Man suffers fatal wound, keeps riding

first_imgPALMDALE – Sheriff’s homicide detectives believe a Palmdale man who was shot and mortally wounded while riding his motorcycle continued going about a half-mile before falling in the street and dying. Investigators Wednesday said they came to that conclusion after an exhaustive search the day before of the quiet residential neighborhood where the shooting took place. They enlisted about 40 sheriff’s deputies and volunteers to comb closed-off streets, searching for clues in the shooting death of 35-year-old William Perez. Several major streets including 5th Street West (between Palmdale Boulevard and Tierra Subida Avenue) and Tierra Subida Avenue (north of 5th Street West) were closed for hours, sheriff’s homicide investigator Bob Harris said. Perez’s body was found by a motorist on the southwest corner of Tierra Subida Avenue and Cactus drive at about 2 a.m. on Sunday, Harris said. The shooting occurred on Tierra Subida Avenue, about 2,000 feet south of where the body was found. Harris said Perez, a painter, was probably shot at about 1 a.m. Perez was a member of the Vagos, a motorcycle gang, but Perez had no significant criminal history, Harris said. Harris said interviews with friends, relatives and neighbors suggest Perez was well liked. Perez had two young children from a previous marriage who do not live in the Antelope Valley. “(Neighbors) were familiar with his (Vagos) affiliation, but they said he never bothered anybody,” Harris said. “No problems, no parties, no noise.” Harris said investigators have few clues and no solid leads. “There’s so many possibilities out there, we can’t rule anything out,” Harris said. “We don’t know if this was designed for him personally, another club, or some random act of road rage.” Harris said detectives are trying to narrow the scope of the investigation, noting that they’re now focused on developing a more accurate timeline. Harris said Perez was involved in a collision at the intersection where his body was found. He said other vehicles may have been involved in the crash. Anyone who saw the crash scene before authorities arrived but did not report it, or has any other information, is asked to call Harris or Detective Richard Lopez at the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau (323) 890-5500. (661) 267-7802160Want 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

Flaws found in Medicare plan

first_imgWASHINGTON — Southern California senior citizens expecting to get certain prescription drugs under the nation’s new Medicare plan are likely to be told to use a generic version first, or even that they can’t receive the dosage recommended by their doctors, according to a congressional study released today.The report by Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles, found that all of the 42 plans available in Waxman’s congressional district routinely restrict access to drugs they promise to provide. A phone survey also found that representatives of the plans often provide conflicting, confusing and sometimes inaccurate information about plan restrictions.“The whole Medicare prescription drug benefit has been a bitter disappointment,” said Waxman, the ranking Democrat on the House Government Reform Committee. Once they do sign up, he said, seniors may discover that despite what they were told, they face at least one of three restrictions: applying for approval, a procedure Waxman said involves “significant document burdens”; first trying different drugs, like generic versions of the preferred medicine; or limited dosages regardless of a doctor’s prescription.“Even when you do your homework and study the plans thoroughly, (beneficiaries) are still likely to find out it’s a bait-and-switch,” Waxman said.Committee staff, he said, also conducted a telephone survey of each of the 42 plans offered in Waxman’s Los Angeles congressional district, which includes part of Woodland Hills.The survey asked each plan for information about restrictions on five drugs: Advair, an asthma medication; Norvasc, a blood-pressure medication; Aciphex, a heartburn medication; Lexapro, an anti-depressant and anti-anxiety medication; and Ativan, another anti-anxiety medication. Multiple calls were made to each plan. Among the findings: 38 of the plans restricted access to drugs they promised to provide and two-thirds of the plans were unable to accurately describe what restrictions applied.According to the report, plan representatives were called back-to-back and on several occasions gave different answers to identical questions.In many cases, investigators were told they could not receive information about the availability of drugs until they signed on to the plan, Waxman said.Medicare spokesman Peter Ashkenaz said the agency has been working with the plans to make sure seniors get acurate information. “If we hear that they’re not getting correct information we want to know about it and we can take corrective action,” he said.Medicare administrator Mark McClellan, speaking in Southern California this week as part of a cross-country tour to promote and explain Medicare Part D, which went into effect Jan. 1, told seniors that the program lowers overall healthcare costs and that needed medicines are adequately covered under the plans.In a speech in New York earlier this month, President Bush noted that the benefit has provided more choices and reduced drug costs for most enrollees, while federal costs for the plan are running 20 percent lower than projected.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 MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88“People are trying to figure out what plans cover their drugs. They don’t realize that even when they have a plan and the drug is listed, there are barriers.”The report comes on the heels of an independent study released Wednesday by the California Health Care Foundation that found low-income seniors have access to fewer prescription drugs than they did when the state paid for their medications. With a May enrollment deadline looming, many seniors say they’re still trying to decide which plan to use.In compiling his report, Waxman said his staff focused on finding out if seniors can actually obtain the drugs that the various plans say they provide. Investigators found that beneficiaries are in `”a Catch-22,” unable to learn if they can get their desired drugs until after they sign up, he said.last_img

Spurs ‘open talks with Qatari investors over £150m stadium naming rights deal’

first_img The venerable White Hart Lane has already had the north east corner demolished Tottenham believe a £150million cash injection is possible after opening talks with the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) over a naming rights deal for the redeveloped White Hart Lane. Negotiations have been ramped-up after the club learned the Qatari’s deal with Barcelona is expected to come to an end next summer, The Times reports today. Spurs had hoped to secure a deal worth £25million-a-year, but market conditions have dictated a lower figure offered to interested parties. The north London club have approached 300 companies about various sponsorship deals for the new arena, which will also host American football matches, when ready in the summer of 2018. Other clubs have tried, with varying degrees of success, to sell the naming rights to stadia in London: West Ham have yet to find a taker for the London Stadium, Chelsea also failed to secure a sponsor for Stamford Bridge in 2009. Arsenal secured an initial £100m over 15 years when they moved into the Emirates Stadium in 2006 – a deal which has subsequently been extended. A near sell-out 85,000 are expected at Wembley Stadium for their opening Champions League fixture with Monaco on Wednesday night. 1last_img read more

Feline center hosts fundraiser

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Featured will be live animal shows, pony rides and a “train” ride through areas not available to the general public, including viewing the center’s two tigers, Caesar and Jasmine, and two jaguar cubs, Rosa and Poncho. The event will also feature activity areas and an information scavenger hunt geared toward teaching children about wildlife, plus face painting and a bake sale. The center’s felines will get toys and food treats for the day to make them more active. Proceeds will benefit ongoing breeding programs, maintenance and construction expenses and the care and feeding of the center’s feline residents. The 29-year-old nonprofit compound is home to more than 70 wild felines, including tigers, jaguars, leopards and smaller, lesser-known varieties such as sand cats and fishing cats. ROSAMOND – Exotic Feline Breeding Compound’s Feline Conservation Center will host its second annual Kids Day fundraiser, aimed at teaching youths how they can contribute to preserving endangered wild felines. The event runs from 10a.m. to 4p.m. Nov.18. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for children. Children must be accompanied by an adult. It cooperates in breeding programs with zoos around the world. The compound is at 3718 60th St. W., off Rosamond Boulevard, about three miles west of the Antelope Valley Freeway. For more information, directions and ticket purchases, call (661) 256-3793 or log on to 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

The former Arsenal trialist who could come back to haunt Gunners in Europa League

first_img Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 2 Niang has been linked with a move to the Gunners before huge blow REPLY RANKED no dice Now the forward gearing up to lead the line for Rennes against Arsenal in Thursday’s knockout clash.He has scored four goals in 18 Ligue 1 appearances this term, and, although those aren’t the most intimidating stats, the Gunners will be wary of a player who could have been turning out for Unai Emery’s side this evening if certain events had proceeded in a slightly different manner than they did in reality. Arsenal face Stade Rennais on Thursday in the first leg of their Europa League round of 16 tie, with talkSPORT 2 bringing you full live commentary of the clash.One player who will feature for Rennes is their striker M’Baye Niang – and he has a closer connection to the Gunners than you might think. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars ADVICE Full commentary of the Europa League showdown will be live on talkSPORT2, with our coverage getting underway at 6pm. Click HERE to listen live MONEY The Senegalese went onto score two goals in 16 appearances at Vicarage Road before moving to his next loan club Torino.After a solid season in Turin he signed permanently for the Serie A outfit in 2018 before being loaned again to Rennes.In the summer, Niang once again emerged as a surprise target for the Gunners after a string of good performances for Senegal at the World Cup in Russia.He netted once for his national side before they were cruelly eliminated from the competition due to their inferior disciplinary record to Japan.However, as before, the interest from the Emirates never materialised into a move. Back in 2017, the Frenchman said: “I know Niang well because he played for Caen and we had him here [on trial].“He’s a very talented striker individually, and he can create chances.“He’s very strong as well physically, and very quick. I think he will be a major asset for them.” Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ REVEALED Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Niang had a trial at Arsenal while with Caen Then a highly-rated youngster at Caen, Niang had a trial with the north London club in 2012 and was reportedly very highly-rated by Arsene Wenger.The former Arsenal chief made his move for the then 17-year-old, but a deal never materialised between the two parties, with Niang instead signing for Milan of Italy.Since then, Niang has played in France, returned to Italy and even had a brief spell in the Premier League with Watford on loan – during which time Wenger was wary of the threat he posed to his side. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade BEST OF We bring you six more live football commentaries across the talkSPORT network throughout the remainder of the week. Find out what they are below… shining Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury LIVE on talkSPORT REVEALED 2 Rennes vs Arsenal Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Rennes vs Arsenal (Thursday) – talkSPORT 2Sheffield United vs Rotherham (Saturday) – talkSPORT 2Crystal Palace vs Brighton (Saturday) – talkSPORTManchester City vs Watford (Saturday) – talkSPORTLiverpool vs Burnley (Sunday) – talkSPORTBirmingham vs Aston Villa (Sunday) – talkSPORT 2last_img read more

Paul Cook’s Wigan target Premier League scalp

first_imgPaul Cook’s Wigan have another chance to reach the FA Cup fourth round this evening.The League One leaders host Premier League side Bournemouth in their round three replay.The winners will be at home to West Ham in the next round, after the Hammers finally knocked out Shrewsbury with an extra-time winner in their replay last night.last_img

Marshfield girls basketball crushes Eau Claire North in WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — The Marshfield girls basketball team shook the jitters after a sluggish first quarter and blew out Eau Claire North 65-44 in a WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal Friday night at The Boson Company Fieldhouse at Marshfield High School.Marshfield (17-6) moves on to a Division 1 regional final at Chippewa Falls (22-1) at 7 p.m. Saturday. The Tigers lost at home to Chippewa Falls 59-53 back on Jan. 6.The Tigers went 4 ½ minutes without scoring during the middle part of the first quarter, and the score was tied 11-11 heading into the second.McKayla Scheuer hit a 3-pointer in the opening minute, and the Tigers clamped down defensively, forcing North to miss its first eight shots, and they started to pull away.Baskets by Caitlin Michaelis, Scheuer, and Ema Fehrenbach followed by a 3-pointer from Michaelis and four points from Ellie Kummer sparked a dominant 18-5 run over the first seven minutes of the second quarter.Marshfield led 32-18 after another 3-pointer by Kummer, who scored a game-high 22 points, and the Tigers went into halftime with all the momentum.“Coming out, we were a little jittery,” Caitlin Michaelis said. “The first tournament game is always hard to come out. We really focused on our defense and what we’ve been practicing for our plays. We executed and came out on top.”North never threatened as Marshfield opened the second half on an 8-4 run and pushed the lead to 20 after a basket by Natalie Zuelke late in the period.After making 6 of 12 from 3-point range in the first half, the Tigers went to their inside game in the second half. Fehrenbach scored 10 of her 13 points after halftime with four baskets coming inside.“I thought we did a good job of taking advantage of what they gave us,” Marshfield coach Heidi Michaelis said. “Early on we hit shots from the outside, and then in the second half we still could take those shots, but we had a size advantage on the inside, especially when they subbed out. I thought our kids did a good job recognizing.”In the previous meeting against Chippewa Falls, Marshfield trailed 39-37 after three quarters before the Cardinals were able to pull away. The game was a physical one with Marshfield making 23 of 32 free throws and Chippewa Falls going just 14 of 27 from the line.“That’s a game that we let get away,” Heidi Michaelis said. “We did not deal well with their pressure. You have to deal with their relentless pressure in the full court and the half court traps. It’s something we’ve worked on since then. There hasn’t been a game since then where I had all three of my guards not handle the pressure. It’s really what it comes down to.“We have a size advantage, and I think we can score on the inside as well as the outside with our guards. It’s just a matter of dealing with their guards.”Saturday night’s game will be broadcast on WDLB-AM 1450 and at 7 p.m.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of 65, Cardinals 44Eau Claire North 11 7 12 14 – 44Marshfield 11 21 17 16 – 65EAU CLAIRE NORTH (44): Carcyn Wathke 0-0 0-0 0, Mariah Kent 2-3 0-0 3, Mattea Peplinski 2-6 0-0 4, Haley DeSouza 0-5 1-2 1, Megan Olson 0-0 0-0 0, Brianna Banks 0-3 0-2 0, Brooke Thompson 0-0 0-0 0, Megan Kirchman 0-0 0-0 0, Emma Fischer 0-4 1-4 1, Kylea Davis 2-7 2-2 6, Alaina Quaranta 4-5 2-2 10, Nikki Kilboten 4-9 6-8 14, Markeysha Hazelton 2-6 0-0 5. FG: 16-48. FT: 12-20. 3-pointers: 2-16 (Hazelton 1-2, Kent 1-3, Fischer 0-2, Banks 0-2, Peplinski 0-3, DeSouza 0-4). Rebounds: 29 (Kilboten 7). Turnovers: 19. Fouls: 21. Fouled out: none. Record: 12-11.MARSHFIELD (65): McKayla Scheuer 3-6 0-0 8, Meg Bryan 0-1 1-2 1, Caitlin Michaelis 2-11 2-2 7, Ana Jensen 0-0 0-0 0, Sara Dasler 0-0 1-2 1, Natalie Zuelke 1-2 1-2 3, Maddie Nikolai 1-1 0-0 2, Jenny Scheppler 0-0 0-0 0, Martha Kupfer 2-4 1-2 5, Ellie Kummer 6-10 7-8 22, Ema Fehrenbach 5-7 3-6 13, Hannah Meverden 1-3 1-2 3. FG: 21-45. FT: 17-26. 3-pointers: 6-15 (Kummer 3-6, Scheuer 2-3, Michaelis 1-6). Rebounds: 33 (Michaelis 7). Turnovers: 18. Fouls: 16. Fouled out: none. Record: 17-6.last_img read more

#Nextchat RECAP: Returning to the Workforce After a Career Gap

first_img[View the story “#Nextchat RECAP: Returning to Work After a Career Gap ” on Storify] On June 25, SHRM @weknownext chatted about “Returning to the Workforce After a Career Gap.”In case you missed it, here are all the great tweets from the chat:last_img

Can IoT make bike rides safer?

first_imgTags:#Big Data#Brompton#folding bike#Internet of Things#IoT#London For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… London-based folding bike manufacturer Brompton has revealed an internet-connected prototype of its bike, utilizing the power of the Internet of Things (IoT) to manage and provide information to the rider about the city of London.Foldable bikes have become popular in London for their portability, allowing riders to take them into an office rather than leave them chained up outside. Brompton wants to make riding in the city even more safe and smart by taking information like the weather and traffic levels to change routes in real-time and warn of any issues on the roads.See Also: Vodafone and Philips to help cities cut lighting costsAdding internet connectivity to a bike opens up the possibility of third-party apps, like Fitbit and Google Maps, which could more accurately save the amount of calories burned and show you detailed maps of the entire city.Bike rides with more sensors besides eyes and earsBrompton has added sensors capable of tracking pollution levels and air quality, which may be sent to London’s environmental commission and other third-party organizations. This could be a vital public service, as London continues to lower congestion in the city center and persuade more people to bike it to work.As more internet-connected Brompton bikes hit the streets, we might even see the bikes connect to London’s traffic system, according to the Inquisitr, giving traffic monitors more information to find hotspots and reduce bicycle congestion in the city.Despite the upsides to internet-connectivity on a bicycle, others find the situation worrisome, if hackers are able to intercept communications. What if hackers change routes for bikers or are able to track the route a rider takes to work everyday and stalk them. These are all real security questions that Brompton hasn’t been quick to address.Brompton has been manufacturing its iconic bike for more than forty years, but that doesn’t mean it is sound when it comes to data security. Like any other internet-connected device, we’re going to have to see major investment in preventing hackers from intercepting communications.center_img David Curry 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… Related Posts last_img read more

AI at work: 8 ways businesses use it today

first_imgArtificial intelligence that’s indistinguishable from human intelligence hasn’t arrived yet. But early examples of AI are sprouting up in a variety of industries, with businesses using it to improve operations, cut costs, and connect with customers. As more businesses turn to the technology, the market for AI products and services will grow to $36.8 billion in 2025 from $643.7 million this year, research firm Tractica projectsOpens in a new window.Here are eight examples of AI at work today.1. AI bank tellersBanks are using AI-assisted programs and apps to improve customers’ online experience, including more intuitive interfaces, more effective customer service, and more secure transactions, according to an August reportOpens in a new window by Jost Hopperman, vice president of Banking Applications and Architecture at research firm Forrester.For example, DBS Bank claims its  Digibank appOpens in a new window understands spoken customer requests to check balances, find interest rates, and make payments, among other tasks.2. Self-driving carA self-driving car requires a lot of sensors to accurately perceive and respond to its environment in real time. Automakers process data collected from the sensors to build and adjust the predictive models guiding these real-time decisions, such as acting appropriately in a construction zone, or braking to avoid an obstacle. BMW, Google, Toyota, and Tesla are among those pouring millions of dollarsOpens in a new window into efforts to develop autonomous vehicles, many of which are already on the road.Autonomous VehicleBecause a car can’t rely on communication with a cloud-based computing system for an instant answer, it needs to be able to make decisions itself. Its development incorporates a common architectural aspect of AI: model training in the data center, followed by deployment on edge devices.3. Air travelAirlines are increasingly using deep learning neural networks and machine learning systems to optimize routes and resource use. With multiple destinations plus complications like traffic, weather, and fuel costs, defining or altering route plans is a complex task. London-based EasyJet reportedly  uses AI systemsOpens in a new window not only to plan its flight schedules, but to manage supplies onboard for improved customer satisfaction and revenue.Improving AI technology is helping these organizations respond to unexpected events in real time.4. Lowering hospital readmission ratesThe University of Pennsylvania Health System uses analytics and machine learning in its Penn Signals program to identify inpatients who, upon discharge, are at risk of readmission due to heart failure. The system, which Intel Chief Data Scientist Bob Rogers characterizes as early AI, correlates a diverse range of medications and health factors and sends a text notifying doctors to take additional steps for patients it flags, even if no formal diagnosis has been given.Health system officials say the system has identified about 20 percent more patientsOpens in a new window who need added services before being discharged, improving care for the patients and saving money for the health system. (UPHS has partnered with Intel to help create and refine this system.)5. Fraud detectionCredit card issuers, telecom companies and others use neural networks to analyze transactional and behavioral data, looking for patterns that indicate fraud. According to Visa’s Viewpoints blog, the credit card issuer processes  more than 82 billion transactionsOpens in a new window per year, and aims to analyze 100% of its data to improve its models for making real-time fraud decisions, looking at hundreds of criteria including geo-location and purchase history. Fraud techniques change over time, as criminals look for weakest defensive spots, which machine learning is uniquely capable of keeping up with.6. Reading radiology imagesRadiology images require great expertise to read correctly. A medical program applying machine-learning algorithms as it scans a large number of images can discover patterns or degrees of subtlety that humans miss, thus improving the accuracy of diagnoses and reducing the number of required follow-up tests.It’s an early example of the kind of projects that could soon be commonplace in healthcare. In hospitals and medical-research labs, “AI is being used to tackle that data overload, and extract information in a way that’s actionable,” says Venkat Rajan, global director of the Visionary Healthcare Program at business consultancy Frost & Sullivan.7. Buying, selling, and displaying adsMore than two-thirds of all U.S. ad buying on mobile channels this year is being run through “programmatic advertising,” according to research firm eConsultancy, using AI to analyze audience demographics and ad performance to help buyers distribute, adjust, and monitor spending.Using platforms such as DataXu and MediaMath, buyers engage in real-time bidding for ad space. They also retarget or customize ads based on cookies indicating that an individual has visited a particular page or already seen a particular ad. Retargeted ads were   than other ads in an online campaign by carmaker Mazda.8. Chatbots and virtual assistantsRetailers, banks, and others are using virtual assistants as a conversational interface for text-based customer interactions—in other words, chat. For example, according to HSBC, its  chatbot ‘OliviaOpens in a new window’ can answer potential customers’ questions about credit card and account offerings. AI is providing rapid advances in natural language processing, though there’s still room for improvement (see Chatbots articleOpens in a new window.)last_img read more