Company pulls LAX bid, wary of conflict

first_img“It’s a huge stretch to suggest an implied conflict of interest,” Kennard said. She emphasized that talks with URS about a board appointment did not begin until after she resigned as Los Angeles World Airports’ executive director in late January. Kennard served two stints as LAWA’s executive director: from August 1999 to November 2003; and again from October 2005 through January. Kennard said the international company was careful to keep a “firewall” between her and any jobs it was doing in Los Angeles. She said the multibillion-dollar company, with 30,000 employees around the world, hired an outside counsel who reviewed the issue and concluded there was no conflict. Kennard said once the decision was made to drop out of the contract, there was no point in disclosing to the city the private decision-making information about her board appointment. Kennard was awarded the city consulting contract March5, and she had been paid about $53,000 with an additional $9,000 pending when she suspended it July31, according to LAWA records. She gave up the consulting contract July31, one day before being appointed to the URS board. In a July 31 letter announcing her decision to airport executives, Kennard said she was suspending her contract with LAWA “in an abundance of caution.” “Even though there is no apparent legal conflict with dual roles; I would never want there to be any perception of a conflict of interest in either role,” Kennard wrote. In the letter, she said she had sought advice from the city’s Ethics Commission and URS attorneys. The incident is the latest involving URS, which at one time was a primary contractor overseeing the LAX Master Plan with contracts worth at least $22.4million. URS no longer is involved in that contract. In late 2003, URS was at the center of controversy amid possible “pay to play” allegations when the District Attorney’s Office opened an inquiry into possible wrongdoing by Airport Commission members, including President Ted Stein, in the awarding of contracts for then-Mayor James Hahn’s $9.1billion LAX modernization. The inquiry arose after a Los Angeles Business Journal report that claimed Stein sought political contributions from contractors, in one case tying the contract to a contribution to Hahn’s campaign against San Fernando Valley secession efforts. Stein ultimately stepped down from the commission, denying any wrongdoing. While the District Attorney’s Office conducted a preliminary inquiry, no charges were ever brought. Kennard said that despite believing there was no conflict of interest, URS decided to drop the LAX project to avoid any potential negative publicity. “They don’t like their names in the paper in a negative way,” she said. “This is so ironic. The discussion was whether or not they should continue to fight the matter, and it wasn’t worth (it) to their reputation over not a lot of money. “It’s not worth the aggravation.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Kennard said nothing improper was done and that the conflict-of-interest questions raised by the City Attorney’s Office were disputed by the company. A URS spokesman said the company withdrew as a subcontractor on the LAX project “at the request of the primary contractor,” but he insisted there was no conflict. “URS continues to believe there is absolutely no conflict of interest, that the law supports our view and the company has complied with all applicable statutes and guidelines.” The spokesman said the company is continuing to pursue a number of other contracts in the region, including a Palmdale airport project. The LA/Palmdale Regional Airport is run by Los Angeles World Airports, which also operates LAX. Kennard said she became a consultant for the city in early March and as such no longer was a public official. She also said she was not involved in any discussions about URS contracts or bidding. A San Francisco company bidding for work on a planned LAX parking facility has withdrawn amid questions of a potential conflict of interest between the firm and former airports Executive Director Lydia Kennard, the Daily News has learned. Kennard was still a city consultant to Los Angeles International Airport when URS Corp. was talking with her about joining its board – which she did one day after leaving LAX. Rather than answer questions about that relationship, the global engineering design firm pulled its bid as a subcontractor. “Questions were raised about a potential conflict of interest, and URS was asked to provide information on their dealings with Ms. Kennard. They chose to walk rather than resolve those questions,” a city official said. Sources said officials questioned whether Kennard – as a city consultant working on airport business – was in a position to enrich the company as a member of its board of directors. Kennard was a city airports consultant from early March to July31. On Aug.1, she was appointed to the board of URS. last_img read more

When did Three Lions last beat Sweden and will Zlatan Ibrahimovic play?

first_img 2 Getty At World Cups, they’ve come up against each other twice and both ended in stalemate.In total, including friendlies, the head-to-head record is eight England wins, nine draws and seven Swedish victories.The last meeting was in 2012, where the Scandinavians won a bonkers friendly 4-2 – and Zlatan Ibrahimovic netted a 35-yard overhead kick.Last 10 meetingsLOST – Sweden 4-2 England (2012 friendly)WON – Sweden 2-3 England (Euro 2012)WON – England 1-0 Sweden (2011 friendly)DRAW – Sweden 2-2 England (World Cup 2006)LOST – Sweden 1-0 England (2004 friendly)DRAW – England 1-1 Sweden (World Cup 2002)DRAW – England 1-1 Sweden (2001 friendly)DRAW – England 0-0 Sweden (Euro 2000 qualifier)LOST – Sweden 2-1 England (Euro 2000 qualifier)DRAW – England 3-3 Sweden (1995 friendly) Will Zlatan Ibrahimovic play?You won’t be seeing any bicycle kicks from Zlatan this summer.The Swede is currently playing for LA Galaxy and hung up his international boots after Euro 2016.talkSPORT will bring you live commentary of England’s World Cup quarter-final clash with Sweden Getty What is England’s head-to-head record with Sweden?Not to put a dampener on England’s celebrations, but their record in competitive games against Sweden is not pretty.The sides have met before eight times in tournaments and qualifiers.Out of those meetings, England have won just one – a 3-2 triumph at Euro 2012 where Andy Carroll, Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott netted.There have been five draws and two wins for the Swedes.center_img England ran out 3-2 winners at Euro 2012 They did it the hard way, but England are through to the World Cup quarter-finals.Attention now turns to Saturday’s clash with Sweden – and history is not on Gareth Southgate’s side. Joe Cole’s famous volley against the Swedes in 2006 2last_img read more

talkSPORT exclusive: Roy Hodgson impressed by Max Meyer’s attitude and maturity

first_imgAlthough he is only 22-years-old, Meyer made 192 appearances for the Royal Blues – his debut coming in February 2013, when he was aged just 17.Meyer also has four senior international appearances to his name but has not been part of the Germany squad at the last two World Cups.Speaking to talkSPORT’s Jim White on The Jim White Show, Hodgson suggested this was the perfect opportunity for the new signing to show he was a good player in a league other than the Bundesliga.Hodgson said: “We’re very pleased, of course, to get his signing at last, it’s been going on for a while. Roy Hodgson said he is impressed with the attitude and maturity of Max Meyer after the German signed a three-year deal with Crystal Palace.Meyer joins the Eagles after seeing out his contract with Bundesliga club Schalke. Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer targets targets RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED LATEST Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Meyer has signed a three-year deal with Palace moving on “We always wanted to make sure he became a Palace player for this coming season and, luckily, yesterday it was sorted out to everyone’s satisfaction.“The times I have met him I’ve been very impressed with his attitude and his maturity for a young person as well.“He’s 22 and he’s got a lot of Bundesliga games under his belt and a lot of international matches and Champions League matches.“We’re signing a young but experienced player and a player who I think will be keen to show he’s a very good player in a league other than the Bundesliga.” The arrival of Meyer could pave the way for Wilfried Zaha to leave the club – who has been linked with moves to Tottenham and Chelsea The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star LIVING THE DREAM Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January 2 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 2 IN DEMAND Latest Transfer News The midfielder, who is Palace’s third signing of the summer is a great acquisition with rumours circulating that Wilfried Zaha wants to leave Selhurst Park.However, Hodgson also told talkSPORT that the £70million-rated Zaha has given no indication he would like to leave.last_img read more

Softball Opens Home Schedule Saturday Against Indiana State

first_imgDrake (16-16, 0-6 MVC) will look to break a seven-game losing streak when it hosts Indiana State (15-13, 2-4 MVC). The Bulldogs were swept by Southern Illinois last weekend after being swept by Wichita State in the first weekend of MVC play the week prior. Drake was led in game one at Southern Illinois by freshman Abby Buie (Gardner, Kan.) who drove in both the Bulldogs’ runs in the 6-2 loss. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University softball team takes on Indiana State in its home opener with a three-game series on April 1 and 2. The series begins Saturday with a doubleheader with games scheduled for 12 and 2 p.m. before concluding Sunday with a game at 11 a.m. All three games will be streamed on The Valley on ESPN3. The Sycamores went 2-1 last weekend against UNI, including a 5-4 nine-inning victory in the series finale. Indiana State has been led by a pair of newcomers in Leslie Sims and Brooke Mann. Sims, a freshman, has the league’s fourth-highest batting average at .450 while sophomore Mann picked up MVC Player and Newcomer of the Week honors earlier this season after going 10-for-12 (.833) at the plate in a five-game weekend.center_img The Bulldogs will continue their home stand with a midweek game against in-state opponent Iowa on April 5 at 6 p.m. before a three-game conference matchup against Evansville on April 8 and 9.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

JOY AS 56 VACANT HOMES TO BE BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE IN HOUSING REGENERATION SCHEME

first_imgA total of 56 local authority homes which have been left vacant across Donegal are to be brought back to life.Cllr Jimmy KavanaghA total of €358,000 has been granted to give the houses a facelift and to allow them to be allocated to families across the county.The allocation is part of a €15million investment announced by Minister for Housing Jan O’Sullivan. A total of 952 homes across the country are to be renovated as a result of the programme.Local Letterkenny councillor Jimmy Kavanagh said the scheme will provide a boost to many housing estates and also put a roof over the heads of 56 Donegal families.“This scheme will go some way to easing the pressure on social housing in the country.“In addition unused units can very quickly become magnets for anti social behaviour and boarded up houses, are unsightly and can bring down the look of an entire housing development. “This investment will therefore not only provide additional social housing, but will also enhance the appearance of neighbourhoods and enhance the quality of life of the residents of housing estates,” he said. JOY AS 56 VACANT HOMES TO BE BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE IN HOUSING REGENERATION SCHEME was last modified: April 18th, 2014 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:Cllr Jimmy Kavanaghvacant homeslast_img read more

DD LOCAL: RAPHOE FAMILY RESOUCE CENTRE HOST FAMILY SUPPORT PROJECTS

first_imgRAPHOE NOTES:Family Resource Centre:PARENTS PLUS – RAPHOE STARTING WEDNESDAY 12TH NOVEMBER. SUPPORTING PARENTSHave you a child / children aged from 6 -11 years old?Does it ever feel like world war 3 is breaking out in your home when it’s time to get homework started or when bedtime is mentioned?Do you find it hard to get your child’s attention and end up getting becoming more frustrated? Do you ever feel just at a loss as to what to do next (who hasn’t?)Raphoe Family Resource Centre and Springboard Family Support Project are now taking names for a Parents Plus 8 week programme.The Parents Plus Children’s Programme offers Parents an opportunity to come together in a relaxed and friendly environment to share idea and learn new techniques to help children be more co-operative and maintain boundaries, help them learn and reach their full potential.For further information please contact Melanie @Raphoe FRC on 074-9145796 or Celine @ Springboard Family Support Project on 074-9173918BABY MASSAGE Baby massaging session for babies 6 months or less begins Friday 7th November for 5 weeks 9:45 – 10:30. There is no cost for this activity.Please bring a towelYOUTH CAFÉ:The Wednesday night Youth Café runs from 7-9pm at €2per week. New members are always welcome. AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMME:Tuesday; 3-4pm 3rd & 4th Classes Homework Support;4-5pm 5th & 6th Classes Drop-in;Wednesday; 2-3pm Junior & Senior Infants Play time;3-4pm 1st & 2nd Classes Homework Support;Thursday; 2-3pm Junior & Senior Infants Play time;3-4pm 1st & 2nd Classes Homework Support.Parents/guardians of 5th & 6th Class children please note that Tuesday from 4-5pm is now drop-in with activities such as pool, table-tennis etc. Thank you for your continuing support and cooperation.LITTLE SMILES WITH BIG DREAMSLittle Smiles with Big Dreams is a parent and toddler group that meets every Wednesday morning at 10:30am – 12 noon in the Family Resource Centre. Anyone who is in care of a child where it is an aunt / uncle/ child-minder or grandparent is welcome. The kiddies can get involved in Messy play, free play, story time and music time where the adult can enjoy a cuppa tea and meet other adults. Parent and Toddler are a great way to enhance your little one confidence and meet others their age. A light lunch is provided and a small cost of 50 cent per family.HEALTHY WALKSIf you are in and around Raphoe and would like to keep fit; join us on our Healthy walk every Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m. The group meets in Raphoe Family Resource Centre. Everyone Welcome.SINCERE THANKSRosalind and Frank Mc Brearty would like to extend sincere thanks to all those who generously supported their Tea/Coffee morning on Saturday 18th October at their home, Tullyrap, Raphoe in aid of the Shalom Centre for Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation in Kenya, West Africa.RAPHOE FRIDAY SENIORS CLUB:The Club Meet every Friday in the Volt Hall from 10:30am until 1pm. For further information please contact the Secretary on 074-9145462 or the Tidy Town Office on 074-9145692. The Club are having a Halloween fundraising draw. Lines @ €2 will be available soon. Prizes include a luxury Mark’s & Spencer Voucher, Halloween Hamper and much more. Thank you to Marks & Spencer’s and Lifford Credit union for their recent kindness and generosity. Please support our Draw.DD LOCAL: RAPHOE FAMILY RESOUCE CENTRE HOST FAMILY SUPPORT PROJECTS was last modified: October 31st, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:CommunityDD LocalnewsNoticeslast_img read more

HEARTBREAK FOR COLEMAN AS EVERTON BOW OUT OF THE FA CUP ON PENALTIES

first_imgSeamus Coleman scored for Everton during their penalty shoot-out defeat to West Ham in the FA cup.There was heartbreak for Seamus Coleman tonight as his Everton side bowed out of the FA Cup on penalties in their 3rd round replay with West Ham United.In a thrilling shoot-out it was West Ham who finally prevailed 9-8 in a shoot-out that had twenty penalties taken.Coleman dispatched his own penalty expertly in the shoot-out but it wasn’t enough for Roberto Martinez’s side. It was a typical fast and furious cup tie which thrilled from start to finish.Valencia put the hammers ahead early in the second-half but that goal was cancelled out by Mirallas with just seven minutes remaining.The game was then brought into extra-time with both teams going for jugular despite the fact Everton were down to ten men following the dismissal of Aiden McGeady.Everton looked to have booked there place in the fourth round when Lukaku put them ahead but Carlton Cole prodded home to sent the game to penalties. Everton goalkeeper Robles missed his spot-kick and that allowed West Ham’s goalkeeper Adrian to step up and fire West Ham through. HEARTBREAK FOR COLEMAN AS EVERTON BOW OUT OF THE FA CUP ON PENALTIES was last modified: January 14th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:evertonnewsseamus colemansoccerSportlast_img read more

Donegal communities can be proud of their Tidy Towns achievements – McHugh

first_imgDeputy Joe McHugh has passed on his congratulations to towns and communities in Donegal who took part in this year’s Tidy Towns competition.Minister McHugh said he was pleased with awards today to Buncrana, Carrigart, Raphoe, Culdaff, Malin, Kerrykeel and Letterkenny. “For the last fifty nine years the Tidy Towns competition has brought enormous improvements to our local towns, villages and rural areas here in Donegal,” said the Donegal TD. “Here in Donegal the enhancements brought about by our local tidy towns committees give the whole community a lift.“I was particularly pleased to see our own towns and villages doing very well. Letterkenny, the overall winner a couple of years ago, won another gold medal today and landed the County Award. And Buncrana picked up gold in their category as well as a commendation.Minister Joe McHugh“I was also pleased to see Carrigart and Raphoe land bronze medals with very high scoring. And Carrigart also picked up the Gaeltacht Award. Elsewhere beautiful Malin – another previous winner – was highly commended. Kerrykeel picked up an Endeavour award for all their hard work.“I was also delighted to see the Culdaff River Community Angling group pick up an award for all their hard work.” The awards were presented by Minister Michael Ring today.Minister McHugh added: “This competition really shows us the importance of participation. Our local Tidy Towns volunteers are a credit to our community. I encourage anyone who feels strongly about our community and our environment to get involved with Tidy Towns.Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring said: “Tidy Towns is one of the most recognisable environmental initiatives in Ireland, but it also encompasses a way of life here in Ireland, where we show respect for our neighbours and for nature.“It is clear that working together and getting things done increases peoples’ pride in where they live and helps to build vibrant communities. That is why I am delighted to see this competition continues to attract great interest after almost 60 years.”Birdhill won the overall prize and also claimed the award of Ireland’s Tidiest Village. Other winners included Clonakilty which received the award for Ireland’s Tidiest Small Town. Westport received the award of Ireland’s Tidiest Large Town, while Ennis was again declared Ireland’s Tidiest Large Urban Centre. Donegal communities can be proud of their Tidy Towns achievements – McHugh was last modified: September 25th, 2017 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:congratulationsdonegalJoe McHughtidy townslast_img read more

SJP’s touching note as she leaves turf, tweed and the most perfect spuds

first_imgHollywood star Sarah Jessica Parker has left her Donegal bolthole but has left a touching poem about her love of Ireland.The Sex and the City star has spent the past two weeks at her holiday home in Kilcar along with husband Matthew Broderick and their children.The celebrity couple have been coming to Donegal for many years but locals have given them their privacy. They have been spotted in various parts of the county including Donegal Town and Ardara.SJP even took to Instagram to post a picture of herself and her family, including son James and their seven-year-old twins Marion and Tabitha doing a one thousand piece jigsaw on a rainy afternoon.She also posted pictures of visiting a library and having tea and brown bread.And in her farewell Instagram post, the actress writes of all that she will miss about Donegal and Ireland. The list includes turf fires, skylines, local Donegal tweed and the “open smiles” of locals.However, SJP also writes about her love of Irish food including lamb cutlets, spuds and Kerrygold butter!This is her posting.“Farewell sultry and fickle skies“Farewell plumes of smoke from chimneys“Farewell ranges emitting the earthy and welcoming smell of turf“Farewell chips and tweed and open smiles“Farewell “marked bags”, lamb cutlets and kerrygold“Farewell to the most perfect spuds in all the world. Flowery or waxy. I will miss you most of all.X,SJ”The post has been liked by more than 82,000 of her 4.5 million followers on Instagram. The house belongs to SJP’s husband Broderick whose family bought it many years ago.He said he is so thankful to his parents for putting the money together to buy their Irish holiday getaway.“My parents bought a place there when I was about eight. And my sisters and I have inherited it and I’ve taken my kids. It’s up near Killybegs and Kilcar.”“Donegal, it’s unbelievable. It gave me a whole new childhood in a way. I grew up in New York City, I was born and raised here, so the fact that my parents managed to put the money together to get us there was a great gift to us. “You know the landscape, the hiking but it’s also the people there that I grew up knowing. Real farmers who worked the hay in the summer and milked cows. I really, really got to know my neighbours and that just doesn’t happen in the same way here in the U.S. We just really felt welcomed there. It’s another culture, a wonderful place.”Broderick says most locals in Donegal knew him long before he found fame through acting.“People would say it’s special because of the sea air. I remember how deeply I would sleep there. It was so quiet, the smell of the turf fires, and the hay. I used to love helping with the hay,” he said of his childhood days in Donegal.“Most of the people in Donegal knew me long before I was an actor. But even since then they don’t talk that much about it, which is very nice. My wife still gets it, some people’s eyes pop out of their head when she walks around but not our neighbours.”SJP’s touching note as she leaves turf, tweed and the most perfect spuds was last modified: August 14th, 2018 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:donegalkilcarmatthew broderickSJPlast_img read more

Weather Warning: Flood alert issued for Donegal

first_imgA status yellow rain warning has been issued for Donegal as heavy downpours are set to strike the county. Met Eireann has warned of a risk of localised flooding due to the incoming persistent rain.Heavy bursts of rain are forecast from Wednesday evening and all of Thursday. Rainfall amounts will be highest in coastal areas and on hills and mountains.The Status Yellow warning is in place for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo, from 2pm Wednesday until midnight on Thursday night.This afternoon & evening will be mostly cloudy, with outbreaks of rain and drizzle, most widespread across the northern half of the country, with some heavy bursts developing in parts of the west and northwest. Maximum temperatures 14 to 18C in moderate to fresh southwest winds pic.twitter.com/Kdhl2Jlnwd— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) May 29, 2019   Weather Warning: Flood alert issued for Donegal was last modified: May 29th, 2019 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:rainweatherlast_img read more