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Social justice

first_imgAccording to the United Nations, the principles of social justice are upheld when countries promote gender equality or the rights of Indigenous peoples and migrants. Additionally, countries advance social justice when they remove barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, or disability.For the UN, the pursuit of social justice for all is at the core of its global mission to promote development and human dignity. This year’s theme is “Workers on the Move: the Quest for Social Justice”.The adoption by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) of the Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalisation is just one recent example of its commitment to social justice. The Declaration focuses on guaranteeing fair outcomes for all through employment, social protection, social dialogue, and fundamental principles and rights at work. It constitutes a compass for the promotion of a fair globalisation based on Decent Work, as well as a practical tool to accelerate progress in the implementation of the Decent Work Agenda at the country level. It also reflects a productive outlook by highlighting the importance of sustainable enterprises in creating greater employment and income opportunities for all.The General Assembly recognises that social development and social justice are indispensable for the achievement and maintenance of peace and security within and among nations and that, in turn, social development and social justice cannot be attained in the absence of peace and security or in the absence of respect for all human rights and fundamental freedoms.Further globalisation and interdependence are opening new opportunities through trade, investment and capital flows and advances in technology, including information technology, for the growth of the world economy and the development and improvement of living standards around the world. Today, there remain serious challenges, including serious financial crises, insecurity, poverty, exclusion, and inequality within and among societies and considerable obstacles to further integration and full participation in the global economy for developing countries as well as some countries with economies in transition.This year journalists around the world brought together concrete stories and testimonies about the challenges of social justice and labour migration and to suggest possible policy responses to address these challenges. They will bring to the fore issues on labour migration by highlighting the positive contribution of migrant workers to countries of origin, transit, and destination as well as the key aspects such as their fair recruitment.As part of the programme of activities, participants will also contribute to the UN TOGETHER campaign, which has the purpose of encouraging global action in promoting non-discrimination and addressing the problem of rising xenophobia against refugees and migrants.Secretary General of the ILO, Guy Ryder emphasised that migrant workers, like all workers, are entitled to fair treatment; however, he also pointed out that many migrant workers end up trapped in jobs with low pay and unsafe and unhealthy working conditions, often in the informal economy, without respect for their labour and other human rights.He further outlined that good governance will foster strong cooperation across migration corridors and regions, which should be guided by international labour standards, in particular the fundamental principles and rights at work and the relevant ILO and UN Conventions.The ILO is, therefore, encouraging the adoption of fair labour migration governance frameworks at all levels – global, regional and national. These include a comprehensive, integrated and “whole of government” approach that engages labour ministries together with business, and employers’ and workers’ organisations – those on the frontlines of labour markets.Most migration today is linked, directly or indirectly, to the search for decent work opportunities. While there are many Guyanese who seek employment in other countries, there are also immigrants who have opened businesses locally who are also deserving of fair treatment. On this day, therefore, all Guyanese should join in the global call for social and economic justice and demand that the Government promote inclusive development for all citizens.last_img read more

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Mbappe helps fire Monaco to Champions League semis

first_img0Shares0000Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe (C) and teammates celebrate his opening goal during their UEFA Champions League 2nd leg quarter-final football match against Borussia Dortmund on April 19, 2017 at the Louis II stadium in Monaco © AFP / Valery HACHEMONACO, Monaco, Apr 19 – Teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe scored again to set Monaco on their way to a 3-1 second-leg victory over Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday that allowed them to win their Champions League quarter-final 6-3 on aggregate.Radamel Falcao also netted for the home side in a whirlwind start at the Stade Louis II, and Dortmund were left with too much to do to save the tie. Their skipper Marco Reus pulled a goal back early in the second half but Valere Germain came off the bench to put the seal on a famous win for a brilliant young Monaco side, who go through to the last four for the first time since 2004.“We are very pleased to have taken Monaco to the semi-finals. It is very important for French clubs and France,” Falcao told beIN Sports.“Right from the start we pressed high and scoring early on served us well.”Meanwhile, Dortmund bow out after a tie overshadowed by the bomb attack on the team’s bus last week that forced the first leg to be postponed by a day.Dortmund’s players react after losing against Monaco in their UEFA Champions League 2nd leg quarter-final football match on April 19, 2017 at the Louis II stadium in Monaco © AFP / BORIS HORVATThe Germans lost that match 3-2, their minds elsewhere, but their hopes of turning the tie around in the second leg were not helped when their bus was held up on the way to the Stade Louis II, leading to a five-minute delay to the kick-off.UEFA blamed “heavy traffic” for the hold-up but, on their official Twitter account, Dortmund said they had been delayed in leaving their hotel by police for around 20 minutes “without justification”.“It was the worst thing that could happen a week after the attack — everyone was on the bus ready to go but we were not allowed to,” Tuchel said.“You come into such a game trying to have a clear mind to go out and turn the tie around, but with just an hour and a quarter to go before the match we were not able to think about football at all and it wasn’t ideal.”While the appearance of Spanish defender Marc Bartra — who needed surgery for a broken wrist suffered in last week’s attack — at the stadium was a boost to Dortmund, the delay unsettled Thomas Tuchel’s side and their hopes were effectively ended in a terrible opening 20 minutes.The away defence backed off as Benjamin Mendy advanced and when the full-back’s powerful left-foot strike stung the palms of goalkeeper Roman Burki, the 18-year-old Mbappe was on hand to convert the rebound.That strike meant Mbappe, who netted twice in the first leg, became the youngest player ever to reach five goals in the Champions League, beating Real Madrid great Raul by 41 days.– Falcao’s half century –Monaco’s Radamel Falcao celebrates after scoring a header during their UEFA Champions League 2nd leg quarter-final match against Borussia Dortmund on April 19, 2017 at the Louis II stadium in Monaco © AFP / Valery HACHENuri Sahin cracked a free-kick off a post at the other end and Monaco survived that scare to increase their lead on 17 minutes at the end of a counter-attack.The rampaging Mendy’s initial cross came back to Thomas Lemar and he held up a ball that was headed home by captain Falcao, the prolific Colombian marking his 50th appearance in European competition with his 45th goal.Like in the first leg, Tuchel’s decision to start with three at the back had backfired and he changed things up before the half-hour mark, bringing on Ousmane Dembele for Erik Durm and reverting to a four-man defence.Dortmund now needed to score three times without reply just to force extra time but they did not manage to get one back until three minutes after the restart, Dembele tormenting Mendy on the right before his cutback was lashed home first-time by Reus.But it was Monaco who had the best chances to score again after that, with Burki tipping over Almamy Toure’s looping header and Falcao squandering a fine chance before substitute Germain made sure of their place in the last four.He had only just come on for Mbappe when he converted Lemar’s square ball with his first touch with nine minutes to go, as Monaco join Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Juventus in the semi-final draw.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Parkland CEO warns oil supply restrictions will hurt B.C., Alberta

first_img(THE CANADIAN PRESS) CALGARY, A.B. – The chief executive of Alberta-based Parkland Fuel Corp. says any measure that restricts the supply of oil to British Columbia would be detrimental to the economy of the province, as well as Alberta.Bob Espey says the fuel distributor and marketer has been in contact with both provincial governments about the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project and remains hopeful that the issues can be resolved in a way that is beneficial to Canada, and both provinces.Espey adds during a call to discuss its latest quarterly results that he is confident Parkland, which owns a refinery in Burnaby, B.C., can continue to serve its customers.- Advertisement -Pipeline builder Kinder Morgan curtailed spending on the $7.4-billion Trans Mountain expansion, which would triple the capacity of an existing pipeline between Edmonton and Burnaby, B.C., blaming opposition and delays in B.C.Kinder Morgan set May 31 as the deadline for governments to find a solution to the impasse as the dispute between the Alberta and B.C. provincial governments continues to escalate.B.C. premier John Horgan has said the federal government should invest in refineries, not pipelines, so that bitumen can be turned into fuel and used at home rather than shipping the raw form overseas.Advertisementlast_img read more

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MISSING MADDIE’S FAMILY MAKE HEARTBREAKING TRIP BACK TO DONEGAL

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: The family of Maddie McCann have made a poignant return to Donegal for the first time since their little girl went missing five years ago.Gerry and Kate McCann and their twins Sean and Amelie have been enjoying a family break in West DonegalThe family have rented a house in the Dungloe area and have been enjoying days out in the town. Missing Maddie’s dad Gerry has many relations in the area whom he keeps in touch with.His father John was born in the village of St Johnston but left Donegal in 1967 before Gerry was born.Poignantly this is the first time the family has returned to Ireland since Maddy went missing while holidaying in Portugal in 2007.Just weeks before she went missing, Maddie, 3, had enjoyed another trip to Donegal. The McCann family had been visiting the area on holiday in April 2007 before stopping off at their family-owned pub in St Johnston.A picture in the little village shows Maddie and family members enjoying an ice-cream outside People’s Bar which is still owned by Maddie’s grandmother Eileen McCann.More than 40 family members had enjoyed the Easter trip.Maddy and her parents had even attended Easter mass in Dungloe.This week the couple were given a warm welcome back by friends and family. One local woman, who asked not to be named, said she was delighted when she seen Gerry in Dungloe.“I went over and said hello to him and asked how things were going.“He said things were going as well as they could and they were enjoying their little break here.“He actually asked me where was the best place to find a swimming pool locally to take his children for a swim. “Nobody will really bother them when they are here which is probably what they want – to be away from everything,” said the woman.MISSING MADDIE’S FAMILY MAKE HEARTBREAKING TRIP BACK TO DONEGAL was last modified: October 26th, 2012 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:donegaldungloeGerry McCannKate McCannMaddie McCannmissingportugallast_img read more

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Religious Events Calendar

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The Revs. Andrae and Sandra Crouch host Trinity Broadcast Network, 7 p.m. Wednesday, New Christ Memorial Church, 13333 Vaughn St., San Fernando. Call (818) 361-11087. “The Holocaust: A View from the Soul,” a six-week course on the triumph of faith over evil, led by Rabbi Moshe Bryski, beginning at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Conejo Jewish Academy, 30345 Canwood St., Agoura Hills. Fee: $65. Reservations required. Call (818) 991-0991 or see www.jewishacademy.com. “Maimonides: The Guide of the Perplexed” is the topic of a lunch study led by Rabbi David Rousso from Young Israel of Woodland Hills, 12:45-1:45 p.m. Thursdays, Unique Cafe, 18381 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. Call (310) 729-0644 or see www.youngisraelwoodlandhills.org. “Muslims and Jews: Opportunities and Challenges” will be discussed by Shaikh Yassir Fazaga, Islamic Foundation of Orange County, Ra’id Faraj and Sherrel Johnson, Council on American-Islamic Relations, and Rabbis David Baron, Temple of the Arts, and Steven Jacobs, Temple Kol Tikvah, 7 p.m. Shabbat service Friday, Temple Kol Tikvah, 20400 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. Call (818) 348-0670. Los Angeles Catholic Singles Club will hold a Super Bowl Party, 3 p.m. Feb. 5, Presidente Restaurant, 11451 Sepulveda Blvd., Mission Hills. Call (626) 793-7602. “The Kabbalah of Time: The Meaning of Moments, the Rhythms of Life,” an eight-week course on Jewish mysticism, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6 or 7 p.m. Feb. 8, Chabad-Jewish Learning Center, 5040 Telegraph Road, Ventura. Fee: $75. Reservations required. Call (805) 658-7441 or see www.myJLI.com. Constitutional lawyer and author Ann Fagan Ginger will discuss U.S. human-rights violations, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8, Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society, 9550 Haskell Ave., North Hills. Call (818) 894-9251. Author and lecturer Dennis Prager will discuss American moral judgments and world opinion, 8 p.m. Feb. 8, Shomrei Torah Synagogue, 7353 Valley Circle Blvd., West Hills. Call (818) 346-0811. Faith in the face of persecution will be the topic of a pastor from Iran, 9 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Heart of the Valley Community Church, 18644 Sherman Way, Reseda. Call (818) 881-3651. “A New Authority?” will be the message delivered by Nancy Switzler, 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 9 W. Bonita Drive, Simi Valley. Call (805) 583-0556. “Bringing It All Together” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Maureen Hoyt, 10 a.m. Sunday, Granada Hills Church of Religious Science, 17622 Chatsworth St. Call (818) 363-8136. “Relationships in the Modern World” will be the message of the Rev. Paul N. Shafit, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Welcome Home Church, 7248 Owensmouth Ave., Canoga Park. Call (818) 314-0955. “How to Overcome Negativity” will be the message of the Rev. Carrie Lauer, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Center of Spiritual Awakening, meeting at the Radisson Hotel, 9777 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Chatsworth. Call (818) 709-1451. “How to Use the Power of Creative Mind” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Bonnie Rowsell, 10 a.m. Sunday, Glendale Church of Religious Science, 2146 E. Chevy Chase Drive, Glendale. Call (818) 244-8171. “The Abundant Life” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Dave Wilkinson, 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Moorpark Presbyterian Church, 13950 Peach Hill Road, Moorpark. Call (805) 529-8422. “Three Ps in a Pod” will be the message of the Rev. Bob McDill, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sepulveda Unitarian Society, 9550 Haskell Ave., North Hills. Call (818) 894-9251 or see www.webcom.com/onion. “Press the Reset Button” will be the message delivered by Karen Morse, 10 a.m. Sunday, La Crescenta Church of Religious Science, 4845 Dunsmore Ave. Call (818) 249-1045. “Work Puzzles” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Evelyn Hammond, 10 a.m. Sunday, Center for Highly Effective Living, Church of Religious Science, meeting at Pacific Lodge Youth Services, 4900 Serrania Ave., Woodland Hills. Call (818) 883-1300. “Stealing the Thunder” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Thomas E. Witherspoon, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Unity Church of the Valley, 2817 Montrose Ave., La Crescenta. Call (818) 249-4396. “Visioning Continues” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Gene Bowhay 11 a.m. Sunday, Valley Missionary Baptist Church, 18401 Keswick St., Reseda. Call (818) 757-7719. !”God of Wonders” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Jim Bell, 8:45, 10:15 and 11:45 a.m. Sunday, West Valley Christian Church, 22450 Sherman Way, West Hills. Call (818) 884-6480. Fourth Sunday after Epiphany service, led by the Rev. Scott Kingsbury, 10 a.m. Sunday, Saint Barnabas the Apostle Anglican Church, meeting at a private residence in Sun Valley. Call (626) 818-4721 or see www.stbarnabashome.org. Religion events are compiled by Staff Writer Holly Andres. Notices appearing in the events column must reach the Daily News two weeks before the Saturday on which they are to run. Items must be typewritten. Phone numbers must be included for contact purposes. Mail to Religion Calendar, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365-4200. Fax (818) 713-0058 or e-mail without attachments to Holly.Andres@dailynews.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Hip Hop Sunday Night Underground, a hip-hop dance service, 6 p.m. today, In His Presence Church, 21300 Califa St., Woodland Hills. Call (818) 313-9393 or see www.ihpchurch.org. Informal Torah discussion, led by Rabbi Steve Conn, noon Mondays, Congregation Beth Shalom, 21430 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita. Call (661) 254-2411. “Is Death Final?” a lecture by Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe, 8 p.m. Monday, Conejo Jewish Academy, 30345 Canwood St., Agoura Hills. Admission: $10 in advance and $13 at the door. Call (818) 991-0991 or see www.jewishacademy.com. Catholic Community luncheon, 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Beverly Garland’s Holiday Inn, 4222 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood. Reservations required for the $15 buffet luncheon. Speaker Dominic Bernardino will discuss “God’s Bountiful Love.” Call (818) 846-3271. last_img read more

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Ocean breeze helps to slow Day Fire

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsOn Monday, it forced the evacuation of about 100 animals from a wildlife refuge in the valley. Lions, leopards, macaws, raccoons and other animals were moved. “We couldn’t even hardly breathe,” Debbie McNeeley, an office manager at the facility, said Tuesday. “The smoke was really getting bad. It was almost getting dark at four in the afternoon.” The fire has scorched more than 131 square miles, or 84,035 acres, of chaparral and timber since it was started on Labor Day by someone burning debris in the forest 30 miles northwest of Los Angeles. The fire doubled in size over the weekend, fanned by hot, gusty Santa Ana winds. However, the winds had shifted by Tuesday and a coastal breeze from the southwest brought higher humidity. “We’re looking, hopefully, not to see as much activity,” Pasinato said. The fire had burned toward a condor sanctuary in the Sespe Wilderness. State officials were keeping watch on the area’s endangered giant vultures, including a fledgling that hatched in May. Pasinato said the birds were safe after being spotted in an area far from the flames.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! OJAI – A stubborn wildfire burned near hundreds of homes Tuesday, but a moist ocean breeze slowed its advance through the Los Padres National Forest north of Los Angeles, fire officials said. The edge of the Day Fire was about seven miles southeast of the populated Lockwood Valley, where authorities recommended but did not order an evacuation, U.S. Forest Service spokesman Joe Pasinato said. The flames did not crest the hill above the valley, he said. The fire in a mostly rugged area of the forest has burned since Labor Day and was just 15 percent contained. Nearly 2,000 firefighters, 24 helicopters and 10 air tankers were involved in battling the blaze. last_img read more

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Knight High finds comfort in the option

first_imgMerritt was 4 for 6 on the drive, highlighted by a key third-and-long completion to Demetick Clifton and a 35-yard completion to Gillonni Green that got the Hawks to the Quartz Hill 3. Green fumbled on the play, but Justin Culver recovered for Knight, setting up Merritt’s scoring run. Other key contributors for Knight included linebackers Darveon Morris and Joseph Fleming, who each had 10 tackles. Friday’s victory, the program’s first win and arguably among the fourth-year school’s most significant victory in any sport, has the Hawks (2-3, 1-1) in contention for one of the league’s four playoff berths. “This was our first Golden League win and obviously it’s a big deal,” Bauer said. “This is a very tough league and it’s tough to win in this league.” It has also been a boon for morale. “It gives you a little more motivation to go out and practice,” Bauer said. Wake-up call: After a lackluster effort in the first half of Friday’s game against traditional rival Antelope Valley, Palmdale coach Jeff Williams lit a fire under his team at halftime that by all accounts provided the impetus for a 37-10 victory. Heavy league favorite Palmdale was locked in a 10-10 tie with Antelope Valley at halftime, but the Falcons broke the game open in the third quarter, scoring on their first two possessions. Palmdale quarterback David Coleman was 9 for 16 passing for 188 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. “Coach (Williams) went off on us (at halftime),” Coleman said. “He told us exactly what we needed to hear and we picked it up in the second half.” Turnaround: Antelope Valley Christian’s 8-man team defeated Excelsior Education Center of Victorville 28-6 on Saturday to remain one of two unbeaten Antelope Valley teams. The Eagles’ (5-0) remarkable run comes after two consecutive winless seasons. AV Christian was outscored 217-52 in last season’s 0-5 campaign, and was a combined 0-14 the last two seasons. Inconclusive: Quartz Hill two-way lineman Jason Fonzi remains doubtful for this Friday’s nonleague game against Saugus with a high-ankle injury that’s sidelined him the last four weeks. Results of an MRI taken last week were inconclusive, Quartz Hill coach Pat Degnan said. “They told him not to put any weight on it for a while for precautionary reasons,” Degnan said. Rankings: Boron remains the Antelope Valley’s only unbeaten 11-man team after its 7-6 nonleague victory over Mojave on Friday. The Bobcats (5-0) are ranked No. 2 in the most recent Southern Section Northeast Div. poll, and are among four Antelope Valley ranked teams. Palmdale (4-1, 2-0) is ranked No. 7 in the Western Div., Rosamond (4-1) is ranked No. 6 in the East Valley Div., and A.V. Christian is ranked sixth in the 8-man Div. II poll gideon.rubin@dailynews.com 661-267-7802 Local Scoreboard: Palmdale 37, Antelope Valley 10 Knight 18, Quartz Hill 14 Lancaster 64, Littlerock 13 Desert 35, Silver Valley 0 Rosamond 24, Paraclete 6 Boron 7, Mojave 6 Vasquez 37, Mammoth 24 Desert Christian 31, Twin Pines 0 EIGHT-MAN Antelope Valley Christian 28, Excelsior Education Center 6 Victor Valley Christian 41, Bethel Christian 22160Want 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 PhillipsMerritt has since made great strides in the passing department, culminating with a clutch effort in Friday’s 18-14 league upset of Quartz Hill, when he engineered a thrilling 83-yard scoring drive with a minute and 31 seconds left in the game. The option is a football version of a shell game, and when run well, it can be exceedingly difficult to figure out who the ball carrier is. “What we did was take our best running back and we made him a quarterback,” Knight coach Jim Bauer said. Merritt has thrown for 499 yards in five games, 117 more than the Hawks’ 2005 season total in 10 games. “The fact that he’s been able to throw the ball has opened up our offense,” Bauer said. “Otherwise we’d be getting loaded up in the box and we couldn’t run.” PALMDALE – The experiment was originally devised out of necessity late last season when Knight High’s seniorless football team was left scrambling to field a team after losing nine starters to injuries. Knight coach Jim Bauer, who’d been running a power pitch offense since starting the program in 2003 and at Littlerock long before that, decided to run an option offense. The scheme centered around moving running back Terrel Merritt to quarterback, replacing an injured Michael Solano. Although his passing skills needed some polish, Merritt’s quick feet made him an ideal option quarterbacking candidate, and his combined 265 rushing yards in Knight’s last two games were among the few bright spots for a team that was 2-8 overall and 0-6 in Golden League, giving Bauer reason to believe the scheme offered some promise. last_img read more

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Halloween has some decorating to death

first_imgWEST HILLS – Beer and physics helped Steve Chambers move the giant, tail end of an old airplane onto the front yard of his Saticoy Street home. Inspired by “Lost,” the plane-crash scene, complete with severed arms and legs strewn about, took Chambers days to compile, and it took a six-pack or two to quench his thirst. But if that’s what it takes to spook the bejesus out of people, Chambers is all for it. A jack-o-lantern placed on a stair stoop just doesn’t cut it anymore. “Every year for the last 10 years, we have always done something for Halloween,” said the 25-year-old, who works for an aviation company. “I thought this would be scary. I have dead bodies. I’ll have strobe lights. So far, I’ve had a lot of people saying it’s good. Only one person, out of everybody, drove by and flipped us off.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsAcross the San Fernando Valley and nationwide, Halloween is bringing out the mad scientist in all macabre enthusiasts eager to concoct a ghoulish world on their front lawns and porches. Halloween has become the second-biggest decorating occasion after Christmas, according to the National Retail Federation. An estimated $4.96 billion will be spent by Americans on Halloween-related items this year – from naughty princess costumes and fake blood to plastic intestines and strings of orange lights. “Consumers see Halloween as a seasonal celebration to bridge the gap between the end of summer and the winter holidays,” said Tracy Mullin, president of the federation. “Halloween offers a little something for everyone and, this year, people of all ages will be joining in the fun.” At the Halloween Super Store on Ventura Boulevard – one of those seasonal shops that appear out of thin air in vacant storefronts – items were vanishing off the shelves. “We’ve just about sold out on decorations,” said assistant manager Mera Paplanus. “We started selling them earlier this year.” Shopper Maryam Hashemi of Woodland Hills filled a basket with creepy crawlers, black light bulbs, a cauldron and spiders. She was throwing her first Halloween party, she said, and she wasn’t too thrilled about all the money she had spent. “All this stuff is kind of gross actually,” she said. “It’s for the kids really.” But many said decorating was a decades-old habit born out of family tradition. Ardyne Lindsey has gone all out on decorating for about 30 years because her mother went into labor with her on Halloween. She was born Nov. 2. “It’s really a celebration of my birthday,” she said. Her Woodlake Avenue home features a mammoth spider web that crisscrosses her entire front yard. Her 21-year-old son likes to jump on and cling to it. This year, she is planning to assemble a floating seance table. A big plastic bubble with a witch’s head inside will hover over it. “I always try to add something new,” she said. “I want it to look authentic, not the goofy Halloween thing.” Meanwhile, the Stachowiaks of Reseda say they’re taking their annual haunted house on Garden Grove Avenue to the outer limits, with more fog, bigger spider webs, spookier hologram ghosts and massive amounts of silly string. They’ve spent $300 so far – and they’re not done. “We have a blast with it,” said James Stachowiak, one of 13 children. “I’ve been going to every Halloween store in the area and on the Internet to find what I want. There are so many things available. It’s fantastic.” susan.abram@dailynews.com (818) 713-3664160Want 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

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Diplomat laments U.S. fence law

first_imgMexican immigrants have been wrongly excluded from the immigration-reform debate, and building more fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border could exacerbate migration problems, Ruben Beltran, Mexico’s consul general for Los Angeles, said Wednesday. During an interview, Beltran blamed the exclusion in part on the Minutemen and other vocal anti-illegal immigration groups, but argued that most Americans don’t share their views. He also said Mexico’s position on immigration reform had been unfairly portrayed. “Our position has been labeled as only rooting for a solution that involves the `A-word,’ which frankly, I don’t find to be the case,” Beltran said, referring to amnesty for undocumented immigrants. The diplomat said that a “true solution” to the immigration problem would include increased Mexican border security, foreign investment to create more jobs in Mexico and an expansion of guest-worker programs to allow Mexicans to work temporarily in the U.S. He added that making illegal border crossings more dangerous could also increase the number of people who die trying to navigate miles of hot, barren desert. “And instead of having 300 deaths a year (in the desert), are we now going to have 600 deaths?” he asked. Beltran said he hoped Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger would “go deeper in his relationship with Mexico and Mexican immigrants.” Schwarzenegger was sharply criticized by Hispanic advocacy groups earlier this month when he said it was difficult for Mexicans to assimilate because of the proximity to their home country. Beltran called Schwarzenegger’s comment “unfortunate.” “Sometimes he has not been able to express that sense of appreciation for the work of immigrants,” Beltran said.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 PhillipsWith about 3.5 million people of Mexican descent, Los Angeles County is the county with the nation’s largest Mexican population. The national pro-immigrant movement was born in Los Angeles. Hundreds of thousands took to the streets last spring demanding amnesty for more than 11 million illegal immigrants. The U.S. Senate passed a bill earlier this year that would have combined enhanced border security with a path to citizenship for many illegal immigrants, but it ultimately died because of a lack of consensus in the House of Representatives. Earlier this month, President George W. Bush signed the Secure Fence Act, which will add 700 miles of fence along the U.S.-Mexico border. Beltran called the act a “fractured” response that could ultimately cause more problems than it solves. “Are we going to favor organized crime that is preying on immigrants?” said Beltran, expressing views similar to the Mexican government’s. last_img
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Tony McNamee is latest player to commit to Finn Harps for 2020

first_imgTONY McNamee has been confirmed as Finn Harps’ latest signing for 2020.Midfielder McNamee has signed a new one-year deal at Finn Park.McNamee rejoined Harps for the 2019 season after a spell away from the club when he played in the Ulster Senior League with Fanad United and Swilly Rovers. In 2017/18, McNamee was top scorer in the USL while at Fanad.After a short spell at Swilly, his schoolboy club, McNamee returned to Harps having previously played in 2015 and 2016.“We were delighted when Tony returned at the start of last season and it’s great to have him confirmed again for 2020,” Harps boss Ollie Horgan said. “He’s a good player with a couple of seasons in the Premier under his belt now and that will stand to him going forward. He knows that every game is a battle and that experience will be vital.” Tony McNamee is latest player to commit to Finn Harps for 2020 was last modified: December 12th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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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