first_imgLOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images In this Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, photo, Brooklyn Nets’ Theo Pinson, left, drives against Los Angeles Lakers’ Danny Green, right, near a Chinese national flag during a preseason NBA game at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai, China. When Houston Rocket’s general manager Daryl Morey tweeted last week in support of anti-government protests in Hong Kong, everything changed for NBA fans in China. A new chant flooded Chinese sports forums: “I can live without basketball, but I can’t live without my motherland.” (AP Photo, File)BEIJING — When Wu Xintong’s favorite team, the Los Angeles Lakers, played the Brooklyn Nets in Shanghai this Thursday, she broke a viewing streak of more than 10 years and deliberately missed the game.Until recently, the 20-year-old student in northern Hebei province had followed her idol, Kobe Bryant, religiously. She meticulously recorded in a notebook the details of every Lakers performance, down to the time stamps of certain players’ moves. By her own accounting, two-thirds of her closet is filled with Lakers jerseys and other purple and gold apparel, not to mention the Lakers mugs, stickers and cellphone cases she keeps in a box.ADVERTISEMENT Then he echoed a conviction expressed by many online: “I love basketball and the NBA, but I also know why I can comfortably lie in bed at home and watch the NBA in the first place.”In other words, without China’s economic progress, opportunities to enjoy such leisure activities wouldn’t even be available. This week, the Communist Party has proven that it can just as swiftly take these luxuries away.While the pre-season Shanghai game between the Lakers and Nets went ahead as scheduled, it was not broadcast online or aired on state television. No Chinese media outlets reported on the game.“If no one else around me is watching, (NBA fandom) may just become something that never happened,” Wang said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘People evacuated on their own’ Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But then Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted last week in support of anti-government protests in Hong Kong, and everything changed for fans like Wu. A new chant flooded Chinese sports forums: “I can live without basketball, but I can’t live without my motherland.”The burst of patriotic fervor — buoyed by Chinese companies swiftly suspending their NBA partnerships — came on the heels of a grand celebration marking 70 years of Communist Party rule in China. President Xi Jinping, the country’s most powerful leader in decades, has rallied the populace around the promise of a Chinese Dream and national rejuvenation, a stronger domestic economy paired with global influence to rival that of the U.S. It is a vision increasingly trumpeted by ordinary Chinese people, who have found solidarity amid a protracted trade war and Hong Kong democracy movement, crises that the government has portrayed as deliberate bids to contain China’s inevitable development.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4On China’s National Day, as audiences across the country tuned in for a military parade that showed off long-range missiles and a nuclear-armed glider, black-clad demonstrators in Hong Kong were burning the national flag and defacing photographs of Xi.The government has depicted the mass pro-democracy protests, which began peacefully in June but have grown increasingly violent, as fringe riots led by foreign-influenced separatists bent on destroying the semi-autonomous Chinese city. This narrative has largely succeeded on the mainland, where internet memes deride the protesters as “trash youth” and refer to Hong Kong as China’s “high-maintenance girlfriend.” After NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said he supported Morey’s right to free speech, angry online nationalists set their targets on the basketball league. Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic both lose in Shanghai quarterfinals “You eat at our house and then spit in our food,” said commenters on the Twitter-like Weibo platform, referring to the NBA’s multibillion-dollar ties to China.The NBA controversy may have been the most high-profile, but it was far from the only debacle to involve an American corporation offending the ruling Communist Party’s political sensibilities within the same span of days. Apple and jeweler Tiffany & Co. suffered immediate censure for appearing to support the Hong Kong protests, video game giant Activision Blizzard punished a high-ranked gamer for shouting Hong Kong protest slogans during a webcast, and “South Park” published a tongue-in-cheek apology for an episode about U.S. corporations succumbing to Chinese censorship.On online forums and Weibo, web users reveled in the power of the Chinese consumer. One circulated image depicted Morey as a cartoon character lying awake at night, sleepless after squandering the Chinese market.“The outpouring of anger from Chinese internet users appears to be real rather than manufactured, with hardly any sign of dissent,” said Jessica Chen Weiss, a Cornell University professor who studies Chinese nationalism. “But this chorus of outrage also reflects how effective the Chinese government’s messaging and propaganda have been at fanning popular nationalism, depicting the Hong Kong protests as an illegitimate separatist movement and framing the ongoing trade and tech war as a national struggle against foreign aggression.”The outrage coincides with a swell of patriotism from the National Holiday at the start of this month. Nationwide, flags handed out by the government festooned shop entrances and residential buildings. As homework for the weeklong holiday, elementary schoolchildren were assigned to take a photo of themselves standing beside a flag, as well as to write poems about their feelings toward the motherland.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption A film called “My People, My Country” depicted seven pivotal moments in the history of the People’s Republic, featuring major stars as a fighter jet pilot, an atom bomb scientist, a taxi driver and others who have played roles in China’s development. Many Chinese people said they couldn’t stop humming the movie’s theme, sung by pop idol Faye Wong and played on a loop in many public venues.Historical events covered in “My People, My Country” included the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the anniversary of the end of the Second Sino-Japanese War, and the 1997 handover, when Hong Kong was returned to China from British rule.“No force can stop the progress of the Chinese people,” Xi said in a televised speech on National Day.In a country where criticizing the Communist Party invites censorship and even arrest, expressions of love for the nation are a safer and more straightforward bet.“Online nationalism is an outcome of patriotic education efforts: identification with the Chinese nation has become part of many people’s identities, as have the stories of national humiliation at the hands of foreign imperialists and the recent rise to glory,” said Florian Schneider, director of the Leiden Asia Centre in the Netherlands.Schneider added, however, that much like angry online commentary elsewhere in the world, Chinese nationalist sentiments can rapidly fade as people lose steam or other topics vie for their attention.Fans and companies’ eagerness to attack and dismiss the NBA has not gone unquestioned in China. Some online commentators, including the editor-in-chief of the nationalistic Global Times, challenged the fruitfulness of completely disassociating from the NBA.“Ending cooperation with the NBA does not have to become a kind of trend,” said Hu Xijin, who in a separate commentary called patriotism one of China’s greatest resources.J.C. Wang, a 23-year-old sports microblogger in central Henan province, said he hopes young people won’t blindly harass Chinese fans and NBA players in the name of patriotism, though he also feels that Morey and the NBA should apologize.“For a large number of Chinese basketball fans, NBA is already an indispensable part of life,” Wang said. No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees View commentslast_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,The entire RDC boardroom was in a state of shock and disbelief when Regional Chairman, David Armogan announced that he has refused to approve the payment to a certain contractor even though the work done was approved by three councillors – two from the PPP/C and one from APNU/AFC.With contract in hand he explained to the RDC the reason why he refused to do so. The work done was approximately half the size of a normal house lot yet it cost the Region $150,000. The weeding was done at the monument site at Rose Hall Town, opposite Republic Bank by the Rose Hall Town Arch. This was ‘emergency’ work done for the Town Day celebrations. This work could have been done by the Rose Hall Town Council for as much as $5000, maximum $10,000.When the Chairman questioned the said councillors if they inspected the work they replied in the negative. How could these people whom the residents entrusted to get value for money not inspect the work? How can they determine the standard of work? These are members of the Regional Works Committee and should know the procedures involved before certifying works for payment. These persons have no right to serve us. They must do the honourable thing and resign.Moreover, it was pointed out by another Councillor that if the Regional Vice Chairman was not on leave then the Chairman would have never been able to discover this fraudulent and corrupt transaction. It is normal for the Vice Chairman to award ‘emergency’ works and to approve payments. The question is where are the checks and balance?This is type of corruption that Dr Ramayya was agitating about. He was a threat to the Regional Vice Chairman since he refused to approve payments for many such fraudulent works and so he had to be pressured into resigning.This revelation at the RDC Statutory meeting I am sure, is just the tip of the iceberg and as the Vice Chairman of the Works Committee of the 52-74 NDC, I have had firsthand experience of substandard work being certified by both the Engineer and the Regional Vice Chairman, therefore, I am calling for a forensic audit to be done for all the ‘emergency’ works undertaken; the tender process and the engineer’s estimates which are highly inflated to benefit the contractors who will be in a better financial position to facilitate ‘kickbacks’. Unless this is done the corrupt practices will continue and development of the Region will remain retarded.Yours sincerely,Lakram SinghCouncillor and VC ofthe Works Committee52-74 NDClast_img read more

first_imgIn an effort to boost cooperation, the top brass of the Guyana Police Force and the Korps Politie Suriname met on Tuesday to discuss a range of issues aimed at strengthening enforcement at the countries’ shared border, as well as improve relations between the two agencies.Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud (Third from right), Assistant Commissioner of Police Guno Roosenhoff of the Korps Politie Suriname (centre), CANU Head James Singh and other members of the Guyana – Suriname delegationA delegation from the neighbouring country, headed by Assistant Commissioner of Police Guno Roosenhoff, is currently in Guyana on a two-day exchange visit. This is a follow-up to a visit by local Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud to Suriname back in April when he invited the Surinamese Force to Guyana after interest was expressed in his brain-child project – the Social Crime Prevention Programme – and female policing initiatives.Speaking at a press conference following a meeting on Tuesday, Commissioner Persaud disclosed that among the topics discussed during the high-level briefing were organised crime, drug trafficking, human trafficking, piracy, cross-border crimes and goods smuggling. Heads of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) and the Guyana Revenue Authority’s Customs and Trade Division were also present during the meeting.The Top Cop noted that of recent, there has been much interaction between the two law enforcement agencies and the collaboration has been fruitful, especially with the recent arrest and hand-over of convicted drug lord Barry Dataram by the Surinamese authorities. He posited that this success would continue in the future now that the two bodies were able to establish contacts with the various counterpart law enforcement entities.Persaud explained that with new officials in place within both Police Forces, this meeting provided the opportunity for the hierarchy to be familiarised with each other as well as iron out arrangements with regard to information sharing. In fact, he revealed that the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) representative had passed on information to the Surinamese delegation regarding trends and syndicates. He added that the development of joint targeting measures may follow this process.Moreover, the Commissioner noted that smuggling across the Guyana-Suriname border continued to be an area of focus for both authorities. To this end, he said the already joint efforts to monitor smuggling in all its forms between the neighbouring States would be enhanced following the two-day visit by the Surinamese delegation.“The thing is with organised crime, intelligence is our bread and butter and sometimes the information is there, but half of it is on the Suriname side and half of it is on the Guyana side. We will now bring it together, get a good picture and then target jointly,” he posited. In terms of efforts to tackle smuggling, the officials were asked about the installation of technology at the border; however, Seelall pointed out that this was dependent on the extent to which it would assist and how accessible it was in terms of cost, taking into consideration both agencies work with budgets and have the same reality of being in a developing country.Furthermore, asked whether there would be any regularisation of backtracking at the Guyana-Suriname border, both officials explained that they were focused on policing and leave such matters to the policymakers.“We look at issues that we can work and we choose to go with them…our interest is smuggling and we have been dealing with that and we continue to address smuggling to evade taxes and smuggling of contraband moving in both directions,” Seelall remarked.Nevertheless, the Police Commissioner added that the regularisation of backtracking activities was something that the authorities on both sides had on the formal agenda for many years. Persaud’s stance was supported by his Surinamese colleague, Roosenhoff, who noted that the Police were focused on stopping crime.“Police do the operations; we don’t do politics,” he stated.On the other hand, with regard to the issue of piracy, Persaud related that there was only so much the Police Force in Guyana could do in terms of surveillance given the limited resources available. In the same breath, he mentioned the multi-agency task force that has a specific focus on piracy and has been conducting aerial surveillance within Guyana’s territory.On the issue of piracy, the Surinamese official explained that the recent detainment of the Guyanese fishermen who were found in Surinamese waters was a “labour matter” and not a Police one.“The moment you are working on a boat in Suriname waters, then you have a problem,” Roosenhoff said. He added that while the boat licence was issued by Suriname authorities to work in the country’s territorial waters, the Guyanese labourers/fishermen were illegal in the vessel and illegal in Suriname waters, hence the owner was fined for each crew member.last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, June 4- “By this time tomorrow, I’m sure you will be crying. We are only proud of Kenya for David Rudisha, Ehe! Ehe! He runs for us in Africa.“We are the African representatives in football, if it comes to running, I shall be proud of choosing you,” a Nigerian fan goaded his Kenyan counterpart in reference to the Olympic champion and world 800m record holder. “This is not Afrosinema ooh! We almost beat you in Calabar where you bribed the referee,” the local retorted back in mockery of the name that generally refers to Nollywood movies in this country.The vocal group of handful fans was the perfect microcosm of the intense atmosphere that will envelop Nairobi’s Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani when the crucial 2014 World Cup qualifier pitting hosts Harambee Stars versus African champions Nigeria Super Eagles gets underway on Wednesday.Having accused the Nigerians of maltreating their team ahead of their first meeting in Calabar on March 23, the situation was further inflamed when the Super Eagles squad with their star players including Chelsea midfielder, John Obi Mikel emerged from their training session on Tuesday to find their bus missing.“Where is the bus? Has it disappeared?” wondered the Chelsea midfielder as he pensively sat with his team mates. Eventually, head coach Stephen Keshi and his squad hiked lifts from a media van belonging to SuperSport, the ambassadors’ vehicle as well as the Kenya Police chase car as they squeezed in to fit, hardly the luxury they are accustomed to in air conditioned buses or marquee vehicle their careers have afforded them.Away from the sideshows, the battle lines have been drawn in a fixture that will determine the destiny of a tight Group F in the race for Brazil 2014.Nigeria and Malawi are deadlocked on five points but the Super Eagles lead by virtual of goals scored. Namibia who visit the Flames in Blantyre are third on three and Stars prop the pool in two. It’s anyone’s game.“We are looking for good results by God’s grace,” Keshi said after wrapping his 15 minute training session. Keeping his answers short and crisp, the Nations Cup winning tactician dismissed assertions their long trip from Frankfurt, through Addis Ababa and finally to Nairobi would affect his team in the punishing elevation of Nairobi.“We will see what happens tomorrow in the game,” he quipped as he exuded confidence his charge would prevail without star forwards, Victor Moses of Chelsea and Emmanuel Emenike of Spartak Moscow whose goals propelled the Eagles to the AFCON final in South Africa.“We have a lot of players, we don’t depend on one player, we depend on the team, if Victor is not here, if Emenike is not here, Nigeria are going to play,” he added.With the FIFA Confederation Cup looming, Keshi insisted his focus at the moment was on picking maximum points against Kenya and Namibia to bring their World Cup dream closer and they were under no strain to win the match.“We have four teams in this group, so the pressure should be spread around, it’s everybody and its all pressure around, Kenya want to win, Malawi want to win and Namibia want to win.”His captain and keeper, Victor Enyeama, echoed his boss noting, “We are getting to face a good team, get involved with a team that played us a draw back home and hopefully we can tone the tie and qualify from the group.“For now, we are thinking of the three matches left, we are not thinking of the Confed Cup that is way out of us now.”On the other side, the host side wrapped up their build-up with a session at the same venue in the morning and proceeded to meet Head of State, President Uhuru Kenyatta who has promised the squad 31, 232 dollars (Ksh 3m) for a win.Stand-in captain and Celtic FC midfield stalwart, Victor Wanyama, earlier pledged to lead his side to victory over Nigeria for the first time in tribute to regular skipper, Dennis Oliech and injured first choice custodian, Arnold Origi who were suspended for this tie.“If we win, it will be the best for them too because they wanted to be here and it is sometimes annoying for a player to be out of the game. We just want to give them a good result so that they can come back feeling well for the next match,” Wanyama said.KENYA v NIGERIA HEAD TO HEAD23/3/ 2013 Nigeria 1 – 1 Kenya14/11/2009 Kenya 2 – 3 Nigeria7/6/2009 Nigeria 3 – 0 Kenya27/ 5/2007 Kenya 0 – 1 Nigeria7/ 6/1997 Nigeria 3 – 0 Kenya12/ 1/1997 Kenya 1 – 1 Nigeria14/ 1/1992 Nigeria 2 – 1 Kenya14/ 3/88 Nigeria 3 – 0 Kenya20/4/1985 Nigeria 3 – 1 Kenya6/ 4/1985 Kenya 0 – 3 Nigeria9/ 4/1966 Kenya 1 – 1 Nigeria0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Uganda Cranes fans celebrate their team. PHOTO/FileKAMPALA, March 29 – Uganda Cranes were held to a goalless draw at home by Burkina Faso in their 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifier played at Namboole’s Mandela national Stadium on Tuesday night.Cranes were hoping to collect maximum points after losing 1-0 away to Burkina Faso last week, to give their fallen former team-mate Abel Dhaira a perfect send-off after the goalkeeper died on Sunday. And that manifested in the way the Cranes approached the game, with Emmanuel Okwi coming in for Godfrey Walusimbi.Uganda had more options upfront but had to first overcome Burkinabe’s defense that was led by Bakary Kone.Head coach Micho Sredejovic also opted for Hassan Wasswa Mawanda in defense for Murishid Juuko who was suspended for the tie.Wasswa’s experience was evident as his pairing with Isaac Isinde kept goalkeeper Denis Onyango with little work to do between the posts.The Cranes looked lively, committing and pushing forward compared to the game in Ouagadougou where they spent more time in their own half than that of the opponent.Under three minutes, Dayo Issoufou kept the ball in play, Farouk Miya was undecided between shooting and crossing, the ball went begging. Ten minutes into play, Tonny Mawejje’s cross hit the crossbar in some of the attacks Uganda made.The long ball to catch Burkina Faso on counter seemed not to work for Uganda as the former’s custodian Douda Diakite always read them.With the wings being the main source of creative, Kizito Luwaga was tasked to find loop holes in Burkina Faso’s attack, for Miya, Massa and Emmanuel Okwi as the main source of goals.By the 25th, the visitors had settled into the game, and passed with comfort while Uganda did the chasing, Wasswa, Isinde and Mawejje were solid.The second half was always going to be decided by who dominates the midfield, Mawejje and Khalid Aucho had to step up.With right back Denis Guma offering little in attack, Joseph Ochaya always contributed with his teasing runs and cross.Wasswa was booked in the 63 minute after both sets of players were involved in an uncalled-for scuffle. Later Onyango made his first serious safe, intercepting a cross from Bertrand Traore who had already beaten Isinde and Ochaya.Moses Oloya was Uganda’s first change, coming on for Okwi, while the Vietnam’s based player was coming on, the game’s first shot on target also came in from Massa.Massa and Miya in turns mixed glorious chances, the latter made way for Orlando Pirates midfielder Yasser Mugerwa.Alain Traore came on for Nakoulma Prejuce as the West Africans also tried to look for a winner, gigantic striker Aristide Bance was thrown on in the last ten minutes. By far Cranes best player on the night Mawejje also paved way for striker Erisa Sekisambu, his first real opportunity was missing the rebound after Massa’s header hit the woodwork.Burkinabe’s captain Charles Kabore was also shown matching orders for a late tackle on Luwagga as the Cranes pushed again. Oloya was the other to miss a would be winner in the dying minutes but his left foot let him and the country down as the ref blew the final whistle moments later.Both teams now improve their points to seven with two rounds of games to be played, but Burkina Faso lead the pool with a superior head to head compared to Uganda.-Kawowo Sports-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgThe search is on to replace Roberto Martinez, plus will the Six Nations be moved to April?And Andy Murray is back in action in Rome later on today. Here’s the morning’s breaking sports news from Russ Hargreaves and the team.last_img

first_imgImprovements in the Los Angeles Police Department’s use-of-force probes have reduced the backlog of cases nearing discipline deadlines, officials said Tuesday. When the Police Commission approved a slate of changes in November, the LAPD was investigating 38 cases, with five approaching the statute of limitations. That has been reduced to only one out of 34 cases, officials said. Commission President John Mack called it a step in the right direction and cited his experience as a civil-rights leader in explaining why the panel has made expediting the probes a top priority. “This is one of the frustrations I heard so often from members of the community: These investigations, why do they take so long?” Mack said. “Now in this role I’m equally concerned about how it puts accused officers’ lives on hold for long periods of time.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Speeding up the internal investigations of officer-involved shootings and other serious uses of force was one of the first major initiatives of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s police panel. The Daily News reported last October that the panel was still waiting to consider 28 cases from 2004, including eight from the previous October. State law gives agencies one year to impose discipline on peace officers unless cases are also tied up in criminal prosecution or litigation. Last November, the commission directed the LAPD to take seven steps, including shuffling investigative teams and schedules and making greater use of civilian employees for certain tasks. Another key reform, buying digital recorders to help process copious witness interviews, is still going through the city’s bureaucracy. “We’re trying to acquire new equipment for the unit to expedite the investigations,” LAPD Chief William Bratton said. “As in all things dealing with (City Hall), nothing happens quickly.” The commission also voted Tuesday to formalize the existence of the LAPD unit that investigates use-of-force incidents. The department created the Force Investigation Division in August 2004 in the wake of concerns by the independent monitor overseeing the federal consent decree that regulates the LAPD’s conduct. Commissioner Alan Skobin, the one panelist Villaraigosa retained from the administration of former Mayor James Hahn, said he has seen a marked improvement in the investigations since the unit was formed. There was a note of sadness to the discussions, however, as a veteran detective in the Force Investigation Division died Sunday after suffering a heart attack while running the Los Angeles Marathon. Mack and other commission officials said Detective Raul Reyna, 52, had impressed them when they worked together on use-of-force cases. “He was an extraordinary officer and he’ll certainly be missed,” Bratton said. Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgMayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Thursday unveiled an ambitious plan “to get every family off Skid Row,” calling on all communities in the county to take responsibility for combating record homelessness in Los Angeles. “`Yes in my backyard’ must be our collective motto throughout the city,” Villaraigosa told local leaders during the opening of an apartment complex for transients now living on Skid Row. “We will work with the county to get every family off Skid Row this next year.” Villaraigosa promised to work with elected officials in Los Angeles County and its 88 cities to develop a plan for locating permanently supported housing and public services in areas outside Skid Row. “Already you’re hearing the naysayers, already you’re hearing those saying, `Hold it, not in my backyard,”‘ Villaraigosa said. “Well, let me be clear about something, Los Angeles and Southern California. We have homeless in every backyard, and it’s the responsibility of everyone in this community.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Villaraigosa’s bold blueprint for dismantling Skid Row comes a month after the launch of the Safer City Initiative, a crackdown on drug dealers and other criminals who prey on the homeless. But the program – in which the Los Angeles Police Department deployed 50 additional officers to Skid Row – has resulted in complaints from some transients who say they are being kept from the missions, the shelters and the streets they call home. In all, some 3,600 transients are packed into the few square blocks east of downtown known as Skid Row. Villaraigosa called it the “highest concentration of homelessness anywhere in America.” The mayor’s remarks highlighted the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the 87-unit Rainbow Apartments, a project of the Skid Row Housing Trust, which officially opened on San Pedro Street. The guests included Philip Mangano, the Bush administration’s point person on homelessness, who also called for developing “strategic solutions for those living on the sidewalks of the entertainment capital of the world.” Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez, D-Los Angeles, who also attended the ceremony, pledged to work with Villaraigosa and other officials to find money for future affordable housing and public services programs. “I think we’re on the threshold of a new beginning,” Villaraigosa said. “I believe that key to that new beginning is that we need a new vision for Los Angeles to end homelessness starting at ground zero here on Skid Row. Only days before Tuesday’s election, officials also used the event to lobby for two ballot initiatives – Proposition 1C and Measure H – which would provide housing bonds to fund affordable housing for the homeless. (818) 713-3761160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

first_img Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED RANKED shining Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars REVEALED Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane celebrate together Manchester City winger Leroy Sane has revealed Raheem Sterling is being backed by his team-mates in the wake of the alleged racist abuse he received against Chelsea.The England forward was harangued by several Blues supporters in an incident during City’s 2-0 defeat. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury The Metropolitan Police are now investigating alleged what happened to the Manchester City man, while Chelsea have suspended four fans over the matter with an investigation still ongoing.Sane said: “I think it’s sad this happens still. We all support Raheem and are on his side.“He is a strong guy, a good guy. He can handle it and he is not letting it get him down.” Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Latest Football Stories Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? center_img huge blow BEST OF Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade ADVICE Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card no dice Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade 1 REPLY MONEY Similarly, Pep Guardiola, Sterling’s manager, praised the way he confronted the abuse.“He’s an incredible person, an incredible human being,” he said.“It’s tough in the 21st century to still be in this position, to have problems with diversity. We have to be better, everyone.”One Chelsea fan spoke to talkSPORT and sent an apology to Sterling for the abuse he had given him, but insisted what he said had nothing to do with his race.last_img read more

first_imgIt’s claimed by Goal that United have now submitted an opening offer for Dembele, who they’ve been tracking since his youth time at PSG.After leaving the French superpower, he began his senior career with Fulham before spending two years at Celtic.Then, last summer, the 22-year-old joined Lyon and was joint fourth top scorer in his debut Ligue 1 season. Moussa Dembele is the subject of a Man United bid Getty Getty 2 2 Manchester United have made a bid of over €40million (£35million) for Moussa Dembele, according to reports.The Lyon striker bagged 23 goals and picked up six assists in all competitions this season and is seemingly being eyed as a potential frontman for the Red Devils. Lukaku has made no secret of his desire to play in Serie A The attacking force in the United first-team squad consists of Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial as things stand.It is heavily rumoured that Lukaku will leave Old Trafford this summer, with Inter said to be interested.last_img read more