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Nolito: “If you don’t play, what are you doing, are you going to kill someone?”

first_imgNolito does not know if the campaign will end and what will happen to him, who ends his contract on June 30: “I do not know if the League will be resumed or not. I end my contract and I do not think it will renew with Sevilla. If the competition resumes I don’t know how that will go. I am very lost. They tell me that if the League resumes automatically, FIFA lengthens the contracts, but I don’t know how. There are footballers who are on loan or signed by other clubs … I don’t know how they will do it. FIFA will make or break. “ Manuel Agudo Durán Nolito keeps smiling in these times of confinement. The sanluqueño has gone through many vicissitudes in Sevilla during a season that, it seemed, was not even going to start in Nervión: “In the summer I had a foot and a half outside Sevilla, and had the idea of ​​returning to Celta. We were about to close it. But in the end the club decided to stay with me, in the contract year that I had left, and here I am. I tried to do my best, I have been very comfortable, “he told Diario de Sevilla.“Let’s see what happens now. The coach and the club trusted me and I tried to help the team, being at the foot of the canyon. At first I played more, now lately it has left me some games in the stands. I continue in my work, to mine, and until the end of the season I will be at the foot of the canyon in case the coach thinks I am necessary, “added Nolito. The one from Sanlúcar takes the circumstances with joy: “I always try to be happy, even when I play less. If you don’t play what are you going to do, are you going to kill someone? You will not pay with the partner. These are circumstances that are experienced in football and in my career I have gone through all kinds of situations. You have to try to be happy and to be a good person, which is what is worth, and that’s it. “center_img LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of April 13, 2020last_img read more

Public Works Min. Gyude Moore Cited

first_imgFollowing a heated debate that took most the late afternoon session, the Senate plenary yesterday mandated its Secretary to cite Minister of Public Works, Gyude Moore to appear before that body on Tuesday, May 31, 2016. According to the motion citing Minister Moore, he is to inform the lawmakers who are responsible to make budget appropriations on what arrangements are being put in place to help avert the perennial situation that is hampering the movement of people, goods and services particularly in the Southeast.The Senate decision came as a result of a communication from Grand Gedeh County Senator A. Marshall Dennis in which he, among other things, reminded his colleagues about the “increasingly worsening living conditions of our people nationwide with particular emphasis and focus on the Southeastern region of Liberia, that include Grand Gedeh, River Gee, Maryland, Grand Kru and Sinoe Counties.” Senator Marshall’s communication recalled that the Senate in October 2015 invited Minister Moore and his Deputy for Expenditure at the height of the rainy season, during which appearance the Minister promised a temporary remedy to the prevailing situation and permanent solution for the 2016 rainy season and beyond. Marshall recalled that “neither was done and our people went through; we are now entering the 2016 rainy season with no prospect as l see it. Distinguished colleagues, I find it very proper and impelling that the Senate once cite the Honorable Minister of Public Works and Transportation through the appropriate Senate Committee, in keeping with our oversight authority, to apprise us of the conditions of these roads and the assurances that the hazardous humanitarian crisis usually provoked by these conditions (shortage of essential commodities such as rice, fuel, medical supplies and other basic necessities of life) would be averted this time around. During the debate that accompanied the letter, Senators from the southeast decried the worsening road conditions, while some recalled that there was the amount of U$4 million in the last budget for road maintenance and renovation. The usage of the money allotted for maintenance and renovation then became a center for debate with some lawmakers accusing the Public Ministry of concentrating on repairing roads in Monrovia while paying less attention to the hinterland. The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Works, Margibi County Senator Oscar Cooper agreed that the roads and bridges are all in need of repair.In another development, the plenary yesterday sanctioned the joint statement released Tuesday night by both the Senate and House of Representatives in reaction to Senator Varney Sherman’s letter in which he complained about the deployment of heavily armed state security at his residence.Except for Senators Cooper and Jonathan Kaipay who argued against its legitimacy, Senators present unanimously agreed that the Legislators action of implied solidarity with their colleague was in place. The session was earlier delayed due to the invasion of the premises of the Capitol Building by hundreds of rowdy students of the University of Liberia demanding an increment in Government’s budgetary appropriation to that institution against a suggested increment in tuitions. Attempts by some Legislators from the House of Representatives to find remedy to the situation failed as the leaderless group refused to listen. Meanwhile, few arrests were made by the riot police and the Capitol Building remained occupied by security forces for the rest of the day.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Three communities evacuated as the Liard River Fire continues to spread

first_imgDuring the night, the fire has expanded to over 100 square kilometers in size. Fire Information officer Jillian Chimko says the dry and windy conditions caused the fire to balloon so quickly.The fire has caused the Alaska Highway to be closed between Fort Nelson and Watson Lake. The road will only be open to local residents who will be permitted to travel home.All others will be denied access to the highway until further notice. The Regional District has installed barricades at each community.  For more details on the highway call 250-774-6956.Chimko says the Alaska Highway was blocked off as a precautionary measure, because the fire is expected to reach the highway by six o’clock on Thursday night.Advertisement Photo: The Liard River Fire continues to spread – submittedThree communities have been ordered to evacuate due to the Liard River fire.- Advertisement -Residents of Coal River, Fireside and the Muddy River Indian Reserve #1 have been forced to evacuate.Chief Administrator Officer for the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality Randy McLean says people will be relocated to a nearby community.[asset|aid=1467|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=f74a9bf5b1217d9f41916d8d81b6f594-Randy McLean 1_1_Pub.mp3]There are around 60 residents in total from the three communities, although it is unknown if the reserve is occupied.  The Northern Rockies Regional Municipality has set up an emergency centre in Fort Nelson, you can call 250-774-3955.Advertisement [asset|aid=1468|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=f74a9bf5b1217d9f41916d8d81b6f594-Chimko fire update 2_1_Pub.mp3]The BC wildfire website is reporting that a structural protection unit is arriving to assist with protecting structures in the area. Chimko says the unit is like a big sprinkler, to prevent the fire from spreading.Meanwhile, Deanna Hill from the visitor information center says most accommodations are booked up in Fort Nelson.  For a list of current availabilities in Fort Nelson Click HereShe is recommending travelers to postpone any plans of traveling up North.View Communities threatened in a larger mapAdvertisementlast_img read more

Veterinary tourniquet for L.A.?

first_imgA plan for the college to manage the city’s strained veterinary program could also be in the works. “This has the potential to be the most innovative and creative veterinary shelter medicine program in the nation,” said Ed Boks, general manager of the Department of Animal Services. “Never before has a large city shelter system served as an extension of a veterinary college. The real winners are the animals in our care.” With the resignation of its head veterinarian last week, Animal Services is down to two veterinarians – and has 10 job vacancies. The department has budgeted two vets for each city shelter, mostly for future spay-neuter clinics, Boks said. For years, the city has employed four vets. But the city, which raised vet salaries to a minimum $92,000, has struggled since last year to recruit animal doctors who can either earn more in private practice or are unwilling to oversee shelter euthanasia. Care for the roughly 1,000 animals living at city shelters is now administered by two city vets and 30 vet techs, many with foreign veterinary licenses. In addition, the city contracts medical care to a pool of 150 private veterinarians. Some say it’s not enough, considering a $160 million shelter makeover that will soon increase animal kennels from 600 to 1,770. “Having two vets to cover that kind of herd is bound for catastrophe,” said Madeline Bernstein, president of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Los Angeles, which has one vet to care for more than 300 animals. “In order to run a shelter, you don’t just need any vet, but someone who knows how to practice shelter medicine.” “I think it’s critical,” added Kathy Riordan, vice president of the Animal Services Commission. “It’s a burden on the staff and on the shelter system if we only have two vets for six shelters.” That’s where the Western University College of Veterinary Medicine comes in. Founded nearly 10 years ago as one of two vet schools in California with a “Reverence for Life” philosophy to harm no animal, the college aims to launch a shelter medicine program in conjunction with the city’s no-kill animal goal. In addition to students, the school is now looking to supply an unspecified number of vets to the city on a short-term basis. “I’m excited,” said Phillip D. Nelson, associate dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. “It would be a win-win for us.” Short-term, he said, the school could supply an unspecified number of vets and students; long-term, the school could manage the city shelters’ veterinary program. As yet, no contract has been drafted or signed. “There might be some long-term possibilities to provide expertise from our faculty, or to provide veterinary support on a long-term basis, as well as our managing the medical program,” Nelson said. Boks declined to say how much he believes the program will cost. At the West Valley Shelter last week, construction crews worked to finish what Boks dubbed a $15 million “doggie paradise.” With no vet in sight, Liaghat and vet tech Rene Espindola, a licensed vet from Mexico City, saw that 74 dogs, 32 cats, 11 guinea pigs and 10 rabbits were fit for adoption. A desert tortoise and wild opossum were also in their care. “We need vets,” said Liaghat, who grew up in Iran and hopes to pass the national veterinary exam this month for a career as a shelter vet. “But it’s not like we’re not functioning without them. “If people think animals are being neglected here, come and look around; show me the ones that are neglected.” dana.bartholomew@dailynews.com (818) 713-3730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CHATSWORTH – Veterinary technician Amir Liaghat cradled a wizened Chihuahua, stroking its back as he inspected an infected ear. “C’mon, old man,” the 34-year-old tech said at the West Valley Animal Shelter sick bay. “(You’re) taken care of.” Liaghat, a foreign veterinarian on the verge of getting his American credentials, could soon be joined by vet college graduates hoping to help erase a shortfall of vets at six city shelters. The Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine in Pomona is negotiating to serve the Los Angeles shelters and to have 105 seniors train in the facilities this fall. last_img read more

Clips of the week – Friday, November 21

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INISHOWEN FOOTBALL: STRAND HOTEL FIRST DIVISION MATCH REPORTS

first_imgStrand Hotel First Division ReportsRasheney FC 2-0 Greencastle FC Greencastle had much the better of the opening quarter with Ryan McDermott releasing Tony McClenaghan and his effort was blocked by the legs of Johnathan Noone.Conor Barrow then fired wide when well placed before McClenaghan’s long looping effort came back off the crossbar.Rasheney responded with Christy Ivers seeing his effort from the edge of the area tipped over by Darren McCarrick.Substitute John McLaughlin then cut in from the left but his effort lacked power before Anthony Doherty fired over after collecting a pass from Donal Kelly.Before the break Greencastle McDermott saw a dipping effort land on the net while after the interval Barrow ran onto a through ball but Noone advance to gather.Play swung to the other end where Ivers had one shot wide and another saved by McCarrick before at the other end Andy McLaughlin had a free kick well saved by Noone.On 75 minutes McClenaghan crossed for Jack Keys but from four yards he headed at Noone.Rasheney broke the deadlock on 79 minutes when Ivers turned on the edge of the area and fired a superb effort to the top corner.Minutes later Ivers turned provider when he laid the ball off for John Grant to fire to the top corner from the edge of the area.The home side also had the final effort when Aaron Friel saw his long range shot drift wide.QPS 3-1 Moville Celtic Res In a brisk opening Paul Grant for the home side headed wide from a corner while at the other end John Gillen saw his shot from the edge of the area well saved by Conor McColgan.The home side opened the scoring on 18 minutes when Simon Wallace ‘s cross was nodded down by Raymond Buchanan for Adam Harkin to rifle the ball to the top corner from ten yards.But Moville got back on terms on 33 minutes when Conor Lafferty sneaked in to pounce on a poor headed back pass and slot past McColgan from twelve yards.The point were first to show in the second period with Karl Donnelly seeing a shot well saved by Ralph Bredin and from the corner Martin Donaghy had a header cleared off the line.At the other end Christy McGeoghaghan pounced on a loose ball but saw his effort saved by McColgan.The home side regained the lead on 72 minutes when Buchanan fed Dean Barron who controlled before firing to the top corner from twelve yards.Donnelly then broke through but saw McColgan save his effort before they added a third on 84 minutes.After a good movew involving Donnelly and Barron the ball was played to Stephen McCarron who squared for Seannan McColgan to slot home.Dunree United 3-0 Carrowmena FCThis was a dour encounter and one in which Dunree dominated but for all that dominance failed to trouble keeper Mark Doherty a lot.It took them 25 minutes to create the opening chance after Philip McGuinness beat a defender and his dangerous cross eluded all.David Laird then cut in from the right hand side and squared to TJ McKinley but from six yards he managed to lift his effort over the bar.Carrowmena replied and when Michael Crumlish was presented with a free header he should have hit the target at the very least.Dunree opened the scoring then on 41 minutes when keeper Doherty parried a McGuinness free and James Doherty was on hand to slot home.The home side increased their lead on the hour mark when Liam Baldrick’s corner was headed home by Conor McBride.They continued to dominate and completed the scoring when McGuinness crossed for substitute Thomas Doherty to head home from close range.Strand Hotel First DivisionPPtsQPS1230Dunree1228Rasheney1227Moville Res1422Greencastle1215Gleneely1313Carrowmena158Buncrana *125* points deductedSunday 27th Jan 2013Ulster Junior CupMilford V GleneelyLifford V Greencastle Killylough V RasheneyKilmacrennan V GlengadCarn V KeadueE. DohertyMoville V DrumkillT Moyne Clonmany V CurraghL PorterAileach V MonaghanS DeeneyCredit Union Cup2pm ET& PenBuncrana V DunreeB.BreslinCharlie O’ Donnell1/4 Final 2pmET & PenRedcastle V QPSG.O’KanePremier Division 2pmCockhill V IlliesM McGonagleReserve Premier 11amCockhill V QPSD McLaughlinGlengad V CuldaffJJ LaffertyAileach V CarnW CurranClonmany V Sea RoversL DavenportReserve First 11amCockhill Colts V IlliesJP HoughtonRedcastle V DunreeT BrownGreencastle V RasheneyW HarveyRasheney Rvs V Moville YthG McLaughlinINISHOWEN FOOTBALL: STRAND HOTEL FIRST DIVISION MATCH REPORTS was last modified: January 20th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:INISHOWEN FOOTBALL: STRAND HOTEL FIRST DIVISION MATCH REPORTSlast_img read more

LETTERKENNY WOMAN ELECTED PRESIDENT OF DONEGAL WOMEN IN BUSINESS NETWORK

first_imgThe Donegal Women in Business Network has elected Noeleen McAteer, owner of The Acupuncture Clinic & Chinese Herbs in Letterkenny, as President at their recent AGM.A member of the Network since 2009, Noeleen joined the steering group of Donegal Women in Business in 2010 to help organise the network’s calendar of events and promote membership of the network.“I am honoured to have been elected as the new President of the Donegal Women in Business Network,” says Noeleen. “The Network has a great track record of helping businesswomen in Donegal and I plan to work hard to continue that success.”Originally from Louth, Noeleen is a graduate of Middlesex University and Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, obtaining a degree in Science and Chinese Medicine.Whilst completing her degree she also did a Diploma in Tuina massage at the Asante Clinic of Chinese Medicine in London.After working in the pain and maternity clinics at Whittington Hospital, London, Noeleen developed a special interest in using acupuncture, acupressure and Chinese herbs in pain management and during pregnancy and labour. She then spent five months on a work placement in Beijing. After completing her training Noeleen ran a successful practice in Galway for 4½ years before relocating to Donegal with her husband, Ramelton-native Paddy.She then set up a new practice, The Acupuncture Clinic & Chinese Herbs, on Port Road Letterkenny where she specialises in the clinical practice of all aspects of Chinese medicine to treat infertility, pregnancy, pain disorders and sports injuries. She has alsorecently added baby massage and baby yoga classes to the services onoffer.Membership of the Donegal Women in Business is open to both women working in business and business-owners. Annual membership for 2012 is only €25. To join or for further information about upcoming events, please contactCeline Carroll, Secretary, on 074 9160735 or emailccarroll@donegalenterprise.ieLETTERKENNY WOMAN ELECTED PRESIDENT OF DONEGAL WOMEN IN BUSINESS NETWORK was last modified: March 27th, 2012 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)last_img read more

GOVERNMENT AND BANKS FAILING DONEGAL BUSINESSES – TD

first_imgDonegal TD Charlie McConalogue has said the latest report on lending figures from the Central Bank proves that the banking sector and the Government are failing small businesses in Donegal and across the country.The Fianna Fáil Deputy has called on the Government to provide increased lending powers to credit unions and County Enterprise Boards to increase the credit available to viable local businesses.“This report clearly demonstrates what small businesses in Donegal and across the country have known for some time – that banks are simply not lending and the Government is doing little or nothing about it,” said Deputy McConalogue. “The desperately weak level of lending is strangling the life out of small businesses in this region and it is costing us jobs.  At the moment banks are turning away viable customers with good business plans who can fully repay their loans. This ultimately results in business closures, more job losses and an unprofitable banking system.“It is time for the Government to wake up and stop living in denial about the extent of this crisis. It’s clear from this report that the banks have been sugar-coating their lending figures and that the Government has just accepted this without question. As the owner of AIB and shareholder in Bank of Ireland, the Government needs to use its teeth and ensure that appropriate lending targets are fully met.“I am also calling on the Government to consider increasing the lending powers of credit unions and the County Enterprise Boards (CEB). Credit unions should be allowed to lend to businesses with finance from the NTMA. County Enterprise Boards (CEB) also need to be funded so they can administer smaller, recoverable loans for hard-pressed businesses.“This report is a damning indictment of the Irish banking sector and it must act as a wake-up call for the Government. The small business sector is the lifeblood of the local economy and the key to economic recovery in the North West. The Government should be doing everything in its power to support local businesses and encourage job creation.”  GOVERNMENT AND BANKS FAILING DONEGAL BUSINESSES – TD was last modified: August 22nd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:Charlie McConalogueGOVERNMENT AND BANKS FAILING DONEGAL BUSINESSES – TDlast_img read more

Leinart leaps left for last-second TD

first_img When Matt Leinart finally bounced off his line on a quarterback sneak and into the end zone for the winning touchdown in the final 3 seconds to continue No. 1 USC’s 28-game winning streak with the 34-31 victory, guard Taitusi Lutui felt his body drain. “I was on the floor, on the bottom of the pile,” he said. “I looked over at the official and saw his hands go up to signal touchdown, and I just started crying. “I just laid there. I wasn’t even trying to get up. I think my heart stopped on the last play.” It was a remarkable finish to the most treasured intersectional rivalry in college football. There were three touchdowns scored in the final 5:06. First the Irish thought they’d won, then the Trojans. It was a game filled with passionate play by both sides, two champion boxers who refused to go down. It had controversy and heroes, grand moments followed by ones even grander, gutsy calls and just unending humongous plays. “I would imagine this will probably go down as one of the greatest games in college football history,” Leinart said. Check your classics channel – it may already be playing. It was two-time defending national champion USC against on-the-rise No. 9 Notre Dame. Two former NFL coaches, Pete Carroll vs. Charlie Weis. Two celebrated programs, two historic adversaries, two teams that would not wilt from the pressure. “This is what college football is all about,” said USC tailback Reggie Bush. It’s what college football dreams of being every Saturday, but only so rarely brings all the elements together so memorably. The Trojans of USC have made a bad habit of falling behind in recent games and having to rally in the fourth quarter to pull out a victory. They pushed it to ridiculous extremes Saturday, almost watching their unbeaten run come to a crashing ending. The Trojans might have thought they’d pulled out their usual comeback routine Saturday when Bush scored his third touchdown of the day on a 9-yard run with 5:09 left to take a 28-24 lead. But the Irish – wearing their green uniforms – had an answer of their own, driving the field on the Trojans the way no one has late in a game in years, Brady Quinn’s 5-yard quarterback keeper putting the Irish back on top 31-28, with only 2:04 to play. Time seemed to finally be running out on the Trojans. Considered one of the greatest collegiate offenses ever, USC sputtered moving the ball throughout most the afternoon. Quickly, the Trojans found themselves faced with a fourth-and-9 at the Notre Dame 26 with 1:32 left. Their unbeaten streak appeared at an end. The sellout crowd of 80,795 was on its feet, roaring. Notre Dame Stadium pulsated so strongly, bodies seemed to almost vibrate. “For the first time in my career, I wasn’t sure,” Bush said. “I regret that now, knowing my teammates.” Leinart came to the line, sensed a blitz and checked into another play with hand signals. He found wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett – playing with a scratched right cornea – down the left side, just getting his pass over Notre Dame cornerback Ambrose Wooden. Jarrett sped down the sideline. Heads throughout the stadium began to turn as he continued churning up the yards. He was finally tackled after a 61-yard gain at the Notre Dame 13-yard line. “I just thought I had to make a play,” Jarrett said. More would still have to be made, and quickly. USC was out of timeouts. After a pair of Bush runs gave USC a first down at the Irish 2-yard line, Leinart rolled left when he was unable to find a receiver and tried to dive into the end zone. He was knocked out inches shy, the ball squirting from his grasp and going out of bounds. The clocked ticked to zero and the Irish players started rushing the field, believing they had upset the nation’s No. 1 team. But the Pac-10 Conference officials huddled and put 7 seconds back on the clock. Carroll had used his visiting nonconference coach’s prerogative and requested replays not be utilized at the game. The Trojans hurried to the line of scrimmage. Carroll was moving his hand downward, signaling he wanted Leinart to spike the ball and stop the clock; it was a ploy. USC could have stopped the clock, kicked a short field goal to tie the game and sent it into overtime. “We didn’t come out here to tie,” Jarrett said. “We came to win.” Leinart called for the quarterback sneak. At first, he appeared rebuffed by the Notre Dame line, but he spun to his left and, aided by an illegal push by Bush, spun into the end zone. Trojans celebrated. The Irish fought disbelief. It was thrilling, chaotic, bordering on magical. A game that needed to be bottled, its marvelous pandemonium captured and revisited. “I am so in love with this team,” Carroll said. “They just will not let it die.” The Trojans are 6-0, their streak alive, their history a little more storied. Steve Dilbeck’s column appears in the Daily News four times a week. He can be reached at stephen.dilbeck@dailynews.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SOUTH BEND, Ind. – So many sights and sounds, so many astonishing moments. It was less football than opera. A whirlwind of emotions, of ups and downs, of over-the-top plays. USC and Notre Dame put together a game for the ages Saturday. It had more parts than a Russian novel, more turns than Minotaur’s labyrinth. It was absolutely breathtaking. A wondrous college football game, culminating with an ending that caused hearts to skip, that left tears on both sides. A battle of two proud teams that would not flinch, that refused to quit. On a gorgeous autumn afternoon in one of college football’s most historic sites, the Trojans and Fighting Irish battled until the clock finally said they could no longer go on. last_img read more

Spruce things up

first_imgRecycled concrete isn’t the most aesthetically pleasing notion when attempting to spruce up a home without breaking the bank. But then again, Southern California homeowners have been known to resort to alternative means for a little eco-conscious curb appeal. Be it a solar-paneled roof to heat the pool, or the addition of skylights to reduce electricity use, a little recycled concrete goes a long way when looking for a thrifty solution to erect a retaining wall. “Used concrete doesn’t have to go directly to the Dumpster,” said Frank Burkard Jr., a Pasadena homeowner who recently busted up some concrete in his backyard and transformed it into a retaining wall for his garden. “And the big joke is that when everything is grown out, you won’t even be able to see the concrete.” What you might see is a little more greenery in the bank account. And that’s a good thing as the housing market cools and homeowners develop a new affinity for staying put. The challenge is finding the right projects to work on so the house increases in value and the bank account retains its foundation. Among the easiest ways to gussy up a home: “paint, paint, and more paint,” said Dina Morgan, department chair for interior design at The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles. It’s true that a professional paint job costs several thousand dollars. But a little paint can go a long way in improving the appearance and feel of a home. Granted, finding the right color is a different story. Some homeowners prefer a living room done up in Victorian Red. Or how about a little Cranberry Zing to add some zip to that family room? Morgan said don’t let trends tickle your fancy. Instead, select colors that are appealing now and likely to hold up for the next three years. “This could end up being the least expensive way to give a room a total makeover from a design standpoint,” she said. Be advised: Walls need treatment before adding paint. So does a cottage-cheese ceiling. Whether it was used to absorb disco pulsating from an eight track, or repress the synthesized sounds of ’80s rock, cottage cheese is no longer the standard for ceiling topping. It hasn’t been for nearly a decade, and homeowners are taking it off by themselves. “All you need is a scraper and a spray bottle with water,” said Kris Anderson, a pro-desk associate at the Home Depot in Signal Hill. And it shouldn’t cost more than $50 to do a scraping of a room or two. There are some exceptions, though. Older textured ceilings may contain asbestos and property owners should sample the material before commencing a full scrape job, Anderson said. After the ceiling popcorn is no more, it’s time to look at the floor. Installing hardwood and stone can be quite costly, but refinishing an existing floor will not only save the owner money, it’s a quick way to add instant value to a home, Morgan said. It’s also worth looking under the carpet to see whether hardwood already exists. Many homeowners will opt to do these projects on their own. Others will hire a professional and consider taking out a loan, depending on the project’s scope. Should the latter be the case, it’s worth exploring different loan options before settling with a quick-fix financial vehicle. “You should also determine what you are going to use the money for. If you’re pulling out some equity to buy a big-screen TV, it’s probably not a good idea,” said Jim Svinth, chief economist for LendingTree Inc., an online lending company. Swimming pools and hot tubs fall into the same category. But remodeling a kitchen or giving a bathroom a face lift are generally safe projects if enhancing a home’s value is the ultimate goal. There are several options for homeowners interested in taking out a loan for remodeling purposes. One option is a home equity loan, which is usually set according to the going prime rate. Creditworthiness is also considered for this type of loan and borrowers should understand that these loans don’t usually come with a fixed rate. Obviously, fixed-rate second mortgages do. But this option could be a little more complex, especially if the loan has a prepayment penalty, meaning the borrower will get penalized if the loan is paid off too early. “While this stuff is complicated, a borrower probably shouldn’t sign on to anything if it cannot be explained in the simplest terms,” Svinth said. Having a realistic goal also is important when looking to gussy up a home. With all the home makeover TV programs inspiring impromptu renovation fantasies, hiring a grounded interior designer could help a homeowner get there. “You have to stretch that dollar,” said Marilyn Cremer of Designs By Marilyn in San Bernardino, who also noted that preparing a budget should be a top priority before anyone starts renovating. “And we must present the fabrics and what they cost. Not just just the fabrics alone.” Kim Daniel, 45, had big plans and a relatively small budget when she moved into her home in Woodland Hills. She wanted to add on to her home, but after factoring construction costs and the headache of pulling permits, Daniel decided to build a “patio kit room.” Instead of costing hundreds of thousands of dollars, the 12-foot-wide by 38-foot-long patio cost about $30,000. “Pretty decent when you consider we divided the space into three rooms,” said Daniel, whose next task is removing the weeds from her yard. She even went as far as installing a sign that reads, “Free weeds here.” But if a patio kit isn’t in the budget, Judy Womack of Womack Design Consultants in Long Beach offers quite possibly the least expensive alternative. “Start at the corner of one end of the room, and start cleaning up the clutter,” she said. “It’s always amazing what a clean palate can do.” She also recommends digging out decorative bowls and using them to accessorize a room. Or utilizing tassels and cords to tie around lamp shades. “You may even consider draping a scarf around a lamp shade, but be sure not to use a high-wattage light bulb,” she said. Back at the Burkard house, more recycled cement is on its way. There’s almost an excitement in Frank Burkard’s voice as he ponders the possibilities. “I’m going to make some more walls, maybe stack the cement to make the garden more attractive,” he said. “You know, railroad ties are also pretty handy in the garden.” Evan Pondel, (818) 713-3662 evan.pondel@dailynews.com AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want 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