NBA: Celtics are ‘team of the future in the East,’ coach Kerr says

first_imgKerr added: ”They’re really sound, and they’re motivated. It’s a team that’s been on the rise the last couple of years. They lost in the conference finals. They want to win a championship, and it looks like it”.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:LeBron: ‘It’s been a while since I had a guy who can score and create for others’Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UAAP taekwondo: NU starts strong in title-retention bid View comments It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ The odds didn’t seem to be in the favor of the storied franchise at the beginning of the year, retaining only four players from last year’s team that reached the Eastern Conference Finals.To make matters worse, the team’s prized off-season free agent signing Gordon Hayward suffered a season-ending ankle injury on opening night.Anchored by Irving’s magnificent play and steady contribution from veteran Al Horford and young guns Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, the Celtics are once again primed to rule at the top of the East and perhaps even more.“Even without Gordon Hayward and that awful injury, Boston is just crushing people,” Kerr shared.“So, it’s going to be really fun to go against them on Thursday. We know how tough it’s going to be,” he added, referring to the team’s match-up with the Warriors.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny FILE – In this Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, file photo, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr directs his team during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks in Oakland, California. Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr is not yet ready to return to the bench as the franchise prepares for its third straight trip to the NBA Finals.After dropping its first two games of the season, the Boston Celtics are sitting at the top of the NBA Standings, winning 13 straight games.READ: Masked man: Irving returns as Celtics win 13th straightADVERTISEMENT Although the boys of Beantown are situated on the Eastern Conference side, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr is keeping tabs on the league’s hottest team.“It sure looks like Boston is the team of the future in the East, with the assets that they still have and their young talent and their coaching, and Kyrie (Irving) is amazing,” Kerr told ESPN’s Chris Haynes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneNo stranger to accumulating consecutive victories both as a coach and a player, Kerr had nothing but compliments for the Brad Stevens-led squad.“That looks like a team that is going to be at the top of the East for a long time to come,” he said. “Whether their time is now or the future, that’s to be determined, but they sure look like they want it to be right now.” Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more

New Jersey takes in $40.6 million in sports bets in July

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments The Meadowlands, about 6 miles (10 kilometers) from New York City in East Rutherford, New Jersey, where the NFL’s New York Jets and Giants play, took in $1.35 million in July, having started taking bets on July 14. Monmouth Park, which started taking bets June 14, took in $856,280 in July, and has won $3.1 million since mid-June.Joe Asher, CEO of William Hill US, which runs the sports books at Monmouth Park and the Ocean Resort Casino, said he is “thrilled with the early numbers at both Monmouth and Ocean. They are clearly exceeding our expectations of where we thought we would be at this early stage. There’s no doubt the New Jersey sports betting market has a lot of potential.”Jeff Gural, who runs the Meadowlands, where FanDuel operates the sports book, said “it’s not a surprise, but it looks like we’re going to dominate the market. The real test will come when companies get their sports book online, because that’s where most of the customers are expected to come from.”The Borgata took in $562,830 in sports betting in July, and Ocean Resort handled just over $1 million. Bally’s did just under $18,000 in the two days it took sports bets in July.Sports betting generated $325,646 in state taxes in July.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Best measure of Tiger Woods is when he has the lead LATEST STORIES Peza offers relief to ecozone firms ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins New Jersey won a U.S. Supreme Court case in May clearing the way for all 50 states to offer sports betting if they choose. Since betting began in New Jersey on June 14, more than $57 million in bets has been taken in, and additional companies continue to join a rapidly expanding market.July’s numbers were mainly posted by the Borgata and Ocean Resort casinos, and the Monmouth Park and Meadowlands racetracks. Bally’s casino began taking sports bets on July 30.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’Since then, Harrah’s and Resorts have started taking sports bets as well, but their revenue will not be reported until mid-September.And Wednesday morning, the Golden Nugget will begin taking in-person sports bets. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taalcenter_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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ This Aug. 1 2018 photo shows a board at Harrah’s casino in Atlantic City, N.J., listing the odds on pro football games in the first week of the NFL season. Resorts casino will begin taking sports bets in person on Wednesday, Aug. 15, becoming the fifth Atlantic City casino to do so. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Sports betting is off and running in New Jersey, with three casinos and two racetracks taking in $40.6 million in wagers in July, the first full month it was legal.Those figures were part of a report that showed that Hard Rock debuted as Atlantic City’s No. 3 casino in terms of gambling revenue out of the nine casinos in town. Ocean Resort came in last in its first full month of operation.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil The Borgata, Ocean Resort and Bally’s, and the two tracks saw gross sports betting revenue of $3.8 million on those bets.Harrah’s and Resorts casinos began offering sports betting in early August.Including all gambling revenue, the nine casinos took in $302 million in July, up 12.8 percent from a year ago. But that’s mainly because two newly reopened casinos had their first full month of operation in July, including Hard Rock, the former Trump Taj Mahal. It debuted as Atlantic City’s No. 3 casino out of the nine now operating in terms of revenue, with $32.7 million. It trailed only Tropicana, at $37 million, and perennial leader Borgata, which won $76.6 million in July.Looking more closely at individual casinos, July was actually not a great month. Of the seven casinos that were operating a year ago, only the Golden Nugget showed a year-over-year increase in July, with $29.4 million, an increase of 8.8 percent over July 2017.Harrah’s was down 14.1 percent to $31.4 million and Resorts was down 12.7 percent to $17.8 million. Resorts president Mark Giannantonio said the casino did more business this July than last, but was hurt by some losses at table games.Caesars was down 10.3 percent to $29.3 million; Bally’s was down 9.9 percent to $20.5 million; Tropicana was down 9.8 percent, and Borgata was down 4.4 percent.Ocean Resort, the former Revel casino won $17 million in its first full month, ranking it last among the city’s nine casinos. Casino owner Bruce Deifik noted that July was the first time in its history that it generated a positive cash flow. He reopened the site in January after buying it from Florida developer Glenn Straub, who failed to open it for two years.“To be ninth out of nine in this position, I’m tickled pink,” Deifik said. “This was a property that for two years had a cloud over its head, people thought it was cursed, and no one thought I’d ever get it open.”Internet gambling continued its strong performance in July, up nearly 26 percent from a year ago to $25.8 million. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

GECOM officials abusing taxpayers’ monies

first_imgDear Editor,The internal dynamics of Guyana are in a potentially explosive political crisis, emanating from who control Guyana. Many intelligent and sincere people are convinced that the taking of or continuation in power by the APNU/AFC coalition Government will be destructive for the nation while the Government satisfies their own self-interest.The most troublesome and worrying development is the Guyana Elections Commission, which was explicitly created to prepare and conduct elections (which the Constitution specified could be held anytime) and which exists to continuously update the voters’ registry and otherwise prepare for elections at any time. GECOM is acting in defiance of the Constitution and continues to be partisan in its behaviour when making critical decisions. It is factual that GECOM is an autonomous Commission that is being financed by taxpayers, and must ensure that its constitutional mandates are being fulfilled despite any external political forces. The drastic action by  GECOM to embark on House-to-House Registration cannot satisfy all stakeholders in the holding of credible elections since obligations to hold genuine elections have not been addressed comprehensively or systematically by GECOM.However, no two electoral systems are exactly alike, there is no single model of democracy, there is no one size democracy that fits all, while it differs, the range of democratic systems does share one important similarity that is the intricate link to everyone’s civil rights and obligations.While each country’s sovereign right is to choose how to conduct its elections, UN member states have agreed by a set of obligations and commitments to protect and promote electoral rights of their citizens, basically to ensure that every citizen has the effective right and opportunity to participate in elections on an equal basis.If a Guyanese goes out of the country for six months and returns to Guyana after the final voters’ list has been compiled by GECOM, (but their name was on the last voters’ list), only to be told that their name is no longer on the voters’ list, that would deny this person an opportunity of their constitutional right to vote. Therefore, the ongoing HTH Registration is not only denying this person their right, but many other Guyanese who are holidaying overseas.Guyanese must ask:1) Why is it that GECOM presently doesn’t have a valid voters’ list?2) Why did GECOM allow the voters’ list to expire?3) What happens if there should be by-elections in the Local Government System?Billions are being spent by taxpayers yet officials who are mandated to execute their functions are failing.  We must not continue to pay officials for failure and incompetence in GECOM.GECOM, under its new leadership, must act professionally to ensure that Guyana remains a democratic State. The UN, OAS, Carter Center etc must be asked to assist in the preparations for elections before September 18, 2018. Congratulations to the new Chairperson of GECOM.Regards,Zamal Hussainlast_img read more

US, GOL Take Stringent Security Measures

first_imgAmid lingering security fears in the country, especially as UNMIL’s mandate comes to an end next month, the United States and the Liberian governments continue to institute measures aimed at not just securing Liberia’s borders but also preventing internal threats.The two governments on Monday launched a new joint partnership to develop what is termed “The National Security Radio Communication Network” to further strengthen the efficiency and effectiveness of Liberian civilian security agencies.The network was launched at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and US Under- Secretary of State for African Affairs, Ambassador Linda Thomas Greenfield. Secretary Greenfield is a former Ambassador to Liberia, who formed a close bond with the locals while serving in the country.The partnership is expected to provide public servants with the necessary communication infrastructure to help protect Liberians and bring perpetrators of violence to justice.President Sirleaf described the launch of the network as another milestone for Liberia as UNMIL’s drawdown ends. She said Liberia is striving to meet a lot of milestones to take the country along the path of readiness to take over the security of the nation.The National Security Advisor to the President, Dr. H. Boima Fahnbulleh Jr., attended the launching which was also attended by security chiefs from the National Security Agency (NSA), Liberia National Police (LNP), Liberia National Fire Service, Executive Protective Service (EPS), Drugs Enforcement Agency (DEA), Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN), among others. Ambassador Greenfield, who is on a visit to the country, said the launch represented a strong partnership in the US-Liberia relationship.She indicated that the U.S is interested in seeing effective communication services for Liberia and has committed US$5.5 million as part of the United States government’s support to making the system effective.The US diplomat noted that one of the responsibilities of the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf-led administration is to safeguard the peace and stability of Liberia, adding that the US government has been a long time true partner of Liberia.“The project is for Liberia,” the Ambassador said. “Therefore the government should continue to invest in it and make it sustainable to protect Liberia from all security threats.” Dr. Fahnbulleh is the man at the center of the project. He said the ceremony was launched in line with the drawdown plan of UNMIL.He said a key component of the launch is to ensure that the nation’s civilian security radio communication covers the entire country. This process, he said, will upgrade the rule of law and the communication services of Liberia.He disclosed that the first phase of the service will be to link up Liberia from the north to northwest, and then move onto covering the entire country.Dr. Fahnbulleh said with the launch, Liberia will have an effective and efficient security system, which will build the public’s confidence.The second phase will cover the entire southeastern region of Liberia, and further connect to the northwestern parts of Liberia thereby bringing the whole country within reach of the National Civilian Security Radio Communications Network.The US government, through its Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, is in the final stages of awarding a multi—million dollar contract to rehabilitate the national security radio communications system of the government of Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

UEFA president chief to learn his fate by May 9 after appeal to CAS

first_img1 UEFA president Michel Platini will discover by May 9 if he has overturned a six-year ban from all-football related activity.Platini’s appeal against his ban was heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne on Friday.A CAS spokesperson told Press Association Sport at the end of the eight-hour hearing that Platini would know the result of his appeal by May 9 at the latest.The former France international and Sepp Blatter were punished in December over a 2million Swiss francs (£1.3million) “disloyal payment” made to Platini by the former FIFA president.They were given eight-year suspensions which were reduced by two years in recognition of their services to the game, but both deny any wrongdoing and are challenging the bans at CAS. Michel Platini last_img read more

Desire to help ignites firefighter

first_img“To have total strangers do this floored me,” she said. “Since then it’s been tons of emotional support, check on me, check on the kids, they ask `How are you doing?”‘ Greeno repaid the grant after generous donations to her husband’s memorial fund kept the family afloat. “I said, `You use this for the next family. It helped me through the period when I needed money.”‘ Hopes are high that doubling Perry’s distance will more than double the pledges – to $250,000. Nearly $10,000 has been promised so far. Perry will take off about noon on June 2 and plans to arrive at the fire station near the Valencia mall about 1 p.m. the next day. “He’s doing basically four marathons,” said Melissa Schwagerl, a spokeswoman for the foundation. Perry, a smoke jumper for seven years who parachuted into forests battling fires for the federal Bureau of Land Managerment, now works as a kind of air traffic controller directing aerial fire attacks for the BLM from the Fox Air Attack base in Lancaster. His race record over 20-some years includes three ultras – long-distance runs. He packs a very lean body mass and about 130 pounds on his 5-foot-9 frame. The trek along highways and back roads is a one-man show, but last year on Texas Canyon between Palmdale and Saugus and Bear Divide south of Santa Clarita hotshot crew members shadowed Perry for a time and others rode in a car caravan and cheered from afar. Perry, who often runs 100 miles a week when priming for a race, is nursing a knee injury that may require surgery. He might wear a knee brace. “In many ways running, which is a stress to the body for many people, can actually build strong bones and allow them to endure longer training and longer running,” said Dr. Anthony Luke, a sports medicine specialist at the University of California, San Francisco’s sports medicine clinic. “(But) some research has shown that people with pre-existing problems can sometimes worsen with running.” The marathon-running doctor said Perry sits on an extreme end of the bell curve for tackling the feat. “If he can run 104 miles, certainly he would be one of those kind of exceptional athletes,” he said. Perry calls Wendy – his wife of 17 years, who began running a couple of years ago – a good ultra marathon pacer. “That means I’m slow,” quipped Wendy Perry, 41. She says her husband’s contingency planning erases any need for worries about the run. “I know physically he’s completely capable of doing it, but mentally he’ll need some support,” she said. “He will get that from people running with him, people who have pledged money and people on the sidelines cheering him on – that’s what he can’t provide for himself.” Midway through last years’ race Wendy ran seven miles and finished the last nine with her husband. Two bicyclists and a motor home trailing behind Perry – who plans to average about 5 mph – will provide fluids, food and a cool resting place. During the run, Perry will down protein shakes and eat high-fat foods like nuts, potato chips, soup and maybe a couple of cheeseburgers procured by the helpers. Perry’s lumbar spine was fused after he hurt his back in an Alaskan rescue operation six years ago. He says his days as an adrenaline junkie may be waning, but the run is more about goal-setting than glory. “I can’t skydive anymore, I can’t rock climb anymore, I can’t move the way I used to be able to move. I can’t run fast, my leg is still partially paralyzed,” he said. “People get into the marathon, half marathon, 10K, they want to win. This is not about that. This is about the journey.” The people he knows who were hurt or died fighting fires will help him lift his feet thousands of times. “He is somebody who is taking his natural gift and using it to do so much for others,” Wendy said. The foundation may be reached through, or call (208)336-2996. (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – The concept of eating on the run will take on new meaning when a firefighter attempts a 25-hour run to raise money for fallen comrades. Kenneth Perry will spend time during his 104-mile June trek from Lancaster to Santa Clarita eating and resting, but pledge donations will fuel him more than calories. “All firefighters run, we have to run to stay in shape,” the 40-year-old Palmdale resident said. “I figured they’d appreciate the endurance aspect of a run rather than a bake sale.” Perry’s solo ultra run last year raised awareness and nearly $46,000 for the nonprofit Wildland Firefighter Foundation. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThe nationwide group, founded in 1999, provides short- and long-term aid to firefighters felled battling wildland blazes, and their families. Many work seasonally and do not qualify for medical and other benefits. Its annual budget of nearly $500,000 helps volunteer firefighters and those who work for federal agencies and municipalities. When Ray Ruiz Sr., a San Diego County Fire Department battalion chief, took ill with an inflamed pancreas in 2005, the foundation and his local firefighting associations paid his bills when he was sidelined. “I went into a coma for a month-and-a-half. During that time I don’t remember anything,” he said. “My vehicle payment was made, my rent was taken care of, food was taken care of. When I was released from the hospital on Christmas Eve they had a Christmas tree and presents all around for all my kids. I didn’t have a worry.” Lori Greeno’s husband died fighting a fire in Texas. John Greeno was the sole provider for his wife and two children. In the same breath, Lori learned there would be a lag in receiving her husband’s income – but the foundation offers grants of up to $5,000 for families like hers. The money arrived in two days. last_img


first_imgRed Hughs GAA News:Minor BoysTraining continues on Wednesday at 7pm & Sunday at 12 Noon. All players bring €2 sub once a week.Under 14 BoysTraining for the boys will continue on Friday evenings at 7pm.All players to bring €2 once a week. Under Age Girls​What a fantastic weekend it was for the some of the young girls in the club. Under 14 girls Maddison White & Aimee Callaghan made their county debuts in Sligo on Saturday and on Sunday Morning Eimear Gallagher got the news that she is to be included in the county under 16 girls squad for the coming season. The club wish the girls every success in the season ahead. We also wish Maura Mc Crudden and Sabrina White all the best as they also made their debuts on Saturday as county under 14 girls coaches. These two ladies have put a lot of work into these young girls and it is bearing the fruit now for their hard work. Well done to all. Aodh Rúa ÁbuLotto Results 05/02/15Numbers Drawn Were 4,8,3,5,1,6,7,2There was no winning sequence Lucky Dip Winner Of €30 WasKieran & Margaret Bradley KillygordonClub Meeting​Important club meeting this Wednesday the 11th Of February at 8.30pm in the clubhouse. Please attend Ceili DancingDue to the recent bad weather resulting in poor attendance it has been decided to postpone the classes until Tuesday the 3rd Of March. Hopefully the weather and attendance will be better then.GAA Football courses for 2015The Fundamental course is on Friday 6th of February Child ethics 7pm-10pm and Saturday 7th of February 10am-2pm in St Marys ConvoyLadies Fundamentals Coaching course will take place on the 31st of January from 10am until 4pm, registration will start at 9.45 & course will start sharp 10am. Participants need to be over 16yrs.This Course is a MUST for any person coaching or acting as a mentor with teams/clubs in ladies football clubs in Donegal. Coaching qualifications from other codes does not cover coaches for Ladies football.Ladies Level 1 Coaching course is on Saturday 7th of February and Day 2 on March 21st.To help out with coaching at Red Hughs Gaa you need to have one the Fundamental done.Anyone interested in any off these courses can contact 0861635726Club AppAttention parents, players & Club Members If you haven’t already downloaded our club app you should do so now. It is a great way of keeping up to date with up coming games, training times, and general club news etc. Follow these simple instructions to get the app(1) Go to App Store or google play. Down load team app.(2) search for Red Hughs Killygordon(3) sign up with email addressSympathyThe club extends their sympathy to the Family of Christina (Teenie) Duffy Ard Mc Cool Stranorlar Mother of Siobhan Browne Duffy The Crossroads.GAA NEWS: MINOR TRAINING FOR RED HUGHS TEAM CONTINUES EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT was last modified: February 10th, 2015 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:GAANoticesRED HUGHS.Sportlast_img read more


first_imgFinn Harps have all but blown their chance of a promotion play-off place after suffering a 2-0 defeat to Waterford Utd at Finn Park tonight.The Ballybofey side were hoping to follow on from their solid showing against Salthill Devin last week in which they collected all three points.But they now face a huge uphill battle if they are to realistically compete for a promotion place as the league ticks down to its finish. A crowd of a little more than 530, up from last week, answered manager Peter Hutton’s call for a stronger support.But the reality is that 300 supporters on a bright summer’s evening to watch senior football is a poor return.This young Harps outfit, led by a decent manager in Hutton, deserve a much greater support from the Donegal public.Whatever marketing and promotion campaign Harps have undertaken would appear not to be working. Tonight’s defeat could well call time on this season’s hopes.A stunning header from Ben Ryan in the 25th minutes from a Vinny Sullivan cross left Harps chasing the game.Conor Meade made it 2-0 in the 51st minute when he slotted home from the penalty spot after he was taken down by Thomas McMonagle.Harps battled to get back into the game and American Pat McCann, making his full debut for Harps, looked like he had place a fine shot into the top corner only for Craig Hyland to pull off a stunning save.But just like Salthill last week against Harps, the home side found the two goal gap too much to breach. Peter Hutton will be bitterly disappointed by tonight’s result.He must now pick his team up and get them ready for next week’s cup game which realistically is all Harps may now have to play for this season.HARPS PROMOTION HOPES ALL BUT GONE AFTER DEFEAT TO WATERFORD was last modified: August 17th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:finn harpswaterfordlast_img read more

Bratton backs school change

first_img “Public safety is one element among many that argue for mayoral control of our schools,” said Joe Ramallo, a spokesman for Villaraigosa. The Mayor’s Office is currently working with the LAPD to improve safety around schools and other youth activities, Ramallo said. In addition, the city and school district have set up a Joint Commission on LAUSD Governance, which is expected to release a report in January recommending ways to improve the system. Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LAPD Chief William Bratton voiced support Wednesday for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s plan to gain authority over Los Angeles schools, saying mayoral control of education would benefit public safety. High drop-out rates and poor student achievement impede the city’s growth while encouraging crime, Bratton said in an interview. “That’s why the mayors of Chicago and New York and Boston fought for, and successfully attained, control of the schools,” he said. As a former top police official in both Boston and New York, Bratton said he saw mayoral control improve public education, and by extension public safety. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “If you cannot provide public safety, you cannot ensure education. If you cannot ensure education you cannot provide public safety,” he said. “If those two planks on the platform are missing, you’re essentially setting up the gallows that the rest of the city is going to hang itself on.” In addition to fostering crime, inadequate schools make it difficult for the Los Angeles Police Department to meet its recruiting goals, Bratton said. As an example, he said efforts to add more African-American officers have been complicated by high drop-out rates in that community. During the mayoral campaign earlier this year, both Villaraigosa and his predecessor, James Hahn, called for the mayor to have a more active role in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Once elected, though, Villaraigosa distanced himself from state legislation pushing such reforms. Amid opposition to mayoral control by some in the school district and the teachers union, the mayor said he wanted to build public support first. Villaraigosa set a goal earlier this month of having full responsibility for education in Los Angeles by the end of his first term. last_img read more

Hand-wringing time

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Pulling out early could render Iraq a safe haven for terrorist operations, while emboldening America’s enemies. And too much American and Iraqi blood has been spilled to withdraw until a legitimate government is capable of securing the country. On Wednesday, Bush said the elections would be “a watershed moment in the story of freedom.” It’s imperative he’s right about that. Americans are weary of this war and will not support it indefinitely. We need a sign that peace and democracy are afoot and that the endless news of bombings and deaths is not in vain. In recent days there was evidence that today’s vote might be that sign. Sunni Arabs, who mostly sat out the elections in January, are expected to participate to a much greater extent today. Their participation is essential to ensure balance in Iraq of the three main groups so that Shiites and Kurds don’t dominate. If Iraq is to avoid a catastrophic civil war, it must become a pluralistic society that respects the rights of minorities. This election isn’t going to transform Iraq into a peaceful democracy overnight. But hopefully it will lead to the formation of a government perceived as legitimate by all parties and help to marginalize the terrorists. Iraqis head to the polls today in the most important elections yet to choose a four-year parliament – the most crucial step to date on the road to democracy. The event is sure to revive the usual hand-wringing in America over the bad intelligence about weapons of mass destruction, the deaths of so many U.S. troops and the administration’s messy handling of the war. President George W. Bush’s admission this week that the American prewar intelligence mostly “turned out to be wrong” is sure to kick off the debates. That’s fine. It’s the American way, after all, and just underscores how public debate is a healthy expression of the kind of democracy we’re trying to build in Iraq. But despite everything we might have done wrong in waging the war and fighting the subsequent insurgency in Iraq, one thing that must be clear by now to everyone – Republicans and Democrats alike – is this: America has to see this through. 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