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Pierce College gets more buildings for less

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champIf only the LAUSD could take a page from Pierce’s campus-construction playbook and learn to achieve more with less. In this era of rising costs for everything from fuel to steel, it’s rare to find a construction project that’s coming in on budget, especially when it comes to public agencies. Rarer still are ones that will cost less than initially thought. That the case for some of Pierce College’s Proposition A/AA projects. Soaring costs for steel and other materials a couple of years ago forced the college to revise its budget and put off some of the buildings until prices went down. As a result, the college saved millions of dollars and can now build more for less. It’s not rocket science, but it is uncommon for big institutions to be so flexible. Just consider the Los Angeles Unified School District, which won’t alter its behemoth building plan even in the face of changing demographics and costs. last_img read more

Robertson to Defend Relays Night Dunk Title at the Knapp Center

first_imgAll ticket packages to the 2019 Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee go on sale on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 9 a.m. Tickets remain for Wednesday’s “Relays Night” as the Bulldogs take on the Illinois State Redbirds.  For tickets to either event, contact the Drake Athletic Ticket Office at 515-271-3647 or visit Print Friendly Version Larry Donald is less than a year removed from competing collegiately at Arkansas where he was an NCAA Championship qualifier and advanced to the 2018 USATF Championship at Drake Stadium in both the 110 and 400-meter hurdles. His versatility in those events should serve him well in the Knapp Center as should his competitive spirit as the son of heavyweight great Larry ‘The Legend’ Donald, a 1992 Olympian in boxing who went on to earn the NABC World Championship belt with a 12-round unanimous decision over Evander Holyfield. The trio of Ricky Robertson, Wallace Spearmon and Larry Donald guarantee to thrill and amaze fans of all ages at the Knapp Center as they attack the rims. The annual event highlights the upcoming Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee and honors its longtime committee members, officials and volunteers that drive America’s Athletic Classic. In 2018, Blake Boldon, the Franklin P. Johnson Director of the Relays, added a high-flying dunk contest between Relays’ athletes to showcase the tremendous athleticism of the world’s top track and field talents. While both certainly possess credentials to walk away with the Relays Night dunk title, they will be pushed by a young upstart with the pedigree of a prizefighter ready for the bright lights and the big stage. Robertson was a 10-time All-American as a collegian and a 2016 Olympian who finished fourth at the USATF Championships last summer inside Drake Stadium. Robertson has cleared 7-7.25 in the high jump and demonstrated last winter that a 10-foot basketball rim poses little challenge to his leaping ability and athleticism. DES MOINES, Iowa – Wednesday, Jan. 30, is set to be another ‘can’t-miss’ night at the Knapp Center. Spearmon is one of the greatest 200-meter runners of all time as his personal best of 19.65 is the eighth fastest time in history and bested only by the likes of Usain Bolt and the incomparable Michael Johnson. Spearmon’s incredible athleticism and longevity as one of the world’s best athletes is not to be missed as he takes his horizontal speed skyward. Ricky Robertson, a high jumper who stands less than six-feet tall, brought the Knapp Center crowd to its feet in 2018 with a series acrobatic dunks to win the competition. Robertson is ready and committed to defending his title in 2019 against an even more talented field, according to Boldon. “When we came up this idea, I never dreamed we’d attract athletes with these exceptional resumes, including one of the world’s greatest sprinters in Wallace Spearmon,” stated Boldon.  In addition to the Drake men’s basketball team hosting Illinois State at 7PM in a critical Missouri Valley Conference contest, the evening will also feature three world-class athletes including the defending champion and an American record holder in a halftime dunk contest as part of ‘Relays Night’ at the Knapp Center. However, Robertson’s plaudits in the event have drawn one of the top American sprinters to the Knapp Center as a challenger. Wallace Spearmon, who held the American record in the indoor 200 meters and a multi-time medalist at the World Championships, guarantees to lay siege to Robertson’s title defense. The Drake Relays champion in the invitational 200 meters in 2012, Spearmon went on to finish fourth in the same event at the 2012 Olympics in London. last_img read more

DMG Motors host 0% APR used car extravaganza

first_imgDrop everything, the ultimate used car event is here!On Monday morning come along to DMG to snap up a bargain, with deals including;> 0% APR Finance> 24 month warranty available> €3,000 discount Based in Donegal Town, DMG Motors are main dealers for Skoda, SEAT & Mitsubishi new cars and commercial vehicles.At their state of the art showroom you can avail of a fully equipped car service centre, parts department, even Euromobil car hire.“At DMG Motors we pride ourselves on selling quality second hand cars and abiding to the highest levels of customer service. We look forward to your visit!”To check out some of the cars on offer you can follow this link: Call 074 9721396 for more information or visit DMG Motors host 0% APR used car extravaganza was last modified: October 17th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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)last_img read more

Can’t accept an unfairly harsh suspension: Maria Sharapova

first_imgMaria Sharapova released a statement just minutes after International Tennis Federation banned her for two years for testing positive for meldonium. The Russian said that she will immediately appeal the suspension at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).’NOT INTENTIONAL'”Today with their decision of a two year suspension, the ITF tribunal unanimously concluded that what I did was not intentional. The tribunal found that I did not seek treatment from my doctor for the purpose of obtaining a performance enhancing substance,” Sharapova said.ITF DOING”The ITF spent tremendous amounts of time and resources trying to prove I intentionally violated the anti-doping rules and the tribunal concluded I did not. You need to know that the ITF asked the tribunal to suspend me for four years the required suspension for an intentional violation – and the tribunal rejected the ITF’s position.”‘UNFAIRLY HARSH'”While the tribunal concluded correctly that I did not intentionally violate the anti-doping rules, I cannot accept an unfairly harsh two-year suspension. The tribunal, whose members were selected by the ITF, agreed that I did not do anything intentionally wrong, yet they seek to keep me away from playing tennis for two years.””I will immediately appeal the suspension portion of this ruling to CAS, the Court of Arbitration for Sport,” Sharapova added.WILL BE BACK SOON”I have missed playing tennis and I have missed my amazing fans, who are the best and most loyal fans in the world. I have read your letters. I have read your social media posts and your love and support has gotten me through these tough days.advertisement”I intend to stand for what I believe is right and that’s why I will fight to be back on the tennis court as soon as possible.”last_img read more

Tottenham Hotspur F.C. target Serge Aurier granted UK work permit: reports

first_imgParis St Germain right back Serge Aurier has been granted a United Kingdom work permit and is set to join Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur F.C., according to media reports on Wednesday.Sky Sports said representatives of the 24-year-old Ivory Coast defender confirmed that a work permit had been approved following delays caused by a criminal conviction in France.According to media reports Spurs have agreed a 25 million euro (29.81 million USD) fee for Aurier, a natural replacement for Kyle Walker. England right back Walker joined Manchester City F.C. for a reported 50 million pounds (64.61 million USD) in July.Premier League leaders Manchester United F.C. are also chasing Aurier, who last season was refused entry to the United Kingdom to play against Arsenal F.C. in the Champions League.Aurier was found guilty in September last year of assaulting a police officer outside a Paris nightclub in May 2016 and was given a convertible two-month prison term.He denied the charge and has appealed against the sentence, which since it is convertible usually results in community service.last_img read more

Pro Volleyball League: Calicut Heroes overcome resurgent U Mumba Volley 3-2

first_imgDay 4 of Pro Volleyball League saw Calicut Heroes register their second win in a thrilling battle against U Mumba Volley (15-10, 12-15, 15-13, 14-15, 15-9). For Calicut, it was yet again Ajith Lal C who played the lead role with 16 points (15 spikes, 1 block) whereas for U Mumba Volley it was skipper Dipesh Kumar Sinha who stood out with 11 points (7 spikes, 3 blocks and 1 serve).After winning the toss, U Mumba Volley decided to serve and got two quick points. Calicut picked up the pace soon with two back-to-back spikes from Lal. At the Technical Time Out (TTO), Calicut led U Mumba by just one point at 8-7. At 11-8, Calicut called for a Super Point and a beautifully executed deception ending with a spike from Lal got them the bonus point. U Mumba made a two-point recovery to 10-14, owing to errors by Iluoni Ngampourou and Jerome Vinith, but a spike from Calicut skipper Vinith closed the set in their favour at 15-10.Both the teams started cautiously in the second, countering each other’s moves and earning on a few unforced errors. At 4-4, Lal came up with a blistering spike to break the parity followed by a mistake by Nick Del Bianco as Calicut got a two-point lead. At 5-6, U Mumba called for a Super Point that they won with an inch-perfect block by Saqlain Tariq to give his team a 7-6 lead.Coordination on the courtCoordination off the courtCelebration #Chembada style.@CalicutHeroes #ThrillKaCall #RuPayPVL Volleyball (@ProVolleyballIN) February 5, 2019Riding on the new lease of energy they won six consecutive points stretching the lead to 12-6. Calicut tried to close the gap climbing up to 12-14 but U Mumba settled the matter with a Tomislav Coskovic spike at 15-12.With a set apiece, the match became a battle of equals. At 6-6, U Mumba took the initiative two consecutive spikes Saqlain Tariq and Del Bianco heading into the TTO at 8-6. At 7-8, U Mumba called for a Super Point but a rock-solid block at the net by Karthik A won Calicut the point and lead at 9-8.U Mumba made a comeback with a spike and serve from Prince to take a one-point lead at 10-9. As the tension built, Coskovic error put U Mumba behind. Calicut had a set point at 14-12 but U Mumba skipper Sinha got his team a point to make it 13-14 but Lal continued his red-hot form to give Calicut a 2-1 lead after three sets.Leading 7-3 in 4th, Calicut committed a handful of errors allowing U Mumba to crawl back in the set. To press the advantage, Calicut called for a Super Point at 9-8, but U Mumba skipper Sinha came with an impressive block to take his team to 10-9. At 10-all U Mumba called for a Super Point and won it with a spike from Shubham that beat a three-man block which was followed by Coskovic’s spike to make it 13-10. Of the next five points, Calicut won four with U Mumba taking just one. At 14-14, Calicut needed one point to win the match while U Mumba needed one to stay alive and got it to take the match to the decider.The decider saw both the teams level at 6-6. Calicut called for a Super Point at 7-6 and converted with Vinith’s spike. Karthik then aced a Super Serve to increase the lead to 11-6 for Calicut. The six-point lead was too steep for U Mumba as the set ended with a service error from Pankaj Sharma at 15-9 and the match 3-2 in favour of Calicut Heroes.last_img read more

Arsenal down Chelsea to reach Carabao Cup final

first_imgArsenal 2 Chelsea 1 (2-1 agg): Xhaka completes turnaround to book EFL Cup final spot Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 05:53 1/25/18 arsenal-cropped Getty Images Chelsea’s hopes of reaching the EFL Cup final are over after they lost 2-1 at Arsenal, despite taking the lead through Eden Hazard. Arsenal came from behind to beat Chelsea 2-1 and set up an EFL Cup final clash with Manchester City thanks to Granit Xhaka’s second-half winner at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.The 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge set the second leg up nicely and, although neither side was at their best, Arsenal showed the greater character in their first outing since Alexis Sanchez’s departure as they battled back from an early deficit to book their passage to Wembley.The opening exchanges were particularly eventful as Pedro saw a goal chalked off just before setting up Eden Hazard for the opener after only seven minutes. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player An Arsenal equaliser followed soon after, though, as Antonio Rudiger scored an own goal that he knew little about, with Nacho Monreal’s header hitting Marcos Alonso and then going in off the German.The second period was rather less open as the contest became more bogged down in midfield, but Arsenal – who were without the cup-tied Henrikh Mkhitaryan – took full advantage when a chance presented itself on the hour as Xhaka prodded Arsene Wenger’s men into the lead.Chelsea poured men forward towards the end in a desperate attempt to force an extra 30 minutes and that almost allowed Arsenal to get a third through Alex Iwobi, though the Gunners were not made to rue his miss as they successfully held on to set up a finale with City on February 25.Antonio Conte’s side made a purposeful start and appeared to catch Arsenal off guard with their early intent.Pedro saw a goal correctly disallowed for offside five minutes in, but that was a warning Arsenal failed to heed and Chelsea were not to be denied soon afterwards.The Spaniard was at the heart of things again, turning provider as he fed Hazard between Laurent Koscielny and Monreal for the Belgian to coolly find the bottom-left corner.3 – Eden Hazard has netted three goals in his last two Chelsea games in all competitions, as many as in his previous 14. Striking.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 24, 2018Their lead was short-lived thanks to a fortuitous equaliser in the 12th minute, however, Monreal’s header deflecting off Alonso and the unfortunate Rudiger before beating Willy Caballero.Chelsea suffered the blow of losing Willian to injury after half an hour, allowing Ross Barkley to enter for his debut following a £15million move from Everton.But one of his first involvements saw him concede a free-kick from which Xhaka went close.And Chelsea survived again just before the break as Mesut Ozil’s deflected effort went agonisingly wide of the left-hand post.Things were tighter at both ends upon the restart, with the next opportunity not arriving until the 57th minute when Cesar Azpilicueta cleared Iwobi’s cut-back narrowly over his own goal.Boom…— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 24, 2018But Arsenal’s second did arrive promptly as Alexandre Lacazette saw his low cross deflect off the hapless Rudiger into the danger zone and Xhaka was there to stab home from close range.Iwobi should have put the contest beyond Chelsea 14 minutes from time, but he shot straight at Caballero with just the goalkeeper to beat.Chelsea enjoyed some late pressure and Rudiger could have levelled eight minutes from the end when he met Hazard’s corner, but he headed over and Arsenal ultimately held on without undue cause for concern. Key Opta stats:- Arsenal will play in their eighth League Cup final; only Liverpool (12) and Manchester United (nine) have played in more (Aston Villa and Spurs also on eight).- The Gunners scored just six goals on their way to the final, the lowest goal-tally of any side to reach a League Cup final.- All five of Chelsea’s defeats in domestic competitions this season have come in London, courtesy of two losses at Stamford Bridge and one each at Selhurst Park, London Stadium and the Emirates.- Ross Barkley made his first competitive club appearance in 248 days, since playing against Arsenal at the Emirates with Everton on May 21, 2017. read morelast_img read more

10 months agoVan Gaal: Liverpool stronger team than Man City

first_imgVan Gaal: Liverpool stronger team than Man Cityby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal believes Liverpool are a superior team to Manchester City despite Thursday’s defeat.Van Gaal felt the thrill-a-minute clash at the Etihad illustrated the weaknesses that Pep Guardiola has to address.He told the Mirror: “The match proved to me that City cannot defend.“When Liverpool equalised, there were enough City ­defenders around the box to prevent it.“But most of the time, in the Premier League, City don’t have to defend because they outplay most opponents.“When they face a strong side like Liverpool, you can see that the City players are not able to defend properly. They look erratic.“Liverpool deserve applause because most teams cannot force Man City into a situation where they have to defend.“Liverpool did push them at one point in the second half and then we could see that City were in trouble. Just look at Roberto ­Firmino, he hardly touched the ball, but his amount of running for the team was ­incredible.“Klopp also has Sadio Mane and even Mo Salah running their socks off in all matches.“Those three help the others to defend and they also have the energy to counter-attack and create things when they win the ball back.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Survey Shows Drivers Are Responding to Cell Phone Legislation

first_imgA survey of drivers shows that more than three quarters of those who used to talk on their hand-held cellphones while driving have stopped. The information is contained in the most recent Nova Scotia Road Safety Survey. Starting next month, drivers across the province will be contacted to participate in the second annual survey. The Road Safety Survey was developed to provide baseline information and help identify road safety issues of importance to Nova Scotians. “The survey helps us make the right decisions in the development, implementation, and evaluation of the province’s initiatives that support the safety of all Nova Scotians,” said Bill Estabrooks, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “We want Nova Scotia to be a leader in reducing deaths and injuries on the road.” Seventy-eight per cent of drivers who previously used their cell-phone have either switched to a hands-free device or no longer talk on their phone as a result of legislation banning the use of hand-held cellphones while driving. Results from the survey suggest that speed and impaired driving are considered the most serious problems by drivers. Distracted driving was also identified as a serious problem. Nearly seven in ten drivers rated all three as serious problems. While drivers view speeding to be a serious problem, the vast majority, 81 per cent, admitted to having at least occasionally driven between one to 15 km/h over the speed limit in the month prior to the survey. The province has introduced several initiatives to improve road safety, including a targeted impaired driving unit, banning hand-held cellphones, stronger and expanded penalties for street racing, and legislation and funding to improve crosswalk safety. The 2009 Road Safety Survey was conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. A total of 1,445 telephone interviews were conducted with drivers last June. The report is available on the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal website at .last_img read more