So, I decided after my last 800m media race heroics at the World Championships in Moscow that I would hang up my spikes and go out in glory. I retired from the IAAF media race as the two-time Caribbean champion and with a personal best despite a back injury. Please note, I said 800m. As a Jamaican, I’m not wired for anything over 400m, so this is new frontier, people. Anyway, I decided to retire also to make a statement, having failed in my bid to get the IAAF to stop its prejudice against Jamaican journalists like myself and add a shorter race to the schedule … say a 100m … or 50m, so we can accommodate the … ‘not so fit’ among us. But I’ve received so many questions about whether or not I’m going to be competing – from colleagues, IAAF friends, fans – (laughs). I haven’t decided if I will change my mind about not competing yet, but I did take up an entry form and filled it out, just in case. After all, I can’t allow Jamaicans to go through another non-registration crisis after that Nesta Carter mess up! This is how it’s done JAAA. Wow! What a start to the 2015 World Championships. An amazing opening ceremony – especially by World Championships standards – huge crowd inside the Bird’s Nest, great action already in the men’s 100m as the top dogs sounded their barks ahead of what should be one of the best races in a while. The first day covering these championships is always such an adrenaline rush. After days of build-ups and previews, long drives to interviews and all that kind of stuff, it’s always, such a release to get the real thing started -the emotions, the thrill of competition, the sights, the sounds, and the wanton joy of capturing it all. There has certainly been enough happening to keep me busy for almost all 24 hours of each day since I’ve been here. From the Stephen Francis vs JAAA situation, the Nesta Carter debacle, Bolt vs Gatlin, Asafa and his chances, Shelly-Ann, Elaine, and the list goes on and on. TOUCH OF DRAMA NEW FRONTIER The truth is Jamaica’s track and field has always had a touch of drama about it. It’s a maze of politics, alliances, and relationships – all the ingredients for a good daytime series. I don’t always see eye to eye with Stephen Francis, or the JAAA, but in this case – in both cases – I think he has some solid points. Was the camp in Tottori fashioned to ensure that every athlete received optimal levels of preparation? How could a 5000m athlete possibly benefit from being at that camp, for instance? Has the JAAA management team done a good enough job? Is there enough accountability? No! Anyway, that’s for another discussion.
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WEST COVINA – Good things are worth waiting for. With a 9-0 decision in the finals of the CIF-Southern Section Coastal Division wrestling championship, South Hills High School senior wrestler Jonathan Aguirre won his first title at 145 pounds last Saturday. South Hills coach Robb Froh said Aguirre’s latest success isn’t the least bit surprising to him. “Jonathan has always had the talent,” Froh said, “he’s just gotten a lot of bad draws. Even then, he took good wrestlers to the limit. He has become very focused lately and it couldn’t happen to a more fun-loving kid who tries to bring everyone together.” Aguirre is very popular among his teammates and is credited with bringing the best out of even the most talented wrestler on the team. Thomas Williams is ranked No. 1 in the state at 112 pounds and is 42-1, but feels Aguirre has had the biggest positive influence on the team’s chemistry. “Jon is the main reason we’re close as a unit,” Williams said. “He’s a great motivator and he has become a much more balanced wrestler of late.” The only thing Aguirre may treasure more than his recent title are the relationships he’s formed along the way. Aguirre is extremely close with just about everyone he’s come in contact with. “I think of him like he’s my son,” South Hills assistant coach Chris Taylor said. “Jonathan has been in the shadow in his family and has decided to break out of it.” Aguirre says he can’t emphasize enough the value of his father James’ support. “My dad is in the stands at every match and is proud of me whether I win or lose,” Aguirre said. “It wouldn’t be the same without him there and I can see how happy he is when I wrestle.” Aguirre and his brother, Randy, are close as well and he says he takes his grades a lot more seriously because his older brother has helped Jonathan learn from his past mistakes. “I didn’t take school as seriously as I do now (in college) and Jon’s realized how important grades are,” Randy said. Aguirre boasts a 3.5 grade-point average and would like a career as a firefighter when his wrestling days are over. His cousin, Eddie, played a large role in his maturity on the mat, but the wrestler that has made the biggest difference in his rise to the top is 140-pounder Sal Castillo. “Sal came from Oklahoma and we came in as freshmen together. He probably didn’t realize it, but he was kicking my butt every day that we wrestled until our junior year,” Aguirre said. “He’s made me so much better.” Perhaps Aguirre’s improvement on the mat and focus of late has played a large role in his recent success, but he credits his family, coaches and teammates for the acclaim he now enjoys. With a CIF ring now on its way, Aguirre is focused on the last two weeks of his prep wrestling career. His impact on the South Hills program will last long after his departure. “He’s the most likable kid I’ve ever coached and he just brings the best out of everyone,” Taylor said. “I am not prepared to say good-bye to him.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Aguirre comes from a wrestling family. His cousins, Eddie, 24, and Brian, 23, and his brother, Randy, 21, all wrestled for South Hills. Jonathan became the first of the four to win a CIF crown. Randy wrestles at San Francisco State and said Saturday he was sweating all day until he got the text message he was waiting for. “When I saw that he had won, I got the biggest smile on my face and it made the rest of my day so much better,” Randy said. Aguirre’s season record of 36-10 isn’t an accurate indication of his talent. The Huskies had what many feel is a murderer’s row schedule and the South Hills captain is peaking at just the right time. “I was hoping to wrestle this well all year, but I am glad I am doing it now,” Aguirre said. “I am really focused and am working really hard to get better each day.” Aguirre, 17, is saving his best for last and his family, friends, teammates and coaches couldn’t be happier for someone they call a “great kid.” Aguirre will ride the hot hand he’s been dealt when the Masters Meet begins today in Rialto. The top eight wrestlers in each weight class advance to the state meet in Bakersfield.
The Portuguese ace has scored 44 goals in just 48 games for club and country so far this calendar year, including two in a 4-1 Champions League final win over Juventus in Cardiff on June 3.Ronaldo saw off competition from longstanding Barcelona rival Lionel Messi and Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar, the world’s most expensive player.Cristiano Ronaldo, FIFA Player of the Year © AFP / Gal ROMA, Laurence CHU , Vincent LEFAI, Sophie RAMISBut, typical of a footballer who has enjoyed huge success at both Manchester United and Real, Ronaldo was not satisfied.“I want seven. Five is good but seven is my lucky number so seven would be great.”Real boss Zinedine Zidane took the corresponding manager of the year award, with the Spanish giants providing five players in the FIFPro team of the year.Ronaldo won the inaugural Best FIFA men’s player of the year award last year following the end of a six-year merger between the FIFA honour and France Football’s Ballon D’Or.The 32-year-old previously won the FIFA World Player of the Year award, the precursor to the Best FIFA award, in 2008.Real Madrid’s French coach Zinedine Zidane (R) shakes hands with Italian manager of Nantes, Claudio Ranieri after winning the Best FIFA men’s coach of 2017 award © AFP / Ben STANSALLHe has now won the last two FIFA men’s trophies as well as three of the last four Ballon D’Or awards.“Thanks a lot for voting for me,” said Ronaldo after receiving his trophy from Argentina great Diego Maradona and Brazil’s Ronaldo at the London Palladium theatre.“I mention Leo and Neymar, great to be here. Real Madrid supporters, my team-mates, my coach, they all support me all year.“We are in England for the first time and I win consecutive awards,” he added. “This is a great moment for me. I have fans all over the world.”Zidane won out ahead of Chelsea’s Antonio Conte and Juventus’s Massimiliano Allegri to be crowned men’s coach of the year after becoming the first man to oversee a successful defence of the European Cup in the Champions League era.“I’d like to thank all of the players for making this possible,” said Zidane. “This is a very special prize.”By video-link, Netherlands midfielder Lieke Martens holds her trophy for The Best FIFA women’s player of 2017 © AFP / Ben STANSALLReal’s superb campaign was recognised in a FIFPro team that featured Ronaldo and club-mates Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Marcelo and Sergio Ramos.The XI also included FIFA’s goalkeeper of the year, Gianluigi Buffon.AC Milan’s Leonardo Bonucci and PSG’s Dani Alves were in the defence, with Barcelona playmaker Andres Iniesta in a side also featuring Messi and Neymar.– Giroud wins best goal –Juventus and Italy shot-stopper Buffon topped a three-strong shortlist for the goalkeeper award ahead of Real’s Keylor Navas and Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer.Monday also saw the Puskas Award for the best goal of 2017 go to Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud.The France striker received the award named in honour of Hungary great Ferenc Puskas for a spectacular ‘scorpion-kick’ against Crystal Palace in January.The Frenchman’s flicked volley with his left foot that went in off the crossbar won ahead of goals from Venezuela’s Deyna Castellanos, 18, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke.Juventus and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon (L) wins The Best FIFA goalkeeper of 2017 award © AFP / Ben STANSALLMeanwhile tournament hosts the Netherlands’ achievement in winning their first major female football title, the 2017 Women’s European Championship, was recognised with Women’s Coach of the Year and Player of the Year awards for Sarina Wiegman and Lieke Martens respectively.Supporters of Celtic won the Fan Award for the way they marked the 50th anniversary of the Glasgow club’s European Cup triumph.The Fair Play award went to Francis Kone for saving the life of goalkeeper Martin Berkovec, who nearly suffocated as a result of swallowing his tongue during a Czech league match in February.Voting for the bulk of the awards was equally weighted between national team captains and coaches, media and fans.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Real Madrid and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo stands with the trophy after winning The Best FIFA men’s player of 2017 award on October 23, 2017 in London © AFP / Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 23 – Cristiano Ronaldo has set his sights on a “lucky seventh” piece of FIFA silverware after collecting his fifth Men’s Player of the Year award on Monday.Ronaldo’s Real Madrid side, who won both La Liga and the Champions League last season, dominated the 2017 Best FIFA football awards at a star-studded ceremony in London on Monday.
Nigeria, too, should collect maximum points without undue difficulty away to the Seychelles, one of the weakest African national teams.It could be tougher for the Ivorians and Zambians, though, to collect their first points as Rwanda and Namibia respectively can be stubborn hosts.AFP Sport looks at five of the most eye-catching match-ups among the 24 scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday.EgyptEgypt’s forward Mohamed Salah looks on during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group A football match between Saudi Arabia and Egypt at the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd on June 25, 2018A war of words over image rights and security between Egypt and Liverpool star Mohamed Salah and the national association has overshadowed the clash with Niger in Alexandria.Salah and the national football body are contracted to different mobile phone companies and the striker also complained about sleepless nights because fans got access to hotels.After an away loss to Tunisia, Egypt must win under new Mexican coach Javier Aguirre to get back into contention and put a three-defeat 2018 World Cup campaign behind them.Ivory CoastIvory Coast star Wilfried Zaha boosted Crystal Palace by signing a new contract which ties him to them till the end of the 2022/23 season.New coach Ibrahim Kamara must have wished for a gentler introduction to one of the most demanding coaching posts in Africa than facing Rwanda away after a shock home loss to Guinea.Kamara, a surprise choice with many Ivorians anticipating a ‘big name’, must do without Crystal Palace flier Wilfried Zaha, an absentee for undisclosed “personal reasons”.Rwanda will also have a new coach with local Vincent Mashami succeeding German Antoine Hey, who quit after a first-round exit from the 2018 African Nations Championship last January.MoroccoMorocco now know they will be going home at the end of the group phase after two defeats in their first two outingsDefensive general Mehdi Benatia, who criticised Moroccan officials after a winless 2018 World Cup campaign, is a notable absentee for the visit of Malawi to Casablanca.But most of the action is likely to be at the other end of the pitch with Malawi trying to repulse attacks from opponents keen to make up for a 1-0 away defeat by Cameroon.Malawi appear to be on a hiding to nothing given that Belgian coach Ronny van Geneugden has managed just two victories in 15 matches since taking charge.NigeriaNigeria’s forward Alex Iwobi (L) fights for the ball with Zambia’s midfielder Simon Silwimba during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying football match October 7, 2017Not fully-fit John Obi Mikel and retired Victor Moses miss out as Nigeria seek to build after coming within four minutes of a World Cup last-16 place before conceding to Argentina.Coach Gernot Rohr also had to contend with several late withdrawals, including Arsenal striker Alex Iwobi and Serie A defenders Ola Aina and William Troost-Ekong.However, after being shocked 2-0 at home by South Africa during matchday 1, Nigeria should win convincingly ahead of tougher home and away tests against Libya next month.ZambiaZambia fans. Photo/COURTESYBelgian Sven Vandenbroeck has opted to go it alone as Zambia coach after assisting compatriot Hugo Broos when they guided Cameroon to a surprise 2017 Cup of Nations title.He succeeds Wedson Nyirenda, who oversaw a shock 1-0 home defeat by Mozambique, the first time the Chipolopolo (Copper Bullets) had fallen to their fellow southern Africans.Vandenbroeck has recalled several of the 2012 African title-winning team, including former captain Rainford Kalaba, for a clash with unpredictable Namibia in Windhoek.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Nigeria’s main kit won the plenty of fans, and the one game in which they wore itJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Sep 7 – Former champions Egypt, the Ivory Coast, Morocco, Nigeria and Zambia are among teams needing to catch up after losses when 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying resumes this weekend.It will be easier for some than others during matchday 2 with home advantage almost guaranteeing Egypt and Morocco maximum points against Niger and Malawi respectively.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Sentencing for co-defendant Jose Medina, 25, who was accused of being the gunman, was postponed until Thursday because his attorney was at another trial. Barba’s mother, grandmother and sister attended the sentencing but did not make a statement, Osorio said. A fourth defendant, Jason Falcon, 26, was acquitted. Marron, Medina, and Vallejo were each also convicted of attempted murder in connection with a female passenger in Barba’s car, and jurors also found true gang and gun allegations against the three defendants. The victim and the three convicted defendants were gang members, but there was no evidence that Falcon was a gang member, prosecutors said. Two men have been sentenced to 50 years to life in prison in the gang-related slaying of a teenager who was gunned down in Lake Los Angeles as he drove away from a friend’s house. Eighteen-year-old Ernesto Barba was shot and killed in January 2004 after a fight with a group of men who had been standing outside a house where he went to retrieve a music CD. George Marron and Raymond Vallejo, both 24, were each convicted in November of first-degree murder by a Los Angeles Superior Court jury. “Because they chose to involve themselves in a gang fight resulting in the shooting death of the victim, both defendants will not be eligible for their first parole hearing until they are about 72 years old,” Deputy District Attorney Benny Osorio said after Friday’s sentencing. Barba had gone to a friend’s house in the 40500 block of 174th Street East early Jan. 3 to pick up the CD when he was confronted by the defendants, who challenged him by asking, “Where are you from?” prosecutors said. He responded with a gang name, the defendants replied with their gang affiliation, and a fight ensued, prosecutors said. Barba got into his car and drove off while Medina ran into the middle of the street and fired 13 shots. Barba’s car was found crashed two blocks away, and the victim had been shot in the back of the head, prosecutors said. Falcon held back one of the witnesses for several seconds while he was trying to help Barba, prosecutors said. Barba was a student at Desert Sands Continuation High School but had been preparing to start a new job in the next week. Medina was arrested in February 2004 in Texas after investigators learned he might have left California and alerted other police agencies around the country. The others were arrested in Lake Los Angeles in the two months after the killing. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
RICHARD Riordan, the colorful former L.A. mayor, joined Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa last week to blast the federal government and announce a local panel of terrorism advisers. “We’re fools if we think we can rely on Washington, D.C., to save us from terrorists in this city,” Riordan said, noting how L.A. officials didn’t find out about a plot to blow up a downtown building until six months after it was thwarted. The squads of federal screeners at the airports aside, he’s got a point. Washington can’t even dole out anti-terror funds on the basis of need, but still uses its standard political pork method to consistently shortchange L.A. and California. Based on that, Los Angeles must develop its own plan to be able to mobilize and protect itself without waiting for help from the East Coast. 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 MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant
Buncrana GAA Notes For Week Ending Sunday 13th May 2012Congratulations: Congratulations to Brendan Ryan, Michael McLaughlin (Junior) and Stephen McClafferty who completed their Level 1 coaching award in Muff recently, keep up the good work lads! Congratulations to John Campbell who played for Donegal under 16’s last weekend. The U16’s were victorious over Cavan and Derry to qualify for the final stages of the Buncrana Cup. Congratulations also to Sean Noonan who is part of the management team.Commiserations to Kevin O’Loughlin and team mentor Gary Duffy who unfortunately lost out to Armagh in the Ulster Minor Shield Final in Clones last Saturday. Their focus will now be turning to the first round of the Ulster Champlionship in Breffni Park. Best of luck lads. U16 Football: Buncrana U16 Footballers have reached the Northern League final, following an impressive display versus Letterkenny Gaels in the semi-final on Sunday evening. Buncrana began the game at a blistering pace and registered three unanswered points in the opening 5 minutes, through John Campbell, Dara McDermott and Aidan Donaghey. The visitors fought their way back into the game and drew level midway through the first half. However, solid defending from Jack Doherty, Andrew Doherty, Aodhan Stokes and Caolan McGonagle provided the platform for Buncrana to push on. The surging runs of Aidan Donaghey, John Campbell and Shane McLaughlin created constant problems for the Letterkenny defence and the home side went in at half time with a 4 point lead. Buncrana dominated midfield in the second half, thanks to the excellent work rate of Joseph McGrory, and further goals from Harry Doherty and John Campbell put an end to any hopes of a comeback for Letterkenny Gaels. The lads can take great confidence from an excellent team performance and will now focus on the Northern League final. Training continues on Wednesday evening.Minor Football: Buncrana 4-10 MacCumhaill’s 2-5In the bitterly cold Scarvey, Buncrana overcame a hard working, talented MacCumhaill’s team. Buncrana led at half time 1-4 to 1-3, thanks to 2 excellent saves from Harry Doherty. A blistering start to the second half netted Buncrana 2-2 in the first 5 minutes. McCumhaills replied with a goal and a further goal from Darach O’Connor, his 4th of the game. Points from Ryan Curran, Mark O’Connell, Darragh McDermott and Kevin O’Loughlin sealed a victory for Buncrana. Best for Buncrana were Darach O’Connor, Joseph McGrory and Conor Grant. Scorers: Darach O’Connor 4-4, Kevin O’Loughlin 0-3, Mark O’Connell 0-1, Ryan Curren 0-1 and Darragh McDermott 0-1. Final Score 4-10 to 2-5Senior Ladies Football: Training sessions continue as follows, Wednesday night at 7.15pm and Friday night at 8pm.Gaelic4Girls: Gaelic football for girls under 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18’s every Monday night from 7.00pm – 8.30pm in the Scarvey. As always everybody is welcome. Please remember to bring boots, your own water bottle and warm clothing.U6 FUNdamentals: FUNdamentals for boys and girls aged 5 & 6 years (or turning 5 during 2012) will continue on Fridays at Scoil Mhuire between 6.15pm and 7.00pm.U8 Football: U8 Football Training continues every Friday and will now take place at the Scarvey from 6.30pm – 7.30pm. Parents, if your child is interested in having fun whilst learning the basic skills of gaelic football please come down and try it out.U10 Football: Training continues every Friday at 7.00pm at the Scarvey and new players are always welcome. Boys U14 Hurling: Boys U14 Hurling training takes place at the Scarvey every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 7.00pm. If you haven’t played before and are interested in playing Hurling please feel free to come along.Boys U14 Football: Training for the boys U14 team will take place on Monday evening at 5.00pm. Competitive games are due to begin in 6 weeks so all players are asked to attend. New and returnig players are always welcome.Boys U14 & U18 Hurling: Hurling training for boys aged 14 to 18 years takes place every Saturday at the Scarvey at 3.00pm-5.00pm. New players are always welcome.U8 and U10 Hurling: Hurling training for children under 8 and under 10 years takes place each Sunday at 11.00am. If your child would like to learn the basic skills of hurling in a safe and fun environment please come down and try it out, new players are always welcome. Boys U16 Football: Training continues every Wednesday at 7.30pm sharp in at the Scarvey, please bring boots and trainers and own water bottle. New and returning players are welcome.Lotto: The winning numbers in the €2,700 jackpot lotto draw, which took place on Tuesday 1st May in O’Flaherty’s Bar on the Main Street, are as follows: 8-19-28-30. There was no jackpot winner this week, however there were five €20 prizes which went to the following lucky participants:Denis Eccles (Murphy), Castle AveRyan Bradley, Riverview, GranshaSinead McLaughlin, Maginn AvePatrick McDevitt, 39 Maginn AveAva Friel, NewtowncunninghamCongratulations to our winners and thank you to all for your continued support, it is very much appreciated.Club Notes: Anyone who would like to receive a copy of the weekly club notes should email Oisín at firstname.lastname@example.org to be included on the mailing list. If you have any items which you think should be included in the club’s weekly notes, please email Oisín email@example.com by 6pm on each Sunday for consideration. To keep up to date with all the latest goings-on, please join us on www.facebook.com/buncranagaa or www.twitter.com/buncranagaaOisín DohertyPRO CLG Bun Cranncha0863390666buncrana.firstname.lastname@example.orgGAA: BUNCRANA GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: May 7th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:GAA: BUNCRANA GAA CLUB NEWS
Caltrans has quietly revived plans to widen or even double-deck the San Diego Freeway through the Sepulveda Pass, although outrage from San Fernando Valley residents may again force the agency to back down from a mammoth highway that would tower over homes. Department of Transportation officials say they’ve heard plenty of objections so are refocusing on less controversial alternatives – possibly a car-pool lane like the one between the Westside and the Valley that got fast-tracked this summer after local leaders won $130 million in federal funds. “There was a lot of negative comments about the double-decking. My thought is, relatively soon, we’ll be putting that one to bed,” said Ron Kosinski, deputy district director for Caltrans. “We’re certainly listening to the public out there. They’ve given us a lot of ideas.” But residents remain poised for a showdown over the 405 Freeway, much like the battle that erupted two years ago, when Caltrans proposed expanding the Ventura Freeway. But Caltrans resurrected the 405 proposal last summer after Congress approved $130 million for the northbound car-pool lane, jump-starting the $500 million project that otherwise wouldn’t have been built for more than a decade. Kosinski said the state wanted to look at other alternatives for improving traffic on the 405 as it was drawing up the planning documents for the car-pool lane. “The money that was secured was for the car-pool lanes, and so obviously that’s going to be a local preference, but we have to look at the range of alternatives.” The various alternatives would require condemning private property along the freeway, and would likely cost well into the billions of dollars, though Caltrans could not immediately provide a price estimate. But Caltrans got an earful from residents of homes in the Sepulveda Pass once the 405 expansion options surfaced. Residents generally support the northbound car-pool lane that would provide an obvious partner to the southbound high occupancy vehicle lane that has cut commuting time for car poolers. But residents overwhelmingly oppose any plans to build a massive freeway that require the use of eminent domain to acquire land through some of Los Angeles’ tonier neighborhoods – much the way they fought the condemnation of land to widen the 101. Richard Close, president of the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association, points out that his group was founded more than 40 years ago when the freeway was first built through the pass. “Although we are 150 percent in support of adding the car-pool lane, we think that any idea of double-decking or drastically widening the freeway should not even be considered,” said Close, who had advocated for the car-pool lane funds in summer. “It would impact adversely too many homes and residents and businesses.” Westside residents are also beginning to monitor the project. Lori Fontanes, board member of the Westwood Hills Property Owners Association, said the group is not opposed to the the car-pool lane so long as no private property is condemned. It has no position yet on the widening or double-decking proposals. An aide to Rep. Howard Berman, D-Van Nuys, who led the successful campaign in Congress to bring home $130 million for the 405, notes that the funding approved by Congress can be spent only for the car-pool lane. Councilman Jack Weiss wants to make sure residents are protected. “We support the improvements to the 405 and we plan to work very closely with Caltrans to protect our neighbors,” said his chief of staff, Denise Sample. Kosinski said the outpouring of opposition has led Caltrans to focus on building a car-pool lane and possibly adding some mass transit options – like bus-only connector ramps from major streets to the HOV lanes. Even with community support, the northbound car-pool lane faces its own uphill battle in the state, as officials figure out how to fully fund the project, which faces a $270 million shortfall, and get it built before the federal 2009 deadline. Kosinski said the state hopes to have the planning documents finished within the next year to be put out for public review. “We want to look at … lower-cost, lower-impact alternatives,” he said. “What does that leave you to? Hopefully that leaves you to car-pool lanes.” Lisa Mascaro, (818) 713-3761 email@example.com 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 MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “I’m in the process of organizing the residents along this corridor just like we did on the 101 and forming a consensus,” said Gerry Silver, president of Homeowners of Encino. “We oppose double-decking or widening of the 405, but we are not opposed to other significant improvements that would improve traffic flow.” Even more, residents are angry and frustrated at the way the 405 plans quietly resurfaced last month. “It’s either on the table or it’s not,” Silver said. “If it’s on the table, then let them tell us what they exactly (are) looking to do, flesh it out. … Or take it off the table and just deal with the more realistic things.” Caltrans introduced the idea of double-decking the 405 during public meetings in 2003 – about the same time as the debate over the 101 – then shelved the plan when the state budget crisis deepened and billions of dollars were transferred from transportation accounts to the state general fund.
The bigger the animal, the more weight it has to carry. How can large animals maintain strong bones without making them heavier? It turns out all animals have struts in their bones called trabeculae, but the larger the animal, the fewer, stronger, and farther apart are the struts. This new finding is leading to ideas that may improve your car. PhysOrg reported on a team from Imperial College London and the Royal Veterinary College that was curious about bone structure in various mammals. Looking at femurs from 90 different species of mammals, reptiles and birds, they “found that trabeculae, typically found near joints, have different geometry depending on the size of the species.” This was news to them. Dr. Michael Doube at Imperial College London said,“Scientists had not previously known that the structure of trabeculae varied, or scaled up, depending on the size of the animal. We assumed that trabeculae would be important in supporting the weight of larger creatures such as Asian elephants, which can weigh more than three tonnes. However, we were surprised to find that animals that have comparatively lighter loads, such as the Etruscan shrew, weighing three grams, also has trabeculae supporting its tiny body. Our study is helping us to see how the remarkable geometry of trabeculae supports loads in all creatures, no matter how big or small they are.”In addition, they found that the mass of bone per unit volume was roughly constant in big and small animals, but “the trabeculae in bigger animals were thicker, further apart and less numerous.” Moving from observation to explanation, they reasoned that “the big trabecular struts inside the bones of larger animals help to support their heavier load without the need for thicker and denser bones. Using this structure saves valuable energy in larger animals because they do not have to grow, maintain and carry extra bone tissue around with them.” Neat idea. From explanation they moved to application:The scientists say new structural materials could be developed, which are inspired by geometry inside femurs. These materials would contain a lattice work of stiff foam that would be reinforced in certain areas, depending on the load being exerted on that particular section. This type of material could be used in car bodywork, only being reinforced in areas of the car where loads are heaviest. This could make cars lighter and more fuel efficient.A capital idea, worthy of stimulus by some entrepreneur. The scientists delved deeper into their biomimetic hunch and generated 200 computer models of “virtual bones,” giving their open-source code, named BoneJ, to anyone who wants to download it (see BoneJ.org). About 1500 downloads from 250 institutes and organizations have taken a look at it. Some of them might have great ideas for lightweight aircraft and automobiles. Think of the slogans: Tough as an elephant or Built to fly like a bird. Now that they understand bone structure better, the team wants to study animal motion and joints “to understand the relationship between how animals walk and bone structure.” What might come of that? Understanding bone deformities, for one thing; reconstructing the movement patterns of extinct species, for another. Their research was published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.Bravo! Great science with no evolution! We wish to praise researchers who get the best aspects of science right: observation, explanation, and application to help improve our lives. Sir Francis Bacon stressed that you will know good science (like good character) by its fruits. Biomimetics again shows how a design-focused science not only leads to understanding, but to practical benefits. We called this “design-focused science” but lest Eugenie and Rick Dawk have a fit, there was no need to mention God, Creator, or religion in this project. There was, however, an unspoken assumption that animal bones are well designed for what they do (go back and read the quotes for clues). Was that a science-stopper? Clearly not. It would have been so tempting for the reporter to toss in the Darwin fogma, claiming that animals evolved these amazing optimal solutions by blind chance. But fogma not only blinds, it stinks. Who needs useless smoke? Who needs to hear tall tales, like notions that vastly different animals all converged on the same solution to optimize strength per unit mass? Clear the air, stick to the observations, and make the theory do something helpful. Observation – explanation – application: that is classical science. It worked for Faraday, it’s fair for our-a-day. (Visited 37 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0