Open-space assessment opposed

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – A Valencia resident who’s fed up with the city’s new push for an open-space measure and its property tax bite hopes to galvanize grass-roots opposition to the proposal. Jim Farley’s not against shrub-adorned hills instead of houses chockablock – he just wonders whether city residents should be saddled with the cost of buying them. “I’m against setting the precedent of a property tax assessment,” Farley said. “My concern is, once we set the precedent with this, even though it’s only $25 (a year), it opens the door for every other issue that’s `too important.”‘ On the heels of a failed November 2005 initiative to fund a park and open-space measure, the Santa Clarita City Council last week approved plans to pursue an undeveloped land preservation district. “(If they’re) only taxing people within the city, taxpayers in the city will be paying for something that benefits folks in the unincorporated areas,” he said. The Gas Co. technician says he’s never been politically active before but this issue vexes him, so he’s set up an e-mail address to organize an opposition voice. Should he attract a following, Farley has offered to provide an opposing argument on the ballot materials. The council is due to receive the engineer’s report April 24, and ballots could be sent out around May 25. Voters would have 45 days to return them. Farley can be reached at [email protected] [email protected] (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The particulars will be spelled out after an engineer’s report is done, but guidelines call for a $25-a-year assessment for each single-family home, a limit of $1 a year in adjustments, a term of 30 years and a focus on buying and conserving undeveloped land. Parkland may or may not be included. In November, the council approved $100,000 to fund consultants and the engineer’s report, but the city is prohibited from advocating for the measure. A citizen committee has raised funds for an ad campaign – consultant Scott Wilk declined to disclose how much – and should open its campaign headquarters in about 10 days. Mailings and a door-to-door effort will begin after the council approves the engineer’s report, Wilk said. Farley, a self-described conservative Republican, objects to what he calls the “slick marketing campaign” attached to the earlier measure, saying it was unfair to present a one-sided, pro argument only. A benefits assessment will be part of the report, but Farley wonders in advance about fairness, especially if the land buys are outside city limits. last_img
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Hawks on Mideast help develop Giuliani policies

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Based on his public statements, Giuliani does not share all their views and parts company with traditional neoconservative thinking in some respects. But their presence has reassured some conservatives who have expressed doubts about Giuliani’s positions on issues like abortion and gun control, and underscored his efforts to cast himself as a tough-minded potential commander in chief. And while Giuliani, like other New York mayors, liked to be seen as conducting his own brand of foreign policy from City Hall, he had little direct exposure to many of the specific issues the next president will confront and is still meeting for the first time with some of his advisers to develop detailed positions on particular subjects. Giuliani has taken an aggressive position on Iran’s efforts to build a nuclear program, saying last month it was a “promise” that as president he would take military action to keep the Iranians from developing a nuclear weapon. Warnings like that one and his reliance on advisers like Podhoretz, who wrote an article in June for Commentary magazine called “The Case for Bombing Iran,” have raised concerns among some Democrats. Podhoretz said in an interview published Wednesday in the New York Observer that he recently met with Giuliani to discuss his new book, in which he advocates bombing Iran as part of a larger struggle against “Islamofascism,” and “there is very little difference in how he sees the war and I see it.” Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware, a Democratic candidate for president and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said recently that the specter of a Giuliani presidency frightens him. “I mean, here’s a guy making statements about Iran that, if he means them, guarantee there is no option but a war,” Biden said in a recent interview. Asked in a recent interview if he agreed with Podhoretz that the time to bomb Iran has already come, Giuliani said: “From the information I do have available, which is all public source material, I would say that that is not correct; we are not at that stage at this point. Can we get to that stage? Yes. And is that stage closer than some of the Democrats believe? I believe it is.” Like the neoconservatives, who played a major role in developing the Bush administration’s rationale for invading Iraq, Giuliani is a strong supporter of Israel who has expressed skepticism about how far the United States should go to back the creation of a Palestinian state.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Rudy Giuliani’s approach to foreign policy shares with other Republican presidential candidates an aggressive posture toward terrorism, a commitment to strengthening the military and disdain for the United Nations. But in developing his views, Giuliani is consulting with, among others, a particularly hawkish group of advisers and neoconservative thinkers. Their positions have been criticized by Democrats as irresponsible and applauded by some conservatives as appropriately tough, while raising questions about how closely aligned Giuliani’s thinking is with theirs. Giuliani’s team includes Norman Podhoretz, a prominent neoconservative who advocates bombing Iran “as soon as it is logistically possible”; Daniel Pipes, the director of the Middle East Forum, who has called for profiling Muslims at airports and scrutinizing American Muslims in law enforcement, the military and the diplomatic corps; and Michael Rubin, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute who has written in favor of revoking the U.S. ban on assassination. The campaign says the foreign policy team, which also includes scholars and experts with different policy approaches, is meant to give Giuliani a variety of perspectives. last_img read more

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Höegh LNG Partners Buys Ownership Stake in Höegh Grace

first_imgzoom NYSE-listed Höegh LNG Partners LP has agreed to acquire a 51% ownership interest in the entities that own and operate the floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) Höegh Grace, and contribute the acquired ownership interest to the group’s operating company.The vessel’s purchase price will be USD 188.7 million, less USD 96.9 million, the pro rata amount of indebtedness related to the Höegh Grace that is expected to be outstanding under the credit facility related to the vessel as of the closing date of the acquisition, Höegh LNG Partners said.In addition, Höegh LNG Partners has the option, at any time on or prior to February 28, 2017, to purchase the remaining ownership interest in Höegh LNG Colombia Holding, the sole owner of Höegh LNG FSRU IV Ltd. and Höegh LNG Colombia S.A.S., the entities that own and operate the Höegh Grace.If the group does not exercise the option in full by February 28, 2017, it will retain a right of first offer with respect to the remaining interest in Höegh LNG Colombia Holding.The transaction is expected to be completed by the end of January 2017 and is subject to customary closing conditions and the acceptance of the Höegh Grace by its charterer.Höegh LNG Partners intends to settle the purchase with cash. The group has priced a public offering of 6,000,000 common units at a public offering price of USD 17.60 per unit, the proceeds of which will be used to fund the acquisition of the ownership stake in the Höegh Grace.The Höegh Grace was constructed by Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. and delivered on March 30, 2016. The vessel is scheduled to service a new LNG import terminal in Cartagena, on the Atlantic coast of Colombia, under an International Leasing Agreement with Sociedad Portuaria El Cayao, which is expected to commence in December 2016.The Höegh Grace charter has a term of 20 years.last_img read more

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Innu communities helping solve mystery of Huntingtons disease

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt’s a terrible disease and it continues to claim victims, especially among Innu in northern Quebec.Huntington’s disease largely remains a mystery.But thanks to the efforts of research foundations and organizations, the illness is slowly revealing its secrets.Small Innu communities are contributing to the discoveries.APTN’s Danielle Rochette has the story.last_img

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Everyone You Should Watch At The Masters Not Named Tiger Or Phil

The big hittersDustin Johnson (odds to win: 12-to-1): Johnson entered Augusta last season having won three consecutive tournaments. He was among the favorites to win. Then he fell down a flight of stairs.This could be the year he exorcises those what-could-have-been demons.The 33-year-old is tied for the PGA Tour lead in par-4 scoring average and leads the tour in par-5 scoring average. He’s also No. 1 in total strokes gained, a metric that measures each shot a player takes based on how much it reduces his expected score on a given hole, relative to the field average. And Johnson’s putting has been sensational; he ranks in the top 15 in strokes gained with the putter. With an ostentatious ability to drive the ball — he leads the tour in strokes gained off the tee — Johnson owns five of the tour’s 50 longest drives this season, providing ample opportunities for attendees to crow “mashed potatoes.”1Please don’t.Johnson has owned the longest holes at the Augusta National Golf Club, with a career mark of 46 under par on par-5s, according to ESPN Stats & Info. To compete this weekend, though, he’ll need to improve on par-4s, on which he’s a career 44 over par.Bubba Watson (odds to win: 16-to-1): The two-time Masters champion enters this weekend as arguably the player on tour in the best form.After going more than 40 events without a win, he has won twice in the past two months — at the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play and the Genesis Open. The same guy who was contemplating retirement last season during a rapid weight loss is now vying to become the ninth player to win the Masters at least three times.The 39-year-old’s unorthodox style feels tailor-made for rounds under the Georgia pines. The course allows him to attempt 45-yard hook shots with a pitching wedge, for example, and to uncork his 316.2-yard drives. And because he annihilates his tee shots, Watson has over his career played the par-5s at the Masters 65 under par, according to ESPN Stats & Info.The short game has traditionally held Watson back, but he has moved from outside the top 140 in strokes gained on shots approaching the green and with the putter last season to inside the top 80 in both this season.Rory McIlroy (odds to win: 12-to-1): With a roaring final-round 64, McIlroy won the Arnold Palmer Invitational last month, his first victory since the fall of 2016. Then came shots of vodka with the media.A win this weekend would complete the career Grand Slam for the 28-year-old. Since 2014, only Jordan Spieth has led more rounds in major tournaments than McIlroy has — and no player save for McIlroy can claim four top-10 finishes at Augusta over the past five years.After an injury-riddled 2016-17 campaign, McIlroy has surged up the leaderboard in a number of metrics, ranking in the top 25 in total strokes gained, strokes gained off the tee and strokes gained with the putter. His drives are averaging a blistering 314.1 yards, a top-five mark on tour.To win, McIlroy will have to improve on holes 10, 11 and 12, where he’s a combined 26 over par since the final round in 2011, according to ESPN Stats & Info.The kidsJon Rahm (odds to win: 20-to-1): It can be easy to forget that Rahm is 23 years old — and not only because he has the face of a 35-year-old accountant. “Rahmbo” has been so good so fast that he’s the highest-ranked player to not have a major championship to his name, according to ESPN Stats & Info.Rahm’s putting has improved mightily: He’s jumped from No. 49 in strokes gained with the putter and No. 66 in putts per round last season to No. 32 and No. 13, respectively, this season.He cranks the ball 306.7 yards off the tee, which makes him No. 23 on tour. But he ranks much higher in strokes gained off the tee — second — because whether he’s blasting his driver or using another club, he’s effective in maximizing his first shots, covering 67.5 percent of hole yardage with his tee shots. Club selection is paramount at Augusta, particularly off the tee — will Rahm’s skills there and his improved putting help him notch a win?Jordan Spieth (odds to win: 10-to-1): Last weekend’s final-round 66 at the Houston Open gave Spieth’s supporters a reason to be optimistic about Augusta, where Spieth’s track record ranges from the sublime to the five-alarm tire fire.In the aggregate, though, Spieth has been dominant at the Masters: In his four starts, he hasn’t finished lower than 11th; three times, he ranked in the top 10. In 2015, he became the fifth-ever wire-to-wire winner and tied the all-time lowest winning score (270, -18). Since 2015, Spieth has been 20 shots or better than any other player at majors, according to ESPN Stats & Info.But Spieth has fallen off a cliff with his putter. In each of the past three seasons, he ranked 42nd or better in strokes gained with the putter. In 2018, he’s No. 185. But that hasn’t stopped him from attacking the longer holes on tour; he ranks in the top 20 in par-4 and par-5 scoring average. With a win, Spieth would be just the third player to claim four majors before his 25th birthday (the other two are Woods and Young Tom Morris). He turns 25 in July.Justin Thomas (odds to win: 10-to-1): Had he turned in a stronger performance last month, Thomas could have entered this weekend as the top player in the world. Should he win this weekend, few would question his place atop the global leaderboard.The 24-year-old has won an astonishing seven times since the start of the 2016 season, more than any player on tour. But the occasionally profane Kentucky native has struggled in his two previous appearances at Augusta, where he’s never shot in the 60s or finished in the top 20.However, Thomas comes into the tournament with much more momentum this time around. He has jumped from a No. 45 ranking a season ago to No. 5 this season in percentage of yardage covered by tee shots, largely because his drives are averaging 312.5 yards, the longest average distance he’s posted since he turned pro.The Europeans (and one Canadian)Paul Casey (odds to win: 20-to-1): The 40-year-old is one of the the least-discussed veterans in this year’s field, and though he has repeatedly demonstrated his poise at majors, he’s never quite managed a win.Casey has finished in the top 10 at each of the last three Masters, and he has logged top-10 marks at every major at least once in his career.This season, only Sergio Garcia, Johnson and Casey rank in the top five in both strokes gained tee to green and total strokes gained. The Englishman has also notched a win stateside this year at the Valspar Championship, though it’s possible his victory was overshadowed when a certain someone on a comeback tour finished tied for second.Alex Noren (odds to win: 40-to-1): The Swede hasn’t finished outside the top 36 all season, racking up three top-10 finishes. In search of his first major victory, Noren has come to the right place. Eight of the last 11 Masters winners had never won a major before taking home the green jacket, according to ESPN Stats & Info.Noren cut his teeth on the European Tour, where he won five times between July 2016 and May 2017. He enters this weekend ranked in the top 20 in total strokes gained and in strokes gained with the putter, on approach, and from tee to green.Justin Rose (odds to win: 12-to-1): Rose has been a perennial contender at Augusta, and this could be the year he finally breaks through and wins a green jacket. He has finished in the top 10 in the tournament each of the last three years, twice coming in second, and over the last three Masters combined, he has the best score relative to par of anyone on the tour. Rose has ended up in the top 25 in 10 of his 12 starts at the Masters, which is an absurd success rate. Among players with at least five starts at the tournament, only Tiger Woods and Ben Hogan have made the top 25 more consistently.Adam Hadwin (odds to win: 150-to-1): A Canadian made the list! Hadwin has finished among the top 20 in every tournament he’s played in since early February. If he can withstand inconsistencies off the tee (he ranks No. 129 in strokes gained off the tee) and on the green (No. 131 in strokes gained with the putter), his approach game can do most of the work (No. 22 in strokes gained on shots approaching the green, No. 7 in strokes gained around the green). This year also marks the 15th anniversary of Mike Weir’s improbable victory at Augusta to become the first Canadian man to win a major. Hadwin has finished in the top 10 three times so far this season, and like Weir, he’s deft with the short game. It’s Masters week, which means that it’s time to cancel your weekend plans, turn the dulcet tones of Jim Nantz’s voice up as loud as your television and neighbors will allow, and watch — in its piano-saturated glory — golf’s most popular event.The 82nd installment of the Masters will be the smallest field since the mid-1990s, and it will be the most competitive in at least the past decade. There are 10 players with shorter than 20-to-1 odds to win the tournament (two more are at 20-to-1 exactly), according to the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook as of Tuesday. That’s the most of any Masters since at least 2008, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group.Tiger Woods, a golfer you might have heard of, is in that group, as is another familiar name: Phil Mickelson. But they aren’t the only players worth paying attention to. Below, I’ve highlighted the other marquee players you should look out for, as well as the under-the-radar players who could find themselves in a green jacket by Sunday night. read more

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This Day in History September 11th

first_img The Bahamas Expression Of Support 11 September Related Items:september 11 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThis day in history 13 years ago, four planes were used as missiles to target key and iconic US sites. That fourth plane, United Airlines Flight 93, was targeted at Washington, D.C., but crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after its passengers tried to overcome the hijackers. The attacks resulted in the deaths of 2,996 people, including the 19 hijackers. The victims included 246 on the four planes (from which there were no survivors), 2,606 in New York City in the towers and on the ground, and 125 at the Pentagon. Nearly all of the victims were civilians; 55 military personnel were among those killed at the Pentagon. Usually today, marked is a moment of silence in memory. Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Mourinho denies the double meaning of his Juventus praise

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho, categorically denied that his praise to Juventus last week was a dig at Manchester United’s board.Ever since Jose Mourinho took control of Manchester United, he has repeatedly made many requests that the board has ignored and his praise to Juventus’ management last week appeared as a direct criticism to Ed Woodward.After the Red Devils lost against Juventus at Old Trafford, the Portuguese manager took quite a few minutes to give the highest praise to the Italian club’s organization and the way they plan their seasons every year.This Saturday ahead of United’s Premier League match against Everton, the Portuguese manager was questioned about these comments and he was pressed about how his analysis might have come across as a direct dig at the Red Devils’ board of directors.The Portuguese manager refused to discuss the details of what he really thinks, which indirectly spoke loudly about what he really thinks of the way that his transfer suggestions have been repeatedly rejected by Ed Woodward since he started working for the club.It’s clear that Jose Mourinho believes that the English giants are still a long way from clubs like Juventus, who plan their success with years of anticipation.“I am not going to discuss with you the way that I think Manchester United should be organized,” said Mourinho quoted by The Mirror.“One thing is to compliment Juventus, but it’s another to give my opinion on how Manchester United should or shouldn’t be organized at that level. But for me, the biggest compliment to Juventus is not even about their structure.”“My compliment is about the philosophy and the basic things behind the philosophy. In the tunnel, before the game, I was speaking with Mr Agnelli and I was telling him ‘since I left Inter, you have seven titles in a row and it looks like the eighth is coming.’”“And he told me: ‘I don’t want the eighth. I want 10 in a row.’ I think that’s a fantastic answer and a fantastic statement. They have won seven in a row, but they bought Cristiano [Ronaldo] and [Leonardo] Bonucci and [Emre] Can and [Joao] Cancelo.”“They [Juventus] always want more and more and more. I think the objective of the club is happiness related to football results and they are going to chase that treble. If it is not this year, they are going to chase it next year.”“If it is not next year, they are going to chase it in the other years. To be honest, I don’t know the structure of how Juventus is run, but I like the philosophy behind their work.”harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“My belief is that you did not take me seriously when I said that the second position was a phenomenal position for us and that this season was going to be difficult.”“You did not take me seriously. You did not look to my experience and knowledge in football. In football now, every team is getting really powerful and is ready to invest millions.”“From my perspective, I have just to work. I am a coach and I do the best work I can do,” he concluded.Mourinho says United must invest to reach the level of Juventus, Barcelona, Madrid and City. #mufc [ESPN] pic.twitter.com/BROF0xrIEL— United Xtra (@utdxtra) October 24, 2018After his rant, it’s quite evident that Jose Mourinho’s words were nothing more than a comparison between the two institutions and maybe even a job application that he left in the hands of the Juventus board for the future.Let us not forget that the Portuguese manager has already worked with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, and coaching Juventus in the future certainly is a possibility that nobody should discard because of this simple fact.We are still under the impression that the Portuguese manager is still keen on continuing his work with the Red Devils, but leaving a planted seed for the future is not such a bad idea, just in case things go sideways for him sooner rather than later.Harvard’s assistant football coach says he would welcome Juventus centre-backs Giorgio Chiellini, 34, and Leonardo Bonucci, 31, after Jose Mourinho said the pair could go to the American university “to give classes about how to be a central defender”. (TuttoJuve – in Italian) pic.twitter.com/5uRSdj4UVu— Football Transfer News (@Niban11704723) October 26, 2018What’s your take on Jose Mourinho’s comparison between the Manchester United and Juventus boards? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

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Niko Kovac challenges James Rodriguez

first_imgThe Bayern Munich coach wants the 27-year-old to show everything he has in his last six months at the Bundesliga club.Colombian footballer James Rodriguez joined Bayern Munich on a two-year loan from Real Madrid.And lately, he has had some problems, which have kept him on the bench, or even on the stands.And now that he’s healthy, Bayern’s coach Niko Kovac has challenged him to show everything he has in his six last months at the club.“He’s playing for his future. Everyone, who wants a new contract, has to put in their best performances. That also applies to him, but I am sure he will do it,” said Kovac to the AFP.“I have talked to him several times and I can see that he’s motivated and focused.”Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“He wants to play and has to prove that he is able to help the team,” he added.“Hoffenheim is dangerous, as we found out in our last match when they equalized and we had to work hard to win the game,” said the coach about tomorrow’s match.“It will be tough and we need to win to keep the pressure on Borussia Dortmund.”“I have to admit the injury to Kingsley Coman hit us hard,” he added.“Although it’s impossible to prove, I think if Coman had not been missing, we wouldn’t have dropped six points in the first half of the season and maybe we would be top of the table.”last_img read more

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