Award’s for more than job on fires

first_imgSIMI VALLEY – The Ventura County Fire Department chose Steve Kaufmann as Battalion 4’s Firefighter of the Year for more than just the lifesaving work he does on the job. Kaufmann has been active for years while off duty, raising money for charities, including the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Casa Pacifica home for abused children, the Make-A-Wish Foundation for children with life-threatening medical conditions and the Spark of Love toy drive for needy children. He also helped the county’s firefighters raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the families of firefighters who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Kaufmann, 38, grew up in Simi Valley and lives in Pasadena, where he is a member of the Tournament of Roses Association. He has also been a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Kaufmann has been a firefighter since 1996 and has worked for Ventura County since 1998. One of the major projects he and other local firefighters contribute to is the Fill the Boot campaign to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Firefighters across the nation have raised nearly $275 million since 1954 in this campaign. Just last December, Ventura County firefighters raised $26,000 for the effort. “I’m in a position (as a firefighter) where I see a lot of terrible things,” Kaufmann said. “It’s nice to be in a position where I can do something positive for somebody less fortunate.” Capt. Chris Johnston, who worked with Kaufmann for three years on the same firetruck in Thousand Oaks, said he was a good choice for the honor, which was bestowed Wednesday at an awards luncheon in Camarillo. “He’s extremely intelligent. He can analyze a problem and solve it fast,” Johnston said. “He’s always right in the middle of things, and he’s always been doing the fundraising, especially for the kids.” eric.leach@dailynews.com (805) 583-7602160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I’m just honored to be a firefighter and to serve the community, and I like to put the Fire Department in a good light in a different perspective than when the bell rings,” he said. “Charity is a way to give back to the community when I’m off duty.” Capt. Chris Mahon, president of the Ventura County Professional Firefighters union, said he has worked with Kaufmann for 10 years, at times fighting fires and at times with the union, for which Kaufmann is the charities director. “Every year he buys toys for families at shelters for the needy. He just really goes above and beyond to organize activities that bring a lot of help for people,” Mahon said. “He has done a tremendous amount of work to help the community through charity work.” Mahon recalled how Kaufmann coordinated several charity events in Ventura County that raised $450,000 to help the families of the fallen New York firefighters. “He’s energetic. He’s capable. He takes it to another level, the whole idea of public service,” Mahon said. last_img read more

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SIX DONEGAL BROTHERS APPEAR IN COURT AFTER ROW AT FUNERAL

first_imgSix Donegal brothers have appeared in court following incidents at a funeral in Co Mayo yesterday.The McDonagh brothers, varying in ages from late 20s to early 30s, appeared before Judge Mary Devins at Castlebar Distinct Court today.The men, from a halting site at the Big Isle, Manorcunningham were remanded on bail to appear back in Castlebar District Court on July 19 with the possibility of facing further charges. The six were given bail under a number of conditions, which included a cash lodgement of €500 each to be made in court.Michael McDonagh, Thomas McDonagh, Owen McDonagh, Johnny McDonagh, Patrick McDonagh and Martin McDonagh were charged with Section 3 assaults and each surrendered their passport and agreed to abide by a daily curfew from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m., and to sign on at Letterkenny Garda Station on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.It was also a condition of their bail that they provide a mobile telephone number and stay out of counties Mayo and Clare unless they have a court appearance or need to consult with their solicitors.The Connaught Telegraph reports that each of the defendants, who were arrested yesterday and remanded in custody overnight, also gave an undertaking not to contact any witnesses that may be involved in the case.Inspector Tom Calvey, who laid down the bail conditions, said more charges are likely to be preferred against the defendants, all of whom had their applications for free legal aid deferred.SIX DONEGAL BROTHERS APPEAR IN COURT AFTER ROW AT FUNERAL was last modified: May 18th, 2016 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:Big IsleBROTHERScourtdonegalfuneralMayoMCDONAGHSlast_img read more

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ALL-IRELAND GAA GLORY FOR ARRANMORE MEN

first_imgArranmore Island caused a huge shock by winning the Island All-Ireland Gaelic football tournament on Arranmore yesterday afternoon.This hugely popular annual event brings all the islands together in September of every year.Representing Donegal, Arranmore have had a very poor record in this tournament and had never progressed past the group stages. However, on home soil, the lads defied the odds and hopefully have paved the way for the Donegal minor and seniors to bring more All-Ireland trophies back to the hills.Despite Arranmore being a soccer stronghold, many of the island lads have sporadically represented GAA clubs in Donegal, Derry and Dublin as well as further afield in Chicago, London and New York.This weekend, Arranmore men and diaspora made a huge effort to come home and along with members of Arranmore Utd, they gelled and played some absolutely scintillating football.Arranmore lost their first group game to defending champions Clare Island from Mayo but managed to qualify for the semi final as they narrowly beat Whiddy Island from Cork. Despite being down 6 points in the semi-final against Inis Bofin from Galway, the Arranmore men scored 10 unanswered points to progress to the final where once again they were up against Clare Island.Both teams were lead onto the field by the Arranmore pipe band and a huge crowd of 600 Gaels were treated to a memorable final.In a hard, physical but fair match both teams traded blow for blow and score for score which had the spectators on the edge of their seats.Clare island who were going for four in a row started the better.But the underdogs, who had huge support from the locals and from other Islands, slowly but surely turned the screw and ran out very worthy winners on a score line of 1-14 to 1-11 with player of the tournament Benny McGarvey scoring 8 points. Other notable performances from the islanders were Shane and Blaine McGuckin, Daniel O’Donnell, Declan and Conor Proctor.When referee Myles Sweeney blew the final whistle there was both joy and disbelief from Arranmore and indeed other islands.Huge credit must go to Conal Kavanagh, Chris McGuckin and Neil Gallagher for gelling the team together at such short notice.This annual event brings the islands together and this is a very special event which gives islanders a chance to both compete and socialise once a year. Upwards of 300 islanders from all over Ireland travelled to Arranmore which boosted the local economy greatly.Arranmore didn’t fare out as well in the ladies tournament which was won by a very young and talented Clare Island side.Next year the tournament will be held in Inis Turk in County Mayo where Arranmore will proudly defend and represent Tìr Chonaill.ALL-IRELAND GAA GLORY FOR ARRANMORE MEN was last modified: September 7th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:newsSportlast_img read more

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West Ham weighing up move for free agent Samir Nasri, claim reports

first_imgWest Ham are considering a surprise move to sign former Arsenal and Manchester City winger Samir Nasri, according to reports.Nasri is a free agent after serving an 18-month drugs ban, and the Hammers are reportedly keen to bring the Frenchman back to the Premier League. Samir Nasri is a target for West Ham, according to reports Controversial star Nasri has a history of upsetting fans and team-mates with his behaviour, having first fallen out with Arsenal supporters when he left to join mega-rich Man City in 2011.He won two Premier League titles and the League Cup in five seasons at the Etihad, before falling out of favour and spending a year on loan with Sevilla.He then signed permanently for Turkish outfit Antalyaspor in 2017, but he ended up making only eight appearances, scoring twice, before mutually terminating his contract in January.Then, in February, he was hit with an initial six-month ban, which was later extended to 18-months, for breaking anti-doping rules through receiving an intravenous drip in 2016. Everton have also been linked with an interest in the midfielder, who is not a popular figure at former club Arsenal after he forced his way out of the club to join rivals Man City.The 31-year-old won two Premier League titles during his career with the Blues and, according to the Daily Mirror, manager Manuel Pellegrini is keen to bring his experience to the London Stadium.Pellegrini is on the hunt for reinforcements when the January transfer window opens to bolster his injury-hit squad.The West Ham boss is currently without the likes of Manuel Lanzini, Andriy Yarmolenko, Carlos Sanches and Jack Wilshere.And those injuries have had a a huge effect on the club’s early season form, having claimed just three wins from 11 games, and Pellegrini wants to further improve his squad in the New Year to ensure they are well clear of a relegation battle. 2 Manuel Pellegrini is desperate to bolster his injury-hit West Ham squad 2last_img read more

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It’s time to nominate young heroes for the Donegal Garda Youth Awards

first_imgNominations have now opened for the Donegal Garda Youth Awards 2019 in association with the Donegal Joint Policing Committee.The Awards celebrate outstanding young people between the ages of 13 and 21 years. The awards aim to acknowledge the contribution by young people who work to make their communities a better place to live in.And every nominee is a winner. Speaking at the launch on Wednesday, Inspector Shaun Grant, Letterkenny, who is PRO for the Youth Awards, said that “the nomination process is open to everyone, so if you know of a young person who is committed to making a difference to their community, please put them forward, as every nominee will receive a certificate, even if they do not win an award. This way, all nominees are recognised for their efforts, and the certificate is a very valuable item to have on a young person’s CV into the future”. An Garda Síochána in Donegal has today launched the Donegal Garda Youth Awards 2019 in association with the Donegal Joint Policing Committee at the launch were Nicholas Crossan, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Gerry McGonagle, Chairperson Joint Policing Committee, Liam Ward, Director of Community Development & Planning Services and Srg. John Forkan. Photo Clive WassonThe presentation of the Donegal Garda Youth Awards in association with the Donegal Joint Policing Committee will take place in early 2020.There are 4 overall awards including an Individual Award recognising a young person’s positive contribution to their community, making it a better place to live; a Group Award where groups of 2 or more make a positive contribution to their community, making it a better place to live; Special Achievement Award where the nominee has overcome difficult circumstances, defied all the odds, and whose commitment deserves recognition; and finally the Community Safety Award where through a crime prevention or safety initiative / innovation, an individual or group have made their community a safer place to live.All categories are for young people aged between 13 and 21 years on 31st August 2019.Each Garda Division in the country will nominate one winner in each of the above four categories, to represent their Division at the National Youth Awards which will take place in Spring 2020. The Group Award category applies for groups of two or more young people whose combined efforts have contributed positively to their communities. The Special Achievement category is open to any young person who has defied the odds, or overcome difficult circumstances, and whose commitment deserves recognition.In launching this year’s Awards, Chief Superintendent Terry Mc Ginn, said “we wish to recognise the efforts made by these young people, as they contribute to their community, both at a local level, and also in wider areas. An Garda Síochána would like to pay tribute to the Joint Policing Committee for their assistance with the launch of the Donegal Youth Awards.”Chair of Donegal Joint Policing Committee, Cllr. Gerry McMonagle expressed his delight at the Donegal Joint Policing Committee’s association with this Awards Scheme, which sees young people in the community recognised for their positive endeavours, saying “the positive contribution of our young people to their own communities must be commended and I would encourage community groups, organisations and indeed individuals to take the time to nominate young people who they believe have made their communities a better place to live in.”The nomination forms are now available from any Garda Station in the Donegal Garda Division, from Community Gardai in each local Garda District or on request from donegalgardayouthawards@garda.ie.   Forms can also be downloaded from www.donegalcoco.ie/community/jointpolicingcommittee/donegalgardayouthawards2019Nomination forms can be submitted by post to the Chief Superintendents Office, Donegal Garda National Youth Awards, Letterkenny Garda Station, New Line Road, Co. Donegal F92 PC03 or emailed to donegalgardayouthawards@garda.ie. Closing date for receipt of nominations is Friday 13th December 2019 at 5pm.It’s time to nominate young heroes for the Donegal Garda Youth Awards was last modified: October 30th, 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:donegal Garda Youth Awardslast_img read more

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Warriors’ Joe Lacob on Patrick McCaw’s absence: “I don’t really understand it”

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceWarriors majority owner Joe Lacob spoke the thoughts of many Warriors fans and those in the organization regarding Patrick McCaw’s absence through training camp and entering the 2018-19 season.“I don’t really understand it,” Lacob told Bay Area News Group recently. “It completely befuddles me. I’m at a loss.”McCaw declined the Warriors’ $1.7 million qualifying offer that would have made him a restricted free agent. …last_img

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Warriors 121, Clippers 104: Steph Curry achieves another milestone

first_imgHe does not need to worry about that. He has made a comfortable living making a lot of 3’s. So much that … Click here if you’re unable to view the video or gallery on your mobile device.OAKLAND – The play represented the soundtrack of Stephen Curry’s life. He stood from 28 feet behind the basket. He shot the ball quickly. And just as the crowd rose on its feet, the ball sailed into the net.“I shoot a lot of threes,” Curry said, grinning afterwards. “I’d better make a lot of them.”last_img

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Gallery: All-year sunshine in KwaZulu-Natal

first_imgKwaZulu-Natal has it all: a long coastline of beautiful beaches, rolling green midlands inland, a wealth of African culture, the magnificent Drakensberg range of mountains, and game reserves stocked with the Big Five – all to be enjoyed with 320 days of sunshine a year. The Amphitheatre in the Drakensberg Mountains. The uKhahlamba-Drakensberg National Park is a Unesco World Heritage Site. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Compiled by Mary AlexanderA thriving tourism industry means South Africa is closer to achieving its National Development Plan goals of skills development and creating decent employment through inclusive economic growth.KwaZulu-Natal offers a heady mix of cultural, historical and natural attractions. Durban is a seaside city with Blue Flag beaches, and entertainment and activities of all kinds.The province also has deep and varied cultural heritage – once home to the legendary King Shaka, it has one of the largest Indian communities outside India, and a strong British colonial heritage. You’ll see this rich mix of cultures on the streets of Durban and Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal’s major cities.The Durban waterfront at sunset. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)A surfing lesson at Addington Beach in Durban. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)A dolphin performs for tourists at uShaka Sea World, part of the uShaka Marine World development in Durban. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Rolling sugarcane fields, a signature landscape of KwaZulu-Natal. (Image: Brand South Africa)Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban was built for the 2010 Fifa World Cup. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Bungee jumping from the roof of the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)The Nelson Mandela Capture Site, outside, commemorates the statesman’s arrest in August 1962 at a roadblock near the KwaZulu-Natal town of Howick. Mandela would spend the next 28 years in jail. He was released in February 1990. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)The Durban yacht basin, with the city’s central business district skyline behind. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)The historic city hall in Pietermaritzburg, the capital of KwaZulu-Natal. (Image: Brand South Africa)Traditional Zulu dancing. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)An Indian spice shop in Durban offers a range of delights. Durban has the country’s largest population of Indian South Africans, making it the largest “Indian” city outside of India itself. (Image: Brand South Africa)Panoramic view of the 18-hole golf course at the Champagne Sports Resort in the Central Drakensberg. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)A colourful mural at the Durban Snake and Reptile Park. (Image: Brand South Africa)A traditional homestead in Zululand. (Image: Brand South Africa)Karkloof Canopy Tours in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands takes visitors on a zipline adventure through the second-largest indigenous forest in South Africa. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)The beach and lighthouse in Umhlanga, north of Durban. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Umhlanga pier, north of Durban. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Schoolchildren get a lesson in the aquarium at uShaka Marine World in Durban. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Bioluminescent jellyfish in a display tank at the uShaka Marine World aquarium in Durban. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)last_img read more

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1,500 Newspapers Could Soon Support the AP’s Controversial hNews Microformat

first_imgfrederic lardinois A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#news#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Earlier this year, the Associated Press, together with the Media Standards Trust, introduced hNews, a new microformat for describing news content. HNews allows publishers to easily attach machine-readable news semantics to content on the web. Today, the AP announced the completion of the first draft of hNews. In addition, TownNews, announced that is will support hNews in its BLOX content management system, which is being used by over 1,500 newspapers in the US. The hNews MicroformatHNews, which is an extension of the hAtom format, only requires content users to specify information about the source organization. In addition, publishers can specify geo-information, a dateline element, license information and information about the code of ethics that governed the behavior of the author of a given site. At its most basic level, hNews, just like other microformats like hCard or hCalendar, allows search engines spiders to identify and read semantic information that would otherwise be buried within a text and would be hard to identify for search engines.The Good and the BadThe hNews Schemasource-org. dateline. optional. Using text or hCard. geo. optional. Using geo. item-license. recommended. principles. recommended. It’s noteworthy that the AP, which has had a rather contemptuous relationship with the Internet, would push this standard, which would only make it easier for search engines and mash-up tools to discover and classify content. At the same time, though, hNews is also a central part of the AP’s controversial‘news registry’ project, which is meant to track AP content across the web and to make sure that it is not misappropriated. While the hNews microformat is definitely an interesting development, we can’t help but wonder about its role in the AP registry project. Today’s hNews press release makes no mention of this project (unlike the press release that announced the registry), so there is some hope that the AP has given up on this scheme or is at least trying to downplay hNews’ importance in it.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Build Your Own Butt/Pedestal Dolly for under $140

first_imgAdd this versatile tool to your next shoot for hundreds less than retail.There’s a long history of tinkerers in the film business. In fact, most of the grip equipment we use today started as garage prototypes, built out of necessity by some handy guy. Walk onto any well-equipped grip truck, and you’ll find some homemade gadget that is a one-off item built specifically for an ambitious shot. Every film project I’ve worked on has required some rig or jig not found anywhere else in the industry. Challenging these self-taught engineers is fun, and more often than not, they come up with something that works really wellI certainly don’t have all the tools to fabricate something elaborate, but every now and then I come up with something that works, and I use it constantly.With these three inexpensive items, you can construct a dolly that is in wide use today. We used this this dolly every day on my last production and got some great shots very quickly. It can function as a camera pedestal dolly for low shots, but we mainly sat an operator on the seat with a handheld camera for great low-angle shots — while silently scooting around the set to follow the action.Necessary EquipmentThe bar stool seat was surprising cheap — $15. The adjustable boat seat pedestal cost $33 and is available at Bass Pro Shop. The “Down Under” plant caddy is a wheeled platform meant for rolling big, heavy pots around — $31.The biggest additional expense was changing out the plastic wheels that came with the plant caddy for soft, quiet skate wheels (available from “Coolcasters” — $9). If you want, you can spend way more for high-end, in-line skate wheels. I had the aluminum plates made for looks and a little more rigidity. Plates are totally optional.AssemblyThere isn’t anything complicated about putting these pieces together. The ½” plywood “washer” is the only the part that needs to be cut and pre-drilled; the pedestal plate itself made for a wonderful template. I made a similar plate for attaching the fluid head to the pedestal when you remove the seat.This dolly works great, is easy to put together, and costs hundreds less than similar units available online. Expand your grip tools with this versatile and customizable piece.Do you know other DIY gear hacks? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

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