New Lancer coach building staff

first_img2:00 p.m. At least five assistants from former La Serna High School football coach Ken LaVigne’s staff will be retained by new head coach Margarito Beltran. Two positions, perhaps three, are still open, according to Beltran. Patrick Winchell, who played for Santa Fe High School, will be in his seventh season with the Lancers’ program and will continue to coach the offensive line., Andy George, a former La Serna all-league wide receiver, will coach the position in what will be his fifth year in the program. El Rancho High School graduate James Kazakos begins his fifth season with La Serna and will coach the defensive ends. Working with the offensive and defensive lines will be Julio Salcedo and Michael Ibarra. Salcedo is an El Rancho graduate, and Ibarra graduated from Whittier. This will be the second season in the program for both men. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Beltran subject of area debate

first_imgChacon blamed Beltran for giving the advice that she relied on for making the switch. That defense was shot down by the California Supreme Court in February, paving the way for Chacon’s trial later this year. Beltran defended himself and pointed to the accusations against him as business as usual. “When they see Arnoldo come out and be hired as city attorney, all these other people come out and say, `I’m going to get that so-and-so,”‘ he said. “It took me a while to get used to it. But now, I really don’t care.” Beltran said he did nothing wrong in the Chacon case, but the finger-pointing was understandable. “What else was she left with?” he asked. A resident of Pasadena, Beltran, 56, is a Stanford-educated lawyer. After graduating law school in 1977, he began practicing corporate law. He has also represented the governments of Mexico and El Salvador as well as the National Association of Latino Elected Officials. It was only after the Los Angeles riots in 1992, and a stint with Rebuild L.A., that Beltran partnered with H. Francisco Leal and began representing cities. At first, the newly formed firm represented Commerce and Cudahy, Beltran said. The firm expanded into Bell Gardens in 1994, with Beltran taking the reins as city attorney. Despite being in the heart of industrial southeastern Los Angeles County, Commerce and Bell Gardens are cities with a solid source of revenue generated by card clubs. Both have similar demographics. According to the 2000 Census, Commerce was almost 94 percent Latino. Neighboring Bell Gardens had a 93 percent Latino population. Because of their often divided councils and lack of consistent news coverage, cities in southeastern Los Angeles County are perfect clients for attorneys like Beltran, Leal and others, according to deputy District Attorney David Demerjian, who heads the Public Integrity Division. “They are looking for the dynamic of a council that’s split 3-2,” Demerjian said. That sort of split was evident in 2000 in Bell Gardens. At the time, Beltran and his associates on City Council came into the spotlight when a suit filed by a political opponent alleged Beltran was behind a political hijacking of the Bell Gardens City Council and “other political jurisdictions of Los Angeles County.” The suit claimed Beltran’s agenda was to appoint like-minded city employees and pay them well above what neighboring cities were paying. Identifying Beltran and his allies as the “Beltran Group,” the suit alleged the lawyer ran a Tammany Hall-style operation, with all the trappings of political patronage, funds skimmed from public coffers, and influence peddling. “\ have worked together since 1994 towards the common goal of seeking, obtaining and exercising control over the political, executive, legislative, quasi-judicial, administrative and ministerial decision making of the government of Bell Gardens,” the suit alleged. The attorney who filed the suit against Beltran was Peter Wallin, who recently resigned his post from Rosemead and was himself a former Bell Gardens city attorney. The suit also claimed that the so-called “Beltran Group” took control of city appointments, paid their allies salaries in “excess of the value of their services,” and “form\ grass-roots … groups to support the campaigns and political decisions of the Beltran Group.” Among those employed by Bell Gardens during Beltran’s reign was Montebello Councilwoman Rosie Vasquez, who was the city’s community services director. Vasquez was one of three votes in favor of hiring Beltran as Montebello’s City Attorney. The others, Jeff Siccama and Bill Molinari, make up a majority in the otherwise divided council. The Bell Gardens suit was ultimately settled out of court. Bell Gardens officials did not respond to a Public Records Act request seeking the settlement amount. The current Bell Gardens City Attorney, Arnold Alvarez-Glasman, who holds the same post in West Covina, did not comment on the settlement. Beltran said he didn’t recall the lawsuit. “I don’t remember the allegation or premise,” he said. Ultimately, Beltran split from his firm. Leal continued representing Commerce, while associate David Olivas, currently a Baldwin Park city councilman, took over as city attorney in Cudahy. Beltran stayed on in Bell Gardens before he was removed in 2001. He moved on to represent Lynwood in 2003. He also represents the Cerritos-based Water Replenishment District, which manages ground water distribution in 43 cities in southeastern Los Angeles County, including Montebello, Commerce, Cudahy and Lynwood. While elected members of the Water Replenishment District have been able to stay out of the District Attorney’s investigative cross-hairs, two current and three former Lynwood council members were indicted earlier this month for using hundreds of thousands of dollars in public money to increase their income, pay off personal expenses and hire a stripper at a bar in Mexico. Beltran was not involved in any of the decisions that led to the criminal charges, and he declined to comment on the case. While plenty of his associates were willing to open up about Beltran off the record, others simply refused to comment on the attorney, his practice or his record. Among them: Montebello’s Vasquez, who did not return two phone calls seeking comment. Molinari, a Vasquez colleague in Montebello, who voted to hire Beltran in February. “I don’t have time to discuss him,” Molinari said. Olivas, the former law firm associate, now city attorney in Cudahy and member of the Baldwin Park City Council. “I don’t feel comfortable talking about him,” Olivas said. Jesse Jauregui, a former partner of Beltran and attorney H. Francisco Leal. “I wish I could, but I can’t,” said Jauregui, now a corporate lawyer with Weston, Benshoof, Rochefort, Rubalcava, MacCuish LLP. Nonetheless, Jauregui recently told the L.A. Weekly that he quit working for Beltran and Leal several years ago and added, “I’m glad to no longer be a part of Tammany Hall-style politics.” To which Beltran responded Thursday: “I wish somebody would identify what Mr. Jauregui could have been referring to.” Beltran has his share of defenders, too. Among them is Siccama, the third Montebello city councilman who voted to hire Beltran in February. “My experience has been that he is very ethical and even-handed all the way through,” Siccama said. frank.girardot@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811 Ext. 2717 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONTEBELLO – J. Arnoldo Beltran speaks with the rhythmic cadence of a lawyer who has argued his fair share of cases over the past three decades. Appointed city attorney in February by a 3-2 vote of the Montebello City Council, Beltran is known for his advocacy of Latino causes and his sometimes gruff manner. Though his arguments are seldom presented in court – more often than not, they are laid out in closed session – Beltran is accustomed to the limelight. He was a key player in Bell Gardens when the council there voted to promote a councilwoman to city manager. That led to a District Attorney’s Office investigation and criminal charges against Maria Chacon, the Bell Gardens councilwoman. last_img
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Chelsea not in crisis, says Giroud

first_imgConte’s side were flattered by the scoreline at the Etihad Stadium. After starting without a recognised striker, the visitors failed to muster a single shot on target and commanded only 29 per cent possession.“I don’t even question myself about that — it is not a crisis,” said Giroud, who joined the club from Arsenal in January.“We have played (Manchester) United and City away. Obviously we could have done better but these are not small games.“We are not happy with that (but) it is not the day and the moment to question whether we are behind the boss or not. Obviously we are behind him and we are all sticking together.”Chelsea are in grave danger of missing out on Champions League football for a second time in three seasons.They remain alive in this season’s competition but must find a way past Barcelona at the Nou Camp next week to reach the quarter-finals.“It is not a good weekend for us because our opponents in the Champions League race won,” said Giroud, who came on as a second-half substitute against City.“But we still have nine games to go. We will believe until the end and keep the faith in our game.“Some top teams will play against each other — you never know. We need to keep the focus on this and win the next game and go step by step. We need momentum to reach fourth place.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Olivier Giroud has started just two games since joining Chelsea from London rivals Arsenal in January © AFP/File / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 5 – Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has played down talk of a crisis at the club after the reigning Premier League champions slumped to their fourth defeat in five league matches against Manchester City.Sunday’s 1-0 defeat, courtesy of a Bernardo Silva goal, left Antonio Conte’s side five points behind fourth-placed Tottenham with nine games to play, heaping further pressure on a manager whose long-term future was already uncertain.last_img read more

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Fans, sponsors make it a World Cup with Chinese characteristics

first_imgThe growing presence of fans and sponsors can be linked to China’s consumer boom, while excitement for football has been spurred on by President Xi Jinping’s ambitions to make 73rd-ranked China a world power in the sport.China have only qualified once for the World Cup — when they exited goalless in 2002 — but expectations are high that it will bid to hold the tournament, with 2030 and 2034 often mentioned as possibilities.One Chinese fan, Dai Qian, said he will spend nearly $10,000 to visit Russia and watch the tournament.“We appreciate football as an art and we like the feeling of watching live football,” said the 38-year-old, a university professor in energy engineering who will travel as part of a 400-strong Chinese tour group.According to the latest FIFA figures, nearly 37,000 tickets out of 1.7 million went to Chinese fans, the second-largest showing from countries that didn’t make the tournament, after the United States.Dai said that in the absence of their own team, Chinese fans back the countries of their favourite players. For him, it’s Argentina because he grew up watching Italy’s Serie A on TV and was a fan of Gabriel Batistuta, the former Fiorentina and Roma striker.– ‘Jump to be a global brand’ –The World Cup is a major advertising vehicle in China © AFP / WANG ZhaoAccording to research by Britain’s Professor Simon Chadwick, Germany are the most popular foreign team in China, with some female fans swayed by the players’ looks.It helps that Germany are reigning world champions and among the favourites in Russia.“There is something about ‘brand Germany’ and the relationship between Germany and China,” said Chadwick, professor of sports enterprise at University of Salford.“There are sections of the Chinese population who like to be conspicuous consumers — who like to be seen to be consuming the best brands, the best-quality brands, and that confers a particular status on them. The same is true of their football.“So if you can be a fan, why not pick the best?”Mark Dreyer, Beijing-based founder of the China Sports Insider website, said the growing ability of Chinese to afford overseas travel is a major reason for the large numbers going to the World Cup.Russia is also much closer geographically to China than, for example, the World Cup in Brazil four years ago.Television viewers across the globe and fans in World Cup stadiums will also become familiar with three tournament sponsors from China — tech company Vivo, electrical appliance and electronics supplier Hisense, and Mengniu Dairy.There is also FIFA sponsor Wanda Group, a Chinese conglomerate and formerly a major stakeholder in Spain’s Atletico Madrid.Zhu Shuqin, brand director at Hisense, declined to tell AFP how much the company paid for its sponsorship.But she said a similar deal at football’s 2016 European Championship in France “helped us greatly in our global market expansion”.That included a 60 percent surge in television sales in Europe in one quarter, Zhu said.Already well known in China, Hisense are eyeing the North American, European and Japanese markets.“We want to use such sponsorship to realise our globalisation goal,” said Zhu, outlining the company’s hopes from the World Cup.“Secondly, we can see in the global market of consumer electronics that the top companies, such as Samsung and Sony, all choose this kind of top event to sponsor so that they can jump to be a global brand from a regional one.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chinese football fans celebrate after Germany beat Argentina 2014 World Cup final © AFP/File / JOHANNES EISELESHANGHAI, China, Jun 4 – True to form, China failed to qualify for the World Cup but the planet’s most populous country will be far from absent: thousands of its fans will fly to Russia, and Chinese sponsors will loom large on global TV screens.Despite not being able to cheer on their home side, many Chinese supporters are undeterred, and they are expected to arrive in numbers that will dwarf the followers of many competing teams.last_img read more

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Job Vacancy: Donaghey Motorhomes now hiring Mechanic/Technician

first_imgJob Vacancy: Donaghey Motorhomes at Drumnahoe Letterkenny are currently recruiting for an experienced and hard-working candidate to join their team.Due to continued expansion at the Motorhome and Van Centre, management now require a Mechanic/Technician.Candidate must be able to work as part of a team and to work on their own initiative. Apply with CV only by email to: info@irishmotorhomes.comClosing Date for applications: 30th April 2018 Job Vacancy: Donaghey Motorhomes now hiring Mechanic/Technician was last modified: April 11th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Donaghey MotorhomesJob VacancyMECHANICrecruitmenttechnicianVehicleslast_img read more

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Transfer BLOW! Arsenal and Spurs target will NOT be leaving Nice this summer

first_imgNice have received no offers for Arsenal and Tottenham target Jean Michael Seri.The midfielder was one of the best players in Ligue 1 last season and now clubs are fighting to sign him.Arsenal and Spurs have expressed an interest, while Paris Saint-Germain and Roma are keen on the Ivorian too.But president Jean-Pierre Rivere has now revealed Nice have had no offers for Seri so far, and that he expects the star to stay this summer due to a ”moral engagement” between player and club.“I think I’ve always been very, very clear on the subject,” Rivere told a press conference in France.“Mika is part of our project and to date I haven’t received an offer.“We have a moral engagement with Mika, at a certain amount. Full stop. He’s on holiday right now, he’s resting and I can assure you he’s with us.” 1 Jean Michael Seri last_img read more

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COUNTDOWN TO A LITTLE TASTE OF CHRISTMAS IN DONEGAL TOWN

first_imgWith less than a week to go to A Little Taste of Christmas in Donegal Town we are delighted with the response to this Event and pleased to announce we have 63 exhibitors taking part on the day offering a wide selection of gift ideas for all ages and giving you an opportunity to place your Christmas Food Orders.There will be Christmas Food demonstrations by Community Chef Brian Mc Dermott and Anthony Armstrong from WACS offering loads of ideas to help you plan and improve your culinary skills for the Festive Season.Throughout the day, Sunday November 25th, Community Chef Brian Mc Dermott’s new cookbook “Reunite with Food “will be on sale. This book aims to encourage you to cook more, while improving your health and well being, to produce food you are in control off and within your budget, a perfect Christmas gift! Sian Breslin from Sian’s plan will also be launching her E-book Sian’splan for Christmas featuring 12 days of stress free cooking with tried and tested recipes, menu plan, shopping list, cooking tips and recipe calendar.Children’s entertainment will be provided between 1pm and 6pm with A Christmas Puppet Show by Mr. Scallywags and loads more.Lines will be on sale to be in with a chance to win one of three generous hampers.It promises to be a most enjoyable day for Family and Friends, with none other than the big man himself Santa Claus and his helpers making an appearance at the switching on of Donegal Town’s Christmas Lights at 7.30pm.   COUNTDOWN TO A LITTLE TASTE OF CHRISTMAS IN DONEGAL TOWN was last modified: November 20th, 2012 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:A LIttle Taste of ChristmasDonegal Townlast_img read more

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Former JDL activist Krugel killed in prison

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “He was killed in cold blood … this is disgusting,” she said late Saturday. Federal authorities have opened a homicide investigation, said Richard Murray, an FBI special agent in Phoenix. He declined to make public any other details. Krugel, a former dental assistant from Reseda, and late JDL leader Irv Rubin were arrested in 2001 and charged with conspiring to bomb the King Fahd Mosque in Culver City and a field office of Rep. Darrell E. Issa, R-Vista, who is Lebanese-American. Rubin died in 2002 at age 57 from injuries sustained in what authorities said was a jailhouse suicide attempt. Authorities said he slashed his throat with a razor and fell about 15 feet off a balcony while in jail awaiting trial. Krugel pleaded guilty in 2003 to one count of conspiracy to violate the civil rights of worshippers at the mosque and one count of carrying an explosive device in connection with a conspiracy to impede or injure an office of the United States. LOS ANGELES – A Jewish Defense League activist imprisoned for his role in an alleged plot to bomb a California mosque and the office of a Lebanese-American congressman was killed at a federal prison in Phoenix. Earl Krugel, 62, of Reseda, who was sentenced in September to 20 years in prison in a plea bargain, was killed Friday in what his wife said she was told was an assault by another inmate, who hit him from behind with a concrete block. “Earl never saw it happening,” Lola Krugel said. “He was exercising.” Krugel’s sister, Linda Krugel said her brother had been at the medium-security prison for three days. Despite the plea – which at one point prosecutors had vacated – and statements by Krugel that he was a changed man, U.S. District Court Judge Ronald S.W. Lew sentenced him in September to a 20-year prison sentence, the maximum allowed under the guilty plea. The reasons for the collapse of the initial plea agreement were sealed, despite a lawsuit by news organizations, including The Associated Press, to make the details public. During the case, Krugel’s lawyers noted that prosecutors were angered that his client withheld for several months the names of four people allegedly connected to the 1985 murder case of Alex Odeh, the western regional director of the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. Several former JDL members were suspected in the case, but no one was ever charged. On Saturday, Krugel’s wife maintained her husband’s imprisonment was tied to Odeh. “Earl did not deserve what he got. It was all political,” she said. “It was all about Alex Odeh and my husband did not know anything about Alex Odeh. I’m devastated and I’m shocked that the system allowed this to happen.” Krugel’s wife said she last spoke with her husband on Thursday and he was still adjusting to prison life. “He was supposed to call me on Friday morning,” she said. When I didn’t hear from him, I felt something was not right.” The Jewish Defense League was founded in 1968 by Rabbi Meir Kahane. Kahane advocated the forcible removal of Arabs from Israel. He was assassinated in 1990 in New York. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Half-time: Chelsea 1 Dynamo Kiev 0

first_imgAleksandar Dragovic’s 34th-minute own goal put Chelsea ahead in the Champions League clash at Stamford Bridge.Dragovic attempted to clear Willian’s right-wing cross with a diving header but succeeded only in diverting the ball into the net.Chelsea had been well on top, passing the ball around fluently and certainly not looking like a side that has won only one of their last eight matches.Oscar’s first-time shot from Cesar Azpilicueta’s low cross was saved, and as Chelsea kept up the pressure Dynamo Kiev defender Domagoj Vida needed a last-ditch challenge to deny the recalled Cesc Fabregas a close-range header.The breakthrough eventually arrived and prompted Chelsea fans to loudly chant Jose Mourinho’s name in defiant support of the under-pressure manager.And the home crowd wanted a penalty when Diego Costa went down in the area shortly before the interval, but referee Pavel Kralovec was unimpressed.Fabregas and Nemanja Matic returned to the starting line-up, while Eden Hazard was dropped to the substitutes’ bench along with Gary Cahill.Baba Rahman was brought in at left-back, with Azpilcueta switched to right-back and Kurt Zouma moved to the centre of the Chelsea defence.Chelsea: Begovic; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Terry, Baba; Ramires, Matic; Willian, Fabregas, Oscar; Diego Costa.Subs: Blackman, Cahill, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy, Hazard, Pedro, Remy.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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