first_imgSATURDAY Bird Watch Walk, 8-10 a.m., Sooky Goldman Nature Center, 2600 Franklin Canyon Drive, Beverly Hills. Meet at parking lot below nature center. Bring binoculars. No dogs. Call (310) 858-7272. American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, 9 a.m. today to 9 a.m. Sunday, Robert E. Gross Park, 2800 W. Empire Ave., Burbank. Call (818) 841-2994; and 10 a.m. today to 10 a.m. Sunday, Calabasas High School, 22855 Mulholland Highway. Call (800) 227-2345. American Heroes Air Show, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Hansen Dam Sports Complex, 11480 Foothill Blvd., Lake View Terrace. Free. Call (818) 631-8132. U.S. Navy Seabee Days through Sunday, 11 a.m., Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme. Free. Enter base on Patterson Gate from Channel Islands boulevard and Victoria Gate from Victoria Avenue. Call (805) 982-6000. John Burroughs High’s seventh annual All Classes Alumni School Picnic and Car Show, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Johnny Carson Park, between Bob Hope Drive and Alameda Avenue, Burbank. $2 donation suggested. Reseda High Class of 1987 Reunion, 7 p.m., Radisson Chatsworth, 9777 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Chatsworth. $94 per person at door. Cash only. Call (800) 655-7971. Johnny Appleseed & Cinderella dance program, 7 p.m., Sunday 5:30 p.m., Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Tickets: $20-$26. Call (818) 243-2539. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail 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

Critics say Bush changes could encourage gas-guzzlers

first_imgWhen it comes to cars, automakers still must meet an overall average; there is no breakdown by size. The administration has indicated it would like to do to cars what it has done with small trucks. The White House says it needs approval from Congress. Some lawmakers disagree. “He has that authority already,” said Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass. He views Bush’s request to Congress as “a backdoor attempt to stall on real increases in fuel economy standards.” Rep. Sherwood Boehlert, R-N.Y., and Markey repeatedly tried unsuccessfully over the past five years to get tougher mileage requirements into energy legislation. Boehlert said the administration “is finally getting the message.” But Boehlert said Mineta’s request “is designed as much to limit progress as to foster it.” “The secretary’s response is `just let us do it”‘ and head off any congressional mandates on automakers, Boehlert said. The White House says the changes for small trucks and SUVs sets the “most ambitious fuel economy goals” in the program’s 27-year history. The administration claims the changes will save 10.7 billion gallons of fuel over the lifetime of new vehicles by boosting the requirement from 21.6 mpg to 24.1 mpg by 2011. Yet David Friedman, director of the Clean Vehicles Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, says the new rules will have little effect on gasoline consumption. “It will save less than two weeks of gasoline a year and loopholes could actually undermine those savings,” Friedman said. A similar system based on weight or size for cars “will encourage automakers to make bigger cars,” he predicted. The debate over improving mileage mainly has involved concerns that higher requirements would force automakers to make smaller and lighter cars that opponents of the CAFE system contend are less safe. Tougher requirements under the current system “would increase fatalities, raise health care costs and reduce employment,” Mineta wrote lawmakers. Counters Friedman: “Those are the automaker arguments, not the arguments of the scientific community.” Boehlert, chairman of the House Science Committee, said it bothers him that Mineta “trots out the same old misinformation linking CAFE standards to safety reductions.” A report by the National Academy of Sciences in 2001 said highway fatalities rose when automakers rushed in the 1970s to meet the new requirements by reducing cars size and weight. The study also said future mileage improvements can be met with new engines, transmissions and aerodynamics to avoid such downsizing.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – President Bush is showing new interest in automobile gas mileage, spurred on by public outrage over fuel prices. But don’t expect the administration to embrace significant increases in requiring how far cars go on a gallon of fuel. The president wants Congress to let him rewrite mileage rules for new car fleets. Some critics suggest that request could instead spur automakers to produce more gas guzzlers. The rules are known as Corporate Average Fuel Economy, or CAFE. Enacted in 1975, they were a response to the shocks of the Arab oil embargo. Automakers today must meet a fleet average of 27.5 miles per gallon for its cars, a standard unchanged in two decades. Bush told reporters last week he wants Congress to “give me the capacity to raise CAFE standards on automobiles.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe administration has opposed such increases for cars whenever the issue has come up in Congress. Last summer, the White House objected to a proposal requiring the president to find ways to cut U.S. oil consumption by 1 million barrels a day, about 5 percent, saying the plan was a “back door” to higher mileage requirements. So, has the president changed his mind? Not quite. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta told congressional leaders he wants the power to “reform” the mileage rules and that the administration would keep opposing tougher mileage requirements under the current system. Bush’s chief economic adviser, Al Hubbard, acknowledged that the White House has no idea how much the changes, if allowed, would raise car mileage. Said the Sierra Club’s Daniel Becker: “Given the administration’s track record, this is more evasion than an epiphany.” The Transportation Department this year revamped the rules for pickups, sport utility vehicles and minivans, setting a sliding mileage scale that is based on a vehicle’s size. The overall standard was increased slightly; smaller vehicles now must meet higher mileage requirements than do larger ones. The biggest SUVs were exempted until 2011. “It was accommodating to the industry,” said Gerald Meyers, a former auto executive who is a professor of management at the University of Michigan. He called it “probably the friendliest (proposal) that can be brought forward.” last_img

Jose Mourinho calls Real Madrid return rumours ‘tremendous honour’

first_img Jose Mourinho previously returned to old club Chelsea and helped them regain the Premier League title sign on ‘I think he got it wrong’ – Mourinho confirms Spurs have appealed Son’s red card Mourinho was replaced at United by Ole Gunnar Solksjaer – on a caretaker basis – and is now free to take a new job having agreed a compensation package.He has already rejected an approach from the first side he ever managed, Benfica, and is now reportedly the subject of interest from Real Madrid.“They are things that are said and I will not feed,” Mourinho told Record in Portugal when asked about interest from his old employers.“When a coach or a player, he comes back, it means we did something positive. I felt it when I returned to Chelsea. Tottenham boss Mourinho urges Eriksen and Vertonghen to copy Alderweireld REVIEW Jose Mourinho has described the prospect of returning to either Real Madrid or Inter Milan as a ‘tremendous honour.’The former Manchester United boss has been linked with several of his old clubs – most prominently Real Madrid – after leaving Old Trafford in December. REVEALED 3 JIBE As a result, Real president Florentino Perez now wants Mourinho back having first appointed him in 2010.Under Jose, Real won the Copa del Rey and beat Pep Guardiola’s all-conquering Barcelona side to La Liga glory in 2012.Mourinho left the following season, having reportedly upset a number of players in the changing room, though Perez never wanted him to go. Latest Jose Mourinho News ‘When will this nonsense stop?’ – Rudiger speaks out after alleged racist abuse Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won DISAGREE JOSE TALKS At Manchester United, Jose Mourinho couldn’t compete against the best in England center_img Mourinho was lauded for overcoming Barcelona’s legendary team in 2012 BIG WIN ‘Racism’ overshadows Lampard’s schooling of Mourinho, and Arteta hates Christmas How Mourinho has fared against former clubs ahead of Spurs vs Chelsea Neville interrupts Mourinho’s interview with reaction to De Gea’s howler REVEALED Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea 3 Mourinho insists VAR ‘killed the game’ with Son red card in Chelsea defeat Getty take action “When a professional returns or is invited to return to a club it is a tremendous honour.“It’s not a gamble in the dark, the clubs are trying to hire a player or a coach they know, they’ve already been there, and if they invite you it’s because they know the value of the person.”Santiago Solari is Real Madrid’s current manager, after the sacking of Julen Lopetegui earlier this season, but they are struggling in fifth place, ten points behind leaders Barcelona. Lampard admits it ‘feels good’ to beat Mourinho, reacts to Rudiger racism incident 3 STUNNED last_img read more