Arconada: “I apologize”

first_imgThe coach of the Royal qualified his statements: “Maybe it was not well interpreted, but I transmitted that same to a member of the Federation before the game. In January more than 23 foreigners have been incorporated and there are three or four teams competing with 15 I don’t have to close the doors. I said the same thing when I won the Queen’s Cup. In the context in which I said it is logical that people have interpreted it that way. I apologize. When we won the Queen’s Cup, I talked about these issues. “Arconada explained how difficult it is to compete against the Barça: “At the level of Barcelona yes. Last year Rayo, Madrid already scored ten goals. The rest of the teams are more evenly matched. They have scored six goals for Atlético who is second.”The coach supported the players for the strike they made to sign the agreement: “They are worried that it will not be signed and that the agreement can be signed” Gonzalo Arconada He went through the microphones of “El Larguero” of the SER to clarify his words after losing the Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona by 1-10. The coach complained about the presence of foreigners after the game: “We are all sorry and it is something that has to reflect the list and the Federation if they want to promote football. Foreigners continue to arrive and the nationals are on the bench. much bigger budget and the Federation has to reflect if they want it to be like that and humiliate others. “last_img read more

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Africa’s Rich Oil: The New Political Scramble and Core Causes for Conflict around the…

first_imgThe African continent which is blessed with riches is drawing new interests from powerful and influential countries and companies around the globe owing to its resources especially the high quality of oil and wealth. These countries and major actors nowadays see the continent as the most promising place in the world for new production since it doesn’t have the huge deposits that the Middle East and Russia do, but what it does have is accessible and largely unexploited rich oil and wealth. The continent oil’s high quality makes it relatively inexpensive to refine.But most Africans are seeing little benefit from this influx of oil drillers and investment; in fact they are often hurt by exports of their countries’ oil and other riches. For instance, between 1970 and 1990, countries without oil saw their economies grow five times faster than those of countries with high quality of oil. A classical example is Equatorial Guinea and Gabon, these two neighboring countries with abundant of oil and riches are rated among the poorly nations. This is directly due to abuse of riches by the corrupt elites, politicians and foreign capitalists. Unlike part one of this article, part two of this article aims at scrutinize the fantasy  that Africa is facing a New Scramble squally due to its high eminence of oil; while at the same time analyzing the nature of economic and political changes in place across the continent. This article further deals with the importance of Africa’s riches, and the political and economic forces behind the new oil rush. It also present in-depth, incisive analysis of critical issues obtaining on the continent and beyond such as the new scramble for Africa’s richer resources, and the core causes for poverty, corruption, bad governance and sparse distribution of oil wealth.Part one which was published few months ago started with an overview of the phenomenon labeled by some as the ‘New Scramble’. The main body of the article evaluates the existence of a new scramble for the continent oil. Finally, by analyzing the likely impact on the economies of oil-rich states, this article considers whether we should dismay or rejoice over the ‘new scramble for Africa’ oil. It further wraps up that the on-going existence of a oil scramble or a US–Chinese pursuit for Africa should be treated with some caution.So far, most concerns have been focused on the struggles by external forces for Africa’s riches with the continent high quality of oil at the center of this new scramble by big powers, corrupt elites, politicians and foreign capitalists. Yet, it is important to critically examine the struggle for the control of oil in Africa, and the ways in which these connect with the broader global structures, actors and processes. This struggle has several dimensions, but it is often represented as pitching centralized control of oil revenues such as by a centralized state or dominant elite or group to the exclusion of marginalized groups or regions. The foregoing underscores the close intimacy between state and oil oriented power or agency, and the nature of the fractional squabbles over oil revenues on a national scale, which imposes centralist logic on the control and distribution of oil rents.The result of a centralist imposition of control from past experience is both the intense horizontal struggles for access to, and control of a larger share of oil rents, but more fundamentally, vertical struggles between the marginalized and oppressed groups and the corrupt foreign capitalists, egocentric politicians or oil elite privileged individuals. These struggles also underpin the privileged class formation process mostly through strategic locationing in the distributive circuits of the politics of the oil-state often carried out through primitive accumulation activities. As such the premium on controlling political power is very high. Such features can be gleaned from politics in Nigeria, Angola, Southern Sudan, Sudan, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, just among few countries. Another dimension of the struggles over oil is the relationship between foreign oil companies and national capital in African oil blessed-states, where there are also competitors in those African countries where a petro-bourgeoisie is emerging, and seeking incorporation into a transnational capitalist class. This is most visible from the policies of most African governments. This effort at building indigenous oil-elite can be gleaned from several policies intended to benefit few instead of the largest society on the continent. There is no doubt that the leverage given to most of these companies run by corrupt foreign capitalists, gluttonous politicians and advantaged elite class   has partly fed into a new kind of economic nationalism, driven by the quest for more profit and the political patronage. Theses botched policies are wholly attributing to poverty and suffering on the continent, where 60% of the population lived beyond poverty lines, latest report by the UN has said.A recent UN report shows that 85% of Africans have no access to standard pipe born water, good health care, electricity, social security benefits, sanitation facilities and good meals a day. The report further indicates that 25.8 million people of the two-thirds of the total world population suffering from HIV/AIDS live in Africa. And that Africa remains abundant in human and natural resources, but these riches especially millions generated from the sale of oil managed to enrich only a handful of African leaders and the family members, corrupt bureaucrats and their relatives and close friends, privileged individuals and foreign capitalists.The continent riches blessed with natural resources faces devastating crippling rates of poverty, hunger, and disease due to a ‘new scramble due primarily to its riches especially oil, with world’s two largest economy powers, US and China competing over access to African resources and markets. The U.S. long-standing dominance in several African countries and influence have been challenged in recent time by emerging China. Most studies explain that this is due to the changing distribution of power at several levels on the continent, while the French, British and Russia on other fronts have enforced their influences through a diplomatic tie on the continent. Most studies show that the new diplomatic maneuverings and stratagem could be several factors responsible for the continents chronic political, economic and security problems and also the infusion of violence in several African states. Several political pundits believe that China ties with some regimes on the continent and Chinese government’s aid to many African states with no strings attached policy undermine democracy, apparently can be blamed for bad governances, praetorian rule by ruling elites and vulnerability of the largest populations. But there are millions of others who hailed Sino-African partnership and believed that it results to a win-win situation, arguing that African countries stand to benefit immensely in the context of infrastructural development. However, the actual cause of the argument stands from different interpretations and perceptions, most importantly how accurate is the information they obtain or hand over to them.  Nevertheless, I am mindful against making a decision on the debates, I decided to refrain from discussing a particular case or situation in relationship to a specific African country or any of the big power since my doctorate studies in International Relations and Public Policy dissertation which contains over 500 pages discusses the subject on hand in details, with illustration, cases and references, among other acceptable standard of doctoral dissertation. The title of the dissertation is: China Strategic Oil Interest in Africa—The Sino-Africa Emerging Ties.What flows from the following is the complex architecture of the scramble for oil and its enmeshment with trans-global processes and actors. Given its place in the class struggles around in a rapidly globalizing world, oil is destined to be choice for power, influence and wealth. Whether the struggle between foreign capitalists and the ruling elite or  State/ Indigenous private oil capital, the contestations are framed within highly inequitable relations of production and distribution, which deepen existing social contradictions within Africa, and further complicate any prospects of social transformation, or the democratization of state-society smooth relations. Beijing‘s recent engagement in Africa has attracted a lot of attention and become a major economic force in Africa with a big amount of trade, investment and aid. Some critics especially from the West often use a double-standard to measure the Chinese engagement in Africa compared with the Western one. But also many people from different standpoints believe Chinese action to be beneficial to African development and help to empower the huge population on the continent. But from a critical point of views, China serves as both an opportunity and a challenge. The opposite side claims Chinese-African relations were established long before China‘s need for raw materials on the basis of mutual sympathy and common development instead of colonization.For others, Africa is frequently viewed as a loser in the process of economic globalization. Writers and authors have emphasized that Africa is of little relevance ‘because no important economic interests are greatly affected’. But Africa’s oil and gas can be one of the few outstanding exceptions to the perceived insignificance of Africa. Some capitalists  predict that the United States will soon depend on Africa for a quarter of its total crude oil imports, and Africa already accounts for more than a quarter of China’s oil imports nowadays. Oil experts have revealed that unless geologists succeed in finding new and so far unidentified provinces, consumers will all be depending on supplies from just three areas —  Africa, Russia and, most important of all, the five states around the Mideast.The present resource-rich African states and political elite may not be able to use the increased revenues from the sale of oil to transform their economies or societies, and would more likely enrich themselves and their patrimonial networks, or seek to entrench themselves in power through forceful means. The prospects of oil-rich African states emerging from the present struggle for the continent’s resources will ultimately depend of the ability of these states to transform themselves through a developmental philosophy to acts as spurs both for social and economic transformation, but perhaps more fundamentally, for the re-organization of production in the oil rich African states in the ways that lift it out of its peripheral position in the globalised division of labor. This is clear from the well-known Niger Delta crisis where the struggle by the ethnic minorities for autonomy and resource control has assumed insurgent proportions with frequent attacks on oil and government interests by well-armed militias. Apart from the militias, transnational networks trading in illegal bunkering and small arms are also involved in the struggles for oil in the Niger Delta.No doubt that oil money tends to corrupt politicians and bureaucrats whose end up fighting to pocket a share of the finite oil riches, rather than looking for ways to invest in their country’s long-term prosperity. Studies show that most oil rich’s governments aren’t dependent on income taxes and therefore don’t have to do what the citizens want, as such the state isn’t an engineer of economic growth, but a gravy train. In this case, only a limited amount of money gets down to the people.” The preceding clearly shows that although the scramble for Africa formally ended at the doorsteps of colonial rule, and independence, its spirit continues to haunt the continent as the world most powerful states, foreign capitalists, corrupt bureaucrats and egotistic actors continue to seek its resources for power, influence and domination on a  national and global scales.Although the Western development workers and Africa have been questing the way of development of Africa for a long time and have been seeking for a change, the reality is still disillusioning. The structural adjustment initiated by western government and adopted by African government seems to be a failure. The idea of turning to China as an alternative for prosperity has captured the imagination of many ordinary Africans, although others fear the threat of competition from the Chinese industrial juggernaut, and the rise of Chinese traders competing in local African markets.Majority of the crises across the African continent are direct result of the struggles for oil wealth or opposition against exclusion from resources and bad governances. The continent experienced dozen of vicious wars in several countries including the Nigeria’s Biafra war, the rebels’ war in the Democratic Republic of Congo (formally Zaire), Angola, Uganda, Somalia, Ethiopian-Eritrea war, Rwanda war between the Hutu and the Tutsi, Senegal-Casamance Region, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Ivory Coast, Northern and Southern Sudan’s war, Kenya post election violence, Libyan, and now Mali, just to name few. All these wars were direct results of abused of state resources and national wealth, bad governances, corruption, class system and abused of state power and authority by handful of African leaders and foreign capitalists.ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Josephus Moses Gray holds BA and MA Degrees in Communications and International Relations. He formerly worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Assistant Minister for Public Affairs. He is a Ph.D fellow with concentration in International Relations and Public Policy. He is a graduate of the ICFA Global Journalism Program, Washington D.C., USA. He holds dozens of certificates and post-graduate diplomas in Journalism, international affairs, political, Development economics, peace studies and diplomacy from abroad including the Chinese Foreign Affairs University in Beijing, Cape Town, South Africa and Atlanta, Georgia, USA.  He has authored two books and has written extensively and published over 40  articles on contemporary issues. He can be contacted at Email: jmoses1970@yahoo.com Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Pervocate Expands Diabetes Testing and Awareness

first_imgThe management of Pervocate, a diabetes testing and awareness center, has taken its ‘free’ diabetes testing and awareness community initiative to Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.The community initiative, which took place recently, brought together a cross-section of residents of the county, among them the Buchanan City Mayor, Julia K. Bono.  Pervocate’s chief executive officer (CEO), James Momoh, told Buchanan residents of the importance of diabetes testing and awareness, which he described as a key component in the management of the disease.The Pervocate executive said diabetes had become a global medical condition affecting the vast majority of the world’s population, “but with testing and awareness, sufferers can better manage the highs and lows of their sugar content.”He said that the establishment of Pervocate in Liberia should be an opportunity for all Liberians, regardless of the content of their individual sugar level.According to Mr. Momoh, his entity currently has one of the newest diabetes testing equipment in the country that is capable of giving results in less than six seconds.   “Our goal,” he said, “is to ensure that the technology is made affordable and accessible to every household in the country.”“Since the establishment of the diabetes diagnostic center in the country a couple of months ago, it has been of greater service to the residents of Monrovia,  identifying the level of their sugar content, and providing onsite counseling to individuals with high sugar content.”Mayor Bono, who received a donation of the diabetes technology from Mr. Momoh in Buchanan, said while testing and awareness are key components to diabetes management, sufferers need to be proactive in managing  life style changes, including dieting, exercise and being mindful of what foods to consume.Mayor Bono then lauded the effort of Pervocate in bringing the technology into the country.  According to her, the engagement of Pervocate in Buchanan is a demonstration that Mr. Momoh is concerned about the health care delivery system of the locals.The City Mayor, who also benefited from the testing exercise, told the participants that getting tested and knowing one’s diabetes status was a relief to them.“I always thought I was diabetic until I was tested and found to be negative through Pervocate’s community initiative,” she said.She promised to spread the message and ensure that every health care delivery system in Buchanan has access to the technology.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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‘Together we can confront new challenges’

first_imgNew Year’s message– Opposition PPPThe Parliamentary Opposition has said the dawn of a New Year offers an opportune moment for reflection on successes and failures, an assessment of strengths and weaknesses, the charting of relevant courses for personal advancement, and the move forward for the collective prosperity as a nation.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoIn reflecting on 2017, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) has said Guyanese faced many challenges as the country’s democratic gains were challenged and the areas where other gains were made saw setbacks. However, the resoluteness of “our people proved unwavering, demonstrating that the spirit of the Guyanese people will not be broken in times of adversity. This is commendable of our people,” the PPP has said in its New Year’s message to the nation.Although 2018 may present its own challenges, the party has expressed hope that the New Year would also bring success and joy to all Guyanese. “It is our party’s wish that all Guyanese will remain steadfast in hope, and will assiduously endeavour to work for the betterment of our nation and fellow citizens. May we all be imbued with a sense of renewal, activism and enthusiasm as we embark on a New Year.”“As we herald the beginning of a New Year, the People’s Progressive Party takes this opportunity to extend to Guyanese at home and in the Diaspora, and their extended families, best wishes for a peaceful, prosperous and productive 2018. The PPP would also like to take this opportunity to commend and recognise the growing support of our Guyanese brothers and sisters both locally and overseas. This strengthens us and fortifies our resolve, so that together we can confront whatever challenges the New Year can bring,” the party said in its New Year’s message.“May our humanitarian spirit remain strong as we keep in thoughts and prayers those who have been placed at a disadvantage,” the PPP added.“Once again, best wishes for a joyous New Year!” the PPP concluded.last_img read more

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She wants to be a Force in NHRA

first_imgFor now, drag racing is the only arena in which a father and daughter could share a love for a sport and compete against each other at its highest level. This wouldn’t happen in the NBA. It wouldn’t happen in Major League Baseball. Certainly not in the NFL. Perhaps if Michelle Wie ever has sons, one of them might play in a tournament with her on the PGA tour. Now that would be a twist. Ashley Force, who will drive one of the four Funny Cars for John Force Racing, might end up facing her father as early as this weekend at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona for the season-opening NHRA CARQUEST Auto Parts Winternationals. “I can’t wait to run next to Dad and his team,” said Ashley Force, 24. “I’m very excited. The big question we’re all asking is which side my mom is going to stand on at the track.” As the season rolls on, Ashley Force might be making history faster than her runs down a quarter-mile stretch of drag strip. No woman has ever won an NHRA Funny Car event. No woman has ever qualified No. 1 for an NHRA event. No woman has even been in an NHRA Funny Car race since 2000. She will be the only woman racing in NHRA Funny Cars on a regular basis this year. There will come a time this season when rookie Ashley Force will roll up next to her father, 14-time NHRA funny champion John Force, in the elimination round of a drag racing event. It will be the first time in NHRA history that a father and daughter will race against each other. Only in auto racing could this even be possible. There may come a day when fathers and daughters will race against each in NASCAR. Or maybe even in the Indianapolis 500. center_img “I’m sure she’s going to screw with a lot of the guys,” said Tony Schumacher, the NHRA Top Fuel champion. “I’m sure it’s going to bother some of them. I’m not sure which ones. But you know there will be a couple of guys up there thinking their manliness is getting jeopardized. It’s pretty cool. And she’s going to take ’em out, too.” There are women racing and winning in other divisions of the NHRA. Angelle Sampey is a threat to win the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle championship every year. Melanie Troxel won the NHRA Winternationals at Pomona and was a championship contender in the NHRA Top Fuel division last year. But of all the women in NHRA, Ashley Force said she rooted for one in particular. “Of course, Shirley Muldowney,” Ashley Force said. “She’s a good friend of my dad’s. I met her a handful of times. She let me sit in her car at one of the events when she was racing. She’s talked to me a lot about it. I’ve seen movies on her, read books about the things she went through. “It was a whole different world when she started. She paved the way. I couldn’t imagine.” Before Ashley Force began the news conference to announce that she would be driving one of her father’s cars, she asked him for some advice about what to say. She was worried that she would be asked about the expectations he placed on her. With John Force’s championship record, what kind of measuring stick would he have for her? John Force told his daughter the news conference wasn’t about him. It was about her. “I said: `Girl, there’s no more I can tell you, but to be there with you under the pressure,”‘ John Force said. “You got to learn. The way you learn it is getting beat up every week, ’cause the media, they’re going to love you when you’re good. They’re going to beat you up when you’re bad. But that’s what it’s about.” Ashley Force had one of those bad days during testing at Firebird International Raceway in Arizona in January. Her car exploded and caught fire while she was making a test run. “She got a little bit of smoke,” John Force said. “She was gasping to breathe and I felt so bad. It was scary for me, but she was like, `How long do you think it will take to fix it?’ ” She wasn’t down long. Within two hours she was back in the car and making test runs again. As for expectations, Ashley Force said wants to concentrate on having fun, particularly at her father’s expense. “I think it will be a good year for us,” she said. “If we can go around, get qualified, maybe beat up on Dad one or two times, but really go out there and have fun. “I think you do better if you don’t get too caught up in the nervousness and expectations, really just try to go out there and have fun, because we do have one of the funnest jobs, I think, in the world.” timothy.haddock@dailynews.com (818) 713-3715 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Entrepreneur’s product helps heal soil after fires

first_imgIn 2006, he decided to test a variety of treatments that were applied to a section of the Uinta National Forest in Utah two years after fire scorched 587 acres. He found that PAM-12 improved soil absorption rates, decreased erosion and stimulated more plant life than other applications, including the standard straw treatment. While lauding the results, Davidson noted that PAM-12 has only been tested in certain climates with soil compositions likely to bond well with the granules. Calcium-rich soil with a high clay content works best, he noted, but soil chemistry is so variable that it’s hard to know how effective the treatment could be until a post-fire assessment is completed. PAM-12 costs about half as much as current treatments. Agricultural straw costs about $1,000 per acre, while PAM-12 costs about $500 per acre. It might be a decade to 15 years before government agencies amass enough research data to advocate Krysiak’s product or others like it to treat soil after a fire. “When there’s an emergency situation, we want to use proven products,” said soil scientist Jeff Bruggink, also of the U.S. Forest Service. “If this is tested and proven in a variety of soil types and climates, we welcome it as another tool in the toolbox.” Forestry officials say several companies have approached them with comparable soil-treatment products but none has shown similar promise. PAM-12 is based on PAM, or polyacrylamide, a synthetic carbon-based chemical. Soil scientists say PAM breaks down into organic material and nitrogen within about 12 months and doesn’t pose a toxic threat to people or crops. Farmers and builders have used variations of it for decades to condition soil and prevent erosion, and Krysiak said no health risks have been identified. The company name Encap stands for “encapsulation,” a nod to the company’s early attempts to wrap seeds in a protective coat of nutrients to improve their chances of taking root. Encap has a line of consumer products for lawns and gardens, each relying on substances such as PAM to make soil more fertile. Krysiak declined to reveal revenue numbers. But Inc. magazine recently ranked Encap 110th on a list of the top-500 fastest-growing private companies in America. To qualify, companies had to have 2003 revenue of at least $200,000 and 2006 revenue of at least $2 million. Krysiak isn’t shy about his hopes for Encap, which he intends to keep private. He expects it will take about five years before forestry officials begin to use PAM-12 more regularly, and he predicts continued sales growth in the consumer sector. “If we play our cards right, we could be half a billion dollars (in revenue) in 10 years.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GREEN BAY, Wis. – The millions of acres scorched by wildfires and left susceptible to mudslides could be shored up by spreading inexpensive granules that a lawn-care entrepreneur says will keep soil in place when the rainy season arrives. U.S. Forest Service scientists have been testing a product that bonds the clay inside soil to form a “net” to help vegetation recover. Called PAM-12 and developed by a Green Bay lawn-care company called Encap, the product is a synthetic chemical that looks like salt and is wrapped in recycled paper. Soil scientists have found few other ways to control large-scale erosion after a fire aside from straw, which absorbs and retains moisture like mulch but doesn’t actually strengthen soil. “The concept of using soil itself to prevent erosion and establish new plant life, it’s exciting,” said Mike Krysiak, president and chief officer of Encap. Already this year, nearly 7 million acres have burned across the country, and about 40 fires of at least 500 acres each were raging last week, most in Montana and Idaho. After smoke infiltrates soil, the ground tends to repel water instead of absorb it. So rain stays on the surface and carries away topsoil and nutrients when it cascades downhill. PAM-12 can help prevent that by causing the dirt to form tiny clumps and opening pores for water to soak into. The result is soil that’s more absorbent and less apt to be washed away, even on slopes as steep as 60 degrees. “I know from my experience it works under the right conditions,” said Robert Davidson, a soil scientist with the Forest Service in Provo, Utah. “I’m trying to have the Forest Service test it more so it can be recommended as a treatment for post-fire use.” Davidson is not affiliated with Encap and said he has no financial stake in the company. last_img read more

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CAKE SALES, WALKS AND WACKY BINGO IN THIS WEEKEND’S RELAY FOR LIFE EVENTS

first_imgHERE’S some of this weekend’s Relay For Life Events:Sat 11th May – Cake sale/ coffee morningWatson home hire and hardware are having a cake sale/ coffee morning on Saturday 11th May 10am – 1pm Sat 11th May – WalkWalk A (non exerienced walkers) starts at Ards Friary and Walk B (4 hour Hike) starts at McCarrys Bar, Kildarragth. At 10am everyone will assemble and register at Creeslough Day Centre. At 10.30am- everyone wll leave for the start of both walks and at 11am- walks will start. Chose which walk you wish to do. A meal will be provided for all participants in the dining area of Ards Friary immediately after the walk. A donation of €15 (€25 per couple) is requested from each participant with all profits going to Relay for Life. Check out the event on FacebookSun 12th May – Wacky Bingo.Johnnys Jokers (Team 4) have organised a Wacky Bingo night in Arena 7 at 8.30pm on Sunday 12th May. Sheet and book is €10. All are welcome. All businesses sponsored by Donegal Local Businesses.   CAKE SALES, WALKS AND WACKY BINGO IN THIS WEEKEND’S RELAY FOR LIFE EVENTS was last modified: May 12th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CAKE SALESWALKS AND WACKY BINGO IN THIS WEEKEND’S RELAY FOR LIFE EVENTSlast_img read more

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COMMUNITY NOTICE: JJ REID HOSTING 3K FUN RUN IN AID OF CANCER RESEARCH

first_imgNOTICE: JJ Reid Volkswagen are hosting a 3K Fun Run and walk to help raise funds for Cancer Research.The charity fun run will take place on Tuesday 8th December at 7.30pm, with registration starting from 6pm at the JJ Reid Volkswagen showroom. Refreshments will be served after the race/walk.All proceeds raised on the day will be going to help aid cancer research.Some of the staff have also grown beards for Movember (which was also in aid of cancer research).For more details check out our Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/ events/449942088532336/ COMMUNITY NOTICE: JJ REID HOSTING 3K FUN RUN IN AID OF CANCER RESEARCH was last modified: December 3rd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:3KCancer ResearchcharityFun RunJJ ReidWALKlast_img read more

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Schwarzenegger touts Prop. 76 as antidote to tax hike

first_img “If we don’t get a yes vote on Proposition 76 … the other alternative is that they will increase taxes.” The governor’s warning echoed earlier statements that his Democratic rivals have dismissed as campaign scare tactics. It would take Republican support to enact any tax increase in the Legislature, which requires a two-thirds majority vote. With the election less than two weeks away, polls have found the proposal trailing, along with several other Schwarzenegger initiatives. The threat of a tax increase “is not a real issue,” said Assemblyman John Laird, a Santa Cruz Democrat who chairs the Budget Committee. “No tax could be raised at the state level without the governor’s agreement,” Laird said. He noted that even if a tax proposal did pass the Legislature, it would need the governor’s signature to become law. In the case of a veto, the Legislature would need a two-thirds vote to override. Schwarzenegger, Laird said, is trying to sell his proposals with “the threat of taxes and fear.” Seeking media exposure as the election draws near, Schwarzenegger has embarked on a series of public appearances and televised question-and-answer forums to sell his slate of ballot proposals. His package of initiatives also includes measures to make teachers work longer for tenure and strip lawmakers of the power to draw their own district boundaries. The campaign has pitted the governor against Democrats and public employee unions that see his “year of reform” agenda as a thinly disguised power grab. With his public standing damaged by months of union-funded TV ads opposing his initiatives, Schwarzenegger is trying to reclaim the mantle of political reformer that helped propel him to office in 2003. He is a Republican incumbent who has raised millions of dollars from corporate interests, but he describes himself as a political outsider determined to dismantle the status quo. “We want to give the power back to the people. That’s why I was sent to Sacramento, as an outsider,” the governor said. Alluding again to the Legislature’s Democratic leadership, Schwarzenegger said its members “always want more because they are spending addicts — they cannot help themselves.” Schwarzenegger delivered his remarks as a small group of protesters chanted slogans and waved placards in the street. The governor stopped and shook hands with one of the protesters, Arcadia firefighter Dave Hutcheson, but they only exchanged pleasantries. The governor has been warning that the defeat of his plan could lead to tax increases at least since June, when he called the special election and opened his campaign. Schwarzenegger has said he is opposed to tax increases. The governor’s repeated threat of looming tax jumps comes at a time when state revenues have been growing steadily. A surge in state income can diminish the need to raise taxes. However, the state is facing a projected $6 billion shortfall in its next budget. Staff writer Gene Maddaus contributed to this story.160Want 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The Irvines have two daughters –one is a sophomore at Arcadia High and the other is a senior. “It was a real thrill for them,” Lori Irvine said. In a staged poolside appearance at the Irvine’s home, the Republican governor told an invitation-only audience that Proposition 76 would give him the tools to fend off a Legislature eager to dig deeper into taxpayers’ pockets. He also suggested that without greater budget discipline, the state might be unable to meet the mounting demands for everything from electric power to health care to highways. “They have come to me with ideas like raising the property tax, raising the income tax, raising the taxes on the rich, raising the sales tax, and the tax on gasoline,” the governor said, referring to the Legislature’s Democratic leadership, which opposes the initiative. ARCADIA — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger warned Wednesday that legislators could push California into a nightmarish era of higher taxes and runaway spending unless voters endorse his proposal to place tighter controls on the state budget. Schwarzenegger’s advance team chose the home of Jon and Lori Irvine, on Encanto Drive, for the event. Jon Irvine is a geotechnical engineer, and his wife helps with his home-based business. They have made modest donations to Republican candidates in the past and support the governor’s ballot measures, but had never met the governor before. “It was wonderful to see him in person,” Lori Irvine said. “He was magnetic, and personable … He joked a little about the protesters out front.” The Irvines were told to invite 30 guests to help welcome Schwarzenegger. Among them were the new principal of Arcadia High School, David Vannasdall, and even some union members.last_img read more

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Women’s Basketball Rallies For 99-91 Win At North Dakota In Season Opener

first_imgSophomores Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) and Nicole Miller (Walker, Iowa) joined the senior duo in double figures. Rhine had 16 points and eight rebounds and Miller finished with 14 points including 12 second-half points. Senior Cortni Rush (Mason City, Iowa) sparked the Bulldogs off the bench with eight points. Full Schedule Roster Wendell led the Bulldogs in the opening quarter with 13 points as they led 21-17. She was an efficient 6-of-9 from the floor to extend her double-figures scoring streak to 79-straight games. Story Links at Creighton 11/17/2016 – 7 PM Next Game: The back-and-forth game between Drake (1-0) and North Dakota (0-1) featured nine lead changes and five ties. Each team’s largest lead came in the second quarter and was nine points. “We hit some big free throws, grabbed big rebounds and made some great defensive stops when we needed it,” Baranczyk said. “The game was a back-and-forth dogfight between two good teams.” North Dakota outscored Drake, 26-21, in the second quarter to take a 47-42 lead at halftime. Wendell scored a game-high 19 points in the first two quarters. Live Stats 1350 ESPN DES MOINES Jays Video Listen Live Watch Live GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The Drake University women’s basketball team rallied for a 99-91 win at North Dakota Friday, Nov. 11 to start the 2016-17 regular season.center_img Preview PDF Box Score North Dakota led 71-69 after the first three quarters of play, but at the start of the fourth quarter Rhine converted a three-point play and Wendell drilled a three-pointer to swing the lead back in Drake’s favor at 75-71. The Fighting Hawks answered with a 7-0 run, but Miller came through with a clutch three to stop the run and pull the Bulldogs to within 80-78. The teams traded baskets before North Dakota claimed a five-point lead at 86-81 with just over four minutes left in the game. However, it was the final time the Fighting Hawks led as the Bulldogs roared back with a 14-0 scoring run to seize the game and complete the comeback. During the final scoring run, Drake held North Dakota scoreless for nearly four minutes. “The players made big plays,” said Drake head coach Jennie Baranczyk. “Nicole showed great confidence, stepped up made big shots and made key defensive stops. Lizzy and Caitlin stepped up. Lizzy not just scoring the basketball, but she grabbed some big rebounds especially late. Caitlin continues to do such great things, scoring 13 points and handing out 13 assists.” Drake travels to Omaha, Neb., Nov. 17 to face former MVC-rival Creighton. Tipoff against the Bluejays is set for 7 p.m. Drake shot 52.4 percent from the floor (33-of-63) and 81.8 percent from the free throw line (27-of-33). Freshman Brenni Rose (Shawnee, Kan.) scored seven points in her debut. Senior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) scored a game-high 34 points on 14-of-23 shooting and just missed a double-double with nine boards. Senior Caitlin Ingle (Runnells, Iowa) recorded a double-double with 13 points and 13 assists.  Print Friendly Version HTML Box Score last_img read more

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