandfathered experience and be CPD compliant.Excellent organisational and communication skills (both written & oral) are also required. Candidates with previous experience in a similar Financial Services Sector role may also be considered. Application must enclose a covering letter. Closing date for applications: 20th December 2017PM our Facebook page or apply in writing to: The Manager, Hickey Clarke & Langan Insurance Brokers Langan, Hegarty House, Ballymacool, Letterkenny Co. Donegal. Hickey Clarke & Langan General Insurances Ltd t/a Hickey, Clarke & Langan is regulated by The Central Bank of Ireland.Job Vacancies: Insurance Advisors sought by well-established brokerage was last modified: November 29th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:EmploymentHickey Clarke & Langan Insurance BrokersHiringjobpersonal Lines Insurance Advisors.Vacancylast_img read more

One-third drop in Enterprise Ireland-supported companies in Donegal

first_imgThere has been a one-third drop in Enterprise Ireland supported companies and one thousand less jobs in Donegal since 2001.Donegal Sinn Féin Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has today revealed that there has been a huge drop of one third in Enterprise Ireland supported companies in Donegal since 2001, from 194 then to 125 today.“Since 2001, across Ireland, jobs at Enterprise Ireland supported companies have grown by one third but here in Donegal, we are down a thousand jobs,” Senator Mac Lochlainn said. He has also revealed that today there are more than 1000 less jobs in Enterprise Ireland supported companies than there were in 2001 (dropping from 4581 to 3552). This news follows recent revelations from Senator Mac Lochlainn that the growth in IDA supported jobs in Donegal since 2000 is less than half the national average. He also revealed that the IDA support less companies today in Donegal (12) than they did in 2000 (14). Two of those companies, Pramerica and Optum (United Health Group) employ more than two thirds of the total IDA supported jobs in Donegal.Senator Mac Lochlainn said: “When I revealed the shocking IDA figures for Donegal a few weeks back, I described them as “a story of government failure” and “ a story of lost prosperity for the people of Donegal”. These Enterprise Ireland figures are even more shocking. Since 2001, across Ireland, jobs at Enterprise Ireland supported companies has grown by one third but here in Donegal, we are down a thousand jobs.“All of this must now be a serious wake up call for the Government and the job creation agencies “The context of my questions to the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys and these revelations is that back in July 1999, the report from the Donegal Employment Initiative Task Force targeted 4,750 new jobs for Donegal in Foreign Direct Investment and Internationally Traded Services over the following seven years. The Task Force, led by the then County Manager, Michael McLoone had been established by the Government following the loss of over 1,000 jobs in Donegal’s textile industry at the time.“This report was launched just over a year after the Good Friday Agreement that heralded a new era of peace on the island of Ireland. So the Task Force’s job targets for Donegal reflected a time of hope and post- conflict ambition”.“The reality is that rather than catch up with the rest of Ireland in job creation over these years, Donegal has fallen even further behind. This is a true scandal.I am calling on Minister Humphreys to urgently meet with the IDA and Enterprise Ireland and for both agencies to then outline their plan to reverse this neglect and to deliver investment and job creation fairness to the people of Donegal.“I am also again demanding the fast tracking of all funding commitments made to the people of Donegal and the North West under the Project 2040- The National Planning Framework. Investment in roads, bridges, airports, water infrastructure, harbours, and broadband all need to be moved forward”.Table 1: Employment in Enterprise Ireland supported companies in Donegal across the period 2001 – 2017CountyDonegalYearTotal Jobs2001458120024486200339322004376120053744200638172007394920083719200933742010335320113518201233612013334220143302201535672016358120173552Source of data: Annual Employment Survey 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005,2006, 2007,2008,2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.Table 2: Number of plants in Donegal supported by Enterprise Ireland across the period 2001 – 2017.CountyDonegalAES dataNo. of Plants20011942002197200319220041892005193200619220071972008184200918820101822011181201218020131652014144201514220161392017125Source of data: Annual Employment Survey 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005,2006, 2007,2008,2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.— One-third drop in Enterprise Ireland-supported companies in Donegal was last modified: April 30th, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare 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)last_img read more

DONEGALDAILY.COM EXCLUSIVE GOES GLOBAL…..

first_imgIT was the ultimate game of cat and mouse in the Donegal snow- and thousands of people around the world logged on to donegaldaily.com to see it!These wonderful pictures were taken by Sally-Ann Mulholland at the back of her home in Carrickfin in West Donegal – and now they’ve been seen in places like Chile, Australia, Finland, Spain, the USA and even Russia!Well-known bank official Sally-Ann spent more than 40 minutes watching her next door-neighbour’s cat Larsson study his prey before pouncing. But the mouse managed to get away momentarily and tried to find its freedom by dashing through the snow.But like the former great Celtic player whom he was named after, Larsson proved his speed was too much for the opposition.And unfortunately the little mouse didn’t live to tell the tale!Sal’s husband Paddy Ban Gallagher was busy inside the couple’s home while Sal captured the wonderful pictures. Rumour has it he isn’t a big fan of mice!DONEGALDAILY.COM EXCLUSIVE GOES GLOBAL….. was last modified: December 23rd, 2010 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

LIFFORD SCOUT GROUP WIN INAUGURAL ERRIGAL COUNTY BEAVER SCOUT CHALLENGE

first_imgBeaver scouts from 19th Donegal (Lifford) Scout Group, have won the inaugural Errigal County Beaver Scout Challenge which was held yesterday (SAT) in Buncrana.The youngest aged group in the scouts, the 6 – 8 year olds, had to undertake a number of challenges during the course of the event before claiming their victory.The event, which was attended by Beaver Scouts from as far as Killybegs, Castlederg, Carndonagh and Bocan, turned out to be a very successful first venture. Thanks must go to Buncrana group leader Alison Clarke and her trusty team of volunteers for organising the event.Group Leader, Joe Boland, said that it was a credit to the Beaver Scout Leaders, Emma McNulty, Lisa McGuire and Christina Foy for the amount of time, effort and commitment they gave to the group and it’s a just reward to their return.“It was a terrific time out and everyone got on so well. It proved yet again that scouting is a great source of education, adventure and fun for young people,” said scout leader Boland.The Lifford-based group are going from strength to strength with the Cub Scouts and Scouts having their first overnight camp at the grounds of Lifford Gun Club. There, they learned how to cook outdoors, build a bivvy (shelter made of available materials), and honed their already considerable scouting skills.One brave young scout, Adam McGinley, braved the elements and spent the night in his bivvy and said afterwards that it was a very warm, cosy bed and he had a great night’s sleep.The group would to like to express their thanks and gratitude to the committee of Lifford Gun Club for offering them the use of the excellent facility and look forward to many more camps.EndsLIFFORD SCOUT GROUP WIN INAUGURAL ERRIGAL COUNTY BEAVER SCOUT CHALLENGE was last modified: May 15th, 2011 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more