Month: December 2019

Steven Naismith concedes he may leave Everton for first-team football

first_img1 Steven Naismith admits he may have to consider a future away from Everton if he cannot force his way back into Roberto Martinez’s plans.The Scotland international’s season has been filled with frustration so far having been forced to accept a bit-part role for the Toffees.He has started just four Barclays Premier League matches and has not featured at all in the top flight since a 3-0 home defeat to Manchester United in mid-October.However, Martinez is on record saying he does not want to lose the former Rangers attacker and even knocked back an £8million deadline-day bid from Norwich earlier this term.But with the January transfer window set to open in three weeks’ time, Naismith confessed the subject of a move may crop up again.The 29-year-old said: “When Norwich were interested in me in the summer, it was the manager who said he didn’t want it to happen. But as a player you need to think about all your options“The manager said we’d speak about it again come January time so we’ll do that.“At the moment I’m just concentrating on playing my football as part of a great squad and hopefully if I get my chance to play again, I take it.“But you’ve got to weigh up all your options and see where you’re at.“At the start of the season I wasn’t playing then got thrown on nine minutes into the Chelsea game and not many people would’ve seen me scoring a hat-trick. That shows you how quickly it can change.” Steven Naismith last_img read more

No substance! Everton dismiss rumours linking defender with China move

first_imgEverton manager Roberto Martinez has dismissed speculation linking Phil Jagielka with a move to China.Super League clubs are spending huge sums luring players to the Far East.Jackson Martinez, Ramires and Alex Teixeira are among a host of high-profile names to have already been tempted by the riches on offer in China.Jagielka is now being tipped to follow them, with agents representing the Chinese league reportedly sounding out the England international about a possible move.But Martinez told reporters on Thursday there is no chance of the 33-year-old, who has two years left on his contract, leaving Goodison Park anytime soon.“We’re not in a situation to lose players,” said the Toffees boss. “Jagielka is our club captain and has been great in the last two games. I can tell you there is no substance whatsoever in that rumour.” 1 Phil Jagielka last_img read more

Pollution suit will reportedly be settled for $4.6 billion

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Lara Jakes Jordan THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – One of the nation’s largest power generators has agreed to end a years-long federal lawsuit by paying $4.6 billion to reduce pollution that has eaten away at Northeast mountain ranges and national landmarks, The Associated Press has learned. The settlement requires American Electric Power, based in Columbus, Ohio, to reduce chemical emissions that cause acid rain by at least 69 percent over the next decade. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityIt also fines AEP an additional $15 million in civil penalties and another $60 million in cleanup and mitigation costs to help heal parkland and waterways that have been hurt by the pollution. Details of the agreement were provided by two people familiar with its terms. In an interview late Monday night, AEP spokesman Pat Hemlepp confirmed the energy company had agreed to settle, but he said it planned to spend only $1.6billion in improvements under the terms of the settlement.last_img read more

Copter flyover addresses residents’ noise concerns

first_img“A lot of people fuss about the noise, but it’s good we have the (helicopters) out there,” said Pasadena resident Hallie Humdy. The finale of the event was a flyover demonstration that compared Pasadena’s current helicopters to a quieter unit currently in use by the Glendale Police Department. Glendale’s helicopter is one of many that are being considered for the future of Pasadena’s fleet, officials said. The Pasadena helicopter went first, descending a few hundred feet from the crowd below. Visitors could hear the dull sputter of the 2-blade aircraft, a noise some said they had heard before while they were trying to sleep. Moments later, Glendale’s 5-blade helicopter swooped down with more of a low hum, which officials said would make a significant difference at nighttime.160Want 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Although the event was an open house for the department, it also served to address issues that have risen from the community about disturbances caused from helicopters at night. This and other details of the air unit were discussed in a presentation by Melekian and police Capt. Robert Mulhall. Melekian pointed out that though the fleet — which consists of helicopters from the 1970s — may be a little noisy, it has saved the city a lot of money. While newer helicopters can run around $1.3 million apiece, the fleet’s units, which were refurbished, came out to about $50,000 each, he said. For many residents, the comfort of police protection far outweighed any noise concerns. Photo Gallery: Pasadena helicopter open house ALTADENA — Pasadena police aimed to ease tensions of area residents concerned with noisy police helicopters at an open house for the department’s air unit on Saturday. The Police Department’s Air Operations Section showcased three of their five helicopters to hundreds of visitors and gave residents a preview of what could be in store for the department’s future — a quieter helicopter. “We really are mindful of concerns people have about noise,” police Chief Bernard Melekian said. last_img read more

Vandals flatten school bus tires

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The item was discovered by a bus driver about 5:30 a.m. at the bus yard in the 32000 block of Crown Valley Road. Acton School, which is adjacent to the bus yard and serves distance-learning and home-schooled students and those making up course work, was closed because of the incident. The valve stems were pulled from the tires of nine buses and four special-education vehicles, deflating them and grounding the district’s fleet. The 2,000-student district used its automatic messaging system about 6 a.m. to alert parents whose children rely on school buses that they would have to find their own way to school. “We were able to divert the issue and get a majority of students to school,” Halperin said. School officials and deputies surveyed the district’s four other schools and found nothing suspicious. Officials said the investigation is ongoing. “The Sheriff’s Department has some evidence. They will follow up and let us know,” Halperin said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ACTON – Vandals flattened tires on 13 buses at a school district bus yard and a suspicious package was left by the facility’s front gate Friday, prompting a call to authorities. About a quarter-mile of Crown Valley Road was closed for about two hours as the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s arson-explosives detail investigated, then blew up the item. “It was a large tin can with tape around it and some cardboard on top,” Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District Superintendent Stan Halperin said. “It looked like it could be something that could be a bomb.” last_img read more

Universal unveils blueprint for its $3 billion expansion

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Those behind the plan say it would result in 11,000 new full- and part-time jobs once the project is completed and 17,000 jobs during construction. The existing and future studio, retail, theme park and residential areas are expected to generate about $21 million in new annual revenues to the city and county of Los Angeles and more than $4 billion a year in total economic activity throughout Los Angeles County. But announcing the plan is just the first step of what could be a contentious process. Since Universal City resides in both the city and county of Los Angeles, NBC Universal must file applications with both jurisdictions. The proposals will be subject to a public review and hearing process that previously derailed development proposals. But Villaraigosa aggressively tried to sell the plan Wednesday. UNIVERSAL CITY – After more than a decade of false starts and neighborhood opposition, NBC Universal unveiled a $3 billion plan Wednesday for its 391-acre property that aims to boost tourism, create a new community of 2,900 apartments, condos and town homes and improve transportation. Designed as a blueprint for the next 25 years, the plan also calls for expanded studio production facilities, more office space, and a “refreshed” Universal CityWalk and its adjoining theme park, Universal Studios Hollywood. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, flanked by local business leaders, hailed the proposal as “a blockbuster” at an afternoon news conference outside the entrance of CityWalk. “I think you can tell by the look on my face that today truly is a great day,” the mayor said. “It’s a great day for Los Angeles, a great day for the San Fernando Valley, a great day for our economy, the entertainment industry and especially for the future of urban development in Los Angeles.” “The truth is, we have no choice,” he said. “With a housing crisis, traffic congestion and an ever-growing population, this is the face of smart, responsible, environmentally friendly development for the future.” Seeking a clean slate, NBC Universal has been meeting with residents to keep them informed. But a meeting Tuesday night left many with more questions than answers, said Polly Ward, president of the Hillside Federation, an umbrella group for 40 area homeowners associations. “We did not feel we got any purposeful information on what they are planning,” Ward said Wednesday. “Knowing homeowners groups as we do and as they do, they may be concerned about our reactions to specifics. “Everyone is concerned about traffic. How is traffic going to get in and out? That’s the major issue. Spicing up the business on CityWalk and revamping the backlot, all that stuff doesn’t bother us.” Involving community In March, Universal announced it would be working on a plan after more than a decade of starts and stops caused by changing ownership and other snags related to traffic and noise. At that time, officials said they were scrapping any previous development plans and meeting with residents every three months. Villaraigosa also sought to reassure residents. “While I welcome this project with open arms and I completely understand your legitimate concerns about its magnitude and scope … let me be clear: I have NBC Universal’s commitment that this project will be a national model for community involvement, input and collaboration. The community will be a part of the process every step of the way, and I will personally hold NBC accountable to deliver on that commitment.” If approved, the plan would give Los Angeles three signature entertainment complexes, including l.a. live near Staples Center and the Grand Avenue project. “Not too many metropolitan areas can say that,” said Jack Kyser, chief economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. “(Universal City) is going to be very important because it’s an investment into the second- and third-largest (industries) in L.A. County as measured by employment: tourism and motion picture and television production.” Key elements of the revitalization of the film and television production facilities include new and relocated outdoor sets, new postproduction facilities, soundstages, a screening theater and an expanded prop/costume shop. Idea for offices, more There would also be 335,000 square feet of new office space, including two new buildings and an enhanced child-care center with improved parking. NBC Universal and adviser Thomas Properties Group will negotiate with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority for a proposed studio and office at the Universal City MTA station. It would include 200,000 square feet of production facilities and 450,000 square feet of entertainment-related offices. Thomas Properties is also proposing a second phase at the MTA campus that would not involve Universal but would include a 400,000-square-foot office building with retail and parking. The plan would also include protection and promotion of the historic Campo de Cahuenga and additional parking for MTA transit riders. Plans call for a refreshed Studio Tour at Universal Studios Hollywood theme park, with new attractions and enhanced retail and dining facilities totaling about 80,000 square feet within the theme park. It would include improved and expanded parking and improved landscaping and pedestrian connections to the MTA station. At CityWalk, work would include upgrading the movie theater complex and enhancing retail and dining facilities. A new 100,000-square-foot live production studio would offer guests the ability to become part of the action. About 124 acres of studio property would become a residential neighborhood known as “Universal Village.” Made up of apartments, stacked lofts, town homes and condos, the complex would include 35 acres of open space with hiking trails and parks. Within three villages, about 2,900 residential units would be connected by a street that would serve as the spine of the neighborhood and a town center with 100,000 square feet of dining and retail businesses. Transportation plan NBC Universal is working with the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, the MTA, Caltrans and the community on transportation proposals they say are designed to enhance mobility throughout Universal City and the community. Improvements under consideration include a shuttle system from Universal Village and throughout Universal City to the MTA station and a possible on-ramp to the southbound 101 Freeway from Universal City. Other improvements include modification of the intersection at Forest Lawn Drive and Barham Boulevard and the possible widening of the Barham Bridge at the Los Angeles River. [email protected] (818) 713-3758 Highlights Key points of the development proposal for Universal City: A 3,000-seat enclosed entertainment venue A 500-room hotel A residential neighborhood called “Universal Village” made up of apartments, stacked lofts, town homes and condos 335,000 square feet of new office space and 390,000 square feet of production facilities Transportation improvements that include a shuttle system from Universal Village and throughout Universal City to the MTA station; construction of a North/South “Great Street” through Universal Village connecting Forest Lawn Drive to Coral Drive; and freeway access improvements, including possible construction of a southbound entrance to the 101 Freeway from Universal City.160Want 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

Council blinks in face of mayor’s demand to use trash fees to hire LAPD officers

first_img LAPD Chief William Bratton said he also was encouraged by the action, which will allow him to continue an aggressive hiring program started under former Mayor James Hahn. “This is a city that has danced around this issue for 25 years and it is finally committed to getting this Police Department to the appropriate size,” Bratton said. Council President Eric Garcetti, who also was involved in negotiations to reach a deal, said the action includes assurances that all the money raised from a trash-fee hike that began last year will be used for police. In approving the fee hike, Villaraigosa had vowed that the new funds would be used solely to add new police officers to the force. “With this action, we are telling the voters that the money from the trash fee will be going to expanding the Police Department,” Garcetti said. “And if we continue as we have, we may have to find even more money. That’s the point where we will have to make difficult decisions on where we come up with the money.” The controversy over hiring developed as part of a quarterly report on the city’s financial situation that warned of a possible $75million shortfall in this year’s budget. As chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee, Parks – a former LAPD chief – suggested reducing the number of officers to be hired this year because the number of officers retiring or leaving appears to be lower than estimated. “We did not want to wait until the last few months of the year to find out we had a problem,” Parks said. “This is a large ship and it takes longer than two or three months to prepare for shortages. We need six months to deal with some of these issues.” He said that when a department the size of the LAPD overspends even by a small percentage, it has repercussions for other city services. “It’s important we realize the impact so we can look at how we are going to cover the increased costs,” Parks said. “Will it be sidewalks? Traffic signals? The repair of Griffith Park? We need time to make those decisions and set those priorities.” The LAPD is now estimated to be $16million over its budget, with $13million of that for overtime. Bratton said the overtime is used primarily for having officers remain on duty to solve crimes. “A lot of it is unforeseen, but we are not going to change our policies on the use of it,” Bratton said. “We think it’s one of the reasons crime is down as much as it is. “It is expensive, but we believe it is worth it for the city.” Personnel Director Margaret Whelan said it is important to continue the hiring program. “When we stop and start, it’s hard to keep relationships going and keep people interested,” Whelan said. “We have very strong relationships now at schools and colleges and military bases and don’t want to lose people to other jurisdictions.” As part of the recruiting effort, Villaraigosa accepted a $1million donation from the Mercury Insurance Co. on Friday to pay a hiring bonus being offered to new recruits. New recruits receive $2,500 upon graduation and $2,500 after they complete a probationary period. But the mayor still found flaws with the City Council’s approval of that program. “We were offered this money a year ago and it took the council a full year to approve it,” Villaraigosa said. “That’s ridiculous.” After the vote Friday, several council members said they would never have supported a reduction in LAPD hiring. “I do not want to put any handcuffs on Chief Bratton when he goes out to try to hire more officers and I also don’t want any shackles when they decide how to use those officers,” Councilman Jack Weiss said. Councilman Richard Alarc n said he was upset that some were characterizing the debate as city squabbling. “This is not the time to talk about reducing our police force,” Alarc n said. “The reduction in crime is one of our greatest accomplishments. “But we should stay away from negative messages that provide fodder to those who would tear the city apart.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Threatening to veto any move to limit police hiring, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa won a showdown with the City Council on Friday when it voted to move forward with expanding the force even as the city faces growing budget constraints. But while the council voted to let Los Angeles Police Department hiring continue, it also added a provision that it must be notified when hiring exceeds 226 new officers beyond the existing force. “What we are saying is we are pro-police, but we are also concerned with our budget,” said Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, who was key in negotiating the deal with the Mayor’s Office. The 11-0 vote comes as Villaraigosa and the council had been at odds over the issue for a week after Councilman Bernard Parks suggested that the LAPD reduce officer hiring amid slower attrition in the department. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Citing overspending by the LAPD and a grim city financial outlook, Parks suggested that the mayor scale back his ambitious goal of hiring officers to boost the force to 10,000. But Villaraigosa had adamantly opposed any caps and said any cut to his goal of expanding the LAPD would “come over my dead body.” After Friday’s council vote, Villaraigosa sought to downplay his threats against the council. “All I will say is I’m glad we are working together to provide more police for the city,” Villaraigosa said. “Expanding the Police Department is a promise we made to the city and one I want to make sure we keep. “It is because of public safety that we see so much construction around town. Public safety is the reason tourism is up 500percent. People want to visit and live in a city that is safe.” last_img read more

Speaker beat odds from birth

first_imgTraylor runs marathons, climbs mountains, plays softball and even skis – all on crutches. “You all have so much incredible potential,” he told the youngsters. “We all have incredible gifts … strive for excellence. “In life too many people choose to take the easy way out.” Traylor earned a degree in business administration, scaled the rocky heights of Pikes Peak, and ran dozens of marathons. His best time was five hours and nine minutes. But his biggest accomplishment was running across America. His starting point was the Golden State Bridge in San Francisco. Seven months and 3,528 miles later, he ended up in Brooklyn, N.Y. He averaged 18 miles a day, more than 6 million steps in total. “At times, I wanted to quit. No matter how difficult it gets in your life, your vision must be great.” When Traylor turned the microphone to the students and asked if they had any question, one student yelled, “You’re amazing.” They all cheered. [email protected] 818-713-3699160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORTHRIDGE – Jerry Traylor, who has jogged across America and run marathons on crutches, spent some time at the Northridge Academy High School this week to deliver a motivational message to graduating seniors. The Arizona man was born with cerebral palsy, three months premature and weighing just 3 pounds. The odds were against him. “It looked like I might not even make it,” he told the charter school student body. He wore waist-high leg braces until he was 14 years old and was picked on for being different. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“I used to look in the mirror and feel so bad because my legs were crooked,” said Traylor, who needs crutches to get around. “The bottom line is if I didn’t have these crutches, I’d be handicapped. “With these crutches I can become whatever I choose to.” Traylor, a motivational speaker, has shared his tale of survival with more than 1 million people all over the world. During his presentation, he hoped to empower the 12th-graders to set goals and achieve greatness, and kept them entertained with his sense of humor. “I was going to be a stand-up comic,” he said, “then someone stole my crutches.” last_img read more


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Missed Cristiano Ronaldo’s El Clasico winner? Watch it here!

first_img1 Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring for Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo scored the winning goal for Real Madrid as they overcame Barcelona in El Clasico on Saturday evening.Gerard Pique had put the hosts ahead with a powerful header, but Karim Benzema levelled the tie with a lovely acrobatic finish from inside the penalty area.WATCH PIQUE AND BENZEMA SCORE IN EL CLASICO HERE!Madrid then had a goal harshly disallowed, with Gareth Bale adjudged to have pushed Jordi Alba as he headed past Claudio Bravo in the Barca goal.Sergio Ramos was then dismissed, but Ronaldo took it into his own hands to lead Zinedine Zidane’s men to victory.Despite putting in a relatively quiet performance, the world class attacker received a cross from the right wing with five minutes remaining, controlling it in the box and converting past Bravo.It was enough for Madrid to claim all three points at Camp Nou, and you can watch Ronaldo’s El Clasico winner below…last_img read more