Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra The Dyip put a halt to their three-game slide after surviving the Meralco Bolts, 86-85, as the PBA Philippine Cup resumed on Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Just minutes after the Dyip held off a last-gasp charge from the Bolts to seal the victory, Cardel, Columbian’s head coach, revealed that he gave his wards a four-day break while the PBA paused for the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I gave them four days off just to forget about basketball,” he said. “They played for four straight games … I feel like they were burned out.”After a lethargic start, Columbian—led by its skipper Rashawn McCarthy—turned the game around in the second period, but spent a majority of the final half parrying Meralco rallies. Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Pido Jarencio blasts officiating in NorthPort loss to Phoenix: Refs don’t decide the game In the second game, Phoenix Pulse survived a tight endgame finish to hold off NorthPort, 98-96, for its sixth win in seven games.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We’re a young team. I feel like we never really got to recover from the losses we absorbed before the break,” Cardel said in Filipino. “Coming into this game, I told the guys to forget about the past six games. But also, never forget why we lost.”Meralco’s Chris Newsome brought the Bolts within one with 38 seconds left to play. The Bolts then forced two sorry misses on the Dyip’s Jeepy Faundo to gain a shot at flipping the result.But Baser Amer and Cliff Hodge missed a shot each as time expired.Columbian improved to a 3-4 slate.“As you guys know, we start our training camp early. For us to get away from the game a little bit, reset, refocus and regroup—we did a good job at that,” added McCarthy, who posted a career-best 30 points to go with eight rebounds and three assists.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ A respite from the game of basketball paid dividends for Johnedel Cardel and Columbian.ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history
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The acting Manager of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) has been criticised for creating a “conflict of interest” in the Land Management Division of the organisation. The division’s role includes acceptance, processing and granting of licences and permits for mineral properties; processing and endorsing of remission of taxes for mining equipment; process, and recommend for approval, all environmental and other related bonds; control and manage GGMC’s data base and GIS information, the administration of lotteries and auction; cartographic services, and processing verification of small claims.Guyana Times was reliable informed that a report has shown that the acting senior official released into her husband’s possession forty-seven mineral properties in February 2015. According to the source, when taking into consideration the responsibilities of the manager and the amount of properties involved, it puts the other applicants at potential disadvantage if disputes, which are frequent in the sector, occur.Further, the manager has access to the information for all categories of mineral properties, and this could be used to influence the selection of mineral properties during auctions, it was revealed. The source said the potential for insider trading, which is an “ever occurring issue,” is also very possible.“There are other potential issues that are too numerous to mention”, the source said.“The removal of the previous manager is well understood. However, for the sake of transparency, GGMC should find a neutrally competent person without any ties to the mining sector to management this important section. The mining sector needs critical support in terms of mining properties, not potential conflicts. Too much is at stake here”, the source told Guyana Times.
As is required under the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act, the 2017 Mid-Year Financial Report, detailing the performance of the economy for the first half of fiscal year 2017, was on Friday last presented to the National Assembly by Finance Minister Winston Jordan. Its contents have revealed that the country’s export earnings continue to decline, with gold now joining the list of commodities on the decline.Minister Jordan has had to again revise downwards his overall projection for national growth. He reports that despite the “historically early budget, the required shift in planning cycles at the sectoral levels failed to keep pace… growth for the year has been revised to 3.1 per cent from 3.8 per cent.”The Finance Minister has also reported: “Spending was less than one-third of the budgeted allocation.”GoldOf note in the report is that while many of the traditional sectors, such as sugar and forestry, continue to perform poorly, the gold sector — which has been credited with keeping the economy buoyant in recent years — has now also begun to decline in terms of production and earnings from sales on the international markets.Total earnings from gold exports declined from a high of US$390.7 million in the first half of 2016, to US$388.8 million in the first half of 2017 — a decline the equivalent of Gy$404 million.The information contained in the Finance Minister’s Report contradicts recent pronouncements made by Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman, who had projected growth in the gold sector based on the first quarter performance.Minister Jordan attributes the decline in gold earnings and production to poor weather, despite a marginal increase in average export price over the period.Actual Gold production fell by 1.7 percent to 317,096 ounces in the first half of 2017, compared to the same period in 2016.Of the total gold declared, Minister Jordan said, 65.7 per cent came from small- and medium-sized miners and dealers, whose declarations were above projections while the two large gold companies were below projections.Jordan also blamed the “switching to lower grade material by one of the producers, to facilitate remedial work at the higher yielding mine” as one of the factors that affected production for the large companies.Despite the less-than-desired performance in the first half of the year, the Finance Minister remains optimistic. “Overall production is still expected to surpass its 2016 level, with the industry expected to grow by 1.7 percent in 2017,” he has projected.MiningThe Bauxite Industry also continued along its economic decline, recording a further 11 per cent decline in production in the first half of this year.According to the information supplied by the Finance Minister, the bauxite industry declined by 11.5 per cent as a result of reduced production of higher-value grades.“This was due to poor weather combined with mechanical issues at one of the mines,” Minister Jordan says.He reported, however, that production of metal grade bauxite (MAZ) increased by 97,016 tonnes, or 21.3 per cent.He said the favourable international price for aluminum in 2017 is expected to boost output of bauxite during the second half of the year.The other sectors of the mining and quarrying industry contracted by 13.1 percent in the first half of 2017, in comparison to a positive growth of 13.9 percent in the first half of 2016. This decline, he said, is driven by a reduction in the production of diamonds, sand, and stones.“Declining diamond production was attributed to falling global prices and possible substitution by some miners into the gold industry as a result of the favourable prices of gold.”Traditional sectorsThe minister did report some good news, in that the manufacturing sector recovered in the first half of 2017, growing by 9.9 per cent following a decline of 14.1 per cent in the corresponding period in 2016. He said this was mainly due to expansion in the rice sector.According to Jordan, rice produced in the first half of 2017 was recorded at 349,867 tonnes, an increase of 31.6 percent over production in the first half of 2016.This noteworthy performance, he said, was attributed to a rise in acreage sown in all regions, especially in Region Five, where acreage sown rose by 30 percent to 42,595.Overall, the agriculture, fishing, and forestry sector grew by 6.4 percent in the first half of 2017, underpinned by the recovery in the rice industry and improved performance in the fishing industry.According to Jordan, however, compared to the first half of 2016, rice export earnings declined by US$11.1M to US$77.2M, in the first half of 2017. This, he said, was due to a decline in volume exported despite higher export prices. The Minister, however, noted that due to high levels of production, exports are expected to grow during the second half of 2017, as millers reduce their inventories.Sugar earningsAccording to the Finance Minister, sugar production fell by more than 12 per cent to 49,606 tonnes at the half year, compared to 56,645 tonnes during the first half of 2016.“This shortfall was mainly due to no production at the Skeldon estate, because the boilers were unsafe and required significant repairs,” he explained.He also blamed the shortfall on late supply of critical operating materials such as fertilizer; pest damage, particularly at the Blairmont and Uitvlugt estates; unfavourable weather; and strikes and absenteeism.As a result, the industry was unable to reap its entire first crop, with approximately 150,000 tonnes of cane being carried over to the second crop of 2017.Despite the lower-than-anticipated production locally, prices on the international market did see sugar earning better than expected prices, bringing in US$19 million for the first half of the year.Among other exports, fish and shrimp, as well as and rum and other spirits, and wood products showed significant growth in the first half of 2017, compared to the same period in 2016.
…Juan Edghill prevented from asking questions…Police hit, assault female Opposition MPsBy Samuel SukhnandanJust before Parliament was scheduled to go to recess at noon on Monday, chaos erupted in the hallowed chambers after Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) Juan Edghill refused to follow the instruction of the Speaker of the House, Dr Barton Scotland, to stop asking questions and to leave the chambers.Edghill, who speaks on financial matters, rose to ask the Speaker why no extension was given to scrutinise the estimates and expenditure for the 2018 budget, particularly as it relates to subject matter that was before the House. The Speaker said a time frame was agreed to earlier on, and refused to entertain any more questions.The speaker reminded the MP that two hours which were allotted had ended, but he allowed additional time. However, when that had ended, he then said it was time to move on, and proceeded to put the question to Parliament to move the passage of the estimates.At that point, Edghill kept pressing the Speaker to give a better explanation as to his reason for not allowing more time. The Opposition MP was asked to remain seated and allow the House to move on with its work in the Committee of Supplies’ examination of the budget estimates.However, Edghill refused to adhere to the instruction, and the Speaker later asked for him to be removed from the House. He called for the assistance of the Sergeant of Arms after Edghill again refused to take his leave. When that didn’t work, the Police were called in and the sitting was suspended.At first, senior police ranks dressed in khaki uniform arrived and proceeded to Edghill. In an effort to stop the Police from removing Edghill, his colleagues in the Opposition surrounded him, forming a barricade; but despite these efforts, a few police constables attempted to force their way in.Assault on MPsIt was during this attempt to physically remove Edghill that the Police and the Opposition MPs came into direct contact with each other, and a few of those MPs, including former Education and Human Services Minister Priya Manickchand, claiming to have been punched and roughed up by the male police ranks.There were screams from many of the Opposition MPs, including Manickchand, who had just arrived in Parliament to show solidarity with her party. Manickchand was heard screaming, “You’re hurting me!” and “You’re hurting me! You’re hurting me! Please leave me!!!”A few minutes later, the Parliament staff attempted to have the local press corps removed from the House, but the media practitioners did not budge. In fact, they stayed throughout the chaos.Following that episode, a literally shaken Manickchand spoke with the press. In tears, she claimed that she was punched in her stomach and her chest by the male Police constables who were attempting to push their way through the barricade formed by her colleagues around Edghill.“The Police are supposed to protect us, and if the Police are making an arrest or attempting to make an arrest of someone who has done (nothing wrong) and who is not threatening or is any harm to anybody, then that should not include punching me in my chest and in my belly, and it should not include pushing us into chairs and tables in an attempt to do that. This is the same Police who were unable to determine who Santa was…or who can’t yet hold the Santa or the minister in this House,” a tearful Manickchand said.Other female MPs claimed that they too were physically assaulted by the male Police ranks that were brought in to remove Edghill.One of the female backbenchers said she was grabbed and shoved into a table edge by one of the Police ranks, and in that process she was physically hurt.Amidst all of this chaos, Edghill — who was still seated — told the media that he will not be moved, and he will not be muzzled in Parliament for representing the people of Guyana. The Opposition MP contended that the Police officers were acting on “political instructions,” and that it was against the law to arrest someone from the Chambers. His colleagues also shouted in support of his statement.“I am being harassed as an elected member of the National Assembly! I stood up to ask a question and I was shut down by the Speaker…I commend my female colleagues for their resilience, steadfastness and tenacity, and solidarity that resisted the illegality that was about to take place in this House! Thumbs up to all the male and female PPP MPs for their support!” the MP stated.Distract attentionMinutes after the Police had left the chambers, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo arrived and enquired as to what exactly had taken place. Jagdeo was not present for the beginning of the estimates. However, he said Dr Scotland must be held responsible for the turmoil that took place in the National Assembly.He also called on the Speaker to apologise to the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) parliamentarians, and he called for President David Granger to hold a Commission of Inquiry into this unprecedented event.“This is not going to go down easy in this country. This is unprecedented, and I think that it is designed to distract attention from the $20 million (ExxonMobil signing bonus) that they tried to steal. This is all carefully worked out. I have seen more grievous breaches in this chamber from the other side that he (the Speaker) refused to act on; and this issue, suddenly the Police are called in,” Jagdeo observed.No electricity, Wi-Fi, air-conditionHowever, the chaos did not end there. During the media’s interview with Jagdeo, the electricity, air-conditioning and the Wi-Fi in the chambers were turned off. The Opposition Leader also called for President David Granger to hold a Commission of Inquiry into this unprecedented event.Despite these moves, however, MP Juan Edghill remained in his seat, and so did his colleagues, who all chanted and sang songs of unity while several members of the Government looked on.Commander of ‘A’ Division, Marlon Chapman, was also called in, and was seen having a discussion with the former Home Affairs Minister, Opposition MP Clement Rohee, to determine what had transpired and under whose authority he had been empowered to carry out an arrest of an MP within the chambers.Former Attorney General Anil Nandlall was seen having a discussion with the Clerk of the National Assembly, Sherlock Isaacs, over the Standing Orders and why he (Isaacs) had felt the issued instruction was appropriate.Nandlall also gave a comment to the media, saying he strongly believes the course of action taken by the Speaker was excessive, given that Edghill was not guilty of gross disorderly conduct. He noted, too, that at no point was the MP violent. The former AG stressed that his colleague, Edghill, was modestly expressing a concern with the limited time allowed to scrunitse the budget estimates.Late Monday evening, the PPP issued a detailed statement expressing its disappointment with the action taken by the Speaker. That statement said, “Parliamentary democracy descended to its lowest ebb in Guyana.”The PPP is of the opinion that this is all in an effort to avoid the scrutiny of the National Estimates, in which billions of dollars have been stashed and slush funds concealed.“The Speaker, in a characteristic conspiracy with the Government, unlawfully shut down Member of Parliament Bishop Edghill from asking questions in relation to billions of dollars hidden in the Ministry of the Presidency’s budget… It is a travesty that the assault and beatings of Opposition Parliamentarians (occurred) in order to prevent scrutiny of the National Estimates, as elected representatives of the people of Guyana, just one day after the world celebrated Human Rights Day and 16 days of activism for the elimination of violence against women,” a statement from the party detailed.The Party also added that it will not yield to any form of physical threat of physical violence, and commits to the people of Guyana that its members will do whatever it takes to ensure there is transparency and accountability in Government; and will continue to vigorously expose “widespread corruption”, which it claims is rampant in this Government.
SEMINARS SATURDAY Foreclosure Workshop: “How to Find, Buy and Sell Foreclosure Properties.” 9 to 1 p.m. at Real Estate Boot Camp, 8383 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. Call (323) 653-3000, Ext. 245. CONTINUING EVENTS TODAY The Stargazer Oriental Restaurant & Bar will host a business networking mixer at 5 p.m. at 6501 Fallbrook Ave., West Hills. Call (818) 704-6633. Temple City Toastmasters meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of each month at Live Oak Park, 10144 Bogue St., Temple City. Call (626) 444-1482. Pre-Paid Legal Services will meet at 7:15 p.m. at the Renaissance Hotel, 30100 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills. Call (818) 781-1111. The Winnetka Chamber of Commerce meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Monday of each month at Canoga Park Bowl, Canoga Park. Call (818) 348-6908. The Toluca Lake Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Mondays of each month at Paty’s Restaurant, 10001 Riverside Drive, Toluca Lake. TUESDAY The YMCA’s Coed Service Club meets at 6 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month at various restaurants. For more information, call (818) 841-0387. California Entrepreneur Women meets at 6 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at Carrows Restaurant, 18355 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. Call (818) 996-4226. The Mayor’s Office of International Trade offers free international-trade assistance the second Tuesday of each month at the Valley Economic Alliance, 5121 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Call (818) 379-7000. The Business Works Networking Group meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Carol’s Restaurant, Northridge. Call (805) 497-0092. To Network meets at 7 a.m. each Tuesday at Mimi’s Cafe, 400 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. Call (805) 377-0853. The Greater San Fernando Valley Business and Professional Women meets at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month. For more information, call (818) 789-5414. The Kiwanis Club of Tarzana will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Paul’s Cafe, 18588 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. (818) 996-1020. Business Network International, Lunch Bunch Chapter, will meet at noon at Carousel Restaurant, 150 E. Angeleno St., Burbank. Call (818) 519-1717, Ext. 220. The Professional Business Network of the San Fernando Valley will meet at 7:05 a.m. at IHOP, 19100 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. For more information, call (818) 585-0632 or log on to www.leads4business.com. The Network Advantage of Santa Clarita will meet at 7 a.m. at Coco’s Restaurant, 24930 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 702-9687 or (661) 702-9316. The Harbor chapter of Business Network International will meet at 7 a.m. at Mimi’s Cafe in Ventura. For more information, call (805) 647-3600. The International Association of Administrative Professionals, Satellite Chapter, meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Chaminade College Preparatory, 10210 Oakdale Ave., Chatsworth. Call (818) 704-0763. BizNet Online magazine will host a networking breakfast from 8 to 9:30 at Denny’s Restaurant, 9001 Tampa Ave., Northridge. Call (818) 892-7883, Ext. 6, or visit the Web site at www.biznetonline.com. Burbank Business Network International will meet at 7 a.m. at the Carousel Restaurant Holiday Inn, 105 E. Angeleno Ave., Burbank. Call Harvey Branman at (818) 954-9294. The Business Referral Group of Tarzana will meet from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the International House of Pancakes, 19100 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. Call (818) 881-4900. The Computer Users Group meets at 7 p.m. each Tuesday at Granada Pavilion, 11128 Balboa Blvd., Granada Hills. Call Mariam Radcliffe at (818) 249-1629 or visit the Web site at www.tugnet.org. Empowerment Systems workshop: “Helping Achievers Succeed.” Call Steve Chichester at (661) 287-4753. Crescenta Valley Chapter of Ali Lassen’s Leads Club will meet at 7:15 a.m. at the Decadence Espresso Bar, 3820 Ocean View Blvd., Montrose. Call (800) 767-7337. LeTip of Calabasas will meet at 7 a.m. at Marmalade Cafe, 4783 Commons Way, Calabasas. Call Glenn Neely at (800) 617-5626, Ext. 210. LeTip of Santa Clarita will meet at 7:15 a.m. at the International House of Pancakes, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call Dr. John at (661) 222-9021. Motivated Toastmasters will meet from 6:50 to 8:30 a.m. at Denny’s Restaurant, 5525 Sepulveda Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Call (310) 979-5777. North Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce Senior Services Business Council will meet at noon at Tango D’amore Restaurant on Nordhoff St., Northridge. Call (818) 349-5676. Pre-Paid Legal Services meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the Glendale Hilton Hotel, 100 Glenoaks Blvd., Glendale. Call (818) 781-1111. Power Partners of Santa Clarita will meet at 7 a.m. at Marie Callender’s, Magic Mountain Parkway and The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 298-5330. Premier Business Xchange will meet at 7:15 a.m. at the Woodland Hills Country Club, 21150 Dumetz Road, Woodland Hills. Call (818) 832-1463. Rising Star Toastmasters meets from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month at Frank’s Restaurant, 6005 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood. (818) 982-9999. The Thousand Oaks Leads Club will meet at 7 a.m. at Mimi’s Cafe, 400 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. Call (805) 371-0188. The Warner Center Rotary Club meets at 8 a.m. Tuesdays at the Holiday Inn, 2101 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. Call (818) 348-1440 or (818) 737-1347. The Zonta Club of Conejo Valley meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month at California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks. Call Sandra Cherry at (800) 266-2077. The Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley hosts an economic and business development meeting, 8 a.m. the second Tuesday of even-number months at the Economic Alliance Conference Room, 5121 Van Nuys Blvd., Suite 200, Sherman Oaks. Call (818) 379-7000. The Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley hosts a livable and sustainable communities meeting, 8 a.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Economic Alliance BFG Boardroom, 5121 Van Nuys Blvd., Suite 200, Sherman Oaks. Call (818) 379-7000. The Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley will host a business and education partnership meeting, 8:30 a.m. at L.A. Valley College, Fireside Room, 5800 Fulton Ave., Van Nuys. Call (818) 379-7000. Quality Business Network meets at 7 a.m. Tuesdays at Marie Callender’s, corner of Madera Road and Cochran Street in Simi Valley. Call (805) 583-3073. The Rising Star Toastmasters Club meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month at Paty’s Restaurant, 10001 Riverside Drive, Toluca Lake. Call (818) 980-1103. WEDNESDAY Business Network International of Northridge will meet at 7 a.m. at Porter Valley Country Club, Rinaldi at Tampa. Call Marty Laff at (818) 886-4670. The Greater Los Angeles Professionals chapter of Experience Unlimited meets at 9 a.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the WorkSource Center, 21010 Vanowen St., Canoga Park. Call (818) 596-4432. The Calabasas Leads Club will meet at 7:15 a.m. at Weiler’s Delicatessen, 22323 Sherman Way, Canoga Park. Call Patti at (818) 346-1099. The Valley International Trade Association hosts a business networking breakfast seminar, 7:30 the third Wednesday of each month at 5121 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Call (818) 379-7000. LeTip of Encino will meet at 7 a.m. at the Encino Glen Restaurant, 16821 Burbank Blvd., Encino. Call (818) 788-0011. The San Fernando Valley Council of Beta Sigma Phi, International Woman’s Cultural, Social and Philanthropic Organizations meets at 8 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at 16916 San Fernando Mission Blvd., Granada Hills. Call (818) 508-4705. Kiwanis International, the Burbank Noon Club, will meet at noon at the YMCA in Burbank. Call (818) 954-9294. The Rotary Club of Mid San Fernando Valley meets at 7:15 a.m. Wednesdays at Coco’s Family Restaurant, 16835 Sherman Way, Van Nuys. Call (661) 294-7030. The Thousand Oaks Kiwanis Club meets at 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the Plug Nickel Restaurant, 717 Lakefield Road, Westlake Village. Call (805) 371-0122. The Conejo Valley Optimist Club meets at noon Wednesdays at the Plug Nickel Restaurant, 717 Lakefield Road, Westlake Village. Call (805) 375-6975. Pre-Paid Legal Services will meet at 7 p.m. at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel, 15433 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Call (818) 781-1111. The Rotary Club of Van Nuys will meet at noon at the 94th Aero Squadron, 16320 Raymer St., Van Nuys. Call (818) 988-0180. Executive Toastmasters Club 412 meets from noon to 1:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month at Acapulco, 385 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! 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Frequently asked about the responsibility of Congress in the nation’s poor record on bridge maintenance, Oberstar has taken to citing his own words during another round of bridge safety hearings in 1987. “Our national bridge program is in serious trouble,” he testified then. “The safety of millions of Americans has been jeopardized by inept federal stewardship over our bridge inspection and rebuilding effort. States have misspent millions of federal aid bridge dollars.” Oberstar is still largely inclined to blame state transportation authorities for failing to make effective use of federal bridge dollars. Too frequently, he argues, they are converted into all-purpose transportation funds, to be used for everything from new streetlights to wider roads. But Oberstar’s critics say that he and his colleagues on the Transportation Committee have much to answer for themselves: His committee is widely seen as a one-stop shopping center for House members’ pet projects, from Alaska’s “Bridge to Nowhere” to Oberstar’s vaunted bike paths. President Bush led the attack when he responded to Oberstar’s gas-tax proposal with a call to clean up pork-barrel spending in Congress. “If bridges are a priority,” Bush said, “let’s make sure we set that priority first and foremost before we raise taxes.” Some analysts say that White House opposition to a gas-tax increase in 2005 ensured a smaller national bridge and highway budget than many federal officials and members of Congress were calling for. But Jeff Davis, editor and publisher of Transportation Weekly, points out that federal spending for core transportation projects nationwide – including bridges – was “significantly cut back” in 2005 to make room for a record 6,371 congressional earmarks, double the number in the last major road funding bill in 1998. An analysis by Citizens Against Government Waste, a Washington watchdog group, found that the 2005 transportation funding bill pared down money for bridge reconstruction by as much as $1 billion a year over the five-year life of the law in order to make room for $24 billion in special pork-barrel projects. Critics note that the committee’s sense of entitlement was so complete that Alaska Rep. Don Young, then the GOP chairman of the committee, not only put his earmark on nearly $1 billion in special spending, but also imprinted the name of his wife, Lu, on the $293 billion transportation law. That’s the legacy Oberstar and Young will have to live down as they push for a new national bridge spending program. Oberstar has suggested a nickel increase in the gasoline tax – now at 18.4 cents a gallon – to raise $25 billion over three years. Oberstar, for his part, has promised to shape legislation that would make the new bridge money earmark proof – from either Congress or the White House. The fund he wants to create, modeled after the Highway Trust Fund, could be used for no other purpose than bridges. That would be a significantly different from the practice over the past 40 years since the Silver Bridge collapse: Going into Wednesday’s hearing, there is little disagreement that Congress has been diverting a growing sum for earmarks, and state transportation authorities have been transferring large sums to other pressing needs. Oberstar says he understands the pressure of competing priorities. “It’s a daunting task to invest in bridges,” he said, “until you see the calamity.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It was the same year work near downtown Minneapolis was completed on the I-35W bridge, which dropped just as precipitously into the Mississippi River a month ago, sparking a fresh round of national soul-searching on bridge safety. Now Minnesota’s Rep. Jim Oberstar, the Democratic chairman of the House Transportation Committee, is determined to see an end to the historical comparisons with the Silver Bridge disaster on the Ohio River four decades ago. On Wednesday, the 17-term congressman will open congressional hearings into the nation’s aging road infrastructure, laying the foundation for a new national bridge initiative, one possibly backed up by a 5-cent fuel tax increase. The 1967 Silver Bridge collapse, the most lethal in U.S. history, with 46 dead, ushered in a panoply of new federal bridge programs. But 40 years later, the number of deficient bridges has been nudged down only slightly, from 88,900 in 1969, to 73,784 today. In percentage terms, 15 percent of the nation’s bridges were rated deficient on the day the Silver Bridge went down between Ohio and West Virginia. When the I-35W bridge went down on Aug. 1, more than 12 percent of the nation’s bridges were still rated deficient.
Dr. Lisa McIntyre said during a hospital news conference Friday that while Rider was doing better, she is battling a number of problems. McIntyre said Rider’s kidneys failed because of toxins from a muscle injury in the crash and dehydration. She was sedated, on a ventilator and being treated with intravenous fluids. Rider broke her collar bone and dislocated her shoulder in the accident and has pressure sores from the days of being held by the seat belt, probably upside down, the doctor said. Her caregivers were not yet sure the extent of a leg injury but McIntyre said they were hopeful it would not have to be amputated. She said Rider was probably alive because she was young and healthy and was wearing a seat belt. “She’s a fighter, obviously,” said Rider’s husband, Tom. “She fought to stay alive in the car and she’s fighting now.” Tom Rider said he was frustrated by the red tape he had to fight to get authorities to launch a search for his wife more than a week after she disappeared. “Any policy that restricts officers from saving a life is a wrong policy,” he said. “No one else should have to go through what she went through.” Authorities found the Maple Valley woman after detecting the general location of her cell phone Thursday morning, then searching along Highway 169 near Renton, southeast of Seattle, the route she took home from work. They noticed some matted brush, and below it found Rider’s vehicle, smashed on its side, State Patrol spokesman Jeff Merrill said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Donna Gordon Blankinship THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SEATTLE – A woman who spent eight days trapped in a wrecked vehicle has severe injuries, but her brain function is normal and she can move her arms and legs, her physician said Friday. Tanya Rider, 33, was found alive but dehydrated at the bottom of a steep ravine in suburban Maple Valley on Thursday, more than a week after she failed to return home from work. After being cut out of her SUV by rescuers, she was taken to Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center, where she was in critical condition.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Winfrey laughed as she described persuading King to get a new hairdo on her TV show. And she became emotional when she told how King, in the week before her death, sent Oprah a handmade quilt that her husband’s mother had passed down. “She leaves us all a better America than the America of her childhood,” Winfrey said. King, 78, died Jan. 30 at an alternative-medicine clinic in Mexico, where doctors said she was battling advanced ovarian cancer. She also had been recovering from a stroke and heart attack. As the service concluded, King’s eldest daughter, Yolanda King, told the gathering: “I know it is the prayers of so many of you, and from all over the world, that carried her safely home. We knew firsthand the enduring power of love.” Inside the silent sanctuary, mourners filed slowly past the casket, some lingering a moment before moving on. Many walked away dabbing their eyes at the sight of King’s body, which was dressed in a pink suit, with a shroud of flowers blanketing the lower half of the casket. She lay directly below the pulpit where her husband preached from 1960 until 1968. ATLANTA – Thousands of mourners filed past the casket of Coretta Scott King on Monday, paying their respects to the “first lady of the civil-rights movement” at the historic church where her husband shared his dream for racial equality in the 1960s. People lined up for blocks outside Ebenezer Baptist Church, waiting for hours in freezing rain for a moment to bid farewell to the widow of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Across the street, an estimated 1,700 people filled the church’s newer facility for a musical tribute, including Oprah Winfrey and other entertainers such as Gladys Knight. “For me, she embodied royalty. She was the queen,” Winfrey said. “You knew she was a force.” First in line was Jackie Treen, 51, who flew from Severn, Md., to Atlanta just to see King’s body. “I’m an African-American woman married to a white man for 30 years,” Treen said. “I have to be here. Martin and Coretta made it possible for me to have what I have.” Mary Howard-Hamilton, a college professor from Bloomington, Ind., drove eight hours to Atlanta and then stood in the rain for five more to be among the first to view King’s body at the church. “It’s almost like the torch was passed when I walked past her,” Howard-Hamilton, 51, said. “I felt empowered. I’m gonna step up now. This fight’s not over.” At least 6,000 adults and children passed through the sanctuary in the first three hours, officials said. During the weekend, some 42,000 mourners walked past King’s open casket at the state Capitol, where she became the first woman and the first black person to lie in honor there. It was a striking contrast to the official snub her slain husband had been given by then-Gov. Lester Maddox, an outspoken segregationist. President George W. Bush and former President Bill Clinton lead the list of dignitaries expected to attend her funeral today, to be held at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, a 10,000-seat church in Lithonia where the Kings’ youngest child, Bernice, is a minister. She is scheduled to deliver her mother’s eulogy. Workers erected a temporary, marble mausoleum Monday for King near that of her late husband at the King Center, which she founded in his name, said Brandon Shields, president and owner of Marietta-based Roberts-Shields Memorial Company. It will be used temporarily until a structure identical to the slain civil-rights leader’s can be built. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
20 3. Diego Costa is Chelsea’s top scorer with 20 goals this season 20 20 18. Cesc Fabregas, despite 15 of his 27 appearances coming from the bench, has contributed four goals and 11 assists this term 9. N’Golo Kante, who lifted the top flight trophy with Leicester City last season, is only the eighth player to win titles with different Premier League clubs 20. John Terry will leave Chelsea at the end of this season 8. John Terry has captained Chelsea to a record five Premier League titles 12. After a disappointing debut campaign, Pedro has established his place in the Chelsea team Chelsea are this season’s Premier League champions.The terrible 2015/16 campaign is history, with Antonio Conte leading the Blues to a dominant title triumph in his debut term in English football.Michy Batshuayi was the unlikely hero at the Hawthorns, as a 1-0 win over West Brom sealed the trophy and the celebrations will have lasted long into the night.With emotions still running high, we’ve put together a gallery of the 20 best pictures from Chelsea’s victory at the Hawthorns.Scroll through the gallery above to relive the win. 5. Antonio Conte leads the celebrations at the Hawthorns 20 20 20 6. The Chelsea players throw manager Antonio Conte in the air 19. Gary Cahill has led by example this season, captaining the side in the absence of John Terry 20 20 20 20 16. Pedro, N’Golo Kante, Antonio Conte and David Luiz 20 11. Chelsea have been top of the table since mid-November 20 20 20 13. Is this Chelsea’s best title-winning team? 20 2. Cesc Fabregas can’t contain his happiness as Chelsea go one goal up at the Hawthorns 20 20 15. Michy Batshuayi was the unlikely hero 14. This season could be Diego Costa’s last at Chelsea, if reports are to be believed 20 7. Steve Holland, assistant first team coach, and Antonio Conte, first team head coach 20 20 10. Pedro, David Luiz, N’Golo Kante and Thibaut Courtois 4. Cesc Fabregas, David Luiz, Nemanja Matic and Gary Cahill 1. Michy Batshuayi celebrates as he scores the winner over West Brom to seal the Premier League trophy on Friday night – click the arrow above, right, to check out 19 more pictures as the Blues celebrate their title triumph 17. Chelsea fans celebrate a second Premier League title in three seasons