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Fajardo on pace to win 5th BPC award
98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite San Miguel’s dominance has also been evident in the BPC race with three other Beermen making it to the top 10.Arwind Santos sits in third with 34.2 SPs, followed by Alex Cabagnot in fourth with 33.4 SPs. Marcio Lassiter is in eighth with 30.5 SPs.Ginebra forward Japeth Aguilar completes the top five with 32.0 SPs.Rounding out the top 10 are Phoenix’s Matthew Wright (31.7 SPs), Alaska’s Calvin Abueva (30.6 SPs), Mahindra’s Alex Mallari (29.5 SPs), and Meralco’s Chris Newsome (29.3 SPs).Wright also leads the Rookie of the Year race averaging 17.9 points, 7.1 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 1.3 steals.ADVERTISEMENT Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHistory beckons for three-time PBA Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo as he continues to rack up accolades.If things stay as they are, the Cebuano giant is bound to win his fifth Best Player of the Conference award this 2017 PBA Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely MOST READ Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Blackwater’s Mac Belo is second among rookies (27.7 SPs), Star’s Jio Jalalon in third (23.2 SPs), TNT’s Roger Pogoy in fourth (18.5 SPs), and Alaska’s Carl Bryan Cruz in fifth (16.2 SPs).Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte Ginebra stays alive for semis spot, stuns Alaska Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown View comments Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Fajardo is currently leading the statistical points (SPs) race after the elimination round where he helped San Miguel clinch the top seed with a 10-1 card.The 6-foot-10 Fajardo averaged 19.9 points, a league-best 16.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 1.7 blocks to garner 45.0 SPs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnFajardo is gunning for his fourth BPC in the all-Filipino conference and fifth overall, tying him with his mentor Danny Ildefonso.GlobalPort star Terrence Romeo is second, who has 41.5 SPs thanks to his averages of 28.7 points, 6.2 assists, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.3 steals. LATEST STORIES
Portland in front at JTA/Sagicor Champs
Portland hold an eight-point lead going into today’s final day of the 35th staging of the JTA/Sagicor National Athletics Championship at the National Stadium. Portland, who last won the title in 2012, are on 61 points after eight finals. They are followed by St Andrew 53, champions St Catherine 37, Clarendon 27, and Manchester on 25.5. Herman Reid, Portland’s parish coordinator, was very happy with his team’s performance, and he is confident they will put on a good showing on today’s final day. “We are happy for the lead,” said Reid. “We have never led after the first day before, even the years when we won, because we have always been playing catch up on the last day,” he said. On the other hand, Mabracq Harris, coordinator of St Andrew, said he was confident that they would put on a good display today. “We have a much better chance this year having reached more finals. We normally score heavily in the relays, and so we have a very good chance of winning,” said Harris. Portland’s Ashleigh Samuels won the girls’ Under-15 high jump with a leap of 1.43m ahead of her teammate Kristian Watson, 1.41m. Akalia Stephenson of St Andrew captured their Under-13 girls long jump with a mark of 4.60m ahead of her teammate Kayla Haughton, 4.58. Portland’s Kartia Burke won the girls’ shot put open with a best of 8.61m while Ewan Lawrence, also from Portland, cleared 1.51m to capture the boys’ Under-15 high jump. Victory
Kroenke set for full Arsenal ownership
Kroenke addressed annual general meetings where he was questioned along with other directors in front of shareholders and media. Those partially public forums are now likely to end as Arsenal prepares to become entirely privately owned like most of the rest of the Premier League. Kroenke dismissed concerns of fans who last saw the team win the Premier League in 2004 and finish sixth last season to miss out on the Champions League. “KSE believes moving to private ownership will bring the benefits of a single owner better able to move quickly in furtherance of the club’s strategy and ambitions,” Kroenke’s company said. “KSE is a committed, long-term owner of the club.” LONDON (AP): American sports magnate Stan Kroenke is set to take full ownership of Arsenal after winning a power struggle with a rival billionaire, by securing a deal valuing the English Premier League club at £1.8 billion. Russian businessman Alisher Usmanov, who was denied a place on the Arsenal board by Kroenke, despite building up his stake to 30 per cent, has accepted defeat and agreed to sell up to the majority shareholder, Kroenke, who also owns the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams, and 67 per cent of Arsenal. The agreement with Usmanov takes Kroenke beyond the 90 per cent threshold that allows him to mount a mandatory bid for the remaining shares to gain 100 per cent of the London club. United States-based investment vehicle Kroenke Sports and Entertainment (KSE) said it received an “irrevocable undertaking” from Usamanov’s Red and White Securities to accept the offer for its 18,695 Arsenal shares as soon as possible. KSE said the holders of the remaining 3 per cent of Arsenal will be entitled to receive £29,419.64 for each share. The main Arsenal fan group said Kroenke mounting full control “marks a dreadful day” for the club, which is preparing for their first season with Unai Emery as coach, after Arsene Wenger’s 22-year reign ended. “Kroenke plans to forcibly purchase the shares held by Arsenal fans. Many of these fans are AST members and hold their shares not for value but as custodians who care for the future of the club,” the Arsenal Supporters’ Trust said in a statement. “Kroenke’s actions will neuter their voice and involvement.” FORUMS could end
Granger does not have the best interest of our people in mind
Dear Editor,I read in a media article which quoted President David Granger in his address to PNC’s public meeting at Vreed-en-Hoop on February 03, 2019, saying “This is not about David or Irfaan. It is about the future of our children. It is about whether they can grow up in a democratic State. It is whether they could enjoy the quality of life that we promise them”. For me, this was an interesting statement and says a lot in my mind.I must say I agree with the President that the elections are not about personalities but what is best for the future of our country. Bearing that in mind, can we really say that our President and his colleagues are guided by such lofty aspirations? In the short but eventful period of the Granger Administration, we greatly declined to the point where we are clinging on to a singular hope of oil which, as several have pointed out, is no panacea. Can we really be assured of a good future when our Government officials travel off to faraway countries for healthcare and our ordinary people have to pay taxes on medical care and medication? What should we expect when our people are incarcerated for the slightest of infractions and a Minister can trample signs in a darkened parking lot with immunity and reportedly have a security officer losing his job? Or how can we have confidence in tomorrow when many of our people have nothing to put on their tables but we read of our Governmental elite dining on King Crab and the fanciest of foods. Is the current crop of personalities best for our future?The President said our children should grow up in a democratic state. But at the same time His Excellency delivered those remarks, he was openly and nakedly flouting the Constitution and a decision of the Chief Justice regarding the very democracy he wants our children to enjoy. He and his colleagues have cast dark shadows on our democratic foundation when he unilaterally named a Chairman of the Elections Commission, throwing away decades of tradition and precedent which worked. The Granger Government, we should not forget, also engaged in gerrymandering when it altered the construct of several Local Authorities just prior to the last Local Government Elections. Is this the democracy the President is speaking about?The President spoke about delivering a good quality of life to our children. But it was his Government that imposed VAT on private education which it had to walk back after it was met with wide condemnation. It is his Government that charges taxes on crayons, pencils, books and other essential school supplies. It was his Government that took away the State support to school children. It was his Government that ended the one laptop project, essentially denying children access to a computer in their homes. Is this the good quality of life the President talks about?The President talks a good talk, saying the right things but I have long learnt that actions speak louder than words. It is clear to me that the Granger grouping doesn’t have the best interest of our people in mind.Yours faithfully,Patricia Persaud
Tundo crowned 2018 Safari Rally champion
Tundo has achieved all the five wins with Jessop on his navigator’s seat.And the three times former Kenya champions (Tundo and Jessop) did it in bravado after leading the second round of the 2018 FIA African Rally Championship (ARC) from start to finish.Flash as is he fondly referred to as displayed awesome skills on flash floods to rack up the most coveted racing crown in the country.He clocked 1:55.05hours to beat Baldev Singh Chager of Kabras Sugar Racing to second as three times Ugandan champion Jas Mangat seals the podium dash.Chager and Mangat moved up on the leaderboard after the second Skoda Fabia R5 of Onkar Rai and Gareth Dawe was involved in an accident.Onkar Rai airliftedBoth Onkar and Gareth were airlifted to Nairobi for specialized treatment although the latter was reportedly unconscious after their Skoda nosedived on the last section.Onkar’s father Jaswant Rai was at the scene of the accident when his team was being airlifted by the event’s safety chopper.Tundo savored the fairy tale success. “It hasn’t sunk in yet. We are so chuffed with the victory but really sorry about Onkar’s accident,” said Tundo.Randeep Singh of Tanzania also savored his career best Safari finish after returning his Evolution X machine in fourth overall place.Randeep was happy with the position and had this to say: “It was such a though rally and we are happy to be back in one piece.”Kenya’s Menengai Cream duo of Eric Bengi and Tuta Mionki also registered their career best finish on Safari which was also the second round of the Kenya National Rally Championship (KNRC)“Due to the flash floods we too it really easy and pushed where we could. But quite a shame that Onkar had to exit with an accident. We wish him and his navigator quite recovery,” said Bengi who is the 2016 KNRC Two Wheel Drive Champion.Shekhar one of the greatest Safari drivers won the event in 1973, 79, 80, 81 and 82 during the World Rally Championship days while Tundo won it in 2004 in Mombasa, 2009,2011, 2012 and 2018 after the event had been relegated to African Rally Championship ARC status. Tundo has achieved all the five wins with Jessop on his navigator’s seat. Photo/ SIMON MULAMBABengi’s was chuffed that his Subaru Impreza N12 was now getting reliable after a series of retirements last year.“We have really worked to improve onntje reliability of the car and I’m glad the results are now coming through,” said Bengi whose female navigator Tuta WS equally elated .Farhaaz Khan of Kenya settled for sixth place.“Yesterday (Saturday) was good day for us. We had an incident in CS 6 where as we were victims of stone throwing. Luckily we managed to make us to service and finish the day in 8th overall,” Khan said.“Very happy with what we have achieved thus far. We pushed constantly on the last day today (yesterday) and it paid off.”“Well done to the service crew for replacing the windscreen at the overnight parc ferme of day two to enable us to continue today (yesterday),” said Khan.Duncan Mubiru of Uganda was happy with seventh place while Mahesh Halai of Kenya took 8th.The rally culminated at the Sopa Lodge in Naivasha which was the the event’s service, perc ferme and rally headquarters.Day three yesterday saw the crews repeat Kedong which is directly opposite Sopa Lodge.SAFARI RALLY 2018 PROVISIONAL RESULTS1.Carl Tundo /Tim Jassop 1:55:052.Baldev Chager/Ravi soni 2:04:343.Jas Mangat/Joseph Kamya 2:05:274.Randeep Singh/Gurvinder Singh 2:06:195.Eric Benji /Tuta Mionki 2:07:256.Farhaz Khan/Karshif Shaikh 2:09:487.Duncan Mubiru /Musa Nsubuga 2:14:388.Mahesh Halai /Katan Halai 2:20:199.Arkif Virani/Azhar Bhatti 2:21:5610.Ammar Haq/Victor Okudi 2:22:1711.Nikhil Sacharia/Arkif Khan 2:30:2512.Sohanjet Pure/Adnan Din 2:33:3413.Minesh Rathod/Shamer Yusuf 2:41:4714.Richard Arrowsmith/Roger cmiowood 2:42:3815.Edward Maina/John Ngugi 2:44:1316.Geoff Mayes/Mactavish Jamie 2:44:5817.Izhar Mirza/Kevit Dave 2:45:2218.Matt Shinnors/Catherine Shinnors 2:45:4819.Imraan Khan /Thabit Khadwala 2:45:5420.Pierro Cannobio /Sylivia Frigo 2:53:3021.Daren Miranda/Wyne Fernandes 2:54:5022.Moez Malik/Steve Njenga 3:05:2423.Sarit Shah/haria Shah 3:17:180Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Carl ‘Flash’ Tundo is the 2018 Safari Rally champion. Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 18 – Carl “Flash” Tundo navigated by Tim Jessop in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X won the 66th edition of the Safari Rally in the Great Rift Valley region to equal Shekhar Mehta’s record of five wins.Shekhar one of the greatest Safari drivers won the event in 1973, 79, 80, 81 and 82 during the World Rally Championship days while Tundo won it in 2004 in Mombasa, 2009,2011, 2012 and 2018 after the event had been relegated to African Rally Championship (ARC) status.
‘Can he play centre-back?’ – Liverpool fans react to Jurgen Klopp’s first signing
Jurgen Klopp has completed his first signing since taking over at Liverpool.The German oversaw a deal to bring in Serbian midfield sensation Marko Grujic on Wednesday, albeit with the 19-year-old returning to Red Star Belgrade on loan for the rest of the season.Liverpool fans will be hoping it is the first of many in Klopp’s regime considering the squad’s current injury crisis.In fact, many of the fans questioned why Grujic wasn’t introduced into the Reds first-team fold immediately given the number of players currently sidelined.Some of the best reactions to the signing can be found below: 1 [View the story “Liverpool fans question why new signing is allowed to leave on loan” on Storify]
Violinist has his heartstrings pulled
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEWHALL – To violinist David Ewart, the applause at the Newhall Church of the Nazarene was sweeter than any he’d received in concert halls around the world. Ewart returned to his church Sunday morning after suffering second- and third-degree burns over 31 percent of his body in a Dec. 20 fire that destroyed his Valencia home and injured his oldest son, Michael, and father, Hugh. All three were treated at the Grossman Burn Center at Sherman Oaks Hospital. Hugh was released Dec. 31 and Michael went home on Jan. 13. David returned to Santa Clarita exactly a month after the blaze. He remembers the moment he awoke that morning and believes it was divine intervention that brought the family to their second-story exit in the nick of time. “I woke up sensing we were all in the eye of an inferno,” he said, his voice barely above a whisper. “My daughter and sons and parents were sleeping upstairs and downstairs. It was a 3,000-degree meltdown. I prayed for the Lord to save us and we were led out the window to the balcony, then to the ledge and down to the soft grass. The house literally exploded seconds after we got out. “My parents and young son and daughter were able to run around the house to the street, but by the time Michael and I got out, it was so hot, we had to flee up the hill behind the house as far as we could. We were being pushed back by the heat. We got to the paseo, which led us to the next street, where Michael’s mother lives, and ended up at a physician’s house.” Asked if he has seen his house since the inferno, Ewart shook his head. “I thought I did,” he added. “When I was in the hospital, I had a vision and everything was as it was. I’ve been told and I’ve seen newspaper pictures. But I’ve not been back.” “I woke up 11 days ago,” Ewart said. “I remember feeling very stretched, like there wasn’t enough of me. But there were voices, my brother and my parents. I remember them saying ‘Heather needs you, you have to survive for your children.’ I didn’t think I could do it.” Then he received a special visitor. “I remember hearing a voice asking me, ‘David, do you know who I am?”‘ Ewart said. Dr. Richard Grossman, the 78-year-old founder of the center, was on his knees at Ewart’s bedside. “He told me that my father had been delivered from his trial and my son was hours away from being delivered from his trial. He said he was positive I would be delivered, too.” On Sunday, Ewart bore small physical reminders of the fire – small patches of reddened skin on his face and hands, discoloration from the grafts. His loose clothing covered temporary pressure bandages on his back and arms, where other grafts were placed, and his legs, from where graft material was taken. As he entered the church, the congregation began to buzz. Youth Pastor Eric Llamas announced his arrival and people leapt to their feet and applauded, whooping encouragement as he turned to wave at the crowd. “To say we are excited to see him is not the word,” the Rev. Carol Taylor said. “We are truly blessed.” “It’s like I’ve died and gone to heaven,” Ewart said after the services. “I am humbled at the amount of support and love my family has received from everywhere. I am stronger now than ever before in God’s love and grace, not only because he saved me, but because he sent an army of prayer warriors and well- wishers, some of who didn’t even know me. “We live so fast and so hard, we tend to focus on one little negative and don’t see everything else around us,” he continued. “It’s like Wendy said in ‘Hook’: ‘The kids are only going to be little for so long. Don’t miss it.’ We can’t afford to miss the love of this community.” “My life is going to change because God has some new direction planned for me,” he said. “I’m on pins and needles waiting to see what it is.” Ewart has plenty of things to keep his attention. Doctors anticipate it will take a year of therapy to make everything function the way it did before the fire. Grafts on his left hand and forearms will take time to heal and become flexible enough for Ewart to hold his violin and coax out a melody. He can’t be exposed to the sun because of what he refers to as “baby skin.” “You know what’s funny, the firewall in my house saved my boat,” he laughed. “But my body’s thermostat is completely out of whack. I could be standing in 100-degree heat and my teeth will be chattering. They are making me a pressure suit that will go over the grafts so I can go outside. I’ll look like the Invisible Man.” Ewart lamented the loss of his Stradivarius-era violin, an instrument from the 1770s that he played for concertgoers and schoolchildren alike, which was destroyed in the fire. He mentioned the violin’s value most likely exceeded the value of his house. “Yes, I miss it, but the music hasn’t left me. It’s in my heart, in my soul and in my spirit. It’s like losing a Rembrandt, but it’s still right here,” he said, touching his chest. Ewart hopes to rebuild his home at the same location, as well as host a Christmas party in December like the one he had the night before the disastrous fire. In the meantime, he’ll catch up with insurance and construction companies to get the process started. “We’re not sure what’s covered or what our limitations are,” he said. “That wasn’t our priority. Living was.” For updates on the Ewart family’s progress, visit www.EwartAid.org. Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 email@example.com
Explosions hit Bombay commuter trains, killing at least 105
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Luggage and debris were spattered with blood. Survivors clutched bandages to their heads and faces, and some frantically dialed their cell phones. The chief secretary of Maharashtra state, D.K. Shankaran, told the Press Trust of India news agency that at least 105 people had been killed. Bombay Police Chief A.N. Roy said on Indian television that more than 300 were injured. “We are busy in the rescue operation. Our first priority is to rescue the injured people,” Roy said. Indian television showed video of bystanders carrying victims to ambulances and searching wreckage for survivors and bodies. In Washington, the State Department said it had no information about whether there were any American casualties. A senior Bombay police official, P.S. Pasricha, said the explosions were part of a well-coordinated attack. Vilasrao Deshmukh, the chief minister of Maharashtra state, where Bombay is located, said bombs had caused all seven blasts. BOMBAY, India – Seven bombs hit Bombay’s commuter rail network during rush hour Tuesday evening, killing 105 people and wounding more than 300 in what authorities called a well-coordinated terrorist attack. There was no immediate claim of responsibility in the bombings, which came in quick succession – a common tactic employed by Kashmiri militants. India’s major cities were put on high alert after the blasts. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called an emergency Cabinet meeting and said that “terrorists” were behind the attacks. Chaos engulfed the crowded rail network in India’s financial capital following the blasts that ripped apart train compartments as authorities struggled to treat the wounded amid heavy monsoon downpours. Doors and windows were blown off the train cars, and witnesses said body parts were strewn near stations. The Bombay bombings came hours after a series of grenade attacks by Islamic extremists killed eight people in the main city of India’s part of Kashmir. Police also reportedly carried out raids across the country following the Bombay blasts. One TV report said a suspect was in custody. Indian Home Minister Shivraj Patil told reporters that authorities had had some information that an attack was coming, “but place and time was not known.” The first explosion hit the train at a railway station in the northwestern suburb of Khar, said a police officer who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media. India’s CNN-IBN television news, which had a reporter aboard one train, said a blast struck a first-class compartment as the train was moving, ripping through the compartment and killing more than a dozen people. Some of the injured frantically dialed their cell phones. Another CNN-IBN reporter said he had seen more than 20 bodies at one Bombay hospital. The Press Trust of India, citing railway officials, said all the blasts had hit first-class cars. Pranay Prabhakar, the spokesman for the Western Railway, said all train service had been suspended and appealed to the public to stay away from stations in the city of 16 million people – India’s principal port on the Arabian Sea. India and Pakistan have fought three wars since the subcontinent was partitioned upon independence from Britain in 1947, two over Kashmir. Dozens of militant groups have been fighting Indian rule in Kashmir, demanding the mostly Muslim region’s independence, or its merger with Pakistan. The Pakistani Foreign Ministry late Tuesday strongly condemned the Bombay attacks. Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf offered condolences over the loss of life, the Foreign Ministry said, adding: “Terrorism is a bane of our times and it must be condemned, rejected and countered effectively and comprehensively.” New Delhi has accused Pakistan of training, arming and funding the militants. Islamabad insists it only offers the rebels diplomatic and moral support. After coming close to fighting a fourth war in 2002, Pakistan and India embarked on a peace process aimed at resolving their differences, including their conflicting claims to all of Jammu-Kashmir. Accusations of Pakistani involvement in a 2001 attack on India’s parliament put the nuclear-armed rivals on the brink of a fourth war. But since then, Pakistan and India embarked on a peace process aimed at resolving their differences, including their conflicting claims to all of Jammu-Kashmir.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Valley talks LAUSD reform
VALLEY GLEN – At his first town-hall meeting in the San Fernando Valley to discuss Los Angeles public-school reform, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa drew kudos from parents and teachers who did not necessarily endorse his plan, but praised him for putting education on the front burner. Speaking to about 750 people who packed into an auditorium at Valley College, Villaraigosa said the legislation he backs to reform the Los Angeles Unified School District would encourage collaboration among parents, teachers and administrators and ultimately improve student achievement. Not everyone in the crowd supported Assembly Bill 1381, which is set to be discussed in Sacramento this month. But many – such as the mayor’s former teacher Herman Katz of Sherman Oaks – said it was high time public education was a top priority among politicians. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.“People are talking. People are interacting. And all of a sudden the board of education and the superintendent are trying to voice what they’ve been doing,” said Katz, whom Villaraigosa credits for urging him to apply to college. “At the very least he’s done that – he’s created a real interest in public education throughout the city.” AB 1381 would shift authority from the school board to the superintendent, give the mayor a significant role in the school district, and provide local school sites, including parents, teachers and principals, a greater role in budget, curriculum and instruction. “I believe this will finally place the reform of our schools as a top city agenda,” said City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel. “It’s been a long time since we’ve had this kind of debate and discussion and I think that’s a good thing.” Daily News Editor Ron Kaye, who served as moderator for the event, said the mayor deserved credit for opening the dialogue. “It’s the No. 1 issue out there now. It’s a fact the schools have failed us for a very long time. What we had was a school system that was underfunded and demoralized,” Kaye said. “But it can be fixed. We can fix it with our will and energy. What we’re achieving is the beginning of a great public conversation that can be historic and transformative.” State Sens. Richard Alarc n and Gloria Romero, who sponsored the bill, said the time for change is now and that the person to do it is the mayor. In the third of four planned town-hall meetings throughout the city, Villaraigosa spent a large part of the night answering more than 60 questions. The mayor was asked why he decided to pursue reform through legislation in Sacramento rather than put it up to a public vote. He replied that many tough public issues should be handled by lawmakers to avoid long, drawn-out and expensive election campaigns. The mayor’s support in encouraging greater creativity among teachers and more involvement on the part of teachers and parents won the approval of a largely teacher crowd. “Not every kid learns the same. We have to have not a uniform, standard approach, but an individual approach,” he said. He also emphasized that his plan would increase student performance because he and the superintendent that he would have the power to appoint would be held accountable. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley wrote an editorial supporting his effort because they believed it was a step in the right direction, he mentioned. Earlier in the day, parents at the Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies held a news conference applauding the mayor for bringing education to the forefront of public discussion by acting as an “agent of change.” But they criticized him for excluding them from the process. SOCES parent Cina Manu said Villaraigosa’s plan denies her a choice. “This is a local matter that should be resolved in L.A., not Sacramento,” she said. “LAUSD needs to make changes.” The Valley College meeting was the second in the San Fernando Valley to discuss the legislation. Assemblyman Keith Richman and state Sen. George Runner held a public meeting Tuesday at which they pushed their alternative agenda to a Valley crowd generally receptive to breaking up the nation’s second-largest school district. They insisted that their plan – which failed to pass in either the state Assembly or Senate – should go to voters within five years if Villaraigosa’s proposed legislation is approved. Staff Writer Angie Valencia contributed to this report. firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3722160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Allardyce says Man United have ready-made sporting director… and it’s not Rio
deals Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Bryan Robson is regarded as one of Man United’s greatest ever players no dice Ferdinand, a six-time title winner at Old Trafford and former teammate of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has emerged as the frontrunner for the position.But Allardyce is not convinced the 40-year-old, who has been working as a TV pundit since hanging up his boots four years ago, has the experience to take on such a senior role.Speaking on the Sports Breakfast, the former England manager said: “I think Rio is a great guy, a fantastic pundit and he was a fantastic player but to have that job at Manchester United and what it entails…“Steve Walsh worked with me at Everton and learnt his trade on that side of the game for many, many years at Leicester. He did a two year sporting director course, Steve Round did that course, which gives you a great insight. LATEST PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS REVEALED 2 “The role of a sporting director is to generally take the pressure off the manager.“Trying to get a football man in, I understand. But trying to get a football man in without any experience…”Allardyce went on to name the ideal man for the sporting director role at United, and he’s already at the club.“There is one man who can do that job with his eyes closed and he is already there as an ambassador, who has done it all – Bryan Robson – and I’m sure he would love the job. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won “Bryan Robson would be a fantastic choice in that position for me. If they want somebody with links to Man United, there can be nobody better. They want somebody who is experienced in that area.“There was no sporting director when Robbo was at Middlesbrough, he bought and sold all the players, and did a fantastic job. There is a ready-made man for them.“Rio is a fantastic guy but he does not have a lot of experience in that department if he gets that job.” Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury gameday cracker Rio Ferdinand is being tipped to rejoin Man United in a senior role Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card huge blow GETTY REAL DEAL shining tense Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? whoops Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star 2 REVEALED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Manchester United would be making the wrong move in appointing Rio Ferdinand as sporting director, according to Sam Allardyce.Ed Woodward, executive vice chairman of the Premier League giants, is set to introduce a new role which will take over responsibility for the club’s transfer dealings, as part of a restructure at United this summer. Getty