On Christmas, NBA shows off its best — and who’s got next

first_imgMeralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals It’s a star-studded slate, with the NBA Finals rematch standing out among the top teams and power players.The league is driven by star power, and the NBA is going all-in this year. The schedule is about the best players, not all the best teams.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAnd with Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Kristaps Porzingis starting the day, and Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma and Karl-Anthony Towns finishing it, this year’s showcase is as much about the guys who got next on the marquee as the ones on top already.“They’re doing it for talent. You have the talent and the marketable players, so I understand why they’re picking those teams,” said Sacramento veteran Vince Carter. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In this file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives on Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) during the second half of Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Cleveland. The NBA is driven by star power and its Christmas Day lineup is about the league’s best players, not all the best teams. Yes, the NBA will roll out LeBron James and Kevin Durant, toss in some Russell Westbrook and James Harden under the mistletoe. APNEW YORK — There’s LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Golden State against Cleveland, for fans wanting more of the NBA’s reigning rivalry.For those preferring something new, the league’s Christmas Day schedule has that, too.ADVERTISEMENT Durant leads Warriors past Lakers for 11th straight win A tantalizing twosome that could’ve been a Big Three. Embiid and Simmons have the Sixers on the rise in their first year together, but imagine if Porzingis was there with them. The Knicks took the 7-foot-3 forward with the No. 4 pick in 2015, immediately after Philadelphia passed for the since-traded Jahlil Okafor.LeBron & KD — Enough said.Peace on Christmas? Maybe not in Boston, where the Celtics and Wizards renew a heated rivalry that only grew hotter after they went seven games in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Toss in Kyrie Irving going against John Wall, and the plot thickens.Westbrook vs. Harden alone would have been a good gift, but it’s even better after Chris Paul joined Harden in Houston, and Paul George and Carmelo Anthony surrounded Westbrook in Oklahoma City.Christmas is for kids, and the Lakers have Ball and Brandon Ingram, the last two No. 2 picks, and the lesser-known Kuzma who might become the best of the bunch. The Wolves have their own youngsters in Towns and Andrew Wiggins, but it’s the acquisition of Jimmy Butler that could finally end the postseason drought that dates to 2004.Teams win titles but stars are the stories on Christmas, as the Celtics know.Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen had just departed when Brad Stevens arrived, and the NBA didn’t want the league’s most storied franchise without its superstars. So Boston was ignored for three years before finally getting back on the schedule last year, and now Irving, Jayson Tatum and these Celtics make history as the first to be home for the holiday.“I understand that it’s probably not everybody’s favorite event, people that bust their tail and work in the arenas and are there all the time, and maybe media and everybody else,” Stevens said. “But to be a player or coach on Christmas Day, it’s pretty special and I think it’s something that having not been there, our first couple of years, I don’t take for granted that we’re on that schedule, for sure.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. All of them but the Spurs are in action Monday (Tuesday Manila time).As it often is with the NBA, Christmas is about the players more than the teams.Carter was that kind of player who NBA fans couldn’t get enough of early in his career, before every game was on League Pass and highlights all over the internet. He’d have been the perfect player to get on Christmas but the league only played two or three games back then, and his Toronto Raptors were only shown once.“We were fun to watch,” Carter said. “We wanted that opportunity.”Now this is the 10th straight year of five games on Christmas, and with a third of the league playing, room is there for just about everybody fans want to pile in front of their TVs to watch.Well, almost everybody.Van Gundy was hoping for the Milwaukee Bucks and their gravity-ignoring Greek Freak, Giannis Antetokounmpo.“They should just film a scrimmage of theirs then, because Giannis is so good that he deserves to have publicity on Christmas Day,” Van Gundy said.Maybe next year.As for this year, the holiday hoops smorgasbord includes something old, something new and a little something blue:center_img Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense View comments The schedule:New York hosts Philadelphia, getting its first Christmas game since 2001.The Warriors welcome the Cavaliers back to the place where they finished them off in Game 5 in June for their second championship in three years.Washington at Boston in the Celtics’ first home game on Christmas.Oklahoma City against Houston, a matchup of MVP Russell Westbrook and runner-up James Harden.Minnesota visiting the Lakers, two non-playoff teams who have acquired some of the best young talent in the league in recent drafts.Christmas was once a kickoff of sorts for the NBA, the first time a national audience paid attention to basketball with the football season winding down. ABC analyst Jeff Van Gundy, who will work the Cavs-Warriors game, was among those who had said the NBA should consider starting its season at Christmas to get out from under the NFL’s shadow.Now it’s a celebration of the success the league is already enjoying. Combined viewership on ESPN and TNT is up 21 percent this season, with games averaging 1.9 million viewers, even before what figures to be the biggest numbers of the season.ESPN said its audience is the second-highest it’s ever had at this point behind 2010-11, James’ first season in Miami, and Van Gundy said he’s even a little surprised.“I don’t know what it speaks to, but we do have a bunch of really good, young players,” Van Gundy said. “We have a dynasty in the making in Golden State, we have a team trying to challenge them in their own conference, or a couple teams in San Antonio and Houston, and LeBron is still rolling.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Jokic hits go-ahead triple, Nuggets take down Warriors

first_imgDenver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, left, tries to move the ball as Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER — The Nikola Jokic and Gary Harris combination worked so well that Denver went back to it two days later.It wasn’t scripted, but it paid off anyway.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Murray played 28 minutes and had 12 of his 15 points after halftime. After the game he got some treatment, and his teammates praised his effort.“I was worried but then I remembered it was Jamal and he was going to figure a way to get back on the court,” Harris said. “He’s a tough kid. The bruise is going to be ugly in the morning but he’s a competitor. He’ll go out there and play on one leg. That’s just the type of guy he is.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jokic hit a go-ahead 3-pointer off a missed dunk by Harris, and the Nuggets rallied to beat the Golden State Warriors 115-108 on Saturday night.Jokic finished with 19 points and nine rebounds, Will Barton had 25 points and Harris 16 for the Nuggets, who split the four games with Golden State this season. Denver rallied from 12 down in the second half to hand the Warriors their second loss in three games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkKevin Durant scored 31 points and Stephen Curry had 24 for Golden State.“It was huge, especially coming off an emotional win over (Oklahoma City),” Harris said. “For us to come and get the defending world champs was huge.” Ramirez dominates Ahmed with 6th round stoppage Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Harris hit the game winner against the Thunder on Thursday when Jokic found him with an inbounds pass with 1.4 seconds left and he drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer.This time Harris drove the baseline and went up to dunk, but Durant got a hand on it. The ball went out to Jokic in the corner, and he calmly drained a 3-pointer with 2:10 left to give the Nuggets a 107-104 lead.“Missed, dunk, layup, pass, assist. That was huge,” Jokic said. “I thought I heard the whistle because everybody stopped. I’m just going to shoot it. I’m glad I made it because I didn’t think about it.”After Curry missed a 26-footer, Jokic hit two free throws to make it 109-104 and Denver closed it out.“It was a tie ballgame, things had gone our way to the point where Gary Harris goes up for a dunk,” Curry said. “It was just one of those lucky kind of bounces, right to Jokic and he knocks down a 3 and he gets the crowd into it.”ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Harris joked he deserved an assist on the play but wasn’t credited with one.“It was definitely a pass and I’m sticking with it,” he said.Durant, who didn’t attempt a shot in the first quarter, was 12 of 16 from the field the rest of the game. He had nine points in the fourth when Golden State appeared to take control, but Denver rallied to take a 102-99 lead on Barton’s 3-pointer.The Warriors still had a chance down 109-105 but Nick Young missed everything on a 3-point attempt. He and Durant were then hit with technicals and Jamal Murray hit the free throws with 28 seconds left.“They hit some shots tonight,” Durant said. “We made plays but down the stretch we couldn’t get it done.”TIP-INSWarriors: F David West (personal reasons) and Jordan Bell (left ankle) were out of the lineup. … G Shaun Livingston returned after missing Friday’s game for personal reasons. … C JaVale McGee had five fouls in 6:15 but also finished with a game-high four blocks.Nuggets: Trey Lyles had 15 points and 10 rebounds. … F Mason Plumlee missed his third straight game with a right calf strain. … F Wilson Chandler did not take part in the morning shootaround due to illness but was in the starting lineup and had five points in 23 minutes. … The announced crowd of 20,103 is the largest for a Nuggets game in Pepsi Center history.ONE-LEGGED MANDenver got a scare when Murray left the game with a right leg injury after he collided with Draymond Green on a drive into the lane less than a minute in. He went to the locker room and came back to the bench with his right thigh heavily wrapped. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed MOST READ Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

Red Sox beat Dodgers in Game 5 to win World Series

first_imgLATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? After losing to Houston in Game 7 last year by the same 5-1 score, the Dodgers became the first team defeated on its home field in consecutive World Series since the New York Giants by the New York Yankees at the Polo Grounds in 1936 and ’37.Boston won its ninth title, tying the Athletics for third-most behind the Yankees (27) and Cardinals (11). All that stood between the Red Sox and a sweep was an 18-inning loss in Game 3, the longest World Series game ever. They trailed 4-0 in the seventh inning of Game 4 when ace Chris Sale rose from the dugout bench for a fiery, profane, motivational rant and woke up for a 9-6 win. Boston never trailed in Game 5.The 33-year-old Price, a Cy Young Award winner in 2012, long pitched under an October shadow cast by his regular-season success. He had been 0-9 in 11 postseason starts before defeating Astros ace Justin Verlander in the clinching Game 5 of the AL Championship Series. He won his third straight start Sunday and became the first pitcher to beat Cy Young winners in the finale of an LCS and the World Series in the same year.After allowing two runs over six inning to win Game 2 last Wednesday, Price got two outs in the ninth inning of Friday’s marathon game. He became the first to pitch into the eighth inning of a Series game on one day of rest since the Yankees’ Bob Turley in 1957.Price gave up a home run to David Freese on his first pitch, then allowed just two more hits — the last a triple to Freese that Martinez lost in the third-inning twilight and allowed to drop behind him in right. Price struck out five and walked two, retiring 14 in a row before a leadoff walk to Chris Taylor in the eighth ended his night after 89 pitches. He tapped his heart several times to Red Sox fans behind the first base dugout while walking to the bench.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Shortstop Xander Bogaerts was the only active player on the Red Sox from their 2013 championship team.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Long downtrodden during decades of despair before ending an 86-year championship drought in 2004, the Red Sox have become baseball’s team of the century with four titles in 15 seasons.Alex Cora’s team romped to a 17-2 start and a club-record 108 wins, then went 11-3 in the postseason, dispatching the 100-win New York Yankees and the 103-victory and defending champion Houston Astros in the playoffs. Cora became the first manager from Puerto Rico to win a title and just the fifth rookie manager overall.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissPearce hit a two-run homer on Clayton Kershaw’s sixth pitch. Solo homers by Mookie Betts in the sixth inning and J.D. Martinez in the seventh quieted the Dodger Stadium crowd, and Pearce added a solo drive off Pedro Baez in the eighth.Pearce, a June acquisition from Toronto, had three homers and seven RBIs in the final two games of the Series. View commentscenter_img Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Boston Red Sox’s Steve Pearce celebrates his second home run during the eighth inning in Game 5 of the World Series baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)LOS ANGELES — The Boston Red Sox really are that great.David Price proved his postseason mettle, Steve Pearce homered twice and Boston beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 on Sunday to finish off a one-sided World Series in five games.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Curry sets another record for 3s, Warriors hold off Nets Joe Kelly struck out three straight pinch hitters and Sale, originally scheduled to start Game 5, fanned three more in the ninth. Sale ended by throwing a slider past Manny Machado, a meager 4 for 22 (.182) in the Series, and raised both arms as catcher Christian Vazquez ran out to jump on him with glee and teammates from the dugout and bullpens followed.While Price rewrote his own legacy, Kershaw was unable to change his. He dropped to 1-4 with a 6.06 ERA in postseason elimination games. Plagued at times by an aching back, the 30-year-old lefty no longer is the dominant pitcher who won three Cy Young Awards, his famous 12-to-6 breaking ball now more 10 to 4:30.Kershaw allowed four runs and seven hits — three of them homers — in seven innings. He is 9-10 with a 4.32 ERA in 30 postseason appearances, a huge drop from his 153-69 record and 2.39 ERA during the regular season.He began aggressively, throwing strikes on his first six pitches, and the Red Sox were ready.Andrew Benintendi hit a one-out single and Pearce pulled a fastball over the middle of the plate and sent it 405 feet into the left-field pavilion.While the crowd of 54,367 for Dodger Stadium’s final game this year was stunned, Freese woke up fans in the bottom half. He drove Price’s first pitch 402 feet to the opposite field and into the right field pavilion.Betts homered on a slider that stayed in the strike zone after going 0 for 13 in Los Angeles this weekend, the first postseason home run of his career coming in his 87th at-bat. Martinez homered in the seventh, driving a fastball to straightway center.STAY AHEADBoston was 10-0 in the postseason when scoring first.I’M STILL HERElast_img read more

Ebola Virus Complacency Sparks Grave Concern in Liberia

first_imgThe United Nations and international and local medical agencies have cautioned Liberians against complacency about the Ebola virus spread.Liberians, especially those in Montserrado County and some other parts of the country reporting new Ebola cases, have been strongly warned to avoid traditional burial practices and harmful religious beliefs that promote the spread of the deadly virus.Furthermore Liberians are urged by authorities leading the Ebola fight to desist from all acts that are counterproductive to the eradication of the virus and to remain in strict compliance with preventive measures such as frequently washing hands, avoiding crowdedness, handshakes and hugging.These warnings come against the backdrop of Liberians gathering in large numbers and going back to the entrenched practices driven by traditional and religious beliefs, which include washing and touching suspected Ebola dead bodies.Moreover, during the Christmas celebrations, many Liberians and businesspeople were seen crowded into commercial and private vehicles owing to the acute transportation shortage, especially in the nation’s capital, Monrovia.Reasons cited for the Ebola spread in Montserrado County are the defiant behavior of residents in overcrowding at entertainment centers and in transport vehicles, ignoring the health measures. Commercial and public service transport providers were seen crowding passengers and relatives into their vehicles.  Some motorcyclists are now carrying three to four passengers on one motorbike, whereas they had been instructed to carry only one person per ride.The UN and medical aid agencies have warned about the consequences of the resurgence of the deadly Ebola virus on the entire population, cautioning that despite the enormous gains by the Liberian Government and its support partners, complacency and return to old habits must be sternly discouraged in every corner and hamlet of Liberia.Some of Monrovia’s health commentators told the Daily Observer during the weekend that it should not be surprising that the Ebola virus continues to spread in Montserrado County, especially over the past few months.Regrettably, in spite of enormous medical assistance that has been infused in Montserrado County, the virus continues to spread in some areas.The Incident Management Team leader of the Ebola virus at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW), Assistant Minister Tolbert Nyeswah, disclosed recently that 47 new cases of the deadly virus have surfaced in Grand Cape Mount County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LFA, Doxxbet-Liberia Sign US$24K Sponsorship Agreement for One Year

first_imgLFA president Mustapha Raji and Doxxbet-Liberia managing director Branislav Lysonek display the symbolic check of US$24K, for the sponsorship of the league prizes.The Liberia Football Association (LFA) and Doxxbet-Liberia have signed a partnership agreement valued US$24,000 to provide sponsorship for the individual awards in the ongoing national leagues.The prizes include highest goal scorers, most valuable players (MVPs), best defenders, best goalkeepers and best coaches in the first, second and women’s divisions as well as best referee and best sports reporter.The prizes for the highest goal scorers are L$200,000 in the first division, L$150,000 in the second division and L$100,000 in the female division. The MVP in the first division will get a car while the MVP will get L$200,000 in the second division and L$100,000 for the MVP in the female division.The best defenders, goalkeepers and coaches in the first, second and female divisions will get L$100,000 each.For unarguably the first time in the history of the LFA national leagues, the best referee and sports journalist will each receive L$100,000.Doxxbet-Liberia managing director Branislav Lysonek was happy that the deal was finalized after months of negotiations.LFA president Mustapha Raji and Doxxbet-Liberia managing director Branislav Lysonek exchange copies of the signed league sponsorship agreement.“We had to conclude the details of everything over many meetings in the office. And finally we exchanged letters to sign the sponsorship agreement. So we feel good and confident about this partnership and we believe that this is just the beginning,” said Lysonek.The deal is valued for a year and Doxxbet believes it will be used for the support of the national league.“We expect it is going to be all transparent and delivered to the players and referee, who should be awarded for their performances. Doxxbet also hopes it will be seen as the exclusive sponsors of this unique league in the gaming industry,” said Lysonek.LFA secretary-general Isaac T. Z. Montgomery (2n from right) also hailed Doxxbet for support to Liberian football and encouraged other private entities to emulate their example.He said it was Doxxbet’s initial contribution to Liberian football and the deal could be extended depending on further corporation.LFA President Mustapha Raji thanked Doxxbet for agreeing to sponsor the league after tireless negotiation.“Today, I am happy again that the LFA have signed another partnership with Doxxbet Liberia to provide prizes for individuals like most valuable players and best defenders and coaches in all categories.“We are happy that Doxxbet came to our aid after months of negotiations. We hope that this will further motivate the players knowing that they will benefit at the end of the league in addition to the prizes that will be given to the clubs,” Raji said.LFA secretary-general Isaac T. Z. Montgomery also hailed Doxxbet for support to Liberian football and encouraged other private entities to emulate their example.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Voters shunning state’s major political parties

first_imgFour years ago, as he was running for governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger attended a Republican state convention and declared himself to be a conservative who would oppose new taxes and create a business-friendly atmosphere in the Capitol. “I can say no ? no to more taxes, no to more spending,” Schwarzenegger declared to thunderous applause from hard-core conservatives. “I will be saying no to these liberals in Sacramento.” This month, Schwarzenegger delivered another speech to another GOP state convention, and the tone was markedly different. He chastised his party for maintaining the conservative tenets he had embraced four years earlier and warned that if it failed to moderate its message, it would lose relevance in California. Citing an “astonishing” decline in Republican voter registration, Schwarzenegger scolded the party for maintaining a rigid ideology that repels independent voters. “In business, if you lose market share, you do something about it,” Schwarzenegger said. “But I wonder if we have been so beaten down by our minority status that we’ve developed a bunker mentality. I wonder if we’ve come to believe that our only remaining power is to say `no.’ ” Truth is, Schwarzenegger was never as conservative as he portrayed himself four years ago when he was seeking Republican help to become governor. He’s been something of a libertarian/centrist – fairly conservative on fiscal and business issues, fairly liberal on the environment and social issues – for many years, and lately has turned a bit more to the left, even advocating new taxes to expand health care. He is, however, correct about the state’s political positioning vis-a-vis the conservative Republican activists who make up the core of the party. Most Republican voters and most independents are philosophically closer to Schwarzenegger than they are to the GOP activists. The governor’s fundamental message is also correct – that his party must reoccupy the center if it is to entertain hopes of returning to its former prominence. But, it should also be noted, he didn’t lift a finger last year to help moderate Republicans win statewide elections, including the man he appointed as secretary of state, Bruce McPherson. That said, he is dead wrong about the supposedly astonishing decline in Republican voter registration. In fact, the party has been holding on to its share of the electorate fairly well – and much better than the Democrats. Just before the 1996 general election, the state had 15.7 million registered voters, with 7.4 million Democrats (47.18 percent) and 5.7 million Republicans (36.42 percent). A decade later, just before the 2006 election in which Schwarzenegger won a landslide re-election, the state had 15.8 million registered voters with 6.7 million Democrats (42.48 percent) and 5.4 million Republicans (34.37 percent). Republicans may be marginalizing themselves on the right, as Schwarzenegger complains, but the state Democratic Party has been drifting leftward, embracing positions – such as broad tax increases – that do not resonate with moderates and independents either, and has been losing market share at an even faster rate. The real story is that increasing numbers of voters are shunning both major parties and registering as independents, and as their ranks have swelled, they have become a decisive factor in major elections. Democrats have generally done better than Republicans of late in attracting independents, but Schwarzenegger’s victories indicate that attractive centrist Republicans can win. The question for the Republican right and the Democratic left, both in California and nationally, is whether maintaining the ideological purity of their parties is more important than winning elections. Dan Walters is a columnist for The Sacramento Bee. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Danielle Stewart discusses being a female farmer on ‘The Late Late Show’

first_imgDairy farmer Danielle Stewart featured on an all-female panel of farmers on the Late Late Show last night.Donegal native Danielle was joined by two other female farmers; Karen Eliffee and Ashleigh Fennel, who discussed how they got into farming, their biggest challenges, and whether or not they are treated differently due to their gender.As International Womens’ Day took place on Wednesday, host Ryan Tubridy said that he felt it was appropriate to interview female farmers as they are breaking down barriers and paving the way for other women interested in agriculture in what is traditionally a male dominated arena. Although just 12% of Irish farms are owned by women, this figure is set to rise due to the amount of women studying agriculture at third-level and the disappearing tradition that farms should go to the sons to “keep it in the family name”.Ambitious 22-year-old Danielle manages a 170 cow farm in Tipperary, and is aiming to be within the top 10% of Irish farmers.Danielle said “I grew up on a farm. I always followed my dad and my grandad around. From an early age – since I was a toddler, I’ve always been interested in it. “Even when I was in secondary school I used to always skive school and go to the mart because the mart was next door, so mum and dad might get a phone call saying “Danielle’s not in school today where is she?” And dad would say “aw she’s in the mart again!”Danielle’s two sisters who still live in Donegal also help her father with the farm.The biggest challenge Danielle faces in relation to farming is the day to day management of the farm. “I’m only out of college, and this is the first step into the big bad world.” However through discussion groups and support from her colleagues, Danielle is making leaps and bounds.When asked if she is treated differently due to her age, she said “no. You have a voice, you need to use it” and stressed that there’s “ways and means of getting around” any obstacle that may come her way.When Tubridy asked one of the other farmers about castrating bull calves, Danielle had the audience in stitches after her quick and witty response; “She can give you a demonstration if you like!”Danielle told Tubridy how she always loved the farm, and loves being out and about. She said that “there’s no point in sitting back and tipping along, you have to push yourself.” To see the full interview click here.Danielle Stewart discusses being a female farmer on ‘The Late Late Show’ was last modified: March 11th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:danielle stewartfemale farmerLate Late Showlast_img read more

Thursday meeting set for Neighborhood Watch

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – A meeting to acquaint old and new Neighborhood Watch block captains is set for Thursday. The program is being revitalized and new captains are being actively recruited for the crime prevention program, said sheriff’s Deputy Gerri McCorkle, community relations liaison for the Santa Clarita Valley station. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the Century Room at City Hall, 23920 Valencia Blvd. “This meeting is being held to introduce new block captains to others,” McCorkle said. “Those who attend will receive important tools including maps, phone trees, newsletter and Web site access along with program books they will need for their groups.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsCurrently there are 100 active Neighborhood Watch groups in the community. For information, call McCorkle at the station, (661) 799-5164. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Liverpool mayor says safe standing should ‘be examined’ as fans debate return

first_img Standing at football matches remains controversial issue at Anfield 1 Liverpool mayor Steve Rotherham has indicated safe standing should be considered as Liverpool FC fans prepare to debate the re-introduction of terracing.Standing at football matches is a highly sensitive on Merseyside following the Hillsborough disaster, which took the lives of 96 Liverpool fans in 1989.Rotherham has not offered support for the scheme, but conceded the culture of football has changed considerably since standing at matches was banned. according to the Daily Mail.Elected two months ago, Rotherham said: “Small sections (of safe standing areas) that are barriered off are something we should look at.”The Hillsborough Family Support Group leaders Margaret Aspinall and Trevor Hicks – who were both lost family members in the disaster – are opposed.And Rotherham is well aware of how delicate the issue is for those effected by the tragedy in Sheffield 28 years ago.He said: “I know talking to Margaret… and Trevor, who were involved in the Hillsborough campaign, that there is a real concern about the message (safe standing) sends out.”Liverpool FC supporters’ organisation, Spirit of Shankly (SoS), made an announcement on Monday night that they will meet relatives of Hillsborough victims, and survivors, privately on July 18 to discuss safe standing.The closed meeting will precede a public forum to be held by SoS in Liverpool, four days later, at which all opinions on the introduction of safe standing will be encouraged.last_img read more

Steven Gerrard ‘persuades Liverpool starlet to join Rangers’

first_img targets Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Latest transfer news Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti LATEST Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 2 Kent endured tough loan spells at Freiburg and Bristol City last term LIVING THE DREAM TOP WORK Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing REVEALED RANKED Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January targets moving on Liverpool starlet Ryan Kent is set to join Rangers on loan, according to reports.Kent, the winger, endured a tough time last season having spent time with both Freiburg of the Bundesliga and Championship side Bristol City, but only managing 18 appearances in total. three-way race Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star The 21-year-old has been tracked by Blackburn this summer as Tony Mowbray hunts to improve Rovers’ squad, but the Scottish Sun say Rangers have won the race for Kent’s signature.Steven Gerrard, the Rangers manager, knows Kent well from his time at Anfield, and he wishes to improve the Gers’ attacking options following some poor showings in their Europa League first qualifying round defeat of Shkupi. Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Liverpool have certain demands of clubs that sign their players on loan, with Bristol City reportedly facing a £500,000 penalty for failing to sufficiently use Kent last season, but Gerrard is said to have ‘persuaded’ his former club that the youngster will play more than enough when he completes a switch to Ibrox. Kent has featured for Liverpool this pre-season IN DEMAND 2 Having progressed to the Europa League second qualifying round, Rangers will face Osijek in an away tie next Thursday, before welcoming the Croatian side to Scotland a week later. Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland last_img read more