Lampard lost sleep after Man Utd loss but is thriving on pressure ahead of Spurs

first_imgFRANK LAMPARD claims he thrives on the pressure of being Chelsea boss – and is relishing the challenge to turn around his side’s slumping form.The Blues boss struggled to sleep after Monday’s disappointing 2-0 home defeat to Manchester United – their fifth home loss in the league this season.1 Frank Lampard has lost sleep since the Utd defeat but is looking forward to SpursCredit: Getty ImagesThat left their advantage over fifth-placed Spurs – whom they host tomorrow – at just ONE point.Asked if he is feeling the heat, Lampard said: “I always feel it because it is top sport, and if we were in Liverpool’s position then I would still feel it.“Any manager or player worth their salt wants to do the next thing, not rely on the last result. It is about what you do next.“I thrived on it as a player and thrive on it as a manager. I have enjoyed this week.“We lost to Manchester United, I hated the fact we lost and it was a difficult night’s sleep.“But waking up the next day I thought this is a great challenge for us. It’s not that we are struggling to get chances. Of course we are still conceding and we don’t want to.“A lot of them are individual mistakes, a lot of stuff that I can see there which is a work in process.CHELSEA NEWS LIVE: Follow for all the latest on the Blues“I knew that at the start of the season. Everyone was probably writing us off for the top four.“When we were playing well I was the one trying to temper it and saying we have a long, long way to go when we won seven on the trot. I feel no differently now. It is a process. The pressure is always there.”Chelsea will be without N’Golo Kante due to an adductor problem – while Christian Pulisic remains sidelined with the same problem.A decision will have to be made on Tammy Abraham who trained the last two days at “70 per cent” after recovering from an ankle problem.Andreas Christensen is in contention after travelling to Milan to fit a mask for a broken nose – and Ruben Loftus-Cheek could be on the bench for the first time this season following a ruptured Achilles.It remains to be seen whether Kepa Arrizabalaga will return to the starting line-up after being axed for the last two games in favour of veteran Willy Caballero.Lampard insisted he was not on a collision course with board over the £71million keeper.He said: “I am absolutely together with the board. We want the best. I am paid to make decisions.MAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at LadbrokesLatest Chelsea newsLive Blogblues newsChelsea news LIVE – Latest updates from Stamford BridgeGossipGOING DUTCHChelsea ‘to grab Mbuyamba on free deal’ with defender set to leave BarcelonaCOURT ORDERKante ‘ordered to appear in court’ in £3.4m legal battle with former agentBRIDGE OF SIGHSChelsea stars ‘bored’ and Hazard suffered under Sarri, says ex-No2 ZolaGossipBERN IT UPMan Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea on alert after Bernardeschi reveals Prem plansLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea news LIVE: Latest updates and transfer gossip from Stamford Bridge“It is a decision recently where with form that I have to consider the goalkeeping position as well as all positions. Recently it has just changed, it is nothing final.“The keepers’ union have to stick together and Kepa has been great in his support of Willy in this moment.“All he needs to do is train and show great attitude, like I demand of all my players. Things can obviously change.”Sancho to Chelsea ‘doesn’t feel like a very Roman Abramovich signing’ says talk SPORT’s Andy Brasselllast_img read more

Coaches admit jobs get tougher after Beermen nab Standhardinger

first_imgMeanwhile, NLEX coach Yeng Guiao said that the controversy surrounding the trade between Kia and San Miguel casts the PBA in a bad light.“I’m saddened more than angered. I’m just sad over the situation because everyone who I talked to had some misgivings about the situation, and I can’t explain it enough because I’m also part of the PBA,” he said.The Beermen acquired the Picanto’s top overall pick in this year’s annual rookie selection in exchange for Ronald Tubid, JayR Reyes, Rashawn McCarthy, and a 2019 first round pick, a deal which PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa green-lighted on Friday.“We have an intelligent basketball public. They know what’s happening. The sad thing for me is we’ve already been judged,” he said.Now the only thing left to do for the 11 other teams in the PBA is to be on  their 100-percent or more whenever they play San Miguel.ADVERTISEMENT Apart from the overwhelming talent at all posititons, the biggest problem the Beermen pose is size.“Well, our work just got harder,” quipped Alaska coach Alex Compton. “San Miguel’s clearly the best team in the league. I wish San Miguel has a weakness but they don’t. So our job, the rest of us coaches, is try to find a way, but it’s not gonna be being taller than San Miguel. So we’ll just work and try to make a way.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“It’s going to be nice to see June Mar and Christian play together, but my tweet was specifically for the Gilas program,” shared TNT coach Nash Racela. “I was hoping to see them play together in Gilas but it will happen in the PBA with San Miguel. This just makes it harder for all the other teams.”“The job gets harder because the disparity just got wider. That’s going to be our task, to compete with teams as strong as San Miguel,” said new Phoenix coach Louie Alas. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Helterbrand finds perfect time to call it a career It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “Maybe it’s time to move on. The more we give reasons, the more the people will be angered. We just have to live with that,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Christian Standhardinger. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlready with formidable starting five bannered by four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo, San Miguel just got a lot  stronger after it traded for the number one pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft and selected Christian Standhardinger.Now the onus on the rest league to figure out how to stop the three-time defending Philippine Cup champions this coming PBA season.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny View commentslast_img read more

Gbarnga Residents Complain about Garbage Heaps

first_imgResidents of the City of Gbarnga have complained of an imminent health hazard that may result from the accumulation of heaps of garbage throughout the city.The residents, speaking with the Daily Observer last Wednesday, said their homes are invaded by swarms of mosquitoes from the huge piles of garbage in some parts of the city exposing them to all kinds of diseases.  They complain that many residents have fallen ill with malaria resulting from mosquito bites.It was established by this reporter that several parts of the city, including People Street, Kokoyah Road, Lofa Road, the Iron Gate and Lelekpayea communities were engulfed by huge piles of garbage.The residents also complain that the Gbarnga City Corporation (GCC) is not doing much to rid the city of garbage in order to give Gbarnga a decent image.“The GCC should be doing everything in its power to give a facelift to Gbarnga, which is the centrally located city in the country,” the residents declared.They said the city was over grown with grass and bushes, providing hideouts for hardened criminals who terrorize and rob peaceful citizens of their belongings, most especially at night.The citizens also accused the GCC of collecting city fees from businesses and garage owners while the city authority does nothing to keep the city clean and tidy.When contacted by mobile phone on Wednesday,  Gbarnga City Mayor Madam Esther Coaline Warbey acknowledged the heaps of garbage in the city but attributed the problem to the lack of funding and logistics.Madam Warbey informed this newspaper that in 2007, the Development Education Network-Liberia (DEN-L) a local not-for-profit organization based in Gbarnga, supplied the City Corporation with one hundred trash drums to contain the garbage.  But she alleged that all the drums were stolen by criminal minded individuals.In the past, she said, the management of cities around the country was included in the national budget but at present the Gbarnga City Corporation is not receiving any funding from central administration for the maintenance of the city and salaries for its employees.In 2013, the leadership of Bong County procured a dump truck valued at US$ 25,000.00 for the GCC to augment the corporation’s efforts to keep up with the disposal of garbage in the city. “Long ago the Gbarnga City Corporation had its own dump trucks to collect garbage from the city.  But right now, the corporation is operating with one small dump truck that was procured by the county leadership to help collect and dispose of garbage in the city.  But this one truck can’t keep a big city like Gbarnga sanitized” the Lord Mayor lamented.The unsanitary state of Gbarnga City is chiefly due to the refusal of people who own large properties, including abandoned lands and buildings, to keep their properties clean and tidy.Madam Warbey indicated that because of the unwillingness of people to clean their deeded properties, the GCC is finding it extremely difficult to keep the city disinfected.Madam Warbey used the occasion to appeal to the Government of Liberia and the National Legislature to place the leeward city corporations in the national budget for the up keep of interior cities.On the question of amassing city fees from businesses and garages, Madam Warbey said the funds collected are for the up keep of the city and some volunteers who are helping to dispose of the garbage in wheelbarrows to the designated dump sites.“How much are these people paying as they make all these comments on the situation?   Some are paying as low as L$ 50.00 per month. How much is that money?” Mrs. Warbey asked.With the huge acreage of abandoned property in the city, “EcoBank” the major commercial bank and other entities are looking for areas in Gbarnga to establish their facilities.  Echobank is said to be seeking property in the city in order to alleviate the difficulties customers are facing at the bank’s branch at Cuttington University, which was established primarily to help the students deposit their school fees and for faculty to withdraw their salaries.Other commercial banking institutions in Liberia are also in search of parcels of land for their own establishments in the county seat, but to no avail because people in the county are not willing to offer their land for development purposes.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The NAKED Truth About 2017: An Analysis

first_imgThe dawn of 2017 signals a new beginning for many Liberians. In addition to the many New Year’s resolutions, it is the year in which Liberians are expected to go to the polls to elect a president along with 73 representatives for the next six years. The process that has commenced with a voters’ registration exercise has seen many first-time voters forming long queues just to exercise their right as Liberian citizens. While it is true that many are reluctant and do not see the need to vote, others have mustered the courage to effect the change they believe will continue the country’s path to upward mobility. Amid all of these activities, there are a number of Liberians that have expressed their interest to lead the country for the next six years. Notable among them are: Joseph N. Boakai, Charles W. Brumskine, George M. Weah, Prince Y. Johnson,Alex B. Cummings, J. Mills Jones, Benoni W. Urey, among others. With pockets of political discussions being held at every street corner, one automatically realizes how politically charged the country is becoming. Whether it was among money exchangers or “Keh-Keh” riders or among market women and petty traders, a number of names seem to emerge as the frontrunners. It is against this background that I have opted to provide a perspective of those potential frontrunners and spoilers, coupled with their chance of winning in October. Prince Y. JohnsonEven though there aren’t many indications that he is a candidate, here is someone whose participation could leave the field wide open due to the fact that Nimba is a vote rich or swing terrain, especially given his past performances during the 2005 and 2011 presidential and legislative elections. This time around, Johnson’s presence in the race will open up the elections and reduce the chance of a first round win for any candidate. His presence in the race will spell danger for political parties that have opted to select vice candidates from Nimba in an attempt to lure the county’s votes. Whether the 2011 elections results are a thing to rely upon, collecting over 100,000 of the votes is enough reason why PYJ remains a frontrunner. His erratic behavior remains his Achilles’ heel. Prediction: PYJ will finish 3RD PLACE. Mills JonesDubbed as the “poverty doctor” across many rural communities including the urban and peri-urban areas, Jones has made for himself a name. His loan program to market women across the country appears to have reaped some dividend in many areas. Even though his political strength is yet to be tested, the history of BIG spending in Liberian politics could be a case study for the Poverty Doctor to tread gingerly. The likes of Varney Sherman and Kennedy Sandy are classic examples. Howbeit, voters’ deceit with big spenders, Mills remains a highly popular in his native Sinoe County. While Sinoe is not a vote rich corridor, Mills could collect scattered votes from across the Southeastern belt that comprises River Gee, Maryland, Sinoe, parts of Grand Gedeh and Grand Kru counties. Such solidarity could make Mills a potential spoiler for a candidate like Alexander Cummings, who claims his lineage from Maryland County. On the downside, the “Americo Liberian” branding remains his major disadvantage. Prediction: Mills will finish 7TH PLACE. Benoni UreyUrey has been actively involved with the politics of Liberia especially of late. Taking some rather tough stance on issues especially with the national budget may have helped to some extent his liability about amassing ill-gotten wealth during the heyday of the Taylor’s regime. He seems to be making inroads especially in the “Congo” settlements around Liberia. His party’s presence in some of the remotest counties across the country has given him visibility. Even though he might not win any particular county outright, he might collect random votes from across the country. This makes him a potential spoiler for other parties. The Lone Star Cell “3 days’ free call” rigmarole seems to have undermined his chances of late since many Liberians are of the view that it was a calculated ploy to rob them in order to raise campaign fund. Though it may not be true, it is a propaganda that has worked effectively against him. Whatever the case, Urey is a potential spoiler. Prediction: Urey will finish 8TH PLACE. Alex CummingsKnown as the “Coca Cola” man, Cummings is already making a name for himself. He has been touring the country with his message and positive critique of the current regime. In the process, Cummings has been attracting many voters especially those who think that the CDC and the UP aren’t an option at this point in time. Cummings’ recent appearance at the ATS to launch his voters’ registration campaign has sent shockwave across the city. If he wasn’t taken seriously at first, many have started rethinking. His main political capital is that many believe he is not the typical Liberian politician and is free of the many labels that accompany public service jobs. Cummings appears to be very popular in his native Maryland but with the county’s two senators recently endorsing the UP’s candidate, winning the county will seem to be an uphill task for him. More so, Cummings’ appeal cuts across the country but, given the polarized nature of our body politics, that wouldn’t be enough to catapult him into winning the presidency. He will need to win some of the major vote-rich counties like Nimba, Bong, Margibi, Lofa, and Grand Bassa and then put up a strong fight in Montserrado County. To win the presidency of Liberia after having been away for protracted years remains his major challenge. He is a potential spoiler. Prediction: Cummings will finish 5TH PLACE. George WeahHis cult personality continues to reap dividends for him. Though his popularity has dwindled over time with his inability to deliver the goods as senator for the largest constituents, few think it is his year. His party over the last few years has suffered some major defections. The breakaway of the ANC, Benoni Urey and a few others seem to have affected the party’s ability to amass the kind of vote needed to win the presidency. Recent criticism about his failure to adequately represent Liberia at the ECOWAS parliament seems to be gaining traction about his ability to become president of Liberia. Amid all of this, he seems very popular among first time voters – many of who are sports enthusiasts. His recent selection of Jewel Taylor as his running may accrue him some votes in Bong county. However, Jewel’s last election statistics aren’t indicative of a very convincing win of the county. With the likes of Sulunteh et al contemplating on joining the race, it could further dampen the CDC’s chances. However, Montserrado County remains his stronghold even though the last presidential elections showed a narrow margin win over the UP (less than 1%). Howbeit the deficits, Weah’s assets in terms of popular appeal could be enough to leapfrog him into the runoff. Weah’s inexperience, lack of judgment and his inability to adequately express himself remain his major challenge. He is a frontrunner, though.Prediction: Weah will finish 2ND PLACE. (Make it to the Runoff)Charles W. BrumskineBrumskine is a very seasoned Liberian lawyer and politician who has been involved with the politics over the last 20 years. He has made for himself a brand name that is very familiar among many households. Referred to as the “Bassa” candidate, he is very popular along the Grand Bassa, Rivercess, and portion of Bong, Margibi and Nimba belt. After finishing an impressive 3rd in 2005, his popularity experienced a shocking nosedive in 2011 leaving him in a distant 4th behind Prince Johnson. Of late, the party seems to have regained traction and has witnessed an avalanche of many new entrants. Howbeit, the narrative across the country about him being favored by President Sirleaf simply because he is “Congo” seems to be negatively impacting on his chances. Additionaly, the presence of Alex Cummings in the race appears to be a major disadvantage for the Liberty Party who could be deprived of the majority undecided and first-time voters to join their ranks. In order for the LP to make it to the runoff, she will need every available vote including discouraged voters that are on the rise. His recent appearance at soccer stadia and his involvement with the national team (Lone Star) could reap him dividend. While he has clearly articulated his vision for Liberia, many everyday Liberians still see him as aloof. Should Prince Johnson not contest, Brumskine stands a better shot at making it to the 3rd. He is a frontrunner. Prediction: Brumskine will finish 4TH PLACE. Joseph N. BoakaiComing from the forest of Lofa to the shores of Montserrado, Joseph Boakai seems to have the badge of the typical grassroots credentials. He has been around the body politics for many years – something which has given him a considerable understanding of the landscape. More so, being a Vice for 12 years, he brings to the fray a knowledge base about the inner workings of government and an appreciation of the geopolitical terrain. He seems better prepared ahead of the rest of the candidates; but it is not a walk in the park for him. The downsides of the current administration will no doubt rub on him. The argument about continuity of the current status quo will be a question he will have to grapple with throughout the campaign. Howbeit, there seems to be a consensus across the landscape about him being representative of the indigenous leader the country has yearned for many years. Recent endorsements by senators from opposition political parties are all indications of a politician who reaches across the aisle. Moreso, a scattered opposition has increased his chances thus making him the lead frontrunner. Prediction: JNB will finish 1ST PLACE (Make it to the runoff). ConclusionAs was the case in 2005 and 2011, the 2017 runoff will witness the same players (UP vs. CDC). It will be a decision between continuing with the status quo or entrusting the country with Weah. Clearly it doesn’t seem to be a difficult choice to make but again, the recent wave of change across the globe could be something for us to take into consideration. The message and connectedness of the candidates will prove vital in the end. Judgment and experience will also interplay since many wish to see the country continue on a trajectory towards a post conflict success story. The challenge for many of the other candidates will be to defeat the UP or the CDC in order to make it to the runoff. Though it seems like an act of impossibility, it is doable with hard work, messaging, creating a competitive advantage and, most of all, winning the HEARTS of Liberians. Additionally, a crowded political field plays at the advantage of the incumbent and with the current wave of discontentment among oppositions either due to shady political deals or subtle maneuverings; the UP is in the driver’s seat. Amid all of this, I am predicting a win for Joseph N. Boakai. However, nothing is written in stone; and these predictions could change as new variables interplay in the months leading up to October. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Stephen Johnson holds a Bachelor of Science degree (BSc.) in Economics and a Master Degree (MBA, Highest Honors) in Finance. A post graduate Leadership Certificate from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and is a candidate for Master in Public Policy at the Penn State University. He has represented Liberia at several global interactions in his capacity as Assistant Commissioner of Customs & Excise, Senior Economist and Technical Focal Point (Ministry of Finance and Development Planning) at the Spring Meetings, IMF/World Bank, Washington, DC, 2016, the ECOWAS Council of Ministers, Dakar, Senegal, the Common External Tariff (CET), Abidjan, Ivory Coast, ECOWAS Trade Liberalization Scheme (ETLS) meeting of Experts, Abuja, Nigeria and the Mano River Union’s (MRU) Technical committee of Experts on Peace and Security, Abidjan, Ivory Coast. He also served as the focal point at the African Peer Review Mechanism, Johannesburg, South Africa among others. He can be reached at srj131@psu.edu.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Miles Pennington wins bull riding event in Dawson Creek

first_imgMiles Pennington walked away with the win at the Spring Break-up Party in Dawson Creek Saturday night.Pennington won the main bull riding event with a total score of 173 points after two rides he won the average and the Dawson Creek title.Skyler McBridge won the long go and Bryan Symington won the boys steer riding championship.- Advertisement -The next C.P.R.A. Event will be held this weekend in Leduc.last_img

Ragged Real dumped out of UCL by Ajax

first_img0Shares0000Champions Real Madrid knocked out of Champions League by AjaxMADRID, Spain, March 5 – Stunned holders Real Madrid were sent packing from the Champions League on Tuesday, a 4-1 home hammering by Ajax seeing them lose their last-16 tie 5-3 on aggregate.Real had won the Champions League in each of the last three seasons and led 2-1 from the first leg, but they were humiliated by the Dutch side, who go into the last eight for the first time since 2003. 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img

Chrysler seeking its own terms

first_imgThe UAW went on strike for nearly two days last month before coming to a tentative agreement with GM on Sept. 26. Workers with the nation’s largest automaker are expected to wrap up voting on the agreement by Wednesday. The union normally settles with one U.S. automaker and then uses that deal as a pattern for an agreement with the other two. Among the differences this time, analysts say, are health-care givebacks granted to GM and Ford Motor Co. in 2005 that Chrysler didn’t get, worth about $340 million a year. A person briefed on the negotiations said the two sides have not agreed on giving the same deal to Chrysler. Higher health-care costs are one big reason why Chrysler pays its workers an average of $75.86 an hour in wages, pension and health-care costs, the highest among the Detroit automakers. Several analysts also said the company and union likely are apart on setting up a Chrysler- funded union-run trust that would take on the company’s roughly $18billion in retiree health-care costs. Unlike GM, Chrysler also may be against giving specific job security promises by guaranteeing new cars and trucks will be built at U.S. factories, and it wants to hire out parts transportation rather than pay full UAW wages for it, the analysts said. Job security could be a tough issue because Chrysler and its new owner, Cerberus Capital Management LP, would be reluctant to commit to huge investments when the company is looking at potentially cutting some models, said David Cole, chairman of the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor. As a bargaining chip, Chrysler could back off from new factory investments that it has announced and make them contingent on a new agreement, Cole said. UAW President Ron Gettelfinger traded job security to GM for taking on the retiree health-care costs and for a limited lower pay scale for new hires. Chrysler has to be able to outsource its parts transportation because its competitors do for much lower costs, Cole said. “They just can’t sustain that, so there will have to be buyouts and things to compensate for that,” he said. Cerberus, a private equity firm, probably doesn’t want to put too much cash into the trust fund because it wants to turn Chrysler around and sell it, Bragman said. “They don’t necessarily want to contribute a large amount of money to a long-term solution when Cerberus is more than likely a short-term owner,” Bragman said. Chrysler spokeswoman Michele Tinson would not comment on specifics of the talks other than to say that they are progressing. UAW spokesman Roger Kerson also would not comment. All three U.S.-based automakers have said they want to significantly close or eliminate a roughly $25-per-hour cost gap with Japanese automakers that have U.S. factories. Cole said the strike talk could be drama to help get the pact ratified later by the membership. If there is a strike, he expected it to be short. At the company’s Newark, Del., assembly plant, workers were taking the possibility seriously Monday by starting to staple together picket signs, said Richard McDonaugh Jr., president of Local 1183. “No one wants to strike, but sometimes it’s the cost of doing business,” said McDonaugh, whose sport-utility vehicle plant is scheduled to be idled in December 2009 if it doesn’t get a new product. The last time the UAW struck two companies during the same set of negotiations was in 1976, according to Chrysler’s fact book on the bargaining. The union walked out of Ford plants for 28 days in September and October, and for 12 hours at 16 key GM locations. A short strike might not hurt Chrysler much. Five U.S. plants were scheduled to be shut down during the next two weeks due to lower market demand for their products. The shutdowns were expected to last one or two weeks. A short-term strike of up to three weeks would have little effect on the company, which has sufficient inventory to sell most of its vehicles, said Jesse Toprak, chief economist for the auto research site Edmunds.com. “They might actually even benefit from it,” Toprak said. In addition to the 49,000 active workers, Chrysler also has about 78,000 hourly retirees and surviving spouses. The UAW’s contracts with Chrysler, Ford and GM were originally set to expire Sept. 14.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LABOR: Analysts say the troubled automaker has needs that General Motors and Ford do not. By Tom Krisher THE ASSOCIATED PRESS DETROIT – If there was a script that automakers were supposed to follow for UAW contract talks, Chrysler seems to have overlooked it. As negotiations continued Monday at Chrysler LLC’s Auburn Hills headquarters, the United Auto Workers set a deadline of Wednesday morning to agree on a new contract, or else workers could strike. The deadline may be a tactic the union is using to squeeze some more concessions from the company. But it also may be that Chrysler isn’t just going to agree to the same terms that General Motors Corp. did last week just because that’s how it’s traditionally done. Chrysler’s needs are different from GM’s requirements, analysts said, so a deal requires cost cuts in different places. The union may have set the strike deadline for its 49,000 hourly workers because of how far Chrysler bargainers want to go in demanding cost cuts. “We think that they may be holding out for something more than GM got,” said Aaron Bragman, an industry analyst for the consulting firm Global Insight. last_img read more

‘You saw the difference in class between Chelsea and Arsenal fans’ – reaction to treatment of Cech and Fabregas

first_img Arsenal fans at Wembley 1 It was never going to be the friendliest atmosphere at Wembley as London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea battled for the Community Shield.Arsenal ended as the match as victors as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s left-foot strike gave them a 1-0 win – cue selfies and six-packs.It is the Chelsea fans though who are claiming a moral victory after the way Cesc Fabregas was treated by Gunners supporters who booed their former hero’s every touch, while they cheered legendary goalkeeper Petr Cech who made his first competitive Arsenal appearance.See how Chelsea fans slammed ‘classless’ Arsenal supporters at Wembley below…last_img

One question triggers airport furor

first_imgBURBANK – A Bob Hope Airport commissioner’s proposal to use part of a 41-acre parcel to ease a parking crunch has ignited residents’ concerns that it could lead to lifting of a hard-fought moratorium on growth. In a March 23 letter to Burbank officials, Commissioner Chris Holden proposed amending a year-old agreement that limits the use of the so-called Southwest Quadrant, which has long been eyed for development. Airport critics fear that if the agreement is amended to allow for parking, it could open the door to expansion. “Once again, the airport has demonstrated that they cannot be trusted,” said Howard Rothenbach, the founder and chairman of the grass-roots Committee to Restore Our Airport Rights, which has fought expansion efforts for years. “This signifies the beginning of another round in the never-ending battle to protect the Burbank community from unbridled expansion of the airport.” Under the terms of the 216-page development agreement signed in March 2005 by airport and Burbank officials, the 41-acre site cannot be used for parking for four years or for other types of development for the subsequent nine years. In the mid-1990s, officials eyed the Southwest Quadrant for a new terminal, a controversial plan that was widely resisted by Burbank residents. In his letter, Holden asked Burbank to “accelerate implementation of what is already permitted in the development agreement” to “initiate the process of developing (the) southwest quadrant (for) public parking.” Although details are fuzzy, Holden’s letter is being interpreted as asking Burbank to develop parking now rather than in 2009. At an April 4 meeting, Burbank City Councilman David Gordon asked airport Commissioner Charles Lombardo, who was in attendance, about the request to amend the development agreement. Lombardo mistakenly answered that the airport didn’t want an amendment. “I had a senior moment and forgot about the letter,” Lombardo said later. “I thought we had been told the that the city wasn’t interested in revisiting the development agreement.” At last Tuesday’s City Council meeting, City Manager Mary Alvord said she and other city officials brought up the subject at a staff meeting the day before. “One of the questions to the staff of the airport was, `What is it you’re requesting?’ since there does seem to be some level of confusion as expressed by at least one member of the commission,” said Alvord at the council meeting Tuesday. Holden’s letter and other parking-related issues are expected to be discussed at the Airport Authority’s meeting Monday. No date has been set for when the issue will go back to the City Council for discussion. Burbank City Attorney Dennis Barlow said the city will wait until the commission comes back with clarification on the issue before city officials weigh in on the subject. The parking problem is fueled by a record number of passengers. There were 5.5 million travelers through Bob Hope in 2005, up from 4.9 million in 1994 and 2004. New flights last year by JetBlue to New York and flights by Delta to Salt Lake City and Atlanta contributed to the spike, officials said. The airport’s 6,500 parking spots are filling up faster – and for longer periods of time – due to the new transcontinental flights, officials said. Airport officials have resorted to posting warnings on the Web site, burbankairport.com, that parking could be tight, and to seek alternatives like hitching rides from friends or family, and taking shuttles, trains or buses to get to the airport. Forecasts are calling for even more passengers as more flights are added, Holden said. “It is possible, therefore, that demand for public parking will exceed the available supply of airport parking during this summer and beyond,” he wrote. jason.kandel@dailynews.com (818) 546-3306160Want 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 MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventIn an interview, Holden, the son of former Los Angeles City Councilman Nate Holden, said he simply suggested the idea to gauge reaction from officials and the public about using the property, which is at the airport off Empire Avenue, for parking. “What it really comes down to is, we have a need for parking,” said Holden, who also sits on the Pasadena City Council. “The Southwest Quadrant gives us a real opportunity to address our parking issues efficiently. “We have a problem. It’s a real problem, and we’re trying to be responsive to it. It’s not going to be easy.” The Southwest Quadrant is in close proximity to existing passenger terminals and would help maintain the airport’s user-friendly reputation, Holden said. Currently, the site has several hangars and is occupied by cargo carriers FedEx, UPS and AmeriFlight. Officials did not say what plans they would have for relocating the tenants if the plan proceeds. last_img

ONE MORE SLEEP: PULSE VENUE THE MAIN HQ FOR THE DONEGAL INTERNATIONAL RALLY

first_imgThere’s only ONE venue this weekend for the Joule Donegal International Rally and that’s at the PULSE VENUE.What sensational line-up we have for you ALL weekend and we kick-start all the MADNESS tomorrow night. Friday, we have Eddie Halliwell kicking-off the Rally for the THIRD year in-a-row!Eddie has played Pulse Venue On Rally Friday last year and it was a sell out gig!Also in the line up is local DJ’s Timmy & Tommy and Full Tilt Records and Reuben Keeney.ROCKHILL RAMBLERS will be LIVE at the closing party. PULSE VENUE are proud sponsors of DECLAN BOYLE.ONE MORE SLEEP: PULSE VENUE THE MAIN HQ FOR THE DONEGAL INTERNATIONAL RALLY was last modified: June 19th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnewsPulse VenueRALLY WEEKENDlast_img read more