Perth may have more chance of joining Super League than the NRL

first_imgAfter beating the NRL to the punch by playing a premiership fixture on the other side of the world, English officials have revealed there had been discussions about a Perth team joining the likes of Toronto, New York, London and Toulouse in an expanded Super League.”We’ve got New York and a number of other areas very interested and there are whispers from Perth that they are interested because there is a direct flight now into London,” Wigan owner Ian Lenagan said.The news coincides with a warning from NRL CEO Todd Greenberg last Thursday that the governing body would not bail out financially stricken clubs as the game had no significant cash reserves after lifting their annual grants to $12.4 million each.In other words, any club hitting serious financial trouble would be allowed to fold in a move which could pave the way for the introduction of a new franchise or a relocated team.However, the increase in total funding from $156m to $240m per year means that is the only way expansion is likely to happen as the NRL would be unable to pay new teams the $12.4m each per year the current 16 clubs receive.There are whispers from Perth that they are interested because there is a direct flight now into London…Wigan owner Ian LenaganThe size of the grants also make it unlikely that a club would collapse during the current five-year broadcast deal as they are now guaranteed $3m more than the salary cap, which is $9.4m this season and due to rise to $10m in 2022. In addition, the NRL has introduced a $5.7m ceiling on football department spending to slow the annual 12% increase in costs on coaching and performance.”They’ve now got enough money to sustain themselves so if they run smart, effective and efficient business models we should have 16 strong clubs,” Greenberg told reporters at a briefing ahead of the NRL’s AGM.Expansion will again become a topic of conversation when Perth’s new state-of-the-art stadium hosts a double-header in the opening round of the Telstra Premiership next month.There is no doubt the game is testing the waters in the west.A Test was played in Perth at the end of the 2016 season and the city also hosted a World Cup double-header last year, while a State of Origin match is scheduled to be played at the new 60,000-seat stadium in 2019.With Rugby Australia closing down the Western Force Super Rugby franchise, there is an opportunity for rugby league to fill the void but the NRL is in no hurry after the demise of the Perth Reds in 1997.Recent comments in a Daily Telegraph interview by Peter Beattie, who is expected to be the new ARLC chairman, have generated excitement about expansion but the former Queensland premier indicated future NRL clubs should first enter the NSW or Queensland state competitions.Ipswich Jets and Redcliffe Dolphins are two Queensland Cup clubs with NRL ambitions and broadcasters have indicated they would like a second Brisbane team.However, plans for Perth to enter the NSW Cup are several years away, with officials first hoping to field an under 20s team in the SG Ball Cup next season.In contrast to the NRL’s approach, England’s Rugby Football League is in the biggest expansion drive since the code began in 1895, with the Toronto Wolfpack and Toulouse Olympique playing in this season’s second-tier Championship.A New York franchise is expected to enter the third-tier League One next year, as Toronto did in 2017, and those behind the bid have approached Salford Red Devils and Catalans Dragons about taking a Super League match to the US city on June 24.The move follows the success of last Saturday night’s Super League fixture in Wollongong between Wigan Warriors and Hull FC, which drew a bigger crowd than the attendances for the three regular-season clashes between the clubs last season.The NRL had previously considered opening the 2015 season in London with South Sydney Rabbitohs playing St George Illawarra Dragons as they were in the UK for the World Club Series but the time difference did not suit broadcasters.While that problem remains, it is unlikely the NRL will play a Telstra Premiership fixture in Europe but there is now talk of more Super League games in Australia, with Perth a possible venue.”I speak not just for Wigan and Hull but for St Helens and for Leeds and for many other clubs,” Lenagan said.”World club rugby league could be massive. The Toronto owner David Argyle is a very successful businessman with a passion for rugby league and he is leading the way in many respects.”The 12 Super League clubs met with him a week or so ago and there is no doubt the international dimension for rugby league is superb. He was saying Toronto’s local derby could be against London.”Why NRL coaches now have extra job securityWinning Starts Monday: Thurston’s farewell tourlast_img read more

Pat Riley’s 50th anniversary in the NBA has arrived

first_imgJudy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Here’s what did happen: Winning championships and being part of a 33-game winning streak with the Lakers as a player, winning four more titles with the Lakers as a coach, going to the Knicks, famously resigning by fax to take over in Miami, winning another championship as a coach there in 2006 and two more as president in 2012 and 2013, and generally being considered one of the best coaches ever to grace a sideline.Those are just the highlights.“Pat puts more attention on details than anyone I’ve ever been around,” said Los Angeles Lakers President Magic Johnson, who played for Riley during the “Showtime” Lakers’ era in the 1980s. “He’s the best motivator there is. So many of the things he said to us back then, we didn’t realize how right he was until years later. But you know what? He was always right.”At 72, Riley is no figurehead in Miami. He still can relate to players.“He understands the meaning of evolution,” Heat forward Udonis Haslem said. “Not only as a coach, but as a businessman and as a leader. He understands the evolution of this game. Part of being a good leader is kind of knowing when to step back, and he knew when it was time to let Spo become the coach that he is today.”He is, perhaps, as relevant as ever. Riley doesn’t speak publicly anywhere near as often now as in past years, almost preferring to stay out of the spotlight. He wants others in the organization — CEO Nick Arison, general manager Andy Elisburg, assistant GM Adam Simon, among others — to feel like they have big voices now as well.That’s why this week, with the Heat finishing their preseason, Riley could be away with family for his son’s wedding. There was a time when he wouldn’t have missed basketball for anything. He even turned down an invite for a 40th anniversary celebration of Rupp’s Runts — the Kentucky team that would lose to Texas Western in the 1966 NCAA title game — because he couldn’t bring himself to missing a Heat practice.He regrets that decision now, and is finally at a place where he can strike a balance between family, friends and work.After 50 years, he figured it out.“Life, right now, is really good,” Riley said. “And if I were to leave tomorrow, there’s not going to be a blip on the radar screen here. None. That’s what I’m most proud of.” Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson A half-century later, he’s still in the game.Riley’s NBA debut was exactly 50 years ago Saturday — Oct. 14, 1967, the start of a Hall of Fame career that saw him go from player to broadcaster, broadcaster to coach, coach to executive. The Miami Heat president has stockpiled nine championship rings, became a best-selling author and motivational speaker, transformed the fashion sense of NBA coaches and left an indelible mark on franchises in Los Angeles, New York and Miami.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogAnd he’s not done.“He’s still going,” said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, Riley’s former assistant who replaced him as head coach nearly a decade ago. “I think that is the ultimate sign of true greatness, his sustainability and ability to constantly adapt and stay ahead of the curve. He’s always three, four, five steps ahead of the competition. His thought process is always ahead of the norm.” View comments FILE – In this April 19, 2017, file photo, Miami Heat NBA basketball team president Pat Riley talks to the media during a season ending press conference in Miami. Riley’s NBA debut was exactly 50 years ago Saturday _ Oct. 14, 1967, the start of a Hall of Fame career that saw him go from player to broadcaster, broadcaster to coach, coach to executive. The Miami Heat president has stockpiled nine championship rings, became a best-selling author and motivational speaker, transformed the fashion sense of NBA coaches and left an indelible mark on franchises in Los Angeles, New York and Miami. And he’s not done. (David Santiago/El Nuevo Herald via AP, File)MIAMI — Pat Riley often was forced to wonder if his time in the NBA was over. Like when he got pulled out of a drill in his first training camp with San Diego and was told he had to get better. Or when Portland cut the newly married Riley a week after his father died. Or when he realized that his playing days were finished.The fears were always unfounded.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ setcenter_img LATEST STORIES The anniversary isn’t an enormous deal to Riley: He doesn’t consider this his 50th anniversary season, since he wasn’t in the league for a couple of those years. He’ll celebrate on Saturday, albeit for a different reason — his son is getting married, a happy coincidence in dates.“I’m tremendously proud of being able to hang in, because this is what I wanted to do, hang in under all circumstances,” Riley said. “I went from a player to a head coach and once I became a head coach that changed the direction of my life and my thinking forever. I became a different person than I was. Becoming a head coach pushed me through the door of ultimate, incredible responsibility.”Riley doesn’t remember much about his first game: He had 10 points in San Diego’s 99-98 loss to the St. Louis Hawks. But the rough moments from the early years remain etched in his mind, like when Rockets coach Jack McMahon told him he was the worst dribbler he’d ever seen, how his first two seasons were dogged by injuries, and how he wondered if his career was done when Portland cut him in 1970.Fate intervened at that moment. Riley and his wife Chris were walking out of the arena into the rain — “walking through the parking lot to nowhere,” Riley said — on the night he got cut, when former Lakers broadcaster Chick Hearn just happened to be nearby and offered a word of encouragement. A couple days later, Riley was with the Lakers. He suspects Hearn had just a little something to do with that.“If not for Chick Hearn, I don’t know what would have happened,” Riley said.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Turner’s 3-run homer in 9th gives Dodgers 4-1 win over Cubs MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

Eccles residents concerned over condition of roads

first_imgHaving to traverse the main road in Eccles Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara, on a daily basis, many residents have raised concerns over the deplorable road conditions, as well as the surrounding environment that has evolved into a cloudy one.This situation was amplified with the onset of the May/June rains. This has caused residents to become vocal in their pleas to the Ministry of Public Infrastructure to have this addressed immediately.In addition, residents complained that persons from neighbouring villages would visit a number of locations in the area to burn theirA part of the road slanted at both sides with residents using the corner for a burning sitegarbage, often leaving rubble and burning debris behind.When Guyana Times visited the area on Saturday, potholes dotted almost the entire length of the road, posing quite an obstacle course for vehicles traversing the area.These were complimented by tall bushes that had caught fire from a nearby location where garbage was being burnt.Where there were no potholes, the road had slanted onto its sides, narrowing the pathway for vehicular traffic.One resident said the road further deteriorates when large trucks frequently traverse the area to facilitate a number of private business operations.She said that residents had attempted to fix the road using improvised methods but these had all failed since there were no professionals involved in the repairing.Further, residents added, calls made to the Ministry of Public Infracture to have the roads fixed have fallen on deaf ears.Another enraged resident told this publication that he had been trying to have something done by Central Government but his efforts were futile as failed promises were all he got from meetings.Additionally, a number of businesses which had contributed to the deteriorated road, vowed to contribute toward its repair but they too have failed in their promise even as they continue operate.“These businessmen had said they would help but nothing has been done yet. They are the ones who helping to destroy our road, the same road they have to use for their personal vehicles and still they don’t care about how this is damaging our community,” the man explained.While residents continue to do as much as they can to make the roads better, they are appealing for the Ministry to do its part in upkeeping the infrastructural setting of Eccles.last_img read more

Over 700 to benefit from new water well in Region 9

first_imgOfficials and villagers of Nappi, Region Nine, at the new well that was dugOver seven hundred residents of Nappi Village, Region 9 (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo), will be beneficiaries of a new well that was drilled to provide the community with easier access to potable water.The drilling of the well was undertaken through a collaborative effort between the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).Under the Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (J-CCCP), the two parties are working towards increasing resilience of indigenous communities to vulnerabilities in the drought period, through improved water quality, access and storage.As a result, Brazilian company, Fox Trading was contracted to drill the well, which was completed on Saturday, May 4, at a depth of 144 metres.The initial water production from the well was witnessed by GWI officials along with the Toshao of Nappi Village, Region Nine, Guy Frederick, at approximately 23:00h on Saturday.GWI is now tasked with installing distribution and transmission mains, pumps and service connections, while the UNDP is expected to erect a trestle with storage tanks, all of which will ensure residents are adequately served.According to residents, the new well will ease their burden of having to walk approximately 600 metres downhill to fetch water for daily use.One middle-aged resident, Egbert Frederick said he could not have believed his eyes when he saw the well being drilled.Austin Domingo, 85 years of age, said he has reached the age where he can no longer walk long distances and fetch water since his knees are now weak. He thanked the Government of Guyana and other stakeholders involved in the project for supplying potable water to his community.last_img read more

Walmart topping off Sally Anne drive

first_imgWalMart Canada is teaming up with the Salvation Army to provide a little extra Christmas change.On Dec. 23, the company will match all in-store donations across Canada to the Sally Anne’s Christmas Kettle Campaign up to $100,000.- Advertisement -In Fort St. John, officials from the local not-for-profit organization are excited to add Walmart’s donation to its Christmas target.The kettle at the local WalMart can bring in $1,000 on a good day, which would mean the organization could receive $2,000 with the added donation, says Captain Ben Lippers with the Fort St. John Salvation Army.Despite being slightly behind in general donations before it began, Lippers says, overall, the Christmas Campaign has been going well, raising more money than the same time last year.The organization is trying to raise $200,000 to help make up for the fewer general donations throughout the year. With only days left until Christmas, it has already raised $155,000 – $52,000 of which was raised through the kettle campaign.Advertisement As for the food and toy drives, Lippers says the donations have poured in.[asset|aid=3380|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=94074c00222dbb7a45057af07e8aecd4-Lippers Christmas Campaign _1_Pub.mp3] The Salvation Army will also be holding a turkey lunch for anyone in the community who wishes to attend. It will be held starting at 12 p.m. at the Salvation Army on 100 Ave.last_img read more

UCLA’s Sutherland doesn’t fit the mold

first_imgBefore he made an official visit to UCLA during his senior season at Kellam High, Sutherland said Ohio, where relatives lived, was the furthest he traveled from home. “I love to travel,” Sutherland said. “It’s nice to see new things, and see different cultures. Even from one coast to another, it’s so different. It’s cool.” Sutherland’s soft side may have been developed from his infancy – literally. His mother, Barbara Kingan, said Noah weighed 10 pounds, 11 ounces at birth. When he was in fifth grade, he wasn’t allowed to play flag football because league organizers feared he would hurt the other kids, so he moved up to the tackle level, which was usually reserved for older kids. “And he was still the biggest kid there,” Kingan said. In grammar school, Sutherland was always being reprimanded. Not for bullying others, but for talking. It turned out Sutherland was finishing his work so quickly he had nothing to do. So he spoke to his other classmates, and kept them from finishing their work. “The teacher got wise to it, so she worked out with him that when he was done, he could go across the hall to a special needs class and help them,” said Kingan, who is flying in for Saturday’s UCLA game against Notre Dame at the Rose Bowl. “He helped out one of the PTA programs, and when he was done there, a special needs class did a Wizard of Oz play, and he helped with that. “He was the tin man, and (the other kids) had short attention spans, so he would go around and prod them to make sure they were doing things right. It was the cutest thing.” Even now, Sutherland’s soft spot for kids is evident. He has twin cousins, Alison and Bailee, who were born 51/2 weeks apart because of a pregnancy issue. Alison, the older, weighed approximately a pound at birth, and was given a 10 percent chance to survive. She is now nine, and suffers from autism. According to Sutherland, “she’s amazing, and she’s like a musical prodigy. She’s really good with keeping keys,” when it comes to singing. “And it makes her smile,” Sutherland added, “and that’s the best part.” As an offensive lineman, Sutherland’s accolades come from helping others, which is where the Peace Corps fits in. According to the organization’s Web site, the Peace Corps has “been invited by 139 host countries to work on issues ranging from AIDS education to information technology and environmental preservation.” The 47-year-old organization is present in many third-world countries, and aids in Africa, South America, Central America, Asia and Europe, and a host of islands. “The way they make it sound, it’s a different job every day,” Sutherland said. “One day you might be digging a well. The next day you might be teaching someone how to use a computer, and the next day you might be teaching English, and the next day you might be building a school or helping a medical staff.” As Sutherland concludes his UCLA career, he is thinking about his next move. Football is an option, although he must become more consistent. Sutherland came to UCLA as a defensive end, but after two seasons was moved to the offensive line and started 13 games last season at tackle. But he was moved inside to guard this season, and is still getting used to the differences in the position. “I need to maintain good pad level because I get up too high sometimes,” Sutherland said. “You still have to have pretty good feet at guard. I’m working on pass protection because I never had to do it in high school. We ran a (run-oriented) wing-T.” However, Sutherland is athletic and one of UCLA’s strongest players, which will help him when it comes time to work out for NFL teams. Sutherland bench presses 430 to 440 pounds and squats 600 pounds, which will make an impression. “He’s one of the strongest guys on our team and he moves very well,” said UCLA coach Karl Dorrell, a former NFL assistant. “He just needs more technique. He’s been solid. He has a lot of upside. He just hasn’t tapped into it yet. He’ll test well. He’ll run (fast) and do a lot of things, which will open your eyes. He has a chance.” In December, Sutherland will graduate with a degree in history, which he may change if he enrolls in the Peace Corps. “I would like to play after this year, but I’m not the type of person who is thinking that is all I got,” Sutherland said. “Even if I do get a chance, there’s no guarantee it will be for long. Every chance I do get to play, it will be a blessing. I’ve got to be able to move on. “I don’t want to sound bad, but I see guys who have been here for three or four years, and they’re still working out and not moving on with their lives. I’ll play for as long as they let me, but when I’m not able, I’ve got things I want to do.” brian.dohn@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Brian Dohn STAFF WRITER The scraggly, light-haired but unfulfilled beard, and the shoulder length hair help create the perception of meanness. The sheer size – 6-foot-4, 295 pounds – helps with intimidation, and the quiet, reserved personality gives off a cerebral assassin vibe. Yet, down deep, within Noah Sutherland’s hearty frame, is a heart for helping others, especially kids. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CitySutherland, a senior starter at right guard on UCLA’s offensive line, has aspirations to play in the NFL, and a more noble desire to improve societies in impoverished countries. His plan after graduating in December is to get ready for the NFL draft, but his ambition beyond football is to join the Peace Corps. “I know I want to do something that helps others, and give back because I feel like I’ve had a pretty good life so far, with the scholarship and everything,” Sutherland said. “I want to be able to do something for people who don’t have it as good. “I have a soft spot for kids. I feel like you can help kids the most. You can really change a kid’s life. You can obviously change anybody’s life, but a kid, you can get to him and make a difference.” Sutherland, the big ‘ol softy, grew up in Virginia Beach, Va., but the family didn’t travel much (“I guess we didn’t have the money,” he said). He said the first time he stepped on a plane was to go to Universal Studios in Orlando, after his mom won a free trip from a radio station, but vacation usually involved packing up the family car and driving and driving. last_img read more

A bullet nearly killed him – then led to a new life

first_img Although life for the veteran is slowly returning to normal, Vidana’s left side is still weak and he tires quickly. Reading numbers can sometimes be daunting, and fast-paced conversation overwhelms him. More than 2,300 U.S. troops have been killed and 17,000 more wounded in the Iraq war, which officially began March 20, 2003. About 20 percent of those wounded suffered a traumatic brain injury, according to studies of patients at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Doctors attribute the high numbers of brain injuries to land mines and improvised explosive devices that negate improved body armor. Brain injury can cause cognitive problems, along with irritability, short-term memory loss and depression. “It’s much worse to be injured in the brain because the self becomes injured – you are not your body, but you are your brain. Many end up being a stripped-down version of who they were before,” said Harriet Zeiner, a clinical neuropsychologist at Veteran Affairs in Palo Alto. “And most people don’t look as if they have been injured. That’s what makes it so dangerous.” Rachel Uranga, (818) 713-3741 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SUN VALLEY – By all accounts, Sgt. Jesus Vidana should have been killed by the sniper’s bullet that pierced his helmet. Instead, he was evacuated from Baghdad to a military hospital where he received the kind of medical care that creates miracles and saves lives. And while Vidana knows he is forever changed by the brain damage he suffered, he also realizes how far he’s come in the three years since he was wounded. “I feel like the old me would have done everything better and faster but I can’t compare myself,” he said from his home in Sun Valley. “I know things will never be the same. At least I can deal better with it now.” Vidana was a college student and athlete when he was deployed to Iraq with the Marine Reserves, working as a radio operator. After recovering from brain surgery, he had to relearn those skills – along with how to walk, eat and bathe himself – during grueling rehabilitation sessions at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, one of four national centers treating veterans with multiple injuries. “There would be days that he would just be crying out in pain,” said Rosina Vidana, his mother, who spent the better part of three months at the hospital watching him recover. Reading proved monumental and though he would eventually re-enroll in college, it took him hours longer than others to do class assignments. He eventually passed his exam, with extra time allowed for his disability. Afraid he couldn’t handle the rigor of an eight-hour workday, he took a part-time job as an occupational therapist at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, where he helps those struggling – as he did – to again learn to walk, read and dress. last_img read more

Joe Bennett signs new Cardiff City contract until 2021

first_img 1 The 28-year-old full-back featured regularly under Neil Warnock last season as the Bluebirds secured promotion back to the Premier League.Bennett, who joined Cardiff from Aston Villa in August 2016, had entered the final year of the contract at the Welsh capital.But he has now penned fresh terms until 2021.He told the club’s official website: “I’m really happy. It got sorted out very quickly, so now I can just concentrate on my football and hopefully having a good season.“We’ve got a good squad and the manager has signed some good, young and hungry players. There is no pressure on us and we can just go out and enjoy it.“I just can’t wait to get the season going. It will be nice to meet the new lads, hopefully have a good pre-season down in Cornwall and then get stuck into it!” Joe Bennett has penned a new contract with Cardiff City center_img Cardiff City defender Joe Bennett has committed his future to the Welsh club by signing a new three-year contract.last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL TD Pearse Doherty clashed with Taoiseach Enda Kenny in the Dáil this afternoon as the Government handed over another  €12M to unsecured bondholders today – enough money to pay off hospital deficits and save school bus routes, according to Doherty.The clash – broadcast live on – saw the Gaoth Dobhair man claim that the cost of the of part of the EU/IMF bailout had also risen by 1% since Fine Gael/Labour took office.In response to a Parliamentary Question by Deputy Doherty the Department of Finance has confirmed that the interest rate on the EFSM portion of the EU/IMF programme loans was 5.425% in January 2011 and 6.425% in June 2011. Deputy Doherty said: “Week after week the Taoiseach and Minister for Finance tell the Dáil that negotiations seeking a reduction in the interest rate on the EU portion of the EU/IMF bailout loans are ongoing.“On taking office the Government told us that they would secure a 1% reduction in the interest rate saving the taxpayer up to €450 million a year.“Having failed to secure this marginal reduction Minister Noonan came into this house only a few weeks ago and admitted that he was no longer looking for a 1% reduction, but a 0.6% reduction and only on future draw downs, slashing the hoped for saving by 65%.“However it now appears that not only will the government not secure this reduction, but the tax payer will end up paying even more as the interest rats on the EFSM portion of the EU/IMF loans has increased by 1% since the Government came into office.” ‘SO-CALLED EUROPEAN PARTNERS’Doherty told the Taoiseach that ‘our so called partners in Europe’ look set to profit to the tune of €10 billion as a result of the 3% mark up on the interest rate.He added: “The Minister for Finance needs to stop politely begging for a 0.6% reduction, acknowledge that the Irish people the cost of the recent interest rate rises and start to deal with the real issue, which is why our partners in Europe are profiting from a misfortune which they played a part in creating.”Taoiseach Mr Kenny told the Dáil that there was no detailed discussion of the situation in Ireland at last week’s European Council in Brussels.But Mr Kenny said that the Council had welcomed progress made in Ireland’s implementation of the reform programme. He said he told French President Nicolas Sarkozy of the importance of the rate of Ireland’s loan and that the corporation tax rate was not open for change.The Taoiseach and Mr Doherty were speaking during Statements in the Dáil on the European Council meeting.DOHERTY CLASHES WITH TAOISEACH OVER CASH FOR BONDHOLDER GAMBLERS was last modified: June 29th, 2011 by gregShare 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:BAILOUTBondholdersEnda Kennyhospital overspendsPearse Doherty TDschool bus routesTaoiseachlast_img read more

Brand Boulevard of Cars booms

first_imgGLENDALE – The Brand Boulevard of Cars is getting its most extreme makeover in recent history, with several dealerships planning multimillion-dollar expansion and renovation projects. And the opportunity to sell more cars from the dealerships located along the 15-block stretch of Brand Boulevard from Colorado Street to San Fernando Road means more high-paying jobs and more sales tax revenue for the city, officials said. “It gives a strong message that, based on each company’s analysis of this community and the surrounding communities, this place is the place to be,” said City Councilman Dave Weaver. “Because they’re making huge financial investments, they’re planning to stay here.” Weaver said he had never seen as much construction along the Brand Boulevard of Cars as he sees now. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week One of the most visible projects is at Pacific BMW, 800 S. Brand Blvd., which is building four-story structures on either side of the street, connected by a three-story “bridge.” The $20 million project is being built in phases, with completion of the 226,000-square-foot facility slated for 2007. Pacific BMW’s rebuilt facility will resemble the Glendale Galleria’s bridge over Central Avenue, officials said. “For the most part, I think it’s a street that hasn’t built in a while, and I think it’s just development and growing with the times,” said Reggie Louie, operations manager at the BMW dealership. Other construction projects at South Brand dealerships include a $10 million, four-story new showroom at Glendale Infiniti. And Calstar Motors, a Mercedes-Benz dealership, has completed a preliminary plan review process for a $20 million facility that would have two four-story buildings. Glendale Nissan plans a $10 million renovation and expansion of its existing facility. And Toyota of Glendale is about to start construction on a parking structure set to cost roughly $5 million, officials said. There are 16 dealerships along South Brand, and some of the other dealerships have also expanded or renovated in recent years. Dealerships bought land from neighboring businesses or residents for their expansion projects. The City Council in 1992 encouraged the dealers to undertake such build-outs when it adopted a zoning plan for South Brand. “With larger facilities, they’ll be able to sell more (cars), which means they get more, which means they sell more, so it’s kind of a cycle,” said Philip Lanzafame, Glendale director of development services. “They are a large producer of sales tax revenue for the city,” Lanzafame said. “They generate anywhere between $4.5 million and $5.5 million a year for the city’s general fund.” Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304 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