The Latest: Spain reaches deal to return to soccer practice

first_imgMore AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 No top league games have been played since March 11.The German league has been more bullish than other major European competitions about the chances of resuming in May or June with widespread coronavirus tests for players. That push is partly driven by fears that several clubs face financial collapse without TV and sponsorship money.German state and local officials could potentially veto games in their areas. Keller says unified rules for soccer around the country would help clubs “quickly and without bureaucracy.”___Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has been using some of his spare time in lockdown to teach British kids how to speak Spanish. April 20, 2020 The Latest: Spain reaches deal to return to soccer practice The Argentina international has been signed up by the BBC as part of its home-schooling initiative while educational establishments are closed during the coronavirus pandemic.Aguero is teaching kids how to count in Spanish. His lessons became available on a day kids in Britain would have usually returned to school after the Easter holidays.Aguero says “it’s a tough time for children at the moment, and also for parents trying to keep them focused on their education from home.”Aguero hasn’t played a competitive match since March 8 because soccer is shut down in England and across most of the world during the outbreak.___ Sawhney says there is a need to “share knowledge and … build a deep understanding of what it will take to resume international cricket.”___The president of the German soccer federation says resuming league play will not mean taking resources away from healthcare workers amid the coronavirus pandemic.Fritz Keller writes in Kicker magazine “we guarantee that resuming play … will not cause a burden for the healthcare system.”He adds that “there will be no use by sportspeople of testing capacity which would be missed elsewhere.”center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Spanish government says it has reached a deal with the country’s soccer league and federation for teams to return to practice. ___Contingency planning for the men’s Twenty20 World Cup will be among the topics for discussion when the heads of the top cricketing nations hold a specially convened meeting this week about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the sport.The chief executives of the International Cricket Council’s 12 full members and three associate representatives also will discuss the rescheduling of series, the program of future tours and the key factors behind the resumption of international cricket on Thursday’s conference call.The T20 World Cup is scheduled for Oct. 18-Nov. 15 in Australia. It is cricket’s biggest global tournament this year and hasn’t yet been called off.ICC chief executive Manu Sawhney says the organization is continuing to “take advice from experts and authorities” about the T20 tournament. The government has not provided a timetable or given any other detail about when practice would resume. It says it will depend on the evolution of the coronavirus pandemic and on decisions by health authorities.The government says strict protocols will have to be followed when teams begin training again. The Spanish league and the federation have created health protocols for the return to training.The league says the competition is not expected to resume until the end of May at the earliest and games will be in empty stadiums at first.Government officials and the presidents of the league and the federation met for nearly eight hours this weekend.The government says the league and the federation have agreed to use part of the money from soccer television rights to help other sports in Spain. It says they will also create a contingency fund of 10 million euros ($10.8 million) to aid more vulnerable athletes. Associated Press last_img read more

Drexel long pole hones skills playing floorball for Canada

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Pat Root was in ninth grade when he was first exposed to floorball.Root played hockey every Tuesday and Thursday morning in gym class. One day, his teacher decided it was time for a change. That’s when floorball made its way to St. Andrew’s in Ontario.Little did Root know, he would go on to play for and captain the Canadian U-19 floorball team twice and compete in an international adult world championship. He helped floorball – a game with elements of ice hockey, box lacrosse and field lacrosse – gain popularity in Canada. Now, with lifelong experience playing a variety of stick sports, Root starts at long-stick midfield for Drexel.“I think floorball has the same effects as hockey would have on playing lacrosse,” Root said. “The idea of having the stick in the hand and that motor skill is all the same throughout those three sports.”The main differences between indoor hockey and floorball are that the boards around the rink go up to one’s knees and the stick can’t come up above the knees, Root said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDespite Canada’s ties to hockey, floorball was an entirely new game to the country when Root first found out about it in gym class. He and his teammates played three nights a week and two hours a night, just for fun.That was just the beginning, though.Because of the sport’s lack of popularity, they were able to form a Canadian national team – 80 percent of which comprised players from St. Andrew’s – to compete at the world championships in Finland. The players knew they were in for a challenge, but they didn’t know just how strong the competition would be.Canada got destroyed, finishing near the bottom of a group of about 25 teams, Root said. The players lacked the floorball finesse that European teams had mastered. Accustomed to indoor hockey and ice hockey, Canada’s physical style of play frustrated opposing coaches and didn’t bode well with referees, Root said.“In Canada, when we’re born, they give us a hockey stick,” Root said. “The kids that we were playing on the German teams, on the Finnish teams, they get a floorball stick when they’re born. That’s what they do. That’s what they play.”But Root wasn’t done. He used that failure as fuel for next year’s world championship. Assembling a team of both Canadian and European players who were cut from their own teams, the Canadians formed a more formidable squad heading into the tournament.Playing in front of 3,000 raucous fans in the quarterfinals amid a memorable run, Canada still lost, but it put up a fight, falling to the heavily favored host Germany by just two goals, Root said.“It’s kind of hard to compete with, but eventually, I think you catch up and you make that gap a little bit smaller,” Root said. “I think getting to the quarterfinals showed that North America is developing to play the sport with the rest of Europe.”Root went on to play defense for the men’s national team and was its youngest player. He said his team lost one game to No. 2 Finland 14-2, but he scored a top-corner goal.While floorball was a key component of Root’s life, it wasn’t the only sport he played growing up. He also excelled in box lacrosse since the age of 6. In ninth grade, he tried out for an American field lacrosse team and got cut, motivating him to improve. Root eventually made the Ontario-based Edge Lacrosse team, which is when Drexel head coach Brian Voelker first saw him play — Root’s floorball prowess in the back of his mind.“We kind of found out about it while we were recruiting him,” Voelker said. “I don’t think anybody here really knew what it was. All the coaches got on the Internet and looked up some YouTube stuff.”After breaking his arm on the third day of practice last season, Root redshirted. This year, he plays long-stick midfield and is first on the team in caused turnovers with 10 and second in groundballs with 21.Fellow defender Matt Dusek has been impressed with Root – one of seven Canadians on Drexel’s roster – so far. He said playing floorball likely helped hone Root’s stick skills.“He flicks the ball to the spots where nobody is and then picks up the groundball easily,” Dusek said. “With things like that, I think it helps him out a lot.” Comments Published on March 26, 2013 at 12:51 am Contact Trevor: tbhass@syr.edu | @TrevorHasslast_img read more

Presidential tickets discuss policy at first USG debate

first_imgThe Debbie & Blake presidential ticket (left) debated against the Mai & Brianna presidential ticket (right) at Wallis Annenberg Hall Thursday. Emily Smith | Daily TrojanAnnenberg Media hosted the first Undergraduate Student Government presidential debate on Wednesday night at Wallis Annenberg Hall. USG Senators Debbie Lee and Blake Ackerman, candidates for president and vice president, debated against USG Director of External Affairs Mai Mizuno and Brianna Bozek, a junior majoring in business administration, who are also running for president and vice president.The debate was moderated by Annenberg Media correspondent Brittany Hope. Lee began her opening statement by explaining why she and Ackerman are pursuing these offices. Lee and Ackerman have a history serving together prior to their time in the Senate, as they served as president and vice president at Beverly Hills High School together, each occupying both positions at different times.“This year, Blake and I had the opportunity to serve as senators and while continuing through this term, we’ve realized that our heart and passion to serve all students and listen to their voices and needs extended far beyond our duties,” Lee said. In her opening statement, Mizuno cited the fact that she and Bozek had not served in student government prior to USC as positive traits, allowing them to have optimistic and different visions for their potential roles in USG. Mizuno also noted that she entered USC as a spring admit, and that these students, along with transfer students, deserve a greater voice in USG because they are often treated as “second-class Trojans.”“Prior to coming to [USC], I had never been in student government before,” Mizuno said. “And I found this to be extremely beneficial because, like Brianna, I didn’t know what student government was. I just knew what it should be.”While Mizuno has three years of experience in USG under her belt, Bozek has no student government experience. Bozek referred to their ticket multiple times during the debate as an “insider-outsider ticket.”One of the major issues discussed at the debate was tuition hikes at USC and overall affordability of college costs for students. Lee advocated for a pragmatic and moderate approach.“Something that I’ve learned during my year as a senator is that a tuition freeze is just impossible, but something that we can focus on is increasing transparency in regards to tuition,” Lee said. Ackerman broke down the specifics of how he and Lee view tuition. He also mentioned their idea for a resource that can help economically disadvantaged students navigate their financial  troubles.“Debbie and I believe that tuition can be broken down into two parts, and that’s transparency and affordability,” Ackerman said. “To encourage more affordability, we want to propose an economic crisis response team for students that are food insecure or housing insecure to make sure they are getting what they need.”Mizuno invoked her record of activism and advocacy regarding affordable tuition at USC, specifically the $2,000 tuition hike in the spring 2016 semester.“When I started out at USC, I was an activist and tuition hikes were what I cared about,” Mizuno said. “I was out on Trousdale every single day protesting tuition hikes.”Another topic at the debate was mental health and mental health resources on campus. Lee mentioned the inaccessibility of the Engemann Student Health Center and proposed a way to increase mental-health oriented spaces on campus.“I think, also, one of the issues that we face with Engemann is that it’s simply a little far and a little out of the way for most students to access,” Lee said. “And that’s why Blake and I want to highlight the establishment of resident meditation spaces on campus.”Bozek brought up a personal anecdote, saying that she has experienced the lack of resources allocated for mental health issues on campus.“I think that we need more counselors, and even though that’s a really expensive solution to the problem, I think it can be done if we take the necessary prior steps,” Bozek said. “I’d love to see a state of mental health survey at USC to see where we’re at and what USC needs.”   Another central topic in the debate was how to improve Greek life at USC. Ackerman noted a policy proposal on his ticket’s platform.“Also on our platform are speed bumps for Greek Row,” Ackerman said. “We really want to ensure that safety on 28th Street is a big priority and we know that people drive fast on that street.”Bozek advocated for more cooperation between students and the administration regarding Greek life.“We would love to implement regular meetings between Greek life leaders, USG and administration in order to increase transparency on Greek-life sanctions and also to work with the community in order to better it as much as we can,” Bozek said. Other topics discussed at the debate included recent changes to the Norman Topping Fund, diversity on campus and the creation of a new USG Director position that would engage students in state and federal politics, a motion proposed earlier this week at a USG Senate meeting. The next presidential debate, called “The Inclusion Discussion,” will be on Tuesday at 7:45 p.m. at Wallis Annenberg Hall.last_img read more

66 players opt out of NFL season due to coronavirus pandemic

first_imgLast Updated: 7th August, 2020 07:37 IST 66 Players Opt Out Of NFL Season Due To Coronavirus Pandemic Twenty offensive linemen and 11 on defense opted out before Thursday’s deadline. Players with a medical opt out will receive a $350,000 stipend, whole those voluntarily opting out receive $150,000 as an advance against future salaries WATCH US LIVE First Published: 7th August, 2020 07:37 IST COMMENT FOLLOW US Associated Press Television News center_img Written By LIVE TV A total of 66 players have opted out of the 2020 NFL season due to the coronavirus pandemic, nearly half of them linemen.Twenty offensive linemen and 11 on defense opted out before Thursday’s deadline. Players with a medical opt out will receive a $350,000 stipend, whole those voluntarily opting out receive $150,000 as an advance against future salaries.No team has come close to New England in losing players for the upcoming season, which begins Sept. 10 with Houston at Super Bowl champion Kansas City. The Patriots, already minus several stars who left in free agency — including, of course, Tom Brady to Tampa Bay — saw eight opt outs: running back Brandon Bolden, offensive tackle Marcus Cannon, safety Patrick Chung, linebacker Dont’a Hightower, tight end Matt LaCosse, wide receiver Marqise Lee, offensive lineman Najee Toran and fullback Dan Vitale. Hightower, Cannon and Chung were key contributors in recent seasons.Only three teams had no one opting out: the Steelers, Falcons and Chargers.“Those are not easy decisions to make as a player, especially when you love the game,” said Broncos safety Justin Simmons, who will play this season. “But family will always come first. And I’ve had a lot of difficult conversations with my wife and, yeah, it’s not ever going to be easy. Just like for the rest of America, it’s not easy on anyone right now.”The rest of the breakdown by positions:11 wide receivers; eight linebackers, six cornerbacks, four running backs, three tights ends and safeties. The were no quarterbacks, kickers or punters opting out.Should a player decide to walk away after Thursday’s deadline because of a changed medical circumstance, he would get a stipend — unless he already exceeded the value of the stipend in the time he was active. Otherwise, there will be no financial compensation for voluntary future opt outs.There also are salary cap relief machinations attached to opt outs. Contract bonus payments due to be applied to the cap in 2020 will be delayed a year even though the bonus has been paid.Image credits: AP SUBSCRIBE TO USlast_img read more

Wellington City crews busy putting up downtown Christmas decorations

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Sumner Newscow report — It’s that time of year again. The City of Wellington was busy putting up downtown Christmas decorations. Just in case you don’t know there’s 36 days until Christmas.City Crews were on Harvey Street this Thursday afternoon.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

‘Ebola is Escalating’

first_imgThe Liberian National Red Cross Society (LNRCS) says the current spread of the deadly Ebola virus is escalating.  He warned that efforts must be multiplied to urgently contain it.This can be done with collective efforts of  government, citizens and international partners, he said.The LNRCS secretary general, Fayiah Tamba, said that the latest confirmation from Bong, Bomi and suspected cases in Grand Gedeh Counties is an indication that the spread of the virus is now rapid and troubling.Mr. Tamba also warned the general public to do away with the concept of denial and follow all precautionary measures, including regular hand washing and avoiding close contact with sick persons suspected of the virus.Mr.  Tamba stressed the Red Cross will continue to scale up its vigorous operation in  seven counties including, Bong and Bomi, where Ebola cases have been reported.Since the outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Mano River Union, it has claimed over 660 lives in the three affected country with Guinea receiving more fatalities followed by Sierra Leone and Liberia.The current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa is now the largest in history with more than one thousand cases and 660-deaths while more than 240 of the cases and 127-deaths occurred in Liberia.“The Red Cross is complementing government efforts in the areas of social mobilization and awareness, contact tracing, psychosocial counseling and providing survivor kits to victims since the outbreak,” Mr. Tamba said.Mr. Tamba also disclosed that The Red Cross, in addition to its regular services, has agreed for now  to assist the Ministry of Health in the area of dead body management and burial of Ebola victims in Montserrado.The LNRCS has welcomed the latest move by the Government to close all borders, except the Roberts International Airport, James Springs Payne Airport, Foya Crossing, Bo Waterside Crossing and Ganta Crossing, where preventive and testing centers will be established.The LNRCS Secretary General wants government and its partners to pay more attention to protecting health Care workers who are the front lines in this fight against the Ebola virus.According to him, if the health workers are protected, we will regain their confidence to return to the various Health facilities that are currently abandoned across the country.Meanwhile, the Lofa Chapter of the LNRCS says it is strongly considering to fully intervening in the Ebola outbreak in Zango town, where the death toll is now alarming.Zango town is in the Voinjama District, with a population of little over 2000, but at least 19 people have reportedly died since the outbreak of the virus there.According to the Red Cross Emergency Preparedness and Response Officer, Daniel Kossigbo, plans have  been concluded for the possible move in the community for social mobilization and awareness, contact tracing and psychosocial counseling.The LNRCS has already provided survival kits to victims of Ebola in the community as well as rehabilitated two damaged hand pumps to restore community access to safe drinking water.The Red Cross is currently complementing government efforts in 726-communities in Foya, Vahum, Bolahum, Kolahum, Zorzor and Voinjama Districts, reaching the total of at least 117,886, a number representing the total households of 2,885  since the start of the Ebola intervention in Lofa.The Liberian Red Cross has also reached the total of 2,190 in ten Communities in Margibi under its campaign to stop further spread of the Ebola Virus in Liberia.The Liberian Red Cross continues its vigorous operation in Montserrado, Margibi and Lofa while plans have been finalized for immediate scale-up in  Grand Cape Mount, Gbarpolu, Bong Nimba and Bomi in the coming days.Mr. Kossigbo said the Red Cross Ebola awareness activities in the counties are making significant impact in that community members are gradually accepting the fact that Ebola exists and has no cure but denial and fear of stigma in some quarters remain challenging.For the latest news and updates, follow us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Liberian-Observer-Online/42279623238.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New Election Date: Dec. 20

first_img“The decision to reschedule the election from December 16 to December 20, 2014, is intended to compensate for time lost as a result of the Stay Order imposed on the election and campaign activities by the Supreme Court,” the electoral body said.Providing their reliance on said decision, NEC maintained that the new date is in “consonance with Joint Resolution #002 recently adopted by the Legislation.”Joint Resolution #002 mandated the Commission to hold consultation with stakeholders aimed at deciding a new date since October 14 due to onslaught of the Ebola virus in Liberia.The 53rd National Legislature’s Joint Resolution instructed the Commission to decide a new date of polling no later than December 20, 2014.While political rallies were ongoing, few political parties inclusive of Movement for Progressive Change (MPC) Alliance for Peace and Democracy (APD) and National Democratic Coalition (NDC) filed a lawsuit, forcing the High Court to place a Stay Order on the process.Indeed the Supreme Court lifted the Injunction on 13 December, but failed to set a new date. Though clothed with the responsibility to conduct elections but not to set polling date for legislative and Presidential elections as provided for under the Constitution, the Commission announced December 20, 2014 as voting day, and at the same time, urged political parties and candidates to assist in informing the electorate about the new date for the election as they proceed with their respective political campaigns.The Commission called for parties and candidates involved with the election to restrict their political activities within the framework of the law and measures agreed to at a recent Inter Party Consultative Committee Meeting held on December 3, 2014.According to NEC, several issues were decided, including but not limited to, “no street Parades, campaigns will only be conducted in districts/communities; and gatherings will not exceed 250 persons.However, political commentators termed the restrictions as “mere bluff” stressing that NEC does not have the capacity to monitor these processes, let alone prosecute violators.Political Campaigns for Saturday’s poll will officially end at 6:00 PM on Friday, December 19, 2014.According to the 1986 Constitution, the electoral body should have conducted election for the first category of senators elected in 2005 after the coming into force of the Constitution as provided by under Articles 46 and 83 respectively.However, with the controversies associated with the poll including who has the authority to change election date and the lawsuit filed against the process, not forgetting the presence of the Ebola virus in the country; credibility remains a major challenge for Liberia’s young democracy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) National Elections Commission (NEC) has again somersaulted on its mandate to conduct polling for the 2014 Special Senatorial Election.The new date set for the election is now Saturday, December 20, 2014 and not December 16, as was previously announced, NEC indicated yesterday in Monrovia.According to a press statement signed by the Commission’s Communications Director Joey Kennedy, NEC took the hard decision in collaboration with political parties and independent candidates at an urgently arranged meeting at the Commission’s headquarters in Sinkor, Monrovia.last_img read more

Ramdhani settles for silver at CAREBACO Seniors

first_img– Guyana brings home 4 medalsA first-time outing for six of Guyana’s senior badminton players has proven to be a great learning experience, as the team finished its week-long CAREBACO International 2018 competition with two bronze and two silver medals.The winning trio! Narayan Ramdhani, Priyanna Ramdhani and Johnathan Mangra showcase their medalsPlaying at the Ring Sports Centre in neighbouring Suriname, the competition was more than just a one-match affair for the Guyanese athletes, who were required to play almost seven matches per day, running more than 10 miles on court.Despite being the underdogs in the competition, the Guyanese athletes proved it was not the dogs in the fight, but the fight in the dogs that mattered, copping spots in four of the six semifinal matches.Priyanna Ramdhani was the first to step into the semifinal round against Jamaica’s Number 1 player Katherine Wynter. Despite being just 16 years old, Priyanna played evenly with her older opponent, and went on to defeat her (24-22, 10-21, 21-14) for a spot in the final round.The following evening, Priyanna was locked in a three-set thriller for the gold medal. Opposing the Barbadian Tamisha Williams, the Guyanese lost the first set 21-17, but managed to make a daring comeback to win the second set 17-21. By this time, both the players and the onlookers knew that the final set would be the ultimate decider. Unfortunately, Priyanna fell short to the Barbadian 18-21, but the silver medal was already hers.In the women’s doubles, Priyanna teamed up with Chequeda De Boulet of Trinidad and Tobago and made easy work of semi- final opponents, the Surinamese pair of Imani Mangroe & Mary-Ann Zhong, whom they routed 17-21, 21-16, 21-7.However, the Guyanese and her playing partner were not aware of the bigger challenge ahead in the form of Tamisha Williams & Monyata Riviera. They lost their final matchup 21-15, 21-14, but still took home the silver medal.Priyanna and her older brother Narayan were the ideal pair to represent Guyana in the mixed doubles category, a job that they did excellently. Shockingly defeating higher ranked pairs, the duo stormed into the semifinal, but were unable to play on. They lost to the experienced, No.1 seeded players Dakeil Thorpe and Tamisha Williams of Barbados 21-17, 17-21, 22-20. However, their performance was worthy of a bronze medal.Guyana’s final podium position came from the combined efforts of Jonathan Mangra and Narayan Ramdhani in the men’s doubles segment. The duo made it as far as the semifinal, but suffered their first defeat at the hands of Dylan Darmohoetomo & Gilmar Jones of Suriname 2-15, 21-8 which would eliminate them from the competition, but not without them receiving the bronze medal.The CAREBACO Regional Under 11, 13, 15 and 17 Championships will get underway this week with Guyana being represented by 5 athletes.Priyanna Ramdhani will again go for the gold in the Under 17 group with Isaac Mallampati on the male side of the same grouping. In the Under15, Vikash Motoo and Matthew Beharry will battle for supremacy, while Mishka Beharry will be the lone Guyanese competitor in the Under 11 group.last_img read more

Perata proposes advisory referendum on Iraq war

first_imgBERKELEY – The state Senate leader on Thursday announced plans for an advisory ballot measure calling for the immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, hoping to prompt debate among presidential candidates campaigning in California. The Vote Us Out of Iraq measure would appear on California’s Feb. 5 presidential primary ballot and is believed to be the first such proposal for a statewide advisory vote in the nation. “We want every single candidate coming to California to square off on this issue,” said Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland. The proposal would have to pass the Democrat-controlled Legislature and be signed by Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to make the ballot. While the advisory measure would carry no authority, Perata said joining it with California’s new early presidential primary would help “set the pace” for the 2008 race. Perata said he would like to see other states put similar measures on their ballots to force a “national referendum” on the war. Several cities around the country have given voters the chance to weigh in on the president’s Iraq policies in recent years. The California measure would be the first in the country to put the issue of U.S. troop withdrawal to a statewide vote. At least 336 troops from California have died in Iraq, more than from any other state.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It would give Californians the chance to voice their disapproval of President George W. Bush’s “failed policy” in Iraq, said Perata, speaking to reporters from the steps of a city building dedicated to veterans. “If nothing else works, then how about the biggest state in the union rising up to give a clear statement?” he said. Perata said he will introduce the measure in the Legislature on Monday. He announced the legislation the same day the nonpartisan Field Research Corp. released a poll that found that the percentage of California voters who approve of Bush’s performance in office had dropped to 26 percent, the lowest mark given any U.S. president in 30 years. Just 24 percent of the 1,093 registered voters interviewed said they supported Bush’s handling of the war in Iraq, and 59 percent said the United States should set a timetable to withdraw its troops. last_img read more

Pacifying the jails

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! STILL reeling from recent outbreaks of jail violence, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has wisely voted to stop housing some 1,200 state parole-violators in county jails. Good thinking. Although the deal made $27 million a year for the county, clearly our jails – overcrowded and dangerous as they are – are no place for the state’s hardened offenders. Right now, the county’s priority need to be be pacifying its jails, not picking up a few extra bucks. Still, the supervisors’ decision leaves other key questions unanswered. Both county jails and state prisons are bursting at the seams, which leads to dangerous conditions and early releases that endanger inmates, guards and the public. Whether the answer is sentencing reform, building more detention centers or some combination of the two, the issue needs to be addressed at both the state and county levels.last_img read more