Shots in the dark: Warriors work in Miami with lights out

first_imgKiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? MOST READ Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:39PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson The power didn’t fail: The Warriors’ sound system kept working, blaring Miami-centric tunes like Gloria Estefan’s “Conga” and Trick Daddy’s “Take It To Da House.”“You need your eyes to be able to get a sense of perception,” Curry said. “But you don’t necessarily need to see the rim in HD, full, spotlight-type situation to knock it down.”A couple of players were done by the time the lights went out, including Kevin Durant.“Luckily, the lights cut off right after I got done, so I was good,” Durant said. “But I’ve shot in the dark plenty of times before.”The start of a Heat-Pacers game at Miami in 2016 was delayed 27 minutes because the lights were not working.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Eagles on top Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It wasn’t immediately known why the lights went out Sunday, and the Warriors didn’t seem to think anything peculiar or some sort of gamesmanship was happening. Heat players went through their shootaround earlier Sunday in the upstairs practice facility, not on the game floor that visiting teams typically use on game days in Miami.They didn’t know the Warriors were working out in the dark until afterward.“The way they shoot, I don’t think it matters,” Heat veteran Udonis Haslem said. /cbbSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ The last 15 minutes or so of the Warriors’ game-day shootaround practice in Miami on Sunday went on despite all the lights in the arena’s bowl being out. Some of the lights on the concourse were visible, but the floor was dark.Undeterred, the Warriors kept shooting. And because they’re the Warriors, they made plenty.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“That is a first,” Warriors guard Stephen Curry said. “Nice little, I guess, test of muscle memory. You can somewhat see the rim, know where you are on the floor, but it’s kind of a different experience because you don’t get it every day. So that’s pretty cool.”The lights went out toward the end of the session, when coach Steve Kerr was addressing reporters and the Warriors were doing shooting drills mainly from the 3-point line. Some of the Warriors yelled in mock anger. There was at least one stretch where a group on one end of the court made eight 3-pointers in a row despite the challenged visibility. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) reacts after hitting a 3-point basket during the second half of Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the New Orleans Pelicans in New Orleans, Saturday, April 25, 2015.  APMIAMI, United States — Golden State really can shoot the lights out.Or at least with the lights out.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funnylast_img read more

Guyana Govt expresses condolences on passing of former T&T President

first_imgThe Ministry of the Presidency has conveyed on behalf of the President, Government and people of Guyana, its deepest condolences to the President, Government and people of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, on the passing of former President, Professor George Maxwell Richards.Guyana, along with the people of Trinidad and Caricom, mourns the loss of a distinguished son, who, during his two terms as President, helped to advance the cause of the integration movement.A chemical engineer and Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Professor Richards will be remembered for, among other things, his renowned contributions that lifted the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of the West Indies (UWI), to international standards.News reports out of Trinidad stated that 86-year-old Richards passed away at the West Shore Medical Centre on Monday night. Richards served as President of Trinidad and Tobago from March 7, 2003 to March 17, 2013. According to the T&T Newsday newspaper, he was a former principal of the University of the West Indies St Augustine Campus. He was married to Dr Jean Ramjohn Richards and had two children, Maxine and Mark.Reacting to the news of Richards’ passing, Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister Stuart Young extended deepest condolences to Richards’ family on behalf of the Government and his own family’s behalf.“Our prayers are with the family,” Young said. “We thank him and his family for his many years of service.”T&T’s Opposition Chief Whip David Lee extended the Opposition’s condolences to Richards’ family. Lee said it was “sad and ironic” that earlier in the day, Government and the Opposition co-signed the nomination paper for retired Court of Appeal Judge Paula Mae Weekes to become T&T’s next President. He said it was with “a heavy heart” that the country was learning of Richards’ passing. Lee said Richards served his country in good standing as President and in academia.last_img read more

22% women between ages 15 and 64 victims of partner violence – study

first_imgThe scourge of domestic violence continues to rear its ugly head in Guyana as millions of dollars continue to be spent with the hope of minimising and eventually eradicating occurrences of this nature in society. However, although some successes were reaped in combatting this prevalent issue, there is still a long way to go.Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan on Thursday revealed that a recent study in Guyana on partner violence revealed that 22 per cent of women between the ages of 15 and 64 were victims of partner violence at least once in their lifetime.“That statistic bespeaks something about our men and we must appreciate that, we have some very violent men around the place. This statistic does not include the other forms of abusive behaviour that women are exposed to— including psychological and economic— again, generally experienced by women at the hands of men. Because of the serious consequences of domestic violence, it is both a family and community problem”.He explained that domestic violence is a global issue that continues to plague and affect development and progress of individuals and countries on a daily basis with some one in three women worldwide experiencing either physical or sexual violence under the category of domestic abuse/violence.Domestic violence reportsMeanwhile, Acting Police Commissioner Nigel Hoppie noted that statistics from the year 2017 revealed that there were 2080 reports of domestic violence reports made to the Guyana Police Force (GPF) and as a result of those reports, there were 1,171 cases made by law enforcement authorities.For the year 2018, there were 1,491 reports, which led to 837 cases made by the Police.“The 2018 to 2017 statistics in reports reveal there that it was 28.2 per cent decrease when the comparison was made. While the cases made it was 28.5 per cent (decrease),” the Police Commissioner (ag) stated on Thursday at the closing ceremony of a Domestic Violence Scenario Training event.However, a decrease in reports does not necessarily mean that the occurrence of domestic violence is on the low in Guyana, but that victims could still be reluctant in making reports of such incidents at the Police stations.“We are all aware that domestic violence continues to be a serious social threat and it is everybody’s business because it does not only affect victims at their homes, it affects individuals at the workplace, and it affects every other family, it can also affect us at schools. Turning a blind eye to these occurrences can further threaten among other things, our culture…we can still hear insistent clammer by family members of victims for legal intervention”.Public Management Sector Specialist of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Dr Jason Wilks stated that the United Nations pointed out that in 2017, Guyana recorded 34 deaths attributed to intimate partner “femicide”. He explained that the issue of domestic violence and its after effects in Guyana as well as other parts of the world is a major concern.“In Latin American and the Caribbean, somewhere, nine women are killed every day due to domestic violence. That is a very stark statistic; we often refer to it as the silent epidemic because people do not really understand the gravity and the volume of the issue…solutions are not easy to find”.As a result, he urged that all stakeholders get on board and work towards helping communities to become more aware and prepared to battle instances of domestic violence in their environments.Additionally, Project Manager of the Citizens’ Security Strengthening Programme, Dr Clement Henry elaborated on the impacts that domestic violence have on the progress of a country like Guyana, and the many negative effects it has on communities and families.According to Dr Henry, each year, a lot of money is spent on various initiatives and projects targeting the elimination of domestic violence in Guyana, and in 2017, when numerous deaths were recorded in this regard, a large sum was expended.“Information coming from the Policy Research Unit and Crime Observatory for 2017—when we looked at reports and we did a rough calculation of the cost of domestic violence in Guyana for that year it came up to over $1B. This cost included direct medical care and rehabilitation, loss of income, legal cost and damage to property among others…we have taken an approach and are focusing on eliminating risk factors in the home, community and societal level”. (Kristen Macklingam)last_img read more

GCAA admits deficiencies in navigational aid, search and rescue

first_imgAviation sector…says GDF helicopter/equipment deterioratedBy Jarryl BryanThe Director General of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Lieutenant Colonel (retd) Egbert Field, at a recent press conference, has lamented the deterioration of the Guyana Defence Force’s (GDF’s) helicopters.He noted that Guyana does not have an adequate search-and-rescue helicopter,Director General of the GCAA, Lieutenant Colonel (retd) Egbert Fieldthat there is no navigational aid at the main airport outside a certain radius, and that this risky situation has been ongoing for years without rectification.This seemingly confirms some concerns raised by operators in the aviation sector.“An important element of search-and-rescue, which is a helicopter in the event of a crash…I don’t know why the GDF equipment was allowed to deteriorate to the point where they do not have a serviceable helicopter for search and rescue – which is the Bell 412 helicopter,” Field expressed.Field noted that the GCAA has sent a complement of its officers to countries like the USA, Peru and Mexico in order to conduct courses in search and rescue.“As NATA (National Air Transport Association) would tell you, from the first meeting I had with them, I touched on the topic of search-and-rescue,” Field related. “And I promised them that I will be taking a serious view of it.”In a letter to the media highlighting some of the deficiencies in the aviation sector,The GDF Bell 412 helicopter which is unserviceablethe Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Roraima Airways, Captain Gerald ‘Gerry’ Gouveia, had zeroed in on problems besetting the local aviation sector, such as the lack of effective search-and-rescue operations, and the absence of air traffic control to help aircraft avoid mid-air collisions beyond a 75-mile radius of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA).Probed about the situation, Field admitted that indeed there is no navigational assistance for pilots outside of the radius.“There are no navigational aids outside. We are looking at GPS, but then there would be an added cost for the operator, because the GPS is not (a) simple equipment. It would have to be sophisticated, and the GPS would have to be installed in the aircraft,” he explained.Gouveia’s letter had related that pilots have been making daily reports of highly unusual and unexpected weather conditions. He noted that pilots fly unassisted through vast airspace beyond the 75-mile airport radius, while depending primarily on their own radio contact with other planes in order to avoid mid-air collisions.In recommendations accompanying his observations, Gouveia had urged the authorities to ensure that air traffic control services are deployed at specific geographic locations beyond the 75-mile radius of CJIA.Gouveia’s critiques and recommendations came after several fatal and non-fatal accidents occurred recently. On July 25, Captain Collin Martin, a retired Guyana Defence Force Major, was piloting a Roraima Airways’ Britten-Norman Islander aircraft when it crashed on landing at Eteringbang, killing him almost instantly.Captain Imran Khan, 41, of Essequibo Coast, Region Two, also lost his life when the Air Services Limited’s Cessna 206 aircraft he was flying from Chi-Chi to Mahdia went down late last month.last_img read more

Beckham scores in return

first_imgDavid Beckham scored on his trademark bending free kick in his firststart since Dec. 20, helping Real Madrid beat Real Sociedad 2-1 Saturday in the Spanish league. The star midfielder, who is bound for the Galaxy of Major League Soccer, tied the score in the 37th minute with a low shot from outside the penalty area that beat diving goalkeeper Claudio Bravo. “I picked him because he has been good in training for three weeks,” Capello said. “I’m pleased he scored with a free kick because he hasn’t scored many this season. He played really well.” Ruud van Nistelrooy headed in Madrid’s winning goal in the 48thminute, when he beat Bravo to Miguel Torres’ cross from the left. The victory ended a run of twostraight defeats. Brazilian police break up riot: Police used clubs and fired rubber bullets at rioting soccer fans who fought in Belo Horizont, Brazil, before the start of the game between rivals Cruzeiro and Atletico Mineiro. Fighting broke out when members of the Atletico fan club Galocoura and Cruzeiro’s Mafia Azul encountered each other outside the stadium, more than 200 miles north of Rio de Janeiro. Police Col. Renato Vieira de Souza, quoted on the Web site of the soccer great Pele, said there was “tremendous turmoil.” Beckham’s goal at Anoeta stadium in San Sebastian, Spain, might have saved Real Madrid coach Fabio Capello’s job. The Italian coach, who had said that the former England captain would never again play for the Spanish power, reportedly would have been fired if his team had lost again. Beckham displeased Capello by announcing Jan. 11 that he would leave for the Galaxy when his contract expires in June. center_img “We had to use force. Rubber bullets were fired. Some fans were hurt and arrested. They’re getting first aid and being taken to the police station.” Atletico, in last place, rallied to defeat first-place Cruzeiro 3-1. Ban of fans relaxed in Milan: A spectator ban for the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, home to Serie A teams AC Milan and Inter Milan, was partially lifted following an inspection by government officials. The 83,600-seat stadium will be open to season-ticket holders only for AC Milan’s league match against Livorno today. AC Milan, which is owned by media mogul and former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi, announced the news on its Web site. The club reportedly has up to 50,000 season-ticket holders. San Siro was one of 25 arenas in Italy’s top two divisions closed Thursday for failing to meet new security standards – approved by the government after the Feb. 2 death of a policeman in rioting at a Serie A game between Catania and Palermo. Also: English Premier League leader Manchester United beat Charlton 2-0 on goals by Park Ji-sung and Darren Fletcher to remain six points ahead of defending champion Chelsea, which defeated visiting Middlesbrough 3-0. … Juventus conceded goals by Evangelos Nastos and Gabriele Paonessain in a six-minute span, dropping into a tie for first place in the Serie B after a 2-2 tie at Vicenza. … Germany’s Schalke took a step toward its first Bundesliga title since 1958, beating host Hertha Berlin 2-0 on goals by Kevin Kuranyi and Peter Loevenkrands. Schalke is six points ahead of Werder Bremen, which was trounced 4-1 by VfB Stuttgart. 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

Dagoretti, Upper Hill clash in Copa U16 final

first_img“I know Dagoretti is planning a revenge match with us since we beat them to the regional finals last year, but we will not allow them to win since we also want to win at the national,” said Upper Hill’s striker Salman Abdikadir.Upper Hill High School got into the match the favorites to cruise through, they affirmed their presence in the 33rd minute through Andrew Teddy and sealed an encounter with Dagoretti in the 67th minute through Salman Abdikadir.Pangani Girls staged one of the biggest upsets in this year’s U16 tournament with a 4-3 win against the defending champions Olympic Girls High School.Pangani set-up a meeting with an equally tough side Dagoreti Mixed School Girls who crashed Highridge Girls High School 3-0. Mary Atieno scored two goals in the 28th and 66th minute as Joy Kanja’s goal confirmed the girls from Dagoreti a place in the Nairobi region finals.The COPA Coca-Cola U-16 Nairobi region football finals will select the teams that will represent Nairobi in the national games slated for late July to early August in Kisumu.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Larry Ananda (Left) Upper Hill High School forward battles for the ball with Langata High School defender William Deng (right), during the COPA Coca-Cola school games semifinal held at Lenena School. Upper Hill won 2-0 to proceed to finals with Dagoretti High School.NAIROBI, Kenya, June 28 – Nairobi’s Upper Hill School will clash with Dagoretti Boys High School in the final of the Nairobi Region COPA Coca-Cola U-16 football tournament.Dagoretti Boys High School beat Waylight 3-0 to secure an opportunity for a revenge match with Upper Hill Boys who defeated their strong opponents Langata High School 2-0 in the tightly contested fixture.last_img read more

City Hall must move on gridlock

first_imgSuch reforms have been tried and implemented in other big cities, and have markedly cut down the drive time. The feds have recognized their effectiveness. In August, the Department of Transportation awarded millions through its Urban Partnership program to Miami, Minneapolis, New York, San Francisco and Seattle as a reward for coming up with imaginative plans to fight gridlock. L.A. wasn’t on the list. So why is the drafting and implementation of a comprehensive traffic plan a great taboo for Villaraigosa and city officials? The short answer is that it takes money, planning, and long hours of frustrating and thankless work to make any headway against gridlock. The long answer is that many elected officials regard transportation and traffic gridlock as a zero-sum game. Reform means stepping on the turfs of other cities and the county, ruffling the feathers and egos of other officials, and potentially making political enemies. It’s also virtually impossible to measure the success of drive-time reduction in numbers. When the Los Angeles Police Department mounts a big sweep on Skid Row streets or saturates an area to reduce the number of robberies of street vendors, the results are immediate, quantifiable and measurable. Police and city officials can hold press conferences and bask in the glow of public acclaim for cracking down on crime. But if traffic is speeded up a second or two by synchronizing traffic lights in a square-mile area, or 10 motorists are pried out of their cars and into a car pool, that’s not the stuff of photo-op sessions. Then there’s the horror of gridlock in a big, ever-sprawling city like L.A. The problem seems so big, overwhelming and intractable, that it defies an easy solution. It’s a tough, gritty fight that, frankly, city officials have not had the stomach to wage. The battle to end gridlock on L.A. streets goes far beyond the brusque personality, or lousy management style, of one individual. Jeff almost certainly had her faults. But one of them was not a failure to solve L.A.’s gridlock horror. If all it took was the firing of an individual to end the horror, there are other candidates for that dubious fate that are much more deserving than Jeff. They’re all still at City Hall. Earl Ofari Hutchinson, an author and political analyst, is a frequent contributor to the Daily News. He blogs at 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.But who’s kidding whom? There’s little evidence of vision or movement in any direction from City Hall on ending gridlock. The brutal fact is that the blame for L.A.’s gridlock horror lies not with a manager who some say alienated staffers and had a brusque management style. (That was the big knock against Jeff.) It lies with a clueless mayor and city officials who have failed miserably to do what needs to be done to end the gridlock nightmare. And that’s to pound out a comprehensive, regional plan to tackle gridlock; then exert the political will to arm-twist Sacramento and the feds to get the money to implement it. Anything less than that ensures that Jeff’s replacement will flounder and ultimately fail, and, of course, wind up as the fall guy for the failure. The need for an effective, comprehensive transportation plan is not exactly the revelation of the ages. Transportation planners have been saying for years that that’s what the city needs and lacks. Their plea has fallen on deaf ears. Such a plan would include expanding light rail and busways. It would also require short- and long-term planning, and growth management to increase live-work-play communities that minimize drive time, promote telecommuting, provide tax incentives and credits to businesses to encourage employee commuting and ride sharing. And it would need to be coordinated with smaller cities and the county. WE can do the he-said, she-said number all day and we still won’t know who’s right – much less whom to blame – in the tiff between ousted city transportation head Gloria Jeff and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. But there’s no he said, she said about L.A.’s gridlock horror. It’s worse than a grade-B horror tale. And there’s no sign of an end to it. The firing of Jeff will do absolutely nothing to help end it. Los Angeles’ gridlock horror is by every account the runaway worst in the nation. Recent studies show that L.A. motorists spend more dead time in parking-lot type crawls on freeways and streets than motorists in any other big city. L.A. drivers loudly say that tackling the city’s traffic and transportation ill is at or near the top of their wish list for change. Gridlock, they say, outside of crime, is the single biggest factor that drags down the quality of life in the city. Villaraigosa and city officials are not tone-deaf to motorists’ shouts to do something about the horror. Villaraigosa has intimated that a big reason he dumped Jeff was that he wanted to move in a new direction and faster in the fight against gridlock. L.A. City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, the head of the council’s transportation committee, said pretty much the same thing when she defended the Jeff firing. last_img read more

Wonderful run

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re “The fall of Troy” (Jan. 5): University of Southern California should not be depressed about the loss to Texas in the Rose Bowl. It has been a wonderful run, with lots of thrills along the way. The team has played with class and dignity as it made its university proud. Despite the loss, the university is still one of the top educational institutions in the country and striving, like its football team, to be better. Mike Cornner Porter Ranch Shame on Texas Re “The fall of Troy” (Jan. 5): It is a shame that the Texas players resorted to unsportsmanlike behavior in the Rose Bowl. They made late hits and pileups on downed opponents time after time. This is a poor example for the players, the school and our kids. It says that it is OK to hit a guy when he is down. It is especially sad when they have such an awesome quarterback in Vince Young. Shame on Texas. William H. Link Northridge Just an act Re “More money for schools” (Jan. 4): If anyone believes that Arnold’s sudden postponement of fee increases in the California university system or that his sudden decision to repay $1.67 billion of the $5.5 billion owed schools in back payments or any of the other proposed increases for school programs has anything to do with an interest in education on Arnold’s part, forget it. Arnold’s only interest is political. He took a beating in the November elections and is trying to repair the damage before the governor’s race this coming November. Beware of a bad actor cast in a roll of trust. Philip Wilt Van Nuys Greater voting access Re “Polling irregularities” (Editorial, Dec. 29): The Daily News provides a “good old days” point of view regarding voting machines. The problem is not technology or cards, for that matter, but rather a broken-down democratic process. The technology, if implemented professionally, should create greater access to the voting process. Perhaps it is not in the best interest of the status quo, however, to have improved access and governance through better voting, census taking and redistricting processes. The “good old days” should not be a matter of going backward, but rather having leaders who put the interests of the nation ahead of themselves and who get things done right. Luis P. Reyes Los Angeles Affordable to whom? In his Jan. 29 “Local View” column “City’s future gauged by homes for workers,” the author misleads the readers that affordable housing can be created easily by having a billion-dollar bond issue “to help finance the creation of more affordable housing.” After blaming NIMBYs for preventing affordable housing, he naturally overlooks the cost to taxpayers for the proposed bond. Just the interest on such bonds would cost taxpayers over $45 million annually. Then the (property) tax-exempt apartments the bond would finance would fail to cover the usual public services to the occupants. Many lower-income taxpayers would wind up subsidizing housing for people who actually earn more than they do. Victor N. Viereck Valley Village More overtime Re “Unbelievable” (Your Opinions, Jan. 5): I, too, witnessed a two-man L.A. transportation crew “working” Dec. 24 on overtime setting bases for “red flag” signs on my street, although they did not succeed in drilling the hole for the base because of the rocky soil. They left three unfilled holes in my neighbor’s parkway for someone to twist an ankle in if they step into them. I called the City Controller’s Office and Department of Transportation to complain on Dec. 27 about spending our money on another unenforceable rule: No parking. The time and a half for the two employees also must be paid to their supervisor. More OT equals more retirement. John J. Bunte Sunland Wrong analogy Re “Iraq analogy” (Your Opinions, Jan. 4): Vernon L. Rusheen compares Iraq to Nazi Germany. I compare the war in Iraq with the Vietnam war. Two wars based on lies. In Vietnam, the U.S. was never attacked in August 1964, and in Iraq, no WMDs were found. My point is that Iraq was no threat. Iraq was never connected with al-Qaida and never attacked the U.S. If Iraq was so dangerous, why did Ronald Reagan give Saddam Hussein weapons all through the 1980s? Bill Britt San Fernando Comfort to enemy Re “We are accused” (Your Opinions, Jan. 3): Nina Trotta-Sutton is incorrect in saying the Bush administration has accused those who disagree with being anti-American. No, this victim mantle is the petard by which folks like Trotta-Sutton have hung themselves. Losing your right to express yourself? Please, the natterings of folks like U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin open Al-Jazeerra’s broadcasts. That’s right, your disagreements are not just loudly heard, they are a comfort to the folks against us in the war on terror. No, elections are the only thing you’ve lost over the last 12 years, and with remarkable consistency. Roger Olsen Burbank News, not opinions Re “The real danger” (Your Opinions, Jan. 4): The author states that “the media have a duty in not only reporting facts, but also questioning motives.” News is reporting facts; anything more is propaganda and by nature has some sort of agenda behind it. Kyle Laurent has succinctly stated the reason that Fox News and other outlets are so popular with thinking people; they report news, not opinions disguised as news, or half-news slanted to a particular political and social agenda. We should be thankful to Mr. Laurent for demonstrating the bias of the popular press. John Green Northridge It’s basic, English Re “Do as I did” (Your Opinions, Jan. 5): I agree 100 percent with Samuel Kohn that one should learn a foreign language if he or she plans on residing in the country in which a particular language is predominant. Therefore it stands to reason that instead of Michael Rives learning other languages, those who come to America should learn English. I have neighbors who have lived in the U.S. for about 20 years, yet have never bothered to learn to speak English. I see billboard signs, traffic advisories, store advertisements, etc., written in other languages, and I hear conversations in other languages daily. These bother me the most, as many of them are between parents and small children. No wonder many of these kids may not do well in school. They often begin without even the basics of English. Anita Work Sylmar Issue is intimacy I take offense at the Jan. 4 Portfolio cartoon by Don Wright depicting a moviegoer saying, in response to a man declaring his love for another man, “I just can’t get used to gay cowboys!” It is clear Wright’s real issue is intimacy. His problem is not with “Brokeback Mountain” and gay cowboys, but with the fundamental right of every human being to love whom they love and to declare it unabashedly. Gay love is real and shared in every walk of life: doctors, teachers, drivers, artists, mechanics … even editorial cartoonists. Wright, I suggest you get used to it. Jeanine D’Elia Granada Hills It’s all OK Re “Dow closes down 67, ends year in negative” (Business, Dec. 31): Suggestions for the president’s New Year’s resolutions: Since 2002, stocks are down 20 percent. Carmakers are firing 60,000. The national debt has quintupled. Resolution 1: Announce record-breaking economic performance and another tax break for the wealthy. The war continues. Thirty thousand have died, the election was a fraud, 82 percent of Iraqis want us out. Resolution 2: Announce “Democracy is established” and give Halliburton another no-bid contract. It’s OK to tap our phones without court approval, imprison us without habeas corpus and torture us. Resolution 3: Announce that the U.S. Constitution is a “quaint document” and by presidential fiat institute a new one based on the 1936 Constitution of the USSR. Kim Iannone West Hillslast_img read more


first_imgTHE night skies over County Donegal are flashing up this evening with an incredible lightning storm in the Atlantic.Accompanied by distant rumbles of thunder, several flashes have lit up most of the north and west of the county at times.The distant sea storm comes ahead of Storm Abigail which is due to hit land tomorrow morning around 9am and will bring 120km/hr winds and torrential rain, with Donegal right in its path. Did you get a picture?Send it to WOW! MASSIVE LIGHTNING STORM OFF DONEGAL was last modified: November 11th, 2015 by John2Share 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) Tags:donegallightningstormlast_img read more

Tough season for Lowe finishes with loss

first_img Lowe, whom the Boston Red Sox didn’t want back after he helped them to their first world championship since 1918 last fall, signed a four-year, $36 million free-agent deal with the Dodgers last winter. At the time, he fully believed he could continue his personal winning tradition as well as that of his new team, which was coming off a division title. What he encountered instead was an injury-riddled club that never came close to providing enough run support for its starting staff, never came close to matching the clubhouse camaraderie Lowe had enjoyed in Boston last year and, consequently, never came close to making the playoffs. SAN DIEGO — It has been almost a year since Derek Lowe felt the sting of champagne in his eyes. The sting he was feeling on Friday night, after making the final start of his first season with the Dodgers, was much worse. “I have kind of run out of positive things to say,” the veteran right-hander said, in the moments following the Dodgers’ 3-1 loss to the San Diego Padres before 39,328 at Petco Park in what amounted to a glorified Grapefruit League game. “When you think Los Angeles Dodgers, you think pride and a winning history. But to be 20 games under .500 coming off a season when they won (93) games and went to the playoffs, hopefully this won’t happen again.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “There is no one thing that led to this year,” Lowe said. “Obviously, the injuries didn’t help. But if I had an answer, we probably would all have an answer, and then we probably wouldn’t be standing here with the record (70-90) we have.” Lowe finished 12-15, despite a 3.61 ERA and despite gobbling up a workmanlike 222 innings. DODGERS NOTES: The uncertain status of manager Jim Tracy, who has eight days after the season ends on Sunday to decide whether to exercise the escape clause in his two-year contract, might be creating more stress for Tracy’s coaching staff than it is for himself. All seven of the Dodgers coaches are unsigned beyond this season, and if the club begins 2006 with a new manager, he probably will be allowed to hire his own staff. If Tracy takes a job managing another team, he likely would invite all of his coaches to join him. But while his staff is remarkably loyal to him and protective of him, it isn’t clear how many of them would be willing to join him in another city. Three of Tracy’s coaches pitching coach Jim Colborn, third base/infield coach Glenn Hoffman and hitting coach Tim Wallach are year-round Southern California residents. If Tracy opts to leave, Hoffman, who managed the club on an interim basis after Bill Russell was fired midway through the 1998 season, might be a candidate to replace him. … The Dodgers are hoping to schedule a March 31 exhibition game at Cashman Field in Las Vegas, said a high-ranking club official who didn’t want to be named. … One week after general manager Paul DePodesta said he hoped to re-sign Paul Bako as the club’s backup catcher, the free agent-to-be said he would like come back. But the eight-year veteran qualified that by hinting that his interest in returning could hinge on whether he believes the Dodgers can be competitive in 2006. “I definitely would like to see where the ballclub is headed if I can,” Bako said. “I would hope we have a really good shot at winning, although that’s not me saying yes or no either way. I’m definitely 100-percent interested.” center_img 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