Rude awakening

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA MIRADA – The storm is long over, but the Akli family is still grappling with rebuilding the once-comfortable life ripped away from them three months ago by Hurricane Katrina.About three weeks after the storm hit, Stephan Akli, 36, his wife, Soledad Akli, 31, and their two daughters arrived in La Mirada in a truck loaded down with all the belongings they could carry.In some ways, they were among the luckier Katrina survivors.Stephan’s employer, United States Gypsum Co., helped relocate the family to a hotel near the sheet metal company’s Santa Fe Springs office, where Stephan now works as a machine operator.The Red Cross paid for the first month of their stay at the Residence Inn in La Mirada. After that, FEMA stepped in and paid their rent.Recently, however, FEMA announced it would end hotel payments for Katrina evacuees.The Aklis and thousands of other evacuees now have only until Dec. 15 to find an apartment or begin paying their hotel bill on their own.Suddenly, the Aklis got a stark introduction to Los Angeles’ high-rent apartment market.“Now we’re looking for an apartment, but they’re very expensive here,” Stephan said.While he paid about $600 for a three-bedroom apartment in Jefferson Parish, La., a similar unit costs about $1,200 here.“We were middle class there,” he said. While the hotel is comfortable, its transitory nature makes the family feel homeless and isolated, they said.Although they are grateful for the private help they’ve received from the community, they long for a place to call home, the Aklis said.But that is easier said than done.For now, their typical day begins with Soledad dropping off 11-year-old Daniela at St. Paul of the Cross school in La Mirada. Church officials facilitated getting Daniela into the school, and are helping the family in their hunt for an apartment.Then she drops Stephan off at work. Because they only have one car, Soledad serves as chauffeur, shuttling her family to and from schools and work while searching for apartments during the day with their 18-month-old daughter, Stephanie.She has learned a secret in her apartment hunting: She never discloses that she is a Hurricane Katrina evacuee.“I was told not to say that around – that we’re from Hurricane Katrina,” Soledad said, explaining that word on the grapevine has it that landlords are less willing to rent to evacuees.On a recent day, she and Stephan looked for apartments in La Mirada.The first complex they visited had a waiting list. To get on it, they needed to pay $100, they were told, and even then, there was no guarantee anything would be available.The other places they visited either didn’t have apartments large enough or had no managers on hand to show the units.Despite the difficulties in finding a permanent home, the family says they are not even considering going back to Louisiana, where their old apartment was ruined from mold.Also, they lived near a failed levee, so they worry they would have to evacuate with every new storm.“We can’t go back – there’s nothing,” said Stephan. “By next year, every time a hurricane comes, we’re going to have to be evacuated because the levees might break again.”Stephan is used to change. Born in France, he lived in Amsterdam and New York – where he drove a taxi cab in Queens – before moving to New Orleans. There, he met Soledad about five years ago.Soledad moved to New Orleans with her family from Nicaragua when she was 9. They left to escape the Sandanista-led civil war.The devastation she saw after the hurricane reminded her of the war.“It was like a war zone. The only difference is that we didn’t see any dead bodies,” she said.Although their lives have been uprooted, the Aklis are still trying to maintain some sense of normalcy. They have been to Disneyland and visited the beach.“We want to settle down, not to have to move again,” Soledad said. “The hard thing is finding something we can afford. We also have to buy furniture, food and clothes.”To donate, contact the Hurricane Katrina committee at St. Paul of the Cross church, (562) 921-2914. sandy.mazza@sgvn.com(562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026last_img read more

Fundraiser for family of local woman killed in dive boat fire

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCORONADO (KUSI) – Coronado restaurant Nicky Rottens is holding a fundraiser today for the Quitasol family who lost five of their loved ones in the tragic dive boat fire near Santa Cruz island.Nicole Quitasol worked as a bartender at Nicky Rottens before she tragically passed away. Now the restaurant is helping raise money for her family.The event is from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at Nicky Rottens in Coronado. KUSI Newsroom Updated: 6:19 PM KUSI Newsroom, Posted: September 5, 2019center_img Fundraiser for family of local woman killed in dive boat fire September 5, 2019 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News Tags: Nicole Quitasol FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

PrabhasShraddhas Saaho sets new record with Psycho Saiyaan special preview running full

first_imgPrabhas and Shraddha Kapoor’s dashing new look in the first Saaho song The Psycho SaiyaanTwitterThe makers of Saaho starring Prabhas and Shraddha Kapoor held the special preview of Psycho Saiyaan in different cities after fans demanded it. All the preview shows went full house everywhere.Psycho Saiyan is the first song from the upcoming movie, Saaho, which is one of the biggest films of the year. Prabhas and Shraddha Kapoor are seen sizzling to the very catchy tunes of the track in its music video, which was released on YouTube on July 8. The video took the internet by storm the moment it was released. It registered over 15 million on YouTube and other digital platforms in 24 hours.But the fans’ frenzy did not stop there, as it has reached new heights. It was so much so that the Saaho team had to keep an exclusive preview of the song at the specially organized screening at the PVR cinemas in Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore and Kochi before its launch online for the audience. Looking at the fan frenzy, the excitement is real. Prabhas’ dance move SaahoTwitterThe exclusive preview of Psycho Saiyaan saw a full house and the excited fans caught an early glimpse of the song. The song earned so much appreciation just by the first look released by the song teaser that the makers had to keep this special screening across Select PVRs in the southern cities of the country due to the massive fan following that the duo, Prabhas and Shraddha, enjoy.The screening took place in the hours during the unveiling of the song on YouTube. It was pre-booked and the whole event took the idea of fan support and appreciation to the next level as seldom in the history of Indian cinema has a screening of a song from a film been requested by the fans.Saaho is being simultaneously shot in three languages Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu. It is also dubbed and released in Malayalam on the same date. This high octane action thriller features an ensemble cast of Jackie Shroff, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Mandira Bedi, Chunky Panday, Mahesh Manjrekar, Arun Vijay, Murali Sharma, amongst others. Directed by Sujeeth, the movie is set to hit the theatres on August 15.last_img read more

Chinese Video Giant iQIYI Loses 13 Billion in 2018

first_img Popular on Variety Chinese video streaming firm iQIYI lost over $1.3 billion in 2018, as revenues and subscriber numbers ballooned. The deepening losses reflected ever higher spending on original content production.Announcing its first full-year financials since a March IPO that launched it onto the NASDAQ, iQIYI said that it lost $1.3 billion (RMB9.1 billion) last compared with RMB3.7 billion in 2017. It lost $506 million (RMB3.5 billion) in the last three months alone. Revenues climbed by 52% year on year to $3.6 billion (RMB25.0 billion)The company operates a hybrid model of free-to-use, ad-supported content and paid-for subscriptions. At the end of 2018, it had increased its total subscribing members to 87.4 million (98% of whom were paying subscribers) from 50.8 million a year earlier, for a gain of 72%. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img “We are confident in generating growth across the board, led by membership services which has demonstrated continued momentum. We maintain our strategic focus on producing original premium content, and will continue to advance our technology innovation and nurture our ecosystem to fully leverage the tremendous IP value in our content,” said founder and CEO Tim Gong Yu.“Membership business continued to be the main engine driving our growth… 2018 was also a transition year for us, as we devoted more resources towards producing original content which added pressure to our margins,” said Wang Xiaodong, chief financial officer of iQIYI. “We believe our investment in premium content will prove to be very rewarding and help better position the company for long-term growth.”iQIYI’s parent company, China’s online search leader Baidu, also published its annual results on Friday. These showed revenues of $14.9 billion, up 28% from 2017, or 31% excluding the impact of announced divestures. Baidu’s net for 2018 were $4.01 billion (RMB 27.6 billion), increasing 51% from 2017. For the continuing businesses the profit figure was $4.89 billion(RMB 33.6 billion), up 52%.The news announcement was made after the close of Thursday trading on the NASDAQ. Shares of iQIYI were little changed at $22.76 apiece. After hours they drifted down to $22.65. That compared with an IPO price of $18 per share. Baidu shares, also listed on the NASDAQ in ADR form, were up 3% on Thursday ahead of its results announcement, closing at $171.81.last_img read more

Australian broadcaster Network Ten is to become a

first_imgAustralian broadcaster Network Ten is to become a shareholder in the Australian offshoot of former YouView chief technology officer and iPlayer creator Anthony Rose’s Zeebox social TV venture, according to press reports.According to paidContent, Zeebox has struck a deal with Ten to make an investment in a new Zeebox Australia venture, to be led by former News Corp investment arm Netus’s Craig Blair.In the UK, pay TV operator BSkyB became a shareholder in Zeebox with a reported investment of US$15 million (€12 million).last_img read more