Airlines win fare ruling against LAX

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It’s too early to tell what impact the ruling will have on fares,” said Amanda Tobin Bielawski, a spokeswoman for Alaska Airlines. Several of the airlines issued a joint statement Friday calling the ruling a “clear victory,” and holding out hope that it will prompt a new round of negotiations for rents at LAX. A group of airlines won a partial and potentially costly victory Friday against LAX in a behind-the-scenes feud that has already driven up some fares. Federal regulators ruled that Los Angeles World Airports officials had discriminated against airlines, mostly low-cost and foreign carriers, when they boosted rents earlier this year. The ruling also said officials were justified in raising some other fees to better reflect the spiraling costs of running the airport. In its ruling, the federal Department of Transportation ordered the airport to refund some of the money it had collected, but nobody could say Friday how much. Several airlines have raised ticket prices at LAX by as much as $10 in response to the airport’s higher fees. They have said they will consider rolling back those fare hikes depending on the outcome of their complaints. last_img read more

Shock stats! The PL teams most likely to score from corners

first_imgFor some sides, an opportunity from a corner is a beautifully-wrapped gift from which to score, while for others, it’s just another wasted chance.But who are the Premier League’s most effective? Click the arrow to find out.Stats apply to Premier League games in the 2014/15 season and are correct up to 27 January 2015. 11 6. Sunderland – 36.7 corners-per-goal (three goals scored) – Click the arrow for more – Gus Poyet has stocked his side with some very physical specimens, with one of the benefits being their effectiveness in dead-ball scenarios. 11 11 11 11 7. Southampton – 37.3 corners-per-goal (three goals scored) – Click the arrow for more – Southampton have impressed in nearly every department this season and they have proven relatively deadly from corners as well. There are some tall players in their squad. 5. Newcastle – 33 corners-per-goal (four goals scored) – Click the arrow for more – Despite enduring a frightfully long period without scoring from a corner, Newcastle seem to boast some sort of threat from this particular set-play now. 3. QPR – 23 corners-per-goal (five goals scored) – Click the arrow for more – Definitely a surprise inclusion, QPR earn their spot in this list not just through goals scored, but the face that they have done so with 115 corners, one of the fewest in the league. 11 10. Crystal Palace – 41 corners-per-goal (three goals scored from corners) – Click the arrow for more – Palace could do with some more goals to match their change in fortune on the pitch. They will need to improve their return of three goals from 123 corners first though. 1. Chelsea – 16.5 corners-per-goal (eight goals scored) – By far the deadliest from corners in the Premier League are Chelsea who score on average just over every 16 corners. The Blues boast some of the finest aerial players in world football and they certainly make it count. 11. Arsenal have scored one goal on average from every 41.5 corners they have taken in the Premier League this season – Click the arrow to see the top 10 corner taking clubs in the PL! – The Gunners may not boast the tallest players in their ranks, but they do have some of the Premier League’s best headers of the ball, namely Olivier Giroud. However, four goals from a total of 166 corners (the PL’s highest) isn’t a great return. 8. Stoke – 39 corners-per-goal (three goals scored) – Click the arrow for more – Well known for stocking their ranks with tall players, it’s perhaps a little surprising to see Stoke this far down the list. 11 11 11 4. West Ham – 23.2 corners-per-goal (six goals scored) – Click the arrow for more – Much like Stoke, West Ham are well known as a team who play to their strengths in this department. Then again, when you have such effective aerial threats like Andy Carroll, you can’t afford not to. 11 11 2. West Brom – 18.8 corners-per-goal (six goals scored) – Click the arrow for more – Similar to QPR, West Brom earn their spot based on efficiency more than anything else. Six goals from 113 corners is a very respectable return and underlines the threat the Baggies pose from dead-ball situations and crosses. 9. Manchester United – 39.7 corners-per-goal (three goals scored) – Click the arrow for more – The Red Devils have some of the finest attacking talent in the world, but when it comes to aerial ability, they are lacking somewhat. Three goals from corners is ok, but not great given how attacking United are. last_img read more

Berman vows to change radio royalties

first_img“The free airplay for free promotion concept has established a natural symbiotic relationship between local radio and the recording industry,” he said. “Both grow and flourish together.” Moore, however, ticked off some of real-life effects of the deal: “My Guy” singer Mary Wells died in 1992 with no income even after years of radio airplay; Motown artist Junior Walker was forced to tour while suffering from cancer because it was his only means of earning income; and 78-year-old rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Bo Diddley recently suffered a stroke while touring. “I just heard the radio industry thinks they’re doing me some kind of a favor by promoting me,” Moore, 71, said. “As for radio allowing me to tour, well, thank you, but I’d rather be spending time with my grandchildren,” he said. “If broadcasters shared any of the money they earn from playing my records, I would not have to continue spending so much of my life running up and down the road.” Lawmakers were almost unanimously sympathetic with the performers. And, while no one has yet put forward specific proposals, Berman said he intends to introduce legislation by October. While the bill will likely make special allowances for smaller broadcast stations, Berman gave notice that the exemption radio has enjoyed for nearly a century will almost certainly end soon. Moore said he hopes that’s true. “I’d like to see this legislation pass in my lifetime,” he said. “And I remind you, I’m looking hard at 72.” (202) 662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Is radio killing the radio star? Rep. Howard Berman, D-Van Nuys, and much of Congress think so, and they vowed Tuesday to revamp a royalty system that has for 80 years allowed broadcast radio stations to play songs without paying the performers. “That Patsy Cline’s estate is not compensated for the over-the-air performance of her rendition of `Crazy’ seems crazy,” Berman said before a hearing of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property, which he chairs. Legendary singers Judy Collins – known for her interpretation of “Send in the Clowns” – and Sam Moore, half of the “Soul Man”-singing R&B duo Sam and Dave – testified about the plight of performers, arguing that they are cheated out of compensation. “Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,” Collins crooned to enthralled lawmakers before deadpanning, “How sweet the free sound, as it turns out.” Under the current system – based on the 1909 Copyright Act – when a song is played on broadcast radio, a royalty is paid to the songwriter while nothing is paid to the artist who sang the song. Internet, satellite and cable stations do pay performers royalties under legislation passed in 1995. Broadcasters argue that the radio arrangement is mutually beneficial, since stations are essentially giving free publicity to artists, thereby promoting CD and concert-ticket sales. Charles Warfield, president of Inner City Broadcasting Corp., whose stations primarily target African-American communities, said forcing broadcasters to pay royalties would make many stations switch to talk-radio formats or even shut down. last_img


first_imgThe Launch of the new brochure and an official re-opening of the Donegal Craft Village took place in the Craft Village courtyard, Lurganboy, Donegal Town yesterday.The event, hosted by the Mayor Councillor Frank McBrearty and Donegal County Manager, Mr. Seamus Neely, was attended by the Elected Members, public figures; staff involved in the refurbishment project, contractors as well as the Craft Village tenants. The Craft Village was constructed in 1986 and has been since very popular amongst the locals, as well as the tourists.The refurbishment works commissioned by Donegal County Council was put out to tender in November 2012. It has been agreed that the tenants would temporarily cease trading and vacate their premises for the period of the reroofing works. The work started on site on Monday 7th January 2013 and the contractors were appointed to vacate the site by 8th March 2013. During this period the buildings remained closed for its usual business.The renovation works involved the removal and disposal of the existing pitch roof coverings and the construction of a new insulated panel roof to all the units. Remedial and replacement works were also carried out to decayed timber, rain water drainage, fascias, barges, flashings, chimneys and parapets.The Mayor Councillor Frank McBrearty stated: ‘This was another positive economic development supporting the small business sector in South Donegal where the Councillors are pleased to be taken the lead role with supporting the craft industry.’ As initially intended, all tenants were back in their premises and open again for business on Friday, 8th March 2013. In the recognition of these major improvements, Donegal County Council has also commissioned a new brochure that will be available in both – printed and PDF format.The brochure features all six artists: Claire O’Presco – Handweaving, McGonigle Glass, Michael Griffin – Raw Studio, Niall Bruton – Jewellery & Sculpture, Johnny McCabe – Painting Artist, a new addition to the Craft Village since 2012 – Sandrine Salvador – ‘The Enchanted Earth’ Ceramics and ‘Aroma’ Coffee Shop & Mini Bakery.Donegal County Manager, Mr. Seamus Neely: ‘This re-launch is a great opportunity to refresh the profile of the Craft Village that will add to the tourism product our County has on offer. Donegal County Council will be strongly involved in the marketing activities promoting the Craft Village as part of the Donegal Tourism Ltd marketing campaign. The centre will also be cross-promoted on the new tourism website, supported by the social media channels’.Information on the Donegal Craft Village is also available on: DONEGAL CRAFT VILLAGE GETS A FACELIFT AND NEW BROCHURE was last modified: May 10th, 2013 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:DONEGAL CRAFT VILLAGEFACELIFTlast_img read more

CARMA in the cosmos

first_imgPASADENA – East of the Sierra Nevadas, high in the Inyo Mountains, a grand new science instrument was dedicated Friday. The Combined Array for Research in Millimeter-wave Astronomy, a $15 million combination of two millimeter-wave observatories, will allow astronomers to observe the universe with unprecedented clarity. CARMA merges six dish telescopes from Caltech’s Owens Valley Radio Observatory with 10 from Berkeley-Illinois-Maryland Association, previously located at Hat Creek in Northern California. “One of the things that’s really important about the new array is that it brings together four universities that really pioneered this technique,” said CARMA’s director, Anneila Sargent. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsFor many years, she said, the two observatories had been competitors, and had pushed each other to new heights. Recently, though, “we had realized that what had been done with each of our arrays was reaching its limit.” In order to create the desired images using the millimeter-wave signals received by only one telescope, it would need to be the size of a football field, Sargent said. “You can’t have that, but you can create the effect of a huge telescope using a technology of aperture synthesis,” she said. Aperture synthesis merges the data received by numerous smaller dishes. Combined, CARMA’s 15 telescopes – now updated with new instruments and programs that can quickly blend the data they each receive into one image – will be better able to observe the birth of stars and planets and to probe the origins of life and the universe. Additionally, said CARMA project manager Doug Bock, “moving to the high site gets us above more atmosphere and gets us clearer images.” Cedar Flat is at 7,300 feet, twice as high as the telescopes’ previous locations, Sargent said. The high elevation also results in less water vapor, which can distort the millimeter-wave signals. Besides providing bigger, more detailed pictures of space, the new array is “really a hands-on instrument where students and postdocs can do innovative and cutting edge science,” Sargent said, and will train a cadre of new astronomers. It will also provide support for the even more powerful Atacama Large Millimeter Array when construction is completed in 2012 or 2013. That array, located in the Atacama desert in Chile at an altitude of more than 16,000 feet, will have more than 50 dishes. (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4451160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Jury begins deliberations in molestation case against ex-cop

first_imgCHATSWORTH – A jury began deliberations Thursday in the molestation case against a former Glendale police officer who was arrested when he tried to meet an undercover federal agent posing as the 13-year-old girl he thought he was chatting with online. Arthur Crabtree, 45, now a family law attorney residing in Santa Clarita, faces 10 charges, including one felony count of a lewd act against a child and one misdemeanor count of annoying or molesting a child. He also is charged with attempted lewd contact with a child and multiple counts of attempting to send harmful messages to a minor and attempted annoyance and molestation of a child. Authorities arrested Crabtree Jan. 19, 2005, at a downtown Los Angeles Greyhound station. He was allegedly on his way to rendezvous with a 13-year-old girl he had met online. Chatsworth Superior Court Judge Melvin D. Sandvig handed the case to the jury after more than two weeks of testimony. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Deputy District Attorney Tannaz Mokayef painted Crabtree as a predator who methodically seduced girls. Mokayef called a string of witnesses, including a girl who said Crabtree had directed her in an Internet chat to masturbate when she was 15. The girl is now 17. “(Crabtree is) a person walking among us, hiding a desire for little kids,” Mokayef said in closing arguments. Defense attorney Patrick Clancy said his client didn’t know the girl’s age at the time of the chat – he assumed she was between 24-30. “If you thought you were 18 and older, you’re not guilty,” he said. As for allegations of his previous Web chats with other supposed 13-year-olds who turned out to be undercover agents, Clancy said Crabtree was fully aware he was dealing with law enforcement but wanted to taunt them to retaliate for what he considered past wrongs. “What was he trying to do?” Clancy said. “Keep them running in circles and on the line as long as possible without breaking the law.” Crabtree was among five Glendale officers named in a 2001 sexual harassment suit in which three female officers claimed they endured years of harassment, discrimination and retaliation by male co-workers. Clancy said the internal investigation left his client “mad as hell” and looking to undermine authorities. He said Crabtree has special knowledge of how investigators run online stings. “If you think it’s a cop, you haven’t committed a crime,” he said. “He knows where to stop without getting into trouble.” Mokayef said Crabtree was arrested at the bus station because he clearly intended to meet with someone he met online and believed to be a minor for a possible tryst. He was found with a swimsuit, a condom, bath items and a electric massager. “This shows you his intent,” she said. “This shows you what he was planning to do … with the girl.” Clancy said his client packed the items for a weekend getaway with his wife. (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Discussion of nonviolence set by faiths on Gandhi Day

first_imgHarish Amar, representing the Hindu faith, will share a story of nonviolence that relates to his hero. Amar proposed that VIC host a Gandhi Day event after taking an emotional, six-hour ride-along with the Los Angeles Police Department. “We see that people try to solve problems with violence. There are so many hot spots around the world and at the local level – you slap me, I slap you (in response),” said Amar, who teaches a Hindu class for youths at the Northridge Hindu Temple on Roscoe Boulevard. “If you want long-term solutions, you have to look at nonviolent ways.” Gandhi took to heart the concept of “ahimsa,” a Sanskrit word meaning avoidance of injury. The concept, found in the Upanishads, Hindu scriptures, is also interpreted to mean not causing any pain or harm to any living being by thought, word or action. Rabbi Jerrold Goldstein, representing the Jewish point of view, plans to share a personal account of Gandhi’s message. Goldstein, who is retired from Hillel at California State University, Northridge, recalled responding to a call for help by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. during the civil rights movement of 1964. “I remember him saying that we must listen to Gandhi’s lessons of nonviolence. He said there would be people who don’t like what we’re doing, and they may be violent. But we’re committed to nonviolence, and we must not respond in kind because it would hurt the justice of our cause,” Goldstein said. “It’s not always easy to practice nonviolence.” Along with the stories, Indian culture will be represented through dances and skits performed between the stories and through Indian food. Vandana Kumarcq, a science teacher at Canoga Park High School, has coordinated performances for past Gandhi Day observances. “Gandhi Day brings together all the different faiths,” Kumar said. “It feels really good to learn about each other. There’s no need to argue. I’m really big on interfaith, it’s beautiful.” VIC’s Gandhi Day, 4:30 to 6p.m. Sunday, Faith Lutheran Church, 7500 De Soto Ave., Canoga Park. Free. (818) 348-4266 or (818) 713-3708160Want 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 MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsGandhi, sometimes called Mahatma (great soul) or Bapu, a Hindi term for a beloved father, used nonviolent-resistance techniques to bring about the end of colonial British rule in India on Aug. 15, 1947. Gandhi’s birthday, Oct. 2, is a national holiday in India. His life and ideas on how nonviolent civil disobedience can bring about peaceful change are remembered with events around the world during the first week in October. Gandhi was 78 when he was assassinated on Jan. 30, 1948. A tabla drummer will open Sunday’s event, and a children’s chorus will follow. Storytellers from five faiths – Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity and Islam – will each take a turn, telling a story from sacred texts or personal accounts. CANOGA PARK – Sitting around a mock campfire and listening to stories told from five faith perspectives will be the setting Sunday when Faith Lutheran Church celebrates Gandhi Day. The theme of this year’s event, presented by Valley Interfaith Council, is “Teaching the Sacred Stories of Nonviolence and Peace.” “The goal this year is to lift up the messages of peace and nonviolence and celebrate the diversity of faiths. We’re trying to bring these powerful messages to our children,” said the Rev. Wayne Christiansen from Faith Lutheran Church. “This is what all faiths teach. I think anyone who attends will be empowered, uplifted and inspired.” last_img read more

Alisher Usmanov denies he is discussing sale of Arsenal stake to Stan Kroenke

first_img1 Alisher Usmanov Alisher Usmanov has denied he is in discussions to sell his 30 per cent stake in Arsenal to majority shareholder Stan Kroenke.Reports had claimed Kroenke Sports Enterprise UK was set to offer £525million to buy the 18,695 shares held by Usmanov’s Red and White Securities Limited.Despite being the second largest individual shareholder in the Premier League club, Usmanov has not been given a seat on the board, leading to suggestions the Russian businessmen may be considering his long-term options.However, in a statement issued on Wednesday afternoon, Usmanov moved to allay fears he was set to sell up to the American.“In recent days there has been speculation relating to a possible offer for my 30 per cent stake in Arsenal. As part of that I can understand the anxiety that these rumours are causing to the fans as reflected by the Arsenal Supporters’ Trust,” Usmanov said.“In light of this, I would like to be clear that I am not holding any talks with Mr Kroenke about a sale.”last_img read more

Sky maintains position as main Premier League broadcaster between 2019-22

first_img Sky has been the Premier League’s main partner since its inception in 1992 1 Sky has maintained its position as the main broadcaster of live Premier League football after claiming four of the seven available packages of television rights for 2019-22, it has been announced.The league’s main partner since its inception in 1992, Sky picked up 128 games, including all the matches on Fridays, Sundays and Monday evenings. BT claimed the other package to have been sold so far, switching from its current 5.30pm slot on Saturdays to 32 games at 12.30pm.The two remaining packages of two full matchday programmes have not yet been bought, which means the auction will continue on Thursday.In terms of how much money the league has brought in for its clubs, the five packages to have gone cost £4.464billion, which is just under £700million short of the total achieved in 2015, when 168 games were up for grabs.With 40 more games a season still to be sold, the cost-per-game price is £9.3m, down from the current £10.2m.last_img read more