Great weekend for Apoel as champs move to top of table

first_imgApoel moved to the top of the table for the first time this season after their 2-0 defeat of bottom placed Ermis Aradippou and AEL’s heavy home defeat to Anorthosis. Two more results went Apoel’s way as Apollon could only draw against Pafos FC and AEK lost at home to Nea Salamina.In the two other games Alki moved away from the relegation zone with a hard-fought win over Doxa Katokopias while Enosis and Omonia had to settle for a point each, something that suits neither side.Anorthosis seem to enjoy their games at the Tsirion stadium as on both their visits this season against Apollon and AEK they came away with maximum points despite being clear underdogs.Jurgen Streppel’s side rode their luck in the opening half hour of the game but once they took the lead through a deflected Michal Ďuriš shot seven minutes before the break they grew in confidence and were rarely tested in the second half.Beka Mikeltadze doubled the score for the visitors in the 55th minute and with AEL pushing players forward Duris added a third in the closing stages of the contest. AEL can consider themselves rather unfortunate with the margin of the score but at the end they paid the price for individual mistakes at the back and their profligacy in front of goal.Without dazzling with their display Apoel defeated Ermis Aradippou 2-0 thanks to a Malon own goal on the stroke of half time and a Nuno Morais strike.Few people expected the champions to be topping the table at the end of the year after a torrid start but their revival under Paolo Tramezzani continues and in a matter of a few weeks they have become favourites to retain their title.Pafos FC continued their impressive displays against the top sides with a 1-1 draw against Apollon, leaving AEL as the only team to have defeated them so far this season.Pafos FC can consider themselves unlucky not have picked up all three points as they ran Apollon rugged in the second half with Angulo and Nemec twice failing to find the net from excellent positions.AEK failed to build on their recent success against Apollon and lost 1-0 to Nea Salamina at the Arena stadium.It was a cruel result for AEK who dominated the game and could have won comfortably were it not for an outstanding Robert Vezelofski in Salamina’s goal.The only goal of the game was netted by Nea Salamina’s towering forward Kinglsey in the 16th minute.A goal midway into the second half from Acosta gave Alki the three points against Doxa Katokopias which moved them for the first time this season outside the relegation zone.Spoliaric had given Alki the lead but the league’s top scorer Sadik brought the game level just before the break.Omonia took the lead against Enosis in the 77th minute through Lopez but for the seventh consecutive game since manager Anastasiou took charge they have been unable to hang onto the lead.Five minutes from the end Enoch salvaged a deserved point for the home side who are battling to avoid the drop.last_img read more

Exposed…

first_img…venalityWell… the gig’s finally up on the Gang of Four at City Hall. The contract the Mayoress and her henchmen signed with Smart City Solutions (SCS), which they tried to “deep six” for over a year has finally surfaced. No thanks to the government officials, of course! Like most dead bodies, the putrid gases released from the rotten carcass will eventually cause these kinds of shady deals to surface. It was just a matter of time – and that time has come!In contract law, your Eyewitness was informed, there’s such a thing as an “unconscionable” contract… but it doesn’t even begin to describe the half of what this “Parking Meter” contract’s all about. Forget the “terror clause” that places the city in hock to the “Smartmen” group for two more Jubilees. Forget the eye-pass of the city getting 20 per cent of the cut, while the Smartmen walk away with everything, including the kitchen sink.What about forbidding private parking garages being built by any Guyanese on his own land?! What about death by a thousand cuts inflicted on our citizenry? Like the 50 City Constabulary being paid below the minimum wage to be the enforcers of the Smartmen?! Or City Hall committing to have all VAT and other taxes waived on the Smartmen’s revenues?!In an unconscionable contract, it’s generally someone taking advantage of a child, moron or anyone in a very weak position, so that undue influence, duress makes the hapless victims sign away their firstborn. But in this contract, the Gang of Four – PNC officials all – wilfully inflicted a “ton of flesh” penalty on the Guyanese people. And they and all those who examined the contract – including Bulkan and the Attorney General – should be charged with Criminal Conspiracy – more specifically, Criminal Conspiracy to defraud.All these officials knew from the beginning that any contract of this magnitude on behalf of the city had to be subject to a public bidding process. So, in conspiring to bypass that process – and not even having their illegal signing ratified by the full Council! – and then extracting moneys from the public for parking on what remained public property, is fraud of the most heinous complexion.The final nail in the coffin of these venal public officials is the revelation – and confirmation – of your Eyewitness’ description of both sides of the contract as “grifters” – that all the “non-slave and non-indentured” entrepreneurs and owners of Smart City Solutions from New York had been convicted at one time or another of various criminal actions – such as grand larceny and smuggling – that made them do jail time!!Was it during one of these incarcerations they met and hatched the parking conspiracy?…widening militarisationThe moment the PNC-led coalition Government was installed, the PNC announced it would be re-launching the Guyana Youth Corps (GYC). It didn’t just “announce” but plunged right into setting the stage by appointing Aubrey Norton as Presidential advisor on Youth Empowerment. He then established a “Guyana Youth Corps Inc” and began training about 50 specially selected youths to become the trainers of the organisation the President will launch in Jan 2018.What Guyanese should know is the PNC’s simply recapitulating their history – which we all know was a disaster for all Guyanese. The GYC was launched in 1968 for the same reason as is being stated today – to instil “discipline” in unemployed youths – especially those who may’ve dropped out of school. But it failed and was converted to the Guyanese National Service – which was a fully militarised outfit.But as far as its goals, THAT also failed, didn’t it? But not in its real purpose to feed the PNC enforcement machinery.…prod for childrenThe Finance Minister insists that imposing VAT on private school fees is “a fiscal tool” on education.But rather than using VAT as a prod, wouldn’t it be better to improve public schools so private schools become moot?last_img read more

NBA ‘can do a better job’ on free agency, rules

first_imgTeams couldn’t sign players until the offseason moratorium ended, which this year meant Saturday. Some deals that are known to be happening still aren’t completed, meaning teams still have not had the chance to celebrate certain signings or acquisitions. And by now, in some cases, the buzz surrounding those still-unannounced moves is largely gone.“We have work to do,” Silver said.When the Paul George trade and Kawhi Leonard signing — both players are headed to the Los Angeles Clippers — get finalized, it’ll mean five of the 10 All-Star starters from last season will have changed teams this summer. Durant went from Golden State to Brooklyn, Kyrie Irving went from Boston to Brooklyn, Kemba Walker went from Charlotte to Boston, George is leaving Oklahoma City and Leonard is leaving Toronto.Seeing big names on the move is nothing new in the NBA, of course. Of the 25 players who were on the 2017 All-Star rosters, 17 have changed teams since and seven of them have switched jerseys at least twice.“Players want to know that they’re in a fair system as well, where they have the opportunity to compete,” Silver said. “You want to know that the rules are known, and that they’re being enforced. Again, I think we have some work to do there when it comes to free agency. There’s always been stuff around the edges that have gone on. It may have moved to a new level.”In other matters Tuesday:— As expected, the NBA is giving coaches the right to challenge one call per game next season. They may challenge a personal foul charged to their team, a called out-of-bounds violation, a goaltending violation or a basket-interference violation. The league told teams last month that the challenge will be in place on a one-year trial basis pending approval from the board of governors, which has now happened.— Instant replay can now be triggered by game officials working in the review center in Secaucus, New Jersey, without the involvement of the on-court refereeing crew. The replay center will have the authority to review whether a shot was a 2-pointer or 3-pointer whether or not refs in an arena ask for such a shot to be checked, plus potential shot-clock violations. MOST READ This year, the rules simply seemed to be ignored.“It’s pointless, at the end of the day, to have rules that we can’t enforce,” Silver said.Kevin Durant’s decision to join the Brooklyn Nets was one of the major pieces of free-agent news this summer. The Nets said Tuesday that when word leaked before 6 p.m. on June 30 that Durant had made his decision and would announce it on social media, they were concerned — since they had not spoken with him yet.“We weren’t even sure we were getting a meeting that night,” Nets general manager Sean Marks said.Durant eventually came in that night and spoke with the Nets, but after he made the announcement that he would be signing a max contract — four years, $141 million — with the team.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian View comments Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ Benefits of township living Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer ‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Division Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? FILE—Just three seasons ago, the Brooklyn Nets were the worst team in the NBA. On Sunday, June 30, they were the story of the league. They agreed to deals with superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving as part of a sensational start to free agency, giving the longtime No. 2 team in New York top billing in the Big Apple. (AP Photo/File)LAS VEGAS — The NBA knows its rules about when teams can negotiate with free agents are not being followed.So expect changes on that front for 2020.ADVERTISEMENT The NBA’s board of governors discussed ways Tuesday to fix that process — either by changing rules, adding rules or potentially eliminating some rules that may be outdated — and decided that it’ll all be worked on over the next several months in an effort to ensure fairness across the league.“The one strong conviction I have is that we should not have rules that are not strictly enforced,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. “And we know that’s the case right now. And whether that’s by virtue of practice, whether it’s because just the world around us has changed, whether it’s because players have power that they didn’t use to have … let’s step back, let’s reset, let’s talk to our players’ association about what system makes sense going forward.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThis year’s free-agent negotiating period was to begin on June 30 at 6 p.m. Eastern. But it was known within the first few minutes of that period that several deals had already been agreed upon — and in a few cases, deals were apparently struck even before the negotiating window opened.There’s always been an understanding that some players are talking to other players about teaming up, which is legal. And there’s also been the same sort of understanding that teams will talk to their own free agents to strike deals before negotiations are technically supposed to begin. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Orphan goes from sniffing ‘Rugby’ glue to playing for Philippineslast_img read more

Dialogue and Development

first_imgAccording to the United Nations, three-quarters of the world’s major conflicts have a cultural dimension. Given this reality, bridging the gap between cultures is urgent and necessary for peace, stability and development.On Sunday, UNESCO celebrated the 18th World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. In 2001, UNESCO adopted the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity, and in December 2002, the UN General Assembly, in its resolution 57/249, declared May 21 to be the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.The day provides all nations and all peoples with an opportunity to deepen their understanding of the values of cultural diversity, and to advance the four goals of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, adopted on 20 October 2005. These point specifically to the support of sustainable systems of governance for culture; achieving a balanced flow of cultural goods and services, and increasing mobility of artists and cultural professionals; integration of culture in sustainable development frameworks; and the promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms.Cultural diversity is a driving force for development, not only with respect to economic growth, but also as a means of leading a more fulfilling intellectual, emotional, moral and spiritual life. This is captured in the seven culture conventions which provide a solid basis for the promotion of cultural diversity. Cultural diversity is thus an asset that is indispensable for poverty reduction and the achievement of sustainable development. At the same time, acceptance and recognition of cultural diversity – in particular through innovative use of media and Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) – are conducive to dialogue among civilizations and cultures, respect, and mutual understanding.Governments in plural societies much like Guyana have been making strides in keeping with the goals of the UNESCO Convention. In Brazil, for example, there has been initiated a move to unite against religious intolerance. Launched in January 2017, the report ‘Religious Intolerance in Brazil’ will be used to monitor and tackle discrimination.“Worldwide, there is a growing wave of intolerance and restrictions imposed on the exercise of the right to freedom of religion or belief,” said the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Ahmed Shaheed.In her message to mark the occasion, Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, emphasised the need to protect the different forms of cultural expression – languages, arts, crafts, lifestyles – especially those of minority peoples, so that they are not swept away by the movement of standardisation that accompanies globalization. These, she said, are essential elements for defining individual and collective identities, and as such, their protection falls under respect for human dignity, and invites Governments and citizens to go beyond the acknowledgement of diversity to recognize the benefits of cultural pluralism, regarded as an ethical and political principle of equal respect for cultural identities and traditions.“I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides, and my windows to be stuffed. I want the culture of all lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible.” With this imagery, Mahatma Gandhi was suggesting that culture is not a heritage set in stone, but one that is living and breathing, open to influences and dialogue, allowing us to adapt more peacefully to the changes in the world,” she stated.Placing culture at the heart of development policy constitutes an essential investment in the world’s future, and a pre-condition to successful globalization processes that take into account the principles of cultural diversity. Development is inseparable from culture. In this regard, the major challenge is to convince political decision-makers and local, national and international social actors to integrate the principles of cultural diversity and the values of cultural pluralism into all public policies, mechanisms and practices, particularly through public/private partnerships. The aim is, on the one hand, to incorporate culture into all development policies, be they related to education, science, communication, health, environment or cultural tourism; and on the other hand, to support the development of the cultural sector through creative industries. By contributing in this way to poverty alleviation, culture offers important benefits in terms of social cohesion.Each county, including Guyana, must accept that equitable exchange and dialogue among civilizations, cultures and peoples, based on mutual understanding and respect and the equal dignity of all cultures, is the essential prerequisite for constructing social cohesion, reconciliation among peoples, and peace among nations.last_img read more

Troubled Arsenal seek Champions League boost

first_img0Shares0000PARIS, FRANCE, August 24 – Arsenal take a 1-0 lead to Italy on Wednesday for the second leg of their Champions League play-off against Udinese, while Bayern Munich and Lyon also look to clinch places in the group stage.Arsene Wenger’s men overcame the departure of Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona, and the absence of numerous key players, to take an early lead in the first-leg thanks to Theo Walcott. However, Udinese were unlucky not to nab an away goal and will be hopeful of turning the tie around at home, especially as the English outfit’s fragile confidence took another hit at the weekend when they went down 2-0 at home to Liverpool.That result meant the Gunners have now failed to score in their first two league games of a season for the first time in 42 years, while their hopes of stopping Udinese from scoring have been hit by a back injury to Laurent Koscielny.After the Liverpool reverse, a downbeat Wenger decribed the Udinese return as being “of big importance,” but it is diffuclt to know where the Gunners would go next if they failed to qualify for the group stages.Robin van Persie and Samir Nasri are available again after suspension, and Nasri could play unless his mooted transfer to Manchester City is completed before Wednesday.Udinese do not begin their domestic campaign until next weekend, so Francesco Guidolin’s side have been able to focus all their energy on beating Arsenal and returning to the Champions League group stages for the first time since 2005-06.Meanwhile, Bayern Munich — who dream of going all the way to a final which will be held in their own Allianz Arena — have more than one foot in the group stages after beating FC Zurich 2-0 in last week’s first leg.The Bavarians head to Switzerland further boosted by a superb performance in beating Hamburg 5-0 in the Bundesliga at the weekend.Lyon prepared for the second leg of their tie with Rubin Kazan with an underwhelming 1-1 draw at Brest, but Remi Garde’s side impressed in their 3-1 win over the Russians last Tuesday.Rubin, who lie 10 points behind Russian league leaders CSKA Moscow with just nine games to go, have considerable selection problems just now, although new Paraguayan signing Nelson Valdez could feature.In Spain, 2006 semi-finalists Villarreal must overturn a 1-0 first-leg deficit against unfancied Odense.Juan Carlos Garrido’s side, who had no game at the weekend after a strike put paid to the opening round of games in La Liga, should still have enough quality to advance.“We are all aware of the situation because our season depends in large part on winning this tie,” said Villarreal’s Argentine striker Marco Ruben ahead of the clash at El Madrigal.“In fact, it’s probably a good thing that we didn’t play at the weekend because we have been able to focus all our attention on the Champions League, which is fundamental to our season.”Two-time former European Cup winners Benfica are well-placed to overcome the challenge of Twente Enschede after drawing 2-2 in the first leg in the Netherlands.Belgian champions Genk must turn around a 2-1 first-leg deficit against the Israelis of Maccabi Haifa without coach Frank Vercauteren, who has left to take charge of Al-Jazira in the United Arab Emirates.Viktoria Plzen and Dinamo Zagreb should go through after big first-leg wins, but APOEL versus Wisla Krakow and Sturm Graz’s tie against BATE Borisov are finely poised.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Vardy suspended for three games after red card

first_img0Shares0000Referee Craig Pawson shows a red card to Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy in the English Premier League match against Stoke City on December 17, 2016 © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 20 – Ailing Premier League champions Leicester City suffered a blow on Tuesday as England striker Jamie Vardy received a three-match ban from the Football Association for his sending off against Stoke City.The 29-year-old, who had returned to form with a hat-trick against Manchester City in the previous game, will miss matches against Everton, West Ham and Middlesbrough. The FA rejected the club’s claim of wrongful dismissal, which hinged upon Vardy being off-balance as he was harried by Glen Johnson when he challenged Stoke midfielder Mame Diouf just before the half-hour mark.Referee Craig Pawson did not hesitate in showing him a red card for the two-footed challenge.“Jamie Vardy will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect after his wrongful dismissal claim was rejected, following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing,” read the FA statement.“The Leicester City striker was sent off for serious foul play during the game at Stoke City on Saturday 17 December 2016.”Vardy’s suspension means Leicester will be without three key players for the game with Everton next Monday.Defenders Christian Fuchs and Robert Huth will be absent as they serve a one-match suspension for picking up their fifth bookings of the campaign in Saturday’s ill-tempered Stoke match.They were two of five Leicester players to be booked by Pawson in the final seven minutes of the first half — leading to angry scenes at the break — in a match which saw them come from 2-0 down to secure a 2-2 draw.Pawson had been criticised for not sending off Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo for a similar two-footed challenge in their Premier League clash with Crystal Palace only a few days prior to the Vardy incident.Leicester currently sit a lowly 15th in the table, just three points clear of the relegation places.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Tighter rules for charter schools?

first_imgSACRAMENTO – In a political maneuver aimed at giving local districts more power over the burgeoning charter-school movement, California lawmakers have crafted a bill tying increased funding to restrictions on opening new charters. The legislation has sparked an outcry among charter operators, who note that the bill would restrict the authority of the state Board of Education to approve new charters and give more control to local school boards that might be hostile to charters. But they are particularly incensed that the bill includes $18 million for facilities grants for charter schools in low-income areas – meaning that if charter-school advocates oppose the policy change and defeat the bill they also will end up cutting their own funding. “This is just a sneak move,” said Mike Piscal, founder and CEO of Inner City Education Foundation, which runs nine charter schools in South Los Angeles. Under current law, local school boards have primary responsibility for charters, but the state board can approve “statewide benefit charters” without local approval. Charters that fall into that category generally would need to meet certain conditions including being able to provide a statewide benefit and draw students from more than one district. Exploiting loophole? But some legislators are concerned that charter operators are exploiting the loophole and increasingly going to the state board to avoid dealing with local boards that might be less accommodating. “I believe firmly the way charter schools are approved is through local districts,” said Nuñez, a principal backer of the bill. “I don’t have a problem with charter schools – I support them. But I don’t like local governments to be circumvented.” Currently there are only two charter-school operators that have been approved as statewide-benefit charters. But organizations such as the California School Boards Association, the California Teachers Association and the Association of California School Administrators have complained that in one of those cases, the Board of Education overstepped its authority. Earlier this year, the groups demanded that the board rescind its decision in approving an application by Aspire Public Schools, saying it did not meet the criteria of a statewide-benefit charter. “In summary, the only statewide benefit is to Aspire,” the groups wrote. “Nothing in the petition reveals a `statewide benefit’ defined by the Board’s own regulations. This is simply an effort to avoid the `bother’ of having to apply to local school districts for approval and endure monitoring by local officials.” Roger Magyar, executive director of the state board, said the panel has been careful to limit how many statewide-benefit charters it approves. He said the panel also allows those organizations to only start two new schools per year. “So it’s not as though the statewide-benefit charters are going to overrun the country,” Magyar said. “You still have all these charters that go to a local school district or a county board of education to be chartered.” Gregory McNair, head of the Los Angeles Unified School District’s charter-school division, said he doesn’t expect the bill to have a significant impact on the district. Role of state board The district has 103 charter schools currently operating and likely will have 118 by next year. The state board, he says, only grants statewide benefit charters to a limited number of schools. “If there’s a to-do about the bill, it’s probably a little bit overblown,” he said. “First of all, the state board does not really charter many schools. They only have a handful. Second, the qualifications for being a statewide charter are very high.” But charter operators have argued that going to the state board simply allows them to avoid having to deal with multiple local bureaucracies. “It’s not about whether local districts are willing to approve charters. It’s about making sure you can quickly replicate high-quality schools according to a consistent model,” said Caprice Young, president of the California Charter Schools Association and a former LAUSD board member. “Every single jurisdiction has individual things they want. “They’re not usually related to quality of schools. They’re things like having different insurance coverage in every school district, or they insist they want your teachers in their union. “You name it, there’s a thousand different things. The most important thing for a high-quality school is to be able to have a consistent model.” (916) 446-6723160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It’s a move designed in that part of the bill to punish the highest-performing charter-management organizations – the highest-performing organizations that have been serving the poor.” A group of several hundred charter-school parents, staffers and supporters are planning to protest outside Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez’s Los Angeles office today. The legislation, Senate Bill 92, would boost funds for facilities grants from $9 million last year. While it is far less than the $43 million Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger originally proposed, legislative staffers said that money was designed to apply to two fiscal years. The bill also would limit the authority of the state Board of Education to approve new charters, and instead reserve that power nearly exclusively to local school boards. last_img

Calderon endorses Clinton

first_img“It has been a privilege to serve on one of the subcommittees for the past five years, and I look forward to this new leadership role,” Knabe said. “As I often say, homeland security begins in the hometown,” he said. “Locally, we have accomplished much since 9/11 to increase the preparedness of our local cities and unincorporated communities from the threats of terrorism and natural disasters.” CANDIDATE MIXER: Ralph Pacheco, who is seeking re-election to the Whittier Union High School District Board of Education, will hold a complimentary beer and wine tasting party from 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday at Vinatero Wine Shop, 6531 Greenleaf. For information call (562)946-1410 or (562) 322-3118 or e-mail profresnet@aol.com REPUBLICAN MEETING: Matt Welch, assistant editorial page editor of the Los Angeles Times, will speak at the 7:30a.m. Friday breakfast of the Southeast chapter of Lincoln Clubs of Los Angeles County. The event will be held at Geezer’s Restaurant, 12120 Telegraph Road, Santa Fe Springs. Cost is $25 per person. For reservations, write LACLC, 6055 E. Washington Blvd., Suite 228, Commerce, 90040, or call Peter Bylsma, (323) 215-4500 or e-mail bylsma@lagop.org COUNTY REPORT: Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe will speak at the 11 a.m. Friday lunch meeting of the Whittier Republican Women Federated. The club meets at the Friendly Hills Country Club, 8500 S. Villaverde Drive, Whittier. For reservations call Carole Gardner, (626) 968-2125. Cost is $17. Mail items for It’s Politics to the Whittier Daily News, P.O. Box 581, Whittier, CA 90608; fax (562) 698-0450; phone (562) 698-0955; or e-mail mike.sprague@sgvn.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Clinton leads all of her Democratic primary opponents by large margins in California, with the support of 49 percent of Democrats, according to the latest Field poll. Behind her are U.S. Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, with 17 percent and John Edwards, the 2004 Democratic vice presidential nominee, at 10 percent. APPOINTMENT: Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe has been appointed by President Bush to serve on the President’s Homeland Security Advisory Council. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said the council is his primary group of advisers, providing advice and recommendations on homeland security issues. It is comprised of experts from state and local governments, first-responder communities, academia and the private sector. The council also has five independent subcommittees that focus on specific issue areas, including border security, emergency response and private-sector needs. Knabe has served on the council’s State and Local Officials Senior Advisory Committee. Editor’s note: It’s Politics reports Saturdays on the ins and outs of Whittier-area politics and city government. Assemblyman Charles Calderon has endorsed New York U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton for president. “We need a new vision and direction for America that we can trust,” said Calderon, D-Industry. “Hillary will bring a new and different view of domestic and world issues, but it will be one guided by her 35 years of experience,” he said. “I believe in Hillary Clinton. She gives me hope for the safety and future of our country.” last_img read more

Datebook

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmatesBurbank’s Swingin’ Sounds, featuring the Swing Kings, 6 p.m., AMC Walkway between Palm Avenue and San Fernando Road. Campfire, 8 p.m., Temescal Gateway Park’s Campfire Center, 15601 Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades. Parking fee: $5. Call (310) 454-1395, Ext. 106. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail dnmetro@dailynews.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! THURSDAY Waste Management Forum, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., UCLA’s Covel Commons Ballroom, 315 Charles E. Young Drive W. Hosts will be Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, City Councilman Greig Smith and Assemblywoman Cindy Montañez. Call (213) 473-7012. Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., Airtel Plaza Hotel, 7277 Valjean Ave., Van Nuys. Sign up online at www.givelife.org and enter the sponsor code, Kiwanis. Call (805) 529-3237. Summer concert series, featuring 11 O’clock Jump band and Motown Blues, noon-2 p.m., Pershing Square, 532 S. Olive Drive, Los Angeles. Free. Call (213) 847-4968. last_img read more

Book bill spurs war of words

first_imgEditor’s note: It’s Politics reports Saturdays on the ins and outs of Whittier-area politics and city government. Last week, state Sen. Martha Escutia threw down the gauntlet, accusing editorial page writers and political opponents of misleading the public regarding her bill to provide textbooks geared toward non-English speakers. This week, Assemblyman Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar, fired back, attacking Democratic supporters of Escutia’s bill, SB 1769, for using what he described as strong-arm tactics in trying to get the bill through the Legislature. Huff said he didn’t like the fact the Democrats stripped the state Board of Education of funding when the board refused to approve the textbooks. “I’m always willing to negotiate way before the budget was signed,” she said. “Nothing happened. I frankly was shocked that the governor wouldn’t come back and negotiate with us.” Escutia said she still is willing to negotiate about the best options to teach our students English without lowering standards. Her bill requires the state education board to develop an approach for teaching reading and writing that incorporates English instruction for non-native speakers. Advocates envision textbooks and teaching materials that help build vocabulary in an appropriate context. LEGISLATIVE REPORT: Several bills by Whittier- area legislators took key steps forward this week. The Assembly Appropriations Committee approved these bills by Escutia: SB 1059: Would authorize the California Energy Commission to designate electric transmission corridors zones for future construction of high-voltage transmission lines. SB 1205: Would increase penalties on air polluters and use the extra fine money to fund local children’s health programs. SB 1442: Would include the cost International Baccalaureate exam fees in an existing grant program for economically disadvantaged students that already covers the costs of advanced placement (AP) exam fees. In addition, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved AB 1935 by Assemblyman Rudy Bermudez, D-Norwalk, which would increase the frequency of railroad inspections. Meanwhile, the Senate approved AB 2777 by Huff, which would add a number of veterans’ organizations to the five already recognized by state law. Mail items for It’s Politics to the Whittier Daily News, P.O. Box 581, Whittier, CA 90608; fax (562) 698-0450; phone (562)698-0955, Ext. 3022; or e-mail mike.sprague@sgvn.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.“It was a small group saying that if it doesn’t go their way, they’re going to play hardball,” Huff said. Huff said he also does not believe the state Legislature should ever overrule the board. The Legislature’s job is to set policy, while the education board’s job is to implement it, he added. “This is an elite group of legislators who believe they know better than everybody else,” he said. So far, though, Huff appears to be losing the battle. The Assembly Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved Escutia’s bill on a 13-5 vote. Escutia has said that when legislators began talking about removing the money from the board’s budget, they thought Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger would respond. But he didn’t, she added. last_img read more