Museum planned in suburban New York to honor Navy SEALs

first_imgSAYVILLE, N.Y. | A new museum is being planned in suburban New York to honor Navy SEALs.Officials say the museum could open in 2018 at a county park on eastern Long Island.It will be named for Lt. Michael P. Murphy . The Medal of Honor recipient died along with 18 others in a gun battle in eastern Afghanistan in June 2005.Their story was chronicled in the book and film, “Lone Survivor.”The museum would be the third honoring SEALs. The others are in Fort Pierce, Florida and Coronado, California.New York state Sen. Thomas Croci (KROW’-chee) says a $400,000 state grant will help fund the project. The total cost is estimated at up to $4 million. A foundation named for Murphy will lead the fundraising project.last_img

Trump: Crash that killed NFL player is ‘disgraceful’

first_imgThe president also prodded Democrats to work with him on illegal immigration and border security.Trump tweeted Tuesday: “So disgraceful that a person illegally in our country killed @Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson. This is just one of many such preventable tragedies. We must get the Dems to get tough on the Border, and with illegal immigration, FAST!”In a second tweet, he added, “My prayers and best wishes are with the family of Edwin Jackson, a wonderful young man whose life was so senselessly taken. @Colts.”The crash also killed Jackson’s Uber driver, who was not mentioned by Trump.Since the campaign, Trump has regularly pointed to crimes connected to illegal immigration as evidence that the U.S. needs to build a wall along the Mexican border and tighten immigration policies. As president, he has threatened to withhold federal funding to cities with sanctuary city policies.The man suspected of causing the collision Sunday has twice been deported from the U.S., authorities said.Manuel Orrego-Savala, 37, remained jailed Tuesday but had not been formally charged in Sunday’s crash along Interstate 70 in Indianapolis. Prosecutors said they were working with police on the investigation.The suspect appeared Tuesday before a judge who advised him of his rights. Indianapolis television station WRTV reported that Orrego-Savala told the judge through an interpreter: “I wasn’t driving the car. I don’t know why I am here.” Another court hearing was scheduled for Wednesday.The Guatemala citizen, who gave officers a fake name when he was arrested, was deported in 2007 and 2009, and was again living illegally in the U.S., police said.Jackson, 26, and driver Jeffrey Monroe, 54, were standing outside Monroe’s car along I-70 after Jackson became ill while Monroe was transporting him for the ride-hailing company, police said.Both men were struck and killed by a pickup truck driven by Orrego-Savala, police said. Investigators said they believe Orrego-Savala, who lives in Indianapolis, was intoxicated and driving without a license.A breath test administered at the crash scene found that Orrego-Savala’s blood-alcohol content was almost 0.24 percent, or nearly three times Indiana’s legal limit of 0.08 percent, according to an affidavit.The affidavit said Orrego-Savala has had prior run-ins with law enforcement for driving without a valid license and that he was walking away from the crash scene when an Indiana state trooper detained him.Republican Indiana Rep. Todd Rokita said that “the loss of life at the hands of illegal immigrant criminals should make all Hoosiers sad and ultimately angry.”The crash highlights the need for building a U.S.-Mexico border wall, “ending sanctuary cities and stopping illegal immigration once and for all,” he said in a statement.The fatalities come about two months after a California jury acquitted a Mexican man in the fatal July 2015 shooting of a woman on a San Francisco pier — a death that touched off a fierce national immigration debate.Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, who was found not guilty of murder on Nov. 30 in Kate Steinle’s death, had been deported five times and was wanted for a sixth deportation when she was fatally shot. Garcia Zarate said the shooting was accidental and occurred when picked up a gun wrapped in a T-shirt under a seat on the pier.Steinle’s death was often cited by Trump as a reason to crack down on illegal immigration.Jackson, who grew up in Atlanta, started eight games for the Colts during the 2016 season, finishing third on the team with 61 tackles. He was considered a possible starter at inside linebacker for the 2017 but missed the season after suffering an injury during training camp.The 6-foot, 234-pound athlete previously played for the Arizona Cardinals. In this Nov. 20, 2016 file photo, Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson (53) walks off the field following an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans in Indianapolis.  (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)  INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — President Donald Trump said it was “disgraceful” that an Indianapolis Colts linebacker was killed in a suspected drunken-driving crash by a person who was in the U.S. illegally.last_img read more

National anthem will be hot topic at NFL owners meetings

first_imgFILE – In this Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, file photo, the Dallas Cowboys, led by owner Jerry Jones, center, take a knee prior to the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale, Ariz. What began more than a year ago with a lone NFL quarterback protesting police brutality against minorities by kneeling silently during the national anthem before games has grown into a roar with hundreds of players sitting, kneeling, locking arms or remaining in locker rooms, their reasons for demonstrating as varied as their methods. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The national anthem is going to be a hot topic at the NFL owners meetings.Just don’t expect any far-ranging decisions to be made.Judging by the comments Sunday from the Texans’ Robert McNair and the Jets’ Christopher Johnson, the debate among the 32 owners could be confrontational.McNair, who last year made an analogy of inmates running the prison about players’ demonstrations during the anthem, remains adamant that everyone should stand for the “The Star-Spangled Banner.”“Our playing field is not the place for political statements, not the place for religious statements,” McNair said. “It’s the place for football.”San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid (35) and quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Santa Clara, Calif., Monday, Sept. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Johnson, acting owner of the Jets with his brother, Woody, serving as ambassador to the United Kingdom, took a far different tack.“I have immense respect for the players and their efforts,” Christopher Johnson said. “I think if other teams approached it like that, it would not be such a problem in the NFL.“I can’t speak to how other people run their teams, but I just think that trying to forcibly get the players to shut up is a fantastically bad idea.”While the social protests players made last season will be a topic here, reaching an agreement on language in the league’s policy regarding behavior during the anthem is highly unlikely. Owners will meet again in May in Atlanta, and with so much other business to attend in the next three days, the anthem issue figures to extend until then.“I don’t know if it’ll be a vote or just a new policy coming out,” Giants owner John Mara said. “I think we can’t go much beyond the May meeting before coming up with some sort of resolution to that.”McNair and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones are among the leaders of the move to ban any demonstrations during the anthem. McNair drew strong criticism from a variety of players after making his “inmates” comment last fall.“We’re going to deal with it in such a way, I think, that people will understand that we want everybody to respect our country, respect our flag,” McNair said Sunday. “And our playing fields, that’s not the place for political statements.“Fans are upset about it. The fans are our customers. You can replace the owners and the league would survive. You can replace the players, although the game won’t be as good. You can’t replace the fans. If you don’t have the fans, you’re dead.”Johnson was more willing to search for answers to the anthem issue while also not wanting the players’ messages to be lost. He doesn’t favor seeing the policy changed to having the players remain in the locker room until after the anthem is played, which has been discussed.“I think that’s a particularly bad idea,” Johnson said.What about changing the language to the players must stand?“I don’t agree with that either, but I’m only one of 32 owners,” he added. “I think that the Jets had a pretty great thing happen last year around the anthem. I think there was an understanding between me and the players that we could use our position – rightly or wrongly, people pay attention to teams and athletes – but we could use our position to get some great stuff done off the field. I think we have done some great things off the field.”Another off-field topic is the sale of the Carolina Panthers. Jerry Richardson announced in December that he was selling following allegations of workplace misconduct.“He’s going to sell the team,” McNair said of the 81-year-old Richardson. “He’s had all kinds of health problems. … I don’t know all the details, but I know he has some good prospective buyers that appear to be qualified.”As for investigations into Richardson’s behavior, McNair defended his fellow owner, also citing instances when the Texans faced similar accusations.“I understand what he’s saying,” McNair said. “Sometimes people choose to try to make something go away rather than fighting. I think his regret is he didn’t fight some of these things.“We got confronted with it, too, where people will allege something, they get a lawyer, and what they do is come out and threaten you. And your legal counsel and your insurance people say, ‘Well, it’s going to cost you X number millions of dollars’ to defend this. And if we can settle it for this.′“Well, wait a minute. We’re not guilty. Why would we do that?′ That’s the question. Sometimes just to get rid of it, if you can get rid of it, (you) — do it.”___For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

Galway Minor Ladies win 4th Connacht title in a row

first_imgAudio Playerhttps://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/gbfm.podcasts/Minor+Ladies+Report.wav00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.After the game Darren spoke to a delighted winning Galway manager Daniel Moynihan… The Galway Minor Ladies footballers won their fourth Connacht Title in a row yesterday by beating Mayo by 3-16 to 1-12 in Ballyhaunis. The Galway goals came in the second half from Ailbhe Daveron, Ailbhe O’Regan and Leanne Coen and Daniel Moynihan’s side will now play Cork in the All-Ireland Semi-Final on July 16th. Reporting from Ballyhaunis is Darren Kelly… Audio Playerhttps://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/gbfm.podcasts/Daniel+Moynihan+reaction.wav00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Darren also caught up with victorious Galway Captain Aine McDonagh…Audio Playerhttps://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/gbfm.podcasts/Aine+McDonagh+reaction.wav00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The Galway team (pictured above) is:Back Row Left to Right: Sinead Heffernan (St. Michael’s), Caoimhe Keaveney (Glenamaddy/Williamstown), Leanne Coen (Corofin), Andrea Glynn (Claregalway), Sheena Heffernan (Killanin), Laura Hession (St. Gabriel’s), Lauren Diskin (Dunmore), Chelsey Blade (Corofin), Alannah McBrien (Salthill/Knocknacarra), Grace Cahill (Claregalway), Amy O’Donovan (Corofin), Sarah Donnellan (Salthill/Knocknacarra), Shauna Naughton (Dunmore), Aisling Murphy (Claregalway), Niamh Daly (Kilconly), Caoimhe Walsh (Killanin).Front Row Left to Right: Bronagh Quinn (Annaghdown), Orla Canney (Corofin), Ríona Ní Fhlatharta (Leitir Móir), Eimear O’Kane (Headford), Laura Corcoran (Moycullen), Niamh Daly (St. Gabriel’s), Ailbhe Davoren (Moycullen), Aine McDonagh (Moycullen), Siobhan Divilly (Kilkerrin/Clonberne), Ailbhe O’Regan (Salthill/Knocknacarra), Claire Dunleavy (Kilkerrin/Clonberne), Ellie Glynn (Claregalway), Grace Sheridan (Milltown).print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Connacht Hurling and Football Club Championships Fast Approaching

first_imgIn Intermediate, The winners of Oughterard andMicheal Breathnach who meet in their replay on Saturday week will face thewinners of the Roscommon and Leitrim Championships in the Connacht Semi-Finalon Saturday November the 9th at a Galway Venue. Tulsk and Oran willmeet in the Roscommon Final while Drumkeernan or Leitrim Gaels will meet in theLeitrim Decider. Meanwhile in Senior, Corofin or Tuam Stars will meetthe winners of the Leitrim or Mayo Senior Championship in their Connacht ClubSemi-Final on Sunday November 10th. Sean O’Heslins orGlencar/Manorhamilton meet on Sunday in the Leitrim County Senior Final inCarrick on Shannon with the Mayo decider between Ballaghaderreen orBallintubber taking place on the 19th of October in McHale Park. In Hurling, the County Junior 1 Champions who will be decided on Saturday in Moycullen at 1pm will face the winners of the Semi-Final between the Sligo and Leitrim Champions who are still to play their county finals. The Sligo Final takes place on Sunday with Easkey taking on Naomh Eoin in Markievicz Park at 4pm while in Leitrim, Carrick Hurling face Cluainin Iomáint in their County Senior Final on Saturday the 19th in Carrick On Shannon. Regarding the Connacht Intermediate Hurling ClubChampionship, The Galway Championship is still at the Quarter Final stage butthe winners will not have much time to celebrate as they are due to face thewinners of the Semi-Final that features London and the winners of the Mayo andRoscommon Senior Hurling Championships. Four Roads are the Roscommon championswhile Castlebar Mitchels and Tooreen meet in the Mayo County Final on Sundaynext. AIBConnacht GAA Club Senior Football Championship 2019Quarter-Final 1 Sunday 3rd November – Sligov RoscommonQuarter-Final 2 Sunday 3rd November – Leitrimv MayoSemi-Final 1 Sunday 10th November – Londonv Winner of Quarter Final 1Semi-Final 2 Sunday 10th November – Winnerof Quarter Final 2 v GalwayFinal – Sunday 24th November         AIBConnacht GAA Club Intermediate Football Championship 2019Quarter-Final Saturday 2nd November – Leitrimv RoscommonSemi-Final 1 Saturday 9th November – Sligov MayoSemi-Final 2 Saturday 9th November – Galwayv Winner of Quarter FinalFinal – Sat/Sun 16/17th November    AIBConnacht GAA Club Junior Football Championship 2019Quarter-Final Saturday 2nd November – Galwayv MayoSemi-Final 1 Sat/Sun 9th/10thNovember – Leitrim v SligoSemi-Final 2 Sat/Sun 9th/10thNovember – Winner of Quarter Final 1 v RoscommonFinal – Saturday 16th November       ConnachtGAA Club Minor A Football Championship 2019Quarter-Final Friday 25th October – Roscommonv MayoSemi-Final 1 Tuesday 29th October – Winnerof Quarter Final v LeitrimSemi-Final 2 Tuesday 29th October – Galwayv SligoFinal – Friday 1st November                              ConnachtGAA Club Minor B Football Championship 2019Quarter-Final Friday 25th October – Roscommonv MayoSemi-Final 1 Tuesday 29th October – Winnerof Quarter Final v LeitrimSemi-Final 2 Tuesday 29th October – Galwayv SligoFinal – Friday 1st November              AIBConnacht GAA Club Intermediate Hurling Championship 2019Quarter Final Sun/Mon 27/28th October – Roscommonv MayoSemi-Final Sat/Sun 2/3rd November – Winnerof Quarter Final v LondonFinal – Sat/Sun 16/17th November – Winnerof Semi-Final v GalwayAIBConnacht GAA Club Junior Hurling Championship 2019Semi-Final Monday 28th October – Sligo v LeitrimFinal – Saturday 9th November – Semi-FinalWinners v GalwayConnachtGAA U16 Club Hurling 20191st Round Saturday 19th October – Sligo vLeitrimQuarter Final Saturday 26th October – Winnerof 1st Round v MayoSemi-Final Saturday 2nd November – Winnerof Quarter Final v RoscommonFinal – Saturday 9th November – Galway v Winnersof Semi-Finalprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The First Galway team in action will be the GalwayJunior Football Champions Glenamaddy when they take on the Mayo Juniorrepresentatives Kilmaine who are managed by Dunmore’s John Donnellan at aGalway Venue on November the 2nd. The winners of that game will playthe Roscommon representatives Ballinameen in the Connacht Semi-Final on thefollowing weekend also at a Galway Venue. Both Kilmaine and Ballinameen stillhave county finals but their opponents Castlebar Mitchels and St Brigids are ineligibleto play in the Connacht Championship. The provincial club championships are fastapproaching with games scheduled to take place on the weekend of the 2ndand 3rd of November in Football while in Hurling, the games willbegin on the bank holiday weekend in October. last_img read more

Dalton Myers | Sports boards and their role in development

first_img Once those answers are had, there is then a focus on the main tenets of good governance. If we are to follow the Australian Sports Commission’s Sports Governance Principles model, we could adopt some key focus points. Firstly, there should always be an understanding of what the board composition should be, as well as roles and responsibilities. You get the impression that historically, some board members, whether of government or sports organisations, are not fully aware of their roles and powers, which creates governance issues. Secondly, the governance systems, board-reporting mecha-nisms, and performance measures should always be clear to board members and the general body. I look forward to the day when sports boards’ members are reappointed based on performance and achieved outcomes, aligned with objectives set out for the board. It would also help if we, the public, got a sense of the selection process and overall achievements of boards in advancing policies. There needs to be stakeholder engagement and reporting. I think that this is crucial as it will inspire confidence and allow us to understand the direction of the board, as well as what role each of us can play in sport development. Additionally, there needs to be responsible decision making. INSPORTS, SDF, and Independence Park Limited are extremely important to sport in Jamaica. Their role is sometimes underestimated and undervalued. So, whatever decisions are made at the board level of these institutions are crucial to every one of us. Main tenet Interesting appointments I find the new appointments interesting, and since I am not familiar with all the persons, my general hope is that the minister of sports would have taken into consideration her wish to build “sports from grass roots to high performance” in making these appointments. I would hope that there are persons on the boards with the skill sets to meet that goal. This would include, but isn’t limited to, persons from tertiary institutions who can make significant contributions in research and development. Since these are the educators teaching the next generation, I am sure such persons would have been considered. Since marketing and communications are so crucial in the sport industry in general, I also hope that the boards include such expertise. Individuals like Tanya Lee, Sophia Harris-Lau, and Carole Beckford, though not named, are among those who could provide such skills. I would like to see our boards include a mix of persons such as young graduates who have completed sports studies in disciplines like management, administration, psychology, and athlete management, and athletes and coaches. They would add value. Obviously, we cannot have everyone on these boards, but my hope is that in selecting board members, these are some of the areas that are always considered and, if not included now, will certainly be incorporated in the sub-committees or the robust discussions that will be had at these board meetings. All the best to all appointees, and I look forward to reports on discussions that will lead to policy changes and long-term legislative improvements aimed at building our sporting industry. – Dalton Myers is a sports consultant and administrator. Email feedback to daltonsmyers@gmail.com or tweet @daltonsmyers Earlier this week, the minister of culture, gender, entertainment and sport, Olivia Grange, announced new appointments to three sport-related government boards – the Sports Development Foundation (SDF), Independence Park Limited (IPL), and the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS). As with any public board appointments, there are controversies and comments from many in the Jamaican sporting sector. Of course, the impending merger of the three said entities is also causing some ripples as there’s uncertainty as to what this restructuring will look like. I want to move the conversation a bit further, though, and focus less on the reasons for the appointments or the persons who have been selected. For me, board appointments are serious enough to warrant serious discussion on the role and function of members and the power they hold in developing sports. There are important questions that must be answered in selecting members for any sports board: What is the overall goal of the board? How can each person contribute to that goal and to the overall objective of developing sports in Jamaica? How do you ensure that there’s the right mix as it relates to age, gender parity, and skill set to move sports forward?last_img read more

Loss of control precipitates tragic incidents

first_imgThe headline, in various ways citing “Teen dies after being struck to head by father”, dominated Guyana’s media last week.Just previous to that, a young woman was charged and remanded for stabbing her younger brother to death shortly after wounding her mother.A few days ago, a woman was reported to have stabbed herself during an altercation with her husband.There is seemingly no end in sight for these tragic occurrences, which are resultant upon emotional reactions to daily stresses. It is unlikely that these incidents occur as one-off episodes; but, rather an isolated event, may trigger off a fracas generated from cumulative stresses combining many factors.It is hardly likely that, in the normal course of things, a sister or father may want to kill a brother or a son. It takes great angst for a woman to drum up the courage to stab her own self.According to news reports, an argument between a father and son escalated to such an acrimonious level that 18-year-old Azeez Khan of Lot 8 Better Hope, East Coast Demerara (ECD) was struck to the head by his father with a piece of wood. He died while receiving medical attention.Allegedly, Azeez and his father, 40-year-old Omar Khan of the same address, were arguing over Azeez’s remonstrance to his sister because he objected to what the former considered inappropriate attire worn by a female member of his family. Apparently Omar objected to Azeez remonstrating with his daughter, and this ensued in a heated confrontation between father and son, at the height of which Omar is reported to have picked up a wood with which he lashed Azeez to his head, felling him to the ground. The young man subsequently succumbed to this one fatal blow.This one tragic occurrence has left a sister and daughter mourning a brother and a father, because, in effect, she has just lost both.Imagine the guilt she would be burdened with all her life, because she most likely would blame herself for the melee that precipitated such a tragic eventuality.The violent episodes that have led to murder have always devastated lives across the spectrum of relationships, yet these occurrences seem to be escalating in societies across the globe.When passions have cooled and the consequences of violent reactions to situations impact on the consciousness of perpetrators, the reality of the suffering they have caused to loved ones — making them also victims — may be a harsher punishment than whatever punitive measures the law may impose on them.These disturbances that eventuate into murderous melees are often caused by impaired senses, due to over-the-limit consumption of alcohol or usage of illicit and addictive drugs; or even as a consequence of uncontrollable anger due to a multiplicity of personal and societal stressors.Life in the olden days was much harder than what obtains today, with housewives having access to no labour-saving devices, children having no gizmos and gadgets, and fathers having no electrical or electronic appliances to make life an easy proposition; yet, the reactions to provocation were hardly ever violent, because — especially in rural communities — everyone looked out for his neighbour, and situations were never allowed to escalate to unmanageable proportions, because the entire neighbourhood would intervene and bring an end to the fracas almost immediately.Sadly today, Guyanese, once known for their caring and sharing within communities, have seemingly become inhuman to the point of enjoying the spectacle of violent confrontations between protagonists, filming rather than parting fights between children, and even creating and propagating the frictions that eventuate in tragic outcomes.last_img read more

Manufacturing sector starved of incentives – GCCI

first_img– accounts for meagre economic performanceThe Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) is calling for the Government to take a more proactive approach to revive the manufacturing sector, in light of that sector’s dismal contribution to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).Hosting his first press conference as President of GCCI, Deodat Indar made this call on Thursday at the chamber’s headquarters. According to Indar, there is little to no incentive for manufacturers to contribute to the Guyana economy.“There is little to nothing in terms of incentive (that) manufacturers get,” Indar said. “Look at the value of the GDP that manufacturers carry; it’s miniscule. We don’t even make a hammer in this country. So for us to really seriously think about manufacturing, we cannot have a seminar (for) a half-day (and expect we) would (be able to) look at all the top-of-the-line problems manufacturers have. We need to dig down in those issues.GCCI President Deodat Indar (centre) speaking to reporters“There are legal, incentive, cost (and) energy impediments. Energy represents a high part of cost — 10 to 15 (or) maybe 17 per cent; it ranges for different companies,” Indar explained.He said that if energy cost is reduced, the profit line for businesses would increase, and the investment would make a return. But referring to public companies in Guyana, he noted that there is a prevailing downturn.“Manufacturers need assistance,” Indar stressed. “And it must be done in a way that it is not bleeding the Government but at the same time that money is translated to cheaper goods for the consumers, so it carries down the cost of living.”ManufacturingWhen Government had released its end-of-year Outcome Report earlier this year, it showed even bleaker statistics on the nation’s manufacturing sector than Finance Minister Winston Jordan’s 2017 budget had projected. The report, which covers the year 2016, contains revised projections from those presented in budget 2017. It stated that the manufacturing sector contracted by 9.5 per cent, and not the 7.1 per cent Jordan had announced in November.The decline in the manufacturing sector was linked to the shrinking production in agriculture. The manufacturing sector is heavily dependent on sugar and rice production, a fact that Jordan had acknowledged last month at a press conference.“Very little manufacturing activity takes place in Guyana… The last (time) I looked at manufacturing without sugar and rice milling, (it contributed) a mere five per cent to GDP (Gross Domestic Product), which is very low,” Jordan had told journalists at the press conference.The Finance Ministry has revealed that, overall, the agriculture and fishing and forestry sectors had contracted by 10.4 per cent in 2016. According to the report, this is 0.9 per cent more than the rate projected at the time the 2017 Budget was presented.“Sugar production contracted even further than projected in November 2016, as the industry underestimated the negative impacts of late planting of the second crop on production.In addition, the late arrival of spare parts for factories negatively affected the processing stage of production,” the report revealed.At his 2016 end-of-year press conference, Agriculture Minister Noel Holder had explained that sugar production for the year had been plagued by poor labour turnout; lack of spares; equipment shortages, in particular cane punts; and factory breakdowns in the sector.He had also revealed that the shortage of skills and experience, in addition to underinvestment in the industry, was taking its toll.last_img read more

Ground broken for downtown mega hotel

first_imgMayor Antonio Villaraigosa said he is proud of the city’s role. “Someone asked me if I was chagrined about the city’s role,” Villaraigosa told a crowd of nearly 200 gathered to witness the groundbreaking. “Chagrined? I’m proud. When I look at this, I see the growth of downtown. I see jobs.” The project, developed by AEG as part of a complex of theaters, stores and entertainment venues, has endured a series of challenges over the past several years. It had gone through several financial partners until it recently made a deal with Wachovia Investments and MacFarlane Partners to offset costs. It is being financed through Credit Suisse. The site will feature a 124-room Ritz Carlton hotel as well as 850 rooms to be operated by Marriott Hotels. It also will have more than 200 condominiums for sale. More than 100 of the condos have already been sold, including one to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. AEG President Tim Leiweke said the hotel is the biggest project his company – which owns Staples Center – has undertaken, and plans are to make it the center of awards shows from around the nation. “We are not talking about taking shows from the Shrine Auditorium or any other facility in Los Angeles,” Leiweke said. “We’re talking about going after New York and Miami and Las Vegas. This is the entertainment capital of the world and there is no reason for a movie premiere to be in any other city.” Leiweke said the organization already has signed a deal to serve as host for multiple award shows put on by Billboard Magazine, including Latin and country and western music. “If you think these don’t mean anything, the Grammy Awards bring in $50 million to $100 million for the one or two weeks they are here,” Leiweke said. Schwarzenegger, the former movie strongman who joked that he wanted to have a new premiere for his 1970 film “Hercules in New York,” said the project is a symbol of investors’ renewed confidence in California. “We passed billions in bond issues to improve the infrastructure and now we see private companies investing in areas like downtown,” he said. Carol Schatz of the Central City Association, who has been working on the project for years, said the hotel will bring tourists and local residents downtown. “We have met the mark when it comes to housing,” Schatz said. “For the first time in decades, you see people pushing baby carriages and walking their dogs. This hotel will bring more investment and more people to the downtown area.” Bill Marriott of Marriott Hotel Corp. said he hopes the hotel rises to the promises. “Hotels prosper if there is an active environment and someplace for people to go on weekends,” Marriott said. “With the hotel and l.a. live, we will see that.” Officials estimate that the project will create 25,000 permanent jobs and more than 7,500 jobs during construction. When completed, the site will bring together a 7,100-seat live-performance theater, a 2,200-seat club, a 14-screen cineplex and broadcast facilities for ESPN. There also are plans for restaurants and other venues, including a bowling alley and a Grammy museum. rick.orlov@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A string quartet played and a crystal chandelier hung precariously from a crane as local officials marked the start of construction Friday for a Convention Center headquarters hotel they hope will be a catalyst for future downtown development. The 54-story, $4.5 billion project – funded with nearly $300 million in city investments – will become a mainstay of a new downtown Los Angeles, officials promised, bringing about a long-sought Renaissance merging sports, entertainment, tourism and business. “We have been working on this for so long that it’s hard to put in words what I feel today,” said Councilwoman Jan Perry, who represents the area and was a key figure in negotiating the city’s involvement in the l.a. live deal. The controversial deal includes funds from the Community Redevelopment Agency and a reinvestment of hotel bed taxes over the next 20 years. last_img read more

Benfica will demand £52MILLION to sell starlet wanted by Arsenal and Man United

first_img1 Goncalo Guedes in action for Benfica Arsenal and Manchester United will have to splash out a huge sum to sign Benfica wonderkid Goncalo Guedes.The 19-year-old has impressed during his 31 appearances in the Portuguese top-flight and the race is on to sign him.And according to A Bola, it is Premier League duo Arsenal and United who are currently the most likely clubs to prise the attacker away from Benfica.However, Benfica are in no rush to sell the teenager and are likely to hold out for his entire contracted release clause.That would mean one of his admirers stumping up a huge £52.7m to sign a largely unproven prospect.last_img