Valley print worker terrifies his colleagues

first_imgNORTH HILLS – A 35-year-old man carrying a toy shotgun wrapped in a towel walked into his job at a printing plant Thursday pumping the weapon and scattering dozens of scared employees. Nobody was injured in the incident that ended about 9:30 a.m. when police coaxed Sergio Covarrubias out of Challenge Graphics Corp. in the 16000 block of Roscoe Place near the Van Nuys Airport. He had been holed up in the the 17,000-square-foot printing plant for nearly an hour after demonstrating what employees called bizarre behavior all morning, police said. Covarrubias had been working at the graphics business for four months. Though employees had complained of his behavior before, it turned even stranger Wednesday when a male employee said Covarrubias had followed him halfway home. When Covarrubias showed up for work about 7 a.m. Thursday, he began staring down co-workers, lifting his shirt and exposing his belly. More than 30 minutes later, he casually walked to his car, grabbed a toy gun wrapped in a white towel and began pumping fake rounds. He did not verbally threaten anyone there, said Robert Ritter, a sales manager. After a few minutes, he returned the toy weapon to his car. Managers evacuated the nearly 30 employees as Covarrubias walked inside unarmed, Ritter said. “He has had a few issues with other employees,” Ritter said. “He may be a little off and thought it was a joke, but we took it very seriously.” For more than an hour, Covarrubias remained inside. Police say he might have been cutting paper, which was part of his job. Eventually, Los Angeles police officers were able to get him to surrender. He was arrested on suspicion of making criminal threats. “Our detectives are still trying to understand his mental status,” Deputy Chief Michel Moore said. (818) 713-3741160Want 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

Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal fans want this free signing asap – Premier League bound?

first_img1 Sami Khedira’s announcement that he will seek a new club in the summer will make it an interesting transfer window.Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal are rumoured to be interested in the Real Madrid midfielder, but where will he turn up next?There were Blues fans already thinking about a combination of Khedira, Fabregas and Matic in the middle, while Gooners are keen to see him in north London. Or could the World Cup winner bolster Liverpool’s midfield when Steven Gerrard leaves?Below are a selection of tweets from fans of the three Premier League clubs. Germany’s Sami Khedira will be a wanted man in the summer last_img read more

Brexit cannot disrupt Donegal’s cross-border workers – McConalogue

first_imgDeputy Charlie McConalogue says Brexit cannot be allowed to disrupt the thousands of people from Donegal who cross the border on a daily basis for work.The latest census data available reveals that in 2011 there were 6,416 commuters travelling from Ireland to work in Northern Ireland, and a further 1,879 people crossing the border to study.More than 3,000 (3,039) Donegal residents whose place of work was registered as being in Derry. Deputy McConalogue said “We need to ensure that Brexit does not disrupt this flow of cross-border workers and we need to maintain the ease of mobility workers on the island of Ireland currently enjoy.“The prospect of daily passport controls is only one element of the wider negative implications of Brexit for cross-border workers. We also need to consider the impact that any changes to employment and equality legislation could have.“Currently this legislation is derived from EU legislation and cross-border works enjoy the same rights irrespective of which side of the border they work on. If the UK amend or weaken existing legislation this could have a serious impact on cross-border workers and we need to be cognisant of this,” he said.He added that this is only one example whereby we may end up with having different standards and protections on the island of Ireland because of Brexit and the Government must do all they can to mitigate against this. “Thousands of Donegal people travel across the border every day for work. Brexit is not of their making but it will nevertheless impact on their lives. The Government must ensure that cross border workers are carefully considered in the negotiations ahead”.Brexit cannot disrupt Donegal’s cross-border workers – McConalogue was last modified: February 22nd, 2017 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:BrexitCharlie McConaloguelast_img read more


first_imgDeputy Charlie McConalogue has expressed serious concern about the threat to local post offices, following reports that hundreds of post offices may soon be forced to close their doors.The Irish Postmasters Union (IPU) has warned that as many as 400 post offices in communities across the country could be put out of business when the Department of Social Protection moves to a fully electronic system of social welfare payments.Deputy McConalogue said the post office network must be protected and this can be achieved by allowing post offices to provide more services. “Communities across Donegal have already lost far too many local services. Garda stations have been shut down, community hospital beds have been closed, local health services have been cut, bank branches have been shut down, small schools are under threat and many retailers have been forced to close their doors. And now another pillar of the community, the post office, is under threat,” the Fianna Fáil Deputy said.“Advancements in technology do not have to mean sacrificing our post offices. Post offices are at the heart of our communities and are well placed to provide a range of services beyond their current responsibilities. They are particularly important as banks move to close many smaller branches. Post offices have stepped in to provide a service that would otherwise be lost to that community.“No one can argue with the benefits of advancing the efficiency of processing social welfare payments. However, a post office provides much more to a community than just delivering welfare payments. It is incumbent on the government to examine the post office network in light of technological advancements, with a view to expanding its responsibilities and remit within the community.“Small rural communities are built around the local school, post office, bank and garda station. Removing these key amenities, particularly at a time when so many small retailers are struggling to survive, will threaten the very concept of the community as we know it,” said Deputy McConalogue. THREAT TO POST OFFICES ANOTHER BLOW TO DONEGAL COMMUNITIES – MCCONALOGUE was last modified: May 8th, 2013 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:An PostCharlie McConaloguelast_img read more

Hosts KISU win 5th FUFA Corporate tournament

first_imgKISU players and staff celebrate winning the 5th FUFA Corporate tournament. (FUFA Photos)KAMPALA – Kampala International School of Uganda (KISU) had the last laugh on Saturday, April, 27th, as they were crowned the 2019 FUFA Corporate tournament winners.The tournament hosts who struggled to get out of the group, losing to FUFA FM in their second game and finishing just second, defeated Corporate League team in the finals to win this year’s title.After a goalless draw win normal time, penalties were required to find a winner and it was the less fancied hosts who triumphed 3-1 in the end.Phillip Tumwine, Saad Musonera, Robinson Katabarwa all converted their kicks from the spot for KISU.While on the other hand, it was only John Musisi who found the back of the net for Corporate League Team, to hand KISU the their first ever crown.The Corporate Team finished second.It should be noted KISU and Corporate Tournament Team were in the same group and played out a goalless draw as well at that stage.The winners were awarded a trophy, medals and cash prize of three million shillings.The first and second runners up walked away with medals while each team got a certificate of participation.Speaking after the tournament, KISU skipper Tumwine lauded his teammates for working hard and believes it is the reason why they emerged champions.“We came here to just compete and we didn’t think of winning the championship. I thank my teammates for the commitment and hard work.” Said Tumwine.In the third place, playoff match, Diamond Trust Bank defeated Uganda Premier League Secretariat 2-0 to finish third.FUFA EXCOM member Ronnie Kalema who was the Guest of Honour lauded the several teams that took part and believes the federation is achieving its targets of bringing the Corporate world close.“We are grateful as FUFA that the tournament has continued to grow in stature over the years. Several companies have participated today and this fulfils our main objective of the FUFA Corporate Tournament, which is bringing together different corporate companies through soccer.” Noted Kalema in his speech.A total of 15 teams participated in the 5th edition that got underway with an aerobics session in the early morning.Teams that took partNile Special, Sogea Satom, Airtel Uganda, Kyagalanyi Coffee, Diamond Trust Bank, UPL Secretariat, National Population Council, Civil Aviation Authority, KISU, Corporate League Team, Ecobank, FUFA FM, Red Pepper, Bidco Uganda.Comments Tags: Corporate TeamFUFAFUFA Corporate Tournament 2019KISUtoplast_img read more

Over 1,500 customers in Donegal affected by power cut

first_imgOver 1,500 ESB customers in Carndonagh, Clonmany, Malin and the surrounding areas of Donegal have been affected by an electricity outage due to a major fault. The Electricity Supply Board (ESB) currently have crews on their way to fix the issue, with the interruption expected to be solved by 2:30 pm today.ESB said: “We apologise for the loss of supply. We are currently working to repair a fault affecting your premises and will restore power as quickly as possible.” Over 1,500 customers in Donegal affected by power cut was last modified: December 19th, 2019 by Dionne MeehanShare 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:donegalfaultpowercutlast_img read more

South Africa, Spain to cement relations

first_img2 July 2012 South Africa and Spain are to advance bilateral political and economic relations when the two countries meet for their eighth annual consultations this week. International Relations Deputy Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim will lead the South African delegation during the talks, which will be held in Madrid on Monday and Tuesday. The visit takes place within the context of enhancing North-South Dialogue. “The visit will afford South Africa an opportunity to further strengthen bilateral relations with Spain in support of South Africa’s national priorities and foreign policy objectives by promoting high-level consultations to discuss bilateral, regional, multilateral and other international issues of mutual concern,” the Department of International Relations said in a statement on Friday. The South Africa-Spain Annual Consultations serve as the main forum for co-ordinating relations between the two countries and it was established in terms of a memorandum of understanding signed in December 2000. The two countries enjoy cordial relations as Spain places a high priority on its relations with the African continent, as seen by its 2009-2012 “Africa Plan”. The plan pledges support for the Sub-Saharan African development agenda, highlighting the need to harmonise, co-ordinate and develop both bilateral and multilateral initiatives, including the African Union. The two countries are committed to multilateralism, with Spain having supported South Africa’s bid to become a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2011-2012. South Africa and Spain also share a common belief that United Nations governance should be restructured, particularly the Security Council and global financial architecture. Source: read more

Keep our youth drug-free

first_imgThe theme for Youth Month 2013 is “Working Together for Youth Development and a Drug Free South Africa”.(Image: For more free photos, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Cornelius Monama  Chief director: communications,  Department of Women, Children and  People With Disabilities  +27 12 359 0224 RELATED ARTICLES • Youth Month focus on empowerment • Protect and support each other • Youth Day: lessons from 1976 • Learn and honour the Children’s reporterJune is celebrated as Youth Month in South Africa, paying tribute to the school pupils and ordinary citizens who lost their lives during the Soweto uprisings of 16 June 1976 – 37 years ago.The main focus of the annual Youth Month is to inspire and empower South Africa’s young people to identify the role they can play in addressing the economic and social challenges facing not only themselves, but the population in general, such as employment, HIV and Aids, and economic freedom.In 1976 young people fought for their rights, for freedom and for democracy – today’s challenges are different, but no less important.The theme for Youth Month 2013 is Working Together for Youth Development and a Drug Free South Africa. Communities around the country will work with the government and police to raise awareness of the problems caused by substance abuse, and organisations targeting young people will mobilise them to lead by example in their homes, schools and societies.Alcohol and substance abuse and illicit drug trafficking is a global phenomenon, and South Africa is no exception.This has serious implications for millions of South Africans because alcohol and substance abuse contributes to crime, gangsterism, domestic violence, family dysfunction and other social problems.The community of Eldorado Park, in the south of Johannesburg, is in the national spotlight at the moment as it’s facing a situation of rampant substance abuse and all of the social ills mentioned above. According to the minister of public service and administration, Lindiwe Sisulu, the suburb is “symptomatic of issues facing many communities in the rest of the country”. She called on communities all over to lead the fight for a substance-free South Africa within their respective areas.“During Youth Month, let us recommit ourselves to fighting the war against substance abuse and alcoholism in all areas of the country”, said Sisulu in a statement.President Jacob Zuma recently visited Eldorado Park and heard harrowing stories from mothers who told of drug dealers preying on their children. At a media briefing in Pretoria, Sisulu announced that “significant progress in fighting the scourge of substance abuse” has been made by police, community leaders and other organisations in the beleaguered suburb.Over 100 arrests have been made, while 20 drug dens were closed down. A number of addicted children were found at the drug dens, and all have been taken to a place of safety. The provincial government and Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, which serves the area, is in setting up a short-term intensive detoxification programme for children addicted to drugs. The programme will run for seven days.VulnerableResults of the 2011 national census reveal that South Africa’s population is young – the average age is 25, while a third of the population, around 17-million, are younger than 15 years of age. Unemployment in this vulnerable age group is estimated at around 50%.During Youth Month, the first national imbizo focus week will take place from 10 to 17 June, and will focus on youth development, specifically on the fight against substance abuse.last_img read more

Sony Announces the New Full-Frame a9 Mirrorless Camera

first_imgSony gets a new flagship a-Series camera in the a9, which delivers incredible speed in a small form factor body.All images via Sony.Sony has already knocked out Nikon to become the second biggest manufacturer in the full-frame U.S. camera market — only trailing behind Canon. Now Sony has announced its latest full-frame mirrorless camera: the Sony a9. This finally puts all those camera rumors to rest.Sony claims that the a9 is the first 35mm full-frame camera with a stacked CMOS sensor. This allows data speed processing up to twenty times faster than previous Sony full-frame cameras. For video shooters, the a9 offers 4K (3,840 x 2,160) across the full width of the sensor.The camera will use a full pixel readout without pixel binning to collect 6K of information and oversampling it to produce highly detailed 4K footage. Video shooters can also choose to shoot in 35mm size or full HD up to 120fps at up to 100 Mbps. For data, the Sony a9 has dual SD card slots — which you can customize to record simultaneously for backup, or use individually.The camera also features a ethernet port (wired LAN terminal) for high-speed image transfer to FTP servers.The a9 will be the first Sony camera to use the new Sony battery (model NP-FZ100) with 2.2x the capacity of previous Sony full-frame models, allowing for much longer shooting performance. On the back of the body, the Sony a9 has a multi-selector joystick for easy shift focus.Sony a9 Specs:24.2MP Full-Frame Stacked CMOS SensorSony E-MountDual SD Card SlotsInternal UHD 4K Video up to 30fpsHD up to 120fps up to 100 MbpsVideo ISO 100 – 51200 expandable to ISO 100 – 102400Ethernet port file transferZ battery (2.2x the capacity of W batteries)BIONZ X Image ProcessorBlackout-Free Quad VGA 3.7m-Dot OLED EVF3.0″ 1.44m-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD693-Point Phase-Detection AF System5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE StabilizationPre-orders begin April 21st, and the camera body can be yours for $4,499 USD. The camera is set to ship in June.What do you think about the new Sony a9? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

CONFIRMED! Zlatan Ibrahimovic extends his stay with Manchester United F.C.

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic has signed a one-year contract with current Premier League table toppers Manchester United.The Swede will wear the No. 10 jersey vacated by United’s all-time leading goal scorer Wayne Rooney.He was released by the club after he suffered a damaged his meniscus and cruciate ligament against Anderlecht in April in a Europa League clash.Therefore, the 20-time Premier League champions decided not to take up the one-year contract extension that was there in his contract and release him. However, he was allowed to continue his rehabilitation at Carrington.(Anthony Martial tips Manchester United F.C. team mate Paul Pogba to win Ballon d’Or soon)Reportedly there were offers from the MLS and other places as well but a return to United was always on the cards for the 35-year-old due to his close relations with Jose Mourinho. United signed Romelu Lukaku in the summer and it was said that he will look to go to America or even Italy but everything is put to bed now as Ibrahimovic and United announced the return of the mercurial striker for the upcoming season on a one-year-deal.I UNITED it @ManUtd Zlatan IbrahimoviÄ? (@Ibra_official) August 24, 2017Here’s the full statement released by Manchester United on their website:Manchester United is delighted to announce that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will continue his journey with the club and has signed a one-year contract. He will wear the number 10 shirt.#Zlat10 Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 24, 2017Ibrahimovic, 35, made 46 appearances and scored 28 goals for the club during the 2016/17 campaign before suffering a knee injury, which ended his season prematurely. Zlatan has won championships in four different leagues since beginning his professional career with Malmo in 1999.advertisementJose Mourinho said: “We are delighted Zlatan is on the road to recovery and we are equally delighted to have his ambition and experience back with us. After his contribution last season he deserves our trust and we will be patient waiting for him to return. I have no doubt that he will be important in the second part of the season.”Zlatan Ibrahimovic said: “I am back to finish what I started. It was always mine and the club’s intention for me to stay. I cannot wait to get back out on that Old Trafford pitch, but I also know that I have to take my time to make sure that I am ready. I have been working hard and will continue to do so to make sure I am in the best possible condition for my return to the pitch.”He’s not finished yet – @Ibra_official has signed a new one-year contract with #MUFC! Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 24, 2017Another year of @Ibra_official! ?? Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 24, 2017last_img read more