Witnesses to hit-run injury sought

first_imgWitnesses said the Honda – driven by a Latino or Middle Eastern man, between 30 and 40 years of age, with black, short, well-groomed hair – had extensive front-end damage and possibly a cracked windshield following the collision, detectives said. The driver continued south on White Oak Avenue, west on Sherman Way and north on Lindley Avenue, Rains said. Martinez was taken to Northridge Hospital Medical Center, where he remained in critical condition late Friday. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact West Valley detectives at (818) 374-7730. After hours, call the toll-free 24-hour anonymous tip line at (877) 529-3855. rick.coca@dailynews.com (818) 713-3329160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The younger brother yelled at the driver, detectives said. “Apparently (Alex) almost got struck and threw a towel out of frustration as (the car) drives by,” Rains said. The driver turned the car around just north of Wyandotte Street and came back and swerved toward the men, striking Peter. “It was a deliberate act by this suspect, that he deliberately went toward the victim, Peter Martinez,” Rains said. Witnesses reported a partial license plate number of 4W for the car, a 1995 or 1996 black four-door Honda Civic with tinted rear windows. VAN NUYS – Detectives are looking for witnesses after a man driving a compact car struck and gravely injured a 20-year-old pedestrian Thursday, police said. At a press conference Friday, family members of Peter Martinez pleaded for anyone to come forward who witnessed the 2:50 p.m. crash on White Oak Avenue at Wyandotte Street. “He’s a good, hardworking guy,” said Martinez’s sister, Brenda Martinez, 27, noting Peter and his younger brother, Alex Martinez, 18, were returning home from work when the incident occurred. Los Angeles Police Detective Foster Rains said the two brothers had exited a bus and were crossing the street when the Honda failed to stop for them as it was heading north on White Oak Avenue. last_img read more

Students protest illegal alien bill

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – Fueled by what many viewed a personal slight by the government against their families and heritage, some 200 students from Golden Valley High marched off campus Monday to protest a proposed tightening of federal laws that could criminalize illegal immigration. The students – some as young as 14 and primarily Latino – walked peacefully for some 10 miles and nearly four hours from the high school to City Hall, urging a “No to HR 4437” on placards and on their painted faces. “Kids have an opinion,” said Emilia Cuervo, 17, the march’s organizer. “We want to be heard. We want to stay here.” The House of Representatives resolution passed in December would make it a felony to enter the United States illegally; erect barriers along one-third of the U.S.-Mexico border and impose tough penalties for those hiring or helping illegal immigrants. “Our parents went to the march Saturday,” said Eric Luna, 15. “Now it’s our turn.” “They shouldn’t make it a felony for someone who came over the border,” said Erica Gudino, 17. “If immigrants don’t come here, who’s going to take the jobs? When you go to McDonald’s and Jack-in-the-Box, it’s all Mexicans.” Cuervo said she heard about organized walkouts planned in cities around the nation Monday from the Internet network site MySpace.com. At the 728,000-student Los Angeles Unified School District, at least 22,000 from the San Fernando Valley to Pacific Palisades walked out. The protest at Golden Valley High started small, until the crowd grew during break. “It was about 20 people from the beginning,” she said. “When the bell rang, we had a lot of people. We went to the amphitheater and we let them know what it is they’re actually marching for. “This is my home,” said Cuervo, 17, whose parents came to the U.S. about 20 years ago. “They have no right to take that away from me. … I love school, but sometimes, you have to take action.” Pat Willett, spokeswoman for the William S. Hart Union High School District, said school officials had tried to persuade the students to stage a discussion on campus, and warned they would be truant if they left. “We have no intention at all to squelch their ideas,” she said. “We just wanted them to do it on campus.” But when the students walked, school officials relented and contacted the Sheriff’s Department to provide an escort, Willett said. Two school district officials also monitored the march. The Hart Union High School District’s punishment for truancy is detention on Saturdays. Golden Valley’s Web site noted the march, and provided links to the immigration bills before Congress. The marchers carried backpacks, Mexican flags and bottled water, occasionally erupting in chants of “Si Se Puede!” – “Yes We Can!” – the Latino rallying cry from the civil rights marches of United Farm Workers founder Cesar Chavez. “My son’s in here,” said Theresa Castillo, 40, who caught up with the marchers to hand her son Luis a Mexican flag. “I think it’s great the kids are doing something too. I’m proud.” Michael Satterthwaite, 68, watched with skepticism as the students passed. “I wonder if they really understand what they’re marching for,” he said. “If they don’t know, that’s a problem. Young people like to jump onto a bandwagon.” eugene.tong@dailynews.com (661)257-5253 last_img read more

Homeless to get more help from Section 8

first_imgCity officials will find the money to house more than 2,000 homeless people, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is expected to announce today. The help is provided through the city Housing Authority’s Section 8 program, which uses federal funds to subsidize rent for low-income tenants. The Housing Authority had to suspend its Section 8 program in 2004 after the federal government raised concerns about how the city was handling the money. The program came back on line in April with 1,163 Section 8 housing vouchers available for homeless families. 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 MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsVillaraigosa is expected to announce today that 1,000 more vouchers will be set aside for the homeless. About 300 of the vouchers are set aside for families now on downtown’s Skid Row. The Section 8 voucher program has helped homeless families afford rent and move into their own homes, said Tanya Tull, president and founder of Beyond Shelter. “Through the leadership of the mayor, the Section 8 program for homeless families has been reactivated in the city of Los Angeles and will now help hundreds of homeless families and individuals leave the ranks of the homeless and move into permanent, affordable housing each year.”last_img read more

Mistrial declared in 138 death

first_imgThe Pailliotets were driving west on Highway 138 in a 1998 Ford Ranger pickup truck about 2:20 p.m. when the collision occurred near Avenue W, where the two-lane highway makes one of two bends just east of the hamlet of Llano. White was driving back to the Chino area after dropping off a car in Palmdale, Bowman said. White’s 2002 International tow truck was passing the big rig when it hit the Pailliotets’ truck head-on, authorities said. White and other motorists pulled the Pailliotets from their burning truck, a California Highway Patrol report said. The Pailliotets, who have two grown children, did volunteer work at St. Andrew’s Abbey in Valyermo, the attorney handling their civil case said. Highway 138 at Avenue W was the site of a 1998 crash that killed a young couple and injured their 10-month-old son when their Jeep Wrangler was hit by a pickup truck that went out of control on a curve. The young woman’s father waged a billboard campaign to improve the highway, now being widened to four lanes farther west toward Palmdale. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – A mistrial was declared in the case of a tow-truck driver involved in a fatal head-on collision on Highway 138 after jurors deadlocked 11-1 in favor of acquittal on a charge of felony vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence. The Antelope Valley Superior Court jury convicted James Herbert White of Montclair of misdemeanor reckless driving in connection with the June 2005 incident. “It turned out that the area had just been repaved, and it hadn’t had proper lines put into the road. There were no signs indicating that there was a curve ahead, and he didn’t have knowledge that there was a dangerous situation until he got up next to the big rig,” White’s attorney, Stanley Bowman, said. “He didn’t see the car coming, and it was too late to avoid it. He drove off the road, but the other car did the same, and they had a collision off the road. So it was an accident. It wasn’t gross negligence, which is like racing or driving under the influence,” Bowman said. The verdict was reached Monday. White is scheduled to appear in court in November for sentencing and to see if prosecutors will retry him on the felony count. The prosecutor in the case did not respond to requests for comment. Richard Pailliotet, 72, of Palmdale died from injuries in the June 10 crash that occurred when White crossed over the center line in an attempt to pass a big-rig truck and crashed into the victim’s pickup truck, authorities said. Pailliotet and his wife, Susan, who was injured, were celebrating their 42nd wedding anniversary and returning from a trip to the Grand Canyon. Pailliotet’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit in June against the California Department of Transportation, saying Caltrans should have done more to make the dangerous roadway safer. last_img read more

Fourth-graders have discovered the write stuff

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Truth be told, however, Long loves that reaction. And so does fellow teacher Patricia Vega-Jeter, who banded with Long last year in a forceful effort to improve the drastically low writing scores of Carmela Elementary School’s fourth-graders. State requirements mandate that all fourth- and seventh-graders take a writing exam as part of academic testing that takes place each spring. At Carmela – where 75 percent to 80 percent of students are English-language learners – the scores were bad. So bad that not one fourth-grader had been able to score “proficient” on the writing test since it was introduced in 2001. “We were both new to \ fourth grade last year, and we were really dissatisfied that no one had passed the year before,” Vega-Jeter said. “It was just unacceptable.” That’s when she and Long agreed to work together to develop a uniform grade-level writing program. SOUTH WHITTIER – Teacher Michael Long thinks it’s funny to hear how loudly his students protest when he tells them it’s time to put away their classwork and go outside for recess. It happened again Friday, after a particularly successful lesson on narrative writing that was full of details about fierce Komodo dragons, smelly skunks and the earthy colors of the fall season. “OK, put your writing folders away,” Long started to say before students started wailing, “No, no! Not yet!” The reaction made Long shake his head and chuckle briefly. “C’mon, put ’em away,” he told the class. “I need you to go to recess. I need a break!” By the time the 2006 writing test came around, Long said he and Vega-Jeter pumped up the students and set them loose on the exam, then prayed extra hard for good results through the summer. News of their success came down in September, when school officials announced that, for the first time ever, students had actually passed the writing test. Twenty-three of them, to be exact. “To go from zero to 23 – it was unheard of,” Long said. “And most of those were English-language learners. These kids don’t even speak English at home everyday, and they really struggle to learn writing. But they’re doing it.” Long hours of work had paid off. There were days when the students wrote all day long. Eventually, it became second nature. “At first, I felt it was too much,” said fifth-grader Eric Monteon, 10, an English-language learner. “But the more we did it, the easier it was. I felt sort of confident I could pass the \ test, but I wasn’t really sure I would.” Now, Long and Vega-Jeter are busy honing the writing program they developed last year. They have a little more time this year to prepare their students for the writing exam in March, and they’ve started an experimental writing lab that they teach together every Tuesday and Thursday. “They have really put a lot of effort, a lot of time into improving the students’ writing,” said Cecilia Laidemitt, assistant superintendent of the South Whittier School District. “They planned together, they really focused, and they really inspired those students and themselves.” Vega-Jeter said they’re hoping more students will pass in 2007, but “even just one more than last year would be good.” “I liken this whole thing to being in a band,” she added. “Everyone has a talent that they bring and when they come together, they bounce off each other and troubleshoot and make a beautiful end product. That’s what this experience has been like for me.” tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Oestreich wraps up college career

first_imgFor Hub City TimesMARSHFIELD – Marshfield graduate Matt Oestreich wrapped up his career as a guard on the University of Wisconsin – Platteville Men’s Basketball team, receiving honors for his achievements on the team.During his freshman year with Platteville, Oestreich started 25 games. He scored 184 points and had 72 assists and 70 rebounds.Oestreich was the only player to start all 25 games in his sophomore season and was second in assists per games.During the 2016-17 season, Matt played 21 games, making 17 starts. He finished that season with an assist to turnover ratio of 1.5, second on the team.In his final season, Oestreich started all 29 games. He was named to the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference First Team All Conference and received the Pioneer Career Achievement Award for his accomplishments.Oestreich helped lead the team to a conference championship and a Sweet 16 tournament visit.During Oestreich’s career at Marshfield High School he was named to first team all-conference in basketball, as well as receiving all-conference honors in football and track and field.last_img read more

SA praise for Sudan referendum

first_img24 January 2011 The South African government has welcomed the smooth completion of the referendum in south Sudan, in which, according to the primary results, nearly 99% of southern Sudanese people voted for the region’s separation from the north. The week before last, the people of southern Sudan concluded their historic week-long referendum, in which they voted on whether to remain part of a united Sudan or form a new independent state. Observers believe that the referendum will lead to the secession of the south from northern Sudan, giving birth to Africa’s 54th state.Nearly 99% vote for separation On Sunday, George Makier, spokesman for the South Sudan Referendum Commission (SSRC), said that “98.8 percent have voted for separation after sorting of about 98.8 percent of the ballots in the south and 100 percent of the ballots in the north and outside Sudan. “There is a little remaining percentage in south Sudan and we are currently at the phase of entering data of some polling stations in the south; and we believe the process will not take long,” Makier added. He said the primary results for the referendum would be announced on 30 January, while the overall primary results would be announced on 2 February and the final result on 7 February or, if there were legal challenges, on 14 February. South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Cooperation has commended the people of Sudan for exercising their right to cast their votes and to decide their own future. It also commended both President Al-Bashir and First Vice-President Salva Kiir on the personal leadership and courage they had shown in facilitating a peaceful environment for citizens to participate freely and without fear in casting their ballots.‘Positive sign for region, continent’ “The steps taken in the Sudan to ensure the peaceful conduct of the referendum are not only a positive sign of further developments in the Sudan, but for the Horn of Africa region and the entire African continent,” department spokesperson Clayson Monyela said in a statement last week. Monyela stressed the utmost importance of continued implementation of the Comprehensive Peaceful Agreement (CPA) for Sudan, and urged the parties to reach agreement quickly on critical issues, including border demarcation, security arrangements, citizenship, debts, assets, currency and natural resource arrangements. He said South Africa was in full support of the African Union’s facilitation of negotiations around the post-referendum issues in Sudan. South Africa had sent a team of 35 people, including members of Parliament and civil society, to assist in ensuring a conducive environment for a credible, free and fair referendum. The country’s support was based on its role as chair of the African Union committee on post-conflict reconstruction and development in Sudan. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

HPC-Accelerated Genomic Insights with BIGstack

first_imgAdvancements in the field of genomics are revolutionizing our understanding of human biology, rapidly accelerating the discovery and treatment of genetic diseases, and dramatically improving human health. Genomics, the study of genetic material, is allowing medical professionals to enhance clinical care based on their patients’ specific genetic makeups. Thanks to ongoing IT innovations, genomic research is moving the industry toward a promising future of personalized healthcare and precision medicine.To facilitate this transition, Intel and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard announced the Center for Genomic Data Engineering. The Center is collaborating with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to ramp up genomic analytics workflows, at an unprecedented scale, and with easier deployment. Sharing a common vision to uncover better methods of acquiring, processing, storing, and analyzing genomic data, these organizations offer a series of powerful and flexible data center solutions incorporating best-of-breed hardware and optimized software that will enhance researchers’ ability to analyze genomic datasets collected from diverse sources.The Genome Analysis Toolkit (GATK) from the Broad Institute is the industry’s foremost software tool in the field of genomic analytics. The fourth version of this software package (designated GATK4) is available under an open source software license to help researchers eliminate infrastructure-related complications and derive insights from large genomic datasets in an easier, faster, and more efficient way.Intel and the Broad Institute have developed a breakthrough reference architecture called the Broad-Intel Genomics Stack (BIGstack), which delivers 5X improvement to the Broad’s genomics analytics pipeline. Through this partnership, the BIGstack will drive speed, scale, ease of deployment, and global alignment in the rapidly growing genomics community.As an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partner, HPE is excited to bring to market solutions based on this breakthrough architecture. HPE has developed a purpose-built, unified compute and storage solution that is optimally designed for next-generation sequencing (NGS) workflows, delivering the throughput and efficiency needed to keep pace with the growing demand for genome analysis. Utilizing high-performance computing (HPC) solutions such as HPE Apollo systems and HPE ProLiant servers, researchers can leverage the speed and performance necessary to power advanced data analysis techniques—such as artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning capabilities.Enabled by Intel® architecture, users can harness breakthrough levels of performance to eliminate bottlenecks, support data-heavy workloads, and scale seamlessly to accommodate tomorrow’s challenges. These technologies enable researchers to rapidly train deep neural networks on robust, scalable infrastructure to accelerate AI and genomic insights. Additionally, the Intel® Scalable System Framework is a holistic solution that optimizes compute- and data-intensive processes as well as deep learning techniques to reduce time to insight.The field of genomics is experiencing a major paradigm shift, and developments over the next decade will undoubtedly accelerate the use of technologies like HPC and AI across the industry. As leaders in their respective fields, Intel and the Broad Institute are working together to develop solutions that will help researchers overcome the challenges of diverse genomic datasets and speed time to results. HPE is proud to contribute to this milestone in advancing genomics research.The HPE and Intel HPC Alliance are driving major improvements to a variety of enterprise operations—and genomic analytics is just the beginning. To learn more about how these cutting-edge capabilities are revolutionizing the life sciences industry, I invite you to follow me on Twitter at @pango. You can also check out @HPE_HPC and @IntelHPC for up-to-the-minute news and updates on the latest innovations in HPC, AI/deep learning, supercomputing, and more.last_img read more

Study on to ascertain whether plastic food packaging harmful

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 9 (PTI) Government is conducting a study to ascertain whether the use of plastics for food packaging has any harmful impact on human health, Health Minister J P Nadda said today. He, however, said there is no harm if plastics are used as per the standards laid down by the regulator Food Safety and Standards Authority (FSSAI). “There are various theories about it (plastics). We have not reached any conclusion. The study is still going on. If plastics are used within a level, then there is no danger,” Nadda said during Question Hour in the Rajya Sabha. Normally, there are types of packaging — paper, tin, plastics and glass. Globally, 42 per cent of packaging is done in plastics as they are temper-proof and there are less chances of adulteration, he said. FSSAI has laid down 10 standards for use of plastics in packaging of food products. If quality of plastics is as per the FSSAI standards, then there is no problem, Nadda said. To a suggestion on banning plastics for packaging medicines, the Minister said “there is no such plan.” If the quality of plastics is below the stanards, then there is no problem, he said, adding that a committee has submitted a report on this issue. “We are considering it,” he said. On another query on banning use of plastics to serve hot tea, the Minister said “This comes under the Environment Ministry. They give specifications and each state have to notify accordingly.” PTI LUX ARClast_img read more