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Westly, Angelides vie to take on Arnold

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HERE’S one big reason why Tuesday’s California primary election now commands national attention: With his job approval ratings barely topping 40 percent, every poll this spring indicates Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger might be beatable in November. He didn’t look that way in the summer of 2005, when Phil Angelides and Steve Westly, the state treasurer and controller, decided to challenge him. But suddenly this spring the Democratic nomination for governor is worth fighting for. That’s why Californians have seen almost $40 million worth of negative television ads during the last month. That’s why early eBay executive Westly put more than $30 million of his own cash into his campaign (so far), and it’s why Angelides’ mentor and former partner, Sacramento developer Angelo Tsakopoulos, and his family have so far spent almost $9 million on an “independent expenditure” campaign for him. It’s also why Angelides and Westly now seem to spend all of their time bashing each other. Ask either Democrat how he’d govern differently from the other, and you get invective. “Both Westly and Arnold are incapable of keeping their word,” Angelides said in an interview before he began running last-minute ads portraying Westly and Schwarzenegger as virtual twins. “They are not guys you can count on. But what I say is what I will do. I will stand up for kids and college students against big corporations and the rich. They won’t.” Westly, in a separate interview: “Phil can’t even manage his campaign efficiently. As governor, you need to ask what’s cost-effective. I know Phil doesn’t do that, and I don’t believe Arnold does that. I am not seeing where either one of them wants to take the state.” It’s easy to say there are few differences between these Democrats: Both are multimillionaires with attractive families. Each is so green, the Sierra Club couldn’t choose between them and endorsed both. Each says he’d look out for consumers more than Schwarzenegger, clamping down on big businesses in the process. But the two differ in two big areas: Who’s paying for their campaigns and how they say they’d keep their promises. Angelides vows to “tax the rich” (including himself), promising to raise $10 billion and use the money to roll back state college and university tuition and fees that are up almost 50 percent in the last six years. Westly says Angelides “never saw a tax increase he didn’t like,” and promises to hire 100,000 new teachers, using money saved by clamping down on tax cheats and by shortening state procurement practices. “We can save up to $1 billion on the procurement process alone,” says the man who has written all state checks for most of the last four years. “We need more state tax auditors since each of them brings in four to seven times their salary.” Angelides scoffs that scores of candidates, including Schwarzenegger, have promised to cut government waste and close tax loopholes. He wonders why Westly didn’t do all that auditing as controller. Westly responds that he did as much as possible and tried to hire more auditors, “but Schwarzenegger vetoed those bills.” Then there’s campaign financing, a sensitive issue because whichever Democrat wins will surely try to use Schwarzenegger’s prolific fundraising and his relationships with big donors against him. Angelides’ ads implied this spring that Westly is trying to “buy the office,” comparing him to other wealthy Californians who have sought high office including onetime Democratic gubernatorial candidate Al “Checkbook” Checchi, the Northwest Airlines mogul who invested $40 million in an unsuccessful 1998 campaign for governor, and Michael Huffington, the Republican heir to a Texas oil fortune who spent $30 million of his own cash in an unsuccessful 1994 run for the U.S. Senate. One question voters may be answering Tuesday: Is it better to try to buy an office for yourself or to let one of your pals try to buy it for you? A later question, if Westly should win the primary: When you have plenty of money, is it better to spend your own cash, thus steering clear of special interests, or is it better to raise all the campaign donations you can and keep your money in your own pocket (the way Schwarzenegger prefers to operate)? Both Westly and Schwarzenegger possess personal fortunes estimated to top $200 million. Another question, relevant if Angelides should win on Tuesday: Is it better to let your list of donors be dominated by a single past partner and by labor unions, like Angelides, or by corporations, like Schwarzenegger? Democrats will decide a similar question in their primary, where Angelides was endorsed early by almost every significant labor union in California, as well as by Democratic Party leaders like Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, while Westly had to make do with a few desultory endorsements, like one from the National Organization for Women. Is it better to be the candidate of union bosses and party leaders or to run almost strictly on your own? If Angelides loses, meanwhile, he might have a serious gripe against the very union leaders who back him. They saw to it that he won the endorsement of the state Democratic Party convention early this spring and then promised to keep his campaign afloat financially. But unions have invested only about $3 million to help Angelides since then, seeming to hang onto their resources for the fall run against Schwarzenegger, who fought them bitterly in his special election last November. Says Art Pulaski, chief of the California Labor Federation, “Phil is ahead by 34 points among union members, and in a low-turnout election like we expect this one to be, that should put him over the top.” But is his edge within labor really enough to carry Angelides and make up for the financial advantage of Westly, who calmly says, “Whatever we need, we’ll have”? All of which makes this a more important primary than it may seem on the surface, with real policy differences between the candidates and major differences in who’s paying for what they do. Thomas D. Elias is a writer living in Southern California. 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49ers draft: What do Nick Bosa, others defensive ends offer?

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSANTA CLARA – Here is a look at not only the top draft prospects but others who might fit with the 49ers. Today’s category: defensive ends.HIGH-FIVE1. Nick Bosa, Ohio State (6-4, 266): His NFL genes and beefy frame — if healthy — make him an ideal bookend opposite edge rusher Dee Ford. Aside from his impressive but limited college film, the 49ers know him well from at least four pre-draft meetings. 2. Josh …last_img read more

Proteas into ICC World Twenty20 semis

first_img30 March 2014 The Proteas booked a semi-final place with a three-run victory over England in the ICC World Twenty20 in Chittagong, Bangladesh on Saturday. The win took South Africa to the top of the Group 1 standings, with three wins from their four round-robin matches. Victory was actually a little more comfortable than the final margin would suggest as England were left requiring 20 runs off the last three balls of their innings, and all Dale Steyn made sure of doing was not bowling a no ball or a wide. Tim Bresnan took advantage of that by smashing a six, a four, and a six off those deliveries. Put in to bat in very humid conditions, the Proteas responded well, despite a couple of breaks for faulty floodlights.Serious momentum Hashim Amla again provided serious momentum at the top of the order, smashing 56 off only 37 deliveries before he was the first man out in the 11th over, caught by Alex Hales off Chris Broad for 56. Fellow opener Quinton de Kock followed eight runs later for a less fluent 29 from 33 balls. JP Duminy missed out, making only five, while next man in David Miller contributed 19 off 15 deliveries and Albie Morkel three off of three. However, that did not matter as AB de Villiers, captaining the team in the absence of the suspended Faf du Plessis, played an inspirational, gem of an innings, cracking an unbeaten 69 off only 28 balls, with nine fours and three sixes.Fireworks De Villiers’ fireworks began in the 16th over, which he began with 25 runs off 15 balls to his name. At the end of the over, bowled by Stuart Broad, he stood on 36 off 19. After the next over, bowled by Johannesburg-born Jade Dernbach, he had reached 50 off 23. He then added a further 19 runs in the remaining two overs to help the Proteas to 196 for 5, the highest total of the tournament by any team. Hales, the scorer of a big century in England’s win over Sri Lanka in their previous match, struck two fours in the first over of the English innings, bowled by JP Duminy, but was then caught at point off the bowling of Albie Morkel in the following over. The umpire called no ball, however, and Hales stayed on. Incorrect call Replays showed the umpire had been incorrect in his call, but Hales was unfazed, immediately hitting the next two deliveries to the boundary. Wayne Parnell broke the opening stand in his first over when he had Michael Lumb caught by Miller for 18, with the England total on 46 in the fifth over. Brought back into the attack in the eighth over, Parnell again did the trick, with Miller catching Hales for 38 off 22 balls, and Moeen Ali being caught behind by De Kock the very next ball for 10. The left-arm paceman went on to finish with 3 for 31 in his four overs.Standout The other standout performance with the ball came from leg-spinner Imran Tahir, who removed Eoin Morgan for 14 and Jos Buttler for a hard-hitting 34 off 24 deliveries. The slippery ball forced Tahir to bowl a little quicker than he usually would, but he nonetheless finished with 2 for 27 in his four overs. Ravi Bopara showed some fight with 31 off 18 balls lower down the England batting order, but when Steyn had him caught in the deep off the first ball of the final over, the writing was on the wall for England. When Bresnan managed only a single off of the second ball and Broad another single off of the third, the result was decided. In the end, England tallied 193 for 7.‘It was a great game’ Proteas’ skipper AB de Villiers was an obvious choice for man of the match. “It was a great game. The boys did extremely well,” he said at the post-match ceremony. “They were very tough conditions to field in. I knew from the start we had to be unpredictable and mix things up, but once again the execution of the bowlers was amazing. “I’ve lost a few as captain in T20s and it was important for me to get the guys through and get Faf back [and] pumped for the semi-finals,” he added.‘Heartbroken “It was a fantastic game. Credit to the players for that,” England captain Stuart Broad said. “We’re heartbroken to come out on the wrong end, but AB has taken the game away for us. “It didn’t go to plan in the last three overs, but apart from that it was a good game for us. We’ve had some guys get going this innings, but no outstanding score, which you need chasing such a big total.”last_img read more

June Ag Barometer shows rebound in producer sentiment

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Producer sentiment surrounding the U.S. agricultural economy rebounded in June after a dip in May, according to the latest survey results from the Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer.The June Producer Sentiment Index landed at 104, up seven points from the May reading. The index is based on a monthly survey of 400 U.S. agricultural producers and includes measures of sentiment surrounding both current conditions and future expectations.Barometer principal investigator Jim Mintert said the increase can be at least partially attributed to stronger overall grain and oilseed markets over the last three months. In June, corn and soybean both traded at prices not seen since summer 2015. Soybean prices approached $12 per bushel, well above $8.75 that producers saw in April.“Evaluating the barometer more closely shows us that the uptick in producer sentiment was driven primarily by an improvement in the Index of Current Conditions, which jumped from 83 in May to 98 in June,” said Mintert, who is the director of Purdue’s Center for Commercial Agriculture and a professor of agricultural economics. “Additional increases in overall producer sentiment came from the Index of Future Expectations, which settled slightly higher at 107, up three points since May.”Surveys over the last three months also have shown that producers view their own farm operations’ financial health differently than they view the health of the overall agricultural economy, said David Widmar, Purdue research associate who works on the barometer.“Producers hold a more pessimistic view of their own farms’ financial situations than they do of the agricultural economy,” he said.For example, after declining significantly in April, the number of producers expecting their farm operations to be worse off financially in a year moved higher, increasing from just 27% in April to 37% in June.In contrast, the share of respondents who expected financially bad times for the overall agricultural economy in the next 12 months trended lower over the same time period, declining from 75% in April to 65% in June.The reasons why these sentiments vary isn’t clear, but a continuation of the trend could be a sign that producers will emphasize controlling costs through reduced spending, Widmar said.One factor weighing heavily on producers’ minds is the summer weather. While farmers always have to deal with the weather, there has been some concern surrounding the possibility of La Niña setting in and the impact it could have on U.S. corn and soybean production.Barometer researchers included weather-related questions on the June survey given the impact that weather speculation already has had on rising grain and oilseed market prices, Mintert said. Producers were asked about the likelihood of widespread adverse impacts on 2016 crop yields associated with extreme weather events. About 44% of respondents reported that they felt this was at least somewhat likely to happen. When asked about the likelihood of weather-related yield loss in their local areas, just over half of survey respondents — 53% — reported that they expect extreme weather to reduce crop yields in 2016.Researchers also asked producers whether they had changed their farms’ marketing plans because of the potential for extreme weather events in the next year. Nearly 30% of respondents said they had.To read the full June report, access additional resources, including webinar archives and schedules, and sign up to receive monthly barometer email updates, visit http://purdue.edu/agbarometer.last_img read more

Assistive Technology to Enhance Wounded Warrior Employment Opportunities

first_imgAuthor: Rachel BraunerThis article is part of a series of Military Family Caregiving articles published on the Military Families Leaning Network blog. Isn’t it time we provide our wounded warriors with the tools they need to get them back on the job front?With October being characterized as National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) by the U.S. Department of Labor, it seems only fitting to highlight the Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP).CAP, established by the U.S. Department of Defense, provides assistive technology devices to wounded service members in order to enhance employment opportunities within the public or private sectors. The program works closely with wounded warrior’s medical teams, case managers and liaisons at military treatment facilities (MTF) to develop a needs assessment and provide training throughout all phases of the recovery and transition process.CAP equips service members with assistive devices depending on their specific medical conditions. The program accommodates injuries in five distinct areas:Vision Loss or low visionCognitive ImpairmentsCommunication DisabilitiesDeaf or Limited HearingDexterity Types of Assistive TechnologyDepending on the type of condition that a wounded warrior has, assistive devices may vary. The following information lists the conditions and possible assistive devices that CAP provides. To get more information on these types of devices go to CAP’s Accommodation Solutions.Vision Loss or Low visionDevices are tailored to the needs of service members with vision loss or low vision. Below are the types of assistive technology that CAP recommends for warriors with vision disabilities.CCTVLarge Print KeyboardsPortable CCTVScanner/ReaderScreen MagnificationScreen ReadersVoice RecordersCognitive ImpairmentsCognitive impairments are usually characterized by wounded warriors suffering from a traumatic brain injury (TBI), memory loss and other impaired brain functions.Assistive Listening DevicesCueing/Memory AidsEducational SoftwareCommunication DisabilitiesWounded service members with limited speech or speech impediments resulting from military service can be considered for assistive technology devices under the accommodation of communication disabilities. Devices include:Voice AmplifierWord Prediction SoftwareDeaf or Limited HearingCAP recommends the following assistive technology devices to warriors who are unable to hear and understand speech or who have a level of hearing that ranges, resulting in the use of hearing aids.Amplified telephone equipmentAssistive Listening DevicesTelephone Headsets and HandsetsDexterityDexterity is for disabilities that impact a service member’s range of motion; this could include: amputees and individuals with multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy. Devices include:Alternative keyboardsAlternative pointing devices Headsets/MicrophonesLarge print keyboardsSpeech RecognitionTelephone headsets and handsetsVoice RecordersIf you are interested in learning more about workforce disability or accommodations for wounded service members go to CAP–now. It is important that we ensure our warriors receive appropriate assistive technology devices to fit their needs.last_img read more

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Errol Spence eyes ‘pound-for-pound’ status in Mikey Garcia showdown

first_imgUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Spence (24-0, 21 KOs), is in no doubt what a victory over Garcia (39-0, 30 knockouts) will mean for his career.READ: Errol Spence Jr: I’ll fight Manny Pacquiao anywhereFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“This win makes me pound-for-pound number one,” Spence said this week. “Mikey has a great record and a big fan base and I feel like winning this fight turns me into a star.“Everyone wants to take Floyd Mayweather’s place as the face of boxing, and this puts me on the right track to become the face of boxing and the best fighter in the world.” MOST READ “So even if (Garcia) looks good, they’ll say, ‘The smaller guy looked good, he just couldn’t hold up the weight.’”Garcia, who has held world titles in four different weight classes, is adamant that he has not bitten off more than he can chew against the naturally bigger Spence.“I have all the tools and all the skills needed to beat Errol Spence Jr,” Garcia said. When it comes to timing, speed, reflexes and defense, you name it, I’m better,” the 31-year-old added.Garcia’s best chance of victory may be to take the fight into the later rounds, hoping to score consistently by darting in and out of range of Spence’s heavier shots.The Californian revealed he had planned for a long fight, but is confident he can deliver an abrupt finish if needed.“We can go 12 rounds for sure,” Garcia said. “But, if I get a chance to hurt my opponent, I’m definitely going to jump on him and get the knockout.“Saturday night, Errol is going to find out why I picked this fight. All of my opponents say they don’t see anything special when they watch me, until they get into the ring.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The champion’s hyperbole, however, is not cutting ice with boxing’s cognoscenti, many of whom believe the 29-year-old is a heavy favorite to outmuscle Garcia, who is stepping up two weight classes to take on Spence.Retired former super middleweight and light heavyweight world champion Andre Ward believes Saturday’s bout will be a “classic case of a good big man beats the little good man.”“The added weight and sheer size and power of Spence will prove to be too much for a great fighter who just took too much of a risk,” Ward told ESPN.While Spence believes victory on Saturday puts him in the pound-for-pound conversation, he is preparing for negative reviews.“They’ll say he’s too small,” Spence said. “If I beat him up throughout the whole fight, they’ll say, ‘He has amazing heart for a little guy. Errol Spence is supposed to do that, he’s the bigger welterweight.’ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIEScenter_img Tokyo’s Olympics may become known as the ‘Robot Games’ Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss FILE – NOVEMBER 13: (L-R) Errol Spence Jr., lennox Lewis and Mikey Garcia attend FOX Sports and Premier Boxing Champions Press Conference Experience on November 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Leon Bennett/Getty Images/AFPErrol Spence Jr. believes he will deserve to be regarded as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world if he successfully defends his IBF welterweight crown against Mikey Garcia in Texas on Saturday.Spence and Garcia face off at the AT&T Stadium Arlington in a battle of unbeaten fighters which sees the champion aiming to lay claim to being the best fighter in a division full of talent.ADVERTISEMENT Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbedlast_img read more

Coaches Mostly Dont Matter Unless You Suck As Much As The Suns

By Neil Paine, Chris Herring and Kyle Wagner Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s new basketball podcast, a weekly conversation about the NBA. On this week’s show (Oct. 25, 2017), Neil, Chris and Kyle first discuss the laundry list of things that have gone wrong for the Phoenix Suns this season, then debate where the team should go from here. Next, Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo is off to a mind-blowing start this season, with 147 points, 43 rebounds and 21 assists in his first four games. Can the Bucks harness this potential and become a challenger to the Warriors? We discuss. Plus, we take a look at the Oklahoma City Thunder and their suddenly not-so-great rebounding.Subscribe to the show in your favorite podcasting app, or use the links in the player above.Here are links to what we discussed this week:Bleacher Report’s Ken Berger wrote about how the Phoenix Suns turned into the NBA’s $1.1 billion running joke.ESPN recapped the Greek Freak’s impressive performance against the Charlotte Hornets.Kyle Wagner took a look at why the Thunder suddenly can’t rebound. Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed read more