160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Each year, the Diamond Bar school welcomes an author to visit the school and help promote literacy. Fraser has written and illustrated over 58 books. Among her books are “Where Are the Night Animals?”, “How Animal Babies Stay Safe” and the “IQ” book series. – From staff reports • Photo Gallery: Stories are made Students at Quail Summit Elementary in Diamond Bar on Thursday received some tips on writing from children’s author and illustrator Mary Ann Fraser. Kids in grades kindergarten through fifth helped Fraser create a story, as they selected the character, setting and problem. “Your imagination is the best tool to use to get ideas,” the children’s book author told the students.
What was an isolated jungle has now become a modernist dream. The city of Brazil is based on architect Oscar Niemeyer’s vision for a classless, new-age world.Source: BBC
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SANTA CLARITA – Wily con artists often fleece trusting and vulnerable seniors in scams but authorities are arming the elderly of Santa Clarita to fight back. Sheriff’s deputies steeped in fraud schemes plan two seminars next week to teach potential victims how not to get stung. “We know, unfortunately, the senior population is targeted as victims because of their age, their trustworthiness and less day-to-day observances of their financial matters,” said Brad Berens, who heads the Santa Clarita Valley Committee on Aging. Officials plan to provide tips on fighting identity theft and other scams. The Santa Clarita Valley is home to roughly 33,000 seniors – ages 60 and older – and by 2016 the number is expected to climb to 56,000, he said. The projection is conservative and the actual number of seniors could be 20 percent more, he added. Statistics on fraud crimes committed on the elderly were not available from local authorities or the FBI, but identity theft is a problem nationwide, the agency says. “The FBI understands that identity theft has become the fastest growing crime in America, and perhaps the fastest growing crime of any kind in our society,” said FBI spokesman Kenneth Smith. “Seniors are vulnerable a lot of times, they’re home alone, many times they live alone, have lost a spouse; they are easy prey.” Con artists may take advantage of their isolation. Many seniors live on fixed incomes but have amassed substantial home equity or lifetime savings. They may have ailments or financial troubles and unwittingly jump at scammers’ quick-fix offers designed to seize their wealth. The schemes and perpetrators can change every few months, making it tough for even wary elders to be on guard. A critical mass is reached when people in their 70s and 80s – who came of age in an era when manners and politeness were highly valued – become the bull’s-eye for burgeoning fraud networks aimed their way. The scams range from an in-person lottery swindle to bogus phone pitches. Sheriff’s Sgt. Gregg Lewison said thieves often approach victims in grocery store parking lots or near banks, showing off a lottery ticket allegedly worth $20,000 and claiming they don’t have proper identification to claim it. “They say `If you give me $5,000 I will give you the lottery ticket and you can turn it in and make a $15,000 profit,”‘ he said. “The bad guy convinces the victim to go the bank or ATM, and the victim withdraws $5,000.” The forged lottery ticket later proves worthless. Unscrupulous telemarketers try to persuade victims to send money or provide bank account, credit card, Social Security, birth date, medical insurance or Medicare information over the phone – and despite their better judgment, many share the prized digits. Claims about anti-aging products or nutritional supplements promising miraculous results may seem dubious – even when endorsed by celebrities – but a high-pressure pitch often clinches the sale, the FBI says. The Better Business Bureau can provide information about complaints lodged against products. Those shopping online for medications may avoid counterfeits by patronizing only licensed vendors with a seal of approval from the Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Site, the agency says. People should disclose private information only to legitimate sources they’ve dealt with in the past or should be certain who they’re talking to, Lewison said. Some crimes go unreported because victims are embarrassed, unfamiliar with the legal system or don’t realize they’ve been duped until much time has elapsed. “The more the delay, it makes the investigation harder to follow up on,” Lewison said. Though they may forget telling details in the interim, he urges victims to step forward. email@example.com (661) 257-5255 If you go Meetings to provide information on how to avoid being targeted by scam artists will be held at 2 p.m. March 7 at the Santa Clarita Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall; at 10 a.m. March 8 at the Canterbury Village Senior Center, 23420 Avenida Rotella, Valencia.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Liverpool Crown Court heard that he kicked his partner Rachael Wall in a central street in the northwest English city in the early hours of December 22.District judge Wendy Lloyd sentenced Flanagan to a 12-month community order, which includes 15 rehabilitation activity days, 40 hours of unpaid work, £85 court costs ($117, 96 euros) and an £85 victim surcharge.“You are, of course, a young man of previous good character and therefore it’s undoubtedly sad that you have brought yourself here by your behaviour,” she said.“It was a matter of this lady going to the floor twice and you used your foot on her on one occasion.”The court saw security camera footage which showed Flanagan hitting his girlfriend before pushing her against a wall twice and then kicking her.His lawyer Lionel Grieg told the court: “He deeply regrets his behaviour and there is genuine remorse.“They are back together and working very hard at the relationship.”Liverpool-born Flanagan has made more than 50 first-team appearances for the Reds since making his debut aged 18.He has captained Liverpool and made an appearance for England as a substitute in 2014.Flanagan spent last season on loan at Burnley after 20 months out due to knee surgery.He has featured only once for Liverpool this season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000TLiverpool Crown Court heard that he kicked his partner Rachael Wall in a central street in the northwest English city in the early hours of December 22.LONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 17 – Liverpool defender John Flanagan was sentenced to rehabilitation and 40 hours of unpaid work on Wednesday, having pleaded guilty to attacking his girlfriend.The 25-year-old full-back admitted an offence of common assault by beating at a hearing on January 2.