Cavaliers win 5th straight in 28-point rout of Pistons

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? James scored 16 of his 18 points in the first quarter and the Cavaliers made 11 3-pointers in the first half on the way to a 116-88 rout of the Detroit Pistons on Monday night. Cleveland led 73-46 at halftime thanks to an overwhelming shooting performance, an indication that Detroit’s stay atop the Central Division might not last much longer.The Pistons still lead the Cavs by a game, but Cleveland has won five straight and scored at least 110 points in eight of its last nine.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throne“That was 48 minutes of game planning and execution right from the beginning,” James said. “They’ve been playing extremely good basketball. They were coming off a great win (Sunday) night in Minnesota, so we knew that they were going to come out here and try to give us their best shot, and had to be ready for that.”The Cavaliers led 27-22 when James went to the bench late in the first quarter. By the time he came back in, it was 50-30. Cleveland’s reserves ended up outscoring Detroit’s 26-8 in the first half. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ View comments 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 Harris led Detroit with 11 points. Kevin Love had 19 points and 11 rebounds for Cleveland.ANOTHER BLOWOUTThe previous matchup between these teams wasn’t much different. The Cavs beat Detroit 128-96 on March 14 in Cleveland. That was the largest margin of victory by the Cavs against the Pistons — although Clevelandnearly broke that mark Monday.A BREATHERCleveland led 101-62 after three, and the top players for both teams sat out the final period. James ended up playing only 27:17 after surpassing 40 minutes in three of his previous five games.“I played with Michael Jordan when he was 39; he played 37 minutes a night. Karl Malone was 37 and played 38 minutes a night,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. “Everybody’s built different and if you’re one of the greats sometimes you’ve got to play and sometimes you get rest like tonight.”TIP-INSCavaliers: Cleveland still isn’t close to full strength. The Cavs were without Isaiah Thomas (right hip), Derrick Rose (left ankle sprain), Iman Shumpert (left knee effusion) and Tristan Thompson (left calf strain).Pistons: Jon Leuer (left ankle sprain) did not play. … Detroit’s six-game home winning streak was snapped. This was also the first time all season the Pistons lost the latter half of a back-to-back. They had been 3-0. … Andre Drummond moved into fifth place on the Pistons’ career list with 5,205 rebounds. Larry Foust had 5,200.UP NEXTcenter_img Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives against Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT — An emphatic win over a first-place opponent had LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers talking confidently again.“We haven’t had a win like that in a very long time,” James said. “That’s what happens when we don’t let up.”ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Cavaliers: Host the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.Pistons: At the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Irving’s 47 lead Celtics past Mavericks to extend streak to 16 straight The Cavs shot 62 percent from the field in the first two quarters and 11 of 17 from 3-point range. They finished the game 16 of 33 from beyond the arc.“I’m not upset at our guys. I didn’t see our guys quitting or anything like that,” Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said. “We got a little bit shell shocked.”This had the feel of a big game before it started. Although there were still some empty seats at Little Caesars Arena, the Pistons’ new home seemed closer to full than on previous nights, and the attendance was announced as a sellout. The team played well on offense at the start. A 3-pointer by Avery Bradley put Detroit ahead 18-17.James, however, answered with two 3s and a turnaround jumper, and the Pistons weren’t able to keep up with Cleveland’s torrid shooting.“He definitely did set the tone,” Detroit’s Tobias Harris said. “Made some really tough, contested shots — 3s. Got himself going, got his team going, and then they were able to just pretty much fuel off that.”It was 36-23 after the first quarter, and the Cavs broke the game open at the start of the second. Channing Frye made back-to-back 3-pointers to make it 46-28.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scenelast_img read more

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Taurasi reaches 1,000 career 3s, Mercury win WNBA opener

first_imgLATEST STORIES China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls MOST READ Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations DeWanna Bonner returned after missing last season to give birth to twins, and had 17 points and 12 rebounds for Phoenix. Brittney Griner, coming off a championship in Russia, battled foul trouble and finished with 13 points. Newcomer Briann January added 10 points.Liz Cambage, a top international player returning to the WNBA after four seasons away, made six of her first nine shots for 14 first-half points and finished with 18 for Dallas. Skylar Diggins-Smith also scored 18 and Glory Johnson had 12 points and eight rebounds before being helped off the floor with an apparent leg injury at the 6:11 mark of the fourth quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownby Taboola Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments PHOENIX — Diana Taurasi scored 20 of her 26 points in the first half and became the first WNBA player with 1,000 career 3-pointers, helping the Phoenix Mercury beat the Dallas Wings 86-78 on Friday night in the league’s season opener.Taurasi’s one of four players, joining the NBA’s Damian Lillard, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, to reach the 3-point mark with less than 400 games played.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourscenter_img Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Manuel’s heroics save Alaska, send San Miguel to 0-3 start In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons filmlast_img read more

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Close your mouth! Dirty sea water mars Asiad sailing

first_img‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Ginebra kicks off PBA Governors’ Cup with win over Columbian 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 View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal LATEST STORIES A 2012 Unesco report found that all 13 rivers running into Jakarta Bay were contaminated with human waste, largely due to the capital’s inadequate sewage treatment facilities.There was also drama in the Indonesian camp as Noviana Puspita Sari was hit in the ribs by part of her sail and her boat capsized, according to her team.She was rescued by one of the Singaporean boats, before being stretchered off the jetty into a waiting ambulance.Although the water was choppy, the conditions would have posed no problems for most world-class athletes.However, many of the athletes at the Asiad are relatively inexperienced.ADVERTISEMENT Japan’s Tetsuya Isozaki (R) and Akira Takayanagi gesture to photographers at the end of the 470 men sailing competition at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 31, 2018. AFPJAKARTA – Japan’s Akira Takayanagi said he battled dire stomach pains after swallowing dirty sea water to win a gold medal at the Asian Games sailing on Friday.Takayanagi, 22, competing in the men’s 470 event with team-mate Tetsuya Isozaki, was one of several athletes struck by stomach cramps and diarrhea in Jakarta, where the surrounding bay is heavily contaminated by sewage.ADVERTISEMENT In the women’s 49er FX, Varsha Gautham secured silver alongside Sweta Shervegar after becoming embroiled in a court case over their selection for the Games.Gautham claimed she and Shervegar had performed better in qualification but two other athletes were selected instead.Gautham and Shervegar were eventually picked for Jakarta after the High Court in Delhi directed the Indian Olympic Association to decide on the case but Gautham, 20, said it had been a very difficult time.“It wasn’t fair and we fought for what was fair. I’m sure there was politics involved,” she said, adding that the court battle ended just a week before they arrived in Jakarta.“I am so relieved, I’m so happy, I’m so happy I can’t tell you,” she also said. /kgaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I had a really bad stomach earlier in the week, probably from getting the water in my mouth,” said Takayanagi, who also developed a fever and stomach pains at the Asian sailing championships in Jakarta in June.His compatriot Shingen Furuya, gold medalist in the men’s 49er with Shinji Hachiyama, was running a temperature of close to 40 °C (104 °F) in his qualifying races, while Manami Doi was feeling unwell during the final of the laser radial, where she secured the top spot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Hong Kong’s Michael Cheng, who bagged a silver in the RS:X, also blamed the sea for his tummy troubles.“I guess it’s the sea water here because we eat together every night (but they are not ill),” he told AFP, pointing to his support staff. “The water looks OK but I just try to remind myself not to open my mouth.”last_img read more

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Indonesia-trained Liberian Engineers, Chemists Return

first_imgSeveral Liberian engineers and chemists returned home last Thursday after completing specialized and intensive training in Jakarta, Indonesia,The training was sponsored by Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL), which will employ the nine engineers and chemists in the operation and maintenance of farms, factories and mills it intends to establish here in the near future.The seven engineers received training in Oil Palm Mill construction, maintenance and operation while the other two were trained as Chemists.The engineers are reported to have undergone an 18-month program and on-the-job training, while the chemists underwent a six-month course.The GVL trained cadets will head to Sinoe and Grand Kru, where they will manage various projects for the company, which will help to bring economic stability to the region.During the welcoming ceremony at GVL headquarters in Sinkor, Assistant Minister for Regional Labor Affairs, Prince M. Korvah, expressed hope that the new professionals will not only be welcomed back home but will be fully provided for and given the privilege to work. “We want to commend the GVL family for a job a well done and we want you to know that you are true partners to the Liberian government. We hope that this will not be the end. By next year we hope that the company will have sent abroad another batch for study and intensive training,” Mr. Korvah said.Admonishing the professionals to contribute to the rebuilding process of the country, Assistant Minister for Planning and Development at the Ministry of Agriculture, Mr. Ousman Tall, lauded the company for investing in human capacity-building in Liberia.Mr. Tall indicated that the government has invested considerably in human resource-building in the country, adding that capacity building is not only about welcoming the students back home but further investing in their expertise.“Let me admonish you not to think that you have learned it all, because learning is a continuing process. You have to open your mind to development and remember also to humble yourself,” Minister Tall said.Also making remarks at the ceremony, was Grand Kru County Electoral District # 2 Representative, Numene Bartekwa, expressed thanks to the GVL management and lauded the experts for undergoing the training, adding: “Sinoe and Grand Kru Counties need you to help develop their farms. When the company was looking for brilliant people to go for studies, you showed yourselves to be capable and have proved it.”Thanking GVL for the opportunity afforded them the experts assured the gathering of their profound desire to work with the company and to help in promoting capacity building in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Getting Tougher to Convey Drugs to Clinics in Lofa

first_imgDue to deplorable conditions of bridges and steep rocky hills to the town of Fassavolu in Kolahun District, Lofa County, conveying of needed drugs to the health post continues to worsen by the day.The Daily Observer was informed recently by the Officer in Charge (OIC) of the Fassavolu Community Clinic, Mr. Perrison Y. Flomo.OIC Flomo pointed out that owing to the proximity of the clinic to towns in Guinea, patients load has dramatically increased as the health post sometimes encounter shortages of essential drugs to meet the growing demands by citizens and foreign residents.Mr. Flomo also explained that due to the very nature of the road that leads to the location of the clinic, transferring critically-ill patients sometimes becomes an uphill task because they (patients) are most times left at the mercy of motorcyclists and non road worthy vehicles.Other challenges facing the clinic, OIC Flomo indicated the lack of space to accommodate out patients, bathrooms, latrines and reliable and clean water source.Toping those challenges are salaries and incentives deliveries, which he said delay.He also stated that other impediments being faced by the health outfit include and not limited to lack of transport and communication facilities such as two-way based radio for emergency cases with the referral hospital in Kolba City in Kolahun District.He further intimated that other constraints include lack of delivery and dressing sets, poor record system due to lack adequate medical supplies, no motivation, low salaries and insufficient prenatal care materials.The Fassavolu Community Clinic OIC was, however, quick to state that the MOHSW sometimes ago installed some reliable solar panels intended to enhance the medical services during night hours.Asked about diseases frequently diagnosed at the clinic, OIC Flomo intimated malaria, pneumonia, sexually transmitted infections and “high tension headache.”Commenting on the number of patients that come to the clinic daily, he stated that at least 35 to 37 sick persons are seen by the clinic’s staff.“If there are sufficient drugs at this clinic, we sometimes treat about 50 to 55 out patients everyday of each week at the Fassavolu Community in the Kolahun District,” OIC Flomo asserted.Throwing light on the birth statistics, OIC Flomo said in January 2013 six safe deliveries were carried out by staff and three were successfully done in February.He disclosed that clinic administration has undertaken the construction of another building on a self-help basis under the auspices of the citizens and residents’ support.He then appealed to the Government, support partners and non-governmental organizations to help with funds and materials such as cement, zinc, steel rods and planks.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Over 500 youths incarcerated, 22.9% unemployed – President

first_imgBy Leah HernandesThe high rate of social ills in Guyana’s youthful population, especially the incarceration and unemployment of young people, is expected to be reduced significantly in the coming years as the Government of Guyana launches its Youth Corps.The aim of the Youth Corps is to eradicate unemployment and ultimately the incarceration of young people via education, empowerment, equality, and employment.This was disclosed by President David Granger, who was at the time delivering the feature address at the much-anticipated launching ceremony at the Kuru Kuru, Linden-Soesdyke Highway on Thursday.During his address, the President acknowledged that Guyana’s youthful population, over the past years, has been plagued by a number of difficulties especially with the incarceration of over 500 youths.“We acknowledged that the dropout rates from primary and secondary schools; the migration rate of university graduates; the rate of teenage pregnancies and the rate of youth incarceration – with more than 500 young people within our prisons and correctional institutions . These rates must be reduced and if possible, eliminated ….Youth unemployment, as at December 2017, stood at 22.9 per cent. One in every three young persons, between the ages of 15 and 24, is not in education, employment, or in training (NEET). This is an unacceptable situation,” the President stated.The unveiled plaque commemorating the eventHe, nevertheless, reassured students and other young people that with the launch of the Guyana Youth Corps and the guidance of the national youth policy, their talents would be boosted and opportunities for self-actualization widened, noting that overall this would contribute to national development.“This vision emphasises the four cornerstones of our national youth policy – education, equality, empowerment and employment. The energy of young people is evident everywhere. Their enthusiasm and exuberance cannot be restrained or repressed. The Corps will amplify their talents and expand the opportunities for self-actualisation,” the Head of State said.Meanwhile, Social Cohesion Minister, Dr George Norton, during his brief remarks, reiterated that the Youth Corps was geared at enhancing the lives of young Guyanese and showed Government’s commitment to strengthening the country’s youthful population.President David Granger (centre) and Government Ministers pose for a picture with students of the Kuru Kuru Training Centre“As we launch the Guyana Youth Corps, a comprehensive initiative geared at enhancing the lives of young Guyanese by encouraging them to take charge of their future throughout the length and breadth of Guyana. Since taking office in 2015, your government had strengthened and pioneered to educate and empower you, the youths of this country,” Dr George said.The Guyana Youth Corps was first established on January 1, 1968 as a means of solving the youth unemployment problem. It operated for seven years, during which time, approximately 1200 youths benefited from the programme. The Youth Corps was then absorbed by the National Service on January 1, 1975, which itself was dismantled in 2000.Under the new programme, youths will be trained for one year. The levels of training will include apprenticeship, traineeship and internship, and the programme will span all 10 Administrative Regions. However, the main office and campus will be at the Kuru Kuru Training Centre.The auspicious event was commemorated by the unveiling of a plaque and was graced by the presence of Government Ministers, including Education Minister Nicolette Henry, Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock, and Social Cohesion Minister, Dr George Norton among others.last_img read more

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Matthews mum on report

first_imgMoreno added that the meeting wasn’t to ask Matthews if he has used any type of performance-enhancing substance. “We had a meeting really just to basically tell him how we felt, that we’re not going to ask you any questions until you’re able to tell us, but we’d like you to be straight up with us,” Moreno said. “I felt it was important for him to know he has our support. “For me, I like to be proactive and make sure that we communicate well. I just stressed that the communication was the most important thing here.” Stoneman declined to say if Matthews had a clause in his contract that offered the team recourse in case he was found to have used performance-enhancing substances. Stoneman said the team considers the language in all contracts as private. Scioscia, who has maintained a strong stance against performance-enhancing drugs, admitted that the Matthews situation has the potential for distraction. “There are things you’re going to deal with during course of the season, whether it’s a guy upset over playing time or a guy not performing and it becomes an issue,” Scioscia said. “Things come into the clubhouse, and you have to keep moving forward, playing ball, and we’re going to do that.” Matthews played in an intrasquad game Tuesday less than an hour after finding out that he had been tied to the scandal and he is expected to start in center field and lead off in today’s Cactus League opener against the Kansas City Royals. To this point, Scioscia seems satisfied that Matthews is not burdened by the situation. “Anyone who signs a big contract, the one thing you want to put into a player’s mind is, you’re the same player you were before, you don’t have to go above and beyond, just bring your game and play it,” Scioscia said. “This is obviously taking some things a step further, and Gary will have to deal with it, and we will as an organization.” Asked how his name might have been linked to the situation, Matthews did not have an answer. “That’s exactly what we’re working on right now, gathering information,” Matthews said. “I will address the matter again at the appropriate time and I just wanted to just express that I will come out and talk to you guys about it when the appropriate time comes. I want you guys to respect my position and I don’t want to become a distraction for my team and my teammates.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I just want to tell you guys that I’m not really in a position to answer any specific questions on (Tuesday’s) story,” Matthews told a media gathering that was at least twice as large as normal. “I do want to say that I do expect it to resolve itself here in the near future, pretty soon. “I’ve got my representative (agent Scott Leventhal) looking for more information on it and to find out stuff and until we find out more stuff, I just can’t comment on it. I ask that you guys respect my position on it. “I don’t want to be a distraction to my team and there’s things that they’re trying to do on the field to be ready for the coming season. I do want to tell you guys that at the appropriate time I will address the matter.” In less than two weeks of workouts with his new team after signing a five-year $50 million contract this offseason, Matthews is getting attention for all the wrong reasons. On Tuesday, the Albany (N.Y.) Times Union connected Matthews, through unnamed sources, to an investigation and raid of at least two internet-based pharmacies that allegedly had been supplying, among other things, human growth hormone. The paper said the names of Matthews, along with former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield and former baseball player Jose Canseco, were allegedly included on customer lists for Applied Pharmacy Services in Mobile, Ala. The two owners have been indicted by an Albany County grand jury. At the start of Wednesday morning’s meeting, Matthews immediately apologized for being associated with a possible team distraction. Moreno seemed impressed with the gesture. “Gary immediately walked in and apologized for any distraction and said he would try to get it resolved as quickly as possible,” Moreno said. center_img TEMPE, Ariz. – Gary Matthews Jr. had a busier morning than usual Wednesday, addressing a newspaper article that connected him with a performance-enhancing drug scandal and then meeting with the club’s top brass. After meeting with club officials Tuesday, Matthews had a discussion Wednesday morning with manager Mike Scioscia, general manager Bill Stoneman, owner Arte Moreno and vice president of communications Tim Mead. last_img read more

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‘It’s the start of a new era!’ Everton fans react to Juan Mata rumours

first_img1 It’s hardly unexpected but it appears Juan Mata will be leaving Manchester United this summer.It seems new boy Zlatan Ibrahimovic will nab his No.8 shirt, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan seems set to land his role on the right wing, after Borussia Dortmund announced the Armenian’s move on Saturday.And, according to reports, Everton are currently leading the race to snap up the majestic Spaniard, who netted in the Red Devils’ 2-1 FA Cup final win over Crystal Palace in May.Toffees fans could be in for a fun summer after investment from new owner Farhad Moshiri with Mata reports following rumours linking them with Belgium international Axel Witsel.But not all Everton supporters back Mata as a possible signing.Check out what fans had to say on Twitter below… Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata last_img read more

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New try in failed bond bid

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 “As long as you’re ambitious and as long as you’re trying to fight for the people of California, this is OK that you sometimes don’t make it all the way,” Schwarzenegger said at a Capitol news conference. “That you say, you know we’re going to have this year the infrastructure done. That I can guarantee you, we will have it done this year. We maybe haven’t been able to do it by June, but we will do it by November.” The governor’s failure comes at a time when he is badly in need of a fresh success to tout in his fall re-election campaign. His government reform package failed in last November’s special election, and he hasn’t had a visible success since mid-2004 when he reformed the workers’ compensation system. “It is 2006, and time is running out,” said Jack Pitney, a government professor at Claremont McKenna College. “There are only so many more setbacks he can absorb. “We’re coming to the last reel of the movie, and it’s time for the hero to get out of the ditch.” SACRAMENTO – A day after the Senate failed to put his bond plan on the June ballot, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders pledged to work toward a November ballot measure while observers said the efforts are likely to get tangled in election-year politics. Negotiations for a new bond measure are likely to intersect with those for the governor’s 2006-07 budget, which likely will accelerate after he issues his revised budget in May. Then if a measure is placed on the November ballot, the governor will find himself campaigning for the bond, possibly side-by-side with Democratic lawmakers, even as he fends off attacks from an aspiring Democratic governor. Still, Schwarzenegger – as always – remains optimistic, saying “I see the glass half-full.” Schwarzenegger’s likely Democratic opponents in the fall campaign – Treasurer Phil Angelides and Controller Steve Westly – said the governor’s failure demonstrates a lack of leadership. Angelides said Schwarzenegger wasted time traveling to the Arnold Classic fitness expo earlier this month when he should have been negotiating, in addition to wasting all of last year on a special election that voters opposed. “I think voters are seeing each and every day that this governor just doesn’t have the competence and the credibility to govern,” Angelides said. “He doesn’t have the ability to do the hard work of moving this state forward.” And the Westly campaign said the issue is likely to come up in the fall. “The collapse of this deal reflects a complete lack of confidence in the governor’s leadership abilities, among both Democrats and Republicans,” said Nick Velasquez, spokesman for the Westly campaign. “His inconsistent leadership and inability to deliver on his promises will be a major issue over the course of this campaign.” Schwarzenegger has proposed a 10-year, $222 billion Strategic Growth Plan, with massive spending for public works like schools, freeways, public transit and levees, financed in part through $68 billion in bonds. He had hoped to get the first installment of the bonds on the June ballot. He had appeared to reach a deal with legislators late Wednesday to place $14 billion in education and levee bonds on the June ballot. The Assembly approved both bonds, but Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland, adjourned the Senate before taking up the measures, allowing the midnight deadline to expire. Senate Republicans remained upset that the deal did not include money for water storage and dam projects in Northern California. They also preferred a pay-as-you-go approach, rather than borrowing so much through bonds. Perata, who has proposed his own infrastructure bond package, also was looking for a more comprehensive deal rather than just breaking out the education and levee pieces. Perata said he was disappointed that a deal could not be finalized, but said he would reveal plans next week on how to move the bond issue forward. Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuez, D-Los Angeles, said at the least the talks revealed general agreement on education and levee issues, allowing future debate to focus on transportation, natural resources and water storage. He said Democrats will continue to work with the governor in an election year and not sabotage him for political reasons. “Democrats have been working day and night to forge an agreement with the governor and clearly he didn’t secure enough Republican votes to make that happen,” Nunez said. “But nobody can say that Democrats stood on the sidelines and egged the governor, because we didn’t do that.” The rejection left local civic leaders and transportation advocates disappointed, as they said the state’s infrastructure is badly in need of immediate rehabilitation. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa – who had been working the phones pushing to get Los Angeles’ fair share for transportation and other needs – praised the governor and legislative leaders for trying to forge an agreement on the bond proposal. “Unfortunately, there’s some people who can’t see beyond their noses and were unwilling to invest in infrastructure in a comprehensive way for our future,” Villaraigosa said. The mayor pledged to continue fighting for Los Angeles’ fair share in a November bond. Mark Watts, executive director of Transportation California, said the failure means traffic will continue to worsen throughout the state. “Gridlock in Sacramento has once again trumped gridlock on our streets and highways,” Watts said. “There is also time to put a comprehensive infrastructure bond package on the November ballot, if only the players in Sacramento can overcome the partisanship, provincialism and turf wars that blew apart the proposed June infrastructure vote. The way out of this traffic jam is for the politicians to stop honking their horns and start moving forward.” Staff Writer Lisa Mascaro contributed to this report. Harrison Sheppard, (916) 446-6723 harrison.sheppard@dailynews.com HOW THEY VOTED The state Assembly approved a $10.4 billion education bond and $4.1 billion levee bond late Wednesday, but the Senate adjourned without considering either measure. Here’s how local Assembly members voted: SB 69, the $10.4 billion education bond (passed 63-14): YES: Cindy Montaez, D-San Fernando; Fran Pavley, D-Woodland Hills; Sharon Runner, R-Lancaster; Paul Koretz, D-West Hollywood; Lloyd Levine, D-Van Nuys; Keith Richman, R-Northridge. NO: Audra Strickland, R-Westlake Village. NOT VOTING: Dario Frommer, D-Glendale. SB 74, the $4 billion levee bond (passed 68-4): YES: Montaez, Richman, Runner. NO: Strickland. NOT VOTING: Frommer, Levine, Koretz, Pavley. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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TIME TO HAIL THE HEROES OF THE BIG DONEGAL CLEAN-UP

first_imgPEOPLE who litter are the lowest of the low – horrible individuals who think it’s ok to destroy our countryside, villages and towns.But for every litter lout there’s a whole load of heroes; the men, women and children who are prepared to go out and clean-up after the louts, supported by a superb Donegal County Council initiative.‘Littering Picking in Progress’ signs, hi-vis vests, litter pickers and bin bags have been a common sight on many of the county’s roads over the last few weeks. With people all over the county rolling up their sleeves and getting to work, it is clear to see that the #BigDonegalCleanup is well underway. According to Suzanne Bogan, Environmental Awareness Officer with the Council and co-ordinator of the Big Donegal Clean-up, well over 100 groups have registered this year with both with the Council and the National Spring Clean Campaign.“We have had a very busy few weeks with people contacting us about doing clean-ups and we are delighted with this response and to be able to support and assist them. Our Litter Wardens are in daily contact with individuals and groups and it is great to see the sense of pride and community spirit that stills exists in every part of the county”.More than 300 people took part in last Saturday’s clean-up in the Twin Towns which was organised by the Ballybofey & Stranorlar Tidy Towns & B.A.S.I.C.C groups.It was a fabulous community response and the results can be seen in Ballybofey & Stranorlar and the surrounding areas. Bernie Crowley from Ballybofey & Stranorlar Tidy Towns believes that “this is a great start and we want to build on this for the rest of the year and into the future and a special word of thanks goes to those who helped to collect the bags on Saturday afternoon”.“Keeping the towns and surrounding area clean includes keeping litter under control, but also addressing issues like the upkeep of buildings, open spaces and the river frontage. During the year this will be the focus of other work and we are asking for continued support and help to keep the towns tidy”.Convoy is cleaner due to the great efforts of 65 volunteers who over 2 weekends collected litter filling an unbelievable 4 skips. Well done to all involved and special thanks to the Convoy Community and Environment Committee for their work.There’s a further two clean ups planned in Doneyloop and in St Johnston on Saturday 23rd April.The Big Inishowen Clean up took place last Saturday 9th April and saw local people, clubs and groups pick up litter in their own local areas. Pearse McCrory, Litter Warden with the Council has commended the local people from various towns, villages and rural areas across Inishowen for their tremendous work over the weekend. “Our mobile Litter Unit picked up over 2 tonnes of waste over the weekend and this does not include the waste collected in Buncrana and Carndonagh. It was great to see such strong community spirit and the sense of pride that people have in their own areas”.There are further community clean-ups planned this Saturday April 16th in Moville & Greencastle and in Muff and anyone interested in helping out should contact Cllr. Martin Farren or Marian McDonald for Moville & Greencastle or Mura McLaughlin for the Muff community clean-up.On Saturday 23 April there will be a clean-up in Carrowmena and anyone interested in helping out should contact the Community Centre.Extensive community clean ups have taken place in the past week throughout the Letterkenny Municipal District and Litter Warden Martin Roarty has commended the great work done by individuals and groups in this area. “The work done by individuals and groups throughout the district this year has been tremendous. Clean-ups have taken place in Glenvar, organised by Teresa Mc Closkey, Drumhalla, organised by James Kelly, Glenmaquin, organised by Linda Laird and Paul Dolan and in the Trentagh area by Mrs Primrose Rankin and her grandchildren”.“Several other resident associations and individuals within the Letterkenny area have also carried out small clean ups and these have been supported by Donegal County Council by way of supplying materials and arranging the collection of bags.“The Letterkenny Tidy Towns committee launched their 31st Annual Cleaner Community Campaign on Monday 11th April, and this will see groups and individuals organising clean-ups in various parts of the town.“Outside Letterkenny there are some big clean ups planned for this week-end coming with a major clean up in the Fanad area organised by Clodagh Walsh and Tracey McBride. The Loughside Community Group just outside Letterkenny have also planned to do a clean up on Saturday 16th April and on Saturday 23rd April a major clean up takes place in the Downings area organised by Susan Mc Bride, so all in all a very busy time for community clean ups in this area”.There are ongoing clean-ups taking place throughout the Glenties Municipal District including in Dungloe, Dore Beaga and Burtonport and plans are already well underway for a big clean up day in Dunfanaghy on Sunday April 17th and in Creeslough on Friday 22nd April. And hundreds of volunteers will be out in Donegal Town during April doing their bit for the Big Donegal Clean Up.The Big Donegal Clean-up is run by Donegal County Council in conjunction with An Taisce’s National Spring Clean and takes place throughout the month of April. Now an established part of the Council’s community calendar, the event gathers momentum each year with more and more people getting involved. Litter pickers, gloves, high-viz vests and bags are provided to groups who register and the resulting rubbish is collected by the Council.If you want to get involved or organise a clean-up in your area contact the Council on 074 91 53900 or email suzannebogan@donegalcoco.ieTo register for National Spring Clean call the National Spring Clean Hotline on (01) 4002219 or register online by logging onto to the website at www.nationalspringclean.org.TIME TO HAIL THE HEROES OF THE BIG DONEGAL CLEAN-UP was last modified: April 13th, 2016 by John2Share 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:BIG DONEGAL CLEAN-UPDonegal County Councillast_img read more

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