Protesters demand help for homeless

first_imgOne year after promises were made to improve the treatment of the city’s 40,000 homeless, a tent city was erected Thursday in front of Los Angeles City Hall to protest the lack of progress and what some claim is the criminalization of poverty. After erecting a dozen tents on the South Lawn, more than 300 people held a demonstration, calling for more housing for the homeless and an end to an LAPD crackdown on Skid Row. “Exactly a year ago, our leaders came to Skid Row and pledged to end homelessness in 10 years,” said Bob Erlenbush of the Coalition to End Hunger and Homelessness. “But, once the television cameras left, we heard nothing. All we got was lip service and rhetoric and no action.” Several homeless advocates joined in the one-day protest, which Erlenbush said will return to City Hall on a periodic basis to drive home the point on the need to take action. Aides to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said he sympathizes with the homeless and has been working to resolve the problems, with a big boost coming from a $200 million trust fund to build below-market housing. They also defended the Safer Cities Initiative, in which the Los Angeles Police Department deployed 50 additional officers to fight crime on Skid Row. The program has resulted in about 6,000 arrests, but been criticized by advocates, who claim the homeless are being unfairly targeted. But the mayor issued a statement saying the program is designed to protect, not harm, the homeless. “They have enough of daily struggle without having to fend for themselves against crimes, Villaraigosa said. Erlenbush said the organizations want city, county and state officials to live up to the promises made last year to deal with the homeless problem. Advocates want Villaraigosa to name a deputy mayor to coordinate homelessness issues and to provide housing programs throughout the region, rather than concentrating them in the downtown area. And they want city officials to convene a summit on homelessness to coincide with Homeless Memorial Day on Dec. 21. “We need to think big,” Erlenbush said. “New York City has a program that will develop 165,000 affordable housing units over the next 10 years. In Los Angeles, we’re talking about 4,251 units.” rick.orlov@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want 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

Chronic shoulder issues led to Sean Manaea’s surgery, A’s optimistic on return

first_imgOAKLAND — There’s no point in guessing how long Sean Manaea might be out. The fact of the matter is, there’s not enough info out on this type of surgery to make a fair estimation. But the A’s have hope.Manaea underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder with Dr. Neal ElAttrache Wednesday in Los Angeles. Along with repairing his labrum, ElAttrache also cut down part of the bone in Manaea’s shoulder in order to give him more joint space.Scraping of the bone might sound like …last_img read more

One Time in Bandcamp: Challenging MySpace Music

first_img9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#music#web 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Bill Tancer, Hitwise GM of Global Research recently wrote about MySpace’s departure as a top traffic generator for entertainment and music sites. Says Tancer, “MySpace was the most significant contributor of traffic to entertainment – multimedia sites providing over 35% of traffic to the category…that percentage now hovers below 10%.”And then on a related note, Wired’s Eliot Van Buskirk profiled SoundCloud as MySpace’s biggest music threat. While no one is arguing that MySpace has lost its grip as one of the leading music and entertainment destination traffic generators, I disagree with Van Buskirk’s choice in SoundCloud as the great equalizer. Due to the service’s ease-of-use and speed, SoundCloud is indeed one of the best file collaboration and music sharing sites. Quite simply, the site does everything right except help indie artists monetize. Meanwhile sites like Mix Match Music and Bandcamp provide solutions for bands to share AND monetize their products. In particular, Bandcamp’s execution is extremely elegant. As with MySpace, musicians upload their cover art, track listings, liner notes, lyrics and audio files. But Bandcamp adds four additional key features:1. File Conversions: The site converts a single uploaded file into eight different formats to meet device and music player requirements.2. Monetization: Bandcamp allows musicians to price their tracks and albums as they see fit. There is even the option to let fans decide prices on a sliding scale.3. Sharing Tools: The service provides embeddable player widgets for Facebook, MySpace and a variety of 3rd party blogs.4. Analytics: Perhaps most importantly, site analytics measure popular songs, track links and locate where files have been embedded. This means that musicians can search out their best advocates even if they’re miles (and sites) apart.While SoundCloud is definitely a fantastic tool for collaboration and remixing, it’s the storefront-style tools like Bandcamp that will either eat or be eaten by MySpace Music. We’ll just have to see where the major artists choose to flock in the coming months. CORRECTION: Earlier the writer described SoundCloud as a P2P site. SoundCloud is not structurally based on a peer-to-peer network of nodes. Instead the company considers itself a “Flickr for audio”. Related Posts center_img 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout dana oshiro 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Oz cricketers give thumbs up to security in India

first_imgAt a time when international athletes are worried about their security in India during the Commonwealth Games, the visiting Australian cricket team on Thursday gave thumbs up to the security arrangements for their tour against the hosts.Many star athletes have pulled out and several countries including Australia have issued travel warnings to their citizens, saying there is high risk of a terror strike during the Games.According to media reports, Australia is also sending a team of top cops to New Delhi to provide a high-level security cordon to its athletes for the Games.However, the Australian cricketers have described as “fantastic” the arrangements.”The security so far has been fantastic. We always get looked after very well in this country. All the players and other guys are excited about being here,” Australia’s vice captain Michael Clarke said during an interaction with the journalists.”Ever since we arrived in India, the security has been outstanding. Right now, we feel very comfortable and are looking forward to the two Tests and the ODIs later on,” he added.Australian cricket team arrived here on September 20 and are scheduled a two-Test and three-ODI series.The series opener will begin here on October 1.All-rounder Shane Watson too found no problems with the security ever since the team has landed in Delhi.”Security has very good. We are being looked after extremely well. I also play for (IPL team) Rajasthan Royals and have been coming here regularly. I find the security and other arrangements exceptional,” Watson said.advertisementOff-spinner Nathan Hauritz also echoed the same sentiment.”There are lot of people around for our security. They are trying to look after us really well,” he said.Youngsters Steve Smith and Phillip Hughes said they have no clue why there is so much hue and cry about the security issue.Clarke said he has always loved touring India.”I love touring here. I also love the Indian food. I must say that I have been lucky to play in India and also enjoyed a bit of a success here. We get looked after well and people here are so passionate about this game.”And the people here also know the way Australia plays and we also love to entertain them by playing best cricket,” Clarke said.last_img read more

Low Inflation Projected For 12 Months

first_imgStory Highlights Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) Governor, Brian Wynter, says the rate of inflation is projected to remain within the range of four to six per cent over the next 12 months. Noting that the Jamaican economy’s recovery has been “sluggish”, Mr. Wynter said the BOJ anticipates that growth will “remain below the economy’s capacity in the near term”. “The trajectory reflects the rise and then the fall in agricultural food prices as the impact of flood rains in the year started to dissipate and agricultural supplies improved. Over the course of the year, the Bank expects inflation to continue to track around the lower half of the four to six per cent target before rising to around five per cent,” the Governor said. Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) Governor, Brian Wynter, says the rate of inflation is projected to remain within the range of four to six per cent over the next 12 months.This comes in the wake of data from the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN), which show the out-turn falling from 5.2 per cent in December 2017 to 4.8 per cent in January.“The trajectory reflects the rise and then the fall in agricultural food prices as the impact of flood rains in the year started to dissipate and agricultural supplies improved. Over the course of the year, the Bank expects inflation to continue to track around the lower half of the four to six per cent target before rising to around five per cent,” the Governor said.Mr. Wynter said the projection took into consideration factors such as adverse weather “that is beyond anybody’s control”.He was speaking at the BOJ’s quarterly media briefing at the Bank’s auditorium in downtown Kingston on Wednesday (February 21).Noting that the Jamaican economy’s recovery has been “sluggish”, Mr. Wynter said the BOJ anticipates that growth will “remain below the economy’s capacity in the near term”.As such, he said the BOJ is of the view that this, along with continued fiscal consolidation and low-inflation expectations anchored around the Bank’s target, “calls for a more accommodative monetary policy stance”.Against this background, Mr. Wynter highlighted the BOJ’s first monetary policy decision under the new schedule, lowering of the policy rate by 25 basis points to 2.75 per cent, which was announced on Tuesday (February 20). The policy rate is the interest rate paid by the Bank on overnight deposits.The Governor explained that this adjustment reflects the BOJ’s assessment that inflation for the next eight quarters will remain within the target of four to six per cent, with the risks “slightly skewed to the downside”.Tuesday’s announcement is the first of eight monetary policy decisions that Mr. Wynter said the BOJ has scheduled for 2018 and is committed to making public.“This commitment is an important part of the Bank’s plan to improve the transparency of the monetary policy framework,” he added.last_img read more