Arsenal draw CSKA in Europa League quarters

first_imgThere was an all Iberian cast in another eye-catching quarter-final draw as capital outfits Atletico Madrid, who many see as the main pretenders to the title, drew Sporting Lisbon.Former European champions Marseille will take on rising German force RB Leipzig, while exciting Italian outfit Lazio face the draw’s minnows Austria’s Red Bull Salzburg, who knocked out Borussia Dortmund in the last round.All the matches are played on the same day with the first leg coming on April 5 and the return a week later on April 12.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal, though, return home with two away goals, one foot in the last eight and their shattered confidence very much restored.NYON, Switzerland, Mar 16 – London club Arsenal will take on CSKA Moscow after being drawn together in a Europa League quarter-final in Nyon on Friday at a time of strained relations between Britain and Russia.British Prime Minister Theresa May this week expelled 23 Russian diplomats over the nerve agent poisoning of a former spy, and said British royals and ministers would not attend the World Cup in Russia this year.last_img read more

Council revokes club’s permit

first_imgWHITTIER — Saying that there would be no more second chances, the City Council early Wednesday morning voted unanimously to revoke the conditional use permit for Rome Fine Dining, formerly known as Ibiza Steak and Lounge in Uptown. Wednesday’s action, however, will allow the restaurant/nightclub to remain in business and offer entertainment. But the establishment will not be allowed to sell alcohol. Council members said Rome Fine Dining violated the conditions of a permit granted on Jan. 25, giving them no choice but to revoke it. “At the end of the day, Mr. (Ralph) Verdugo and (Dennis) Davis created this mess,” said Councilman Doug Lopez, referring to the co-owners. “They are responsible. We gave you six months, which to me seems very liberal. There is substantial evidence that Ibiza has operated in disregard for the health and safety of the neighborhood.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week During the nearly five-hour hearing that stretched past midnight, police officers and city staffers testified that Rome Fine Dining failed to provide Whittier with security and transportation plans as required, used a potentially unsafe elevated platform without first getting approval from the Building Department, and failed to notify the city in advance of special events. In addition, following an April 17 shooting across the street from the establishment, Rome Fine Dining did not supply a surveillance tape that could have helped solve the crime, officers testified. Verdugo said he had, in fact, provided security and transportation plans to the city. He said he does not allow patrons to go near the platform in question. And the surveillance tapes requested by police were not supplied because of the taping system had broken, he added. The revocation action will not become official until the council’s Oct. 25 meeting, when council members will consider a resolution revoking the permit. The state Department of Alcoholic Beverages Control would enforce the ban on alcohol sales, city officials said. If the council does not change its mind, the battle between the city and Rome Fine Dining most likely will continue in the courts, since the owners already have filed a challenge against the permit the city issued on Jan. 25. A hearing on that matter is scheduled Oct. 26 in Los Angeles Superior Court. Depending on the ruling, Wednesday’s action could become part of the case, be rendered meaningless or left in force, Whittier City Attorney Dick Jones said. Roger Diamond, attorney for Rome Fine Dining, said Wednesday that his client would fight the city’s action. “We’re saying the conditions are onerous, one of which makes him pay for two city police officers,” Diamond said. “(Verdugo) takes the position he did comply and if he didn’t, we’re challenging those conditions.” Davis said that the city blames Rome Fine Dining for all of the problems in the Uptown area. “If something runs a red light, it’s Ibiza’s fault,” he said. “You need to look at the entire Uptown community. It’s unfair to tag everything that occurs in the area as Ibiza’s fault.” Ibiza Steak and Lounge took over the former Bank of America building at the southeast corner of Philadelphia Street and Greenleaf Avenue in 2000. Since then, there have been complaints of noise and disturbances. In April 2004, Ibiza and Verdugo were convicted of misdemeanor charges related to a male G-string review the club hosted the previous year. A month later, two women exotic dancers were observed dancing at a private party downstairs, according to a Whittier police report. The club had no permit for exotic dancers. In response to the convictions, the City Council considered revoking the club’s business license but instead decided to enforce about 60 restrictions noted in the club’s business permit. The new conditions imposed in January reduced the hours the club could serve liquor, demanded that the club notify the city before any major acts performed, and required that all potential club managers go through a background check by the city before they were hired, among other things. Jeff Collier, director of community development, said the situation has not improved since January. “It’s not one thing,” Collier said. “It’s the volume of issues. You look at the strain on our police service, impact and threat to public safety and impact on the business community.” — Mike Sprague can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022, or by e-mail at 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

Idling rigs targeted in effort to cut smog

first_imgCASTAIC – For long-hauler Bruce Weber, a proposed federal tax credit for devices providing heat and air-conditioning in big-rigs while the engine’s shut off just doesn’t seem enough to justify the hefty investment. “It doesn’t do any good,” Weber, 50, a driver from Kingman, Ariz., said while taking a break at this truck stop south of the Grapevine. “The tax break doesn’t offset it. You need to get a 100 percent write-off.” Truckers often leave their rigs idling all night to stay warm or keep cool in their cabs, spewing pollutants into the air and burning up precious fuel – along with precious profits. A federal bill proposed by U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, R-Texas, would allow trucking companies and drivers up to $3,500 in tax credits to install devices that allow these systems in big-rigs to work while the engine is off. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week But drivers seemed lukewarm about the benefit, even with sky-high fuel prices. The average for a gallon of diesel was about $3.40 on Friday, compared with $2.45 a year earlier. The devices require less fuel – about a half-gallon per hour compared to the 2-3 gallons used by idling engines. The problem, Weber said, is these devices often cost more than $7,000, so the tax credit and potential savings just wouldn’t cover it. “They should make it more of an incentive,” said Weber, who transports produce from Salinas throughout Southern California and has logged some 2 million miles over his 25-year career. “There are ways to build it as standard equipment.” Meantime, the California Air Resources Board will consider new guidelines to reduce idling emissions beginning 2008 when it meets this week, including a mandate for all in- and out-of-state trucks to install “cab-comfort” devices. A statement by the state air quality regulator said emissions from idling trucks pose a “significant” air quality problem. In 2010, on-road heavy-duty diesel trucks are estimated to account as much as 28 percent of nitrogen oxides and 9 percent of particulates from mobile sources statewide. Richard Harper, 40, of Jackson, Miss., hauls chickens out to California in exchange for a load of produce. It’s a three-day trip each way, and he has outfitted his rig’s cab with a sofa, television and DVD player – a makeshift bedroom upholstered in purple and chrome. “California’s got some bad rides,” he said. “I said to myself, ‘When I get some money, I’m going to pimp my truck.”‘ It’s all powered by a generator, though any fuel savings from not idling is negligible, Harper said. “It’s just technology,” he said. “The only thing is you can only use it when you’re stopping.” And rising fuel costs has made life on the road a lot tougher. Harper said the average independent cross-country driver earns about $4,500 per haul – with half going for fuel. But the recent run on diesel has added nearly a third to fuel, and when considered with insurance and truck maintenance costs, Harper said, “You’re really just doing it for free now.” “Within four, five years max, every owner-operator will have to work for a big operator.” Weber was an independent driver who parked his truck to work for a transport company when fuel prices began to spike in spring. He believes business could recover when freight rates catch up to the higher fuel price, or if they come down. “If we don’t get the trucks rolling down the highway, we don’t eat,” Weber said. “Everybody suffers. It’s in everybody’s benefit to keep these trucks moving again.” Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 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