160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re: “Lake Balboa beckons” (Feb. 4): The debate over the name change shows how disenfranchised neighborhood councils are. Instead of using some common sense and coming up with a viable solution, they argue over petty ideas. Here is my idea for a compromise: From the 405 to Hayvenhurst is West Van Nuys; from Hayvenhurst West is Lake Balboa. Ergo Van Nuys Airport is still in Van Nuys, they have a name change (like Hollywood v. West Hollywood) and the rest have their Lake Balboa. Sounds too easy for anyone to listen or agree. – J. Don Buchanan Van Nuys True colors Re: “Debate on Iraq measure blocked” (Feb. 6): Senate Republicans have finally shown their true colors: party first, country second. They have finally, blatantly proven that it is politics before patriotism. Now when they appear on the Sunday talk shows or speak before their constituents and say they feel the war is going wrong, you know they’re either flat0out lying to gain votes in the next election, or, worse yet, they’re being hypocritical and will refuse to act on their own convictions when it really counts. – Sharon Graham Huntington Beach Part of the problem I have one question for all the liberals and Democrats: What are you doing to ensure the safety and survival of the United States of America? Bringing home the troops won’t do that. Criticizing every plan the president has won’t do that. Unanimously voting for General Petraeus (the author of the surge), and then not giving him the support or tools to accomplish the job you voted him in to do won’t do that. Discussing whether we should or should not have gone to war won’t do that. If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. Liberals and Democrats offer no solutions, so they are part of the problem, and until they can answer my question, quite irrelevant. – Craig Hawley Reseda Dumb luck Re: “Bush betting on luck in budget,” Feb. 6: Bush betting on luck in budget! Dear me! That’s like buying a lottery ticket and planning the family budget based on the presumption of winning. This is almost funny if it weren’t so very dangerous for the future of our country. – Dante F. Rochetti West Hills No compassion The $101 billion in Medicare and MediCal cuts in Bush’s budget will either mean higher medical costs for those least able to afford it, or more red ink for hospitals and more hospital closures, further straining a stretched-out emergency-care system when it should be strengthened in the face of terrorism threats, or both. Is ensuring continued tax breaks for Bush’s wealthiest political base worth the danger and suffering it will cause? Bush says he is Christian and claimed to be a compassionate conservative, but this choice is neither compassionate nor Christian. – Lloyd A. Dent Studio City Doesn’t add up Re Unified front defeats council (Feb. 4): Something doesn’t make sense. Hotel employees are fighting for living wages, therefore if hotels are saving so much money by paying low wages, why are their room rates and services charges constantly rising? – Sandy Sand West Hills Animal euthanasia Someone didn’t check the numbers. The euthanasia rate did not go down in 2006. It’s not on the way out. This is the first time in at least six years that the total euthanasia rate did not decline. Only dog euthanasia went down by 4 percent, which is the smallest decrease in at least six years. Cat, bunny and all other animal euthanasia actually went up. Most of these “new” programs which Ed Boks likes to take credit for were actually existing programs which he just renamed or they have not yet been implemented. – Mary Cummins Animal Advocates Los Angeles Raise the fares Re: “It could be the end of the lines” (Feb. 5): Metro threatens to drastically cut bus service even as it keeps fares artificially low at $1.25 a ride. Interestingly, Metro is also offering 50-cent rides in February on some of these bus lines, believing it will foster ridership growth. This ignores the real problem: Most of said lines are infrequent and end their services just after rush hour. Other cities have raised their fares, often to $2 a ride, to preserve and even increase bus service. They know that abundant and reliable services – not cheap fares – is what truly attracts more patrons to public transit. Metro cannot pretend it can cheat inflation. Bus fares have not been raised since 1995, so a fare increase is long overdue. – Numan B. Parada Communications Director The Transit Coalition Tujunga Line games Re: “It could be the end of the lines” (Feb. 5): I am dismayed to know that the MTA aims to undo bus service in the Valley. I sometimes used Line 168 on Paxton Street but did less so after they took away midday and weekend service. Now the MTA plans to cancel the line completely. This shows a strange contempt toward the bus rider. When the budget rings low, official cut only some service on choice lines. Then, the MTA decides to cancel the line because ridership dropped. Go figure. – Tommy Altamirano Sylmar Breaking rent control Re: “Condo complex” (Our Opinions, Feb. 1): California needs to wake up and smell the stench of economic elitism.Not everyone living in or moving to Southern California can afford the reality of the current apartment condo-conversion scheme – reduced affordable housing and sky-rocketing housing costs overall. Land owners have been operating their apartment complexes at a profit for years, otherwise they would have sold the failing businesses and taken to selling used cars. The sole intent of the condo-conversion scheme is breaking rent control. We’ve reached the point when the need of the many outweighs the greed of a few. – Samii Taylor Cypress Too little, too late Re: “Condo complex” (Our Opinions, Feb. 1): Councilwoman Wendy Greuel’s district now has the second-largest numbers of evictions for condos in the city, yet she sits on her hands and shows no leadership in developing a housing policy that saves, not destroys affordable rental housing. Building hundreds of market-rate condos while destroying existing affordable housing and failing to build replacement affordable rental housing in her district certainly isn’t creating the balance in housing she claims to support. While the condo market may be cooling, the evictions from rent-controlled buildings to build condos isn’t. The higher relocation dollars being proposed reflect the real economics of today. But a lurking unaddressed issue affecting the higher relocation benefits is that it may not apply to the hundreds of tenants currently facing evictions. The longer the stall on ordinance enactment, the more projects are excluded from any improved tenant mitigations. – Tom Paterson Valley Village Residents Association Valley Village
Board member Steve Sturgeon noted that some proposed elements of Golden Valley and West Ranch high schools ultimately had to be sacrificed because of budget constraints. “I believe we need to maximize our available capital funds for future modernization and new construction, and in order to do so we need to make the best use of our money while retaining our education standards,” Sturgeon said. Sturgeon said the board is looking to stick to a more fiscally conservative model. “Different economies cause different issues,” he said. Board member Gloria Mercado-Fortine said she plans to suggest a third alternative: a “design-construction model” that would put control of the design in the hands of the board and the district staff. Juggling a multimillion-dollar budget deficit and a major building program, the Hart school board will debate tonight how to design and pay for construction projects. In the past, the Hart High School District board has authorized architects to design school projects – with all the amenities and additions desired – then developed a budget based on that plan. An alternate view would be to set a budget, then design the school within those constraints. “We have built four schools in seven years and a lot of money has been spent on these improvements, so now we are faced with other needs,” Superintendent Jaime Castellanos said. “We don’t have the cash we used to have.” “Basically, architects have told us how to build and we have not had control,” Mercado said. She cited the $175 million high school, slated for completion in 2010, which includes horticulture and equestrian centers. “We don’t need a lot of those things,” Mercado said. Mercado added that the use of alternative construction methods, such as modular buildings, will also need to be a part of the district’s change in construction practices. Castellanos added that the district, regardless of its construction philosophy, will be forced to delay some construction projects. “We will have to focus on what is most important and put other things on hold.” email@example.com (661) 257-5254
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0Shares0000Nigeria fans cheer during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying football match between Nigeria and Cameroon at Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, Nigeria, on September 1, 2017 © AFP/File / PIUS UTOMI EKPEIABUJA, Nigeria, Oct 4 – Nigeria host Zambia in their penultimate 2018 World Cup qualifier on Saturday knowing that victory would secure a sixth finals appearance since first qualifying in 1994.The 2-1 win in the reverse fixture in Ndola 12 months ago helped get the country behind a team who had failed to feature at back-to-back Africa Cup of Nations. It set the tone for the Super Eagles’ excellent campaign in a tough Group B, with Nigeria not dropping points until matchday four in Yaounde.The 1-1 draw in Cameroon, combined with Zambia winning in Algeria last month, have meant the Chipolopolo are now the only team between Nigeria and next year’s tournament in Russia.Head coach Gernot Rohr will take much of the credit for the progress the team has made since he took charge in July 2016.The German is now only 90 minutes away from his biggest accomplishment of a career that has taken him to French club Bordeaux, Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia as well as the national teams of Niger, Burkina Faso and Gabon.He said: “It will be an interesting but difficult game against Zambia, who we beat 2-1 in Ndola (last year), but they have changed (since).“It’s an important game and we have it in our hands to win. If we have our players fit, we will be at the World Cup.“I hope we repeat what we did against Cameroon (4-0 win in Uyo).”The backroom staff have praised Rohr for bringing self-belief to the side, both on and off the pitch, halfway through his two-year contract.“He has done well, bringing the German mentality and organisation to bear on the whole team,” saluted former Nigeria striker Benedict Akwuegbu.“The Eagles now play together, are tactically disciplined and they work very hard for each other.“And he has played his best team always.”“Rohr has got the team to deliver,” added sports journalist Arafat Aliu.“He understands some of the politics in Nigeria and this has helped him in his team selection.”On the pitch, skipper John Obi Mikel has led by example, Chelsea star Victor Moses has risen to the occasion and Leon Balogun has been nicknamed by an appreciative Rohr as ‘our German machine’.Several young players, like Leicester City pair Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi and Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi, have stepped up to the full international game after gaining first-team experience in the English Premier League.Winger Moses’ class has never been in doubt, but many previously questioned his commitment to the national cause, with some suggestions that he picked which matches to play.But he is the Eagles’ leading scorer on the road to Russia with three goals ahead of Mikel and Iheanacho, who have netted two each.The confidence in the team once derided as “Super Chickens” has now gone beyond qualification, with some predicting Nigeria will surpass their previous best World Cup effort of reaching the last 16 in 1994 and 2014.“In Brazil (2014), the Super Eagles were poor,” remarked Dutch coach Jo Bonfrere, who led Nigeria to a historic Olympic title in Atlanta 21 years ago.“Now there is organisation in the team because the coach has put a good Super Eagles team together.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “Baseball is part of the deal, and that’s what we’re telling everyone we’re talking to,” Chuck Lyon said. After passing for more than 3,100 yards as a junior, Lyon has been hampered by injuries this season and has thrown for 584 yards (54.9 pct.) and three touchdowns in four games. An elbow injury limited Lyon to two innings during baseball season last spring. In three seasons, Lyon is 4-2 with a 4.68 ERA, one save and 44 strikeouts in 49 innings. College of the Canyons linebacker Joey LaRocque (Sylmar High) has been offered a scholarship by Missouri, and defensive back Troy Nolan (El Camino Real of Woodland Hills) has been offered one by Arizona State. Nicole Johnson, Canyon High’s top softball pitcher as a freshman last season, will be joined on the team this year by her sister, Ashley, a infielder. Hart High football player Tyler Lyon, one of the nation’s top football recruits, has narrowed his college choices to Arizona, Arizona State and Oregon State. Lyon, who has received eight Division I offers, has ruled out Notre Dame, LSU, Mississippi, BYU and Rutgers. “He won’t be going back East,” said his father, Chuck, the head football coach at College of the Canyons. “Tyler wants to be in the Pac-10.” Lyon prefers a warm climate and plans to play college baseball. “Ashley is a very good player, and she’s got a never-ending smile,” Cowboys coach Bob Foster said. Also returning is infielder Crystal Solis, Canyon’s top hitter for a team that finished 6-17 (and 0-10 in the Foothill League). “I’m hoping we’re going to be better,” Foster said. “We lost five starters, but our JV team was pretty competitive.” Hart linebacker Patrick Larrimore’s mysterious nerve injury in his lower leg keeps the promising sophomore out of the lineup. Larrimore, the Foothill League’s biggest linebacker at 6-foot-3, 230 pounds, has missed a month and might not be back this season. He continues to participate in practice while awaiting medical clearance. “He can move straight ahead but can’t make any lateral movement,” coach Mike Herrington said. “He’s going to physical therapy all the time, but the doctor still says his leg can’t withstand any trauma.” Hart’s Robbie Casselberry (bruised foot), a receiver/running back and part-time defensive lineman, also is hurting. He was limited to three receptions for 21 yards and two carries in a 14-7 victory Friday over Saugus after scoring four touchdowns the previous week against Loyola of Los Angeles. “Robbie was a big part of our game plan against Saugus because we really wanted to get him the football,” Herrington said. “But the bruised foot kept him out of practice, and it just didn’t heal properly. He could barely walk.” West Ranch High, a second-year school playing a mix of varsity and JV football games this season, claimed its first official varsity victory with a 36-0 win Saturday at Lakeside of Lake Elsinore. “First I congratulated the kids for our very first victory – then I ripped them for how we finished in the second half,” said coach Mike Kane, whose team had a 28-0 halftime lead. “I wasn’t real happy with the second half, because we made some mistakes and didn’t have the right guys in on special times a few times, little things like that.” Tyler O’Brien rushed for 123 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries, and Cade Kreuter completed 5 of 9 passes for 74 yards. Kreuter has taken over for Josh Gibbs, who no longer is enrolled at West Ranch. The 10th annual Santa Clarita Marathon, a qualifying race for the Boston Marathon, is scheduled for Nov. 6 at 7 a.m., starting at the Valencia Hyatt and finishing at the Valencia Town Center. The event also includes a half-marathon, 5k run and a kids’ 5K. Information: scmarathon.org or (661) 284-1472. Gerry Gittelson’s column appears in the Daily News three times a week. He can be reached at (661) 257-5218 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
PASADENA – Quick, extremely bright explosions suddenly appear unannounced in space. The surges of high energy rays last fewer than two seconds and their trace embers fade within hours. They’re hard to observe and, until recently, researchers had tried in vain to pinpoint their afterglows and sources. Caltech astronomy professor Shri Kulkarni described them as “ghosts on steroids.” Astronomers have studied the celestial explosions, called gamma ray bursts, for at least 30 years and determined that the longer variety are the death throes of massive stars. But no one could even begin to pin down the fleeting little brother variety, the so-called short gamma ray bursts, until this year. Now Edo Berger, a postdoctoral researcher with the Pasadena-based Carnegie Observatories, is lead author of a study that pinpoints one such explosion. The team observed it about 3 billion light years away within a red, elliptical galaxy where stars haven’t formed for several billion years. Berger describes his team’s ground-based observations of the July 24 burst as something of a “smoking gun,” showing short bursts can occur in galaxies filled with old stars. The study, published in the journal Nature, bolsters the leading formation theory, which says the bursts are produced by a black hole swallowing a dense star remnant, called a neutron star, or by the merger of two neutron stars. Derek Fox, a co-author of the study from Caltech now at Pennsylvania State University, said “it’s been a group effort beginning in May that has sort of put the pieces of the puzzle together. It is a remarkable step forward for our field.” In May, researchers tentatively assigned a short burst to an old elliptical galaxy, but other galaxies couldn’t be ruled out. On July 9, a burst was found to come from a dwarf galaxy still forming stars. But with the July 24 observations and measurements, Fox said scientists can exclude massive stars as the origin of short bursts. “It’s got to be something that’s not associated with massive stars and the binary merger is the best of the models that’s left standing,” he said. Caltech’s Kulkarni, another co-author of the study, said the team confirmed the host galaxy’s lack of star-formation using a laser guide star technique with the Keck Telescope in Hawaii. By shining a powerful laser high into the atmosphere, the team eliminated twinkling in order to capture a very clear photograph that revealed no hidden star nurseries in the galaxy. Two additional studies about the burst appear in Nature this week. Scott Barthelmy led one of those and is lead scientist for the telescope on NASA’s Swift satellite, which detected the July 24 burst. He said within seconds of detecting an explosion, the instrument sends data to the spacecraft and hundreds of astronomers on Earth describing the detected burst. email@example.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4451 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest US corn ending stocks were estimated at 2.127 billion bushels, a decline of 225 million bushels. Corn exports increased 175 million bushels with corn used for ethanol was up 50 million bushels. Last month corn ending stocks were 2.352 billion bushels. Corn usage was up more than expected. US soybean ending stocks were estimated at 555 million bushels, a jump of 25 million bushels. Crush was up 10 million bushels with exports cut 35 million bushels. Last month ending stocks were 530 million bushels. Wheat ending stocks were 1.034 billion bushels and last month it was 1.009 billion bushels.Soybeans were negative as the US ending stocks increased while traders expected unchanged.Argentina soybean production was 47 million tons. Last month it was 54 million tons. No surprise for Argentina soybeans. Brazil soybean production was 113 million tons and compares to 112 million tons last month. No surprise for Brazil soybeans. Argentina corn production was 36 million tons with last month at 39 million tons. Brazil corn production was 94.5 million tons while last month was 95 million tons. While the Argentina soybean production was not a surprise, it could be negative as it was larger than earlier private estimates.Shortly after the report was released corn was up 4 cents, soybeans down 4 cents, and wheat down 2 cents. Just before the noon release corn was up 1 cent, soybeans were unchanged, with wheat down 3 cents.Two weeks ago it was a common thread with today’s report for traders as traders anticipated US corn exports or corn used for ethanol to increase while US soybean exports were thought to decrease. Today the soybean picture is more complex and volatile as some expected the US soybean crush could increase due to the smaller production from Argentina.Weather and USDA are the dominant features in the market this report day. Argentina weather has been THE market feature this past month. As a recap, in a huge surprise to the market, the February 8th USDA Supply and Demand Report raised the US soybean ending stocks 60 million bushels to 530 million bushels. Yet, soybeans closed that day 4 cents higher. Looking further at the price action on that report day, soybeans on the day’s low were down just 5 cents. What erased the negative numbers? Argentina. Weeks later we learn Argentina had their driest February in several decades. Also, it is most apparent that the headline reading algorithms often used by managed money on USDA report days were not in play that February day as the 60 million bushel increase in ending stocks could have easily had soybeans down 10-20 cents in the minutes that followed the report release.Weather maps today suggest rains could hit Argentina in the north the beginning of next week with better rains over larger areas of Argentina later in the week. Are the rains too late for corn.Today could also be a hard day to understand price action. With all of the weeks on end news about Argentina, we could easily have Argentina’s corn and soybean production reduced, but prices not move higher. That occurs when trader estimates for production are below what USDA publishes. For example, a friendly number could be neutral or even negative if it is above trade expectations.Last month USDA estimated Argentina soybean production at 54 million tons. The average trade estimate is for Argentina soybean production is 48.4 million tons. Last week Informa estimated the Argentina soybean production at just 44 million tons. They also estimated Argentina corn production at 33.5 million tons with USDA at 39 million tons last month. The average trade estimate for Argentina’s corn production is 36.6 million tons.The ramped up rhetoric in Washington, DC on steel tariffs paints an ongoing picture of uncertainty. Today at noon we should hear more details on the tariffs to be imposed. The question is not in those details. Rather, what are the trade retaliations we face from the affected countries? Those retaliatory moves could easily hurt US agriculture and the US economy for months on end.Three weeks from today USDA will release the March Planting Intentions Report along with the Quarterly Stocks Report. Early projections have corn acres down and soybean acres up from last year. It promises to be a volatile time the balance of March. There used to be a February Intentions Report along with the March Intentions Report. That was cut decades ago due to budget constraints. Now I’m dating myself.
Because they can be expensive but also critical to the comfort and performance of a house, windows tend to be selected and installed carefully, particularly in custom projects aimed at a high level of energy efficiency. What drove the Federal Trade Commission to issue an administrative complaint against five companies that sell windows billed as energy efficient, though, was that they expanded on concepts of comfort and performance to claim, in marketing materials, that installation of their products would produce a certain level of energy savings.The marketing materials pledged energy savings of anywhere from 35% to 50%, depending on the company, and offered cash-back guarantees on energy bills if the windows failed to produce the advertised savings. Given the huge range of variables that can come into play in energy performance – from geographic location, shading, and building size to insulation systems and the performance of existing windows – the FTC voted to declare the claims deceptive and unscientific. Exaggerated claimsOne researcher who has looked into the question of energy savings from window replacement is Michael Blasnik. “I’ve looked at a lot of window replacement data,” Blasnik said recently at the Building Energy 12 conference in Boston. “I’ve heard window salespeople say that you can save 50% on your heating bills if you replace all your windows. In fact, the amount of energy saved by replacing all of the windows in a home is generally on the order of 1% to 4% of the heating energy usage.”Exaggerated marketing claims by companies selling replacement windows have exasperated energy experts for decades. “Window replacement has a 200 to 300 year payback period,” said Blasnik. “A Wisconsin study found that a lot of the expected energy saving is lost by the reduction of solar gain. Most replacement windows have low-solar-gain glazing, so maybe half the energy saving is gone due to the reduction in solar gain. I tell people, go ahead and replace your windows if you want, but don’t expect significant energy savings.” A path to complianceLate last month, the FTC announced that it had settled charges that the five companies – Gorell Enterprises; Long Fence & Home; Serious Energy; THV Holdings; and Winchester Industries – had made exaggerated and unsupported claims about their ability to lower energy costs.According to the FTC, “Serious Energy provides its dealers with marketing materials … [that] have included claims such as, ‘Guaranteed to reduce your heating and cooling use by up to 49%’ … The FTC alleged that Serious Energy’s savings claims for the advertised windows were unsubstantiated.” The FTC announced that “the settlements prohibit the companies from making these types of deceptive claims.”Valerie Jenkins, vice president of marketing at Serious Energy, which makes the SeriousWindows line, told AdvertisingAge that the company’s marketing materials have been changed to address the agency’s concerns.“It’s just been about clarifying our message to our consumers,” she said. “When you’re dealing with an environmental product, some people see drastic changes and some don’t. They’re just asking us to be more clear, instead of saying you’re going to save ‘this much’ or saying ‘you’re going to save.’”Jenkins also posted comments about the company’s revised marketing strategy on the Serious Energy blog site.The FTC notes that its complaint against the five window companies is part of an initiative the agency launched more than 20 years ago to ensure that environmental marketing is truthful. The FTC hosts a Web page, headlined “Environmentally Friendly Products: FTC’s Green Guides,” that includes links to both general and specific green-product marketing guidelines and enforcement actions.
Liverpool F.C. will not be influenced by their Premier League rivals’ moves in the transfer market and will stick to their own signing plans, manager Juergen Klopp has said.Klopp’s side have added winger Mohamed Salah and England under-20 striker Dominic Solanke so far, but their spending has been put in the shade by local rivals Everton F.C., who have splashed out more than 100 million pounds.Manchester United F.C and Manchester City F.C., as well as Arsenal F.C., have also spent heavily, but Klopp has urged his team’s supporters not to get caught up in what the opposition are doing.”We cannot buy players because other teams buy players,” said Klopp after his team’s 4-0 win over Tranmere Rovers F.C. in a pre-season friendly on Wednesday.”We do our business as good as we can do it and we are convinced about the way we are going.”Egypt international Salah needs to finalise work permit issues before he can play but Solanke made his debut in the friendly and Klopp was full of praise for the under-20 World Cup winner.”He is a really skilled boy. He has to improve of course but a lot of things are already really good: first touch, movement,” Klopp said.”It is about him and the situation but I will not avoid his development. In the moment when he is strong enough he is there.”He will train with us, of course, as often as it makes sense and often as possible and then we will see.”advertisementLiverpool F.C. face third-tier Wigan Athletic F.C. in their next friendly on Friday before travelling to Hong Kong to play Crystal Palace F.C. in the Premier League Asia Trophy on July 19.
Transfers Sources: Toronto FC signs Aketxe from Athletic Bilbao Gorka Posada Last updated 1 year ago 23:19 2/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Toronto Athletic Club MLS Primera División The 24-year-old Spanish midfielder has joined the MLS Cup champions ahead of the 2018 campaign Toronto FC has signed Spanish midfielder Ager Aketxe from Athletic Bilbao, sources have confirmed to Goal.The 24-year-old has joined TFC on a free transfer and signed a two-year deal with the MLS Cup champions, with Athletic possessing a buy-back option.AdChoices广告A former Spain youth international, Aketxe has made just three appearances in La Liga this season. He has appeared in 35 matches in all competitions for Athletic since debuting in 2014. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Aketxe spent the 2016-17 campaign on loan to second-tier side Cadiz, making 18 appearances in the Segunda Division.Toronto has reloaded this offseason after becoming the first club in MLS history to claim a domestic treble last year, winning the MLS Cup, Supporters’ Shield and Canadian Championship.In addition to Aketxe, the Reds also have added former Netherlands international Gregory van der Wiel and Brazil youth international Auro.TFC is set to open the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League against the Colorado Rapids on Tuesday at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park before hosting the return leg Feb. 27 at BMO Field.