Authorities unsure robbers favor Asians

first_img“Any time people come together to do retail, you’re going to have those people that lurk in the shadows,” he said. “Most of the businesses in these parking lots target the Asian community, and most victims associated are Asian. Are they targeted (by criminals)? I’m not sure.” But both Peng and Christine Kuan, whose mother was robbed outside a Rowland Heights store in July, said they’ve heard multiple stories of robberies in the parking lots of grocery stores catering to the Asian community. “It’s happened so many times,” she said. “People get hurt and lose money. My mom lost $600.” Peng said she was loading groceries into her trunk at about 3 p.m. outside a Hacienda Heights store when a man she described as Latino, weighing about 200 pounds with a shaved head, grabbed her purse and dragged her. He only let go when he saw her husband, she added. She was not hurt and managed to keep her purse. Kuan was not so lucky. The 59-year-old Hacienda Heights woman said she was shopping with her 85-year-old mother at the Rowland Heights 99 Ranch store when a woman approached her and asked to borrow $10. Before Kuan could respond, she said, the woman snatched her mother’s purse. Kuan chased her to an apparent getaway car, but fell and dislocated her arm when the woman pushed her to the ground and drove away. Jennifer Tsao, spokeswoman for 99 Ranch Market, said the stores can only hire security guards inside. Parking lot security is the responsibility of the property owner, Pacific Castle, she said. “All the (outside) security should be hired by them,” she said. “They are the landlord. We told them we’d like to have a safer area as a tenant.” Representatives from Pacific Castle did not return phone calls seeking comment. David Wong, assistant property manager for Golden Pacific, which owns the shopping center where the Rowland Heights store is located, said two security guards are on-site. “We have beefed it up,” he said. “They are quite visible.” Both women, who said they were surprised by the brazen, daylight attacks, reported the crimes to authorities, but said that usually doesn’t happen. “Chinese people are always like this,” Kuan said. “They don’t like to (talk about it), but I have to, because I was hurt.” Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Sanford, who patrols Hacienda Heights, stressed the importance of reporting crimes. “If people are getting assaulted and not reporting it, it’s kind of hard for us to follow up,” he said. “It’s really important for people to call and report.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2236 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HACIENDA HEIGHTS – After Tammy Peng was attacked by a would-be robber on Monday in the parking lot of 99 Ranch Market on Azusa Avenue and Colima Road, she found out that she wasn’t the only victim. Reports of parking lot robberies have been hitting the pages of Chinese-language newspapers with frequency and victims said they know such attacks are not rare by any means. “Chinese ladies, especially older immigrants, are notorious about carrying cash,” Peng said. “Sizewise, we’re easier to manage.” But authorities said they don’t believe there has been a higher rate of robberies in 99 Ranch Market parking lots or other grocery stores catering to the Asian community. Sheriff’s Sgt. Dan Jackson said there are just as many crimes reported in the Puente Hills Mall parking lot across the street from the Hacienda Heights 99 Ranch Market. last_img read more

Upgrade to Ballyshannon Community Hospital takes step closer

first_imgThe HSE has announced the next phase in the development of the Sheil Hospital to provide an 80 bed Community Hospital within the Health Campus in Ballyshannon.A notice will be published this week on the Governments Procurement Portal and in the official Journal of European Community seeking Expressions of Interest from suitably qualified Contractors who are interested in tendering for this significant prestigious project.Applications will be sought from Main Contractors, Mechanical Contractors and Electrical Contractors who will be shortlisted to establish an approved tender list by the end of the summer. It is envisaged that a suitable Contracting team will be procured by the end of this year and building works will commence in early 2019. The HSE will also be seeking submissions from Building Providers for the provision of temporary accommodation to facilitate the existing residents/patients during the construction phase.This temporary residential accommodation will be provided on the grounds of the Rock Nursing Unit in Ballyshannon.The 80 bed unit will accommodate both residents/patients of the Sheil Hospital and Rock Nursing Unit. It will consist of 66 single bedrooms and 7 twin bedrooms in a combination of long stay, short stay and dementia wards.The project also includes the upgrade of the existing Sheil building to accommodate a Day hospital amongst other ancillary services. It is envisaged that construction will start in early 2019 and the new unit will be complete and ready for occupation in late 2020. The estimated cost of this project is in the region of €19million.Donna Reid, Director of Nursing at Sheil Hospital and Rock Nursing Unit Ballyshannon welcomed this development stating “I am delighted that this project is commencing to the next phase and we will continue to engage with residents, their family members and staff as the project progresses”.Upgrade to Ballyshannon Community Hospital takes step closer was last modified: July 5th, 2018 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

New eye drop may be potentially effective in treating seasonal eye allergies

first_img Source: May 4 2018A recent study shows that a new eye drop may be a potentially effective treatment for seasonal eye allergies, a condition affecting millions of people worldwide. The findings will be presented at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) in Honolulu, Hawaii, Sunday, April 29 – Thursday, May 3.In a set of studies, the scientists assessed whether or not a non-antihistamine drug that targets a specific gene linked to eye infections could be a potential option to treat patients suffering from seasonal allergies. The team evaluated different biological fluids before administering the compound in eye drop form to a mouse model with eye allergies.Results showed that this treatment for pollen-induced eye allergies reduced allergy-related symptoms (swelling and tearing) by 50 – 80%. According to the researchers, these observations were equivalent to those observed in response to Patanol and Levocabastine -; two frequently prescribed antihistamine eye drop medications used to treat seasonal eye allergies.”This new therapy allows the number of administrations to be reduced to once daily without inducing systemic side effects, and it is expected to improve the quality of life for patients suffering from seasonal allergies,” says Victoria Gonzalez Mpharm, PhD, of Sylentis, a Spain-based company that specializes in development of ocular treatments based in RNA interference.last_img read more