Govt can advocate against remittance tax – Jagdeo

first_img…calls for Granger to make more use of Caricom chairmanshipWhile Government has acknowledged that the United States tax on remittances to the Caribbean will have an effect on Guyanese, it has adopted a wait-and-see approach to the issue.But the fact that Guyana’s President, David Granger, is Chair of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) puts him in a position to do more advocacy for the Region’s benefit. This is according to former President Bharrat Jagdeo.“I’m arguing for a more proactive approach,” Jagdeo said, when asked to comment on the Government’s wait-and-see stance. “The President is now the Chairman of Caricom. He has an additional responsibility outside of the national one. He should say, here are four or five issues: the trade issues, the financial sector issues, climate issues, remittances, immigrants, that we would like to engage the US on and try to move Caricom to request such an engagement,” he posited.According to the former President, President Granger now has an opportunity to do such advocacy. Jagdeo, a Moscow-trained economist, recalled that during the time he chaired Caricom, in 2009, regional initiatives were promoted.He expressed fear that by the time Granger’s six months as Chairman would have elapsed, there would have been little change or advancement. Granger assumed the chairmanship of Caricom in January 2017, for a six-month term.With the newly-proposed tax measures on remittances from the US to foreign countries, including Guyana, economists have predicted that remittances would dry up.During a recent post-Cabinet press briefing, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon said there was little the Government could do at this time. The Minister acknowledged that the measure would, however, have an effect on the country.“As the saying goes when certain people sneeze, everyone else catches a cold. When the Americans make their laws, we have to deal with the consequences of it. What I can say is that it means it will cost you more to send money from the United States to Guyana,” Harmon had said.“As you know, remittances have been a major plank in the sustenance of many families in this country. And I think it is going to have an impact on them,” Harmon said. “But we will have to look and see what happens. It may be that instead of getting a hundred dollars, you get ninety.” But the Minister went on to stress that “there is nothing really we as a State can do about the way another country makes its laws. All we can say is encourage those who send money to their families here to increase the amount”.It is expected that the US Congress may make an amendment to the US Electronic Fund Transfer Act to impose a fee for remittance transfers to certain foreign countries, including Guyana.The Bill, which is titled Border Wall Funding Act of 2017 (HR 1813), has already been introduced in the US House of Representatives by Congressman Mike Rogers, of Alabama’s 3rd Congressional District.In introducing the Bill on March 30, 2017, Rogers claimed that remittances were normally used by illegal immigrants to move money from the US to their home countries.In order to put a restriction on this, Rogers said, the Bill will seek to allow for a two per cent fee charged on individuals sending money to recipients in 42 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.Remittances are a major part of Guyana’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), at one point accounting for 25 per cent. In recent years, however, there has been a drop.last_img read more


first_imgDaniel O’Donnell has revealed how he was terrified his mother was going to have an argument with Prince Charles when he went to receive his MBE.The Kincasslagh singer, 49, revealed how he and his family travelled to the London Embassy in Dublin to receive his MBE.However Daniel says that because his mum Julia was a huge fan of the late Princess Diana, he was afraid she was going to speak out of turn. “I was terrified she would say something because she was a huge fan of Princess Diana.“At the time Prince Charles was not officially seeing Camilla but it had been rumoured.“I was afraid mum was going to say something to Charles about Diana. Ii the end all she said was that she wrote to his two children when their mother died and nothing else..“He said he appreciated it very much,” revealed Daniel. Daniel opened his heart to RTE host Gay Byrne on last night’s TV show ‘For One Night Only.’Daniel spoke about a range of topics including his love for wife Majella, how he worships Cliff Richard and even how he encountered an inner peace while visiting Medjugorje.He also sang many of his hit songs including I Wanna Dance With You.EndsDANIEL – I THOUGHT MUM WAS GOING TO HAVE A ROW WITH PRINCE CHARLES was last modified: August 6th, 2011 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)last_img read more

Amgen swings for the fences

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Steven Harr, who follows the company for the brokerage Morgan Stanley’s New York office, took a balanced view in his analysis, noting that the disappointment with the fourth quarter overshadowed promising news about research potential. “We expect net income growth to slow over the next two to three years (roughly 10 percent annually on average),” he wrote in a note to clients. “Amgen has one of the best pipelines in the biopharmaceutical industry, but there are few updates on any compounds until 2007.” For all of 2005, Amgen earned $3.67 billion, $2.93 per share, on sales of $12.43 billion. That’s up sharply from 2004, when the company saw net income of $2.36 billion, $1.81 per share, with sales of $10.55 billion. In the coming year, Amgen projects total revenue in the range of $13.9 billion to $14.4 billion, with earnings per share between $3.55 and $3.70. Sharer acknowledged the company has bet heavily on its drug pipeline, which he called “a swing-for-the-fences strategy.” Though pushing so much money into development, along with a $1 billion investment in new facilities announced earlier this week, cuts into earnings, he pledged that investors’ long-term faith would be rewarded. THOUSAND OAKS – Biotech behemoth Amgen Inc. reported strong sales and earnings increases to close its fiscal year on Thursday, but missed Wall Street expectations and suffered a minor stock slump. The world’s largest biotechnology company reported that it closed out 2005 with fourth-quarter earnings of $824 million, or 66 cents per share, on sales of $3.27 billion, up from a net income of $689 million, or 53 cents per share, with $2.9 billion in sales. It vowed to plow nearly $1 billion of that money back into research and development in the coming year, up to a 40 percent increase from 2005. “We’re asking you to support us in spending a lot of your money on the future,” Kevin Sharer, chairman and chief executive officer, told investors via a Webcast before the market opened. “Our company’s in a good position right now. We’re optimistic about the future.” But the investment community, not sharing his enthusiasm, chose to focus on a softer-than-anticipated fourth-quarter earnings report and Sharer’s comments about increased competition. Analysts polled by Thomson/First Call expected earnings of 76 cents per share on sales of $3.3 billion. Excluding charges related to Immunex and Tularik acquisitions, the company would have recorded 75 cents in earnings per share, but even that miss of one penny was enough to send the stock down $3.57, nearly 5 percent, to close at $71.90. “It will test Amgen to our limits to be able to conduct all of the clinical trials, continue to integrate acquisitions and bring innovative new molecules into the clinic,” he said. “We are absolutely up to that task, but we don’t delude ourselves as to the nature of that challenge.” Separately, the company also announced a deal with its rival Genentech on Tuesday. Under the agreement, terms of which were not disclosed, the San Francisco-based company will allow Amgen to use its patented antibodies related to producing immunoglobins. Brent Hopkins, (818) 713-3738 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

Struggling for autonomy

first_img CONTACT INFO If you are interesting in contacting the Parkman Middle School teachers for more information on their effort, you can e-mail them at Duffy said his plan is still being developed but would give teachers a “waiver” from their contract that would grant them more control over their budgets, scheduling, hiring and professional development – decisions now made by district bureaucrats. Teachers’ salaries, benefits and working conditions would remain the same as at other schools, unlike charters, which are allowed to directly work out their own terms of employment. Duffy hopes to have provisions of the plan finalized by June. After that, UTLA and the district would have to agree to each individual waiver request. He denies charters offer a better education than traditional public schools and wants a cap on the number of charters in the district. The union has been stung by the breakaway movement that allows teachers the option of not belonging to UTLA. The charter association says two out of three charter teachers are not union members. Romer could not be reached for comment on the plan. Villaraigosa, who has made school reform one of his top priorities, had not seen the UTLA proposal, said a spokesman, who reiterated the mayor’s commitment to the creation of more charter schools. Charters are publicly funded campuses that operate independently of school districts and most state regulations. Unlike traditional public schools, they exercise full control over their resources and elect their own school boards to set policies and budgets. If they do not meet their achievement goals, the schools can be shut down. Parkman began developing a charter plan nine months ago when teachers became discouraged by declining funding and the loss of teachers, students and programs. “The main reason we did this was to get the competitive edge back to our school because declining enrollment has hurt us particularly hard as a small school,” said teacher Bruce Newborn. “The district said, `Sorry, you’re losing students and there’s nothing we can do,’ and we finally had enough. “The straw that broke the camel’s back was losing the music program, and some of us got together to look at some of the alternatives, how are we going to fix things, because the district doesn’t seem interested in fixing it.” Newborn launched an effort to create the 1,250-student Woodland Hills Charter Academy, garnering support from 85 percent of Parkman’s teachers and signatures from hundreds of parents. District staff rejected Parkman’s petition, saying it lacked sufficient documentation. The petition won the support of the Charter Schools Association, which will back the teachers when they meet with the school board on April 25. Gregory McNair, who heads the district’s charter schools division, said Parkman’s plan to create mini-academies was not “reasonably comprehensive,” its proposed governance structure was too vague, and its budget overestimated its funding by $1 million. The office, which has never before recommended the board reject a charter conversion request, will recommend the board turn down Parkman’s bid. “You should have a good idea of what you’re going to teach your students, how you’re going to run the school, the governance structure,” he said. “And you have to have a budget that reflects the amount of money you’re going to get from the state – not the amount you hope to get.” Young said she hears the same types of complaints made by Parkman voiced by teachers at other schools, who call her association seeking advice on becoming a charter. “It’s gaining momentum because the district is clamping down and forcing schools to become more standardized. They should be focusing on student achievement, not making everyone do lock-step drills,” said Young, whose association has been working with Parkman to help it through the petition process. “L.A. Unified is loaded with creative, innovative, smart leaders, and if the central office was smart, they would be taking advantage of that creativity instead of stifling it.” Naush Boghossian, (818) 713-3722 WOODLAND HILLS – After skirmishing for years with the burgeoning charter movement, Los Angeles Unified has mounted an intense drive to block a breakaway effort at Parkman Middle School by partnering with the teachers’ union to loosen bureaucratic control. The campaign comes at a time when Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is fighting to gain control of the school board despite opposition from Superintendent Roy Romer and the union. Under a “waiver” plan being negotiated by LAUSD and United Teachers Los Angeles, Parkman staff would get more authority over budget and curriculum decisions – the kind of autonomy that makes charter schools so attractive – while remaining part of the union’s bargaining unit. UTLA officials say that if the union can create a successful waiver program at Parkman – where 85 percent of the faculty have petitioned for charter status – they hope to implement similar strategies throughout the district as a way of bringing charter schools back into the system and head off other breakaway drives. “We don’t want them to go charter, but we want them to have the kind of flexibility that they’re asking for,” said A.J. Duffy, president of the powerful teachers’ union. “We’re hoping Parkman will be the first school that we can convert to a waiver school. It’s our answer ultimately to charters.” Caprice Young, a former LAUSD school board president ousted by a union candidate and who now heads the California Charter Schools Association, questioned whether Duffy was seeking reform of the district or merely trying to head off the burgeoning charter movement. “That’s bizarrely irrational,” Young said. “They should just embrace charters as part of the reform that the school district supports. This is evidence that the charter movement is working, because he’s being forced to compete.” Current board President Marlene Canter said the pilot program being worked out by the district and union is just one of the creative options available to public schools. “I think they’re feeling a little threatened by the fact that as more innovations occur within the district, the district will be able to offer more choice to the schools,” Canter said. “Charters will then be utilized for innovations and research and development.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Christian Pulisic and other Americans to have played in the Premier League

first_img 4 GETTY Landon DonovanWinger Donovan spent two loan periods with Everton in the Premier League, in 2010 and 2012, managing seven assists and scoring two goals, the Merseyside club tried to sign the winger but his parent club, LA Galaxy refused.Brad GuzanGuzan was another American goalkeeper to make his name in the English top-flight, and spent eight seasons at Aston Villa, between 2008 and 2016, making 144 appearances, for much of his time at Villa, Guzan was used as a reserve to fellow countryman Friedel.Brian McBrideThe striker had already had loan spells at Preston and Everton when he arrived at Fulham in 2004 where he quickly became a fans favourite, making 140 appearances and scoring 33 goals and being named captain in 2007. Christian Pulisic will join Chelsea in the summer Pulisic joins three others from his homeland currently playing in the Premier League, DeAndre Yedlin at Newcastle, Tim Ream at Fulham and Danny Williams at Huddersfield.Here, takes a look at a selection of other notable USA footballers who have played in England’s top flight.John HarkesHarkes arrived as a midfielder pre-Premier League for Sheffield Wednesday in 1990 and went on to represent West Ham and Derby as well as the Owls, scoring five goals in the top flight. 4 Fulham fans loved Brian McBride 4center_img Tim Howard spent most of his career in the Premier League Brad FriedelGoalkeeper Friedel played for four different Premier League sides between 1997 and 2015, and holds the league record for most consecutive appearances with 310, Friedel also scored a goal from open play for Blackburn in the 2003-04 season.Clint DempseyThe US’s top goalscorer played in the Premier League between 2007 and 2013 for Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur, scoring 57 times in total and became the youngest American to appear in a major European final in 2010 for Fulham in the Europa League.Tim HowardOne of the most successful players from the States, Howard won an FA Community Shield, FA Cup and League Cup title during a five-year spell with Manchester United before moving to Everton in 2006, where he played for a further 10 years, scoring once. Kasey KellerKeller joins Guzan, Friedel and Howard on this list as another goalkeeper from the US to feature in the Premier League, for Tottenham between 2001 and 2005 and also for Fulham in the 2007-08 season, playing a total of 98 times in the league. Chelsea have signed 20-year-old American Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund for a reported £57.7million.The winger becomes the latest in a string of notable Americans to feature in England’s top flight. John Harkes during his time at West Ham 4last_img read more

Football Beyond Borders: The football charity attracting Premier League stars

first_img Football Beyond Borders are doing some tremendous work with young people Actions speak louder than words. Powerful message from @sterling7 to our young people: “just do what you believe in. If someone tells you you’re not good enough, that’s their opinion.” 🙌❤️— FBB (@FBeyondBorders) March 23, 2019Following his England hat-trick against Czech Republic, Raheem Sterling took the time to meet FBB participants at Wembley.Yaya Toure, Yannick Bolasie, Santi Cazorla and Gary Neville have all been interviewed by children through Football Beyond Borders.The charity’s effect is startling to say the least.FBB claims kids taking part are involved in 31% fewer incidents of bad behaviour and achieve a 48% improvement in teacher-assessed attitude to learning. 5 5 talkSPORT met Chris Smalling at FBB’s North West launch It began in 2009 in London but after launching a scheme in the North West it is now reaching 600 children.The story is familiar – a kid who loves football but struggles in the classroom.That is where FBB comes in with a football-based education programme.Speaking to talkSPORT at a special event in Manchester, the England defender said: “I came from a disadvantaged background and when people class you as ‘disadvantaged’ your dreams are so far away you can’t really realise them.” Twenty miles away youngsters at Accrington Academy are in that position and many have never travelled outside their home town.Every week Football Beyond Borders runs a two-hour session for them: one hour in the classroom and one in the sports hall.Lucy is in Year 8 and she said it’s changing her school life: “I kept getting angry in class and FBB have taught me how to calm myself down. It’s a lot easier to learn now,” she admitted. The first schools were introduced in the Brixton area of London, but Co-Founder Jasper Kain says he wants to reach every disadvantaged area in the country.“There are thousands of young people who have a love for the game but are under-achieving in our education system,” Kain said.Smalling added: “School can be tough, but merging it with football is the perfect way to get children to learn.” A group of children participate in a coaching session 5 5 Clifford Harrop has moved from London to join Football Beyond Borders’ North West programme Raheem Sterling met them after scoring his England hat-trick and Chris Smalling has just become a patron.Meet Football Beyond Borders: a fast-growing charity making a massive difference. The Manchester United defender is a patron for Football Beyond Borders A high ability to play football isn’t required to join in and games include boys and girls from different year groups.FBB worker Clifford Harrop said: “The main thing is to create relationships and let them know someone cares about them, and then begin to fill them with self-worth.”The charity was born after a trip to the Middle-East where football was being used to bring people together. FBB mix up the rules to teach valuable life-skills. Allowing only one child per team to speak develops their leadership qualities and trains others in different communication methods.Oliver, 13, said: “You come from not being anything to being something good and it makes you feel proud about yourself and everyone else.”Meeting Premier League stars is another way the children get inspired. 5last_img read more

Wayne Rooney’s stunning strike will give Man United fans serious nostalgia

first_imgPractise. Practise. Practise 🎯Stand on that back post all day @ChrisDurkin0 🤣— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) May 3, 2019For Manchester United fans, the strike will invoke a certain amount of nostalgia.Back in 2017 on a cold and wet afternoon in Stoke, Rooney clambered off the bench to rescue a point for his side with an equally vicious free kick.From almost an identical location, the substitute had moved past Sir Bobby Charlton’s record for the Red Devils as it was his 250th strike. 3 Wayne Rooney may now be plying his trade in MLS, but the former England captain has lost none of his magic touch.The DC United striker rolled back the years on Friday by scoring a sensational free kick during training. 3 Rooney prepares to strike the ball during DC United training 3center_img The former England captain scored a near identical goal more than two years later With the ball placed on the left hand side of the box, Rooney whipped a delicious curling shot into the far top corner to leave the keeper stranded. Rooney scored his 250th Manchester United goal in January 2017 As it stands, DC are second in the Eastern Conference on goal difference, but level on points with both Montreal Impact and Philadelphia.Their next game sees them welcome Columbus Crew to Audi Field on Sunday.last_img read more

Telkom wires Africa via satellite

first_img16 January 2004Following the introduction of TelkomInternet via satellite, Telkom is taking its SpaceStream Express product into Africa, offering businesses and other users on the continent fast, reliable access to the Internet.“We have started trials in several African countries and expect to introduce a full commercial service early in the New Year”, Telkom spokesperson Nombulelo Moholi said in December.Pilot projects are under way with Intelsat and Advance Telecoms, who have experience in markets outside South Africa and will be working with resellers in many countries. Depending on the local regulatory environment in the different countries, resellers could be the incumbent telecommunications operator, or newly licensed entities.“Telkom SpaceStream Express is an extremely versatile product offering access to the Internet via TelkomInternet which is hosted in South Africa or any other ISP who wishes to come on board”, Moholi said. Packages are available to offer download speeds from 64 to 512 kbps.With two-way asymmetrical connection, TelkomInternet by satellite requires a single satellite dish antenna for receiving and sending information – no telephone connection is needed.The service will be hosted on a Skyblaster 360E satellite hub station from Gilat Satellite Networks and enter the Telkom network to connect to the world wide web at Telkom’s earth station at Hartebeeshoek near Pretoria.Telkom introduced two SpaceStream products, SpaceStream Express and SpaceStream Office, into South Africa in October last year. “Both products have been well received and roll-out is in full swing,” Moholi said.SpaceStream Express offers download speeds in four packages from 64 to 512 kbps, while SpaceStream Office provides Internet access at a download speed of 64 kbps plus up to four telephone connections. Both products provide always-available access to the Internet and e-mail services with no call charges.Moholi said the service was intended for periodic use of e-mail, newsgroups, file transfers, Internet chat, instant messaging and Web-browsing.“It is not suited for extensive Virtual Private Network (VPN) usage, video and voice over IP, remote access, gaming, hosting web or ftp servers or applications with heavy upload traffic. It is also not designed for high-volume sending (such as excessive e-mail attachments or other applications such as hosting Web servers and running peer-to-peer applications),” she explained.Users are allocated bandwidth on a sub-segment known as a “transponder”, and have to share the satellite capacity. This means that they will have to contend for their “fair share” during busy times, hence each access package is associated with a cap on data sent and received. Additional bandwidth can be purchased should the cap be reached.“This is intended to keep the costs down, but at the same time maintain a good browsing experience for all customers and, very importantly, prevent abuse of the system”, Moholi said.As with all Internet services, in addition to the access products, users need to buy a service from an Internet service provider.TelkomInternet offers Vsatpro with a free web mail service that allows you to retrieve your e-mail from anywhere in the world, and free anti-spam and anti-virus scanning. TelkomInternet provides a full ISP service for additional requirements such as DNS hosting, web page hosting and security services.For more information, call 10217 in South Africa or visit TelkomInternetSource: TelkomInternet Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

South Africa gears for digital TV switch

first_img4 October 2012 Communications Minister Dina Pule launched the demonstration of South Africa’s digital terrestrial televison (DTT) technology in the Northern Cape on Wednesday, ahead of the December launch of the country’s migration from analogue to digital TV broadcasting. South Africa’s commercial DTT launch will take place in December, marking the beginning of a year-long “dual illumination” period, during which both analogue and digital TV signals will be available. After the December 2013 deadline, South Africans who still have analogue TVs will need special set-top boxes – converters of digital to analogue signals – in order to receive images on their TVs.Set-top box subsidies for the poorest The government will provide a 70% subsidy towards the cost of the set-top boxes to the 5-million poorest TV-owning households. Those who fell above a certain income band will be expected to buy their set-top boxes at full cost. The set-top boxes will be distributed through the country’s post offices, and through mobile post offices in under-served areas. While the deadline for South Africa’s analogue switch-off had originally been planned for November 2011, the new deadline is well in line with the push by UN agency the International Telecommunication Union to have analogue signals worldwide switched off by 2015. “In keeping with our mandate, we will ensure universal service and access by providing broadcasting services through the digital migration process that promises to enhance diversity and access, especially for the previously marginalised,” Pule said at Wednesday’s launch of a countrywide awareness campaign. “All South Africans will benefit from and be able to afford to move from analogue to digital television in line with world standards,” Pule told her audience in Motswedimosa outside Kimberley.Up to 24 000 new jobs Apart from providing better picture quality, enhanced clarity, and more channels and content, up to 24 000 new jobs would be created through the migration process, Pule said. “Digital migration creates an opportunity for South Africa to build a globally competitive export sector that will create jobs and grow the economy. The manufacture of set-top-boxes has the ability to unlock the potential of the electronic hardware manufacturing sector and stimulate job creation.” Pule said an envisaged 800 jobs would be created in the manufacturing industry, while 20 000 young South Africans would be trained in the installation and maintenance of set-top boxes (STBs), ultimately creating up to 6 000 jobs. Four thousand call centre operators would be employed to deal with queries relating to the STBs, while the South African Post Office would have to employ an additional 500 staff to help with STB distribution. “The launch of digital television will also free up space for the introduction of more television channels, and the content industry has the ability to create more than 10 000 jobs,” Pule added. The Department of Communications expected to award contracts to STB manufacturers by the middle of October, with the first deliveries of STBs due to take place from the end of November, Pule said.Broadcasters ‘ready to roll’ South Africa will adopt the DVB-T2 digital television standard, which has the capacity to give viewers access to 14 channels using the same amount of spectrum. DVB-T2 (Digital Video Broadcasting-Terrestrial Second Generation) has a higher bit-rate than its predecessor, DVB-T, making it a more suitable for carrying high definition (HD) signals on a terrestrial television channel. DVB standards are maintained by the DVB Project, an international industry consortium with around 250 members. Pule said that state signal distributor Sentech had currently achieved digital terrestrial televison (DTT) network coverage of 61% of the population, and was on track to reach 80% coverage by March 2013 and 88% coverage by December 2013. The remaining 12% of households will be covered by satellite technology. At the same time, Pule said, South Africa’s broadcasters were “ready to roll”. “The SABC is fully prepared to transmit SABC 1, 2 and 3 on the DTT network. It will also have a 24-hour news channel available for the DTT launch. Both SABC and e-TV are collaborating on a free-to-air partnership. e-TV and M-Net are ready to launch on the DTT platform and are awaiting approvals on Icasa regulations and tariff structures.” SAinfo reporter and read more

Naked Man Fatally Shot by Security Guard During Alleged Knife Attack at Fast Food…

first_imgA security guard shot and killed a man following an alleged knife attack on an elderly man at a Palmdale McDonald’s on Sunday afternoon, witnesses said.The violence took place at the restaurant, according to FOX40 sister station KTLA. Juan Paiz, who owns the involved security company, Paiz Patrol, said he was still gathering information.The attacker had crashed a car into a nearby Carl’s Jr. restaurant prior to heading to the McDonald’s and stripping off his clothes, according to officials and witnesses. “(He) apparently started stabbing several patrons,” Paiz said. “At that point, security approached him. He tried to stab a security officer and the security officer defended himself by firing his service weapon.”- Sponsor – The attacker stabbed an 88-year-old man who was eating with his grandson, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials said. The victim was in stable condition… Fox40 News Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more