Not another player?! Manchester United fans fume as another key player suffers injury on international duty

first_imgManchester United and Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger suffered an injury during the warm up ahead of his country’s Euro 2016 qualifying match against the Republic of Ireland.And Red Devils fans can’t believe their luck.What with captain Wayne Rooney also being forced to sit out England’s two matches, while Michael Carrick and Luke Shaw are too injured, United supporters are irritated that another player could be set for a period on the sidelines.Have a read of the reactions of the most frustrated of the Old Trafford faithful… Bastian Schweinsteiger 1last_img read more

Premier League and La Liga hotshots, plus Barca academy star to United? Transfer latest

first_imgAre Man United set for a spending spree in January?Despite being two points off top spot, the club continue to be linked with players when the transfer window opens.And if recent reports are to be believed, then fans could be in for a very interesting month.Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the latest players linked with Man United, beginning with Barcelona superstar Neymar, who has once again emerged as a target.For all the latest transfer rumours, click here. 5 5 Nicolas Gaitan (Benfica): Deal finally off? To see more Man United transfer targets click the yellow arrow above, right – With deals for Neymar, Kane and Griezmann possibly on the cards, Van Gaal won’t be too upset to learn that a deal for tricky winger Nicolas Gaitan is almost dead. The 27-year-old has been linked to the club since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013, but the latest reports suggest he is close to signing a new deal with Portuguese champions Benfica. 5 5 5 Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid): United will to pay more than £50m? To see more Man United transfer targets click the yellow arrow above, right – Griezmann has been on the radar of Europe’s top clubs for some time, and reportedly turned down the chance to join Chelsea in the summer. The forward has already scored six times this season and has carried on his scorching form from last year. The Frenchman has a whooping £57.3m release clause in his contract and Van Gaal is reportedly keen to push a deal through sooner rather than later. Harry Kane (Tottenham): United once again linked with Tottenham ace – To see more Red Devils transfer targets click the yellow arrow above, right – The Kane to United rumour is picking up again, and it seems manager Louis van Gaal has not given up hope of signing the Spurs striker. The 22-year-old was heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford in the summer, but a move failed to materialise. However, will the poor form of captain Wayne prompt Van Gaal to go for Kane again. A reported £50m bid is on the table for a player who scored a hat-trick last week against Bournemouth. Neymar (Barcelona) – To see more Man United transfer targets click the yellow arrow above, right – Manchester United’s hopes of signing Neymar are beginning to look good. The Brazilian has shone at Barcelona in the last 18 months and is a serious contender for the Ballon d’Or. However, Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague has told talkSPORT that Neymar feels like Lionel Messi’s number two in Spain and is looking for a way out. United are believed to be leading the way for his signature and are prepared to break the bank to get him. Sergi Samper (Barcelona) – The new Busquets/Modric to head to England? – Barcelona’s academy has produced another gem in Sergi Samper, who has caught the attention of United and Arsenal. The 20-year-old deep-lying midfielder is being likened to Sergio Busquets and Luka Modric, for his range of passing and tackling tenacity. His buy-out clause is reportedly only £8.5m, and Van Gaal has sent scouts to watch him in recent weeks.last_img read more

Newcastle starlet seals loan move to Barnsley

first_imgNewcastle United striker Ivan Toney has joined League One strugglers Barnsley on loan.The 19-year-old moved to St. James’ Park in August, arriving from Northampton Town.Since then the youngster has impressed boss Steve McClaren nd made his first Premier League appearance against Chelsea in September.Now Toney will continue his development out loan and has joined Barnsley on a 28-day contract. 1 Ivan Toney last_img

Relegation battle? Guus Hiddink fears the worst if Chelsea lose to Everton and Arsenal

first_imgInterim Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink has admitted the Blues could become embroiled in a relegation battle with defeats to Everton and Arsenal in the next two games.The reigning Premier League champions are 14th after 21 games, 12 points off their stated target of fourth place and just six clear of Sunderland, who occupy the final relegation place.The Blues’ predicament prompted Jose Mourinho’s departure last month and Hiddink’s appointment.Chelsea are unbeaten in six games since Mourinho left, when they were one point off the drop zone, but the midweek draw with West Brom did little to ease concerns.“It’s reality,” Hiddink said. “We were down when we started. We were one point off the relegation line, but now we have a little bit more room to breathe.“We have two difficult games coming up – Everton, who have a very good away record – and then Arsenal.“If you don’t gather points there, you don’t know what the others do. The Premier League can surprise you.“There are 12 points difference to fourth place, which is Tottenham.“We all like to look forward and to the top of the table, but also don’t be unrealistic – you’re six points off the line of relegation. That’s also a fact.“We have to work hard and be very concentrated and gather our points to step up.“That’s why it was a pity that in the 86th minute we got this draw against West Brom, which would’ve helped us a lot to go up.” 1 Guus Hiddink last_img read more

Burnley 4-1 Derby: Clarets move up to third in the Championship as the Rams’ winless run continues

first_img1 Burnley struck three times in 12 minutes to beat Derby at Turf Moor to leapfrog the Rams and move into third in the Championship table.Derby defender Richard Keogh put through his own net in the first half, before Jacob Butterfield levelled the scores less than a minute later.However second-half penalties from Andre Gray and Sam Vokes, plus a Scott Arfield goal put the game out of reach of Paul Clement’s side.The win leaves the Clarets five points off to top of the Championship table after remaining unbeaten since Boxing Day’s defeat to league leaders Hull.Derby raced out of the blocks and were almost ahead inside 10 minutes but Tom Heaton beat away Tom Ince’s early effort while full-back Cyrus Christie caused chaos with a number of dangerous, whipped crosses.The game exploded into life on 29 minutes when, completely against the run of play, Burnley took the lead.Former Aston Villa man Matthew Lowton’s cross was flicked in beyond his own goalkeeper by Derby’s Keogh.However, a mere 26 seconds later, the visitors were level through a stunning Butterfield volley from 20 yards after a great flick on from Chris Martin.The Rams began the second half similarly to the way they began the first, keeping Burnley’s defence penned back into their own half while maintaining good pressure on the goal.However, just like in the first half it was Burnley who scored when Gray bundled through two challenges before he was brought down by Keogh.Gray stepped up and converted the resulting penalty, sending Scott Carson the wrong way.And Carson found himself facing another spot kick when Jason Shackell, on his return to the club he once captained, literally handed Burnley their second penalty in four minutes.This time it was Vokes who took the responsibility and stroked the ball down the middle of the goal to put the Clarets 3-1 up.It got worse for Shackell on 66 minutes when the shot of Arfield hit him to balloon over Carson to continue Derby’s terrible winless run which stretches all the way back to Boxing Day. Sean Dyche last_img read more

Mauricio Pochettino laughs off Claudio Ranieri’s Tottenham title favourites tag

first_img Mauricio Pochettino 1 Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has laughed off claims from Claudio Ranieri that Spurs are Premier League title favourites, and insisted Leicester are under just as much pressure in the race at the top.Spurs sit two points behind league leaders Leicester ahead of two crunch London derbies, with a trip to West Ham to come on Wednesday before the grudge match on Saturday against Arsenal.Ranieri has downplayed his side’s chances of being crowned champions and instead said it is Tottenham who should be considered odds-on to lift the trophy.Pochettino was not convinced, though he did not agree with some pundits’ views of mind games from the Foxes boss.“Mind games? No, it was a joke. I laughed a little bit,” Pochettino said.“In football it is good to play a little bit like this too. Our objective at the end of last season was clear, to reduce the gap with the teams at the top.“For me Leicester are at the top and they have the pressure too like all the teams below. We don’t feel that.“Only for us it is important to keep our level, our fitness, our mentality and we’ll see what happens. It’s too soon to speak about the end of the season.”West Ham are gunning for Champions League football themselves as they sit sixth, four points behind fourth-placed Manchester City.The Hammers will also be eager to put a dent in Tottenham’s title ambitions and Pochettino expects a hostile atmosphere in both his side’s next two matches.“It is a very important game, a derby, and you cannot split the emotion from the game,” Pochettino said.“It is not only a game. It is not only three points, it means a lot more than three points because every time you play a derby like West Ham or Arsenal it is more important for our supporters and we feel the same.”last_img read more

Trojans have to look for answers

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City“It was an open forum,” Carroll said. Of course, Carroll being Carroll, he did most of the talking about the Trojans’ 24-23 loss to Stanford while being a 41-point favorite. “I pretty much led the whole thing,” Carroll said. Some might say that is one of the problems, that Carroll micro-manages too much. But his staff said his input is valuable because he’s been through these situations before. “Coach is a very aware guy,” offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian said. “He’s got some pretty good ideas on what’s going on.” So what was Carroll’s main message? “We can’t turn the ball over,” Sarkisian said. “You just can’t.” Carroll echoed that feeling following Monday’s practice. “We could easily not win any more games if we don’t cut down on the turnovers,” he said. One of the by-products of an embarrassing loss is everything gets scrutinized. USC’s offense underwent a dissection during the meeting, according to sources. While fans focused their wrath on quarterback John David Booty because of his four interceptions, other areas were addressed by the coaches. “You have to establish the running game to establish throwing lanes,” Sarkisian said. USC averaged 2.5 yards per carry against a previously porous Stanford defense. But its options appear limited unless Stafon Johnson returns from a bruised foot that sidelined him last weekend. Johnson said Monday he is not 100 percent and is day-to-day right now. If he cannot play against Arizona, that leaves an increasingly disappointing Chauncey Washington with senior Hershel Dennis as the backup. Freshman Joe McKnight, the No. 1 tailback recruit in the nation, clearly does not have the confidence of the coaching staff. That seemed to be reinforced Monday during practice when he fumbled a punt return. “The situations just weren’t there for him on Saturday,” Sarkisian said. McKnight got two early carries and did not return against Stanford. The other weak spot is at wide receiver, where Patrick Turner has failed to emerge as a go-to guy. The other starter, David Ausberry, was blamed for a route error that led to one of Booty’s interceptions. Highly touted sophomore Vidal Hazelton failed to make an impact. “There’s a little bit of newness in the receiving group,” Carroll said. “There’s concern there and it’s shown up for the last few weeks. Physically, we have great players, but the execution is not there.” Another area of newness is offensive coordinator, where Sarkisian is calling plays for the first time following the departure of Lane Kiffin to the Raiders. Sarkisian admitted Monday he probably made a mistake calling for a deep pass on a third-down play in the fourth quarter with three minutes remaining. Stanford intercepted Booty and then drove for the winning touchdown. “The third-down call was not a very good call by me,” Sarkisian said. “We probably should have tried something more conservative.” Or maybe USC just cannot replace players like Steve Smith, USC’s go-to receiver last season. Carroll said Smith is the biggest loss from last season. “The one thing Steve brought was he was a go-to guy,” Sarkisian said. “But it wasn’t from Day 1. It was a learned trait. He didn’t become that guy until about midway through his junior year.” That’s exactly where Turner is now in his career and there are no comparisons to Smith. But the questions remained whether Booty, who broke his middle finger on his throwing hand, will play this week. It seems increasingly doubtful, unless he can grip a football. “The big thing is, I want to get the swelling down,” Booty said. “We’ll see how it holds up. Right now, it’s day to day.” Carroll said Booty’s finger looked worse Monday than Saturday but would not make an official decision as to whether he or Mark Sanchez will start. Keeping Booty will not placate angry fans. Sarkisian admitted he heard the crowd of about 80,000 booing after the game. “It’s never easy when you get booed,” he said. “The same people asking for my autograph are booing us.” scott.wolf@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Carroll calls coaches meeting, asks for input after embarrassing loss. By Scott Wolf STAFF WRITER USC coach Pete Carroll gathered his coaches around a table Sunday afternoon and asked for advice following perhaps the most embarrassing loss in school history the night before. last_img read more

Chinese workers dying, losing limbs to make cheap products for U.S.

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“Do people in your country handle cadmium while they make batteries?” Xiang asks. “Do they also die from this?” `This is a big problem for Americans’ With each new report of lead detected on a made-in-China toy, Americans express outrage: These toys could poison children. But Chinese workers making the toys – and countless other products for America – touch and inhale carcinogenic materials every day, all day long: benzene, lead, cadmium, toluene, nickel, mercury. Many are dying. They have fatal occupational diseases. Mostly they are young, in their 20s, 30s and 40s. But they are enduring slow, difficult deaths. Some say these workers are paying the real price for America’s cheap goods from China. “In terms of responsibility to Chinese society, this is a big problem for Americans,” said Zhou Litai, a lawyer from the city of Chongqing who has represented tens of thousands of dying workers in Chinese courts. The toxins and hazards exist in virtually every industry, including furniture, shoes, car parts, electronic items, jewelry, clothes, toys and batteries, interviews with workers confirm. The interviews were corroborated by legal documents, medical journal articles, medical records, import documents and official Chinese reports. And although these products are being made for the United States, most Chinese workers lack the health protections that for nearly half a century have protected U.S. workers, such as correct protective masks, booths that limit the spread of sprayed chemicals, proper ventilation systems and enforcement to ensure that their exposure to toxins will be limited to permissible doses. Chinese workers also routinely lose fingers or arms while making U.S. furniture, appliances and other metal goods. Their machines are too old to function properly, or they lack safety guards required in the United States. In most cases, U.S. companies do not own these factories. U.S. and multinational companies pay the factories to make products for America. From tiny A to Z Mining Tools in St. George to multinational corporations such as Reebok and IKEA, companies compete in the global marketplace by reducing costs – and that usually means outsourcing manufacturing to China. Last year, the United States imported $287.8 billion in goods from China, up from $51.5billion a decade ago, according to the U.S. Commerce Department. Those imports are expected only to increase. Worker health and safety are considered basic human rights. But in the global economy, responsibility to workers often gets lost amid vast distances and international boundaries. “This is a big-picture problem,” said Garrett Brown, an industrial hygienist from California who has inspected Chinese factories that export to America. “Big-picture problems don’t have quick or easy solutions.” The International Labor Organization publishes international standards for workplaces. China agreed to many of those standards and also enacted a 2002 law setting its own rigorous standards. Under Chinese law, workers have the legal right to remain safe from fatal diseases and amputations at work. But the law hasn’t been enforced, Chinese and international experts agree. Economic growth has been a more important goal to China than worker safety. Even the World Trade Organization, which maintains some barriers to trade to protect consumers’ health, does not concern itself with issues of workers’ health. As a result, enforcement of health-and-safety standards has been left to the governments of developing countries and the companies that outsource to those countries. Often, smaller companies never even visit the factories where their products are made. Larger companies try with only limited success to audit operations, often complaining that their efforts are failing. Records are falsified, and unsafe machines are used after audits. Safety guards are removed so workers can produce faster. “Through auditing tours, we can make good improvements and changes, but those changes are not sustainable,” complained Wang Lin, a manager for IKEA based in Shanghai. “Chinese government law enforcement is greatly needed. Without that, companies cannot sustain a good compliance program.” The Chinese Ministry of Health in 2005 noted at least 200 million of China’s labor force of 700 million workers were routinely exposed to toxic chemicals and life-threatening diseases in factories. “More than 16 million enterprises in China have been subjecting workers to high, poisonous levels of toxic chemicals,” the ministry said at a conference on occupational diseases in Beijing, which was reported by the state-controlled media. The ministry particularly blamed “foreign-funded” enterprises that exported goods. China has more deaths per capita from work-related illnesses each year than any other country, according to the ILO. In 2005, the most recent year for which data are available, 386,645 Chinese workers died of occupational illnesses, according to Chinese government data compiled by the ILO and cited in the July 14, 2006, Journal of Epidemiology. Millions more live with fatal diseases caused by factory work, other epidemiologists estimated in the article. The number of workers living with fatal diseases does not include those who suffer amputations. Primitive, unsafe machines with blades that lack safety guards have caused millions of limb amputations since 1995, according to lawyers for Chinese workers. The scale of the fatal diseases, deaths and amputations challenges the common wisdom – recited in both the Chinese and American press – that U.S. trade with China has helped Chinese factory workers improve their lives and living standards. “If I had known about the serious effects of the chemicals, I would not possibly have taken that job,” said Chen Honghuan, 40, who was poisoned while handling cadmium to make batteries for export to Rayovac, EverReady, Energizer and Panasonic in the United States. China’s 2002 Occupational Disease and Prevention Control Act established limits on workplace poisons, which in most cases are as strict or nearly as strict as U.S. regulations. But Chinese and foreign experts agree enforcement has been lax. After the law was enacted, for example, the average benzene level in Chinese factories reported in 24 scientific journals from 2002 through 2004 was more than 11 times the allowable level, according to scientists from Fudan University of Public Health in Shanghai, writing in the November 2006 Journal of Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology. Scientists reached the same conclusion about workers’ exposure to lead in the manufacture of paint, batteries, iron, steel, glass, cables and certain plastics. “The data demonstrated that many facilities in the lead industries reported in the literature were not in compliance with the OELs (occupational exposure limits),” Xibiao Ye and Otto Wong wrote in a 2006 medical journal article. “Similarly, there appeared to be only a minor impact of the 2002 act on the reduction of occupational lead poisoning in China. The current overall occupational health-monitoring system appears inadequate, lacking the necessary enforcement.” Most American businesses that import from China are small and medium-size, U.S. shipping records show. Unlike large companies, they ordinarily do not visit the factories or check on factory conditions. “I found the factory on the Internet two years ago,” Michael Been, owner of A to Z Mining Tools in St. George, said of a factory he uses in Guizhou Province. “They have someone who writes English.” Been has never been to the factory and has no plans to visit. Some larger companies, however, pay auditors to monitor conditions in the factories they use. But auditors’ visits provide merely a “snapshot in time,” business owners say. Chinese workers suggest those snapshots often are staged, with the number of toxins reduced before the visits and workers reassigned to new and safer tasks. The glimpse that visitors get of Chinese factories often is incomplete for other reasons: Many large factories have small satellite “workshops,” which are much smaller factories nearby that visitors never see, said Chinese workers interviewed for this story. “These Americans visited the large factory but never visited the workshop where I worked,” Chen Faju, 31, said as she pointed to numerous photos in her factory’s magazines of visiting Americans. “If they had visited, they would have smelled the poisons.” Chen and colleagues from the workshop were hospitalized for chronic anemia and myelodysplastic anemia, beginning in 2002, a result of brushing toxic glues for years onto the soles of New Balance and other sport shoes sold in the United States. The shoes were made by 30,000 workers in the Yue Yuen industrial park in the city of Dongguan. Chen’s medical record, dated Feb. 14, 2007, advises that she be removed from a job of “working with organic chemicals.” A manager from Chen’s workshop, Du Masheng, said toxins are not used anymore. In addition, auditors typically have been more concerned with fair wages than worker safety. Derek Wang, a former auditor for Reebok, recalls that he and his former boss lurked outside factories at night to see if workers were working overtime so they could make sure they were paid for the additional work. But asked for the ingredients of glues the factories used to make the shoes, Huang said he didn’t know. He never had glues tested for carcinogenic benzene or n-hexane. Chinese provincial governments are responsible for checking compliance with Chinese law. But too often, officials have a financial stake in businesses, leading to corruption and 24-hour warnings before rare inspections occur, said Liu Kaiming, executive director of the Institute of Contemporary Observation, a Chinese think tank. There are too few inspectors in China to monitor safety, experts say. There is one inspector for every 35,000 Chinese workers, Brown, the American industrial hygienist, calculated in a journal article. Local governments in China also do not fully understand the “adverse effects on workers’ health” of occupational hazards, according to an article this year in the journal Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology. “Chinese labor law is not that bad,” said Dominique Muller, the Hong Kong director of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions. “The problem is the implementation.” Guo Jianmei, a law professor at Beijing University who represents workers injured in factories, added: “The problem is that the Chinese government does not have an incentive to reform the enterprises.” In most countries, trade unions help ensure that employers abide by occupational health and safety regulations. The unions also help train workers in proper use of machines and protective equipment. China has only one trade union, controlled by the central government. Its function is to enhance production and maintain labor discipline. Workers who try to organize or establish their own free trade unions are arrested and face lengthy prison sentences. Lawyers who have tried to help them also have been imprisoned. “In China, there is absolutely nothing you can do,” said Au Loong-yu, a researcher for the nonprofit organization Globalization Monitor in Hong Kong. “Workers have been robbed of the basic tool of self-defense, forming independent unions. And the government is biased in favor of the business sector, so it cracks down on workers who try to speak up for themselves.” Indeed, the Chinese government treats issues related to workers’ rights as sensitive matters of state security. Even those workers with diseases or amputations who try to help other workers with similar conditions – by forming independent nongovernment organizations (NGOs) – have had their organizations shut down by state security police, they said in interviews. “Now, we pose as a business, as a consulting firm,” said Zhu Qiang, an underground NGO leader in Shenzhen who lost his arm in a crude machine while making plastic bags for America. China’s failure to permit free trade unions translates into additional cost savings for American consumers and profits for American companies, reducing the cost of manufactured imports from China from 11percent to 44percent, Columbia University law professor Mark Barenberg said. The lack of unions also makes it even more lucrative to use Chinese workers to make goods. “In the U.S., if you are a manufacturer, you have to contribute to unemployment insurance and worker compensation insurance, you have to buy workplace environmental insurance and liability insurance, and you have to comply with the occupational health and safety law,” said David Welker, research coordinator for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in Washington, D.C. U.S. businesses, while adamant they don’t want Chinese workers to get sick or hurt, know their costs are lower because the regulatory environment is more lax. Meanwhile, the shipping containers from China arrive every day.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GUANGZHOU, China – The patients arrive every day in Chinese hospitals with disabling and fatal diseases, acquired while making products for the United States. On the sixth floor of the Guangzhou Occupational Disease and Prevention Hospital, Wei Chaihua, 44, sits on his iron-rail bed, tethered to an oxygen tank. He is dying of the lung disease silicosis, a result of making Char-Broil gas stoves sold in California and throughout the United States. Down the hall, He Yuyun, 36, who for years brushed America’s furniture with paint containing benzene and other solvents, receives treatment for myelodysplastic anemia, a precursor to leukemia. In another room rests Xiang Zhiqing, 39, her hair falling out and her kidneys beginning to fail from prolonged exposure to cadmium, which she placed in batteries sent to the United States. last_img

Developer buying NBC site

first_imgBURBANK – NBC Universal plans to sell its entire 34-acre studio in Burbank to a development company that will inherit the right to build on the property, city and studio officials said Tuesday. M. David Paul and Associates will be the builder, with help from Stockbridge Real Estate Fund, officials said. The companies have created a joint entity – Catalina Media Development II LLC – to develop the remainder of the NBC lot. With NBC Universal set to move its operations to Universal City, the company reserves the right to lease the Burbank facility for several years while it makes the move. The daytime soap opera “Days of Our Lives” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” are among the shows produced at the Burbank studio. Under a 1997 agreement between NBC and Burbank, the new owner could build up to 670,000 square feet of office space for media companies, which is expected to bring both more jobs and more traffic. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“Certainly, NBC has the right to sell it,” said Burbank City Councilman Dave Golonski. “I think M. David Paul is an excellent owner who develops very high quality, nice projects. The projects he’s done in Burbank are all very good.” A representative of Santa Monica-based M. David Paul did not return repeated calls seeking comment. The company is already building a 14-story office tower on a nine-acre lot it bought from NBC in 2005 at Bob Hope Drive and Alameda Avenue, right across from the rest of the NBC lot. That project is slated to be finished in a year. Thomas Patrick Dore Jr., senior vice president for West Coast real estate for NBC Universal, wrote in a letter to city officials that Catalina would invest equity of $65 million in the project, and that Stockbridge would reserve $190 million in capital as support for its loan to buy the property. The financial aspect is important, because the Burbank City Council must sign off on whether the new owner has enough capital to undertake the project, city officials said. But under the 1997 development agreement, that is the only aspect of the transfer the council has jurisdiction over. The development agreement, which was approved by the City Council, allows for 1.8 million square feet of media-related office space to be built on the NBC lot, which fronts on Alameda and Olive avenues. But much of it is already developed, leaving only about 670,000 square feet left for development, officials said. Under the 1997 agreement, any company building on the remainder of the NBC lot would have to pay for traffic improvements on nearby streets, including restriping, new lanes and new signals. Since the NBC lot is next to the Ventura Freeway, development there would put fewer vehicles on city streets than it might in other parts of the city, said Mike Flad, assistant city manager. But officials still expect that when the new offices are built, it will bring more traffic to the area. “In terms of revenue for the city, it’s great news, in terms of the property tax and the addition of jobs to this community,” Flad said. In 2009, when Leno steps down, NBC Universal says, “The Tonight Show” will move to Universal City. In 2011, the company says, it will begin moving the rest of its facilities to Universal City, on a space near the MTA Red Line station. alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com 818-546-3304160Want 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

INVESTMENT IN LETTERKENNY IN DOUBT AFTER HOGAN ABANDONS GATEWAY STATUS FOR TOWN

first_imgDeputy Charlie McConalogue has claimed the decision to abandon the National Spatial Strategy means Letterkenny’s status as a Gateway town has been lost – jeopardising future investment in the area.The Donegal TD says the town is now in limbo as a result of the move by Environment Minister Phil Hogan and businesses will suffer.“The decision to drop the National Spatial Strategy without any sign of a replacement plan for over a year leaves Letterkenny and the other 18 Gateway towns and hubs in utter limbo. This could have enormous consequences for Letterkenny and the surrounding area, putting future growth and investment here in jeopardy.” The National Spatial Strategy was originally designed to promote balanced regional development to offset dominance by the Greater Dublin Area and to help foster economic growth nationally by utilising our national resources effectively.Letterkenny is one of 18 hubs that has benefited form the status and helped lead to growth in recent years.But the Environment Minister Phil Hogan has announced plans to scrap the strategy with no replacement planned for at least another year.Deputy McConalogue continued, “Under the National Special Strategy, Letterkenny had a central role in attracting infrastructural investment and acting as an engine of growth for the surrounding area. This was particularly important in cross border relations with Derry. Now that the strategy has been completely abandoned by Fine Gael and Labour, the future role of Letterkenny is in doubt. “Businesses basing their long term projects on the plans outlined by the National Special Strategy now have to deal with greater uncertainty about infrastructural projects, population bases and transport links. Given the pressing need for job creation across Donegal the news that our Gateway town has been dropped will only create further uncertainty.“The government needs to start taking job creation in Donegal and the North West seriously. We have already seen through information supplied to Fianna Fáil last week that the IDA only achieved 3 investor visits in Donegal over the past two years compared to dozens in some other counties on the east coast, which have benefited enormously as a result. Figures from Enterprise Ireland also show a net loss of jobs in Donegal last year in contrast to the national trend. This latest news is another blow to hopes of investment in Letterkenny.”But Labour Party chair , Peter Cutliffe has challenged Deputy Deputy Charlie Mc Conlogue’s assertion this week that Minister Philip Hogan’s decision to abandon Gateway status for Letterkenny has jepordised potential investment in the town.“The National Spatial Strategy was another Fianna Fail smoke-screen suggesting the party was serious about creating jobs in the Region. I believe it was a myth and I challenge Fianna Fail and the Deputy to illustrate what direct benefit and jobs resulted from this strategy”, said Mr. Cutliffe .He continued that we badly need job- creation activity in the County as a whole and until we see the banks releasing credit to business , we will continue to struggle. “I really believe that job-creation is only possible if the Banks become more proactive and no amount of strategies can replace actual funding for job-creation,” Mr Cutliffe concluded .INVESTMENT IN LETTERKENNY IN DOUBT AFTER HOGAN ABANDONS GATEWAY STATUS FOR TOWN was last modified: February 19th, 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:Charlie McConalogueGateway StatusinvestmentletterkennyPhil Hoganlast_img read more