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Palmdale man helps clean up storm-ravaged Big Easy

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Houston-based Waste Management is one of the trash companies that serves the hurricane-ravaged area. The company serves about 21 million North American residential, commercial and government customers. More than 100 million tons of trash are dumped in its landfills each year. Hall transferred to the Antelope Valley job just two weeks before leaving for the Gulf Coast, and he’s been there ever since, with just one short visit home. He arrived in New Orleans a couple of weeks after Katrina struck. Brian Brining, Waste Management’s district director for southern Louisiana, had his hands full. “I had lost my home, my camp (cabin), pretty much everything I own,” Brining said. “After the storm, I needed to find time to pick up the pieces – if there were any. Dave appeared one day to take care of the day-to-day things I would take care of.” Brining’s home was in St. Bernard Parish. For days after the hurricane touched down, he was trolling around in his boat, rescuing people from rooftops and ferrying them to higher ground. Hall, 48, rises before the sun most days and returns – sometimes 18 hours later – to sleep on an air mattress wedged in Brining’s district office cubicle. Waste Management had reserved 150 hotel rooms to house its employees, but they were taken over by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Hall said. Lodging was offered in trailers parked at the company’s landfill, but Hall said wandering alligators and the odor were deal-breakers. He ended up staying in a hotel at Canal and Bourbon streets in New Orleans that was jammed with a couple of hundred wooden bunk beds stacked three tiers high. Employees from three companies shared the space. “They had built showers in a loading dock area,” Hall said. “You couldn’t drink the water, and at night, the snoring was in 5-D surround sound.” The company’s Raceland, La., offices are about 40 minutes west of New Orleans. Hall’s territory covers Assumption Parish, St. John Parish, St. James Parish and the surrounding areas. Hall often heads out at 4 a.m., logging 300 to 450 miles a day in a company van or pickup truck, six or seven days a week. He transports helpers to and from New Orleans and makes sure everything runs smoothly. He supervises trash routes for drivers who have returned to New Orleans, and for the company’s out-of-town drivers who flocked to the scene to help out. The temporary workers are from West Virginia, Connecticut, Ohio, Michigan and Nevada. Damage from the disaster has been estimated at up to $130 million. Brining appreciates his new co-worker’s doggedness. “He has been an integral part of operations to keep them up and running while I’m trying to get my folks and my family taken care of,” Brining said. Brining now lives in a camper on the company’s premises. Hall has seen a lot in the last couple of months, but what sticks out in his mind now are the singles or pairs of refrigerators, parked one or two to a home. They are a common sight, their dead motors rusted out from saltwater exposure. More than 36,000 refrigerators have been dumped at one landfill. An Army Corps of Engineers employee told Hall he expects the number to reach 500,000. Workers drain cooling fluid and oil from the motors, then ship the crushed metal carcasses to recyclers. Sometimes the junk conceals a prize. An $1,800 stash was found in one freezer. As a break from the demanding work schedule, Hall visited home for a long weekend around Halloween. He and his brother-in-law decorated the house for a combination Halloween party and birthday party for his daughter Darlene, 11. Hall’s family, which also includes wife Tina, 38, and son Michael, 8, are carrying on in his absence. He talks to the kids twice a day, in the morning and at night. His wife had some reservations about the assignment, but they quickly vanished. “He called me and asked me what I thought about it,” she said. “I told him I was a little scared. The more I thought about it, the more I realized it was a good opportunity.” She called back and told him if he had not already volunteered, he should. She realized most people cannot disrupt their lives to follow their hearts, but his work offered the chance to do something very special. Hall will soon bid goodbye to the fried alligator, alligator gumbo, boiled crabs and jambalaya prepared with great skill by Brining. Though he missed spending Thanksgiving at home, Hall expects to return by Dec. 1. Through the months, Hall and Brining have become friends. Hall plans to return sometime for a fishing trip. Before Katrina, the two could have stayed at Brining’s cabin on Grand Island, which was accessible only by boat. All that’s left of it are a few pillars. With all he has lost, Brining is still pretty optimistic. He was born and raised on the bayou and said he plans to die there. His family has fished commercially for generations. “We fully expected something like this can happen one day,” he said, remembering a 1965 storm, when he was 9. “We were blessed enough to be rescued by other folks,” he said. “We had nothing left.” The homes around Brining’s were all destroyed by Katrina. He has bought another home, but hopes to return to his old one, which he is rebuilding, in a couple of years. Hall appreciates his co-worker’s big heart, and his time-tested philosophy: “You can either cry all day or smile. I’d prefer to smile.” Judy O’Rourke, (661) 257-5255 judy.orourke@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Dave Hall did such a good job overseeing trash pickup in Santa Clarita, his bosses whisked him to Louisiana to help pick up the mess left by Hurricane Katrina. There, mounting curbside piles of trash are a beautiful sight to the Palmdale resident, former operations manager for Blue Barrel Disposal in Santa Clarita and now a route manager in the Antelope Valley for parent company Waste Management Inc. “It means someone has come home. They’ve started to clean up their house,” said Hall. Many homes that were severely waterlogged during Hurricane Katrina and Rita and a resulting levee break have been gutted, their moldy entrails heaped at the curb. last_img read more

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J&K parties say JKLF ban ‘will not achieve anything’

first_imgThe mainstream as well as separatist parties on Friday questioned the Centre’s move to ban the separatist Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) headed by Yasin Malik.“Mr. Malik renounced violence as a way of resolving J&K issue a long time ago. He was treated as a stakeholder in a dialogue initiated by the then Prime Minister (Atal Bihari) Vajpayee ji. What will a ban on his organisation achieve? Detrimental steps like these will only turn Kashmir into an open-air prison,” said former Chief Minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti.National Conference youth president Salman Sagar said the ban on Jamaat-e-Islami and JKLF “has weakened the idea of secular and federal India”.“Due to these events it’s difficult for the mainstream parties to plant the seeds of faith among masses regarding Indian democracy. May good sense prevail upon people at the helm,” said Mr. Sagar.Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said he strongly “denounced the ban”. “Such anti-Kashmir tactics will not change the reality of the Kashmir issue nor the urgency to resolve it,” said the Mirwaiz.last_img read more

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London Olympics: Greg Norman talks about the return of golf in 2016 Rio Games

first_imgThat Greg Norman loves golf is indisputable, but few know that he has yearned for more than 20 years to see his sport make it to the Olympics.  After being a part of the Paris Games in 1900 and the 1904 edition in St. Louis, golf has been brought back to the biggest sporting stage by the International Olympic Committee(IOC) for the 2016 extravaganza in Rio de Janeiro, where golf is still growing and not yet a big sport. Interestingly, in the Olympic Park area of Rio, there are two courses, one of them with a highway running through it. On Tuesday, the golfing legend, who held the world number one spot for 331 weeks and was nicknamed the Shark, recalled how it all started. “I remember when it started. It was a practice round, in 1984, here at Wentworth (England). We were getting ready for a World Match Play. Seve(Ballesteros) mentioned the Olympics, and I was kind of taken aback.I hadn’t thought about it, didn’t know much about the concept,” the Australian said. Seve wanted Norman to help him promote the concept of getting golf on board at the Olympics. Norman went through and stayed with him on the concept. Even after Ballesteros died of cancer last year at the age of 54, Norman, now 57, has kept the campaign alive. And more importantly, Norman always ensured that Seve got the credit for his role. “I give Seve as much credit as anybody,” he said. “And here we are today, talking about golf in the Olympics. “You know what I love about the Olympics? If you win a bronze medal, you are a hero. If you finish third in a golf tournament, you are a choker.advertisementThat’s what we should all take away from the Olympics,” added Norman, who knows a thing or two about losing Majors as he won two of them, but lost countless after coming close. In 1986, Norman led into the final round of each of the four Slams, called the Saturday Slam, but managed to win only the British Open at Turnberry. Norman and Seve were great rivals, with the Spaniard a consistent challenger to the Australian’s No. 1 spot. They practiced a lot together and Norman admits that some of Ballesteros’ passions became his. Norman said Ballesteros knew Juan Antonio Samaranch, the then IOC President and a fellow Spaniard. Seve managed to put the idea of golf in Olympics into Samaranch’s mind. Interestingly, Norman was in the race to build the course in Rio, apart from other big names such as Jack Nicklaus (with Annika Sorenstam) and Gary Player. Norman, the Olympic supporter, won with the inclusion of golf for Rio, but Norman, the golf designer, lost out in the bid for making the course. The IOC awarded the project to American designer Gil Hanse, who worked with Amy Alcott to win the bid. But there is still a lot of work to be done.The IOC wants one women’s and one men’s test event to be played on the course in 2015. “The IOC wanted the course to be such that it could be played on and enjoyed by others, too, after the Games. It was to have an academy, a smaller course for practice, range and all such facilities,” said Norman. Losing the bid upset the Aussie, but he said it was important for golf to take advantage of this opportunity as it will boost the sport. “If we don’t do this well and don’t get golf back in the 2020 Games, then shame on us,” Norman said.last_img read more

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Enes Kanter uncertain for Portland’s 2nd round series with hurt shoulder

first_imgPortland Trail Blazers center Enes Kanter, center, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Jerami Grant, left, and guard Terrance Ferguson, right, compete for a rebound in the second half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Sunday, April 21, 2019, in Oklahoma City. Portland won 111-98. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)PORTLAND, Oregon— Trail Blazers center Enes Kanter’s status for the second round of the playoffs remains uncertain because of a shoulder injury as Portland waits to learn its opponent.Kanter says he separated his left shoulder early on during Portland’s deciding Game 5 against Oklahoma City on Tuesday in the opening round. The Blazers returned to practice Friday.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Blazers coach Terry Stotts said he was hopeful Kanter could play in Game 1, set for Monday regardless of the opponent. He said the extended break — Portland was the first team in the West to advance to the next round — will help.“I know it’s too early,” Stotts said about the decision. “The good thing is we don’t play until Monday, so we don’t really have to make any decisions until then. So we’re hopeful.”Kanter, 26, has had a somewhat turbulent season already. He was waived by the New York Knicks following the trade deadline. Once a starter, he fell out of the rotation altogether when New York — which finished with the worst record in the league — turned its focus to younger players.He was signed by the Blazers just before the All-Star break as a backup to starter Jusuf Nurkic.But Kanter became vitally important for Portland when Nurkic broke his leg in an overtime victory at home over the Brooklyn Nets on March 25. Nurkic was averaging 15.6 points and 10.4 rebounds a game this season.ADVERTISEMENT Kanter averaged 13.1 points and 8.6 rebounds in 23 games down the stretch with the Blazers, including eight starts.In the playoffs, he is averaging 13.2 points and 10.2 rebounds. In Game 1 against the Thunder, he had 20 points and 18 rebounds and was dubbed the game’s MVP by teammate Damian Lillard.He has faced challenges beyond the court as well. A native of Turkey, Kanter missed a game in Toronto shortly after joining the Blazers because he thought his life might be in danger if he left the United States. As a result of his criticism of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Kanter had been labeled a terrorist by his native country. His passport was revoked and Turkey has reportedly issued a warrant for his arrest with Interpol.For now, Kanter is working out lightly and doing some lifting. The concern isn’t just whether he can play through the pain, but whether there’s a chance for further damage, he said.He said he will work with the team’s trainers and see how the shoulder feels.“They just said it’s a separation, it’s normally around a month to just heal it,” he said. “But I mean, you don’t have a month to take off, so I’m just going to push through it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kanter was shooting during the workout, although at times he rubbed the shoulder.“I think the Blazers are doing a very good job taking care of it. But, I mean obviously, I’m not going to lie, it hurts pretty bad,” he said. “I mean I’m having a hard time changing my shirt or eating food. So it’s a process. We’re just taking it day by day, see how it feels.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsDespite the injury, Kanter had 13 points and 13 rebounds in Portland’s 118-115 victory over the Thunder, which sent the Blazers through to the Western Conference semifinals.The Blazers will play the winner of the first-round series between the Nuggets and the Spurs, which is tied at 3-3. Game 7 is Saturday night in Denver.center_img Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Naomi Osaka battles back to reach Porsche Grand Prix semifinals Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

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Works projects awarded nearly 3 million in fix ups approved

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 01 Jun 2015 – Around 2.8 million in infrastructural contracts were approved by TCIG at in recent months for works on three different islands in the archipelago. Largest of the lot is a $2.65 million dollar contract awarded to JACA TCI Ltd for phase two work on the North to Middle Caicos causeway. Over $97,000 was awarded to Unlimited Contracting of Bottle Creek, North Caicos for the refurbishment of Blue Hills docks and there is a nearly $40,000 contract awarded to L&L Construction of South Caicos to fix the roof at the police station on that island; that was granted mid-May. Also getting approved in mid-May is the installation of shutters for the All Saints Missionary Church in Provo, which is a designated shelter – that will cost just under $30,000. Related Items:jaca ltd, l&L construction, unlimited contracting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Facebook changes to how it ranks videos by focusing on original content

first_imgFacebook is switching up how you see videos. Facebook Facebook wants to help filmmakers build a platform and users find quality content. To do so, the social media site is changing up how it ranks videos. In a blog post published on Monday, Facebook Product Management Director David Miller said going forward the social network will prioritize original content.”We want to help media companies — whether large, small, global, or local — continue their invaluable work,” Miller said.The update is based on three factors: loyalty and intent, video and viewing durations, and originality. The new ranking system will change how videos are seen across the site including news feed and video recommendations.Miller said Facebook plans to add more weight to videos that people search for and watch multiple times. Additionally, videos that are watched longer will be prioritized. Facebook plans to limit the distribution of “unoriginal or repurposed content from other sources.” The social media site will also dial back on pages that participate in “sharing schemes.” Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Facebook 0 Digital Mediacenter_img Trump criticizes ‘censorship’ on social media, SpaceX… Post a comment Tags 1:23last_img read more

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It happened when I was very young Fatima Sana Shaikh on facing

first_imgFatima Sana Shaikh speaks about facing sexual harassment.InstagramFatima Sana Shaikh has yet again talked about her #MeToo experience and spoke about facing sexual harassment. Although she did not divulge details of her ordeal, she clarified that she faced it long before entering Bollywood as a mainstream actress.In an interview with India Today, Fatima said that sexual harassment is not restricted to just Bollywood, and she faced it a long time ago.She further asserted that she did not face it during her debut film Dangal or after that. Her #MeToo story is not a current one, and she does not want to discuss it publicly.”It was about a personal experience. I think people have misunderstood the #MeToo movement if they restrict it only to the film industry. It’s not only ki film industry mein aisi cheez hoti hai. Har job mein hoti hai. Jo mere saath hua hai, woh bohot pehle hua hai. Aisa nahi hai ki Dangal ke time hua hai ya uske baad. It happened when I was very young. I think people assuming that it’s very current and wondering why I am not talking about it… that’s a lot of expectation. Every woman in our country has dealt with it and I’m sure not everyone wants to talk about it publicly,” she told the publication when asked if her story is related to casting couch in Bollywood.Fatima had earlier too revealed that she had been a victim of sexual harassment, but even then, she was not comfortable in sharing details of the incident. Aamir Khan and Fatima Sana ShaikhTwitterAlthough she entered the industry as a mainstream actress with the film Dangal, Fatima had earlier worked in Chachi 420 (1997) as a child artist.Post the success of Dangal, Fatima again featured with Aamir Khan in Thugs of Hindostan, but the latter did not perform well at the box office as was rejected by the audience.last_img read more

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Judge freezes accounts of Florida church caught up in alleged Ponzi scheme

first_imgJack Jenkins jackmjenkins How remembering the dead has evolved from graveside eulogy to farewell address Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Jack Jenkins Jack Jenkins is a national reporter for RNS based in Washington, covering U.S. Catholics and the intersection of religion and politics.,Add Comment Click here to post a comment TagsFlorida homepage featured Ponzi scheme Winners Church,You may also like Share This! Share This! Opinion Pete Buttigieg: Religious left is ‘stirring’ August 29, 2019 Share This! By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Newscenter_img News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,5 former Michigan Catholic priests charged with sex crimes Share This! By their tweets you will know them: The Democrats’ continuing God gap August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Anti-extremism program won’t stop hate, say Muslims who’ve seen its flaws August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — The pastor of a megachurch in West Palm Beach, Fla., is refusing to hand over $1.7 million despite claims by federal prosecutors that the funds belong to people caught up in a $30 million Ponzi scheme run by a former church director.According to the Palm Beach Post, U.S. District Judge Robin Rosenberg ordered $1 million in assets belonging to Winners Church, a suburban congregation in West Palm Beach, and to church pastors Fred Shipman and Whitney Shipman frozen.Those assets will remain frozen until Rosenberg issues a ruling on their disposition.The dispute is part of the fallout from an alleged Ponzi scheme run by Canadian financial commentator Harold Seigel and Florida resident Jose Aman. The duo allegedly convinced hundreds of people to invest millions in Argyle Coin, LLC, which claimed to be a cryptocurrency business related to diamonds.According to a dozen lawsuits recently filed in Florida and elsewhere, the men were actually running an elaborate scam. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced on Tuesday (May 21) it was shutting down the operation, describing it as a Ponzi scheme.Some of their money turned up at Winners Church, which boasts a congregation of more than 2,000 and had listed Aman as a “director” on state records.According to a new lawsuit, Aman gave $1 million to the church from 2014 to 2018 and gave church founder Bishop Fred Shipman $700,000. He also allegedly gave Fred Shipman’s son, Winners Church senior pastor Whitney Shipman, around $40,000 during that same time period.On Thursday, Amie Berlin, an attorney for the SEC, told U.S. District Judge Robin Rosenberg that the church and the Shipmans should return the funds, given that the SEC can retrieve money for victims of the scheme.But Carl Schoeppl, the lawyer representing the Shipmans and the church, argued Winners Church can’t be forced to turn over the money because it’s a nonprofit religious institution.The West Palm Beach Skyline as seen from Palm Beach, taken on October 06, 2007. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.He pointed to a Florida statute that allows religious organizations to accept funds “received in good faith,” noting that neither the church nor the Shipmans were aware of Aman’s operation.Bishop Shipman has called the funds “God’s blessings” and told the judge that giving them up would have “a ripple effect in everything we do from this point on.”Lawyers for the U.S. government argue federal law supersedes the state-level statute, although churches have been spared incidentally in the past from different clawback situations.True Life Church in Waukesha, Wis., was initially targeted to pay back $756,000 donated to the congregation by a company that later went bankrupt, but the effort was eventually abandoned in 2017. In a similar bankruptcy case involving Cornerstone Church in Tennessee, the congregation was sued and eventually agreed to pay a settlement.The judge gave both sides in the Winners Church until June 3 to file paperwork explaining their positions. Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Postslast_img read more

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