Iranian-American in line to be Beverly Hills mayor

first_img“I’m very happy for Jimmy,” Webb said. “He’s been a friend of mine the past four years, so I have mixed feelings about today’s results. I’m sure he’ll do a fine job as mayor.” Beverly Hills mayors are not directly elected by voters. Rather, the five members of the City Council choose the mayor from among themselves to serve a one-year term. Delshad, first elected to the council in 2003, is next in line by seniority. BEVERLY HILLS – An Iranian-American claimed victory Friday in his run for re-election to the City Council, placing him in line to become the first Persian-born mayor of a community that for decades has been a hub for exiles of Iran’s 1979 revolution. “The mayor’s job in Beverly Hills is very important, very visible, and I think I’m up to it,” said Jimmy Delshad, 66, who received hugs from his wife and adult children when ballot tallies were announced. With the vote count still not official, Delshad had the second-highest number of votes, or 21.8 percent, which would give him one of the two at-large council seats up for grabs in Tuesday’s election. Councilman Steve Webb was third with 21 percent as of Friday evening and conceded. 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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Dozens indicted in Katrina scheme

first_img Officials with Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Spherion, which operates the call center, have said the company didn’t have time to run background checks on its 1,200 workers. None of the suspects worked directly for the Red Cross. 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 MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The Bakersfield site is the largest of three Red Cross centers set up to handle hurricane calls. Others are located in Niagra Falls, N.Y., and Falls Church, Va. Operators provided qualifying victims with a personal identification number they then presented to receive aid funds from Western Union. The average payout was about $1,000, Goldburg said. The indicted call center employees were allegedly providing pin numbers to their friends and family who would then go to Western Union to collect the funds, Scott said after the first eight indictments were announced in October. The Red Cross contacted the FBI after it performed an audit of the call center and discovered an unusually high number of claims were being paid out at Western Union outlets in the Bakersfield area. “This is one of the biggest schemes that we’ve seen,” Goldburg said. FRESNO – Forty-nine people have been indicted in a scheme that bilked thousands of dollars from a Red Cross fund designated for Hurricane Katrina victims, federal authorities said Tuesday. At least 14 suspects worked at a Red Cross call center in Bakersfield and are accused of helping family and friends file false claims for aid money, said Mary Wenger, a spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott in Sacramento. All the suspects are from the Bakersfield area and face federal wire fraud charges, she said. Six have pleaded guilty. The fake claims drained at least $200,000 from the fund, but that number is expected to rise as the investigation continues, Red Cross spokeswoman Devorah Goldburg said Tuesday. last_img read more

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Klay Thompson’s East Bay Times-themed shoes sell out quickly

first_imgKlay Thompson’s new, limited-edition East Bay Times/newspaper-themed shoes sold out fast Sunday, and are quickly being offered on the secondary market for $2,500, or about $2,300 more than they originally cost.With only 150 pairs of Thompson’s KT4 newspaper-inspired available, about 200 people lined up at the Oaklandish store on Broadway in Oakland Sunday, waiting hours before the launch of the special deal between Thompson, his shoe sponsor Anta and the Bay Area News Group.The shoes were …last_img read more

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Joburg World Summit plus two

first_img1 September 2004Lest we forget the lofty ideals and ambitious targets that circulated at the World Summit on Sustainable Development two years ago, a wide-ranging follow-up conference takes place from 1 to 4 September at the Sandton Convention Centre.The Johannesburg +2 Sustainable Development Conference will see leaders from government, business and the NGO sector from around the continent taking stock of the progress made since thousands of delegates descended on Johannesburg in 2002 to hammer out the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation and the Millennium Development Goals. Johannesburg+2 will incorporate a national sustainable development conference, the Business Growth and Opportunities for Africa Exhibition, a best practices in sustainable development exhibition, an African business conference, doing business in Africa workshops, and sustainable development round tables. Around 5 000 visitors and 150 exhibitors are expected at the show.  World Summit action planAfter a week of tough behind-the-scenes bargaining, over 100 heads of state and government at the World Summit finally agreed on a plan of action to eradicate poverty and protect the environment.Said Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism director-general Crispian Olver: “The anniversary offers South Africa the opportunity to assess the implementation of the Johannesburg targets, refine our sustainable development vision and framework, and mobilise key stakeholders and partners behind this vision.“It will also provide a platform to enhance dialogue on progress and challenges in implementation.”The Johannesburg Programme of Action endorsed the Millennium Declaration goals of halving the number of people living in poverty by 2015, halving the number of people without clean water and adequate sanitation by 2015, curbing the loss of biodiversity by 2010, securing the safe use of chemicals by 2020, and restoring fish stocks by 2015.With the focus on Africa this time, the conference will explore business growth and opportunities for the continent as well as host workshops on doing business here.The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is a key supporter of the mini summit. DTI director-general Alistair Ruiters said the conference would provide opportunities for the promotion of intra-African trade, one of the goals of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad).As host and therefore a major player at the World Summit two years ago, South Africa’s own sustainable development initiatives were placed under the spotlight. The conference gives the country an opportunity to revisit its own commitment to sustainable development and assess its own progress – as well as the progress of other countries – since then.Themes for the conference and exhibition include: water and sanitation, human settlements, energy, agriculture and food security, technology, natural resource management, regional development and Nepad.The conference will also give Johannesburg another opportunity to showcase itself and its offerings to a large audience. When the city successfully pulled off the World Summit two years ago – the largest global event ever hosted here – the country entered the big league for other major international events.It gave the country (and Joburg in particular) a competitive edge with regard to the meetings, incentives, conference and events (MICE) market.“The World Summit may well have contributed to the success of the 2010 soccer bid”, said Blessing Manale, director of sustainable development co-ordination in the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism.“And the fact that we are hosting the Pan African Parliament seat at Gallagher Estate can also be attributed to this. Joburg now needs to market itself as ‘summit city’.”Former chief executive of the Johannesburg Summit Company and executive chairman of Matemeku Investments, Moss Mashishi, said the conference aims to get communities to participate and be informed of the latest developments regarding sustainable development.“It is importance that we, together with our partners, do not lose momentum on progress made during the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development”, Mashishi said.For more information on the conference, contact Marang Setshwaelo on (011) 234 8650 or e-mail her at [email protected], or contact Blessing Manale from the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism on (012) 310 3457 or e-mail [email protected] reporterlast_img read more

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Fort Recovery awards vocational scholarships

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Three students from the Fort Recovery High School were recently awarded Fort Recovery Vocational Scholarships of $400 each.Students receiving this scholarship were Nate Knapke, Leah Kunk, and Adam Schmitz. This award is presented to seniors from Fort Recovery who were taking a vocational program through Fort Recovery High School or Tri-Star Career Compact.To become eligible for the scholarship, the student must be nominated by their employer, teacher, or guidance counselor and show an interest in pursuing secondary education at a college, university, or technical school.The scholarship committee would like to thank many local businesses and community members for donating to the scholarship fund over the years. This year’s donors were: A1 Ag Services Inc., Farm Credit Services Inc., Fort Recovery Industries, Green’s Quality Meats LLC., Hastings Auto Sales, Jutte Enterprises, Klingshirn & Sons Trucking, LeFeld Welding and Steel Inc., Mike Kahlig and Son Inc., Nature’s Corner, Reinhard Dairy Products, St. Henry Tile Company Inc., Vore’s Welding and Steel Inc., and Wuebker Construction LLC.last_img read more

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Aguilar thinks Standhardinger fits Gilas’ needs

first_imgJapeth Aguilar. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAfter practicing with Christian Standhardinger for the first time on Thursday, Japeth Aguilar is confident that the Fil-German stud will have a seamless adjustment with the seniors national team.After all, the 28-year-old has already had his fair share of battles in the second division of the German league.ADVERTISEMENT And with what he saw in the 2017 Jones Cup, Aguilar believes that the 6-foot-7 bruiser is a perfect fit for Gilas Pilipinas.“Obviously with him playing in Europe, he gained a lot of experience. And I thought he really played well in the Jones Cup. His game fits what we need in Gilas,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsStandhardinger averaged 11.8 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 1.1 assists in the nine games he played in the invitational tournament in Taiwan.But Aguilar’s approval isn’t limited to Standhardinger alone, saying that the four other rookies who are joining them in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup in Beirut, Lebanon all impressed him. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet LATEST STORIES “Although they’re young, they play beyond their age. They’re all mature when it comes to their game and what we saw in the Jones Cup tells a lot on the Philippines’ basketball program,” he said.Coach Chot Reyes named Jio Jalalon, Matthew Wright, Roger Pogoy, and Carl Bryan Cruz to his 12-man roster for the Asian championships from August 8 to 20.Though Gilas will be trotting out a youthful crew for the continental meet, Aguilar said that the team will bank on their cohesion to pull off victories against favored Asian counterparts.“We know that this is a big pressure on us, but as long as we stick to the coaches’ gameplan and we help each other on the court, we’ll have a chance against the other teams,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Romeo confident ‘hardworking’ Gilas young guys will perform welllast_img read more

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