New plan due for community center

first_imgThe city will also hold a public hearing later to decide whether it will enter into an agreement with the company. A Chevron representative told the council it can finish the project by June 2008. The youth center is on hold for now. Chevron estimated it will cost between $4.5 million and $7 million to renovate the community center. Staff will solicit bids to compare with Chevron’s costs. La Puente doesn’t have enough money to fix the community center and complete the youth center. Right now, it has $3.17 million in general funds and grants for the community center. City staff will also ask the county if it can use the $558,634.22 grant restricted for the youth center for the community center. If the council goes with Chevron, City Manager Carol Cowley said La Puente won’t be required to go out to bid for other companies because it will be building an energy efficient facility that will save the city money in the long run. City officials say residents need a central location for recreation activities, which are now being held at various locations. “We run so many programs out of the community center especially Tiny Tots. … We’re really anxious to get them back in the building,” Councilwoman Lola Storing said. The community center was closed in December 2004 after it was damaged by rain. Pert Construction Co., the contractor for the youth center tore out a side of the community center to link to the youth center. But Pert walked off the job and left the community center exposed. What followed next was two years of litigation with Pert Construction and other subcontractors. La Puente settled the lawsuit in January. Officials reported that after costs, it had a net settlement of $1.7 million. “It’s a very sad. The whole project \ is sad,” Cowley said. Ken Casey, business development manager for Chevron, said they will be using recycled products and high efficiency-energy and mechanical equipment for the renovation. Chevron will use the plans and specifications already prepared by Zarin-Afsar & Associates and work with the architect to make any modifications. It will help the city in arranging financing with a third party. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2718 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA PUENTE – The city may team up with Chevron to renovate the community center, which has been closed for more than two years. At a special meeting Thursday, staff presented four options to the City Council for the La Puente Community Center and Youth Learning Activity Center in the 500 block of North Glendora Avenue. The council decided to see what Chevron Energy Solutions Co. can do to renovate the community center and make it energy efficient. Chevron will come back in 45 days with a proposal. last_img read more

Fireworks fines could be hiked; spectators targets

first_imgPALMDALE – The Palmdale City Council is looking to raise fines for improper firework discharges and make it clear that those who “aid and abet” also can be held accountable. At its meeting Wednesday, the council will consider raising the fines for improper use of “safe and sane” fireworks to $500 for a first offense, $1,000 for a second and $2,500 for a third. Existing penalties are now $100 for a first offense, $200 for a second and $500 for a third. Such violations in the “very high fire hazard severity zone,” covering Palmdale south and west of the California Aqueduct, will carry the same penalties as discharging illegal fireworks – $2,500 for the first violation, $5,000 for the second and $10,000 for the third. “It’s going to be a different Fourth of July this year,” said Mayor Jim Ledford. “People who think the penalties are minor are in for a rude awakening.” Palmdale allows only “safe and sane” fireworks to be set off and limits the discharges from noon June 28 until noon July 5. The exception is the “very high fire hazard severity zone,” which includes the Ana Verde development, where no fireworks are allowed to be discharged. The proposed changes to the ordinance also are intended to make it clear that those who “aid and abet” the fireworks violations, including spectators, are as guilty or responsible as the person who actually committed the violation. “A lot of people don’t think of that when they think of fireworks,” said Judy Skousen, assistant city attorney. “We’re clarifying it to highlight it so people are aware.” Palmdale officials said the city spent more than $14,000 on overtime July 4 for deputies looking out for people shooting skyrockets and other illegal fireworks or improperly discharging “safe and sane” devices. They cited 76 people for misdemeanor fireworks possession and related offenses. Since then, the city has changed the way it will pursue such violations. This holiday, the city will have an administrative fine process rather than sending such matters to the court system. The city manager will appoint a hearing officer or officers to hear the contested citations and issue a decision. The decision of the hearing officer is final unless appealed to the Superior Court. (661) 267-5743160Want 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

Marseille slap £35m price tag on Arsenal and Chelsea target

first_img Michy Batshuayi 1 Marseille have slapped a £35m price tag on Arsenal and Chelsea target Michy Batshuayi.The striker is one of the hottest prospects in European football and has been scouted by all of the continents’ top clubs.Arsenal and Chelsea are both keen on the 22-year-old, but they have now been told by Marseille president Vincent Labrune that they’ll have to cough up £35m.“There is not a single top 15 world club that is not interested in Batshuayi,” Labrune told La Derniere Heure.“He is one of the most wanted players on the market. There were a lot of offers for him this summer, but he did not want to leave.“He is proving himself on the pitch. And if clubs want him then they are going to have to pay up. Around €50m!”last_img read more

Terrible attendance at Parkhead but Celtic go into cup semi draw with Rangers

first_img1 Leigh Griffiths scores at a poorly attended Parkhead Celtic eased into the Scottish Cup semi-finals with a 3-0 win over Morton and eased the pressure a little on manager Ronny Deila.The future of Celtic’s Norwegian boss has been the subject of much speculation, and intensified after a goalless draw against Dundee in midweek led to the reigning champions’ Premiership lead being cut to four points.This may explain why Parkhead was only a quarter full for the visit of Morton, butthose present witnessed first half goals from Leigh Griffiths, Gary Mackay-Steven and Callum McGregor that killed off any chance of a shock.Celtic had lost 1-0 after extra-time to the same opposition in the League Cup two-and-a-half years ago, but on this occasion the Hoops cruised through to the last four of a tournament they have won a record 36 times.Kris Commons, Stefan Johansen, McGregor and Mackay-Steven all returned to Celtic’s starting line-up, while Charlie Mulgrew moved back to centre-back to replace the injured Dedryck Boyata.The Hoops last won the cup in 2013, and go into Sunday afternoon’s semi-final draw along with Rangers, Dundee United and Hibs and Inverness.last_img read more

Donegal man stages the best proposal at Kodaline gig!

first_imgA young Donegal man has taken to the stage at a Kodaline gig and asked the girl of his dreams to marry him.Farmer Gareth Lamberton (25) won the heart of Coleraine girl Eleanor McCollum (24) after being matched in a ‘Take Me Out’ charity night.And Gareth’s “High Hopes” got the right answer when he by proposed during Thursday’s concert at Custom House Square. Beckoned onto the stage as the Dublin band sung their hit song The One, Eleanor, who works in marketing, said ‘yes’ in front of the crowd of 5,000.And she was left so stunned by the proposal that she can’t remember anything more of the concert – despite spending the rest of the night in the VIP zone back stage.Steve Garrigan from Kodaline“You could say it was a bit of a shock,” Eleanor told the Belfast Telegraph. “But now I’ve had a little time to think about it, Gareth was behaving a bit strangely all day.“When I met him off the train during the day he left me to go to the toilet and disappeared for an hour. It turns out he’d gone to Custom House Square to make sure everything was going to go as he planned.” It’s been two years, three months and four days since the couple first met at the Balmoral Show in May 2016, and they clicked shortly afterwards when they were paired up with a restaurant voucher during a charity ‘Take Me Out’ night in Strabane.“He’s never been the sort of person to do stunts like this,” said Eleanor. “He works on the family dairy farm with his brothers so it was very unexpected.“It took a lot of convincing for me to get to the concert, but my best friend Rachel Nelson from Ballyclare was in on this from the start and persuaded me I had to go with her. She was the only other person he’d told.“Gareth was frantically texting at the start of the concert. I wondered who he was sending messages to but Rachel told me not to be so nosy.“Then they told me I’d won a competition to go back stage so I was lined up there with Gareth at the side of the stage as the band started to play ‘The One’. “It turns out he’d gone to buy the engagement ring that morning and had everything planned. After all that I was always going to say yes. All credit to Gareth, he couldn’t have planned it any better. We’ve asked them [Kodaline] to be our wedding band, but I’m not sure if we’ll be able to afford them!”The couple didn’t have much time to celebrate as Gareth jetted off to Canada yesterday.“He’s off on a road trip with his brothers,” said Eleanor. “Maybe he thought I’d have something to say about Thursday night!“We’ll get down to wedding planning when he gets back, but I hope to have a bit of a say in that. I’ve no idea what he might come up with!” Donegal man stages the best proposal at Kodaline gig! was last modified: August 28th, 2018 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)last_img read more

City officials back audit of LAUSD

first_imgSOUTH LOS ANGELES – While Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa moves aggressively to take control of Los Angeles Unified, leaders of other cities resurrected the idea Wednesday of dismantling the nation’s second-largest school district instead. Leaders of 10 of the 27 cities that send students to LAUSD joined Villaraigosa at a news conference where they voiced support for an independent state audit of the district that could take up to $1 million and a year to complete. But just because they support Villaraigosa’s call for an audit, they said, doesn’t mean they back his plan to control the district. “It creates the dialogue between mayors of cities to discuss which is the best direction to take,” said Carson Mayor Jim Dear. “Because of what’s taking place, it’s more likely there will be breakaway efforts.” “There are going to be a number of opinions for school reform,” he said. “This effort has to have the latitude and the flexibility to be open to many views about how to improve our schools.” But Superintendent Roy Romer said neighboring cities – particularly those in the southeast – would only hurt themselves if they break away from the district before 2012, when a $19 billion construction program is slated for completion. “They are the ones with the highest needs and that’s where we built most of the schools,” he said. “It will be cutting their own throats to take off from this district before the program is done, so we ought to discuss this.” A number of LAUSD breakup and reform efforts have stalled or failed in the past decade, including one that would have created two separate districts in the San Fernando Valley. Assemblyman Keith Richman, R-Granada Hills, and Sen. George Runner, R-Lancaster, introduced identical bills this year to splinter LAUSD into districts of no more than 50,000 students each, but neither measure made it past the committee level. In his run last year for mayor, former Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg said his priority would be to carve up the school district – a goal that also got the backing of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Hertzberg said Wednesday he believes a breakup backed by a cluster of cities – rather than the Valley, which is part of Los Angeles – could succeed if they pursue a statewide ballot initiative. “A ballot initiative would talk about the idea of setting four principles of education, which would include a limit on the size of the districts, classroom size and teacher-student ratios, so you can build a statewide coalition to do this,” he said. “This time, it has legs and there’s going to continue to be efforts, whether from large cities or small, until there is change. The LAUSD spin machine has been working overtime lately, but it doesn’t mask the fact that 50 percent of students aren’t graduating from high school.” School board member David Tokofsky was skeptical that any new effort would be successful. “The people of the San Fernando Valley and the city of Los Angeles have, through four bonds, contributed significant money to build schools in these small cities,” he said. “I think the romanticism is producing the hope that we can have more governments created with more elected officials. “I don’t think the history of voters of L.A. County or California look very favorably upon the creation of more governments as a solution to the perceived problems.” (818) 713-3722160Want 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 quarterfinalsBill De Witt, the vice mayor of South Gate, said he is willing to consider dismantling the sprawling district, which is responsible for 727,000 students. “That is something that might come out of this,” De Witt said. “We’re in flux at this point. “Obviously, we’re not satisfied with the product of the schools. We have enough local people interested in making a change and, hopefully, we will be able to seize upon this momentum and do something for our kids.” Villaraigosa said his efforts to reform the district would allow for a “wide diversity of opinion” among decision-makers. He does not believe that competing efforts would jeopardize his own plan to reform LAUSD – including a provision to have his office appoint a superintendent who would be responsible for most decisions now made by the elected school board. last_img read more


first_imgGAA Bingo- Every Thursday Night At 9pm  In St Marys Hall Clonmany Everyone Welcome.Match & Win for 12/1/2012 No jackpot winner last week this weeks will rise to €2,820.00 numbers drawn were 6,8,14,20 the €15 consolation prizes went to Jame B & Kevin Kelly Dunaff, Louise Grant (Rancher)Cleagh, Martin Doherty Gaddyduff, Pauline Butler Shindella Rathananagan Co Kildare, Paul Doherty (Tim) Tullagh.Players Meeting -There will be a meeting on Saturday, January 21st at 6.00pm for all players interested in playing Senior or Reserve football this year for Urris. Danny Kelly has agreed to take on the role of Senior manager for the coming season and he will be taking this opportunity to lay out his plans for the coming season. Danny will be assisted in his role by Martin Kelly and Michael Bradley. Referee’s Course – The County Board will be running a Beginner’s Referee’s course in Jackson’s Hotel on  Saturday, February 4th. The course gets underway at 9.30am and will run for most of the day.Anyone interested in taking up the whistle for the coming season can let either John Friel or David Hession know and their name will be put forward for the course. There is no cost to the participants and all their equipment is supplied upon qualification by the County Board.Qualified Referee’s are also reminded that there will be a refresher course in Jackson’s on Thursday, February 16th at 7.30pm.Club Meeting -There will be a Club meeting on Wednesday, January 25th at 7.30pm. As usual all club members are encouraged to attend. New faces are more than welcome. Remember this is your club and decisions made at these meetings affect everyone involved with Urris.Club Membership 2012 – Is now due for renewal Adults €20 Child (under 18) €3 all players must be registered before season begins, contact David Hession or John Friel.Donegal Year Book – 2011 edition now available from the club at €15 contact John Friel. Foundation Coaching Course:- The Inishowen Board are looking for names of people interested in doing a Foundation coaching course in the early part of 2012.The course is usually run over two sessions which includes one evening and a full day session. Child protection is also included as part of the course and is a prerequisite to qualify overall.Any one intending to help with coaching teams for the club in 2012 should have this minimum level of proficiency.Anyone interested in doing the course should contact John Friel 0860523550 or David Hession 0860538537 as soon as possible.Club Merchandise –  New Club Jersey and hat are now available in Centra, the club has a range of merchandise available in all sizes polo shirts hoodies jackets and not forgetting the all important urris hat for the coming winter contact Alan 0879029672.New Club Website is up and running at so check it out for all the clubs up to date news.Any items for the notes please send to or text to Liz O’Neill on 0863858629 before 9pm on Sunday evening.GAA: URRIS GAA CLUB NOTES was last modified: January 15th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:GAA: URRIS GAA CLUB NOTESlast_img read more


first_imgDONEGALDAILY.COM COMMENT: Two weeks ago when Tyrone were sent crashing out of the Championship in Killarney, something remarkable happened.More than 500 Kerry fans waited after the game to applaud the Tyrone team and management as they boarded their coach for home.As the Tyrone team bus wound its way through the streets of Killarney, Kerry fans lined the route to applaud them. Today in the Cusack Stand at Croke Park, Kerry fans warmly congratulated the Donegal fans around them.Many stayed on to applaud the Donegal team doing their brief ‘warm down’. And they clapped loudly.Others turned to their nearest Donegal fans and shook hands and embraced.“We’ll be right behind you from now on,” said one Kerry woman as she wished Donegal the best. It was our day today at Croke Park – a proud and historic day for Donegal Gaelic Games.But it was made all the more special by the sporting honour of the Kerry fans who were there today.From the Donegal fans who witnessed that today – we say ‘Go raibh milé maith agaibh.’ VICTORY OVER KERRY: KERRY FANS SHOW THE TRUE SPIRIT OF GAA was last modified: August 5th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:go raibh milé maith agaibhVICTORY OVER KERRY: KERRY FANS SHOW THE TRUE SPIRIT OF GAAlast_img read more

Sports minister announces new review into safe-standing

first_img 2 Clubs in English football’s top two tiers have had to have all-seater stadiums by law since the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, which left 96 Liverpool fans dead.“Today I can announce we will commission an external analysis of evidence relating to the all-seater policy,” said Crouch.“The one thing we need to do is collect and analyse the evidence that exists and ensure that all views on this issue can be heard and considered before we make any changes to the all-seater policy.“Change cannot and should not happen overnight on something as serious as football ground safety. My mind is open on the future of the all-seater policy.”Monday’s debate was triggered after 112,000 people signed a petition backing the introduction of safe standing. 2 Celtic have adopted safe-standing at their ground Sports minister Tracey Crouch has announced a fresh review into the subject of safe-standing in English football.The MP, speaking at a parliamentary debate on the issue, expects findings of the initial research to be completed before the end of the year. Tottenham have future-proofed their stadium for safe-standing Large numbers of fans have continued to stand during games and calls for a scrapping of the all-seater requirement have grown in recent years, particularly after an independent review in 2012 confirmed standing was not the cause of the Hillsborough tragedy.Last month, the EFL and Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) commissioned a survey which revealed more than nine in 10 supporters want the option to stand at football matches.Despite this, in April, Crouch rejected a request from West Brom to pilot a safe-standing section next season, when there will be some 22 EFL clubs, in all three divisions, with legal standing areas.“The legislative framework as it is currently set out means I cannot allow for any pilots,” added Crouch.“There is no wriggle room; it is either the status quo or change the legislation.“I look forward to working closely with the Premier League and the English Football League and other football organisations, including the Football Supporters Federation, who I met last week.”Michael Brunskill, a spokesman for the FSF, was encouraged by Monday’s debate and welcomed Crouch’s announcement of a review.“The overwhelming number of MPs who were in the room were so supportive of the case. I think it’s fair to say that fans, clubs, leagues, MPs, we’re all on the same side here making the same arguments and hopefully that aligns with government in due course,” he said.“The devil’s in the detail in this. We want to see more about the review that they are proposing.“We’ve got to make sure that whatever the government is planning, that the fans’ case is argued and our voice isn’t lost because I think in the past it has been.“Fans love football for the spectacle, the atmosphere, not just what goes on on the pitch and standing is a huge contributing factor for that. That’s why we want to see it done safely – and it can be done safely.”Such was the interest in the debate, an initial three-minute time limit was set after Luke Hall, the Member of Parliament for Thornbury and Yate, had moved the motion.In his opening remarks on E-petition 207040, “relating to allowing Premier League and Championship football clubs to introduce safe standing,” Hall had highlighted the progress made with Bundesliga-style rail seats and by Scottish top-flight club Celtic.“There is the opportunity for the bodies to take on a new and enhanced role, determined by the authorities already in place,” he said.Hall also suggested a “case-by-case” basis should be adopted, allowing clubs to “future-proof” their grounds.Steve Morgan, Labour MP for Portsmouth, said safe standing was “already there” within the EFL, with “fully licensed” sections in the lower divisions.“Not every fans wants to stand, but nearly every fan I have spoken to wants to have the choice. Government should trust fans – they know their clubs best,” he said.“I must admit, I am puzzled as to why the Government thinks the standard becomes safer as the quality of football gets worse.”last_img read more

UMC Fortportal challenge rally on this weekend

first_img Tags: Rajiv Rupareliatop Rajiv won the last rally in Nakaseke. (PHOTO/File)After the Kapeeka autocross in Nakaseke industrial park, rally returns this weekend with a Uganda Motor club challenge in Fortportal.The challenge which runs from Saturday to Sunday will take place in the mountians of the moon.Rajiv Ruparelia who edged Jonas Kansiime with a time difference of 3 seconds in the last race will be one of the drivers to watch.The upcountry rally which started in 2015 has delivered stellar performances and it will once again be expected to live up to the hype.According to organising team 39 entrants have been okayed for the race and are ready to hit the tracks.List of the previous winners-Jas Mangat ( 2015)-Jas Mangat ( 2016)-Ronald Ssebuguzi ( 2017)-Hassan Alwi ( 2018).List of drivers1. John Burrows Lumu/Arnold Dungu ( Subaru Impreza)2 Christakis Fitidis/Another (Mitsubishi Evox)3.Samuel Watendwa/Steven Bunya (Toyota Fx)4.Najib Sempijja/Gloria Nantongo (Toyota Vitz)5.Godfrey Nsereko/Edward Kiyingi (Toyota Runx)6.Duncan Mubiru/Musa Nsubuga (Evox)7.Sadat Negomba/RobertKatabalwa (Toyota Fx)8.Abdul Katete /Rahmah Muhamad (Subaru Impreza)9.Musa Mulimira/Pius Lugya Toyota Curen10.Samuel Bwette/Urban Mulindwa (Evo9)11.Fred Busulwa/Joseph Bongole (Subaru Impreza)12.Hassan Alwi Jr/Siraj Kyambade (Subaru Impreza)13.Alex Wakabi/Muhammad Sebbina (Evo6)14.Isaac Sozzi/Lawrence Mwambazi (Subaru Impreza)15.Amir Kavuma/Muhammad Tulibagenyi (Subaru Impreza)16.Fred Senkumba/Jackson Serwanga (Toyota Runx )17.Yassin Nasser/Ali Katumba#Subaru impreza GVB18.Ibrahim Lubega/Mustapha Kanakulya (Toyota Fx)19.Arthur Blick Jr /George Semakula (EvoX)20.Mansoor Sanya/Abdallah Nyombi (Subaru Impreza)21.Peter Kalule/Ritah Nakigozi (Subaru Impreza)22.Gilberto Balondemu/Ibrahim Waiswa (Toyota Fx)23.Ronald Sebuguzi/Leon Senyange (Evox)24.Adam Rauf/Aaron Nsamba (Evox)25.Omar Mayanja/Hussein Mukuye (EvoX)26.Unnisan Bakunda/Umar Kakande27.Rajiv Ruparelia / Enock Olinga (VW Proto).28.Hajji Waliggo /Ronald Bukenya ( Toyota Runx)29. Tim Gawaya / Francis Wamala ( Toyota Runx)30. Charles Ssansa /Kevin Lubambula ( Toyota FX) among othersComments last_img read more