Grizzlies fire coach J.B. Bickerstaff, reassign GM to scout

first_imgCavs begin coaching search after parting ways with Drew Wallace had said earlier that Bickerstaff would be returning after doing a “terrific job.” But Pera didn’t agree and restructured the front office a few hours later.“In order to put our team on the path to sustainable success, it was necessary to change our approach to basketball operations,” Pera said in a statement. “I look forward to a re-energized front office and fresh approach to Memphis Grizzlies basketball under new leadership, while retaining the identity and values that have distinguished our team.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsBickerstaff was named interim coach in November 2017 after the Grizzlies fired David Fizdale . He was given the job without the interim title last May. Now Memphis is looking for a fourth head coach since choosing not to renew Lionel Hollins’ contract after he led the Grizzlies to their lone Western Conference final appearance in 2013.The Grizzlies also announced that Jason Wexler will be president of the Grizzlies overseeing both basketball and business operations, and Zachary Z. Kleiman replaces John Hollinger as executive vice president of basketball operations with Hollinger moving to an advisory role. The Grizzlies are keeping former player Tayshaun Prince as a special adviser. MOST READ “I honestly don’t think that would be the ideal situation,” Conley said. “Ideally, I don’t think anybody in my situation would want to go through that again, (since) I don’t know how many years I have left.”Conley helped his potential value by averaging 24 points and 6.5 assists over his final 16 games. Conley still has two seasons left on the max deal he signed in July 2016,.“I’m pretty much getting ready for it, getting ready for that storm …,” Conley said of the coming speculation. “In the last few weeks, it’s become more and more like knocking on the door. It’s right around the corner. This stuff is going to fire up again. Rumors, all that stuff is going to pop up.”Wallace oversaw the signing of Chandler Parsons to a four-year, $94 million deal that has seen the forward play 95 games combined over the first three seasons.The Grizzlies spent much of the season trying to finish outside the top eight spots in the draft to finally pay off a 2015 midseason trade for Jeff Green that still requires a first-round pick to be sent to Boston. The selection is protected if Memphis finished anywhere from No. 1 to 8 in the draft, and the Grizzlies want to fulfill that obligation this June.Memphis wound up in a three-way tie with Dallas and New Orleans for the 7-9 position. Whether the Grizzlies land in the ninth position or with the selection protected won’t be known until after the May 14 draft lottery.The next Grizzlies coach will have Jaren Jackson Jr. who showed flashes as the fourth overall draft pick last summer before a deep thigh bruise sidelined him after 58 games. Dillon Brooks also was limited to 18 games by injuries, and Kyle Anderson, signed to a four-year deal last summer, played only 43 games and will have surgery next week on his right shoulder.Jonas Valanciunas, acquired in the February trade for Gasol, has a $17.6 million player option next season. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LATEST STORIES Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ 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 Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chartcenter_img Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far FILE – In this a, Memphis Grizzlies head coach J.B. Bickerstaff reacts in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Denver. The Grizzlies fired Bickerstaff on Thursday, April 11, 2019. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)MEMPHIS, Tenn.— The Memphis Grizzlies started the offseason Thursday with plenty of questions to answer, then controlling owner Robert Pera added to the to-do list by firing coach J.B. Bickerstaff as part of a front-office shake-up that demoted general manager Chris Wallace to scout.The Grizzlies announced the moves after both Bickerstaff and Wallace spoke to reporters following a second straight season outside the playoffs. After a 12-5 start, Memphis plummeted and finished 33-49, tied with New Orleans and Dallas.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “No words,” Grizzlies veteran point guard Mike Conley wrote on Twitter.Memphis began this season with Wallace predicting the Grizzlies would be a playoff team.The Grizzlies wound up trading away center Marc Gasol at the trade deadline. With other trades and injuries that left nine rotation players benched with injuries for Wednesday night’s season finale in a 132-117 win over Golden State, Memphis tied its own NBA record for most players used in one season — set last season — again at 28.Memphis also set the NBA mark with 20 different leading scorers, topping the old record of 16 set by the Knicks in 2014-15.While Memphis kept Conley after a frenzy of speculation about his future before the trade deadline, that chatter is about to start again. And Conley, 31, sounds ready to consider his best interest about what happens next with Memphis in full-blown rebuilding mode.ADVERTISEMENT P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

As Finals set to begin, Tigresses stars Rondina, Laure receive top honors

first_imgSisi Rondina stood tallest among the stars of UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball as she will bring in some sort of momentum going into Saturday’s Game 1 of the best-of-three Finals against Ateneo.Rondina is set to receive the MVP trophy of the women’s division after a stellar season that saw her dominate in offense with her power.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Height doesn’t really matter in volleyball,” said the 5-foot-6 Rondina, who is the shortest among the last six players to win the MVP award. “What you need is a big heart, and … your effort in working to raise your team.”“This is for those I’ve inspired, that even though we’re small, it shows that we can,” said Rondina, who finished with the highest scoring total this season with 259 points. “If you put your heart in every game, if you put your 101 percent to play for your team, then there won’t be any problems.” Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. To get that, the Tigresses need to hurdle Ateneo, the No. 1 squad all season. The heavily favored Lady Eagles have a deeper, more experienced roster that will try to negate the Tigresses’ spunk and hunger for validation.Deanna Wong and Ponggay Gaston will power the Lady Eagles.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN MOST READ Rondina will be a marked woman in Game 1 of the Finals at Smart Araneta Coliseum, and her power will be tested at the net by Ateneo’s lengthy core of Bea de Leon, Maddie Madayag and Kat Tolentino.Rondina’s chief rival for the MVP trophy was teammate Eya Laure, who will be named Rookie of the Year.“I’m happy because Ate Sisi deserved the MVP and you can really see it in her game,” said Laure, who was the league’s second best scorer with 230 points.Besides, Laure has her eyes fixed on a shinier hardware.“We really [are looking at] the bigger picture because we want the championship more than anything else,” Laure said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Never underestimate the heart of a Tigress—no matter how small she may seem.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Cojuangco snaking back to rule POC’last_img read more

Changing the Perception: Bomi County Strives to Become Liberia’s New Bread Basket

first_imgThere is a perception in Liberia that citizens from the lower Western part of the country, especially Bomi, which is just a stone’s throw from the capital, are a lazy group of people who do not engage in farming even to feed themselves.  According to this perception, the Bomi people do not even think about exporting to neighboring counties, especially Montserrado.Bomi citizens are continuously criticized for coming to Monrovia to purchase simple garden produce such as pepper, potato greens,  cassava leaf,  eggplant—things that could easily be grown in their home gardens, or  even their farms. They have the soil, rainfall and other elements necessary for good cultivation, so why are they not growing their own food?The county has also been a recipient of government assistance and remittances from many of its sons and daughters living abroad who send money to their people in Bomi.  Also, there are NGOs and other international organizations coming in to do projects.There have also been a Social Cash Transfer scheme pilot project launched in Bomi County since 2009,  before they were extended to Maryland County a few years back.The (SCT) Scheme is a regular payment of money provided to extremely poor and labor-constrained households to decrease poverty and reduce economic vulnerability.These counties were chosen because of their relatively high food insecurity as determined by data from the Comprehensive Food Security and Nutrition Survey (CFSNS).But the residents of Bomi, who say that such perception about them is wrong, are on the verge of changing what could be described as the “status quo” in their county.With the emergence of the West Africa Agriculture Productivity (WAAPP) Project, started a few years ago, Bomi farmers through an Innovative Agricultural Platform, simply known as  (IP), things have begun  to change in the county, relative to the productive cassava production.IP is an agricultural program dealing specifically with cassava production, with an introduction of technology in the production of a cassava value chain. It is an initiative of WAAPP in collaboration with Deutsche Welthungerhilfe (DW), formerly German Agro Action and implementing partners. The project is being implemented in eight of the fifteen counties.Bomi County, according to the WAAPP’s Bomi  coordinator, Kemoh Sherif, is now leading the other seven counties involved in the IAP in the production of cassava and other value-chains in the country.One of the leading farmers’ groups in the county, Youth for Positive Change (YAPC) located at Banana Farm, are leading the entire process in the county. YAPC, producer of the famous Bomi Gari, has some of the largest cassava farms.Bomi is the home of several eminent Liberians, including President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, House speaker Alex Tyler and Internal Affairs Minister Morris Dukuly.The farmers, at a meeting last week with officials from WAAPP and DW, said other Liberians have perceived them as being lazy as a result of the lack of support on the part of the central government and Non-Government Organizations that are involved in the agric-sector through farmers support.The Bomi farmers were meeting with these partners to find other means through which they (farmers) may be assisted as the program comes to an in end in March.“We want to change this wrong perception about us as being lazy and tell the Liberian people what we are capable of doing in this county, the Secretary General of the platform, Mr. Zinnah Quaye, said.The platform said that farmers in the county are seeking support to ensure that their county becomes food reliant, but they need support to get involved in the production of other food crops, including vegetables and even raising animals, such as chickens and pigs.“We don’t only want to be involved in cassava production but this is the only place that we are getting support. We have a vision as a platform for our county to become the next bread basket of the republic,” members of the platform told this reporter.“The only thing that is keeping as back from engaging in producing our own food is support, but it is support which  will help us to make Bomi become food-sufficient and even a food  exporter. “We have the willingness and manpower but only the funds are lacking,” Mr. Quaye stressed.The platform’s members are, however, in search of markets where their cassava products will be sold. “You know when you produce and the market is available you become more encouraged to do more and we have been saying that for a while now, but we need more customers for our Bomi Gari,” the platform chair said.One major impediment to Banana farmers is the condition of the roads leading to their farms. The roads are in such a deplorable condition that it impedes quick movement. Sometimes farms are completely cut off.Though they are trying the fix the roads manually in the absence of yellow machines, they are appealing to the government and others to come to their aid and recondition the roads.The Bomi component of the project targets 30 farming groups in 30 locations in the county’s three districts, Dewein, Senjeh and Klay.“The IP program is a one-year initiative that began in January of last year and should have ended this gone December.  “But,” said the DW coordinator, “due to the outbreak of the Ebola virus we had some setbacks. So we decided to extend the time to March this year. “This is meant to work properly along with these farmers to ensure that they get all the basic necessary logistics and business contacts so that when they produce  their products there will be a market for them,” Mr. Sensee L. Sirleaf, Human Development Foundation (HDF) executive director said. HDF is an implementing partner of DW.The European Union (EU) and the United Nations Children’s Fund has been supporting government in its UNICEF Social Cash Transfer Program.Meanwhile, about 64% of Liberians fall below the absolute poverty line and 48% below the extreme poverty line. This means, approximately 300,000 households are below the poverty line and about 50,000 households are extremely poor and labor constrained.These 50,000 households do not have access to any temporary employment projects and have no formal means of support.It is known that people below the extreme poverty line suffer from chronic hunger and cannot meet their most basic needs. While all members of a household feel the impact, its effects are particularly bad for children.The Social Cash Transfer (SCT) scheme was created to protect children and the poor and vulnerable households from the worst impacts of food insecurity and the general deprivation caused by extreme poverty.In developing countries, money is spent primarily to improve nutrition, but also to facilitate access to education and improve health, especially for women and children.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Van Gaal counts cost of Carrick absence

first_imgCarrick, 33, suffered a calf injury during the 4-2 win over Manchester City on April 12 and has missed the last three matches, all of which United have lost.United have fallen to Chelsea, Everton and West Bromwich Albion, surprise 1-0 victors at Old Trafford last weekend, having won their previous six matches.It has undermined their position in the top four and given fifth-place Liverpool encouragement that they could yet catch their rivals in the race for Champions League qualification.When fit, Carrick has been deployed of late as a holding midfielder in an effective 4-3-3 formation.Daley Blind is United’s only other player suited to that position, but the Netherlands international has been required to fill in at left-back recently due to the absence of the injured Luke Shaw.Carrick is not expected to recover in time to face Crystal Palace on Saturday, but Van Gaal is hopeful he will be available for the final two matches of the campaign, against Arsenal and Hull City.“When you see in our team holding midfielders — he is a holding midfielder — we don’t have so much,” Van Gaal said. “When Blind and Carrick have been injured, we have a big problem.“Carrick is a player who can read the game and that is what I am looking for; players who can read the game. Not only individually, but also for the team, because the team is more important.“All the players can read the game individually. Their own role, that is not so difficult, but to see it for the team is more difficult. Not so many players can read the game for the team. That is why they need coaches.”– Ward eyes another scalp –United have not announced a return date for England international Shaw, who is suffering from a groin strain.Defenders Marcos Rojo, Rafael and Jonny Evans — who has completed a six-game ban for spitting at Newcastle United’s Papiss Cisse — are also likely to miss Saturday’s match because of injury.Victory for United would effectively guarantee them a top-four finish in the event that Liverpool fail to win at newly crowned champions Chelsea on Sunday.Palace have already beaten Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Selhurst Park this season and full-back Joel Ward is confident of claiming another prized scalp on Saturday.“It’s a great occasion and we’ve got more than enough about us to upset them,” said Ward, who returned from a shin injury last weekend in a 1-0 defeat at Chelsea that allowed Jose Mourinho’s team to secure the title.“Our aim is always to finish as high as we can, so we’ll always do that. We won’t sit back on what we’ve got. We want to keep pushing forward and keep on looking forward to the guys above us.“The fans are a huge part of that and they’ve been fantastic all season home and away — for the last two seasons. You can’t take that away from them. They’ve been absolutely outstanding and give us a lift every week.”Alan Pardew’s side secured their Premier League status with a burst of five wins in six games between late February and early April, but their recent form mirrors United’s — the defeat at Chelsea was their third in a row.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, May 8- Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes that the absence of England midfielder Michael Carrick has been a significant factor in his side’s recent Premier League slump.last_img read more

Wind advisory in effect until noon

first_imgA wind advisory issued by the National Weather Service foresees strong northeast winds today across mountain areas of Los Angeles County, but they won’t be as strong as had been forecast. Humidity is not expected to be as low as predicted, so the NWS has canceled its warning that there could be a danger of wildfires on Tuesday and Wednesday. The wind advisory is in effect until noon today. The strongest winds could reach gusts up to 55 mph through passes and canyons, according to the NWS. North to northeast winds are expected to push through the mountains and spill into valleys this morning. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Winds are forecast to subside rapidly this afternoon, according to the NWS. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

€1.6M funding pot open to Donegal Social Enterprises

first_imgDonegal Social Enterprises are being invited to apply for cash grants from the €1.6m Social Enterprise Development Fund.The fund has been launched by Social Innovation Ireland (SIFI), in partnership with Donegal County Council and all 31 Local Authorities across Ireland.The fund aims to support to the most innovative and impactful social enterprises in Ireland so that they can sustain and scale their impact across the country. It is financed by the Department of Rural and Community Development, from the Dormant Accounts Fund and IPB Insurance. This year, social enterprises will have a chance to win cash grant amounts ranging from €10,000 up to €50,000.Sixteen successful applicants will each win a cash investment and a place on Ireland’s only National Accelerator Programme for social enterprises.This year, the Accelerator Programme will include an Accelerator Fund, whereby each participant will have an opportunity to pitch for a share of an additional €100,000 in funding on completion of the 6-month programme.The fund is now open for applications from social enterprises in Donegal. Seamus Neely, Chief Executive of Donegal County Council, said: “The Social Enterprise Development Fund presents a great opportunity for social enterprises to achieve their goals and ultimately create measurable social impact in their communities and across Ireland. We hope to see all of Donegal’s innovative social enterprise projects apply to be part of this excellent funding initiative in 2019.”The fund is now open for applications from social enterprises until 25th January 2019. Further details are available on €1.6M funding pot open to Donegal Social Enterprises was last modified: November 20th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Donegal Social EnterprisesSocial Enterprise Development Fundlast_img read more

Trio arrested in bank robbery, pursuit

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The deputy, fearing for his life, drove into Martinez and knocked him down, Spear said. But Martinez got up and ran off. A second deputy ordered him to get on the ground, and he appeared to comply until he reached for his gun, Spear said. That deputy fired one shot and missed. Deputies arrested Martinez and Jones, who was the driver. Toledo was found in the trunk. Also discovered were a second handgun and an undisclosed amount of cash. LANCASTER – Three people are behind bars today in connection with a Palmdale bank robbery that led to a pursuit and a deputy firing his gun, authorities said. No one was wounded when deputies fired one shot while arresting the trio near the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway and Avenue I about 11:35 a.m. Saturday, sheriff’s Deputy Bill Spear said. Juan Martinez, 22, of Bellflower, Guillermo Toledo, 21, of Compton, and Nikkia Jones, 26, of San Gabriel were booked on suspicion of robbing a Bank of America branch at 5038 W. Avenue N in Palmdale. Each were held in lieu of $100,000 bail, Spear said. Sheriff’s deputies had pursued the trio to the freeway onramp when Martinez got out of the car and pointed a gun at a deputy. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Clean money

first_imgRe “‘Clean’ money proposal scrutinized” (Oct. 11): Refusing to be controlled by Proposition 13 constraints, Los Angeles lawmakers have made it their business to circumvent those constraints by assessing “fees” for a multitude of issues and tacking them on to our property tax bills in clear violation of the spirit of Proposition 13. This proposal is just another ruse to pick our pockets again under the guise of pretending that lawmakers on the take would suddenly become icons of political virtue. Get real. Hopefully, the voters are smart enough to realize that the real “special interest group” in all this is the group of lawmakers trying to pass this proposal. – Patrick Weir AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsChatsworth Location is everything Re “Children’s project lacks donations from Valley” (Oct. 9): You can’t blame the people of the Valley for not backing a stupid idea, and relocating the Children’s Museum to Lake View Terrace is about as stupid as they come. This choice of location could only have been made by dilettantes who have no idea how the Valley operates, our lack of public transportation or the cores of densely populated areas that could have benefited by the new museum. Finding a site along the Orange Line, or the Red Line, or at least central to the bulk of the population would have made this museum part of the Valley. As it stands, this wonderful opportunity for children might as well be on the moon. The child in Reseda or North Hollywood or South Los Angeles will never see this new museum or feel a part of it. – Michael Guetzow Woodland Hills While Tony’s gone Re “Mayoral expedition” (Your Opinions, Oct. 11): Dick Bank’s concern over “who is running the city” while the mayor is on his Far East expedition is a valid concern and I may have a clue. All he need do is place his last name first and check to see if City Controller Laura Chick stayed in L.A. She seems to be doing a good job guarding the “henhouse.” As the Daily News editorial said, “Laura knows best.” – Bob Ginn Arcadia One more reason Just saw Al Gore pitching for “Yes on 87.” One more reason to vote no. – David Hall Winnetka Change at the top Re “Laura knows best” (Our Opinions, Oct. 11): I worked for the Los Angeles Fire Department for more than 30 years. The Fire Commissioners’ Audit Action Plan calls for charter changes, millions of dollars of taxpayers’ money and increased staff. None of that solves the root problem of weak leadership at the top. It is time for the mayor to replace Fire Chief Bamattre and his second-in-command, Andy Fox. This administration has had more than its fair share of chances. Two scathing audits, mounting lawsuits, countless personal testimonies, documented neglect of duty, millions of taxpayers’ dollars wasted, double standards, low morale. How much more evidence is needed? – Eric and Chris Mattson Fallbrook Should be severe Re “Yes on Jessica’s Law” (Our Opinions, Oct. 11): My heart aches for the children who have been subjected to the inhuman acts of sexual predators. The so-called harsh stipulations associated with Jessica’s Law, also known as Proposition 83, are justified due to the horrendous nature of the crime. The price to pay for the violation of an innocent child should in fact be this severe and may make one think twice about the commitment of such an act. The protection of children is the essential concern here, not the shelter and security of the pedophile. – Jessica Washington Los Angeles Where did it go? Re “A star portal is reborn” (Oct. 4): Councilman Greig Smith’s office invited some constituents from his area to the Griffith Park Planetarium on Tuesday night and my wife and I were one of the many couples that got to go. About $93 million was spent on its renovation and you know what? A lot of us couldn’t tell where they spent the money, except on the new lawn, some outside bathrooms and the enlargement of downstairs. You really have to be into the theme to enjoy what it brings to the city. Even Wolfgang Puck is there with his trendy restaurant and prices. Reminds me of Dodger Stadium. So if your child should take a field trip, send him or her with a $20 bill. The views are always spectacular, by the way. – Wynne Ritch Granada Hills Proposition 87 Oil companies are spending millions to intimidate voters into rejecting Proposition 87 – saying it will result in more foreign oil and higher prices. Hogwash! The $4 billion in excess profits is lunch money to those folks. They spend more than that on the barrage of advertising against Proposition 87. They also spend that much on executive bonuses. Then they try to persuade us that bonuses and advertising costs do not drive up the price of gas – but that Proposition 87 would. The real issue here is voter control. Oil companies are convinced that by spending enough money to repeat their lies and distortions, they can scare voters into voting no on Proposition 87. Had enough? Then say so. We have a rare opportunity to say no to big oil by voting a big “yes” to Proposition 87. – Rhod Zimmerman West Hills Problem at the top As corporate America makes record-breaking profits, and its execs enjoy obscene earnings, we’re bogged down quibbling over the minimum wage. Raising the minimum wage a buck and some change won’t hurt or solve a thing. The problem is not at the bottom, but at the top. This outsourcing of factory jobs is killing the working middle class. We need to level the playing field by closing the gap between the rich and the poor. All it would take is to reinstate a cap on capital gains and limit its top wage-earners to a decent percentage rate of income. The company profits could then be directed toward respectable wages and health plans for the many workers instead of building mansions for a few fat cats. – Albert Obregon Sunland Christopher who? I’m a substitute teacher and often interest my students in “quick write” projects by having them write for possible publication in the Daily News (I’ve had over 220 students published over the years). The prompt last week was to discuss what we know about the world today that Columbus didn’t when he set out over 500 years ago. The fifth-grade students I was teaching looked at me blankly and didn’t know who he was, not one of them. Needless to say, I was dismayed. The consensus in the teacher lounge, both there and at other schools where I mentioned this, was that this is a consequence of Open Court taking so much time, and the phenomenon of “teaching to the test.” Where’s the critical thinking? – Prentiss Moore Sherman Oaks Slap on the wrist From past experience, the United Nations does nothing when it should. That is why North Korea has done the nuclear thing and Iran is continuing on with its nuclear program. They both know that the U.N. will just talk and proceed with no substantial actions. When are we going to learn that the U.N. cannot be depended on to be serious? I will be very surprised if the U.N. does any more than give North Korea and Iran a slap on the wrist. Or maybe the U.N. will ask these nations what punishment they should be given and then go and stick their combined heads in the ground. – Gene Goodwein Van Nuys160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Humanistic rabbi to talk about modernity effects

first_imgShe is currently serving Adat Chaverim in the San Fernando Valley. She is a faculty member of the International Institute for Secular and Humanistic Judaism and the director of its Canadian division in Toronto. Goldfinger’s visit is sponsored by the college’s Flex Program. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system Humanistic Judaism adheres to the belief that reason, rather than faith, is the source of truth and that human intelligence and experience are capable of guiding people’s lives. Goldfinger was born into a Chasidic family in Hungary after World War II. Her family immigrated to Canada in 1957. During adolescence she became a feminist and began to question the authoritarian and patriarchal systems of organized Judaism. A psychotherapist, she eventually became involved with the Secular Humanistic Jewish Movement in North America, which led her to deeper Jewish study. The International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism in Michigan ordained her a rabbi in 2005 after she received her master’s degree in Secular Humanistic Judaism and completing a five-year rabbinic program. She also earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Jewish studies from Hebrew College in Boston. LANCASTER – The effects of modernity and the Holocaust on Jewish thinking will be explored by Rabbi Eva Goldfinger when she presents “Humanistic Judaism: A Scientific and Historical Perspective on the Jewish Experience.” She will talk from 7 to 10 p.m. Nov. 9 in the Antelope Valley College boardroom, SSV 151, 3041 W. Ave. K, Lancaster. Goldfinger has been a spiritual leader in the secular humanistic Jewish movement since 1989. A recent study by the Gallup organization for Baylor University’s Institute for the Study of Religion pointed out that 10 percent to 15 percent of Americans do not claim a belief in a God. An additional 25 percent expressed a belief in a distant, uninvolved God, one with no concern for humans. last_img read more

Kane a ‘lucky boy’ and should be out of Arsenal clash, says ex-Premier League ref

first_imgThe incident was missed by Andre Marriner but will be looked at by a three-man FA panel today, who will decide if the England captain should face retrospective punishment.If he is to be banned, Kane who has only just returned from an ankle injury, will miss Sunday’s crunch north London derby against Arsenal.Speaking to The Sun, Halsey who retired in 2013, gave his opinion on the matter.“Harry Kane was a lucky boy not to be sent off,” he said.“The Tottenham striker clearly moved his head into Cesar Azpilicueta’s face and pictures show that he made contact with the Spaniard. Kane was booked after tangling with Luiz 2 Kane pushes his head into Azpilicueta 2 Harry Kane was a ‘lucky boy’ not to be shown a red card against Chelsea, according to former Premier League referee Mark Halsey.The Tottenham striker pushed his head towards Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta, during the first-half of his side’s 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night. “I have seen Andre Marriner referee a lot better. He failed to recognise some unfair challenges.“He tried to let the game flow but as a referee you have got to pick up the fouls.“If not, you run the risk of it affecting your control of the match and players get niggly because they feel they are not getting the free-kicks they should.“To be fair to the players, their discipline was generally good and they helped Andre.”A brilliant effort from Pedro gave under-fire Chelsea the lead in the second-half and it was 2-0 when Kieran Trippier scored a bizarre own-goal after a break down in communication with Hugo Lloris.last_img read more