Work to repair of damaged embankment and levee toe within the Glendale Narrows section of the Los Angeles River Flood Control Channel at Reach 4D is in full swing, reported the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.The Corps, Los Angeles District, yesterday released a few photos of the ongoing work.JF Engineering, the contractor for the project, started the repairs in the summer of 2017.In order to conduct the repair, a limited portion of the channel will be dewatered. Approximately 3,000 square feet of vegetation and sediment will be removed to facilitate the dewatering process. A temporary access ramp into the channel will also be installed.The Corps is anticipating that the construction period will last approximately 5 months.
Aston Villa boss Remi Garde has put the brakes on any move for Steve Round. Press Association Garde is understood to be keen on appointing a coach with experience of the Barclays Premier League but it is now unlikely to be Round. Any fresh appointment would also work under Ray and Press Association Sport understands Round is considered too experienced for the role after his time at Old Trafford and Everton. “I am happy at the moment with my staff,” said Garde. “I have brought with me Reginald Ray and Robert Duverne. I know Steve Round has been linked with the club but probably before I came here. ” The club had a chat before I was linked then they told me they’d had this chat. I said it was no problem and I wanted to be polite. “I didn’t know Steve personally but I know his career so it was nice to have a chat with him but that was it.” Garde could yet go back in for his coaches at Lyon, Gerald Baticle and Bruno Genesio, after Villa saw their attempt to take them from the Ligue 1 club thwarted. Villa go to Everton on Saturday bottom and five points from the safety line after a 0-0 draw against Manchester City stopped a run of seven straight defeats in Garde’s first game in charge. Former Manchester United assistant Round held talks with Villa in the summer while Tim Sherwood was still in charge. Garde confirmed he spoke to Round after he was appointed this month but has brought in Reginald Ray as his assistant. read more
Photo: Photosport NZ Lions supporters at Saturday’s match against the Barbarians Auckland Transport is putting on extra buses and trains for the match, but it’s warning there could be delays.Kick-off is just after 7.30pm and gates open two hours before that, coinciding with the evening rush hour.Auckland Transport said people should consider catching the train to Kingsland early, and grab a drink or something to eat.For those heading home from work, there could be some delays on the roads and on public transport, because of the extra people travelling.Meanwhile, Eden Park said people should allow extra time when they arrive because security will be tight.It said there would be extra checks and it would take longer than for a normal rugby game. All bags would also be searched.While there were fears the Lions tour would put a squeeze on accommodation in Auckland, there were still hotel rooms available and places to stay on Air BnB tonight.The Ellerslie Racecourse would also be open for fans with campervans.But Greymouth man Adam Gilshnan, who set up a Facebook page to connect fans with families willing to billet them, said there were still people looking for a bed.”Pretty much every time an Aucklander posts what they’ve got in the way of accommodation, there’s a Lions fan – sometimes two or three – saying ‘is this offer still open?’ So I know the Lions fans are still looking for them. Some Lions fans are posting themselves saying, ‘Hey can anyone help out?’ and Aucklanders are just clicking on there and touching base with them,” he said.A Metservice communications meteorologist said the weather forecast for tonight’s game wasn’t looking too bad, and recommended supporters bring a decent jacket and prepare for a possible shower.Some tickets for the match are still available read more
But the skinny kid isn’t so skinny anymore. The suddenly offensive Hu beat out two infield singles during the Dodgers’ Grapefruit League game on Tuesday – a 7-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins before 7,015 at Hammond Stadium – and finished 3 for 4, raising his spring average to .444 (4 for 9). “He has probably picked up 10 pounds this winter,” said Mike Easler, who was Hu’s hitting coach at Double-A Jacksonville last season and will be again if Hu moves to Triple-A Las Vegas. “He was a little small last year and lacked strength. I can tell he just has more confidence in himself. He looks so much better offensively.” But with Rafael Furcal eligible for free agency after next season, this guy could be the Dodgers’ everyday shortstop for years to come – if he learns to hit. “This young man has gained a lot of strength in one year,” Dodgers manager Grady Little said. “I can see him continuing to get stronger and more mature. I think his glove speaks for itself, and I think he definitely has a chance to play in the major leagues.” Left-hander Joe Beimel, who felt discomfort in his elbow after pitching a shaky eighth inning in Monday’s win over Boston, played catch in Vero Beach on Tuesday morning and felt fine. Little said Beimel will stay on his regular program unless the problem recurs. “It’s nothing to be concerned with,” Little said. “It was just a little puffiness. For a person like him, who has never had much (arm) trouble, it scared him a little bit.” In other injury news, shortstop Rafael Furcal (right shoulder) is almost ready to return, although Little said it won’t happen in either of today’s split-squad games. Meanwhile, utility man Marlon Anderson (right elbow) remains sidelined indefinitely. [email protected] (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! FORT MYERS, Fla. – The knock against Chin-Lung Hu has always been, well, that there is no knock. There are some observers, in fact, who wonder whether the skinny kid with the electrifying glove will ever hit enough to play in the major leagues. Hu also showed some of his characteristic flash, going behind the bag to pick up a grounder hit by Josh Rabe in the seventh inning and teaming with longtime doubleplay partner and fellow defensive wizard Tony Abreu to turn it into an inning-ending force at second. Hu also lunged far to his right and onto the grass to stop a smash by Chris Heintz in the eighth that Heintz nevertheless beat out. Although Hu isn’t a burner in the classic tradition of slightly built middle infielders, he does have enough speed to steal the occasional base if he picks his spots well, and he is a smart runner. With Choo Freeman batting and runners on first and second with none out in the seventh inning, Hu easily stole third base on a pitch from Julio DePaula that was far enough off the plate that it might as well have been a pitchout. That steal enabled Hu to jog home on Freeman’s subsequent groundout. “He said he picked up something from the catcher,” Easler said. “That shows he can pick up a breaking ball and give himself a chance to steal. That turned out to be big.” Hu, 23, is in big-league camp strictly for the experience and probably will be among the first players cut after the Dodgers’ final split-squad date on March 15. The best he can realistically hope for this season is a September callup, but even that isn’t likely because it would require putting him on the 40-man roster. read more