Terror may be at bay at port

first_img“However, these more advanced measures will not be in place until much later, and their effectiveness has yet to be tested,” Moore wrote. But Rachel Campbell, a spokeswoman for the Port of Los Angeles, defended port security efforts and said the economic impact of an attack would be mitigated by transferring cargo shipments to other ports around the nation. “Also, we have put in place a myriad of new security enhancements at the port. And we have the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs, FBI and all of the local law enforcement agencies, including the LAPD, CHP, Long Beach police and our own L.A. Port Police. “We’re one of the few ports in the nation to have our own police force exclusively dedicated to us.” Still, conference keynote speaker Rear Admiral William D. Sullivan, vice director for strategic plans and policy for the U.S. Department of Defense, said al-Qaida’s goal is to bankrupt the nation and force it to withdraw its troops from the Middle East. “There is no question if you look at what we’ve spent in the last 41/2 years on homeland security and terrorism that it’s staggering,” Sullivan said. Gary Becker, a senior economist at the Department of Homeland Security, said the Congressional Budget Office has estimated the annual cost of fighting terrorism at tens of billions of dollars. But he said that doesn’t take into account many variables, such as delays at airports and the borders and other factors. “We really don’t know a whole lot about the overall costs and benefits of homeland security,” Becker said. At the conference, speakers recommended that experts further study the costs and benefits of homeland security and refine the new risk-based method of allocating the money to ensure that cities and states with the most likely targets get their fair share of the funding. Intriligator recommended that the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency begin working together and sharing intelligence and he suggested that jurisdictions nationwide should emulate the county’s Terrorism Early Warning Group, which holds regular intelligence briefings. “I think it’s a model for the world,” Intriligator said. “Al-Qaida’s goal is to kill 4 million Americans. The big one is coming, but it’s not an earthquake. It’s a terrorist strike.” [email protected] (213) 974-8985160Want 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 MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“I think we’re going to pay a big price for that because in my view I think we’re still extremely vulnerable,” Intriligator said. “I think we are facing a huge threat.” Intriligator was one of more than a dozen speakers at a conference on terrorism Wednesday hosted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security-funded Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events, based out of the University of Southern California. Jim Moore II, a professor of industrial and systems engineering at USC, said research on the impact of a “dirty bomb” or other weapon of mass destruction at the nation’s three largest port complexes found it would cost the economy tens of billions of dollars a month. A large attack on the ports in Los Angeles and Long Beach alone would have a $23 billion-a-month impact on the local economy. In his study, Moore wrote it is well known that ports have been vulnerable since 2001 because of the infrequency of container checks. He noted that officials have replaced handheld radiation detectors with stationary radiation screening devices to screen containers coming through the ports since new rules went into effect in 2004. It’s been nearly five years since terrorists attacked the United States, but local experts predicted Wednesday that there will be another attack that will make Sept. 11, 2001, “look like peanuts.” And a likely scenario involves separate or simultaneous attacks on the nation’s largest ports – Los Angeles/Long Beach, New York City/New Jersey and Houston – that could cripple the nation’s economy. “Instead of talking 3,000 casualties, we are going to be talking about hundreds of thousands, or millions of casualties,” said Mike Intriligator, one of the nation’s leading economists and a professor of economics, political science and public policy at UCLA. Intriligator said the federal government has not responded innovatively to protect the country and instead has created a bureaucracy with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. last_img read more

Mets Come Back, Beat Rockies, 4-2

first_imgNEW YORK — The new-look New York Mets are even inspiring their injured captain.David Wright watched from Florida as Daniel Murphy drove in two runs with a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning, and the Mets rallied for a 4-2 victory over Colorado on Aug. 10 night after top Rockies pitching prospect Jon Gray was lifted after six innings.Between at-bats in his first minor league rehab game, Wright sneaked some peaks at the Mets’ game on TV in the clubhouse at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie.“I saw Murphy’s big two-run single,” Wright said. “It fires me up.”Wright has been out since April 15, and when he returns, he’ll find a clubhouse brimming with confidence. Even his manager senses the difference in a team that has won eight of 10 after making several trades before the non-waiver deadline on July 31.“It’s one of those games that probably a year ago we don’t win that game,” Terry Collins said.The Mets wasted three-run leads in two straight losses to Tampa Bay last weekend, then went ahead against Colorado on Travis d’Arnaud’s first homer since June 20.It was the only hit for the NL East leaders off Gray, the hard-throwing right-hander making his second major league start.But Carlos Gonzalez hit a two-run shot in the fourth off Jonathon Niese (7-9), reaching to the outside corner and sending a drive the opposite way to left-center with DJ LeMahieu aboard. It was Gonzalez’s 13th long ball since the All-Star break.The Mets loaded the bases against Justin Miller (1-1) in the seventh after Gray, the No. 3 overall draft pick in 2013, was pulled after 75 pitches. The rookie is on a strict innings and pitch limit as the Rockies look ahead to 2016 for the budding ace, Manager Walt Weiss said.“Haven’t seen a guy pitching for a while the way he pitched today,” Gonzalez said. “He showed up today with no emotion. Really concentrated on pitching in a big city against a team who is in first place. Just the way he handled himself, that was unbelievable.”Miller gave up a single to d’Arnaud, walked Michael Conforto and then Ruben Tejada as well with two outs. Boone Logan entered and hit Curtis Granderson with a full-count pitch to tie it.Murphy then grounded a single past diving shortstop Jose Reyes, the former Mets star recently acquired in the trade that sent Troy Tulowitzki to Toronto, for a 4-2 lead.“It was good at-bat after good at-bat,” Murphy said.New York improved to 39-18 at Citi Field this season, beating the Rockies at home for a seventh straight time.The Mets entered the game with a 1 1/2-game lead over Washington thanks to some help from the Rockies, who rallied for two wins against the Nationals this past weekend.Niese gave up six hits and two runs without walking a batter in seven innings. It was the 11th time in 12 starts that he went at least six innings.Tyler Clippard pitched a perfect eighth and Jeurys Familia notched his 31st save with a 1-2-3 ninth.“It’s a lot of fun right now,” Murphy said. “Those (new) guys have fit in perfectly with us. They’ve helped take our game to a whole new level.”(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

How Arsenal blew their chance to sign Griezmann

first_imgTransfers Griezmann explains how Arsenal blew their chance to sign him Goal Last updated 1 year ago 23:14 11/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Antoine Griezmann Atletico Madrid Getty Transfers Arsenal Premier League Real Sociedad Atlético Madrid Primera División Antoine Griezmann The 26-year-old striker has been a top target for several Premier League sides, but the Gunners have no chance of getting him now Antoine Griezmann says he has no interest in joining Arsenal in the future after they missed an opportunity to sign him in 2013.The Atletico Madrid striker has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League in recent years, with Arsenal and Manchester United said to have been heavily interested.Griezmann, 26, opted to stay in the Spanish capital to help the club through a recent transfer ban.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player With Diego Costa returning in January once the ban is over, there has been speculation that the France international could leave the Wanda Metropolitano, but the Gunners can rule themselves out after disappointing him four years ago.Griezmann 3/4 to score v SociedadIn his new book, Behind the Smile, Griezmann told the story of how he came close to moving from Real Sociedad to the Emirates Stadium to unite with Arsene Wenger.”I waited, I waited, and I kept waiting,” he wrote.”When there was no news, my agent Eric Olhats called Gilles Grimandi at Arsenal, who said the manager was still interested in me and to keep waiting.Antoine Griezmann Atletico MadridAntoine Griezmann Atletico Madrid“Finally a few hours before the market closed, he let us know Arsenal would not make a move. I don’t like to be told something and for it not to happen.”So when Eric told me later that they were interested again I told him ‘Forget it, after the blow they gave us’.”A year later, Griezmann moved to Atletico for €35 million and has since scored 89 goals in 176 games.last_img read more