Archive : December, 2019

Manchester United and England goal machine set to miss Euro 2016 qualifier with Estonia

first_img1 Wayne Rooney England captain Wayne Rooney is set to miss England’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Estonia through injury.For the third day in succession the 29-year-old forward was unable to train with his international team-mates after an ankle complaint sustained in Manchester United’s defeat to Arsenal.Rooney is set to miss Friday’s clash with Estonia as a result and is a major doubt for next week’s trip to Lithuania in the Group E finale.Regardless of the injury, the striker is expected to attend the final Wembley qualifier as he wants to pick up his commemorative golden boot for breaking Sir Bobby Charlton’s scoring record.Rooney last month broke the 45-year long record with a penalty against Switzerland and will receive the boot from the 1966 World Cup winner before kick-off.Theo Walcott appears the most likely replacement up front for Roy Hodgson’s men, especially as Danny Ings is also set to miss the Estonia encounter.The Liverpool striker is in the England squad for the first time, but again sat out training at St George’s Park on Thursday with an ankle complaint.Michael Carrick is a doubt after missing the session with a knock, although Jonjo Shelvey returned to action.Andros Townsend and Kyle Walker were involved, having been drafted into the squad following the withdrawal of John Stones earlier in the week.last_img read more

Better than Wayne Rooney? Amazing bicycle kick goal

first_imgDC United may have beaten New England Revolution in the MLS play-offs on Wednesday, but they had to overcome a goal-of-the-season contender to do so.The Washington-based club were 2-1 winners, coming from behind after a stunning strike by 22-year-old Juan Agudelo. Colombian-born forward Agudelo, who plays for the United States’ national team, fired the visitors into the lead when he rose spectacularly to nestle a bicycle kick into the far corner, with a strike reminscent of Wayne Rooney’s ‘best ever’ Premier League goal.To see the opportunity is one thing, but his technique to pull it off was audacious and Agudelo did just that, which you can see in the video above (compared with a Taylor Twellman bicycle kick for the same side, back in 2007). Unfortunately for Agudelo, this was not a match-winner as his side were knocked out of the competition, while DC are through to the semi-final of the Eastern Conference.last_img read more

WATCH: Chelsea loanee Nathaniel Chalobah scores for Napoli in the Europa League

first_img1 Nathaniel Chalobah Nathaniel Chalobah netted his first goal for Napoli in the Europa League on Thursday. The young Chelsea start joined the Serie A club on a season-long loan deal in September and he was making just his third appearance – all of which have come in Europe.It was a great finish by the 20-year-old, who has previously had loan spells in the Championship with Reading, Burnley, Middlesbrough, Watford and Nottingham Forest. See below!last_img

Chelsea transfer guide: Hiddink closing in on mega £60m deal? Top targets ranked

first_imgChelsea could be busy in the January transfer window.Guus Hiddink may have sparked a few players into life since his arrival at Stamford Bridge shortly before Christmas, but the Dutchman may still be keen to strengthen his options as he looks to save the Blues from further embarrassment in the second half of the season.With this in mind, talkSPORT has assessed the players rumoured to be at the top of Chelsea’s wish list.Take a look at our ranking by clicking the yellow arrow above, right. 6 6. Amadou Diawara (Bologna) – continue reading our ranking of Chelsea’s top mid-season targets by clicking the arrow above! –

Position: striker

Position: striker

The Guinean midfielder, described as ‘a Serie A wonderkid’ and having drawn comparisons to Stamford Bridge favourite Michael Essien, is said to be a top target for Chelsea this month, with reports claiming that his representatives have been in London to begin negotiations over a possible move this month. Despite being contracted to Bologna until 2020, the Italian outfit will accept an offer in the region of £10m. Chelsea’s midfield has been arguably their weakest area this term, with Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas having shocked the Premier League with their poor form. While Diawara would be boost to options in the centre of the park, is Hiddink likely to entrust an inexperienced teenager in such a challenging campaign and an unfamiliar top flight? Not only this, but his signing may push fan-favourite Ruben Loftus-Cheek further down the pecking order. 6 5. Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain) – read more

Police reforms spur skepticism

first_imgMACARTHUR PARK – Watching her fellow students play softball during a quiet afternoon at MacArthur Park on Tuesday, 14-year-old Osmery Batrez recalled a much different scene at the park May 1. “They beat my brother up,” said the Soledad Enrichment Action Charter School student, referring to Los Angeles Police Department officers. “They just came and started pushing people around. We were just protesting.” Batrez said despite the self-critical report issued Tuesday by the LAPD, she doesn’t believe the top brass will make any real changes. Her sentiments were echoed by others who live, work or go to school in this largely immigrant Latino community. “They killed a reporter, Ruben Salazar,” Hernandez said, recounting the 1970 march and subsequent riot in which Los Angeles Times reporter Salazar was killed by a sheriff’s tear-gas cannister while he sat in a bar. “You can put a number or a name on the helmet; they’re still going to be the same,” he said, commenting on the report’s recommendation to put officers’ names or identifying numbers on their helmets or vests, something missing May 1. Hernandez, a South Los Angeles resident, said the treatment of lower-working-class people by police in areas such as MacArthur Park is much different from the way wealthier people are treated in such places as Beverly Hills or Malibu. “As long as we have this brown skin, it’s never going to change,” Hernandez said. Marisol Guevara, 16, a resident of the MacArthur Park neighborhood, was at the May 1 rally and witnessed some of the violence. She said some of the officers’ actions that day betrayed the trust of many innocent people. “There were a lot of people getting hurt for no reason,” she said. “They made a little thing into a big thing. It was crazy that day. It was the craziest day. … There were a lot of kids, a lot of moms, a lot of old people. I was trying to help the old people. … It was really not necessary.” She hopes the report will lead to significant change. “It’s good if they learn,” Guevara said, adding that the LAPD should make sure more Spanish-speaking officers are on site when working a similar event. Seventy-two-year-old Micaela Chavez has worked at the same newsstand near the corner of Alvarado and Seventh streets, selling novela magazines and cigarettes, for 30 years. Acknowledging the difficult task of effective police work, Chavez had one question: “Why are they fighting with the Latino people who they’re supposed to serve?” [email protected] (818) 713-3329160Want 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 MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City“These riots are not an isolated thing,” Batrez said. “It’s been going on for years.” Rogelio Garcia, a teacher at Soledad, who was leading Batrez and a group of girls through a physical-education class at the park Tuesday, said as long as LAPD officer-discipline hearings are not open to the public, he doesn’t hold out much hope that Tuesday’s report will improve things. “We have to hold them responsible to the community,” Garcia said. Others said that problems with the department, as well as other law enforcement agencies, have been brewing for decades. And the May Day melee has only heightened the Latino community’s mistrust of the police, they said. “Remember what happened in East Los Angeles?” said Jose Hernandez, 40, who operates a lunch truck across the street from the park. last_img read more

The coming fraud

first_imgThe fires were a disaster to thousands, but here come the hucksters, shysters. If we did not learn from the 1994 Northridge Earthquake about flaky contractors, then we need to review the laws for a contractor to even be in business: He needs a valid license in the state of California; has to be in good standing with the State Contractors Board. They need absolute proof of workers’ comp insurance. They need to be able to post a bond for the amount of work being done. We are going to be inundated with these flakes; how are we are going to know who is real and not? Here’s a real challenge for our mayor. A photo op in having inspection stations for contractors to be able to do business in Los Angles County. – J. Don Buchanan Van Nuys AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. Fireproof homes For nobody knows how long, wildfires have been a part of Southern California. Year after year, people lose houses in these fires. If they are going to live in these areas, they should be forced to build fireproof houses. Some years ago, a fire wiped out a neighborhood, except for one house the owner built to survive a fire. A picture made the covers of news magazines, one house, intact, surrounded by ashes and rubble. So building fireproof houses is possible. – Mike Kirwan Venice In black and white The difference in response time of governmental agencies, between the fires in Southern California and hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, is equal to the difference between black and white. Need I say more? – Harriet C. Kenion Lake View Terrace Fire information It was a scary time for my family on Sunday afternoon when the sky turned black with a red glow. We live on a wildland-exposed street in Chatsworth. Listening to broadcast media, there were constant references to the “fire in Chatsworth,” but no details. Should we stay or evacuate? I checked out several media Web sites. Nothing about Chatsworth specifically. I choose not to call the overloaded emergency lines for information. Just as with road conditions (Caltrans), I wish there had been a Web site and telephone number where you could get ZIP-coded information on evacuation orders, etc., for your area. This information would then be available to anyone – residents at home or out of town. This could also be connected to the reverse 911 that seems to have worked fairly well in San Diego. – Diana Dixon-Davis Chatsworth Cynical manipulation Re “City Hall’s double lie” (Our Opinions, Oct. 18): I applaud the Daily News editorial regarding the telephone tax “emergency,” but I think you missed one important point. By having the phone tax measure declared an “emergency,” the threshold for voter approval is lowered, from two-thirds to just a simple majority. Remember how pathetic the voter turnout was in the last election? Well, cut that in half (so we’re now at, what, like 3 percent?) and that’s who ultimately decides if we all continue to pay. It’s the voters’ fault, of course, for not paying attention. But it’s the politicians’ cynical manipulation of the system that creates voter apathy. – Linda Coburn Northridge Phone tax Why does a phone tax pay for city services not associated with the use of our phones? Why does it go into the overall budget? I pay enough taxes to cover all city expenses except, of course, the bilking and stealing that goes on, or the “disappearing” of funds that cannot be accounted for. Every time a service comes our way that allows us to not be robbed by the politicians, they figure a way to steal from us anyway, i.e., the Voice over Internet Protocol. I switched over to this new affordable means of communication so as to not be “fined” (taxed) by the city (even though it has its drawbacks). I’m extremely tired of being nickeled and dimed to death. The city politicians need to be stopped before we can no longer afford to live in Los Angeles. -Elaine Neff Mission Hills Teacher sex offenses Re “Sex offenses by teachers stay secret” (Oct. 21): Sex offenses committed by teachers are startling, but one has to wonder why the “blood suckers of America,” lawyers, haven’t picked up on this. Could it be that there are no big bucks to be made representing the victims and suing the schools, like they did with the deep-pockets Catholic Church? – Ben Delgado North Hills `Perfected’ Re “Coulter’s C-bomb” (Viewpoint, Oct. 21): I don’t think Ann Coulter is in any way anti-Semitic. She believes, as many committed Christians do, that Jews aren’t “perfected” unless they accept Christ. I know many Christians feel the same way. That is part of their faith. I, as a committed Jew, have my own faith. My commitment to Judaism is such that I can fully understand how Christians feel, and I do not consider them to be intolerant, anti-Semitic or anti-Jewish. I just don’t happen to agree, but I will not challenge their right to express how they feel. Christians who follow their faith are true friends and supporters of Jews and of Israel, even if some of them feel we aren’t “perfected.” – Gary Aminoff Studio City Basic tenet Re “Sympathy for the she-devil” (Viewpoint, Oct. 21): I am quite bewildered by Mariel Garza’s being insulted by Ann Coulter’s comments. I hate to break it to her, but Coulter’s hoping people will become “perfected” in their relationship to God is a basic tenet of Christianity for the past 2000 years. The “problem” is not with Coulter, but with the teaching in the Bible. Besides, why should Coulter, or anyone for that matter, adhere to a religious faith that was so impotent as to not want others to believe in it as well? – George W. Harris Thousand Oaks We’re winning Osama bin Laden’s latest tape has confirmed that the surge is working and al-Qaida is losing the war. Sunni sheiks have rejected al-Qaida, and Anbar province, which used to be one of the most dangerous places in Iraq, is now one of the safest. Bin Laden has never before admitted mistakes and negotiated from a position of weakness. We are starting to see the current strategy work, and al-Qaida start to lose this war. Despite the Democrats’ and liberals’ attempt to sabotage our efforts, America has found a way to win. When we win this war, and we will, the liberal Democrats are finished. According to Harry Reid, we have already lost the war. I guess someone forgot to tell Osama that he had already won the war and did not need to make this last tape. – Craig S. Hawley Reseda O’Reilly’s whitewash Re “Good news in Iraq is no news in U.S. press” (Viewpoint, Oct. 21): The Iraq war isn’t “evil”? Let’s see. Secretary of State Powell stated twice in 2001 Iraq was not a threat. But President Bush lied relentlessly to get his war and slimed critics who dared speak the truth. Britain’s MI6 remarked on his lies, as did the 9-11 Commission and the Senate Report. Alan Greenspan stated: “The Iraq war is largely about oil.” War is evil; the Bible forbids coveting, lying, stealing, and killing. Dressing it up as virtuous is evil; Christ despised hypocrisy. Pope John Paul II condemned the invasion as “immoral.” I prefer his clarity to Bill O’Reilly’s whitewash. – Ian Freeman Thousand Oaks O’Reilly at it again Re “Good news in Iraq is no news in U.S. press” (Viewpoint, Oct. 21): While decrying the statements of Bruce Springsteen and David Crosby that America is doing “evil” in Iraq, his definition of doing “good” must be the killing of approximately 100,000 Iraqis, almost 4,000 American troops and tens of thousands of injured guys and gals in our Armed forces. I think he should go back to school to learn the meaning of these two words. – Albert Cohen Sherman Oaks Rant and ravings What does Iran having the capability of one nuclear bomb in 10 years (U.S. intelligence agencies) have to do with raising the specter of World War III, as trumpeted by President Bush? This sounds like the rant and ravings of the fundamentalist right and Armageddon nuts – or is it nuclear brinkmanship that Bush is aiming at? It is inconceivable that the president of the United States can make such a boastful statement. World War III would decimate the planet and bring extinction of the human family. What was George Bush thinking? And keep this man away from the button. – Ron Lowe Grass Valley160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Fetching Success

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “They’d pass the book around the class, and when it got to me I’d fake having a stomachache or go to the bathroom,” Landes recalled. His eighth-grade guidance counselor suggested he enroll at a trade school instead of high school since college seemed unlikely. Today, Landes serves as president and CEO of Fetch Technologies, an El Segundo firm where he must read, make deals and count millions of dollars in revenue. “It’s a long-term thing,” Landes said of his disability. “I’ve learned to exploit it for my benefit and those around me. In life, you’ve got to accept you have things.” Those things include typical ADD symptoms such as impulsiveness and speaking out of turn. “Through my experiences, I’ve learned to channel those difficulties into strengths,” he said. “I have a lot of energy. I’m highly motivated. I have an unyielding desire to succeed in the face of difficulties and obstacles. It’s made me more compassionate, understanding, less fearful.” Landes is animated while sitting at his office desk. His 6-foot-8 frame seems hardly able to contain his energy. Landes, 51, joined Fetch in 2004 to run the business side of a company founded by scientists. Under Landes, the private firm has grown from 10 employees – Landes was the 10th – to 45. Revenue increased from less than $1 million to more than $5million, Landes said. And he expanded the company’s client base beyond government agencies to include commercial customers. Landes said he expects growth of 100percent next year. In January, Fetch will move into nearby office space more than twice as large as its current 6,200-square-foot location. The added space is needed to house the expected 60 employees the company will have by January, Landes said. Fetch develops complex software that extracts information from countless Web sites and organizes the data to appear as if it’s all from a single source. “We’re a precision extraction technology. We don’t deliver you the Web page, we deliver the data,” Landes said. “We revolutionized the task of information gathering. This was previously a menial task. When you want to go to hundreds and thousand of sources, you can’t do that manually.” For example, when an agent at the AAA searches for a low-fare hotel booking or travel package, the system uses Fetch software. Steve Minton, Fetch’s chairman and co-founder, said Landes was one of a number of CEO candidates the company considered. “But none of them had Robert’s track record,” Minton said. That track record has mostly focused on sales. But Landes’ professional experience goes beyond that to include playing professional basketball and founding a dot-com. Looking back, Landes noted the challenges he has faced, including his learning disability and a major injury in college. “I seem to continually have to overcome adversity,” Landes said. In the 10th grade, Landes suddenly “no longer had academic problems,” he said. “Once you recognize a deficiency, you start to create an internal and external structure of support to mitigate weakness and enhance strengths.” Landes went on to prove his eighth-grade counselor wrong by enrolling at College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. Landes was on a full athletic scholarship. He studied sociology with a minor in psychology while playing on the college basketball team. In his junior year, Landes broke his back because of a repetitive stress injury. He spent a year of training and rehabilitation and was able to play his senior year. After earning his bachelor’s degree in sociology, Landes played professional basketball in Britain for a year. In his free time, he sold commodities over the phone from London. “I was hooked,” Landes recalled. “I loved selling.” In 1982, after completing a year of professional basketball, Landes joined his brother’s New York importing business. Called Landes Silver, the firm sold imported silverware, crystal and china to Bloomingdale’s and other retailers. “I was in charge of business development and my brother was in charge of operations,” he said. But by 1987, Landes left the business “over a family dynamic.” Landes then worked in sales for several years for another New York silverware company. In 1992, Landes took a job as vice president of national accounts for LA Gear, a youth- oriented shoe company based in Santa Monica. His biggest challenge was to promote a new specialty brand for men. By the time he left in 1995, Landes was LA Gear’s executive vice president. “I left because the company wasn’t doing well and it was on its third reorganization,” he said. “So they had to downsize the business. I didn’t like that. I’m a builder, not a downsizer.” After leaving, Landes had what he described as an epiphany. He was driving from his Pacific Palisades home to Brentwood when he noticed people on a street corner hawking $10 maps of movie stars’ homes. “I said I wonder if I could start an Internet company ? where you can reach the stars?” he said. By December 2006, Landes had founded Celebrity Sightings, a Marina del Rey firm that used the Internet to connect teens to exclusive celebrity content and even chats with stars. “I ended up selling the company for millions of dollars,” he said. The Web site eventually went dormant and now is a pornographic site. Before selling Celebrity Sightings, Landes began serving as CEO of software company Guidance Solutions, a Marina del Rey firm building corporate Web sites that allowed for online commerce. “Guidance had eight employees and $750,000 in revenue,” Landes said. “Three years later, we had $22 million in revenue and 225 employees.” Landes cashed out of Guidance in 2004. He then went into semi-retirement. He did some consulting work, but mostly spent time with his wife and three children including becoming a carpool dad. In 2004, Landes began consulting for Fetch. At the time, Landes was considering running a company again, and Minton and his partners were debating whether Landes was an ideal fit for their firm. Minton recalls one day when he was away from the office, but needed to check a voice message left for the company. The message was left on Landes’ cell phone. So Landes gave Minton the password. Minton found himself in the awkward position of having to listen through Landes’ other messages before finding the one he was looking for. “I was trying not to snoop, but there was a succession of people – some of them business people and some of them personal friends – and they’re like, `Robert, I really appreciate all the help you’ve given me,”‘ Minton said. “People really trust Robert and he’s really a terrific person. ? By that time, I was pretty convinced we had a good relationship. But (those phone messages) pretty much sealed the deal.” [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Muhammed El-Hasan Staff Writer Robert Landes describes his business success as a “miracle.” Landes grew up in New York with non-diagnosed attention-deficit disorder and hyperactivity. In elementary school, Landes had trouble reading. last_img

Around Whittier

first_imgChip and the Monks, who were supposed to perform at 4p.m. on Sunday at the First United Methodist Church, 13222 E. Bailey St., canceled their show due to illness. A new date has yet to be decided. For additional information, call (562) 698-0022. Warner on the state of the city WHITTIER – Councilwoman and former mayor Cathy Warner will speak on the “State of the City” at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Whittier Senior Center, 13225 Walnut St. Warner’s talk will include highlights and details about Whittier’s economic development plans and accomplishments. The free presentation is sponsored by the Central East Whittier Property Owners Association during its annual membership meeting. Information: (562) 484-3370. Dinner, dance honors Marines PICO RIVERA – Celebrate the Marines, eat some steak and dance the night away. American Legion Post 341 is honoring the Marine Corps’ 232nd birthday with a rib eye steak dinner from 5-7 p.m. followed by dancing until 11 p.m. on Saturday at the post, 4909 Durfee Ave. A donation of $12 will be accepted but Marines get in free. Information: (562) 695-1558. Illness delays pair’s murder trial LOS ANGELES – The penalty phase of the trial of two men found guilty of killing an elderly La Habra Heights couple was continued to today. A jury will decide this week if Theodore Churchill Shove, 55, and Lewis Hardin, 35, will get the death penalty. The penalty phase was supposed to start Monday at Los Angeles Superior Court but was continued because Shove and one juror fell sick. Shove collapsed in the morning apparently from low blood pressure and was taken to Los Angeles County USC Medical Center, according to deputies. Deputy District Attorney David Walgren said the doctor thinks Shove overmedicated himself. Shove and Hardin were convicted last week of two counts of first-degree murder for the 2001 killings of 81-year-old Hubert “Bert” Souther and his 79-year-old wife, Elizabeth Ann. The jury also found Shove guilty of second-degree burglary, receiving stolen property and three counts of sending a threatening letter for the purpose of extortion. The prosecution said Shove hired Hardin to kill the Southers because he wanted their business, Cal Aero Supply, a surplus hardware and tool business in Paramount. The Southers were found beaten to death in their home in the 2100 block of Ardsheal Drive on Sept. 17, 2001. Calling all crooners for karaoke fun NORWALK – Do you like to sing along to your favorite song? Show off your talent at a Karaoke Cabaret. The free event runs from 2-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20 at the Norwalk Senior Center, 14040 San Antonio Drive. The songbook is available at the front desk of the senior center. The event is open to anyone 50 or older. Information: (562) 929-5580. Metro Gold Line meetings this week WHITTIER – Residents are invited to attend a series of meetings starting this week about the Eastside Transit Corridor Phase II Project. Officials said the proposed project’s goal is to improve mobility in the corridor by connecting with the Metro Gold Line eastside extension to cities farther east of Los Angeles. The meetings are to solicit public feedback on the project’s purpose, need and potential alternatives as part of an Alternatives Analysis. The meetings will be held: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday at Palm Park, 5703 Palm Ave. in Whittier. 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the senior center at City Park, 115 S. Taylor Ave. in Montebello. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 at Potrero Heights Elementary School, 8026 East Hill Drive in Rosemead. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 at the cafeteria of North Park Middle School, 4450 Durfee Ave. in Pico Rivera. Information: (213) 922-7456. – From staff reports 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

Color Calif. schools green

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsPointing to those and other, more traditional efforts, such as recycling cans, bottles and plastics and installing energy-efficient lighting, organizers of the Green California Schools summit said they hope the event provides a forum for sharing the best green practices. They also hope to steer educators toward possible funding sources that will allow them to “green” their schools. The conference, being held at the Pasadena Convention Center, is covering a range of issues, including how schools can save money by implementing green technology and how green practices can improve student health. More than 200 exhibitors, 75 educational presentations and dozens of workshops will have been presented by the conference’s finale later today. Workshops range from how to get a green school built to examining ways to improve school lunches. • Photo Gallery: Green California PASADENA – Green went to school Wednesday. At a first-of-its-kind, two-day summit focusing on ways to turn the state’s nearly 1,000 public schools into green, self-sustainable campuses, hundreds of educators and interested parties looked at several recent innovations – including file folders and post-it notes made from soy-based products. There was even a jungle gym made entirely of plastic milk containers. Turning schools into green zones means “students are healthier and they are learning in a healthier environment,” said Rosario Marin, who serves in Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s cabinet as secretary of the State and Consumer Services Agency. Environmentally friendly school buildings are more cost-effective, summit experts said. According to the U.S. Green Building Council, green schools save an average of $100,000 per year in energy costs. A school site’s lifetime is usually 42 years, bringing potential savings to $4.2 million, council officials said. One eco-friendly idea that got support from many at the summit is the concept of “grid-neutrality,” in which schools generate all the energy they need, then put any excess energy back into the power grid, said David Thorman, the state architect. It’s a concept he is committed to achieving, Thorman said. The conference’s opening remarks came from various state officials and environmental advocates, including actor Ed Begley Jr., who has made energy conservation his life’s passion, and David E. Long, the state’s secretary of education. While global climate change, ocean pollution and groundwater contamination remain daunting problems, Begley said he “was filled with hope” from the growing support for the green movement. “We are heading in the right direction,” he said. [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4494 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

Harry Redknapp appointed Jordan manager

first_imgHarry Redknapp has been named manager of Jordan for their next two World Cup qualifying matches.The 69-year-old former Tottenham and West Ham boss will take charge of the March 24 clash with Bangladesh and the March 29 contest with Australia.Redknapp was also this week named a football advisor of Championship club Derby.Jordan currently trail Australia by two points in Group B in the second of three phases of Asian qualifying for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.Prince Ali Al Hussein, Jordan Football Association president and former FIFA presidential candidate, said: “I’m very proud to be able to announce Harry’s appointment to our national side.“He is a world class manager with an internationally recognised record at the highest level.“This is a fantastic step for the national game in Jordan. There are some important fixtures coming up for football in this country and we are confident Harry is the man to help us succeed in qualifying and take us to the next level.” 1 New Jordan manager Harry Redknapp last_img read more