Guido: “It is difficult to train without knowing when we will return”

first_imgLaLiga Santander* Data updated as of April 20, 2020 League Final: “If you are going to play games one after another, many players will have minutes. We can do a good second part of the championship in the eleven days with the team we have. Position? For now I am feeling comfortable with the team, then it will be seen if I can have more freedom to get to the top, it will also depend on the matches and what the team needs. “Guido spoke of the Coronavirus crisis and the future: “It is a subject that is surpassing the entire world. I hope that soon we can get out of this confinement. It is good that these protocols are activated now, it is difficult to train at home without knowing whether or not LaLiga will return or if it will be in a couple of weeks or a month. “The footballer spoke about his arrival: ¨I came just without holidays, all this makes me not finish picking up the pace. Now he was already picking up the pace of the League and training. They are things that happen, they cannot be controlled. No one thought this could happen. “He talked about Pezzella’s flattery: “We played together at River and now we are in the national team. He is very fond of this club and he spoke highly of the club and the city.”Asked about the environment, it was clear: “You go to the street and they cheer you up. The other day I went to the supermarket and they shouted ‘Come on, Betis’. There is a very good atmosphere in the city, after four or five days I had to debut in our stadium and I was surprised by the Atmosphere. I didn’t know they were cheering on their team like that.He valued his peers: “They treated me very well since I arrived, especially in the locker room. On the third day I felt very comfortable and that speaks to the human quality that is inside the locker room. The mate? Canales takes, Barragán and Joel sometimes too” . Guido Rodríguez landed at Betis in the past winter market and intends to settle in Rubi’s team despite the current context of difficulties. The Argentine attended the club’s official media to express his feelings regarding his role in this squad: “It is different from Mexican soccer. Without going into much detail, here the lower levels are taught to handle technical and passing issues. In South America There is not as much technical training in the game as here. In River, they do like to play from the bottom, but here it is something common that is seen in all the teams. “He looked to the future after this break: “I try to see the positive, I have to work and I try not to physically fall and keep myself for when we return. The most important thing is to do a preseason with the head in training to also catch up with what the coaching staff wants” . He spoke of his minutes against Real Madrid: “That game was played very well by the team and that helps. When the team goes well, the individual goes better. I tried to balance the team, those 20 minutes you have had to be done to the maximum I was very happy for the victory. ” last_img read more

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Djokovic advances after slow start in Qatar Open

first_img The second-ranked Serb broke serve in the first and last games of the second set to close out the match. Djokovic next plays either Horacio Zeballos or Florian Mayer in the second round. Top-seeded Andy Murray plays 69th-ranked Jeremy Chardy of France in his opener today. Murray, who took the top ranking from Djokovic at the end of last year, was in action yesterday with Mariusz Fyrstenberg in the doubles. The pair lost to David Marrero and Nenad Zimonjic 6-2, 6-4. BROKE SERVE DOHA, Qatar, (AP): Defending champion Novak Djokovic had a slow start to his first match of 2017 before prevailing 7-6 (1), 6-3 over Jan-Lennard Struff in the first round of the Qatar Open yesterday. Second-seeded Djokovic trailed 4-0 in the opener before recovering to 5-5 and finally finding his form in the tiebreaker, where his 63rd-ranked German opponent won only one point.last_img read more

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Sime Darby Observes ‘Moratorium’

first_imgOil palm giant Sime Darby Plantation Liberia (SPDL) has announced that it is observing a “self-imposed” moratorium on any new land clearing for oil palm production worldwide, including in Liberia.The company said its moratorium was discussed with the Government of Liberia and also with the affected communities, namely the Zodua Clan, Grand Cape Mount County.“The people of Zodua have good relationship with Sime Darby and we hope that Sime Darby will continue its operations,” said Boakai Kormah, chairman of Zodua Land Committee.The company and government representatives have met with Zodua leaders on several occasions and explained the rationale of the moratorium. Prior to the ‘stop work order,’ SDPL had already cleared 350 hectares (ha) (864.87 acres) of the concession area. To maintain 120 jobs for Zodua residents, the company has been organizing work programs for them such as hoeing, stacking and planting on 122 ha of land that has been already cleared.At the international level, the company said working along with a group of other major palm oil companies, it is undertaking a high carbon stock (HCS) study to determine which forested area cannot be cleared beyond primary forests. The study, according to them, will also consider Liberia’s right to develop land that will help to assist the economy and its people. The study is being currently conducted by a group of world renowned scientists and is due to be completed at the end of 2015.The oil palm plantation had to roll back some of its operations following the outbreak of the devastating Ebola virus disease (EVD) more than six months ago. But it, however, was able to keep 2,800 local workers, who continue to receive benefits, including subsidized food and free healthcare.“Liberia is going through a very difficult time and SDPL made the decision to continue operations and maintain local staff strength despite scaling back. Hopefully we will be free of Ebola this year and full operations can resume. Sime Darby wants to continue with its plans as a long term investor,” said Roslin Azmy Hassan, Head of Operations for SDPL.New Ebola cases have been falling in Liberia and so far, Nigeria and Mali have been declared free of Ebola by the World Health Organization (WHO).For SDPL, another important consideration for resuming full-scale operation is to uphold the company’s “high” social and environmental standards, including protection of High Carbon Stock (HCS) area as an additional environmental yardstick.The last 12 months have been difficult for the country due to unprecedented outbreak of the Ebola virus.SDPL had been working closely with local communities, civil society organizations, and Ebola treatment units (ETUs) to provide much needed food, fuel, chlorine and other medical supplies. “Strict precautionary measures were introduced to guard SDPL employees from contracting the virus,” the company said in a statement.Its clinic was one of the few that were open to the public, free of charge, during the peak of the Ebola outbreak. And it is still opened to the public. SDPL has also equipped two of its vehicles to serve as ambulances to transport people suspected of Ebola.Furthermore, the company established a partnership with the Liberian National Red Cross and donated US$157,000 in support of their programs in Cape Mount and Bomi Counties. The company has also donated 5.7 million medical gloves worth several thousand US dollars to the Government of Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Scuba instructor drowns, trapped beneath ice on dive

first_imgTHOUSAND OAKS – Michael Dahan began scubadiving as a teenager, the rush of being under water feeding his adventurous spirit. As an adult, the Thousand Oaks dive shop owner taught hundreds of people how to dive, always preaching safety while bragging that none of his students ever got hurt – whether they were training in local waters or as far away as the South Pacific. But “when it came to his own safety, he was a bit of a daredevil,” said friend Steve Giles, a captain with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department. Last weekend, while icediving in Northern California, Dahan decided to go under without a rope attached to the surface. He ran out of oxygen and became disoriented, unable to find his exit hole beneath 16inches of frozen water. A few frantic minutes later, he was dead. The accident Sunday at Gull Lake near Mammoth Mountain stunned friends of the Thousand Oaks man – and left his 3-year-old and 5-week-old daughters without a father. “He was devoted to his family and his friends,” said Dahan’s wife, Linda. Vickie Hiebert, a friend of Dahan who works at the Force Fin dive shop in Santa Barbara, said the news was devastating to the diving community. “It rips your heart out,” Hiebert said. Dahan, 41, had been teaching an ice-diving class at the lake, and the drowning apparently occurred after the class was over when he went on a recreational dive with a partner, said Shannon Kendall, a spokeswoman for the Mono County Sheriff’s Department. The other diver was attached to a safety line, and the two had agreed they would stay together, but somehow they became separated. “I think the other guy got out of his sight,” Kendall said. While his partner was able to return safely to the surface, Dahan ran out of air and drowned. Mono County authorities used chain saws to cut holes in the ice and sent divers in to find him. His body wasn’t discovered until Monday. Ice diving is more common in northern Europe and Canada than in California, where scuba divers have picked it up during the past few decades as an added thrill. One of its basic rules is to use a rope to connect a person on the surface to the diver underneath. Going without a safety line is “a huge no-no,” Kendall said. “He attached the line to the other diver, looking out for the other diver’s safety and being less considerate of his own,” said Giles, who, like many who knew Dahan, spoke of his devotion to his two daughters, Lauren and Lindsey. “We’ve lost a really great guy and a really good friend.” Dahan owned Channel Islands Scuba shops in Ventura and Thousand Oaks. He took diving trips to Fiji and the Republic of Palau. He was looking forward to taking a group to Palau later this year. “He was always careful and always bragged how he never lost one of his students,” said his mother, Mary Ayers. He taught diving for 20 years without an accident, “not even a stubbed toe at the swimming pool,” said his friend Mike Brandow, who owns the New England Divers shop in Long Beach. Darrell Walker of Northridge, a friend who had gone diving with Dahan in the past, said he was “very shocked and very hurt.” “I think he was a really good instructor, but he made a bad mistake by not going down with anything on,” he said. A memorial service is scheduled for 2p.m. Wednesday at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 32111 Watergate Road in Westlake Village. Burial arrangements are being made at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park in Westlake Village. Dahan is survived by his wife, his daughters, his mother and his father, David Dahan of Santa Barbara. eric.leach@dailynews.com (805) 583-7602160Want 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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Matabeleland football odyssey wins hearts ahead of Russia 2018

first_img0Shares0000The Matabeleland Football Confederacy (MFC) has literally no money: their effort was entirely built on donations and crowd-funding © AFP / Robin MILLARDLondon, United Kingdom, Jun 11 – The Matabeleland soccer team’s dramatic, crowd-funded journey from a dirt field to becoming stars of the sport’s alternative World Football Cup is a mighty contrast with the upcoming billion-dollar bonanza of Russia 2018.The Zimbabwean side won hearts at the London-held tournament for football’s outsiders, thanks to their infectious joy at simply being there — made possible by a shoestring budget of crowd-funding and donations. But as they head home on Monday, the team hopes it was not the pinnacle of their journey but the first step in reinvigorating a region ravaged under the rule of deposed president Robert Mugabe.Matabeleland beat Sri Lankan side Tamil Eelam 1-0 on Saturday to finish 13th in the 16-team CONIFA World Football Cup, an alternative tournament for unrecognised nations, small states and ethnic identities left outside the game’s governing body FIFA.Fuelled by team spirit, with traditional singing and dancing turning their games into carnivals, the side also had some star power to call on, as former Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar helped out with coaching duties.Members of the Matabeleland squad go on a sightseeing tour of London on the sidelines of the CONIFA World Football Cup on June 8, 2018 © AFP / Robin MILLARDBut the Matabeleland Football Confederacy (MFC) has literally no money: their effort was entirely built on donations and crowd-funding.“We had two balls, a dirt field and a handful of cones,” said Matabeleland’s unpaid English coach, manager, agent and kit washer Justin Walley, 47, of the time he got on board in October last year.“People have said we have won the tournament, in many ways.”– Spare change bucket –Their grassroots story of amateur endeavour is a timely antidote before the FIFA World Cup extravaganza in Russia.Their return flights to London cost around $18,000; the visas were $5,000, while $7,000 has gone on running costs since October.Their stay in the tournament’s suburban hotel was covered during the competition but the team arrived a day early and stayed on for Sunday night, eating up a few more thousand dollars.Matabeleland’s English coach Justin Walley poses in Trafalgar Square during a sightseeing tour of London on the sidelines of the alternative World Football Cup on June 8, 2018 © AFP/File / Robin MILLARD“We’re pretty close to covering it all in crowd funds,” Walley told AFP.“But we will be back to zero when we go home.”“It would be nice if we had more money so we had something to build upon rather than struggling.”Online sales of the team’s colourful shirts have raised some cash, while a spare change bucket has done the rounds at matches.Walley’s mother has lent the team £2,100 ($2,800), while one fan arranged a fried chicken takeaway for the team’s arrival in London.A brief team sightseeing trip into central London, burning up £200 in Tube tickets, was made possible by a novel idea.When the Chagos Islands stepped in for a friendly fixture on Thursday after Matabeleland’s Isle of Man opponents quit the tournament, Walley auctioned two spots on the substitutes’ bench, raising £330.Grobbelaar, now 60, captained the side.– Liverpool legend –The Zimbabwean side won hearts at the London-held tournament for football’s outsiders, thanks to their infectious joy at simply being there © AFP / Robin MILLARDThe Zimbabwean, who began his career in Matabeleland’s capital Bulawayo, signed up as the goalkeeper coach but then joined the playing squad.When Matabeleland’s World Football Cup dream was threatened by last-minute visa problems, Grobbelaar used his connections to get the Zimbabwean government to pull the necessary levers.“It’s been brilliant having him around the team. He got all the lads boots,” said Walley.“The boys’ eyes are sparkling when he’s involved.”In the early 1980s, tensions flared between Matabeleland’s Ndebele people in Zimbabwe’s southwest, and the wider country’s Shona majority. A campaign of repression on Mugabe’s watch saw tens of thousands killed, while the army disrupted food supplies.“Most of the guys in the team are the first generation descended from survivors” of that violence, said MFC president Busani Sibindi, 34, who started the team in 2016.“This has brought a community together. It has given people hope, faith in themselves and a sense of identity.“It sends a message about the possibilities of healing beyond conflict.”– Better men –Both Sibindi and Walley have noticed a transformation in the players during their six-match World Football Cup experience.Members of the Matabeleland football team take part in a sightseeing tour of London on June 8, 2018 on the sidelines of the CONIFA World Football Cup © AFP / Robin MILLARDThey bounced back from early 6-1 and 5-0 defeats to eventual semi-finalists Padania and Szekely Land, to beat Tuvalu 3-1, triggering joyous celebrations.“Their lives will never be the same again. In terms of life and career development, they will be better men, because we have all learned that you don’t give up,” Sibindi told AFP.Walley said the professional discipline they have adopted will make them more employable outside football.Several players are students, some are in a football academy, one has a print shop and one used to sell peanuts on the street.Captain Praise Ndlovu, 24, said: “It all started as as dream but it managed to become a reality.“This is not the end. We believe this is a stepping stone for something greater.”And the defender, training to become a primary school teacher, added: “We are going back home to make all the necessary corrections.”Walley said football fans worldwide had embraced their ethos.He said: “They see us as representing the way they wish football still was.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Rachier denies claims he received Sh3m from Walusimbi deal

first_img“I got to learn for the first time of Walusimbi’s move to South Africa on Friday 11th August 2018 when I received a call from a Mr. Motaung Kaizer who after introducing himself informed me that as he was speaking to me Godfrey Walusimbi was seated before him,” An angry Rachier lamented.Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier said the club is yet to receive Walusimbi’s transfer fee. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYA“I promptly protested at his club’s unethical and illegal conduct of player taping for which he apologized but still insisted that we could talk and come to some agreement. Despite the allegations of the misguided and disgruntled louts that these funds have been remitted and defalcated by certain official and perceived agents in their figments of imagination,” Rachier added.“I categorically state that not a single rand or penny has been paid to the club or to the officials of the club or alleged agent or at all. I challenge them to contact Kaizer Chief,” the Gor chairman declared.Walusimbi who had a contract running, joined South African giants Kaizer Chiefs on a three-year deal August 30.-Unpaid Salary/allowances/bonus-Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier with his captain Harun Shakava. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAOn the unpaid August salary, allowances and bonuses that saw players boycott training leading to the loss of two Kenyan Premier League matches, Rachier vowed that the club will pay by close of business Monday.Rachier rubbished claims that some politicians came to the rescue of players welfare by paying their rent, stating that he had spoken with his captain Harun Shakava who said he was not aware of the allegations.“During the past two weeks, the Gor Mahia stage has witnessed a theater of tragi-comedy as well as that of absurd. A theater where miserably impecunious self seekers some of no fixed abode are playing the role of philanthropic benefactors purportedly paying unsolicited rent for our players,” Rachier, who was out of the country when all this unfolded said.Gor Mahia striker Jacques Tuyisenge in training. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYA“For the avoidance of any misconception, I must state here that all the salaries, allowances and bonuses for the period up to and including the 31st July, 2018 have been duly paid in full. Appropriate arrangements were made for the payment of similar emoluments for the month of August 2018, but on account of certain unavoidable circumstances beyond our control the salaries were delayed. I emphasize that the laches in remittance were both unexpected and unanticipated,” he underscored.“The situation has now been rectified, remittance received and all salaries, bonus and allowances for the stated period should be paid before close of business today,” He confirmedGor, who won their record 17 KPL title with six matches to spare, will next face Vihiga United away, host Mathare United in Kisumu on Sunday next week where they will be coronated before ending the season with a clash away to Tusker FC.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier assistant Treasurer Calvince Bungu. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 24 – Gor Mahia boss Ambrose Rachier on Monday slammed claims that he received Sh3 million from Ugandan Left-back Godfrey Walusimbi’s deal to Kaizer Chiefs, stating that the South African top flight club is yet to pay K’Ogalo the transfer fees.An agitated Rachier made it clear that he only leant of Walusimbi’s deal when the player had already signed the contract and that after following up, Kaizer Chiefs were to pay Gor through the club’s account in two installments, first in August 2018 and second in January 2019.last_img read more

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Sheer joy as Sevilla knock United out of CL

first_imgThe visitors were deserving winners as they controlled the game throughout but had to wait for Ben Yedder’s introduction as a substitute to add a clinical finish.Ben Yedder put Sevilla in front 16 minutes from time when he blasted into the bottom corner before heading in a second shortly after.Romelu Lukaku reduced United’s arrears, but it was too little, too late with United boss Jose Mourinho’s decision to once again drop Paul Pogba certain to be scrutinised.Mourinho sprang a surprise before kick-off by recalling Marouane Fellaini at the expense of Pogba, who had also been dropped for the first game.Goalkeeper De Gea looks glum after conceding a second goal to Ben Yedder, despite managing to get a hand to the ball. PHOTO/COURTESYJesse Lingard also returned in place of Juan Mata in Mourinho’s only other change from the side that beat Liverpool 2-1 at the weekend.And Lingard nearly had an instant impact as he teed up Lukaku on the edge of the box, but the Belgian’s effort drifted high and wide.Sevilla dominated the vast majority of the first leg only to be denied by some stunning saves from David de Gea.However, it was wayward finishing rather than the Spanish number one that prevented the visitors making the most of their ascendency for most of the match.Joaquin Correa headed just over from a corner before Luis Muriel and Franco Vazquez fired off target when well-positioned on the edge of the area.Indeed, of Sevilla’s 10 efforts on goal in the first period only one weak Muriel effort forced De Gea into making a save.– Fellaini gamble backfires –Marouane Fellaini has his shot blocked by a Sevilla defender as United struggled to control the game at home on Tuesday. Photo/COURTESYMourinho’s gamble on Fellaini appeared to have largely backfired as he failed to impose his physical presence on Sevilla’s ball players in midfield.Yet, the Belgian nearly made the breakthrough with United’s best move of the opening period when he latched onto Alexis Sanchez’s layoff and his powerful effort was turned behind by Sergio Rico.The second period began in the same vein as the first with Sevilla on the front foot, and only a brilliant last-ditch tackle by Eric Bailly denied Correa a clear sight of goal.Chances kept coming for Sevilla as Muriel then turned a dangerous Pablo Sarabia cross inches wide.Pogba, who cost United a then-world record £89 million ($116 million) in 2016, was eventually introduced just after the hour mark with Fellaini sacrificed.However, even the Frenchman couldn’t kickstart the hosts and they were eventually made to pay.Ben Yedder had only been on the pitch for two minutes after replacing Muriel, when he finally broke the deadlock in the tie with brilliant finish low into De Gea’s bottom left-hand corner.Mourinho responded by throwing on Anthony Martial and Juan Mata, but their attacking edge was needed far earlier as Ben Yedder soon put the outcome beyond any doubt when he forced home a corner at the far post despite a despairing effort by De Gea.Sevilla should even had added to their lead as Clement Lenglet and Correa came close.Lukaku finally got United on the board six minutes from time when he swept home a corner.But it was to little avail as United have now failed to reach the quarter-finals for five straight years.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ben Yedder dashes off to celebrate putting the Spanish side into the lead during the Champions League last-16. Photo/COURTESYMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Mar 13 – Manchester United crashed out of the Champions League as Wissam Ben Yedder struck twice in four second-half minutes to send Sevilla into the quarter-finals for the first time in 60 years with a stunning 2-1 win at Old Trafford on Tuesday.The Spaniards progressed by the same score on aggregate after a goalless first-leg draw.last_img read more

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Klopp calm despite Liverpool pressure, says Robertson

first_img0Shares0000Liverpool defender Andrew Robertson says Jurgen Klopp is staying calm despite the pressure © AFP/File / CARLO HERMANNLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 10 – Liverpool defender Andrew Robertson has laughed off suggestions that manager Jurgen Klopp is feeling the strain after the wobble that allowed Manchester City to return to the Premier League summit.Back-to-back 1-1 draws against Leicester and West Ham enabled City to edge ahead on goal difference before Liverpool reclaimed top spot with a 3-0 win over Bournemouth on Saturday as they chase a first top-flight title since 1990. But, Robertson said, the German manager is unflustered, despite seeing their lead disappear.“He has been calm and the backroom staff have been a different class,” said the Scotland captain. “They are the team behind the team and they are the ones who keep us going and positive.“When people say he is nervous or we are nervous it couldn’t be further from the truth. He’s probably been more ‘smiley’. He is just trying to get us going and it’s obviously worked.“In terms of the players, we’ve not seen any difference in any of the staff and that feeds into the players and we’ve not changed. Whether we draw, win or lose it doesn’t change.”The performance against Bournemouth, who have now lost nine away matches in succession and have suffered 13 defeats in the past 18 matches in all competitions, showed a return to the high-energy pressing game and clinical counter-attacking that has been so successful for Liverpool.Sadio Mane scored in a fourth successive Premier League match for the first time and there were also goals for Georginio Wijnaldum and Mohamed Salah.Liverpool fly to Marbella on Monday for warm-weather training with their season firmly back on track.“I don’t think it’s a message to any other team or anything,” said 24-year-old Robertson. “It’s maybe a message to our fans and everyone connected to the club that we’re here.“We fought for everything and got the result that we needed.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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San Francisco eyes tallest skyscraper

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – The rivalry between Los Angeles and San Francisco permeates life in California, infiltrating debates on everything from sports and weather to cuisine and water consumption. When it comes to competing for the West Coast’s tallest building, though, few would expect this city to enter the fray, much less end up on top. Yet here in the land of earthquakes and cafe culture, plans are unfolding for not just the loftiest skyscraper on the coast, but the three highest high-rises west of the Mississippi River. All are part of a proposed downtown neighborhood to be built around a regional bus and train terminal – a Grand Central Station of the West – that is being promoted as an environmentally sensible magnet for development. “What it will mean for San Francisco to have its tallest building be the Transbay Terminal tower is a statement that our highest value is ecology,” said Gabriel Metcalf, executive director of the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association, a local public policy think tank. “It will be this exclamation mark saying the most important location in our city is the transit center.” Six years after many architects and urban planners predicted that the indelible images of Sept. 11, 2001, would stifle Americans’ enthusiasm for iconic skyscrapers, San Francisco is not the only U.S. city where the landscape is moving up. Instead, fueled by high land costs, disenchantment with suburban sprawl and urban one-upmanship, the nation is experiencing its biggest high-rise construction boom in decades. “Everybody can be forgiven for having reactions after 9-11 that they want to reconsider today,” said Miami Art Museum Terence Riley, who as the architecture curator of New York’s Museum of Modern Art put together a 2004 exhibit on skyscrapers. Supporters of the taller, denser neighborhood that has been proposed in San Francisco, a city known in architecture circles as much for its anti-development attitudes as its skyline, know they also have a future fight on their hands. A regional transportation agency is scheduled to pick the winning design for the tower that would anchor the transit center on Thursday. The shortest of the three finalists would rise 350 feet above San Francisco’s own Transamerica Pyramid. It would outreach the West’s reigning top story, the 1,018-foot U.S. Bank Tower building in downtown L.A. Anti-skyscraper sentiment has a long history in the city; voters passed a ballot initiative 21 years ago that created the country’s first annual limit on high-rise development and required the local government to make neighborhood character and small businesses two of its top planning priorities. To get around the height restrictions, city officials would have to rezone 25 blocks near the current downtown where much of the land is located on soft soil that is especially unstable during earthquakes. To overcome opposition, backers of the Transbay Tower and a pair of proposed 1,200-foot-tall buildings nearby that would also be among the nation’s 20-tallest buildings are playing the green card. They argue that concentrating so many jobs and apartments so close to mass transit would keep commuters from driving into the city and lessen the need for development elsewhere, a concept known as “eco-density.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From Miami and Las Vegas to Chicago and New York, buildings that would either eclipse or stand spire-to-spire with the 1,250-foot-tall Empire State Building are promising to reshape skylines. The 1,200- to 1,375-foot-tall tower that is supposed to help finance and attract riders to San Francisco’s new public transportation hub is one of 11 buildings nationwide either planned or under construction that, if completed, would make the list of the 20 tallest buildings in the United States. “Many people thought 9-11 would sound the death knell for tall buildings, and it’s been the opposite,” said Antony Wood, executive director of the Chicago-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. The collapse of the World Trade Center “probably induced the largest introspective analysis of the whole typology that has ever happened – is this a viable part of our cities or is it not? And like it or not, that has resulted in a resounding yes.” Compared to the high-rises that were erected in the 1970s, the new crop of super skyscrapers are more likely to be residential or government-supported expressions of civic or even national pride than symbols of corporate wealth, according to Wood. The 150-story, 2,000-foot-tall Chicago Spire rising near the shores of Lake Michigan, for example, would be both the tallest skyscraper in the U.S. and the world’s tallest residential building. “Tall buildings are being used to project a certain status for a city on a world stage. That’s undoubtable,” Wood said. “For a city to be taken seriously on a local or domestic or international scale, they want to be seen to be keeping up with the times, and tall buildings are part of that.” Planners, real estate agents and sociologists say the trend shows that Americans are willing to trust recent engineering advances conceived to help buildings stand up to earthquakes and terrorist attacks – and that their fascination with all things oversized outweighs their fears of disasters, both man-made and natural. last_img read more

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SALES & SERVICES: TODAY WE BRING YOU FIVE DONEGAL COUNCILLORS AT YOUR SERVICE

first_imgDonegal Daily’s new Sales & Services section gives you a list of the top businesses and services within Donegal.The Sales & Services section is now live on our website so if you require any business have a look at our brand new section for contact information.County Councillors are voted in by the people to represent them with any local issues. The five Councillors below were eager to show the people of Donegal that they are on hand and will help you with any issues of concern. Enda Bonner – Glenties Cllr Bonner is on hand to the people of Donegal for any issues of concern. A member of the Fianna Fáil party Enda has never shy’d from responsibility. If you require assistance from Cllr Bonner look up his listing in our business directory under the category local Councillors.Niamh Kennedy – Donegal  Niamh Kennedy has always stressed of putting the people of Donegal first. Once she heard Donegal Daily is setting up a Sales & Services section, Cllr Kennedy wanted to put her name and contact details so the people of Donegal can contact her with any issues. Have a look at her listing on our website.Paul Canning – InishowenPaul Canning a Fianna Fáil party member has urged the people of Inishowen and Donegal to contact him if you require advice or help with any issues. Cllr Canning was more than willing to get his contact details out there to help and assist the people of Donegal.Patrick McGowan – StranorlarCllr McGowan was elected to the Donegal Co. Council in June 1999. A Full time Community activist and County Councillor Patrick is always at hand to help the people. If you require assistance from Cllr McGowan he has urged people look up his listing in our business directory under the category local Councillors.Jimmy Kavanagh – Letterkenny Cllr Kavanagh was elected to the Letterkenny Town Council in June 2009, and to the Donegal County council in 2014. Jimmy is a strong believer in the importance of community and family, and has highlighted and championed many local issues. Have a look at his listing on our website to contact Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh with any issues of concern.If you would like to place your business in front of 55,000 readers a day contact Hugh today on 087 164 1160 or on hughboyle95@gmail.comOnly 5 businesses per category so don’t miss out and call today to book your spot.SALES & SERVICES: TODAY WE BRING YOU FIVE DONEGAL COUNCILLORS AT YOUR SERVICE was last modified: June 28th, 2016 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:bonnercanningKavanaghkennedylocal councillorsMcGowansales & serviceslast_img read more

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