An Olympic First: Cardboard beds for Tokyo Athletes Village

first_img“Those beds can stand up to 200 kilograms,” explained Takashi Kitajima, the general manager of the Athletes Village, speaking through an interpreter. Loading…Sponsored Content7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone Two sets of bedroom furniture, including cardboard beds, for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Villages are shown in a display room Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Tokyo (AP) — Tokyo Olympic athletes beware — particularly larger ones. The bed frames in the Athletes Village at this year’s Olympics will be made of cardboard. Sturdy cardboard.center_img That’s about 440 pounds, and surely no Olympic athlete weighs that much.“They are stronger than wooden beds,” Kitajima added.He also took into account the possibility of a wild room celebration after, say, a gold-medal victory.“Of course, wood and cardboard would each break if you jumped on them,” he said.The single bed frames will be recycled into paper products after the games. The mattress components — the mattresses are not made of cardboard — will be recycled into plastic products.The mattress is broken up into three distinct sections, and the firmness of each can be adjusted.The idea was to use materials that could be remade after the Olympics and Paralympics. But the cardboard frames and supports should give the rooms a spartan look.Organizers showed off the beds and a few other furnishings on Thursday at their headquarters. The entire Athletes Village complex will be completed in June. The Olympics open on July 24 followed by the Paralympics on Aug. 25.“The organizing committee was thinking about recyclable items, and the bed was one of the ideas,” Kitajima explained, crediting local Olympic sponsor Airweave Inc. for the execution.Organizers say this is the first time that the beds and bedding in the Athletes Village have been made of renewable materials.The Athletes Village being built alongside Tokyo Bay will comprise 18,000 beds for the Olympics and be composed to 21 apartment towers. Even more building construction is being planned in the next several years.Real estate ads say the units will be sold off afterward, or rented, with sale prices starting from about 54 million yen — or about $500,000 — and soaring to three or four times that much. Some fear the apartments will flood the market, possibly impacting property values.The units will be sold off by various real estate companies. Ads suggest many of the units will be slightly larger than a typical apartment in Tokyo, which is about 60-70 square meters — or 650-750 square feet.last_img read more

Burundi counting votes in presidential election

first_imgElectoral Commission President Pierre-Claver Ndayicariye said Wednesday that 74 percent of the 3.8 million registered voters cast their ballots. Nkurunziza is expected to win the election after some opposition groups boycotted the poll.The U.S. said the legitimacy of the election has been tainted by the government’s harassment of opposition and civic groups, closing down of media outlets and intimidation of voters. More than 100 people have died in protests opposing Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term that opponents say is unconstitutional.last_img

Furious Alex Compton says Magnolia played ‘dirty basketball’ in Game 4

first_imgAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlaska head coach Alex Compton was livid as he entered the press room for a post-game interview following the Aces’ gutsy victory over Magnolia in Game 4 of the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals Wednesday night.Compton was in no celebratory mood despite Alaska knotting up the series at 2-2 and with momentum on its side heading into a pivotal Game 5 less than 48 hours from now.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? The usually well-disposed Compton was furious over what he described as “dirty basketball” being played by Magnolia.Compton claimed his players “were punched multiple times” throughout Game 4.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“We have an officiating crew that perhaps didn’t see it and I understand that they can’t see everything, but Jio (Jalalon) punched us, somebody punched Mike (Harris) in the testicles, somebody punched Chris (Banchero) in the testicles at what point is that gonna get called I don’t know but I’m sure that next game it will and we can just play basketball,” Compton said as he rolled up his sleeves.“That’s dirty basketball. Calling it anything else would be a lie and I’m not a liar.” It’s still unclear if indeed Hotshots guard Jio Jalalon threw a punch and if Aces import Mike Harris “got punched in the testicles” as what Compton claimed but it was clear as day that Aces playmaker Chris Banchero was punched in the groin by Hotshots guard Mark Barroca less than three minutes left in the game.Barroca got away from the referees but his low blow couldn’t escape the camera as his punch was shown on replay multiple times.When asked about the incident, Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero came to the defense of his veteran ward.“He’s just saying that,” Victolero said in Filipino when told about Compton’s comments.Banchero did have the final say when he accounted for seven of the Aces’ last eight points. He finished with 17 points, six rebounds and five assists.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Alaska ties PBA Finals, holds off Magnolia in Game 4 Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Chamber of Commerce: remaining relevant and providing continuous leadership in private sector…

first_imgDear Editor,The role of the Chamber of Commerce encompasses: business counselling by Chamber staff; business workshops and seminars; business expansion assistance; plant visits; work force data; business retention; business recruitment; commercial site inventory; economic development committee; office space inventory; small business council; business registration info & forms; commercial and industrial site facilities and contact; transportation capacity etc.In today’s business environment, Chambers of Commerce must carefully navigate the waters between expectations and delivery of business assistance.  In many instances, the role that the local chamber plays is dependent upon other organisations in the community.In those scenarios, the partnership between the organisations reduces the Chamber’s significance, enables product/service duplication, and limits the efficiency of service delivery. It is also imperative that Chambers take the initiative in areas where their strengths are an advantage.  Such would be the case with distributing business-related information and assistance.These two areas offer opportunity for contact between the Chamber and the business community. Where there is an economic development organisation that has an active business retention and expansion programme, Chamber staff or senior volunteer(s) should be encouraged to be part of the visitation teams.Establishing a relationship via the site visits gives the business an opportunity to meet a Chamber representative, and the staff member the opportunity to make a follow-up contact.  Such contact also puts the Chamber at the table when addressing business-related issues.The local Chamber must remain committed to helping local companies grow their businesses by taking the lead in programmes and efforts that help create a strong local economy, and make our community a great place to do business.The Chamber must continue to be an integral component of the community by offering a wide variety of programmes and initiatives that positively impact the economic vitality and quality of life.Members should be able to capitalise on the contacts, resources and support provided by the Chamber. The aim of the Chamber is not only to develop its members, but to strengthen the community in which they serve, and this will enable the Chamber to be more effective and competent.Sincerely,Michael Herculeslast_img read more

Say yes to life, not suicide

first_imgDear Editor,The recent death of the 15-year-old student by suicide should be a matter of concern for all of us. I often wonder in amazement at the death of our young people; life snuffed out so often by suicide, accidents, murders, drug overdose, alcoholism and life rejection by people who reject our young people. I want to challenge us as a nation particularly our young people that we are born with a purpose to live and not die. Purpose in theological terms simple means why do we exist in this world? What are our goals, visions and dreams? Where do we go from here when we die?Purpose can guide life decisions, influence behavior, shape goals, offer a sense of direction, and create meaning. For some people, purpose is connected to vocation—meaningful, satisfying work. For others, their purpose lies in their responsibilities to their family or friends. Others seek meaning through spirituality or religious beliefs. Some people may find their purpose clearly expressed in all these aspects of life. (Richard Leider) The untimely death of this young lady should motivate the Education Ministry and religious leaders to do more in our schools among our young people including the University of Guyana.When people are confused, frustrated and rejected, they feel they can take their life and just end it all but they can kill their bodies but not their souls. Our souls are our true spiritual bodies that will stand before God on the day of judgement and those who commit suicide have no chance of salvation unless they repent before they die.‘’For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.’’ -Ecclesiastes 12:14What is suicide? Suicide is defined as intentionally taking one’s own life and comes from the Latin word suicidium, which literally means “to kill oneself.” It tends to carry different traits depending on culture. Literally speaking, suicide, or completed suicide is the successful act of intentionally causing one’s own death. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death worldwide and rates of completed suicide are higher in men than women – with men up to four times more likely to kill themselves than women. The most cited risk factors for suicide include psychiatric disorders, genetics, substance abuse, and family and social situations. Oftentimes, psychiatric factors and substance abuse co-exist. (Quote from PSYCOM). I will also like to give a theological viewpoint of suicide. All suicide cases have a demonic spirit attached to it, many times when a person murders someone they will also commit suicide. It’s a demonic spirit working in their minds to kill a person and themselves. I have had the privilege to counsel and pray for people contemplating murder and suicide and see them free with much prayers and counselling. While we mourn the death of this child from Mae’s school; it’s time we introduce religious studies into our school curriculum from Primary to University. It’s is God’s purpose and plan for us to live life to its full potential and don’t die before our time.I call on all of us to say yes to life and not suicide. I end this discourse with a quote from Shakespeare: ‘’This life, which had been the tomb of his virtue and of his honour, is but a walking shadow; a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.’’Regards,Rev Dr Gideon Cecillast_img read more

After Ebola, we can start getting angry about the buses again

first_imgMy alarm used to go off at 4.50am every morning. I would get up, hurriedly wash and dress and with barely enough time left to prepare breakfast, race out on to the tarmac.No matter how early I left, there were usually already 50 people waiting by the roadside, looking out in the direction of the oncoming traffic, their breath steaming in the morning air. Schoolkids as young as four or five, older children in secondary school and university students, men and women on their way to work, and women on their way to trade their wares in the market. I had to walk about 30 minutes from my home, but others would have journeyed for an hour.Two transport buses would arrive. Shoving and pushing one another, we’d crowd on board. Soon the seats were full; some people stood, others sat in the laps of anyone willing to accommodate them.The buses headed to central Monrovia, Liberia’s capital city. The journey should have taken no more than 15 minutes, but the two-lane road is littered with potholes and so narrow that cars nearly scrape against each other. Heavy traffic sends opportunistic drivers completely off the road and creates a third lane in the dirt path beside it. Most days we sat in traffic for 40 minutes, our clothes smelling of exhaust fumes by the time we arrived.That was all before the Ebola epidemic. The spread of the disease would eventually lead to the closure of schools and businesses and further destabilise Liberia’s small and vulnerable economy. The epidemic would prove what we know but the world was yet to see: that even more fragile than the economy was Liberia’s health sector. We had virtually no ambulances; clinics and hospitals were poorly stocked; nurses and doctors lacked training and experience. Add to that the fact that Liberians knew almost nothing about the disease – at its height, we all thought we would die, and in a matter of months.Ebola put an end to the scramble for the bus. As the disease was spread through human contact we refused to shake hands, share public toilets or touch objects belonging to other people. When walking in a crowd was unavoidable, as it was in the marketplaces, you felt as though death were following you around like a shadow. And you trembled. So instead the early risers got to sleep in and our roads, normally crowded with people awaiting transport, were eerily quiet.Today Ebola has been all but eradicated. The six new cases reported in July have resulted in no deaths and so my attention slowly turns again to my bugbear: our woeful transportation system. I can think again of the hard days the market people have to face as they travel to and from the interior, carrying food and other basic commodities.As schools reopen, the fatigue of students and workers will return as they jostle to get on to buses to get to school and work on time. I will again start to gather with my friends to bemoan government priorities. Top of our list will be the news that the Republic of China has donated 12 sedans and four buses, valued at over $1m, to our government. A welcome gift, except the vehicles are “to be used for protocol purposes”. It’s the way Liberia’s elite cater only to their own needs that frustrates us most. As one stranded market woman said in Kreyol, our vernacular English: “They bluffin round with their big, big cars, but people can’t get one rotting bus to go home sef.”Saah Millimono is a freelance fiction writer and the author of the award-winning novel, Boy, Interrupted. This article was originally published in The Guardian online: this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Name and shame Rapists’

first_imgMr. Timothy Paulus – Advertisement – The former Right to Play International Country Director, Timothy Paulus, has called on the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection to name and shame perpetrators of rape by publishing their names quarterly in all 15 counties as a deterrent to reduce rape cases in the country.Mr. Paulus spoke yesterday in Monrovia at the launch of the First All Men Conference organized by the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection in collaboration with the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).The launch was held under the theme, “Liberian Men: Stepping it up for Gender Equality.’’ Mr. Paulus also served as one of the panelists.Discussing men’s role in the eradication of domestic and gender-based violence in Liberia, Mr. Paulus called on government officials to focus on the eradication of rape so that minors that are reportedly raped would be protected and given a safe environment to better their condition.“How will women succeed in their dreams when they are dying on a daily basis and are being raped at an early age? There is still a large number of cases of rape, which are mainly of women and girls, while statistics show that men are the direct perpetrators of rape in the country; this is why men must stand up against rape and gender based violence,” he urged.He warned that the government and partners should create massive awareness about rape across the country, and should put into place measures that would fast-track rape cases so that victims can be well taken care of and take alleged perpetrators to court.Officially launching the 500 Men Conference, Minster Julia Duncan Cassell explained that the purpose of the conference was to elevate the advocacy of gender equality and women’s empowerment at a different level-that all men who are HeForShe Champions will engage other men to solicit and increase the support of men’s involvement to promote and encourage gender equality, women’s empowerment, and identify ways to foster the idea of the protection of women’s rights“We believe that an essential way of engaging men, who are believed to be the primary violators of women’s rights, is to strengthen their knowledge on women’s issues by creating the platform to listen to their views and solicit partnership with them,” she said.“Gender equality needs the active contribution, support and participation of men and policies should also address gender-related inequalities that affect boys and men.”Mr. Eddie Jarwolo, Executive Director of NAYMOTE, also stressed the importance for women to be given support so that they can work with their male counterparts for the benefit of the country.During his discussion on ‘Reducing Inequality in Governance – Challenges and Prospects,’ he urged women to untie themselves and work as a team to ensure equal participation in all aspects of life.He welcomed the ministry’s idea for organizing the conference and urged men to join the process by encouraging women in their endeavor to eradicate rape and GBV.Meanwhile, the intention of the program was to host 500 men but did not meet the target as less than one hundred men attended the program.However, panelists from the legislature and other speakers which included Mr. Eddie Jarwolo, Executive Director of NAYMOTE, Mr. Gbenzongar Finley, former Pro-tempore, Mr. Thomas Doe Nah of the Carter Center, traditional leaders among several others, called on Liberians to fight against SGBV and work together to encourage gender equality and women’s empowerment, and identify ways to foster the idea of protecting women’s rights.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

iTunes pricing issue solved

first_imgThe album price reduction is good for only 180 days after the initial purchase of individual tracks. Eddy Cue, Apple’s vice president of iTunes, said the new feature should help eliminate the resistance that customers, including himself, may have felt in buying an album after they had already bought a single from it. “Once we bought a song, we wondered why we had to buy it again if we wanted the album,” Cue said. “We hope it helps us sell more songs ultimately, and from the customer point of the view, we think it’s the right thing to do.” Customers bought about 45 percent of the nearly 2.5 billion songs sold on iTunes as albums, Cue said. For a limited period of 90 days, Apple said it will make the “Complete My Album” offer retroactive for users who purchased tracks dating back to the launch of the iTunes Store four years ago. Apple dominates the online music market and is a worldwide music retailer behind only Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Best Buy Co. and Target Corp. Some record-label executives have complained about Apple’s one-size-fits-all model of 99 cents a track. They would prefer flexible pricing, such as charging more for new releases. Some also contend today’s easy access to single-song downloads – versus the more lucrative method of selling albums – hasn’t helped the industry’s declining sales. In addition, some artists have complained about how song-at-a-time downloads have wrecked the integrity of albums that are meant to be enjoyed as a single work of art. Apple plans to maintain its groundbreaking 99-cents-per-download model because “it’s exactly what consumers want,” Cue said in an interview. But he also said the concept of “albums should exist forever,” although the concept is being redefined in the digital era. Some albums sold on iTunes, for instance, include music videos. Thomas Hesse, a president of global digital business at Sony BMG Music Entertainment, called “Complete My Album” another “revolutionary” offering from the Cupertino-based company. “ITunes is giving music fans the best of both worlds – the ability to discover great new music by buying just the single and a credit toward the purchase of the complete album,” he said in a written statement.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN JOSE – Apple Inc., the company that popularized selling songs online for 99 cents apiece, now hopes to buoy interest in albums, giving customers credit for purchases of full albums from which they have bought individual tracks. Apple introduced the “Complete My Album” feature Thursday on its iTunes Store. It now gives a full credit of 99 cents for every track the user previously purchased and applies it toward the purchase of the complete album. For instance, most albums on iTunes cost $9.99, so a customer who already bought three tracks can download the rest of the album for $7.02. Previously, users who bought singles ended up with duplicates of those songs if they later opted to buy the album, for which they had to pay the full price. last_img read more

What you need to know before embarking on a secondary suite

first_img”One of the issues that have come up is secondary suites; where they are allowed, what the zoning (laws permit),” Planning Manager, Renee Jamurat explained. “So clarification on that is one of the reasons why we’re having this meeting.”A Secondary Suite is defined by the city as “a self-contained, accessory dwelling unit located within…the same parcel as a single detached dwelling.”Essentially, it’s a living quarter within a home, often found in the basement, which is fully accessorised with its own separate cooking, sleeping and bathing facilities. It also must have its own direct access to the outside without going through any part of the primary unit.- Advertisement -A residence must meet these conditions before being permitted to provide secondary housing.The owner of the suite holds a valid business licence.One off-street parking suite provided on the parcel for the occupant of the suiteThe single-detached dwelling must be occupied by the ownerMeets B.C. Building Code requirementsThe zones in which the construction of a secondary suite is permitted are R-2, R-4, RM–1 and RM-2.Jamurat says there are also other elements guiding the zoning bylaws for secondary suites.Advertisement “Things like road infrastructure, utilities, water and sanitary requirements for an area, parking, landscaping, housing form in general that affect the overall look of a neighbourhood, and taking into account how the density works for areas….That will allow different housing permits. ”If you’re looking to add a secondary suite to your singe detached dwelling and are unsure as to where you land on the zoning map, contact Development Services at 250 794 3263 and they’ll provide direction.last_img read more

It’s a disaster

first_imgTarzana Getting deeper Re: “Villaraigosa promises to fix L.A.’s problems while calling for a revolution in education” (April 19): The mayor’s “I believe” covered everything except the reformation of the Santa Monica police and Berkeley school system. Parents, teachers, students and business should be the primary voices in seeing goals for the schools. The mayor and his appointees are not the answer. Why is he placing the burden of funding these apple-pie dreams and infrastructure and curing the gang problems directly on the property owners in lieu of a – God forbid – tax on all citizens? All that I see and hear is a man desiring higher political office and making promises, some extending six years down the road. The hole that he is digging is getting deeper. – Ira Kaplan Woodland Hills Dream on, Mayor Mayor Villaraigosa is “committed” to ending deficit spending while still hiring more police, fixing gridlock, housing the homeless, cleaning the air “and more.” When he asks us to dream with him, he isn’t kidding. – Patrick Weir Chatsworth Retaining officers So our mayor wants to raise trash-collection fees for more police. What about the 1,000 police-officer vacancies we now have that have been previously funded? Will we then have 2,000 funded vacancies for cops but no takers? It seems to me that the problem is retaining Los Angeles Police Department officers. The LAPD trains them at about $100,000 each; after a year or two, they go to other cities with greener pastures. Why not have potential trainees sign a contract stating they will stay with the LAPD for five to seven years? If they breach the contract, garnish 25 percent of their wages from their new employer to repay the LAPD for their training, as we do to those who do not pay child support. I am willing to bet the grass will not be so green with the new employer. – Richard Doyle Granada Hills Presiding `decider’ Inasmuch as he initially ran as a self-proclaimed “uniter” and not a “divider” and has recently declared himself to be “decider,” should Bush henceforth be known as the “presider” of the United States? – Marshall Barth Encino Presumed innocent Re: “Pedestrian laws not really funny” (April 18): John Smith’s smug pontification shows contempt for “peds” in general and Mayvis Coyle in particular. Mayvis Coyle, who employs both Kelly and Smith, deserves better from her public servants. Coyle is also entitled to the presumption of innocence. The ticket Kelly issued is a mere allegation, which Coyle denies. She deserves her day in court and is presumed to be not guilty in the eyes of the law. Smith and the Los Angeles Police Department have invaded the province of the courts by publicly proclaiming Coyle guilty as charged. This is outrageous and unworthy conduct on their part. If John Smith is typical of LAPD leadership, we have a very great problem indeed. – Jim Nolan Los Angeles Presumptuous Re: “Pedestrian laws really not funny” (Their Opinions, April 18): John Smith failed to grasp the gist of the news article regarding Mayvis Coyle. The reporter stated that the “Walk” light was too short, not allowing ample time to traverse a four-lane street. Smith’s commentary presumes that Mayvis was crossing against the “Don’t Walk” light. What happened to “innocent until proven guilty”? Last week an LAPD officer died while going through a red light doing 80 mph. While Smith needn’t remind us of the dedication our officers have toward our community, remember the adage about “people in glass houses.” – Max Duran Acton Tagged again So Angelenos are in an uproar again over plans to increase the garbage fees, causing homeowners to shoulder the burden to pay for services in Los Angeles? Where were these people when the county’s one-half percent sales tax proposal was on the ballot? That measure would have created a solid (and significant) funding stream for the county and the city, and the burden would have been carried by anyone who steps a toe within the county and makes a taxable purchase; yet it failed to pass. Instead, homeowners get tagged again because many failed to see the big picture and voted against Measure A – or didn’t even bother to vote at all. – Maria Acosta Lake Los Angeles Clowns in office Re: “Activists protest zoo plans” (April 18): So, Councilman Tom La Bonge is among the few who approve of spending millions of our tax dollars on what will still be a confined habitat for the L.A. Zoo’s elephants. I wonder what the condition of the streets, sidewalks and trees are like in his neighborhood. Probably pretty good. And there are the others who want to have more of our money to hire 1,000 more cops and to supposedly “fix” the streets, even though we already pay for those things. Isn’t this typical? The clowns in office won’t fix the broken machine. Saying all will be better, they just finagle more dollars from the worker bees to throw at the problems. Will this ever stop? – Dave Petterson Sherman Oaks Better threat I say let’s stop the petty threats toward the Iranians. Just leave them be. Let them build a nuke or two. But make it absolutely clear to them that, if even one of their bombs is ever detonated in the United States, we will send a nuke to every major city in their country and send them back to the Stone Age. If they are stupid enough to explode a nuclear weapon in this country, then they deserve the hell we will unleash upon them. – Gary Haskins Eagle Rock160Want 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 MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventValley Glen Not the Inquisition In view of Cardinal Mahony’s resistance to following the law, I think he should be reminded that the church does not have authority over the laws of the land. This is not the era of the Inquisition, when the church made life and death decisions regarding how people lived and worshipped, and punished them for not obeying. I think that there is a law against obstruction of justice. Does it apply to members of the clergy? – Marilyn Minkle Re: “It’s NoHo’s turn” (Editorial, April 17): What is happening in NoHo is a disaster. It will destroy, not enliven, this neighborhood by bringing hundreds of new people spilling hundreds of cars onto North Hollywood streets. Don’t believe the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and “smart-growthers.” Residents near transportation hubs still spend most of their travel time in cars. “Hip” doesn’t mean “healthy.” Poor quality of life is not “family-friendly.” Density bonuses don’t create a renaissance. The editorial calls this “one of the few areas still affordable to young working couples and families.” So why bring in developers to replace interesting historic homes with banal apartments and to see property values “take off,” creating even more unaffordable housing? – Richard Hilton last_img