Man United go into unknown in Europa League

first_imgBy Tim CollingsTriple European champions Manchester United and their under-fire coach Louis van Gaal face a tricky task against little-known Midtjylland in the last 32 of the Europa League following Monday’s draw.United, knocked out of the Champions League last week, meet the Danish league winners, an unsung club backed by owner Matthew Benham who are in their maiden European campaign and eliminated Southampton earlier in the competition.Midtjylland’s pony-tailed chairman Rasmus Ankersen, appointed by former financier and professional gambler Benham, who also owns English second-tier club Brentford, issued a warning after the draw.“We have already beaten one English team so we are not afraid,” said Ankersen. “We are a small club with a small budget and we know we can’t outspend them so we have to out-think them and, so far, this way has worked for us in the Europa League.“We know we have a chance and we will take up the challenge. If we can beat Southampton we can beat Manchester United and the players will feel that and believe it.”Midtjylland have adopted the use of mathematical modelling and key performance indicators in their management and style of play, factors Van Gaal will need to study after a probable call to fellow Dutchman and Southampton manager Ronald Koeman.Van Gaal has received a lot of criticism following his team’s Champions League exit and their 2-1 defeat by promoted Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday.In other eye-catching ties Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp returns to Germany to face Augsburg, another club in their maiden European campaign, while Sevilla, bidding for a hat-trick of Europa League titles, meet Norwegian team Molde.Former Champions League winners Borussia Dortmund and Porto also lock horns while Olympique de Marseille take on Athletic Bilbao, Anderlecht play Olympiakos Piraeus, Shakhtar Donetsk face Schalke 04 and Lazio meet Galatasaray.The first legs will be played on Feb. 18 and the return matches seven days later.Europa League Last 32 draw:Fiorentina v TottenhamMidtjylland v Man UnitedAugsburg v LiverpoolValencia v Rapid ViennaBorussia Dortmund v PortoFenerbahce v Lokomotiv MoscowAnderlecht v OlympiakosSparta Prague v KrasnodarGalatasaray v LazioSion v BragaShakhtar Donetsk v SchalkeMarseille v Athletic BilbaoSevilla v MoldeSporting Lisbon v Bayer LeverkusenVillarreal v NapoliSaint-Etienne v Basellast_img read more

Sports Briefs: Manny spars for 5 rounds

first_imgFilipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite In-form Clyde Mondilla will lead the assault on the Villamor layout when the ICTSI Philippine Masters returns to the local golf calendar Wednesday. Mondilla bested Filipino aces Miguel Tabuena and Tony Lascuña by one shot last week to rule the ICTSI Manila Southwoods Championship. And with Villamor similar to where he honed his game, Mondilla is upbeat on his chances of improving on his winning 22-under 266 total at Southwoods’ Legends course. Tuesday’s pro-am was won by Orlan Sumcad and amateur partners Benjie Castañeda, Bong Sacro and Angelo David with a 17-under 55 total. —ROY LUARCADiaz eyes Indoor medalFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundWeightlifting star Hidilyn Diaz could achieve two career breakthroughs in the forthcoming 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Apart from being the sure pick as the country’s flag-bearer, the Rio de Janeiro Olympic silver medalist is targeting at least a bronze medal in the 62-nation Games on Sept. 17 to 27. —JUNE NAVARRO View comments Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Swing Out Sister back to PH this Aprilcenter_img China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ It took Manny Pacquiao just five rounds Tuesday to convince chief trainer Freddie Roach that their preparations for Australian Jeff Horn will go on smoothly. Pacquiao sparred for three rounds with welterweight Kenneth Simms (12-0, 4 KOs) and two against lightweight Edis Totli (29-2, 10 KOs) at Elorde Gym near SM Mall of Asia. “Manny looked so fresh today. I’m very happy with what he showed me,” Roach said. —ROY LUARCAMondilla seeks No. 2ADVERTISEMENT Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Coming off bench ‘good experience’ for injured Valdez For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’last_img read more

Chris Paul, Thunder rally past Warriors for first road win

first_imgMOST READ SEA Games 2019: PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 02:51SEA Games 2019: PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)00:50Trending Articles03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption Glenn Robinson III scored 25 points and Ky Bowman added 24 as injury-plagued Golden State competed with just eight healthy players. The Warriors lost their third straight game and 10th in 11, committing five of their 12 turnovers in the final quarter.“It’s frustrating. Being a young team is not an excuse for that last four minutes of basketball we played,” Robinson said.Eric Paschall contributed 13 points and 10 rebounds as injured Splash Brothers Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson cheered their young teammates from the bench.Paul’s 3-pointer with 3:01 remaining got the Thunder within 97-90 and Dennis Schroder hit from deep the next time down to make it a four-point game. Schroder scored 22 points off the bench and dished out five assists.Paul struggled early to find his shooting stroke but finished with 20 points, while Danilo Gallinari had 15 points, seven rebounds and six assists as the Thunder moved to 1-6 on the road.ADVERTISEMENT ‘People evacuated on their own’ Oklahoma City snapped a three-game skid — those defeats coming by a combined 10 points.The Thunder also are without a key playmaker, losing guard Hamidou Diallo for four to six weeks with a hyperextension sprain in his right elbow.The Oklahoma City-Golden State matchup is a far cry from what it had been in recent years with Kevin Durant playing for the Warriors against his old team. Durant departed in the offseason to join the Brooklyn Nets.TIP-INSThunder: C Nerlens Noel returned after missing Friday’s game with an illness. … The Thunder are 8-13 on the road against the Warriors during the OKC era … Oklahoma City returns to Chase Center on March 28. … The Thunder already beat the Warriors twice at home, including 120-92 on Oct. 27 to match their largest margin of victory against Golden State and led by 33 points at halftime.Warriors: Draymond Green missed a third straight game with a sore right heel. “It’s lingering,” coach Steve Kerr said. “It doesn’t seem like it’s going to be anything that goes on for too long. It’s also not something we want to aggravate and keep him out for a long period of time.” … D’Angelo Russell missed his fifth game in a row with a sprained right thumb but is expected to travel on the team’s upcoming road trip and will be re-evaluated Saturday. The Warriors miss his playmaking, as Russell has dished out seven or more assists in each of his last four games. … Willie Cauley-Stein had his career-best streak of at least one block end at nine straight games. … Golden State trails the season series 3-0 after the two road losses. The Warriors won the regular-season series 2-1 last season.DIALLO HURTThe Thunder announced Diallo’s status earlier Monday, saying he would be re-evaluated after that timeframe.In Friday’s 130-127 home loss to the Lakers, Diallo left in the fourth quarter after taking contact from LeBron James on a driving layup early in the period.Diallo had just returned from a three-game absence for a sprained left knee. He has played in 12 games with one start, averaging 8.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 21.4 minutes.“I think for him, being out for a couple games and then coming back and playing like he did, I think for any young player, the concern always for those guys is: ‘Where am I going to fit in? How am I going to fit in when I get back? Am I behind the 8-ball, am I the last guy?’” coach Billy Donovan said. “And that’s not the case I think for our team. We need Hami and I told him that when he comes back we’re going to put him right back into the rotation and try to get him back to where he had been playing before the injury.UP NEXTThunder: Visit the Trail Blazers on Wednesday night still searching for a road victory and having won the past two meetings on Portland’s home floor. Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday Top boxers lead Philippine team for SEA Games NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations Warriors: Host the Bulls on Wednesday night to finish a brief two-game homestand during a stretch with nine of 11 games on the road — including an upcoming five-game swing on the East Coast.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Paul hit a 19-footer with 36 seconds left to put Oklahoma City ahead and Alec Burks missed a contested shot in the paint moments later on the other end, sending the Thunder to their first road win of the season with a 100-97 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Monday night.“Nice. I didn’t even know this was our first road win,” Paul said. “That’s sickening. That was crazy. … We’ll take it, keep on moving.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4The Warriors led most of the way before the Thunder scored the final 13 points.“Chaotic. We couldn’t handle their defensive pressure, they turned it up and forced some turnovers,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “… It was frustrating because we had the game right in our grasp and just couldn’t finish it off. More than anything I just feel sick for our guys because they continue to compete and work. They deserve better. But on the other hand we weren’t good enough to close the game out and so we didn’t deserve to win.” No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist LATEST STORIES Oklahoma City Thunder guard Chris Paul (3) celebrates with Nerlens Noel, left, and Terrance Ferguson (23) at the end of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors, Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)SAN FRANCISCO — Once Chris Paul gets in midrange jumper territory he considers it “my version of a layup.”“I’ll take that,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Not forgetting the elderly

first_imgThe welfare of the elderly is not known to be an issue that dominates discussions at the national level in this country. This is quite unfortunate as in certain countries, there is an ongoing dialogue between policy makers and other actors as to what more could be done to ensure that senior folks lead healthier and happier lives. Leaders look for ways and means of offering more to its senior citizens, whether it is in the area of pensions, care homes, or better health care services etc.In Guyana, this is not the case. Even though the state has taken some steps to make senior citizens’ lives easier, there is still a very far way to go in creating a more comfortable, convenient and stress-free life for this vulnerable group.Older folks are given a minimum pension which could hardly sustain them, resulting in some of them being abused by uncaring relatives or neighbours etc. In terms of care, if children or other family members are not around, older folks are left to care for themselves, most times resulting in their health deteriorating and eventually dying. Also, as it relates to transportation, with the exception of travelling on the ferries, there is no other preferential treatment given to this segment of the population as they are made to pay their way and endure the same hassle as younger people do. This should not be; as these persons have given their best years of service towards the development of their country. The least a nation could do to repay its elderly folks is to ensure that they are given basic privileges to live a comfortable life.The authorities should begin the conversation with the relevant stakeholders as how best to care for older folks and identify priority areas for attention, based on availability of resources. At present, not much is being done to raise awareness on the issues affecting the older population and/or to lobby for more support for them.For example, in terms of access to health care, the authorities should make it a priority to relook at the issue in its entirety and to explore ways in which this could be improved. They should put systems in place which would allow for older persons to obtain the health services they need in an affordable and convenient manner. WHO’s guidelines on Integrated Care for Older People recommend ways community-based services can help prevent, slow or reverse declines in physical and mental capacities among older people. The guidelines also require health and social care providers to coordinate their services around the needs of older people through approaches such as comprehensive assessment and care plans.WHO had correctly pointed out that today’s health systems generally focus on the detection and treatment of individual acute diseases. However, if health systems are to meet the needs of older populations, they must provide ongoing care focused on the issues that matter to older people – chronic pain, and difficulties with hearing, seeing, walking or performing daily activities. This will require much better integration between care providers.Also, there is a need for special care and retirement homes in regions across Guyana. Older folks want to be sure that they have a comfortable and safe place to enjoy their final years.As it relates to pensions and public assistance, even though the rates had gone up over the years, they are still insufficient when compared to the cost of living, especially considering the fact that the water and electricity subsidies were taken away by the present administration. If we are going to ensure that the senior folks enjoy their golden years, then they must, first of all, be entitled to a decent and liveable financial assistance at the end of the month.With this country being on the cusp of becoming an oil-producing nation, it is hoped that more resources will be allocated towards effective and targeted programmes aimed at ensuring our elderly are well taken care of.last_img read more

Phillips is seriously limiting himself

first_imgDear Editor,It must be thrilling for Eric Phillips and his colleagues to discover evidence of their negroid ancestors even in Brazil.Phillips should not be deterred by arguments about the skeletal remains of Luzia being Australoid or south-east Asian since there is archaeological evidence that his negroid ancestors left Africa some 12,000 years ago and moved to every corner of the Earth.These groups eventually settled and evolved into the different racial types of the Caucasian and Mongoloid, and into the ethnic groups as found in the Middle East, India, and elsewhere. Because of the need to survive climatic and other environmental factors their skin lightened, their hair straightened, and their physical appearance changed from the original.They also developed languages, religions and other social and cultural practices that have contributed to human civilisation.The truth is that if anyone digs deep enough anywhere in the world they will discover negroid skeletal remains, these being the ancestral relics of every racial and ethnic type before their evolution into today’s homo sapiens.Phillips and his colleagues are rightly proud that they can see themselves in the negroid skeletal remains from 12,000 years ago. They are, after all, the original humans and they remain so even today when other groups have evolved into other racial and ethnic types.Phillips is seriously limiting himself to claiming just Guyana’s lands when he can lay rightful claim to the entire planet. He and his colleagues should start with a petition to the UN and claim China, Finland, Argentina, the North and South Poles, Jesus, Cleopatra and Santa Claus.All the world’s achievements belong to them and as the original people of the Earth they must claim them as their natural birthright.By basing their claim on Darwin’s theory of evolution, Phillips and his colleagues will start down the slippery slope of the argument that if negroid skeletal remains are the standard for land ownership then a case can certainly be made for going one step back on the evolutionary ladder to the ancestors of those skeletal remains, the hominids.That slippery slope can be taken all the way down to an argument for the Earth really belonging to the primeval ooze from which life sprang. Where does it end? With the big bang or the nothingness that went before?Undoubtedly, Phillips and his colleagues will claim the nothingness as theirs also.Yours truly,Shanie Jagessarlast_img read more

Man’s Holocaust tribute to live on

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! His tools are a pocketknife, a handsaw and some glue — all kept in a box on a workbench in a corner of his tiny kitchen. It is here where Irving Belfer has spent the last 32 years carving and building more than 400 primitive, yet powerful, pieces of art that fill every room of his small Burbank home. Here where the 93-year-old Holocaust survivor opened his doors the last 20 years to hundreds of local schoolchildren and adults to visit his museum and learn. Here where I sat with him last November and watched him cry because he thought his homemade tribute to Holocaust victims — including his own wife and young son — would die with him. It won’t. The Irving Belfer Jewish History Museum will live on at the Kadima Hebrew Academy campus in West Hills. “The day after your column on Mr. Belfer appeared in the paper one of our students, Avi Ram, brought it in as a current event, and we were all immediately touched by it,” said Barbara Gereboff, head of school of Kadima Hebrew Academy. “We visited with Mr. Belfer and told him we would be honored to give his museum a home after he was gone. He began to cry.” With the assistance of Milken Community High School, which also was interested in giving Irving’s artwork a home, an interactive museum will open this fall. The guest of honor will be Irving Belfer. He decided he wanted to be around to see his homemade museum go big time, open for all the public to see. “I’m 93, how much longer do I have?” he said Monday. “I want to be there to see for myself, maybe give a tour or two. I’m really excited about it.” The museum will include 360-degree panoramic images — a virtual tour allowing visitors to have a sense of the original museum Belfer erected in his home. “We want it to be a museum about how people use the arts as a way to cope with horrific events,” Gereboff said. She’s talking about the room of tears in Irving’s home-based museum. A room that got its name because no one leaves it without tears in their eyes. It’s a concentration camp with soldiers looking down from towers at 600 Stars of David lined up in rows and surrounded by barbed wire. It took Irving two years, day and night, to build it, and even now — more than 65 years after he spent exactly 951 days in four concentration camps just like it — Irving still can’t talk about the camps without crying. Not for himself. For his wife, Eva, and their son, Baruch, who died in those camps. A few synagogues, libraries, and universities have offered to take part of Irving’s homemade museum, but not the entire thing. Irving wouldn’t break it up. You don’t break up history into bits and pieces. You take it all, no matter how horrific some of it may be. “It is important that future generations see it all, not just parts,” he said. And now they will, all of it. “In one corner of the museum we’re going to have his kitchen table and chair, what he calls his factory,” Gereboff said. Where Irving Belfer has spent the last 32 years with a pocketknife, a handsaw and some glue making sure people never forget. — Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Dennis McCarthy, (818) 713-3749dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.comlast_img read more

“He can make the difference for us” – who was Klopp talking about? See here!

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he is ‘satisfied’ with his side’s performance in the 0-0 draw at Tottenham.The German manager took charge of his first Reds match on Saturday, but he has spent little time with his squad after they returned from international duty in midweek.“I enjoyed it,” Klopp reflected.“The game was OK, we had a good start, we were very good in pressing and counter-pressing, very active, good timing and [we needed] a bit more luck.“First 25 minutes it was absolutely OK, and we lost the grip on the game. We came out after half-time and after another five or ten minutes we were back, it was an open game.“There were better chances for Tottenham, that’s the truth, but they had some problems with us, we could have done better in the offence, played better football, we can do this. But [with the] defending, I am satisfied.”Drawing on the positives, Klopp admitted he wasn’t thinking “about the clean sheet” – which was his side’s first since August.“I am satisfied with the situations I saw, when we moved together, we came out together brave, when we chased the ball, when we surprised the opponent.“After a 14-day break, a new manager, three days’ training, it’s absolutely OK for today and now we’ll go and work.”In a week where Danny Ings and Joe Gomez have been ruled out with long-term injuries, Daniel Sturridge was absent from the match-day squad, as he has a knee injury.In the England forward’s absence, Klopp handed a full Premier League debut to Belgian Divock Origi, with his performance pleasing the ex-Dortmund boss, who highlighted the importance of Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho.He said: “In football, we can always talk about these players who are not available but it makes not much sense because they are not here. I am very, very satisfied and it was very good for Divock [Origi] to play 90 minutes and get a first start and Adam [Lallana] was strong, all of them.“It was a good position for Lucas [Leiva], from Emre [Can], we don’t have to talk about the last four, they played their best position with Divock in front, Phil [was] a brilliant player today, he’s the one who can make the difference for us of course. We don’t have to run with the ball, we stop play, he got it back but of course he needs it [at] speed.“All these things, we’ll come together closer and closer in time but not after three days. I saw many good situations [that] I like.”last_img read more

Arsenal hit with FA fine for breaching rules over transfer

first_img Calum Chambers 1 Arsenal have been fined £60,000 and warned over their future conduct after breaching Football Agent Regulations in the transfer of Calum Chambers from Southampton, the Football Association has announced.Chambers moved from Saints to the Gunners in July 2014 for an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of £11million.Agent Alan Middleton was fined £30,000 and suspended for three months for his part in the same matter.A statement from the FA read: “Arsenal have been fined £60,000 and warned as to their future conduct after breaching The FA’s Football Agent Regulations.“The charge was in relation to the transfer of Calum Chambers from Southampton to Arsenal on July 26, 2014.“Arsenal admitted part of the breach but denied another, which was found not proven following an Independent Regulatory Commission.“The charges against Mr Middleton, which he denied, were found proven.”The written reasons for the sanctions described the incident as a classic case of “fronting”, where an unauthorised and unlicensed agent was involved.A statement from Arsenal read: “We acted in good faith throughout in this transfer and had no reason to believe that the player’s representative was not authorised to be involved in the transfer negotiations.“The FA fully recognised that there was no intention to mislead on Arsenal’s part. We have improved our procedures to prevent this happening again.”last_img read more

DONEGAL FISH COMPANY SPREADS ITS NETS TO AUSTRALIA, JAPAN AND JAMAICA

first_imgKarl Bonner, Business Development Director, Irish Fish Canners, Dungloe, Co. Donegal.A Dungloe-based fish processing and canning company, Próiseáil (An Clochán Liath) Teoranta, trading as Irish Fish Canners has recently secured new contracts to supply customers in countries as far afield as Australia, Japan and Jamaica.Established since 1977 and taken over by the Bonner family in 1988, Irish Fish Canners operates the only fish canning facility in Ireland. The company since its beginning has evolved to become a significant player in the canned fish market.As a 100% family owned business, the company is managed by an ambitious team of two brothers and two sisters. Their father, the late Michael J Bonner, in previous times managed a number of UN Food Aid contracts, supplying locally caught herring and mackerel as canned products internationally. Irish Fish Canners currently employs 35 people fulltime at its facility in Dungloe. The company has managed to develop from a seasonal business to one that is now operating 5 days a week, all year round.The company recently took part in a Lean Transformation Programme, rolled out by Údarás na Gaeltachta.“We were one of the first industries in the Donegal Gaeltacht to take part in this programme. The Lean Transformation Programme helped us to add value to our core business. The Programme allowed us to identify how we as a business could become more competitive, more waste efficient, and how we could target and expand into new markets.“Until recently our business was very much dependent on supplying one main customer in the UK, John West Salmon. But as a result of our new business strategy we have secured contracts to supply customers in Australia, Japan and Jamaica” says Karl Bonner, Business Development Director. “Last year the company launched its own brand, Irish Atlantic Canned Fish, and introduced three new tinned mackerel products.“The decision to create our ‘own brand’ range is one that is driven by many changes in the canned fish market and will make our products more competitive and accessible. These products are now on sale in supermarkets across Ireland and in the UK. We also hope to bring our own brand to other export markets in the not too distant future.“Our objective is to ensure the sustainability of our business for the future generations of our local community. As a family, we are proud that we have been able to create and sustain employment in the Rosses area for over 35 years. To know that over 80 homes have been built in the area by people working in our company and that we have helped over 120 of our employees’ children to go onto third level education is a source of great pride for us a company,” says Karl Bonner.DONEGAL FISH COMPANY SPREADS ITS NETS TO AUSTRALIA, JAPAN AND JAMAICA was last modified: April 11th, 2016 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:donegalIrish Fish Scannerslast_img read more

A much grander L.A. park in sight

first_imgThe authors of the Grand Avenue report wrote that the $51 million would pay for demolition and grading of the 16 acres between City Hall and the county Music Center, construction of public restrooms and relocation of the Court of Flags and various monuments. The money would also pay for new water and art features, sidewalk improvements and ground-level landscaping while maintaining most mature trees. A significant amount would be spent to modify parking ramps, including ramps off Grand Avenue that block the view of the park and City Hall. The funds would also pay to renovate what the report authors call the “breathtaking” Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain, between the county Hall of Administration and downtown county courthouse. The first environmental impact report, filed in June, raised the possibility that the popular fountain would be removed, but the new plan _ issued after several public hearings – calls for retaining the historic icon seen in many advertisements, TV shows and movies. To pay for future phases of the park, the report suggests that private sources fund future high-profile capital improvements like those at Millennium Park. “The $51 million is the number we’re looking at to develop all the connective fabric for the park and upgrading the landscaping,” Rios said. “I think we’re also in the process of looking for other potential funding sources for some of the individual program pieces.” The designers envision the park with four main areas. The Fountain Plaza area would feature a landscaped terrace, an upscale restaurant with outdoor seating and two staircases to draw people into the park where they would be greeted by the fountain. Farther down the hill, the Civic Garden area would feature native California plants. Where the Court of Flags is now located, a new Community Terrace would feature landscaping, a newsstand, a coffee kiosk and food vendors to welcome commuters each morning as they exit the subway. Across the street from City Hall, The Green would be the city’s premier location for public celebrations and events. The park could become the destination for events such as political conventions, the 2016 Olympics, the Lakers’ celebratory parade, the Fourth of July celebration and the L.A. Marathon in a city that is now “park poor,” the designers wrote. They noted that downtown has become a more popular place in recent years – with 50,000 people now living there, more than 350,000 workers there every weekday and $10 billion worth of downtown development at the proposal stage. troy.anderson@dailynews.com (213) 974-8985160Want 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 MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips“Its investment grew over time as people became excited about the park and saw the possibilities. We want to create that dream here in Los Angeles.” Several public officials who sit on the Grand Avenue Authority board have raised questions about the preliminary plans. Supervisor Gloria Molina, for instance, questioned whether the $51 million would be enough to pay for the entire park, while Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich has protested that too much money would be spent modifying parking ramps, reducing the amount of money available for the park itself. The Civic Park would be part of the first phase of a $1.8 billion Grand Avenue project including construction of 2,600 condo and rental-apartment units, 400,000 square feet of retail space, a 275-room hotel and a 50-story iconic tower designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry. Gehry also designed some elements of Millennium Park, which opened in 2004 and attracted more than 1 million visitors its first summer. The 25-acre Chicago landmark features an open lawn, fountains, memorial gardens and a plaza that doubles as an ice rink in the winter. The $51 million contributed by developers for a civic park downtown would pay for only the first phase of a dream project, the Grand Avenue Authority said Monday in approving the initial concept. Approval of the 193-page conceptual document gives the designers the go-ahead to draft plans for a park that officials envision as a world-class venue, comparable to the $502 million Millennium Park in Chicago. Mark Rios, a principal at Rios Clementi Hale Studios, and Brenda Levin of Levin & Associates Architects said $51 million – which a business organization, The Related Companies, has agreed to spend – would pay for basic park development, but more money would be needed to build amenities seen at other parks nationwide. “We’re looking at models of parks around the nation that started with modest budgets like this, which can build a phase of the park,” Levin said. “We’d like to set the tone and base for other investments to occur, just like Millennium Park. last_img read more