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Man pleads not guilty to arson, threat charges in Valley Village love-triangle case

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Walters was being held at the Los Angeles County Jail. His bail was set at more than $1 million. ————————————————— For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. VALLEY VILLAGE – A 31-year-old man pleaded not guilty today to charges that he threatened to kill his former girlfriend’s new boyfriend and then set fire to his Valley Village apartment. Jayni Antonio Walters entered his plea in a Van Nuys Superior courtroom. A judge determined Aug. 27 that there was enough evidence to try Walters in connection with the June 23 blaze that caused some $50,000 in damages to an unit in the 5800 block of Laurel Canyon Boulevard, court records show. No one was inside the apartment at the time and there were no injuries. The fire was contained to the unit, fire officials said. He faces five counts including making criminal threats, arson, and burglary because he allegedly broke into the apartment before allegedly setting it ablaze, court records show. He is expected to appear in court again on Oct. 15. Walters faces additional allegations because he is a convicted robber and batterer, court records show, and he also is accused of violating a restraining order, police said.last_img read more

BofA cuts out wholesale loans

first_img“When Ken talks about a top-to-bottom review in five days time, you can’t make that happen. These cuts were in the works, and expect more,” said Tony Plath, an associate professor of finance at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. “Don’t underestimate the depth of Lewis’ disappointment in earnings. This guy is pissed.” Bank of America employees in several consumer real estate locations – including Dallas, Richmond, Va., and Brea and Rancho Cordova – will have the opportunity to apply for open positions within the company, bank spokesman Terry Francisco said. The bank started informing affected employees Thursday. Bank of America’s consumer real estate division employs about 13,000 people and it works with about 7,000 independent brokers. “While we are extremely proud of our strong track record in the wholesale business, we believe our long-term opportunity lies in maximizing our more competitive retail channels,” said Floyd Robinson, Bank of America’s president of consumer real estate and insurance services in a statement. A manifestation of that retail strategy, especially during a downturn in the U.S. mortgage market, has been the development and successful execution of its national “no-fee” mortgage program. The nation’s financial institutions have been squeezed as a credit-crunch and defaults in subprime loans have caused investors to become hesitant about taking risks. Dozens of home lenders halted operations this year and are being slammed as housing prices slide. An increase in defaults have forced banks to tighten lending standards. Bank of America’s product, introduced in May, does away with the collection of borrower, lender and third-party fees that typically add a few thousand dollars to the price of buying a home. That product has produced more than $50 billion in application volume in the past six months, according to the bank. Such a product, has enabled Bank of America to “gain critical market share,” Robinson said. In the third-quarter, Bank of America’s overall first mortgage-funded production increased 27 percent when compared with the same period last year. Driving that overall increase was a 60 percent spike in funded mortgage originations through banking centers and a 26 percent increase in funded originations by mortgage loan officers, the company said. “Ken says he likes the retail business, he likes getting to know customers, underwriting, and managing his risk,” said Plath, the university professor. “He just doesn’t like the securitization and servicing sides of the business.” He may not like it, but he is willing to form an alliance and help it. In August, Bank of America invested $2 billion in Countrywide Financial Corp. – the biggest U.S. home lender – when the Calabasas-based company was running short of cash. Countrywide is among the dozens of mortgage lenders that have battled a spike in mortgage defaults and foreclosures, especially in subprime loans – those made to borrowers with weak credit. Those specific problems haven’t extended to Bank of America, which exited the subprime lending market in 2001 when Lewis took over as CEO. The bank called it a business that had “become unattractive from a risk-reward standpoint.” In recent months, Lewis has pushed his bank to improve its market share of prime mortgages, or those offered to borrowers with a solid credit history, and industry experts believe it’s a market the bank has yet to fully tap. As of Sept. 30, Bank of America held a residential mortgage portfolio of $274 billion and has a stated aim of doubling its 5 percent share of the direct-to-consumer mortgages in the next three years. As the nation’s largest retail bank, Bank of America offers several ways for customers to apply for mortgages. The bank has 10,000 personal bankers in nearly 6,000 banking centers nationwide, and 2,200 mortgage loan officers serving 33 states and the District of Columbia, along with a phone channel known as LoanLine, and its Web site. “We see a lot of opportunities in growing our retail business,” Francisco said. “By exiting wholesale mortgage we are putting our full focus in one area, not splitting it.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The nation’s second-largest bank will stop offering home mortgages through brokers by Dec. 31 to focus on direct-to- consumer lending through its banking centers and loan officers. The move also eliminates the jobs in the bank’s consumer real estate unit. The bank shared details of the decision with The Associated Press before its public announcement scheduled for today. The cuts are part of a 3,000-job reduction engineered by CEO Ken Lewis after the nation’s second-largest bank reported a huge decline in third-quarter earnings. MORTGAGES: About 700 employees will lose their jobs. By Ieva M. Augstums THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CHARLOTTE, N.C. – In addition to scaling back its investment banking operations, Bank of America Corp. is exiting the wholesale mortgage business and eliminating about 700 jobs, bank officials said Thursday. last_img read more

Repetto students `Live Like a Champion’

first_img“This gets them outside and enjoying the outdoors,” she said. “They think they’re just having fun out here, but really this is a way to get them exercising.” After a session of soccer, basketball, football, Hula Hooping and music, children sign a pledge to eat better, exercise and drink lots of water, she added. said he learned to eat better, drink more water and play a variety of sports. “It’s really fun that they have all these activities here,” he said, before running off for more basketball. “It’s really nice of them to come out here.” Salvador (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2236160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Gallery: Like A Champion Tour• Video: Like A Champion Tour MONTEREY PARK – Salvador Chavez dribbled, shot and scored at Repetto Elementary School on Thursday. The 11-year-old Monterey Park resident learned to live like a champion – or at least picked up some healthy habits. Chavez and his schoolmates participated in the Live Like a Champion Tour, sponsored by the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Blue Cross of California. Officials said the goal of the 10-stop tour is to teach kids to live actively and healthy. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “If we get them into the habit now, they’ll develop it as they grow,” said Natalie Tee Gaither, principal at Repetto. “We know healthy children learn better.” With childhood obesity on the rise, Gaither said teaching healthy behaviors early on is key. Television, computers and video games tempt children to stay indoors and be sedentary, but this event is meant to remind them to get outdoors and have fun, officials said. “It really should be a natural part of their growing up, getting out and enjoying the outdoors,” Gaither said. Judy Huffaker, nutrition education specialist with Alhambra Unified School District, agreed. last_img read more


first_imgMartin O’Neill was surprised at how quickly Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy returned to club action after missing Ireland Euro 2016 double-header with Gibraltar and Germany.Ireland manager Martin O’Neil has expressed his surprise at the speed in which Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy returned to action for Everton after missing Ireland’s Euro 2016 double-header.The influential duo missed Ireland’s double-header against Gibraltar and Germany through injury.However, the Everton pair were fit to play the full 90 minutes for their club just THREE days after Ireland’s crucial qualifier against Germany. John O’Shea scored in the fourth-minute of injury-time to secure a famous result.O’Neill has expressed his surprise at the speed in which they returned, but said he was prepared to give both players the ‘benefit of the doubt’.O’Neil said, “I thought the two of them playing three and half days after a match we have deemed really important, I would maybe have had some concern.“But I’m prepared to give the benefit of the doubt. O’Neill has named both players in the squad for the forthcoming qualifier against Scotland in a fortnight’s time.The game is a crucial encounter for both sides, and another positive result for Ireland would see them take a giant step towards qualification for the tournament in France.O’NEILL PREPARED TO GIVE COLEMAN AND MCCARTHY ‘BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT’ was last modified: October 30th, 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:evertonIrelandJames McCarthyMartin O’Neillnewsseamus colemansoccerSportlast_img read more


first_imgGaeltacht Affairs Minister Joe McHugh has sanctioned a grant of €26,400 for Comharchumann Forbartha agus Fostaíochta Árainn Mhór, to enable them to carry out improvements to Ionad Pobail an Chroisbhealaigh.Announcing the grant, the Minister of State said that he was pleased to be in a position to assist Comharchumann Forbartha agus Fostaíochta Árainn Mhór in carrying out these works.“I understand that a lot of activities are held in this centre and of course it is used by ‘Coláiste Árainn Mhóir’, the Irish college, during the summer, which greatly adds to the island’s economy,” said the Minister of State. “This assistance will greatly benefit the Irish language on the island” he added.****D’fhógair an tAire Stáit do Ghnóthaí Gaeltachta, Joe McHugh T.D., inniu go bhfuil deontas de €26,400 ceadaithe aige do Chomharchumann Forbartha agus Fostaíochta Árainn Mhór,  chun cur ar a gcumas oibreacha feabhsúcháin a chur i gcrích ag Ionad Pobail an Chroisbhealaigh.Ag fógairt an deontais dó dúirt an tAire Stáit go raibh sé sásta go raibh ar a chumas cuidiú le Comharchumann Forbartha agus Fostaíochta Árainn Mhór  na hoibreacha seo a dhéanamh. “Tuigim go mbíonn a lán gníomhaíochtaí ar siúl san ionad seo agus ar ndóigh bíonn an Coláiste Gaeilge ‘Coláiste Árainn Mhóir’ ann i rith an tsamhraidh, rud a chuireann go mór le geilleagar an oileáin,” a dúirt an tAire Stáit. “Cuideoidh an cúnamh seo go mór leis an Ghaeilge ar an oileán”  MINISTER McHUGH SANCTIONS €26,400 FOR ARRANMORE CENTRE was last modified: February 23rd, 2015 by John2Share 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)last_img read more


first_imgJob Vacancies: The fabled Gallaghers Bakery franchise in Ardara are looking to expand its workforce and has created THREE new jobs. Management at Gallaghers are seeking to recruit a Purchasing Officer, General Office Administrator and a Cleaner to become part of their dynamic and hard-working team.Gallaghers Bakery is one of the most famous names in the bread-making industry and the news its expanding operations is a welcome boost to the local economy. Purchasing Officer:Responsibilities:• Carry out the purchasing process on a daily basis• Maintain and develop the supplier base through : relationship development, supplier selection, supply agreements (including price negotiation where applicable), with continued monitoring and evaluation • Manage stock levels through MRP system• Work with relevant internal departments such as NPD, operations and financeExperience required• 3+ years in purchasing role within a fast paced, high volume production environment is essential• Analytical with excellent communication skills • Demonstrate ability to manage and build a network of suppliers• Demonstrate ability to adhere to strict deadlines• Knowledge of Just in Time and ERP systems• Knowledge of excel essential • Knowledge of Stevens stock system an advantageGeneral Office AdministratorRole:• General office administrator to support sales and finance functionsExperience required• Accounting background• Experience in sales ordering and sales administration• Experience in providing general marketing support• Good communication skills• Knowledge of excel essential• Demonstrate ability to work to deadlines2+ yrs experience in a commercial environment requiredExperienced CleanersExperience required cleaning in a Food Manufacturing Plant environment.5 day week; weekend work will be required.Ideal candidate would have worked as a cleaner in a bakery or food manufacturing siteChemical handling training, manual handling, Working at heights Training, Haccp an advantagePlease send Letter of Application and CV to:-HR Dept, Aran Ard Teo T/A Gallagher’s Bakery, Ardara, Co Donegal, IrelandAlternatively by e-mail to Info@gallaghersbakery.ieJOB VACANCIES: NEW POSITIONS AVAILABLE AT GALLAGHERS BAKERY ARDARA was last modified: February 24th, 2015 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:ArdaraeconomyExpanding. BoostGallagher’s BakeryJob VacanciesjobsNewnewsPositionslast_img read more

Half-time: QPR 1 Swansea City 0

first_imgLeroy Fer’s fabulous goal put QPR ahead at Loftus Road after Swansea had made the better start.Fer smashed home a right-footed effort from 30 yards – the Dutch midfielder’s third goal since his arrival from Norwich in the summer.Rangers had a lucky escape in the opening minutes when Gylfi Sigurdsson’s pass carved open their defence and keeper Rob Green appeared to be outside his penalty area when he handled the ball after racing from his line to deny Wayne Routledge.Former QPR man Routledge was involved in much of the early action, shooting wide of Green’s right-hand post as the visitors continued to threaten.But it was the home side who opened the scoring and Bobby Zamora missed a chance to double the lead when he headed Eduardo Vargas’ right-wing cross over the bar.Batetimbi Gomis could have equalised for the Swans, who named star striker Wilfried Bony among their substitutes.Gomis dragged a shot wide and also saw a weak attempt comfortably gathered by Green. QPR:  Green, Isla, Caulker, Dunne, Hill, Vargas, Barton, Henry, Fer, Zamora, Austin. Subs: McCarthy, Traore, Ferdinand, Phillips, Onuoha, Mutch, Hoilett.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Raiders’ Doug Martin anxious to prove ‘doubters’ wrong as Lynch’s replacement

first_imgFor complete Oakland Raiders coverage follow us on Flipboard.ALAMEDA — Doug Martin will get the ball Sunday amid much less fanfare than the Raiders’ other hometown back received.Martin, like Marshawn Lynch, was born in Oakland, but became a high school star in Stockton before playing in college at Boise State and becoming a first-round draft pick.With Lynch likely done for the season with a groin injury (the earliest he could return is Week 16), Martin gets a belated chance to jump-start …last_img

Is It OK When Astronomers Sell Stars?

first_imgMost people have heard the ads for companies that sell you a certificate for a star they will name after you.  Professional astronomers have usually been quick to discourage people from falling for the schemes that have no professional or international authority for naming stars (for instance, see this article on  But now, according to New Scientist, an international consortium of astronomers with the Kepler Mission will be selling stars to raise money for data analysis from the spacecraft:“There are plenty of phony name-a-star things on the web, but I think we were the first scientists to use this sort of model for fundraising, and as a public outreach tool,” says project leader Travis Metcalfe of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado.  “We’re trying to educate people about what the Kepler mission does, and to get them excited about the quest for other Earths.”Since Kepler has 100,000 stars in its field of view, they hope to raise a million dollars at $10 a star “to pay scientists’ salaries and bring them together at conferences.”  In return, the donor gets his or her name attached to one of the stars on Google Sky.  The program was named “Pale Blue Dot” after Carl Sagan’s book of that name.A fly on the wall listened in to the astronomers cooking up this scheme.“Look, we all know that International Star Registry is bunk, but we need some money.  I was thinking, maybe their strategy could be used to our advantage.  After all, their continued success proves there is still a sucker born every minute.”“Well, we’d better distinguish what we want to do from what they are doing.  We are ethical scientists, you know.”“If we as professional scientists assign them a star, isn’t it kind of official?”“Nah; we’ll never get the International Astronomical Union to agree to it.”“But we won’t be selling the star, really; we’ll just ask them to adopt one for awhile.”“Your point is?”“We could say this is supporting science instead of paying the salaries of slick marketers.”“You realize, don’t you, that this money is going to pay our salaries….”“How about emphasizing the educational benefits of our program?”“Probably not good enough.  The star registry sends its customers victims information about ‘their’ star.”“But we want to excite people about what we are trying to do.”“I dunno; my aunt got pretty excited when Uncle Joe bought her a star from one of those phony companies.”“How about the fact that we will print their star on Google Sky instead of on parchment?”“Your point is?”“We could emphasize our price is one fifth their price.”“Now you’re just quibbling about the price.  It could still make us look just as sleazy as they are – and cheap, too.”“But isn’t our program for a worthy cause?”“Some people will complain that science shouldn’t grovel in the dirt to get its work done.”“Isn’t that what we do already trying to get government funding?”“I know!  Let’s get Carl Sagan’s name attached to it.  Everybody knows he was a real astronomer.  If they see his picture and slogan, they’ll flock like sheep to the slaughter.  Let’s get some celebs to donate first and pitch it on TV.  Build a slick website with promos, a donor honor roll and T-shirts with Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot logo, and we’ll be rolling in dough in no time!”“Ethics, schmethics.  It’s a new day for science.  Three cheers!”(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA banks approve more home loans

first_imgThe average approved bond size increased by 3.7% to R715 319 in April 2011 from R689 742 in April 2010. At the same time, the average deposit size as a percentage of the purchase price decreased year-on-year by 39.6% to 13.1%, or R108 164. Decline in average prices Banks declined fewer home loans in April 2011 compared to the same month in 2010, a bond originator said on Monday. The ‘Oobarometer’ price index showed a year-on-year decline in the average purchase price of 6.5% to R823 483 in April 2011 from R881 044 a year earlier. The bank initial decline ratio was 8.7% lower year-on-year, at 45.4%, while the bank effective approval ratio for home loans increased significantly from 57.3% in April last year to 64.4%, ooba found. “The average deposit for April was only 13% of purchase price, which is significantly improved from the levels seen in 2009, and this opens up a considerably broader homebuyer base who can now afford the lower deposit requirements,” said Geffen. Deposits now ‘more affordable’ 24 May 2011center_img Geffen said the decline in house prices in April pointed to a further period of declining prices, after strong growth in the first half of 2010. Geffen said the strong April approval rates followed record numbers in March, when the approval figure was the highest value of approved home loans since October 2008. “The ability to obtain financing is one of the biggest drivers in the property market, so the consistent improvements are positive for the market,” ooba CEO Saul Geffen said in a statement. The average purchase price by a first time buyer fell by a more moderate 0.2%year-on-year to R625 252. “We anticipate the negative growth trend will reverse shortly after mid-year and show moderate positive price growth for the second half of the year,” he said. Sapalast_img read more