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LeBron James opening new school

first_imgThe LeBron James Family Foundation is set to open the I Promise School for at-risk children in the Lakers star’s hometown, with around 240 children reportedly due to attend.And James was feeling big game nerves ahead of the opening as he took to Twitter.”The jitters before the first day of school are real right now,” he posted on Sunday. “Tomorrow is going to be one of the greatest moments (if not the greatest) of my life when we open the #IPROMISE School.”This skinny kid from Akron, who missed 83 days of school in the fourth grade, had big dreams for the kids in Akron, to give them everything they could need to find their passion, give back to our community and change the world.”This school is that. The people are that. Akron is that.”It doesn’t get bigger than opening day tomorrow. I’m so unbelievably proud and excited to see my kids, my home and the 330 tomorrow. Thank you! Let’s get it. Let’s go.”The jitters before the first day of school are real right now!!! Tomorrow is going to be one of the greatest moments (if not the greatest) of my life when we open the #IPROMISE School. This skinny kid from Akron who missed 83 days of school in the 4th grade had big dreams… https://t.co/PwmRaHRfng— LeBron James (@KingJames) July 29, 2018big dreams for the kids in Akron to give them everything they could need to find their passion, give back to our community and change the world!! This school is that. The people are that. Akron is that. @LJFamFoundation we’ve always done it big— LeBron James (@KingJames) July 29, 2018and it doesn’t get bigger than opening day tomorrow (until the next thing we dream of ) I’m so unbelievably proud and excited to see my kids, my home, and the 330 tomorrow. THANK YOU! Let’s get it. Let’s go @IPROMISESchool #WeAreFamily #IPROMISE— LeBron James (@KingJames) July 29, 2018For those students at the I Promise School, James has created a programme for free tuition to the University of Akron, starting in 2021. He will be in attendance for the opening and will have his first news conference as a Laker on Monday. Photo Getty Images. Caption: LeBron Jameslast_img read more

In the NBA, foreign players try to understand social issues

first_imgBREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise View comments EDITORS’ PICK NBA: Lakers waive Chinese forward Yi Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It’s kind of hard for me to understand, since I’m coming from a different country,” Dragic said. “But if those things were happening in my country, of course I would have something to say while being true to the country, because that’s where I grew up and they gave me everything.”Officials in teams’ front offices and at league headquarters have had ongoing discussions with the players union about what do. Both sides appear to be more focused on developing programs to address social injustices rather than demonstrations like Kaepernick’s public displays during the anthem.READ: NBA, NBPA send players memo seeking ideas for social changesBut that doesn’t mean there won’t be protests as the league tips off its latest season on Tuesday night. The NBA has long embraced a reputation for being the most socially conscious league in the United States, but there is a rule in the collective bargaining agreement that requires players to stand respectfully for the anthem.Many of the roughly 22 percent of the league’s players who come from outside the U.S. are white Europeans or Australians and do not have the same perspectives that their African-American teammates had growing up here even though racial inequality is a problem that exists throughout the world.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Dragic had conversations with several of his black teammates before the Heat decided to lock arms during the anthem in the preseason in a show of unity. It is sensitive, complex ground to navigate and requires a deep understanding of the issues before teammates feel comfortable enough to put themselves out there.“I understand that we’re putting a message out there for society to be better,” Dragic said. “But at the same time, we don’t disrespect the flag or the national anthem and I think that’s good. We don’t want to be too aggressive but at the same time we want to let people know that something wrong is happening out there and we want to correct those things.”LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade got things started with a call for action at the ESPY awards in July, and Anthony organized a town hall forum later that month. There have been many other efforts, including the Chicago Bulls hosting their second annual basketball tournament geared toward creating dialogue between the police and the community and new Memphis Grizzlies coach David Fizdale helping revive the city’s Police Athletic League, which helps mentor law enforcement on how to become coaches in youth leagues.“I’ve thought a lot about this, and (NBPA executive director) Michele Roberts and I have talked a lot about these issues, that there may be no organization in our society better positioned than the NBA and its players to try to have an impact on these difficult issues plaguing many of our cities,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said last week.It isn’t just foreign players and African-Americans in the NBA who are engaging.“For me, I can’t personally understand what some other players go through,” said Minnesota Timberwolves center Cole Aldrich, who grew up in the predominantly white Minneapolis suburb of Bloomington. “I grew up differently than (Serbian Nemanja Bjelica) or (African-American) Karl-Anthony Towns or whoever. I personally love … trying to broaden my (horizons) on that.”Golden State Warriors center Zaza Pachulia, a Turkish citizen born in Georgia, said he has spoken to his new teammates about the current climate.“Draymond (Green) said it the best. We can show as much about this as we want but question is, what is going to be done to fix the problem and fix the issues?” Pachulia said. “That’s the message already sent by individuals and by groups. Now what? Whatever we do, we do as a team.”Several foreign players remain conflicted. Many left their native countries and have found great success and wealth in the NBA. But they also understand that the path some of their teammates took to get to the same place came with difficulties and still deal with issues that they could never imagine.“I understand from an African-American’s point of view or a teammate’s point of view if they didn’t want to stand and be part of that kind of protest,” Bogut said. “But at the same time, I’m thankful America’s provided a lot for myself and my family. It’s a tough one. I’m very supportive of my teammates. But at the same time, the country, much like Australia, is built on free speech. Everybody has an opinion on different types of things.” 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas FILE – In this Jan. 6, 2015, file photo, then-Phoenix Suns’ Goran Dragic attempts a layup over then-Milwaukee Bucks’ Zaza Pachulia during an NBA basketball game in Milwaukee. Roughly 22 percent of NBA players were born outside the United States. As the season is set to begin and talk of demonstrations during the national anthem continue, international players have sought counsel from their African-American teammates to try to relate to problems they never experienced growing up in their countries. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash, File)Andrew Bogut grew up in a richly diverse area of Melbourne, Australia, and has estimated that he went to school with people from nearly 100 different nationalities.He has fondly referred to his home as a tolerant and inclusive community, one largely devoid of racial tension that many of his NBA teammates faced growing up in the United States. But Bogut and other international players have been on the periphery, if not part of, discussions in locker rooms as their teammates address social issues like police brutality and racial profiling, concerns that prompted Colin Kaepernick to begin kneeling during the nation anthem in September.ADVERTISEMENT Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND When Bogut reported to training camp with the Dallas Mavericks and the subject of anthem protests started to surface, he said he couldn’t really identify with the plight of some of his African-American teammates who were considering joining the San Francisco 49ers quarterback and others in the demonstrations.READ: Obama hopeful national anthem protests spark a conversationFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent“I think it’s a country that prides itself on free speech,” Bogut said of the U.S. “And if … they want to do that it’s more than their right. On a personal level, I know there’s a lot of history here that goes centuries back that I don’t really relate to too much growing up in Australia.”Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic, who is from Slovenia, doesn’t fully grasp it either. We are young Team ‘Trabaho’ scores championship title at the last leg of Smart Siklab Saya Manila Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchiselast_img read more

Blazer at Heart: De Guzman ‘still with Benilde’ after graduation

first_imgMotorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte LATEST STORIES “I think I’m still with Benilde, I’m still with the team even if I graduate,” said De Guzman Tuesday at San Juan Arena as he clutched his championship trophy. “I’m still with the team to support them and pass on what I’ve learned to those who will come after me.”READ: Blazers sweep Altas for first NCAA volleyball titleFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnDe Guzman produced a spectacular performance for the Blazers as they upended former champion University of Perpetual Help in five sets, 25-12,21-25, 17-25, 25-14, 18-16, to win their first title in school history.The season MVP scored a game-high 28 points, 26 coming off spikes, and was vital in the Blazers’ fifth set run. View comments 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ An emotional Johnvic Guzman after the St. Benilde Blazers clinch the title. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJohnvic De Guzman may be leaving College of St. Benilde, but the Season 92 MVP said he would always be a Blazer at heart.After winning his only men’s volleyball title in the NCAA, De Guzman said he would still offer his help to his alma mater, like guiding the those who are left in the lineup.ADVERTISEMENT Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos De Guzman’s last points came in crunch time and tied the match for Benilde twice, 14-14 and 16-16.His last spike was the first of the Blazers’ final three points that pushed them to the championship.“Nothing’s impossible, I told my teammates to apply whatever we did in training that we’re used to these kinds of situations, that we’ve all made our sacrifices, and that this day won’t end without us holding the title,” said De Guzman.ADVERTISEMENT Jumao-as gives Teng, AMA a much-needed lift 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILGlast_img read more

Staying in top shape a priority as real duty begins for NLEX import Olu Ashaolu

first_imgLOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer Ashaolu was brought to the Road Warriors to become the franchise’s import for the Governors’ Cup, but after subpar performances from Tony Mitchell and Curtis Washington, the 6-foot-5 forward was thrust to the position early.Despite being undersized in a conference that allows a team to get imports up to 6-foot-10 in height, Ashaolu was by all standards dominant.AdChoices广告Ads by TeadsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsAshaolu had 17 points, 17 rebounds, and five assists in the Road Warriors’ 87-85 win over Phoenix Friday at Cuneta Astrodome and he knows he has still to get better for the Governors’ Cup.“I’m just getting accustomed to my teammates because there are a few new guys like Jericho [Cruz], so I’m getting accustomed to them,” said Ashaolu who was NLEX’ import in the 2018 Governors’ Cup. Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Ravena was suspended for 18 months in 2018 for violating the World Anti-Doping Agency regulations while Alas suffered a knee injury in the Philippine Cup.The backcourt was NLEX’ driving force with Ravena averaging 15.5 points and Alas putting up 11.5 points on a gamely basis in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup—the only conference the pair played the entirety.“I’m excited because the guards play very strong here so I’m looking forward to it. I’m excited to get on the court with him and hopefully Kevin, after his injuries, will be able to come back as soon as he can,” said Ashaolu.“I think there’s no excuse for us to not be competitive next conference.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES MOST READ MANILA, Philippines—NLEX’s final game in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup doesn’t mean the end of Olu Ashaolu’s duty to the Road Warriors. In fact, it’s just the start of his true responsibility to the team.ADVERTISEMENT Bolick delivers winner as NorthPort zaps Meralco to stay in hunt for top seedcenter_img Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted “I’m getting my body in tip-top shape, and that’s pretty much it. I’m getting ready both physically and mentally.”Ashaolu was NLEX’ third import in the Commissioner’s Cup after replacing Mitchell who in turn took over Washington at the start of the conference.The Road Warriors were 2-7 by the time Ashaolu arrived and they finished the conference at 3-8.Although the Road Warriors team that Ashaolu joined wasn’t at full strength, the one that will compete in the third conference would have Kiefer Ravena and possibly Kevin Alas.“I’ve seen Kiefer in practice and he looks really good, so I’m excited even from last year because I’ve been hearing about him but I never got to practice wit him and play with him,” said Ashaolu.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Division In front of hometown crowd, Carlos Yulo captures SEA Games gold PLAY LIST 07:01In front of hometown crowd, Carlos Yulo captures SEA Games gold03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Benefits of township livinglast_img read more

Atlanta Hawks show definite signs of hope, but still rebuilding

first_imgFILE – In this Monday, June 24, 2019, file photo, Atlanta Hawks first-round NBA basketball draft pick Cam Reddish, out of Duke, holds his jersey as he poses with general manager Travis Schlenk, left, and head coach Lloyd Pierce during a news conference in Atlanta. As the Atlanta Hawks head into the third year of their massive overhaul, there are definite signs of hope, as the team prepares to open training camp with an intriguing core of young players. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)ATLANTA — As the Atlanta Hawks head into the third year of a massive overhaul, there are definite signs of hope.They might even have a shot at the playoffs in the wide-open Eastern Conference.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown Trae Young and John Collins have already established themselves as two of the NBA’s brightest young prospects. Kevin Huerter made big strides during his rookie season. De’Andre Hunter, Cam Reddish and Bruno Fernando were drafted this year to further bolster the roster. Former No. 2 overall pick Jabari Parker was signed in free agency.None are older than 24.“We need to see what this little young core can do together,” Schlenk said. “Do they fit together? We certainly think they’re going to fit together nicely. That’s the plan. But we haven’t been able to see it yet. We need to see those guys in action. That doesn’t mean a month. I’m talking about seeing them together for a whole year.”Schlenk will concede there are no certainties in the rebuilding game, that much of the process is just gut instinct hopefully coupled with a lot of luck.When he was at Golden State, no one knew that Stephen Curry would develop into one of the NBA’s biggest stars. But the front office began to sense something special was happening when a sixth-seeded team won a playoff series and took San Antonio to six games in the second round in 2013, so the decision was made to pursue a risky trade for Andre Iguodala.ADVERTISEMENT Two seasons later, the Warriors won the first of what would be three titles in a run of five straight trips to the NBA Finals.Remembering how the Iguodala trade fell into place, Schlenk said, “We could continue to go with these young guys, but we have a veteran who wants to come play with these young guys. We knew that would speed up the timeline, but we felt like we had a chance with that acquisition to become a really good team.”The Hawks aren’t in that position.Not yet anyway.The big push could come next year, when expiring contracts will free up some $64 million for free agency or trades.“We’re not going to really know until we see this young group play together,” Schlenk said. “I can’t sit here and say today, unless you’re one of a handful of teams, that we have a chance to be special.”When training camp begins on Tuesday, the Hawks will be keeping a watchful eye on several of their young players.Collins is dealing with a right hip strain, so his workload will be limited during the preseason. The same goes for Huerter, who returned to Atlanta late last month complaining of a sore knee. An MRI showed no structural damage, but the Hawks won’t take any chances.Then there’s Reddish, the No. 10 overall pick out of Duke. While he has been fully cleared to resume on-court activities after undergoing core muscle surgery, the team will carefully monitor his workload leading up to the regular season.Pierce said it’s vital that the Hawks keep everyone healthy if they’re going to take the next step in their development. Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna Huge sinkhole swallows bus, kills six in China Harden set to pair with Westbrook and chase title in Houston LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images ‘People evacuated on their own’ But, as the team prepares to open training camp with an intriguing core of young players, those in charge aren’t in any hurry to rush the process.“We haven’t done anything,” coach Lloyd Pierce said Friday. “I don’t want any our guys thinking we’ve accomplished anything just yet.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Indeed, the Hawks won just 29 games a season ago, so this is still very much a long-term project.But general manager Travis Schlenk has taken major strides in constructing a totally new roster, one that follows the blueprint laid out by his former employer, the three-time champion Golden State Warriors. LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption MOST READ No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist “It’s hard when you’re putting a team together, especially a young team, if you can’t see them all out there together,” he said. “It’s really hard to see what to expect moving forward and having that breakthrough moment. That’s part of the reason why we’re being cautious and will remain cautious with every guy. We’re in no rush to advance anyone. We don’t want to skip steps. Health is at the forefront of everything we do, then take it from there.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Is Lincoln Lewis racist?

first_imgDear Editor,I was extremely concerned and upset with the article in the Sunday Chronicle of May 8 captioned , “Independence Musings” (By Lincoln Lewis) which has inadvertently (I hope) omitted the names of successful Indo Guyanese in the Realm of Arts and Sports which was the focus of your columnist.I know Lewis is a tireless champion of and for workers’ rights but I am not sure about the extent of his knowledge and research in the realm of the subject area he dwells on. In a country that has experienced significant internecine problems between the two major groups I would have hoped that the editor would have applied the editorial brush to this piece.Has Linclon Lewis ever heard of Rohan Kanhai, Alvin Kallicharran, Joe Solomon, Shivnarine Chandrapaul (cricket) Sammy Baksh, Neisha Benjamin, (music) and Moses Dwarka (track and field) et al? I personally do not believe that Lewis is a racist but surely he ought to be much more sensitive and thoughtful when writing particularly on the eve of the 50th anniversary of our Independence when the achievements of all of the peoples of our society should be highlighted.I respectfully ask that Lewis issue an apology to his Indobrothers and sisters in particular who have irrefutably made monumental contributions to the progress of the society in every sphere of activity.Yours truly,Chris Persaudlast_img read more

Ali questions delayed appointments

first_imgPublic Procurement Commission– “this is something that the Government saidthey were keen on” Having vowed to move swiftly to establish the Public Procurement Commission (PPC) in the first hundred days once elected to office, the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government, led by President David Granger is now being questioned over its seeming slothfulness to appoint the members of the PPC, despite the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the Parliament unanimously agreeing on the nominee and the National Assembly subsequently approving those nominees.Chairman of the PAC, Irfaan Ali, an opposition legislator in the National Assembly on Monday questioned President David Granger’s delay in swearing-in the members so they can commence working.Ali told Guyana Times that the committee would have fulfilled its responsibility as it relates to selection and agreement on the nominees and it is now President Granger who needs to officially appoint the commissioners. Ali questioned the President’s motive behind the delayed swearing-in.“This issue is now solely at the feet of the President and it is very strange that the members of the Public Procurement Commission to date have not been sworn in. This is something that the government said they were keen on, so I can’t understand what is causing the delay in the swearing-in of the members, these members have all been agreed on unanimously by the Parliament and it is solely at the feet of the president,” Ali stated as he issued a strong call for the President to fulfil his obligation with the appointment of the Public Procurement Commissioners.“We are calling on the President to move in an assiduous manner to ensure that the members of the Public Procurement Commission are sworn in and the commission commences its works,” the opposition legislator urged.Administrative mechanismPrime Minister Moses Nagamootoo was quoted by the Government-run Guyana Chronicle as saying that PPC will soon be established as “the process is now awaiting some administrative procedures, including finalising the remuneration packages.”But Ali said this is not preventing the swearing-in of the commissioners. He went on to explain that the PAC will soon move to put in place the administrative support mechanism for the Commission.“The PAC after the Parliament comes out of recess, would be moving to have this issue as a priority on its agenda in setting out the administrative mechanism to support the work of the Public Procurement Commission, so there is nothing that is stopping the President from swearing-in the members of the Public Procurement Commission,” Ali reasoned.Nominees approvedAt the end of July 2016, The Ali-led PAC agreed on the names of the nominees for the PPC and that list was subsequently approved by a two-thirds majority of the National Assembly on August 8.The nominees are Attorney Emily Dodson, Carol Corbin, University of Guyana lecturer, Sukrishnalall Pasha, Educator Ivor English and former Labour Minister, Nanda Gopaul.The list of the nominees was sent to President Granger, who under provisions of the Constitution could only appoint members of the PPC after their nomination has been approved in the House, and by a two-thirds majority.The PPC has been a contributing factor that predated the holding of the General and Regional Elections in May 2015, as the then opposition had insisted that Cabinet should cease the practice of giving ‘no objection’ to contracts for state projects and services, in favour of appeals by aggrieved contractors to the PPC.last_img read more

Rojo could return to action for Man United within six weeks, says Van Gaal

first_img Marcos Rojo is stretchered off during Manchester United’s defeat to Manchester City Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo will not undergo surgery on his dislocated shoulder and could return to action within six weeks.The summer signing from Sporting Libson was stretchered off during the second half of United’s 1-0 defeat at near neighbours City last Sunday.Two specialists have assessed his injury this week and it has been decided not to send the 24-year-old under the knife, which would have significantly lengthened his spell on the sidelines.That has come as a boost to Louis van Gaal, although the United boss harbours concerns that Rojo could suffer a recurrence of the dislocation in future.“We don’t need to operate on him, which is a relief,” Van Gaal said.“But with this injury it is very difficult that it shall not happen again. And that is the problem.“Yesterday evening a specialist said a conservative way to heal it is maybe best. We have always a risk that it happens again.“Conservatively, it can be less than six weeks. If we have to operate, 12 weeks.”Rojo’s injury couldn’t have come at a worse time for Van Gaal, who has had a tough start to his Old Trafford career.As well as the Argentine, the United boss is also without Jonny Evans and Phil Jones for Saturday’s game against Crystal Palace due to injury, while Chris Smalling is missing through suspension.Van Gaal declined to confirm who will start in the centre of defence against the Eagles, but it is likely that Michael Carrick will have to drop back into the position alongside teenager Paddy McNair or the equally inexperienced Tyler Blackett.“Smalling is not playing and Evans and Jones are still injured,” Van Gaal added.“I have to decide who is playing there but who is playing there I don’t want to say.“Maybe I will train [with Carrick at centre-back] today also and I can change my mind, I have to solve that problem.” 1last_img read more

Jackie is bad karma

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re “Goldberg to head LAUSD” (Feb. 21): Jackie Goldberg is the perfect example of the career politician, decimating the Board of Education when she was there, hindering the progress of the City Council when she served there and finally protecting child molesters in Sacramento – all the while being paid handsomely by the California taxpayers. Man, as a state we must have really bad karma because she won’t go away. Kim Greene Studio City Jackie termed out Re “Goldberg to head LAUSD” (Feb. 21): I could not believe that anyone would consider Jackie Goldberg to head the LAUSD. Besides being discussed in the Daily News, it has been on KFI radio. We are fortunate that her term limit is up, but to allow her to have anything to do with children would be a crime. Edward Mittleman Glendale In addition … Re “Goldberg to head LAUSD” (Feb. 21): Jackie, please tell us what part of “it can’t be fixed” (LAUSD) don’t you understand? Linda Mann Simi Valley IQ of elected Re “Subway to sea viable?” (Feb. 15): Maybe someone needs to check the air conditioning in the mayor’s office. It seems like no matter who the voters elect, within a couple of months their IQ drops to single digits. Our mayor started out great by scaling back the lame-brained LAX expansion, for which the estimate went from $9 billion to $11 billion while they were only talking about doing it. Now he is backing this subway. Anybody want to guess where this original $10 billion guesstimate will end up? Show some leadership, mayor. How about saying something like “The city has much more pressing quality-of-life issues to deal with at this time and I was elected to address those.” George Timko West Hills DWP real estate Re “DWP’s lots of potential” (Feb. 19): All over L.A., I see Department of Water and Power buildings on prime corner locations. They could certainly relocate these facilities off the main streets to less expensive locations and sell the valuable lots. Maybe we need someone with an eye on the property values in charge of our (DWP’s) real estate holdings. Paul Dumont North Hollywood Owens Valley land Re “Lots of questions; DWP property folly heightens public doubts” (Editorial, Feb. 21): Higher rents for Owens Valley land? Your editorial ignores the value Owens Valley ranchers contribute to Los Angeles as stewards of the land. The main purpose of DWP land ownership is to protect the watershed that for nearly 100 years has provided water and electric generation that fostered Los Angeles remarkable growth. The leases are quite restrictive, e.g. 75 percent of the land must be accessible to the public, available for recreational use. The lower rent trade-off saves the city much greater expense than if it had to take over range management itself. David J. Oliphant Retired assistant city attorney LADWP Give them crack Re “Judge’s order spares killer” (Feb. 22): I agree with the doctors: Why should they be forced to “oversee lethal injection” of convicted rapist-murderers? Just put these scumbags in solitary confinement and give them unlimited quantities of crack cocaine. Also, it would be wise for county supervisors to demand that jailed inmates be allowed cigarettes. They may well calm the nerves of these unruly thugs with the added benefit of pumping carcinogens into their lungs. Bob Ginn Arcadia Our legacy Re “Judge’s order spares killer” (Feb. 22): So the American Medical Association states it is unethical for doctors to attend the execution of a convicted rapist and murderer. The reason? It contradicts a doctor’s Hippocratic oath to prevent harm. And yet, each year doctors attend the execution of 1.5 million unborn American babies. What a legacy we are leaving for future generations. Vicki Van Camp Sylmar How victims died Re “Judge’s order spares killer” (Feb. 22): I am always amazed at how many people come out of the woodwork and whine for those that are going to be executed for the grisly murders they committed. For one thing, they got to live 20 years longer than the people or persons they brutally killed, who didn’t want to die. And why is it always over 20 years? Who’s crying for the dead and their families? Who’s crying for how they had to die, “their” civil rights to live long and prosper, and most of them at such a young age? Give it a rest and get on with it. Hire people to double-check all of the evidence against those on Death Row and don’t let it go on for 20 years after the death of the innocents. What happened to swift justice? Joan Olear Burbank A man’s choice On Wednesday, the Daily News’ featured front-page story: Man crashes car! The story includes a bullet-point list of features of the fancy sports car. Not considered front-page news, two stories nestle on Page 8: “Supreme Court kick-starts abortion showdown” and “Lawmakers are preparing to vote on a bill that would outlaw nearly all abortions in South Dakota.” Let me guess: the editor of the Daily News is a man. Lorelei Smith Chatsworth Look further, sleuth Re “Odor of acrimony” (Your Opinions, Feb. 21): I admire Detective Dan Taylor’s investigative work in trying to determine why his paper smelled so bad. But he overlooked one important fact. Knee-jerk Bush apologist Rich Lowry’s sophomoric garbage smells so bad that his spot on the page reeks even days after his last column appeared. Michael Helwig Canoga Park We pay more Last weekend I traveled back to Pennsylvania for a family funeral. The fuel prices there were $2.05. Why are folks in California paying so much more? Any answers? Barbara Valiensi Woodland Hills Better than gas Why hasn’t “someone” suggested to the gasoline dealers, stations or whoever to fill the midgrade tanks with ethanol fuel (E-10)? The mixture burns cleaner, cheaper and has a higher octane rating than midgrade gasoline. Most newer cars (2000 on) will run on 10 percent ethanol. Clay Craven Granada Hills Resist the urge Regarding Sol Taylor’s conspiracy theory about Dick Cheney’s exemption from the “usual procedures” following a hunting accident, barring unusual circumstances (factors other than one’s job), testing the shooter in a hunting accident for drugs or alcohol is not routinely done. Local law enforcement was notified in a timely manner. The firearm in question would be held as evidence only if there was a crime involved. Lastly, since the Texas authorities saw fit to cite Cheney for not having a required stamp on his hunting license, I doubt they would give him a pass if local laws call for revoking a hunting license under these circumstances. Let’s resist the urge to create something out of nothing. This incident was an accident, pure and simple. Charles Robinson Saugus Subtle comparison During World War II, a Japanese radio broadcaster and propagandist named Tokyo Rose sought to destroy the morale of our troops by driving home three points, notes Ted Poe, congressman from Texas: “One, your president is lying to you. Two, the war is illegal. Three, you cannot win this war.” Sound like anybody you know? Richard Bussell Sauguslast_img read more

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first_imgBeilke, who worked with some members of the group during the city’s last recall effort in 2004, described the residents as sad and lonely people who have nothing better to do. “This particular group of people is never happy,” he said. “Do they really think people will sign a petition for these issues?” Deputy City Clerk Evelyn Izaguirre said the served council members can now respond to the notices. She said the number of signatures the group will need for the recall depends on the total number of registered voters in Pico Rivera. Murga said the hope of CTIP was to put the issue on the ballot in the March election. This is the third recall effort in the city in the last nine years. In 1997, a group calling itself Pico Rivera Concerned Citizens successfully recalled longtime council members John Chavez and Gil De La Rosa after accusing the two of gross abuse of elected authority. The two were ousted in the first recall election in the city. Councilman Carlos Garcia, who opposed the recall, was elected to replace Chavez. Ramirez was elected to replace De La Rosa. In 2004, the North-Southeast Coalition to Reform Local Government launched a recall against council members Gregory Salcido, Garcia and Beatrice Proo after the three voted to give then City Manager Dennis Courtemarche a $40,000 pay raise. The raise put Courtemarche’s salary at more than $200,000 a year. The effort failed after the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s Office and then-City Clerk Chris Schaefer found insufficient valid signatures on recall petitions for an election to go forward. Despite that most recent failure, organizers of the latest recall say they are determined to do what it takes to oust Beilke, Armenta and Ramirez. “These council members conspired to bring in their intimate friend, Chuck Fuentes, to be the city manager and it has reached the point where we feel the city is being mismanaged,” said resident Miguel Meraz. “So we believe we have to do this.” debbie.pfeiffer@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesThe residents said they had originally planned to serve the three notices of intention to circulate recall petitions, with 25 required signatures on each, prior to the meeting. They were prevented from doing so by city and Sheriff’s Department officials. Lt. Christopher Reed of the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station asked the residents to refrain from taking action in City Council chambers, saying the action would be too disruptive. All three council members stayed calm while accepting the notices. Ramirez became the first recipient on the steps at City Hall, followed by Armenta and Beilke in the lobby. But they also shared some angry words. “Instead of these people working for the betterment of Pico Rivera, all they have done is create lies to divide the city,” said Armenta. “Basically, I feel like I have not done anything wrong, and the city will continue moving in a positive direction.” • Video: 08/01: Pico Rivera Recall PICO RIVERA – A group of discontented residents served the mayor and two council members with notices of intent to recall on the steps and in the lobby at City Hall following Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Members of Pico Rivera Community for Truth in Politics said they were targeting Mayor Pete Ramirez and Councilmen Ron Beilke and David Armenta because of the hiring of City Manager Chuck Fuentes, the closure of the Pico Rivera Stables and the decision to throw out the Chamber of Commerce. “The city manager, fiasco at the stables, misspending of taxpayer funds, backroom dealings and basic abuse of power are the main reasons for our actions,” said Raul Murga, executive director of CTIP. “Today is the first day we return control of this city to honorable people.” last_img read more