Russian media: Russian Chelyabinsk State truck collided with three cars and caused 5 deaths

China News Service, November 30th According to the Russian Satellite News Agency, the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the State of Chelyabinsk State News Department released a message saying that on the evening of 29th local time, a local truck collided with three cars. Five people were killed.

According to police reports, at 22:40 on the 29th (Beijing time at 1:40 on the 30th), a truck and a tower 108 kilometers away from the Kasli District Highway in Chelyabinsk, Russia. The tower cars collided. Then the truck hit another Land Rover and a “GAZelle” car.

The news said that the accident caused the Land Rover driver and three passengers on the bus, as well as the Tata car driver to be killed on the spot. & ldquo;GAZelle”The driver was injured.

It is reported that in order to clean up the scene of the accident, the police dispatched 34 personnel and 9 equipment.

Local elections rout, the prospects for the Australian ruling coalition are worrisome

Australia’s second-largest state, Victoria, held a local council election on the 24th. The Labor Party won a big victory and is expected to win 55 of the 88 seats.

The Labour Party is the ruling party in Victoria. There was only one weak majority advantage before the election. In the election campaign, the Labor Party promised to build large-scale infrastructure and build railways, highways and schools. The opposition Liberal Party played a safety card. The campaign platform focused on combating crime and maintaining law and order.

Although the final vote count results have not yet been released, the Victorian Election Commission expects the Labour Party to be expected to win 55 of the 88 seats, significantly expanding the majority.

Italian government website attacked by the world’s largest hacker organization

[Global Network Reporter Wang Zhantao] According to the French “European Times” reported on November 6, the world’s largest hacker organization “Anonymous” on the 5th published online the stolen Italian government departments, political parties and national archives Sensitive data for the library.

The Italian Agi News Agency said that the data mainly includes the data, name, e-mail and password of the Italian National Research Council staff, as well as the telephone number; the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, the official debt collection company Equitalia, the national archives Part of the database of the library information system; in addition to the personal data of the Northern Alliance Party, the Italian Brothers and Democrats.

The report said that the previous “Anonymous” had posted a tweet on Twitter that threatened to bring “Black Week” to Italy. On October 31, the organization first published data on the Internet from several Italian university databases and explained the reasons in an interview with Agi News Agency. “We decided to attack the university because we attach great importance to education and culture. They should be open to everyone. The university is the place to write the future of the country, and it is where we want to aim. We want more young people and college students to get involved in this fight. ”

SMART Girls celebrate achievement

The Boys and Girls Club of Cypress recently celebrated the spring 2016 completion of the SMART Girls program with a party for the young ladies and their families. The evening included a healthy dinner that was prepared by the SMART Girls and the Cypress Soroptimists, an inspirational message from Mayor Mariellen Yarc, and an award ceremony to recognize the achievements of the program participants.The girls had a short presentation for us to tell us how the program was meaningful to them this year. SMART Girls is short for Skills Mastery and Resistance Training, and is a program of the Boys and Girls Club. Cypress Soroptimist sponsors and volunteers as mentors for this yearly spring program.SMART Girls coordinator Brittany Stone and Soroptimist member Donna Kastner organizes the provided 10 week curriculum which includes discussion, favors and snacks. New topics this year included discussions on civic leadership, careers/education, and finances. Guest speakers were Dr. Ha, Officer Marquez, Andrea Burns, and Mayor Yarc.There were field trips to Chuze Fitness and Cypress Town Hall. Soroptimist International is a worldwide volunteer organization working to improve the lives of women and girls by supporting programs leading to social and economic empowerment. We meet bi-monthly; the 2nd Wednesday at noon and the 4th Wednesday at 5:30pm at the Cypress Courtyard by Marriott. Join us and see what we do for the community!For more information go to or email us at

Cypress holds Police Appreciation Luncheon

The City of Cypress held its 6th annual Police Appreciation Luncheon Tuesday, May 17, at the Community Center."It's an honor and privilege to be here today and share a little about the Cypress Police Department," said Police Chief Rod Cox. "I get to brag about the exceptional work the women and men of the Cypress Police Department do day-in-and-day-out and I'm blessed with the tremendous opportunity and responsibility to lead this great organization and whole-heartedly believe our public safety team is one of the best in the state," he said.The Chief went on to praise he City Council and City Manager for their support of public safety and the men and women who protect the city. "The men and women of the Cypress Police Department have an incredible responsibility to keep Cypress a safe community to live, work and play in, and being able to recognize a few of the police people who do this on a daily basis is truly an honor," he said, thanking the Police Foundation for hosting the luncheon."Your efforts are deeply appreciated."Those honored included Ryan Scott Brown and Ivan Reyes-Acosta with Good Samaritan Awards; the 2015 Citizen of the Year Award was presented to Melody Bell-Hiller and Police Officer Ismael Lassalle earned the Silver Distinguished Service Award. Volunteer of the Year Award for 2015 was RACES/CERT member Loree Erpelding; Police Services Officer Christen Bartlett was acknowledged as the 2015 Employee of the Year and Officer of the Year for 2015 was Police Officer James Brewer.There is so much good that can be said about each of this year's honoree's, included below are just a few of each of their accomplishments. Brown was recognized for his example of outstanding citizenship to the community; the information provided by Brown led the Police Department to identify and arrest a bank robbery suspect and his accomplice.One evening, resident Brenan Cheung was at Cedar Glen Park near the Cypress Boys and Girls Club when he collapsed. Boys and Girls Staff member Reyes-Acosta began CPR while other staff members called 911. Thanks to the quick response of the staff members, including Reyes-Acosta, not only did Cheung survive what was considered a serious health issue, he's now doing well and living an active life.He was at the luncheon to thank Reyes-Acosta. Bell-Hiller was recognized for creating and administering the Cypress Crime Watch and Cypress Community Facebook pages started last year. She monitors conversations removing any negative comments on what now has 6,300 registered members. Lassalle responded to a family dispute report, where the caller said her brother was at their home threatening to kill the family, while holding his mother down and threatening her with a knife.After talking with the man, Lassalle was able to convince him to drop the gun, which turned out to be a replica gun and six other replica guns were also found. The man was taken to a hospital for evaluation and treatment. The Cypress Police Department and the neighboring police agencies, established the West County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) in 2009 and one of the first volunteer members was Erpelding.She is credited with immediately taking a leadership role as the Logistics Section Chief and co-founded the Organized Communities Emergency Volunteers Association, which provides emergency services supplies and training for under-served, low income communities. She was also acknowledge for her service to Neighbor-4Neighbor and RACES, being instrumental in establishing policies and procedures for RACES. Bartlett was assigned to the Property and Evidence Unit in 2012, where she plays an integral role in proper storage and legal release of property and evidence; she is a member of the California Association of Property and Evidence and earned the title of Certified Property and Evidence Specialist by the International Association for Property and Evidence.Brewer currently serves as the Department's Training Officer and is a member of West County S.W.A.T. and the Volunteers in Policing and Chaplain program coordinator. He received the Medal of Valor from the California State Fire Fighters Association and the Cypress Police Department's Gold Distinguished Service Medal for his heroic rescue of an elderly woman from her fully-engulfed residence.He was awarded Employee of the 2010 Quarter for conducting detailed residential burglary investigations and one such investigation resulted in the arrest of a substantial partner in a property crime ring that targeted a retail chain throughout Southern California. The event was presented by the Cypress Police Foundation and sponsored by Forest Lawn Memorial Parks and Mortuaries.

Griffins show some grit in getting past Wolverines

After defeating Harvard Westlake in the CIF-SS team tennis finals last year, the Griffins knew the Wolverines would be out for revenge when they came to Los Alamitos last week for a second round match.Last year, the Griffins defeated the Wolverines 14-4, but losing several seniors from last year, the Griffins knew they would have a target on their backs as people would expect them to be more vulnerable.The two teams were tied at 6-6 in sets as they entered the final round. The Griffins had the edge in number of games won, which would be the key if the two ended in a tie in matches. It nearly came to that, after Danny Lassos and Nick Vogt won their final doubles match to give the Griffins a 9-8 advantage.As Luke Moorhead and Spencer Sween battled in the final set, the Griffins knew they would advance on total games, even if Moorhead and Sween lost the set. But with their teammates now serving as cheerleaders, Moorhead and Sween dug in for the fight. Moorhead said they wanted the set and talked about staying mentally tough.“Just stay focused and take it one point at a time,” Moorhead said of the conversation between Sween and him. They fell behind 4-3, but held serve in the eighth game to tie the set at 4-4. Both again held serve to tie the set at 5-5 before the Griffins broke serve to gain a 6-5 advantage.With the game tied 30-30, Moorhead hit an angle volley at the net to put the Griffins at game point. Harvard Westlake would double fault on serve to give the Griffins a 6-5 advantage. In the next set, the Griffins would fall behind 30-15 before a long serve return by the Wolverines tied the game at 30-30.On the next rally, Moorhead hit a baseline volley down the middle of the court, as the Wolverine duo froze in place as each thought the other was taking the ball. On Moorhead’s next serve, the return sailed wide and the Griffins celebrated a 10-8 set win.“These guys just came and showed what we are capable of when you play together,” Los Al coach Jordan Bridge said. No. 1 singles player Riley Smith and Ethan Kolsky each swept all three matches. Despite knowing they would advance, Smith said the Griffins all wanted to end the match with a set victory as they supported Sween and Moorhead. “I think everybody on our team wanted it … it didn’t matter what, they were going to do anything to win,” Smith said.For the Griffins, however, their run would end on Monday, as they fell to No. 2 seeded University High of Irvine, 11-7.

Los Al school hosts speech competition

Twenty-four fourth and fifth grade students at Los Alamitos Elementary School sought to persuade or inform their peers and judges during Los Alamitos Elemntary’s annual speech contest. Each student presented a unique topic that ranged from why kids should have a cell phone from a kid’s perspective to important lessons that can be learned when we know how the brain works. Community judges included Council Member Richard Murphy, School Board President Meg Cutuli, School Board Member Karen Russell, Los Alamitos Director of Safety and Student Services, and Los Alamitos District Director of Fiscal Services Elvia Galicia, and commented that it was extremely difficult to narrow the field down to the top three winners due to the high quality of the speeches. After much deliberation, three winners were selected: First Place – Nathan Spolter who spoke about the positive aspects of Youtube; Second Place – Benji Gamarnik who informed the audience about “cruising” (going on cruises); and Third Place – Hala Essayli who talked about the importance of self-esteem. Finalists from fourth and fifth grade who joined the top three were: Gabriela Afable, Mohammad Essayli, Barron Bliss-Frisinger, Ryan Gipson, Lea Guijarro, Tim Kang, Luna Khazem, Dana Kim, Cali Koepke, Darveedt Mao, Julian Martinez, Carly McDaniel, Melanie Mena, Ryan Min, Sid Patterson, Ellie Rebennack, Nitish Sharma, Kamryn Sinclair, Nathan Spolter, Sofia Sweigart, Zachary Tang, and Kenneth Trotter.

Kobe Bryant: The Black Mamba lives

When Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers went to the mat against the Boston Celtics for the NBA championship, the onus was on the Orange County resident to dig deep to help the Purple and Gold pull off winning their 16th league title.Well, Bryant dug deep, but wasn't able to pull change out of his pocket as he connected on just 6-of-24 shots from the field for the 23 points that he scored in Game 7 of the NBA Finals at Staples Center. But like the legendary icon he has become in the 20 seasons has played in the NBA, Bryant would re-invent himself in the moment to lead the Lakers to a nearly improbable win against the rival Celtics, and their Big Three of Kevin Garnett, Pau Pierce and Ray Allen…a victory adequately represented through his 15 rebounds. More importantly, it was Bryant's competitive fire that eventually drove home the Lakers' 83-79 Game 7 and series-clinching win. "You, know, I just wanted it so bad," Bryant said. "I wanted it so, so bad. On top of that, I was on E (empty). Man. I was really, really tired. And the more I tried to push, the more it kept getting away from me. I'm just glad that my teammates really got us back in the game. I was thankful that I was able to make one damn shot at the end of the game and made some free throws. But it was a tough one."It was Bryant's fifth title as he peaked into the twilight of his prime years. Unfortunately, it looks as if that may be the last calling card the Black Mamba makes in an NBA Finals appearance other than as a spectator, game analysis or as an executive. When Bryant and the Lakers clinched that 16th title, it was widely presumed that earning one more championship ring was not out of the question. The Lakers still had its core of players of Pau Gasol, Derek Fisher and Lamar Odom. But then the bottom dropped, and it's been tough sledding for Bryant and the Lakers since. The hit-and-miss business of trades and offseason acquisitions in recent years, have left the Lakers mired in mediocrity the past few seasons, therefore effectively denying Bryant a chance to come up with a sixth title. Such is the business of professional sports. You can be up one moment and become an afterthought in the next. A superstar in his prime eventually becomes an elder statesmen watching the young guys do their thing. Change. It is inevitable. Life happens in cycles.It is played out in sports as well. Bryant and the Lakers are experiencing this now. The era of "Showtime," still magical, but a distant memory and fueled by highlight clips now. The time capsule with Shaquille O'Neal and Bryant running Phil Jackson's "Triangle" offense to three championships, as great as it was, is in the past. Even the two titles that Bryant won without "The Diesel" seems like a long time ago. But what a run is has been for Bryant and the Lakers. It's been a marvelous one; two decades of joy, excitement and the thirst by many fans to see one of the all-time greats in living color. There will never be another Kobe Bryant. You would be doing yourself a disservice if you believe that.When Magic Johnson retired it was hard to imagine anyone coming behind this Hall of Fame point guard and becoming his equal, if not superior, when it comes to ranking the all-time list in Los Angeles Lakers annals. Bryant, with his threshold for the late-game heroics, the unrelenting will and the drive to be merciless to his opponents, gave the NBA and the game of basketball something to cheer for every night, whether you are a fan of his or not. Yeah, we can point to his 25.2 points career average and 33,00 plus points as a discussion about his greatness. We can take aim at his five titles to highlight his clutch jeans.Or we can examine the numerous accolades and awards, such as being the two-time NBA Finals MVP, as a way to cement his career. That simply would still fail to illustrate the clear magnitude of Bryant, one of the two best shooting guards that we have seen grace NBA courts. The other guy goes by the name of Michael Jordan. When we first laid eyes on Bryant, he was this afro-wearing kid with the infectious smile, the kind of smile that moms are proud of. That smile was like an invite for fans to see the light side of a happy teenager being drafted by one of the most storied franchises in the NBA.But hidden behind that precocious and warm smile that many didn't pick up on was the drive, the dedication and relentless ambition to be at the top of his game. We all have another side to us, and this is where the Black Mamba comes into play. Bryant is the Black Mamba: lethal at anytime, deadly if you think he won't strike. You don't score 81 points in an NBA game as Bryant did in 2006 against the Toronto Raptors-by being a nice guy. A hug and a smile won't pave the way for you to become the best player of your era as Bryant became. It is an era, any fan of the Lakers, wish they can have back. The sight of Bryant slashing and dashing his way to the basket down the baseline for a one-handed, tomahawk dunk over then Houston center Yao Ming, is an unforgettable memory.Dropping 65 points against the Portland Trailblazers in a 2007 matchup was typical of the Bryant fever that was easy to catch on to and root for. So nowadays when fans see Bryant they expect something magical to happen, whether it comes from his patented fadeaway jump shot or a familiar drive to the hoop for some sort of acrobatic layup, the kind he used to make routinely. At the age of 37, that's not going to happen too often for Bryant. But the good stuff is still there. The will is still intact. The fire still breathes through No. 24 nostrils. But as it is, Father Time catches up with even the great ones, even with Bryant.Every time he takes a shot, it feels like to you can hear a collective angst in the building as fans hope that this is another great Bryant moment for Bryant they can share with their family and friends. It is both agony and expectancy of elation as we watch Bryant dribble, rebound, run down the court and attempt a shot. In home games in December against the Milwaukee Bucks and Houston Rockets, respectively, the energy of the Staples Center crowd, correctly reflects the position of anticipation of seeing Bryant doing something great. In the Lakers' 113-95 win against the Bucks, Bryant gave the crowd a little something to cheer for, going for 22 points and handing out six assists. He looked controlled. He looked energetic. He looked like the Black Mamba. Two days later against the Rockets, Bryant collected 22 more points and grabbed eight rebounds in a 107-87 defeat. He still looked like Kobe, especially with that one-handed dunk he elevated to when he took on Clint Capela at the rim. Take that for old age!He may not be the Kobe Bryant who won the league MVP in 2008, but he is still Kobe Bryant. He is still the Black Mamba. This season is history. Catch it while you can.

‘SMART Girls’ get a tour of City Hall

On Friday, April 1, Soroptimist International of Cypress and members of the Boys and Girls Club of Cypress’ SMART Girls Program toured City Hall and Council Chambers with Mayor Mariellen Yarc and Councilmember Stacy Berry. The girls experienced firsthand how City Council meetings are held and enjoyed sitting on the dais, taking turns sitting in the Mayor’s chair. Mayor Yarc spoke about serving on Council and answered questions posed by the girls. “This is a wonderful way to expose these impressionable young women to local government and public service. My hope is they came away seeing their potential as future leaders in their community and the importance of giving back,” shared Councilmember Berry. SMART Girls is short for Skills Mastery and Resistance Training, and is a program of the Boys and Girls Club. Cypress Soroptimist sponsors and volunteers as mentors for this yearly spring program. Soroptimist member Donna Kastner organizes the provided 10 week curriculum which includes discussion, favors and snacks. Topics include self-esteem, healthy eating, exercise, hygiene and healthy friendships. Soroptimist International is a worldwide volunteer organization working to improve the lives of women and girls by supporting programs leading to social and economic empowerment. We meet bi-monthly; the second Wednesday at noon and the fourth Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Cypress Courtyard by Marriott. Join us and see what we do for the community! For more information go to or email us at

Griffins survive Oiler pressure to maintain league lead

Leads were hard to come by in the Sunset League basketball showdown between Los Alamitos and Huntington Beach. The Oilers were able to erase a six point lead in the final four minutes, but their last second shot fell short and the Griffins held on for a 64-63 win on Friday at Huntington Beach High. The win kept the Griffins (4-0 in league) atop the league, ahead of Edison and Newport Harbor, both 3-1. The Griffins struggled to get things going and Head Coach Eddie Courtemarche said the Oiler defense forced them to make some adjustments. “They did a good job of taking the right angle on the press,” Courtemarche said. The game went back-and-forth most of the night. Huntington Beach’s SheaSueda make a steal and layup on the Griffins defensive end to give the Oilers a 50-48 lead late in the third. But Griffin guard Connor Laines drove the length of the court and was fouled on his layup attempt in the final seconds. Hit both free throws to tie the game 50-50 at the end of the third. In the fourth the Griffins began to stretch out a small lead. Laines grabbed an offensive rebound, scored and was fouled. He hit the free throw to give the Griffins a 55-53 lead. Guard Cary Makiyama followed with two free throws to push the lead to 57-53. EyassuWorku made a steal and coast-to-coast driving layup to give Los Alamitos a 59-53 lead. After an Oiler three-pointer, Los Al guard Pepe Garcia made a baseline drive for a layup and foul. He converted the free throw to give the Griffins a 62-56 lead. When Jacob Eyman hit a baseline jumper, the Griffins led 64-58, but the Oilers went on run from there. They hit two free throws to cut the lead to 64-63, with 8.2 seconds left. The Oilers fouled with 6.9 seconds left, and when the Griffins missed the free throw, Huntington Beach had one last chance. However, the Oilers’ baseline jump shot fell short at the buzzer. The Griffins are back home on Wednesday (Jan. 27) against Marina at 7 p.m. They will be at Edison on Friday at 7 p.m. in a key game.