Monthly Archives: April 2017

Pilot Lands in Wrong Spot Near LA

Driving a car while intoxicated is clearly a dangerous activity, but most people would agree that flying a plane while drunk would be even more dangerous. While it is clearly a dangerous act, a recent news story has pointed out that it appears that one man in California did make the choice to fly a plane while intoxicated and potentially put a lot of different people at risk (


Earlier this week in Los Angeles, deputies of the city’s police department responded to a report that a small aircraft had landed on a public street near a warehouse. The airplane was reportedly flown by a man, who was the only passenger on board. While they started to talk to the man, it immediately became clear that the man could have been drunk while he was flying the plane.


Per the report, the man that was flying the plane has a lot of experience but made several mistakes while he was flying. He was reportedly trying to get from Temecula to a small airport in San Diego, which is a 60 mile flight. However, due to some issues with the plane’s GPS system, he got confused and lost along the way. While he was supposed to be heading toward San Diego, he ended up going way too far north, ended up in Los Angeles and was more than 70 miles away from where he was supposed to be.


At this point, it does not appear that the man will be punished too severely. He has received a misdemeanor violation and will likely not receive more of a punishment than a fine and possibly a suspension of his pilot’s license. Since he was the only passenger in the plane and he landed in a relatively empty area, there were no significant injuries reported. Furthermore, the plane that he flew suffered only minor damage when it scraped up against a stop sign near the warehouse. The airplane will likely be recovered by an insurance company that will further assess the damage to the plane before returning it to the owner.



Great Finch Is A Great Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. Gregory Finch is a very well-known orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Finch is an orthopedic surgeon who was originally born in Australia, and he is an individual who is also known all around the world. Dr. Fitch is an active member of the North American Spine Society, and he also graduated from the Auckland Medical School. Dr. Finch is an individual who has been specially trained when it comes to noninvasive orthopedic procedures on ligaments, bones, and muscles. Many patients appreciate noninvasive procedures, because it assures them of a speedy recovery and a lot less pain. That is true, because noninvasive surgeries are carried out with a laser; this requires no large opening of the body. Noninvasive surgeries are also faster, less risky, and a patient has a very small change of getting an infection.

One of the most frequently done orthopedic surgeries is a hip replacement. A hip replacement is a very important procedure, because it can relieve the pain that comes from arthritis or pain the pain that comes from fractions or breaks. Usually an orthopedist will use a prosthetic implants to be a substitution for a hip joint.

Another surgery that is very common when it comes to orthopedic surgery is an ankle fracture. An ankle fracture is commonly performed because of a fall or because of osteoporosis. Ankle fractures can be very painful and they can cause serious damage to nerves and vessels. That is the reason why it is important to get this fracture repaired before become serious.

Orthopedics such as Dr. Greg Finch is an individual who performs many different types of procedures. They repair damage to tendons, muscles, and ligaments. Finch is an individual who has dedicated his life to orthopedic surgery, and that is why he is known throughout all of the world as a fabulous orthopedic surgeon.


New Apple Park to Introduce 12,000 Employees to the Cupertino Area

Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California has colloquially been referred to as “Apple Campus” because of its resemblance to a state university. The Apple Campus features several separate buildings with large areas of grassy parks and walkways in between. A few years ago, Apple announced to the City Council of Cupertino that they would begin breaking ground on a second campus. After years of planning and construction, Apple’s newest building is set to open in a few weeks.


The newest building by the name of “Apple Park” boasts an impressive 2.8 million square feet of space. Because of its circular design, the media has dubbed it the “Apple Spaceship”. Over the years, Apple had purchased swaths of land in order to realize this new park. Despite experiencing minor delays at the beginning of production, Apple’s newest building will be completed in April of 2017. As construction is approaching completion, Apple employees will begin moving into the highly anticipated new building. Apple has announced that the move will happen in increments in order to allow for a more smooth transition. In fact, some employees have already started moving into new buildings surrounding the park. The massive building will hold 12,000 employees. It is expected to take around six months to complete the move.


Like many cities in California, Cupertino experiences heavy traffic throughout the work day. Many residents in the area are concerned that an additional 12,000 workers will make their commutes much more congested. Apple has responded to this concern by setting a goal to have 34% of all employees commute to work in something other than a single-occupancy vehicle. This effort will include the creation of a shuttle exclusively for connecting the new Apple Park. With all employees expected to be moved in by the end of this summer, the citizens of Cupertino will see how the large influx of employees will impact local traffic. On the other hand, local businesses are ecstatic about the new Apple Park. With the introduction of 12,000 new workers to the Cupertino area, local business owners are hoping this will result in greater sales.


Equities First – Regulators & Accounting Standard-setters Complicated Borrowing of Bank Loans

Financial institutions within the shadow banking system aren’t subjected to similar regulations as depository banks permitting them to regret extra debt obligations associated with their capital base or financial cushion. Accounting standard-setters and regulators permitted depository banks like Citigroup to shift large amounts of liabilities and assets off-balance sheet into compound legal entities referred as structured investment vehicles. That led to masking of capital base masking of the company, risk or leverage taken. One news agency approximated that the leading four US banks ought to give back $500 billion and $1 trillion into their balance sheets in 2009. That extended crisis uncertainty concerning the financial position of the key banks. The entities in off-balance sheet were likewise utilized by Enron being part of the scandal that led to the falling of the organization in 2001. In 1997, the Federal Reserve chairman (Alan Greenspan) fought to ensure the derivatives market remained unregulated. By 2008, the total OTC (over-the-counter) derivative notional value went up to $683 trillion with the derivatives being referred as “financial instruments of mass destructions”. Small business investors still finds it hard to secure affordable and easier bank loans with the financial institutions changing their regulations or even tightening their loaning patterns to prevent associated risks. Since the Great Recession incidence, various alternative lenders are witnessed in the market but one company that has hit the headlines is Equities First Holdings ( ) with its special products stock-based loans reaching potential investors in all corners of the globe.

Investment banks leverage ratios greatly increased between 2003 and 2007. Before the crisis, financial firms had faced great leverage that increased their appetite for dangerous investments, hence minimizing their resilience when losses occur. Today, Equities First is a major provider of alternative lending services with the company registering an increasing traction of borrowers across the world.

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West Coast Shrimp Shortage Causes Fishermen to Look Inward for Sales

The shrimp industry is depending on the United States market to pull them through the current slump of price and supply decline. A recent report by expert seafood analyst John Sackton shows trouble on the horizon due to fewer catches and slower sales.


“2017 will be a difficult year for West Coast shrimp,” says Executive Director of West Coast Seafood Processors Association Lori Steele. “There are a number of significant challenges affecting the market and pricing.”


One of the challenges is the amount of shrimp captured in 2016. While fishers caught some of the sea creatures, there were not able to meet their quota for shrimp this year. Such deficit means that inventory from last year will need to be combined so that the impact in the grocery market can be significant.


For the most part, reliance is on the United States’ love of shrimp. About one-third of shrimp caught on the West Coast is exported to other countries. The rest of the supply, around 40 to 60 percent, is purchased by way of retail in the United States.


Fishermen on the West Coast get most of their inventory from the height of Alaska to the depths of California. Such is the reason why the State of Oregon has committed to finding a solution to the shortage of shrimp supply this year. Discussions between fisherman and processors began last month, and it appears that the industry is in en route to survive and possibly thrive this shrimp season.


“We very much appreciate Oregon’s leadership in bringing everyone together to discuss the market challenges we all face,” Steele says. “We’re confident the talks will be productive so consumers can soon have fresh West Coast shrimp on their plates.”


Earnings should be stable if the domestic demand for shrimp remains at about 330 million pounds at around $7 per pound. Industry participants are hopeful that the retail market will make this shrimp season great.


Actor Harrison Ford Not Blamed for February Plane Controversy

Following an investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), actor Harrison Ford will not be fined, reprimanded or be in danger of losing his pilot’s license for an incident this past February 13 at John Wayne Airport in Orange County. In that circumstance, Ford landed his single-engine plane on the wrong runway.


Ford’s lawyer, Steven Hofer, announced the findings on April 3 since the FAA itself doesn’t offer any additional comment on any individual cases.


The FAA found that no one was ever placed at risk during the time he was landing and that had he chosen to land on his original runway, he was actually in danger of encountering wake turbulence. In addition, Ford’s Aviat Husky plane was dwarfed in size by an airbus that was in the process of taking off on a parallel runway.


Ford made the decision to use the taxiway after receiving warnings from the airport, with that adjustment creating the controversy. The most controversial aspect of the landing was when the Aviat Husky was directly above American Airlines Flight 1546 that was bound for Dallas with 116 people on board, including the six crew members.


The incident was so out of the ordinary that Ford was heard on recordings of the incident as asking the air traffic controller if Flight 1546 was supposed to be directly beneath his plane.


Other factors in the decision were the fact that Ford had never before been involved in an FAA inquiry and because of his more than 5,000 hours of flight time for more than two decades. He was the only person inside his plane at the time of the incident and he made no attempt at leaving the scene before airport officials arrived.


The incident was the second-plane related controversy to engulf the actor in the past two years. In March 2015, Ford sustained broken bones after being forced to crash land a PT-22 trainer plane that had just taken off from Santa Monica Airport. In that instance, Ford landed on the Penmar Golf Course, though no one else was injured.



“Super Bloom” of Wildflowers Light Up Small California Town

Hundreds of thousands of people have flocked to a small Californian town 85 miles northwest of San Diego to witness a brilliant display of wildflowers blooming across a desert locale. The tiny town of Borrego Springs has become overrun with tourists thanks to the proximity of the Anza-Borrego State Park, which has bloomed with hundreds of plant species across its 640 thousand acres.


Anza-Borrego doesn’t have the only recent or current occurrence of the so-called “super bloom” that occurs periodically in the desert. The right weather conditions occurred last year in Death Valley to cause a similar bloom and currently, the Antelope Valley north of Los Angeles has its own boldly colored growth spurt.


But Anza-Borrego does have more species of plants and the different bloom times means the flower show could go on into May. Species include the Dune Evening Primrose, Dune Lilies, Dune Sunflowers, and multicolored types of Lupine. The park became ripe for a super bloom after the area received several inches of winter rain, welcomed after years of drought conditions, and then experienced a two-week warm-up period. Human volunteers and prison workers have also worked to strip the park of an invasive plant species that could have thwarted the super bloom before it could begin.


The super bloom has created an animal surge in the park ecosystem as Spinx moth caterpillars chew on the organic material and migrating hawks swoop down to munch on the caterpillars. The influx of humans has caused its own problems for Borrego Springs, which has a population under 4,000.

Tourists, drawn from all over the world thanks to media coverage and super bloom tracking websites, have created five-hour traffic jams and bought local businesses clean of food. Deputies have started to help out with crowd control and the town has restocked to better prepare for the population growth.


Want to see the super bloom in action? The Anza-Borrego State Park website has visiting tips, a driving route to see the best blooms, and even a wildflower hotline number to call to ensure nature will still be blooming when you arrive.



The West Coast Get Down Breakdown

Step aside, New York City– the West Coast is here to establish its thriving jazz scene.


What began decades ago in cultural hot spots like Harlem and New Orleans is now sampling heavy influence from all over. Jazz music, whose prime component favors unique improvisations and has always welcomed new ideas, has forever been a melting pot of imprints. The jazz of now savors rhythms from Philadelphia, sultry chords from Chicago, and a whole lot of flavor from– yes, Los Angeles.


East coast to west coast, the genre is transcendent. LA-hailing saxophonist Kamasi Washington is not only bring jazz to the California scene, but back into the contemporary scene. Besides famously collaborating with the likes of Kendrick Lamar and Snoop Dogg, he released his now triple-lauded album “The Epic” two years ago, which featured a full string section, 20-person choir, and a collective performing under the title, West Coast Get Down.


Just this winter, four of those members released solo jazz albums of their own, each approaching a contemporary take of the genre in their own stylized way:


Thundercat’s Drunk is a celebration of modern afrocentric acoustics and 80s hazy electric, blended with finger-picked six-string bass harmonies. There’s an east coast melancholy to the tone and lyrics, but a west coast flare which features cameos by both Kendrick Lamar and Pharrell Williams.


Older brother to Thundercat, drummer Ronald Bruner Jr.’s Triumph blends a mesmerizing jazz with modern funk and expansive, atmospheric prog-rock. Consider it neo-soul, a traditional old-school jazz feel mixed addictingly with a Princey swagger.


Cameron Graves’ Planetary Prince delivers astronomic energy, a reverberating momentum driven by funk, harmony, and wild eighth notes. Grave’s piano serves as percussion and swerving melody, generating tracks that are as big as they are bright– just bright enough in fact, you won’t fear weird blasting it with the windows down en route to a day at the beach.


Last but not least, is Miles Mosley, whose album Uprising draws upon inspirations from the politically-infused jazz of the 1970s. Nostalgic of Harlem, but ringing with LA visions, Mosley weaves nostalgic yet hopeful orchestrations of strings and horns with his upright bass.



Role of the Kabbalah Center in the Society

About Kabbalah Centre

The Kabbalah Centre International is a registered non-profit organization with over 50 branches globally. They provide courses on the Zohar and Kabbalistic teachings online and through study group at regional and city-based centers. Their approach to Kabbalistic teachings does not require students to have prior knowledge of Hebrew and Jewish teachings. Kabbalah Center International was founded in 1965 by Rav Philip Berg and Rav Yehuda TzviBrandwein as the United States’ National Research Center. Brandwein was named the dean of YeshivahKol Yehuda in Israel, a predecessor of the Kabbalah Centers founded in 1922. Later on, Philip Berg together with his wife, Karen, re-established the Kabbalah Centre in the USA. Following Rav Berg’s death, Karen and Michael became the administrators and spiritual teachers of the Kabbalah Center International.

Teachings of the Kabbalah Center

The teachings of the Kabbalah Centre uses the Zohar to decode the mysteries described in the Torah. Their teachings help one to navigate any form of chaos, pain, and suffering. They also explain the complexities of the material and the nonmaterial universe. Furthermore, Kabbalistic teachings describe physical and spiritual nature of humanity. Besides, the facility offers supportive teachings that promote spiritual growth, exchange of ideas, and development of relationships in the society. Kabbalah’s learning resources can be accessed in all its branches and online sites. You can find them in the form of journals, lectures, and downloads. Some of the online sites that provide these resources are Eventbrite and Amazon and more information click here.

The Kabbalah Centre encourages volunteer work to serve the society while gaining industrial experience. Karen Berg, one of Kabbalah Center’s directors, said that one must contribute towards community initiatives to improve the quality of life. According to Karen Berg, lasting fulfillment comes when one’s soul is fed through unconditional sharing. Sharing forms the cornerstone of the volunteer programs at the Kabbalah Centre. As such, volunteering allows one to be part of the society and advance light in the world. Volunteer opportunities are available locally and internationally through the Kabbalah Center’s website.

Statewide Health Plan In California Possible

California is poised to make a universal health care plan available to residents who live in the state. Lawmakers are in the home stretch of working out the details and hope to be able to finalize a plan as soon as possible. The plan that will be created will give insurance coverage to undocumented residents as well. This is a first in the country, but at least the state is willing to try to come up with a solution that works for everyone instead of the disaster that has been created with Obamacare.


It seems as though everyone will benefit from the plan that is created, even seniors who have Medicare and other federal and state assistance. The one thing that needs to be addressed is how much it will cost. There will likely be a process in getting money from Washington to flow to the funded program as it will be like a trust fund that will provide coverage for everyone. If California can show that this type of health plan can work, then it might be an idea that is adopted by other states. California is one of the largest states in the country, and to give everyone healthcare is a small challenge in itself, but if it’s run the right way and the system works, then it would be something that would help so many people who can’t afford the coverage that is needed for basic services.


The system is easy to understand. Residents wouldn’t buy an individual policy that changes every month. They would simply pay a tax fee that would go into an account for the coverage. If the fees are adjusted the right way, some people might pay less for coverage than they would if they had private insurance, which would also be a benefit for many people who pay based on how much money they make.