Gunman robs Encino bank

first_img 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 MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles ENCINO – A masked gunman robbed a bank this afternoon and made off on foot with an undisclosed amount of money, authorities said. The man walked into First Bank & Trust, 17777 Ventura Blvd., around 2:15 p.m. and ordered all customers to get down on the ground, said Laura Eimiller, FBI spokeswoman. Eimiller said the man told bank employees, “I want the money.” The man wore all black and had a cloth mask. Nobody was injured.last_img read more

SA’s budding biotech industry

first_img5 January 2004By international standards, South Africa’s budding biotechnology industry is small. But a national audit has found that the industry has “enormous potential” for growth and investment.The audit, funded by the department of science and technology and the Egoli BIO Life Sciences Incubator, indicates that South Africa has a “pipeline of potential new products and processes in the research and development stage”.It identifies 106 companies participating in biotechnology activities, 47 of which are classified as “core” biotechnology companies solely involved in biotech enterprises.“The fact that there are already 47 biotech companies that have established themselves with very little support gives SA the basis on which to build a much bigger industry”, Bioventures chief executive Heather Sherwin told Business Day newspaper. Bioventures is South Africa’s only biotechnology venture capital fund.The audit found that total spending on biotechnology research and development exceeded R290-million during 2002, while revenues for 48% of products and services in the local biotechnology industry came to R368-million during the same period.A global audit by Ernst & Young found that there were about 600 publicly traded biotechnology companies worldwide at the end of 2002, with a research and development expenditure of US$22-billion. The firms reported revenues of $41.3-billion.Sherwin says it is likely to be some time before local biotech firms start listing on the AltX exchange – SA’s new parallel market for small- and medium-sized companies – let alone on the JSE Securities Exchange main board. According to Sherwin, biotech companies need to have an operating profit greater than R8-million before they can list on AltX. She says only 20% of SA biotech firms have revenue in excess of R10-million.One successful biotech venture is Cape Town-based Synexa Life Sciences. The company specialises in the production of complex “molecular tools that help elucidate the cellular mechanisms that cause disease, enabling the development of new therapeutics.”Synexa chief executive Justin Devine says the creation of a successful biotech company is driven by passion, planned convergence of a world-class team, and products/services that hold a sustainable competitive advantage. “In the right combination, these factors will attract funding at the right time”, he says.Paul Abrahams, chief executive of eGoli BIO, says early stage financing opportunities for local biotech companies are available but are extremely limited because biotechnology is “one of the most difficult industries to understand and therefore perhaps the riskiest”.South Africa also does not currently have a network of “angel investors” – like in the United States – who have deep pockets and are prepared for high-risk and potentially high returns.The challenge, according to the audit, is to take advantage of the opportunities for the development of niche markets in which South African stakeholders can compete on a global scale.This can be facilitated by creating an “enabling environment” that allows stakeholders to maximise the benefit derived from the potential of biotechnology, while minimising the possible risks to the environment and human health.Abrahams advises biotech start-ups to:Understand the perceptions of seed capitalists.Be prepared for scepticism – SA investors are conservative.Explain the biotechnology venture fully to potential investors.Have outstanding management capabilities within the company – not only as scientists.Secure a large and growing market.Have products/services that can be bought to market to generate some income.Have technological backup to give the project a sustainable competitive advantage.Protect intellectual property.BiopadSouth Africa’s bid to commercialise biotechnology recently received a shot in the arm when the government allocated R250-million over two years towards the Biotechnology Partnership for Africa’s Development (Biopad).In addition, the department of science and technology allocated R400-million for the establishment of three regional Biopad biotechnology innovation centres, in accordance with its national biotechnology strategy. The first centre was launched in Johannesburg in March this year. The others will be in the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.Biopad was initiated earlier this year as a collective response, by a community of biotechnologists and other professionals, to the challenges posed by the varied needs of the region and the continent.According to the Biopad website, the aim of the initiative is to put South Africa among the world leaders in the application of biotechnology, in so doing “stimulating economic development, contributing to job creation, and building world-class skills and technology platforms to sustain and continue development”.Through a close relationship created between the eGoli BIO incubator, small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) are nurtured and prepared for commercialisation. External professionals with expertise in finances, marketing, management and business are used to assist the SMMEs.The centres will serve as nuclei for the development of biotechnology platforms, from which a range of businesses offering new products and services can be developed. The centres will promote research and development, entrepreneurial services, technology, intellectual property management and business incubation.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Hitwise: Search Queries are Getting Longer

first_imgTags:#news#NYT#Real World#search#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting According to Hitwise, search queries on all the major search engines are starting to get longer and longer (PDF). While the average search query is still around two words long, queries that are longer than four words have become increasingly popular over the last twelve months.Hitwise’s latest data also confirms that Google’s market share in the search business is continuing to grow at a steady clip (9% year-over-year). Year-over-year, all of Google’s larger competitors lost ground, though at least between December and January, both Yahoo and Ask.com saw a very minor increase in their market share. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Longer Search QueriesYear-over-year, using one and two-word search engine queries became slightly less popular, while the number of three-word queries remained flat. Instead, a growing number of users are now opting to use longer queries. Overall, longer search queries have increased ten percent over the last year.This is an interesting trend, and it could be interpreted in a variety of way. This could mean that a growing number of users is finding less value in the search results they get from relatively unspecific, short queries. It could also indicate that users are becoming more sophisticated in how they structure their queries when they are looking for very specific answers. Do you have a theory why more users are turning to longer search queries? Feel free to let us know in the comments. Related Posts frederic lardinoislast_img read more

BCCI cracks the whip, bans five players for spot fixing in IPL

first_imgCracking the whip on cricketers caught in a IPL spot-fixing scandal, the BCCI on Saturday imposed a life ban on pacer T P Sudhindra but handed lighter punishments to four other domestic players who were also exposed in the TV sting operation.The decision to ban the players for varying degrees was taken by the BCCI’s disciplinary committee, headed by its president N Srinivasan, which met in Mumbai to discuss the report submitted by Ravi Sawani on the matter.While the 28-year-old Sudhindra was the worst hit as his career seems all but over, Shalabh Srivastav was banned for five years. Mohnish Mishra, Amit Yadav and Abhinav Bali were banned for a year each, according to BCCI sources.The television sting operation had claimed that they agreed to shadowy deals in the Indian Premier League and other matches.Three of the five players – Sudhindra, Mishra and Bali – were attended the meeting today to present their points of view before the panel whose other members are Board vice-presidents Arun Jaitely and Niranjan Shah.Five uncapped Indian cricketers were alleged to have been caught indulging in corrupt practices, including spot-fixing, by a TV channel which conducted a sting operation during this year’s IPL.BCCI had asked its Anti-Corruption Unit chief Ravi Sawani to conduct a probe in the matter and he submitted his report to Srinivasan a few weeks back.last_img read more

Neymar leads PSG past Bayern, Batshuayi stuns Atletico

first_imgWinter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans MOST READ Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Basel’s biggest ever win in the Champions League was sealed by teenager Blas Riveros.Last season’s runners-up Juventus struggled for long periods at home to Olympiakos, but eventually saw off their stubborn visitors 2-0 as Gonzalo Higuain came off the bench to score.A brave effort from Olympiakos was in vain as Mario Mandzukic bundled in a second.Barcelona overcame a stuttering display to edge out Sporting 1-0 in the Portuguese capital.Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez both wasted excellent chances in the opening 45 minutes, but Ernesto Valverde’s side were fortunate to score a 49th-minute winner through Sebastian Coates’ own goal.Barca lead Juve and Sporting by three points at the top of Group D.Celtic cruised past Anderlecht 3-0 in what looks to be a fight for third place behind PSG and Bayern in Group B.Leigh Griffiths grabbed the first goal shortly before half-time in Brussels and the Glaswegians wrapped it up in the second period as Serigne Kara put through his own net and Scott Sinclair rifled home. PSG’s Neymar clenches his fist after scoring his side’s third goal as PSG’s Dani Alves, left, runs to hug Neymar during a Champions League Group B soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)Neymar starred as Paris Saint-Germain sent out a statement of intent with an impressive 3-0 Champions League victory over Bayern Munich on Wednesday, while Michy Batshuayi grabbed an injury-time winner as Chelsea won 2-1 at Atletico Madrid.It took PSG less than two minutes to break the deadlock in the Group B clash against Bayern, as world-record signing Neymar teed up fellow Brazilian Dani Alves to hammer home.ADVERTISEMENT No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors San Miguel aims for All-Filipino Cup history after failed Grand Slam bid Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Atletico were handed the opener against English champions Chelsea when David Luiz needlessly gave away a penalty and Antoine Griezmann slotted past keeper Thibaut Courtois.But the Wanda Metropolitano — as well as the watching Diego Costa, signed this week from Chelsea — was silenced as former Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata headed in an excellent Eden Hazard cross.Antonio Conte’s men deserved all three points and snatched the win in the fourth minute of added time as Belgian subsitute Batshuayi picked out the bottom corner.“Michy scores every time he’s on the field! He can score every time. I’m so happy for him,” said winger Hazard.“We want to play games like these. We play for Chelsea, one of the biggest clubs in the world and we want to win everything.”ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gamescenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bayern piled on the pressure but failed to take their chances, before Edinson Cavani finished a sweeping counter-attack with an exquisite strike into the top corner.Unai Emery’s men finished off their visitors in the 63rd minute when Neymar pounced after Kylian Mbappe had bamboozled the Bayern defence.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“The main thing is the three points, but it’s also important for me that the fans enjoy the match and seeing us win against a top-level side,” said Spanish coach Emery.PSG now lead the five-time champions by three points in the race to finish top of Group B. LATEST STORIES ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH View comments Chelsea are now clear of Roma at the top of Group C by two points, after the Italians held on to beat Qarabag 2-1 in the early kick-off in Baku.Kostas Manolas and Edin Dzeko put the visitors two goals to the good inside quarter of an hour, and although Pedro Henrique pulled one back for Qarabag, the home side couldn’t find a maiden Champions League point.United outclass CSKAThree-time winners Manchester United brushed aside CSKA Moscow 4-1 to maintain their unbeaten record in the Russian capital, with Romelu Lukaku continuing his extraordinary start to life at the club with a brace.The Belgian striker headed Jose Mourinho’s visitors in front, before Anthony Martial made it two from the penalty spot.Lukaku tapped in his 10th goal of the season before half-time and Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored the fourth before a late consolation from teenager Konstantin Kuchaev.“It is a great achievement (Lukaku’s goals), but it’s only possible with a good team,” said Mourinho.“But for Romelu, these are incredible numbers. He is humble, he wants to learn, he is ambitious.”The other game in Group A saw Basel make it back-to-back defeats for 10-man Benfica, with a stunning 5-0 thrashing in Switzerland.Michael Lang slotted into an empty net and Dimitri Oberlin finished off a breakaway to get Basel off to a brilliant start.Ricky van Wolfswinkel’s penalty ended the game as a contest and Andre Almeida was sent off for a horrendous tackle, with the 19-year-old Oberlin completing a brace.last_img read more

Wenger reveals biggest regrets at Arsenal

first_imgAfter publicly announcing his plans for retirement as soon as the season ends, Wenger has revealed the biggest regrets of his 22-year long career with the Gunners just before the Europa League clash with Atletico Madrid.Wenger admitted his biggest regret is not being able to win the Champions League back in 2006, when Arsenal went all the way to the final, where they faced Barcelona but came short 2-1. This has been his closest chance of getting to the Champions League cup, but for his huge dissatisfaction, it also was unsuccessful.“The [2006 final] was my biggest regret, yes,” explained Wenger, according to 101 Great Goals.“We have to be conscious of that as well, the history of the club has become very demanding but the long history of the club is not that bright that you can say the club has won 10 European Cups in their history.”However, Wenger went on to assure he is not focusing on the past but rather on the present, and to be exact – the upcoming clash with Atletico Madrid.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“In our job there’s only one thing that matters: the next game,” Wenger said.“That’s what I’m focused on. Atletico Madrid are a very strong team. If you look at the table, they are the second-best team in Spain.”“That will demand total commitment on our side and a great discipline because they have no real weak point.”“They are strong defensively, they are strong offensively, so we’ll need a complete performance,” the Arsenal legend added.last_img read more

Ronaldo fastest player at World Cup

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo continues to amaze at the World Cup after it was revealed that he has been recorded with the fastest speed of any player at Russia this summer, reports talkSPORTFollowing the conclusion of the opening games of the World Cup, FIFA collected all the data from the encounters and found that Ronaldo was the fastest player out of 736 – despite the fact that he is now at the age of 33.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner not only scored a stunning hat-trick against 2010 world champions Spain last Friday, but he also managed to record a fastest top speed of 34 km/h with Peru’s Luis Advincula coming closest to matching him with a top speed of 33.8 km/h.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.Belgium forward Romelu Lukaku completed the top three with a maximum speed of 32.8 km/h during the Red Devils’ 3-0 win over Panama, in which he also added a brace.This statistic is further evidence of Ronaldo’s claim that his body is really at the physical condition of a 23-year-old with the Real Madrid superstar having recently claimed that he intends to continue playing for another eight years.Meanwhile, Lionel Messi paled in comparison to his rival and could only manage a top speed of 25 km/h during Argentina’s shock 1-1 draw with World Cup debutants Iceland.last_img read more

Valdano breaks down the talents of Vinicius and Dembele

first_imgIn a column for El Pais, Argentine Jorge Valdano broke down the specific talents that Vinicius Junior and Ousmane Dembele have today.Before the current season started for an observer like Jorge Valdano, perhaps Ousmane Dembele and Vinicius Junior were a complete riddle that he couldn’t wait to uncover.The Argentine former player has been a football poet for the better part of his retired years, he writes an occasional column for El Pais where he breaks down a topic in his famous lyrical manner.One of the things Valdano does best is spotting young talent, we remember the time when he wrote that Cristiano Ronaldo would be one of the best players in football history back when he was still a teenager at Manchester United.We also recall the many times the Argentine spoke about a very young Messi when he was still playing the under-20 World Cup for Argentina and how much he reminded him of Diego Maradona.All those premonitions have come to pass, which is why we get excited every time he talks about young talents in one of his columns.This time around, Jorge broke down the specific talents that Ousmane Dembele and Vinicius Junior have for Barcelona and Real Madrid, respectively.”Vinicius, tres años más joven, es Dembélé sin terminar. Un pura sangre impetuoso todavía sin domar”. Lee la columna de Jorge Valdano. https://t.co/dHCPeUHf9F— EL PAÍS Deportes (@elpais_deportes) January 26, 2019Valdano started with Dembele by calling him a “classic crazy man”, the type of player who loves letting his imagination loose inside the pitch.“Dembele is like a gazelle with a lot of imagination with the ball at his feet,” wrote Valdano.“He owes that elegant sprint to the colossal coordination that allows him to conduct the ball at the exact distance from any of his both feet, showing the ball to the rival without exposing it too much, like a short-stringed yo-yo, that may very well be the laces from his boots.”“With unmatched speed when anybody comes after him and filled with tricks if anybody tries to block his way.”“For example, when he makes a full stop, which in football translated into one of the most eccentric manners that speed has to win any race.”“Or those dribbles, corporeal lies that help him continue his escape from rivals.”“This player can relate perfectly with his rivals’ proximity (as if they weren’t even a threat to him), and his teammates are stations he uses on his way to the opposite goal as he plays the one-two with each of them as a form of dialogue.”“This is another testament that these new stars are, as always, a little crazy without the need of not remaining classic,” he added.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.🤔 ¿Qué jugador ilusiona más a su afición?🔄 Vinicius♥ Dembélé pic.twitter.com/A4dNxOXfbs— Batallas del Fútbol ⚽ (@FutbolWar) January 25, 2019Valdano then talks about Vinicius as the glue that has put Real Madrid back together, the team’s leader in the most recent matches.“And Vinicius, who is three years younger, is an unfinished Dembele. An impetuous pure breed who still hasn’t been tamed,” continued Jorge.“Perhaps due to his youth, and a little bit due to his desire to expose his talents because he just arrived.”“And finally, for a healthy competitive spirit, he still hasn’t found the pause that helps him modulate his spectacular power and helps organize his multiple talents.”“Always in a hurry. You can tell when he chooses to take his shots, that come out twisted because he still hasn’t discovered that one can even be precise at top speed.”“But we are still talking about an 18-year old kid who already found a starring role at Real Madrid, and he just keeps playing these matches with his optimistic style of play that makes the fans dream of better days with his presence alone.”“Vinicius is the most recent proof that great players can become addictive. One simply wishes that they simply get the ball,” he concluded.🍿 En las mejores pantallas…⚡ THE @DEMBOUZ SHOW! ⚡🎟 ¡Apto para todos los públicos! pic.twitter.com/mQjiTs293i— LaLiga (@LaLiga) January 24, 2019Do you agree with Valdano’s analysis of Vinicius Junior and Ousmane Dembele? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Minister exposes financial slackness at Straw Market Authority says site still at

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #Nassaustrawmarket Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 19, 2017 – Nassau – Financial skullduggery could be uncovered if the Public Works minister has his way, Minister Desmond Bannister is calling for an audit of the Straw Market Authority which spent thousands and thousands and thousands of tax payer dollars on themselves and with no oversight.    Minister Bannister was speaking in the House of Assembly when he dropped the bomb about alleged malfeasance or bad money management of the Straw Market Authority under the previous government and minister.The new Minister in his remarks exposed that for years and years the financials were unaudited; a direct violation of the SMA Act 2011.“The incomplete Audits for 2013, 2014 and 2015 makes it difficult to commence the process for an audit for 2016 and 2017,” he said.   The SMA kept no record of monies collected for the $25 per week government sponsored day care for the vendors, no copies or record of contracted service providers, the Straw Market accounts confirm that exorbitant cell phone bills were paid off to the tune of nearly $34,000,  the SMA credit cards were used to rack up big bills, there is no up to date information on the rent status of vendors and over $14,000 in Christmas bonuses were paid out to the SMA executives for 2015 and 2016, one year  the payment was not even made at Christmastime.Likely the worst of the news from the report given last Wednesday by Minister Bannister is that the Bay Street World Famous Straw Market is incredibly, still very susceptible to a destructive fire.   The Minister said a report was completed by the Ministry of Works and Urban Development since June and the Fire Prevention Section of the Police also handed in a report in July – both warning of the potential for fire and deficiencies in the alarm system.  Still none of the recommendations were carried out.A new chair has been appointed to the Straw Market Authority, described as a dynamo by the Minister and named as Kelli Ingraham.#MagneticMediaNews#Nassaustrawmarket Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Colorado Springs Leaders to Launch Land Use Study for Area Bases

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments will lead a joint land use study aimed at promoting community development that is compatible with military training, testing and operational missions at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Fort Carson and Peterson Air Force Base.The Colorado Springs Regional Joint Land Use Study, funded through an $800,000 grant from DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment, will produce a strategic plan to preserve military readiness and defense capabilities at those military facilities while supporting jointly beneficial adjacent land uses.The council of governments will match the OEA grant with an additional $100,000 in local funds. Study participants include the three installations; local jurisdictions in El Paso, Teller, Pueblo and Fremont counties; and the state of Colorado. Three planners have been hired to lead the two-year project, with support from the council and local government staff, installation personnel and specialized consultants, according to a press release.The council previously led a six-year, four-county effort to study the impacts on the community associated with the growth of Fort Carson. The study will produce an implementation strategy with specific actions and monitoring responsibilities identified by year, and cover a variety of factors, including:regional water supply;regional stormwater management;compatible alternative energy development;wildfire risk;development near airfield operations;regional airspace use;competition for electromagnetic spectrum;GIS data; andformal policies and procedures for military participation and cross-jurisdictional coordination in community development review and planning processes.“We are excited to partner again with our military installations and the communities through the joint land use study,” said Rob MacDonald, the council of government’s executive director. “As with prior regional studies and collaborations, our ongoing community and military partnerships work toward common goals,” MacDonald said.last_img read more