Raptors’ Kyle Lowry undergoes surgery on thumb injured in playoffs

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The All-Star point guard was hurt May 12 during Game 7 of a victory over Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference semifinals. He continued to play and helped Toronto win its first title when he finished with 26 points and 10 assists in Game 6 of the NBA Finals at Golden State.Lowry averaged 15 points and 6.6 assists in 24 postseason games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs FILE – Kyle Lowry #7 of the Toronto Raptors holds the championship trophy during the Toronto Raptors Victory Parade on June 17, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images/AFPTORONTO — Kyle Lowry has undergone surgery to repair damaged ligaments in his left thumb, an injury he played through during the last two rounds of Toronto’s run to the NBA championship.The Raptors say Friday that Lowry had the surgery in New York at the Hospital for Special Surgery.ADVERTISEMENT Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists View comments MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer LATEST STORIES Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm 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 Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted MOST READ ‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Division Ex-lightweight king Mancini confident Pacquiao will win, but still warns of Thurman’s power Benefits of township living Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

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The nonchalant manner in which a whistleblower was fired

first_imgDear Editor,A Corporal of the Georgetown City Constabulary reported to his functional superiors his discovery of a colleague engaged in gross misconduct; that is: performing a sexual act on a prisoner who is a juvenile. And what happened to the whistleblowing corporal? He gets fired for his handiwork. Unbelievable, but true.It seems that, at the City Council, there is no law that protects employees who disclose illegal or improper activities that are ongoing at the municipality. And this is clearly the case in order to intimidate other employees, who would be clearly reluctant to report the many wrongdoings of their seniors for fear of being fired as well.Everywhere else in the world employees are shielded from retaliatory action once the employee voluntarily discloses information regarding dishonest or illegal activities within an organisation. The administrators can’t take, or threaten to take, action against the employee.Generally, this means the administration can’t fire, demote, suspend, threaten, harass, or discriminate against a whistleblower.But at the Georgetown City Council, the Town Clerk — without the Council’s fiat, without the Minister’s overt endorsement, like an imperial overlord — can just nonchalantly fire a whistleblower, giving the absurd excuse that he did not make an entry of the incident in the station diary.Why is the Georgetown City Council allowed to make up its own rules to protect the interests of the senior cabal there, to the detriment of the lower level oppressed municipal workers who are subjugated, persecuted, subdued, repressed, tyrannised, ground down, crushed, enslaved, burdened, weighed down, and exploited daily?Sincerely,Amber Valentinelast_img read more

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Region 2 RDC calls on Govt to “step up”

first_imgPower outagesFollowing the recent power outages experienced in the northern end of Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), the Regional Democratic Council  (RDC) is calling for an honest explanation from the leadership of Guyana Power and Light (GPL) and more precisely the Government of Guyana regarding the reasons for the frequent power outages within the Region.On Friday and Saturday, residents living in villages stretching from Charity to Zorg en Vlygt were thrown into darkness for almost 40 hours. This caused great inconvenience to those small businesses as well as housewives.Even as the blackouts are happening, no public notice/advisory or easily accessible information was provided by the power company. This lack of information created discomfort for residents, particularly micro entrepreneurs and, by extension, the business community who were caught unprepared.Region Two RDC Chairman Devanand Ramdatt said that residents were suffering and someone needed to be accountable as persons were counting their daily losses. Ramdatt said many livelihoods were affected and as such, it was having a negative effect on the struggling economy.“The RDC calls on the Government of Guyana to consult the people of Region Two and provide early answers regarding future developmental plans to provide reliable power supply.”In explaining his concerns also, Essequibo Chambers of Commerce President Deleep Singh expressed his dissatisfaction with GPL. Singh said the constant blackouts were hurting local industries and many persons were suffering.Guyana Times understands that the generator set at Anna Regina is currently having mechanical problems. The Wärtsilä generator set has been obsolete and often times would malfunction. In 2016, the plant burst into flames hence sending persons into darkness. Residents are seeking answers as to why the Region is experiencing so many blackouts. They are also seeking answers as to when the new generators would be purchased as promised by the David Granger Administration when it took office.last_img read more

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Bottas beats Hamilton to take Abu Dhabi pole

first_img0Shares0000Mercedes’ Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas steers his car during the third practice session ahead of the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit on November 25, 2017 © AFP / GIUSEPPE CACACEABUDhabi, United Arab Emirates, Nov 25 – Valtteri Bottas outpaced his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to claim pole position with a record-breaking lap in Saturday’s qualifying session for Sunday’s season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.The 28-year-old Finn clocked a best lap in one minute, 36.231 seconds to outpace the newly-crowned four-time world champion. It was Bottas’ fourth career pole and the first time he had claimed back-to-back pole positions.German four-time champion Sebastian Vettel took third place for Ferrari ahead of Australian Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull and his Ferrari team-mate Finn Kimi Raikkonen, with Dutchman Max Verstappen sixth in the second Red Bull.German Nico Hulkenberg took seventh for Renault ahead of Mexican Sergio Perez and his Force India team-mate Esteban Ocon, with retirement-bound Brazilian Felipe Massa 10th in his final outing for the Williams team.“Thanks guys,” said Bottas, whose wife is at the circuit, at the end. “You know, family support is always nice!”“Things were getting better and better in practice and it was all under control. I felt good in the car. I’m really happy. I was so gutted in Brazil to be on pole and to miss out on the win so I have a clear target for tomorrow.”Hamilton did his utmost to grab pole, but said: “I am delighted for Valtteri. He did a great job and deserved it. What a lap. He had an incredible session and congratulations to him.“I think I was up a bit on Turn One, but then I lost it on turns five and six, but otherwise it’s been an incredible year of qualifying and one I’ve enjoyed.”– Alonso pushed out –Mercedes’ British driver Lewis Hamilton drives during the first practice session ahead of the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit on November 24, 2017 © AFP / Andrej ISAKOVICOn another hot day at the Yas Marina Circuit, Bottas and Hamilton dominated in Q1 which concluded with Frenchman Romain Grosjean eliminated.Rookie New Zealander Brendon Hartley came in down in 20th place in his Toro Rosso.Hamilton then scorched to another track lap record lap in 1:36.742, two-tenths faster than team-mate Bottas. Apparently satisfied, Mercedes retired to their garage.Vettel and Raikkonen did the same for Ferrari after securing third and fourth spots to secure passage to the top-ten shootout.All bar Ferrari made second runs in the final seconds during which Massa gate-crashed Q3 with a flying final lap that pushed his one-time Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso down to 11th.Out with the McLaren Honda man went his fellow Spaniard Carlos Sainz in his Renault, Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne in the second McLaren, Dane Kevin Magnussen of Haas and Canadian rookie Lance Stroll in the second Williams.The final seconds of the session saw a near-accident when Perez slowed on the racing line at the final corner, forcing Hulkenberg to move inside to avoid hitting his car at high speed.In Q3, it was Bottas who set the pace with a record 1:36.231, a lap that lifted him beyond Hamilton by 0.172 seconds and the two Ferraris.Both men slid and scurried on their final laps, but were unable to improve their times as the track temperature fell to 29 degrees.Their earlier laps were enough as Bottas took pole in spite of a slower lap which persuaded him to pit early at the end of the session.It was the Mercedes team’s fourth consecutive front row lockout at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and the team’s 50th in Formula One.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Here’s why every Leicester player deserves 10 out of 10 after winning the title

first_img0Shares0000Leicester City have been crowned Premier League champions after an incredible season for the Midlands club.LONDON, May 3 – Leicester City sealed the Premier League title without even kicking a ball as Tottenham could only manage a draw at Chelsea on Monday night.The Foxes have sealed a momentous title triumph having been tipped by many to be relegated at the start of the season. From Jamie Vardy’s goal heroics to Claudio Ranieri’s managerial masterclass, from Riyad Mahrez’s wizardry to Wes Morgan’s stoic defending, Leicester have been the story of the season.Here, Sportsmail has given each of Leicester’s heroes a 10 out of 10 after a season the club will never forget.THE MOST-PICKED XI KASPER SCHMEICHEL – 10Has played every minute and been consistently excellent, producing saves that can be identified as points-earning, notably away to Tottenham, home to Manchester City and in the draw at Old Trafford.Comes off his line to avert danger, he has also played a crucial role in Leicester’s counter-attacks, distributing the ball quickly and accurately.Appearances: 36 starts (0 subs)Goals: 0Key stat: Has kept 15 clean sheets this season, no Premier League keeper has more.Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel has followed in his father’s footsteps in winning the Premier League title.DANNY SIMPSON – 10Having started the season on the bench, he came into the team after Leicester’s 5-2 loss to Arsenal and been superb since.While he does get forward he defends first and is positionally sound, typically covering round any gaps in central areas. Starred in the 1-0 win over Southampton.Appearances: 28Goals: 0Key stat: Has not lost by more than one goal in a Leicester shirt this season and only twice.Former Manchester United defender Danny Simpson took his chance and made the right back berth his own.WES MORGAN – 10Has fulfilled his potential at the age of 32, morphing into a redoubtable defender able to cope with the Premier League’s best.Carries his huge frame well and is deceptively nimble, reading situations early. Concentrates on clearances and throwing his body in the way of shots. A true leader, he has not missed a second, and got crucial goals against Southampton and Manchester United.Appearances: 36Goals: 2Key stat: Has made third most blocks in the Premier League (37)Wes Morgan celebrates after scoring a crucial goal against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.ROBERT HUTH – 10A master of the defensive darks arts, which sometimes leads to trouble but also provides an edge all champions need, his arrival last season transformed Leicester’s fortunes.His experience and uncompromising approach aids this team, forming a granite core, particularly during this crunch portion of the season. Scored vital goals at Manchester City and Tottenham.Appearances: 35Goals: 3Key stat: Has made the fourth-most clearances in the Premier League (258)Robert Huth has been a rock at the back for Leicester this season with his vast experience aiding the club.CHRISTIAN FUCHS – 10Austria’s captain is a really classy left-back, smart, athletic and a set piece expert. His corners are consistently good – his centre led to Huth’s header at Spurs that has proved so important – and he can pick a pass in open play too, setting up Vardy’s goal against Manchester United with a perfectly-weighted ball.Appearances: 28 (2)Goals: 0Key stat: His four assists have led to five additional points for LeicesterChristian Fuchs (left) has impressed at left back having signed from Bundesliga side Schalke last summer.RIYAD MAHREZ – 10Simply wondrous talent who has hit staggering heights this season. As well as 17 Premier League goals and 11 assists, his quality has shone through in those deft touches and sharp turns.Standing out is the dummy to send three Aston Villa defenders to the turf simultaneously and stunning goals against Watford and Chelsea.Appearances: 34 (1)Goals: 17Key stat: His goals and assists have directly led to Leicester winning 30 pointsRiyad Mahrez’s goals and assists this season have led to 30 points and he was named PFA Player of the Year.N’GOLO KANTE – 10Earning Sir Alex Ferguson’s vote as the best player this season is a resounding validation of his incredible exploits in Leicester’s midfield.His energy, intelligence, and workrate have given rise to comparisons of superheroism.As Gary Lineker wrote: ‘If planet Earth was ever under threat from an asteroid, I’m pretty sure that Kante would intercept it.’Appearances: 31 (4)Goals: 1Key stat: Has made more tackles (158) and interceptions (148) than any other Premier League playerN’Golo Kante arrived from the French second division and has been an integral member of the starting XI.DANNY DRINKWATER – 10Deservedly earned an England call up for his performances at the fulcrum of the side.His tackling harks of a midfielder seasoned in the Championship grind, while his passing range comes from days spent as a youth at Manchester United.The early long ball to Vardy is still a trusted weapon, as the opener at Sunderland showed.Appearances: 34Goals: 1Key stat: Has seven assists, five to VardyDanny Drinkwater, pictured challenging Wayne Rooney, won an England call up for his displays in midfield.MARC ALBRIGHTON – 10The kind of player and personality who helps win titles; very good at what he does on the pitch and a thoroughly positive presence in the dressing room.His first-time hooked balls into the channels to free Vardy have been a feature of this season, while his inswinging crosses from the left flank usually find the target.Appearances: 33 (3)Goals: 2Key stat: Has only lost four times since being reintroduced to the starting line-up last season, 45 games agoMarc Albrighton joined Leicester from Aston Villa in 2014 and has lost just four times in his last 45 games.SHINJI OKAZAKI – 10His industry and link up play have gone a little under the radar, but he always leaves the pitch utterly drained from covering ground.Sometimes his finishing has been somewhat scratchy but contributed spectacularly and significantly with the overhead kick to beat Newcastle.Appearances: 27 (7)Goals: 5Key stat: Has only completed 90 minutes three timeshinji Okazaki does not stop harrying defences and has worked tirelessly for his side’s cause this season.JAMIE VARDY – 10Tremendous from the first second of the season right the way through, setting the tone for this team with his aggressive pressing and relentless drive.His rise has been a better script than any Hollywood film, from setting a new Premier League record of scoring in 11 successive games to netting his first goal for England with a backheel against Germany. Also has six assists.Appearances: 34Goals: 22Key stat: First Leicester player since Gary Lineker in 1984-85 to score 20 top-flight goalsFoxes striker Jamie Vardy set a new Premier League record by scoring in 11 successive games this season.THE IMPORTANT CAMEOSLEONARDO ULLOA – 10Delivered the good when his side needed. Converted the last-gasp penalty to take a point from West Ham and rose to the occasion for the pressure match against Swansea with Vardy missing, scoring twice and doing plenty more beside. Changes the threat Leicester pose from the bench with his aerial ability and physicality.Appearances: 7 (21)Goals: 6Key stat: The club’s record signing in a deal worth up to £10m – this summer could see that surpassedLeonardo Ulloa celebrates after scoring a vital last-gasp penalty to draw his team level with West Ham.JEFFREY SCHLUPP – 10Began the season at left-back then moved upfield when Ranieri realised he needed more defensive security and scored a decisive goal in the win at Norwich.Did not play for nearly three months in the middle of the campaign due to injury but has returned to make telling contributions, notably as a half-time substitute at Watford and in the win over Swansea. Great speed and power.Appearances: 14 (8)Goals: 1Key stat: Has been at the club since he was 12 years oldJeffrey Schlupp has continued to demonstrate the intensity that has been a symbol of Leciester’s success.ANDY KING – 10A loyal servant of the club, due his testimonial next season, he has chipped in with meaningful moments.Never moaned after losing his place to Kante and scored on his return to the side against West Bromwich. Consistently turned to by Ranieri.Appearances: 7 (16)Goals: 1Key stat: The first player to win League One, the Championship and Premier LeagueAndy King of Leicester celebrates with his team-mates after scoring on his return against West Brom.THE MANAGERCLAUDIO RANIERI – 10Arrived to an underwhelmed reaction but has confounded every expectation to achieve more than anyone thought remotely possible.The owners just wanted him to keep the club up. Has delivered a managerial masterclass by staying calm throughout and realising the quality at his disposal.He has tweaked tactics from last season to unleash potential and consistently made effective substitutions.Claudio Ranieri applauds the travelling fans after his team drew 1-1 with Manchester United at Old Trafford.-Daily Mail-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Jose Mourinho will not give up on the title, insists former Chelsea goalkeeper

first_imgFormer Chelsea goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini insists that Blues manager Jose Mourinho will not surrender the Premier League title easily despite their poor start to the season.Chelsea have taken just four points from their opening five games, including successive defeats to Crystal Palace and Everton, and already sit 11 points adrift of runaway leaders Manchester City.The Blues host Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Saturday lunchtime in a crucial game, and Cudicini believes Mourinho and the team still have the capacity to defend their crown.“We all know him [Mourinho] and that’s hes not giving up yet. There’s obviously a bit of a gap to try and get back,” the 42-year-old told the Sports Breakfast.“It’s a long season and it’s only just started, but the quicker the team responds to this start to the season, then there’s more of a chance to catch up with the other teams.”Chelsea have an excellent recent record against the Gunners, failing to suffer a league defeat against Arsene Wenger’s side since October 2011.last_img read more

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Conjoined twins parted

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesJake and Erin marveled at the strength their girls showed in the days and moments before heading into the operating room. The girls’ spirits remained high, breaking into tears only at the last minute as their parents left them in the doctors’ care. “They’ve given us courage we didn’t realize 4-year-olds could possess,” Erin Herrin, 25, said. Said Jake, who is 26: “Our family bond has just grown. We’re very thankful to have been the parents of Kendra and Maliyah. They are so energetic, so lively and they inspire. We could all learn a lot from them.” The couple also have a 6-year-old daughter and 14-month-old twin boys. In what a hospital spokeswoman described as a “very complicated series of surgeries,” the girls’ liver was being divided and their intestines separated. Kendra will retain the kidney, while Maliyah will be placed on a dialysis machine. In three months to six months, Maliyah will receive a kidney from Erin, her mother. Each girl has control over one leg and will keep that leg. Both are expected to be eventually fitted with a prosthesis. “It is not who gets what but who has what,” said Bonnie Midget, hospital spokeswoman.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SALT LAKE CITY – Nine hours into the surgery to separate them, 4-year-old conjoined twins Kendra and Maliyah Herrin were stable Monday and giving doctors every reason to believe the operation will be a success. The girls’ parents, Jake and Erin Herrin, left a surgery waiting room late in the afternoon to answer questions, share gratitude for the international support they’ve received and offer an update on their daughters’ conditions. “Everything is going as well as we could hope and pray for,” Jake Herrin said. “Prayers are working.” The 4-year-old North Salt Lake girls were joined at the pelvis and shared a pair of legs, a liver, a single working kidney and part of a large intestine. Doctors at Primary Children’s Medical Center expected to have the girls separated around midnight and to finish their work sometime between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. today. Once the surgery is complete, the girls will sleep in their own beds. last_img read more

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Mayor sings different tunes citywide in LAUSD pitch

first_imgAt his South Los Angeles town-hall meeting on school reform, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa adopted the posture of a preacher, evoking Martin Luther King Jr. and calling education the civil rights issue of our time. A week or so later in the San Fernando Valley, Villaraigosa sounded like a professor as he calmly detailed the benefits of charter schools, the value of art and music classes and the need to give teachers more flexibility in their classrooms. Finally, in the overwhelmingly Latino East Los Angeles, the mayor was charismatic, shedding his jacket, rolling up his sleeves and speaking both English and Spanish as he demonstrated himself one of them, a product of their culture. Villaraigosa – the master showman – has been on display as he whips up support for Assembly Bill 1381, the school reform legislation set for debate today in Sacramento. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.The style may have changed but the message never wavered: Something must be done about Los Angeles Unified’s high dropout rate and low student achievement. The future of the city depends on it. Even as Villaraigosa demonstrates his political savvy and capitalizes on his popularity throughout the city, his critics see him as a master of message manipulation, rousing the public’s emotion while obscuring serious questions about the specifics of his plan. “I think he really tailors things to what he thinks that audience would be interested in. A lot of the time is spent on talking about how L.A. Unified has failed the students, but he doesn’t talk about the bill,” said Ruth Sarnoff, a member of the Parent Collaborative, which represents some parents in LAUSD and opposes the legislation. “I just think he played on what we all know are parents’ desires for much more for their children than they’re getting,” said Sarnoff, who attended all of the town-hall meetings. “It’s kind of like, `Go with me on faith,’ but he doesn’t say how.” The town-hall meetings – in South Los Angeles, Westwood, San Fernando Valley and East Los Angeles – drew a total of about 4,000 residents and gathered a long list of supporters. The effort has been part of more than a month of Villaraigosa aggressively selling his message that LAUSD schools are not raising student achievement as dramatically as they should and that his plan is the answer. Crafted by Villaraigosa, in collaboration with state and local teachers unions, AB 1381 would give the mayor a significant role in the school district; shift authority from the school board to the district superintendent; and give local educators greater control over their school’s budget, instruction and curriculum. Villaraigosa says the bill would empower him to bring greater accountability and transparency to a system that is bogged down in a bloated bureaucracy. While some may see Villaraigosa’s differing presentations as inconsistent, others see them as a reality of “mega-communications,” said Jonathan Wilcox, a professor at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication. “Some people will see it as politics at its most manipulative and others will see it as advertising by other means,” said Wilcox, who worked as a speechwriter for former Gov. Pete Wilson. “People are becoming more and more aware of advertising, marketing and are less and less surprised by strategy like this that many years ago may have been inconsistent.” While trying to engage the audience is not uncommon in politics, Villaraigosa’s presentations may signal a new trend in a diverse community like Los Angeles. “For better or for worse, a clear political strategy is being applied here. It reflects a politician who is acutely concerned with using tailored messages to reach diverse audiences,” Wilcox said. The strategy required a high level of organization in planning the four town halls. Nonprofit organizations and local community groups were contacted and mobilized to attend. Fliers were passed out at churches near the venues. Bus and taxi service was arranged for some without transportation, and food and child care were provided at each event. Those who attended the sessions were asked to register, and the mayor’s committee has followed up with e-mails and action alerts, asking parents to contact their legislators in support of the bill. They’ve also mobilized teachers and parents to visit legislators’ local offices and even travel to Sacramento to show support for the bill. Mayoral spokesman Nathan James said that although some of the issues raised were different, Villaraigosa’s message never changed. “Different communities have different concerns about the schools and sometimes more questions would come up about the responsibilities of teachers and other times about school supplies and dropout rates,” James said. The varying community concerns became clear when state Sens. Gloria Romero and Richard Alarc n highlighted the impacts of a poor education system on the local economy and property values at the San Fernando Valley meeting – issues that never came up in South and East L.A. Instead, in East Los Angeles, Thomas Saenz, the mayor’s chief counsel, discussed how an inadequate education can lead to poverty, unemployment and crime. The mayor and his guests at the East Los Angeles meeting – Romero, Councilmen Ed Reyes and Jose Huizar and school board member Monica Garcia – emphasized their ties to the neighborhood. Villaraigosa noted that his mother and sister had attended Sacred Heart High, where the event was held. And Villaraigosa himself spoke passionately to the East L.A. crowd, using more body language as he worked to persuade them that his plan is the only option available to improve public education. “It’s not enough that we went to school … we went on to college and law school and all of those things. The question is, can we open up the doors and make sure the doors are open for your kids to go to college as well,” Villaraigosa sermonized to the Eastside crowd. “Don’t let anyone tell you that our kids can’t learn, that they can’t read and write, that they can’t graduate, that they can’t go on to college, that they can’t be all that they want to be,” Villaraigosa said, crouching down, using his fingers to jab out each point, and slowly raising his voice. Romero urged the crowd to support the legislation with a rousing appeal at the end of her speech – one she did not make in the Valley. “We should be so honored that our mayor had the courage, had the dignity, had the guts, had the `ganas’ because he knows what it was like to live the life of a dropout – a dropout, though, who never gave up. “He picked himself up and became the mayor of the city of Los Angeles,” Romero said before bringing the mayor on stage. “So I’m going to ask you, he stood up and it’s up to us … to stand by our mayor and to make sure that not just he, but we, deliver on the most important civil rights issue of the 21st century. “Are we ready to do that?” “Yes!” the crowd shouted in response. For her part, Romero said she didn’t see any difference in how the mayor communicated his message to the varying audiences. “This is a mayor who understands and is connected to each and every part of L.A. and who knows how to explain a proposal that really is so simple, that it’s extraordinary,” she said. “I think he articulated the plan very effectively overall and in presenting the plan he was debunking the rumor and innuendo.” Steve Barr, head of charter operator Green Dot, said communicating differently with different audiences is effective messaging, and something he does himself. “When you’re talking to the middle class, people in South Central, people in East L.A., you’re going to have to definitely change mannerisms, change messages,” Barr said. “You have to understand your audience. It is being an effective salesman or messenger.” James, the mayor’s spokesman, said Villaraigosa may have varied his presentation in addressing the four audiences, but that he remained single-minded in his message. “If we work together and form a partnership with parents and teachers, we can really make some improvements in our schools,” James said. “I think that the mayor’s goal at each event was to share his passion for this issue, to hear from parents and, hopefully, to inspire people that this kind of fundamental change is possible.” naush.boghossian@dailynews.com (818) 713-3722160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Search continues for baby’s mother

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Detectives are anxious to find the woman, who could face criminal charges, Leyva said. “From our point of view, that was definitely a child endangerment, abandoning your baby in that manner,” he said. “If no one had found that baby, we don’t know what would have happened.” The infant, who was wrapped in a blanket and had the umbilical cord still attached, was left on the back steps of American Legion Post 411, 7642 Serapis Ave., at about 11:30 a.m. Sept. 15. After leaving the baby, the woman got into a car and honked the horn. Richard Jimenez, a 57-year-old bar manager working inside, heard the honk and opened the door. He saw a woman driving away and was about to close the door when he decided to look around the corner. “I saw blood, and I saw the baby’s face,” Jimenez said. PICO RIVERA – Nearly a month after a newborn boy was left on the steps of an American Legion post, the mother’s identity remains a mystery – surprising, say investigators, who renewed a plea Wednesday for the public’s help in finding the woman. “Someone has to know that someone was pregnant and there’s no baby now,” said Sgt. Al Leyva of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Pico Rivera Station. Investigators have no record of a woman visiting any area hospitals with signs of having given birth, Leyva said, nor has anyone come forward who knows the woman. “We have nothing – no leads,” said sheriff’s Detective Gil Marquez. Fearing the baby wasn’t breathing, Jimenez ran back inside and called 9-1-1. “I thought he was dead,” he said. “I massaged his hands. He started crying and moving around. I ran back and told \ that he was alive.” The baby was taken to Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital of Whittier and later placed with the county’s Department of Children and Family Services. DCFS spokesman Stu Riskin said Wednesday he could not discuss the baby’s status due to confidentiality rules. “When a child is abandoned, they are put in a `fost-adopt’ home, where parents have already been approved,” Riskin said. “That’s so that if the baby’s parents don’t come forward, we can proceed with the adoption. The child stays with the family, so he or she can bond, acclimate to the situation and feel secure.” Debi Faris-Cifelli, director of Garden of Angels, a private organization that maintains a cemetery for abandoned and unclaimed babies, and provides programs to teach high school students about child abandonment, said the mother was probably too afraid to come forward. “As far as the women that I have talked to, a lot of the time they are afraid of judgement,” she said. “They are afraid of being abandoned themselves by parents or friends. Some couldn’t afford another child. Some didn’t realize they were pregnant. A few have been raped or were the product of incest. “What I’ve come to believe is that these are women who feel afraid or desperate in some way,” she added. Since 2001, a new state law, the Safely Surrender Baby Law, has made it legal for a mother or her representative to leave their baby at a hospital or fire station within three days of birth. As of July 2006, 153 newborns were safely surrendered in California. If the baby boy left at the American Legion post had been taken to a nearby fire station, the parent would not be sought by deputies. “She didn’t safely surrender her baby by any means according to the law,” said Faris-Cifelli. “But at least she put the baby somewhere it would be found. She wrapped her baby for warmth and honked.” Leyva believes the woman is a local resident because she seemed to know the area. “She left him in the rear of the American Legion. She had to be familiar with it to know,” Leyva said. Jimenez said the woman was driving a green Honda or Toyota with a spoiler. He also said she appeared to be Hispanic in her mid-20s, with wavy or curly hair. Anyone with information about this case was asked to call Detective Gil Marquez at (562)949-2421. sandy.mazza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Fantasy Football tips: 10 signings for your Dream Team before the weekend

first_img Jota was one of the surprise stars of the season last time out 11 Getty Images – Getty 11 Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:55Loaded: 17.99%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:55 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Five players you must sign for your Fantasy Football team this week Getty Images – Getty 11 One of the hardest decisions in the game is deciding where to spend your money. When you go big, you want it to be worth it.Spending your transfer budget on three players will leave your bench too sparse, so pick Sterling and save yourself the trouble.The England international racked up 234 points last season and has been deployed as a central striker by Pep Guardiola throughout pre-season – meaning the £12.0m is a sound investment.Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) FPL tips: Players you must sign, including Man United and Chelsea aces Dean Saunders thinks Naby Keita could be one of the Premier League’s best playersBut you may also need the odd cheap player in your ranks so you can keep to the £50m budget and, depending on your game plan, you might need a few.So who should you be looking to sign before the start of the season? Below, talkSPORT.com has identified 10 stars you should definitely consider putting into your team before the transfer deadline.Richarlison (Everton) Zaha will be desperate to prove he is worthy of a move to a big club ADVICE Getty Images – Getty 11 11 Sterling has already scored in one final this season Everton have a very welcoming set of fixtures back into Premier League action, meaning Richarlison should definitely be in your team. No other side has managed to avoid all of last season’s big six in their opening six games.In fact, it is not until Game week 7 when the Toffees face champions Manchester City that we will see Marco Silva’s side really tested.At just £8.0m, the Brazil international is certainly worth a punt, considering he produced three goals in his first two matches of 2018/19, including a 14-point haul away against Wolverhampton Wanderers in Gameweek 1.Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) No player created more chances than the Leicester City star last season The Ivory Coast international failed to get a move away so far this summer, despite bids from Arsenal and Everton.Zaha has been put back into his original position of midfielder for his season and has a point to prove after declaring his desire to play in the Champions League.The £7.0m forward produced 10 goals and 11 assists in the previous campaign, the first time he has recorded double figures for both statistics.Sign up to play Dream Team here. ADVICE ADVICE Getty Images – Getty 11 After a slow start to last season, Jota switched from a left-wing role and began to reap the benefits from a central position.Alongside Raul Jimenez, the 22-year-old from Portugal scored nine goals and supplying seven assists in 20 subsequent appearances.At £6.5m, he is cheaper than his club teammate, but equally as vital to Nuno Espirito Santo’s side.Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) The Villa captain was vital for Dean Smith, helping the former European champions achieve promotion via the play-offs and even more will be expected of the midfielder.Despite missing many games through injury, Grealish still managed six goals and seven assists last season.At £6.0m and with a relatively easy schedule for Villa for their Premier League return, the 23-year-old is definitely worth considering for your team.Alisson (Liverpool) Getty Images – Getty FPL tips: Why you must sign Tottenham ace and Man United hero Alisson was superb for the Reds last season advice Trent Alexander-Arnold enjoyed a remarkable season in 2018/19, culminating in a Champions League winner’s medal. He want’s bad in the Premier League either, scoring once and making 13 assists.That helped him to 6.4 points per match (ppm), the third-highest average among regular starters in FPL, as well as his 16 clean sheets.The £7.0m man also had 20 shots at Anfield last season, surpassed only by Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) After a record-breaking move to Anfield, Alisson outlined his importance to the Reds by keeping 21 clean sheets and earning the Premier League Golden Glove.Investing in a solid goalkeeper is crucial for success and, although Alisson is still costly at £6.0m, he justified his price with 176 points last season, finishing as the top-scoring custodian in FPL.After finishing so close to Manchester City last season, the Brazil international will be as hungry as his teammates to ensure the trophy is finally adorned with the red ribbons of Liverpool come May.James Maddison (Leicester City)center_img Villa will be relying on their talisman this season The England international is a creative influence for the Reds Dele Alli is unlikely to be fit for the start of the season, meaning Lucas Moura will be given a starting berth after a terrific pre-season campaign.Although classed as a midfielder in the game, Moura is likely to start in a more advanced role for Spurs and he scored ten goals and got two assists last time out.At £7.5m, it is certainly a gamble to put him into your side, but the Brazilian popped up with vital goals in the Premier League and in Europe last season. PRIORITIES LATEST FANTASY PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS Che Adams (Southampton) Moura is even more important for Spurs after Dele Alli‘s injury Richarlison enjoyed a terrific debut season at Goodison Park Fantasy Football finally returns this week after a summer absence and there’s still time to sign up and create your Dream Team here.Managers across the globe will be frantically logging on to make last minute changes to ensure they get bragging rights over their mates. When it comes to set-piece specialists in the Premier League, few would argue Maddison’s position as no.1. At Leicester, he takes all the corners, is second to Jamie Vardy for penalty duty and also scored three direct free-kicks.Maddison created 100 chances in his debut season in the Premier League and he was rather unfortunate to get just seven assists.At £7.0m, expect to see the England Under-21 international carry on where he left off and continue to be a driving force for the Foxes alongside Youri Tielemans.Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur) FPL tips: Why you must sign Liverpool man and Spurs ace who could shine under Jose Why Patrick van Aanholt has urged Sterling to ‘do a madness’ against Wolves ADVICE While everyone will want to ensure they get some of the best-performing stars from last year into their team, there is an influx of new players available.Not only do Aston Villa, Norwich City and Sheffield United possess a wealth of talent, but there have also been a host of new signings made across the division.There are also players from last year who are expected to kick on after exceptional previous campaigns, even surpassing the score they racked up last time out.It’s easy picking out the men likely to get you the most points as they’re usually the stars who are the most expensive. Getty – Contributor Who will you transfer in and out of your Fantasy Premier League team? FPL tips: Five players you must sign, including Man United and Chelsea aces After 22 goals and four assists in the Championship last season, critics doubted whether or not the 23-year-old could replicate the feat in the Premier League.But Adams less than two minutes into his debut, in a 1-1 draw with Austrian outfit SCR Altach in mid-July.He then took less than 60 seconds to find the net in his next appearance and he needed only six minutes to fire in his third goal in as many starts in a 3-1 win over Feyenoord last weekend.He can prove to be a huge difference for the start of the season at just £6.0m.Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) Getty Images – Getty 11 advice Getty Images – Getty Getty Images – Getty 11 The former Birmingham City striker could be a surprise package in the Premier League Getty Images – Getty FPL tips: Five players you must sign, including a Chelsea wonderkid 11 11 11last_img read more

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