FRESH VIGOUR United had dictated the pace of the game, showcasing a newly discovered vigour and passing precision, but only scored in the 61st minute. It was a passage of play that demonstrated the potential in Louis van Gaal’s side. The build-up involved interplay between Juan Mata and Anthony Martial. Then Cameron Borthwick-Jackson’s cross was teed up by Wayne Rooney for Jesse Lingard to volley on the turn into the net. “We continued with our good, attacking football,” said Van Gaal, whose side held Chelsea 0-0 at home in December. “We have created a lot of chances here at Chelsea. It’s a nasty away game, I think, and one that’s not so easy. “The last few years Manchester United haven’t won here, so it’s not an easy match and we took the lead with a fantastic goal. A fantastic cross also. Then you can control the game, but in the last quarter we gave it away.” On the south coast, though, Arsenal emerged from their January slump. Arsenal had failed to win in four league games and not scored in three of them until travelling to Bournemouth. Mesut Ozil scored his first goal since December’s reverse fixture against Bournemouth and within 90 seconds Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ended a 17-month league goal drought. “We had four games without a win when you play at the top that’s a long period, so your confidence drops a little bit,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. Arsenal moved behind second-place north London rivals Tottenham on goal difference. Coming up for Arsenal next Sunday is a home match against Leicester, the surprise leaders which sent Manchester City tumbling to fourth by winning their encounter 3-1 on Saturday. “Leicester running away and us playing them next week, (makes) the game interesting,” Wenger said. “It was very important for us to win today.” LONDON (AP): A second stalemate of the season between Chelsea and Manchester United saw the fallen powers slip further from relevance in this unusual Premier League season. The 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge did little to help either team yesterday, which began with Arsenal beating Bournemouth 2-0 to rise to third. United remain lodged in fifth and the gap to the fourth Champions League place has grown to six points. Chelsea remain in the lower reaches of the standings – 13th – closer to the relegation zone than their usual place among the top four elite. The one positive for Chelsea is that the ailing champions remain unbeaten since Guus Hiddink was brought in as manager until the end of the season in December to replace the fired Jose Mourinho. The Blues left it late to rescue a point against United. The game had entered stoppage time when Cesc Fabregas threaded a pass beyond a slipping Daley Blind to Diego Costa, who rounded goalkeeper David De Gea before netting the equaliser.
The Church of Conquerors Tabernacle has planned a memorial service for the late Rev. Varney Garpou and his wife, Mother Williette.They were founders and General Overseers of Jesus Christ Conquerors Evangelistic Ministries, Inc., located in New Kru Town, on the Bushrod Island, Monrovia.The late Rev. Garpou, died at age 50, and his wife Mother Williette, 52, on August 21 and September 5, 2014, respectively.The memorial service is slated to be held on Saturday, March 14, at the 10:00am at the church’s edifice in New Kru Town.The church asked sympathizers and friends to be in attendance to remember, “Our fallen Generals of the Lord who have been called from labor to rest.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
For a man who never misses a photo op, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa picked an odd time to duck the spotlight. There was plenty of advance notice last Monday so the media could cover the groundbreaking for the overhaul of the Bradley International Terminal at LAX. The mayor picked a photogenic spot overlooking the 405 Freeway when he sought public support for more transportation funding. He held a news conference to announce a new general manager for the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment and went to Santee High to announce a school-safety program – an event marred when a student painted graffiti on a bus. But when Villaraigosa returned to City Hall that afternoon, there was no fanfare when he signed into law a living-wage ordinance for LAX-area hotels – one of the more controversial measures of the past six months. His staff explained the signing was a “routine course of business” that didn’t warrant any special notice. Opponents disagreed and immediately filed suit, prompting a judge to put a hold on the law’s implementation. The living-wage issue also served to focus attention, once again, on the City Attorney’s Office. Supporters of the measure were irate when City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo’s office was unable to persuade the court to allow the law to go into effect. Observers said there was barely a hint of a legal defense for the City Council’s adoption of the measure and it appeared attorneys were ill-prepared for the legal challenge – even though the business community had been threatening to sue for weeks. “The best thing the other side has going for them is they are going against the city attorney,” one official complained. Several council members were said to be again looking at the prospect of hiring private attorneys to represent them in court. A move by the council to hire its own legal adviser has been slowly making its way through the system and an appointment is expected soon. While Villaraigosa’s appointment of Carol Baker Tharp as new general manager of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment was warmly greeted by neighborhood councils, a warning has been sounded even before she officially takes office. Ken Draper, editor of CityWatch, the newsletter about all things related to neighborhood councils, cautions that Tharp will have “to hit the pavement running or it could be a short honeymoon.” Tharp will immediately be faced with disputed neighborhood council elections, complaints over project coordinators, conflicting regulations and memos that have resulted in “exasperation, anger, rebellion and a neighborhood council system divided,” Draper said. The issues are so critical, he said, that Tharp might not be afforded the luxury of a listening tour and instead will have to act quickly to stanch the flow of problems. Councilman Jack Weiss this week is expected to do what he has been threatening for more than a year now: take out papers to run for city attorney in 2009. Under city rules, this week is the earliest Weiss can move to file for the office, which is being vacated by Delgadillo because of term limits. Weiss is hoping that by declaring early, he will not only get a head start in fundraising but also scare off others who might be interested in the seat. Waiting in the wings, however, is former Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg, who has a sizable amount of support and people urging him to get in the race. The entry of Weiss will create some interesting City Hall dynamics, particularly in the effort to get the backing of Villaraigosa. Weiss was among the first, and few, council members to endorse the mayor two years ago, and he has worked hard to remain in the mayor’s favor since then. The fifth-grade class at Lorne Street Elementary School in Northridge got a lesson Friday that it’s all about who you know. The class taught by Katharine Mulder was participating in the 10th annual “Read Across America” program by the National Education Association. The students were joined by City Controller Laura Chick. Turns out, Mulder is Chick’s daughter. The kids did get lucky: Based on her staff’s recommendation, Chick avoided reading excerpts from the Government Auditing Standards Manual and instead read something to them that they would be interested in. email@example.com (213) 978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
In addition, a number of restaurant and hotel chains, cruise lines and airlines have voluntarily barred food prepared with trans fat-containing oils. Huffman says some California schools also have banned trans fats on their own. “They are waking up to the reality that trans fats are just terrible for our kids,” he said. But Lara Dunbar, senior vice president of government affairs for the California Restaurant Association, which opposes the Mendoza bill, says barring trans fats could have unintended consequences. “Banning one type of bad fat and allowing for the use of other fats that may be just as damaging, I think that misleads the public,” she said. The bill could impose hardships on small restaurants by forcing them to shift to more expensive substitutes that could be in shorter supply, she said. A better approach would be an education campaign to encourage the public to avoid foods high in trans fats, she said. But Mendoza said trans-fat-bearing oils can easily be replaced with products that cost about the same. “If you have companies like KFC, Wendy’s … who are voluntarily going trans-fat free, why can’t any other restaurants follow the same way?” The hearings on the trans-fat bills are taking place as legislators begin to consider more than 2,800 bills, resolutions and constitutional amendments that have been introduced this year. Here are some of the other measures on committee agendas this week: SPORTS TEAMS: On Wednesday, the Senate Local Government Committee is scheduled to consider a bill by Sen. Carole Migden, D-San Francisco, that’s designed to block a move by the San Francisco 49ers to Santa Clara. It would bar local government from using tax breaks or land giveaways to lure a professional sports team away from a nearby community. TRACKING STUDENTS: Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, is resuming his campaign to control the use of radio-frequency-identification devices in driver’s licenses and other identification cards. The devices are tiny chips that provide information by emitting radio signals. Simitian says the signals can be misused by overly zealous officials to violate privacy rights and by identity thieves, stalkers and other criminals. One of his bills, scheduled to be heard Wednesday, would prohibit schools from using them to keep track of students. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Mendoza’s bill is scheduled to be considered Tuesday by the Assembly Health Committee. Bills by Assemblymen Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, and Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, that would ban trans fats in school food are on the Assembly Education Committee’s agenda on Wednesday. Trans fats are a type of unsaturated fat that occurs naturally in small amounts in meat and dairy products. Most trans fats that are consumed are formed when vegetable oil is treated with hydrogen to create baked goods and other items with a longer shelf life. A number of studies have found that trans fats increase bad cholesterol and reduce the amount of good cholesterol in humans. New York City and Philadelphia have approved ordinances banning trans fat. Bills have been introduced in at least 15 other states to take the same step, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. SACRAMENTO – California may be joining the health crusade against trans fats, the artery-clogging substances that can mean longer shelf life for food but shorter life spans for humans. Bills scheduled for hearings this week in the state Assembly would ban the use of artificially created trans fats in food prepared in California’s restaurants, grocery stores and schools. “Trans fats kill people,” said Assemblyman Tony Mendoza, D-Artesia. “They’re a major cause of heart disease and diabetes. They have no nutritional value. Why have them?” Mendoza is the author of a bill that would phase out the use of oils, margarine and shortening containing trans fats for food preparation in restaurants, bakeries, delicatessens, cafeterias and other businesses classified as “food facilities.” The ban would take effect in July 2008. Food items sold in their manufacturers’ sealed packaging would be exempt.
“Thousands of these sources have been lost, stolen or abandoned,” said the report sent to Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, who had requested the GAO review. The radioactive materials are used in everything from medical devices and remote generators to oil drilling equipment and to power lighthouses and weather stations. The devices contain such radioactive isotopes as cobalt-60, cesium-137 and strontium-90 in encapsulated or sealed small amounts. But if terrorists obtained a large number of these devices, they could be used to fashion a “dirty bomb” that would explode like a conventional explosive, but would scatter radioactive dust and debris. While there is no danger of a nuclear explosion, terrorist experts have said a dirty bomb – though not likely to cause any deaths beyond those from the conventional explosion – could cause panic and result in an expensive cleanup. The GAO report said the U.S. program has focused on securing material at medical facilities, but has made little progress in assuring that other, sometimes more dangerous sources are secure. WASHINGTON – The Energy Department has not done enough in Russia and in developing countries to secure radioactive material that could be used to make a so-called dirty bomb, congressional investigators said Tuesday. A report by the Congressional Accountability Office said that over the past four years security has been improved at hundreds of sites containing radioactive material in 40 countries but “many of the highest-risk and most dangerous sources still remained unsecured.” The GAO, Congress’ investigative arm, said the government has spent $108 million since 2002 on securing such material – some of it abandoned, lost or in poorly guarded waste sites. But there has been “limited progress securing many of the most dangerous sources,” especially in Russia where radioactive material is used to power hundreds of small generators in remote sites, the report said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
WHITTIER – Recommendations by officials for an ordinance that would allow the city to regulate group homes have been sent back to the drawing board for revisions. Among other things, the Whittier Planning Commission this week asked staffers to clarify categories and definitions of group homes so that an “enforceable ordinance” can be approved by the City Council. Ideally, officials are seeking to craft an ordinance that would prohibit boarding houses and transitional homes from opening in single-family, low-density neighborhoods. However, the ordinance will not – as some residents had hoped – enable the city to block group homes of six or fewer residents from opening in those neighborhoods. Further, the state requires cities to treat such dwellings as “single-family” homes. Assistant City Attorney Krista Jee said defining whether residents in a home fall under the category of family depends on how they “function.” “In a nutshell, the law states that we can’t make the distinction between people based on whether they’re related or not,” Jee said. The proposed ordinance must include a definition of what constitutes a family. As written – before commissioners asked for revisions – a family is defined as two or more persons living together as a “housekeeping unit” in a domestic relationship. That can include a small group home, such as the one proposed on Orange Drive, where residents live together, helping each other, ostensibly to recover from addiction. “In these modern times, there are many kinds of people living together like families,” Jee said. The ordinance does distinguish between the small group home, which can’t be regulated, and boarding houses, hotels, apartments, etc. Those types of housing are considered businesses and can be regulated as such, Jee said. firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The issue came up last fall, when residents of the 10000 block of Orange Drive implored the city to halt the opening of a proposed sober-living home. At the Planning Commission’s meeting Monday evening, resident Gloria Avila warned commissioners that sex offenders from group homes would be prowling the streets if the city failed to act. “If we don’t take control as a city now, and put regulations on these sober-living homes that don’t need licenses, we’ll find out that they’re not just housing alcoholics, but they’ll be housing sex offenders,” she told the commission. But state law prevents municipalities from regulating group homes of six or fewer residents where no on-site treatment is offered. Such facilities do not require city business licenses, and local officials cannot block them from opening in low-density residential areas.
The communities are also home to more than 2,800 businesses that employ nearly 29,000 workers. But business leaders say boosting employment is key to the success of the program, with upgrades to the area sidewalks and surface streets critical to luring new businesses to the area. “The one concern we would have would be the loss of any more industrial land,” Scott said. “We recognize people need a place to live, but they also need a place to work.” Roberto Barragan of the Valley Economic Development Corp. echoed Scott’s views. “We all know about the housing problems of the city, but we need the industrial space if we are going to create the jobs we need for this area and for the city,” Barragan said. “It is a tough balancing act, but I think it can be done. We have a vibrant business community now. Pacoima alone has 2,000 businesses. What we have to do is develop on top of what we have now.” Alarc n said he shares those concerns and will be working with the various business organizations to develop the plans, but he said he also recognizes the need to address the city’s shortage of affordable housing. He also said he already has begun discussions with major companies – including Magic Johnson Theaters, Lowe’s and Home Depot – about ways to draw them into the area. “What we want to do is have a master plan so investors know they are not just investing in one property, but an entire area,” Alarc n said. email@example.com (213) 978-0390 Pacoima/Panorama City profile Population: 118,040 Households: 27,620 Businesses: 2,816 Employees: 28,728 Top occupations: service, retail, manufacturing, wholesale160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Reviewing the region over the next month, the CRA will look for opportunities to spur industry, create jobs and integrate mixed-use development with pedestrian-friendly commercial zones. In planning the improvements, officials hope to take advantage of the transportation corridors – Victory Boulevard and the San Diego and Foothill freeways – that border the area. “This is an area where everyone is anxious to see some good development,” said Bob Scott, chairman of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association. “It is an area that is vastly underused now and is ripe for the right kind of development. “We think it is an area that can become a major jobs-creation area by learning the lessons of Santa Clarita and Burbank in developing a business-park concept.” The Pacoima and Panorama City areas have more than 118,000 residents living in 27,620 households, according to information provided by the CRA, which based its estimates on 2005 Census Bureau figures. About 25 percent of the households in the predominantly Latino communities live below the federal poverty level. After decades of neglect, the northeast San Fernando Valley will become the focus of a multimillion-dollar revitalization effort designed to lure jobs and spur development in the blighted communities. Councilman Richard Alarc n won approval Wednesday for the Community Redevelopment Agency to develop what he calls a vision statement for the 2,900-acre area in the Northeast Valley, where more than $62million is available for improvements. “The time has come for the northeast San Fernando Valley to have a coherent and community-driven plan for its future,” Alarc n said. “Pacoima, Sun Valley, Sylmar and Panorama City are some of the most underplanned areas in the city. “Now is the time to create something out there that deals with the problems we face.”
Stoke want Berahino at the Britannia – The Mirror report that Stoke manager Mark Hughes wants Berahino and could be prepared to pay in excess of £21m. However, the club are also considering Marseille’s Michy Batshuayi as an alternative, but the Potters are also said to be in need of defensive reinforcements. Porto midfielder Giannelli Imbula is one player being looked as is Spurs defender Federico Fazio, so which is the area in greater need of strengthening? 3 3 Newcastle to go higher than £21m? Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the latest Saido Berahino transfer news – Newcastle chairman Mike Ashley is willing to splash the cash, report the Sun. They could offer closer to the £25m mark as they are reportedly keen to land two strikers. Roma’s Seydou Doumbia is said to already be on Tyneside and Berahino could complete the Magpies’ front line. Tottenham loan West Brom Alex Pritchard – front runners? – Berahino would like to move to Tottenham, say the Mirror and chairman Daniel Levy will enter what could be a three-way transfer battle with Stoke and Newcastle. Spurs fans, however, are confident the 22-year-old will move to White Hart Lane after the club’s talented attacker Alex Pritchard, 22, was loaned to West Brom. West Brom manager Tony Pulis thinks Saido Berahino has “wasted three or four months” of his career.The 22-year-old Baggies striker was close to joining Tottenham in the summer, but saw his move blocked and has again been linked with a transfer out of the Hawthorns.Since then he has started eight times with the majority of his appearances coming as a substitute.Here, talkSPORT looks at the latest news surrounding a potential deadline day move where three clubs are interested. 3
“We never were told that,” Hahn said. “Our intent was to have a measure the city could enforce.” She said she would seek a change to allow the city to monitor the hotels. A statement from the hotels said they are in full compliance with the law. firstname.lastname@example.org 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.But the council’s Trade, Commerce and Tourism Committee was told it has limited enforcement authority because the hotels changed the name of the fees for conventions and large meetings from “service” to “facility” charges. “It sounds to me like the hotels are up to their old tricks to get around the law,” Councilwoman Janice Hahn said. “They are spending a lot of money to avoid doing the right thing.” Council members adopted the tip law last year as a compromise in exchange for dropping a living-wage ordinance they had wanted to impose on the six hotels around LAX. “This is just another game by the hotel owners,” Councilman Bill Rosendahl said. The panel asked for recommendations on available options within a month. But it was also told that the city regulation has no enforcement provision and that it is up to the workers to sue if hotels are not following the law. By Rick Orlov STAFF WRITER New complaints over hotels near Los Angeles International Airport withholding tips from workers prompted a city panel Wednesday to call for toughening laws on employers. The City Council recently approved a law requiring hotels around LAX to pay tips to their workers.
POMONA – A Sheriff’s homicide detective and a gang expert testified Tuesday that neither the victim of a Hacienda Heights shooting nor his family had connections to a gang member accused of shooting him because he thought he was a snitch. James Ramos, 50, a father of three, was fatally shot in March 2004 while repairing his car to go to work around 3 a.m. Detectives say the shooting was a case of mistaken identity. On Monday, a witness who said he was in the car during the shooting testified that Juan Tovar, 19, shot Ramos after Anne Harrison, 24, said the home was the residence of someone who “snitched on Dreamer.” Dreamer referred to a gang member Harrison may have been romantically involved with and who has been convicted in connection with another gang shooting. “The Ramos family had no connection with the case whatsoever,” said Homicide Detective Dan McElderry. Harrison’s attorney, Anthony Kidd, tried to show Harrison did not intend to instigate the shooting, and that she was not a gang member. He also questioned the credibility of the witness who was in the car. Tovar had tattoos indicating he is a member of a local street gang, said Sheriff’s gang investigator Steven Kays, who said Harrison is at least an associate of the same gang. The prosecution showed photos found in Harrison’s home of her posing with known gang members, some flashing gang signs. The court will hear closing statements today. email@example.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!