“I think in the first half we were really good and maybe we could have got another goal,” Southgate told ITV.“I can’t ask for more from the players. I think knockout football is about fine margins and when you have good spells against fine sides you need to take your chances.“Tonight we weren’t quite there but we will learn from that. We left everything out there.”Southgate said the players were deeply disappointed, but that his young team could achieve great things in the years to come, with the European Championship just two years away.“It’s impossible to say anything to make the players feel better at this moment in time,” he said.“We have to be proud of what we’ve achieved. I don’t think anyone could have given any more.“Players had run out of steam but that’s partly their age –- they’re still physically maturing. Croatia have hardened warriors whose understanding of big matches at times came to the fore.“The players have to go through big matches and experiences to become a team that can win. They have to use this experience for benefit and I know that what’s happened over the last few weeks will make them a stronger team.”Harry Kane looks set to claim the Golden Boot as the World Cup’s leading scorer, but the Tottenham star rarely looked like adding to his six goals against Croatia.– ‘Suffer the result’ –“I think he’s given absolutely everything for the team,” Southgate said of the 24-year-old England captain.“I think now is the time for us to be strong as a group and take the time to reflect on the performance a little bit over the next couple of days.“He’s captained the team brilliantly over the tournament and I can’t ask for more from him.”It was England’s best performance at a major tournament since Southgate was part of the team that reached the semi-finals at Euro ’96.England arrived at this World Cup with the least experienced squad in terms of caps, but Southgate said the agony of losing was just as strong despite surpassing limited expectations.“We all feel the pain of the defeat. Did we expect to be in this position? I don’t think realistically any of us did,” he said.“But when you’ve got to this point, and we’ve played as well as we have, you want to take those opportunities in life.”“There will in time be a lot of positives to take,” he added. “It’s very hard to put that into context and a bit too soon really, because I think you have to suffer the result a little bit. It’s too easy to move on quickly.”England will return to their Repino base near Saint Petersburg ahead of Saturday’s third place play-off against Belgium, a repeat of their final group match.“The honest thing is it’s not a game any team wants to play,” Southgate admitted. “We have two days to prepare and we’ll want to give a performance of huge pride.“Of course it’s going to be a really difficult task over the next 24 hours to get everyone mentally back to where we want them for a game like that. That will be the challenge.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Southgate’s England slipped to defeat with a World Cup final in sight © AFP / FRANCK FIFEMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jul 12 – Manager Gareth Southgate said England “left everything out there” after falling to an extra-time defeat by Croatia in the World Cup semi-final on Wednesday.England were hoping to reach a first World Cup final since 1966, but let an early lead slip to lose 2-1.
PANORAMA CITY – With large, orange brooms and green rakes in hand, community members took to the streets Saturday morning to pick up 27,000 pounds worth of fast-food wrappers, beer bottles, mattresses, couches and even a pair or two of abandoned, dirty socks. As one of 70 coastal and inland communities across Los Angeles County participating in Coastal Clean Up Day, 400 concerned residents of Panorama City joined hands with Heal the Bay, the Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce and local officials and organizations in an effort to clean up the county’s gutters, rivers and coastlines. Despite Panorama’s distance from the city’s beaches – about 25 miles – event organizers said the 44-square-block area’s trash poses serious hazards to the rivers and oceans on the coast. “What you do in your front lawns affects everything around you,” said City Councilman Richard Alarcón. “Today we are planting the seeds – when you see trash clean it up.” Panorama City’s trash made up about one-third of the total 74,000 pounds of trash collected throughout the day. More than 2,000 partially used spray cans turned up in Wilmington, an expired passport surfaced in Hermosa Beach and divers found a bridal gown near the Santa Monica pier. Police got involved in the clean up when what looked like .357 Magnum appeared in the sand at Dockweiler State Beach. Heal the Bay President Mark Gold said inland communities were added to the list of participating areas 10 years ago, after organizers realized how much of the ocean’s trash wasn’t coming from coastal areas. Last year more than 80 percent of the 70,000 pounds of trash collected during the Los Angeles county clean up came from inland communities. “All of L.A. County is in a watershed and all the trash on the ground goes into the rivers that then flow into San Pedro and Long Beach,” Gold said. “By focusing on the beach communities, we were missing the point.” Luella Eischen, an accountant for Heal the Bay and active member of the Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce, helped spearhead the clean-up effort. For Eischen picking up trash in and around the neigborhood is about more than just clearing the streets of debris. “This puts Panorama City on the map,” she said. “We are not a drug haven or a ghetto.” Several young teens from the area’s local high schools and middle schools also seemed intent on cleaning up the neighborhood’s image. “This area is dirty and we want to see it clean so everyone can enjoy it,” said 12-year-old Eileen Castillo, one of almost a dozen students who volunteered from Bert Corona Charter Middle school. Ninth grader Mayra Mazariego was a little more blunt with her reasoning for giving up Saturday morning cartoons. “Hey it’s better than being home doing nothing,” Mazariego said with a smile. [email protected] (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The American Cancer Society hosted its 11th annual Taste of Hope event on Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City.Drew Nieporent, Jean Shafiroff, David BurkeThe prominent culinary, wine, and spirits event featured some of New York’s most popular restaurants, chefs and beverage vendors. Guests enjoyed a walk-around tasting where they had the chance to sample trademark dishes, premier wines and spirits, and inventive cocktails.Participating restaurants and chefs included cancer survivors Eric LeVine of Morris Tap & Grill and Chef Antonio Prontelli of Rock Center Café. Dishes served ranged from savory delicacies such as Fish Tacos from Almond, Mini Pulled Pork Sliders from Dinosaur Bar-B-QUE and Watermelon Gazpacho with Lobster Salad from La Fonda Del Sol to the sweet Southern Style Cupcakes from Doc’s Cake Shop and Banana Pudding from Magnolia Bakery.Restaurant and beverage participants included: AG Kitchen, Alidoro, Almond, BLT Prime, Calle Ocho, Fresco By Scotto, La Fonda Del Sol, Luke’s Lobster, Magnolia Bakery, Nobu New York, Rock Center Café, STK Downtown, Todd English, Triomphe, Voilà Chocolat and many more. Approximately 50 participating restaurants and beverage sponsors were represented at the event.Now in its 11th year, the event is presented annually by the American Cancer Society and the Taste of Hope volunteer committee and has raised over $1.5 Million to support the American Cancer Society’s mission and goal of eliminating cancer as a major health problem. The Society is currently investing more than $450 million in over 50 types of cancer research, with 103 new extramural grants that will go into effect this July. Like previous years, the event gathered over 800 affluent epicureans and philanthropists from the New York Metro area. This year’s event was hosted by event chairs Mark D. Friedman & Jamie Koff and the 2016 Taste of Hope Volunteer Committee. The event raised over $200,000. American Cancer Society are still accepting donations via their website www.tasteofhopenyc.org.An hour into the event, event chairs Mark D. Friedman & Jamie Koff took to the stage to introduce the 2016 event host Chris Wragge as well as this year’s honorees David Burke, Drew Nieporent and Jean Shafiroff. Friedman thanked the guests and honorees for coming and for their generous donations to the American Cancer Society and its work. Koff continued on to thank the event committee for all their hard work and dedication to the ACS mission.The next person to take the microphone was CBS news anchor Chris Wragge and actor Richard Kind. Wragge started off mentioning the event’s great food, great drinks and great desserts, before asking who in the room had been affected by cancer in some way. Many hands were raised – showing just how all-affecting cancer is. Wragge encouraged everyone to help raise money for a cure, and mentioned that it was his fifth appearance at this important annual event.Next, a video of the three honorees was displayed, following which the first honoree, David Burke, took to the stage. Culinary Honoree and award-winning celebrity chef David Burke, thanked guests and volunteers for making this event possible and the committee for being chosen as an honoree. Actor Richard Kind then stepped on to hand Burke an all clad sauté pan, inscribed with the Taste of Hope logo, jokingly noting that “you may not want to get panned, but tonight you will”, placing the pan on top of Burke’s head.The next honoree to make an announcement was Corporate Honoree and Owner of Myriad Restaurant Group Drew Nieporent, who as Burke, thanked everyone for attending the event and mentioned how close to his heart the cause is, having lost his mother to cancer in 2000. Also Nieporent received a sauté pan from Kind, before introducing Jean Shafiroff.Philanthropic Honoree and Author Jean Shafiroff thanked her fellow honorees, the American Cancer Society and all the volunteers who helped make the event possible. She pointed out the tremendous difference the ACS Hope Lodge makes in recovering cancer patients’ lives and how vital funding is to allow more research and resources for people struggling with cancer.Concluding the announcements, Wragge and Kind took to the stage again to challenge the guests to donate $5,000 in 5 minutes. The live fundraising raised $8,000 in the next five minutes – contributing to the American Cancer Society’s mission to beat and treat cancer.The event also featured a silent auction where guests bid on selected items exclusively offered to Taste of Hope. Highlights from the silent auction included: an exclusive Hamilton theater package, a Fiddler on the Roof theatre package, a Martha Stewart cooking kit, a Knicks pre-game ballkid experience and a golf tutorial by a PGA Tour superstar instructor.Corporate sponsors of the event were Allstate, Don Q Rum, Eurostruct Inc, Freshdirect, Gentle Giant, Halstead Property, Sabert, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, UHY LLP, Umenoyado, Vinitaly International and Wine Spectator.