Some of the largest employers in Ventura County

first_imgNaval Base Ventura County, 311 Main Road, Point Mugu, (805) 982-2193; a United States Navy base employing 14,457 people, including civilians and military personnel. Amgen, at 1 Amgen Center Drive, Thousand Oaks, (805) 447-1000; one of the world’s largest biotechnology companies employing 8,270 people in Thousand Oaks alone. Wellpoint Inc., 1 Wellpoint Way, Thousand Oaks, (805) 557-6655; one of America’s largest health insurers, employing 3,748 in Ventura County. Verizon, 112 Lake View Canyon Road, Westlake Village, (805) 372-6000; telecommunications company employing about 1,900 people in Ventura County. Community Memorial Hospital, 147 N. Brent St., Ventura, (805) 652-5011. The hospital employs 1,700 people. 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

Man beaten as gang raid house in Lifford

first_imgA man has been hospitalised after he was attacked in his house by six men with weapons in Lifford last night.The man was at home at Coneyburrow last night (Mon) at 7.30pm when the front door of his home was burst open.Six men armed with hammers and bars then attacked him and gave him a severe beating. The gang then fled the scene.The man was rushed to hospital but Gardai say his injuries are not life-threatening.Garda forensic teams are currently at the scene of the horrific attack.Garda Sergeant Eunan Walsh has issued an appeal for anybody who was in the area to contact them. At this stage Gardai are not aware of how the men made their escape.They are scanning CCTV footage in an effort to track the gang and their movements last night.“This was a terrifying ordeal and our forensic team are at the scene.“These six men came through the front door and subjected this man to a series of assaults.“We have still not determined what form of transport these men used and we would appeal to anybody who may have noticed anybody in the area at the time to contact us,” he said. All information on the incident can be forwarded to Letterkenny Garda station on 0749167100.Man beaten as gang raid house in Lifford was last modified: November 20th, 2019 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:appealattackbarsGardaihammersLiffordlast_img read more

‘Bid to revive insurgency in Punjab’

first_imgAttempts are being made through “external linkages” to “revive insurgency” in Punjab, and if early action is not taken, it may be too late, Army chief Gen. Bipin Rawat said on Saturday.Speaking at a seminar on ‘Changing Contours of Internal Security in India: Trends and Responses,’ he said: “Punjab has been peaceful, but because of these external linkages, attempts are being made to revive insurgency.” “Let us not think that [the situation in] Punjab is over. We cannot close our eyes to what is happening in Punjab. And, if we do not take early action now, it will be too late,” he said.Punjab witnessed one of the worst phases of insurgencies in the 1980s during the pro-Khalistan movement, which was quelled by the government. At a panel discussion, former Uttar Pradesh DGP Prakash Singh highlighted the issue and said “attempts were being to revive insurgency” in Punjab. He referred to a pro-Khalistan rally organised recently in London for ‘Referendum 2020.’ Hundreds of people had turned out at Trafalgar Square in London on August 12 in support of a pro-Khalistan rally as well as to counter the event with an Independence Day celebrations. Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) had said its rally was intended to raise awareness for a non-binding referendum in 2020, calling for Punjab to be granted independence. The “We Stand With India” and “Love My India” events were organised by Indian diaspora groups as a reaction to the pro-Khalistan “London Declaration for a Referendum 2020”.“Internal security is one of the biggest problems in the country, but the question is why we have not been able to find a solution, because it has external linkages,” Gen. Rawat said.The event was organised by defence think-tank CLAWS (Centre for Land and Warfare Studies). Gen. Rawat is its patron.Asserting that insurgency could not be dealt with the military force alone, he advocated an approach in which all agencies, the government, the civil administration, the Army and the police worked in an “integrated manner.”“The resolution of Naga insurgency can be the forerunner to the Manipur insurgency. There are some linkages between the two. But if that resolution does not satisfy the Manipuris, the insurgency in that State will take a different turn,” Gen. Rawat said.As for Assam, attempts were again being made, through “external linkages,” to revive insurgency in the State, he said. And, also through external abetment, and acknowledged once even by the “northern neighbour”. So, there is no denying the fact that there are these factors, Gen. Rawat added.last_img read more

India are the favourites, says Imran Khan

first_imgFormer Pakistan cricket captain Imran Khan considers India the favourites for the 2011 World Cup due to be held in the subcontinent from February 19 to April 2, 2011.Khan, who was in the capital on Thursday with other former World Cup greats Kapil Dev, Sir Vivian Richards and Arjuna Ranatunga, said, “India are the favourites and Sri Lanka come a close second.”But he followed the statement with a word of caution for the team. “Every now and then the best team in the competition comes under pressure. And then it’s all about coping with it, especially during the knock-out stage.”Khan, who had led Pakistan to victory in the 1992 edition, cited India’s example. “India won in 1983 as they were better able to cope with the pressure than the West Indies (the other finalists).”Ranatunga, however, said Sri Lanka are the clear favourites. Explaining his point, he said, “We are one of the favourites. No doubt, India have too many cricketers to pick from, but they can panic in front of their home crowd.”The home factor is largely missing for the Sri Lankans as the three venues where Sri Lanka will be playing their homes matches during the knock-out stage are new.””In that case, I would request the crowds to stay at home,” said Kapil Dev, taking a jibe at Ranatunga.For Dev, the presence of Sachin Tendulkar in the squad was enough to scare the best of the sides away. “He is the most important cricketer in the team and he leads from the front.”advertisement”People have been saying that it is his last World Cup, but I don’t think so. I want him to carry on.”Tendulkar apart, he remained largely noncommittal. When asked to identify a trump card in the side, he said, “There are so many of them. It depends on how they perform.”  When pointed out that Harbhajan Singh was not performing as per expectations, he said, “He can come back to his peak anytime.”But, he felt that a tour just before the World Cup wasn’t the ideal situation for the team. “They (India) should not play so much cricket as there is always the possibility of sustaining an injury ahead of the tournament.”Khan, however, disagreed. “A good tour ahead of the World Cup builds the team’s confidence. As far as injuries are concerned, that can happen anytime.”Recounting his experience during the 1992 World Cup, he said, “I was training very hard ahead of the World Cup and I was very fit even though I was 39 then. But as luck would have it, I got injured during the nets just a day before the tournament was to begin.”For Richards too, India are the favourites. “There main players are not playing in this series against New Zealand and yet they are winning. This speaks volumes about their bench-strength.”And for Richards, Virender Sehwag stood out from the rest. “He is the most devastating cricketer today,” he said.On a personal front, Richards said, “West Indies players do have the talent and I am hoping and praying for them.”Khan hoped his team fares well despite the fact they are going through a bad patch. “If Shahid Afridi hits a purple patch, he can pull it off. But I am not too sure if he can pull it off, but if there is anyone who can, it has to be Afridi.”He was also clear on the fact that the team would be missing their two strike bowlers Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif, who figure in the spot-fixing scandal. “I don’t know what is the status on them, but I am hoping they come clean.”last_img read more

BSJ Signs MOU with UTech to Widen Teaching of Metrology

first_img The incorporation of metrology into the engineering and science curricula at the University of Technology (UTech) has been achieved.This was made possible through a revised memorandum of understanding (MOU) between UTech and the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ).The document was signed by President of UTech, Professor Stephen Vasciannie; and Executive Director of the BSJ, Stephen Wedderburn, at the university’s headquarters in Papine, St. Andrew, today (October 4).“This collaboration will enable the incorporation of metrology and the introduction of the rudiments of standards and quality into the engineering and science curricula,” Professor Vasciannie said.He pointed out that there will be an immediate “harmonisation” of related standards and quality into UTech’s curriculum for the Master of Science in Integrated Rural Development.The President emphasised that the prominence of the science of measurements cannot be overstated, and the university recognises the importance of ensuring students’ “competency in this branch of science that is increasingly being applied to engineering, manufacturing, energy and the environment”.For his part, Mr. Wedderburn said the MOU will provide tertiary students with training and awareness sessions, development of curricula for undergraduate and graduate programmes, and “access to resource materials in the completion of projects and research”.He outlined that students will be introduced to local and international standards that provide guidelines for internationally agreed best practices, and specifications for products and processes that can contribute to sustainable and resilient communities.Meanwhile, Chairman of the BSJ Standards Council, James Rawle, said production methods, such as agro-processing, will be examined as “critical economic activities” for rural development.“The ultimate aim is to improve the competencies of both institutions to deliver sound programmes and development opportunities to the nation’s learners,” Mr. Rawle said.The two institutions first signed an MOU in late November 2015 to improve the National Quality Infrastructure (NQI). The incorporation of metrology into the engineering and science curricula at the University of Technology (UTech) has been achieved. This was made possible through a revised memorandum of understanding (MOU) between UTech and the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ). The document was signed by President of UTech, Professor Stephen Vasciannie; and Executive Director of the BSJ, Stephen Wedderburn, at the university’s headquarters in Papine, St. Andrew, today (October 4). Story Highlightslast_img read more