The GECOM situation does not bode well

first_imgDear Editor,The new GECOM Chairman, James Patterson is already facing questions about his ability to act in an impartial way in heading the elections commission, as well as questions about his integrity.Integrity, according to President David Granger, is an important factor in deeming a person as “fit and proper” to be appointed as GECOM Chairman. So while, Mr Patterson admits that he lied on his CV, does that not speak about his lack of integrity? Should he not resign as the GECOM Chairman?The Guyana Times, on Friday, November 3, 2017, reported that Mr Patterson has admitted to being friends with former PNC Leader, Desmond Hoyte. This second admission and the fact that Mr Patterson was a pallbearer at a private PNC funereal ceremony for Mr Hoyte, brings us back to the question about Mr Patterson’s ability to act in an impartial manner.If Mr Patterson remains in the post, more questions about why the APNU/AFC Government want him in that position will be raised.This situation does not bode well for the state of confidence in future electoral processes.Regards,Cedric Lordlast_img read more

Street suffers another setback

first_imgNEW YORK – Wall Street fell sharply for a third straight session Thursday after rising bond yields deflated hopes for an interest rate cut later in the year. The Dow Jones industrials fell nearly 200 points and the S&P 500 index fell below the 1,500 mark. The yield on the Treasury’s 10-year note passed 5 percent Thursday, reaching a close of 5.13 percent in New York, its highest point since mid-July. The move unnerved investors who contend the Federal Reserve will be less inclined to cut short-term interest rates. Stocks also fell as retailers turned in mixed sales results for May. While sales figures improved from the prior month, investors faced some concerns that rising gas prices could cut into consumers’ spending money. The array of fresh economic news, which was in some cases positive, didn’t halt the selling. “When this year started, Wall Street and global markets were too enthusiastic that central bank tightening was behind them,” said Subodh Kumar, global investment strategist at Subodh Kumar & Assoc., referring to higher interest rates. “I think we’re seeing the realization that central banks are not in ease mode. People have been discounting the effect that rising bond yields would have on stocks and their valuations.” Interest rate moves abroad contributed to the declines in the U.S. credit markets. On Thursday, the Bank of England decided to leave its benchmark rate steady, after New Zealand’s central bank surprised markets by raising its rate to a record high 8 percent from 7.75 percent to curb inflation. On Wednesday, the European Central Bank raised its own rate as well. The dollar was mixed against other major currencies, while gold prices fell sharply. Light, sweet crude rose 97 cents to $66.93 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange amid concerns that U.S. refineries aren’t keeping pace with demand. But interest rates held investors’ attention Thursday after two sessions in which unease over inflation helped push stocks lower. Investors are concerned the Fed, which has stood pat on interest rates in recent meetings, could raise interest rates to combat inflation. Some observers saw the concerns about interest rates as overblown. “Historically, we’re at lows,” said Michael Church, portfolio manager at Church Capital Management, referring to interest rates. “I don’t think 5 percent is some sort of hard and fast number where this market turns. I don’t think 5 percent is going to compel people to take money out of equities. “Everyone seems to like to focus on this 5 percent level. I think it’s in many ways mythical. “Five percent is really not that high of an interest rate.” He contends that after the run-up in stocks that began in the second half of last year and accelerated in recent weeks, Wall Street was due for some retrenchment. “I would be concerned if we didn’t have some profit-taking and some mild pullbacks here and there.” The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies fell 15.89, or 1.89 percent, to 825.32. Declining issues outnumbered advancers by about 10 to 1 on the New York Stock Exchange, where consolidated volume came to a heavy 3.56 billion shares compared with 2.92 billion traded Wednesday.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Dow fell 198.94, or 1.48 percent, to 13,266.73, bringing its three-day loss to about 410 points. It was the biggest three-session decline since stock markets began a short-lived pullback on Feb. 27. All 30 stocks in the blue chip average lost ground Thursday. Broader stock indicators also fell. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 26.66, or 1.76 percent, to 1,490.72, and the Nasdaq composite index fell 45.80, or 1.77 percent, to 2,541.38. While Thursday’s pullback was widespread, the selling widely dented utilities and financials stocks. For the week, following only modest moves Monday and then three declining sessions, the Dow is down 2.94 percent, while the S&P 500 is off 2.97 percent and the Nasdaq is down 2.78 percent. Prior to the slide that began Tuesday, the Dow was up 9.7 percent for the year, while the S&P and Nasdaq were up about 8.5 percent. Both the Dow and the S&P had record closes as recently as Friday. Bonds fell sharply, with the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note jumping to 5.13 percent late Thursday from 4.97 percent late Wednesday. Some market watchers say the yield is likely to climb higher as bond prices weaken, making it harder for consumers to finance home purchases and for companies to borrow money. last_img read more

Sherman Oaks motorist arrested in hit-run fatality

first_imgA 21-year-old Sherman Oaks woman was arrested in the hit-and-run death of a motorcyclist on the southbound Hollywood (101) Freeway, the California Highway Patrol said today. The crash occurred about 10:40 p.m. Thursday, north of Highland Avenue, CHP Officer J. Miller said. The unidentified suspect abandoned her 1997 Chevrolet Monte Carlo near the crash scene and was driven home by another motorist, Miller said. The ensuing investigation led to her overnight arrest, Miller said. Officers believe the woman, who suffered minor injuries, was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash, Miller said. Paramedics took the motorcyclist to a hospital, where he died. Authorities withheld the name of the 33-year-old Palmdale until his family could be notified. According to the preliminary investigation, the Chevrolet hit the motorcycle in the No. 3 lane, and struck the center divider, where it was hit by a 2006 Toyota Solara. The 28-year-old Los Angeles woman driving the Toyota was unhurt. Witnesses said the suspect’s car crashed into a light pole as its driver was trying to exit the freeway on the Highland Avenue offramp after the accident. The woman then flagged down a passing motorist and rode off in that vehicle, they said. For up-to-date news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. 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

Jackpot for cast of ‘Las Vegas’

first_imgI dropped by the large casino set of NBC’s hit drama “Las Vegas” on Monday as cast and crew celebrated the show’s landmark 100th episode during a break in filming. The hit Friday night show has weathered the loss of James Caan, who left last season, and is enjoying new life with the addition of Tom Selleck as the casino owner. Selleck wasn’t on hand for the celebration but longtime leads Josh Duhamel and Vanessa Marcil were and shared some of their thoughts on the occasion. “I didn’t even think we’d be able to last through the pilot; Josh and I were very insecure about our performances,” Marcil remembers. “We had a little talk when we were shooting the pilot about how we both thought we sucked. So, I thought the show was great and it would possibly go on – I didn’t think it would go on with me \.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Duhamel, who had a role in the summer blockbuster “Transformers,” is ready to do 100 more shows. “This is something that I love and it’s become like a family,” he says. “So, I want to do this as long as they’ll have us. … I don’t ever want to get in a situation where I’m just collecting a paycheck. I love what I do and I want it to be something I’m proud of.” It shows. Walters winds up in TMZ territory All Barbara Walters wanted was a little dinner while she was out here in L.A. last week taping a series of interviews for an upcoming special and for “20/20.” So where does she go? The Ivy, of course. Her meal seemed to be fine, but the 78-year-old news legend told the ladies on “The View” Monday morning that she was shocked when she walked out and photographers began snapping away like she was Britney or Lindsay. “When I’m in New York there are no paparazzi following me, I can go out without any makeup on. … I walk out of the restaurant and suddenly there’s a blaze (of flashes) – 20 paparazzi. I was fine, I was nice. End of story.” Not quite. The TMZ television show decided to use the footage to do a parody of Walters, peppering in some of her interviews (including one with a Ninja Turtle and another when she asks Katharine Hepburn what kind of a tree she is) and making fun of her inability to pronounce an R. “They did the whole Baba Wawa thing (Gilda Radner’s famous ’70s impression); I thought that was over years ago. I thought it must’ve been a very slow news day. Why do they have to be so mean? … I’m very glad to be home.” Not letting go of the van Gogh Dame Elizabeth Taylor doesn’t just collect diamonds … and husbands. She also has an extensive art collection that includes a painting by Vincent van Gogh. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to consider a dispute involving the Oscar winner’s ownership of the painting which is claimed by descendants of a Jewish woman who fled Nazi Germany. The painting may be among the estimated 600,000 works of art that belonged to Jews and wound up in Nazi hands between 1933 and 1945, according to the Associated Press. Taylor bought the painting in 1963 for about $236,000 at a Sotheby’s auction from the estate of a German art collector. It’s now worth millions. Oprah apologizes at African academy And finally, this has gotta be such an agonizing time for Oprah Winfrey. Repeatedly molested as a child, Oprah flew to South Africa over the weekend to visit her academy for underprivileged African girls, where there have been allegations of abuse. “I’ve disappointed you. I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry,” Oprah said to families in an emergency meeting at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy south of Johannesburg, the South African news site News24.com reported.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

DONEGAL BUSINESSMAN JASON BACKS NORTHFIT CORPORATE FITNESS EVENT

first_imgDonegal businessman Jason Black has shown his support to the Northfit corporate fitness event which promotes well-being in the workplace.The clever initiative focuses on employee well-being within the workplace and encourages businesses to get active by participating in what has been described as a ‘fun event’.Fitness enthusiast Jason Black who has attempted to scale some of the highest peaks in the world, knows the benefits of leading a fit and healthy lifestyle. He has praised the initiative being launched by Northfit which primarily focuses on targeting businesses and their employees to get fit and active.Jason, who owns the hugely successful Voodoo Venue, has thrown his weight behind the event by signing himself and his employees up for the challenge.He has also encouraged other businesses to get involved in what he describes as a unique and innovative fitness challenge that participants will have fun competing in.To hear Jason’s full interview simply click on the link below. https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=1514854658758535&set=vb.1510049295905738&type=2&theaterWe’ll have more interviews with other businesses taking part in the Northfit Corporate fitness event, which takes place early next month.Packie Mailey from Northfit has said he’s been delighted with the response the event has so far received.Mailey told Donegal Daily, ” I would like to thank everyone for there continued support for NorthFit’s 2014 Corporate Challenge.“It’s shaping up to be a fantastic event and if you’re interested in signing up your business for the event then contact us ASAP. For more information on NorthFit’s corporate event then check out their links below to find out more.Website – http://north-fit.com/2014-corporate-challenge/Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/2014-Corporate-Challenge/1510049295905738Twitter – https://twitter.com/northfit1 DONEGAL BUSINESSMAN JASON BACKS NORTHFIT CORPORATE FITNESS EVENT was last modified: September 24th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeaturesJason BlacknewsNorthfit Corporate Fitnesslast_img read more

Antelope Valley Calendar

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventTake Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Co-Dependents Anonymous Step Study will meet, 6-7 p.m. at Antelope Valley Hospital, multipurpose meeting room, second floor, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 944-4927. 12 Step Recovery Groups for alcohol and drug addiction, co-dependency, relationship addiction, overeating, fear and anxiety issues, meets, 7 p.m. at Desert Vineyard Christian Fellowship, 1011 E. Ave. I, Lancaster. Call (661) 945-2777. The Palmdale Elks Lodge, 2705 E. Ave. Q, Palmdale will host bingo, 5:30 p.m. The grill will be open. Call (661) 947-2027. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 6-7 p.m. at Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 722-0393. TODAY Beyond the Light, a socialization and support group for young adults, ages 17 to 25, with mental health issues, will meet, noon-1 p.m. at Transitional Youth Services, 104 E. Ave. K-4, Lancaster. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595. Jazzercise classes, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at George Lane Park, 5520 W. Ave. L-8, Quartz Hill. Call (661) 722-7780. Dance Groove will give ballroom and Latin dance lessons, 6-8:30 p.m. Dance Groove Studio, 43631 10th St. W., Lancaster. Cost: $5 per person. Call (661) 948-9101. Co-Dependents Anonymous will host a 12-step recovery program, 7:30-9 p.m., at Antelope Valley Hospital, multipurpose meeting room, second floor, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 944-4927 or (661) 946-5846. Grief Recovery Outreach Group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700 or visit www.frf.av.org. Adult Anger Management Group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700. The Highs and Lows, a support group for those diagnosed with manic depression or related disorders, will meet, 7-9 p.m. at Lutheran Church of the Master, 725 E. Ave. J, Lancaster. Al-Anon will have a discussion, 7 p.m. at 51st Street West and Avenue K, Lancaster. Child care provided. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. Take Off Pounds Sensibly Chapter 572 will meet, 9-11 a.m. at the Mayflower Gardens chapel, 6570 W. Ave. L-12, Quartz Hill. Call (661) 943-3089. Early bird bingo games will begin at 6 p.m. with regular games beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Elks Lodge, 2705 E. Ave. Q, Palmdale. Call (661) 947-2027. Early bird bingo games will begin at 6:30 p.m. with regular games beginning at 7 p.m. at Paraclete High School, 42145 30th St. W., Lancaster. Call (661) 943-3255, Monday evenings: (661) 943-1017. Billiard Gang for seniors will meet, 9:15 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Flex and stretch, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring a floor mat and hand weights. Call (661) 267-5551. Parent support group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 1529 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite 203, Palmdale. The facilitated group is for parents who need help coping with family issues. Call (661) 266-8700. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 6 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38530 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 273-1016. Expectant parents can tour the Antelope Valley Hospital obstetrics department, 1600 W. Ave. J in Lancaster, and get information on what to expect during hospitalization, at sessions starting at 6 p.m. Visitors meet in the main lobby. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.org. TUESDAY J&J Social and Travel Club weekly league bowling, 6-8 p.m. at Sands Bowl, 43323 Sierra Highway, Lancaster. Call (661) 267-2586. Lupus International Support Group meets, 6:30-8 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in Palmdale. Information and location: Danielle Duffey at (888) 532-2322, Ext. 4. Business Network International B2 Bombers chapter will meet, 12:15 p.m. at Eduardo’s restaurant, 819 W. Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale. Call (661) 609-1288 or e-mail audmill@qnet.com. The organization’s Web site is at www.bni-scav.com. Prostate Cancer Support Group meets, 12:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Lutheran Church of the Master, 725 E. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call Susan Baker at (661) 273-2200. Toddler story time for children ages 2-6, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 39228 10th St. W., Palmdale. Call (661) 272-9134. Celebrate Discovery, a Christian-based 12-step program, will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Palmdale United Methodist Church, 39055 10th St. W., Palmdale. Call (661) 947-3103. Jazzercise classes, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at George Lane Park, 5520 W. Ave. L-8 in Quartz Hill. Call (661) 722-7780. Lupus International Support Group meets, 6:30-8 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in Palmdale. Call Danielle Duffey at (888) 532-2322, Ext. 4. Successful Anger Management course, 7-9 p.m. in Lancaster. Call (661) 538-1846. Sand Creek Orators, Toastmaster International meets, 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Hummel Hall, 2200 20th St. W., Rosamond. Call Miik Miller at (661) 256-0328. Caregiver Support Group will meet, 5:30-7 p.m. in Conference Room 1 at Lancaster Community Hospital in Lancaster. Sponsored by ProCare Hospice. Call (661) 951-1146. Tears in My Heart Support Group will meet, 10:30 a.m.-noon and 5:30-7 p.m. at ProCare Hospice, 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. Rocketeers Toastmasters meets, 1:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at the Air Force Research Laboratory. Call Pam Raneri at (661) 275-5287. Pancho Barnes Composite Squadron 49, Civil Air Patrol, will meet, 6-8:30 p.m. at Rosamond Sky Park, 4171 Knox Ave., Rosamond. Call (760) 373-5771. Antelope Valley Archaeology Club will meet, 9:30-11 a.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5656. Grief Support Group will meet, 5:30-7 p.m. at the Hoffmann Hospice, 1832 W. Ave. K, Suite D-1. Call (661) 948-8801. Toastmasters Sand Creek Orators Club meets, 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 2500 Orange St., Rosamond. Call Miik Miller at (661) 256-0328. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Snyders Dance Groove meets, 6-8:30 p.m. the first and second Tuesdays of each month at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Cost: $2. Call (661) 609-6510. Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) meets, 9-11:30 a.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month for brunch, speakers and crafts at Central Christian Church, 3131 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Cost: $6 per meeting, plus $2 per child for child care. Scholarships are available. Call (661) 945-7902. 12 Step Recovery Group for alcohol and drug addiction will meet, 7 p.m. at Desert Vineyard Christian Fellowship, 1011 E. Ave. I, Lancaster. Call (661) 945-2777. American Indian Little League will meet, 7 p.m. at HomeTown Buffet, 422 W. Ave. P. Call Harry Richard at (661) 267-2259. High Desert Woodworkers Club meets, 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at Denny’s restaurant, 2005 W. Ave. K, Lancaster. Call (760) 240-4705. Grief/Bereavement Group will meet, 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at ProCare Hospice, 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. Youth Anger Management Group for ages 8-11 will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700 or (800) 479-CARE, or visit the Web site: www.frf.av.org. Plane Talk Toastmasters will meet, noon-1 p.m. at the Lockheed Federal Credit Union, 1011 Lockheed Way, Palmdale. Call (661) 572-4123. Harmony Showcase Chorus of Sweet Adelines International will rehearse, 7:30 p.m. at 44857 Cedar Ave., Lancaster. The group is part of an international organization of women who sing four-part harmony. Call (661) 273-0995, (661) 285-1797 or (661) 940-3109. Al-Anon will hold a discussion, noon at 1737 E. Ave. R, Room 104, Palmdale, and at 7 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, Room 704, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. Cardio Knockout Blast, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring a floor mat. Call (661) 267-5551. Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program representative will be available, 1-3 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551 for an appointment.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

Oil, tobacco raise millions in fight

first_imgSACRAMENTO – Oil and tobacco companies and their allies have raised nearly $144 million to defeat propositions 86 and 87, which would boost tobacco and oil taxes to pay for health and alternative energy programs. Altogether, supporters and opponents have raised $305.3 million to try to pass or defeat the 13 state measures on California’s Nov. 7 ballot. The totals are likely to set a new record for spending on ballot measures in a single California election, but the Secretary of State’s Office said it didn’t have an up-to-date count to determine the current record. Proposition 86 would triple the tax on a pack of cigarettes, to $3.47, and boost taxes on other tobacco products to raise $2.1 billion a year for a variety of health programs, including tobacco prevention and education, nursing education and emergency room and public clinic funding. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system Proposition 87 would impose a tax on oil production to raise $4 billion for loans, grants and subsidies to promote alternative fuels and more energy-efficient vehicles. Led by R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris, tobacco companies have poured $61.5 million so far into the campaign against Proposition 86. Philip Morris USA and its parent company, the Altria Group, have given $34 million through Thursday. R.J. Reynolds has contributed $22.8 million. Supporters reported raising $13.9 million. Major contributors include the American Cancer Society, $2.2 million; the American Heart Association, $682,000; the American Lung Association, $288,000; and the California Hospital Association, $10 million. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave $250,000 in support. Oil companies have raised $82.4 million so far to try to kill Proposition 87. Most of that money has come from Chevron and Aera Energy, a joint project of Shell and ExxonMobil. Supporters have contributed $50.9 million, including $43.6 million from Hollywood producer Stephen Bing. Here are breakdowns on fundraising by supporters and opponents of the other statewide measures on the ballot: BONDS: Supporters of a constitutional amendment to protect transportation funding and $37.3 billion in school, transportation, housing and flood control bonds that lawmakers put on the ballot as Propositions 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D and 1E have raised nearly $43.9 million so far. That money has come from a variety of groups that include unions, construction companies and Indian tribes. Environmental groups that support Proposition 84, a $5.4 billion water and parks bond measure, have raised $9.1 million. There are no campaign committees opposing the bond measures. PROPOSITION 83: Supporters have raised nearly $1.6 million to pass Proposition 83, which would toughen controls on sex offenders. No opposition has surfaced. PROPOSITION 85: Backers of Proposition 85, an initiative that would require a doctor to notify a girl’s parents before performing an abortion, have raised $4.2 million. Abortion-rights advocates have generated $5.6 million to oppose the measure, which is nearly identical to a proposal voters rejected in last year’s special election. PROPOSITION 88: Supporters have raised $7 million to convince voters to approve an initiative that would place a $50-a-year tax on most pieces of property to support schools. Its opponents have taken in nearly $1.1 million. PROPOSITION 89: This campaign reform measure, which would authorize public financing for state candidates who give up most private donations and tighten contribution limits for those who don’t, has generated $4.6 million in funding. Most of the money has come from its sponsor, the California Nurses Association. Opponents, which include both corporations and some unions that lobby at the Capitol, have raised $4.7 million. PROPOSITION 90: Supporters have raised $3.8 million for Proposition 90, which would slap tougher limits on the use of eminent domain and on government regulations affecting property. Opponents, which include teachers, environmentalists and local governments, have raised $11 million.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

World gets a glance at Castro’s successor

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleAnd while he seemed a bit stiff on Thursday while presiding over the Group of 15 meeting on the summit sidelines, he soon settled into the businesslike operating style he has long been known for as defense minister. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HAVANA – Acting President Raul Castro is giving Cubans and the world a preview of how he may lead if his brother Fidel does not return to power: efficiently and with little fanfare. Addressing leaders from developing nations as Cuba hosted the Nonaligned Movement summit, he gave several speeches this past week calling for unity against “imperialist” U.S. policies, but with none of Fidel’s passionate gestures. “With this summit, the world has discovered more about who Raul Castro is,” Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque said. Dressed in a dark suit rather than his typical olive-green uniform, Raul Castro, 75, has been visible at the summit, his first real opportunity to appear as a statesman since his 80-year-old brother fell ill in late July. last_img read more

The defenders Manchester United could sign in summer transfer window

first_img 5 5 Manchester United will need to tighten up their defence to improve on their sixth-place finish next season.Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already ruled out a title challenge, but aims to regain a top-four spot. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won And if they are to stand any chance of doing so, United can’t concede 54 goals like they did in the 2018/19 campaign.It was the most of any side in the Premier League’s top six, while Wolves, Everton, Leicester City, and Newcastle United all saw their goal breached less than Man United’s.So who can help them in their quest to improve their defence? Here are the players that have been linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer. shining Getty deals REPLY ADVICE Getty Matthijs de Ligt is a product of Ajax’s renowned academy Kalidou Koulibaly could not stop Arsenal from progressing in the Europa League when the two sides met in the quarter-finals Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card The Sun claim Maguire played his final game for Leicester in Sunday’s goalless draw with Chelsea.United have been long-term admirers of the England international, who was one of ex-boss Jose Mourinho’s top targets last summer.Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham are also believed to be tracking the £60million-rated defender. Maguire signed a new five-year contract last September, which would allow Leicester to command a huge fee for their star man. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ no dice REVEALED gameday cracker 5 tense Getty Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Ajax boss Erik ten Hag and director of football Edwin van der Sar expect De Ligt to leave the club this summer.The 19-year-old has been a standout performer in the Champions League this season as he helped his side knock out Real Madrid and Juventus. He is also on the verge of captaining Ajax to a first league title since 2014.De Ligt is reportedly being chased by Barcelona, United, Manchester City, Juventus and Bayern Munich. Similarly to Koulibaly, De Ligt could be the leader Solskjaer’s side need at the back.Harry Maguire (Leicester) LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Getty Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Earlier this month, Wan-Bissaka revealed he intends to be a Crystal Palace player next season, but that could change if Manchester United come calling.The Red Devils have been linked with a £50million move for the youngster, who has starred for the Eagles, making 35 appearances in the Premier League. With Antonio Valencia leaving Old Trafford after ten years of service, it leaves Diogo Dalot as the club’s only right-back with first-team experience.At just 21 years old, Wan-Bissaka will only get better with time.Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax) Koulibaly is reportedly United’s number one transfer target.The towering centre-half could transform the club’s defence in a similar way in which Virgil van Dijk has done with Liverpool.It is believed United would have to spend in excess of £100million for the Senegal international, who only signed a new five-year deal with Napoli last August.Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace) Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Getty Images – Getty Kalidou Koulibaly has been a rock at the back for Napoli since joining the club in 2014 5 LATEST 5 Aaron Wan-Bissaka has four assists to his name this season Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT huge blow Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli) Harry Maguire stock has risen in the last 18 months Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars last_img read more

Ex-owner Randy Lerner nets £30m following Aston Villa’s promotion

first_img Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Lerner will receive £30m after Aston Villa won promotion Villa have ended their three-year exile from the top-flight huge blow Businessmen Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens spoke to Jim White following Monday’s play-off final victory, and said they plan to build Villa into ‘one of the best clubs in the world’.Speaking to Jim White after the final whistle, the Sawiris said: “I still can’t believe we’re in the Premier League.“I’m still getting the thought through my mind. This is the second best feeling since my daughter was born!“This is why I came into English football. I’m a very bad loser, everybody who knows me knows that I hate losing, so we’re here to win.“Dean and the squad were amazing, they had belief, and the fans were great.“And with such a great fanbase, the sky is the limit!” Aston Villa’s former chairman Randy Lerner will receive £30million after the club won promotion to the Premier League following their win over Derby County at Wembley on Monday.The payment relates to Lerner’s sale of the club to Chinese billionaire Dr Tony Xia when Villa were relegated in 2016, which included a ‘three-year promotion bonus’. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 2 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City 2 REPLY Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card ADVICE Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Xia paid an initial £76.2m for the club and a clause was included stating that Lerner, who took control of Villa in 2006, would be paid an extra £30m, if the club achieved promotion back to the top-flight in the desired time frame.Lerner will also be given a further £10m if Villa avoid the drop in their first campaign back. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars REVEALED getty tense gameday cracker However, that amount, plus the £6m bonus the players will get for winning promotion, is small change for Villa who won the match dubbed ‘the richest in football.’Deloitte’s Sports Business Group has forecast that promotion to the Premier League is worth £170m over the next three years, and more than £300m over five years if the club is successful against relegation in the first season.Goals either side of half-time from Anwar El Ghazi and John McGinn put Villa firmly in control, but Jack Marriott’s strike in the 81st minute, which was deflected by Martyn Waghorn, ensured a nervy finish for Dean Smith’s side who held on for victory. getty shining no dice Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ last_img read more