Mediator to enter Burbank dispute

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We think the district used bad judgment in deciding to go to impasse because there was an opportunity that a settlement could be reached,” said Kim Allender, the BTA’s co-president. “This was an opportunity missed by the district.” The teachers want an increase that would bolster their 800 members at least above the median salaries for Los Angeles County teachers – $2,000-$4,000 more a year, depending on experience and position. eugene.tong@dailynews.com (818) 546-3304 BURBANK – A state-appointed mediator will attempt to help teachers and the school district come to terms in this year’s increasingly contentious contract negotiations, officials said Friday. The state Public Employment Relations Board certified an impasse a week after the Burbank Unified School District sought relief in its 2006-07 salary talks with the Burbank Teachers Association. “We see this as a step in the progression of negotiations, and look forward to meeting with the mediator as soon as possible,” Superintendent Greg Bowman said. It’s the first time in at least a dozen years that outside mediation was requested in local contract talks. The sides have met seven times since October, and talks were expected to resume in about 30 days. last_img read more

Man surrenders keys to Gardai after SIXTH alleged drink-driving case in a year

first_imgA man who has been caught drink-driving for the SIXTH time in less than a year has been ordered to hand over the keys of his car to Gardai.Martin Cassidy appeared before Letterkenny District Court today. Garda Michael McHugh told the court that he arrested Cassidy at Railway Road, Buncrana on suspicion of drink driving today.Garda McHugh said he was objecting to bail as this was the sixth occasion that Cassidy had been arrested on alleged drink-driving since February last year.The accused is due to appear at Buncrana District Court to face the previous five alleged drink-driving charges on February 8th next.Inspector Sean Grant said the objection to bail was unusual but it was due to the litany of alleged offences.“If released on bail, there is a fear that he will commit further offences,” he said.Judge Paul Kelly asked whose car he was driving and he was told by Gardai that it was his own car.Solicitor Frank Dorrian said he would seek to surrender the keys of his client’s car to Gardai.Mr Cassidy, of Trillick, Buncrana, agreed and handed over the keys to his car to Gardai.Judge Kelly warned Mr Cassidy that if he was caught driving any vehicle between now and February 8th, that his bail would be revoked and that he would be remanded in custody.Man surrenders keys to Gardai after SIXTH alleged drink-driving case in a year was last modified: January 30th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buncranacourtdonegaldrink drivingGardaiMartin Cassidylast_img read more

Spartans close out perfect tennis season with win over Foothill

first_imgPalo Cedro >> The Red Bluff Lady Spartans tennis team wrapped up an undefeated season Tuesday afternoon on the road with a 5-2 win over the Foothill Cougars.The win makes the Spartans 15-0 overall on the season and 10-0 in league play“Great win going into playoffs,” said coach Dennis Poulton. “Cleo DuFrain came through in singles to seal the victory and undefeated season.”On court 2, DuFrain beat Hannah Knosp 7-5, 6-4, while Megan Boone beat Sierra Carnegie 6-0, 6-0 and Rylee DuFrain beat …last_img read more

Forage shortage: Considering early weaning

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Garth Ruff, Extension Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Ohio State University Extension, Henry CountyLow hay inventory this past winter combined with poor pasture stands due to excessive moisture have led to a greater proportion of thin beef cows both across the countryside and on the cull market. As we evaluate the toll that this past winter took on forage stands, especially alfalfa, hay is projected to be in short supply as we proceed into next winter as well.For a beef cow to be efficient and profitable, we must meet her nutritional requirements for maintenance in addition to those for reproduction and lactation. As a reminder, the hierarchy of nutrient use is as follows: maintenance, development, growth, lactation, reproduction, and fattening. This applies to all nutrient categories, not just to energy alone. As we conclude calving season, we are entering the most challenging time in production cycle when it comes to providing adequate nutrition. If the cow does not intake enough nutrients and is in suboptimal body condition at calving (BCS < 5), reproduction is the first to fail. With that in mind, one strategy available to minimize body condition and reproductive losses when forage is in short supply is to early wean calves.Early weaning is certainly not a new concept and is one that is often employed when forage availability is scarce. By shortening lactation and weaning calves earlier, a cow’s nutrient need above that of maintenance is greatly reduced. Keep in mind that we still need to provide enough nutrition to sustain the mechanisms of reproduction, estrus, implantation, and gestation.Many universities have researched the pros and cons of early weaning from a herd and systems-based management approach. Taking a deep dive into the archives of the Ohio Beef Letter, I found these “10 reasons to wean Calves at 205 days” written by Tom Turner in 1999. While these reasons are a bit tongue in cheek, there are also some good take home messages regarding herd management.Number 10: Calves that are weaned later in life are less likely to grade “choice” thus, being more attractive to the “high yield” type markets.Number 9: Seven month weaning instead weaning at 3 to 4 months keeps the stocking rates of pastures down, thus eliminating the need for carrying more cows.Number 8: Weaning at 7 months allows the calf to be hungry due to declining milk production by mamma, thus encouraging calves to consume more creep feed.Number 7: Weaning later will reduce early calf growth, thus allowing for more “compensatory” gain in the feedlot.Number 6: Weaning later keeps cows thinner and able to slip through gates and fences easier.Number 5: Later weaned calves will weigh less and as a result can be marketed later with everyone else’s calves.Number 4: Later weaned calves will weigh less and thus, should command more cents per pound than their heavier contemporaries.Number 3: Later weaned calves can be creep fed to boost weaning weights. Since the feed conversion of creep feed is not very good, later weaning utilizes more cheap Ohio corn.Number 2: Later weaning allows open cows to be culled in the fall with everyone else’s open cows.Number 1: Lactating cows require as much as 2/3 more feed than dry, gestating cows — weaning at 205 days will eliminate any abundance of hay.To elaborate further, physiologically at around seven months of age (traditional weaning), we are weaning the calf at a point when its passive immunity acquired via colostrum is at its lowest and active immunity is beginning to ramp up. Therefore, from a health standpoint we are increasing the risk of stress induced illness when weaning calves at “traditional” age.Furthermore, by feeding calves on a higher plane of nutrition earlier in life higher we can accelerate their growth curve. This early growth and energy intake contributes to heavier carcass weights and higher quality grade potential, increasing the value of the calf’s carcass.Can you manage lighter weight calves? In order to be successful in an early weaning system, economics, facilities, and labor need to be considered. Early weaning may not be for everyone, but it can be a useful tool particularly when feed stocks and forage are limited.last_img read more

Google Maps Shoves Apple Maps To The Edge Of The World

first_imgTags:#Google Our long national nightmare is over: Google Maps for iOS has been released in Apple’s iTunes Store, bringing back Google’s robust and much superior map data to iOS users.There are no download stats for Google Maps yet, but it has already been rated nearly 8,000 times since debuted on the iTunes Store late Wednesday. There are reports that some would-be downloaders can’t, possibly due to high demand. Many reviews gush, and indeed, the app seems to return all the features that made Apple’s native Maps app great — when Apple Maps used Google’s free geo-searching service.  Apple ditched the Google data for its own when it released iOS 6 in September, and people have been finding themselves surrounded by hungry dingoes ever since.The iOS version of Maps separated Apple from rival Google as intended, but the gamble failed spectacularly.In the wake of the new Apple Maps release, Apple’s CEO made a public apology and, just recently, the company fired Maps manager Richard Williamson.The new Google Maps app features turn-by-turn directions, Street View and transit directions. But there are small headaches for people who download the app.For one, Google Maps is only optimized for iPhones, so iPad owners will have to contend with the non-universal interface for a while. And those using any other app on an iOS device that uses map data, like the awesomely awesome Wundermap or one of the MapMyRide apps, will still have to work with Apple’s native mapping data.I don’t drive with my iPad, for instance, so who cares if the interface is small for now? (Google is reportedly working on an iPad edition.)The impact of a function-rich Google Maps app on iOS is sure to be a poke in the eye for Apple, but more important, it will siphon some map-related ad revenue that Apple coveted. Once Google Maps gets ads back in the iOS version of its app, all that potential revenue will be navigating its way to Google’s bank account.Title image courtesy of Shutterstock. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts center_img brian proffitt The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

“SIXTY SECONDS IN TOUCH”

first_imgA snapshot of the touch footy happenings from around Australia… * A training camp was held on the weekend for our Mens, Womens and Mixed National training squads. It included different education sessions such as recovery, nutrition, drug education and physical testing and training sessions, as well as a trivia night for a little entertainment. * The New Rustlers Permit is having their final planning meeting in Bundaberg on Saturday and Sunday 28th and 29th August. The Rustlers are in the final stages of the Permit preparation for the 2005 NTL. This planning incorporates the process for players selections, board makeup, Rustlers Cup, training programs and so forth. For people requiring information on the outcomes of the meeting or the planned pathways they should contact Bronwyn Holland via sctouch@netaccess.com.au or 07 54940373 or after hours 07 54940316. The first Rustlers Newsletter will be available on the ATA and Sunshine Coast Websites this week. * The ATA website has recorded a new record number of hits for one day! The site received over 108,000 hits last Tuesday and we would like to thank all who visit the site, as well as encourage people to continue to send story ideas to media@austouch.com.au. We would also like to encourage clubs and permits to continue to seek out media representation for their players and events in local television, radio and newspapers, there is certainly a market there! * Did we mention that the band at the State of Origin function rocked? Xparte, lead by Aussie Mens Open coach Tony Trad were an absolute hit. * NSW touch are holding a planning forum for four days this week, topics include the calendar of events, AusTouch implementation, development in NSW within the National Development Framework established at the 2004 Professional and Development Officers Workshop held in June. * The 2004 Queensland Touch Association team titles are coming up. The competition is being held on October 23-24 in Bundaberg. There are various divisions, Mens, Womens, Mixed Opens, 20’s and Seniors. There are both social and competitive divisions. Nominations close of the September 24, check out http://www.qldtouch.com.au for all the info on divisions, or to download an application form. * The Management Audit Consultants presented their report to the Board on Saturday 7th August. The Board will be considering the report and making a series of recommendations to its stakeholders over the next few weeks. Meetings will be scheduled to present this information to all stakeholders and the Board will advise the details shortly. * ACT Touch are holding their Premier League presentation function on September 4, ticket sales close on August 27, so check out http://www.acttouch.com.au for all the details. * Touch in Canberra is starting to warm up for summer, a nice change from the freezing temperatures of the nation’s capital. Nominations for the summer touch competition are open; see the ACT website for info or to download a nomination form. * Touch Victoria create a great monthly newsletter, the August addition has just been uploaded onto their website, it’s definitely a quality read. * The Monash Touch Club is throwing a party to celebrate its 10th birthday this year. Everyone who has ever been involved with the Monash Touch Club is welcome to attend. See Touch Victoria http://www.victouch.com.au for the where, when and what. * `Local Association of the week’: City of Orange Touch Association. Orange touch are holding their seniors registration night on September 10 at the Orange Ex-services club from 5-7pm. Websites for local touch associations can be accessed via the `local’ link in the top right hand corner of the homepage. Websites are a vital communication tool for these associations and there is always opportunity for them to be developed further. * Been wondering lately what you’re meant to do when you realise your coaching accreditation has reached the expiry date? The ATA has updated the criteria and forms used for renewing your coaching accreditations (both level 1 and level 2). These can be accessed by this link or through the My ClubTouch website. Use the Touch Coach link and then enter Coach Information, then Level 1 or Level 2 Update. Remember your accreditation is only valid for four years! http://www.austouch.com.au/index.cgi?det=1&intArticleID=744&sID=46 * Perth’s radio station Nova 93.7 has joined TouchWest as a sponsor heading into their summer of touch throughout WA, another great addition to the development of our sport. Congratulations TouchWest! * The 2004 Australian University Games are in Perth from September 26-October 1. Touch is being played of course, and Barbarians representative Kailee Brown from Murdoch University has been selected as a `Face of the Games’, a representative of not only the Uni Games but also her university, state and sport. Click below for a profile of Kailee or go to TouchWest’s homepage for the full story on the 2004 Australian University Games. http://www.unigames.com.au/aug/announcements_face_of_the_games.htm#KAILEE * Gold Coast Touch scored some surprise visitors for their Winter Grand Finals last Saturday afternoon. ATA Chairman Michael Sparks and CEO Bill Ker, dropped in to check out the action. Mr Sparks and Mr Ker were on the Gold Coast to address the National Squads at their Training Camp, held at Runaway Bay over the weekend. From all reports, both brilliant finals and an excellent training camp. * Remember any story ideas or information can be emailed to media@austouch.com.au By Rachel Moyle, media@austouch.com.aulast_img

17 days agoSouthampton winger Stuart Armstrong earns Scotland call

first_imgSouthampton winger Stuart Armstrong earns Scotland callby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton winger Stuart Armstrong has replaced Oli McBurnie in the latest Scotland squad.Sheffield United striker McBurnie has withdrawn due to injury.Scotland travel to face Russia in a Euro 2020 qualifier on Thursday, before hosting San Marino at Hampden Park three days later.The Tartan Army must beat Russia to keep their hopes of qualification alive. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

16 days agoDavid Moyes open to returning to Everton

first_imgDavid Moyes open to returning to Evertonby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveDavid Moyes is open to returning to Everton as manager.Struggling boss Marco Silva is coming under increasing pressure at Goodison Park.Moyes, who left Everton for Manchester United in 2013 after 11 years at Goodison Park, is now the bookies’ favourite to succeed Silva, should the Portuguese get the sack.The Mirror says Moyes wants a return to the Premier League, after turning down the offer of jobs in the Championship and League One in recent weeks.Moyes, who lasted just 10 months at United, is currently out of work after leaving West Ham in 2018, after six months in charge.But the 56-year-old, who also managed Real Sociedad and Sunderland post-United, is now the heavy favourite to become the next Toffees boss – for the second time. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Mississippi State May Have The Fastest 60+ Year Old Fan In The Country

first_imgMary, a 60+ year old Mississippi State fan, running the 40 yard dash.Twitter/@HailStateFBMississippi State football hosted a “ladies clinic” today, where Bulldog fans had a chance to go through drills and get coached up by the staff. Based on the many Instagram and Twitter posts we’ve seen, it looks like everyone had a great time. The day’s big winner, however, has to be Mary, the fan who has won the 60+ year old 40 yard dash seven years in a row. Mary doesn’t just edge out the competition either, she crushes everyone.VIDEO: For the seventh straight year, Mary wins the 60+ age group 40-yard dash at the Ladies Clinic #HailState pic.twitter.com/WioGhGCTNp— MSU Football (@HailStateFB) July 18, 2015We’re seriously impressed. Mary can fly.last_img read more

Brokers New Times Shipbuilding Bags Tanker Order

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy of Shaah Shahidh on Unsplash Greek shipowner NGM Energy has been linked to an order for two 156,000 dwt tankers at Chinese shipbuilder New Times Shipbuilding, according to Clarksons.The tankers are expected for delivery in 2020 and are priced at USD 56 million each.The order includes an option for two optional tankers, based on the shipbroking report.New Times Shipbuilding has clocked up over 60 newbuilding orders over the past few years, securing a solid backlog until 2021.The most prolific sectors so far have been Capesizes and LR2 tankers that dominate the orderbook.Chinese Bank of Communications has an impressive order tally at the shipyard with 6 Suezmax tankers and 12 LR2 on order, based on the data from VesselsValue. Pan Ocean and 2020 Bulkers have eight Capesizes on order at the yard respectively, and FrontMarine has eight Ultramax bulkers.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more