State might order Allstate to refund premiums

first_imgCalifornia Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner Wednesday challenged the rates Allstate Corp. charges consumers for homeowner’s insurance and said he would order the company to refund premiums if a hearing substantiates those claims. Poizner said that while other insurers have lowered rates for homeowner’s coverage by between 10percent and 18percent, Allstate has applied for a 12percent rate increase. The company also recently announced it would not write new policies in California because of losses from wildfire and other claims. In an order compelling Allstate to justify its rates, the state said a preliminary analysis of claims data suggests rates should be reduced by 43.88percent. “I am drawing a line in the sand,” Poizner said. “If I find that Allstate’s rates are excessive, refunds will occur.” The group called for a 40percent reduction in rates under Proposition103, which it says would result in average individual savings of about $362 a year.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The company denied the allegation, saying the current rates were approved by the state insurance department in 2003 and “are competitively priced.” More than 50,000 residents took out new coverage in 2006, noted Rich Halberg, the company’s California spokesman. The company is seeking its first rate increase in almost four years to more accurately reflect the cost of providing the coverage, Halberg said. A hearing must now be held to determine whether the company’s rates are excessive and should be reduced. Allstate was also criticized Wednesday by the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, which said the company has been overcharging residents by $326million a year. last_img read more

‘He will be a big surprise’ – Mourinho hails Chelsea teen sensation

first_imgKurt Zouma produced another good display for Chelsea against West Ham but it’s another starlet who has captured Jose Mourinho’s attention.Ruben Loftus-Cheek was on the bench for their clash with the Hammers at Upton Park and failed to make the pitch in east London as the Blues won 1-0.But Mourinho was quick to laud the 19-year-old, who made his debut earlier in the campaign as a substitute against Manchester City.And the Portuguese boss insisted it is only the pressure of being in a battle for the Premier League title that is stopping him from playing the teen.He said: “I had Ruben Loftus-Cheek on the bench and I have to say that, in my opinion, next year, this kid will be a big surprise in the Premier League.“This season, if I was not playing for the title and we were not playing with the pressure we have, this kid would already be on the pitch.”last_img read more

Well now considered safe

first_imgOfficials said the project in Pico Rivera cost $300,000 over 13 years and cleaned 888 pounds of chemical contaminates from 17 billion gallons of water, enough to cover a football field 10 miles deep. The well can now produce 2,700 gallons of safe water per minute. The water, most of it underground, could have spread contaminates to other cities by way of a natural underground reservoir the size of Lake Tahoe. Mayor Pro Tem Gracie Gallegos-Smith said the issue of clean water is sometimes overlooked, but the newly clean well makes a difference for Pico Riverans. “With 67,000 residents, water is of paramount importance, especially for children,” Gallegos-Smith said. Beilke said the project was paid for in full by the Water Replenishment District. “Most residents have no idea that this is even here,” Beilke said. “But we’re grateful that they’re taking care of us.” Robles said the district has about $6 million invested in similar projects around Southern California as part of the Wellhead Treatment Program, established as part of the Clean Water Program in 1991. The well in Pico Rivera is the first to be cleaned through the program. “The Water Replenishment District has been criticized in the past for doing exactly this type of project,” Robles said. According to Robles, the project had been unpopular because monies collected from around the region are used for projects that do not directly affect all those taxed. This unpopularity reached its peak in the 1990s when an abundance of rain made groundwater an afterthought, Robles said. Now, water purified through the program may become necessary because of recent droughts. “Next year we’ll be in a dire situation for Southern California,” Robles said. “But this is the first project where we can say, `Mission accomplished.”‘ airan.scruby@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Mayor Ron Beilke said the groundwater contamination, caused by improper chemical waste disposal and problems with runoff, was discovered 25 years ago. About 13 years ago, 10 air strippers were installed at the well to draw up and filter the water there. Recently, contamination levels in the water dipped so low that the treatment facilities were no longer needed, and last week the final air stripper was removed from the site. The equipment will be taken to Pomona to be used in a similar cleanup project. “It’s one of those rare occurrences where we don’t have to treat the water anymore,” Senior Engineer Hoover Ng said. “With Pomona, it’s recycling.” The air strippers being re-used in Pomona purified water at Pico Rivera Well No. 1 by aerating the water. The natural properties of the chemicals trapped in groundwater mean they tend to bond easily with the air, leaving the water and dissipating into the atmosphere. • Video: Water Replenishment District PICO RIVERA – The city’s well contamination problems are water under the bridge, officials said Tuesday. Pico Rivera Well No. 1, for years contaminated with high levels of volatile organic compounds (V.O.C.s), was declared safe and decontaminated at a short meeting of city officials and Water Replenishment District representatives. “By removing the groundwater contaminates here, we’ve prevented contamination from spreading,” district board President Albert Robles said. last_img

LIFFORD AC NOTES – CLUB ATHLETES DO WELL IN BELFAST

first_imgLifford AC was represented with four runners in the Belfast City Marathon.Daniel HanniganDaniel Hannigan was first home for the club in a excellent time of 2:54:18 with an impressive 22nd position for the Lifford man in a field of over 2000 runners.Next to cross the line was Maurice Sharkey in 3:12:34 and 93rd overall. This was a personal best for Maurice who knocked off over 2 minutes off his time form the same course last year. A great run by these both as they both finished in the top 100. Next to cross the line was Gerard Campbell in 3.:34:42, this was another strong run for Gerard who had been struggling with injury for the past few weeks.The final Lifford man to cross the line was Shaun Colhoun in 3:44:52.Maurice SharkeyOverall this was a fantastic day for all the runners who took part from the club.Lifford also had three women in action on Day 1 of the Donegal Track and Field Championship. Isabella Breslin won the Masters 200 metre event in a time of 32.07. Ann Marie Mc Glynn and Natasha Adams both went in the 3000 metre event. Ann Marie recorded 9:39:22, Nastasha Adams recorded a personal best of 10:22:38 finishing both 1st and 2nd respectively. LIFFORD AC NOTES – CLUB ATHLETES DO WELL IN BELFAST was last modified: May 7th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:LIfford AClast_img read more

JOBS BOOST AS MILFORD INN TO RE-OPEN

first_imgTHE Milford Inn will re-open later this month, giving a jobs boost to the area.The Tirconaill Tribune says the Blaney family will run the premises after renting it back from an investment company which has been in negotiations with the liquidator Tom O’Brien.The Blaney family has also negotiated a clause which may see them buy back the premises at some stage in the future, said journalist John McAteer. Neal Blaney tells the paper the investors from outside the county had backed the proposals. JOBS BOOST AS MILFORD INN TO RE-OPEN was last modified: June 7th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:JOBS BOOST AS MILFORD INN TO RE-OPENlast_img read more

Major fundraiser tomorrow night as Mikaela gets ready for life-changing surgery

first_imgSeven-year-old Mikaela Breen is to have life-changing surgery in England in late January – and a major fundraiser takes place tomorrow night.Convoy schoolgirl Mikaela was born prematurely and was diagnosed with spina bifida.Her parents, Sinéad and Chris, didn’t know if she would ever walk. But bubbly Mikaela, who attends Scoil Bhríde in Convoy, will now have surgery on her tethered spinal cord.“There is the risk of mobility damage but it will help urology wise,” her mum Sinéad says.“She cannot keep going the way she is, so we might have to take a risk with her mobility as she has to have healthy kidneys to live.“Surgery will transform Mikaela’s life and I want her to be as independent as she can be. “I want her to strong willed as well and do things for herself but she needs healthy kidneys for that.”After her surgery in England, Mikaela – who will be eight next month – will travel to the Boston Children’s Hospital in America for further treatment.,A Country Music Night will be held in aid of the Mobilize for Mikaela Fund tomorrow night, Thursday, December 14, at Biddy Friel’s in Drumoghill with dancing from 9pm. There will be a jiving competition with prizes for the top three. Tickets are priced at €10.Sinéad added: “Mikaela would not even be getting this operation in January without the support of the public so far. We really and truly appreciate the help and generosity.”For anyone who can’t make it to Drumoghill, you can donate via the Go Fund Me page here: gofundme/MobilizeForMikaela Major fundraiser tomorrow night as Mikaela gets ready for life-changing surgery was last modified: December 13th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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:convoyMikaela Breenlast_img read more

Sharks’ Evander Kane sued by woman over abortion claims

first_imgEvander Kane of the Sharks is the target of a $6 million dollar lawsuit filed by a woman who claims the 27-year-old star reneged on a promise to compensate her for having an abortion.The unidentified woman said Kane got her pregnant and he finally coerced her into having an abortion last June by offering her $3 million, TMZ first reported. She claimed it was the second time Kane forced her to have an abortion and that he has refused to pay her.Kane, speaking to reporters Thursday morning, dism …last_img

Ohio’s Crop Progress — July 11th, 2016

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dry Weather Ideal for Wheat Harvest and HaymakingContinued dry weather allowed significant gains in the wheat harvest, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 5.9 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending July 10th. Some regions experienced scattered showers, however, more rain were needed for crop conditions to improve. In addition to wheat harvest, producers continued to cut hay, with many having moved onto a second cutting. Winter wheat, oat, and hay harvests continue to progress ahead of last year. Crop conditions continue to be in mostly good condition despite the lack of rain, however, this will change if there isn’t rain soon. Aside from wheat harvest, hay making and straw baling, growers were also spraying crops and trying to keep weeds at bay.Read the full report herelast_img read more

Quick Tip: The Real Numbers Behind Wireless Video Feeds

first_imgConsidering a wireless video feed for your next project? Find out how to maximize this tool on set with this brief guide.Cover image via Teradek.A wireless video feed is a fantastic tool on any set. Being able to monitor your image without the hindrance of cabling is a huge logistical advantage. However, when you begin working with wireless video options for the first time, it can be overwhelming. Let’s take a minute to talk about transmission distances and the joy of a cable-free environment.Why Go WirelessA standard cable is reliable and much easier to set up than a wireless feed. However, going wireless obviously has some advantages. For example, being wireless for gimbal work gives you freedom to move around without the disruption of monitor cabling. Also, going wireless can make production go a lot smoother for everyone on set.Wireless OptionsThere are tons of great companies and wireless brands that offer great feeds. However, one of the most popular on the market (and in rental houses) is Teradek. Teradek makes a wide range of wireless video feed options for every type of production.The Teradek Cube transmits H.264 proxy files directly to an app you can easily display on an iPad or a phone. This format is great when you have lots of eyes on your set but don’t have the budget to rent multiple monitors.The Teradek Bolt series is the ideal way to wirelessly send a video feed to a director’s monitor or a focus monitor. The bolt ranges from a 300 all the way up to a 3000. The numbers indicate how far the device can transmit — in feet. (That number depends on an ideal scenario involving wide open fields with zero interference.)Typically, cutting the number in half, to 1500 in an open-field scenario, will give you the best results. If you’re mostly indoors, then you can cut that number again in half to 750. So, with a Bolt 3000, you can typically get the best performance at 1500 feet outdoors and 750 indoors. However, this is definitely not a science.I was recently on a shoot with a Teradek Bolt 3000, and video village was only 75 feet away. Once we closed the metal door at the location, we lost the feed. So, when it comes to working with wireless video feeds, flexibility is ideal.Image via Teradek.Have OptionsI always carry BNC/SDI cables just in case wireless video ever goes down (and it inevitably will). It’s a smart choice to have a hardwire option just in case you need it.Overall, wireless video is a fantastic tool for cinematographers and their fellow crewmembers. It gives you the ability to monitor your image at a distance without getting in anyone’s way.Looking for more info on video production gear? Check out these articles.Why Cinema Lenses Will Improve Your Next Film ProjectARRI Delivers a Knockout With Its First Large Format Camera SystemThe Comprehensive Guide To Building Your Own Video Editing PCA Look at the ARRI/Zeiss Master and Ultra Prime LensesDJI Expands Its Fleet with the Mavic Airlast_img read more

The Essence of Life

first_imgLong before women were seen in jeans and men wore earrings, unisex was a word in India’s world of perfumes or itrs. The fragrances of itr, or attar as it is commonly known, are divided by factors other than gender. Unlike their Western counterpart, there are no masculine or feminine fragrances.The rules that exist are strict. Factors like the season, the occasion and of course, the temperament influence what you wear and when. The Maharjas of the erstwhile states of Gwaliar, Patiala, Darbhanga, Mysore and even Maharaja Ranjit Singh are counted amongst the most famous users of attars. Amongst the modern Indian dignitaries is former President Shanker Dayal Sharma, who is a connoisseur of attar Chameli.Another President, Dr S Radhakrishnan, was fond of the light fragrance of Majuma. Indira Gandhi used attar Heena in winters.The word itr means perfume in Arabic and its corrupted form – attar- is accepted in the Oxford dictionary. Their pedigree dates back over 2000 years. In India itr has been a part of the cultured lifestyle. The early documented use of itr is in Abul Fazal’s account of Akbar’s court in Aain-e-Akbari. Abul Fazal mentions Akbar using attar along with incense sticks burnt daily in gold and silver censers.Noorjehan, the Mughal empress, is credited with the discovery of itr. Legend has it that she liked crushed rose petals in her bath water and discovered the most exquisite and costly of all itrs – the Rooh Gulab. Legend says that once when she went for her bath she found an oily layer over the water kept to cool overnight, which when distilled became the famous rose perfume.Some ascribe the discovery to her Persian mother and still others say that it was an ordinary woman in Persia, the famous centre of Taifi or rose itr, who discovered the perfume in the 17th century.ProcessTraditional attar families hold the secrets of distillation , which is a very specialised job. Simply explained, itr is the pure extract of flowers in sandalwood oil. The oil forms an ideal base for perfumes as during the distillation, the original perfume of sandalwood vanishes and the oil captures the fragrance of the flower. No chemical is used in attars and more often than not they are not blended, but pure perfumes made from petals or other perfumed substances.The valley of Taif in Western Saudi Arabia near Jeddah is famous the world over for its rose attar and water. The rosebuds known as taifi to the locals are plucked when they have just opened up and before the sun’s rays diminish the oils, which contain the essence of their perfume.The distillation is done in several tin-lined copper pots which can hold about 50 litres of water each. Approximately 10,000 roses are put in each container. The pot is then tightly sealed and the mix simmers for six hours. The steam collected goes through a tube that passes through a pool of cold water and ultimately reaches a large glass jar called al-Arousa, where the rose water is collected.At this point the droplets of attar are still in the rose water, so a second distillation takes place, in which the globules of attar rise to the surface as the liquid cools down, facilitating their collection with a device similar to a syringe. The attar collected in just one of these containers produces one single tolah (about 11.7 ounces) that sells for between 2000 and 3000 Saudi riyals.Rose water has sacred as well as festive uses in Arabia. It is used to perfume the Yemeni Corner of the holy Ka’bah apart from being used in the kitchen and for the two Ids.Rose attar is the costliest since a hundred kilograms of roses yield only two grams of attar. In the traditional process of hydro distillation , the fire, known as a bhatti, is of cow dung and wood. Water and flower plants are measured in a copper vessel, which is placed inside a container know as degh. The scented steam passes through a hollow bamboo stem into the bhapka or the condenser placed in cold water with boiled and cooled essential oils. The more you distil, the more fragrant the attar is and of course, as expensive too. Indian perfumers known as the gundhis have their own manufacturing units for growing flowers.TypesAbul Fazal mentions flowers like ghulab, bela, chameli, champa, maulshri and rajnigandha along with the roots like adrak or ginger. According to Abul Fazal the barks used in Akbar’s time were sandal, cinnamon and aloe. Animal substances like musk, myrrh and ambergris were also used along with khus, a type of grass and a few other spices.Today the most used varieties of itr are rose, jasmine, sandal, henna, nargis, majuma, kevda, khus and mogra.Reasons, Seasons And OccasionsBaraatis as they enter the wedding area are sprinkled with rose water. The water for drinking is perfumed with Kevda. On a summer evening, a swab of jasmine or khus lifts your spirits in the oppressive heat of Northern India. Kastoori or musk was for winters and Khus for summers. The most famous and elusive scent for the summer heat is the sondhi mitti, literally the smell of earth after the first showers of rain.Some connoisseurs have exquisitely chiselled attardans (containers), often inlaid with ivory and containing marvellously carved cut glass decanters. A major difference between synthetic perfumes and attar is that the oil-based attar is worn directly on your body. The inside of the wrist, behind the ears, the inside of elbow joints, back of the neck and a few other imaginative parts of your anatomy are directly dabbed with itr.Experts say that the smell of the attar is likely to stay the longest on cottons rather than synthetic cloth. And some attars will evaporate in the heat of summer if not carefully applied. Which is why it is advisable to place a swab of cotton inside the ear. The fragrance will linger on the clothes even after a wash.Unlikely as it seems, the tobacco industry is by far the largest consumer of attar, which is responsible for the aroma of cigarettes. The rapidly growing pan masala industry is emerging as another major consumer. Together, they consume almost 90 per cent of the attar produced.Medicinal Aroma Lemon oil taken internally or sniffed, is good for diabetes, asthma, boils and varicose veins. Three drops of sweet marjoram taken with a little jaggery cures migraine and hangovers. Nausea and vomiting are immediately controlled by petitgren oil. The simplest example of aromatherapy is attar Gill or Itr-e-khaki, (sondhi mitti) drawn from mud, which has the aroma of the first monsoon showers and can cure blood pressure and the flow of blood through nose owing to intense heat.Indian itr is increasingly being used for aromatherapy these days. The floral extracts with oil base can be extensively marketed for aromatherapy. Jasmine extract is useful in cases of stress, hypertension and treating skin ailments. Inhaling sandalwood oil lessens stress and can stop vomiting. Applying it on the chest and throat cures dry cough. Its curative properties extend to skin ailments as well. Marigold extract is an old medicine meant to heal stubborn wounds. It has excellent antiseptic properties. Heena is known for its heat inducing qualities and if used on quilts during winters, it is known to provide extra warmth. If inhaled during summer it can lead to nasal bleeding as well.Prices And PlacesKannauj, a small town in Uttar Pradesh, is known for production of Itr. More than 25,000 of the total 70,000 population of Kannauj is engaged in attar production. Some of India’s most renowned attar sellers, apart from Dariba in Chandni Chowk in old Delhi, are in Lucknow, like Izhar Ahmed and Sons, who established their shop, popularly known as Sugandhco, in 1850. Asghar Ali Mohammad Ali, also in Lucknow and established in the early 1800s is one of the oldest traders. They own attar perfumeries in Kannauj. Bombay has its own, rather miniscule, share of attar walas in Mohammad Ali Road. Most towns have their own old man with a box full of attar all over India.There are various centres for the raw material too. Roses come from Sikatra near Aligarh.Kevda comes from Ganjam in Orissa. Chameli and motia comes from Sikandarpur on the Uttar Pradesh-Bihar border.Most of the attars have been around for centuries and attract connoisseurs who don’t let anything except the season come in the way of their passion. Some itrs that are either restricted or banned. Sandalwood, for instance is a restricted item, but the government releases a quota for manufacturers. Musk is now prohibited since overkill has made the musk deer almost extinct. A few attar manufacturers claim that they can remove the deer’s fragrance by injecting it out through its stomach without having to kill it, but musk is a prohibited item. Other rare itrs are amber and myrrh.Rooh Gulab is the costliest of all attars at Rs 3,500 ($70) for a vial of 10 gm. Chameli and Motia are also quite expensive. Attars are priced anywhere between Rs 1,500 ($30) per kg to as much as Rs 10 lakh ($50,000) per kg. For a vial of 10 grams you pay Rs 150 ($5) to Rs 4000-6000 ($80-$120). Smaller vials of 2, 5 and 10 ml are commonly available for as little as Rs 60. ($1.20).   Related Itemslast_img read more