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Dems blast tax-exempt sport venues

first_imgJoyce Hogi of the South Bronx told of her community’s attempt to stop the Yankees from building a stadium on local parkland. Residents, she said, are barred from parking in the stadium’s four garages, the park rebuilt for the neighborhood was created atop the concrete garages, and the entire area is an “economic dead zone” offseason. Experts said during the past 15 years, U.S. cities have granted stadiums $15billion in subsidies and rarely see the creation of jobs and economic revitalization promised. Activists also questioned the noneconomic benefits to taxpayer financing of stadiums. While supporters often point to the civic pride and enhanced image of cities with gleaming new stadiums, Rashid said one only needs to look toward Detroit, which has hosted the World Series, the All-Star Game and the Super Bowl. “We’ve had the top events and all of the television exposure. Is your image of Detroit really significantly improved?” he asked the panel, to widespread laughter. Lawmakers, meanwhile, said they would consider forcing developers who engage in citywide campaigns to push approval of their projects to comply with federal fundraising limits if the projects fall under tax-exempt-bond status. Kucinich advocated reversing a recent IRS ruling that allows stadiums to use previously prohibited private payments for debt service on tax-exempt bonds.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – New York’s Yankee Stadium and Detroit’s Comerica Park came under fire Thursday as House Democrats blasted taxpayer subsidies of sports venues and questioned new uses of federally tax-exempt bonds to pay for arena construction. Calling tax-exemption for stadiums “the financial equivalent of steroids,” Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, chairman of the House Government Reform subcommittee on domestic policy, charged that taxpayer-financed stadiums enrich team owners, not communities. But experts testifying before the panel said the more than $300million in subsidies and other perks that Los Angeles officials are poised to bestow upon the developers of the Grand Avenue and l.a.live projects may be acceptable. “It has to be better than just a stadium,” Brad Humphreys, an economics professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, said after the hearing. The $2.05 billion Grand Avenue redevelopment project, now two years in the making, includes a 16-acre park, 2,000 condominiums and a luxury hotel. Construction is set to begin this year. Boosters estimate that the project will create 29,000 construction jobs and 5,900 permanent jobs. But the price tag to the taxpayers will be $95million, as well as $30million in public improvements. The $2.5 billion l.a.live complex, meanwhile, calls for $300million in public financing through a loan, tax breaks and fee waivers. The 4million-square-foot entertainment-commercial complex across from Staples Center is expected to include condos and two luxury hotels. “There’s more sustainable economic activity going on” in mixed-use facilities than stadiums, Humphreys said. “You leverage your subsidy more.” He and other experts had no such positive words for stadiums. They and several community activists told story after story of unfulfilled promises of jobs and economic revitalization in exchange for millions of taxpayer dollars. “The blessings of major league sports have yet to rain down upon us,” said Frank Rashid of Detroit, a founder of the Tiger Stadium Fan Club and an opponent of the Tigers’ move in 2000 to Comerica. last_img read more

British Columbia’s Natural Gas Industry Gets a Boost

first_imgThis will help fund new road and pipeline projects under the Infrastructure Royalty Credit Program.(IRCP) These new investments in infrastructure projects are projected to increase the industry’s access to promising resource areas, provide well paying jobs, support year-round work and business opportunities in Northeast British Columbia.Oil and gas companies can apply for the latest installment of IRCP until April 16, 2014.- Advertisement –last_img

GOLF NEWS: HUNT FOR TURKEYS CONTINUE AT OTWAY

first_imgOtway Golf NewsLast Sunday was week two of the 2014 hunt for turkeys at Otway, and four players must have felt like right turkeys when they inadvertently played off the wrong tee.As the old saying goes, what happens on the course stays on the course, so Damian, Patsy, Noel and Arthur can relax in the knowledge that what happened them last Sunday on the 3rd/5th tee-box will go no further. Every year some lucky swinger gets on an early roll, and this year it’s Dan Canning, who has bagged two out of two already.Dan was joined by Paul Murray, Pat McNulty and Philip Friel to record the winning score of 9 under par, in unusually mild conditions for mid October.Congrats to last weeks winners, and for the rest of us, it’s another chance to try again this Sunday at 1pm, names in to the clubhouse by 12.45, tel 9158319.GOLF NEWS: HUNT FOR TURKEYS CONTINUE AT OTWAY was last modified: October 15th, 2014 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:golfNoticesOtwaySportlast_img read more

LOCAL NEWS: PARISH BULLETIN OF ST MARY’S, KINCASSLAGH

first_imgSchedule of MassesSt. Mary’s, Kincasslagh:Next weekendSaturday @ 7.30 p.m.Sunday @ 10.00 a.m.Next WeekMon, Tues & Thurs @ 10.00 a.m.Wednesday at 7.00 p.m.Friday @ 7.30 p.m.Saturday @ 11.00 a.m. St. Patrick’s Day St. Columba’s, Burtonport:Next WeekendSaturday @ 6.30 p.m.Sunday @ 11.00 a.m.Next Week.Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs @ 10.00 a.m.Friday @ 6.30 p.m.Saturday @ 11.00 a.m. St. Patrick’s DayLay Apostolate Prayer Group 2nd Monday of the Month in the Oratory @ 6.30 p.m. All Welcome.Anniversaries & Masses StC= St Columba’s. StM= St Mary’s.Mary Kate and James Michael O’Donnell, Sat 10th, StCJohn & Mary McQuillan, Sat 10th, StMCharlie Ward, ashes present, Sun 11th, StMMass of the people, Sun 11th, StCClaire McCole, Burtonport and her brother Eamonn, Tuesday, StCMary Breslin, Roshine Lodge, Months mind, Fri, StCRosaleen & Doalty Sharkey, Mullaghderg, Fri, StMMary Boyle, Sat morn, StMPatrick O’Donnell, Milltown, Sat evening, StCAnthony & Mary Cork Boyle, Sun 18th, StMJohn Connaghan, Cloughglass, Sun 18th, StCFr. Jimmy Tormey, Dublin and Peru, who died on Wednesday.Tony O’Donnell, Gortnasade and DublinKate & Brian Ward, whose anniversaries occur at this time.Stephen Campbell, Birmingham, son of Jimmy Campbell, formerly Rampart, who died recently.May they rest in peace.Fundraising EventsCaislean Oir, AnnagryQuiz on Wednesday. Teams of 4, €20, 10 p.m. Your support is appreciated! Best wishes Bosco!You Shall be my WitnessesWell done to the Leaders and candidates who participated in the second night of the confirmation programme on Thursday evening. The next session is Thurs 15th March at 7.00 p.m. St Patrick’s Day celebrations – BurtonportCome and join us on St Patrick’s Day 12 – 2 in St Columba’s community centre, Acres, Burtonport, for our annual celebration of Irish culture. Entertainment is free and includes marching bands, trad music and dancing, games, tea/coffee and stew etc… Any donations and takings on the day will go towards the LIFE BOAT FUND and the LOCAL SUMMER FESTIVAL FUND.This event is a bring and share event which means that we would encourage you all to bring along a tray of sandwiches, packet of biscuits/buns or some traditional baking, to share with others over a cup of tea and some craic. In past years we have run out of food so we need as many donations of food as we can get. Donations of gifts which can be used as prizes are also welcome prior to the dayWe would also appreciate help setting up the evening before. We will be at the community centre from 8.00 on 16 March if you can help with the set up or if you’d like to drop in some baking. Looking forward to seeing you. Thanks.St Patrick’s Day Parade – DungloeThe St Patrick’s Day parade will commence at 3.30pm on Saturday afternoon and will have Marching Bands, Floats, Vintage Tractors, Rally Cars and much more! There will be traditional music throughout the pubs during the day and night, and don’t forget the Rugby: Ireland will be playing England at 5pm, so bring all the family to town in their best Ireland jerseys. To enter a float contact Emma on 087 9232845 or Crona on 086 8856946. All bands, floats and participants are asked to be at the St. Crona’s National School at 3.00pm sharp.Letterkenny Alzheimer’s Support GroupThe next meeting of the Letterkenny Alzheimer’s Support Group will take place for 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday 13th March at the Cheshire Apartments, Long Lane, Letterkenny. For further details contact the office on 074 97 22795.Ring for RenewalWe are asking people all around Ireland and the world to “Ring for Renewal” on St. Patrick’s Day (17th March). This is an invitation to pause on the journey of life, to withdraw from busyness for a moment, to reflect on how we can renew as people and as members of the Church as we prepare for the International Eucharistic Congress.What bells will be ringing that day?Chapel Bells will ring this day after masses.We also invite the faithful at home to pause and reflect as they ring a bell at any time of the day.Ringtones of the Eucharistic Congress Bell chiming are available to download on mobile phones from the Congress website for those who wish to. Graveyard SundayGraveyard Sunday will be on the weekend of the 5th and 6th August. Kincasslagh Graveyard will be blessed after Mass on Saturday evening 5th August and Cruit Island graveyard after 11.00 a.m. Mass in St. Columba’s on Sunday Morning. A service will be held in Belcruit Graveyard on Sunday afternoon at 5.00 p.m.Haiti AppealAdrian Ward has decided to return to Haiti this year again to help the less fortunate people. He will be having a Church Gate Collection in Kincasslagh and Acres on St. Patrick’s Day.NYP: Continued success to Active Zone Members in their last leg of the challenge to increase the overall amount of weekly physical activity, sport and exercise they carry out. Press Gang is running an Art Competition, themed ‘Easter Spring’. All entries should be on an A4 page, in either paint/colouring pencils. Send in pictures to Rosses NYP, Quay Road, with name and contact number on the back. Tel: 9561931Scoil Mhuire, BelcruitEnrolment forms are now available for anyone wishing to send their child to Scoil Mhuire, Belcruit in September.Keadue RoversWeekly bingo and fortnightly lotto continues in Kincasslagh Hall on Friday nights at 8:30pm. The clubs lotto jackpot now lies at €2300 and will be drawn next Friday 16th March. Following Keadue’s league victory last weekend they are still top of the Div 2 table with one game left on 1st April in Ballybofey. Hopefully the club will go on to be promoted in the next few weeks. Well done to the entire club on a fine season so far.VisitationMy apologies as I didn’t manage Fridays visitation this week. I will finish my rounds this Friday.IEC Adoration in our ParishFor the next few Sundays of Lent there will be exposition and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament after Mass for one hour.LOCAL NEWS: PARISH BULLETIN OF ST MARY’S, KINCASSLAGH was last modified: March 10th, 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:KINCASSLAGHLOCAL NEWS: PARISH BULLETIN OF ST MARY’Slast_img read more

JOHN DOWNEY: JUDGE SAID HE HAD GUARANTEE

first_imgFOLLOWING his clearance in London today, the judge in the John Downey case ruled that so-called ‘On The Runs’ had been given a guarantee by the British government that they would not face prosecution.It was part of a deal between the British and Sinn Fein during the peace process.Mr Justice Sweeney said: “When the defendant received his [2007 assurance] letter he was entitled to and did believe that it was the product of careful and competent further work, and that there had been a genuine and correct change of mind about him – particularly given that he was a supporter of the peace process. “However, that assurance was wholly wrong… thus, as the prosecution conceded, the defendant was wholly misled.“Clearly, and notwithstanding [the Good Friday Agreement], the public interest in ensuring that those who are accused of serious crime should be tried is a very strong one with the plight of the victims and their families firmly in mind.“However, in the very particular circumstances of this case it seems to me that it is very significantly outweighed in the balancing exercise by the overlapping public interests in ensuring that executive misconduct does not undermine public confidence in the criminal justice system and bring it into disrepute, and the public interest in holding officials of the state to promises they have made in full understanding of what is involved in the bargain.“Hence I have concluded that this is one of those rare cases in which, in the particular circumstances, it offends the court’s sense of justice and propriety to be asked to try the defendant.”The Hyde Park attack is one of the most significant unsolved IRA bombings of The Troubles. One other person was convicted in relation to the deaths before being later cleared on appeal.The bomb that Mr Downey was accused of planting was the first of two that day in London and he was allegedly linked to the attack by fingerprints found on a parking ticket bought for the car used to transport the bomb.In the second explosion, less than two hours later, seven Royal Green Jackets bandsmen in a Regent’s Park bandstand were killed.JOHN DOWNEY: JUDGE SAID HE HAD GUARANTEE was last modified: February 25th, 2014 by John2Share 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:John Downeyjudgementlast_img read more

Astros go long to knock out Braves

first_img Clemens came out of the bullpen to boost his team, then Chris Burke ended the longest postseason game in baseball history with a home run in the 18th inning to lift the Astros over the Atlanta Braves 7-6 on Sunday and into the National League championship series. Clemens, making his first relief appearance since 1984, pitched three dominant innings and atoned for a poor start in Game 2. HOUSTON — Roger Clemens could see the Houston Astros were running out of pitchers. “As the game went longer and longer, Phil finally came up to me and said, Get ready and get your spikes on. I may need you,’ ” the 43-year-old said. “Sometimes he jokes with me, but I knew he meant it.” Manager Phil Garner’s team now gets a matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals, the same club Clemens lost to in Game 7 of last year’s series. “I love this, this is why you get off the couch to play this game,” said Clemens, who came out of retirement two years ago to pitch for his hometown club. “I’ve been fortunate to have played in a lot of big games, but it’s still exciting.” The Braves took a five-run lead into the eighth and were poised to send this first-round series back to Atlanta for a decisive Game 5 Monday night. But Lance Berkman hit a grand slam in the eighth and Brad Ausmus tied Game 4 with a two-out homer in the ninth barely beyond Gold Glove center fielder Andruw Jones’ outstretched glove. The Braves and Astros, tied at 6, began the real endurance test that wound up lasting 5 hours, 50 minutes. The previous longest postseason game also occurred in Houston; the New York Mets clinched the 1986 NLCS with a 16-inning win at the Astrodome. center_img “I’m sure proud of the guys,” Clemens said. “It’s been a lot of work for us. How ’bout the kid?” Standing next to Clemens, the 25-year-old Burke was beaming. “I’m just glad I could do my part,” Burke said. “It was draining, mentally draining.” When Burke hit the homer, Clemens was in the dugout tunnel with Craig Biggio, the 39-year-old second baseman who has spent his entire career in Houston. “We were like two tired old men walking out of the tunnel, and then we were like two kids having a good time,” Clemens said. “We were holding each other up.” The Astros get a few days to rest. The league championship series starts Wednesday night at Busch Stadium. “If he comes in a game like that, you know it has to be important to him,” Jones said. “He was going to try not to make any mistakes, and he didn’t. He pitched great.” Clemens gave up one hit and struck out four, setting up the first series rematch since Pittsburgh and Atlanta played in 1991-92. Last October, Clemens failed to hold an early lead in Game 7 and denied the Astros their first World Series appearance. The loss marked another early October exit for the Braves, who have won an unprecedented 14 consecutive division titles, but have just one World Series title to show for it. The Astros eliminated Atlanta last year. “It never feels good, but I’ve had a couple of heartbreakers where I could have won the game, but instead ended the season,” Chipper Jones said. “You learn from that.” The Braves wasted an early grand slam by Adam LaRoche. Berkman’s homer made this the first postseason game ever with two slams. Burke entered the game in the 10th inning as a pinch-runner. He came up with one out in the 18th against rookie Joey Devine and hit a drive over the left-field wall. Burke was mobbed by his teammates at the plate after only the sixth series-ending home run in history, and the first since Aaron Boone sent the Yankees over Boston in the 11th inning of Game 7 in the 2003 ALCS. Clemens first entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the 15th, and had a sacrifice bunt after a leadoff walk by Biggio. But after another walk, Morgan Ensberg grounded into an inning-ending double play. “It was kind of a microcosm of our season,” Burke said. “Started out slow, finished strong.” The Astros started off 15-30 before rallying to claim the wild-card spot, although they finished 11 games behind St. Louis in the Central Division. About three hours before the game finally ended, Ausmus hit his unlikely homer off Kyle Farnsworth. In the eighth, Farnsworth — the latest in a long line of Atlanta relievers to fail in the postseason –gave up the grand slam to Berkman after replacing Tim Hudson. Ausmus, with just three homers in 134 regular-season games, hit a ball that ricocheted off a column in left-center field just above the yellow line signifying a home run. Had it hit about a foot more to the left, the ball would have been in play and Ausmus held to a double. The Astros thought they had another homer to win it in the 10th, but Luke Scott’s drive down the left-field line curled just left of the pole. The crowd already was in a frenzy before realizing the ball had been called foul — TV replays confirmed that it was. Scott grounded out on the next pitch. Atlanta led 6-1 when Hudson, the Game 1 loser pitching on three days’ rest, allowed the first two hitters to reach in the eighth and was pulled. Biggio reached on a fielder’s choice grounder and Scott walked before Berkman’s grand slam, an opposite-field hit into the seats in left. Farnsworth managed to preserve the lead then, getting Ensberg on a called third strike before Mike Lamb’s flyball that right fielder Jeff Francoeur caught on the warning track. He didn’t have the same success against No. 8 hitter Ausmus an inning later. 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

Upgrade coming for West Boron

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Other work planned for the 50-year-old campus includes making it accessible to the disabled, adding insulation to walls and upgrading air-conditioning and heating systems. The West Boron school has 380 pupils from kindergarten through sixth grade. State funding will cover 60 percent of the project’s cost, and the district’s share will be paid with a long-term loan. The district has done modernization work at all of its campuses except West Boron and Boron High School. Modernization of the Boron High School campus was canceled because the district officials were tardy in sending back plans for the $1.2 million project to the state. BORON – Muroc Joint Unified School District trustees have accepted a bid for the $1.3 million modernization of West Boron Elementary School. The lowest bid, from Valley Construction, was several hundred thousand dollars more than expected, so district officials might have to reduce the scope of work. “We will try and work with the successful bidder to do change orders to reduce the scope a bit to get back within budget,” Superintendent Mike Summerbell said. One possibility is to drop plans to replace windows with energy-efficient ones, Summerbell said. The district is challenging the cancellation, and attorneys for the district will be meeting with officials from the Department of the State Architect to try to get the project reinstated, Summerbell said. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 karen.maeshiro@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

SURFER RESCUED OFF COAST OF DONEGAL

first_imgA surfer was rescued after getting into difficulty off Magheraroarty Beach last night.The Rescue 118 helicopter was dispatched to the scene but had to be diverted for another incident.The Bunbeg Coastguard Boat and a passenger vessel, the Whispering Dawn, went to the surfer’s aid. The surfer later made it safely ashore and no hospital treatment was needed. SURFER RESCUED OFF COAST OF DONEGAL was last modified: August 31st, 2013 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:118Magheraroarty beachrescuesurfinglast_img read more

49ers at Cardinals: 5 keys to staying undefeated

first_imgGLENDALE, Ariz. – Not since 2013 have the 49ers:a.) Won in Arizona.b.) Won a Thursday night game on the road.c.) Enjoyed an eight-game win streak. d.) Been a playoff team.Tonight, the 49ers (7-0) can change all that, aside from officially securing a playoff berth, which shouldn’t be far off even though, gosh, half the season awaits.Defensive tackle DeForest Buckner scoffed at playoff talk Sunday, even after a 51-13 rout of the Carolina Panthers. If ever the one-game-at-a-time …last_img read more

Cape Town harbour expansion ‘on track’

first_img2 June 2011The R5.4-billion expansion of Cape Town harbour’s container terminal is on track for completion within budget and ahead of schedule, state company Transnet said following the dredging and refurbishing of the second of four quays being upgraded.The completion of berth 602 saw 720 metres of quay wall made available to accommodate two 305-metre vessels along the quay.“This project signifies our commitment to ensure the competitiveness of our economy as custodians of our transport and logistics infrastructure,” Transnet CEO Brian Molefe said at a ceremony at the harbour earlier this month.“The investment, which is part of our R110-billion rolling five-year capital investment programme will not only increase capacity but go a long way towards improving productivity and efficiency at our ports.”Key drivers of growthCompletion of the five-year-long project will double the terminal’s capacity to 1.4-million TEUs per annum. A TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) is the volume of a standard 6 metre shipping containerCommenting on the completion of work at the berth, Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba said state-owned entities like Transnet, through their expansion projects, were encouraged to be the key drivers of the government’s developmental objectives, as articulated in the New Growth Path.“Modernising our transport infrastructure, especially at our ports, is a significant stride towards lowering the cost of doing business in this country, job creation and economic growth,” Gigaba said. “Crucially, this serves as a catalyst for long term growth, investment and efficiencies in the Western Cape region.”Reaping the benefitsThe project will have a significant impact on Transnet’s container handling capacity, which includes the expansion of capacity of container terminals in Durban, and the construction of the state-of-the-art Ngqura Container Terminal outside Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape.Transnet Port Terminals CEO Karl Socikwa said the division was already reaping the benefits of the investment. “This terminal consistently exceeds customer expectations including higher ship working hour and our own efficiency targets,” Socikwa said.“From a customer perspective, the rate at which containers are moved per hour has improved by more than 30% over the past 12 months.”Key aspects of the project include:Deepening to 15.5m all four berths, together with the Ben Schoeman Basin.Reconfiguring the stack yard to maximise space.Replacing the old ship to shore cranes with eight Liebherr Super Post-Panamax cranes with twin-lift capability. Six of these are already in place.Replacing straddle carriers with 28 Kalmar manufactured rubber-tyre gantry cranes that stack containers wider, deeper and higher.Refurbishing the quay wall to support the Super Post-Panamax ship-to-shore cranes.Introducing additional reefer plug points for refrigerated containers, with a total of 2 712 reefer points to be served by gantry cranes.Recruiting and training operators of lifting equipment to operate the new cranes.“It is heartening to note that this project and indeed the rest of our capital rejuvenation initiatives are funded on the strength of our balance sheet without any government guarantees or subsidies,” Molefe said. “The funding is purely on the attractiveness of these projects.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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