Taps played for the city’s fallen in Iraq

first_imgAs the strains of taps reverberated through Los Angeles City Council Chambers, city officials wearing black arm bands paid homage Tuesday to nearly three dozen Los Angeles residents who have died in Iraq. Councilman Bill Rosendahl, wearing his American Legion cap, read aloud a list of those who have died in the war. It was Rosendahl’s first public denunciation of the war. “I have been silent on it all these years,” Rosendahl told his fellow council members. “I was a journalist when the war broke out, and I had (Rep.) Dennis Kucinich on my show, and he said the war was based on lies. He turned out to be right.” With the war entering its fifth year and more than 3,200 American deaths, Rosendahl said he felt it was appropriate for the city to remember those from Los Angeles who were victims. Taps was played by Iraq war veteran Jeff Key. rick.orlov@dailynews.com 213-978-0390last_img read more

Pochettino: Tottenham’s attacking talent deserve spotlight

first_imgTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino insists his side’s attacking talent deserve praise after a rampant display saw Spurs seal a 4-0 win over Queens Park Rangers.The Argentine was poached from Southampton in the summer to fulfil the club’s attacking philosophy, and his impact was evident as his side dazzled fans with one of their best performances in a long time.Last season’s forgotten man Erik Lamela, who looks rejuvenated playing under his compatriot, shone brightly on the wing while Nacer Chadli, Christian Eriksen and Emmanuel Adebayor all proved far too strong for Harry Redknapp’s men on the ex-Tottenham boss’ first return to White Hart Lane.Chadli scored twice in the first half, either side of a second goal in as many Premier League appearances for Eric Dier, while Adebayor added a fourth after the break to take Spurs temporarily top of table.And Pochettino was full of praise for his wealth of attacking talent, insisting he is keen to allow his players to roam free of their shackles.“Lamela, Adebayor, Chadli and Eriksen create the movement and rotate – they are free,” he said.“For me, it is important that the team show they are a team. We played like a team all together and we can achieve something.“We work a lot on the training ground but it is important that the players are free in their minds because they are creative players.“You can not put the players like that in the shade, you need to provide the organisation but after that they are free.“It is true that Lamela can improve a lot. He is still young and when a young player arrives in a different country it is hard to adapt.“We all know his skills and we are very pleased for him and for all of the squad – today was a very good day.”Together with the side’s creative talent, another of the outstanding performers was 20-year-old defender Dier.Born in England but raised in Portugal, the centre-back has proved a steal at £4million this summer having netted a goal apiece in his first two games in a Spurs shirt.But Pochettino has warned against putting too much pressure on the youngster, with many already calling for his call-up for international duty.The Argentine coach added: “To score is great for his confidence, but it’s important to be careful because he is only a young player.“At the moment he is showing great maturity and skill as a centre-back, but we need to take it step by step, we have a long season ahead and we have to be patient.”last_img read more

Woman shouted “if you can’t beat them, eat them” as she bit Garda

first_imgA young woman shouted “if you can’t beat them, eat them” after she bit a detective in a Garda station.Megan McQuaide was arrested after she was involved in a traffic accident in Barnesmore, Co Donegal on June 24th last. The 18-year-old was found by Gardai standing in the middle of the road and was shouting and striking out at the emergency services.McQuaide, of Meadowbank Avenue, Strand Road, Derry, was a passenger in a car but was unhurt.She was taken by ambulance to hospital but had to be accompanied by Gardai because of her behaviour.She was physically aggressive to hospital staff and was arrested for public order offences and taken to Letterkenny Garda station.As she was being released into the care of her grandmother when leaving Letterkenny Garda station, she sank her teeth into the chest of a female Garda.As she did so she shouted, “if you can beat them, eat them.”Letterkenny District Court heard how the accused broke through two layers of clothing and broke the skin of the Garda causing her severe bruising.Solicitor Patsy Galagher said his client, who pleaded guilty to public order and assault charges, had a severe history of drug using, both prescribed and unprescribed medication.Mr Gallagher said Ms McQuad was living with her grandmother who had been searching for her at the time of the incident for a number of days.“She was in a drug confused hell but she is in a very different place today and is trying her best,” Mr Gallagher told the court.Judge Paul Kelly ordered a Probation report on Ms McQuaid and adjourned the case until January 15th next.Woman shouted “if you can’t beat them, eat them” as she bit Garda was last modified: September 20th, 2017 by StephenShare 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:BarnesmorebitDerrydonegalGardaMegan McQuaidelast_img read more

Electric cars will be cheaper than gas models but Canada lags in

first_imgOTTAWA – A Canadian energy think tank says the world is less than a decade away from the tipping point at which electric cars will cost the same as conventional gas-powered vehicles.But in a report released Thursday, Clean Energy Canada says this country is lagging on the government polices that elsewhere are helping spur consumers to adopt the new technology despite reservations about everything from price to reliability to the distance they can travel on a single charge.“The only way we will get to a point where an electric car is an equivalent or cheaper price than a gas car is if we can achieve a certain scale of production and to achieve that production we need to do more to make it easier for consumers to choose electric vehicles,” said Dan Woynillowicz, policy director at the think tank.Canada also doesn’t produce any mass-market electric vehicles, fewer than half of Canadian dealerships of car makers that have electric vehicle models even sell them and supply is so limited here it can take months for a Canadian who wants an electric vehicle to actually drive it off the lot.The waiting list to get a Chevy Bolt, the most popular electric vehicle sold in Canada, is about eight months. While there are 97 electric vehicle models available worldwide, only 27 of them are sold in Canada, and most dealers don’t even have a single model on site so people can test drive it, said Woynillowicz.Cutting emissions from cars is a big part of Canada’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to meet its international commitments. Road transportation is currently responsible for about one-fifth of all of Canada’s emissions.Transport Minister Marc Garneau plans to release a national zero-emission vehicle strategy in 2018 to help increase the number of sales. Canada is currently one of only two G7 nations without such a strategy.Norway, which leads the world in electric vehicles, with almost 30 per cent of cars sold there being electric, plans to bar the sale of combustion-engine vehicles in 2025 and already doesn’t charge any taxes on the sale of electric cars.In Canada, Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia offer cash rebates for buying electric vehicles; 97 per cent of electric car sales in Canada are in those provinces, compared to about 90 per cent of all new car sales.Quebec is to launch a policy in 2018 requiring dealers to sell a certain percentage of electric cars.Despite that, sales in Canada are barely a blip, representing about one in every 100 new cars sold.According to FleetCarma, an Ontario-based tech company helping to enable the adoption of electric vehicles, September was a record-setting month for electric car sales in Canada.That month’s total EV sales? Just 2,240 cars, out of a total of 186,800 cars sold.Clean Energy Canada says electric vehicles represent a number of economic opportunities for Canada, including for auto parts manufacturers and the mining sector, spurred on by demand for the minerals and metals needed to make the lithium-ion batteries.If Canada doesn’t jump on board more quickly, the rest of the world is going to snap up those opportunities and we’ll lose out, says the report.In addition to addressing price gaps, a national strategy could also make policy recommendations or provide funding for additional charging networks, and encourage municipalities and provinces to break down barriers for people to charge their cars at home and at work.Anxiety that electric cars can’t get far on a single charge, won’t work for long distances or are unreliable are among the biggest barriers for consumers. There have also been reports of condo dwellers or apartment renters being unable to charge their vehicles.Ontario’s new building code standards, as of January 1, will require any new condo building to include an electric car charger for at least 20 per cent of onsite parking, and the rest will have to be equipped so the chargers can be installed later. But that will not affect existing buildings.last_img read more