Rashid Sumaila wins Emir Cup trophy with Al Qadsia

first_imgBlack Stars defender Rashid Sumaila won his first trophy with Al Qadsia after they beat Al Salmiyah 1-0 in the  in the Emir Cup finals on Tuesday in Saudi.The Ghanaian international helped his side to lift the Emir Cup trophy for a record 16 times after managing a narrow win at the Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium.Al Qadsia thus wins their first trophy of the season after failing to defend their League title at the end of the 2014/15 League season.Sumaila has been instrumental for the Kuwaiti giants since joining the Club on loan from South African side Memolodi Sundowns.The former Asante Kotoko center-back is however expected to be handed a permanent deal as his contract ends on May 31. The young defender has been neglected by the  Black Stars coach Avram  Grant but believes  his consistent output will see him return to play for the senior national team.last_img read more

Bond measure would bolster local libraries

first_imgHalf of the funding from Proposition 81 would go to projects that were submitted under the previous library bond measure but were never approved for construction, Spahn said. Communities would have to submit new applications to receive portions of the second part of Proposition 81 funding. The applications could include existing projects as well as new ones, he said. In making a case for new libraries, Spahn’s group cited a 2003 study that found the state needs more than 500 new libraries, at a cost of about $4.4 billion. “In many communities, the growing populations of student-age children and seniors are outstripping the services libraries could provide,” he said. “Libraries offer a safe place for students. Libraries are trained in instructing students on how to do research for school projects and how to use the Internet. They also reduce illiteracy. Three million Californians can’t read or write,” Spahn added. But Proposition 81 critics argue that a bond is not the best way to pay for more libraries. “The problem is the politicians have refused to make libraries a priority,” Assemblyman Ray Haynes, R-Temecula, said in a joint statement with Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, and Lew Uhler, president of the National Tax Limitation Committee. “Today, state spending is $43 billion more than it was just seven short years ago,” the three stated in their ballot message opposing Proposition 81. “Could the state use just 2 percent of that money to pay for library improvements? “Yes, they could, but that means the politicians would have to take the money from their pet projects, like welfare, free health care, and reduced college tuition for illegal aliens, and give it to libraries.” But Spahn said using bonds to build public works projects such as libraries is more efficient than pay-as-you-go. “Over the course of 25 to 30 years, inflation eats away at a dollar,” he said. “We can build and renovate many libraries using $600 million in the next five years than we can spending $600 million over the next 25 to 30 years.” As of Tuesday, Proposition 81 was leading in the polls. A Public Policy Institute of California survey found that the measure was leading by a 51-41 percentage margin. Meanwhile, library officials in Whittier and Santa Fe Springs said new facilities are needed because their existing libraries are too small. Paymaneh Maghsoudi, director of library services for Whittier, said the library on Mar Vista has outgrown its capacity. “This library was built in 1957,” she said. “In 1957, it was only a warehouse for books, but now we offer so many services. We have a homework center and we have different programs for adults and children.” Santa Fe Springs City Manager Fred Latham said a new library in that city would allow for more meeting rooms. “Right now we do a lot of special programs in the library and, as a result, it’s disruptive of library use,” Latham said. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want 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 MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2$10 million from Proposition 81 for a new library that would also be about twice the size of an existing facility. It would be constructed on the site of the city’s community gardens. The total cost is estimated at $15 million, which also includes the value of the city- owned land. But officials are less certain they would get the funding – Santa Fe Springs’ library project ranks lower than Whittier’s library project. Les Spahn, manager for the Yes On Proposition 81 campaign, said organizers pushed to get the measure on the ballot because $350 million from a library bond issue passed by voters in 2000 has been used up, but the need remains for new libraries across the state. Whittier and Santa Fe Springs are among dozens of California cities that could receive funding for new libraries if voters Tuesday approve Proposition 81, a $600 million library bond issue. In Whittier, the proposition’s passage would almost certainly mean about $19.3 million for a new 71,000-square-foot library – nearly double the size of the one on Mar Vista Street. The new facility would be built where an Alpha Beta store once stood in Uptown Whittier. The total cost of the project is estimated at $29 million, which included the value of the land, which the city has already purchased. In Santa Fe Springs, officials are seeking last_img read more