Officials: Grove won’t be gone forever

first_imgThe nearly 400 trees now lining a stretch of Imperial Highway – in Los Angeles-owned property just north of El Segundo – could be uprooted to make way for a water filtration system, but workers reportedly will put the trees back afterward. “We’re going to protect these trees,” said Lauren Skinner, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Public Works Department. The city’s promise comes as a relief to El Segundo city officials and Tree Musketeers, the group that organized the forest’s planting and had feared the project would require the removal of the trees. “It’s a huge relief, but we have all this experience with this, and until all the agencies with their fingers in the pie decide – we’re going to hold our breath,” said Gail Church, executive director of Tree Musketeers. El Segundo City Councilman Eric Busch, who has worked closely with the small nonprofit group, said the plan to retain trees was “reassuring.” The Tree Musketeers group is no stranger to tackling big-city bureaucracy: Its volunteers worked on and off since 1987 for permission from Los Angeles to plant trees on the barren Imperial Highway median from Sepulveda Boulevard to Main Street. The group planted its first batch of saplings in March 2005, and added about 120 trees every spring since. With 400 trees lining the corridor now, next year’s final planting will bring the total to 500, Church said. As the group recently began applying for permits to install a watering system along the highway, Tree Musketeers received word that the city’s filtration project was picking up steam and the saplings would be removed, Church said. Though engineers haven’t started formal design work for the project – essentially a deep trough filled with gravel and covered in native plants so that rainwater flows into the ground rather than the ocean – any trees that needed removal would be put back into the ground, Skinner said. Expected to begin next summer, the endeavor will be paid for with funds from Proposition 0, a $500 million bond measure approved by Los Angeles voters in 2004 to reduce polluted storm water runoff, Skinner said. Church said plants and trees replanted after uprooting have a 50 percent survival rate. “It’s not something you want to do willy-nilly,” she said, “but this is the best alternative.” With another batch of trees slated for planting in March, Church hoped Tree Musketeers would get involved in the city’s design process, set to begin in coming months. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TREE MUSKETEERS: L.A. public works project will temporarily interfere with saplings. By Andrea Woodhouse STAFF WRITER An El Segundo youth group that planted a grove of trees has been assured that the fledgling urban forest will survive an upcoming Los Angeles city public works project. last_img read more

‘Spend wisely, avoid the debt trap’

first_img14 January 2009In the context of grim market conditions characterised by high inflation and interest rates, as well as record over-indebtedness, the National Credit Regulator is urging South African consumers to think twice before applying for credit.“Consumers are advised to borrow money responsibly and wisely, especially at this time of the year,” NCR senior education and strategy manager Peter Setou said in a statement this week.Setou pointed out that consumers were often desperate for financial assistance at the beginning of the year, and might recklessly take out various forms of credit, which included credit cards, clothing accounts, overdrafts, and long- and short-term loans.“This entails borrowing money without planning how to repay the loan, borrowing money from unscrupulous credit providers, signing loan contracts they do not understand, and eventually finding themselves in worse financial predicaments,” he said.Consumer rightsSetou pointed out that it was paramount that consumers be familiar with their rights as borrowers in order to protect themselves from unscrupulous lenders.The National Credit Act, he said, was aimed at regulating South Africa’s credit granting industry, curbing reckless lending, and ensuring that consumers were protected from harmful business practices by lenders.Key features of the Act are to ensure that interest rates and fees are regulated, and that the advertising and marketing of credit contain prescribed information on the cost of credit.“Compare interest rates and other costs from different providers, always ask and make sure you understand what the total monthly payment, including insurance and all other charges is,” Setou said. “Avoid paying over too many months; it will cost you more in the end.”In addition, a credit provider cannot legally enter into a credit agreement unless the provider has given the consumer a pre-agreement statement and a quotation in the prescribed form, as well as giving the consumer a copy of a document that records their credit agreement.‘Must haves’ vs ‘nice to haves’Setou pointed out that while many consumers received their bonuses and other extra income during the festive season, they did not plan on how to spend their money – ending up spending their extra income on “nice to haves”, instead of “must haves”.He explained that consumers failed to plan for the New Year, for essentials such as school fees, uniforms, rent, transport and electricity, and were left with no money as they had exhausted all their income.The NCR, together with partners like the Department of Trade and Industry, provincial consumer affairs directorates, the Financial Services Board, and the Council for Medical Aid Schemes, have been running awareness campaigns countrywide to educate consumers about their rights and obligations.“We believe that an informed consumer is a protected consumer,” Setou said.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Cinema 4D Tutorial: Street Lamp

first_imgIn this exclusive Cinema 4D video tutorial you’ll learn how to model a realistic street lamp from scratch.Creating a 3D city scene or modeling industrial objects? The fundamentals in this video tutorial will prepare you for modeling a variety of hard surface, odd shaped objects in Cinema 4D.Following along with the free Cinema 4D file:[maxbutton id=”24″]In this tutorial I’ll demonstrate how to use the tools within C4D – no outside plugins or models required – to generate a realistic, to-scale model of a street lamp. The street lamp in this tutorial has many of the trademarks of a realistic light including bolts, street sign attachments, and of course, a lamp/bulb.The tutorial includes lots of little tips and workflow tricks for product/object modeling. We’d love to hear your thoughts or Cinema 4D questions in the comments below!last_img read more

Padda ‘embarrassed’ of Adamson’s 52 errors in loss to UE

first_imgPussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Adamson, which has been the surprise contenders this season after going 1-13 in 2017, has been making a case for elite status this year after it showed promise in the first three games where it went 2-1.And after two straight losses, the Lady Falcons got back on the winning track with a massive four-set upset of reigning champion De La Salle but they took another step back with the loss to the Lady Warriors.Padda, who sat out starters Jema Galanza, Chiara Permentilla, and Eli Soyud in the first set, said her team flat out didn’t give respect to UE.“They showed up with a very weak mindset today, they were really complacent, they didn’t respect UE and they didn’t care, they’re too cocky,” said Padda. “I don’t know why. The coaches were shocked, I don’t know.”Pushing the numbers further, the Lady Warriors scored just 36 points off their own spikes and even committed 31 unforced errors.ADVERTISEMENT Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games View comments MOST READ Austria ‘really worried’ about TNT with addition of Cruz Read Next And in the fourth set alone, Adamson committed 16 errors leaving UE to score just nine points to force the fifth set.“I’m just still trying to take in what happened. I don’t understand how we made those many errors,” said Padda. “It was almost they were playing for the other team like they wanted UE to win, I don’t know.” LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico For one, the Lady Falcons unloaded 59 kills against University of the East and normally, that mark would’ve been more than enough to propel them to the victory, but it was the Lady Warriors who left Filoil Flying V Centre on Sunday with the five-set victory.That’s because on the other end of the spectrum, Adamson gave ways 52 free points to UE due to its errors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd those errors certainly not sit well with head coach Air Padda, who blasted her team after its 25-22, 22-25, 14-25, 25-20, 15-13, loss to an erstwhile winless UE team.“That was embarrassing,” said Padda, whose team dropped to 3-4 at the end of the first round. “For me it’s embarrassing because we don’t train like that. I don’t know who that team was out there.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Adamson University just had one of the most interesting games in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIESlast_img read more