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To the editor: For many years, hundreds of thousands of individuals within the larger Los Angeles space grew to love the orange gentle from the sodium streetlamps. Astronomers fitted their telescopes with sodium eyepiece filters and continued to view the night time sky. We, together with animals, by no means suffered from the blue-light sleeplessness related to the newly put in blue-white LED streetlamp fixtures. (“How an effort to reduce fossil fuel use led to another environmental problem: light pollution,” Sept. 20)
Fashionable engineering permits LEDs to be manufactured in any colour conceivable. So, my decide for cities seeking to scale back their carbon footprint and enhance vitality effectivity could be an LED streetlight that mimics the traditional sodium gentle spectrum.
A potential facet profit is movie makers will as soon as once more return to the larger Los Angeles space, to seize the coveted “sodium L.A. look” of their night time pictures.
So, metropolis planners, don’t simply decide no matter LED streetlamps the distributors are pushing; you want to specify the appropriate colour spectrum.
James Howard, Cypress
To the editor: I bought “darkish sky” lighting for my porch and walkway and used to take pleasure in sitting out to look at the night time sky, or what was left of it with gentle air pollution.
That’s over. When the streetlights throughout from our home have been modified to LED, our yard at night time became a semblance of a well-lit jail yard. We additionally wanted to put in blackout shades to sleep with out pondering there was a full moon each night time.
That’s simply mistaken. Come on, Los Angeles, change these streetlamps out to mellow yellow.
Joanne Taylor, Northridge
To the editor: Thanks very a lot in your tremendous reporting about this all-to-little acknowledged drawback and a few options. You don’t know what you’ve bought until it’s gone — and perhaps not even then.
Tenting three summers in the past at Cedar Breaks in Utah, I set my watch alarm for 1 a.m., bought out of the tent and lounged on a chair with binoculars. What a rare expertise.
I’d by no means seen such a darkish sky. Nicely, perhaps as soon as earlier than — 50 years in the past with the UCLA astronomy membership, atop Mt. Pinos close to Tejon Ranch, the place it was so darkish you possibly can barely see fingers in entrance of your face.
Bob Wieting, Simi Valley
Lakers open camp with competition for starting lineup
#Lakers #open #camp #competitors #beginning #lineup
Of every thing the Lakers have to do — implement new schemes on each side of the ball, purchase into a brand new coach’s philosophy, stay wholesome and mesh as teammates — determining the beginning lineup truly is low on Darvin Ham’s precedence record.
“Individuals get so caught up in who’s beginning and this, that and the third. I believe it’s actually the minutes,” Ham mentioned Tuesday after his first apply as Lakers coach. “And for me it’s about who finishes the sport as nicely. That’s virtually simply as essential or no more essential than who begins.”
Attempt telling that to the followers, and albeit, to the gamers.
“I do know I wish to begin,” wing Juan Toscano-Anderson mentioned. “I’m not going to be mad if I don’t begin. However yeah, I might love to begin. If the chance is there, I’m gonna attempt to seize it.”
And if Toscano-Anderson, a 29-year-old who grinded his means from the professional leagues in Mexico and the minors within the U.S. to earn a spot within the NBA, desires a spot within the first 5, it’s a secure guess Russell Westbrook does too.
Westbrook’s future with the Lakers has been open to hypothesis for the reason that summer time, his title introduced up not solely in commerce discussions, but additionally in contemplating the potential of the previous most useful participant coming off the bench.
Requested if he envisioned Westbrook beginning with LeBron James and Anthony Davis offered that Westbrook commits to protection the best way Ham’s requested, the coach mentioned he “completely” seen Westbrook as one in all his first 5.
“I do know there’s this narrative that’s being thrown on the market that I by no means mentioned, you understand what I’m saying?” Ham mentioned. “Like, it’s loopy. I imply, what goes on on this constructing, what goes on with the conversations with Rob [Pelinka], Russ and myself, his agent Jeff [Schwartz]. …It’s a must to maintain your tongue loads, select to not converse on issues. However then folks draw totally different situations out of your silence, which is loopy. However he was there entrance and heart in the present day and did nicely, introduced a ton of nice power to the gymnasium.”
A day earlier when requested about the start line guard choices, Ham implied that there might be a full-on camp competitors. Requested if Westbrook was the definitive starter, Ham didn’t say sure.
“Now we have a wide range of choices to fill in our backcourt,” he mentioned Monday. “However once more, as I discussed, defensively, we’ve received to have a defensive mindset. These are the blokes who’re going to get the minutes, guys who’re going on the market to get stops. And he’s informed me personally that he’s going to decide to that aspect of the ball. And that’s what camp is for. We’ll see. Now we have greater than sufficient choices that we’re snug with.”
The Lakers added two veteran guards in Patrick Beverley and Dennis Schroder, although they’ve maintained the strikes are extra about depth and complementing what Westbrook can do. Westbrook has mentioned his job is to be skilled and do regardless of the workforce wants, however he hasn’t come off the bench since 2008, his rookie season.
To this point, Westbrook has appeared snug with Ham — smiling when speaking in regards to the plans for rushing up the workforce’s tempo.
“His power. His willpower. His will to only make certain we’re locked in on our new schemes and phrases,” Westbrook mentioned of Ham’s first apply. “That’s one thing that I stay up for. I’m simply blissful to be part of that.”
If Westbrook is certainly going to begin, the Lakers nonetheless have questions on who will be a part of him, James and Davis — or a minimum of Ham’s not saying.
“I had Kareem, James Worthy, Byron Scott,” Ham joked about his first-day starters earlier than reiterating that he desires his choices open. “…We received numerous nice gamers and we’re going to guage correctly. And we’ll see.”
Earlier than the Lakers took the court docket for his or her first apply, Ham gathered the workforce within the movie room — an odd spot with no sport or apply video but obtainable. As a substitute, he spoke about his expectations with a sequence of slides illustrating his factors and core ideas.
“Laid down some home guidelines within the movie room,” guard Kendrick Nunn mentioned.
Defensively, Ham mentioned, the philosophy is “include, contest and management.” Offensively, it’s “quick, bodily and enjoyable.”
“All of us received collectively within the theater and form of went over some slides,” Ham mentioned. “A tone we wish to set by way of what our id shall be going into the season by way of how we strategy the sport, how we play the sport, the defensive mindset, being nice teammates, being aggressive. And we got here out on the court docket and we proceeded to try this. Planted the seeds for what this new Lakers, the ’22-23 Lakers, will seem like.”
And so forth.
Nunn, who missed all of final season due to a knee harm, mentioned he feels even stronger than he did earlier than the harm, with Tuesday’s apply being a little bit of a milestone in his restoration. “However I’ve additionally been caught within the grind proper now. It’s been weeks and months of simply stacking these days on prime of each other,” Nunn mentioned. “But it surely undoubtedly felt good although.” … Lonnie Walker IV (ankle) and Troy Brown Jr. (again) missed apply, although Walker was doing taking pictures drills afterward. … Ham mentioned latest camp signees Matt Ryan and Dwayne Bacon may compete for the ultimate roster spot. “These are guys that may actually match our workforce simply in the event that they carry out as they need to,” he mentioned. … The Lakers formally introduced Ham’s teaching employees with Chris Jent (previously with Atlanta), Jordan Ott (Brooklyn), J.D. Dubois (Detroit), Schuyler Rimmer (Milwaukee) and Zach Peterson (Oklahoma Metropolis) becoming a member of the group.
Muscled-up Kawhi Leonard holds court in Clippers’ camp opener
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One after the other, the Clippers arrived Tuesday morning in an auspicious begin to their season.
Norman Powell was first contained in the health club on the UNLV campus, the veteran with the said objectives of changing into an All-Star and beginning taking pictures guard quickly launching jumpers over coaches’ protection 90 minutes earlier than apply formally started. By the entrance door got here the younger Clippers on the training-camp contracts of their team-issued, Nike-sponsored apply gear. From a facet door monitored by a safety officer, in walked Kawhi Leonard in his New Steadiness T-shirt and shorts.
Level guard John Wall laced up his sneakers whereas chatting with group advisor Jerry West. The guard with whom Wall will compete for the beginning job, Reggie Jackson, fist-bumped anybody inside attain. Middle Ivica Zubac, who turned an ankle taking part in for Croatia throughout this month’s EuroBasket match, walked in with none obvious ache.
The primary day of apply had begun — the primary day with a wholly wholesome Clippers roster for the reason that spring of 2021.
“It feels good to see everybody wholesome,” coach Tyronn Lue stated earlier than apply, “and again on the ground.”
The Clippers know they’ve sufficient top-end expertise to compete for the franchise’s first championship. They imagine they possess sufficient taking pictures and depth to assist such ambition too. What they lack in sheer rim-protecting dimension, they hope to compensate for with their sheer variety of choices to plug in at middle.
What nobody is aware of is how wholesome they are going to be come the postseason’s begin in April, which is why a phalanx of medical staffers adopted the Clippers into the health club Tuesday and why the primary day felt to the Clippers like a very good one after Leonard regarded sturdy throughout full-contact, five-on-five conditions.
“I imply, it’s simply good to see him on the courtroom taking pictures and fairly quickly taking part in basketball video games with us,” wing Nicolas Batum stated earlier than apply. “To have a man like that again, among the best gamers on the earth, among the best gamers within the league, it’s gonna be good for us.”
Mentioned Jackson of title expectations: “A part of the joy, too, is to know that on paper that everyone — lots of people — most likely selecting us, and it appears to be like good on paper.”
The primary apply turned principle into actuality. Within the portion open to reporters earlier than apply, Leonard labored on off-the-dribble taking pictures. It got here in the future after Leonard stated his plan was to take part within the first practices, with the remainder of his involvement all through the preseason decided by the response of his surgically repaired proper knee and the remainder of his 31-year-old physique. The Clippers will apply three days right here earlier than flying to Seattle on Thursday, the place they are going to play two preseason video games and maintain practices whereas closing out coaching camp.
“It’s been 14 months of me simply attempting to higher myself and simply give attention to my general physique,” Leonard stated Monday. “I’m excited. I’m uninterested in going via these rehab exercises and listening to docs and trainers for essentially the most half. Regardless that I’m nonetheless going to need to transferring ahead, however it’ll be extra basketball concerned. That may assist me.”
Teammates, identical to followers on social media, took discover of the muscle Leonard added throughout his restoration, significantly in his legs.
“His restoration’s going effectively,” wing Terance Mann stated, “and he’s Kawhi, so he’ll be all proper.”
Tuesday’s opening of camp didn’t require introductions. Of the ten Clippers who performed no less than 1,000 minutes final season, eight are again and that determine doesn’t embody acquainted faces whose minutes have been restricted after arriving through commerce at midseason, Robert Covington and Powell, nor second-year returners Brandon Boston Jr. and Jason Preston. That mixture of continuity and well being ought to make this “completely different than most coaching camps,” Lue stated, in that practices can advance to scrimmaging sooner than traditional.
These early lineups may replicate some with no conventional middle. Moses Brown, a 7-foot-2 middle on a coaching camp contract, will “get a chance,” Lue stated, however in a season when the Clippers’ rotation is more likely to really feel a squeeze with extra deserving gamers than accessible minutes, Mann and Batum stated they might play any position requested of them, together with middle.
“Taking part in small — I believe it’s extra necessary to play small with Kawhi and [Paul George] on the ground,” Lue added. “I believe having [Zubac] come out early and pop and return with the second unit so we can assist the rebounding, I believe will probably be higher for us as a result of Kawhi and PG are nice rebounders.”
Lue has stated he desires a targeted however free environment throughout camp, with gamers conscious of the numerous alternative forward of them. He had by no means did not make the playoffs as a head coach till final season, and although he spent his offseason attempting to be extra affected person, he additionally has little persistence for the sort of wavering focus that would waste helpful apply repetitions and price the Clippers an opportunity to succeed in their championship ambitions.
He had their consideration at 10:02 a.m., when a buzzing horn rang all through the Clippers’ short-term Vegas house and 20 gamers encircled Lue. The coach regarded out and noticed a rarity — his group absolutely wholesome.
Op-Ed: Now that the CDC has dropped masking, a plea to doctors and hospitals
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With a one-two punch, the Biden administration and the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention have tossed tens of thousands and thousands of People at excessive threat of demise and incapacity from COVID right into a sea of contagion with none clear steerage for an infection prevention and management.
After President Biden’s inconsiderate comment that “the pandemic is over,” the CDC introduced days later a quiet undermining of COVID protections in hospitals and nursing houses: the end of universal masking recommendations for healthcare settings. Odd People who can not afford to be sick — and that’s really tens of thousands and thousands of us — now need to enchantment on to America’s working medical professionals:
Please make your medical places of work protected for us to enter through the use of N95 masks and top-rated HEPA air filtration. Too many people are in danger to turn into severely sick, develop power sickness or die if we catch COVID, even when we’re newly boosted. Simply as importantly, many people are the only real caretaker for another person, individuals who rely upon us for his or her on a regular basis wants. We’re determined to keep away from getting sick for his or her safety in addition to our personal. And the fact is that healthcare suppliers, run ragged after the final three years, can’t afford to get sick both.
Crucially, we can not let infectious air be so prevalent that individuals delay going to a hospital in an emergency as a result of they concern catching COVID there. We must always not expose caretaking kinfolk to COVID after they convey their family members in for care. When folks want surgical procedure or give beginning, adopted by days of hospital restoration, they should be protected from an infection.
I’m talking on to our medical doctors, dentists, nurses, specialists of each sort, all our suppliers of routine and critical care: Within the absence of any backup from authorities officers, we want your assist now. We’d like to have the ability to come into your places of work for the checkups you at all times nagged us to maintain up with — and we wish to get. As your sufferers, we want knowledgeable dedication from you to observe good an infection management.
For those who can not see your approach to having everybody inside your workplace, workers and sufferers alike, to put on an N95 or equal masks all day, please at the least create some hours each week when that’s the rule for everybody — a required masking portion of the day. Supply this as an choice when sufferers name to make an appointment.
Medical inspecting rooms and ready rooms are sometimes windowless. To help masking efforts, get HEPA filters, that are affordable for places of work and effective at capturing COVID particles from the air.
To all of the medical professionals who already do these protected practices, please prominently show your professionalism in your web sites and different promoting. That includes phrases like “HEPA-filtered workplace,” “N95 masks required” or “COVID-safe hours” in your choices will make it a lot simpler to search out you with an internet search. Many people need to resume common most cancers screenings, get eyeglasses, a listening to check or EKG or, sadly, discover a new main care physician.
And in case you perceive how a lot we worth our well being, if you’re among the many medical professionals who’ve been grieving over the nation’s pandemic failures, in case you stay dedicated to stopping infections, please work with colleagues inside your prestigious skilled associations to advertise clear and efficient an infection management requirements. Your sufferers can’t do that. The CDC made clear it now not will. However we hope you possibly can.
I do know that too lots of America’s healthcare professionals is not going to wish to cooperate. There are some who consider COVID is over, or that it’s a “hoax” or worse, that the disabled and aged needs to be keen to simply accept an accelerated demise — this regardless of the oaths medical doctors took to do no hurt.
However we want as many healthcare professionals on our facet as attainable. If we should “be taught to reside with COVID,” let’s do it intelligently. We will and should preserve the air clear inside all medical settings to guard newborns and their moms, the aged, most cancers and dialysis sufferers, the post-surgery teenager fighting orthopedic implants after a motorbike accident. Everybody in some unspecified time in the future wants excellent care.
Please assist us and our households safely entry your skilled care. We will’t let American medical requirements drop so low that our hospitals and clinics turn into the locations the place we get sick moderately than properly.
Kathleen Quinn is a retired journalist.
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