Kobe Bryant helicopter firm was not allowed to fly in fog

first_imgIsland Express Helicopters was limited to operating when the pilot was able to see clearly when flying.The pilot reportedly had the federal certification to fly the helicopter relying only on cockpit instruments.However he is likely to have had little experience in doing so, experts say.This was due to him being restricted by the company’s licensing.The cause of the crash in foggy weather west of Los Angeles is still being investigated. Bryant was on his way to coach his daughter’s basketball team in a local youth tournament at the Mamba Sports Academy.Meanwhile, on Friday the Lakers played their first game since Bryant’s death, going up against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Staples Center in LA.The team paid tribute to Bryant by warming up wearing his numbers – 8 and 24 – while thousands of fans chanted, “Kobe, Kobe!”Singer Usher then began a formal tribute by singing Amazing Grace, flanked by bouquets in the shape of the numbers 8 and 24.Paying tribute to the icon, Lakers star LeBron James told the crowd: “The fact that I’m here now means so much to me.”I’m going to continue with my teammates to continue his legacy not only for this year but as long as we can continue to play the game of basketball that we love, because that’s what Kobe Bryant would want.”last_img read more

Noise nuisance

first_imgThere is no questioning the prevalence of noise nuisance and its harsh consequences on residents. The numerous related complaints, including letters in the media, tell of extremely worrying situations. Much has been said about the disturbing effects, especially on the elderly, the sick and children, seemingly left at the mercy of the perpetrators. Much has also been said about the reportedly reluctance of the Police to intervene or their very delayed and inconsequential response.Based on reports, noise nuisance is widespread with common sentiments by affected residents. Their stories detail the horror they are forced to endure and their passionate pleas for help. To put in perspective the impact of loud noise, the USA used it as a means of “music torture” for psychological warfare on former Panamanian leader, General Manuel Noriega.Facing indictment for drug-trafficking and other claims, he was at the time hiding out in the Vatican’s embassy in Panama City, after the USA invasion. Having surrounded the embassy, troops blasted rock music non-stop. It is believed that the Vatican complained to the then US President, George HW Bush and the music war stopped within three days. Shortly after, Noriega surrendered.That further demonstrates the potency of noise to inflict psychological harm on humans. Evidence is not necessarily needed to make that point, but noteworthy, loud noise can potentially cripple the mindset. While the Noriega situation lasted only three days, here in Guyana, many residents are subjected either on a daily basis or throughout every weekend. As this nuisance continues unabated, affected residents are left short of a solution for relief.Recently, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan spoke to the issue during related training involving representatives of the Guyana Police Force and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He alluded to the social problems noise nuisance can precipitate and reminded that persons can be prosecuted. He also stated that other mitigating measures such as seizure of equipment, revoking of licences and the increasing of fines can be taken against perpetrators and urged knowledge of the related laws.While the training is welcomed and the Minister’s pronouncement would be seen as a call to action by those tasked with maintaining law and order, it did not answer why there is a reported lack of action in many instances to the numerous reports made. Clearly, the authorities cannot be oblivious of residents’ cries; both in the media and complaints made to various Police stations.It should be noted that after accusing its predecessor of failing, the current Government campaigned vigorously to restore law and order in all forms. If that were to be believed, then an obvious question is why it took more than three years for the Minister to appear to be implementing measures to bring relief to residents? What could have led to his pronouncements at this time and which prevented him from doing so before?There have been numerous allegations of some Police ranks deliberately turning a deaf ear to complaints of noise nuisance. One reason is reportedly some the ranks benefit from owners of bars and promoters. There are also allegations of some ranks patronising some bars and events even while the music is devastating to surrounding residents. The common response to aggrieved callers is that permission is granted until midnight. In reality that “midnight” turns out to be much closer to sunrise.Gauging from reports in the public domain regarding the Police/EPA training, it appears that the issue of “until-midnight permission” may not have been a focus. This is not to say it probably was not discussed. However, that needs to be addressed, taking into consideration the welfare of citizens. Equally worrying, is the Minister urging knowledge of the related laws to the gathering. Is that suggesting that the first responders are unaware? Should that be taken as an answer for the lack of meaningful intervention, especially in the past?Surely that cannot be accepted for residents wanting relief. Many have asked why particular bars are given the freedom to consistently blare music in total disregard for others. Action has since been taken against one and residents are relieved after years. A question is; why not earlier? Naturally, clamping down on noise nuisance will find favour with residents but the wrath from the perpetrators.When interests clash, the welfare of the general citizenry is expected to be given priority. As the Minister’s charge is executed, the foremost expectation would be for no favouritism to be shown to the believably friends and/or benefactors of some ranks. As it is, some bars, in and out of the City, operate unfettered as if the Minister’s statements were never made.If the Minister is genuinely concerned over the various social problems that can manifest, then he has to be even-handed and the efforts sustained across the country. If this is now a priority, then he must also implement a mechanism whereby citizens can easily further their complaints when ignored at Police stations with the expectation of a swift resolution. Failure in these regards will probably see residents surrendering to blasters as Noriega; only in the context of being fatigued by noise.last_img read more

Several Persons, Vehicles Stranded in Southeast

first_imgThe roads to Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County and the southeast, are an economic hazard for half of the year, every year in Liberia, due to the rains.The Daily Observer has gathered that due to the bad road network in the southeast of the country, several persons traveling that way, as well as their vehicles, are stranded. The passengers and their vehicles, the report said, got stranded about a week ago, and they are reportedly running out of food and water.The report was corroborated by dispatchers at Monrovia/Grand Gedeh Parking Station, who confirmed that hundreds of businessmen, women, aid agency vehicles and commuters are stranded due to the deplorable road conditions. They added that the passengers and the vehicles were stuck in the muddy areas of the road.As a result, some of the stranded vehicles have reportedly developed mechanical faults on the highway near the security post at Toe Town, Grand Gedeh County. Meanwhile, there are also reports that goods, which some of the stranded persons were carrying to Zwedru, have begun to rot as a result of being confined for so long.During the weekend, some of the stranded passengers, contacted via mobile phone, told the Daily Observer that they have been stranded for two weeks.They further noted that to send their messages to Monrovia and other areas, they have to travel about four to five miles and climb high hills to get network signal to call relatives and friends. Businessman George B. Bleeton, 48, said he was disappointed because “If we remain stranded with these perishable goods for another week, we will incur loses thus hindering our businesses.” Mr. Bleeton added that the stranded passengers are running out of basic necessities such as food and safe drinking water. “We only want the government to fix the very bad parts of the road for now and wait for the dry season to do real work on this highway,” one of the passengers pleaded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Marvels of childhood just don’t seem to age well

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonSeriously, if Walt was such a kind man, why did he display these unobtainable wonders at the onset of his giddily anticipated weekly “Wonderful World of Disney”? In 1950s America, there were no cheap flights to California. No, we had rotten station wagons and anything located within a 50-mile radius of home as long as it wasn’t the Baseball Hall of Fame because my commie parents hated baseball. Which left Frontier Town, a fly-blown collection of crumbling log forts and cabins thrown up by the side of a highway and meant to profit off the Davy Crockett insanity. Shown in episodes, the fabled series featured Fess Parker as the frontier hero who seriously beat the hell out of all the guys who played him later (including John Wayne and especially Billy Bob Thornton). This while the nation’s youth wore a genocide’s worth of lesser mammal fur and nobody seemed to notice. Years later I saw Parker at his resort in Santa Barbara. I had two kids by then. I was a grown man. And all I could do was gape as Davy said hello to me! “He said hello to me!” I told my young daughters, who had no idea why I was behaving like a bigger idiot than usual. In a way, this is the story of my life. Everything I want, if it comes at all, comes far too late. Cool cars, nearly cool moves – all arrived late. The same can be said of Disneyland. By the time I visited the mother of all roadside attractions, I might as well have been back at Frontier Town, where – this is a true story – we once ran into my sister’s moonlighting math teacher painted like a Sioux chief and smoking a Pall Mall. Still, Frontierland called to me in the same way that duty called Davy and his trusty sidekick, George “Buddy Ebsen” Russell, to their deaths at the Alamo. Only what I had expected in Frontierland had vanished. Where was the stagecoach, the cow with the Mickey spots and the petting zoo? And why was it that everything looked so much smaller than it had appeared on TV? Still, the logs were there and Tom Sawyer Island was there and, while I could no longer use the secret passages or run happily along the famously slightly swaying (but OSHA safe) bridge, I figured that a time would come when I’d have children who would enjoy what I had so tragically missed. Only my children, infected with the electronically generated superheroes of their day, saw nothing in these relics of my day. The log walls, the smell of raw wood and all the wonders bequeathed us by Mark Twain and Davy were as remote to them as the planet Trafalmadore. If they had read of Tom and Huck’s adventures or seen one of the eight films based on the story (the first, in 1907, was viewed by Twain himself), it had made no impression. Adventure then and adventure now are far different things, which is probably why rumors are flying that this integral portion of Frontierland may soon become Pirates of the Caribbean Island. Why not have an adventure based on a movie which is itself based on a ride? Things change as things must and what was once adventure is no more. So why do I feel like the time I went looking for Frontier Town and found nothing left, not even a trace? I want to hear your comments. Connect with me at john.bogert@dailybreeze.com, call 310-543-6681 or send a letter to Daily Breeze/John Bogert, 5215 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503-4077.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Editor’s Note: John Bogert is on vacation but has selected some of his favorite past columns to run while he’s away. This one originally was published Oct. 6, 2006. When you think about it, Disneyland is just another roadside attraction. Sure, it’s a really big one and it has been parked in Anaheim since the place smelled more like oranges than Kuwait. Still, no matter what its size, if an attraction doesn’t change, it becomes another Frontier Town. Not Frontierland, mind you, a registered trademark of the Disney conglomerate, but Frontier Town. Frontier Town was what Davy Crockett-smitten 1950s kids in upstate New York had in place of Disneyland. Go ahead, laugh. But that’s what we got instead of the marvelous spinning teacups, the Tomorrowland rocket and the log fort you Kalifornia Kids had right down the wide-open highway. last_img read more

Issa seeking spot on GOP leadership team

first_img 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 MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Republicans will select some new leaders after they return from their winter recess at the end of the month. California now has one other member of leadership: Rep. John Doolittle, R-Rocklin, the Republican Conference secretary. Doolittle is tied to disgraced former lobbyist Jack Abramoff, and his leadership post could be at risk if Republicans hold elections for all leadership spots short of speaker. Some rank-and-file Republicans are pushing for such full-scale elections in the wake of the Abramoff lobbying scandal that helped force DeLay, R-Texas, to give up the majority leader job. WASHINGTON – Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, announced his candidacy Friday for a spot in the House Republican leadership being vacated by one of the contenders to replace Tom DeLay as majority leader. Issa said he will seek the post of Republican Policy Committee chairman, among the lower spots in the eight-member GOP leadership team but one that would give him a seat in meetings with the House speaker, majority leader, whip and others. “I think California needs to be represented in the national policy debate,” Issa said in an interview. “So much of what needs to be heard in Washington originates in California.” The position has been held by Arizona Rep. John Shadegg, who on Friday became a candidate in the race for majority leader, opposing Reps. Roy Blunt of Missouri and John Boehner of Ohio. last_img read more

Cut state’s debt, don’t add to it

first_imgWith all these looming liabilities, the state should be cutting debt, not increasing it. After all, it is not as if Sacramento is short of tax revenues to fund needed infrastructure. In California, state tax revenues rose 19 percent in 2005 and are on course to rise another 7 percent in 2006, according to census data. California’s congested infrastructure is frustrating to all. But voting for more bonds and getting deeper into debt is not a good solution. Instead, states should reprioritize their budgets, devote rising revenues to critical projects and pursue private financing where they can. There is no free lunch with debt-financed spending. When you’re casting your vote, remember that bonds come with just as high a price tag as new taxes do. Chris Edwards is director of tax policy at the Cato Institute. Write to him at cedwards@cato.org.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! IN addition to choosing candidates in Tuesday’s election, California voters will directly control government policy by approving or rejecting billions of dollars of bond issues. The state of California has $43 billion of bonds on the ballot to fund highways, schools, and other projects. Cities and counties across the state are asking voters to approve an additional $10 billion of bonds for local projects. California budgeting has become uniquely hooked on debt. The $53 billion in bonds in California represent two-thirds of the $80 billion in bonds on the ballot across the entire country, according to Bloomberg. California used to finance most of its infrastructure with current revenue, but it now finances nearly all of it with debt. For politicians, the appeal of bonds is obvious: They provide funding for favored projects without unpopular tax increases. Federal Reserve Board figures show that state and local debt nationwide jumped from $1.2 trillion in 2000 to $1.9 trillion today. Voters usually approve more than two-thirds of bonds at the ballot box, according to The Bond Buyer. That high approval rate is curious. Don’t people know that more debt means higher taxes? The tax bill might not come due for a few years, but the burden of debt is real. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’First, consider that yesterday’s decisions to issue debt are imposing a burden right now. Every dollar Sacramento must spend paying off past bonds is money it can’t use for infrastructure upgrades and taxpayers can’t spend on their household expenses. Second, debt financing is more costly than current tax financing because of the interest expenses and related charges. The only real beneficiaries of debt are the middlemen – the tens of thousands of highly paid analysts in the Wall Street municipal bond industry who do the underwriting and trading. These middlemen are costly, and mixing high finance with big government often results in corruption. Indeed, the municipal bond industry suffers from “pay to play” scandals in which bond underwriters use bribes and campaign contributions to win bond business from government officials. A third disadvantage of debt is that it makes state and local finances less transparent. As Wall Street has concocted ever more complex debt deals for the states, it has become nearly impossible for citizens to decipher government budgets. The most important reason that California voters should hesitate to approve bonds is that the state already faces huge government liabilities. California has about $70 billion in unfunded liabilities for retirement health benefits for state workers. last_img read more

Man United transfer news: Paul Pogba free to leave Old Trafford next month

first_imgJust three years ago the Red Devils made Pogba the most expensive player in the world, but his divisive influence in the dressing room has become an increasing problem.Thus United will listen to offers for the 25-year-old in January – and will look to strike a swap deal with Pogba’s former club Juventus.That could include allowing the controversial midfielder to leave on loan in January – as long as the deal includes the option of a permanent transfer.The Turin giants, who bought Pogba from United for just £2m when his contract expired in 2012 and then sold him back to the Reds four years later, have already registered an interest. 3 United are keen on a swap deal with Juventus, including Miralem Pjanic Pogba, left, and Jose Mourinho’s relationship has come under increased scrutiny this season Mourinho is keen on midfielder Miralem Pjanic, although he is likely to have more success engineering a swap deal involving defender Alex Sandro.It is understand Pogba would prefer to move to Spain, though – with Real Madrid and Barcelona on his horizon.Paris Saint-Germain are also understood to be interested in the World Cup winning midfielder. 3center_img Manchester United are looking to sell Paul Pogba next month 3 Getty Images Manchester United will look to sell midfielder Paul Pogba next month, according to reports.The Mirror report that Old Trafford hierarchy, most notably Jose Mourinho, have run out of patience with the France midfielder and are ready to flog him for a second time.last_img read more

When is England vs Netherlands? Nations League fixtures – date and kick-off times

first_img Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ no dice Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card England will be back in top level action this week when they compete for the first ever Nations League trophy.Harry Kane and co were superb in the group stage, seeing off Spain and Croatia to top Group A4 and book their place in the finals.And, days after losing the Champions League final, captain Harry Kane has another chance at glory. Standing in his way? Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS tense whoops Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:19Loaded: 8.06%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:19 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. LATEST England fans are bracing themselves for what could be another memorable summer.Gareth Southgate’s men enjoyed a stunning World Cup campaign in 2018 and the positive feelings around the Three Lions have grown ever since. The UEFA Nations League trophy is what England, along with the Netherlands, Portugal and Switzerland are going for Gareth Southgate – complete with waistcoat – will be targeting another crack at international glory Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars huge blow Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury UEFA Nations League Finals: When is it?Semi-finals: Portugal vs Switzerland – Wednesday June 5, 7:45pm kick-off, Estadio do Dragao, PortoNetherlands vs England – Thursday June 6, 7:45pm kick-off, Estadio D. Afonso Henriques, Guimaraes* England squad for Nations League finals: Redmond handed call-up, Kane and Winks included *Third place play-off: Sunday June 9, 3pm kick-off, Estadio D. Afonso Henriques, GuimaraesFinal: Sunday June 9, 7:45pm kick-off, Estadio do Dragao, PortoUEFA Nations League Finals: Live on talkSPORTtalkSPORT will be there and bring you full coverage of every Nations League match this summer.To tune in just click here for the live stream or click the radio player below. Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City shining REPLY Darren Gough gives his Nations League preview ahead of the England v Netherlands match 2 Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star UEFA Nations League Finals: Who is in it?England will take on the Netherlands in their semi-final clash while Portugal and Switzerland will go head-to-head in the other tie.UEFA Nations League Finals: What do you win?While the tournament is linked to Euro 2020, the winner will NOT gain a spot at the Euros.The champion of the inaugural tournament will instead win the all new trophy and a substantial amount of money with the victorious country pocketing just under £10million. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ gameday cracker 2 REAL DEAL deals last_img read more

Scots swim star Robbie Renwick unconvinced by Glasgow 2014 legacy

first_imgScottish swimming star Robbie Renwick says he’s unconvinced by talk over a lasting legacy from the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.The world and Commonwealth champion hit out at what he calls “two faced” nature of those who promote the legacy of the games at the same time as facilities are being closed across the country.Speaking to STV, Renwick reiterated the importance of community facilities to bring through the next generation of stars.A Scottish Government spokesman said: “The legacy programme from the 2014 Commonwealth Games has delivered many benefits for communities across Scotland, from the Legacy 2014 Physical Activity Fund helping organisations promote physical activity in their communities, to the Dalmarnock Legacy Hub which includes a bursary, GP surgery and community hall. The legacy programme also created thousands of jobs and improved infrastructure and facilities. “The Scottish Government is supportive of grass roots sport, and over the next five years we will increase the number of community sports hubs to 200 by 2020, targeting areas of deprivation and a number of regional centres to support both community and elite sport to help people reach their full sporting potential.”last_img read more

Neotel launches home phone service

first_imgPrice differentiator 23 October 2008 “We believe that we have hit the nail on the head with this product, particularly in light of the current economic conditions,” Neotel Consumer Business Unit head Mukul Sharma said in a statement this week. According to Neotel, a key differentiator of the company’s home phone offering is the call rates. “During the course of 24 months, a usage discount of up to R25 will be given back to the consumer every month,” Sharma said. “This effectively means that consumers could be reimbursed for the full purchase price of the phone.” “This eliminates the risk of losing your service due to copper [cable] theft.” Two packages There is no differentiation between Neotel-to-Neotel peak and off peak rates, which are charged at 17 cents per minute for local calls at all times. Both packages operate on true per-second billing for all calls, from the first second onwards. SAinfo reporter Neotel’s home phone is available in two packages, the first of which allows the consumer to purchase the phone upfront for R599, followed by a monthly service fee of R99. “While the product focuses on providing consumers with high-quality voice, they also have the option of utilising data, sms and e-mail, which is provided as part of the service,” Sharma said, adding that a further benefit of Neotel’s home phone was that the service was delivered via a fixed-wireless product. The second package does not require an upfront payment for the phone, and is charged at R199 per month. “Consumers are feeling the pinch of global and local economic pressures and are continuously looking to save costs, but still stay in touch. “At 34 cents per minute for local peak landline calls, and 17 cents per minute for local off-peak landline calls, communicating will become more affordable for the consumer,” Sharma said. Neotel has launched a home phone service in South Africa’s major metropolitan areas, making use of the company’s fixed-wireless network – with local peak rates to all landlines set at almost half the price consumers are currently paying. “Neotel’s home phone is a home phone that offers impeccable voice quality, delivery within 48 hours of successful order completion and no installation required,” he said. “On this package, users receive 1 000 free Neotel-to-Neotel minutes and 200 free sms within Neotel’s coverage area, [with] the free minutes [being] applicable for local, regional and national calls,” Sharma said. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more