L.A. still at risk of attack

first_img“We are not safe and we will not be safe for many years,” LAPD Deputy Chief Mark Leap said at the forum sponsored by the university’s School of Public Affairs. “There are many, many more people who consider themselves jihadists now. And criminal enterprises are being used to support terrorist activities.” Officials said the links between organized crime and terrorism are particularly troubling in light of a message posted on an al-Qaida Web site saying the group wants to kill 4 million Americans in retribution for the number of Muslims killed by the U.S. and its allies in recent years. “Al-Qaida recently announced on their Web site that they have two main targets – Los Angeles and Melbourne, Australia,” said Michael Intriligator, a terrorism expert and UCLA professor who moderated the forum. “I don’t know why they picked Melbourne, but Los Angeles was specifically mentioned as a target for their next terrorist attack.” Intriligator said Los Angeles has a number of potential targets, including LAX, its downtown skyscrapers and the nation’s largest port complex. He is especially concerned about the potential for an attack using a black-market nuclear device. “I think we are not at all prepared for this and we are living in what psychologists call a state of denial,” Intriligator said. “It’s such a horrendous thing to think about. We think it happened way back in 2001 and that it can’t happen again.” Gang involvement Sheriff’s Department Lt. John Sullivan, who helped found the county’s Terrorism Early Warning Group that has since been emulated by 26 cities nationwide, said organized crime groups in Los Angeles County are supporting international terrorists. “Al-Qaida has stated their intent to obtain nuclear weapons,” he said. “Whether they can do so is unknown. They have often in the past made good on their threats. So it’s reasonable to believe that it’s viable. “As far as attacking Los Angeles, they have attempted to attack Los Angeles in the past. It’s reasonable to believe they will again.” Sullivan also said officials are concerned about the notorious MS-13 street gang and its involvement in human smuggling and other activities on behalf of organized crime syndicates. “MS-13 has a lot of the characteristics that could facilitate terrorist activities,” Sullivan said. Brian Michael Jenkins, a terrorism expert at the Rand Corp., said officials are especially concerned about growing organized criminal activity and lawlessness in parts of Mexico and South America, the erosion of government authority and whether terrorist groups can exploit the situation to attack the U.S. “When we have criminal organizations becoming more powerful than the government then we will end up with increasing militarization along the southern border,” Jenkins said. Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Jenkins said, the U.S. government has made undeniable progress in degrading the capabilities of al-Qaida, destroying its training camps, disrupting its flow of funding and thwarting a number of terrorist plots around the globe. “But we’ve had failures as well,” Jenkins said. “What we have not been able to do is dent their determination one bit. We have not been able to stop them from turning angry young men around the world into self-destructing terrorists.” troy.anderson@dailynews.com (213) 974-8985 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Are we safer today from terrorists than we were on 9-11? No, according to a panel of experts at a forum Monday at University of California, Los Angeles. America is just as vulnerable to attack as it was on 9-11, with street gangs funding terrorist groups and also draining resources from law enforcement agencies working to head off future attacks. The experts said the war on terrorism has been replaced by the war on gangs – a huge concern in Los Angeles, which has an estimated 40,000 gang members and is an attractive target for terrorists. last_img read more

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Next up for the Raiders: Unbeaten Miami and 5 reasons to remain hopeful

first_imgClick HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.The Raiders were embarrassed in their opener against the Rams. They (and their fans) were stunned Sunday by the Broncos.Don’t take my word for it:Raiders fans after starting 0-2 in this Gruden era. pic.twitter.com/h8QVNlfRFj — Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 16, 2018There’s no sugar-coating it — the Raiders had the Broncos beat, and, just guessing here, the only noise on the flight home …last_img

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Growing Our Generation

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentStay connected to young Ohio farmers and ag professionals by subscribing to the Growing Our Generation e-newsletter. Discover insights and ideas directly from Ohio’s young farmers and food and agricultural professionals. Make ConnectionsGuest editors from across Ohio offer unique outlooks on current issues impacting young farmers.New OpportunitiesGet the latest on statewide events and learn how you can get involved in your community.Mobile FriendlyDelivered to your inbox every two weeks.SUBSCRIBEPAST FEATURED EDITORS State YAP CommitteeAnnie Lohstroh, Pickaway CountyJesse Whinnery, Coshocton CountyRyan Matthews, Highland CountyVictoria Popp, Clermont CountyNicole Steiner, Wayne CountyBrynn and Christian Hoffman, Fairfield CountyOhio State Fair editionExploreAg program internsCambell and Jessica Parrish, Champaign CountyHannah Schrader, Hocking CountyDoug and Lisa Kahlig, Mercer CountyMicaela Wright, Darke CountyEmily Krikke, Huron CountyMarissa Mulligan, Franklin CountyAdele Flynn, Lorain CountyAmanda Barndt, Wood CountyJD Bethel, Champaign County,Willie and Brooke Murphy, Clinton CountyBrady Campbell, Washington CountyMegan Lezzer, Wayne CountyErika Murray, Morrow CountyJ.L. and Jessica Draganic, Fayette CountyAnna Stroud, Brown CountySara Tallmadge, Ashland CountySam Cunningham, Muskingum CountyLeslie Cooksey, Pickaway CountyNick and Bailey Elchinger, Henry CountyDave and Elizabeth Petro, Ashtabula CountyMatt and Rachel Heimerl, Licking CountyKyle and Ashley Culp, Wood CountyLuke and Cassandra Dull, Montgomery CountyPeter and Sarah Motts, Stark CountyCharlie and Casey Ellington, Stark CountyWes and Brandi Montgomery, Fayette CountyDustin and Casey Converse, Union CountyAustin Heil, Hardin CountyKyle Smith, Clark CountyNick and Macy Staggs, Adams CountyJosh Henderson, Muskingum CountyJonathan and Shana Angel, Tuscarawas CountyJoe and Jennifer Osterholt, Licking CountySteve and Maggie Ruggles – Hancock CountyJake Bodimer, Gallia CountyAndy and Tera Wentling, Stark CountyDuayne and Monica Wetherell, Jefferson CountyKayla Weaver, Wyandot CountyAbby Snyder, Ross CountyTim and Sarah Terrill, Montgomery CountyNick and Becca Kocher, Crawford CountyTrish Levering, Knox CountyJennifer Wilson, Van Wert CountyGreg and Theresa Corcoran, Ross CountyChristen Clemson, Trumbull CountyDr. Emily Buck, Marion CountyElizabeth Long, Madison CountyAdam and Jess Campbell, Warren CountyLatham and Katie Farley, Montgomery CountyLyndsey Murphy, Champaign CountyEric and Shelly Prysi, Tuscarawas CountyDoug Toops, Clark CountyHannah Scott, Brown CountyMatt and Morgan Aultman, Darke CountyVictoria Shaw, Medina CountyRyan Conklin, Delaware CountyMarlene Eick, Delaware CountyTaysha Reitzel, Williams CountyKristin Reese, Fairfield CountyRon Burns, Union CountyRose Hartschuh, Crawford CountyDerek Schmitt, Fairfield CountyMichelle and Kelly Abfall, Athens CountyBrad Heimerl, Licking CountySarah and Aaron Heilers, Shelby CountyAndy and Danielle Burch, Columbiana CountyLiz and Matt Funderburgh, Union CountyGreg & Janet McGlinch, Darke CountyKarl Wedemeyer, Marion CountyDr. Terri Specht, Tuscarawas CountyAshton and Kyle Walls, Knox CountyNathan and Jennifer Brown, Highland County  Leave a Commentlast_img read more

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Joyent Relaunches Node.js Service, Announces Cloud Analytics

first_imgCloud hosting provider Joyent re-launched its Node.js hosting service no.de this week. Joyent, the sponsor company of Node.js, is now offering versions 0.4.0 and 0.4.1 to no.de users. It also announced Cloud Analytics, a new service for finding problems with Node.js applications. Related Posts According to a blog post by Joyent’s Dave Pacheco, Cloud Analytics is a ” tool for real-time performance analysis of production systems and applications deployed in the cloud.” So far it’s only available for Node.js and most of the metrics require version 0.4.0.Cloud Analytics can monitor:Node.js 0.4.x: HTTP server operations decomposed by method, URL, remote IP, remote port, and latency.Node.js 0.4.x: HTTP client operations decomposed by method, URL, server address, server port, and latency.Node.js 0.4.x: garbage collection operations decomposed by GC type and latency. Node.js 0.4.x: socket operations decomposed by type, remote host and port, size, and buffered data.Filesystem: logical filesystem operations decomposed by pid, application name, zone name (SmartMachine name), operation type, filesystem type, and latency.CPU: thread executions decomposed by pid, application name, zone name, runtime, and reason leaving CPU.The Node.js hosting space continues to heat up. We’ve covered other entrant to the field including Nodejitsu, NodeSocket and Nodester. To understand the interest in Node.js, you might want to read our interview with Guillermo Rauch.Also, Joyent’s chief evangelist Tom Hughs-Croucher released a full preview of his book on Node.js today. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… klint finley Tags:#cloud#Cloud Providers Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Death of Kashmir schoolteacher in police custody probed

first_imgThe Jammu and Kashmir police on Tuesday started an inquiry into the death of a youth in police custody.According to the police, Rizwan Pandit, a resident of Awantipora in south Kashmir, was in police custody and died during the night of March 18-19. Pandit was a schoolteacher by profession.”Pandit was held in pursuance of a militancy case under investigation,” said the police.A magisterial inquiry is underway in the case under Section 176 of the Code Of Criminal Procedure, the police said.The police also initiated a separate case of alleged violation of police jurisdiction. Pandit was allegedly lodged in the Cargo Camp of the police Special Operations Group in Srinagar.The authorities closed the Islamic University of Science and Technology in Awantipora on Tuesday. All the examinations were postponed due to precautionary measures.last_img read more

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PH squash team nets two more bronzes

first_imgRobert Andrew Garcia and Jemyca Aribado each claimed bronze medals in the singles’ events of squash in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Monday at the National Squash Center in Kuala Lumpur.Garcia ranked third in the men’s singles as Malaysia’s Ng Eain Yow ruled the event to win the gold medal.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH PH gets first bronze in pencak silat Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games View comments LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chiefcenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Mohammad Syafiq Kamal of Malaysia also got the silver, while Singaporean Samuel Kang Shan Mu shared the bronze with Garcia.It was the same case for Aribado in the women’s singles, as Sivasangari Subramaniam of Malaysia took home the mint.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCompatriot Rachel Mae Arnold settled for silver, while Aribado and Sneha Sivakumar of Singapore both had bronze.Garcia and Aribado earlier competed in the mixed doubles event, copping the bronze medal. Read Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Garcia also got a bronze with David William Pelino in the men’s jumbo doubles, while Aribado had a silver with Yvonne Alyssa Dalida in the women’s jumbo doubles and another bronze in the women’s doubles.That hiked squash’s contributions to the Philippines’ medal haul to six, after one silver and five bronze medals. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gameslast_img read more

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16 days ago​Man City boss Guardiola ‘lost cool’ with David Silva

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Man City boss Guardiola ‘lost cool’ with David Silvaby Ansser Sadiq16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss reportedly lost his temper with one of the senior members of his squad.Guardiola reportedly laid into his countryman, midfielder David Silva.The manager is said to have accused Silva of not running enough in their recent home defeat to Wolves in the Premier League.It is a result that puts two-time reigning Premier League champions City eight points behind Liverpool.Guardiola has reportedly tried to remain calm throughout the season, as he does not want to add further anxiety to the City squad.But he laid into Silva after the Wolves game, per the Daily Mail. He allegedly told the midfielder: “David, you didn’t give us enough running. Where were the legs?”Silva is in his last season at the club and is seen as one of City’s greatest ever players. last_img read more

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Video: Michigan Musical Theater Grads Sang An Amazing Version Of “The Victors” During A Graduation Party

first_imgMichiganmusical theatre grads gather to sing a song.Michigan The VictorsMichigan’s “The Victors” is one of the most recognizable fight songs in college football, but we’re not sure if it’s ever been performed quite like this. This video emerged over the weekend, and it features 22 Michigan musical theatre grads doing their own rendition of “The Victors” at a graduation party. The footage was posted by Scott Orr yesterday. This version of the song is very different, and pretty impressive.  Listen to this! What happens when 22 talented UMich musical theatre grads sing their version of the University of Michigan fight song at their graduation party. Awesome!Posted by Scott Orr on Sunday, May 3, 2015last_img

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University of Toronto engineering student dies while at schools survey camp

first_imgTORONTO – The University of Toronto says one of its students has died while attending the school’s engineering survey camp in central Ontario.The dean of the engineering faculty released a note to staff and students informing them that an 18-year-old civil engineering student died at the facility on Gull Lake near Minden, Ont. on Tuesday afternoon.Ontario Provincial Police confirmed that an 18-year-old man from Mississauga, Ont., had drowned at the camp, which the university uses to train students in land surveying and project management.Neither the university nor police released the teen’s name.Engineering Dean Cristina Amon called the incident “heartbreaking” in her message and said counselling services would be available for all who need them.Activities at the camp have been cancelled for the rest of the week.“Today, our attention must be with those affected by this terrible tragedy,” Amon said in her message. “The thoughts of our entire community are with the family and friends of the student who died.”OPP Sgt. Peter Leon said police were called to the camp shortly before 5 p.m. after the teen became separated from a group of people who had all been in the water.“They commenced a search, located him, removed him from water and immediately commenced first aid and CPR,” Leon said, adding that the cause of the separation was not yet known.He said emergency responders were attending to the teen when police arrived on the scene, but the student was pronounced dead shortly after being taken to hospital.Alcohol or other substance use is not believed to be a factor in the death, Leon said.The University of Toronto Engineering Society issued a message of condolence to the community after learning of the student’s death.“Both those who knew the individual and those who did not may find themselves affected by this tragic situation,” the statement read. “We are fortunate to be part of a tight-knit community here at UofT Engineering, and today’s news comes as a shock to every one of us.”last_img read more

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Accused had no motive to shoot police officer in Abbotsford BC defence

first_imgNEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. — Defence lawyers for the man accused of fatally shooting a police officer in Abbotsford, B.C., says he had no motive to pull the trigger.Closing arguments are underway in the trial of Oscar Arfmann, who has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of Const. John Davidson in 2017.The case is being heard by judge alone at the B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster.  Arfmann’s lawyer Martin Peters says there isn’t a “scintilla” of evidence linking Arfmann to Davidson, or any other Abbotsford police officer, before the shooting.He says the Crown’s case depends on conflicting witness accounts indicating suspicion, but not proof.The Crown has argued Arfmann ambushed the 53-year-old officer as he got out of his vehicle, shooting him twice from behind.It alleges Arfmann stole a vehicle two days earlier and shot at the dealership managers who confronted him, left the area briefly, then returned and shot Davidson when he arrived.Witnesses identified a black Mustang and man wearing a black leather jacket with a gun at the scene of the shooting, and that proves he’s guilty, the Crown alleges.But Peters argues there was too much variation in witness descriptions of the shooter to be sure, including one witness who reported the shooter had short curly hair, not Arfmann’s shoulder-length mostly straight hairstyle.“There is not a single witness who can say, ‘It was Mr. Arfmann who did it,’” says lawyer Frances Mahon, who is part of a legal team defending Arfmann.Mahon also questioned the Crown’s assertion that the rifle accepted as the murder weapon was linked to Arfmann.Arfmann’s DNA was found only on a small area of the gun and, since he was bleeding profusely at the time of his arrest, it’s possible that DNA was transferred by an officer at the scene, she says.None of Davidson’s blood was found on Arfmann, nor was Arfmann’s DNA confirmed on bullet casings found at the scene, Mahon says.“The Crown’s case is really only as strong as the foundation it rests on,” Mahon says. “We say it is not so solid as it appears at first glance.”Amy Smart, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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