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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONTEBELLO – City Council members have decided that cutting the amount of time the public has to speak during meetings is not an infringement of free speech. In a contentious meeting this week, the council adopted five “rules of decorum” proposed by Mayor Bob Bagwell, including limiting public speakers to three minutes at the daias from the current five minutes. Council members, who formerly had an unlimited amount of time to talk about any item on the agenda during the “public orals” part of the meeting, now will have to limit their remarks to five minutes per agenda item. Bagwell had originally proposed 13 itemized “rules of decorum” changes. However, the city’s attorney questioned the legality of some of the proposals limiting the time council members can speak. That and strong opposition from residents prompted the council to trim the proposals to five, which members approved in a 3-2 vote. But not before Councilman Bill Molinari, who voted no, complained that the rules violated free-speech rights. Bagwell answered that most cities already have a three-minute limit on public comments. “You can’t tell me the 10 million people of Los Angeles County, who have three minutes to speak, are being denied their constitutional rights,” he said. “Nothing is cut in stone, here. If people ask for more time, we’ll most likely grant it.” City Attorney Marco Martinez said he saw possible legal problems in Bagwell’s suggestion to limit council comments. “There’s a government provision that \ they can adopt rules and regulations, but whether they can adopt time limitations on their own speech is not clear,” he said. “Rather than draft it in the way he had envisioned, we softened it up by saying \ can ask the mayor for more time. I think enforcement will be difficult, though.” But while debating the new rules, Councilwoman Rosie Vasquez and Molinari spoke well beyond five minutes. At one point, while Vasquez was speaking, Bagwell tried to interrupt her. “Don’t embarrass me,” she fired back. “If you have somewhere to go, go. I don’t know why you have to be so difficult.” As part of the changes, the council’s public orals part of the meeting will now take place during the first 30 minutes of the panel’s meetings. Any overflow will be heard after the agenda items. “We used to have the public orals at the end,” Bagwell said. “But some council members talked so long that the meetings got too drawn out. Many people couldn’t wait around until the end of the meeting to address the council. It really took up the people’s time.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029last_img read more

first_imgQPR face Birmingham City at St Andrews today, with Sandro in contention for his first start since May.The Brazilian midfielder made his first appearance of the season when he came on as a second-half substitute during Rangers’ 4-3 win against Bolton before the international break.Having impressed in that game and in training since, Sandro is pushing for a starting place. Head coach Chris Ramsey was previously reluctant to select him.Director of football Les Ferdinand this week declared that Ramsey needed to “step his game up” following a troubled start to the campaign.Rangers are 11th in the Championship table and have conceded 20 league goals this season. No team in the division has shipped more.See also:QPR discuss loan deals but Sandro and Fer look set to staySandro seeks assurances but Ramsey stands by HenryBirmingham v QPR: six key battlesFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgWe have shown this magnificent video before of a landing in thick fog using autoland taken from the cockpit of a Boeing 757 by Hjörleifur Jóhannesson.Many readers have asked us to put it back up on the news feed so here we go.The Category 3A approach is to Oslo Gardemoen Airport. The wind is calm with visibility of just 225 meters on the runway.Autoland systems were developed to enable aircraft to land virtually blind although they can be used in all levels of visibility.However there are limits to the amount of wind component that an autoland system can handle.For instance for a 747-400 the maximum headwind is 25 kts (28mph / 46km/hr), maximum tailwind 10 kts and a maximum crosswind of 25 kts.However for the autoland to work an airport must be equipped with an appropriate Instrument Landing System (ILS) or Microwave Landing System (MLS). There are various levels of ILS capability.CAT 1 has a decision height for the pilot of 200ft (61m) and the pilot must be able to see 2400ft (55m) down the runway. For CAT 11 the decision height is 100ft (30m) and a runway visual range of 1000ft (300m). CAT111a 100ft and 660ft, CAT111b 50ft and 246ft.Most airports have only a CAT 1 capability.The first aircraft to be certified to CAT III standards was a Sud Aviation Caravelle in December 1968 followed by the Hawker-Siddeley Trident in May 1972 to CAT IIIa. It achieved CAT IIIb  in 1975.The Trident had been certified to CAT II in February 1968.In the video listen for the heights being called out by the aircarft’s systems. The 757 enters the fog at 500ft and the first lights of the runway are seeen at just 100ft above the runway.Music on the video is by Paul Schwartz, Cantilena from the Aria 2: New Horizon album. For more videos by Hjörleifur Jóhannesson see: http://www.youtube.com/user/hjorleifur1961/videoslast_img read more

first_imgPhoto: American Airlines. US safety authorities are looking into the sudden death on Wednesday of an American Airlines first officer as a Boeing 737-800 was about to land in Albuquerque, New Mexico.The aircraft had flown as Flight 1353 from the airline’s hub in Dallas-Fort Worth and was two miles (3.2 kms) from landing when the captain declared an emergency and cited a medical issue, US media reports said.The captain landed the plane safely and attempts were made on the ground to revive the stricken pilot, identified as William “Mike” Grubbs, by administering CPR.The airline said in a statement a that it was  “is deeply saddened” by the death and it was taking care of the pilot’s family and colleagues.“Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time,” it said.Pilots are subject to health checks and it is rare for one to collapse at the controls.A 57-year-old American Airlines captain who suffered from heart problems died in October, 2015, flying an Airbus A320 between Phoenix, Arizona, and Boston. The plane diverted to Syracuse, New York,  and landed safely.In October, 2014, an Air New Zealand pilot collapsed at the controls of a  Boeing 787  Dreamliner as it landed in Perth, Australia.  She later died in hospital.last_img read more

first_imgMikael SilvestreWhat is it that makes the World Cup so special, so different? Everyone will have their own reasons and their own special memories as to why this competition captures not only the imagination but also the attention of the world’s media for five weeks, every four years. I feel,Mikael SilvestreWhat is it that makes the World Cup so special, so different? Everyone will have their own reasons and their own special memories as to why this competition captures not only the imagination but also the attention of the world’s media for five weeks, every four years. I feel privileged that I managed to be a part of two World Cup campaigns with Les Bleus, the French national squad, in 2002 and 2006. But my passion and love for this tournament began a long time ago.Part of the magic of World Cups is that they leave a huge legacy. You can play for some of the biggest clubs in the world in domestic football-and I did-but many games and results can easily be forgotten. However, in World Cups, great goals, great players and great moments tend to stick in public memory. My earliest World Cup memories are from Mexico ’86. And even then as a kid, I remember thinking the World Cup was very special and it felt like the best competition in the world, better than the Champions League, or the European Cup as it was then.The closing ceremony ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup final in Johannesburg, South AfricaWhen I was growing up in France, we had a golden generation with the likes of Michel Platini, Luis Fernandes, Jean Tigana, Patrick Battiston and Alain Giresse playing for Les Bleus at the time. I don’t remember them winning the European Championship in 1984, I was too young, but I do recall France beating Brazil in a penalty shootout in Mexico ’86. It’s moments like these, the drama of a do-or-die shootout, that make World Cups so memorable.advertisementSpain celebrate their win over Netherlands in the 2010 World Cup finalAnd if World Cups are special to impressionable, excited youngsters, imagine what it’s like to be a player involved in one, when you know the whole world is going to be watching you. A World Cup feels like a giant carnival. You feel the magnitude of the event just from the way people talk about it, not just in the media but also your friends and family. The treatment you receive feels like a step up, no matter how big your club might be. At World Cups you get the best of the best-the best hotels, the best medical attention in terms of preparation, the best support from your sponsors, more attention from the media than ever. You know when you’re part of a World Cup, that’s for sure.P For Passion, Pressure, Positivity, PerformanceA World Cup is very different from club football but the elements that set them apart are quite unique. The pressure is so much more in an international competition featuring the 32 strongest nations from around the world. But pressure is there in any game of football at any level. It’s about how you deal with that pressure-the pressure associated with a World Cup need not be so intense if you approach it in a positive way. You only really feel pressure through the media and unless you’re at home, like France were in ’98, when I wasn’t in the squad, the buzz associated with a World Cup doesn’t feel like pressure. It is like the whole country is with you and you are one striving for the same goal. We wouldn’t want to feel like we are up here and the fans are down there and we are more special than the fans.At the same time, I am not saying the pressure is less than with club football because it is obviously a bigger stage. It is just there in a different way. In club football, your home fans are there with you every other week and it is more of a direct pressure. Ultimately it is better, psychologically as a player, if you don’t interpret fans’ expectation as pressure but instead treat it as support for you and the team. This is the same in whatever competition you’re playing. For this reason I believe Brazil will be dangerous in this World Cup, purely because of that strength of support they will have. To view this support as pressure would be a negative way of looking at it from a player’s perspective.The Zidane Head-Butt And Other Low PointsA giant FIFA World Cup 2014 banner is placed at the foot of Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, BrazilI was delighted to be involved in two World Cups, but in 2002 the back four was almost set in stone with Marcel Desailly, Lilian Thuram, Bixente Lizarazu and Frank Leboeuf-it was an established defence so there was no room for me at that time. After all, France were the World Cup winners in 1998 and European champions in 2000, so these players were still very much part of the squad. We did have some suspensions and that was maybe a chance to play youngsters but that didn’t happen, which was a big disappointment for me. In fact, that whole tournament was an unhappy one for France from the first game when we lost 0-1 to Senegal. Then Thierry (Henry) got sent off in the next match against Uruguay (which ended 0-0), before we lost (0-2) to Denmark to finish last in our group.So while World Cups are special to be part of, they can also bring pain when things don’t go your way-as a team or as an individual. That World Cup in Japan and South Korea was simply a disaster for us. And I don’t just refer to matters on the pitch, but we were in a shambles off the pitch as well. We were hot property at the time as World and European Champions, and the French Football Federation exploited this by making a lot of money commercially. We had so many commercial deals that it was almost unreal. It was like the Hollywood film Rocky, when the hero was the champion of the world and became distracted by the external aspects of the sport. Because we didn’t have to qualify as reigning champions, we travelled to places like Chile and Australia for friendlies and it was the worst preparation that we could have hoped for.advertisementWe made a lot of money out of those commercial deals but it was a huge distraction. I was even more frustrated in 2006. Even though we reached the final, I thought I was going to play more because I was doing well for Manchester United at the time but still only managed to play one game against Togo when I replaced Eric Abidal, who was suspended. I was ready to go and do battle in all our games: You train hard and feel the adrenaline pumping as though you’re in with a chance of playing and then, when you don’t get a shirt, it’s a massive disappointment.I know sports gurus say we have to keep an equilibrium between the highs and the lows, but that is impossible. You cannot train for days to play on the biggest stage and then not be disappointed at not playing. A World Cup, especially, is a roller coaster of emotions-high, low, high, low.That 2006 World Cup was doubly frustrating for me because we were so close to being world champions but had to settle for runner-up. It was particularly sad that our most inspirational player, Zinedine Zidane, was sent off in the final against Italy. I say ‘sad’ not only because it affected our chances of winning but also from a sentimental perspective, because Zidane is the best player I have ever played with or against and it was a shame that this incident had to happen. That final is a memory I try to blank out of my mind. I went on holiday to Corsica after that to escape the fallout of coming so close.advertisementZidane, though, is at the top of my list when people ask me who the greatest players are that I played with or against. And I say that as a teammate with Les Blues and as an opponent when I was with Inter Milan and he played for Juventus. I also faced him for Manchester United when he was with Real Madrid. His ability to read the game, his awareness and his all-round skills were second to none.It was fitting when Zidane nominated Paul Scholes as the greatest player he had faced because I trained with ‘Scholesy’ every day and played with him for years and I could see the similarities. Scholes was like a conductor of an orchestra, controlling a game as he wanted. Zidane is number one on my ‘best-ever’ list though, and the Brazilian striker and a former World Cup hero, Ronaldo, would not be too far behind because of his supreme ability to finish. He was so clinical.Why Hosts Brazil Will Uncork The ChampagneJapanese football fans cheer their team on a TV screen during the 2006 World CupSo, back to the present-which are the teams to watch at the 2014 World Cup? It is clearly a difficult question to answer because there is so much quality on show. But I can safely say Brazil are my number one team to win the tournament, which would be their sixth success at a World Cup. I don’t make this comment lightly just because of their fantastic history in the competition. I saw them win the Confederations Cup 3-0 in the final against Spain last year and I thought they had a really good work ethic and the best attitude and team spirit, along with their natural skills. That’s a pretty dangerous combination-not to mention their passionate home support.Teams are going to have to be really good to beat Brazil this year. If they can keep Neymar fit, they have an excellent chance to win it. Other than Brazil, I would say Germany, Italy and Argentina, who will obviously enjoy the familiarity of the South American climate, are in with a chance too.My own team, France, have an outside chance but they will be relying on a big performance from their number one striker Karim Benzema. He really needs to be on top of his game. He’s done well for Real Madrid but he hasn’t been as good for France, so we French will be hoping he can rediscover his goal-scoring form.A World Cup in Brazil will, no doubt, create a very special atmosphere. As I said, the World Cup is like a carnival, and no footballing nation knows how to carnival quite like the Brazilians. So let the fun begin.The writer played for Inter Milan, Manchester United, Arsenal and Werder Bremen and was part of the French team in the 2002 and 2006 World Cup campaigns. He will be a guest for Sony SIX, the broadcaster of 2014 FIFA World Cup in India.To read more, get your copy of India Today here.last_img read more

first_imgzoom Oslo-listed bulker owner Songa Bulk ASA has entered into an agreement to acquire a 2012-built Kamsarmax bulker built at Tsuneishi in Japan.Songa Bulk said it would establish a wholly-owned subsidiary to take delivery of the 82,188 DWT vessel, set to take place in October 2017.The latest acquisition brings the company’s fleet to 15 vessels, which resulted in an investment worth USD 279.6 million.The vessels include two Capesizes, ten Kamsarmaxes, one Ultramax and two Supramaxes.The purchase comes on the heels of the buying spree from August when the Norwegian shipowner bought three second-hand Kamsarmaxes.Prompted by attractive second-hand prices, Songa Bulk announced last month it would be looking into more ship acquisitions.To this end, the company completed a tap issue of USD 45 million in its Senior Secured Callable Bond Issue, the net proceeds of which have been earmarked for the financing of bulker acquisitions. The total nominal amount outstanding in the bond following the tap issue will be USD 120 million.last_img read more

first_img Recommended for you Related Items:akia guerrier, cali, columbia, commonwealth youth games, edith skippings, edmonton, Pan American Junior Games, Samoa, Turks and Caicos Amateur Athletic Association, world youth champions Bahamas 15th in early Commonwealth Youth Games medal count Commonwealth Secretary General: Youth Games “returned home” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp St. Lucian sprinter makes history at Commonwealth Youth Games Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 14 Jul 2015 – For the first time, Turks and Caicos Islands has a young woman qualifier for the World Youth Champions and the athlete to make the historic cut is Akia Guerrier. The Turks and Caicos Amateur Athletic Association (TCAAA) yesterday announce that Akia Guerrier is the first female athlete to make the qualifying standards and will be representing the Turks and Caicos this July at the Championships in Cali Columbia, the Pan American Junior Games in Edmonton, Canada and at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa in September. Akia and her coach, Randy Ford and chaperon, Rosalie Ingham-Hall, General Secretary of the TCAAA left yesterday morning for the Youth Championships. On hand for their departure was TCAAA President, Edith Skippings.last_img read more

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