Water wasting fines begin next week

first_imgHomeNewsEnvironmentWater wasting fines begin next week Feb. 23, 2016 at 6:46 amEnvironmentWater wasting fines begin next weekMatthew Hall5 years agobusiness water usagecalifornia droughtcalifornia watercity of santa monicadroughtkim o’cainNewsresidential water usageSanta Monicasanta monica newsstage II water emergencywater usagewater wastewater wasting fines Water customers that couldn’t find the time to save water might find themselves drowning in debt by the end of the month.The first round of fines for perpetual water wasters will hit the mail starting Feb. 29 and City Hall is expecting to send out up to 100 citations per month from here on out.Delinquent customers have three options for the first offense: pay the fine, appeal the citation or attend “water school,” similar to traffic school. Completion of the water education course would waive the first fine.According to Kim O’Cain, water resources specialist for the City of Santa Monica, fines will start at $250. Second violations will be $500 and the third will cost $1,000.“After the third, we could require a water audit. We’d go on the property, make a list and we may be able to require they do certain types of upgrades,” she said. “If they continue to exceed seven or more times, we might put a flow restrictor on that would provide just basic service.”Mandatory water cuts have been in place for months following the declaration of a Stage II water emergency. Residents have been prohibited from washing driveways or sidewalks, watering in a way that creates runoff, hose-washing vehicles without a shut-off nozzle and using potable water in a decorative fountain without recirculation.Residents and business owners have been required to reduce their usage over their 2013 totals by 20 percent. Residential customers were given a baseline threshold for conservation that gave credit to accounts that had already implemented water saving measures. Businesses customers do not have the same threshold but can apply for adjustments if they show efforts to reduce usage.O’Cain said 74 percent of customers are within their water allowances, but exceeding the allowance isn’t automatically grounds for a fine. City staff is evaluating the highest water users and will be fining those that have made no effort to reduce their usage or interact with the city regarding their water.“We have worked with many of the top water users for the past few years. Many have responded to our phone calls, emails, letters we sent out, but there are some that don’t,” she said. “We’re really targeting those folks who haven’t done their part while the rest of the community has done their part.”O’Cain said customers have done a great job so far and while some individuals are failing to meet their restrictions, the city has been able to stay within state and local mandates for water reduction thanks to the efforts of those that have participated.She said it’s not too late for customers to take action. City Hall has options for residents and businesses available online. Home customers can sign up for a free water consultation, install water efficient appliances, check for leaks, install new landscaping, replace lawns and adjust irrigation systems. Rebates are available for several kinds of home project.Many of the same options are available for businesses, including rebates.For more information on water saving options, visit smgov.net/water or call (310) [email protected] :business water usagecalifornia droughtcalifornia watercity of santa monicadroughtkim o’cainNewsresidential water usageSanta Monicasanta monica newsstage II water emergencywater usagewater wastewater wasting finesshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentPrep sports: Mathews leads Samohi into quarterfinalsBurglary suspect took shower in targeted homeYou Might Also LikeBriefsNewsPublic Health Emphasizes the Importance of Vaccinations as Distancing and Masking Guidelines Relax Next WeekGuest Author2 days agoBriefsNews“Righting Our Wrongs” performance on June 11Guest Author2 days agoBriefsNewsSEATTLE Feds plan to curtail West Coast salmon fishing to help orcasGuest Author2 days agoBriefsNewsBeach House Begins Community Re-Opening June 15Guest Author2 days agoBriefsNewsInput Invited for Marine Park Improvement ProjectsGuest Author2 days agoColumnsFeaturedNewsOpinionWhat’s the Point?whats the pointGAY PRIDE MONTH IS HERE FOR ALL OF USDavid Pisarra2 days agolast_img read more

Warren Haynes Sat in With Dave Matthews Band Last Night

first_imgFor the second time during their 2015 Summer tour, Warren Haynes sat in with the Dave Matthews Band to lend a hand on a classic Neil Young cover. On Friday night in Camden, New Jersey, Haynes joined the band during the second set for a pair of songs with a hand from trumpet player Matt Cappy.The group started with their take on Young’s “Down by the River,” which hadn’t been played by the full band since May 27, 2007 and hasn’t been played by Matthews since his tour with Tim Reynolds in December 2009. They then played “Smooth Rider” off the group’s 2005 album, Stand Up, for the first time in full since July 18, 2009. However, the group did play a snippet of the song at the previous show on June 13.Here’s a video of “Down by the River” from YouTube’s IUalum2001:When Haynes sat in with the band earlier this tour in Holmdel, New Jersey, he performed another Neil Young classic, “Cortez the Killer.” The group continues their Summer tour tonight to close out their two-night stand in Camden.-Brian Weidy (@frostedweidies)Photo courtesy of Rodrigo Simas Photography from Dave Matthews Band’s Facebooklast_img read more

Democracy At Its Finest

first_imgA bit unwieldy? For sure. A circus atmosphere? Occasionally. Good theater?Absolutely.The debates staged by Presidential candidates on public TV Wednesday and Thursday nights were a lot of things, and drew a fair amount of criticism and then some. More important, though, it was democracy at its finest, chances for the rest of the world to watch as U.S. citizens begin the process of choosing the Democratic Party candidate for U.S. President.Two years ago, the Republicans, top heavy with would-be challengers, staged a similar series of debates, which basically served as an elimination tournament, separating the pretenders from the contenders.We won’t get into who our favorites were in the latest debates or which candidates we think emerged as serious threats to the incumbent, Donald Trump. What’s more important is the diverse opinions voiced during the proceedings, and a group of candidates that included men and women with different ethnic backgrounds, religious and sexual preferences, from diverse professions.Most seemed to agree on the hot button issues, at least at this juncture: The cost of health insurance and whether to nationalize it; the deteriorating situation in Iran; and, of course, immigration reform.Those who trashed Trump garnered the easiest applause. Cooler heads on the dais seemed to suggest some candidates understand Trump, an incumbent showing remarkable resiliency and surprising strength, isn’t going away (remember how he was going to be impeached in his first year?). Calling him names is an exercise done by a candidate without a better plan.Like it or not, right now he’s the champ, and a robust economy may be a knockout punch. You win the presidency in the ring; the trick is to choose the right candidate to put the gloves on.From here, it looks like a deep and talented field of contenders. Sharelast_img read more

POLITICS OF PAIN: Colorado largely spared opposition to painkiller limits

first_imgDENVER | Lawmakers and policy experts say Colorado legislators have been spared intensive lobbying seen in other states by the pharmaceutical industry to oppose restrictions on prescription painkiller sales.Pharmaceutical companies and related groups spent more than $130,000 in state candidate contributions over the past decade in Colorado, according to the National Institute on Money in State Politics. Those contributions came from the Pain Care Forum, a national network of drug firms and opioid-friendly groups. Nationally, the forum opposes regulations that would cut the availability or use of prescription opioids, especially painkillers such as OxyContin, Vicodin and fentanyl.Abuse of those painkillers contributes to the national opioid abuse epidemic that also involves illegal drugs such as heroin. There have been more than 6,900 drug overdose deaths in Colorado since 2006; more than 47,000 people died nationally, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.In Colorado, laws have expanded access to Naloxone, a powerful drug that can stop overdoses, and removed criminal penalties, under certain conditions, for those who might hesitate to report drug overdoses to emergency responders.A joint investigation by The Associated Press and the Center for Public Integrity found that drugmakers that produce opioid painkillers and allied advocacy groups spent more than $880 million on campaign contributions and lobbying over the last decade as they worked to influence state and federal policies. The groups have an array of political interests that include opioid advocacy, and their spending was eight times that of the gun lobby during the same period. By comparison, groups advocating for limits on opioid prescribing spent about $4 million.The investigation comes as the number of overdose deaths from prescription painkillers has soared, claiming the lives of 165,000 people in the U.S. since 2000. Reporters analyzed campaign finance and lobbying data from 2006 through 2015, reviewed hundreds of documents and conducted more than 150 interviews. The AP and Center for Public Integrity found that drugmakers and allied groups employed an annual average of 1,350 lobbyists in state capitals around the country and contributed to a total of 7,100 candidates for state-level office.Democratic state Sen. Irene Aguilar, a physician and backer of the Naloxone law, said she’s not encountered industry opposition to regulating painkiller access. And Lisa Raville, executive director of Denver’s Harm Reduction Action Center, credits the expanding use of Naloxone for saving more than 400 lives in Colorado.Officers with 22 police agencies in the state carry Naloxone, and drug-dependent inmates in three county jails — Arapahoe, Boulder and Denver — have been trained in its use, Raville said.Pain Care Forum members donated more than $441,000 between 2006 and 2015 to candidates for and members of Colorado’s congressional delegation.Republican U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton has co-sponsored legislation to provide more resources to physicians and first responders, improve addiction warning labels for opioid medications and encourage the use of non-opioid painkillers for pain management. He recently held forums on the topic throughout his 3rd Congressional District.“We haven’t heard very much from the pharmaceutical industry since this issue became a top priority for Congress early in the year,” Tipton said in a statement.“Most of us assume that if our doctor prescribes us a medication, it’s safe for us to take. Unfortunately, we’ve seen too many kids become addicted to pain medications and turn to substances like heroin when they can no longer get the pills.” This undated photo provided by Jennifer Weiss-Burke on Sept. 12, 2016 shows her son, Cameron Weiss. Weiss-Burke said her teenage son’s descent into drug addiction started with an opioid prescription a doctor wrote for him for a wrestling injury. After his death from a heroin overdose in 2011, Weiss-Burke pushed for a bill limiting initial prescriptions of opioid painkillers for acute pain to seven days. The bill exempted people with chronic pain, but opponents still fought back, with lobbyists for the pharmaceutical industry quietly mobilizing in increased numbers to quash the measure. (Jennifer Weiss-Burke via AP)center_img This undated photo provided by Jennifer Weiss-Burke on Sept. 12, 2016 shows her and her son, Cameron Weiss. Weiss-Burke said his descent into drug addiction started with an opioid prescription a doctor wrote for him for a wrestling injury. After his death from a heroin overdose in 2011, Weiss-Burke pushed for a bill limiting initial prescriptions of opioid painkillers for acute pain to seven days. The bill exempted people with chronic pain, but opponents still fought back, with lobbyists for the pharmaceutical industry quietly mobilizing in increased numbers to quash the measure. (Courtesy Jennifer Weiss-Burke via AP)last_img read more

Chelsea win Rakuten Cup with beating Barcelona by 2-1

first_imgAdvertisement nmocNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs49qfy9Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E84( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) xpxWould you ever consider trying this?😱lnrzCan your students do this? 🌚p61Roller skating! Powered by Firework Chelsea won the Rakuten Cup with beating Barcelona by 2-1 on Tuesday. It was a good win for Frank Lampard’s side. After the defeat against Kawasaki Frontale in the friendly match in Japan, the mental state of the team was down. After this win, they will be back on track. The Blues will now face Reading on Sunday.Advertisement  Advertisement Frank Lampard fielded his side with a 4-2-3-1 formation. Tammy Abraham was playing as the lone centre forward at the upfront of the pitch. The young centre forward of the Blues missed an easy chance at the beginning of the match. However, Tammy opened the scoresheet for the Blues at the 34th minute of the match. It was a mistake committed by Sergio Busquets. Jorginho intercepted the ball and passed it towards Tammy Abraham. Abraham rounded off Ter Stegen to put it into the net.In the second half of the match, both the sides have made lots of substitutions. Ross Barkley scored the second goal for the Blues at the 81st minute of the match. The ball was provided by Marcos Alonso. Ivan Rakitic pulled one back for the Catalan Giants at the 92nd minute but there was no time left for Barcelona to make a comeback from there. The match ended with a scoreline of 2-1 in favour of Chelsea.Advertisement Harry Kane scores halfline worldie against superteam Juventus    Advertisementlast_img read more

De Ligt: Someone has made stuff up about me

first_img On being able to train again, he said: “It’s a lot better. At the start, we could only work in small groups and could not make contact and yes, that was much harder. In recent days it’s been nice to getting back to working normally, to play with the rest of the lads, to be together on the pitch.” Upd. at 11:42 IN SPORT.ES 06/06/2020 On Cristiano Ronaldo: “He’s an incredible professional, the best in his generation, one of the best in history, a great example for younger ones like me. To improve my game I always focus on him, including in training. His intensity is mad and you ask if he’s really 35 years old. Of course he’s demanding. He always wants to win and to win you have to have excellent team-mates. We want to show him we’re good enough, so yeah, he’s demanding but maybe it would be better to stay a ‘stimulant’.” Dutch defender Matthijs de Ligt denied that he wants to leave Juventus. “Of course I’m happy!” he said. “I’ve noticed that in the last few weeks, without football, someone has made stuff up about me. I’m really happy to be here, to train with extraordinary players every day. I have the sensation to be constantly improving day in day out and I’m very happy at Juve,” he told Tuttosport. Sport EN CEST De Ligt: “Alguien ha inventado algunas cosas sobre mí”last_img read more

West Kootenay athletes shine at 2019 BC Senior Games

first_imgIt took a long time for Slocan’s Donald Currie to load up the car for the return trip home from the BC Senior Games held last week in Kelowna.The veteran track star dominated the oval track en route to winning, wait for it, seven gold medals in the men’s 85-89 division at the 2019 BC Senior Games.Currie won gold in every race he entered — 400 meters, 200 meters, 1500 meters, 100 meters, 800 meters and 50 meters. He finished the four-day competition with a gold medal in the 3000 meter power walk.Curries medal haul helped the West Kootenay Zone finished eighth overall with 89 medals — including 30 gold, 27 silver and 32 bronze. Host Okanagan-Similkameen won the zone title with 422 medals, including 180 gold, 119 silver and 123 bronze. Fraser Valley was second followed by the Lower Mainland in third.Other West Kootenay Zone results had the West Kootenay Sixers Slopitch team winning the silver medal after a 17-12 setback to Vancouver Island’s Parksville Demons in the final of the 55-plus Slopitch event. The Sixers finished second to Parksville during the round robin draw with a 5-1 record.The team includes Loni D’Andrea, Lorne Wuori, Bob Murray, Carson Erickson, Mike Roch, Barry Benner, Christine Wayling, Chris Mota, Rick Lowen, Joe Capriglione, Ken Haynes, Luree Gould, John Mota, Steve Cutt, Kevin Melanson and Michelle Johnston.On the ice, Glacier Kings won the men’s 65-plus Hockey Gold while the younger cousins, Kootenay Kings, took home the silver in the men’s 60-plus ice hockey event.Headlining the Glacier Kings medal run were Dan Maglio, Doug Kennedy, Bill Kestell, Doug McMullin, Harry Pringle and Joe Williams while Norm Deverney, Pat Severyn, Mike Grace and Warren Johnston, all from Nelson, keyed the silver medal for Kootenay Kings.On the links, Terry Hearne of Salmo won the gold medal in the men’s 75-79 golf event while Lola Swetlikof of Nelson won two gold medals and a bronze in women’s 55-plus five-pin bowling.Kathy Letham of Nelson won a silver and bronze medals in the women’s 70-74 badminton singles and doubles.The Thomas couple, Dave and Eleanor, of Nelson captured the gold and bronze medals in men and women’s 55-plus pairs cribbage.The 2020 BC Senior Games is being hosted in Richmond, September 15-19.last_img read more

2017 – An Exciting Year For Women’s Rugby

first_imgIreland go into the Women’s Six Nations full of confidence on the back of a lot of hard work done during the November Internationals and three years of success including an historic win over the Black Ferns (New Zealand Women) at the 2014 Womens World Cup and victory in the 2015 Six Nations. The interest will certainly get even higher this year as Ireland hosts the Women’s Rugby World Cup and at provincial level, Connacht have a very good chance of winning the Inter-Provincials after going close last year, only just losing out to Leinster with wins over Munster and Ulster under their belts. Even at club level, we have seen Galwegians Women win the All-Ireland Cup and NUI Galway win the Inter Varsities.Ruth O’Reilly plays with Galwegians, Connacht and Ireland and she joined John in studio to talk about the state of play in Womens Rugby at the Moment.Audio Playerhttps://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/sports.podcast/RUTH+O%27REILLY.MP300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Six Galway Minors Make Electric Ireland Minor Hurling Team Of The Year

first_imgThis year’s Electric Ireland Hurling Team of theYear features six players from three-time All-Ireland champions Galway, threeplayers from All-Ireland finalists Kilkenny, three players from Limerick, twoplayers from Clare and one player from Wexford. The team was selected by apanel of GAA experts, including former Waterford Hurling Manager, Derek McGrathand Galway dual-star, Alan Kerins and was fed into in part by ElectricIreland’s ‘Player of the Week’ initiative on Twitter. The panel will alsoselect an overall Hurling Player of the Year whose name will be announced atthe 2019 Electric Ireland GAA Minor Star Awards event.2019 Electric Ireland Hurling Team of the YearAidan Tallis – Kilkenny (Lisdowney)ChristyBrennan – Galway (Clarinbridge)EoinLawless – Galway (St. Mary’s, Athenry)Ronan Lyons – Limerick (Monaleen)IanMcGlynn – Galway (Kilconieron)Cian Galvin – Clare (Clarecastle)Peter McDonald – Kilkenny (Thomastown)AlexConnaire – Galway (Sarsfields)Patrick Kirby – Limerick (Patrickswell)GregThomas – Galway (Ballygar)SeánMcDonagh – Galway (Mountbellew – Moylough)Cathal O’Neill – Limerick (Crecora-Manister)Billy Drennan – Kilkenny (Galmoy)AJ Redmond – Wexford (Rathnure)Shane Meehan – Clare (The Banner)Alan Kerins, Electric Ireland Minor Star AwardsPanel Member commented: “Knowing what it means to be part of a Minor team, I amproud to play my part in honouring those currently involved in the competition.The Minor Star Awards celebrate these young players’ endeavours, recognisingthe commitment and dedication required to play Minor to this extremely highlevel. The players have brought pride and joy to their communities throughtheir exploits on the field for their counties.”The Hurling and Football Teams and Players of theYear will be awarded at the third annual Electric Ireland GAA Minor StarAwards, set to take place at Croke Park on Saturday, 28th of September with theFootball Team of the Year being unveiled on Tuesday, 10th of September. In linewith Electric Ireland’s ‘This is Major’ campaign, the Minor Star Awards createa major moment for Minor players, showcasing the outstanding achievements ofindividual performers throughout the Championship season. The awards recognisethe effort of not only the Minor players, but those who support them day in andday out, from their coaches to their parents, teachers and clubs – all who haveplayed a significant role in getting them to where they are today.This year Electric Ireland’s #GAAThisIsMajorcampaign, now in its sixth year has reflected on the positive impact that theMinor Championship has on players long after their days on the field as a Minorhave ended, as seen in The Barbershop with Electric Ireland, a four-part videoseries featuring the 2019 Panel reflecting on their own careers at [email protected]#GAAThisIsMajorprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The 2019 Minor Hurling Championship season was animpressive showcase of the promising future of the GAA with exceptionaldisplays of talent on the field week in, week out, as dedicated Minor Playerscountry-wide showed fans once again that playing Minor really is major! Galway Minors, Christy Brennan of Clarinbridge GAA Club,Eoin Lawless of St. Mary’s GAA Club Athenry, Ian McGlynn of Kilconieron GAAClub, Alex Connaire of Sarsfields GAA, Greg Thomas of Ballygar Hurling Club,and Seán McDonagh of Mountbellew – Moylough GAA Club all impressed during the2019 Electric Ireland GAA Minor Hurling Championship, as these players havebeen selected as part of the Electric Ireland Minor Hurling Team of the Year.last_img read more

Galway GAA Fixtures

first_imgDivision 1 Hurling League, Venue: Gort GAA Grounds, (Round 1), Gort V Turloughmore 15:00, Ref: Ger O Connor Division 1 Hurling League, Venue: St Brendan’s Loughrea, (Round 1), Loughrea V Cappataggle 15:00, Ref: Derek Kelly Division 1 Hurling League, Venue: Oranmore-Maree, (Round 1), Oranmore-Maree V Tommy Larkins 15:00, Ref: John Keane Division 2 Hurling League, Venue: Padraig Pearses GAA Ground, (Round 1), Padraig Pearses V Castlegar 15:00, Ref: Adrian Mooney Division 2 Hurling League, Venue: Killimordaly, (Round 1), Killimordaly V Ardrahan 15:00, Ref: Michael Conway Division 2 Hurling League, Venue: Kilconieron, (Round 1), Kilconieron V Craughwell GAA Club 15:00, Ref: Peter Murphy Division 2 Hurling League, Venue: Athenry, (Round 1), St Mary’s GAA Athenry V Portumna 15:00, Ref: Shane Hynes Division 2 Hurling League, Venue: Meelick-Eyrecourt, (Round 1), Meelick-Eyrecourt V Beagh 15:00, Ref: Peter Campbell Division 2 Hurling League, Venue: Abbeyknockmoy, (Round 1), Abbeyknockmoy V Mullagh 15:00, Ref: Richard Mc Nicholas Division 3 Hurling League Group 1, Venue: Killimor, (Round 1), Killimor V Sylane 15:00, Ref: Seamus Moran Division 3 Hurling League Group 1, Venue: Cregg, (Round 1), Annaghdown V Kiltormer 15:00, Ref: Sean ByrneDivision 3 Hurling League Group 1, Venue: Turloughmore, (Round 1), Turloughmore V Moycullen 15:00, Ref: Paul Fahy Division 3 Hurling League Group 2, Venue: Ahascragh Sportsfield, (Round 1), Ahascragh/Fohenagh V Rahoon-Newcastle 15:00, Ref: Christopher Browne Division 3 Hurling League Group 2, Venue: Carnmore GAA Club , (Round 1), Carnmore V An Spidéal 15:00, Ref: Ronan Stankard Sun 23 FebDivision 1 Hurling League, Venue: Ballyloughane, (Round 1), Liam Mellows V Kilnadeema-Leitrim 11:00, Ref: Alan Kelly Bon Secours Division 3 Football League, Venue: Leitir Mir, (Round 1), Cumann Peile Naomh Anna, Leitir Mir V St. James 14:00, Ref: Noel Cummins Division 3 Hurling League Group 1, Venue: Clarinbridge, (Round 1), St Mary’s GAA Athenry V Clarinbridge 12:00, Ref: Karol Collins Division 3 Hurling League Group 2, Venue: Kilbeacanty, (Round 1), Kilbeacanty V Skehana-Mountbellew/Moylough 15:00, Ref: John McDonaghprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Division 1 Hurling League, Venue: New Inn, (Round 1), Sarsfields V Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry 15:00, Ref: Shane Curley Sat 22 Feblast_img read more