After losing their opening six games of the season, the Eels have recorded back- to-back wins to breathe life into their flailing campaign.However the victory was quickly soured by fears second-rower Tony Williams tore his ACL for the second time in a year. “I don’t think it’s real good. He needs to have scan tomorrow, but I’ve been told that it’s ACL,” Eels coach Brad Arthur said after the match. In a closely-fought contest in which the lead changed hands seven times, it was Eels second-rower Manu Ma’u who stood out as the unlikely hero with a try and try assist in the second half. The Eels were down by four points with 11 minutes to go on Sunday when Ma’u powered over off a Corey Norman pass to claim the match-winning try in front of a crowd of 17,555. The result means the resurgent Tigers have lost consecutive matches for the first time this season, and leaves them outside the top four for the first time in a month. Parramatta remain in last spot but are level with Manly, Canterbury and North Queensland to move within two victories of the top eight. After both teams traded penalty goals early, the Tigers broke the game open when Esan Marsters burst into the backfield and found a supporting Corey Thompson in the 25th minute.But the defensive lapse only spurred the Eels into gear, crossing twice in five minutes through Bevan French and Michael Jennings to steal the ascendancy.French soared over opposite winger David Nofoaluma to claim his first try of the season, before Jennings took a sublime Mitchell Moses offload on the other side of the field.Another Marsters penalty on the stroke of halftime reduced the Eels’ lead to two at the break, before a piece of Luke Brooks magic not long after the resumption gave them the lead.Possessing what Nine Network commentator Phil Gould described as the best no- look pass in the league, the Tigers’ halfback put Matt Eisenhuth between the posts untouched in the 45th minute.A late Ma’u offload allowed Brad Takairangi to steal back the advantage, which they held for just five minutes before Marshall seized back the initiative by backing up Mahe Fonua.However, the Eels claimed the lead for good on Mau’s rampaging run, and held on to back up their breakthrough win last week over Manly.
Shamsi in, Dale Steyn left out JOHANNESBURG (AP): South Africa called up uncapped left-arm wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi for next month’s triangular limited-overs series in the Caribbean and rested fast bowler Dale Steyn amid concerns over his workload. Shamsi was the only new player in the one-day international squad announced yesterday, although pace-bowling all-rounder Wayne Parnell was recalled for the first time in more than a year. Head selector Linda Zondi said Steyn was rested for the triangular series against West Indies and Australia to keep him fresh for the test season. South Africa, who lost their No. 1 ranking in Tests with a home loss to England in January, have series against New Zealand, Australia and Sri Lanka this year. Batsman Faf du Plessis was in the ODI squad for the Caribbean despite sustaining a broken finger in the IPL. Du Plessis had surgery on the broken left ring finger this week and should be ready for South Africa’s second game of the triangular series against Australia on June 7, team manager Mohammed Moosajee said. Pakistan pick Arthur ISLAMABAD (AP): Mickey Arthur replaced Waqar Younis as head coach of the Pakistan cricket team yesterday. The Pakistan Cricket Board said the 47-year-old Arthur, a South African who has previously coached his country’s national team and Australia, will take up his new assignment at the end of the month. Younis stepped down last month after Pakistan won only one of its four group matches at the World Twenty20 in India. Arthur was among four foreign coaches shortlisted by a panel including former captains Wasim Akram and Ramiz Raja. He will be the fourth foreigner to coach Pakistan after Richard Pybus, Goeff Lawson and the late Bob Woolmer. Arthur played 110 first-class matches for South Africa before coaching his national team in between 2005-10. Footballer dies after collapse at match BUCHAREST, Romania (AP): Dinamo Bucharest player Patrick Ekeng died after he collapsed during a match in the Romanian capital yesterday, doctors said. He was 26. Cristian Pandrea, a spokesman for the Floreasca Emeregency Hospital, said doctors tried for an hour to resuscitate the Cameroon midfielder but failed. He said the cause of death was not known. The home match between Dinamo and Viitorul Constanta was at 3-3 and being broadcast live when midfielder Ekeng fell to the ground in the 69th minute, seven minutes after he went on as a substitute. Local media said he had a heart attack. Ekeng was immediately taken to the hospital, where dozens of fans gathered outside. Players and staff could be seen crying as events unfolded. Some went with him to the hospital. He has played for Spanish club Cordoba CF, Swiss club Lausanne, and French club Le Mans. He moved to Dinamo in 2015. Ekeng is survived by a wife and daughter who are in Paris. Prosport.ro, an online sports publication reported he was due to fly to Paris after the Romanian Cup final on Tuesday between Dinamo and CFR Cluj.
Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Yet the WBF prohibits and tests sporadically for them anyway, not because of any suspicion that their use is rife in the game but because that is the price the federation must pay to come under the Olympic umbrella. Accepting the WADA code and the jurisdiction of sports’ highest tribunal, the Court of Arbitration for Sport, are conditions for recognition by the IOC. IOC recognition , in turn, helps secure status and funding for bridge as it fights to stay relevant in the videogame era. It also allows WBF executives to cling to the so-far fruitless ambition of one day seeing bridge played at the Olympic Games.On bridge forums, Helgemo’s case has provoked vigorous debate and a backlash , with critics questioning bridge’s adherence to WADA rules and its Olympic affiliation. For them, further proof that being part of the IOC system does more harm than good to bridge was a CAS ruling last year that dealt a blow to the game’s efforts to weed out cheating at cards. The Swiss court overturned five-year bans that bridge authorities had handed down for cheating to top players Fulvio Fantoni and Claudio Nunes. The CAS didn’t completely absolve the pair but ruled that the European Bridge League failed to prove that the players used a prearranged code during games to secretly tip each other off about their hands.“The integrity of the game is lost because we are trying to get into Olympics,” Brogeland says. “The price is just too high. You cannot actually take the real cheats out of the game because of the Olympics, and now you actually take people out of the game who are not cheats.”Helgemo’s case also reflects badly on the global anti-doping system, because it highlighted how unevenly WADA rules are applied across sports.Unlike the vast majority of sports, which test athletes both when they’re competing and when they’re not, the bridge federation only tests players at major competitions.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 And the WBF’s in-competition testing is extremely limited: Just 11 tests in total in 2017, the most recent year for which figures are available, and 14 in 2016.“We simply don’t have the people to manage,” says Jaap Stomphorst, who heads a WBF anti-doping sub-committee. “At major competitions we test around 10-12 players, that’s all.”That Helgemo escaped with a one-year ban also underscored how anti-doping punishments are unevenly applied across sports. He appears to have been leniently treated in comparison with athletes in active sports. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, for example, last year handed a 3-year ban to an amateur cyclist, Dylan Lima, only for testosterone and 1-year bans only for clomifene to two MMA fighters. For performance enhancers like testosterone, the WADA code calls for four-year bans when athletes fail to prove that they didn’t intentionally dope.David Harris, the WBF counsel who prosecuted Helgemo’s case before a federation disciplinary panel, says the player “was unable to give a definitive explanation” of how testosterone and clomifene entered his body. Helgemo first suggested that he may have taken pills meant for his girlfriend before later blaming food supplements given to him by a friend, Harris said in a phone interview.“The panel probably erred on the side of leniency,” he said. “They took into account the whole circumstances relating to the situation and came up with a decision that one year was the appropriate period of suspension.”Helgemo didn’t respond to Associated Press efforts to reach him by email and text message. Harris said the Norwegian is currently serving a six-month prison sentence for tax offenses in Norway that is unconnected to his doping ban.He said that as a top professional, Helgemo had been tested before, should have been aware of the anti-doping rules and should have been more careful.“This was an unfortunate case, but it was a careless case in many ways,” Harris said. “This is a person who is earning a considerable amount of money out of playing bridge.” Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? FILE – In this Tuesday Sept. 22, 2015 file picture, competitors play bridge at the Acol Bridge Club in West Hampstead, London. A doping ban handed down to the top-ranked player in bridge has provoked a backlash in the card game. It also has provoked criticism of bridge’s affiliation with the Olympics. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland, File)PARIS— When the top-ranked bridge player tested positive for a steroid that Lance Armstrong also used to cheat at the Tour de France, it was easy to snigger. Juicing in cards? Ha! But within the card game recognized as a sport by the International Olympic Committee, fans and players seethed.Whereas the eventual unmasking of Armstrong as a cycling swindler was widely hailed as a resounding victory for sports’ fight against doping, critics in bridge saw the positive drug test for Geir Helgemo as a black mark for the anti-doping system and proof that it shouldn’t be applied uniformly across sports.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “People think it’s wrong,” Boye Brogeland, a bridge professional who won two world championships with Helgemo, said of the top-ranked player’s test for the steroid testosterone and infertility drug clomifene.“Nobody thinks he took this to get an edge at bridge,” Brogeland said in a phone interview.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsEven the governing World Bridge Federation that punished 49-year-old Helgemo last month by banning the Norwegian for one year from lucrative professional competitions says most of the drugs and doping methods that are prohibited in bridge because the game has signed up to World Anti-Doping Agency rules don’t, in fact, make bridge players better.Testosterone and clomifene, both found in the sample Helgemo provided last Sept. 29 at a World Bridge Series tournament in Orlando, Florida, are among the groups of substances that the WBF says in its anti-doping handbook for players are “not expected to affect performance in bridge.” Mike Trout, Angels close to record $432M, 12-year MLB deal LATEST STORIES
While Government has not ruled out purchasing a vessel for defence purposes, it has made it clear that there were no immediate plans to make such an acquisition.President David Granger engaging officials of British naval vessel HMS MerseyThis pronouncement was made by President David Granger on Monday. In light of the recent visit of the British naval vessel HMS Mersey to Port Georgetown, the Head of State was asked whether Government was moving to acquire the vessel. Granger denied any such plans.“There is no plan, there is no intention, there has been no prospect, and there has been no consideration. I heard it mentioned, but we have not entered into any negotiations. The acquisition of a vessel is a technical matter and I wouldn’t move without advice,” he declared.However, the President noted that while there was no such move at present, it was something that Government would not rule out. He added that there were certain factors that needed to be taken into consideration such as identifying the country’s defence needs in order to determine whether such a vessel satisfied them.“Right now we are looking at fishery protection; we are looking at the protection of the petroleum exploration platforms in our EEZ (Exclusive Economic Zone), and we are looking at a vessel which has the speed and also has the firepower to chase away intruders,” Granger stated.On this note, the Guyanese Head of State pointed out that the British vessel was one that basically provided relief during disasters, and hence would not be suitable for Guyana’s needs.“You got to define your needs first before you start looking for the vessel or else you would end up with a lemon,” he remarked.The President further revealed to reporters that Government has already identified the country’s needs in terms of a defence vessel, but has not allocated any monies in this financial year to make such an acquisition.Two weeks ago, the HMS Mersey arrived at Port Georgetown as the United Kingdom sought to strengthen cooperation with the Caribbean in order to boost regional security. During a tour of the vessel, President Granger said Guyana was keen on interdicting narcotics entering and leaving Guyana, an area the Royal Navy has particular interest in in the Caribbean.“We cannot (fight narcotics trade) on our own; we cannot protect our borders on our own; we cannot prevent traffickers from bringing narcotics, particularly cocaine, into our country on our own. We depend on countries with technology, particularly the United States and also the United Kingdom,” he stated.According to the President, Guyana is a known transit point in the global drug trade as narcotics are brought here to be shipped off to other markets around the world. As such, it was important to forge relations with the UK and the US since the most lucrative narcotics markets are in Europe and North America.“In that regard, we felt the Royal Navy might help us to stop this narco-trafficking,” the President had remarked.
– October session opens with 141 casesThe criminal backlog has been reduced by 29 cases that were disposed of during the June 2016 Criminal Assizes, which wrapped up on Friday last following a gaol delivery done by Justice James Bovell-Drakes.The June session commenced with Justice Navindra Singh, Justice Jo-Ann Barlow and Justice Priya Sewnarine-Beharry. Justice Bovell-Drakes joined Justice Singh and Justice Beharry from July until the end of session.During that Assizes 116 cases were listed to be heard, 29 of which were disposed of. However, only 15 cases received attention in the High Court of Demerara, while the other 14 matters were nolle prosequi by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).Of the 15 matters that were presented in court, there were eight formal verdicts of not guilty, three not guilty verdicts by jury, one guilty plea, two guilty verdicts and one hung jury.The June Assizes saw Justice Singh disposing of five cases. In a murder case, the judge upheld a no case submission and directed the jury to return a not guilty verdict. The same was done in a Carnal Knowledge of Girl Under 15 Years and Abduction matter after the complainant testified that she did not wish to proceed with the trial.The accused in two rape cases were also acquitted after the jury was directed to return verdicts of not guilty following testimonies by both complainants who did not want to proceed with the matters.Meanwhile, the accused in a Rape of A Child Under 16 Years case was acquitted after the jury returned a not guilty verdict.During June, Justice Barlow completed four cases, one of which saw the accused, who was indicted with three counts for murder, pleading guilty to the lesser count of manslaughter and was sentenced to life imprisonment with a chance of parole after 30 years.A matter of Carnal Knowledge of Girl Under 15 Years resulted in the accused being acquitted after the complainant testified that she did not wish to proceed with the matter.Another case for the combined offences of Buggery and Indecent Assault in which three accused were indicted together, the jury found the number one accused unanimously guilty of buggery and indecent assault. He was sentenced to a total of 29 years imprisonment.The Number Two accused was found guilty by a majority verdict for the offence of indecent assault and was sentenced to four years imprisonment. While the number three accused was acquitted on all three charges.Moreover, a jury panel returned not guilty verdicts against an accused indicted with two counts of rape of a child under 16 years.On the other hand, Justice Beharry disposed of three matters, including a murder case, in which the accused was indicted on two counts and was found unanimously guilty on both, resulting in a death sentence.Additionally, in two separate cases of Carnal Knowledge of A Girl Under 15 Years and Rape of A Child Under 16 Years, both complainants failed to attend court and as such, both juries were directed to return verdicts of not guilty.Meanwhile, Justice Bovell-Drakes also completed three matters, one of which saw a murder accused sent back to prison to await a new trial after the jury failed to reach a verdict.The other two matters were for the offence of Rape of A Child Under 16 Years and one of the accused was acquitted after the jury returned a majority verdict of not guilty, while the complainant failed to attend Court thus the jury was directed to return a verdict of not guilty for the accused.nolle prosequiFurthermore, during the June Session a total of 14 cases were nolle prosequi by the DPP. These include 10 matters for sexual offences, one for the offence of Unlawful Wounding, another one for Causing Grievous Bodily Harm with Intent, and two matters of Manslaughter.In addition, the DPP appeared in eleven matters in the Court of Appeal during June to August.Four Appellants had their applications withdrawn; of these four, two were for Bail and the other two were for Extension of Time to File Notices of Appeal. Three other Applications for Bail were refused while one Application for Bail was granted by the Court.In one other matter, the Appellant who is serving time had his appeal against conviction and sentence dismissed. Two Appellants were granted their Applications for Extensions of Time to File Grounds of Appeal Within 7 days.Moreover, the Demerara Full Court heard one matter in September which saw counsel for the Appellant, who is serving a four-year, two month sentence for Possession of Narcotics for the Purpose of Trafficking, informing the Court that a Notice of Withdrawal to Appeal was filed.The Demerara October 2016 Criminal Assizes will commence on Tuesday with 141 cases listed. Justice Bovell-Drakes, Justice Barlow and Justice Roxane George will preside during this session.
Youth parliamentarians were exposed to the “Art of Public Speaking” facilitated by the Cacique Toastmasters Club, during day four of the fourth annual Youth Parliament on Monday.The Department of Public Information (DPI) spoke to three of the five mentors who are preparing the students for the August 15 and 16 sessions. Dominic Clerk, who was Prime Minister during the second Youth Parliament in 2016, explained that the students were exposed to techniques they can use during the deliberations, and in the future, depending on their career path.Ruth Wilson, Youth Shadow Minister of Natural Resources during the third annual Youth Parliament in 2017, said: “I think they did well because after the presentation they asked the children a few impromptu questions and so they hadStudents participating in the sessions at the Youth Parliamentto elaborate on the topic or questions.”Youth Parliament provides an active learning platform where students not only learn to speak on social issues but are also exposed to other non-academic areas. Shawn Shewram, Youth Shadow Minister of Public Infrastructure during the second Youth Parliament in 2016, explained the tour provided supplemental education to the students where they would learn about the logistics of Parliament.Mya Kendall, Youth Shadow Natural Resources Minister, said that the public speaking session was motivating and would help her to channel her nervous energy and walk proudly since she would get nervous during public speaking.Kendall, of The Bishops’ High School, is one of 72 youths from secondary schools across the 10 administrative regions and from the University of Guyana (UG) participating in the event.Asaad Abdool, Youth Public Security Minister, said that he was not a good public speaker, but he was able to grasp some techniques that he would use during his presentation. Abdool is a student of the Rosignol Secondary School, Region Five.Youth Minister of Business Kezia Albert, a student of the Port Kaituma Secondary School, Region One, explained that she was grateful for the experiences she was gaining. “I didn’t really know about the Parliament. Now that I know, and I differentiate the difference between the National Assembly and Parliament, I can now go back to my school and educate my peers.”The annual event is being held from August 10 to 18 under the theme, “Our Generation, Our Voice: Inspire, Encourage, Impact.”
MOORPARK – “Test to Ten” is a motto that paid off for Moorpark High School after it scored a pair of 10s in annual state academic rankings, apparently the only Ventura County comprehensive high school ever to do so. The State Department of Education last week released school-by-school rankings from a low of 1 to a high of 10, derived from a school’s Academic Performance Index scores on a scale of 200 to 1,000, with 800 being the state goal. Moorpark High scored 808 points – based on last year’s testing results – earning a set of 10s when compared with schools statewide and schools with similar student demographics. A 10 means a school is in the top 10 percentile, and 1 represents the bottom 10. “We have reached the top of the mountain this year and we’re proud of that,” said Anna Merriman, the school district’s assistant superintendent of instructional services. “We’re not pointing at other school districts and saying ‘Ha, ha, we’re doing better than you.’ But we have done some exceptional things to get our kids to close the achievement gap. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 “It certainly takes effort on everyone’s part to accomplish this task. It’s something that’s been going on for years.” Moorpark High was the only comprehensive high school countywide to receive the honor, Ventura County Superintendent of Schools Charles Weis said. Foothill Technology High School in Ventura and Santa Susana High School in Simi Valley scored 10s, but they are both magnet schools. It marks the first time a Ventura County comprehensive high school has accomplished the feat, Weis said. “I can’t recall another high school being 10/10,” he said. “It’s really quite an accomplishment. It shows that a comprehensive high school can reach that elite status. I hope it’s a challenge for all high schools to do the same.” Last April, just before students engaged in another round of accountability testing, teachers posted signs with an inspiring message all over school: “Test to Ten,” Principal Kirk Miyashiro said. The school reached the benchmark score of 800 last year. In 2004, Moorpark High posted 777 – a 23-point gain from 2003. “My first goal was to break 800,” Miyashiro said. “My second goal was that they rank 10/10. I said, ‘Hey, folks, we can do this. We’re close … just knocking on the door.’ We pushed last year.” Miyashiro, who was named principal of the 2,450-student campus in 2004, succeeded Merriman. He has always said that scoring well on federal and state tests tops his priority list. Since 2003, the school ranked 9 and 10, respectively, in the statewide rank and similar schools rank. Merriman said the school’s performance is the result of a districtwide effort, including teachers and administrators, students and parents. However, it is the teachers who make the effort to go the extra mile – often giving up their breaks to help struggling students. “Our teachers have taken the attitude that whatever it takes, they’re going to do,” said Merriman, who headed the school for six years before taking the job at the district office. “It’s something they’ve always believed they could do.” Miyashiro attributed the success to teachers and staffers, saying they align the curriculum with the state standards. They also evaluate the test results to find out what’s the next step to help each child do better. “Teachers here have been working on things like standards before they were required by state,” he said. “Moorpark called them learning objectives. “We needed to have items or benchmarks as learning objectives. That started the wheel rolling. Our teachers were already ahead of the game.” School board member David Pollock credits the school’s achievement to smaller learning communities, established by Moorpark High School in 1995 and instituting a more intimate school setting. The school created three academies – health and science, business and freshman honors. “I frequently hold up Moorpark High School as a model for the state,” Pollock said. Angie Valencia-Martinez, (805) 583-7604 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
A serial robber was caught after a shop assistant disarmed him and sat on him until the Gardai arrived.Michael O’Connor leaving court yesterday.Michael O’Connor, 27, tried to rob the Glencar Filling Station in Letterkenny with a six inch knife. He shouted at shop assistant James Doherty to give him the money and threatened him with a knife.However, Mr Doherty managed to overpower the armed robber and lay on top of him until Gardai arrived during the incident on March 30th, 2013.Once arrested O’Connor, who was wearing socks over his shoes to avoid his footprints being detected, then admitted to robbing another shop on Letterkenny’s Main Street.Letterkenny Circuit Court was told by Garda Paul McGee that the previous week on March 24th, O’Connor entered Callaghan’s XL store wearing a balaclava and waving a six inch knife.He demanded the money from the cash register from shop assistant Aidan McLaughlin who put €759 into a bag.O’Connor fled down a side lane and was later stopped by Gardai but the cash was never recovered.The court heard that O’Connor, who is originally from Kildare, had 43 previous convictions many for robbery.O’Connor’s barrister said his client had grown up in a very challenging environment after his mother died and father left the family home at a very young age.He had been put into foster care but had since become a heroin addict.He is currently in Portlaoise Prison serving another sentence but is now drug-free and working in the prison and doing well.Judge Keenan Johnson said robberies by heroin addicts with violence are all too common and they the courts must “deal with them in a firm way.”“He has a deplorable record which shows he has been involved in numerous robberies,” said Judge Johnson.But he added he appeared to be trying to become an upstanding member of society.He sentenced O’Connor to four years in prison on the first robbery and five years in prison for the second robbery but suspended this for five years.SHOP ASSISTANT SAT ON ARMED ROBBER UNTIL GARDAI ARRIVED was last modified: April 2nd, 2014 by StephenShare 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:Callaghan’s XLcourtGlencar Filling stationHEROINletterkennyMichael O’Connorrobbery
Re “Voter power” (Our Opinions, May 22): The Sacramento gang loves to talk about their legislative process as the laws that result from the give and take of intelligent, vigorous debate. Actually their laws result from bestowing legislative favors and accepting campaign contributions from the recipients thereof. The initiative, referendum and recall are a political third rail that continues to frustrate their push for absolute power in Sacramento. They want the ABC system: anybody but constituents. Say “Thank you,” again to Hiram Johnson and company. – Walt Meares – Debbie Gordon Woodland Hills Fooling Mother Nature Re “Women see periods as unnecessary now” (May 22): This brings to mind the margarine television ad where a majestic matron, while initiating a jolting clap of thunder, states, “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature.” It’s not only not nice, but, sooner or later, it will bear consequences. – Stephen A. Downs Valley Village Dream on Re “Mayor: LAUSD reform aids economy” (May 20): It quotes our mayor saying “there are things we can do to improve these schools and I’m on a mission to do it.” After carefully rereading the story, I don’t see what the mayor’s things are. Demonizing the LAUSD is not a solution to solving the problem of making our schools even better than they are now. The theme of the mayor’s very moving inaugural events was “dream along with me to make a better city for all our people.” I dream of a day when there will be recognition by the mayor of the progress made by LAUSD in recent years and sharing with the people of L.A. how the LAUSD and the mayor will work together for the good of all concerned. – Marvin Schulman Westwood Redevelopment cloak Re “Communism, capitalism meet in L.A.” (Their Opinions, May 21): His use of rather strident rhetoric notwithstanding, I enjoyed Walter Moore’s critique of the role of City Hall in the Los Angeles business and housing market. In particular, Moore called attention to one of the oddest activities of municipal government: under the cloak of “redevelopment,” all businesses are compelled to fork over money that ends in the hands of a select few, determined not by market forces, consumer demand or knowledgable business leaders, but rather politicians. The logic and justification for such a program are not merely faulty; they are nonexistent. – William Goodwin Los Angeles Speak and be one Re “Amid debate, Senate declares English national language” (May 19): Certain elements have gone over the edge when Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid says it’s “racist” to think of English as our national language, and Sen. Ken Salazar trots out the old bromide about kids being told to speak English in school. Isn’t that why they’re in school? Same thing happened in my family but nobody was offended. My parents didn’t come to the U.S. expecting to speak Spanish, Russian, Chinese or their own native tongue. In any nation, especially a great one like ours, we all must be able to speak to each other or our nation dies. – Charles K. Sergis Calabasas National language Re “Amid debate, Senate declares English national language” (May 19): Making English our national language is the best idea our country has come up with in a long time. Making our national language anything else besides English doesn’t help immigrants to the U.S. and doesn’t help break down the wall between English-speakers and non-English-speakers. In some parts of the country, English has become the foreign language and makes many people feel like foreigners in their own country. – Jennifer Urrutia Van Nuys Dumb kids? Re “Failing schools” (Your Opinions, May 17): It’s hard for me to believe that someone could be so off the mark; blaming the failing schools on the students. Don’t get me wrong, the student plays a large role in their education but an “excellent teacher” should be producing excellent results, wouldn’t you expect? This is a topic worthy of many more than the 100-word limit here. Bottom line – the teacher, the student, the parent and the school “system” all combine to “educate.” – Mark S. Ditko Sylmar LA’s BEST My husband arrived just one half hour after enrollment in LA’s BEST began and found there were only Spanish forms. He was told they were making English copies. After waiting several minutes, a Spanish-speaking mother helped him complete the Spanish form. When he submitted it, he was told he received space 83 of 85. Had he waited for the English form, there would not have been a space for our son. This was poor planning, or a deliberate attempt to admit a select demographic. We were outraged. How many other children were turned away because their parents don’t understand Spanish? – Gabriela del Campo-Moore Studio City Better investment Re “Opponents face off over Prop. 82”: The $2.4 billion that Prop. 82 would cost should instead be invested in school libraries, especially in low-income areas where children have the least access to books. Research shows that library quality and reading achievement are related. California’s poorly funded (3 percent of the national average) and poorly staffed (one librarian per 4,500 students, the national average is one per 900) help explain why California’s reading scores are among the lowest in the nation. The interest on $2.4 billion would soon provide California with the best-staffed and best-stocked school libraries in the U.S., rather than the worst. – Stephen Krashen Malibu Overlooked duty Re “Can’t coexist” (Your Opinions, May 22): One is led to assume the writer is using the Statue of Liberty to symbolize the concept of an open-borders policy, specifically between the United States and Mexico. The inscription at the base of Lady Liberty is a poetic sentiment that expresses to all peoples of the world an ideal, signifying hope to the poor, the oppressed, etc., which, if not implemented by adherence to logical thinking and to the laws of the land, would lead to utter chaos. In his zeal to denounce sending troops to our southern border, the writer has overlooked one important duty of any United States president: To keep secure the borders of the country against illegal penetration for any reason. – Stephen Pettine Canoga Park Withdraw with dignity This administration cannot withdraw from Iraq with dignity; that belongs to the soldiers. With no leadership in the White House or the Pentagon, it’s a mistake to leave this invasion in the hands of the generals; it belongs in the hands of the sergeants and enlisted men/women who are doing the fighting. Just as in Vietnam, the Iraqis are fighting because they have nowhere to go. – Jerry Pennington Van Nuys160Want 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 MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Burbank Sold – again Re “Drug coverage nearing rupture; Millions could fall into Medicare gap” (May 21): Once again Bushy Boy and his sleazebag administration have stiffed it to the people. Only this time it is our senior citizens and disabled. Funny how that “doughnut hole” in the Medicare drug program has not been mentioned until after the May 15 enrollment deadline. Bushy Boy and his cronies are a classic example of corporate puppets selling the elderly and disabled to the pharmaceutical and insurance companies. Unfortunately, this is no longer a “government of the people, by the people, for the people,” but rather a going once, going twice, sooooold – to the highest corporate bidder!
Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more Queens Park Rangers have reached an agreement with the EFL, which will see them pay £47.965 million and accept a transfer ban as of the next transfer window in January.It relates to the Championship side breaching its spending limits and brings to an end a four-year legal battle.According to The Times, it is thought Rangers will pay a £17m fine to the EFL over a 10-year period, contribute £3m to cover its legal costs and convert £21.965m of outstanding loans into equity.In 2017, QPR were ordered to pay a fine of about £40 million for failing to comply with the EFL’s Financial Fair Play rules during the 2011/12 season, when they were promoted to the Premier League.The club, though, announced their intention to appeal and a date was set for a hearing in front of a new panel in London this month, but the west Londoners have withdrawn their appeal after a settlement was reached.Owners of the Loftus Road club are also not permitted to take the £21.965m out of QPR and a decade-long payment schedule has been agreed.On the pitch it will certainly impact Steve McClaren’s plans in January. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade possible xi How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? smart causal Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes who plays? ALTERED How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? possible standings Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener predicted How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? highlights Football news gameday impact NEW ERA Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack