Councils urged to hand off red tape

first_imgLos Angeles’ nearly 100 neighborhood councils should focus on advising city government about local issues while practicing more self-governance, a panel reviewing the system has recommended. A draft report by the Neighborhood Council Review Commission, charged with assessing the city’s nascent experiment with grass-roots democracy every seven years, also said the city should handle the bureaucracy that comes with operating the system so councils can better function. “The commission looked at how the neighborhood councils can generate more participation and have a little bit less of the bureaucratic stuff that’s attached to them,” Raphael Sonenshein, the commission’s executive director, said Saturday. “We just want to make it an experience that is comfortable for people so they can walk into a meeting and not have a discussion about process.” A series of public workshops now being held throughout the city will fine-tune the commission’s recommendations. The first workshop will be Tuesday, with the final report heading to the City Council in September. “We want folks to come and look at these recommendations and give us feedback about what are going to be our values, and challenges that we can address in their implementation,” said Altagracia Perez, the chairwoman of the 29-member commission. Top of the list for the commissioners is how to better fit the neighborhood councils founded since 2000 within existing city structures without weakening the effectiveness of both. The preliminary recommendations, which came after a year of research, place the city at the helm of the councils’ routine business functions. Elections would be conducted by the city clerk, and the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment would handle bookkeeping, which would free volunteer council members to decide how to spend their annual $50,000 city allocation to better their communities. “DONE can focus on providing support and providing resources to make this system work,” Perez said. It’s a slight shift in role for the city department founded as a fiduciary monitor for the council system. DONE has been criticized by some council members for micromanaging the councils’ finances, for acting as an adviser and policeman. The commission also recommends creating a peer-review system between the councils to handle grievances, and provide the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners, currently charged with certifying new councils, with judicial and policy powers. eugene.tong@dailynews.com (818) 546-3304 Valley Workshops Central Region Tuesday, June 26, 6 p.m. Fairfax High School, Auditorium 7850 Melrose Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90046 South Valley Region Saturday, June 30, 10 a.m. Pierce College, Campus Center 6201 Winnetka Ave. Woodland Hills, CA 91371 North Valley Region Tuesday, July 17, 6 p.m. Panorama High School 8015 Van Nuys Blvd, Panorama City, CA 91402160Want 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

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Democrats oppose war against Iran

first_imgBy Anne Flaherty THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – Still reeling from the fallout of authorizing the Iraq war five years ago, congressional Democrats are determined to put themselves early on record as opposing military action in Iran. In recent days, many Democrats have gone to great lengths to denounce President Bush’s strategy on Iran, including his decision to label Tehran’s Quds military force as a terrorist group and his statement that a nuclear-armed Iran could lead to “World War III.” Regardless of Bush’s intentions, denouncing a war before any shots are fired offers political benefits for Democrats. Democrats have proved unable to pass veto-proof legislation that would order troops home from Iraq and are looking for other ways to retain the support of a war-weary public. Bush administration officials say the latest penalties against the Iranian military – the first targeting of the armed forces of another country – are part of a diplomatic strategy and not a prelude to war. 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.Democrats also are jumping on Bush’s latest war spending request as proof that the White House is considering airstrikes on Iran’s underground uranium enrichment facilities. Bush wants $88 million to continue developing a “bunker-busting” bomb designed to destroy deeply buried targets such as those in Iran. And in case there were doubts about the Democrats’ position, Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin introduced legislation Thursday that would require Bush to seek Congress’ blessing before taking any military action in Iran. Standing behind him are liberal anti-war groups, which have expanded their focus on Iraq to include a drumbeat of protests against a potential war with neighboring Iran. “Every day now, it seems that the confrontational rhetoric between the United States and Iran escalates,” said Sen. Robert Byrd, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “President Bush needs to understand that the Congress will not be kept out of the loop while his administration plots another march to war,” said Byrd, D-W.Va. last_img read more

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Liverpool’s superb 4-3-3 featuring three huge signings, including a new no.1

first_img 8. Adam Lallana (right midfield) – Lallana has been superb this season. He’s scored six goas and created six, and is finally starting to consistently display the quality we all know is in his locker. 11 11 7. Jordan Henderson (centre midfield) – It’s been somewhat of a breakthrough campaign for Henderson, with the midfielder’s form and popularity noticeably rising. He epitomises the fighting desire Klopp demands of his players. 3. Joel Matip (centre back) – Signed on a free transfer, Matip has proven to be a steal for the Reds. He’s instantly settled into life at Anfield and the Premier League, forming a good understanding with Dejan Lovren. He has looked shaky on occasion, but looks as though he’ll be featuring in the heart of Liverpool’s defence for years to come. 11 2. Nathaniel Clyne (right back) – Clyne has quietly gone about his business at Anfield, performing to a high standard with minimal fuss. With few other options in this position, he’s key to Klopp’s side. 11 11 5. James Milner (left back) – Alberto Moreno has become a forgotten figure at left back this season, with Klopp preferring Milner. The former Manchester City man has been excellent so far. Liverpool have been linked with a selection of top class players in the transfer window.Virgil van Dijk was heavily linked to Anfield last month, while Joe Hart and Julian Draxler are the latest to have reportedly joined the Dutchman on Jurgen Klopp’s wish list.So, naturally, we’ve decided to see where the trio could fit into Klopp’s side.Scroll through the gallery above to check out a possible starting XI for Liverpool with the club’s biggest targets in the market. 11. Philippe Coutinho (left attack) – Prior to his injury, Coutinho was one of the star performers in the Premier League. He’s lacked inconsistency during his time at Anfield, but is finally starting to influence matches regularly. Klopp needs to keep him out of Real Madrid’s reach. 6. Julian Draxler (left midfield) – Draxler seemingly wants out of Wolfsburg and recently confirmed he is in talks with a couple of clubs ahead of the January transfer window. His talent is obvious, but his attitude has often been questioned. Klopp would have his work cut out fitting the winger in and keeping him content with life on Merseyside. 1. Joe Hart (goalkeeper) – check out a possible Liverpool XI after the January transfer window by scrolling through the gallery above – Hart has been forced out of Manchester City by Pep Guardiola, spending the season on loan at Torino. It’s expected that he’ll seal a permanent transfer in the summer and Klopp is said to be interested. The England international would be an obvious upgrade on Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet. 11 4. Virgil van Dijk (centre back) – Van Dijk is a wanted man in the Premier League. His performances for Southampton continue to improve and rumour has it he could cost up to £50m. On current form, however, he would be well worth the hefty price tag. 9. Sadio Mane (right attack) – Among the finest signings of the summer, Mane has instantly settled at Anfield. He’s the club’s top scorer, with eight, and will be a huge loss during the African Nations Cup. 11 11 11 11 10. Roberto Firmino (centre forward) – Firmino is the preferred option as a false number nine for Klopp, working superbly with Coutinho and Mane out wide, when the trio are all fit. His form has dipped in the last few games, but he’ll soon be back to his best. 11last_img read more

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Watford transfer news: Hornets join race for Montpellier star Morgan Sanson

first_img1 Watford have joined Bournemouth and West Brom in the race for Montpellier star Morgan Sanson.The midfielder is attracting interest from England this month after putting in some eye-catching displays in Ligue 1 this season.Bournemouth and West Brom are both hoping to lure the 22-year-old to the Premier League, while Marseille have offered him the chance to stay in France.And now, according to La Provence, Watford have also joined the hunt to sign Sanson before the January transfer window slams shut.The Hornets have reportedly been scouting the Frenchman on and off for six months and they are ready to pounce.Montpellier are resigned to losing one of their star man, but they will only sell if an offer between £8.5m to £13m comes in. The midfielder is attracting interest from England this month last_img read more

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Celtic 0-0 Rangers: Gers fans celebrate after Old Firm derby draw

first_img Daniel Candeias celebrates the draw It’s been a while since we had a truly competitive clash between Celtic and Rangers but it final happened as they drew 0-0 at Celtic Park.The Scottish giants were fairly evenly matched and had Alfredo Morelos been in better form it could well have been a win for Graeme Murty’s side.But fans of the visitors were still delighted by the performance of their side and were quick to share their pleasure on Twitter.Check out what fans said below… 1last_img

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The Scottish Football Show with Ally McCoist and Mark McGhee – podcast

first_imgListen to the latest edition of the Scottish Football Show with Ally McCoist and Mark McGhee.They reflect on Stewart Regan’s departure as chief executive of the Scottish FA, talk cult heroes, Hampden Park and much, much more.The Scottish Football Show airs every Thursday night from 7pm to 10pm on talkSPORT Scotland. If you’re outside of Scotland and want to listen, you can do so on talkSPORT.com.last_img

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Geoffrey Boycott delivers masterful Man United takedown live on MUTV

first_img Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January 1 deals LATEST PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS REVEALED REAL DEAL I don’t think #mutv will be inviting Geoff Boycott back on anytime soon. Ffs Geoff! 😂 #mufc #MUFCPOTY pic.twitter.com/imBV8m7iVx— Gwilym Cox (@gwilymcox) May 9, 2019 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT tense gameday cracker Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Geoffrey Boycott may not be asked back on MUTV again!The former England cricketer, a Manchester United fan, was interviewed live on the club’s in-house television channel at Old Trafford during their awards ceremony on Thursday night.And despite standing just yards away from the United players, Boycott absolutely laid into the squad and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, accusing them of letting themselves and supporters down. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won no dice Luke Shaw won two awards at the ceremony huge blow A draw against Huddersfield last Sunday ended any chances of United hoping to finish among the top four and they have won just two of their last 11 matches in all competitions, including cup exits to Wolves and Barcelona.Boycott, 78, who played a 108 Tests for England before retiring in 1981, is known for being forthright with his views and did not hold back when asked what United meant to him.“Disappointment more than anything,” he replied, when asking what Manchester United mean to him at present.“For half of the season there was hope, some enjoyment, some good times. And somehow it’s kind of faded away towards the end. The football hasn’t been inspiring if anything they’ve let themselves down and the people who support Manchester United, because I think they’re a bit better than that.“It’s not just the results, but some of the football has been hard to watch.” shining whoops While Solskjaer won his first eight matches in charge after taking over from Jose Mourinho in December, before being appointed on a permanent basis in March, Boycott dismissed the ‘rebuilding process’ theory.“He does but he doesn’t have a record of experience, does he?” the 78-year-old said.“He did at short time at Cardiff and then resigned honourably. He’s looked after a team in his home country but it’s not the Premier League.”Luke Shaw picked up the Players’ Player of the Year trophy before collecting the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award.last_img read more

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Gordon Strachan names unchanged side to face Malta

first_imgCraig Gordon remains in goal behind a back line of Andrew Robertson, Christophe Berra, Charlie Mulgrew and Kieran Tierney. Scott Brown, Stuart Armstrong and James McArthur start in midfield with Matt Phillips and James Forrest flanking striker Leigh Griffiths.Scotland defeated Malta 5-1 last September but Strachan said that there was no complacency on his part as he looked ahead to a crucial night in the qualifying campaign. “However you think a game is going to go, as you lie in your bed as a manager the night before a game, it never ever turns out that way. Never,” he said. “Sometimes you get pleasant surprises, sometimes you get horrible surprises.  Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has name an unchanged team to face Malta in the World Cup qualifier at Hampden.Strachan has kept faith with the players who defeated Lithuania 3-0 in Vilnius on Friday as he hopes to keep the national team’s chances of reaching Russia 2018 alive.A win against Malta, coupled with an England victory over Slovakia, would cut the gap on the second-placed Slovaks to just one point in Group F. That would set up a mouth-watering clash between Scotland and Slovakia next month as both sides fight for a place in the play-offs.Three points against the bottom side in the group are essential and Stachan belivees the best chance of getting the required win is with the side that preformed so well on Friday. “But at the moment, as I look at the players, the way they trained on Sunday, especially the guys who didn’t play the other night, I am as confident as I can be. “But you are always wary, there is always something round the corner to trip you up.”last_img read more

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Bricks 4 Kidz Donegal hosting fun Christmas workshops and camps

first_imgBricks 4 Kidz are delighted to announce they will be providing Festive Workshops and camps throughout Donegal this month and in the New Year.The 2 hour LEGO® themed Christmas workshops are the ideal solution for keeping kids entertained while parents get the Christmas shopping done.Workshops will take place in the following locations on Saturday 8th, 15th & 22nd December and are suitable for girls & boys aged 5-12 years. Saturday 8th DecemberIonad Naomh Phadraig – 10:30 to 12:30Colgan Hall Carndonagh – 10:30 to 12:30Niall Mor Centre Killybegs – 2:00 – 4:00 Saturday 15th DecemberLetterkenny Community Centre – 10:30 to 12:30RDRC Rathmullan – 2:30 to 4:30Glebe National School Donegal Town – 10:30 to 12:30Saturday 22nd DecemberPinehill Studios Letterkenny – 10:30 to 12:30Scoil Naomh Chatriona Ballyshannon – 10:30 to 12:30Cost: 20 euro 1 child, 35 euro 2 kids, 50 euro 3 kids – places strictly limited. Also everyone who signs up to any of the workshops before Saturday 8th December will be automatically entered in a draw for a 150 euro Smyths Toys voucher!Bricks 4 Kidz will be back in the New Year, to get everyone out and about again for 3 day camps in the following locations from Wednesday 2nd January to Friday 4th January:Pinehill Studios Letterkenny – 10:30 to 1:30Glebe National School Donegal Town – 10:30 to 1:30Colgan Hall Carndonagh – 10:30 to 1:30Cost: 60 Euro 1 child, 110 Euro 2 kids, 150 Euro 3 kids – places strictly limited.These extremely popular workshops and camps are designed to trigger young children’s lively imaginations and build their self-confidence. Providing an environment where children can make new friends, of the same age and with similar interests, by combining team work elements to the camps. While your little master builders are having fun, the activities are also educational. Book now on www.bricks4kidz.ie/donegal or contact JP on 0863894833Bricks 4 Kidz Donegal hosting fun Christmas workshops and camps was last modified: December 4th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:bricks 4 kidzchildrenchristmas campsKidslego campslast_img read more

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Delta gives its A220s extra legs and orders five more

first_imgA Delta A220-100. Image: Airbus Delta Air Lines has become the first airline to convert its A220 orders to longer-range versions of the regional jet as it booked five additional aircraft at this week’s Paris Air Show.Airbus announced in May that it was increasing the range of the A220 by up to 450-nautical miles, allowing to connect Western Europe to the Middle East and Australia to Southeast Asia.READ: Airbus extends the range of the A220.The European manufacturer had also hinted it is looking at trans-Atlantic routes for the A220, although chief commercial officer Christian Scherer later downplayed the likelihood of that happening.The aerospace giant said it had increased the maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of the A220 by 2,268 kg. This would increase the maximum range of A220-300 to 3,350nm and the A220-100 to 3,400nm.Delta was the U.S. launch customer for the A220, placing an initial order for 75 aircraft in 2016 and booking an additional 15 in December 2018.The five additional planes bring the number of orders placed by Delta to 95 A220s, including 45 A220-100s, which will be produced in Mirabel Quebec,  and 50 A220-300s to be built at a new U.S. assembly plant now under construction in Mobile, Alabama.In a separate arrangement, Airbus and Delta signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding for Delta TechOps to provide A220 component repair and material services for Airbus’ A220 Flight Hour Services maintenance-by-the-hour program.Airbus said the strategic partnership would allow it to further enhance its successful A220 Flight Hour Services (FHS) program by building on Delta TechOps’ proven component repair and management capabilities and Airbus’ expertise in maintenance engineering, inventory management, and innovative services solutions.The A220 entered service three years ago as the Bombardier C-Series and the program was acquired by Airbus in mid-2018 when it took a controlling stake Bombardier’s C Series Aircraft Limited Partnership (CSALP).Airbus says the jet, which is purpose-built for the 100-150 seat market, has already beaten its initial performance targets, bring more flexibility and revenue potential to customers.The manufacturer had an order book of more than 536 aircraft at the end of May and has set its sights on taking the lion’s share of a 100- to 150-seat t market estimated to represent at least 7,000 aircraft over the next 20 years.Operators other than Delta include Swiss International, AirBaltic and Korean Air, which has also indicated it may look at more A220s.Korean Chairman Walter Cho told journalists at the recent International Air Transport Association annual meeting in Seoul that the company was “very satisfied’ with the performance of its A220-300s.He said there were some glitches that needed to be ironed out but this was common for any aircraft from any manufacturer.He saw a bright future for the aircraft and had given a positive response when contacted by other airline CEOs about the plane.“I am very satisfied with the aircraft and it’s in our future definitely in our fleet,’’ he said. “We are right now looking at the demand changes within our short routes and I see a quite good usage of it the future.”Cho said he was talking to Airbus about its support plans in Asia and it was possible Korean would look at a stretch version of the plane.He noted Korean already had orders for the Boeing 737 MAXs and Airbus neos, although he observed these served different markets to the A220.“Ten aircraft is little too small so I guess it is a possibility but I don’t know yet,” he said.Separately,  IAG announced a firm order for 14 of the newly launched A321XLRs.READ: Airbus launches super fuel efficient A321XLREight of these are destined for Iberia and six for Aer Lingus.IAG — which is also the parent company of airlines such as British Airways, Level and Vueling — provided a significant boost to Boeing during the show with a letter of intent to order  200 737 MAX aircraft.But it is also one of the European manufacturer’s biggest customers and Airbus said the latest agreement would ake overall orders from the group to 530 aircraft. Due to enter service in 2023, the XLR is expected to deliver a range of up 4700nm  15 percent more than the A321LR with 30 percent lower fuel burn per seat compared with previous generation competitor aircraft.Airbus said this would enable Aer Lingus to launch new routes beyond the US East Coast and Canada, while Iberia would be able to operate new trans-Atlantic destinations and increase frequencies in key markets.Other routes touted for the XLR include India to Europe or China to Australia.last_img read more

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