LeBron declines option, becomes prize free agent

first_imgTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FILE – In this June 3, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James watches during the first half of Game 2 of basketball’s NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif. Two people familiar with the decision say James has told the Cavaliers he is declining his $35.6 million contract option for next season and is a free agent. James’ representatives told the Cavs on Friday, June 29, 2018, said the people who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team is not publicly commenting on moves ahead of free agency opening Sunday. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)CLEVELAND — LeBron James made the first move. Now what?Cleveland? Los Angeles? Philadelphia? A surprise?ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The chance to join one of the league’s most iconic franchises has an appeal to James and he said following this year’s Finals that he remains in “championship mode.”The Philadelphia 76ers and Houston Rockets are also believed to covet the four-time league MVP, who just played in his eighth straight Finals.James will factor family — he has three children, and his oldest son is a rising hoops star — into the choice of where he plays next.James just completed his 15th NBA season, and it may have been his best yet.He played all 82 regular-season games for the first time, averaging 27.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and a career-high 9.1 assists per game. He showed no signs of slowing down, if anything he had found a new gear.James then carried the Cavs, with their flawed roster after a massive trading deadline turnover, through the Eastern Conference playoffs — they survived two Game 7s and swept the top-seeded Toronto Raptors — to the NBA Finals for a fourth straight meeting with the Golden State Warriors.It was James’ eighth consecutive Finals appearance, a remarkable feat not matched since Hall of Famer Bill Russell and a handful of Celtics did it in the 1960s. Cleveland was overmatched but James had the Cavs in position to steal Game 1 before a late-game missed free throw by George Hill and mental meltdown by Cavs forward J.R. Smith, who dribbled out the final seconds of regulation thinking his team was leading, led to an overtime loss.With MVP Kevin Durant heading the charge, the Warriors completed a sweep of the Cavs and James, who revealed following the series that he had broken his right hand in a fit of frustration following Game 1.James had numerous reasons to be upset. He had done everything possible, and as he left Quicken Loans Arena following Game 4 along with his sons, there was an air of uncertainty heading into this summer.Those unknowns remain, but James is closer to solving them. 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Decision III is this summer’s blockbuster, and it’s coming soon.James told the Cavaliers that he is not exercising his $35.6 million contract option for next season and will become an unrestricted free agent, two people familiar with the decision told the Associated Press on Friday.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 crownThe decision to decline the option for 2018-19 was expected by James because it gives him more options, which includes him re-signing with the Cavs, who can offer him the most money — a five-year, $209 million contract. James can also sign a short-term deal with Cleveland, something he has done each year since returning in 2014.James had until 11:59 p.m. to express his intentions to the Cavs and his agent Rich Paul informed the team in the morning, said the people who spoke on condition of anonymity to the AP because the sides are not publicly commenting on moves ahead of free agency opening Sunday. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Best-ever World Cup? It is shaping up nicely MOST READ The three-time champion is now the most coveted prize in an NBA free-agent class that includes All-Stars Paul George and Chris Paul. Teams can begin negotiations with free agents at 12:01 a.m. Sunday.The fact that he didn’t pick up his option could be good news for worried Cavs fans, who fear James may leave them for the second time in his career. If he had opted in, it would have likely meant the Cavs had worked out a trade for James.And while the Cavs remain hopeful he’ll stay, there are other teams in the mix for the 33-year-old — and the Los Angeles Lakers appear to be at the top of the list.With the ability to sign two maximum-contract players, the Lakers can build a “Super Team” with James if they are able to also land George or work out a trade with San Antonio for Kawhi Leonard. On Thursday, George told the Oklahoma City Thunder he’s declining his $20.7 million option for next season.James already has some shallow roots on the West Coast with two homes in the Los Angeles area and a film production company.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedinglast_img read more

Ellen Decries Diminishing Donor Support

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has expressed grave concerns over diminishing support from donor partners toward the health sector.The President said this signals that if Liberia is to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC), it is now time for Liberians to work harder to achieve health related objectives.She made the comments at the official opening ceremony of the 15th Ordinary Meeting of the Assembly of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Health Ministers held at the Monrovia City Hall this past Friday April 11, 2014.President Sirleaf said the country could only achieve UCH if Liberians worked collectively to build a sustainable health financing system through domestic financing for the health sector. She indicated that “this will be a daunting task no doubt, particularly in our country where there are multiple needs of a reconstructing country; however we must get to the task.”Madam Sirleaf disclosed to the audience, which comprised of Health Ministers of the 15 ECOWAS member countries and other health stakeholders, that consideration is now being given for the establishment of a Liberia Health Equity Fund. This, according to the President, is a new funding mechanism that would help to pay for health care for all Liberians on an equitable basis, with everyone having access to the same services regardless of where you are, who you are or your financial standing.The 15th Ordinary Health Ministers meeting was organized by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in collaboration with West Africa Health Organization (WAHO), which was represented by its Director General, Dr. Xavier Crespin.It was held under the theme: “Universal Health Coverage: Issues, Challenges and Opportunities.”The Liberian leader, who formally declared the West African Health Ministers’ Meeting opened, said: “One of the many challenges that we recognize here today is the declining contribution from our donor partners. This is a reality and it is clear that if our country is to achieve the Universal Health Coverage, we must go to work to build a sustainable health financing system through domestic financing for our health sector.”The lack of quick response or the delay on the part of donor partners in regards to request from the government through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoH&SW) for US$1.2 million to combat the deadly Ebola virus in the country, might have led to the President thinking that donors are becoming unresponsive in the health sector.She, however, said that achieving the UHC takes time and perseverance for it involves accessibility, affordability, and quality of service.She said her government is endeavoring to this through a strong political commitment through all level including the highest level in our society.She retrospected that at the 63rd World Health Assembly held in Geneva, Switzerland, she stated that people should not die because they are poor and “we pledge to find mechanisms for the poor to continue to access the health care that they need and not to pay up-front fees.”“This is why today we want to command our health team for the services they render free in all parts of the country, though not at the quality we want.”She reminded the audience that while the Ebola outbreak probably strikes the upper-most in everyone’s minds in the nation and sub-region, she and others would remain convince that their relentless efforts are underway to address this critical situation.She indicated that government continues to lay emphasis on achieving its goals on UHC as carried in Liberia’s National Health Policy Plan for the next ten years. “This is why I applaud all of you for having taken the decision to come to this meeting that will give us encouragement as we all strive and work together to achieve quality delivery health care to our people,” she said.“In our country, we are working to improve the health and social welfare status of our population on an equitable basis in the face of major challenges, many of which have been out line in some note Dr. Walter Gwenigale gave me.”Making remarks earlier, WAHO Director General, Dr. Xavier Crespin, said that the issue of healthcare delivery in the sub-region was very critical and there is an urgent need for authorities of the region to formulate means through which basic quality and affordable health services can be provided citizens of the ECOWAS Community.He said the outbreak of the Ebola Virus in some part of the region is an unfortunate situation that needs immediate attention in order to bring it under control. He outlined numerous challenges that WAHO is facing in carrying out its mandate.In a message read on his behalf of Dr. Luis Gomes Sambo, World Health Organization Regional Director for Africa, by WHO Country Representative in Liberia, Dr. Nestor Ndayimirije, Dr. Sambo said despite the progress made in the last 15 to 20 years, populations in the African region still suffer from the devastating burden of several diseases such as malaria, AIDS, tuberculosis, meningitis, cholera and other diarrheal diseases, viral hemorrhagic fevers, among others which are obstacles to achieving Universal Coverage and the Millennium Development Goals.He said the meeting of WAHO came at a time when the sub-region is experiencing a serious epidemic disease, Ebola and commended the Governments of Liberia and Guinea for the strong leadership demonstrated by officially declaring and mounting an effective response to the cross-border Ebola virus disease epidemic. “With this strong leadership and commitment, I am very confident that together, we shall be able to stop this epidemic and therefore avoid the loss of human lives and minimize its impact on the economy, trade and travel in accordance with the International Health Regulation,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Suspension, Interim Leadership Hang over Basketball

first_imgYouth and Sports Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe is expected today to mediate between the leadership of the Liberia Basketball Association (LBA) and the aggrieved stakeholders, after decisions from four negotiating meetings ended in deadlock.The President of the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC), Philipbert Brown, has been invited to co-chair the negotiation.Minister Nagbe might suspend all basketball activities, including its leadership, and appoint an interim leadership, to lead the association to elections, if there isn’t any compromise from the meeting or when the results and resolutions are not adhered to.On the other hand, Minister Nagbe wouldn’t suspend basketball activities, including its leadership, and would not appoint an interim leadership, if the LBA leadership works within the decision that would be reached with the aggrieved stakeholders.Deputy Minister Henry Yonton, via mobile phone yesterday described the meeting as “the last Resort.”Minister Yonton said the meeting will bring to the fore the LBA leadership, including its president Rufus Anderson, secretary general D. Allen Goodridge and three Executive Committee members, while the aggrieved party is expected to also bring five persons to the meeting.Deputy Minister Yonton said the meeting will be held in the offices of Minister Nagbe at the Ministry of Youth & Sports on 19th Street, at 11:00A.M.“I will advise the LBA leadership and the aggrieved stakeholders to commit themselves to any resolution that may arise from today’s meeting,” Deputy Minister Yonton said. “I cannot say what the outcome may be but if they fail to do whatever might have come from the meeting, it is obvious that the Minister will definitely institute a remedial action.”Since January 28, the LBA has failed to go to its scheduled and rescheduled elections over protest of alleged administrative and financial malpractices, including the spurious registrations of 14 3rd division clubs.The Liberia National Olympic Committee’s President Philipbert Browne fruitlessly hosted two meetings with both parties.In further effort to remedy the basketball embarrassing saga, the LNOC in collaboration with the Sports Department of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, with the presence of Deputy and Assistant Ministers, Yonton and Murvee Gray attended without success.The postponement of Congress last Friday marked the fourth deferment – the first date was January 28; later to February 6 and 7; February 17 and 18 and then February 20 and 21.The LBA’s congress failed to begin due to various disruptions, including a reported fistfight between two persons, as tension boiled over.The fist fight and quarrel between both parties, the management of the Baptist Seminary was constrained to bring to an end the congress and shut its doors.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LRA Refutes Quarterly Report’s Claim

first_imgLRA Commissioner General Elfrieda Stewart Tamba Amid reports of budget shortfall last year, a court document says the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) failed to follow up on the judgment against several tax evaders, including Gulf Trading and SRIMEX Enterprise.However, the LRA explained that it has not failed to follow up any case as reported in the First Quarterly 2017 Report, citing delay tactics on the part of Gulf Trading/Srimex Enterprise, owned by Musa Hassan Bility, current president of the Liberia Football Association (LFA).The First Quarterly 2017 Report, of the Tax Court in Monrovia to the office of the Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor, covering the period from January 1 to March 31, 2017, quoted Judge Mozart Chesson as saying that the LRA had failed to do follow-ups on Gulf Trading/Srimex Enterprise to recover US$143,100 in taxes.“On September 13, 2013, judgment of US$190,800 was entered against the taxpayer, Gulf Trading, and Srimex Enterprise, which entered stipulation with the Ministry of Finance (MOF) to pay all the judgment in installment,” the report said.“Up to October 30, 2014, the taxpayer had made three partial payments, leaving a balance of US$143,100 on the judgment of which LRA has refused to make effort to collect,” the Chesson report added.The LRA, in response, said on May 3, 2011, the Government of Liberia filed an action of failure to pay overdue and outstanding duties against Gulf Trading/SRIMEX Enterprises in the amount US$488,910.52. During the trial, it was discovered that Gulf Trading/Srimex Enterprises had paid US$120,000, and the actual amount owed is US$368,910, including interest.On June 12, 2012, the Counsel for Gulf Trading/Srimex Enterprises on behalf of its client admitted to the tax liability of US$180,000 and said the company was prepared to pay the amount over a period of twelve months.On July 4, the GoL filed a motion for summary judgment against Gulf Trading/SRIMEX and same was granted on July 12, 2012. The Tax Court judge entered judgment for US$190,800 to include court cost. Of this amount, the GoL was entitled to US$180,000, including penalties and interest.The LRA said on August 6, 2012, the Tax Court Judge issued a payment order for the company to pay US$47,700 which constitutes 25% of the total US$190,800, including interest on money judgment and clerk fees.The court requested that the balance is paid within a year of the judgment. Despite several court communications, Gulf Trading/SRIMEX Enterprises failed to pay as stipulated.On June 18, 2013, Gulf Trading/SRIMEX Enterprises thru its lawyer, Cllr. Theophilus C. Gould (recently deceased) filed with the Tax Court a stipulation payment of eighteen (18) months from July 2013 –December 2014. The company paid US$25,000 against the US$180,000.In addition, the LRA said Gulf Trading/Srimex defaulted payment.On August 13, 2014, the GOL filed Bill of Information to the Tax Court on Gulf Trading/Srimex Enterprises’ persistent default and disrespect of the court’s order, but the bill was not heard due to the formation and transition of the LRA.On April 20, 2017, the LRA prayed the Court for assignment to hear arguments on the Bill of Information before the Court. The said hearing was scheduled for April 26, 2017. On the said date Counsels for Gulf Trading/SRIMEX appeared before trial and requested the court for a continuance due to the death of Cllr. Theophilus C. Gould, a member of their legal team. Again, in early May 2017, GoL prayed the Tax Court for another assignment for arguments in the Bill of Information before the Tax Court.The case was assigned and the lawyers of Gulf Trading/SRIMEX appeared and informed the court that the late Cllr. Gould’s office was locked and they have not gotten access to it and therefore prayed for the continuance. On May 25, 2017, the GOL prayed the Tax Court for another assignment to argue the Bill of Information. The said hearing was assigned for May 31, 2017. Gulf Trading/ SRIMEX lawyers appeared and requested the Tax Court for the continuance for reason that the counsels wanted to review the case. At this stage, the application made by the Counsels for Gulf Trading /SRIMEX was granted, however, the Tax Court judge Mozart Chesson fined the KEMP & Associates, US$200 for contempt of court.On June 5, 2017, Atty. Morris Davies, counsel of Gulf Trading/SRIMEX visited the offices of the LRA to negotiate payment of GoL entitlement as per the ruling of the Tax Court. Atty. Davies informed Atty. Jimmy Saah Bombo of the LRA that Gulf Trading/SRIMEX had some payment against the amount the court awarded to GoL. He assured Atty. Bombo that they will attach receipts of payments made by Gulf Trading/SRIMEX and that Gulf Trading/SRIMEX is now indebted in the amount of US$85,000. During the discussion, Atty. Davies appealed that they are requesting GoL to allow Gulf Trading/SRIMEX to pay the balance amount in three installments as of the end of June, July, and August of 2017.Atty. Bombo informed Atty. Davies that GoL awaits Gulf Trading/SRIMEX to return to the Bill of Information. Atty. Bombo said further that the return will serve as a basis for LRA management to make a decision as to Gulf Trading/SRIMEX’s request. On June 7, 2017, Gulf Trading/SRIMEX filed with the court and the LRA its returns claiming that Gulf Trading/SRIMEX is indebted to GoL in an amount of US$85,00O.Meanwhile, the LRA said the case is assigned for Monday, June 19.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Candidates seek to stand out, stand strong

first_imgRomney said he had switched from supporting abortion rights to opposing them as he came to understand the nuances of stem cell research. He said his conversion was not a political ploy to win conservative support. The Democratic-controlled Congress emerged as an early target for two of the candidates, Sen. John McCain of Arizona and Romney, not unlike the way President George W. Bush has been under attack from the Democratic presidential candidates. McCain accused Democratic congressional leaders of pursuing a “surrender” policy in Iraq by suggesting that the war was lost and that troops should be withdrawn by a certain date. “If we lost, then who won? Did al-Qaida win?” McCain said. “We must win in Iraq. If we withdraw, there will be chaos, there will be genocide, and they will follow us home.” Later, McCain added, “I don’t want to be president of a failed nation, I don’t want to be president of a sad nation that feels our best days are behind us.” Romney said Congress was trying to a dangerous degree to limit the president’s authority on Iraq, and that such efforts undercut the sort of presidential “strength” that he said Reagan personified. “It’s not what America wants, it’s not what America needs,” Romney said. “If we leave in the wrong way, the Iranians could grab the Shia south,” or al-Qaida could gain more power. McCain said the Bush administration had pursued a poor strategy of winning the war and stabilizing Iraq. “The war was terribly mismanaged,” he said. Invoking Regan’s role Former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas said he would have fired Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld before the 2006 congressional elections, and not after them, as Bush did. “Clearly there was a real error in judgment,” Huckabee said, adding that the administration made a mistake by not listening more closely to generals who urged a larger troop deployment in Iraq at the start of the war. Former Gov. Jim Gilmore of Virginia, asked whether the Bush administration needed to make more staff changes, was reluctant to inveigh against the White House, asserting that changes were already under way. McCain was asked about his “trip wire” in taking action against Iran, such as its acquisition or creation of nuclear weapons. He said at first that the United States should work through diplomatic and economic channels to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, then said a nuclear-armed Iran would pose an unacceptable threat to Israel and other nations, which would justify a military strike. “There’s lots of things we can do – that’s the ultimately final option, and I don’t think we need to exercise it at this time,” McCain said. Giuliani said the only thing worse than an American-led military offensive against Iran would be Iran having nuclear weapons, which he called “the worst nightmare” of the Cold War. The way to stop Iran, he said, was resolute American leadership facing down the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. “He has to look at an American president, and he has to see Ronald Reagan,” Giuliani said. The debate, at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, was the first televised exchange among the 10 Republican presidential candidates, and it came a week after the first debate for the eight Democratic candidates in South Carolina. Drawing distinctions While the Democratic forum was a relatively amiable affair, with the principal rivals aiming their fire more at Bush and the conduct of the Iraq war than at one other, the Republican candidates have shown more of a tendency to draw distinctions among themselves. During the past week, McCain has separated himself from the field somewhat by criticizing the White House on both domestic and foreign policy matters; he has not spoken unfavorably about Bush by name, however, trying rather to illuminate his own views on the direction of the country and the management record of Republican leaders without attacking them personally. Romney and Giuliani, by contrast, have focused on laying out their broad political themes and introducing themselves to voters. Romney has highlighted his credentials as an executive and business leader, while Giuliani has described how New York City became safer and more prosperous during his two terms in office, and has recounted his leadership of the city during and after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. McCain, Romney and Giuliani were prepared to reinforce those distinctions in the debate, and they were eager to find ways – in their allotment of eight minutes or so apiece – to portray themselves to Republican primary voters as the most appealing candidate on taxes, immigration, federal entitlement programs and foreign policy priorities. Many of the candidates, including those who are less well-known, also hoped to stake out positions that would appeal to conservative voters, who have been a dominant force in some early presidential primaries. Many conservatives have expressed ambivalence about the current Republican slate of candidates, leading to some fascination with possible late-entry candidates who were not on the stage Thursday night, such as former Sen. Fred Thompson of Tennessee. That said, some of the lesser-known candidates entered Thursday night’s debate after weeks of burnishing their credentials with the right and looking for opportunities to stand out as a conservative’s conservative. Being conservative Tom Tancredo, a congressman from Colorado, has attacked illegal immigration and some immigration-reform proposals with ferocity, while Sam Brownback, a senator from Kansas, has stressed his opposition to abortion rights and gay marriage, and former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas has shared his perspectives – as a Southern Baptist minister – about religion and civic life. The other candidates in the debate were Duncan Hunter, a congressman from California; Ron Paul, a Texas congressman; and Tommy Thompson, a former governor of Wisconsin. Looming over the debate was a general admiration for Reagan, whose widow, Nancy Reagan, had offered the library as a site for the debate and who was present Thursday night. Reagan’s presidential blend of optimism and steeliness during the Cold War remains a touchstone for several Republican candidates who have urged Americans to remain resolute on Iraq and in the broader military and intelligence battles against terrorists.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SIMI VALLEY – Meeting for their first debate, the 10 Republican presidential candidates each endorsed a muscular approach to foreign policy and national security Thursday night, with several of them citing President Reagan as a model for staring down Iran on nuclear weapons and remaining resolute on Iraq until it was more stable. On social issues dear to conservative Republicans, who are a dominant force in some early nominating primaries, two of the candidates – former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani of New York City and former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts – found themselves treading carefully as they explained their positions on abortion. Giuliani, who supports abortion rights, appeared to struggle with the issue, joining the other nine in saying he would not oppose overturning the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. But later he endorsed a woman’s right to make a decision on whether to have an abortion. “It would be OK to repeal,” Giuliani said. “Or it would be OK also if a strict constructionist judge viewed it as a precedent.” last_img read more

Pigs, sheep, geese told to scurry from Valley Fair, drawing outrage

first_imgFirst, the Valley Fair lost its site. Now, the show has lost its animals. The agricultural expo, which relocated from the San Fernando Valley to Saugus Speedway in March to increase profits, told livestock exhibitors this week that they will not be a part of the four-day event that begins June 7 because housing animals is too expensive. Instead, they’ve been offered an alternate venue at Pierce College, where the 100 entrants can showcase and sell their animals. At a rancorous meeting of the fair’s livestock committee Monday night, the message did not go over well. “What is the fair doing to promote agriculture?” demanded Jessie White, agriculture chair for Los Angeles County 4-H. “We’re having a livestock show,” replied Bill Lander, the soft-spoken fair board director who endured the brunt of the meeting’s criticism. “Yeah, but it’s not at the fair!” White hollered. “Having the Budweiser Clydesdales does not count as having agriculture!” After a March contract dispute with the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks over a proposed move to Woodley Park in Encino, the fair board voted not to return to the Hansen Dam site used in 2006. The event drew a scant 14,000 over several days last year, a figure the board hoped to easily exceed in Saugus. But the Speedway, presented at the time as the fiscally responsible alternative, proved to be too expensive for cows and geese. According to figures presented at the meeting, the fair expects to incur expenses of $45,900 to show livestock there. If it holds the show at Pierce, it would cost only $22,700. The impassioned livestock committee attacked the listed costs, calling them inflated and volunteering to make up the difference themselves. They also offered expletives, table-pounding and the threat of a lawsuit. Many students who have raised animals to enter in the competition and auction already notified buyers of the Saugus location. Members of the volunteer committee said moving them would drive away buyers, isolate fair patrons from the popular animal areas and kill the atmosphere associated with the 61-year-old event, officially known as the 51st District Agricultural Association. “I don’t like the arrangement any more than you guys,” Lander told the group. “If we want to save the livestock, we’re going to have to work together.” Lander and fellow board member Dennis De Young expressed sympathy for the assembled body but said they’d been instructed by board President David Honda to move the animals to Pierce. They pledged to try to assemble the other board members for a meeting so the livestock group could plead its case, but doubted it could do it in time to make a difference. The cantankerous committee laid into Honda and CEO Catherine Garcia, whom they claimed were inaccessible and kept them out of the loop. Honda was traveling in Japan and was unavailable for comment, and Garcia did not return phone calls seeking comment. In early March, when Honda and Garcia were fighting to keep the fair at Woodley Park, supporters addressed the Los Angeles City Council and conjured up images of kids playing among sheep and chickens. One family brought a rabbit that was hoisted up in council chambers as an example of good old-fashioned family fun. “They asked for the kids’ help; now they’ve eliminated the kids,” said Ken Keeble, a member of the committee and the Reseda Grange. “The kids thought they’d be showing, they entered by the rules and now, 30 days before the event, they’re told they won’t have a place at the fair.” Councilman Tony C rdenas, targeted by the fair board in its March dust-up over the move to Woodley, took the criticism a step further. He plans to ask state legislators to audit the fair’s operations. “It just goes to show the Valley Fair is really mismanaged,” he said. “They had a great opportunity. There’s been $70,000 put into Hansen Dam to upgrade the animal facilities. “They abandoned the San Fernando Valley and now they’ve abandoned the kids, too.” At Canoga Park High School – home to an agricultural magnet program, the Future Farmers of America and a sizable animal population – the kids weren’t talking politics Tuesday. They were talking about their pigs and sheep, carefully groomed and tended, with plans to show at the fair. In a yard not far from the football field, Beshoy Halim, a 14-year-old freshman from Canoga Park, struggled with classmate Ashlee LaFoe to corral a pair of pigs. He used a plastic board to guide the 200-pound Pigothy onto a scale while she took Knucklehead for a walk. They spend three hours a week walking the animals, alternating feed duties with their fellow students. For months, they’ve raised the animals for a fair that can no longer accommodate them. “I’m sort of disappointed, because I’m afraid it won’t go so well,” Halim said. “Hopefully, it’ll all go smoothly and I can find a buyer.” City Councilman Richard Alarc n, who helped lead efforts to bring the fair back to the Valley from Castaic Lake in 2003 when he was a state senator, blasted the board leadership. He called on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to shake up the nine-member board and suggested planning a new event next year unconnected to the existing fair. “They’re defeating the purpose of the fair,” he said. “The whole idea is to promote agricultural interest. Now, it’s essentially a carnival that you could go to at any local grocery store.” So the kids who have invested hundreds of dollars and months of time in raising the animals won’t be left hanging, Derek L. Tabone, who chairs the livestock committee, suggested the animal backers buy each others’ stock above market price. While frustrated with the decision to move to Pierce, he said exhibitors should plan for a show there in the event a compromise can’t be reached. That wasn’t good enough for a few of the more militant committee members, who during the meeting proposed arriving uninvited at Saugus, animals in tow. “I’m thinking that civil disobedience over a steer isn’t a real good reason to go to jail,” counseled Tabone, a Van Nuys attorney by day. “But this is the death of a way of life!” screamed one of the dissenters, who’d earlier sent the budget handouts sailing across the room, chased by loud curses. “No,” Tabone said softly. “It’s the death of the fair.” brent.hopkins@dailynews.com (818) 713-3738160Want 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

Agreement ratified between City, BCGEU

first_imgAn agreement has been ratified between the City of Fort St. John, and local members of the BCGEU, officially bringing an end to the strike. Workers returned to the job on Wednesday as a sign of good faith based on the negotiations.City employees will see an increase of 2.25 per cent retroactive to July 1. They’ll receive further wage increases of 2.25 per cent on January 1, 2016, and January 1, 2017. Regular and part time employees will also get a signing bonus of $750, and auxiliary employees will get a $350 bonus.Brent Camilleri led the negotiations for the BCGEU. In a release he said, “The BCGEU members work hard to provide services to the people of Fort St. John. We are glad to have found common ground with the employer on the working conditions for the next three years.”- Advertisement -In the same release Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman stated, “Council is very pleased that an agreement was reached amicably. We have the hardest working employees in the Province and we know we are lucky to have them. The Energetic City begins with City staff.”last_img read more

‘There is no room for Olivier Giroud at Arsenal – it’s time to let him go’

first_imgOlivier Giroud’s time at Arsenal is over, according to former Gunner Stewart Robson.The striker has fired 98 goals in 226 appearances for the north London club since his arrival from Montpellier in 2012.But his future is in doubt following the arrival of fellow France international Alexandre Lacazette, and Robson believes a move away from Arsenal is in everyone’s best interests.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Robson said: “With Lacazette coming in, Welbeck still a good player when he is fully fit, I just don’t think there is room for Olivier Giroud.“He gives them something different because he is good in the air but I think it is time for him to leave and Arsenal to let him go.”Giroud is being linked with Everton and West Ham, while there are also reports he is being eyed by Borussia Dortmund.Robson would be surprised to see him join a mid-table Premier League club, though, making a move to Bundesliga giants Dortmund more likely in his mind.He added: “He wants to play as high as he possibly as he can and I’m not sure West Ham are going to be right at the top.“Everton are spending money at the moment… but he has got to find the best possible club for him and they are going to have to pay him a lot of money so it might be difficult for him to move to a mid-table Premier League club.“He will have to go that little bit higher I think.”READ MORE: ‘Liverpool NEED a player like Olivier Giroud – he’d be a great signing’, former Reds striker Dean Saunders tells talkSPORTlast_img read more

Chelsea set to take a huge step in appointing new manager

first_img Zola is regarded by many fans as their greatest ever player 3 Maurizio Sarri has been replaced by Carlo Ancelotti as Napoli manager Despite appointing Carlo Ancelotti as their new manager, Sarri is still contracted to the club he guided to second in Serie A last season and Napoli are believed to want around £3.5m for the 59-year-old, according to the Daily Mail.Conte has been Chelsea’s manager since 2016 and won the Premier League in his first season in charge. However, the Blues mounted a miserable defence of the crown they won so convincingly and finished fifth this season, though ended the campaign on a high by winning the FA Cup. Maurizio Sarri could be Chelsea’s new manager by the end of the week, with the Premier League side expected to agree a £9.5m compensation package with current boss Antonio Conte.Sarri, the former Napoli boss and Gianfranco Zola, are expected to form a new-look management team with the latter understood to be ready to cut short his punditry role for South African TV and fly to London on Wednesday to get the deal over the line. 3 Conte has won the Premier League and FA Cup during his time as Chelsea manager 3 Zinedine Zidane and Luis Enrique have also been linked with his job, but it appears Sarri is closing in on the hotseat.Zola, meanwhile, spent seven years as a Chelsea player and is regarded as one of their greatest. Having arrived from Parma in 1996, the 51-year-old played 229 Premier League games and won the Cup Winners Cup, two FA Cups and the League Cup.last_img read more

Men’s Golf Finishes Play at SIUE Derek Dolenc Invitational

first_imgFor the Bulldogs, Scherf and Reddy carded a 74 and a 75, respectively, on the final day. Reddy, playing as an individual (74-73-75), and Scherf (76-72-74) each posted a total score of 222. One stroke back was junior Chase Wicklund (Scottsdale, Ariz.) who tallied a 73 on the final day for a total score of 223 (78-72-73) as he tied for 41st. Senior Tommi Avant (Chandler, Ariz.) was next with a 225 (76-74-75) while freshman Shayne Patel (Edmond, Okla.) posted an 81 on the final day as he finished at 228 (74-73-81). Junior Kyle MacDonald (Burlington, Ontario) rounded out the Bulldogs’ efforts with a score of 232 (79-76-77). Story Links Following the SIUE Derek Dolenc Invitational, Drake hosts the Zach Johnson Invitational, Oct. 1-2, at Glen Oaks Country Club in West Des Moines, Iowa. MADISON, Ill. – Senior Arjun Reddy (Tulsa, Okla.) and freshman Lucas Scherf (Grinnell, Iowa) of the Drake University men’s golf team each finished tied for 37th at the SIUE Derek Dolenc Invitational as Drake wrapped up play Tuesday, Sept. 25. As a team, Drake shot a 15-over par 299 on the final day to finish the two-day tournament in 13th place with a score of 894 (304-291-299). Host SIUE posted an eight-under par 276 and a total score of ten-under par 842 to win the tournament by 12 strokes over second-place Omaha. SIUE Derek Dolenc Invitational Final Results  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more