Volunteer firefighter concealed a fiery past

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre He was sentenced to 18 years in prison but was paroled in May. Robles did not have to undergo a background check when he was accepted last month as a volunteer with the department in Ranchita, a community of 160 people near Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. He trained twice with the fire department and on Oct. 21 helped battle the Witch Creek fire, which eventually killed two people, burned nearly 200,000 acres and destroyed more than 1,000 homes. Robles spent 30 hours on the front lines. Two weeks later, though, a state fire investigator having dinner at a firehouse recognized Robles. SAN DIEGO – A volunteer firefighter who battled last month’s devastating blazes in San Diego County had a secret: He’s a convicted arsonist. Steven Santos Robles Jr., 30, was sent back to prison on Oct. 29 because he violated parole by failing to tell his parole officer he had taken a position with the Ranchita Volunteer Fire Department. “We have had no other problems with him until this point,” said Jerome Marsh, a spokesman with the state parole department. Robles was convicted a decade ago after admitting he set seven North County wildfires in 1997. Thousands of acres and about a dozen homes burned in fires set by Robles, who had been a volunteer firefighter for the San Pasqual Volunteer Fire Department and the California Conservation Corps. “I never had any reason to question the guy,” Ranchita Fire Chief Gary Loyd said. “The guy was out there saving lives and houses. Unfortunately for him, he wasn’t supposed to be.” Robles is not suspected of setting any of the fires last month, state fire officials said. This is the second embarrassment for the tiny community. A former Ranchita volunteer who helped at the Qualcomm Stadium evacuation center during the fires claimed to be a registered nurse, but it turned out she lied. “All I can do is the best I can do,” Loyd said. “As a volunteer fire chief, I take who I can get to fight fires and protect the community.” Still, Loyd said volunteers will now have to pass background checks.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

Boxing: Manny Pacquiao to speak at the Oxford Union

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementBoxing legend and future Hall of Famer and currently serving as a Senator of the Philippines, Manny Pacquiao will speak at the Oxford Union following an invitation sent out by the union.Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KOs) is most recently coming off a stoppage win over Lucas Matthysse in July in a thrilling fight which took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He is now scheduled to fight Adrien Broner at Las Vegas on January 17 on Showtime PPV.Manny Pacquiao has been a very active politician and in June 2016 was elected as a senator and will serve a six-year term until 2022. He enjoys tremendous support amongst the people in the Philippines and is seen by many as the successor to Rodrigo Duerte as president.Stephen Horvath, President of the Oxford Union, has said that Pacquiao’s presence will continue the “fine tradition” of the hosting high profile speakers from across the world.He added: “As the first and only eight-division world champion and the winner of 11 world titles, your legacy as a world champion professional boxer is unmatched,”“Your strategic brilliance and your remarkable speed make you a truly legendary fighter. We would be delighted to hear more about how you stood above the characteristic trash-talking of big fights to stay focused on winning. You have applied this determination and endurance to your political career as well, overcoming an initial setback in your first election to become a widely-popular and respected Senator.”“At a time where there is such international interest in the politics of the Philippines, our members would be intrigued to hear more about your views on President Duterte and the war on drugs. On top of your success in politics and boxing, it is impressive that you are so involved in basketball as a player, owner and coach. We would be truly honoured to host you and learn from your immensely rich life.”Nick Brown, Secretary of the Oxford Union, who forwarded the initial initiation to Pacquiao, has said that “it would be an honour to host Sen. Pacquiao and hear him discuss his career, both about his epic boxing journey and his career in Filipino politics, something which many of our members are watching closely.”Manny Pacquiao rose from extreme poverty to fighting Floyd Mayweather in a 2015 super fight which is the highest grossing fight in the history of sports.Also Read-Boxing: Manny Pacquiao vs Adrien Broner targeted for Januarylast_img read more

Livingston coach Gary Holt slams Alex McLeish

first_imgLivingston boss Gary Holt has hit back at Scotland coach Alex McLeish for comments saying Kieran Tierney sustained an injury because he played on their artificial pitch.McLeish made a connection on Friday saying that all the Celtic players in his squad who played on Livingston’s artificial pitch last Sunday have all reported for international duty with tightness in their legs.Holt was angered by the claim and told Sky Sports: “It’s been well documented the conversations about plastic pitches, but I was at the game and he [Tierney] played 90 minutes.“I think he played 90 minutes on Thursday [against RB Leipzig]. I think all the other boys that played would have been stiff after the game considering the amount they have played.Alexandre Lacazette, ArsenalArsenal suffer huge blow as Lacazette is ruled out until October Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 Arsenal announced that striker Alexandre Lacazette has suffered an ankle injury and will be sidelined until October.“Let’s be honest, I think people blame Brexit on Livi’s pitch these days. It’s an excuse that is what it is, people looking for excuses as usual.“The boy is tight, he has played in a lot of games. maybe that is the reason for it. You cannot turn around and blame someone’s pitch, that’s just somebody making an excuse.“It obviously just makes it easier for him because he doesn’t have the headache of who he plays, Andy Robertson or Tierney.”last_img read more

You Are What They Click

first_img Enroll Now for Free 3 min read Choosing the right web-design firm or partner for your startup requires you to carefully balance several factors, including price, talent, technical expertise, availability and even personality. Making the right choice is key to establishing a clear vision for your website, fully implementing that vision, and keeping your startup on track and within budget. Provide the designers on your list with your RFP and a couple days to review it. A professional designer will return a written quote along with feedback. Compare quotes and ask the following questions: June 11, 2009 In return, the designers should ask questions about your startup’s purpose, your timeline and budget, and the scope of the project. If they seem more interested in collecting a deposit than understanding your needs, keep shopping. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. . What is your design philosophy? It all starts with knowing what you need. Write an RFP (request for proposal) detailing your website’s purpose, audience, timeline to build, budget, technical requirements, and so on. A crystal-clear vision helps you focus only on the most qualified candidates and sets the direction for your website’s design and development.It’s also important to acknowledge your own role in the site’s development. Are you the producer, copywriter, director, hands-off client, micromanager or something else? Know your strengths and weaknesses, and find a designer who complements those qualities.Some beginners will start their searches at Elance.com or BlogDesign.com, which offer profiles of thousands of web designers, programmers and graphic artists. But that does little to focus your efforts on the right candidate. Here’s how to narrow it down: . Who is your ideal client? Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. What to ask the experts Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now . What are some websites you admire? Why? Collect referrals from colleagues, vendors and advisors.Find a website in line with your vision, contact the owner, and request the designer’s name and contact information.Once you have a list of promising candidates, ask each for references and the addresses of websites they’ve designed. Also, do some detective work to find sites they failed to mention. Once you get their references on the phone, here’s what you’ll want to ask:What was your experience with the firm/designer?Did they meet deadlines?How effectively did the designer communicate with you?Did the firm honor your budget agreement?How did they respond to requests for changes?What is your overall level of satisfaction?When you’re ready to set your budget and evaluate quotes, refer to Graphic Artists Guild Handbook: Pricing & Ethical Guidelines ($23.10 on Amazon.com), which is what many designers use as a starting point when pricing bids like yours.last_img read more

What Its Actually Like to Work at a Crypto Startup

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read Register Now » October 29, 2018 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Working in the cryptocurrency industry in 2018 is like being the most interesting person at a party: Everyone is curious about you, everyone wants to learn more about what you do and everyone has questions.Related: 5 Essential Podcasts for Entrepreneurs Serious About CryptocurrencyIt’s one of those things that gets people talking.There’s good reason for this. To many outside of the industry, there’s something enigmatic about crypto companies. Are cryptocurrency workers anarchists? Are they tech-obsessed bros who spend all their time in their basements? Or are they just an elaborate front that’s really dedicated to funneling money to terrorists and drug dealers?I get the confusion, because I was on the outside looking in just six months ago with my own assumptions about the industry. With 13 years spent in “big corporate,” including a nine-year stretch in advertising and four years in financial services, I’ve had the privilege of building great products and working with very smart people. The advent of crypto assets and its supporting blockchain technology was rooted in an earnest and altruistic intent to solve big problems.Crypto is an industry on the move.I was intrigued and sought out an opportunity to get involved.This industry is growing like crazy. According to the CEO of one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges in the world, the market overall is on track to exceed $1 trillion in value this year, despite recent losses, and that trend is expected to accelerate going forward. A full 30 percent of LinkedIn’s list of the top 50 startups of 2018 are in the crypto space, and venture capital investment in blockchain and crypto companies is up 280 percent so far in 2018 versus last year.Stereotypes or not, clearly something is happening here.Related: Why You Can’t Afford to Ignore Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain AnymoreThe truth is, a lot of my assumptions about life in the cryptocurrency industry were dead wrong. So, forget what you’ve heard. I’m now immersed in the world of crypto and loving every minute of it.Here’s what the industry is really like:It’s full of bright minds.Startups attract risk takers and overachievers, people who want to do something impactful. Crypto startups, in particular, are attracting some of the top tech and finance talent in the world because the industry provides some of the best opportunities for innovation in their respective fields. On any given day in our office, there’s a PhD mathematician contemplating trade algorithms, or an advanced blockchain book club being held about elliptic curve cryptography, and it’s standing room only. Everyone’s game is elevated, and it’s fun as hell.It wants legitimacy.Coming from traditional finance, I was very impressed to see the amount of due diligence happening to bring integrity to this industry. This isn’t the Wild West as it is often depicted; crypto is growing into its place in the mainstream and no one involved in this industry wants there to be questions about its legitimacy or its underlying technology.Related: 6 Cryptocurrencies You Should Know About (and None of Them Are Bitcoin)It’s bringing opposites together.Crypto attracts both technical engineers in all of their hoodie-wearing glory and financiers who rock the Midtown Uniform. Sometimes, the subcultures of technology and finance can feel more like a stark divide. It’s a challenge to overcome but also a great opportunity to find synergy in the convergence of advanced technology and financial services. Both sides are benefiting.It cares about laws.Crypto got a bad rap early on because some bad dudes did some bad stuff and it got a reputation as a lawless platform. Times have changed. Now, everyone who is truly interested in its sustainability is working tirelessly to advance the good that’s happening here. Bitcoin continues to make inroads as a viable currency, exchange activity is stabilizing around a few well-respected projects and the market is growing. We’re not all drug dealers, after all.There’s a cult of personality.Early adopters of crypto and blockchains are true believers. They’re motivated by higher purpose than just the financial gain that drives so many crypto speculators. The word “scam” is the dirtiest of four-letter words. There is a strong desire to establish an ubiquitous understanding of the possibilities of widespread crypto use and blockchain-based transactions. It’s an energy and enthusiasm that is unlike any I’ve ever experienced in my career.Related: Still Considering Investing in Cryptocurrency? Here’s What You Need to Know.Despite these surprises, this has to be said: Yes, this industry is young and male. The lack of diversity and examples of blatant and implicit biases in crypto are well documented. Although it’s difficult to measure, it’s estimated that men hold approximately 85 percent or more of cryptocurrency wealth. Most products and marketing in this industry are geared toward men. As a result, crypto has perpetuated the wealth gap between men and women.Diversity has a place at the table.But, women and people of color are not unrepresented in this space and more are continuing to enter the industry. Crypto startups, given their progressive and innovative nature, have a unique opportunity to change the story line and deliver on its founding principle of democratized access to wealth.I’m seeing it in my company, starting with a belief that diverse talent is valuable and can readily be found. The industry still has long way to go, but change is happening.The energy in this industry is infectious. I would imagine it’s akin to the early days of the internet — the excitement of doing something uncharted but knowing that you’re moving in the right direction. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more