Concern over future funding might also impact the MTA’s decision on whether to raise fares, which is being voted on later this month. Additionally, MTA officials are worried that a shortage of funding could impact the agency’s long range plan, which determines what projects MTA will undertake over the next 10-20 years. The agency is scheduled to revise the plan late this summer. “This creates uncertainty for projects we were hoping to get funded in the future,” said Fasana. Assemblyman Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar, who expressed support for Schwarzenegger’s budget revisions on his Web site, said he wished there had been more funding available for transportation projects. “You hate to see local transportation projects get jeopardized, but it gives us pause that we are spending more money than we are taking in,” said Huff. Several local officials also expressed concern about the possibility of delays on the 10 Freeway HOV project. “HOV projects have been the most effective of any kind of transportation project that affects congestion,” said Curtis Morris, the mayor of San Dimas, which would benefit from the 10 HOV lane. West Covina Mayor Mike Touhey had not heard of the possibility of the delay, but said he was going to “get right on the phone” with MTA after being informed about it. Assemblyman Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina, said he would fight hard to try to make sure the project was started on time. “It’s still early on in the budget process, and we still have a chance to get funding for local projects,” said Hernandez David Yale said MTA officials will decide later this summer what kind of delays local project might have to face. firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2105 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MTA has not determined whether the loss in funding will cause project delays, but the $365 million carpool lane that would run between the San Gabriel River (605) and Orange (57) freeways is one of the projects that may be affected. Several other smaller projects in the Valley may also be affected, including the renovation of the Baldwin Park transit center, and sound-proof walls on the 10 Freeway between West Covina and Pomona. The 10/605 Freeway interchange renovation, which local politicians fought hard for after losing out on bond money for the project, will not be affected by the budget cuts, according to the MTA. MTA director of regional programming David Yale said the agency had hopes of getting the projects started on time with agency funding if the state promised to reimburse MTA later. However, Yale also said that language in the budget suggested that future budgets might also transfer funds away from the transportation budget. “The budget proposal did signal that the the transfer of gas tax funds into school transportation might be a permanent change,” said Yale. Transportation funding cuts in Gov. Schwarzenegger’s revised budget might delay a San Bernardino (10) Freeway lane-expansion project scheduled to break ground in 2011. In his budget unveiled Monday, the governor proposed shifting $830 million in gas-tax revenue to a school busing program from a transportation fund. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which is paying for the expansion that would start at Baldwin Park and head east, would stand to lose $230 million. “The signal being sent is that the state will not be there to help fund transportation projects,” said John Fasana, a Duarte city councilman and MTA board member. MTA officials told Fasana and other local officials about the possible delay at a Sacramento meeting of the San Gabriel Valley Legislative Caucus on Wednesday.
“We have a brilliant generation of players who, like me, have to know that we can’t live on past glory.“Ahead of us is the World Cup, and we have to be at our best there.”Twenty years ago, Croatia reached the last four, being denied a World Cup final spot only by a Lilian Thuram-inspired France.Along the way a squad including Robert Prosinecki and Zvonimir Boban beat Jamaica, Japan, Romania then thumped Germany 3-0 in the quarter-finals.Davor Suker won the Golden Boot and Croatia matched Portugal’s 1966 team in becoming the only other side to finish third on their World Cup debut.Just seven years after independence, the team were lauded worldwide and decorated by their president on returning to Croatia.But from a glorious high there have been a number of lows.Since 1998 Croatia have disappointed at the World Cup, failing to even make it past the group stage once in that time. And in 2010 they failed to qualify for the tournament altogether.Now, a new generation, inspired by captain Luka Modric, have a chance to create history.Their three victories in Group D containing Argentina, Iceland and Denmark have led many to claim that Croatia could win the World Cup, especially in a tournament where there appears no outstanding favourite.The 3-0 rout of Argentina was especially impressive.It was arguably the stand-out team performance of the first round and inspired by Modric giving possibly the best individual display seen so far.In the haze of the eye-catching victory over the much-fancied South Americans, Dalic still had time to tell reporters that he wanted to better the 1998 performance.That win came in Nizhny Novgorod and it is there Croatia will return on Sunday to play their last-16 game against a Denmark side who have failed to impress, but notably are still unbeaten after emerging from Group C.Croatia are favourites to win that game and would then face either hosts Russia or Spain in the quarter-finals.But the ghosts of 1998 hang as heavy in the build-up as the merits of the Danish or their key midfielder Christian Eriksen.Modric’s midfield partner Ivan Rakitic said in the run-up to the Denmark game that the Croatia of 2018 wanted to be talked about as much as the Croatia of 1998.“We can achieve whatever they have achieved and even overcome them,” he told reporters from Croatia’s camp in Roscin.“We want in 20 years to talk about our generation, not about the generation of ’98.”Sunday is their first chance to do just that.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Croatia midfielder Luka Modric has been one of the stars of the tournament so far © AFP/File / Johannes EISELENIZHNIY NOVGOROD, Russian Federation, Jun 29 – Just weeks before the start of the World Cup, Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic identified a major problem with his team, their obsession with France 1998.“Croatia haven’t done well in a World Cup since France 1998, and going on our quality, we should have,” Dalic told one of the country’s main news programmes, Dnevnik Nove TV.
Organisers are hoping the Donegal marathon will get big numbers.We’re almost there with less than two weeks left to the hugely-awaited Donegal Marathon in Letterkenny on August 24th.But what exactly is the route, where are the hills and where runners can get a drink of water.The good people organising the marathon have completed the route (not sure if by foot or car!) and have written a virtual tour for participants and spectators. The Donegal MarathonRunners will assemble at the Aura Leisure Centre and after registration is completed, we will make our way to the Starting Line.The full marathon will comprise of three loops within the course. There is a core loop that will be run once by the half marathon competitors and twice by the full marathon competitors; a loop in and around Letterkenny town that will be run once by all competitors; and a loop that will be run once by the full marathon competitors out around the Foxhall area to the west of Letterkenny.All will be explained on this virtual tour!Spectators positioned along this course can witness the participants; your family, friends and neighbours; pitting themselves against the limits of their own endurance for up to four hours or more, from one or more locations along this course. Your support on the day could provide just the encouragement needed for the competitors to realise their dream. So let’s get behind the runners and decorate the course in a sea of Donegal colours to provide a wall of encouragement and celebration.We’re at the start line, it’s almost 10.15am, we’re under starter’s orders, facing Letterkenny… and we’re off! From here, we make our way into town to the small roundabout at the bottom of Lower Main Street, turn right over to the small roundabout at Oldtown Bridge but turn left along Pearse Road. We make our way to the junction at the bottom of Rosemount, where we turn right over towards the new Dunne’s Stores’ Roundabout. We follow the Neil T Blaney Road around to the Polestar Roundabout where we circumvent the roundabout to make our way out the Ramelton Road with Mount Errigal Hotel on our left, and through Ballyraine. We continue on this road to the small roundabout at Key’s Garage, close to Arena 7, and turn left up past the Donegal Creameries Co-op, following the road around to take us past the Church of the Irish Martyrs on the left past Gortlee Tool Hire on the right and down Gortlee Hill. At the junction, we turn right and head for the small roundabout at the old Oatfield Sweet Factory site. We continue on in the direction of the Station Roundabout with Letterkenny Shopping Centre in to our left. At the roundabout, we head towards Main Street, up past An Grianan Theatre on our right, to the traffic light junction at Letterkenny Courthouse. We continue onto Main Street and follow this road through Lower Main Street back down to Grier’s roundabout.At this point, we turn left and retrace our steps towards the Oldtown Bridge and this time at the small roundabout, we cross the bridge. At the Ros Suillighe Roundabout on the other side we turn right to take us out Crieve Road, past Crievesmith Park on our left. We are now heading out into the open country. We will follow this road for three miles, passing Rockhill House on our left, until we come to Newmills Flax Mill. Here, we continue on this side of the river through Newmills with the bridge off to our right. We make our way towards Billy’s Junction at Rashedoge.Here we turn right onto the R250, and then we turn right heading back towards Letterkenny. We will follow this road passing Conwal Graveyard and then Ballymacool Park on our left, and O’Donnell Park on our right. At the Ballymacool Roundabout we continue on towards the Aura Leisure Centre, where we will either turn right and in onto the track to complete the Half Marathon; or to complete the Full Marathon, we will continue on the main road until we come to Grier’s roundabout. At Grier’s roundabout we once again turn right and over towards Oldtown to cross the bridge and once again proceed out the Rockhill road towards Newmills. At Rashedoge, we will then turn left to run the third loop which is reserved for the full marathoners. We proceed out the R250 in the Meenaroy/ Fintown direction, past the school on the right, to turn right at “Barracks”. Continue along this narrow road, past the graveyard on the right, and on to the junction at the top of Foxhall. Here we turn left and run for 200m to a’turnaround point’ before heading back down Foxhall towards the Churchill/ Fintown junction. Here we follow the R250 back towards Letterkenny to turn right into the Aura Leisure Centre and onto the Athletics track to complete our full marathon to the cheers and congratulations of our adoring supporters (well maybe not adoring, but you get the picture!!) The bad news is that only one of you will get to break the tape in each event, but together every one of you will have created history for Donegal in establishing the Donegal Marathon in the 21st Century, and will have achieved what most ‘couch potatoes’ would consider a feat of utter madness! So well done, one and all!Whether you complete the half or full marathon, you will have earned the respect and congratulations of your fellow competitors, family, friends, neighbours, and acquaintances. You can then make your way into the centre to collect your medal, Finisher’s Pack, and avail of the free massage therapy that will be on offer. Meanwhile your family and friends will be entertained at the family fun day. Here, there will be face-painting, photo booth, outdoor music and more bouncy castles than you can shake a stick at. To the friends and family we ask you to line this route, compromising of the three loops outlined, to give your support to the runners. To the residents living along this course, we wish to apologise for any inconvenience caused, but wish to emphasise the great community endeavour that goes into such an event, and ask that you support the runners in any way you can, particularly by displaying the Donegal colours from every possible vantage point. You can even leave them there for certain upcoming matches that will take place a week later! Donegal… has it all!For more details and registration check out: www.donegalmarathon.ie where you can access a copy of the map of the course in various formats.TAKE THE VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE DONEGAL MARATHON! was last modified: August 13th, 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:DONEGAL MARATHONvirtual tour