Hierro Steps Down as Spain Coach

first_imgHe described the sack as the saddest day of his life since the death of his mother.Andres Iniesta, the former Barcelona great who scored the winning goal in the 2010 World Cup final, retired from the international team after the defeat to Russia.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Spanish football federation yesterday announced the resignation of Fernando Hierro, who stood in as coach when Julen Lopetegui was sacked on the eve of the World Cup.The former Real Madrid and Spain defender, who had little previous coaching experience lost on penalties to host nation Russia in the last 16 stage of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.“After travelling many kilometres together, the Spanish Football Federation and Fernando Hierro have put an end to their relationship,” the federation said on Sunday.Hierro declined to return to his previous job as the federation’s technical director and “will undertake new professional challenges”, the federation wrote.Spain was tipped among the favourites until Lopetegui caused chaos by announcing he would become Real Madrid’s new coach after the World Cup. The federation, fearing a split between players from Barcelona and Real, sacked Lopetegui two days before Spain’s opening game against Portugal.last_img read more

New day-laborer center OK’d

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “I think this is going to be one of the best-run facilities into the future,” said Councilman Tony Cardenas, who represents parts of Van Nuys and Sylmar. “It took a lot of work and cooperation with Home Depot.” The plan calls for the Youth Policy Institute to operate a resource center in a building in the parking lot of the Home Depot at Balboa Place and Roscoe Boulevard on property owned by the city’s airport agency. Home Depot will pay to renovate the building, and the Youth Policy Institute will receive $150,000 in city funding. Councilman Greig Smith, whose district includes residential areas near the store, said the city and the company must make sure potential workers actually use the center. “What the neighbors have complained about for years is that (job seekers) are stretched out all along this boulevard looking for jobs but the building sits empty,” he said. “Unless Home Depot steps up to the plate and pushes people into this building, the project will fail.” The San Fernando Valley is poised to get its second city-sponsored day-labor center after the City Council approved a plan Wednesday for a site in Van Nuys. The council unanimously approved a lease agreement in which Home Depot and the city will support an effort by the nonprofit Youth Policy Institute to establish a site to aid job seekers. The vote comes as Los Angeles officials consider a citywide policy on day-labor facilities, and neighboring cities, most recently Burbank, add sites of their own. The new center would be the eighth city-backed site in Los Angeles, with three more in the works. Officials touted the Van Nuys plan as a model that could be replicated elsewhere. Cardenas said he is confident the Van Nuys site will succeed because it will provide programming to keep people inside, and two Youth Policy Institute staffers will be present at all times. The site will include job, computer and English-language training, as well as medical services, said Luis Perez, coordinator with the Youth Policy Institute, which has operated a similar center in North Hollywood for 15 years. While the North Hollywood site sees from 80 to 110 job-seekers a day, the Van Nuys facility would likely draw even more, Perez said. “This site is open to everybody and anybody who’s looking for work,” he said. “It’s open to anybody who’s willing to come in and conduct themselves in a professional way.” Jobs would be disseminated according to a lottery system, Perez said, with consideration given to workers with special skills. The arrangement in Van Nuys will serve as a template as the city expands the Day Laborer Program, said Delphia Jones, director of the Human Services and Family Development Division of the city’s Community Development Department. One of the sites under consideration now for such a center is a Home Depot in Canoga Park. Councilman Dennis Zine, who represents the area, said he would welcome an effectively run program because the issue concerns his constituents. “You go to Home Depot and get bombarded by people looking for work,” Zine said. “I understand them looking for work, but we have a responsibility for maintaining some semblance of order.” Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 dan.laidman@dailynews.com 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

Amendment would allow state bonds to back college loans

first_imgAlaskans are voting whether to allow the state to issue debt to lower the interest students pay for college loans.Listen Now Sen. Anna MacKinnon, R-Eagle River, on the floor of the Senate in March. She sponsored the ballot question to amend the state constitution to allow the state to issue bonds to lower college borrowing costs. (Photo by Skip Gray, 360 North)If voters amend the Alaska Constitution through Ballot Question No. 2, more students may be able to borrow to pay for college.The Alaska Student Loan Corporation lends money to Alaskans to go to college. But the number of students who receive these loans has dropped steeply. That’s in part because fewer students can afford the interest on those loans, as well as the fact that fewer students qualified for loans after the state raised its credit standards.While the corporation was started by the state, it has to pay more to bond holders than the state government does. That’s because the loan corporation’s bond rating isn’t as high as the state’s.Eagle River Republican Sen. Anna MacKinnon sponsored the ballot question that could eliminate the difference.“My primary purpose is: How can we do something at no cost to the state of Alaska that would help students that are carrying an incredible amount of debt,” MacKinnon said.In April, corporation leaders projected the student loans could have an interest rate roughly one percent lower if the state issued bonds to back loans, instead of the corporation. That would save a student with the average amount of loans ($20,000) almost $1,200 over 10 years. The actually savings may be smaller, because the state’s credit rating has fallen since the estimates were made.The state constitution limits state general obligation bonds to capital projects, veterans’ housing, and emergencies. If enacted, the amendment would allow the legislature to seek voter approval for bonds to back current and future student loans.Former corporation executive Diane Barrans told legislators earlier this year the measure could also allow more students to borrow, because their credit scores wouldn’t have to be as high as they are now.“We have about 40 percent of the applicants who do not qualify and are unable to get a cosigner,” Barrens said.Not everyone supports the amendment. Former state Revenue Commissioner Sterling Gallagher said college loans are too risky for the state to use its own bonds, since many students don’t pay off their loans.“If we want to lower the credit ratings on student loans, let’s do it based on known cash flows, not on some grab of the state’s general credit,” Gallagher said.MacKinnon countered that the state already faces the risk of paying off student loans in default, but students don’t benefit from the state’s higher bond rating.“The risk that is there today is pretty much the same risk that would be there tomorrow if voters voted yes,” MacKinnon said.Only two lawmakers – Sitka Republican Senator Bert Stedman and Wasilla Republican Representative Lynn Gattis – voted against the legislation putting the question on the ballot.last_img read more