February 20, 2020
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first_imgEverton utility man Bryan Oviedo’s recent impressive performances have been rewarded with a new three-and-a-half-year contract.The Costa Rica international has signed the deal after showing this season he is back to his best following an horrific double fracture of his leg two years ago.“I am really happy to commit my future to Everton because this is a special club and, for me, a second home,” said Oviedo, who joined from Copenhagen in the summer of 2012 and has kept Leighton Baines out of the side in the last two matches.“When I experienced some really tough times, the toughest of my career, everybody was behind me – the manager, the staff, the players and the fans and that support helped me through and made me stronger, as a person and as a player.“I feel that I am in the best moment of my career. I am experienced now and I have greater confidence and I have a real ambition to win a trophy for Everton.“We have clear goals as a team. We want to win a cup and we want to continue building ourselves into a top Premier League team.“The manager is clear that he wants to build a winning team and I want to play my part in this because he has helped me to progress my career by believing in me.“Everton is an incredible club and the people here are fantastic. Every day is a joy to come to work and to try to improve as an individual and as a team.“I’m really happy to be a part of this and my ambition is that we are successful in the years to come.” Bryan Oviedo 1last_img read more

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first_img Roberto Firmino scores Liverpool’s second goal against Man United 1 Liverpool took a firm hold on their last 16 all-English Europa League tie with Manchester United, comfortably and deservedly dismissing their great rivals 2-0 in the first leg at Anfield.A first half penalty from Daniel Sturridge and a second half goal from Roberto Firmino was the least Jurgen Klopp’s Reds merited from a match they dominated.It was the first ever meeting in a European tie between England’s two most successful clubs and, while the very fact it took place in the Europa League is evidence that both sides have fallen somewhat from grace, it’s a fixture both sets of supporters are desperate to win.On the pitch, the team playing in red appeared to have that little bit more desire, if their work ethic was anything to go by.Liverpool came flying out of the blocks and captain Jordan Henderson was booked after two minutes for the sort of challenge that might go unpunished in the Premier League, winning the ball from Morgan Schneiderlin with a committed, albeit high boot.It set the tone for a relentlessly committed display from the home team, who swarmed around United players whenever the opposition had the ball – which didn’t feel like much of the first half.Liverpool steadily ramped up the pressure, and on 18 minutes Memphis was penalised for a clumsy foul on marauding right-back Nathaniel Clyne in the box.Sturridge stepped up to place the penalty to David De Gea’s right, and although the Spaniard got a hand on the ball, it wasn’t enough to keep it out.Five minutes later De Gea somehow pawed out a Philippe Coutinho effort, although the Brazilian shouldn’t have given him a chance with the goal at his mercy.After half an hour De Gea denied Sturridge a second with a flying save, although again it was a wasted chance from Liverpool. When a Lallana effort was kept out from point blank range by United’s shot stopper just before half time, the Liverpool faithful would have been forgiven for wondering if they would be left to rue these missed opportunities, as they did when United performed a smash and grab in this season’s Premier League meeting between the two at Anfield.It had been all Liverpool, and Louis van Gaal wasted no time in changing his line up, bringing Michael Carrick on for Marcus Rashford at half-time, with the Red Devils veteran taking his place in a rejigged back three.The change initially seemed to give United a foothold on proceedings, and they began to see more of the ball, although never really exerted concerted pressure.Indeed, Liverpool continued to look the more dangerous, and on 66 minutes Clyne unleashed a vicious long-range shot that De Gea had to punch to safety.Moments later Lallana beautifully teed up Henderson, whose surge into the box was matched with an uncontrolled finish, the ball flying over the bar to again let United off the hook.Then the decisive moment, when on 73 minutes Carrick mistimed a clearance, sending it straight to Lallana, who found Firmino and the Brazilian made no mistake from close range.United rarely looked like troubling Simon Mignolet in the Liverpool goal, with a Marouane Fellaini header that went narrowly wide towards the end as close as they came to scoring.An away goal would have put a completely different complexion on the balance of this tie, but as it stands Liverpool’s clean sheet means they will travel to Old Trafford in a week’s time with a healthy first leg advantage.last_img read more

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first_imgArmenta, 57, said his neighbors have not been cooperative and have hampered his ability to build the new wall, which he estimates will cost $20,000. “It’s my neighbor’s responsibility,” Armenta said. “I offered to go in halves even though it was not my fault, just trying to be a good neighbor.” Problems with the original block wall began in June, when Armenta said it began to crumble due to his neighbors’ leaking pipes. Armenta began to remove the wall without permits to do so. He got permits after city officials issued a stop-work order on the tear-down. On Aug. 15, the city received an anonymous complaint that the block wall at Armenta’s property was leaning and dangerous, according to Senior Building Inspector John Gonzalez. Inspectors agreed, and issued a notice to tear down the old wall and build a new one. By Aug. 22, Armenta received permission to build a new divider with a completion deadline of Oct. 11. However, when Gonzalez drove by Armenta’s home in the 8000 block of Arrington Avenue on Oct. 11, he saw the wall had not been completed on schedule. Gonzalez said he issued a notice to Armenta to create a temporary wall and spoke with him about the safety issue posed by the swimming pool, which is accessible through the neighbor’s yard. “When I went out there on the 11th and I explained the situation about it being open, he said that it did cross his mind,” Gonzalez said. Rodriguez and his wife, Lourdes, said a construction crew began working at the site about three months ago, but work stopped because Armenta would not pay the workers. “I’ve already put $15,000 into this concrete wall,” Armenta said. “I haven’t paid anything, because nobody presented me with anything.” Armenta said he plans to sue his neighbors for the costs incurred in tearing down and replacing the wall. Noe Rodriguez said he has not spoken directly with Armenta about the situation, but feels the wall is unsafe and should soon be replaced. Gonzalez said Armenta told him he expects to complete work on a permanent wall in the next three weeks. “I don’t see any action,” Noe Rodriguez said. “I don’t see anything.” airan.scruby@sgvn.com (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! • Photo Gallery: Wooden wall Good fences make good neighbors, but Pico Rivera City Councilman David Armenta said Monday that he has neither. After months of troubled relations with his next-door neighbors because of a dividing cement block wall between their properties, Armenta has constructed a temporary divider out of his old, plywood campaign signs. The wall is necessary because the pool in Armenta’s backyard is a hazard for the eight young children who live next door, residents and city officials said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“I think in anybody’s opinion, this is a pretty crappy way to put up a wall to protect children from drowning,” Mayor Ron Beilke said. The temporary wall, although legally acceptable, does not run the full length of the shared property line. The plywood barrier, placed against structures on the neighbor’s property to close openings to Armenta’s yard, moves back and forth when pushed. Blocks to construct a permanent wall are stacked on Armenta’s property and a ditch about one foot deep cuts between the two lots. Noe Rodriguez, 36, owns the property next door, where he lives with his wife and four young children. In a second home on the property, his relatives and four more children live. “I’m concerned because I have a little 3-year-old kid,” Rodriguez said. “I’m tired of this, really, because it’s been a long time and he doesn’t do anything.” last_img read more

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first_imgSometimes it takes a village – at least that’s the approach Van Nuys residents are taking to deal with the long-standing issue of prostitution in their neighborhood. Joining forces with the City Council and the Los Angeles Police Department, residents are picking up signs, flashlights and cameras to participate in monthly marches through the streets of their neighborhood. They begin after dark and walk the streets until midnight. The idea is to send a message to streetwalkers and their johns. “Families in this neighborhood are fed up with this issue,” said Ron Hay, a Van Nuys resident for 10 years. Usually the women work a circuit, and the Sepulveda Boulevard corridor ranks among the top three locations in Southern California, police said. “Unfortunately, this has been going on for decades,” C rdenas said. “As a community, we feel compelled and obligated to do whatever we can to reduce this problem. Children in these neighborhoods should not have to look at the evidence of this problem on their walk to school every morning. They shouldn’t have to deal with that.” Residents are encouraged to bring still and video cameras to the marches, too. “This is the safest way let them know we are looking at them, we are watching them and we are recording them,” C rdenas said. “We can let them know they are not supposed to be doing that in our neighborhood.” The walks seem to be leading to results. Although authorities couldn’t provide specific numbers, Sgt. McNeill Gardner said he has seen a “significant drop in street prostitution.” “The women have seen the community’s involvement and they have started to shy away from the area,” said Gardner, who patrols the Van Nuys-North Hills area. With officers already stretched thin, he said it is a community program like this that can make a difference. “Law enforcement is 50percent police and 50percent community,” he said. “There is only so much we can do.” Hay said the organized effort has also created some side effects that have led to his neighborhood’s improvement. Extra lighting has been added to some streets, and extra officers have been assigned to key hot spots along the boulevard. For Hay, who is captain of his street’s Neighborhood Watch program and has several officers’ numbers on speed dial, community members need to realize that apathy is not an option. “So many people would rather stay home and ignore what’s going on,” he said. “But people need to become a part of the solution, not part of the problem. If you don’t, your neighborhood goes down the tubes.”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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Hay said it is not uncommon for hookers to walk by as close as his driveway. “I have heard people screaming in a car having sex in front of my house. I have found condoms in the gutter,” he said. “It is just unpleasant.” Officer Ron Carter, who initiated the monthly marches, said the idea is to get those most affected involved in getting rid of the problem. “Community policing – that is where it all begins,” Carter said, adding that his vice officers regularly organize stings and undercover operations. Councilman Tony C rdenas, who helped put together the task force that launched the monthly marches, said as soon as he was elected, he heard from the community about the prostitution. last_img read more

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first_imgSaudi Arabia is concerned that the conference will corner it into a high-profile meeting with the Israelis without assurances that Israel will address the most difficult issues of the peace process, such as the borders of a Palestinian state, the status of east Jerusalem and the future of millions of Palestinian refugees.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 MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsEgypt insisted Thursday that Annapolis could mark a major breakthrough. Mubarak’s spokesman Suleiman Awad said the Bush administration was “achieving progress that will pave the way to the establishment of the two states and an independent Palestinian state within the next year and before the end of Bush’s term.” “This is a commitment for a timetable that we hear for the first time,” he told reporters as Mubarak, Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met. He said the three leaders agree that “the conference gives a large space for optimism.” Awad said Annapolis would launch “serious peace negotiations according to a timetable and with an agreed upon follow-up mechanism” – all top demands of Saudi Arabia. The United States is pushing for Saudi Arabia, which unlike Jordan and Egypt has no peace agreement or diplomatic relations with Israel, to send its foreign minister. President George W. Bush spoke Tuesday by telephone with Saudi King Abdullah. SHARM EL-SHEIK, Egypt – Egypt, Jordan and the Palestinians sought Thursday to persuade skeptical Arab nations to attend a U.S.-sponsored Mideast peace conference, insisting it could open the door to a Palestinian state in the next year. Saudi Arabia and Syria remain the most important holdouts. Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak held a minisummit with the leaders of Jordan and the Palestinians in this Red Sea resort, bringing together the strongest Arab supporters of next week’s conference in Annapolis, Md. So far, Saudi Arabia and Syria have appeared unconvinced the conference will bring significant peace commitments from Israel. The Saudis want a firm timetable for negotiations on the important issues of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, while the Syrians are pressing for Annapolis to address the Israeli-held Golan Heights. Late Thursday, foreign ministers and two ambassadors from countries on the Arab League’s peace initiative committee began informal meetings in Cairo. The talks are expected to chisel a unified Arab stand on the Annapolis conference that would be endorsed today at an official League meeting. last_img read more

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first_imgSenator Brian O’Domhnaill carrying out consultation with fishermen over ‘draconian’ legislationFIANNA Fáil is carrying out a wide ranging public consultation with the fishing industry in over the next three days.The consultation is bein carried out by Seanad Spokesperson on Agriculture, Food and the Marine Brian Ó Domhnaill. Said Donegal Senator Ó Domhnaill: “The consultation will continue with meetings being held with the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority, Fishing Representative Organisations and Fishermen to discuss the proposed Sea Fisheries and Maritime Jurisdiction (Fixed Penalty Notice) Bill 2013 and to discuss other fisheries related issues”The Sea Fisheries and Maritime Jurisdiction Bill proposes:1. Stiff criminal sanctions for foreign sea fishing vessels which enter Irish exclusive fishing limits.2. Administrative penalties for first and second fishery offences by way of a prescribed notice which also reduces the upper limit fine to €400 for the 1st and €800 for the 2nd offence. 3. The option for a person in receipt of a penalty notice to appeal same to the Minister within a certain period.4. The establishment of an Independent Appeal Committee to be established by the Minister.5. A Consultative / Advisory Role in relation to administering such offences for the following organisations;a. Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI)b. The Marine Institutec. Inshore Fishermen’s Organisation d. Bord Iascaigh Mharae. Sea Fisheries Protection Authorityf. Killybeg’s Fishermen Organisationg. Irish South & West Fishermen’s Organisation Senator Ó Domhnaill concluded: “The fishing industry employs 12,000 people in this country and is worth €700 million to the economy.The industry must be fully supported in every way. This Bill forms a step in supporting the Irish fishing industry through common-sense changes to existing draconian legislation.”“The first meeting will take place tonight (Thursday) in Kinsale, County Cork in a series ofpublic meetings on this topic is being held in the South over the weekend.“These meetings are aimed at giving fisherman and coastal communities an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the Bill.FF CONSULTS FISHERMEN OVER ‘DRACONIAN’ LEGISLATION was last modified: June 6th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:FF CONSULTS FISHERMEN OVER ‘DRACONIAN’ LEGISLATIONfianna failSEA FISHIRIES AND MARITIME JURISDICTION BILLSenator Brian O’Domhnailllast_img read more

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first_img 5. Slaven Bilic (West Ham United) – After an excellent 2015/16 season, the pressure on Bilic to further build the reputation of the Hammers will only have heightened as the club move to the Olympic Stadium. He quickly made his mark on an uninspired squad last term, coaching the style of play desired by the Irons’ owners, with Dimitri Payet at the hub of their success. A swift start will be wanted at their new ground, but Bilic seems up for the job. The question is, will expectations be too high, especially with a Europa League campaign – starting in July – to cope with? 20 20 20 20 11. Aitor Karanka (Middlesbrough) – Boro have been the most active of the newly-relegated clubs so far, suggesting their intent to cement their place in the top flight. The club, therefore, should be hoping to seal a mid-table finish. The pressure will be on Karanka to deliver on England’s biggest stage. Stream the Premier League live on talkSPORT this season! Click here to see our line up of live games in August and September.Excitement for the new Premier League season is rising.There’s less than a month to go until kick off, with plenty of new faces on and off the pitch to look forward to seeing in action.And earlier in the summer, we ranked each club in England’s top flight based on expectations for the 2016/17 season – but what about each sides’ manager?Which boss might struggle next term? Who could be leading the fight at the other end of the table?Taking these questions into consideration, check out the full ranking of every Premier League managers’ expectations for next season by viewing the slideshow above. 20 15. Francesco Guidolin (Swansea City) – Guidolin came to the rescue when the Swans looked as though they would be in for an ugly relegation battle. The Italian took over in January, guiding the club to a comfortable mid-table finish. The Welsh outfit should be looking, at minimum, for a similar position next season. Guidolin’s summer business will be interesting. 20 13. Mark Hughes (Stoke City) – Hughes is quietly developing an exciting Potters squad, with such players as Xherdan Shaqiri transforming their style of play. But despite suggesting they had the potential to seal one of the European spots last season, they fell just short and a repeat of their challenge could be all the more difficult next term. There isn’t too much weight on Hughes’ shoulders, though. 20 18. Sam Allardyce (Sunderland) – Allardyce is in the frame for the vacant England position, with Sunderland releasing a statement confirming the Football Association have held talks with their boss. Three Lions aside, though, the 61-year-old has another challenge in keeping the Black Cats away from the drop zone. Not much is really expected of Allardyce as a struggle is again predicted. Staying up with a bit more comfort would be a major improvement. Or maybe even just staying at the club! 12. Walter Mazzarri (Watford) – Last season was a difficult affair for the Hornets, who dwindled as the campaign progressed. Many were disappointed by Quique Sanchez Flores’ departure, but it seems a change was necessary. The club’s owners will provide new boss Mazzarri with the transfer kitty required, which only adds to expectations for the incoming term. Taking over at Vicarage Road would be a challenging job for the best of managers, making Mazzarri’s summer preparations crucial. 6. Arsene Wenger (Arsenal) – Expectation is always high at Arsenal, and after a second-place finish last season you might expect fans to dream of the title. But the reality is that plenty of fans expect more of the same, meaning the Gunners to be also-rans when it comes to the title. It’s difficult to know where to start with Wenger. The Frenchman has become more generous in the transfer market over the past few seasons, but a sustained title challenge has been out of his side’s grasp for 12 years. Nonetheless, it could be his final campaign at the Emirates – as he enters the last year of his contract – and he will want to go out on a high. The question is will he deliver? 20. Sean Dyche (Burnley) – read the reasoning for Dyche’s position below, then click the arrow above, right, to find out where YOUR club’s manager finishes in our ranking based on expectations for next season – Having remained in charge of the Clarets despite their relegation from the Premier League in the summer of 2015, the club seem content with Dyche’s progress. Given this, expectations won’t be too high. He again isn’t likely to be handed a large transfer kitty and could be reliant on Andre Gray to deliver the goods. 1. Pep Guardiola (Manchester City) – There’s no question expectations are at their highest over Guardiola. The Spaniard arrives in Manchester after glittering spells with Barcelona and Bayern Munich, where he will be looking to instantly add to his trophy cabinet. The Premier League title will be a priority, but City’s owners are also keen to make an impact on the Champions League (last season’s run to the semi-finals was overdue, but the lame performances against Real Madrid were a major disappointment). This is Guardiola’s chance to dismiss the critics who claim he’s had it easy, winning the title in leagues where only one or two clubs are serious contenders. That said, he has vast resources with which to sculpt a winning team at City, and the presence of his prickly rival Mourinho at Man United only serves to ramp up the expectation. Bring it on! 20 20 20 10. Alan Pardew (Crystal Palace) – Pardew must improve next season. For the second half of last term the Eagles were in dreadful form, picking up just 11 points after the festive period. His transfer activity, so far, suggests Pardew knows improvements are necessary, with Andros Townsend, James Tomkins and Steve Mandana having been lured to Selhurst Park. Should their performances fail to improve, his position could be under threat. 7. Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham Hotspur) – This season it will be tougher for Pochettino to guide Spurs to another top four finish. With the spending of Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City, along with the appointment of top class managers at the league’s biggest clubs, not forgetting a Champions League campaign to cope with, there are so many challenges to face that simply weren’t there last term. It’ll be disappointing if Tottenham fail to seal a Champions League place, but fans won’t be getting too carried away. 20 20 14. Claude Puel (Southampton) – With his managerial career limited to Ligue 1, the appointment of Puel could be considered a gamble by the Saints. Nonetheless, as predecessors Ronald Koeman and Mauricio Pochettino proved, Premier League experience isn’t essential. Expectations likely won’t be too high on their new boss – in fact, it feels like Saints’ recent punching above their weight has, if anything, heightened expectation of it soon coming to an end, considering their annual talent sale. The transfer window may be important and he has got his business off to an exciting start, sealing a deal for the highly-rated Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. 20 3. Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool) – While rival supporters might struggle to see Liverpool seal a spot in next season’s top four, Kopites on the whole believe they have a top class manager and expect to see an improvement on the last two seasons. His activity in the transfer market already this summer has suggested he knows exactly what he’s after; a contrast to the confusion of Brendan Rodgers’ business. The club’s owners will be demanding far more, particularly in the league, from their German coach in his first full term in charge. With no European football to distract him or his players, the aim will be a top four finish. At the very least, a vast improvement on last season’s eighth place is expected. 9. Ronald Koeman (Everton) – After ditching Southampton, much is expected of Koeman at Goodison Park. The Toffees, with a talented squad including Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku, immensely disappointed last season. The club will be patience with their progress under the Dutchman, but a top eight finish should be the minimum expected next term. 20 4. Antonio Conte (Chelsea) – Considering all the silverware that’s made its way to Stamford Bridge in the last decade, expectations on Conte aren’t as high as they might previously have been ahead of his debut season at Stamford Bridge, but Roman Abramovich will demand no less than a return to the top four. With no European football to contend with, the Italian can really get to work on settling his new squad. But despite the talent in their ranks, it could still be a difficult campaign for the Blues – who are in somewhat of a transitional period – and patience could be key. 20 20 20 2. Jose Mourinho (Manchester United) – Mourinho has a fair few critics to silence at Old Trafford following a disastrous first half of last season with Chelsea. The Portuguese coach has given the impression he has landed his dream job and a return to the top four is the very least expected with his new club, though in truth he will be desperate to eclipse both Chelsea and Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. He’s already spent a large chunk of his transfer kitty and will likely continue to splash the cash until the close of the summer window. Being in the Europa League could serve Mourinho well, as he can be expected to field weakened line ups, saving his big guns for the Premier League, while Guardiola will have to juggle the Champions League at the same time as coming to grips with the ferocious competitiveness of the Premier League. 19. Tony Pulis (West Bromwich Albion) – Pulis has done a fine job since being appointed in January 2015, guiding the Baggies to Premier League safety with little fuss involved. Next season will simply be a case of more of the same. They might not excite supporters with their performances, but they continue to prove a nuisance to their domestic rivals. With quality rising around them, however, Pulis may need to signal a message of intent in the transfer window. 20 20 17. Eddie Howe (Bournemouth) – Such has been his rise to prominence, Howe has often been linked with taking over as England manager. The Cherries board will hope this isn’t playing on his mind ahead of the new season as they look to improve on their challenging second half of last term. At only 38 years old, Howe has a long future in management ahead of him and Dean Court has acted as the perfect platform to nurture his talent in the dugout. 16. Steve Bruce (Hull City) – Bruce’s position was reportedly uncertain after the Tigers’ play-off triumph, but it seems he is staying put. He’ll be hoping to see his side settle quickly on their return to the Premier League, and with the number of experienced players in their side, they could have enough to avoid a relegation scrap. He could, however, face an early battle to keep his job if they again struggle to adapt. 8. Claudio Ranieri (Leicester City) – Last season was a dream for Ranieri. But his triumph was more than deserved. After the criticism of his appointment at the beginning of their title-winning campaign, the Italian wasted no time in silencing those doubting his ability. While retaining the Premier League trophy isn’t widely expected next term – particularly with the possibility of more key players following N’Golo Kante out of the King Power Stadium – it would be disappointing if the club aren’t again proving a nuisance to the customary top four. 20last_img read more

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Requests for emergency shelter soared 30 percent last year in the city of Los Angeles, the highest increase in the nation, according to a recent study by the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The study also found that 76 percent of cities surveyed had an increase in requests for food assistance. Such requests in L.A. increased 25 percent, the fourth-highest increase in the nation, which averaged a 12 percent increase. “Los Angeles County has more homeless men, women and children than any other region in the United States with more than 90,000 people who are homeless every single night in the county,” said Paul Tepper, director of the Institute for the Study of Homelessness and Poverty at the Weingart Center in Los Angeles. “The underlying reason that homelessness is growing – and for that matter exists – is quite simple. It’s poverty.” In the 1960s, homelessness was not an issue in L.A., he said. There was a handful of shelters, mostly missions from the turn of the century. “Today, there are hundreds of shelters in the county,” he said. The annual survey of 24 major cities nationwide, which did not factor in weather conditions, sought information on the demand for emergency food assistance and emergency shelter, the capacity of local agencies to meet the demand, the causes of hunger and homelessness and programs cities use to respond to the needs and availability of affordable housing for low-income people. The survey comes as Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the Board of Supervisors, LAPD Chief William J. Bratton and Sheriff Lee Baca have dedicated funds and expressed a renewed interest in solving the homelessness problem. Bob Erlenbusch, executive director of the Los Angeles Coalition to End Hunger & Homelessness, said the county’s homeless population is twice the size of New York City’s, and it would take the combined totals of homeless people in the cities with the third- to 10th-highest populations of homeless to equal the number in the county. “Overall, the lack of affordable housing, the lack of mental health and substance abuse services, unemployment and poverty has had a cumulative effect of continuing to add to the ranks of the homeless in L.A.,” Erlenbusch said. The survey also found that more than half of the cities reported that emergency food assistance programs were not able to provide an adequate supply of food. Nationwide, more than half of those requesting food were families and their children. In the county, about a third of food assistance agencies said they not only had to decrease the quantity of food but had to limit the number of times families had to get food. Although the hundreds of thousands of evacuees from Hurricane Katrina and Rita have not yet had a significant strain on resources, officials are concerned that what they called a lack of federal commitment to the evacuees could eventually reduce resources devoted to the hungry and homeless. “The impacts of Hurricane Katrina and Rita have exposed the poverty and needs that have been in this report for the last 20 years,” said Long Beach Mayor Beverly O’Neill, president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985 troy.anderson@dailynews.comlast_img read more

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first_imgMcElhinney’s of Ballybofey has been shortlisted for another prestigious international e-Commerce award.The department store’s website www.mcelhinneys.com will contest this year’s finals of the Landy Awards which will be held at a glitzy ceremony in New York City tomorrow night.McElhinney’s has been nominated along with its agency, Wolfgang Digital, for Best Overall Search Engine Management (SEM) Initiative in the small business category. More than 200 entries were received from across the globe for the awards which recognise excellence in search marketing. The nomination comes just five months after McElhinney’s beat off some of the biggest companies on the planet to receive a Commendation at the Drum Search Awards in London.Ms Roisin Woods, Senior Manager for eCommerce and Marketing at McElhinney’s, said everyone at the store is delighted with the nomination.“The nomination for Best Small Business SEM award at the Landy is so exciting for all the team. To be recognised amongst the best search marketing campaigns, individuals and agencies from all over the world really is exceptional,” she said.“As a family owned independent business we must work harder, be more creative and innovative to compete with the larger global brands, proving with the right people anything is possible. We have an amazing team working instore and we are simply delighted with the nomination.” McElhinney’s have won numerous eCommerce awards in the past four years, the latest in February for Best Search Marketing Campaign 2015.The company has shipped to over 63 countries since launching their online business, creating up to ten new positions. More jobs are expected later this year when work is completed on a €2.2 million, four-storey extension to their landmark store. The massive new development will be used primarily for their internet sales business.Founded by John McElhinney in 1971, the store now employs more than 190 full and part-time staff and is a major draw to the Twin Towns. Over the years, it has grown and now operates from a 90,000 sq ft building, and has more than 1,500 suppliers, many of which are Irish. While his son, Martin, is the General Manager, John McElhinney is still actively involved in the day-to-day running of the business.McElhinney’s nominated in top New York digital awards was last modified: September 27th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgStewart and MacLochlainn Chartered Accountants are looking for a recently qualified or a part qualified accountant to join our team on a temporary contract to cover a maternity leave.The role is to provide accounting and taxation services to the practice clients.  KEY RESPONSIBILITIES– Accounts preparation for audit exempt companies and sole traders.-Completion of tax returns for clients  SKILLS QUALIFICATIONS AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS– Good IT skills especially Excel and Sage Accounts Production (or equivalent)-Ability to work to deadlines is important-Recent and Relevant general practice experience required. Please forward CV to martin@stewartandmaclochlainn.ie or Stewart and MacLochlainn, Chartered Accountants, Port Road, Letterkenny, Co. DonegalJob Vacancy: Leading accountancy firm seeks staff was last modified: July 25th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Accountantlast_img read more

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