first_imgJury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Kai Sotto makes Gilas debut in the Filoil Preseason cup. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKai Sotto made his much-awaited preseason debut and the Gilas cadets escaped University of the East, 63-61, for a rare win in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup Tuesday night.Sotto was the center of attention and did not disappoint with a couple of dunks and blocks to finish with five points, three rebounds and two blocks, making the most out of his 13 minutes of action.ADVERTISEMENT The 7-foot Sotto may not have produced eye-catching numbers, but his stats did not show how big of a role he played for the young Nationals.“Isn’t it great to be a 7-footer. Aside from his frail body, I think he’s a smart player. He knows what’s happening. For a 17-year-old, I think he knows what’s happening and that’s surprising,” said Gilas coach Jong Uichico after his squad’s second win in seven games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“He played the whole fourth quarter and most of the fourth quarter he did not make a mistake mentally. Physically, maybe but mentally I did not see him make a mental mistake,” he added. “So I think he’s a smart player and the only thing he’s lacking is the physical attributes and he’s such a young player.”Abu Tratter led Gilas with 13 points while also doing the dirty work while Juan Gomez De Liaño sank the go-ahead layup with 1:03 left to end up with five points, 10 rebounds and four assists, including a pair of lob passes to his fellow Fighting Maroon Ricci Rivero. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Gomez De Liaño completed a 13-0 run as the Red Warriors were held to just four points in the final frame.Rivero did a little bit of everything, collecting eight points, nine rebounds, two assists, three steals and two blocks.UE guard Alvin Pasaol led all scorers with 22 points but shot 7-of-28 from the field. The Warriors slipped to 1-2.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Kane named England’s World Cup captain China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls View commentslast_img read more


first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “We need a consultant to tell us whether we are charging adequate fees,” said Eva Yuan-McDaniel, deputy director of planning for the Los Angeles Planning Department. “Some cases are close to full-cost recovery, and other cases are just unbelievably low,” she said. “If we can have full-cost recovery, that would be much less burden on the general fund – and that’s less subsidy with taxpayer money.” The planning-fee review comes as the city is facing falling revenues and a tightening budget. To lessen the drain on the city’s general fund – which pays for basic city services such as police officers, firefighters and street paving – Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s budget team has initiated studies to see whether Los Angeles needs to charge higher fees. Los Angeles taxpayers are subsidizing more than half the cost of processing new development approvals in the city, according to a Daily News review. In many cases, the planning fees developers pay cover just 40 percent of the expense of staff review and public outreach. In controversial or complicated projects, the fees might cover only 20 percent of the cost. Taxpayers pick up the rest of the tab, which can top $10,000 in some cases. Now, as Los Angeles leaders face a budget crunch and prepare to cut city services, the city has approved a $150,000 study analyzing the possibility of raising planning processing fees. About 13 departments are analyzing the need for fee increases or have recently completed analyses that have justified fee increases. This year, the city raised ambulance fees and fees levied when city crews clear brush on private property. Next year, the city will consider raising fees for animal services, transportation and the Police Department. “When we have a tough budget year, we look at whether we are really recovering the cost of providing a service,” Chief Administrative Officer Karen Sisson said. “It does cost us to provide certain services, and when our expenses go up, we need to make sure we can cover those costs.” Some community activists were surprised, however, that Los Angeles has not attempted to recoup the cost of processing new development applications – especially amid a building boom over the past several years. “All the fees have been going up for residents,” said Gerald Silver, president of Homeowners of Encino, who also cited recent increases in water rates and sewer fees. “It’s unfair to force the full burden of fees on the residents and then give away the store to developers.” But it’s not just the Planning Department. The Department of Building and Safety has not raised its fees in 14 years, even though the department’s workload has soared 80 percent in recent years. “We changed the way we do business. We’re doing more with less,” spokesman Bob Steinbach said. The Department of Building and Safety is now comparing its fees with other cities’ charges. Yuan-McDaniel, with the Planning Department, said the city’s planning-fee structure is so old and complicated – there are 160 different fees – that nobody has attempted to overhaul it. Politics has played a role, too. The business and development community does not always welcome fee increases. “It’s always been this notion of being business-friendly,” said Councilman Ed Reyes, who heads the council’s Planning and Land Use Committee and has pushed for higher fees. “We were not as aggressive in raising that concern.” With the city’s financial crunch – and new Planning Department leadership that has pledged to reform the project-approval process – Reyes said he is hopeful that L.A. taxpayers won’t keep subsidizing development for long. Holly Schroeder, with the Building Industry Association’s L.A. chapter, said the development community could accept higher fees – if the city eases the bureaucracy, which would save developers money. “Sometimes it takes longer to get a housing project approved than it takes to get a drug approved through the Food and Drug Administration,” she said. “If they had a real, rational, effective process that would work, we’re willing to talk about fees paying a greater portion or all of that process,” Schroeder said. In the last few years, L.A. has begun charging full cost for projects that go through the expedited unit. Developers get more speedy service and pay for the staff hours it takes to process their applications. Based on bills sent to developers by the expedited unit, planning officials figure the current planning fees cover about 40 percent of the cost of processing an average project and only 20 percent of the cost of a more complicated or controversial project. Neighboring cities already charge higher fees than Los Angeles. The city of Santa Clarita charges among the highest planning and development fees in the region – yet it was recently ranked one of the most business-friendly cities by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. “We don’t expect our existing residents to pay for development,” said Robert Newman, director of public works for Santa Clarita. He said city fees are based on the staff time needed to process applications, and they’re updated about every five years. “We’ve had very few complaints on the fees we charge,” Newman added. Glendale charges slightly higher planning fees than Los Angeles, and it attempts to recover the full cost of processing development applications. “Even though we’re trying to set the fees at full-cost recovery, we’re nowhere near full-cost recovery,” said Jeff Hamilton, a senior planner with the city of Glendale. Still, Burbank charges fees significantly lower than both Los Angeles and Glendale. “Each year we’ve been trying to increase our fees little by little,” said Joy Forbes, deputy city planner with the city of Burbank. “But we always look at the cities nearby, and the council likes the fact that we’re always right under Glendale and Pasadena. “While we continue to increase fees, we’ll probably never be over those cities.”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_img 16 Getty Images You can’t be a plain white shirt which means England generally look good at World Cups (performances aside!).Ahead of their opening game against Tunisia, talkSPORT.com asked three kit aficionados what their favourite designs from previous tournaments are.Have a read what John Devlin, George Bartlett and Simon Shakeshaft say, then feel free to let us know what yours are.We start with John Devlin @TrueColoursKits on Twitter, who is the author and illustrator of International Football Kits: The Illustrated Guide.1. MEXICO 1970 (AWAY)“It was sky blue and the first time England had worn that colour. The top used Aertex fabric (a lightweight fabric with minute holes for added ventilation) to cope with the Mexico heat. It was the first deliberate attempt to move away from red because they were worried about the effect it would have on players, and in terms of innovation it was fantastic. They wore it against Czechoslovakia, though it caused problems for black and white TV because the colour didn’t really work. Something World Cups are notorious for is making sure there was a light and dark strip so you could tell who was playing who.” 16 2. MEXICO 1986 (HOME)“Made by Umbro, which was a variant of their standard home shirts at the time, it is used fabric technology to lead the design, which is quite interesting. It had a very pale shadow striped design rather than the shadow pinstripe of the normal shirt and the cuffs were removed, too. To the untrained eye it would be the same kit, but actually it was tailored just right for the temperatures. I think in that World Cup England wore it in every game; the only time they wore any other combination was against Argentina in the quarter-final where they wore pale blue shorts. I think it’s a good example of what the kits had to do in order to serve a purpose. 16 16 16 16 All illustrations courtesy of John DevlinNext, we spoke to George Bartlett, @Greatest_Kits on Instagram, a retailer in original retro kits who can usually be found with his vast collection in London’s Brick Lane on most weekends. Have a look at his shop here.1. SPAIN ’82 (HOME)“The admiral shirt that was used has the red and blue panel at the top. This would probably be my number one because it’s so different and was the last one Admiral made for England.” 5. SOUTH AFRICA 2010 (HOME)“It was the one that re-wrote the kit rulebook in terms of going back to basics and really looking at what a football shirt could do. Instead of going down an increasingly modern route, it was actually stripped right back and even got criticised with some calling it ‘just a polo shirt’. But actually, to have the courage to remove all the trimmings a kit could have, it was ground-breaking. It’s one of my favourite ever kits. It was the first time since 1970 that we’d seen England select an all-white kit. I was lucky enough to meet one of the designers, who said it was inspired by Bobby Moore leading the team in Mexico, dressed in all-white and how heroic they looked. The 2010 one was just so different to anything else at the time because everything else was going down a prescribed path.” 4. GERMANY 2006 (AWAY)“Umbro again. It came at a time when they, I wouldn’t say lost their way, but were filling their shirts with lots of bells and whistles, yet somehow it really worked on this kit. There was the asymmetrical St George’s cross on the right hand shoulder, little gold embellishments under the sleeves and the high placed Umbro logo on the chest. I love the fact it accommodated the shirt number on the front. There were all those elements, but again, it stuck to tradition.” 3. ITALY 1990 (HOME)“The tournament details are embroidered under the crest, which followed on from the practice at the 1986 World Cup. It read: ‘FIFA WORLD CUP ITALY 1990’ and it’s these sort of things collectors love. This kit will be loved by the 40-somethings with memories of England getting to the semi-finals. The tournament was quite poor, but you don’t remember that because the whole thing evokes so many memories. There’s Gazza’ s tears, Nessun Dorma, Lineker’s goals, David Platt’s volley against Belgium and the first penalty shoot-out heartache against West Germany in the semi-finals. As soon as you look at the kit, you’ll think ‘Italia ’90.’ A special mention should go to one that wasn’t worn; the blue third shirt, which was made famous by The World In Motion music video. It made it so iconic to fans and so sought after by collectors (below).” 2. FRANCE ’98 (HOME)“That would be in there because it’s the first one I watched and it’s a popular one with the badge and Umbro down the middle. After 2002 I think they’ve gone hill a bit and they look the same and I think a lot of the 90s shirt were so different.” Last, but not least talkSPORT.com spoke to Simon Shakeshaft, @ShakeyMatchWorn on Twitter. If you need to know a fact about a kit, not matter how small, then get in touch with him. Simon is the curator of The Neville Evans National Football Shirt Collection. Follow @ShirtCollection.1. ENGLAND 1966 (AWAY)“They were at home and had to wear their away strip against their rivals in the final. It is so iconic; the plain red, long sleeve shirt in bright sunshine and all the stories that go with it. It’s etched into every Englishman’s brain. Match worn shirts from the final are extremely rare and go for small fortunes at auction if they ever become available. Some of the orginal shirts from the game have been lost forever, such as Bobby Charlton’s. He swapped his with Uwe Seeler, who later told him he didn’t keep any of his football memorabilia and had thrown it out. Bobby still had Seeler’s and asked if he wanted it back. His reply was: ‘No, you keep it!’” 16 4. 1992 (THIRD SHIRT)*“We didn’t use it at the World Cup, but I wanted to throw this one in there. It’s really rare and I think we only wore it twice (against Spain and Czechoslovakia), but the Lions over the shoulder are really great.”*It’s not a World Cup shirt, but George really likes it so we let him cheat 3. ITALY 1990 (HOME)“The Gazza-inspired team at Italia ’90 is what helped make this shirt iconic and it was a great example of Umbro taking tradition – plain white shirt, navy shorts – and bringing it up to date with this complicated jacquard pattern, Umbro diamond trim on the sleeve and just a really solid looking kit, which I think they wore in every game. Everyone talks about ’66 but for me this kind of kit – 1990 – is really English and I’m saying that as a Scotland fan, so you know it’s honest!”center_img 3. ITALY ’90 (HOME)“It’s famous for Gazza crying, but is just a great shirt with a really cool design. The Umbro design on the bottom of the sleeve is really nice as is the button on the collar.” 16 16 16 16 16 2. SPAIN 1982 (HOME)“England home. It’s all about memories. It’s interesting because Admiral came along and put red and blue on the shirt instead of keeping it plain white and changed the game in 1974. Then in 1980 this was brought out with the red and blue shoulder panels and was first worn by Kevin Keegan and co as they beat Maradona’s Argentina 3-1. Despite wearing it against Argentina first (on 13 May 1980), they wore it against Wales in a 4-1 loss a few days later at the Racecourse, and in commentary Barry Davies said: ‘England tonight unveiling their new strip, but quite why an England shirt is in the colours of the Union Jack remains a mystery. It was a memorable tournament for me and this is the best home shirt in my opinion and I’m sure many will agree with me.’” 16 5. ENGLAND 1966 (AWAY)“It’s a classic for what it represents. It’s the most famous red one and has a nice, big England crest on it.” 16 16 4. MEXICO 1986 (HOME)“This is a really interesting shirt. For the heat in Mexico, Umbro had prepared a perforated lightweight material (see John Devlin above). In the 1986 kit, the Aertex material came in the shadow stripes and is one of the first recognised sports performance fabrics – an evolution of the Airtex shirts Umbro produced at the 1970 World Cup, the tournament that made the fabric famous.” Great England World Cup kits, as chosen by the aficionados 16 5. SPAIN 1982 (AWAY)“It was the dawn of a new era and for obvious reasons (Shakey is Welsh) I liked an England shirt in red. I was 17 and remember it vividly – England’s opening game against France and Bryan Robson scoring early wearing this shirt. They didn’t have an Admiral logo because they thought they weren’t allowed. It was worn twice in this tournament, the second time against West Germany with one subtle difference being the addition of an extra white band across the chest.” talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.last_img read more