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Month: December 2019 city employees test

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Month: December 2019 Strike may leave your trash at curb

first_img“We would request that they be patient,” Cole said. “We will get to them.” A strike would hit three trash yards in Carson, Compton and Sun Valley. In Los Angeles, it would affect only commercial accounts because residential customers are serviced by the city. At issue are wages and health benefits. A five-year contract with Local 396 expired Sept. 30. In negotiating a new five-year contract, the union has balked at caps on Waste Management’s contribution to employee health plans, especially as health costs rise in the later years of the contract. “Our concern and our members’ concern is that they may be faced with steep out-of-pocket medical costs in the final year of that agreement,” Phillips said. The union also believes that the wage package is not comparable with the packages offered to Waste Management employees in other areas. The Teamsters voted 247-115 to reject the company’s final offer Wednesday. Federal mediators have been involved trying to resolve the dispute, as has the office of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. But on Thursday night, no negotiations were taking place and the drivers were prepared to picket at 4 a.m. today. Phillips said the union was still willing to listen to any offers. Cole declined to speculate on the likelihood of a strike, and would say only that the company was preparing for all contingencies. If a strike occurs, Waste Management will give priority to hospitals, clinics, child care facilities and restaurants, where uncollected trash could lead to health hazards. gene.maddaus@dailybreeze.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SOUTH BAY: Mechanics and drivers reject offer, setting up probable walkout for hauler. By Gene Maddaus STAFF WRITER A labor dispute could disrupt trash collection today throughout much of the South Bay and Los Angeles. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.About 450 trash truck drivers and mechanics rejected a final contract offer from their employer, Waste Management, and were expected to go on strike. Those employees service about 225,000 residential customers and another 29,000 commercial accounts in Los Angeles, Carson, Manhattan Beach, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills Estates and elsewhere in the region. Waste Management also handles recycling in Long Beach. “It appears we will not be at work tomorrow,” Jay Phillips, president of Teamsters Local 396, said late Thursday. “It’s apparent we haven’t gotten an offer that’s acceptable to the members.” Barring a last-minute deal, Waste Management will have to bring in drivers from outside the area to work its routes today, spokeswoman Kit Cole said. Customers are likely to experience disruptions in service. last_img read more

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Month: December 2019 Island’s fox-breeding program ends

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“Come on, it’s OK,” Dave Garcelon, president of the Institute for Wildlife Studies, whispered to the fox. The setting sun cast a long shadow behind the cat-size animal as it looked around its new home on the western edge of Santa Cruz Island. All the captive-bred island fox had to do was scamper from the open kennel and run into the grass-covered hills where hundreds of other tiny island foxes are living. One minute passed. Two. The fox sniffed the ground and the air and took it all in but still didn’t budge. Finally, with a bit of prodding, it ran into the hills away from the crowd of scientists, politicians and journalists gathered to watch the momentous event. Nine other endangered island foxes would join it before the end of the day, marking the end of captive breeding on Santa Cruz and the start of what biologists hope is the recovery of the species. WILDLIFE: Biologists believe the population of about 300 is enough for comeback of the small animals. By Zeke Barlow SCRIPPS HOWARD NEWS SERVICE VENTURA – After a life inside a fence, the fox had found freedom. The only thing was, it didn’t want to go. The pioneering program to re-establish the foxes found only on the Channel Islands began six years ago. Biologists have now decided the population of about 300 foxes should be enough to stop the breeding program and let the foxes rebound naturally. “This is a great success story,” said Garcelon, whose organization bred more than 85 pups under a contract from the Channel Islands National Park and The Nature Conservancy, which owns 76 percent of the island. And their population should continue to grow. The fox populations on Santa Cruz, San Miguel and Santa Rosa islands nearly crashed in the past decade as non-native golden eagles feasted on the 5-pound foxes, which were unaccustomed to predators swooping down from the sky. Bald eagles, which mainly eat marine life, had traditionally occupied the island, but years of DDT poisoning decimated the population. With no bald eagles to compete for territory, and lured by the presence of non-native pigs and their edible piglets on Santa Cruz Island, golden eagle populations grew as the foxes dwindled. Only about 15 foxes were left on Santa Rosa and San Miguel islands and fewer than 100 on Santa Cruz. In 1999, biologists started trapping and relocating the golden eagles. Three years later, they started reintroducing bald eagles and breeding foxes. Bald eagles are now nesting on the islands. In 2005, a New Zealand company was hired to kill every one of the 5,036 pigs on Santa Cruz Island. The controversial process led an animal rights group to file a lawsuit to stop it, but it was unsuccessful, and the last pig was killed in 2006. Once the stage was set, breeding still wasn’t as easy as setting up a date between two young foxes. “It was dicey,” said park biologist Tim Coonan, who has been working with the foxes for years. There was a steep learning curve in getting the foxes to mate because nobody had bred them before. They learned that females preferred to have a number of males to choose from and that they only started ovulating when a male was present. Females would sometimes get roughed up during intense mating sessions; still, they mated for life. DNA was gleaned from blood samples to make sure no inbreeding occurred. On Santa Cruz, 18 “founding” foxes produced 85 offspring. On San Miguel Island, eight adults were used to beef up the population. Two of the founding female foxes on San Miguel are so old – about 12 years – they are too frail to return to the wild, so biologists will keep them the remainder of their lives. They’ve earned the moniker “The Golden Girls.” Visitors to Santa Cruz’s Prisoner’s Cove campsite have a good chance of seeing the gregarious creatures that scamper about the area. They’ve eaten boxes of cookies, run across sleeping campers and urinated on tents there. “They are like campground dogs,” said Coonan, who half-joked about issuing squirt guns with onion water to keep the foxes at bay. About 30 percent of the foxes on the islands have radio collars, which will be used to track the population in studies that are expected to continue for years. The foxes are considered an indicator species for the islands that help biologists monitor the health of the ecosystem.160Want 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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Month: December 2019 Valencia hoping for more of the same

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “Tony had seven great years and I took over a great program, but I’m putting in a little of my own personality,” said O’Connell, whose team is 4-6-4 entering Friday’s league opener at Hart (13-3). “Most of these girls are used to doing things one way, but they’re adapting. Hopefully, playing in these tough games will set us up well for league.” All together now: After a stressful holiday break that forced him to deal with several players missing parts of workouts or practices all together because of family vacations and other commitments, Canyon High girls’ soccer coach Steve Ladanyi was happy to see his team back at full strength in Monday’s nonleague game at Chaminade of West Hills. Canyon became the third Foothill League team this season to defeat the Eagles, recording a 4-0 victory, with Courtney Belsheim, Sierra Goff, Michelle Moore and Alexia Zatarain leading the offensive charge. More than the goal production, Ladanyi was impressed at the way the Cowboys wore down Chaminade, with all of the goals coming in the second half. “We were flipping our outside midfielders every 10 minutes, and our center midfielders and our forwards every 15 minutes, and that really seemed to work well,” Ladanyi said. “They passed well and they played with good speed. If they keep playing this way, I think we’ll be OK.” Although Ladanyi won’t have a full roster for Friday’s league opener against Burbank because of some players having previous family commitments, he is optimistic that Canyon can take the first step toward winning a fifth consecutive title. The first of two showdowns with rival Saugus is scheduled for Jan. 13, with the Centurions being the primary threat to end the Cowboys’ dominant run. Canyon is 31-1-8 in league during the past four seasons. “We just want to build on the Chaminade win going into Burbank,” Ladanyi said. “Hopefully, we get a good result and continue to build on it from there.” No room for error: Following his team’s loss to El Camino Real of Woodland Hills in the championship game of the Hart girls’ soccer tournament, Louis Romero had a simple message for his players: No more losses. Hart, which leads the area with 13 victories, had a nine-game winning streak snapped against El Camino Real. The Indians will look to rebound in their league opener Friday against visiting Valencia. Should Hart not drop another game the rest of the regular season, it would be in position to win its first league title since 2000, when it captured the last of its seven consecutive championships. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Valencia High girls’ soccer team was one of the feel-good stories of last season, coming within one half of sharing the Foothill League title last season with four-time Canyon. Quite a bit has changed for the Vikings since last February, with Tony Scalercio stepping down after seven years to take over the school’s boys’ soccer team and his daughter, Kierra, along with Mackenzie Baer and Kyle Schnurr graduating off a team that finished 5-1-4 in league, 10-3-9 overall. “When you lose three all-league players, it’s tough,” first-year coach Sean O’Connell said. “We have a young team with a lot of young talent. But the leadership has been awesome. I’ve given (Jackie Keeley, Brooke Gauvin, Adrianna Hermosillo, Nicole Gingrich and Laura Gingrich) a lot of responsibility, but they’ve done a great job with it.” Although O’Connell inherited a wealth of expectations following Scalercio’s success the past seven seasons, Valencia has performed well during the first month of the season, despite competing against one of the toughest schedules in the area. last_img read more

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Month: December 2019 Ducks take Kings’ best shots and still get victory

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “If we’re not going to score a lot of goals, we have to shut teams down defensively,” said Kings center Craig Conroy, who scored a first-period goal. Monday’s game was the first of four meetings between the rivals this month, and the Ducks set a strong precedent. Perhaps boosted by the energy of 20-year-old forwards Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, the Ducks were massively outshot (43-27) but managed enough strong plays to win. Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere relived the form of his Stanley Cup playoff run with a strong game, particularly when the Kings threatened to break a 2-2 tie in the second period. But instead it was Hedstrom who came through, as he scored twice in the second period to give the Ducks a two-goal lead and capped his first career hat trick with a goal with 6:32 left in the third period. “It felt like every shot they had was a good scoring chance,” said Kings goalie Mathieu Garon, who had a second consecutive shaky outing after a Jan. 5 shutout of Phoenix. They did, but not a very good one. The motivated Ducks came out strong and never really let up. Rookie winger Jonathan Hedstrom recorded his first career hat trick as the Ducks beat the Kings 6-2 in front of 17,174 at the Pond. Giguere was a rock for the Ducks, particularly when they needed him most. Lubomir Visnovksy scored 46 seconds into the second period with the Kings on a 5-on-3 advantage to tie the score 2-2. Over the next several minutes, the Kings looked poised to take the lead, but Giguere made several tough saves, including two against Kings forward Michael Cammalleri on the power play. Then, less than a minute after that penalty expired, Hedstrom skated down the left side and fired a slap shot that beat Garon cleanly to his left side to give the Ducks a 3-2 lead. Hedstrom scored seven minutes later to give the Ducks a 4-2 lead after two periods, and Chris Kunitz scored a third-period goal before Hedstrom capped the scoring by completing the hat trick. Hedstrom entered Monday’s game with eight goals in 39 previous games this season. “I wish my parents could have been here because it’s probably never going to happen again,” Hedstrom said. “This is a big thing for me and the team. “I always look to pass first, but I need to shoot more. You need to be selfish sometimes.” The Kings had scored at least three goals in 11 consecutive games – and had a 9-2 record in those games – until Saturday’s loss at San Jose, in which they had two goals on 29 shots. The frustration only multiplied on Monday, as the Kings totaled a season-high 43 shots but felt the sting of not having a strong offensive finisher such as injured winger Pavol Demitra. “You can’t give up six goals on (27) shots,” Kings coach Andy Murray said, “but to be honest I found more fault with our offensive game and not being able to finish.” Rich Hammond, (818) 713-3611 rich.hammond@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img ANAHEIM – The margin of defeat was nothing new. Twice before this season, the Kings had lost games by a four-goal margin. But Monday’s loss might have stung more than any other. The Kings faced the Mighty Ducks, a team 13 points below them in the standings and mired in a two-game losing streak. With a two-game East Coast trip coming up, the Kings wanted to make a statement. last_img read more

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Month: December 2019 Job Vacancy: Office Administrator/Bookkeeper required for busy enterprise

first_imgJob Vacancy: An office administrator/bookkeeper is required for a client based on the outskirts of Letterkenny. This is a full time or part time position. The ideal candidate will have experience in a busy office environment, have good communication skills & telephone manner, have a good attitude and be willing to learn and work on their own initiative.The candidate should have a minimum of three years experience in Computerised Accounts, VAT, PAYE, Daily Cash & Bank Reconciliations and Creditors Ledger. The successful candidate will be responsible for the processing of the weekly payroll and preparing Bi-monthly VAT returns. Their duties will also include answering telephone calls and booking sales/orders.All applications will be treated in strictest confidence.Apply in writing, together with Curriculum Vitae to :-Harvey Mc Crossan LtdPark HouseBallyraineLetterkennyCo. DonegalOr email: info@harveymccrossan.ie To reach us no later than Friday 16th June 2017Job Vacancy: Office Administrator/Bookkeeper required for busy enterprise was last modified: May 31st, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:AdministratorBookkeeperjobofficeVacancylast_img read more

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Month: December 2019 Job Vacancy: Leading dental practise requires part-time dental nurse

first_imgA part-time dental nurse is required for a busy dental surgery in the Ballybofey/Stranorlar area.Experience preferred but not essential.If interested please send a letter of application and your cv to twintowndentist@gmail.com Job Vacancy: Leading dental practise requires part-time dental nurse was last modified: August 8th, 2018 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:Ballybofeydental nursedentistdonegaljobStranorlartwin townsVacancylast_img read more

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Month: December 2019 Job Vacancy: Leading construction company seeks Quantity Surveyor/Buyer

first_imgJob Vacancy: GDC (Irl) Ltd are currently recruiting for a Quantity Surveyor/Buyer to join the team for a full-time role.GDC (Irl) Ltd are an established Donegal based construction company who specialise in the construction of Quality Housing Developments.Due to expansion, they are looking to employ a Quantity Surveyor/Buyer with the desire and experience necessary to support the day to day operations of construction sites. The RoleThe successful person will support day to day management of construction site activities including;Liaising with subcontractors, suppliers and general foremanQuantifying and procurement of material and labour in advance of work activities onsiteScheduling and programming of deliveries and subcontractorsLiaising with managementThe PersonRequires a relevant Qualification in Quantity Surveying/Construction Management/Civil Engineering with a minimum of 3 years experience in a similar roleHave a strong commercial and contractual awareness with a good understanding of correct procurement methods and subcontractor appointments and paymentsHave a good practical and technical background in the construction sectorBe a strong communicator with good people skillsBe well organised, motivated and able to work using own initiativeIdeal candidate will have a full clean driving licenceTerms negotiable and depending on experience.Closing date for applications 5pm Friday 26th April 2019 Please forward your CV and cover letter marked for the attention of the Managing Director to GDC (Irl) Ltd, Kilderry, Muff, Co Donegal F93 XA 38, or by email to daniel.doherty@gdcirl.com.Job Vacancy: Leading construction company seeks Quantity Surveyor/Buyer was last modified: April 5th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:buyerconstructiongdcGDC Ireland LTDJob VacancyQuantity Surveyorlast_img read more

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Month: December 2019 Former Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko appointed new Ukraine manager

first_imgFormer AC Milan and Chelsea forward Andriy Shevchenko has been appointed the new head coach of Ukraine.The 39-year-old steps up from his assistant role to replace the departing Mykhailo Fomenko following a disappointing Euro 2016 campaign, which saw defeats in all three group games, including against Northern Ireland in Lyon.A statement on the Football Federation of Ukraine website said Shevchenko’s appointment was on a two-year deal, with the possibility of extension.“The executive committee of the Football Federation of Ukraine unanimously supported the candidature of Andriy Shevchenko,” the statement read.“The coaching staff will include Italians Mauro Tassotti and Andrea Maldera, known for work in the structure of (AC) Milan, and Spaniard Raul Riancho, who from 2014 to 2016 worked as assistant coach at Dynamo Kiev.”Shevchenko started his playing career at Dynamo Kiev, before joining Italian giants AC Milan in 1999, winning the 2003 Champions League and the Ballon d’Or in 2004.The striker joined Chelsea for £30million in 2006, before a loan spell back at Milan and then Kiev, retiring in the summer of 2012 after Ukraine had co-hosted the European Championship.After a brief stint in politics, Shevchenko – Ukraine’s record scorer with 48 goals in 111 games – joined the national team coaching staff ahead of Euro 2016 as assistant to Fomenko. 1 Ex-Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko is now the boss of Ukraine last_img read more

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Month: December 2019 `Brokeback Mountain leads Academy Awards field with 8 nominations

first_imgBEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) – The cowboy love story “Brokeback Mountain” led the Academy Awards field Tuesday with eight nominations, among them best picture and honors for actor Heath Ledger and director Ang Lee. Also nominated for best picture were the Truman Capote story “Capote”; the ensemble drama “Crash”; the Edward R. Murrow chronicle “Good Night, and Good Luck”; the assassination thriller “Munich.” The Johnny Cash biography, “Walk the Line,” considered a likely best picture nominee, was shut out, though Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon earned acting nominations for the film. George Clooney picked up three nominations: as supporting actor for his role as a steadfast CIA undercover agent in “Syriana” and best director and co-writer for his Edward R. Murrow tale “Good Night, and Good Luck.” Along with best-actor contender Ledger, and directing nominee Lee, “Brokeback Mountain” scored nominations for Michelle Williams as supporting actress, Jake Gyllenhaal as supporting actor and Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana for their screenplay adaptation of Annie Proulx’s short story. The acting categories were a mix of familiar Oscar faces such as past winners Judi Dench and Charlize Theron, veterans like Clooney, Witherspoon, Rachel Weisz, David Strathairn and Felicity Huffman gaining their first academy attention, and young performers such as Williams and Amy Adams. Philip Seymour Hoffman, the best-actor favorite for his remarkable impersonation of author Truman Capote in “Capote,” joined Ledger in the best-actor category. Hoffman has triumphed at earlier film honors, including the Golden Globes. Along with Hoffman, Ledger and Phoenix, the other nominees were Terrence Howard as a small-time hood turned rap singer in “Hustle & Flow” and Strathairn as newsman Murrow in “Good Night, and Good Luck.” The best-actress race presumably will shape up as a two-woman contest between Huffman in a gender-bending role as a man about to undergo sex-change surgery in “Transamerica” and Witherspoon as singer June Carter, Cash’s musical companion and future wife, in “Walk the Line.” Huffman won the Golden Globe for best dramatic actress, while Witherspoon earned the Globe for best actress in a musical or comedy. Witherspoon beat Huffman on Sunday for the best-actress prize at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Also nominated for the best-actress Oscar were Dench as a society dame who starts a nude stage revue in 1930s London in “Mrs. Henderson Presents”; Keira Knightley as the romantic heroine of the Jane Austen adaptation “Pride & Prejudice”; Charlize Theron as a mine worker who leads a sexual-harassment lawsuit against male co-workers in “North Country.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want 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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