Beckwith to build Reading tower

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Mackay hits out at manager sackings

first_img Press Association Martin Jol, Dave Jones, Guy Whittingham, Sean O’Driscoll, Richie Barker, David Flitcroft and Owen Coyle have all left their respective positions over the space of the last seven days. And Mackay, whose own position has been under scrutiny since the loss of his former head of recruitment Iain Moody, has branded the casualty rate among managers and coaches as “really poor”. Cardiff manager Malky Mackay has criticised “short-term” attitudes within football after seeing seven of his peers lose their jobs in the last week. “I was at an LMA (League Managers’ Association) event the other night and (chief executive) Richard Bevan told the assembled group that 27 coaches and managers in the last seven days had lost their jobs,” said the Scot. “That’s 27 people going back to their families who don’t have work anymore. “That’s really poor, 27 people shown the door. That’s disappointing.” Mackay is particularly bemused by the failure to notice the success the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger and David Moyes have enjoyed when trusted with long tenures in charge. “The short-termism has got worse,” said Mackay, who has been in charge of Cardiff for two and a half years. “I remember talking to Sven-Goran Eriksson when he was Leicester manager. We were talking about his career and he had five-year tranches at three different football clubs in Italy and Portugal. “That very rarely happens nowadays. Certainly in the last five or 10 years it has become less and less. “If you are looking at somebody in a job in the Premier League for two or three years, they are one of the longest serving managers, which is crazy but it’s the way it is. “If you look at the likes of the top sides, Manchester United, Arsenal and Everton had managers in charge for a long period, 27 years, 17 years and 11 years for the three managers. “Look at the stability and the strength of those clubs over that period, having good people at the top who have got the vision going forward on how the club should be. “There is no coincidence that there is stability at those clubs.” While displeased at the current trend, Mackay must turn his attention to on-field issues as Cardiff prepare to face Stoke on Wednesday. Saturday’s 3-0 home defeat to Arsenal dropped the Bluebirds to 17th in the table, keeping them level with Stoke three points above the drop zone. But Mackay insists Wednesday’s game, and Saturday’s fixture at Crystal Palace, will not prove critical in the final analysis of their season come May. “The gap between the bottom right up to 10th is minute and I don’t see that changing between now and the end of season,” he said. “I have said before that with two weeks to go last season 10 teams could still have been relegated. “It’s about us picking up points and keeping that belief. It is a long-term view I am taking and the group have got belief they can perform at this level, compete at this level and pick up points. “The last couple of games we have played top teams in this league, but now we are playing teams who are in and around us. “We all know that counts for nothing. You saw that with Liverpool going to Hull at the weekend. They are both going to be tough games but we will be competitive and do our best to bring points home.” Mackay also confirmed 18-year-old left-back Declan John, who has made one Premier League appearance this term, has signed a new contract to keep him at the club through to 2018. He said: “Declan is another one of our youngsters coming through and he has had a little taste of first-team action and a little taste of international action which is great for the football club and for him. “He should be proud of the progress he has made and there is plenty still to come. He is a young talent we want to make sure we have got here long term because we have a lot of belief in him.” last_img read more

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What should Lakers, Clippers fans do in the age of the coronavirus?

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Fortunately for Linn, the video game “MLB The Show 20” was released for PlayStation 4 on Thursday: “So I played that till 5 in the morning,” he said.If he ever puts down the controller, Linn expects he’ll find himself watching more Lob City highlights than even before.Pete Zayas, the creator of Laker Film Room, said he’ll use the down time to tackle projects he didn’t have time for during the NBA’s busy season – including breaking down some of his favorite Kobe Bryant games on his YouTube channel.“My videos are six or seven minutes long but it takes six or seven hours to make the video, so I’m entertained for six or seven hours,” Zayas said. “I was built for times like these.”He said he anticipates launching some “group project type stuff” online to help his fellow basketball obsessives get through the hiatus. He also encouraged fans to experiment with the kind of video analysis he’s known for. “I started because I was bored,” Zayas said. “I had stopped coaching basketball to help my girlfriend at the time start her private practice, so I didn’t have anything to do and I wanted to scratch that basketball itch and I said, ‘Oh, what’s this iMovie app on my laptop?’“And the thing about basketball, there’s so much meat on the bone. I could watch a game five or six times, it’s like a great movie, watching it again, you’re like, ‘I didn’t catch that last time!’”In that spirit, Francois “Frenchy” Nicolas, an actor, sports entertainer and host familiar to those who’ve attended L.A. Sparks and Clippers games at Staples Center in recent years, said instead of live action this week he watched a documentary on the three-peat Chicago Bulls.“If you’re a true fan, this is your time to brush up, to use this opportunity to look at a lot of older historic moments,” Nicolas said.Otherwise, fans said that beside video games, amid the coronavirus news they’ll distract themselves with Netflix, with “bad reality TV,” with replays of old games, and by spending virtual time together online as they collectively experience “this weird cabin fever we’re all about to have,” as hoops fan Payman Benz put it.But even as fans find productive ways to fill the hole where live sports should have been, it won’t be the same without the outlet that offers reliable escapism for so many.“Life can suck sometimes,” Linn said. “But you can sit down and unplug and just invest in a game … and it’s like a whole ’nother reality. Not having that for a while is going to be hard.”Zelasko recounted covering baseball on Fox Sports after the Sept. 11 attacks, and how much the game meant to a grieving nation.“It was important,” she said, remembering conversations then about how to find the balance between showing respect and providing distraction. “Sports have always been therapy; now it’s very odd not to have the outlet.”Mary Dacuma, a Clippers and Chicago Bears devotee living in Glendale, said she thinks it’s especially tough for NBA fans in Southern California.“It really looked like the Lakers or the Clippers were gonna be the ones who took it this year,” said Dacuma, who noted that her husband logged in to check on his fantasy team out of habit. “It would have been great if the Clippers did it, and they were performing super strong. Or if the Lakers won the championship, that would’ve been such a poetic thing to happen this year of all years. But now we’ll never know now.”Or perhaps we will, if the NBA extends the season and is able to return to the court to finish the season? No one can say yet.“The majority of the text messages I got (after the season was suspended) were, ‘I’m so sorry, (the Clippers) were on their way to a title,’” said Benz, a comedy director and writer and Clippers’ season-ticket holder who began attending games in 2007.“Even if it’s all erased, regardless, it’s been a fun year,” he said. “I had a moment of, ‘Oh man! The playoffs!’ But then I thought, ‘Wait a minute, this is a pandemic. Zoom out, this is not important.’”If anything, Dacuma said, following developments related to “the larger existential crisis” will be what helps distract her from missing sports.And whenever the games get going again, Benz predicts they’ll be cherished as never before.“The arenas are going to be louder than ever, there’s going to be such a relief and appreciation for what we had,” he said. “Across the board, I think maybe this is a time when we start to learn what we do need and don’t need and what are we focused on way too much, and to just enjoy stuff.” If you find yourself bored over the next 30 days and missing basketball, there’s a lot of magic in iMovie or other free video editing programs. They can look intimidating but it doesn’t take too long to figure it outClipGrab is very helpful in getting the footage you wanna use.— Laker Film Room (@LakerFilmRoom) March 12, 2020 Anybody else lost? All sports canceled, all concerts, all events., work! WTF! This is a time to work on family, your passion (if its not your job already) and your side job from home!— Javale McGee (@JaValeMcGee) March 14, 2020center_img Times like these, we need to laugh. Read this book. @SheaSerrano is a national treasure.— Brian Sieman (@BSieman) March 13, 2020 “What is on TV on a Friday?” wondered Jeanne Zelasko, the longtime sportscaster and sports fan who said she honestly didn’t know what else people watch.Zelasko, a host for “Clippers Live,” the team’s pregame and postgame show on Fox Sports West, wasn’t the only one already experiencing “withdrawals” without games.“I’ve realized it’s a big part of my life,” said Anaheim’s Joey Linn, a dedicated Clippers and Angels fan who also works as the color commentator for his Biola University basketball teams. “So far it’s been really difficult.”But Linn, like every other sports fanatic, is going to have to find other ways to spend his time after the NBA and virtually every other sport in the United States suspended or canceled play this week in an effort to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Leagues should agree to re-air games! I’d watch paint dry right now!— Jeanne Zelasko (@JeanneZelasko) March 13, 2020last_img read more

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Paul “Triple H” Levesque on success of NXT TakeOver: Phoenix, the tag team division, Velveteen Dream, more

first_imgAfterward, Paul “Triple H” Levesque — who is the founder and senior producer of NXT — heaped plenty of praise on the show and the talent. “The locker room in NXT continues to take it to another level and deliver something more,” Levesque told the media. “They raise the bar every time they go out there. I was very proud of the show tonight and very proud of them.”Levesque also spoke with the media about the tag team division, how the show was laid out, the popularity of Velveteen Dream, and more.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a year— On the possibility of NXT women’s tag team titles in the future:It’s a possibility. I guess, for me, never says never. I think you just want to make sure you have enough people to make a good division and make it meaningful so I think that could be something as it evolves over time, it could take place.— On the strength of the NXT tag team division right now:There is a very robust talent roster but the tag team division especially, I think you just have a bit more focus on it.  I think you have a bit more talent better focused on it and trying to drive that. There’s a lot of meaningful tag teams and a lot of guys that are really stepping up their game to be the best. When you see tonight, man, War Raiders and Undisputed Era was just crazy good. It shocking to me how good the War Raiders — two big, strong guys — how good they can move, are agile and fast. They’re incredible. I think you saw earlier in the night to air later the Street Profits and Forgotten Sons … It’s deep. That’s been good across the board. I think you’ll see a resurgence in (tag team wrestling) on all levels. The things that drive the future happen here in some way. As those trends begin to take place, sometimes change seems slow in the process and then when you look back at it, it wasn’t so slow. I think that will take place. It’s happening now. The start of 2019…The start of #RoyalRumble weekend…The start of a new era in @WWENXT.Thank you to EVERYONE who watched #NXTTakeOver: Phoenix. We’re just getting started. #WeAreNXT— Triple H (@TripleH) January 27, 2019— On Abyss and Sonjay Dutt leaving Impact Wrestling to work behind the scenes with NXT and what roles to expect from them including them possibly working with NXT UK:We’re always on the lookout for talented people that can contribute to the product and to the WWE as a whole. It doesn’t matter where they’re from. The quality people that are talented, that have a passion for this, and want it to go to the next level and succeed, I’m always looking for those people. For me, Sonjay coming in here, Abyss coming in here, behind the scenes roles … We’re going to see where the best fit is for them. I’ve heard of them, I know of them. So many people speak highly of them in their jobs over the years from a talent standpoint and other standpoints. I’m looking forward to working with them and seeing where they best fit and how they can help contribute in the best way to the product.— On the match order for NXT TakeOver: Phoenix and his thought process on how the show was laid out:That’s one of the things where, you look at it, you try to space things out. You want a hot start obviously. You want to start with something big. Clearly, as you look at the night, it’s hard not to look at Gargano and Ricochet and think, in some way, this could absolutely steal the night. But then again, so could some of these other matches and you don’t want to be disrespectful of anything and move title matches in positions they should be in or anything like that. It really comes down to sometimes, we’ll try this. It’s a gut feeling and that’s really all it is — it’s a gut feel of how it’s going to lay out. I supposed in some way, like a concert, when is the right time to play the slow song and the fast song, pick ’em up and take ’em down. You want to weigh the overall show and that’s what we try to do. Sometimes it works, sometimes afterward you’d do it different. I thought tonight worked well and I thought the show delivered across the board with some spectacular performances. — On fans maybe not pushing as much to see talent leave NXT and go to the main roster:I’m thrilled when I see people go up and I’m thrilled when someone drops a title and (fans) think that’s the end of their run and then it’s not. Anything that becomes predictable is not good. If it’s “oh, he dropped the title, he’s going up tomorrow” or whatever, that’s not a good thing. I think to not know is a good thing and a constant positive. It’s trying to stay ahead of that in some way and do the best you can with it. I’m thrilled that people are excited to see talent wherever they are, whether that’s RAW, SmackDown, here, anywhere. If they’re happy to see them, that’s a good thing.— On the popularity of Velveteen Dream but him not having a match on the show:The dude is a star but you can only fit so many people into a card. I don’t think him not being on the show … Adam Cole wasn’t on the show too. You can only fit so many people. It’s a funny thing in our business. Where was this person on the show but then, if it was UFC, they’re not all on every card. They don’t fight every time. That’s part of the awesome aspect of this and the variety of it that you’re not seeing everyone every single time. He had star moments tonight in the show just in the little bit of stuff he did. He walked out there and he sat in the crowd. The arrival. We had something else planned that didn’t work out because someone got sick. It’s all little steps of being a star. The one thing about Velveteen Dream is, I think everyone fails to realize with him is he’s been in the business for a minute. How far he is and how he became a star and how he gets this is awesome. I think you want to make sure he takes the right steps to get there so it all works in the best way possible and it’s not too much too soon in the wrong way where you put him in a position where he might not be ready for it or could fail. I don’t see that in front of him but it’s always things that you keep in mind. You can look around the locker room at a Bianca Belair, walking in the door two-and-a-half years ago to doing what she did tonight. There are people out there going “how did she lose tonight? This is horrible for her”. It’s step one. The future couldn’t be brighter for her. Same with him. It’s just that the world today is so impatient. They want it right now. It’s a crazy, unrealistic expectation but in some ways, that’s a good thing. We’ll take people along for the ride and get them there when we need to get them there. Things got HEATED between @ProjectCiampa @JohnnyGargano @VelveteenWWE @AdamColePro @WWEAleister & @KingRicochet when #NXTTakeOver went off air!— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) January 27, 2019— On the chances that the WWE women’s tag team titles could float between brands including NXT:I think there have been discussions about all of that. As far as where it ends up, I’m not 100% sure where. When I look at both RAW and SmackDown, there’s a lot of talent where once they have a goal in mind and the women start to get together and work on the same page in tag style, I think you’re going to see a lot of people excel. I think that gets very exciting. I think you have to play that by ear of where it goes and how quickly you get there. Is that floating? I’m not sure. I think that will play out as time goes on. — On how Tegan Nox is doing following the major injury she suffered last year in the second Mae Young Classic tournament:She’s doing very well. As I was told early in my career with injuries, they repair you, they put you back together, and then it’s kind of on you to rehab and do all the stuff. She’s doing everything she can. She’s an extremely hard worker, very passionate and very driven to do this. When she’s ready, she’ll be back. Unfortunately, she’s been in a couple of positions where she’s right at the brink of this giant thing. It’s going to happen for her. It’s just a matter of time. She’s working her butt off and she’ll be back soon. — On the War Raiders big Viking style entrance on the show and when is the right time to do a big entrance for someone on a show like this:We got a call from a bunch of Vikings. (laughs) “Hey, do you have a need for a bunch of Vikings? We’re in town.” You try to set up talent to showcase them and present them in a way that puts eyeballs on them and makes them more successful, that makes them bigger stars than they are if you just had the lights on and they walked through the curtain. You try to set the table and let them come out and then it’s on them. You can put all the bells and whistles, blazers and pyro and bands and anything else you want to do. If they come to the ring and don’t deliver, no one cares. This is just that little bit of polish. It’s that little bit of extra shine that makes it different and special and hopefully you can do that in a way that comes across as organic and works for everybody.It’s organic to them. I can tell you right now, if you’ve ever met either one of them, that is them. They’re old friends of theirs and they’re all Viking dudes that wear that stuff on a regular basis on the weekends. Legitimately, we had access to Vikings and thought it’s a good time to use the Vikings. Chalk up another successful NXT TakeOver event, the latest taking place on Saturday night in Phoenix with five matches that all delivered in different ways. There was an action-packed tag team match with the War Raiders dethroning Undisputed Era for the NXT tag team championship. Johnny Gargano and Ricochet put on an athletic showcase with Gargano earning a victory for the North American championship. Plus, Tommaso Ciampa retained the NXT championship is a well-paced, dramatic match.last_img read more

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New sidewalk construction in Wellington has not made everyone happy

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (57) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. -9 Vote up Vote down Kaitlin · 373 weeks ago WOW! I mean seriously! Look at those pictures! Her yard is going to just wash away!!! Come on Wellington, at least use your heads when you do construction jobs! O wait, that never happens, look at the roundabout!!! HAHAHA. Coming from a person with a very nice yard I feel bad for her! We barely missed having to have the same done to ours! I hope the city fixes this, by at least putting in a retaining wall, and as far as the other people that would then need it they should get it too!! Report Reply 1 reply · active 373 weeks ago +41 Vote up Vote down Proudmama9 · 373 weeks ago I hate to see someone’s yard torn up. I would hate more to see a child walking in the street and get hit by a car. Report Reply 0 replies · active 373 weeks ago -18 Vote up Vote down StuckNWellhole. · 373 weeks ago Wow!! I’d be just as frustrated if that happened to me. Especially the Hill’s yard. I can’t believe that mess! I’m sure the City can afford to fix the yards that they messed up. Take it out of Gus’s vacation bonus… Report Reply 1 reply · active 373 weeks ago +32 Vote up Vote down Resident · 373 weeks ago As a resident of 16th street, and a parent of school-age children, this is a welcome addition to my yard. So what if the yard is torn up for a minute… It can be fixed: it will be fixed. If a child walking to school was hit by crazy drivers during the morning rush, that wouldn’t be so easy to “fix.” It seems that too much importance is being placed on insignificant aspects of this project. As far as I’m concerned, Pavers, Inc. did an amazing job. They worked swiftly and were careful not to destroy anything unintentionally. I say Kudos to the city for not only installing a much needed sidewalk, but finding resources to do it. It really is a shame that this article chose to focus on the negative- this sidewalk was long overdue. Report Reply 0 replies · active 373 weeks ago -26 Vote up Vote down FIX IT FOR HER · 373 weeks ago A typical SNAFU by the city admins………… FIX IT. Report Reply 0 replies · active 373 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 373 weeks ago It’s an interesting debate. But in all fairness, if you ran the city of Wellington, how would you do things differently? I’m not sure there is a solution. I noticed a few blocks to the east that there are a couple of property owners who really have a precipice that make’s the Hill’s property look like child’s play. It’s a tough situation for both the city and the property owners. But I’m glad they had the courage to move forward with the project. Report Reply 0 replies · active 373 weeks ago -8 Vote up Vote down Poor Location Choice · 373 weeks ago Cue I have a problem with them putting it on 16th street instead of a street used by many of the children walking to school. We as parents really don’t want a home on a busy street to raise our children and we darn sure do not want them walking on one. That is the problem with where the sidewalk was put in my mind. Report Reply 0 replies · active 373 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Wellington resident · 373 weeks ago My property was also torn up during the curb and sidewalk project along B street. The contractors threw down poor quality grass seed, most of the soil washed away, my drive way was damaged and has continued to crumble along the seams. But it boils down to the greater good of the city prevailing over the individual home owners. Report Reply 0 replies · active 373 weeks ago +17 Vote up Vote down Safety Is Priority · 373 weeks ago As a parent in this area, with an Eisenhower Student, I feel these sidewalks are much needed. No, I did not previously want my child walking on 16th because they had to walk in the street. That is no longer the case. Pavers Inc has done an astounding job for the people they have to work with. On another similar note, perhaps those driving on 16th St. should be more observant. Regardless of where the sidewalk was built, drivers on all surrounding streets have little on their mind outside of getting their child to school on time and pay little to no attention to other drivers OR walking children. With a little dirt work, which Pavers, Inc. has already promised to do, and a little grass, this incline to the sidewalk is a non-issue. Hats off to the city for making our children’s commute to school safer. Seems to me, if one child’s life is saved by not having to walk in the street, it’s worth whatever it costs Ms. Hill for her ridiculously minor inconvenience. Report Reply 1 reply · active 373 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down Guest · 373 weeks ago Maintaining your property is all part of homeownership. Suck it up and move on. Geez . Can’t coddle every property owner who will come whining about some real or imagined grievance every time the city makes “improvements”. I remember when Carroll Glass and Cobbs lost all their parking for the roundabout. Can’t set do for one without doing for all and where would it stop. Why didn’t she return Gus’ calls? He was trying to work with her but she chose to whine publicly instead. Report Reply 2 replies · active 372 weeks ago 123Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments View from street on west side of Hill property on 16th Street. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — When the city of Wellington received a $250,000 federal grant in 2012 to build sidewalks around four elementary schools, it was welcome news for those who were concerned about elementary children walking home on busy streets.But building those sidewalks has been a daunting proposition for City of Wellington and Pavers Inc. of Salina officials, who are dealing with 109 property owners in the construction process.One property owner, introduced through council member Jan Korte, expressed her displeasure at Tuesday’s city council meeting.Pat Hill of 913 W. 16th Street — northeast of Eisenhower Elementary — said she was worried that her property sat significantly higher than the new sidewalk, and asked the city to build a retaining wall so that the property’s soil would not collapse into the street.She also worried about the roots of an established tree which were cut to put in the sidewalk. Hill also did not care for the way the contractors tore up her carefully manicured yard.“I have excellent grass,” Hill told the council. “I get down on my hands and knees to pick out the barley. It has no weeds. It’s taken years for my grass to look the way it has the past few years.”Wellington City Manager Gus Collins said several issues have come into play when building the sidewalks. First there is the ADA compatibility issue.All sidewalks must have a gradual incline from the curb and street. Therefore the sidewalk cuts a canyon in Hills yard which sees a significant elevation jump from the intersection at Plum and 16th.Second of all, the tree is close to a city right of way – a strip of land that can be used for public transportation purposes, which in this case is a sidewalk. The tree roots on the south side had to be cut to make way for the sidewalk.Korte, who introduced the matter during her council member report, recommended that the city reimburse Hill for any damages.Collins said the cost to replace the tree and put in a retaining wall will cut into the project’s overall budget and thus cut the number of possible sidewalk construction footage. Also, he hesitated providing a retaining wall for one property owner because that would mean other property owners could demand one as well.The project, which started a couple of weeks ago, is 35 percent completed. The city hopes to build three miles of sidewalks around the four elementary schools: Eisenhower, Lincoln, Washington and Kennedy (see original story here).Collins said he has received a mixture of negative and positive comments about the project.“It is a difficult process because we are placing these sidewalks in established neighborhoods,” Collins said. “When we chose the routes to build these sidewalks we tried to choose a path that was the least disruptive to property owners.”As far as working with Hill, Collins said at the meeting he wished that Korte and him could have discussed the matter before it was brought up at a public city council meeting. He said he had repeatedly tried to call Hill back in hopes of coming to a resolution, but she would never return his calls.Mayor Roger Stallbaumer urged Hill to continue to work with the city staff.“These are good people,” Stallbaumer said. “They will help you anyway they can.”View from street with tree in question.last_img read more

"New sidewalk construction in Wellington has not made everyone happy"