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Bennett far from satisfied with England

first_imgEngland raced out to a 22-6 lead at halftime but could only manage seven points in the second, with execution an issue for Bennett’s side after a remarkable five forward passes were called throughout the encounter.Gareth Widdop had a mixed evening at five-eighth before shifting to fullback late in the clash with Bennett opting to test out George Williams in the halves leading into the side’s clash with France in Perth next week. “I thought we lost our way in the second half with the football in particular,” Bennett said after the win.”These games are difficult because you’re expected to win and nobody knows by how much. For us, a part of our journey is to be consistent and it’s not good enough. “We’re not a good enough team where we can turn it off and turn it back on. “We’ve got to keep it on all the time and did until half-time and then lost our way.”England skipper Sean O’Loughlin dismissed talk the side went into the second half with a complacent mentality after racing out to a 16-point advantage at the break. “We came in pleased at halftime but like Wayne said we lost our way and we’re disappointed,” he said. “I don’t think it was complacency, the boys were trying. We just weren’t nailing the passes or making the right decisions.”Both Bennett and O’Loughlin praised the efforts of Lebanon following the game, who will face heavyweights Australia next week in Sydney after a spirited effort in defeat.”I thought they played with a lot of energy and tried really hard, they had good structure and their ball control was good,” Bennett said.”Without a lot of star players in their team it was a credit to them.”Meanwhile, Bennett was tight-lipped over Robbie Farah’s biting allegations that marred the second half, with England winger Jermaine McGillvary placed on report in the 43rd minute. “It’s hard for me to make a comment,” Bennett said.”From where I’m sitting I can’t tell if he bit him or not.”McGillvary was unavailable for comment post-game with the match review committee set to decide if the winger is charged in the coming days.last_img read more

Athletic passes eighth in the agony of penalties

first_imgSince he was in the same field as a month ago, this time before Intercity, Athletic applied the same recipe: a strong start. And he mixed the Las Llanas formula against the Sestao River: a deep pass from Iñigo Martínez for the race, in this case Williams was then Yuri, to define against the rival goal. The line-up did not give rise to speculation: many of the main actors went out to the franchised fief. All but Dani García, Muniain and Yuri. He missed the absence of an Unai López who is sanctioned for Saturday against Espanyol, so he was vaccinated against the brake of fatigue.The goal stunned Elche for a few moments, but very few. These people, perhaps boosted by the previous rounds and the desire of the Pacheta meritorious to look into the eyes of the second most successful team in the Cup in history, soon removed the grief and began to braid plays judiciously. In one of these, Milla rehearsed the shot from the crescent of the area and had to deny Herrerín with the right mitten. Pacheta has its ranks perfectly organized and with clear ideas. Jason delved into the Balenziaga area, which claimed too much and allowed a great center, which headed completely alone Fidel. The new Copa format was about to run over the most lazy and clueless Athletic of the Garitano era. Although the deriotarra coach does not relax even in a jacuzzi, his team should not have understood clearly the message that came from the lineup, with very few roosters resting. Perhaps seeing Elche, with unusual players in Second, he assumed that with a task of dressing it would suffice. But it was not so, the small fish grew and almost ate the LaLiga whale. After the draw to one in the regular time and being paralyzed, he felt the extra time, they won the lions in the penalty lottery and blessed that there is no VAR, because Herrerín took a couple of steps in the shot of Iván Sánchez, the fifth, and it must have been repeated. The 3-3 was reached in the penalty shootout. The drama was growing. Yuri and Dani Calvo were amazed. Also Vesga, who adjusted it very well to the post. And Tekio threw it out. The world came over him, thinking he was the villain. It was a bitter brooch on a great night all over Elche. The match went on extra time and continued to move the Garitano pieces. Williams was again the battering ram and Raúl García went to the right wing. Not even in the supplement did Elche give up its football principles. The panorama was to recalculate the route and go for the shortest. Villalibre had his own, but it was taken out by a San Román that was growing in the face of possible penalties. Núñez finished off a corner by touching the post and since there was no way up close, and Iñigo Martínez tried to surprise the goal goal almost from his own area. Elche ended up attacking in an enemy area. The epic peeked out her window, but on the penalties she ended up kneeling. After the break, he stayed in the Cordoba locker room, almost an unfair routine in recent times, whenever he plays because he had five calls away, and the disposition of the offensive front was changed. Muniain left for the midfielder, which Williams went to the right, Raul Garcia got nine and Lekue ran for the left-handed end. A score more in line with what has been seen in the League.In the last half hour a Bilbao monologue began. The franjiverdes are elegant in dealing with the ball and blunt when it comes to cutting off the rival danger, they do not go around with rails, Raúl García was half lost between two waters, neither in front of the band nor in the back. His first shot was in 67 and encouraged him to do three in four minutes, one of them near the post of San Román after downtown Balenziaga. The thing painted in extension and they launched their last challenge the locals, with Iván Sánchez progressing on the right, yielding to Folch, who focused only to the heart of the area for an Oscar Gil who wanted to place it and did not need an obvious shot. The stopped ball is a torture, the greatest weakness, for the lions: 15 corners and they didn’t even tickle. No auctioneer is found when the balls go to the area. Pacheta: “I don’t want to give prominence to the penalty, only to the great game of my team”Great team match, swim to die on the shore: “Today he won’t be able to do anything with me because of my team’s feelings. It’s a game in which I have seen my players grow. I am extremely proud and excited about what this team does. Athletic has 24 Copa del Rey. There are two or three children who have played and made a master’s degree, they are going to give us a lot until the end of the season, their performance has been of the highest level, it does not give us the machine yet to finish to the fullest, that is why we have ended up so tired. We compete honestly and loyally, it has been a battle that I am very satisfied with, it is the feeling I have, we had it in the 85th minute (Oscar Gil’s chance) We have to congratulate Athletic because they have been better in computing global. We defended well because although they had more possessions, they didn’t have great chances. “Herrerín advanced in the penalty of Iván Sánchez: “That’s what the VAR is for. That’s why we have to impose the technology. We have to incorporate it. If it’s ten or twenty centimeters, you have to leave it. If it’s true that it’s only one meter, repeat it. It was a risk to play with children. It was a risk to play with boys of the soccer base, but what I am going to say of his party. My feelings are of hardness “.It hurts to fall eliminated or fail both chances in the batch: “I am not going to charge against that action. If so, I should have repeated it. It is the most normal thing in the world, but the truth is we have had it to pass. Also they, with whom St. Roman saved her. sensations that my team is growing. When Juan Cruz could not play because of fever, three options appeared. “Mood of Yacine, Tekio and Iván Sánchez, who failed in the penalties: “Everyone has been vindicated. Penalties can be ruled out. Everyone has done the job they were supposed to do. World championships are won and lost because of these situations. I cannot claim anything from my players.”Attempt blocked. Óscar Gil: “We had it and against rivals of this nature you can not fail. In the 88th minute Oscar arrived very tired. Nacho Pastor, Mourad and he have made a master’s degree, with two balls. I’m excited for what I see. Now I still have to see how far the machine gives us. There are many hungry players that come from Second B and make us this game. “Change the chip: I hope we don’t pay for this fatigue: “Thursday’s training will be different to recover players. This defeat strengthens. Those who have played know that they can be protagonists in LaLiga. Pere Milla and Mfulu are growing, the three extremes are changing, Manolo is the most important player I have, Nacho Pastor and Mourad are giving us things. Now we have to train little and recover a lot. “A lot of tiredness and side effects: “In the 90th minute we had three players to change. We arrived just because Athletic demands you a lot. And this rival, more. On the bench we were about to ask for the fifth change. The effort has been fat and I hope not to pay it. Moral injection is important because everyone has realized that he can play. “Hobby Behavior: I am not able to discern what I give more importance: “I have been here almost two years and soon we get communion from the stands. People know what they have in their hands. We have received ovations several times tying or losing. 14,000 spectators have come. , and it has been a party, cheering and without insults. You have to enjoy it. Nacho Pastor and Mourad are knocking at the door, like Oscar Gil who is already an important player. If you have to fall before a large team, so be it. We’re sad for the tie, but excited for everything I see from this group of guys. “Garitano: “We had him lost, but this team never gives up”The Athletic Club coach of Bilbao, Gaizka Garitano, acknowledged, after overcoming the Cup qualifier against Elche in the penalty shootout, that his team was on the verge of elimination, but indicated that his players never give up. “The penalties are a lottery. We could win or lose. No one wins easily. We had almost lost it, but it is no accident. This team never gives up,” said the Basque, who declined to comment on whether his goalkeeper came forward in any of the key releases. Garitano said his team started the game well, but acknowledged that Elche was better in the first half. “Then we have owned the game, but we have trouble scoring,” he explained. As for the aspirations of his team in the Copa del Rey, the coach said that Athletic will play “butt” the tournament “because it is a very beautiful competition.” “These matches are like that and nobody wins easily. I think we deserved to pass, although I also congratulate Elche, who has played a great game,” said the Basque coach.last_img read more

Mahatma Cultural Center Rescues Ebola Orphans

first_imgA subsidiary of the Indian community, Mahatma Cultural Center, (MCC), has made tuition payments for 23 Ebola orphans in the Power of God Academy in Caldwell, outside Monrovia.The payment is in response to a call by government and international humanitarian organizations for philanthropists to come in with assistance for Liberian survivors and orphans.Philip Jijo president of the Mahatma in his statement during a brief ceremony marking the payment yesterday said their support is to help the beneficiaries take responsibility of their future and country.According to him, they will keep on assisting the needy in communities in Liberia as their social responsibility requires.Jijo said his group went out to the MSF ETU where it found those 23 children and decided to help because they were in desperate need.He urged the orphans to be good students to represent themselves and their country in the future.The care taker of the orphans, Elizabeth Moses thanked the Indians for their intervention, adding, “It is so challenging to contend with these children who lost their parents.”She said, “When I brought them in this clinic after the deaths of their parents, I used US$600 out of my salary from MSF to appeal to the school administrator to keep them in school.“It was within that process that this group came and said they were going to pay their tuition fees.  We have also received support from Mrs. Mary Broh, director general of the GSA.”She also disclosed that the Chinese has decided to build 4-bedroom to accommodate the children to make the children’s environment more conducive.In addition to the challenges, Ms Moses said stigma is a factor that is also posing psychosocial pains on the orphans.“People in the neighborhood do not accept the children for fear of contracting the disease.  Even some relatives who are connected to them fear to come around them, and as they (orphans) go in any house to witness television or play, they are rejected.  This then puts me under pressure to seek television and other musical sets to amuse them,” she emphasized.Indians are one group of foreign nationals with long standing history in Liberia.  They are mainly engaged in both merchandised and small retail businesses.They have also entered the mining sector with steel giant Arcelor Mittal in Tokadi, Nimba County. India has also donated several public transport buses to the Liberian government.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

17-year-old stabbed to death by cousin for $440

first_imgA West Bank Demerara, Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) teenager was stabbed to death by his 16-year-old cousin after he did not repay 0 that was borrowed to purchase bread.Dead is Leon Anthony Ritchie, 17, of Lot 20 L’Oratoire, Canal Number One Polder, West Bank Demerara. He was stabbed once to his chest by his 16-year-old cousin, during an argument at about 18:10h on Tuesday evening. Reports are the fatal stabbing stemmed from a row over money owed to the suspect. Guyana Times understands that the now dead teenager, a construction worker had borrowed 0 from his cousin to purchase bread about two weeks ago.Dead: Leon Anthony RitchieHowever, the bread was utilised by the suspect and another cousin, Akeem Gittens, and as such the young man apparently did not see the need to repay the money.However, on Tuesday afternoon, the suspect confronted Ritchie for the money and an argument ensured. Ritchie was reportedly in the kitchen preparing a meal when he was attacked by the suspect and dealt one blow to the chest with a knife that the suspect picked up in the kitchen.An injured Ritchie reportedly collapsed and upon realising what he had done, the suspect raised an alarm. The injured teen was taken to the West Demerara Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.The suspect, who accompanied his injured cousin to the medical facility, was immediately taken into custody and is assisting with investigations. At the house where the stabbing occurred, Akeem Gittens, the brother of the suspect, said he was no where around and knew little about what might have prompted the stabbing incident.He explained that he was at a shop in the area and was informed about the stabbing incident by two young ladies. With some disbelief, he rode home but by the time he arrived, his cousin was already taken to the hospital. He further stated that when he entered the kitchen, there was blood everywhere.Nevertheless, he claimed that he went to see his brother at the La Grange Police Station but was prevented of doing so.The house where the stabbing incident occurred“All I hearing is lil thing here and there… one time, I hear is about money, another time is about charged, the other time about a girl… so I nah know exactly what happen… All I know is that the two of them does go out and lime and come home late… I never know they had any vibes,” the young man noted.He further stated that his now dead cousin was a quiet person who did not get into trouble. The dead teen’s father, Michael Ritchie, when contacted via telephone told Guyana Times that he was standing in front of his house when he received news of the incident. He is one of the persons who took his son to the hospital.The aggrieved father, who is still in shock, said he was not afforded an explanation as to what prompted the stabbing. Although his son did not live with him, he would visit him quite often.The father said his son lived at his grandparent’s house along with his other cousins. Their grandfather, who supervised the boys, passed away last year and ever since they have been living alone. Persons in the area could not recall hearing any argument prior to the stabbing incident.One woman posited that she was at home all day and only heard loud music but after a while, the place went quiet followed by scream from the suspect, who was shouting “Leon! Leon!”It was at that time that residents in the area thought something was amiss and ran over to the house where they found the young man lying in a pool of blood. Leon Ritchie is survived by his parents and only brother.The Police have since recovered the murder weapon as they continue their investigations. They are expected to institute charges before the end of the week. (Bhisham Mohamed)last_img read more

At 79, hospital housekeeper is heart, soul of fourth floor

first_imgThe housekeeper on the fourth floor has been cleaning patients’ rooms at Valley Presbyterian Hospital for 47 years. She’s 79 and never had a day of college, but there are plenty of people at the hospital in Van Nuys who will tell you that Audrey Nelson is as important to them as any doctor, nurse or administrator. She walked into the hospital in 1959 as a single mom looking for a job – any job – to support her two young children, and she stayed to become the heart and soul of the place. Director of inspiration, some say. “We get people checking in who request one of Audrey’s rooms specifically,” says Harry Davis, director of nuitrition and environmental services. “It’s like they’re making restaurant reservations and want to sit at Audrey’s table.” Leslie Rouff has been both a patient and a visitor at Valley Presbyterian, and she thinks she knows why Audrey – who cleans 32 rooms, plus the fourth-floor nurses’ station and utility room – is so popular. When you hurt and feel rotten, when everyone around you seems to busy to stop and talk, the housekeeper always makes time for you, Rouff says. When you see her scrubbing the sinks and vacuuming the floors – and find out how long she’s been at it, how old she is – well, your own aches and pains don’t feel quite so bad. “She’s an absolute inspiration to everyone in those rooms, always going the extra mile for you and your family at tough, emotional times.” That’s how you get patients to ask for you by name when they’re checking in. She didn’t care what she had to do – empty bed pans or scrub floors; she needed the job, Audrey told the man doing the hiring back in 1959. “As tired and worn out as I was, he thought I was capable and told me to start on Monday,” Audrey said. She started out as an attendant, emptying bed pans and managing supplies, and then worked her way up to a senior aide for a couple of years. But budget cuts put her back to cleaning rooms, which she doesn’t mind one bit. You learn a lot about people when the’re lying in a hospital bed feeling vulnerable and needing a shot of what you’re offering – inspiration. “I’ve met rich people, poor people and not-so-pleasant people,” Audrey said. “They all open up if you show them you care.” When her son and daughter graduated from high school, Audrey had them work with her at the hospital for a summer so they could see how she supported them. “I wanted them to learn about caring and responsibility,” she said. “There’s no better place to do that than a hospital.” With that, the director of inspiration had to get back to work Monday. Two new patients were checking in, and she had to change the sheets, mop the bathroom floor, scrub the sink, wipe the walls, clean the windows and blinds, and vacuum the floor. Even with 80 staring her in the face, Audrey has no plans to quit. “As long as the good Lord lets me, I’ll keep working,” she said, getting ready to meet some new patients. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. (818) 713-3749160Want 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

Rodgers feared heart attack after Liverpool axe

first_img“There was an incident when I left Liverpool and I went to Dubai a fortnight later,” said Rodgers.“I lay in fear one day thinking I was having a heart attack — maybe my mum’s condition affected me because she died of one.“I was rushed to hospital and basically it was a reaction my body and chest was having in starting to condition itself in terms of not having that pressure.”Rodgers, who came close to delivering Liverpool their first Premier League title in the 2013/14 campaign before he lost his job in October 2015, said the scare made him reassess how best to handle the pressures of being a manager.“That made me sit up and ask myself how do you manage pressure, how to regulate it,” said Rodgers who guided Celtic to a treble last season.“I needed to go and address it. I didn’t I think at the time (of managing Liverpool) there was any more or less pressure because you are so ingrained in it.”Rodgers, whose father died of cancer aged just 59, said it had changed his mindset.“I felt during that seven-month period (break he took) I needed to reflect and then make sure in my next job that I could learn from the experience.“You have got to have your health, happiness and energy back in order to succeed.”Rodgers’s Celtic side host bottom-placed Kilmarnock on Saturday where they could equal a century old record of 62 games — set by another Celtic side — without defeat.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers, pictured on October 18, 2017, told the BBC on October 27 that he reconsidered how he managed stress after suffering what he thought was a cardiac arrest following his 2015 firing from Liverpool © DPA/AFP/File / Peter KneffelLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 28 – Brendan Rodgers feared he was having a heart attack after being sacked as Liverpool manager in 2015, he told the BBC on Friday.The 44-year-old Northern Irishman feared the worst when he was taken ill in Dubai and thought he was suffering a cardiac arrest just like the one that cost his mother Christina her life aged just 53.last_img read more

Liverpool and Tottenham joined by Serie A teams in battle for Ukrainian star

first_imgLiverpool and Tottenham target Yevhen Konoplyanka is attracting interest from four Serie A clubs, according to reports in Italy.The Ukraine international’s contract expires at the end of the season, meaning he would be available on a free next summer.That has alerted both Brendan Rodgers’ side and Spurs, who have made tentative enquires to his club Dnipro, while West Ham have also expressed an interest.However, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Premier League trio have been joined in the race for Konoplyanka by a quartet of Serie A clubs.AC Milan, Fiorentina, Inter Milan and Roma have all sounded out the winger’s representatives about a move to Italy. Dnipro’s Yevhen Konoplyanka in action against Inter Milan 1last_img read more

Vietnam band of brothers

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.John Rodriguez endured ambush by the North Vietnamese at 9:30 p.m., just after nightfall. The group was presumed dead until morning, when they were discovered by fellow Marines. John Rodriguez received a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his efforts in the war. In the years after his Vietnam experience, Rodriguez and wife, Maria, settled in Pico Rivera. “There wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do,” Maria Rodriguez said. “If somebody called, he was Johnny-on-the-spot.” John Rodriguez worked as a machinist for 34 years with Whitmore Tool and Engineering in Chino. He was active in the community through Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, Little League and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. PICO RIVERA – A local man and Vietnam War hero died Oct. 5, but not before reconnecting with the men with whom he faced ambush in the jungles of Asia. John Rodriguez, 60, was a member of C Company, 3rd Tank Battalion in the 3rd Marine Division. He and the others in his tank were attacked April 25, 1968. The tank’s driver was killed, and the tank destroyed. To Rodriguez, the years he spent as a Marine would help to define the rest of this life. “If you go and pull out my husband’s drawer, all his shirts are military,” Maria Rodriguez said. He found a network of support and friendship when Lloyd “Pappy” Reynolds of the Vietnam Tankers Association invited him to a Tanker’s Reunion this August. There, he was reunited with his tank commander, Garry Hall, and three others who were with him the night of the ambush. The story of Hall and Rodriguez and the other men in their tank had been told in newspapers and as part of the Unsung Heroes Series, which produced models of tanks and booklets about them. In September, Rodriguez learned he would have to undergo triple bypass surgery, from which he never fully recovered. He died from complications involving his lungs, something his family suspects may have been related to chemical warfare in Vietnam. Before his death, he told his wife he hoped to see the papers and tank model Hall had. Knowing that he was not well, the package was rushed to him. “He said to me, `You call Gary to send me those items, I have to see them before I die,”‘ Maria Rodriguez said. At 9:30 p.m. Oct. 5, John Rodriguez died, the same time as the attack on his tank in Vietnam 39 years ago. The next morning, the package from Hall arrived. His family considered him a war hero, but Rodriguez paid a price for his military service. He had lifelong flashbacks and post- traumatic stress disorder. “We learned how to deal with it,” his daughter, Andrea Rodriguez, 31, said. “How to keep him as calm as he can be and try to make him feel safe.” Rodriguez, 31, said despite his difficulties with memories from Vietnam, he was an excellent father to her and her four siblings. John Rodriguez was also a caretaker for his youngest daughter, Jennifer, who was diagnosed with multiple scleroris in January. Jennifer Rodriguez, 21, said her father always put family first. “He would always put me before himself when I got sick,” she said. “He was there for me through every single test I had.” In return, the family did what they could to honor his service in the military. Since his death, Maria Rodriguez said she has been wearing his military T-shirts and the dog tags he rarely took off. “He told me to keep them for him, to give them to him later,” Rodriguez said. “And I still have a part of him, because his dog tags meant a lot to him.” His son, John Rodriguez Jr., followed in his father’s footsteps by joining the military. He served in the Army for four years, before going to work at Whitmore Tool and Engineering with his dad. “He brought me in here like 13 years ago,” John Rodriguez Jr. said. “He was just a big role model in my life.” A viewing and rosary Mass will be celebrated Friday, with a funeral Saturday at Rose Hills Memorial Park and Mortuary. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img


first_imgThe Abbey Theatre production of John B. Keane’s Sive comes to An Grianan Theatre tomorrow night. A dark story of greed, passion and land, this gripping new production by director Conall Morrison was enjoyed by over 30,000 people during a sell out run at the Abbey Theatre.Now Sive returns for a major All Ireland tour. Beautiful young Sive lives with her aunt and uncle in rural Kerry. Seán Dóta, an elderly farmer, offers the local match-maker Thomasheen Seán Rua, a large sum for her hand in marriage.Will this be too much for her aunt and uncle to resist?When the play opened in Walsh’s Ballroom in Listowel on 2 February 1959, The Kerryman reported: “Sive was greeted with unprecedented enthusiasm. The house was full and the doors were locked half an hour before the curtain went up.”The Abbey Theatre has also provided a resource pack, with help and advice from the Keane family, which gives a background to the play including interviews and discussion notes. It can be found at opens onTuesday October 21st – Saturday October 25th, 8pm nightly,.Matinees Thurs 11am and Sat 2.30pmTickets: €25/€20, matinees €20/€15, discounts available for group and school bookings – please contact box office. ABBEY PRODUCTION OF JOHN B KEANE’S ‘SIVE’ COMES TO AN GRIANAN THEATRE was last modified: October 19th, 2014 by John2Share 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:An griananJohn B. Keane’s Sivelast_img read more

Mayor back in nation’s capital

first_imgFor the most part, though, Villaraigosa stuck to the needs of Los Angeles, stumping for the region’s “fair share” of federal funding. “We think it is important that Los Angeles, as a national asset, be a place for investment on the national level,” he said. “As Los Angeles goes, so goes the nation.” Tuesday’s itinerary included sit-downs with Dreier, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, Rep. Jane Harman, D-El Segundo, and Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y. King, who chairs the House Committee on Homeland Security, agreed to visit Los Angeles to see the region’s command centers, city officials said. Villaraigosa’s trip is the second to Washington this month. In town earlier this month to speak to the American Jewish Committee, the mayor backed Sen. Ted Kennedy’s immigration plan now before the U.S. Senate. Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Los Angeles, who sits on the House Appropriations Committee, said she believes Villaraigosa is helping Los Angeles financially by becoming a familiar face on Capitol Hill. “Congress stubbornly sticks to the East Coast mentality that the U.S. ends at the Mississippi,” she complained. With a looming $8.3 trillion national debt, she said the personal touch is becoming ever more important. “Competition for federal dollars has never been so fierce.” Villaraigosa said he plans to become a regular Washington visitor. “I have been here a few times lately. That red-eye (flight) is starting to wear on me,” he joked, adding, “This won’t be my last time.” (202) 662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa continued to rack up frequent flier miles Tuesday, returning to the nation’s capital in search of federal dollars. Joined by dozens of members of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, Villaraigosa called on Congress to invest more heavily in Southern California infrastructure, particularly the Alameda Corridor East rail network aimed at relieving San Gabriel Valley truck congestion. Last year, Southern California lawmakers brought home less than a quarter of the $900 million that local officials sought for the rail project. But Villaraigosa and local business leaders said they believe the $37 billion infrastructure bond package on California’s November ballot will induce Congress to be more generous this year. “We have something today we didn’t have a year ago,” David Fleming, the chamber’s incoming chairman, said of the bond measure. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsVillaraigosa noted that if the bond passes, Los Angeles would get about $1 billion in public transportation dollars. Moreover, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has made cargo-transportation projects, such as the Alameda Corridor East, a top priority. “One thing that Congress has always liked is when local people put up their own money,” Villaraigosa said. “That breeds money.” On immigration, Villaraigosa declined to offer his opinion of President George W. Bush’s proposal to temporarily deploy National Guard troops along the U.S.-Mexico border. But he did swat the House and Senate for a resolution backed by Reps. David Dreier, R-Glendora, and Gary Miller, R-Brea, insisting that the national anthem be sung in English – a backlash against a proposal to translate the anthem into Spanish. “I think our national anthem should be sung in English,” Villaraigosa said, adding, “I don’t know that we need a resolution for that. It’s just common sense.” last_img read more