Taylor holding public hearing on altering zoning bylaw to temporarily prohibit growing and selling pot

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. — The District of Taylor will be holding a public hearing later this month to gather feedback on an amendment to the District’s zoning bylaw that would prohibit the growing and selling of cannabis – at least temporarily.The bylaw amendments had their first two readings at the last regular council meeting on December 18th. The bylaw amendment states that, “The selling, dispensing, or cultivation of marijuana” would be added to the list of Prohibited Uses under all property zones, while “medical marijuana production” would be removed from the permitted uses on properties zoned light or heavy industrial.The District’s Chief Administrative Officer Charlotte McLeod explained that the District is not looking to permanently outlaw cannabis, but is seeking to disallow the currently illegal recreational drug under its current bylaw scheme. She added that Council could then roll back some of those prohibitions once recreational marijuana becomes legal, which is anticipated to occur on July 1st.- Advertisement -When asked about the redundancy of making a currently illegal substance prohibited under the city’s bylaws, McLeod explained that the District is merely looking to get ahead of the curve when it comes permitting of marijuana sales and dispensaries due to uncertainty over the as-yet unknown provincial and federal regulations. That sentiment was echoed by Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies MP Bob Zimmer during his year-end Q&A session with the Peace River Regional District Board on December 8th.Responding to Chair Brad Sperling’s comment that municipal governments are the “low man on the totem pole” when it comes to implementing marijuana regulations, Zimmer said he felt to the contrary about the powers of local governments. “Municipalities have a whole bunch of authority,” said Zimmer. “If you’re concerned about cannabis, if you want to see it dealt with in a certain way, you need to enact your own bylaws to curb some of those concerns until they’re met.”The public meeting will be held at the Taylor District Office on Monday, January 22nd at 5:00 p.m.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Hmong leader accused in Laos plot

first_imgU.S. Magistrate Judge Kimberly J. Mueller ordered all nine defendants to be held in custody until separate hearings later this week. “We’re looking at conspiracy to murder thousands and thousands of people at one time,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Bob Twiss said in federal court Monday. He said thousands of co-conspirators remain at large. Vang Pao, now 77, led CIA-backed Hmong forces in Laos in the 1960s and 1970s as a general in the Royal Army of Laos. He immigrated to the U.S. about 1975 and has been credited by thousands of Hmong refugees with helping them build new lives in the U.S. Since then, however, he has been plotting to overthrow the government, according to the federal complaint. Seven others, all prominent members of the Hmong community from California’s Central Valley, also were charged Monday in federal court: The criminal complaint identified them as Lo Cha Thao of Clovis, a suburb of Fresno; Lo Thao of Sacramento County, who is president of United Hmong International, which the complaint says also is known as the Supreme Council of the Hmong 18 Clans; Youa True Vang of Fresno, founder of Fresno’s Hmong International New Year; Hue Vang, a former Clovis police officer; Chong Yang Thao, a Fresno chiropractor; and Seng Vue of Fresno and Chue Lo of Stockton, both of whom are clan representatives in United Hmong International. SACRAMENTO – A former Laotian military general who helped the CIA wage covert war in Southeast Asia more than 30 years ago and a former officer in the California National Guard were charged Monday in federal court with plotting a violent overthrow of Laos’ communist government. General Vang Pao, a prominent Hmong leader who lives in Orange County, was charged with conspiracy to topple Laos’ leaders in a case that reads like it was taken from the pages of a spy novel. Also charged was former California National Guard Lt. Col. Harrison Ulrich Jack, a 1968 West Point graduate who was involved in covert operations during the Vietnam War. Jack acted as an arms broker and organizer of the plot, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court. The group was raising money to recruit a mercenary force and buy enough weapons to equip a small army, including anti-tank missiles and grenade launchers, prosecutors allege. last_img read more

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DONEGAL COMPANY LAUNCHES ECO BLINDS AND SLASHES HEAT LOSS

first_imgDonegal people certainly don’t need to be told that clever heating and insulation plans save money every winter.Now a local blinds company have launched a clever product which aims to cut energy loss substantially.The Eco Blinds, which is being sold by BM Blinds, is a which can result in up to a 47% heat loss reduction!! The blinds are also designed to reduce solar gain.In the summertime, the white reflective backing on all the blackout fabrics reflects the sun’s rays and therefore stops the sunshine from heating the room.In the wintertime, the thermal fabric and the ‘sealing’ effect of the blind, traps the air between the fabric and the glass. This prevents air from circulating around the window and thus stops the air from being cooled by the glazing pane, reducing in heat loss through the window.Contact us now on 074 9168055 to arrange a FREE no-obligation appointment in your home with one of our design consultants. Remember 25% off ALL ROLLER VERTICAL AND WOOD VENETIAN BLINDS UNTIL END OF JANUARY!!! DONEGAL COMPANY LAUNCHES ECO BLINDS AND SLASHES HEAT LOSS was last modified: January 27th, 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:BM BlindsECO Blindslast_img read more

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DEAL CLOSE! Lucas set for Inter Milan medical as Liverpool accept loan offer

first_img Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and midfielder Lucas Leiva 1 Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva is set to undergo a medical at Inter Milan ahead of a loan switch to the San Siro club.According to reports in Italy, Inter have agreed a deal with Liverpool which will keep Lucas at the club until the summer when they will have the option to make the move permanent.Having arrived from Gremio back in 2007, the midfielder is currently in his tenth season as a Liverpool player but has become a peripheral figure under Jurgen Klopp.The 29-year-old Brazilian has started just three Premier League games this season and is hoping to secure more regular first-team football with a move.Inter have a long-standing interest in Lucas and it appears as though they will finally get their man – so long as he passes his medical.last_img read more

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Former Wigan boss Gary Caldwell back in management with Chesterfield

first_img Caldwell claims none of the objects hit him Chesterfield have appointed former Wigan boss Gary Caldwell as their new manager.The 34-year-old Scot succeeds Danny Wilson, who was sacked on January 8 following a miserable run of 13 defeats in 18 League One matches which left the Spireites in the relegation zone.Experienced player Ritchie Humphreys, the current PFA chairman, oversaw the 4-0 defeat at Luton in the EFL Trophy and Saturday’s 1-0 league victory over fellow strugglers Coventry but Caldwell now takes charge ahead of the visit of AFC Wimbledon at the weekend.Wigan was Caldwell’s first managerial role. The former Latics captain, who made 111 appearances for the club as a player and lifted the FA Cup in 2013, replaced Malky Mackay with the team eight points adrift of safety in the Championship with five games remaining of the 2014-15 season.He was unable to save Wigan from relegation but led them on a 20-match unbeaten run in his first full season in charge to help the club back into the second tier at the first attempt as League One champions.However, following just two wins in the first 14 Championship games this season Caldwell was sacked in October.He was interviewed for the Charlton job the following month as he sought a quick return to management but the Addicks opted for the more experienced Karl Robinson, following his achievements at MK Dons. 1last_img read more

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School offers classes beyond 3 R’s

first_imgWEST WHITTIER – Whether students are designing a dream home, playing golf or remodeling the teachers’ lounge, classes just got a lot more interesting this semester at Los Nietos Middle School. For years, budget restraints and a focus on core academic subjects created a drought of elective classes at the school. Now, however, a new principal at Los Nietos has made coming to school fun again, students said. Principal Marla Duncan, who formerly worked as an assistant principal at a Pasadena school, said teachers were hoping she could bring back elective courses that had not been offered at the school in at least seven years. “Kids need things that make them want to be at school,” Duncan said. “So I asked each teacher whether they could teach – as an elective class – something they personally like to do, something that would spark the kids’ imaginations.” “Our test scores show the students don’t do well on measurements,” Alvarado said. “When we started this class, I stood \ in front of them and asked how far apart we were. And they’d say, `Oh, like 10 feet.”‘ So Alvarado broke out a measuring tape to give them a reality check. But by the time the class is done, students will have created 3-D models. The school is also getting some help from neighboring Pioneer High School, where officials are helping revive Los Nietos’ band program and setting up a Cadet Corps. “The JROTC director at Pioneer put out a notice to the kids to come sign up for the \, and 42 kids did,” Duncan said. “I talked to him this week and he says he’s up to 59 now. So it’s been great. “We’ve got lots of good things going on around here,” Duncan added, smiling. “This is only the beginning.” Teachers say the introduction this school year of electives has not interfered with students still learning what they need to be academically successful. 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! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsThat resulted in classes in interior design, art, creative literature, a school newspaper, yearbook, drama, band, home design, a military-based cadet corps, computers and creative writing. Teacher Elsa Alvarado’s exploratory math elective class, where students are designing their dream homes, started the year with 15 to 20 students. But through word-of-mouth, enrollment grew to 33. Eighth-grader Andrea Rocha, 14, joined the class late, after hearing Alvarado talking about the class. “Before this year, school was kind of boring because you did the same thing. Everyday was like, `Here we go again,”‘ Rocha said. “Now, they’ve brought fun back to the school. Our new principal cares about our education, but it seems like she wants us to enjoy it.” While the idea of designing a dream home is exciting to the students, Alvarado says it also helps them learn much-needed skills in spatial relations. last_img
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Google’s shares surge on profits

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system Those lofty price targets look more realistic after Google’s third-quarter profit nearly doubled to $733 million, surprising even the most bullish analysts. Through the first nine months of the year, Google earned $2 billion on revenue of $7.4 billion. The performance illustrates the substantial advantage that Google has built over its chief rivals, Yahoo Inc. and Microsoft Corp., in the rapidly growing online advertising market. “We believe the company is rapidly becoming THE digital advertising agency for every company in the world,” Stifel Nicolaus & Co. analyst Scott Devitt wrote in a research note Friday. “If it succeeds, the financial returns could potentially be significant.” Underscoring his confidence in the company, Devitt predicted that Google’s stock price will hit $554 in the next year, up from his previous $500 estimate. Google’s robust third-quarter growth, generated in the typically sluggish summer season, bodes well for the upcoming holiday shopping season when ad spending peaks. And if recently declining gasoline prices should fall even further, Google could profit even more as advertisers step up their pursuit of the extra money in consumers’ wallets. The average analyst estimate for Google’s fourth-quarter earnings rose Friday by more than $30 million, or 10 cents per share, according to Thomson Financial. Even one-time Google skeptics see few head winds facing the company. When Google’s stock reached its record highs earlier this year, Standard & Poor’s analyst Scott Kessler concluded that investors had gotten carried away and lowered his price target to $370. The stock price subsequently slumped as low as $331.55 in early March. For all its success so far, Google might just be scratching the surface of its moneymaking potential. For instance, Google’s search engine currently serves as the advertising vehicle for 300,000 to 400,000 businesses with Web sites, American Technology Research analyst Rob Sanderson estimated. That’s less than 10 percent of the roughly 4.5 million businesses with an Internet presence, leaving plenty of room for further growth, Sanderson said. Google so far has focused on short text-based ads tied to its own search results and the content displayed on millions of Web pages each day. To diversify, the company plans to sell more radio and print ads. Google also wants to deliver marketing messages to mobile phones and computing devices in the United States, something it already does in Japan.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – Google Inc.’s stock price surged to a nine-month high Friday, reflecting Wall Street’s deepening admiration of the Internet search leader as it continues to make extraordinary growth look routine. The Mountain View-based company’s shares climbed as high as $460.10 before falling back slightly to close at $459.67, an increase of $33.61, or 7.9 percent, on the Nasdaq Stock Market. The run-up created more than $10 billion in shareholder wealth and left Google’s market value at $143 billion after eight years in business. By comparison, 67-year-old Hewlett-Packard Co. – the world’s largest technology company – has a market value of $108 billion. Google’s stock hasn’t been this expensive since the first half of January when the price reached its all-time high of $475.11. Most industry analysts expect Google to smash through that barrier soon, estimating the shares’ value at anywhere between $500 and $600. last_img read more

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14% of LAUSD seniors flunk exit test

first_imgNORTH HOLLYWOOD – In the first year of mandatory testing, 14 percent of LAUSD’s senior class failed the High School Exit Exam, compared with 9 percent statewide, fueling the debate over the district’s future leadership. The latest figures were released Friday and reflect the results of math and English-language exams administered in May, the final testing date before 2006 commencements. Statewide, some 40,000 students did not pass the test in time to graduate with their classmates. “These are the students who have multiple opportunities to pass,” said Esther Wong, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Unified School District. “This is a challenging group of students, but our district refuses to give up (on) these students.” California Schools Superintendent Jack O’Connell, who announced the state results at a news conference at North Hollywood High, said the state will be adding testing dates, including some Saturdays, throughout the year to provide more opportunities for students to pass. “It’s so frustrating for me, it seems impossible,” said Celia Benegas, a 21-year-old Honduran immigrant who has taken the CAHSEE six times and was studying to take it again next week. “We come here and we don’t know English and the English we do know is so different,” she said. Students in the Class of 2006 were the first who must pass the exit exam, administered to 10th-, 11th- and 12th-graders. Students can take the test a total of seven times, once their sophomore year and three times each in their junior and senior years. If they don’t pass by June, they must attend summer school, with another opportunity to pass the test after that. If they don’t pass the test after summer school, they must attend adult school and take the test until they pass. The state has poured about $70 million into boot camps and other after-school programs intended to boost test scores. Still, about 5 percent of all the state’s students did not graduate this year because they failed the test. rachel.uranga@dailynews.com (818) 713-3741160Want 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 MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmatesThe scores come as Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa jockeys for greater control over LAUSD, which is struggling to bring up student test scores and lower its dropout rate. And while local figures were unavailable, statewide results show that poor students and English-language learners continue to lag behind their classmates. Still, O’Connell maintained that the controversial test will help LAUSD and other districts laser in on problem areas. “I credit the High School Exit Exam with bringing more focus, more attention and more sunshine to the work that still needs to be done,” he said. But for some of the students attending summer school Friday at North Hollywood High, the goal of getting a diploma seems unattainable. last_img read more

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All the best moments from the opening ceremony of Tottenham’s new stadium

first_img REVEALED 7 A spectacular fireworks show welcomes Spurs into their new ground Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won BEST OF Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Spurs’ new ground is breaktaking 7 There was a nod to the local community 7 7 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 7 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars REPLY huge blow Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury center_img Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Preceded by a hailstorm, the opening ceremony began with a video which included interviews with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy and David Lammy, the MP for Tottenham.Supporters were given ‘welcome home’ flags and the first chants to roll down from the single-tier south stand declared the fans were back where they felt they belong. no dice Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 7 REVEALED Spurs players walked out to the sound of a marching band Adele was touted as a possible performer if the stadium had opened in September, but the Tottenham-born Oscar winner was not available. Instead Spurs fans were treated to X-Factor contestant Lanya Matthews.There was a connection to the local area as Gladesmore Community School performed ‘Everybody Dreams’, which was written and originally performed a year after riots swept the streets outside of where the new stadium proudly sits. Gladesmore Community School performed ‘Everybody Dreams’ Tottenham marked their move into their breathtaking new stadium with a glittering opening ceremony ahead of their game with Crystal Palace.Twenty-two months after they waved goodbye to White Hart Lane, Spurs finally open the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and held the perfect housewarming party, with a nod to the farewell observance they paid to their former ground. Spurs fans are home The Spurs and Palace players entered the pitch, flanked by Tottenham academy talent providing a guard of honour and with ‘Oh When the Spurs Go Marching In’ performed by a marching band.In another nod to their previous White Hart Lane home, Wynne Evans – the tenor who performed at the closing ceremony of the former stadium – sang ‘Glory, Glory Tottenham Hotspur’ alongside the other musical acts from earlier in the ceremony. shining ADVICE Wynne Evans sings ‘Glory, Glory Tottenham Hotspur’ 7 Fireworks from the roof ended the pre-match event and it was then time for the real business to begin as Palace midfielder James McArthur kicked off the first game at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.It was a fine spectacle and was a fitting prelude to the historic occasion.last_img read more

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Drainage Structure Replacement Scheduled for SR 37 Near English

first_imgWork is scheduled to last until early January depending upon weather condition.During that time, local residents will have access up to the point of closure, however all other traffic will need to use the official detour using S.R. 64, S.R. 66 and U.S. 150.INDOT urges drivers to slow down and stay alert near crews. The Indiana Department of Transportation announces a large structure replacement project for State Road 37 in English.Beginning on or around Monday Nov. 4, contractors will close S.R. 37 just under two miles north of S.R. 64 to replace the drainage structure over Bird Hollow Creek.During this time, crews will completely replace the drainage structure requiring a full road closure.last_img

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