Metaphorical meltdown

first_imgIt’s L.A.’s biggest problem. That’s not hyperbole. It’s what Angelenos believe, and what we experience, all the time. Loyola Marymount’s Center for the Study of Los Angeles recently asked 1,400 L.A. residents to rank their concerns. Traffic was No. 1 on the list – before even terrorism, housing, health care, global warming and gangs. Traffic in L.A. is a logistical crisis, just as if a portion of the 405 disintegrated. But the city’s elected and appointed officials aren’t acting as if it is. Indeed, they are too busy channeling their political energy – not to mention the city’s resources – into their usual priorities of crafting generous contracts and deals for the unions, contractors and special interests who support them. But for most Angelenos, traffic issues are the greatest drain on the local quality of life, worse even than City Hall’s issue of the moment, gang violence. For most people, even those who live in gang-infested neighborhoods, gangs present a sporadic problem. Gang members tend to kill other gang members; only when innocents get in the way does the greater community take notice. But traffic is relentless, something that affects every person in Los Angeles – whether they drive or not – daily. There’s nothing abstract about being stuck on the Harbor Freeway, late for your son’s soccer game, or on an MTA “Rapid” bus inching down Ventura Boulevard as starting time at work comes and goes. Yet rather than responding to congestion as the crisis it is, transportation officials in L.A. are actually pursuing policies to make traffic worse. The MTA, for example, is sinking all of its resources into building an exorbitant Westside subway at the expense of more pressing projects that would deliver a far greater return on the investment. Meanwhile, the MTA pursues a fare increase so steep that it’s expected to drive some public transportation users into cars, thus exacerbating L.A.’s crisis. After Sunday’s explosion and freeway-ramp collapse, Bay Area and state authorities moved quickly to find solutions. Monday was declared a free public-transportation day, and the governor declared a state of emergency. Los Angeles’ transportation officials ought to take note. We, too, have a crisis on our hands that demands swift, immediate attention.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ANGELENOS can empathize with the traffic pain that Bay Area residents are suffering this week with the destruction of a crucial freeway artery. The tanker-truck fire that melted a connector ramp between Interstate 80, just east of the Bay Bridge, and Interstate 580 is going to be a long-term headache for commuters. More than 35,000 vehicles use that ramp every day. In other words, for Bay Area Californians, life is going to be a lot like it is all the time here in L.A. Los Angeles may not have had a fiery freeway collapse to call attention to its roads, but the region has a traffic crisis nonetheless. The equivalent of a freeway meltdown happens – figuratively, in terms of inconvenience and congestion – every single day, including weekends and holidays. last_img read more

Ex-Wales international backs Man United target to stay in Spain

first_imgFormer Wales international Carl Fletcher disagrees with suggestions Gareth Bale has flopped at Real Madrid, and has urged the forward to reject a possible Premier League return and remain in Spain.The Welsh wizard enjoyed a brilliant maiden campaign for Los Blancos, scoring in both their Champions League and Copa del Rey final triumphs, but suffered from second season syndrome in La Liga.He was made the scapegoat for Real’s trophyless campaign and found himself the target of criticism from fans and media, which has led to reports linking him with a move back to England, with Manchester United thought to be favourites.But, after scoring on his 50th international appearance to lead the Dragons to a memorable 1-0 victory over Belgium on Friday, ex-Wales midfielder Fletcher believes a good run with his national team will help him rediscover his mojo for the La Liga giants.“Confidence is massive for a football player,” he told Saturday Scoreboard. “When Gareth plays for Wales he looks like he’s got all the confidence at the world, and he looks just a little bit off for Real Madrid at the minute.“I think that will come with time, he’s said himself that he is happy at Real and in Spain and that he wants to do well. I think he’s done fantastically for a British player in La Liga, he won the Spanish Cup and Champions League in his first season.“It’s not always going to be an upwards progression, but I think he’ll learn a lot from this season and I think he’ll be great for them.“I do hope he stays out there, he’s fantastic player and to be at one of the top clubs on world football, that’s where he deserves to be. I’m pretty sure we’ll see a more confident and relaxed version of Gareth next season.”last_img read more

Patriots bank on experience

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonThe Patriots are taking the Jaguars very seriously, especially with quarterback Byron Leftwich returning for the playoffs after missing six games with a broken left ankle. He could be rusty. He also could be eager to go. “The way I look at it, he’s going to come in here that much rested,” New England linebacker Monty Beisel said. “He’s going to be amped up.” The last time the Jaguars were in a playoff game, Mark Brunell was the quarterback and they lost to Tennessee 33-14 in the AFC championship game after the 1999 season. Brady, meanwhile, is 9-0 in the playoffs with two Super Bowl MVP awards and a good sense of perspective. Being 9-0 “doesn’t really matter,” he said. “It’s how we play this week against Jacksonville. That’s the only thing that matters.” None of that seems to matter to the Jaguars. “We are not ecstatic that we are in the playoffs,” defensive end Paul Spicer said. “We are playing to win.” FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots have a big edge in postseason experience over Jacksonville by winning three Super Bowls since the Jaguars last reached the playoffs. The Patriots also will be playing at home with some cold temperatures forecast for tonight’s wild-card playoff game. And, of course, there’s Tom Brady at quarterback, Bill Belichick as coach and oddsmakers making them huge favorites. center_img Then how about the chilly temperatures forecast for the game? “I really don’t think that it’s going to affect anything,” Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel said. “It’s not like we’re standing in 80-degree weather and they’re standing in the cold.” Certainly, then, having the fans behind them should help the Patriots in a stadium where they won 25 of their past 28 games? But the Jaguars were 6-2 on the road this year, and Patriots defensive end Richard Seymour criticized New England fans this season for not being loud enough. He also knows relying too much on the past won’t help. “It’s definitely different from the teams we have had in the past,” he said. “It’s not that we are better or worse, it’s just a different team.” 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

County Councillor’s appeal against drink-driving conviction is adjourned

first_imgThe appeal of a Donegal County Councillor against a drink driving conviction has been adjourned to a special sitting of the Letterkenny Circuit Court next month.Fianna Fáil Councillor Ciaran Brogan was banned from driving for three years in December 2016 at Letterkenny District Court when found guilty of being drunk in charge of a vehicle. Brogan was said to have been found asleep behind the wheel of a Toyota Avensis parked on a road at Ballymacool, Letterkenny on June 22, 2015.Brogan (44) of Sockar, Trentagh, denied the charge.Defence counsel had travelled from Dublin this afternoon to represent Brogan, but Judge John O’Hagan told today’s sitting of Letterkenny Circuit Court that he was adjourning the matter to the July sitting when the appeal will be heard by a visiting judge.County Councillor’s appeal against drink-driving conviction is adjourned was last modified: June 30th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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:Ciaran BroganCouncillor Ciaran Brogandrink drivingfianna faillast_img read more

Tottenham’s new stadium looks amazing as pitch markings are finally painted

first_imgTottenhamn’s new stadium has been a source of frustration and confusion over the past few months, but it finally appears to be drawing near to completion.Various issues have prevented Spurs from moving into their new ground, with the club announcing last month that all their remaining matches in 2018 will be played at Wembley, their temporary home. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Spurs used Wembley as their home ground last season, and they’ve been forced to use it again this term BEST OF Most Read In Football 2 revealed Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ tense Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos The north Londoners initially wanted to be at the new stadium by September 15, with the Premier League clash against Liverpool viewed as the opening fixture.However, the visit of Manchester United on January 13 now appears to be the debut match with the ground not set to be ready until the new year. LATEST latest gameday cracker With all eyes diverted to Wembley to watch Spurs in action, work continues behind the scenes at the new stadium – and it is now really starting to look like a top class football ground.The latest images show that the markings have finally been painted onto the pitch, and the stadium looks all but ready to start hosting events.center_img Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Pitch Markings #NewSpursStadium pic.twitter.com/QaIEzqWeEA— New Spurs Stadium (@NewSpursStadium) November 3, 2018The markings can also be seen on Tottenham’s live stream footage from inside the ground, with the below picture taken from new North Stand stream. scrap RANKED SORRY The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? whoops Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City 2last_img read more

First do-it-yourself HIV testing kit may gain over-the-counter status

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The maker, OraSure Technology of Bethlehem, Pa., has not decided how much it will charge consumers for the kit, said Ron Spair, the company’s chief financial officer. The company sells the kits for between $12 and $17 to clinics and doctors, he said. The test is accurate more than 99 percent of the time, Spair said. Still, a positive result from the test should be confirmed through an additional test by doctors or public health officials, he said. To take the test, a person swabs the inside of his mouth, between his cheek and gum, picking up not saliva but cells lining the mouth. The user then inserts the swab into a vial of fluid that comes with the kit. Twenty minutes later, an indicator will light up if the test detects the presence of HIV-1 or HIV-2 antibodies. Those antibodies become present in the body several weeks after a person acquires HIV; the test will not detect the virus if it was more recently acquired. On Nov. 3, the FDA’s Blood Products Advisory Committee will consider whether to recommend the product for over-the-counter sales. The FDA has the final say; it usually follows the advice of its advisory committees. FDA briefing documents posted on the Internet said these kits could lead to more people knowing whether they have HIV, which could mean earlier treatment of the infection. People afraid or unwilling to take the test, particularly those without any symptoms, might more readily test themselves with a kit they can use privately. “Knowing your status is critically important,” Spair said. “We want to provide that opportunity to the broadest number of people possible.” But the documents also note concerns about someone learning they probably have HIV when they are alone, with no health professional or counselor nearby. The kits are a good idea, said Terje Anderson, executive director of the National Association of People with AIDS. He said he doubts they will be as popular as at-home pregnancy test kits, suggesting that most people who want an HIV test would prefer to be with a doctor. Their use might also depend on their price. “Overall, I would say they are a step forward,” he said. “Anything that helps more people learn their status is a good thing.” But the discovery one that has HIV is “potentially traumatic,” he said. “There have got to be safeguards built in so they can get all the support they need,” he said. Spair said the company would work with the FDA to develop instructions with the kit for someone who receives a positive result. He said he expects that a telephone number and a Web site address would be part of those instructions. “We, together with the FDA, want to make sure that the infrastructure is in place so that folks on a 24-7 basis have access to counseling,” he said. Some companies market unapproved HIV tests for home use; the FDA says it is impossible to know whether they are reliable. One test, made by Home Access Health Corp., is approved for sale in the United States by the FDA. People taking this test must take a sample from themselves and mail it to a lab for testing. About 1 million people in the United States are believed to have HIV. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that nearly 300,000 people have the virus but don’t know it. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Swab the inside of your mouth. Put that swab into a vial of test fluid, and 20 minutes later you’ll learn whether you’re infected with the virus that causes AIDS. The OraQuick Advance test is already widely available in health clinics and doctors’ offices. The Food and Drug Administration is considering permitting it to be sold over the counter. Supporters of home kits say they will spur more people to get tested and get treatment sooner if infected. However, concerns have been raised about whether a doctor or counselor should be nearby when people find out they are HIV-positive. If approved, the test would become the first FDA-approved test that a person can take without the presence of a health care worker, or the requirement of mailing a sample to a lab. last_img read more

DONEGAL FAMILY’S HEARTACHE AT DEATH OF GIFTED MUSICIAN IN DROWINING ACCIDENT

first_imgJohn, left, pictured with his partner KevinMembers of musical ensembles played moving tributes to the son of a Donegal couple who died as he tried to save his partner in a drowning accident in Greece.Talented John Lynch (45) his partner Kevin Devine (46), were celebrated at a joint funeral Mass in Dublin.John was the associate principal viola with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra which performed at a Service of Thanksgiving for the couple in St Teresa’s Church on Dublin’s Clarendon Street where family members and friends celebrated the popular couple. Born in Melbourne to Donegal parents, his remains were cremated yesterday to be returned to the family in Australia.The bodies of the couple were recovered from the sea off Mavros Molos beach on Kissamos Bay in Crete on August 29th. John went to try to rescue his partner when he got into difficulty swimming.Mr Doyle was laid to rest yesterday in Calvary Cemetery in his native Drogheda yesterday afternoon.RTE director general Noel Curran said John would be sorely missed by everyone who knew him. He added: “John Lynch was a hugely popular member of the RTE National Symphony Orchestra and a most talented musician.“He will be hugely missed by all in RTE Orchestras, Quartet and Choirs, particularly by those he played with in the National Symphony Orchestra.“On behalf of all in RTE, I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to John’s family and friends at this very difficult time.”Mr Lynch, who was born in Melbourne but had dual Irish-Australian citizenship, worked as a freelance musician with both the RTE National Symphony Orchestra and the RTE Concert Orchestra since July 1999.Before that he played with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. DONEGAL FAMILY’S HEARTACHE AT DEATH OF GIFTED MUSICIAN IN DROWINING ACCIDENT was last modified: September 10th, 2014 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:CretedrowningJohn LynchKevin DevineRTE concert orchestralast_img read more

Raiders’ Arden Key has an appetite for sacks

first_imgALAMEDA — Arden Key was working out at the team facility this off-season when he was summoned to the office of new defensive line coach Brentson Buckner.As a rookie, Key, a third-round pick out of LSU, was supposed to be a third-down pass rusher. The Raiders would use his burst off the edge to complement both Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin. He’d get 20 snaps per game or so, using his quick-twitch abilities in a … [vemba-video id=”van/sc/2019/06/13/bang_4525dc5e-5399-422e-a64f-43c74d61841d”]last_img

Warriors can’t hold on to early lead, fall to Celtics 105-100

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — In a season defined by moral victories, the Warriors may have gotten another one in Saturday’s 105-100 loss to the Boston Celtics. However, they may have also suffered another team-altering injury.Guard D’Angelo Russell left the game with a sprained right thumb midway through the third quarter. Initial x-rays were negative, but he will undergo an MRI Saturday. His status for the team’s upcoming four-game trip is yet to be determined.The Warriors (2-11) entered the game …last_img

Hold probe against separatists in public, Mehbooba tells NIA

first_imgFormer chief minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday asked the National Investigating Agency (NIA) to bring all the facts pertaining to their investigations in the State in public domain.”Bringing facts about its investigations in the State into public is all the more necessary in view of the remarks made by a Division bench of Delhi High Court in its 40-page judgement while disposing off a case related to such investigations a week ago,” said Ms. Mufti in a statement issued in Srinagar.In a major crackdown in 2017, when PDP-BJP alliance was ruling J&K, the NIA arrested seven separatist leaders in Jammu and Kashmir to investigate “illegal funding from across the border”. Ms. Mufti said complaints had been put forth in the State that those accused by the NIA, ranging from family members of some separatist leaders, businessmen and media owners having remote connections with the accusations levelled against them, were feeling harassed after the raids by the Agency sleuths.“In view of these misgivings it’s incumbent upon the organisation to come clean on its investigations in the State so that the misgivings which its conduct has given rise to are cleared forthwith. This would go a long way in instilling public faith in the institutions of the country and the State,’’ she said.last_img read more