Submitted to Sumner Newscow â€”Â Early Mexican Settlements in Railroad Boxcar Communities is a visual presentation by Dr. Antonio Delgado, a historian of the Mexican People of the United States, an expert on Mexican Immigration, and a retired college dean. It will take place at 6 PM on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, in the Wellington Public Library Meeting Room.Â The program is sponsored by the St. Anthony/St. Rose Catholic Church Cultural Organization.Dr. Delgadoâ€™s presentation highlights the positive contributions of Mexican railroad workers in the development and growth of the Midwest region- including several early Mexican Settlements in Kansas. Integrating these missing pages of history will foster a greater understanding and appreciation of our Mexican neighbors.Since the 1910s Mexican immigrants were employed in very large numbers, by various railroad companies throughout the U.S. In the Midwest, wherever major railroad hubs existed usually meant a small army of Mexican railroad workers. This phenomenon also occurred in Kansas. Consequently, Mexicans directly contributed to the growth and development of theÂ U.S.Â – locally, regionally and nationally.This presentation is free to the public and suitable for general audiences of all ages. To attend this presentation, please use the side entrance of the Library on Jefferson Street. The rest of the Library will close at the regular time of 6 PM.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments
Flying in from Tapini via helicopter this morning, the Baton continued from Bereina station being welcomed by hundreds of excited students and traditional dancers swaying in their grass skirts to the beat of their kundu drums.There, CEO of Kairuku, Victor Tsinabi officially welcomed the team.He said it was an honour for the people of Kairuku to be a part of history.From there, the Baton was passed on to the runners to take it out of the station and onto the trans highway.Students, prominent businessmen and athletes from the area were all given the chance to carry the Baton.The Baton passed through several villages including Inauaia and Biotou where more students lined the road to welcome the Baton and Relay Team.The handover takeover of the Baton at Hisiu village was done with a colourful display of dancing and more singing.The Baton continues its journey to Sogeri tomorrow morning.
The coach of Huesca believes that Pablo Insua is a high level center for Segunda and after taking care of him during the recovery of his injury in the cruciate ligament of his knee, he did not consider his departure opportune. In addition, the signing of another central would also require a certain period of acclimatization and the player assigned by Schalke has been assimilating the message of Míchel for several months. The Madrid coach convinced the sports management that his departure was counterproductive and managed to persuade the zagueror offering minutes in the second round of the championship and that long-awaited premiere arrived last Sunday at the Carlos Tartiere in Oviedo. Pablo Insua is living a lively market. The center was recovered from the injury that had left him last year in the dry dock and He felt the need to leave Huesca for minutes. The opportunity arose when Fernando Vázquez knocked on the door of the Galician central and the defender did not hesitate to give an affirmative answer to the one who was his supporter in professional football who asked him to return to Deportivo in order to save the team. The operation seemed on track and even Huesca asked about possible substitutes, but Míchel refused flatly. In addition, Huesca has a purchase option on the 26-year defense. Last August, the Oscenses managed to renew the cession of the footballer with Schalke and they showed that they bet strongly on the player by acquiring the possibility of seizing their rights at the end of this season. Insua is very grateful to the entity from Osca for the patience they have had with their injury and faces the second round with the illusion of earning a place in the axis of defense.Polished will play with maskJorge Pulido can start training normally this Wednesday despite suffering a fracture in the cheekbone. The player will use a custom mask from tomorrow which will protect the damaged area and can play this Saturday’s game against Lugo. The one who will not be able to play against the Galician team is Luisinho, who accumulated his tenth yellow card of the season and will leave his place to Javi Galán.
Controlling bodY weight is really a matter of controlling body fat. The most important consideration for health is not total weight, but body composition (proportion of fat to lean mass). Many persons who are ‘overweight’ are also ‘over fat’ and the health risks faced are due to the latter condition.The secret to managing body weight is eating moderately and getting regular physical activity. This adoption of healthy and sustainable habits will maximise energy and reduce the risk of chronic diseases. It will also boost body image as persons are becoming obsessed with weight and shape. However, this is sometimes associated with dangerouseating patterns and disorders.Body weight and body composition are determined by multiple factors that may vary with each individual. Such factors include genetic, physiological and lifestyle trends.Genetic factorsGenes influence body size and shape, body fat distribution and metabolic rates. Genetic factors also affect the ease with which weight is gained and where on the body it is added. If both parents are overweight, it is very likely that their children will be overweight.Physiological factorsn Metabolism this is a key physiological factor. It is the sum of all the vital processes by which food energy and nutrients are made available to the body. The largest component is the Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR). High RMR burns more calories and hence less weight is gained. The vice versa is true for low RMR.n Energy balance if the energy equation is balanced, an individual burns the same amount of calories as he/she consumes and no weight is gained. If more calories are taken in than expended, weight will increase.n Hormones hormonal changes, especially in females, play a role in the accumulation of body fat. For example,hormones during puberty initiates the development of breasts, wider hips and a fat layer beneath the skin. The hormone leptin is said to be linked toobesity.n Weight cycling repeatedly gaining and losing weight (yo-yo dieting) makes the body more efficient at storing calories and more difficult to lose weight.Lifestyle factorsn Eating increased energy intake and decreased physical activity may increase risk for excess body fat and obesity down the line. For example, eating calorie-dense foods of high fat, high sugar and fast foods low in nutrients, sodas and beers. Consider also the proportion sizes of high calorie meals.n Physical activity modern conveniences such as motor vehicles, remote controls, power machines, etc., have reduced daily physical activity. The lifestyle of men has become sedentaryn Psycho-social persons use food as a means of coping with stress and negative emotions. For many, eating provides a powerful distraction from loneliness, anger, boredom, sadness, and feelings of inadequacy. It can be used to combat low moods, low energy levels and low self-esteem. When food and eating becomes the primary means of regulating emotions, binge eating and other unhealthy eating patterns develop. Such practices may lead to obesity or anorexia.It is clear that most weight problems are lifestyle problems. Controlling weight is a matter of adopting healthy behaviours that can be maintained throughout life and will lower the health risks associated with overweight and obesity.Health risksn Being overweight or obese isn’t something to take lightly. These conditions greatly raise risks for other health problems. Excess body fat increases a person’s risk of developing numerous diseases and unhealthy conditions. Obesity is one of six controllable risk factors for heart disease. It also increases risk for other forms of cardiovascular disease, hypertension, cancers, diabetes, gall bladder disease, respiratory problems, joint diseases, skin problems, impaired immune function and sleep disorders.n Obese people have an overall mortality rate almost twice that of non-obese people. Studies have shown that women who gain more than 22 pounds since they were 18 years old have a sevenfold increase in the risk of heart disease. Studies also confirmed that overweight and obesity shorten lives.n Scientific evidence shows that the way people store fat affects their risk for disease. Statistics show that obese individuals with a lot of abdominal fat are clearly at higher risk than others with a similar amount of body fat stored in other areas (hip, thigh, gluteal). Evidence also indicates that those whose fat deposits around internal organs have an even greater risk for diseases than those with fat deposits beneath the skin.Risk assessment techniquesIt is clear that most weight problems are lifestyle problems. A few management techniques include:n Changes in diet and eating habitsn Increase physical activity and exercisen Get psychological helpn Manage emotionn Develop healthy stress coping skillsn Positive thinking
“Best person ever,” Locke said. “Down to earth, loved playing with the kids.”His wife wiped away tears from swollen eyes.Forwards Jacob Leicht, Logan Hunter and Conner Lukan and defensemen Stephen Wack, Adam Herold, Logan Boulet and Xavier Labelle were also among the dead, according to family members and others. Assistant coach Mark Cross, bus driver Glen Doerksen and stats keeper Brody Hinz, who was 18, were also killed.Herold, who would have turned 17 Thursday, played for the Regina Pat Canadians hockey team until just weeks ago, but was sent to join the Broncos for their playoff round when the Pat Canadians’ season wrapped up, said John Smith, the Pat Canadians’ manager.As the names of the dead emerge, “it’s getting harder and harder,” Humboldt Mayor Rob Muench said. “This is going to be a long haul for us.”Norman Mattock, a longtime season ticket holder, said his neighbor housed player Morgan Gobeil. The defenseman was severely injured and remains in serious but stable condition, Mattock said.He said players become part of the community fabric, doing volunteer work or serving in restaurants. Three players who stayed with the same family all died in the crash, he added.“They lost them all,” Mattock said.The Broncos were a close-knit team who dyed their hair blond for the playoffs. The bus was driving the team to a crucial playoff game Friday against the Nipawin Hawks. Garinger said the team will continue next year and won’t disband.The home page of the team’s website was replaced with a silhouette of a man praying beneath the Broncos’ logo of a mustang. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast View comments Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited the injured at the hospital Sunday and then attended the vigil held in the town’s arena Sunday night. Trudeau sat among the crowd with his 11-year-old son, Xavier, a hockey playerTeam President Kevin Garinger choked back tears as he read out the names of the 15 dead. People embraced each other, crying. Boxes of Kleenex were passed down rows.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownBehind them, flowers ringed the team logo at center ice. In front of them, there were pictures of the dead and injured.Humboldt pastor Sean Brandow, the team chaplain, said he was on his way to the Broncos game Friday and arrived at the scene right after the collision. He described hearing the cries and holding the hand of a lifeless body. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The pews were full Sunday at St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church in Humboldt, where the Rev. Joseph Salish told parishioners that if they felt like crying, they should cry.Between Masses, streams of people — many of them red-eyed from crying — hugged each other.“We’re devastated,” said hockey club Vice President Randolph MacLEAN. “At the center of this, we have 15 souls who’ll never go home again. We have 29 lives that will never be the same.”MacLEAN said the community comes together at the arena on game nights that draw 800 to 1,000 people to the stands.“It’s an energy that spreads through the town with road signs saying ‘Game tonight,’ tickets for sale everywhere,” he said.As is the case with small town hockey across Canada, he said, the arena is not just a recreation facility, but a focus of community life with the hockey team at its center.With players staying with local families, working in city businesses and attending local schools, the tragedy touches every corner of Humboldt, MacLEAN said.Canadian police said the truck driver, who was not hurt, was initially detained but later released and provided with mental health assistance. Royal Canadian Mounted Police Assistant Commissioner Curtis Zablocki said it was too early to state a cause for the crash. Police have not said whether or not the driver was impaired.Photographs of the wreckage showed the twisted trailer with most of its wheels in the air and the bus on its side with a portion destroyed. The force of the crash sent both vehicles into the ditch at the northwest corner of the intersection.Police said a lot of issues remained to be investigated in the bus crash, including weather conditions at the time and any mechanical issues with the vehicles. “I walked up and saw a scene I never want to see again, heard sounds I never want to hear again,” Brandow said.Nick Shumlanski, an injured player who was released from the hospital, attended the vigil wearing his white, green and yellow team jersey, with a bruise under his left eye.Residents of this town of less than 6,000 people earlier left flowers, jerseys and personal tributes on the steps of the arena’s entrance. One tribute included a Kraft macaroni and cheese dinner box, which was a favorite meal of deceased forward Evan Thomas. A bouquet of pink roses adorned the box, which read: “to Evan, game day special, love your billet brother and sister Colten and Shelby.”While most of the players were from elsewhere in western Canada, they were put up by families in the small town of Humboldt. Billeting families are a large part of junior hockey, with players spending years with host families.Dennis Locke, his wife and three young children came to the arena to hang posters of forward Jaxon Joseph, who was the son of former NHL player Chris Joseph. The Locke family hosted Joseph and treated him like a son.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ShoTime!: Ohtani hurls 7 superb innings, Angels beat A’s The Winnipeg Jets and the Chicago Blackhawks come together at center ice wearing Broncos on the back of their jerseys for a moment of silence for the Humboldt Broncos bus crash victims before NHL hockey game action in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Saturday, April 7, 2018. (John Woods/The Canadian Press via AP)HUMBOLDT, Saskatchewan — The people of this small town grieved at their hockey arena Sunday, laying flowers and jerseys in a makeshift memorial at the entrance and later gathering inside to mourn the deaths of 15 people when a semi-trailer slammed into the bus carrying the local youth hockey team.The 14 others on the bus were injured, some critically, in Friday night’s collision, which has Canada, its national sport and the hockey-obsessed town of Humboldt reeling. 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The citizens of Nimba County, at the close of the County Council Sitting, have resolved to use about US$3.6 million for the fiscal year 2015/2016, prioritizing road developments around the county.In the resolution signed by all the 117 delegates, including chiefs, the council members gave priority attention to road development, the most affected communities and education. In the resolution, US$1.7m was allotted for road development, US$600,000 for most affected communities, while about US$325,000 was allotted for education, including financial aid to Nimba university students, and incentives to various colleges and universities.The benefiting institutions of higher learning include the African Bible College University in Yekepa, the Nimba County Community College and Liberia International Christian College in Ganta.Other allotments cover the youth project, US$21,000, women, US$30,000, the disabled community, US$20,000, and Nimba Community Radio project, US$30,000. Allotments for sports, US$60, 000, and Ganta United Methodist Hospital, US$20,000 were also announced while about US$273,000 went to local government administrative costs, including paramount chiefs, township commissioners, administrative district commissioners, city mayors as well as the county leadership.Most of the beneficiaries have an outstanding with the county from the 2013/2014 budget, which was not released by the government up until the Ebola outbreak.For example, the Nimba County Community College has an outstanding uncollected balance of about US$80,000 from the 2013/2014 budget and the recent allotment of US$70,000, will bringing the arrears due the county to US$150,000.Nimba County receives US$1.5 million annually from Arcelor Mittal Social Development Funds and US$200, 000 from the government as county development funds, but the bulk of the money is yet to be released by the government, according to county officials.They told the Daily Observer that the Liberian government owed Nimba County over US$6 million from the social development funds, along with funds from concessions operating in the county.With the projection of this budget, the citizens are still murmuring as to whether the amount will be released by the government to fully implement development projects, as resolved by Nimbaians at the recent county sitting.Last year, citizens of the most affected communities staged a violent demonstration in and around Yekepa, vandalizing facilities at Mount Tokadeh.The citizens had constantly complained about the lack of safe drinking water, school and healthcare facilities, among others despite huge exploitation of mineral resources from their communities, the Daily Observer learned.The social development fund does not go directly to the account of the counties; rather it goes through the government account before it is at last released to the county, officials told the Daily Observer.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,I had earlier written a letter in which I pointed out a pattern that had emerged over a year or so, which shows that whenever President David Granger and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo meet, the Pradoville issue resurfaces just after.I pointed out then that Granger and Jagdeo met on July 19th, 2018 and ‘Pradoville’ resurfaced via a Kaieteur News article on July 22nd, 2018 under the caption ‘SOCU completes Pradoville 2 file, charges ready to be laid’.The situation was quite similar following the January 3rd, 2018 meeting of the two. This time INEWS, via its January 5th 2018 article, carried under the caption ‘Sittlington to return as Mentor/Advisor to SOCU’, talked about a foreigner continuing his work to ensure that there are convictions in the cases being addressed by SOCU. Even more interesting was that the news of Sittlington’s return not only came two days after the Granger-Jagdeo meeting, but it came EIGHT MONTHS after Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan asked for him to return to SOCU.A third case was seen after the Granger-Jagdeo meeting on October 19th, 2017. After that meeting, on November 28th, 2017, there was the Kaieteur News article under the caption ‘Pradoville Two probe…Assessor moves in to value properties’.Again, we saw this pattern with the June 12th, 2017 meeting and the article that same month by the Kaieteur News under the caption ‘Suspected Pradoville ‘schemers’ closer to climbing court step’.Not surprisingly, the two met again on August 30th of 2018, and lo and behold, the Guyana Chronicle’s lead story on September 8, 2018 had a headline which screamed, “Charges to be laid soon – as SOCU about to wrap up ‘Pradoville 2’ probe”.Once again, I’ve detailed these examples to demonstrate that what we are seeing is a pattern. And with that said, the question as to whether or not moves are afoot to sabotage talks between the Government and Opposition must be asked.Secondly, is the President’s Office behind this move? Or is the Prime Minister’s Office? In my view, it seems more likely that it may be the Prime Minister’s Office. You only have to look at the big picture to see why.If the PPP and APNU engage, the AFC becomes more irrelevant. Its relevance is diminished because it is not among the political players dealing with moving political dialogue forward; the AFC has no seat at the table. If the PPP and APNU engage and reach agreement on issues, what use is the AFC serving? It has no constituency. Isn’t this reason enough to want to sabotage the Government and Opposition talks to make sure that the AFC remains somewhat relevant?Regards,Attiya Baksh
A 24-year-old barber was on Monday hauled before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on charges of assaulting and making mockery of a man who is differently abled.Kevin Sugrim stood before Principal Magistrate Judy Latchman and denied that he unlawfully and maliciously inflicted grievous bodily harm on Colin Sett-Mayer while in the vicinity of Kitty, Georgetown on April 22, 2018.Another charge read to Sugrim stated that also on April 22, 2018 at the same location, he also unlawfully wounded Jeremiah Williams with intention to cause him actual bodily harm.The prosecution is contending that on the day in question about 11:30h the victims were walking among others when the defendant made fun of his disabilities. It is alleged that the defendant then dealt the virtual complainant several punches and kicks about the body, which resulted in his receiving three and five centimetre lacerations to the left side of his abdomen.Sugrim was only recently arrested for the offences.He was released on $180,000 bail for the offences. The case will continue on October 15, 2018.
Re “Jobs added in ’05” (Jan. 7): One of the many areas that exemplifies the fact that the press is no more than a conduit between government handouts and the public is the reporting of employment statistics. To simply report the data as distributed by the government without delving into the details is terribly misleading. Since manufacturing has virtually disappeared from this country and so many technical jobs have been transferred overseas, one must wonder where these jobs are. Are they jobs for nursing-home employees, busboys, waiters, carwash attendants, short-order cooks, dishwashers, etc.? Also, since the Reagan administration, the government has listed the armed forces as part of our work force. Russell Blinick Chatsworth Prescription plan The front-page article “Medicare chaos puts poor at risk” (Jan. 8) recites a story that should not have happened. The private insurers that accepted the responsibility of managing the Plan D prescription benefit had more than two years to study the plan and develop a smooth transitional protocol. There is no doubt that the Medicare recipients needed a prescription-benefit plan, but Medicaid recipients already had one, which was working. The Medicare Modernization Act was presented to Congress at the 11th hour before recess, before any member of Congress had a chance to read or evaluate it. It was at first voted down. Then recess was delayed until the members were bludgeoned into passing it. The true cost of the plan, though known by those who proposed it, was not revealed to the members of Congress. Melvin H. Kirschner, M.D. Van Nuys Cesspool to Jacuzzi Re “Who is he?” (Viewpoint, Jan. 8): The question of “the real Schwarzenegger” is not about whether he is a liberal or a conservative, but simply about what happens to all “outsiders” who get involved with politics. When they first arrive on the scene, they decry the political environment as a “cesspool.” After being involved in it for a short while, they start to think of it more like a Jacuzzi. George W. Harris Agoura Hills O’Reilly’s off base Re “‘Late Show’ with culture warrior Dave Letterman” (Viewpoint, Jan. 8): Bill O’Reilly objected to Cindy Sheehan calling the Iraqi insurgents “freedom fighters.” While the term “freedom fighters” may not be appropriate, O’Reilly’s assertion that any terrorist “who blows up civilians, women and children” cannot be a “freedom fighter in any sense” is disingenuous. On Jan. 4 there was story about American warplanes killing nine members of an Iraqi family, including women and children. O’Reilly’s reasoning makes the American pilots terrorists. After Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Tokyo, Dresden, etc., how can any American use O’Reilly’s definition of a terrorist to describe others who sincerely believe in the cause for which they are fighting and dying? Terror has become a fact of war. Jack Allen Pacific Palisades No one more slanted Re “News, not opinions” (Your Opinions, Jan. 6): Reading John Green’s response to my opinion made me chuckle. Green himself couldn’t even stick to the facts when criticizing my letter from a few days ago. I never mentioned Fox News by name – just Bill O’Reilly. And anyone who has read or watched O’Reilly knows that his job is to receive the facts, then state his opinion. Those who disagree with him are given a tongue-lashing. If reporters refused to exercise their right to dig deeper into the stories they report upon, then shady events such as Watergate would have never surfaced. If there’s a columnist who’s more “slanted to a particular political and social agenda” than O’Reilly, I have yet to hear from that columnist. Kyle Laurent Newhall The smoker’s card Re “Helping illegal immigrants at smokers’ expense” (Jan. 8): Jill Stewart is right – another sham, ignoring the real issues. Anyone who has been in an emergency room can see the facilities are overwhelmed with uninsured people. I accompanied others to three hospital ERs and found them all replicas of a Third World medical clinic, rather than places available for their intended purpose. I feel for the ER professionals who are overwhelmed by the need for nonemergency treatment. The “smoker’s card” has been played out, and serious people need to find real-world answers to the problem. Arnold J. Senter Chatsworth Birthright fight Re “The birthright fight” (Editorial, Dec. 9): One of the arguments the Daily News uses to favor automatic citizenship for children born in the United States to illegal-immigrant parents is that the children shouldn’t be punished for the parents’ mistakes. If that argument were valid, then you must ask the question: Why, then, aren’t the parents punished? Is a child who would be denied citizenship because he or she was born to an illegal-immigrant mother really being punished? No, there is no punishment of the child because the child is already a citizen of another country to which the mother should be made to return and take her child. Hal Netkin North Hollywood Bernardi, Dedeaux Re “Valley’s ardent fighter, 94, dies” (Jan. 6): One of my greatest memories is when I was 12 and on an East Van Nuys all-star baseball team honored by Councilman Ernani Bernardi at City Hall. We took pictures with then-Mayor Tom Bradley and the councilman, and then we were introduced and honored before the City Council. I stood next to the great coach Rod Dedeaux as he introduced each one of us. A couple of years ago, I ran into Rod at a golf tournament, and he remembered the event! Two wonderful and great people, Bernardi and Dedeaux, will be missed. Spencer Shiffman Calabasas Democrats too Re “The money trail” (Your Opinions, Jan. 8): Mike Kirwan ought not crow too smugly over the perceived “Republican” money scandal. Of the first 11 politicians exposed, five were Democrats. Cable news reported Patrick Kennedy got $131,000 from Abramoff and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid got $47,000. There’s more to come. Frank Arenson Valencia Conspiracy Bowl? Re “Shame on Texas (Your Opinions, Jan. 6): William H. Link accuses the Texas team of dirty tactics and unsportsmanlike behavior. If this was the case, why doesn’t he blame the refs for bad officiating – or was it supposedly a conspiracy to defeat the University of Southern California? Both USC and Texas played hard and did well, and both should be commended for a very exciting and interesting game. I’m glad not all USC fans are whining like Link. If they were, I would abandon them in a heartbeat. USC lost. Get over it and move on. Ron Roth Northridge Judgmental Re “Robertson says God punishing Israeli” (Jan. 8): The “Reverend” Pat “Bigmouth” Robertson inserts both feet into that mouth regarding Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s failing health. He calls it God’s punishment. Has Christianity become so judgmental over the milleniums that we can no longer forgive anyone for anything? We have to be judges, juries and executioners while selling tickets on the sidelines and making bets on who will survive the persecution and prosecution. John C. Weaver Reseda Seriously, folks Re “All the news that’s fit to spoof” (Viewpoint, Jan. 8): I realize that Steve Young spoofs the news; however, was he just spoofin’ when he said that the Rose Bowl was played on Jan. 3, or was it because the third is “left” of the fourth? Michael Lieberman West Hills AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Al Clark can remember the days when he played in the San Gabriel Valley’s orange groves as a child.“I also had a phone directory from Pomona in 1970 that had orange trees on it,” said Clark, a professor of humanities at the University of La Verne who has studied the region’s history. “There was a period there – primarily in the 1930s – when Los Angeles County was the principal agricultural county in the nation.” Needless to say, the Valley’s economy has evolved since then. Bill Carney, president and chief executive officer of the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership, said the region’s agricultural industry eventually gave way to manufacturing. A host of other technology startups have been launched by Caltech’s Office of Technology Transfer, as well as Idealab, a high-tech business incubator founded 10 years ago by Caltech graduate Bill Gross. Manufacturing is still a big part of the local economy but the dynamics clearly have shifted. In recent years, many manufacturing firms moved some or all of their operations out of state or overseas, where labor is cheaper and restrictions fewer. “Companies have done a lot more outsourcing as the manufacturing process has become more costly,” Carney said. “We’ve lost some of the very basic manufacturers – tires, cars – those went away.” But a growing logistics sector has helped ease the pain of those losses. Companies that deal in warehousing, intermodal handling and freight forwarding are snagging more and more business, according to Carney. Logistics firms are needed to keep pace with the area’s rapid growth in importing and exporting – particularly in the city of Industry. Companies like Anvil Cases Inc., which makes heavy-duty road cases for musical instruments, computers and medical devices, are importing many of the parts to make their products. “The wood comes mostly from the Philippines,” said Don Sessions, the Industry-based company’s director of corporate strategy and development. “The handles and latches come from the Far East from places like China and Taiwan, although some of the hardware is made in England.” Anvil sells most of its products in North America, but some are exported to Japan, Australia, Mexico, Canada and Central and South America. Carney said the Valley also has seen strong growth in banking, real estate, insurance and legal firms. “We’re in a relatively good economic time in this area, especially if you look at some of the indicators,” he said. “Industrial vacancy rates are down to almost nothing and commercial space is in high demand.” firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2701160Want 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 MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“In my mind, it was driven by the Cold War,” Carney said. “You began to see companies like General Dynamics – which in those days was Convair – locate in Pomona. Real estate was cheaper then, and these manufacturing companies were driven by the needs of the military.” In the 1950s and 1960s, the San Gabriel Valley also experienced its first wave of technology, as companies began building products with solid-state circuitry and transistors. “They were building missile guidance systems and really sophisticated controls and instruments,” Carney said. “And companies like Beckman began to have civilian spinoffs of what had largely been military applications.” The region’s current economy is pushing high-tech firms even closer to the forefront. Prime examples are STAAR Surgical Co., a Monrovia company that recently gained FDA approval to market its implantable contact lens in the United States, and Cogent Inc., a South Pasadena company that’s marketing a biometric fingerprint identification system to governments, law enforcement agencies and other organizations worldwide.