first_imgHe will be assisted by local Josaia Rabele Dakuitoga. Potter was a former Wests Tigers coach who took in blockbusting winger Marika Koroibete and helped in his development before Koroibete left for the Melbourne Storms. FNRL development manager Rabele confirmed this yesterday saying Potter has been appointed by the Fiji Sports Commission. “Our new coach Mick Potter, he came last year, we were doing basic training to elite squad together and he has been confirmed to be our head coach and I will assist him,” Rabele said. For now, Rabele said Potter had sent him some names of players that he had seen and would like to include in the May Test. “We have some NRL available players with other players that Mick has named, most of these players that have been selected by Mick are players that I have not heard of but I hope to send him some players who have been impressive during fitness tests hoping they would make the May test team against PNG but the final call is his,” Rabele said. Yesterday a fitness test was conducted for the local players, revealing that majority of the players were those in the 18 to 20 years category. “Most of these boys came through our junior program and from having this fitness test I’m hoping to gauge their performance and monitor their training from here,” Rabele said.Caption: Michael Potter during his stint as the Wests Tigers’ coach.last_img read more

first_imgReading parted company with manager Jaap Stam on Wednesday after a string of disappointing results that has left the second-tier club languishing in 20th place in the 24-team Championship, three points above the relegation zone.The former Manchester United and Netherlands defender took charge of Reading last season, leading the team to a third-placed finish, but missed out on promotion to the Premier League after losing to Huddersfield Town in the playoff final.Stam’s fate was sealed after a dismal run of one win in his last 18 league games, culminating in a 3-2 defeat at Norwich City on Saturday. Their next game is not until March 30 at home to Queens Park Rangers.Reading announced the decision on their website (www.readingfc.co.uk), saying majority shareholders Yongge Dai and Xiu Li Dai had deemed the change necessary after “careful consideration”.“We would like to thank Jaap for his hard work and commitment to the club, in particular noting what he achieved in a memorable first season in club management, and we wish him the very best of luck,” the club said in a statementlast_img read more

first_imgNORWALK- The American Red Cross will host a Save-a-Life Sunday blood drive today at the Radhakrishna Mandir Temple, 12634 Pioneer Blvd. The blood drive was created for all religious organizations in an effort to prevent blood shortages. Red Cross inventories are at low levels. Anyone over 17 years old and weighing at least 100 pounds may be eligible to donate blood. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call (800) 448-3543 or visit www.GiveLife.org. Spanish-speakers should call (866)767-8432. Calderon to speak at lunch Friday DOWNEY – Assemblyman Charles Calderon, D-Industry, will speak at the 58th Assembly District State of the State Address luncheon at noon Friday at The Gas Company, 9240 E. Firestone Blvd. Admission is $25 for all cities and chambers in that district. Sponsorships for a table of eight are also available for $500, $750 and $1,000. For information or to make reservations, call (562)949-2473 or e-mail candee@picoriverachamber.org. Council holds budget session SANTA FE SPRINGS – The city council held a study session Thursday for its 2007-08 budget, which totals $121.8 million and will come up for City Council approval at its July 19 meeting. “The city’s financial position is very strong,” said City Manager Fred Latham, “and the budget reflects our fiscal strength.” There were no cuts, and no reserves were used to balance the budget. The city is a month behind its usual budget schedule because of staff’s work in May on the 50th anniversary programs, Latham said. The city will continue authorized expenditures on last year’s budget, which expires today. “There will be no effect on city services,” Latham said. New leaf-blowers offered at discount WHITTIER – Whittier-area professional gardeners and landscapers can participate in a special leaf-blower exchange program being organized by the South Coast Air Quality Management District on July 19 at Temple City Lawnmower, 9654 Lower Azusa Road, Temple City. The program will allow gardeners to exchange up to 10 leaf-blowers for a new, low-polluting blower – valued at $470 – for only $200 each. The event is open to all professional gardeners and landscapers who live and work in the air quality district’s four-county jurisdiction. To qualify for the program, participants must pre-register at (888) 425-6247. Concerts in Park to start Thursday WHITTIER – The city will kick off its 2007 Groovin’ in the Park summer concert series at 7 p.m. Thursday with a performance of jazz and 1950s rock and roll. The event will feature the California High School Jazz Band at Parnell Park, 15390 Lambert Road. The concert series will continue every Thursday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Parnell Park through Aug. 27. It will also take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. each Monday from July 9 through Aug. 27 at Central Park, at the corner of Washington Avenue and Bailey Street. For more information, call (562) 464-3430. – From staff reports160Want 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

first_imgCraig’s chief spokesman said his boss had dropped virtually all notions of trying to finish his third term, which ends in early 2009. But prominent Republicans in Washington and Idaho wanted a firm deadline in hopes of putting the controversy behind them. Craig pleaded guilty in August to disorderly conduct following a sting operation in a men’s bathroom at the Minneapolis airport, but he said this week he hoped to withdraw the plea. He also hinted he was rethinking his weekend announcement that he intended to resign by month’s end. Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, said Craig should make his resignation unequivocal so that Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter, also a Republican, can choose a replacement. Simpson said Craig “needs to make it clear that he is going to resign at the end of the month, so that Butch can make a replacement.” Craig spokesman Dan Whiting said Thursday that the senator was focused on trying to clear his name and to help Idaho prepare for a replacement. “The most likely scenario, by far, is that by October there will be a new senator from Idaho,” Whiting said. The only circumstances in which Craig might try to complete his term, Whiting said, would require a prompt overturning of his conviction, as well as Senate GOP leaders’ agreement to restore the committee leaderships positions they took from him this week. Those scenarios are unlikely, Whiting said. Republican Senate leaders welcomed Whiting’s comments after a series of confusing signals from Craig’s circle. A prompt resignation would enable Republicans to sidestep one of the several ethics dilemmas they face this fall, and avoid the embarrassment of dealing with a colleague who had been stripped of his committee leadership posts and urged to resign by party leaders. It also would negate the need for a Senate ethics committee investigation, which GOP leaders had requested.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! POLITICS: He’d stay only if conviction is quickly overturned and he gets committees back. By Charles Babington THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – Idaho’s senior Republican congressman called on Sen. Larry Craig on Thursday to make it clear he will leave his seat by Sept. 30, as GOP leaders sought to remove any doubt that the embattled senator will resign within weeks. last_img read more

first_img “We thought Michelle probably had a better chance (than did Hughes) to medal at the Olympics,” Horen said. “The mission of the international committee is to win medals.” Flowers is in Returning bobsled gold medalist Vonetta Flowers was among nine athletes awarded Olympic spots on Sunday by the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation. The USBSF picked its skeleton and women’s bobsled teams; the nine-member men’s bobsled team will be formally announced Monday. Suspended skeleton coach Tim Nardiello, who has been accused of sexual harassment, will be among the names sent this week by the federation to the U.S. Olympic Committee for final approval. It’s still unclear, though, if the USOC will allow Nardiello to coach at the Olympics. The USOC is investigating the claims against Nardiello and the coach’s conduct, and has final say over which athletes and coaches will be part of the American delegation for the Turin Olympics next month. The USOC must finalize its roster by Jan. 30. Zach Lund, who is also facing a suspension after reportedly testing positive for a banned substance at a World Cup race earlier this season, was among three men provisionally given Olympic skeleton spots by the USBSF. Eric Bernotas and Kevin Ellis are the others; it’ll be the first Olympics for both. Lund expects to go before the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency by Jan. 23, and contends the positive test for the masking agent Finasteride stems from his use of the hair-restoration drug Proscar. He has taken similar products since 1999 and says he’s always declared their usage on his medical forms. Texas basks With fireworks and a final send-off for quarterback Vince Young, more than 50,000 Texas fans turned out Sunday night to celebrate the Longhorns’ national championship. Texas’ 41-38 win over USC in the Rose Bowl gave the Longhorns their first outright title since 1969. Stepping up to the podium on the field at Royal Memorial Stadium in Austin, coach Mack Brown flashed the two-fingered “Hook ’em” sign as fans cheered. “This is one night we can hook ’em and hold down the little finger, because we’re No. 1,” Brown said. The ceremonies included highlights of the undefeated 2005 season, plus the national championship seasons of 1963 and 1969. Brown also paid tribute to the coach of those championship teams, Darrell Royal. Young, named MVP of the Rose Bowl for his 200 yards rushing, 267 yards passing and three touchdowns, used the 1-hour event as a chance to thank fans who watched him compile a 30-2 record as a starter. No remedy likely Negotiations have completely broke down for a fight between middleweight champion Jermain Taylor and top contender Winky Wright. The reason why is simple: Gary Shaw, Wright’s promoter, wants a 50-50 split of the purse as well as promotional control. Taylor’s promoter, Lou DiBella, wanted no part of that. As it stands, the fight could go to a WBC-ordered purse bid next week, or DiBella could reject the purse bid, at which time the WBC could strip Taylor of its belt. “I have the legitimate Ring magazine middleweight champion, who beat Bernard Hopkins twice in a row and I’m supposed to give 50-50 to a guy who doesn’t even have a belt?” DiBella said. — Robert Morales Gebrselassie rocks Haile Gebrselassie shattered the world half-marathon record by 21 seconds Sunday while running the last half of the Rock ‘N’ Roll Arizona marathon. He also broke the 20-kilometer world mark en route. It marked the 19th and 20th times the diminutive Ethiopian has broken world records in his career. “This one is so fantastic because this is my first one in America,” he said. “It’s a little special to me. It’s really, really wonderful.” His half-marathon time of 58 minutes, 55 seconds on a clear, crisp morning through the streets of Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe, Ariz., broke the mark of 59:16 set by 18-year-old Kenyan Samuel Wanjiru in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, on Sept. 11. His 20-kilometer time, also officially clocked, was 55:48. That broke the world record held by his longtime rival, Paul Tergat of Kenya, of 56:18 set in the Stramilano, Italy, half-marathon on April 4, 1998. Daniel Rono of Kenya won the Mumbai International Marathon in Bombay as thousands of Bombay residents ran alongside athletes, famous Indian movie stars and industrialists. Rono won in 2 hours, 12 minutes and 3 seconds to beat countrymen Mandago Kipkonir Desse and Leleito Stanley. Seboka Mulu of Ethiopia won the women’s marathon in 2:33:15, ahead of Russians Abitova Inga and Aman Leila. UCLA football honors Quarterback Drew Olson and linebacker Spencer Havner were tabbed winners of the Henry R. ‘Red” Sanders Award which goes to the MVP of the UCLA football team at an awards banquet on Sunday. No ponytails allowed German police officers must avoid ponytails, stubbly beards and earrings in an effort to tidy up their appearance ahead of the World Cup soccer tournament. The new rules ban “any hairstyle which could be seen as an expression of obvious individualist behavior,” the magazine Spiegel reported Sunday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Figure skating is an industry now,” said Scott Hamilton, the 1984 Olympic champion. “What’s in the best interest of the industry? That’s a consideration.” Leave Kwan off the team? AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Thank her for all she’s done for figure skating, but tell her not to bother sharpening her skates? Few people associated with the sport thought that was even a remote possibility when the international committee of U.S. Figure Skating met upon conclusion of the national championships Saturday night to consider Kwan’s petition. Sure enough, the committee needed just 45 minutes before voting, 20-3, to place the injured Kwan on the team and bump third-place finisher Emily Hughes to first alternate status. Kwan, who missed nationals for the first time since finishing sixth as a 12-year-old in 1993, thus joined U.S. champion Sasha Cohen and runner-up Kimmie Meissner as America’s representatives in women’s singles. But Bob Horen, chairman of the international committee, made it clear that U.S. Figure Skating had its own agenda and it had nothing to do with television ratings or corporate cash or even a sappy sentimental send-off for Kwan. center_img There is little doubt about where NBC and the corporate partners of the U.S. Olympic Committee and U.S. Figure Skating stood regarding the issue of Michelle Kwan’s petition for a spot on the Olympic team. Kwan has been the face of figure skating in America for a decade and is adored by the audiences that tune in to watch the Winter Olympics. She already has been featured in NBC’s promotional spots for the Turin Games and is one of the most recognized and marketable athletes in snow-and-ice sports. last_img read more

first_imgChelsea begin their Premier League title defence this Saturday 12 August, facing Burnley at Stamford Bridge.The Blues are out to put a disappointing defeat to Arsenal in the Community Shield last weekend behind them by getting off to a perfect start against the Clarets.Antonio Conte, though, does have a number of selection concerns, with Eden Hazard injured and Victor Moses suspended, while Diego Costa remains in exile.So who could the Italian manager start for the Blues’ league opener to play Burnley?Scroll through the gallery above to take a look at talkSPORT.com’s predicted Chelsea line-up. 11 11 11 11 28. Cesar Azpilicueta (right wing-back) 3. Marcos Alonso (left wing-back) 11 11. Pedro (left attack) 11 11 7. N’Golo Kante (centre midfield) 11 4. Cesc Fabregas (centre midfield) 13. Thibaut Courtois (goalkeeper) 2. Antonio Rudiger (centre back) – click the arrow above, right, to take a look at talkSPORT.com’s full predicted Chelsea line-up, in squad number order 22. Willian (right attack) 11 24. Gary Cahill (centre back) 11 11 9. Alvaro Morata (centre forward) 30. David Luiz (centre back)last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleHad Canyon held on for a victory over Notre Dame, the nontelevised matchup against St. Bonaventure – ranked No. 3 in the state by Cal-Hi Sports – might have been in the national spotlight. It’s still a great game, just not as great as it would have been. Canyon receiver Kenny Suber prefers to look at the positive. “Hey, this is nothing bad. We just lost to a good team,” Suber said. St. Bonaventure, which has defeated Hart 34-0 and St. Paul of Santa Fe Springs 36-6, has a lot more to lose than Canyon this Friday. The Seraphs follow with a game against fellow national power Oaks Christian of Westlake Village on Sept. 22 – a showdown that people have looked forward to for a year. If the Canyon-St. Bonaventure matchup is big, or might have been bigger, the St. Bonaventure-Oaks Christian contest is gigantic. The last thing on Earth that St. Bonaventure wants to do is besmirch its perfect record before the Oaks Christian game – which already is close to an 8,000-ticket sellout. Then again, if you think St. Bonaventure coach Jon Mack is looking past Canyon, think again. He was at Canyon’s game Friday, and after Canyon lost, Mack was asked if the St. Bonaventure-Canyon matchup is now less interesting. “It’s still interesting to me,” Mack said. “I still think Canyon is a phenomenal team that let up a little bit after being up by so many points. Oh, we’ve got our hands full because Canyon is going to come back with a vengeance.” gerry.gittelson@dailynews.com (661) 257-5218160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CANYON COUNTRY – Now that Canyon High’s football team was upset 18-17 by Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks on Friday, perhaps some luster has been removed from this Friday’s anticipated showdown against visiting St. Bonaventure of Ventura, which is 2-0 compared to Canyon’s 1-1. Yet as far is Canyon is concerned, perhaps the St. Bonaventure game is more important than ever because now the Cowboys have something to prove after blowing a 14-point second-half lead against Notre Dame, culminating in a heartbreaking 30-yard touchdown pass and game-winning 2-point conversion with 63 seconds remaining. Ranked No. 2 in the state by Cal-Hi Sports heading into the Notre Dame loss, defending Div. II champion Canyon must rebound against a formidable opponent that has won 97 of its past 101 games and five section titles over the past six years. “I think we can come back from this,” offensive lineman Marc Valdez said. “The same thing happened last year when we lost to Simi Valley (in week 3), and we came back that time, too. All we need to do is keep up the intensity. This was a minor setback.” last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The city has about $550,000 in grants earmarked for recreation improvements, said Ron Kenny, the city’s community services director. Two community meetings to get comments from the people who use the parks will be held to give the architects, David Evans & Associates, an idea of what they want. “We’ve been talking about this for the last three years, and we finally have grants we could use to fund these master plans,” said Councilman Louie Agui aga. The city of South El Monte has often been passed over by county, state and federal officials for grants to upgrade the parks because there were no master plans in place, Agui aga said. The city is looking to build new restrooms, a snack bar, picnic tables, drinking fountains and permanent shade covers for picnic areas at New Temple, Kenny said. SOUTH EL MONTE – Manny Perez believes park conditions need to improve for his football league. The restrooms at New Temple Park need to be updated, and there should be more room for the 300 youths who play in the league, he said. “We could use a 100-yard field for our practices and scrimmages,” said Perez, president of the El Monte/ South El Monte Jets football league. “A dedicated football field would be nice.” Perez will have a chance to have his voice heard now that the City Council hired an architect to create plans for the renovations of New Temple, Mary Van Dyke and Community Center parks. At eight acres, New Temple is the largest of the three parks. “There have been people who would like to see some changes,” Kenny said. “The restrooms and snack bar at New Temple are very outdated, and don’t serve the capacity of the people there for Little League and football.” The City Council has not yet decided if all the money will be used to upgrade one park or spread out among the three parks, Kenny said. Agui aga said at Mary Van Dyke Park, a lot of open space is not used because of the positioning of the restrooms. If the restrooms were moved, there could be enough open space for a minor-league field, basketball courts and a playground. “We need more space for our kids to play basketball \ skateboard,” Agui aga said. “One of our biggest complaints from kids is they don’t have anywhere to play basketball or ride their skateboards.” The total cost of the first phase of the upgrades, which includes the master plans, is more than $70,000, according to city records. christina.esparza@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2472160Want 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

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Bond said the man’s family was on the scene helping police negotiators. The standoff in the city’s South Shore neighborhood began about 2:30 a.m. after a 911 call about gunshots in the building. No injuries were reported, Bond said. She described the female hostages as young adults, but did not know their ages or relationship to the gunman. CHICAGO – Two women were taken hostage inside their Chicago apartment building early Thursday, sparking a police standoff that stretched more than 14 hours. The women were being held by a gunman in his 20s or 30s who fired at police at least once, and officers were negotiating with the suspect by phone, police spokeswoman Monique Bond said. “We don’t actually know what precipitated it,” Bond said. “Time’s on our side in situations like this. Hopefully it’ll be resolved soon and the outcome will be a safe one.” Police believe the man is armed with a semiautomatic weapon. Police 1st Deputy Dana Starks declined to say how many shots he fired. 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

first_imgDirect IT costs –These are the direct business costs of device life-cycle management, from purchase and delivery to infrastructure, security, support, repair, and replacement. End-user costs – These are the indirect business costs representing the time end users spend troubleshooting or fixing older devices, or even learning a new device.Productivity gains – This is the value of additional productivity time gained by users after upgrading to higher-performance devices or devices that increase employee mobility.One of my favorite studies was one I uncovered about productivity at Facebook. If an employee calls the help desk more than twice on any given issue, the device gets replaced—no questions asked. It’s all about keeping users productive. Check out the CIO Journal blog: “Facebook CIO Doesn’t Waste Time”Eliminating the guessworkWhen IT organizations can strike a balance between cost and business value during refresh, it equals success. The Business Client Refresh ROI Estimator takes the guesswork out of the process by letting users plug in very specific details. In addition to basics like number of devices and CPU type, users can modify other key factors that play a big role in ROI. Managing the Changing IT Landscape: Device RefreshMany IT organizations struggle to determine the value of employee device refresh. There’s the question of timing, whether driven by budget constraints or true necessity (or both). And then there’s the question of device security. Mix in BYOD use cases, and things get complicated.An interactive tool with tangible resultsI recently designed a tool that is made to solve this problem. The Business Client Refresh ROI Estimator incorporates both traditional form factors (desktops and laptops) and new form factors (tablets and 2 in 1s), both BYOD and company-issued purchases, and provides an easy way to assess the value of refresh for IT, end users, and overall business productivity.Developed with industry experts, this interactive tool is designed to help organizations determine the value of replacing aging PCs either by using pre-populated scenarios or by plugging in their own unique data.Users can customize device analysis, explore the impact of increasing mobility, view a current-versus-future scenario, or even alter IT operations and other variables to fine-tune results. And finally, the tool delivers a report to document each scenario.The Goal: Balancing cost and valueI learned a ton during the development process with this tool. When it comes to upgrading devices, there are many critical factors that can have a significant impact on ROI. What any business wants to know is simply, will it be worth it?I discovered that while productivity was one of the factors important to users and business stakeholders, it was difficult to quantify. As a result, IT organizations focused most of their analysis and decisions around total cost of ownership (TCO) versus ROI. And the result was suboptimal business decisions.With the tool, we thought it was important to incorporate the three primary cost and value categories, which are the largest contributors of both TCO and ROI over the life cycle of a device:center_img Device ageUsage modelEmployee mobilityDevice management modelBe sure to check out the tool, let me know what you think, ask questions, and share your insights. I’m really excited about this, and I look forward to hearing how it works for you.Chris @chris_p_intel #ITCenter #ROIlast_img read more