Raptors: After averaging 18.5 turnovers in Games 3 and 4 at Washington, Toronto had only seven in Game 6.Wizards: Were without starting SF Otto Porter Jr., who had a medical procedure Friday to prevent permanent muscle damage because of compartment syndrome in his left leg. … Kelly Oubre Jr. started in place of Porter and hit his first 3-point attempt, before missing all six other shots he took.UP NEXT:Toronto will host Games 1 and 2 in the second round, no matter the opponent. The Raptors lost to the Cavaliers each of the past two seasons — swept in the second round a year ago, and beaten in six games in the conference finals in 2016.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ LATEST STORIES Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) shoots over Washington Wizards forward Kelly Oubre Jr. (12) with Wizards forward Markieff Morris at right during the first half of Game 6 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Friday, April 27, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON — For a team that had been 0-23 when trailing at halftime in road playoff games, the Toronto Raptors sure went about ending that drought and advancing in the playoffs in an usual way: The second unit, led by Fred VanVleet, created the comeback.Using a tremendous effort at both ends of the court from reserves, and 24 points from Kyle Lowry, the Raptors came back to beat the Washington Wizards 102-92 in Game 6 on Friday night and end their Eastern Conference first-round series.ADVERTISEMENT Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ “Those guys have some ugly possessions, but most of the time, they figure it out,” Toronto coach Dwane Casey said about his bench players, who overwhelmed Washington’s in points, 21-6, and rebounds, 15-3, in the second half. “We trust them. We trusted them all year.”Toronto fell behind by 12 points in the first quarter and by 53-50 at the end of the second.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 Raptors’ first lead did not come until the third quarter, and they were back down by five points entering the final period.Never in franchise history had the Raptors won after trailing at halftime in a postseason away game, the team said, citing the Elias Sports Bureau. View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Black rues Dillinger’s late-game airball: ‘Very poor attempt’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Pascal Siakam had 11 points and eight rebounds and used his length to hound Wall, while VanVleet was a pest to Beal.Jakob Poeltl and C.J. Miles each scored seven. It was VanVleet’s 3-pointer with center Marcin Gortat in his face that tied the game at 78, and Miles’ 3 with about 8½ minutes remaining that gave Toronto its first lead of more than a single point, at 84-80.“I’m still looking for that manual that says you can’t play that second unit. They’re too young. They’re too this. They’re too that,” Casey said. “They closed it out for us tonight.”The home team had won each of the first five games, but the Raptors were finally able to break that road hex. The East’s No. 1 seed will face LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers or the Indiana Pacers next. The Pacers forced a Game 7 on Sunday by avoiding elimination with a 121-87 victory over the Cavs on Friday night.Asked whether he has a preference for the upcoming opponent, DeRozan answered with one word: “No.”This marks the Raptors’ third consecutive trip to the second round of the playoffs; they last failed to get that far in 2015, when they were swept in the opening round by the Wizards.But this time, Washington bowed out earlier than it was hoping when the season began with grandiose talk of a run to the conference finals. Instead, the Wizards were without Wall for 41 games and wound up with the No. 8 seeding.Wall had 23 points and eight assists in Game 6; Beal scored 32. But none of that mattered to the fans who started heading to the exits early as the Wizards’ run of eight home playoff wins in a row came to a close.“We got some looks,” said Wall, whose entire team had only 12 assists. “We just missed them.”TIP-INS “It’s a different year. It’s a different team,” VanVleet said. “We’ve just got to keep our composure going forward and leave the past in the past.”With star guards Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, who had a personal series-low 16 points, resting to begin the fourth, VanVleet steered the turnaround, and the Raptors outscored Washington 29-14 in the last quarter. Bothered by a bad right shoulder, VanVleet had played a total of three minutes in the series until Friday, but he was just what Toronto needed in this game, with five points, four assists and four rebounds.“On the road, in a hostile environment, I just wanted to be another support guy out there, that can ease the starters a bit,” VanVleet said. “You know, me running the team and playing defense and stuff, I can do those things in my sleep.”It allowed DeRozan to play only 33½ minutes total, and Lowry 31½, compared with more than 40 each for Washington’s All-Star guards, John Wall and Bradley Beal, who looked tired by the end.“It was great to have our full bench back. Freddie back out there with the guys,” DeRozan said. “Just a testament to what they did all year.”ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding
Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Durham, Amer rally Meralco past NLEX Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “It’s really frustrating. It’s a bad loss. It’s not that they won the game but we lost it,” Guiao told reporters after a 108-105 defeat on Sunday.READ: Durham, Amer rally Meralco past NLEXFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Just too many turnovers in a short period of time especially happening in the endgame. Turnovers and I felt the bad calls conspired to turn a win into a loss but we have to take some blame for it, we have to take some responsibility from it.”Guiao was on point as the Road Warriors turned the ball over eight times in the last five minutes of the game. “I couldn’t find a point guard in the endgame who can carry the game for us. Every point guard I used the result was a turnover and that’s why it’s really frustrating,” he said.Late in the game, Guiao went with Philip Paniamogan first before turning to Mac Tallo, Kenneth Ighalo and lastly, Juami Tiongson to end the game.The four, however, committed six turnovers combined in the last five minutes with Tiongson committing a pair of miscues in the last 41.2 seconds left.On the other hand, the Bolts’ chief playmaker thrived in the pressure-packed moments as Amer scored 17 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, highlighted by the game-tying three-point play and game-winning triple with 13.6 ticks to go.It also didn’t help that import Aaron Fuller fouled out for NLEX with still 46.2 seconds left while Durham came alive as the game grew weary for Meralco as the after a slow start. Durham, the reigning two-time Best Import, unleashed 30 of his game-high 36 points in the second half.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Guiao isn’t the type of coach who makes excuses but he admitted NLEX is sorely missing the absence of its star point guards Kiefer Ravena (suspension) and Kevin Alas (ACL) especially late in games.“Of course [we miss them]. If we had Kevin or Kiefer in this game we would’ve won comfortably but it’s hard to think about something that isn’t going to happen at this point. We miss them but we know that’s not gonna happen soon so we just have to live with what he have.”Fortunately for Guiao and the Road Warriors, guard Alex Mallari, who is out with a sprained ankle, is set to return next game.At 4-5 with still a couple of games left against Rain or Shine and Alaska, Guiao still likes his team’s chances of making the playoffs.“Before the string of turnovers happened, we were in control of the hame. We just have to look forward to the next game and win a couple more to get ourselves into the quarterfinals and see what happens after that,” he said.“We still have a good chance of making the quarterfinals as long as we’re able to win our next games.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew PBA IMAGESNLEX coach Yeng Guiao felt his team committed one too many mistakes down the stretch in a crucial loss to Meralco, a game the Road Warriors initially had in their fingertips but let slip away.NLEX blew a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter after Meralco fought back and pounced on the error-prone Road Warriors behind Allen Durham and Baser Amer.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal MOST READ LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View comments
The bishop of Episcopal Diocese of Liberia and archbishop of the Internal Province of West Africa, Most Rev. Jonathan B.B. Hart, has warned politicians seeking public office to avoid shedding innocent blood in ritualistic killings as they contest the ensuing senatorial elections.Making emphasis on the issue among other societal ills while delivering a sermon at the National Intercessory Prayer at Trinity Cathedral yesterday, Archbishop Hart said, “We still practice the killing of innocent people either for ritual practices or out of hate.”He emphatically declared that “As people of God we cannot say we are obeying God and continue to shed innocent blood and lives.”As is usually the case, when election day is drawing closer “Heart man” activities become rampant, gripping people by fear. People avoiding walking alone on distant road or in the dark.Archbishop Hart noted that total obedience and unflinching faithfulness are what God requires and demands of Liberians as people of a nation. “Obedience from the heart and faithfulness without pretense are virtues that we need to cultivate as leaders and citizens of Liberia if we want our nation to prosper and be blessed by God.”Speaking also on other societal ills, the West African archbishop and bishop of Liberia stressed that Liberians cannot truly profess to obey God when they continue to indulge in the practices of homosexual activities and the raping of young girls and children.The archbishop lamented that homosexuality is on the rise as though it has been legalized. Young girls and even young boys are being raped or seduced by many of those who are wealthy.Speaking on the theme, “Obedience and faithfulness Are What God Requires of Us,” the Liberian prelate also noted that obeying God requires doing away with violence and the destruction of properties and unwarranted strikes.“We must resolve to find solutions to our problems in a more polite and civil manner, rather than by using violence which results in the loss of human lives and properties,” he averred.On the issue of corruption, Bishop Hart indicated that this is a sin against God and God’s people. “The practice of corruption in our society today seems to be normal and is carried out by bosses in offices without fear.The national intercessory prayer is a part of activities that mark Liberia’s Independence Day celebration this year. The day has over the time been celebrated on a rotational basis in the counties since President Sirleaf took office in 2006; but this time it is being declared by the Protocol office that it is to be observed in homes and churches in prayer services to seek God’s intervention in the Ebola crisis facing the country.The Liberian Chief of Protocol, Rufus Neufville, during the intercessory service announced that on July 25 there will be an honoring ceremony in the C. Cecil Dennis Auditorium at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs while on the 26th there will be an indoor program at the Centennial Pavilion in Monrovia.According to the Chief of Protocol, all programs will have no reception or party as the case had been in the past, but will be dominated by prayers in churches and mosque.This year’s celebration was expected to be held in Sinoe and Grand Kru Counties, but the Ebola crisis coupled with bad roads and other social issues led to the cancellation of the program in those counties.Meanwhile, Bishop Hart acknowledged that if Liberia can experience the favor of God and prosper as a people and nation in the midst of the Ebola crisis, they need to render absolute obedience to and faith in God by turning away from their deceits and hypocrisy.“In order to tap into the abundance of God’s blessing as a nation, we need to turn away from our greed and all forms and manners of corruption; forget about dirty politics and see each other as brothers and sisters and Liberia as our common denominator,” Bishop Hart asserted.The service was attended by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, United States Ambassador Deborah Malac, Foreign Affairs Minister Augustine K. Ngafuan, Internal Affairs Minister Morris Dukuly, Gender and Development Minister Julia Duncan Cassell and few other Government officials.The intercessory prayer was expected to be well attended by Government officials; contrary to this belief, the service was poorly attended.This was most probably due to poor advanced planning. For example, at press time on Thursday night, the Liberian media knew nothing about an intercessory service scheduled to take place on Sunday, July 21. Most media houses heard about it on Sunday morning, when the state broadcasting facility, ELBC, announced that its Outside Broadcast system was en route to Trinity Cathedral for a National Intercessory Prayer Service.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…escape with amplifier, other equipmentLess than six months after persons forcefully made their way into a Christian church, a Hindu temple and a Muslim mosque, at Gay Park Greater New Amsterdam, bandits have again broken into the mosque.The discovery was made on Tuesday evening as members had gathered for the evening prayer.President of the Providence/Gay Park Mosque Feroz Jaffarally told Guyana Times that an amplifier and other equipment was stolen.The window through which the bandits gain entryIn August 2017, thieves had broken into the masjid through an unsecured door and then the perpetrator (s) climbed into the main part of the building, which housed most of the valuable items belonging to the Mosque.However, in Tuesday’s robbery, several louvers were removed from a window at the back of the building and a part of the steel grill hammered open.This publication was shown a whole which was used to gain entry into the place of worship.“It had to be a small person who was used to pass through there and they had to have a bigger person on the outside,” Jaffarally pointed out.“They couldn’t get to pass anything bigger through the whole.”He said the 750-watt amplifier which was used to call the Azam is now missing.“I was here for a while and then I washed my hands and we were all ready and as I went, there was no equipment.”The amplifier, speakers and microphone were all gone Jaffarally said.Imam of the Providence/Gay Park Mosque, Boyie Mohammed told this publication that there are several pieces of derelict vehicles surrounding the building making it almost impossible for surveillance cameras in the area to focus on the mosque.“We have complained about this. There is a workshop down the street and when the trucks come to be fixed and they don’t want them they are left on the road around here to rot,” he explained.Jaffarally noted that the New Amsterdam Town Council was informed about the situation. “The former Mayor Kurt Winter and some councilors visited to get a firsthand look at the situation in July 2016.”He further stated that the current Mayor was also informed of the inconvenience being caused as a result of the derelict trucks.Meanwhile, about one hundred members attend the Providence/Gay Park Mosque and use the equipment which was stolen.“We usually have programs here to help keep the youths off the street.This is the third time that persons broke into the building and stole. Back in 2002, a generator valued at close to $1M was stolen along with cooking utensils which were used for religious functions along with kitchenware.
Effective October 2018, pensioners countrywide have been exempted from Guyana Water Incorporated’s (GWI) fixed monthly charge of $250 for water used.Managing Director of GWI, Dr. Richard Van West-Charles, said that metered pensioners will now pay a charge of $74 per cubic meter (m3) for the first 10cubic meters (10m3), and $86 for each cubic meter used thereafter, until September 30. As for unmetered pensioners, they will pay a rate of $740 per month.He further mentioned that citizens aged 65 years old and above will be eligible for the exemption, and must provide an Identification Card or Passport when applying. Additionally, the GWI account must be in the pensioner’s name for the reduced rate to be granted.
WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush’s senior advisers on Iraq have recommended that he stand by his current war strategy, and he is unlikely to order more than a symbolic cut in troops before the end of the year, administration officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The recommendations from Gen. David Petraeus, the military commander in Iraq, and U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker come despite independent government findings Tuesday that Baghdad has not met most of the political, military and economic markers set by Congress. Bush appears set on maintaining the central elements of the policy he announced in January, one senior administration official said after discussions with participants in Bush’s briefings during his surprise visit to an air base in Iraq on Monday. Although the addition of 30,000 troops and the focus on increasing security in Baghdad would not be permanent, Bush is inclined to give it more time in hopes of extending military gains in Baghdad and the formerly restive Anbar province, officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity to describe decisions coming as part of the White House report on Iraq due to Congress next week. Bush himself suggested that modest troop cuts may be possible if military successes continue, but he gave no timeline or specific numbers. Options beyond a symbolic cut this year include cutting the tour of duty for troops in Iraq from 15 months back to the traditional 12 months, one official said. If adopted, that change would not come before spring. A Pentagon official said Petraeus has not specifically recommended trimming tours by three months. Bush’s troop increase will end by default in April or May, when one of the added brigades is slated to leave, unless Bush makes other changes to hold the number steady. Republican support could hinge on Petraeus’ testimony next week. If he can convince lawmakers that the security gains won in recent months are substantial and point toward a bigger trend, GOP members might be more likely to hold out until next spring. They also might be more easily persuaded if Bush promises some small troop drawdowns by the end of the year, as was suggested to the White House by Sen. John Warner of Virginia, an influential Republican on security matters. Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., returning from a weekend trip to Iraq, said Tuesday a small round of troop withdrawals might be the ticket to forcing political progress in Iraq. The position was a new one for the senator, who faces a tough election next year. “I think the unmistakable message has to be sent to the Shiite leadership that there is no blank check for Iraq,” Coleman told reporters in a conference call. Also Tuesday, the Government Accountability Office, Congress’ investigative and auditing arm, reported that Iraq has failed to meet 11 of its 18 political and security goals. The study was slightly more upbeat than initially planned. After receiving substantial resistance from the White House, the GAO determined that four benchmarks – instead of two – had been partially met. But the GAO stuck with its original contention that only three goals out of the 18 had been fully achieved. The goals met include establishing joint security stations in Baghdad, ensuring minority rights in the Iraqi legislature and creating support committees for the Baghdad security plan. U.S. Comptroller David Walker said the GAO did not soften its report due to pressure from the administration and reached its conclusions on its own. Walker said Congress should ask itself what it wants to achieve in Iraq and can do realistically. “After we answer that, we can reassess what the appropriate goal is of U.S. forces,” he said in an interview Tuesday. Democrats said the GAO report showed that Bush’s decision to send more troops to Iraq is failing because Baghdad is not making the political progress needed to tamp down sectarian violence. BENCHMARKS Here are Government Accountability Office findings on the status of 18 military and political goals set by Congress for Iraq. The Bush administration’s July assessment of progress in these areas is noted parenthetically. Another administration assessment is due Sept. 15. IRAQ HAS FULLY MET REQUIREMENTS TOWARD: Establishing supporting political, media, economic and services committees in support of the Baghdad Security Plan. (The administration says this is satisfactory). Establishing all the planned joint security stations in neighborhoods across Baghdad. (The administration says this is satisfactory). Ensuring that the rights of minority political parties in the Iraqi legislature are protected. (The administration says this is satisfactory). IRAQ HAS ONLY PARTIALLY MET REQUIREMENTS TOWARD: Enacting and implementing legislation on procedures to form semiautonomous regions. (The administration says this is satisfactory). Providing three trained and ready Iraqi brigades to support Baghdad operations. (The administration says this is satisfactory). Ensuring that the Baghdad security plan will not provide a safe haven for outlaws, regardless of sectarian or political affiliation, as Bush says Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has pledged to do. (The administration says this is satisfactory). Allocating and spending $10 billion in Iraqi revenues for reconstruction projects, including delivery of essential services, on an equitable basis. (The administration says this is satisfactory). IRAQ HAS NOT MET REQUIREMENTS TOWARD: Enacting and implementing legislation on de-Baathification. (The administration says this is unsatisfactory). Enacting and implementing legislation to ensure the equitable distribution of hydrocarbon resources of the people of Iraq without regard to the sect or ethnicity of recipients, and enacting and implementing legislation to ensure that the energy resources of Iraq benefit Sunni Arabs, Shia Arabs, Kurds and other Iraqi citizens in an equitable manner. (The administration says this is unsatisfactory). Providing Iraqi commanders with all authorities to execute this plan and to make tactical and operational decisions, in consultation with U.S commanders, without political intervention, to include the authority to pursue all extremists, including Sunni insurgents and Shiite militias. (The administration says this is unsatisfactory). Ensuring that the Iraqi Security Forces are providing evenhanded enforcement of the law. (The administration says this is unsatisfactory). Increasing the number of Iraqi security forces units capable of operating independently. (The administration says this is unsatisfactory). Ensuring that Iraq’s political authorities are not undermining or making false accusations against members of the Iraqi Security Forces. (The administration says this is unsatisfactory). Reducing the level of sectarian violence in Iraq and eliminating militia control of local security. (The administration says there has been mixed progress in this area). Enacting and implementing legislation establishing an Independent High Electoral Commission, provincial elections law, provincial council authorities, and a date for provincial elections. (The administration says there has been mixed progress in this area). Forming a Constitutional Review Committee and then completing the constitutional review. (The administration says this is satisfactory). Enacting and implementing legislation addressing amnesty. (The State Department says conditions are not present for this benchmark). Enacting and implementing legislation establishing a strong militia disarmament program to ensure that such security forces are accountable only to the central government and loyal to the constitution of Iraq. (The State Department says conditions are not present for this benchmark.)160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The plan they described is fraught with political risk. While Republican leaders on Tuesday suggested the GOP may be willing to support keeping troops in the region through spring, it is unclear whether rank-and-file party members who face tough elections next year will be willing to follow their lead. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell told reporters he would like to ensure a long-term U.S. presence in the Middle East to fight al-Qaida and deter aggression from Iran. “And I hope that this reaction to Iraq and the highly politicized nature of dealing with Iraq this year doesn’t end up in a situation where we just bring all the troops back home and thereby expose us, once again, to the kind of attacks we’ve had here in the homeland or on American facilities,” said McConnell, R-Ky. With Monday’s back-to-back review sessions in Iraq, Bush has now heard from all the military chiefs, diplomats and other advisers he planned to consult before making a widely anticipated report to Congress by Sept. 15. Petraeus and Crocker are to testify before Congress on their recommendations next week. The United States would be hard-pressed to maintain the current level of 160,000 troops in Iraq indefinitely, but Bush is not expected to order more than a slight cut before the end of the year, officials said.
Insider Trading: Featuring Emmanuel Emenike, Khouma Babacar, Liverpool’s Alex Teixeira swoop and more
talkSPORT’s transfer guru, Warren Haughton, joins Hawksbee and Jacobs to round up all the very latest rumours and gossip from the January window.Warren brings you the very latest on the rumours suggesting Crystal Palace and Swansea City are set to exchange strikers, in a player swap deal involving Dwight Gayle and Bafetimbi Gomis respectively.We hear about Liverpool’s attempts to bring Shakhtar Donetsk’s Brazilian playmaker Alex Teixeira to Anfield, while we learn the possibility of Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani moving to Manchester United.Our man in the know has spoken to the agent of former Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic and he reveals whether the Serbian will be moving to Villa Park with Aston Villa.Mauro Zarate may be leaving West Ham, but Slaven Bilic is hoping to recruit Fenerbahce’s Emmanuel Emenike and Fiorentina’s Khouma Babacar, both forwards, and Warren brings you the lowdown.Finally, we get a transfer update from the Championship as Wolves look to spend the money from the Benik Afobe sale to Bournemouth, while Fulham – who are under transfer embargo – are looking at a loan move for Middlesbrough’s Kike.The Cottagers are also hoping to keep hold of young star Moussa Dembele, who has attracted interest from top clubs in England, France, Germany and Italy.We also round off with details of the news that Premier League clubs will receive their television money one month early in the summer.Here are the latest talkSPORT stories from talkSPORT.com:Liverpool transfer news: Alex Teixeira injures hamstring after reported £24m bidTottenham latest: Gareth Bale’s Real Madrid contract terms leakedNewcastle transfer report: Espanyol youngster emerges as £1million targetSouthampton and Stoke in battle to sign Porto midfielder Giannelli ImbulaVictor Valdes bids farewell as goalkeeper prepares for Manchester United exitWest Ham transfer latest: Mauro Zarate agent confirms Fiorentina talksMiddlesbrough working on deal for £12m Southampton flop Gaston Ramirez
Thirty-five percent of American children starting kindergarten lack the language skills needed to learn to read, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Event organizers said they hoped to “even the playing field.” Villaraigosa greeted attendees braving the high winds with hugs and smiled at toddlers clumsily barreling down the plaza’s grassy hills. “She lives for this,” said Susan Kaplan, executive director of event organizer Friends of Families. “This is what her life has been, the development of children and families.” Villaraigosa has made few public appearances since filing for divorce after her husband’s affair with a Spanish-language television reporter was made public in July. Event participants seemed to appreciate the teacher’s attendance and dedication to improving education for children in Los Angeles’ poorer communities. In one of her first public appearances since her very public divorce filing against the mayor, Corina Villaraigosa addressed a crowd of nearly 1,000 local parents and kids in Sylmar on Saturday about the importance of child literacy. Villaraigosa – a mother and a teacher who has made education a pet cause – urged parents to read to their children. “It’s not important in what language you read to your kids,” Villaraigosa said, in Spanish, to the predominantly Latino crowd. “What’s important is that you read to your kids.” The event – sponsored by First 5 LA on the campus of Los Angeles Mission College – offered face painting, blaring live mariachi music, book sales and crafts tables to attending families, most of whom were bused in from Granada Hills, Pacoima and other northeast San Fernando Valley communities. “This helps me improve the education I give my kids,” Pacoima resident Maria Placensia said in Spanish. Placensia, relaxing in the shade with her family, said she began reading to her three children daily after becoming involved with First 5 LA three years ago. First 5 LA is a child-advocacy organization created by California voters to invest tobacco tax revenues in programs for improving the lives of children in Los Angeles County, from prenatal through age 5.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
“This year, we would like to issue less (tickets),” White said. “The only way we can do that is if everybody complies and buckles up.” Extra deputies will be on patrol starting next week looking solely for seat-belt violations. The campaign is being funded with a federal grant of nearly $40,000. The maximum fine for a person 16 or older not wearing a seat belt is $89 for the first offense and $191 for a second offense. Motorists driving with children under 16 not properly belted or in safety seats can be fined up to $340 for a first offense and $871 for a second offense. Children under age 6 or weighing less than 60 pounds must ride in a safety seats, deputies said. Children who are both under age 6 and weigh less than 60 pounds must ride in the back seat. Deputies also said they have bought a trailer to be used for drunk driving checkpoint enforcement campaigns and for public education efforts at schools and special events. The trailer has a large TV screen for showing videos about traffic safety. “It allows us to show real footage of the consequences of driving under the influence,” said Lt. Steve Fredericks. “Hopefully, that will encourage drivers to think twice before getting behind the wheel after they’ve been drinking.” The trailer was funded in part with a $245,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety. Lancaster City Manager Bob LaSala said the city’s proposed 2006-07 budget will include funding for two more motorcycle traffic deputies. The city is also conducting a study of “best practices” of other communities, including traffic safety, that could be incorporated into the city’s law enforcement plans. Councilman Ron Smith said city officials are also interested in looking at street designs and other changes to encourage motorists to slow down. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want 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 MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThe signs will tell motorists their speed as they enter the 25-mph school zones. If the driver’s speed exceeds the posted speed limit, the sign’s lights will flash, city officials said. A second effort will be the installation of red-light cameras, which videotape the front and rear of vehicles entering intersections after traffic lights have turned red. By June or July, the cameras are expected to be installed at all four approaches to Avenue J and 15 Street West; on the east and west approaches to Avenue K and 10th Street West; and on all but the east approach on Avenue K at 30th Street West. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department recorded 203 collisions in Lancaster in 2005 related to vehicles running red lights, up 27.7 percent from 2004. The 2005 red-light collisions caused 238 injuries and four deaths. “I want to see our citizens slamming on the brakes because they saw radar signs or in my office complaining about the ticket they got rather than where I see them in my day job – in the emergency room,” said Councilman Ed Sileo, who works as a cardio-sonographer at Antelope Valley Hospital. Sheriff’s deputies also announced a “Click it or Ticket” seat-belt enforcement campaign will run from May 15 through June 4. During last year’s campaign, deputies issued 1,228 tickets for seat-belt violations and 52 child-restraint violation tickets, said Deputy Jon White, the Lancaster station’s traffic team leader. LANCASTER – Sheriff’s deputies and city officials Thursday highlighted steps in a multifaceted effort to reduce traffic crashes and fatalities – a campaign that includes radar speed signs, red-light cameras and enforcing seat-belt laws. Calling the effort “Avoid Collisions Through Increased Vigilance, Education and Enforcement,” or ACTIVE, deputies and city officials said they want residents to take more care on the roads. “There is no single approach to traffic accidents,” Mayor Henry Hearns said. “By reaching out with education and enforcement, we can save lives.” One portion of the effort will be the installation this spring of 22 solar-powered radar-actuated speed-warning signs around 10 schools: Amargosa Middle School, Cole Middle School, Desert View School, Jack Northrop School, Lincoln Elementary School, Park View School, Sundown Elementary School, Sunnydale Elementary School, Terra Bonita North and South, and Valley View School.
LATEST 2 REVEALED Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Silva will join Quina in West Ham’s Under-23 side Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? It is stated that the two club’s have already ‘reached an agreement’ for the transfer of the youngster, with an initial payment of around £1.3million (€1.5m), plus a potential increase of £1.8million (€2m) should certain bonuses be triggered. Vitoria also have a 10 per cent sell-on clause written in the deal.Silva is set to join West Ham’s Under-23 squad when his move from Vitoria is confirmed, where he will play alongside fellow countryman Domingos Quina. IN DEMAND Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer moving on Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ West Ham are to sign Portugal starlet Xande Silva in a deal worth up to £3.1million.Silva, the attacking midfielder, currently represents Vitoria in his homeland, having joined from Sporting’s academy in 2014. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade targets Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing TOP WORK LIVING THE DREAM RANKED Quina, 18, has also been capped at youth level from Under-17 to Under-20, and has made six appearances for West Ham’s first-team since joining the east London club from Chelsea in 2016. Silva is set to join West Ham this summer targets The 21-year-old has made 30 appearances in all for Vitoria’s first-team, scoring once, while he’s also been capped at every youth level by Portugal from Under-15 to Under-20.And, according to Record, West Ham will sign Silva in a deal worth up to £3.1million (€3.5m). three-way race 2 The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Latest transfer news