Morris, Martinez, Rooney highlight players to watch in ’19

first_imgTags :apMLSNewssoccersportsshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentFontana man arrested in Santa Monica for burglary toolsSanta Monica Auctions holds its last auction at BergamotYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall8 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson19 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter19 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor19 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press19 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press19 hours ago HomeFeaturedMorris, Martinez, Rooney highlight players to watch in ’19 Mar. 02, 2019 at 4:35 amFeaturedNewsMorris, Martinez, Rooney highlight players to watch in ’19Associated Press2 years agoapMLSNewssoccersportsImage courtesy of Wikipedia. TIM BOOTHAP Sports WriterWith the MLS season beginning this weekend, here are nine players or duos to keep an eye on for the 2019 season:— Josef Martinez and Pity Martinez Atlanta United. Josef Martinez, the reigning Golden Boot winner, decided not to move overseas and instead signed a new deal to remain in Atlanta. He lost Miguel Almiron as his partner in goal scoring, but the addition of Pity Martinez from River Plate in Argentina will help keep Atlanta among the most potent offenses in the league.— Zlatan Ibrahimovic, LA Galaxy. Safe to say the Lion roared in his first MLS season. In true Ibrahimovic fashion, he arrived to great fanfare, backed up all the hype, considered leaving MLS after a half season and decided to return. As the 37-year-old said at a recent Galaxy event: “Because they say I’m old, I am looking to break every record in MLS this season.” Watch out.— Lucho Acosta and Wayne Rooney, D.C. United. No team in the Eastern Conference made a bigger turnaround last season than D.C. United after the addition of Rooney and pairing him with Acosta. Acosta turned down overtures from France to remain in MLS and now gets a full season with Rooney. Throw in D.C. spending all of 2019 at Audi Field and expect the Rooney-Acosta combo to keep them among the contenders in the East.— Tim Howard, Colorado. It’s the farewell tour for one of the best American goalkeepers of all-time. The 39-year-old announced in January the 2019 season with the Rapids would be his last as a professional after a sterling career that included three World Cup appearances and a lengthy stay in the Premier League at Manchester United and Everton.— Darwin Quintero, Minnesota United. It’s time for the Loons to show up. They will move into their new stadium in April. They’ve added one of the best defensive midfielders in the league in Osvaldo Alonso. Now it’s on Quintero to be the leader of Minnesota’s offensive attack that will need to give fans something to get excited about showing up at Allianz Field.— Zach Steffan, Columbus. The reigning MLS goalkeeper of the year will only be around for half the year — at least that’s the plan of now — ahead of his move to Manchester City. He’ll be a big part of Columbus’ early transition with coach Gregg Berhalter moving on to take over the U.S. national team.— Chris Wondolowski, San Jose. Wondolowski’s next goal will match Landon Donovan for the most goals in MLS history. The 36-year-old is also trying to become the first player in MLS history with double-digit goals in 10 straight seasons.— Carlos Vela, LAFC. Vela was responsible for 14 goals and 13 assists in LAFC’s debut season, enough to draw some flirtation from big European clubs. He stayed and will be trying to have LAFC build on last year’s stellar inaugural season that fell short after being upset in the postseason.— Jordan Morris, Seattle. Morris never appeared in an MLS game in 2018 after suffering a torn ACL in his right knee during the CONCACAF Champions League. Before playing a game, he’ll be the front-runner for comeback player of the year and will add to a dangerous Seattle attack that will have Raul Ruidiaz playing at the top for a full season, allowing Morris to attack from a wing position. If they stay healthy, Morris’ addition may give Seattle the most dynamic attacking midfield in the West.last_img read more

Overland Park considers overhauling regulations for business, residential signs

first_imgOverland Park officials are considering a slew of changes to the rules governing all kinds of signs – from digital displays to real estate and political signs.The city’s planning staff presented the results of over three years of work overhauling the city’s sign ordinance on Monday to a joint meeting of city council and planning commission members.The most noticeable change involves a new category of “incidental signs” that would include the ubiquitous leasing signs at apartment complexes. The proposed ordinance requires a permit for those types of signs and allows them to be 20 square feet, building or ground mounted and non-illuminated.Existing signs that don’t meet the new requirements would have to be removed by Jan. 1, 2022, under the proposed new rules.Governing digital signsThe rule is meant to give some uniformity to a type of sign that may have started out as temporary but ends up staying on display, said city planner Danielle Hollrah.“We’re seeing some of these year after year. They are permanent but not necessarily maintained,” she said. The new rule would put some design standards on those types of signs.Other rules under consideration would address the evolution of technology and the law. For example, the city would not categorize sign rules based on content and would no longer restrict the content or message on signs.Changes in sign technology also were a factor. Over the past three years, council members and planners have struggled to decide what types of digital light displays should be allowed, since that technology didn’t exist when the current ordinance was written.The proposed change would allow residents to have up to three stake signs, like the ones used for political candidates or garage sales.The brightly lit drive-thru menu boards at fast food restaurants, digital monument signs at the BluHawk development and the large light displays atop the City Place buildings were all subjects of prolonged debate before being approved.The new proposed ordinance codifies those types of signs, with some restrictions. Building-mounted displays like those at City Place require permits, a setback from the highway and are limited to 10 percent of the façade, with other restrictions on movement and brightness.Monument signs like those at BluHawk also would require permits, spacing and restrictions on the brightness and hold times.Other proposed changesGas stations and residential developments also would have some new rules. The monument signs at gas stations would become a thing of the past, but they could be replaced by incidental signs, or a digital display on the canopy. Residential developments would no longer be able to have subdivision signs in entry medians.Existing signs at gas stations and residential developments wouldn’t have to come down, though. Under the proposal, they could stay as “nonconforming” signs that must be maintained, but could not be replaced.Other proposed changes:Residents could have up to three “stake signs” (like a garage sale or political sign) for a total of nine square feet, with an additional sign possible for corner lots and a for sale or lease sign.Commercial and office buildings could have more signs on their façades, with more flexibility for whether the building is multi-story or multi-tenant.Billboards would get longer special use permits, going from the current three years to five. Overland Park has fewer than ten billboards, Hollrah said.The meeting Monday was informational only. The Planning Commission is set to discuss the ordinance Nov. 9 and the full City Council is scheduled to take it up Dec. 7.last_img read more

In a subprime bubble for used cars, borrowers pay sky-high rates

first_imgby. Jessica Silver-Greenberg and Michael CorkeryRodney Durham stopped working in 1991, declared bankruptcy and lives on Social Security. Nonetheless, Wells Fargo lent him $15,197 to buy a used Mitsubishi sedan.“I am not sure how I got the loan,” Mr. Durham, age 60, said.Mr. Durham’s application said that he made $35,000 as a technician at Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton, N.Y., according to a copy of the loan document. But he says he told the dealer he hadn’t worked at the hospital for more than three decades. Now, after months of Wells Fargo pressing him over missed payments, the bank has repossessed his car.This is the face of the new subprime boom. Mr. Durham is one of millions of Americans with shoddy credit who are easily obtaining auto loans from used-car dealers, including some who fabricate or ignore borrowers’ abilities to repay. The loans often come with terms that take advantage of the most desperate, least financially sophisticated customers. The surge in lending and the lack of caution resemble the frenzied subprime mortgage market before its implosion set off the 2008 financial crisis. continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

New Mexico Congressional Delegation Applauds Over $2 Million In CARES Act Funding For Safe, Affordable Housing

first_imgNEW MEXICO CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News:WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $2,138,253 to housing authorities across 15 New Mexico counties from the CARES Act funding in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.The grant is funded by the $850 million provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act for administrative and other expenses incurred by public housing authorities to implement key programs such as the Housing Choice Voucher program and Tenant Based Rental Assistance. The state has previously received $1,621,186 in similar funding for housing authorities across the state, in addition to over $16.7 million for emergency housing funds to keep more people in homes during the dual economic disruption and public health crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Affordable and reliable housing is critically important during this pandemic when physical distancing is the best measure to prevent the spread of coronavirus,” said Udall, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “In the Senate, I am continuing to fight to protect New Mexico renters from eviction and to fully fund state and city budgets. Meanwhile, housing authorities across New Mexico are helping our communities stay healthy and safe, yet all too often lack the necessary financial resources as state and local budgets are strained. As we continue to grapple with the effects of this pandemic, I will continue to fight for safe and affordable housing for all New Mexicans.”“The last thing New Mexico families should be worrying about right now is how they will keep a roof over their heads,” Heinrich said. “I am proud to support this critical funding from the CARES Act for programs that help families in New Mexico access affordable housing during these difficult months. I will continue fighting for resources that promote housing security and a broad economic recovery across New Mexico.”“Public housing authorities are working hard to meet New Mexicans’ housing needs during this public health emergency. These critical investments will allow them to cover essential costs and bolster their ability to continue serving their communities,” Luján said. “I’ll keep working alongside my fellow members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation to ensure our local governments and housing authorities receive the resources they need to continue supporting New Mexicans during these challenging times.”“Housing is essential during this pandemic, but the Trump Administration and Senate GOP allowed federal relief and eviction protections to lapse. Many families worry about keeping their families fed, clothed and supported during this pandemic, the last thing they need to worry about is not having a place to live. That’s why we included important housing funding in the CARES Act, and now that this funding will get to New Mexico organizations that help people with affordable housing, families will start to see some relief. I will continue to pressure the Senate to pass the HEROES Act, which includes vital housing, rental, and utility assistance for New Mexicans,” said Haaland, Vice Chair of the Majority Leader’s Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity.  “As we continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, families across New Mexico are struggling to pay their bills and keep a roof over their heads. Meanwhile, state and local governments are facing strained budgets, making it difficult to provide the ample support families need. Safe, affordable housing is critical to providing stability for families and workers and reducing the spread of the virus in our communities. This funding is critical to support our local housing authorities, and I’m continuing to work to secure the federal funding families need to make it through this crisis,” Torres Small said.Regional housing authorities in New Mexico are responsible for the planning, finance and creation of affordable housing. In addition, they operate federal programs such as Section 8 or Housing Choice Voucher Program and the Low Rent Program, also referred to as public housing.Breakdown of Grants: City of Albuquerque Housing Authority, $656,285Clovis Housing and Redevelopment Agency, Inc., $61,753Mesilla Valley Public Housing Authority, $190,483Housing Authority of the City of Gallup, $6,037Santa Fe Civic Housing Authority, $221,457Housing Authority of the City of Truth or Consequences, $20,683Housing Authority of the City of Tucumcari, $11,096Housing Authority of the County of Rio Arriba, $2,482Housing Authority of the County of Santa Fe, $61,910Bernalillo County Housing Department, $406,143Housing Authority of San Miguel County, $19,855Eastern Regional Housing Authority, $157,011Housing Authority of the County of San Juan, $46,446Western Regional Housing Authority, $117,976El Camino Real Housing Authority, $78,090Northern Regional Housing Authority, $59,002City of Albuquerque Housing Authority, $8,719Santa Fe Civic Housing Authority, $4,261Housing Authority of the City of Truths and Consequences, $2,955Housing Authority of the County of Santa Fe, $5,609last_img read more

Cobham Showcases High-speed Maritime Broadband Antenna for Yachts

first_imgCobham SATCOM is showcasing its state-of-the-art SAILOR 600 VSAT Ku satellite antenna at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2017. As the lightest, most compact and technically advanced antenna system for bringing high-speed broadband to users at sea on global Ku-band VSAT networks, SAILOR 600 VSAT Ku has initiated a transformation of maritime satcom by making it possible for more yachts and luxury vessels to enjoy VSAT-based connectivity and voice calling.Previously the realm of commercial ships and large super-yachts, VSAT is viewed as the best performing and most cost efficient way to achieve broadband Internet connectivity at sea as it offers flexible data packages coupled with pay monthly fixed costs. It has traditionally required antennas one meter or larger to ensure satisfactory availability and quality of satellite service globally, so previously only very large yachts with the space and budget for these antennas could realistically enjoy its benefits. This changes now with the innovative SAILOR 600 VSAT Ku.With Cobham SATCOM bringing the latest in its 60 cm VSAT antenna portfolio to Fort Lauderdale, visitors can see the potential for even more yachts to join the VSAT revolution and enjoy stunning HD quality streaming TV, access social media and improve safety with digital applications all on high throughput Ku-band networks globally. The SAILOR 600 VSAT Ku is designed to leverage powerful new High Throughput Satellite Services (HTS), such as Intelsat EpicNG, which enable smaller antennas to deliver high throughput service globally. With an unprecedented G/T of 15.9 dB/K the new SAILOR 600 VSAT Ku is the most powerful 60 cm class antenna ever built and together with HTS, it can provide a stable, high throughput link to enable maritime broadband anywhere on the oceans.While performance is critical in order to enable VSAT for more users, Cobham SATCOM has also managed to lower the entry and overall lifecycle costs with its 60 cm antennas by i.e., allowing for streamlined installation. SAILOR 600 VSAT Ku is designed for quick and cost-effective deployment and at just 35 kg, it can be carried on board, making it especially relevant for installations where no cranes or forklifts are available.Further innovations include the use of Dynamic Motor Brakes so the radome can stay on in shipping and no-power situations, and because it is a super-light solution, it is more cost-effective to ship. It also features Automatic Calibrations for the boat’s centre-line and antenna cables, saving time during installation and reducing errors.last_img read more

Bajan MP backs calls to remove PM Stuart

first_imgDr. Maria Agard A former member of the main opposition Barbados Labor Party (BLP) on Friday sided with the government to defeat a motion of no confidence in the administration of Prime Minister Freundel Stuart.Opposition Leader Mia Miottley had earlier this week brought the motion claiming that the Stuart government was incompetent and ruling by stealth among other allegations.But when the vote was taken early Friday morning the government, which enjoyed a two seat majority in the Parliament, also received the backing of the Member of Parliament for Christ Church West, Dr. Maria Agard, who had during the debate being critical of both government and opposition legislators.Agard, who was expelled from the BLP last year, told Parliament that unlike their predecessors, the current crop of political leaders had lost the art of making citizens feel proud to be Barbadian and part of nation building.Tourism Minister Richard Sealy had also dismissed the motion saying that Barbados tourism is regaining top international ranking.Among the legislators who were not present when the vote was taken on Friday, was former prime minister Owen Arthur, who is mourning the death of his father Frank Arthur, who passed away on Tuesday at age 89.Meanwhile, the BLP has announced plans to stage a “white” march for justice next Thursday. Mottley said full details will be announced later on Friday.last_img read more