No need for Labour Ministry – Granger

first_img…brushes aside trade unions’ call for re-establishmentGTUC General Secretary Lincoln LewisDespite recent calls from trade unions for the Ministry of Labour to be re-established, President David Granger is of the view that there is no need for one.Speaking on his weekly television programme, “The Public Interest” aired Friday, the Head of State said if he felt there was a need for a Ministry of Labour then he would have created one.In fact, Granger believes the labour portfolio is appropriately placed under the Ministry of Social Protection which covers a broad area.“I think the labour portfolio is well placed. I think the duties within the Ministry of Social Protection are clearly defined and had made it clear why I felt that the name social protection is more appropriate,” he stated.According to the head of state, the idea behind putting labour under this ministry is to ensure the protection of workers. “When a worker dies in the mines, I feel injured and I want to see the Ministry of Social Protection, protecting workers. If a worker is treated unfairly in a foreign company be it a timber or mining company, it;s social protection,” the President stated on the programme.However, trade unions in Guyana are of a different belief with many of them calling for the establishment of a substantive Labour Ministry. Only Monday last, the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC) and the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG) had reiterated the need for a ministry of labour.The umbrella unions noted that with labour being reduced to a mere department, workers do not have an equitable chance of their rights being adequately represented since there seems to be a disjointed ministry for this purpose.GTUC’s General Secretary Lincoln Lewis had indicated that this was the first time the country is without a Labour Ministry. “What we are looking forward to is a Ministry of Labour, a ministry that addresses labour issues… It is the first time in the history of this country, even before independence, we have had a government without naming a Ministry of Labour,” he stated.With the Labour Ministry eliminated from this government, Lewis said this shows there is no emphasis placed on workers and more so a representation for their rights. This situation also resulted in less engagement with the labour movement and as such there is a reduced chance of having consultations and discussions to address issues within the sector.The GTUC head stressed that when issues arise in the union, there is no particular ministry that one can turn to, neither a minister which was chosen to independently represent public servants.The trade unionist further pointed out that labour is not an element of social protection as is considered by this administration. In fact he noted that it is the other way round.After taking office in May 2015, the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change coalition government reconfigured and renamed a number of ministries.last_img read more

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MPC, Not Simeon Freeman, Owes US$850

first_img– Advertisement – The political leader of Movement for Progressive Change (MPC), Simeon Freeman, on Friday told the Monrovia City Court that it was his party that has refused to pay a balance of US$850 for the printing of 40,000 flyers and not him, as the party’s standard bearer.Mr. Freeman made the clarification when he was cited by the court to a conference with his party’s vendor, the J. Max Printing Press in Monrovia.“I do not know anything about the transaction because it was done between some of MPC’s executives and Eddie H. Vinton, the (printing) company’s chief executive officer,” Mr. Freeman claimed.He added: “I do not know Vinton, and I have never met him anywhere in my life, but I know that the party owes him, and not me as an individual.”“If Vinton wants to, (he can) take me anywhere about his US$850, because I am prepared to defend myself against any future lawsuit. I am not going to pay the money,” Freeman said during the conference.According to him, he was considering taking an action of damages against Vinton for tarnishing  “my good reputation.”He did not say when he will file the lawsuit against Vinton or how much he would sue for.The flyers were allegedly printed by the J. Max Printing Press in Monrovia based on an agreement with Mr. Freeman, of which he had paid US$750, leaving a balance of US$850.The court’s decision to cite Mr. Freeman came immediately after Mr. Vinton filed a complaint against him before Magistrate Kennedy Peabody.In his complaint, Vinton alleged that Mr. Freeman and his company entered into an agreement for him to print 40,000 flyers for the MPC’s campaign activities, which the entity completed at the cost of US$1,600.Vinton alleged that after printing the 40,000 flyers, Freeman paid his company US$750, but has since refused to pay the balance of US$850.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) MPC political leader Simeon Freemanlast_img read more

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Improvised weapons, cell phone seen in FB post confiscated

first_imgA video has been circulating on social media with two inmates of a penitentiary in Guyana displaying weapons and threatening citizens. Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels, has confirmed that the video was captured at the holding area of the Lusignan Prisons.Samuels noted that he was made aware of the video on Tuesday, and an investigation was immediately launched. The investigation has led to three persons being charged internally. Two of the men are convicted criminals, while the third is on remand.He noted that the weapons that the men displayed were made from the fence material and a pot cover. A cellphone that was used to record the video has been confiscated, as have been the improvised weapons.Of recent, improvised weapons along with other contraband items have been unearthed in all six correctional facilities. Several prison officials have also been detained and questioned following the discoveries.last_img read more

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Hospital gets its report card

first_imgConsumers can peruse the hospitals’ performance ratings in the areas of patient satisfaction and conditions such as heart disease, pneumonia and maternity. Newhall Memorial is Santa Clarita’s only hospital – but scores for four San Fernando Valley hospitals are just a mouse click away. “On individual items we are either above or below other hospitals, there is no apparent absolute there,” Seaver said. Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, which operates a small satellite facility in Santa Clarita, was rated “superior” overall in medical patient satisfaction, while Newhall Memorial was rated “poor.” Both Northridge Hospital Medical Center and Newhall Memorial ranked “poor” in patient satisfaction, but in the area of quality of care for heart patients, Northridge ranked as “superior” while Newhall Memorial was rated “poor.” “We will move our `poors’ up, and move all of our scores up, and be targeting superior ratings in the future,” Seaver said. “Real outcomes might be good even if you don’t have the high scores in some of these measures.” He noted the hospital performs well on overall scores but is brought down by items such as providing inadequate discharge and no-smoking instructions, and inadequate pneumonia and flu vaccines. “Above average” scores for maternity patient satisfaction should rise to “superior” when private rooms are provided, he said. The data were collected and analyzed by the Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco. Fifteen states have created similar programs. For information, visit www.calhospitalcompare.org judy.orourke@dailynews.com (661) 257-5255 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital earned some A’s and some D’s – but patients overall gave it a “poor” satisfaction rating – in a report issued Tuesday comparing hospitals statewide. “Above average” marks caring for heart attack and maternity patients were offset by “below average” and “poor” grades dealing with pneumonia and heart failure. “We intend to use the information as a further stimulus to improve practices that will allow us to score higher in all categories in the future,” said Roger Seaver, president and CEO of the hospital. Newhall Memorial is among 209 hospitals whose performance is ranked on a user-friendly Web site debuting Tuesday. Participation in the project was voluntary. last_img

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DDTV: ABUSE DOCUMENTARY – WATCH PART FOUR

first_imgDDTV: PART four of the This World documentary on child abuse. DDTV: ABUSE DOCUMENTARY – WATCH PART FOUR was last modified: May 2nd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DDTV: ABUSE DOCUMENTARY – WATCH PART FOURlast_img read more

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LETTERKENNY TRADERS GOING PINK AGAIN FOR THE TWELFTH!

first_imgLetterkenny businesses are set to make hay while the sun shines over the July 12th period.Letterkenny has much to offer visitors with 25% allowed on sterling.Retailers are once again displaying their exchange rate in bright pink letters as the Sterling/Euro exchange rate moves in favour of traders in the Cathedral Town.And they are all set to reap the rewards just in time for the twelfth fortnight to attract the many Northern Ireland customers who visit during this time. Gerard Grant, Letterkenny Chamber President said the value is certainly in favour of the customer.“There is so much value to be had at the minute across Letterkenny and if a customer is using sterling they will get even more for their money. On the border the exchange rate fluctuates all the time but we are ready to take full advantage of the exchange rate at this time.“By all accounts it looks like it will remain like this for a while so that’s good news for Letterkenny. Over the 12th fortnight we generally see many visitors and holiday makers from Northern Ireland and we hope that the exchange rate gives them an opportunity to shop and spend time in Letterkenny.”Letterkenny Chamber under its Shop LK brand has produced a poster for participating shops which very simply tells customers that the shop offers a rate of £1 = €1.25 in vibrant pink. These have been distributed around independent retailers who will proudly display them on their shop windows.Gerard continue that this is Letterkenny’s time to make hay while the sun shines!“We want to welcome back all our Northern customers to re-discover what Letterkenny has to offer. This town has a great shopping reputation and we are keen to keep our loyal customers and to attract back those who may not have been here for a while and the Summer is the best time to experience all that Letterkenny has to offer.”Letterkenny offers a great shopping experience with its traditional Main Street, the shopping centres, the retail parks and lots more in between.And after a few hours shopping there’s lots of places to relax for a coffee, a meal or for family entertainment. This exchange rate campaign will last well into the Summer so keep out an eye for the bright pink signs. LETTERKENNY TRADERS GOING PINK AGAIN FOR THE TWELFTH! was last modified: July 7th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalletterkennyPinksterling July 12thtraderslast_img read more

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McGUINNESS, McNAMEE AND BONNER IMPRESS FOR DONEGAL SPORTS STAR REVIEW FOR JULY

first_imgDonegal Sports Star July ReviewJuly was another marvelous month for Donegal sport with individuals and teams delivering a series of stunning successes for the county. Those achievements are expected to provide plenty of talking points among the sporting public come the end of the year when the Donegal Sports Star Awards committee sits down to decider winners for their 39th presentation function.Jim McGuinness and Declan Bonner leading the Donegal GAA senior and minor teams to that historic double in the middle of the month is right at the top of the pile along with the Canadian bronze medals won by Chloe and Sam Magee, Jason Quigley’s first professional boxing victory in Los Angeles and young Jack Duffy’s fine finish at the US Kids World Golf Championships. Donegal athletes done the county proud in July as Mark English, Karl Griffin, Kelly McGroary and the Kelly brothers John and James were among gold medals at the national finals.Mark EnglishIt was an historic day for Donegal GAA as both the Seniors and Minors won Ulster Championship titles on the same day for the first time ever. Jim McGuinness’s seniors regained the provincial crown defeating reigning champions Monaghan to take the title for the third time in four years. Declan Bonner’s minors won their first Ulster title in eight years at Clones.July was a massive month for Tirconaill AC’s Karl Griffin as the UCD student won the Irish 800m Junior Final in Cork and afterwards was selected to be part of the nine person Irish team to take part in the World Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregon.A former Donegal Sports Star ‘Best Secondary Schoolboy’ Award winner, Griffin made a fine start in Oregan reaching the semi-finals of the 800 metres by finishing second in his heat in a time of 1:50.69. However, Karl could only manage fourth in the semi-final in a time of 1.49.97 ending his hopes of a medal at the games. At the beginning of the month Mark English set a new Donegal record of 46.56 for the 400 metres at an international meeting on the Mary Peters Track in Belfast. English followed that up by winning the Irish 800 metres title at the National Championships in Santry in a time of 1.49. It was a winning start for the reigning ‘Overall Donegal Sports Star Award’ holder Jason Quigley in his first professional bout as the Finn Valley BC man stopped Howard Reece from Florida after just 81 seconds of a scheduled four-round middleweight bout at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. Sam and Chloe won Mixed Doubles bronze medals after exiting at the semi-final stage of the Canada Badminton Grand Prix. The Magees were then defeated at the quarter-final stage of the US Open by the number one seeds from Thailand.However, Chloe Magee and her brothers Sam and Joshua went onto help Ireland to a 4-1 victory over Canada at the Irish National Training Centre. Chloe won her singles contest and also partnered Sam to a mixed doubles success. Sam and Joshua took victory in their men’s doubles game.13-year-old Jack Duffy, a member of Buncrana Golf Club finished tied 21st out of a field of 148 competitors in the US Kids World Championship Pinehurst, US. Trentagh jockey Martin Harley rode winners in three successive races at a meeting in Leicester aboard Speedy Move, Sleep Walk and Daisy Boy.The Kelly brothers from St. Johnston were in fine form in July starting with theAll-Ireland Juvenile Track & Field Championships in Tullamore where James threw 51.67m for gold and a new championship record in the U-15 Boys Shot Putt. He also had a throw of 37.72m to win the Javelin while he was also third in the discus. John Kelly threw a personal best of 42.27m to take gold in the Boys U-19 Shot Putt. John Kelly was also a bronze medalist in the senior championship at Santry with a 15.27m throw in the Shot Putt. The Finn Valley AC brothers both set new Championship Best Performances in the Shot Putt at the Juvenile Track & Field Championships in Tullamore. John won the U-19 title with a throw of 16.95m while James took gold at U-15 with a 17.88m throw.Tirconaill AC’s U-19 Girls 4×100 metre relay team set a new record in winning the Championship of Ireland in Tullamore. The team included Kate McGowan, Kelly McGrory, Eva McMullan and Emma Brady. Kate McGowan and Kelly McGrory finished first and second respectively in the Irish 400m Junior Final in Cork. Kelly McGrory also took gold in the U-19 Girls 400m Hurdles clocking 65.92 at the Juvenile Track & Field Championships in Tullamore.There were silver medals for the Finn Valley U-13 Girls in Tullamore and there was bronze for the Boys U16s at the same championships. The Letterkenny AC’s Boys U-13 won a bronze medal in Tullamore. Lifford AC’s Conor McGinley finished second in the 800m Boys U-15 race at an international meeting on the Mary Peters Track in Belfast. There was triple success for the McGuigan brothers and Finn Valley at the Irish U-20/23 Championships in Cork. Dempsey won the U-23 Hammer; Fellan took the U-20 Hammer and Dalton was a bronze medalist in the U-20 Steeplechase.FV’s Ciaran Dolan won the U-23 Long Jump while club mate James Speight took gold in the U-23 Steeplechase. Blathnaid Patton won bronze in the Triple Jump. Mexican Juan Luis Barrios became the first athlete to break the four minute mark for the mile in Donegal when he ran 3:59:33 at an international athletics meeting at the Aura’s Danny McDaid Track. Shannon Craig won silver in the U-16 Girls High Jump at the All-Ireland Juvenile Track & Field Championships in Tullamore. The Lifford AC member cleared 1.55m on her first attempt to take second place. At the same championships Finn Valley claimed another gold though Sommer Lecky while Dylan Kearns, Ian Brennan and Lecky were silver medal winners. There were bronze medals for Naimh McGranaghan and Cate Smyth.Sommer Lecky won the Girls U-15 Long Jump with a leap of 5.48m. She also took silver in the Jump clearing the 1.60m mark. Dylan Kearns was second in the U-16 Boys Javelin with a throw of 45.92m. There was silver in the Triple Jump for Ian Brennan after clearing 12.94m. Naomi McGranaghan cleared the 30 metre mark to take bronze in the U-16 Girls Javelin. Cate Smyth was a bronze medal winner in the U-13 Girls 60m Hurdles.Also at the championships in Tullamore there was success for Tirconaill AC as Caolan O’Callghan finished third in the U-18 Boys Triple Jump; Diarmaid O’Donnell took bronze in the Boys U-12 Shot Putt and Katie Hoad was second in the Girls U-18 Pole Vault.In the middle of the month Lifford AC’s Anne-Marie McGlynn took bronze in the 5k at the National Championships in Santry in a time of 16.22.88 while there was silver for Finn Valley’s Dempsey McGuigan in the Hammer with a best throw of 64.47 metres. His club mate Tori Penna also took silver in the High Jump with a best of 4.20m. Tirconaill AC’s Geraldine Stewart took bronze in the Shot Putt also with a throw of 13.10m.Anne Marie McGlynn Lifford, left.At the Juvenile Track & Field Championships in Tullamore Aaron McGlynn won the U-15 Boys 800m Final in a time of 1:59:12. There were also medals for Lifford ACs Brendan O’Donnell (gold in U16 Boys Hammer); Tom Mullen (silver in U15 Boys 200m Hurdles); Alan McGinley (silver in U16 Boys 250m Hurdles) and Niall Quinn (bronze in U14 Boys 800m).There was big disappointment for Labhaoise Clarke when the Carndonagh BC fighter had to withdraw from the Irish squad for the European Women’s Youth and Junior Championships in Italy after picking up an injury. On the last Friday of the month Brett McGinty from St. Johnston won his sixth national boxing title by overcoming Kevin Kehoe in the 70kgs Final at the Senior Cadets Championships at the National Stadium. On the bike there was a great for weekend for the Errigal Club as three of their young members won gold medals at the National Youth Track Championships.Ciara Doogan won three gold; Conor Halvey took two golds and a silver in the U14 age group and there was also a gold and two silvers for Amanda Gallagher in the U12 category.And at the end of July, Halvey retained his Ulster Road Race Championship title along with winning the Time Trial in Coalisland. In Equestrian Ramelton’s Ross Trearty qualified for the European Pony Championship and the Dublin Horse Show on Ballylinn Champ. In Gaelic Games Robert Emmetts defeated Letterkenny Gaels 5-6 to 3-9 to win the County U-14 Division 2 Championship Final at the O’Donnell Park. And in the Division 1 Final at the same venue McCumhaills took the honours with 7-7 to 2-7 victory over Naomh Conaill.The multi talented Donegal Finesse Gymnastics Club represented Ireland at the Festival Del Sole Italy while Fahan’s Richie Fearon won the Round Ireland Yacht Race title as a crew member of the winning ‘Tanit’ boat in Wicklow.Former Bonagee Utd and St. Eunan’s College player Ryan Rainey signed his first professional contract with Wolverhampton Wanderers. The deal will keep the youngster at Molineaux for two more years.Barry McNamee scored his first European goal as Derry City recorded a 4-0 first round first leg win over Welsh side Aberystwyth Town at the Brandywell. A week later McNamee was on the mark again in the second leg in Wales as the Candystripes won 5-0. However, Derry were well beaten in the next round going down 6-1 on aggregate to Shakhytor Soligorsk of Belarus.Finn Harps drew three times in July as Ollie Horgan’s hopes of edging closer to the promotion play-off place faded badly. There were two 0-0 results both at home against Cobh Ramblers and Galway Utd followed by a 1-1 draw against promotion chasers Shelbourne at Tolka Park after taking the lead through Sean McCarron.A 43rd minute Kyle Black goal was enough for Swilly Rovers to defeat pre-match favourites Letterkenny Rovers to retain the Knockalla Caravans Cup Final at Bonagee. Greencastle’s Roma McLaughlin was a member of the Republic of Ireland U-19 squad who had a 1-0 win over Spain and a 2-1 victory over England to top Group B in the UEFA Championship Finals in Oslo.The Irish qualified for the semi-finals with a 2-1 win over Sweden in Norway. 16-year-old McLaughlin who was the youngest player at the tournament was an unused sub in all the games. But there was to be disappointment for the Greencastle girl as the Irish were beaten 4-0 by the Netherlands in the semi-final after a brilliant run in the tournament.The Donegal U-13 Girls side won the Foyle Cup with a 2-0 victory over Inishowen thanks to goals from Catherine Grier and Amy Boyle Carr. Four other Donegal sides also picked up titles at the Foyle Cup at Boys U11, U12 and U13 along with the Greencastle U-13 Girls. At the end of the month Kyle-Callan McFadden made his first team debut for Norwich City in a pre-season 5-1 friendly victory over OGC Nice at Carrow Road. The 19-year-old Ramelton man, who is a former Donegal Sports Star Soccer Award winner, came for the last 11 minutes of the game.McGUINNESS, McNAMEE AND BONNER IMPRESS FOR DONEGAL SPORTS STAR REVIEW FOR JULY was last modified: August 5th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:AugustdonegalDonegal Sports Star Reviewlast_img read more

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Student of the game

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week A few years ago, Mohan wouldn’t have the first clue what was going on in a football game. He grew up playing baseball and basketball and started playing football just before high school. The sport came easily to him. He understood strategy and techniques easily, and by the end of his freshman year, he was dressing for varsity games. By his sophomore year, Mohan was playing regularly. As a junior, he was a first-team All-Golden League and second-team All-Southern Section selection. This spring, Mohan likely will sign a letter of intent to play for a Division I university. UCLA, Arizona, Michigan State, Washington, Washington State, Boise State, UC Davis, Northern Arizona and Nevada call him regularly and send recruiting materials. None of this is surprising to Mohan’s teachers at Antelope Valley. He’s an honors student with a 3.43 grade-point average. When he graduates, he’ll have an extra certificate from participating in the Information System Academy, a rigorous computer-science program. It’s Thursday night in the Mohan house, and the family is gathered around the television in the living room, watching one of the popular programs. The TV in the bedroom is tuned to something else, something no one else in the country is watching. It’s the game tape from last week’s Antelope Valley High game, and for Allan Mohan, the Antelopes’ standout middle linebacker, this is “Must-See TV.” “We watch film at school, but I always ask coach (Jon) Fleming if I can take the game tape home and study it,” Mohan said. “It really helps. I have to be the quarterback of the defense. I have to make all the reads and call the plays to make sure we’re in the right alignment. “After my freshman year, I started watching tape to make sure we were prepared and taking that responsibility very seriously.” He’s also a member of student government and a starter for A.V.’s basketball and baseball teams. “He’s our leader,” sophomore quarterback Ronaiah Tuiasosopo said. “I have a lot of respect for Allan. He took me under his wing when I first came to the team and has helped me a lot.” He’s also a team publicist, of sorts. Mohan and fellow ISA student Don Toledo designed the team’s Web page, at www.avhs.org/football. They also designed the Web site for Desert Winds High. Mohan said these extracurricular activities are just as important to him as football – and he puts plenty of time into football. “I’m looking forward to playing college football, but if anything happens, or it doesn’t work out, I can always fall back on my grades and what I do with computers,” he said. “That’s what my parents have always instilled in me, to be a student first and an athlete second.” If all else fails, he might make a great coach. This summer, while nursing an ankle injury, Mohan helped other linebackers during passing-league games. “I felt a little like a coach,” he said. “I really became a student of the game.” Ramona Shelburne, (818) 713-3617 ramona.shelburne@dailynews.com 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

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Hell hath no apathy like an L.A. scorned

first_img Actually a pair of NFL teams could do quite nicely here, as they’d have a near monopoly. We have the indoor-playing Avengers of the Arena League, but they’re no competition for the fan dollar. Arena League games are contested in rooms the size of rap stars’ kitchenettes (source – the show “Cribs”), and defense is such an afterthought that final tallies resemble two people comparing credit scores. A couple new sporting teams could even revive our beleaguered film industry. Nary a day goes by when a producer doesn’t ask where the next Shaquille O’Neal (“Kazaam”), Rick Fox (“Eddie”) or O.J. Simpson (“Capricorn One”; “Naked Gun,” parts one through 12; Court TV) is coming from. Bottom line: When the NFL does arrive – whether it’s next week or in 2050, just as we’re capturing Reggie the Alligator and getting the car-pool lane on the 405 – the league must acquiesce to us. We’re a great city that feels strung along and played. We’re in the driver’s seat now. We’d be better off with football, but we don’t need football. We already have a major pro sports team that excels. It’s called the Clippers. Brad Dickson is a humor writer based in Los Angeles.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 MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals But it seems to me the NFL’s coming is a good thing. Beginning with the boon to our economy. The average annual player’s salary is $1.26 million, making players the rarest of the rare – people who can afford the median-price Los Angeles home. Those making the 10-year vets’ minimum of $765,000 can live in Castaic or Lancaster and commute. The NFL will bring in television revenue, souvenir loot and hordes of fans and employees who will shop in our stores, patronize our restaurants and ride the subway and the Metro Orange Line. (Note to our new players: When riding the Orange Line, leave your helmets and shoulder pads on – safety precaution.) A quick note to our future franchise owners: If you move here from New Orleans, San Diego or some other market, you should realize Los Angeles is celebrity-driven. So if you want your team to pack in the fans, you’d best make your product appealing to celebrities. A huge part of the Lakers’ allure is having Jack and Denzel in the house. If opening day of the NFL season dawns and the biggest names in the stadium are Carrot Top, Fred Travalena and Buffy from “The Real World – Boise,” you’ve failed. And about that venue. Tagliabue said he’d like to see a state-of-the-art stadium at the site of the Coliseum. The goal, clearly, is getting Angelenos excited about the NFL. Ah, but we’re a cynical bunch, Mr. Tagliabue. The only way we’d get excited about a football stadium is if the seats were made from artifacts found in King Tut’s tomb. And it’s going to be difficult getting the Egyptians to sign off on that one. After 10 years of being rebuffed, refused and rejected, Los Angeles is suddenly the favorite son of the NFL (National Fickle League). Supposedly the league is considering putting not one but two teams in the L.A. area (tentatively one at the Coliseum, the other in Anaheim). This is like having the girl who snubbed you throughout high school suddenly calling and proposing marriage. It’s like France canceling Bastille Day in favor of Homage to America Day. It’s similar to the Daytime Emmy people awarding every statuette to Susan Lucci. If things go as NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue is suggesting, Angelenos may have a deuce of NFL teams to ignore. Never mind that a Daily News reader poll found a majority of locals wouldn’t care to see two NFL teams in the area. I think the naysayers remember when the Raiders played here and the stands at home games resembled Parisian streets during the riots if the rioters occasionally paused to do The Wave. last_img read more

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Warner Marketplace sold

first_img “For the market right now, it’s actually a pretty fair price in terms of the return,” said Rein Gabrielsen, an analyst in UBS San Francisco office. The company was also attracted by the lineup of nationally known tenants and the fact that the buildings are in good shape and were well-maintained. “We see that as a good market,” he said of the West Valley. “We noted that there were several apartment complexes that are going to be cropping up, and they all seemed like they would be the high disposable income type of tenant.” Bruce Ackerman, president and chief executive officer of the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley, said that the price might be some spinoff from the expansion taking place west of Warner Marketplace at Westfield Topanga. “That’s a really nice price,” Ackerman said. Both parties were represented by Colliers Seeley. Working on the transaction with Ross were Camilo Fabros, Curtis Palmer, Herb Chase and Alex Quintana. The latter three are now with Transwestern Commercial Services. Gregory J. Wilcox, (818) 713-3743 greg.wilcox@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WOODLAND HILLS – In one of the biggest commercial transactions in the San Fernando Valley this year, Warner Marketplace has been sold for $52 million to UBS Realty Investors of Hartford, Conn., officials said Wednesday. The 160,075-square-foot open-air center, a popular Warner Center shopping destination, is fully leased. The tenant roster includes Bed, Bath & Beyond, Borders, Pier 1 Imports, Sportmart and BevMo. Michael C. Ross, managing director of Colliers Seeley International, which represented both the buyer and seller, Century City-based Bisno Development Co., ranks this among the biggest local transactions of the year. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The center fetched a premium price because this style of facility is becoming rare. “I think it’s so hard today for anyone to build retail on a single level because the cost of the land,” Ross said. The center features ample parking with easy access to Victory Boulevard and Canoga Avenue. It’s also close to two several other nearby malls, including Westfield Shoppingtown Promenade and Westfield Topanga. UBS thinks the center, built in the late 1990s, is a good deal. last_img read more

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