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Pasadena Joins Crackdown on Texting and Handheld Cell Use While Driving

first_img Community News 8 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. As part of April’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign, Pasadena Police Department will be joining with over 200 other local law enforcement agencies and the California Highway Patrol in a month long “zero tolerance” enforcement and education campaign to curb those texting or operating hand-held cell phones while driving. Officers will be on alert throughout the month for those who break the cell phone laws and place themselves and others in danger. Special high visibility enforcement operations to cite cell phone violators will take place on April 4, 2014.The increased enforcement and education aims to persuade drivers to recognize the dangers of distracted driving and reduce the number of people impacted by this perilous behavior. The “It’s Not Worth It!” theme emphasizes that a phone call or text isn’t worth a hefty fine or a collision. The current minimum ticket cost is $161, with subsequent tickets costing at least $281.“We take the issue of distracted driving very seriously,” said Pasadena Police Chief Sanchez, “because we see the aftermath of these totally preventable crashes. Is that text message or cell phone call really worth $161, or worse, someone’s life?”Drivers who use hand-held devices are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. In addition, studies show that texting while driving can delay a driver’s reaction time just as severely as having a blood alcohol content of a legally drunk driver. According to research, sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds. Even a three second glance at freeway speeds means a driver has traveled the distance of a football field.Research shows that there is no difference in the risks between hands-free and hand-held cell phone conversations, both of which can result in “inattention blindness” which occurs when the brain isn’t seeing what is clearly visible because the drivers’ focus is on the phone conversation and not on the road. When over one third of your brain’s functioning that should be on your driving moves over to cell phone talking, you can become a cell phone “zombie.”These operations are funded through a grant by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Subscribe Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Public Safety Pasadena Joins Crackdown on Texting and Handheld Cell Use While Driving Published on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 | 3:06 pm Business Newscenter_img Make a comment EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS More Cool Stuff Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes HerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Questions To Start Conversation Way Better Than ‘How U Doing?’HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like A Bombshell And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News last_img read more

Trio of pension funds call for action at administrator after data failings

first_imgDutch pensions provider AGH has been questioned by three clients about its ability to properly manage internal processes after a series of administration problems.The industry-wide pension funds for butchers (Slagers), the food trade (AVH) and the drinks industry (Dranken) all reported having to carry out additional checks on AGH’s processes.The issues were highlighted by the schemes’ external auditors tasked with assessing internal processes and controls. The €725m Dranken scheme said AGH hadn’t checked that annual statements for pensioners contained all the required data. The same applied to communications with new joiners and departing staff. Dranken also found that the amounts quoted on annual statements were too low, as the figures had been based on 11 months rather than 12.Although AGH had paid for the necessary corrections, the pension fund said these incidents also caused reputational risk.John Klijn, chairman of the €2.3bn Slagers scheme, said that its accountant had been forced to check calculations as the bookkeepers had doubts about accuracy.Klijn suggested that the errors had been caused by AGH’s rapid growth in 2017, when both Slagers and the €272m sector scheme for millers joined, followed by the €813m pension fund for hairdressers earlier this year.Klijn said that he expected AGH to improve its its performance.“My impression is that the reporting by AGH is correct, but we have to prove this to supervisor De Nederlandsche Bank,” he said. “Currently, we are checking all processes.”The €1.3bn AVH said it was worried about the quality of internal processes at AGH, although it did not provide specific examples.Both AVH and Dranken – founders of AGH – have also objected to the provider’s proposals to amend its articles of association, which would end their right to binding nominations for trustees at AGH.The court in The Hague has already ruled that AGH must honour AVH’s nomination for two trustees. In another case, Dranken and AGH have asked a Rotterdam court to rule whether the provider was allowed to unilaterally amend its articles of association.AGH said it was not able to comment on the issues because of the holiday period in the Netherlands.last_img read more

Master’s Champ!

first_imgMany doubters will have to bite their tongues today because Tiger Woods is back!!  It has been 11 years since Tiger won his last major golf title.  This is extraordinary in the field of athletics because Woods is now over 40 years old .Tiger won his first Master’s in 1997, and this one makes #5.  That is one more than Arnold Palmer and one less than Jack Nicklaus.  Now the talk will begin on whether Woods can become the all-time major golf title leader.  We will have to wait and see.It was an unusual Master’s as they moved the starting time on Day 4 up to 7:30 a.m. and it finished before the leaders normally tee off.  They were trying to avoid the predicted severe storms for later in the day, and they made it.last_img

Ellsworth-Sumner football team wins first game in three seasons

first_imgEAST MACHIAS — After three winless seasons since the program’s revival, the Ellsworth-Sumner Memorial High School football team has won its first game.The Ellsworth-Sumner Eagles beat the Washington Academy Raiders 22-8 on Saturday on the road. The last win an EHS football team notched was in 1955.Ellsworth-Sumner coach Duane Crawford said he was at a loss for words while attempting to deliver a postgame speech.“I’m just so proud of our team,” Crawford said. “The kids have worked so hard for this.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textA week prior, the Eagles had lost their first game 36-12 to Orono.“If you are going to lose to Orono,” Crawford told his players before their season opener, “let them beat you. Just don’t beat yourself.”Ellsworth-Sumner football player Declan White (right) poses with Harold “Tug” White — his grandfather as well as president of the Ellsworth Football League — on Monday. The Eagles gave Tug the game ball, signed by the entire team, from their win on Saturday — the program’s first in three seasons. Coach Duane Crawford said Tug had an instrumental role in bringing football back to Ellsworth. “It seemed fitting to give it to Tug,” Crawford said. “He is someone who has always been there.” PHOTO BY ENA WHITEFor the past three years, Crawford has had to balance optimism with realistic expectations for his team, which had lost 25 straight games before Saturday.But the Eagles knew they had a chance against WA, which lost its first game 64-0 to Maine Central Institute.Crawford said his players were fired up all week leading up the game, anticipating an even matchup.“We knew we could win,” Crawford said. “We just needed to execute.”And execute they did.Offensively, Devin Wright led the team with 31 carries for 254 yards and three touchdowns. Wally Moon rounded out the scoring with two two-point conversion catches.Defensively, Tyler Hardwick led the team with five solo tackles and two passes defended. Moon had four solo tackles, a sack, a fumble recovery and one pass defended. Connor Petros recovered a fumble.The game wasn’t put away until late in the fourth quarter, when Ellsworth-Sumner was leading 14-8.“That wasn’t a comfortable lead,” Crawford said.Wright eased his coach’s worries when he punted the ball 40 yards to pin the Raiders on their 1-yard line.“That’s when it started to settle in,” Crawford said. “The kids were so excited.”Jacob Shorey sealed the deal when he intercepted a second-down pass and returned it 22 yards to the WA 1-yard line.Two attempts later, Wright ran the ball into the end zone, giving Ellsworth-Sumner a 20-8 lead. A pass from Hardwick to Moon put the final two points on the board for Ellsworth-Sumner’s 22-8 win.The usually quiet Ellsworth-Sumner sidelines cheered wildly as the final seconds ticked off the clock. Many hugs were exchanged, and Crawford received his first Gatorade shower as the Eagles’ coach.“So many emotions and so proud of the team,” Crawford posted on the team’s Facebook page the morning after the victory. “These players are the embodiment of a team. They never give up.”Ellsworth-Sumner improved its record to 1-1. WA dropped to 0-2.In other news, Mount Desert Island (2-0) beat Belfast (0-2) 24-14 on Friday, and Bucksport (0-2) lost to Mattanawcook (2-0) 30-14. Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Bio Latest Posts Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all)center_img Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016 Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013.last_img read more

I want Isaac to quit boxing and go back to school – Paul Dogboe

first_imgFather and trainer of former WBO Super Bantamweight world champion Isaac Dogboe, Paul, has surprisingly revealed his desire for his son to quit the sport and go back to school.This comes less than 24 hours after Dogboe was beaten for the second time in 5 months by Mexican Emmanuel Navarette in a world title bout.Dogboe was dominated by the Mexican, and eventually succumbed to a round 12 TKO defeat after his corner threw in the towel to avoid further torture.Isaac Dogboe, after the bout, spoke of his plans to move up to the featherweight division, but his father believes he may no longer have a future in the sport.“I will not impose my will on him. However, I think he has had enough,” he told Accra-based Joy FM.”I want him to return to school and continue his course and take another path in life. We worked hard but were unsuccessful at overcoming Navarette.”It is unclear what the boxer’s next step will be after his father’s shocking disclosure.It’s been a tough few months for Isaac Dogboe, who was looking to set the record straight by reclaiming the title after his shock defeat to Navarette back in December, and this latest defeat would most certainly have hit the boxer hard.last_img read more

Denmark 0-0 France: Five things we learned

first_imgDenmark joined France in the last 16 of the World Cup after playing out the first goalless draw of the tournament.FRANCE = GOALLESS DRAWS?From a neutral point of view, this year’s World Cup has been thrilling mostly because we hadn’t experienced a goalless draw yet. Today, France and Denmark probably gave us the worst match of the World Cup so far. So little goalmouth action and no goals scored. France were the last team to be involved in a goalless draw in a World Cup (2014 against Ecuador) and they are also the first team to be involved in a goalless draw in Russia.KANTE, THE STANDOUT PERFORMERKante has arguably been France’s best player this World Cup. He is always on the move and ready to intercept passes. Today was no exception, Kante won the Budweiser man of the match award. He barely put a foot wrong and is the reason why the Danish attack was so dormant.GRIEZMANN STILL ON THE PLANE TO RUSSIA Before the tournament, Griezmann was identified as the key player for France. With France being in a group with Denmark, Australia and Peru, it was fair to consider Griezmann for the golden boot award. His performances so far have been very poor. Although he has a goal (a penalty against Australia), he has been rather silent and almost non-existent in France’s matches. No wonder he has been subbed off in every match.DENMARK MISS POULSENYussuf Poulsen was suspended against France after picking up his second yellow card of the tournament against Australia. Poulsen has scored one goal so far Denmark but his contributions have also been key. As a striker who is played out wide by Aage Hareide, he brings his strength and aerial dominance to the wings. Against Peru and Australia, he was an outlet for the Danish side – something they missed today.CHRISTENSEN, AN OPTION IN MIDFIELD?Since Kvist’s injury in their first match against Peru, Hareide has tried a few options in the CDM role. Lass Schoene featured against Australia but Christensen played as the CDM for Denmark against France. Christensen usually plays as a centre-back but his ball playing ability made him an option for the CDM position. He had a fantastic game as he kept Griezmann quiet for most parts of the game. —Follow the World Cup with the Multimedia Group! With live English radio commentary on Joy 99.7 FM radio, Akan radio commentary on Asempa 94.7 FM and live streaming on Myjoyonline.com, we’ve got you covered all-tournament long.last_img read more

Magogo sets AFCON target for Uganda Cranes

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Uganda CranesKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The President of the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA), Moses Hassim Magogo has said if the Cranes don’t make it out of the group stages at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), it will be termed a failure.Speaking to URN in an exclusive interview in his office in Mengo on Wednesday, Magogo said they have made the targets known to the head coach Sebastien Desabre and the players.“We qualified for the 2017 Afcon in Gabon and bowed out in the group stage and now we are a much more experienced team that should be able to qualify for the knock out stage,” added Magogo.Desabre’s team is pooled alongside hosts Egypt, Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo in Group A for Africa’s biggest tournament which runs June 21st to July 19th. “We qualified for 2019 Afcon with a game to go and without a goal conceded before we lost to Tanzania. We have given the coach the training camp in Abu Dhabi that he requested for and two build-up games that should prepare the team well enough,” added Magogo.Although Magogo refused to reveal how much, he made it clear that they have also introduced hefty winning bonuses which will keep increasing if the team progresses to the later stages of the tournament.“This time we are more than prepared even on the logistical side. In 2017 we were returning to the big stage after 39 years and we were like amateurs who did not know a lot of things,” he explained. Magogo also explained that having a bigger part of the team having played at the 2017 Afcon in Gabon is a very big advantage in-terms of experience. “These boys are not scared of facing any team now because they have beaten top teams in the continent before,” he explained.Assistant captain Hassan Wasswa Mawanda has also made it clear that they will do all it takes to make an improvement this time round by qualify for the next round of 16. “We need to die a little for the country and put up better performances that in 2017. The Federation has made sure they provide us with all that is needed and it’s now our duty to perform,” added Mawanda.Uganda will open her campaign against DR Congo on June 22rd before they take on Zimbabwe and complete with a game against Egypt.*****URNShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more