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Darkness Encourages Criminal Activities in rural Monrovia settlements

first_imgWithout any source of light at night, rural settlements around Monrovia continue to endure total darkness and the  resulting increase of  criminal activity causing hardship for the residents.  In a two-day tour of some affected communities outside Monrovia, it was observed that due to the perpetual darkness in their areas at night, suspected criminals continue to ransack homes and businesses.Many people in the settlements are outraged at the snail’s pace of progress of the Liberia Electricity Corporation’s (LEC) expansion program and the inability of LEC to provide power supply.  LEC officials in Monrovia have on many occasions given assurances of reliable and expanded power connections and power supply to all categories of business entities and homes.  In a press statement last week, LEC officials pointed out that several plans have been put in place to enhance its expansion to some of Monrovia’s rural settlements in 2015.  Such utterances, many Liberians say, should be translated into practical actions by the LEC management.  Information from the LEC says its line crew has begun to rehabilitate damaged light poles and connecting a few homes and businesses.Meanwhile the result of the slow pace of LEC expansion to the settlements outside Monrovia and other parts has enabled criminals to intensify their attacks on homes and businesses.Many suspected criminals are taking advantage of the perpetual darkness in those rural settlements to torment residents and businesses.  Several residents and business owners told the Daily Observer over the weekend that sustained power supply is the practical answer to combat the criminal menace.  In an interview with the Daily Observer, businessman Kollie B. Jackson, 57, pointed out that until the LEC can provide power services to their communities, criminals will continue to disturb them.  Mr. Jackson, who runs a small provision shop at the Soul Clinic Community, intimated that efforts to accelerate LEC’s expansion could be the best alternative to protect rural settlements.  Businesswoman Dorothy B. Kimba, 54, noted that the intermittent power supply contributes to suspected criminal activities in rural settlements.Madam Kimba, who runs a mini restaurant at the Wood Camp Community in Paynesville, said electricity expansion must be given some boost and financial support to ensure sustained power supply.  She also stressed the urgent need for the Liberia National Police (LNP) and other security agencies to step up their usual night patrols in order to contain criminal activities in Monrovia and its environs.  “We need practical protection in order to do better and secured business activities in crime prone communities of Monrovia and its environs,” Madam Kimba concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Rally for missing and murdered women in Fort St. John

first_imgThe group will then return to the Friendship Centre for dinner and music. Throughout Canada, October 4 marks a day when the lives of missing and murdered women are honoured and remembered. The event intends to raise awareness of the violence experienced by Aboriginal women and girls in Canada.All members of the community are invited to join in the vigil.- Advertisement –last_img

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Mwendwa not giving up on 18-team KPL

first_img0Shares0000FKF President Nick Mwendwa (Right) and his deputy Dorris Petra all smiles during the FKF AGM at teh Kenya School of Monetary Studies on Cotober 15, 2016.PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 15- Football Kenya Federation boss Nick Mwendwa has said he will continue lobbying for an 18-team Kenyan Premier League next season despite the KPL management through the Sports Disputes Tribunal stopping discussion of the same during FKF’s Annual General Meeting on Saturday.The KPL management went to the Tribunal on Friday and obtained temporary orders stopping the ratification of the 18-team league for 2017 pending a full hearing on November 8. “The move was malicious. Why wait for two days, one day to go to court? The NEC in February wrote to KPL said and said we want to implement our wish to have 18 teams in the top league starting 2017. They have kept quiet since then and they have shown up in court now,” the FKF President said.“Football is about inclusivity. We are asking for expansion so that we can include more clubs. It is the last item remaining in our jewel and if we can agree on it then we are good to go. I am persuading them to go back and consider our request to have 18 teams. We shall not rest and to make sure next year this decision is implemented,” Mwendwa added.Earlier, KPL CEO Jack Oguda speaking to Capital Sport had accused the Federation of failing to respect an MoU signed last year giving the jurisdiction of managing the affairs of the top tier to a Joint Executive Committee.Meanwhile, the AGM ratified a decision by the National Executive Committee (NEC) to suspend some members of Extreme Sports Limited for organizing an unsanctioned tournament.This came just a few minutes after the Federation through their lawyer was served with an injunction obtained by Extreme Sports Limited, stopping the AGM from discussing issues about Extreme Sports and the CEO Hussein Mohammed.Mwendwa then went on to explain they would not discuss the two but the AGM would go on and ratify a decision to suspend members and officials of the organization.FKF presidnet Nick Mwendwa stresses a point during teh FKF AGM at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies on Cotober 15, 2016.PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe NEC had previously set the suspension duration as six years, but it was later revised to give the National Executive leeway to decide the period, but not more than six years after the issue was raised by Sony Sugar chairman Paul Orato.The decision to suspend individuals who take part in the Extreme Sports League was reached by the FKF NEC on August 21.Sixty five delegates voted for the suspension, five against while seven abstained from the vote.Among those hit with the suspension include Extreme Sports General Manager Athanus Obango Obala as well as former top tier referees Amos Ichingwa, Michael Iluve, Judy Wamoro, Juma Turke and Beth Wambui.“From last year, this company created a league outside the Federation. I personally with the Secretary General went to this company and told them we would like to work together within federation structures,” Mwendwa offered.“We said we would allow their league to continue this year and offered that next year we give them all 20 branches to sponsor and work with those elected. They refused this offer.”“We have spent six months negotiating with Extreme Sports and now they have gone to court. We are left with no choice.”-Nyamweya-Delegates vote by acclamation during the FKF AGM at teh Kenya School of Monetary Studies on Cotober 15, 2016.PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluAt the same, former FKF president Sam Nyamweya is claiming a Sh30.8mn reimbursement from the current office, according to the financial statements presented to the 4th FKF Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday.The claim is listed as part of ‘local borrowings’ which also has a sum of Sh1.7mn from current president Mwendwa’s Information Technology company Riverbank Solutions and a further Sh2mn from Supermarket chain Nakumatt Holdings.However, the current FKF office says they will not reimburse the money as the same cannot be substantiated.“There are no documents supporting the Sh30mn claim and until we get the same, then we cannot just reimburse money. As a new office we decided to do things differently and every money that comes in or goes out has to be documented. So until the same is substantiated, then we cannot just reimburse any monies,” Mwendwa told the AGM.“I am not convinced about that amount because there is no supporting evidence about how the money was spent,” FKF auditing officer Nelson Otieno told the AGM.There was also an issue of a vehicle handed to Nyamweya’s office by his predecessor Mohammed Hattimy, valued at Sh1mn which could however not be accounted for as Mwendwa and his team said it was never handed to them.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Roberto Martinez: ‘Everton have great plans for John Stones. We will look after him’

first_imgRoberto Martinez has once again reiterated Everton’s ‘not for sale’ stance on wanted defender John Stones, with the manager insisting he and the club have ‘great plans’ for the Chelsea target.The 21-year-old England international has kept his head down throughout the saga and, unlike many other players linked with big moves this summer, has remained in the line-up for all three of the Toffees’ opening three Premier League fixtures.But, following three failed bid from the Blues – the last for £30million – he finally submitted a transfer request to the Toffees this week, which Martinez swiftly rejected on Thursday following their extra-time 5-3 League Cup victory at Barnsley.Despite Stones asking to leave, the Spaniard is confident he can not only keep one of the club’s prized assets, but also persuade the player he has a vital role to play going forward.“During this tough period we are going to be there for him,” he said.“We have great ambition, desire and great plans for John. We want to be a winning team and we need to keep our best performers and clearly John is big part of our future.“We are a big football club with an incredible tradition and we will carry on giving him everything we can.“As a young man you are under massive pressure and you are going to get influences.“We are going to look after John. We are going to understand him.”Martinez has long opposed the rule which allows the transfer window, and the speculation that comes with it, to drag on for a whole month once teams have returned to competitive action, and again revealed he has sympathy for the players caught in the middle.“There is a bigger example for the football authorities. Up and down the country every dressing room has similar situations,” he added.“Are we going to end up with players feeling bad about themselves, not to be proud of representing their colours?“It becomes an unsustainable position. It needs to be changed. The players are human and human beings deserve the time to think about the next step of their careers – but that cannot be done when there is an official game.“I feel let down by the football authorities in this position. We should look after our players and we will make sure we will look after John.“Going away from John’s situation we have to understand when the window is open and there are official games we need to give some value to contracts.“We have contracts for players when they are injured but when they are well they can be moved around.“We need to bring a more serious touch to being a part of the football club and making sure contracts are important in order to fulfil your potential at a club and have a good future.” Roberto Martinez and John Stones 1last_img read more

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Payless heading upscale

first_img“I think Matt was clearly charged with shaking things up,” said Michael Atmore, editorial director for industry magazine Footwear News. “This is just the beginning really. He’s doing a lot of things that have worked for other people.” The challenges are still massive. Overall, the shoe market has exploded in the past year, growing almost 11 percent to $42.7 billion, according to market research firm The NPD Group. NPD analyst Marshal Cohen said shoppers are becoming more judicious in their apparel purchases, buying several pairs of shoes to freshen up their wardrobe rather than replace it. That has competing shoe chains, such as Famous Footwear and Shoe Carnival, as well as the big-box retailers Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Target Corp., also trying to boost their products with better styling – Target, for example, is selling shoes designed by Isaac Mizrahi. The true bargain hunters could prove a sticky balance for Payless as the company tries to introduce higher-priced shoes without forgetting the shoppers who aren’t willing to pay more than $20 for a pair. So far, it’s unknown how well the public is receiving Rubel’s changes. In Payless’ first quarter, the company said sales for stores open at least a year rose 0.4 percent from the same period a year ago. The uptick came from costlier shoes, as the average price rose 11.2 percent, and not more buyers – unit sales declined 8.6 percent. Analysts are optimistic, however, noting that the company’s first-quarter earnings rose 19 percent to $36 million and turned a profit last year for the first time since 2002. They also said Payless is only in the early stages of its efforts to rejuvenate the brand and selling more fashionable, high-margin shoes can only help the bottom line. Goldman Sachs analyst Margaret Mager said in a research note that she expected the company to get profits back to and perhaps above historic peak levels. “CEO Matt Rubel has identified the appropriate focus areas including improvement in consumer segmentation, merchandise, messaging and the sale experience to drive results and growth,” Mager said. Rubel’s move to Topeka, Kan.-based Payless in July, replacing the retiring Steven Douglass, was a natural progression for a man credited with turning Nike Inc.’s Cole Haan division from a staid, men’s luxury shoe brand into a high-profile fashion line.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 MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“People just thought of us as cheap shoes,” Rubel said as he stood outside the Payless store in Independence Center, an upscale mall in suburban Kansas City. The Independence store represents Payless’ future and reflects Rubel’s vision for the company. A new, contemporary logo hangs above the door, beckoning shoppers into a brightly lit area, dubbed the “hot zone,” with displays of the store’s latest styles and the company’s growing line of handbags and accessories. The shoes themselves – including fashionable cork wedges, espadrilles and strappy sandals – reflect more contemporary fashion and feature more brand names, such as Champion and Airwalk, to go alongside the chain’s in-house products. The company this fall plans to roll out Abaete for Payless, a line of shoes created by New York designer Laura Poretzky, and it recently signed a deal to put out shoes affiliated with the American Ballet Theater – a virtual lock for attracting young girls and their moms. INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – When Matt Rubel took over as chief executive of Payless ShoeSource Inc. last summer, he inherited a company a little worn down at the heel. With more than 4,600 stores, Payless is the largest specialty shoe retailer in the country. But years of conservative management had left it in the worst place for a seller of fashion – out of date. The company continued to use a 1980s-era bubble-lettered logo, some stores hadn’t seen a new coat of paint in a decade and the stores’ simple layout of shoe box aisles fostered self-service but didn’t do much to showcase new products. Worse, customers found the product mix itself leaned more toward providing functional shoes for bargain shoppers, not catering to style mavens. last_img read more

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Antelope Valley Calendar

first_imgTUESDAY Lupus International Support Group meets, 6:30-8 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in Palmdale. Information and location: Danielle Duffey at (888) 532-2322, Ext. 4. Business Network International B2 Bombers chapter will meet, 12:15 p.m. at Eduardo’s restaurant, 819 W. Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale. Call (661) 609-1288 or e-mail audmill@qnet.com. The organization’s Web site is at www.bni-scav.com. Prostate Cancer Support Group meets, 12:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Lutheran Church of the Master, 725 E. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call Susan Baker at (661) 273-2200. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Toddler story time for children ages 2-6, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 39228 10th St. W., Palmdale. Call (661) 272-9134. Celebrate Discovery, a Christian-based 12-step program, will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Palmdale United Methodist Church, 39055 10th St. W., Palmdale. Call (661) 947-3103. Jazzercise classes, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at George Lane Park, 5520 W. Ave. L-8 in Quartz Hill. Call (661) 722-7780. Lupus International Support Group meets, 6:30-8 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in Palmdale. Call Danielle Duffey at (888) 532-2322, Ext. 4. Successful Anger Management course, 7-9 p.m. in Lancaster. Call (661) 538-1846. Sand Creek Orators, Toastmaster International meets, 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Hummel Hall, 2200 20th St. W., Rosamond. Call Miik Miller at (661) 256-0328. Caregiver Support Group will meet, 5:30-7 p.m. in Conference Room 1 at Lancaster Community Hospital in Lancaster. Sponsored by ProCare Hospice. Call (661) 951-1146. Tears in My Heart Support Group will meet, 10:30 a.m.-noon and 5:30-7 p.m. at ProCare Hospice, 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. Rocketeers Toastmasters meets, 1:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at the Air Force Research Laboratory. Call Pam Raneri at (661) 275-5287. Pancho Barnes Composite Squadron 49, Civil Air Patrol, will meet, 6-8:30 p.m. at Rosamond Sky Park, 4171 Knox Ave., Rosamond. Call (760) 373-5771. Antelope Valley Archaeology Club will meet, 9:30-11 a.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5656. Grief Support Group will meet, 5:30-7 p.m. at the Hoffmann Hospice, 1832 W. Ave. K, Suite D-1. Call (661) 948-8801. Toastmasters Sand Creek Orators Club meets, 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 2500 Orange St., Rosamond. Call Miik Miller at (661) 256-0328. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Snyders Dance Groove meets, 6-8:30 p.m. the first and second Tuesdays of each month at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Cost: $2. Call (661) 609-6510. Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) meets, 9-11:30 a.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month for brunch, speakers and crafts at Central Christian Church, 3131 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Cost: $6 per meeting, plus $2 per child for child care. Scholarships are available. Call (661) 945-7902. 12 Step Recovery Group for alcohol and drug addiction will meet, 7 p.m. at Desert Vineyard Christian Fellowship, 1011 E. Ave. I, Lancaster. Call (661) 945-2777. American Indian Little League will meet, 7 p.m. at HomeTown Buffet, 422 W. Ave. P. Call Harry Richard at (661) 267-2259. High Desert Woodworkers Club meets, 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at Denny’s restaurant, 2005 W. Ave. K, Lancaster. Call (760) 240-4705. Grief/Bereavement Group will meet, 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at ProCare Hospice, 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. Youth Anger Management Group for ages 8-11 will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700 or (800) 479-CARE, or visit the Web site: www.frf.av.org. Plane Talk Toastmasters will meet, noon-1 p.m. at the Lockheed Federal Credit Union, 1011 Lockheed Way, Palmdale. Call (661) 572-4123. Harmony Showcase Chorus of Sweet Adelines International will rehearse, 7:30 p.m. at 44857 Cedar Ave., Lancaster. The group is part of an international organization of women who sing four-part harmony. Call (661) 273-0995, (661) 285-1797 or (661) 940-3109. Al-Anon will hold a discussion, noon at 1737 E. Ave. R, Room 104, Palmdale, and at 7 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, Room 704, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. Cardio Knockout Blast, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring a floor mat. Call (661) 267-5551. Billiards Gang for seniors, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program representative will be available, 1-3 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551 for an appointment. Tumbleweed Card Club for seniors will play canasta, pinochle and other games, 1-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Line dancing, 6-7 p.m. for beginners and 7-8:30 p.m. for intermediate dancers at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Palmdale Youth Council will meet, 5:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Parks and Recreation office, 38260 10th St. E., Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5611. Sierra Club will offer one- to two-hour conditioning hikes leaving at 6 p.m. from the Palmdale Park and Ride lot, Avenue S at the Antelope Valley Freeway. Moderately conditioned beginning hikers are welcome. Call (661) 273-2761. Expectant parent tours of the Antelope Valley Hospital obstetrics department will start at 6 p.m. from the hospital lobby, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Overeaters Anonymouswill meet, 7-9 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1821 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster. Beginners will meet at 7 p.m. Call (661) 948-2571. Hotline: (661) 789-5806. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 10:30 a.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38530 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-4178. Also in Lancaster, 6:30 p.m. at Sunnydale School, 1233 W. Ave. J-8. Call Karen at (661) 723-9331. Overeaters Anonymous – HOW Conceptwill meet, 7:15 p.m. at Robin’s Law Office, 203 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 949-9192. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.org. WEDNESDAY Emotional Freedom Technique for pain relief weekly demonstrations, 6:30-7:30 p.m. (except before three-day weekends), Stress Management Institute for Living Empowered, 44130 Division St., Lancaster. Call (661) 942-4220. Sweet Talkers Toastmasters will meet, 7-8:30 p.m. at Wilsona School District boardroom, 18050 E. Ave. 0, Lake Los Angeles. Call (661) 944-1216 or 944-1130. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3000 will serve specialty meals, or hamburger baskets, 5:30-8 p.m. at the post, 4342 W. Ave. L, Quartz Hill. Proceeds will benefit community affairs. Members, guests and public welcome. Call (661) 943-2225. Kids Managing Anger Together for ages 13-17 will meet, 4:30-6 p.m. at 38345 30th St. E., Suite. B-1, Palmdale. Court approved. Call (661) 266-8700. Low-cost Facilitated Women’s Group will deal with the death of a loved one, divorce, loss of relationship, infertility and other issues, noon-1:30 p.m. Call (661) 266-8700. Fobi-Lyte Support Group meets, 7-8:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month to address the medical, nutritional and social ramifications of weight-loss surgery in fourth-floor Conference Room 16 at Antelope Valley Outpatient Imaging Center, 44105 15th St. W., Lancaster. Call (661) 723-5123. Caregivers Support Group meets, 7-8:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month at Los Angeles Caregiver Resource Center, 44421 10th St. W., Suite I, Lancaster. Call (661) 945-4852. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Eye Opener Toastmasters Club will meet, 7-8:30 a.m. at Denny’s Restaurant, 2005 W. Ave. K, Lancaster. Call Al Moore at (661) 726-3627. Talents Unlimited Toastmasters will meet, 7-8:30 p.m. at Kaiser Permanente. Call Alan Strech at (661) 940-4640. Scrapbookers Club will meet, 5-7 p.m. at Peldyns, 27021 Twenty Mule Team Road, Boron. Free tools for use. Bring book and photos. Call (760) 608-1422. Antelope Valley Intertribal Council meeting, 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 435-0423. AIDS-related death support group meets, 5:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. Sudden-death support group meets, 5:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. Dual Recovery Anonymous, an informal 12-step group for mental health consumers with a history of substance abuse, will meet, 3 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite G. Call (661) 947-1595. Antelope Valley Interfaith Choir will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. For adults and mature teenagers. Call Kathe Walters at (661) 285-8306.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! 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Education loan rates could drop

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’McKeon, who has been on the committee for 14 years and took over as chairman in February, will remain a member after he gives up the leadership role. While Miller’s office faults the program that guarantees rates of return to “middleman” private lenders, McKeon says the government’s direct loan program is wasteful. “It seems to me that Democrats are always concerned about people making money,” McKeon said. “… If people don’t make money, they don’t stay in business. If they don’t stay in business, they don’t perform the service they render.” Under McKeon’s committee chairmanship, the interest rate charged on student loans increased 2.5 percent July 1. As a variable interest rate, it could have risen even more, but Democrats and Republicans agreed two years ago to increase it to 6.8 percent this year, McKeon said. Private lenders pressure the government to guarantee a certain rate of return on their student loans, which were historically risky investments. But critics say the system puts lenders ahead of students. “It drives me crazy how much taxpayer money has been wasted on excessive subsidies for student loan companies, instead of making college more affordable for families,” said Michael Dannenberg, director of education policy for the New America Foundation. This election cycle, McKeon received $11,000 in campaign money from student loan lender Sallie Mae Inc., and $10,000 from student loan company Nelnet Inc. While the education sector was the sixth-largest source of contributions for McKeon, Miller got more of his money from unions, according to opensecrets.org. The federal government gives loans to 6.9 million students a year. About 25 percent of the loans are “direct” government loans through the Department of the Treasury. The rest are made by private lenders. Students all pay the same interest rates, but there are two kinds of loans. Federally subsidized loans don’t accrue interest while students are in school, but those are offered only to needier students. Miller’s plan to halve the interest rate on student loans would apply only to the subsidized loans, which last year accounted for 5.7 million of the program’s loans. Officials estimate that a move to reduce the interest rate to 3.4 percent would cost $18 billion over five years. In the last election, Democratic opponent Robert Rodriguez accused McKeon of being too cozy with student loan lenders. McKeon easily defeated Rodriguez, winning nearly 62 percent of the vote. And McKeon stands by his decision to let interest rates go to 6.8 percent, saying that is a relatively low rate. “They’re saying that we did that, but that was a joint effort and (Democrats) pushed us to help do that,” McKeon said. “During the election, they beat up on us for doing it.” alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! As the Democratic takeover of the House sidelines Santa Clarita’s Republican Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, changes are expected in how the committee he chairs handles student loans. Democrat Rep. George Miller, who’s expected to replace McKeon as chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, wants to halve the interest rate charged on loans to needy students. He also wants to increase the number of “direct” loans that the government makes to students. The president’s budget office found those kinds of loans cost the government less than federally backed loans from private lenders. “What (Miller) wants to do is to make sure that the high cost of college never stands between a qualified student and a college degree,” said Tom Kiley, a spokesman for Miller, of Concord, Calif. last_img read more

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Search continues for missing man

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d see Arthur lives in the 13000 block of Faust Avenue. He is black, 5 feet, 8 inches tall, 170 pounds, with short black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen in a blue sweatshirt and blue jeans. Anyone with information about his whereabouts was asked to call Downey police at (562) 904-2308 or (562) 904-2361. For more on this story, pick up tomorrow’s Whittier Daily News. DOWNEY – A search is on for a missing mentally ill Downey man, and police are asking for your help. Arthur Jenkens, 49, who has a history of schizophrenia and has the mental capacity of a 12-year-old, was last seen at his adult day care facility in the 900 block of South Greenwood Avenue in Montebello on Dec. 1, said Detective Steve Aubuchon of the Downey Police Department. “We’re concerned; his family is concerned,” Aubuchon said. “He needs his medication.” Last Friday, Arthur may have been seen at a Metrolink station in Claremont, and he may be taking train trips, Aubuchon said. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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DDTV: King of Tory flicks the switch on Christmas lights!

first_imgComharchumann Thoraí together with the local Christmas lights/decorations committee have lit up Tory Island!Organisers launched their “Light up Tory Island Christmas 2016 campaign”, where they were seeking €2000 to go towards street lights on the East Town and West Town, along with wall decorations, wreathes, and a crib.Their fundraiser was a huge success, earning €2,350! The lights were switched on this weekend by the King of Tory, Patsy Dan Rodgers.Comharchumann Thoraí say; “It’s almost 30 years since we have had this many children living on the island. We would like to make this Christmas as magical and memorable as possible for them.”Santa will be making a special visit to Tory in his helicopter on the 23rd to meet all of the good girls and boys in advance of his visit on Christmas Eve. Nollaig shona daoibh!DDTV: King of Tory flicks the switch on Christmas lights! was last modified: December 11th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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

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ECM: Key to a Green Future

first_imgCompanies using ECM will collectively create a Green future.  That’s the predictionof the analyst group Gartner.Being able to store records and documents in electronic form is considerably more environment-friendly compared to paper.  For example, paper archived in storage vaults is often maintained at a constant temperature to prevent degradation, requiring a lot of energy to create the correctly cooled/heated environment.“The 1980’s notion of a paperless office was about how technology could bring efficiency and change work styles,” said Mark Gilbert, an analyst at Gartner. “Organizations are realizing that process improvements and the move away from paper to electronic processes can also bring green benefits, such as energy savings from paper production, distribution, usage and disposition, and transit through the postal system.”Gartner recommends six areas where companies can use ECM to both become more efficient while at the same time being more environmentally friendly.1)  Make information capture more efficient.2)  Understand that storing paper can be very energy intensive compared to electronic document storage3)  Build an ECM strategy4)  Consider outsourcing content management to an outside vendor5)  Build Content-Enabled Vertical Applications (CEVAs) on top of your ECM system to leverage your electronic assets and to automate processes6)  Leverage ECM and electronic communication with customers, partners, and internally in your organizationlast_img read more

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