Arnett looking to make most of Carib Club champs

first_imgJamaican football clubs have made it no secret that participating in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championship is a very tall demand in terms of expenses.In 2014, the same problem resulted in Waterhouse missing the tournament’s second round, while last season Montego Bay United, in their tournament debut, also expressed difficulties in meeting the financial requirements to compete in the regional tournament.However, both clubs agree that the exposure, experience and other benefits are priceless.Arnett Gardens Football Club president, Patrick Roberts, whose club is currently in the Dominican Republic to contest Group Four of the first round, share similar sentiments.”It’s (preparation) not difficult to organise. What is difficult is getting the resources. When you have resources there is no difficulty, but the difficult part is to get the resources you need,” Richards said.”You want to carry additional players but you can’t, you have to limit the players because of the resources, because just fares for a trip of this nature go into three to four millions. But we have an obligation and wherever the slack is we have to make it up. But it was difficult,” he said.Roberts explained that when they assessed everything, the opportunities and benefits were too enormous for them to miss the event.”The benefit is exposure for the players, so hopefully someone watching the game will like your players and make contact. It also gives the players a different level of preparation, because we are at the back end of our season so it helps the players to prepare for international competition.”It is a different approach, but that is the route we have to go, we have to go and see what these teams are made of. We have not known them or what type of football they play,” he noted.”Expectations are high. For most of the players this is their first experience at this level and they are definitely anticipating it. They want to take it to the next level and go as far as they can in the region,” he said.Arnett will play in Group Four of the tournament at the Estadio Felix Sanchez in Santo Domingo, from March 2 to 6.They play their opening game against Haitian club America Des Cayes tomorrow, then face Notch of Suriname of Friday, before wrapping up their fixtures against Atletico Pantoja on Sunday.last_img read more

Paul the apostle

first_imgWith the drop came the plummet of Zamar’s draft stock.The 2012 Draft was the year of “The Kraken.” San Miguel Beer selected June Mar Fajardo No. 1 overall in a pool that included the likes of No. 2 pick Calvin Abueva, No. 3 pick Alex Mallari, No. 4 pick Cliff Hodge and No. 9 pick Vic Manuel.While it wasn’t exactly a pool to remember, the class of 2012 had its share of talent, and Zamar was lost in the middle of all of them.“So many other players were getting picked, some whose names I didn’t even know,” said Zamar. When finally he got picked by Barangay Ginebra, just as he nearly fell over the edge of hopelessness, it wasn’t relief Zamar felt. It was the sobering thought that his road to the PBA would be a long one—he just didn’t know at that time how long it would be.The Kings were packed with guards in their roster: Ginebra had just acquired LA Tenorio. Mark Caguioa and Jayjay Helterbrand were resident stars and Mike Cortez was also around.ADVERTISEMENT “I now understand the hardships our OFWs go through. They’re the real heroes,” he said. He got to bond with a lot of them with Thailand, and they eased his loneliness. “I became close with the Filipino community there.”“I cried before I left and told them someday, we’ll be together again, when it’s your turn to come home.”For Zamar though, Thailand needed to happen before he could play in the PBA. His stints there, particularly with Mono Vampire, taught him to grow up, “to be more mature,” to be responsible and prudent about his career benefits.He drove to his guesting at Sports IQ, the Inquirer’s live multiplatform sports talk show, in a modest sedan, a far cry from the often shiny rides PBA stars prefer.“It takes me from point A to point B just the same,” he said. “I’d rather save up for a house for my family, especially since my wife will give birth soon.”Basketball-wise, it taught him the value of hard work, of making sure he continued to get better. He worked on his shooting during his stint in Thailand and it was his ability to consistently hit the three ball that earned him that call that booked him a flight home.In a conference where Blackwater made the playoffs and had its best showing in franchise history, Zamar averaged a shade over 10 points per game, hitting 45 percent of his shots, including a 38 percent clip from beyond the arc. He has earned a player of the week citation and has made big shots to win games for the Elite.Now, he imparts life lessons to anyone willing to listen. Lessons he learned as he chased his PBA dream.“You will always be criticized,” he said, taking to heart what Mono teammate Patrick Sanders taught him. “It could be your father, your teammate your coach. But take those criticism to improve yourself. Because once you stop to improve as a player, that becomes you downfall.”His faith has been renewed, too, and he takes time to always pray and be thankful for the opportunities he was given, the lessons he learned which he someday hopes to pass to his future son. PVL’s star continues to shine bright Zamar displaying a picture-perfect form for Blackwater as he lives out his PBA dream.The heartache hits hardest at 3 a.m., when a sudden surge of sleeplessness startles Paul Zamar into surveying the empty spaces around him.As his eyes grow accustomed to the darkness, the reality becomes clear.ADVERTISEMENT No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “You realize you’re alone in your room,” said Zamar in Filipino. One by one, the emotions land blows all around him. “You miss your family. You miss your loved ones. You get homesick.”He sometimes succumbs to phone calls to his dad, San Miguel Beer assistant coach Boycie Zamar, to pour out his feelings. Maybe this was the wrong decision. Maybe he should fly back home.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissBut he always manages to reel himself back to the same steely determination that made him leave home in the first place: There is a dream. And Paul Zamar, no matter how late, believes he can make that dream come true.Zamar was a rotation guy at University in the East in the UAAP, a vital cog in teams that went to the Final Four and even the Finals of the country’s most prestigious collegiate tournament. Then the slide dreaded by those chasing a spot in the pros: UE dropped out of the Final Four race the next season and fell near the bottom the year after. LATEST STORIES Despite a relatively successful stint in the D-League, there were no call-ups. Thus, the decision to try his luck abroad.“It was a financial decision. I had just gotten married [in 2016],” said Zamar. “Plus, every year that I wasn’t getting into the PBA, fresh talents were getting added from the UAAP and NCAA.”Roster spots were getting fewer and fewer.When he flew to Thailand, he knew he’d fall out of the radar of PBA scouts, but he gambled anyway.And the right numbers came up when he rolled the dice.Zamar had a career to remember with the Mono’s sister club in Thailand, highlighted by a 52-point game and a Finals appearance in the ABL against San Miguel Beer-Alab, which finally sent Blackwater management dialing his number.Finally, he was on a flight home—for good. In between his Draft night and his first game in the PBA (against Ginebra, where before tip-off he got a congratulatory handshake and pep talk from Caguioa. “I didn’t want to let go of his hand. He’s my idol.”), was a circuitous path filled with D-League games, Thailand league matches, lost-in-translation basketball moments and wave after wave of homesickness.He was 24 when he got drafted. He was 30 when he finally got to play his first PBA game, looking like a wide-eyed rookie before tip-off. He was drafted when President Aquino was in power and played his first game under President Duterte’s rule.In between Zamar’s Draft night and his first PBA game, Fajardo had won four MVP trophies.Now, when Zamar looks back to those long Thailand days, his eyes well up until they can no longer hold back the tears. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “You should always be faithful to your dream and be faithful to God. Because God will always fulfill his promise. You never know when but his promise always prevails. And I will be a testament to that.”“Always be resilient because this world can be very cruel. If you don’t put up a fight, this world will swallow you whole. I think that’s a trait of every Pinoy. We’re all survivors. Put us in America, in the Middle East, anywhere, we will always put up a fight.“Me, I’ve always fought for my dreams—to play basketball, to play in the PBA,” Zamar said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View commentslast_img read more

LNP Lauches Community Ambulance Service

first_imgAuthorities of the Liberia National Police (LNP) have launched an ambulance service to be used in Monrovia and its environs as part of the police’s community outreach program, an LNP release has said.The newly appointed Inspector General of the police, Gregory Coleman, according to the release, will by discretion, assign the ambulance service to any community where the need will arise, because the ambulance is intended to help communities for medical emergencies at night and for road traffic accidents.Coleman noted that the ambulance service is just one aspect of the Rapid Response System that his administration has put into place, “not just for the fight against crime, but to improve our service delivery to the public.”He therefore called on the public to make good use of the LNP ambulance service by helping the police respond to the needs of the public in emergency situations by dialing the LNP Hotlines, 0770800911 or 0770800990.This latest service by the LNP is the first of its kind since the 1990s, when the police first launched a similar service under the leadership of the late Police Director Joseph Tate. Coleman assured the public that the LNP under his watch will focus on responding to the needs and aspirations of residents. In a related development, the LNP has launched a new operation, code name: ‘Operation Visibility’, with the aim to make police presence felt in various communities as a means to promote a safe environment for sustainable economic growth and development.Operations Visibility, according to the release, seeks to especially deter criminals and apprehend and subsequently forward to court for prosecution individuals involved in illicit drugs peddling, as well as to curb the country’s alarming crime rate.“Operation Visibility entails the clearing of streets, carrying out raids and execution at the criminal hideouts and ghettos and maintain police presence and deploy officers at strategically raided sites,” the release noted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Nimba Chiefs Embrace CRS Innovative Approach

first_imgThe chiefs and elders at the meetingIn Strengthening Social CohesionChiefs, elders, youth and women leaders of Nimba County have welcomed the Catholic Relief Service (CRS) for its innovative approach in strengthening social cohesion in the County.In a press statement on Thursday, April 12, beneficiaries of CRS’ innovative 3Bs/4Ds Social Cohesion Cascade Training began self-help initiatives to tackle sources of community conflicts, build mutual trust, and strengthen social ties among members of their respective kinship communities in Nimba County.Brezhnev D. Paasewe, the Peace Building Program Manager of CRS’s “Connect for Peace,” commonly called “C4P” project team, traveled to Gbei Vonwea Town to observe the second phase of a peace and reconciliation meeting between supporters of Prince Johnson and Samuel Korgar.The dialogue, which was organized by the Peace Initiative Committee of CRS, was attended by over one hundred citizens of Nyor and Gbei towns, including supporters and family members of the two sons of Nimba, as they sought to mitigate the growing political rivalry between Senator Prince Y. Johnson and Rep Samuel G. Kogar of Nimba District 5.The peace dialogue was presided over by Chief elder John Lawelia and assisted by Paramount Chief David Wontoe of the Sroh Chiefdom in collaboration with the PIC members.The two traditional leaders also applied CRS’ appreciative inquiry method, to gather views from elders and chiefs before reaching a resolution. Unfortunately, Senator Johnson did not attend the peace dialogue on grounds that Hon. Kogar disrespected him before the Liberian Senate. As such, a letter written by Kogar should be withdrawn before he honors the call of the chiefs and elders, Mr. Paasewe saidThe elders, however, frowned on Senator Johnson’s assertion and admonished him to respond to their call.However, the executives of CRS’ Peace Initiative Committee and the chiefs and traditional leaders agreed to set up a seven-person delegation, headed by Paramount Chief David Wontoe, to visit the Monrovia residences of both lawmakers  to pursue the final phase of the meeting which will be announced later.The travel of the delegates will be facilitated by the CRS.Meanwhile, Elder John Lawelia has announced a fine of $700 each on the two lawmakers for disrespecting a section of the signed resolution from the previous meeting, which stated that the two honorable men should refrain from using the media until the dispute is resolved.In an angry mood, Paramount Chief Wontoe of the Sroh Chiefdom, asserted, “Our sons are not above the traditional norms set forth by our forefathers; they must attend to our call this time or traditional measures will be taken against them.”CRS is an international humanitarian relief and development organization founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States, and is present in over 100 countries, reaching more than 120 million people annually. CRS has been operating in Liberia since 1990, focusing specifically in the sectors of emergency response, health, justice and peace, and agriculture.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Couple found dead in bathtub at Aracari Resort

first_imgThe bodies of a couple were on Sunday evening found in a bathtub at the popular Aracari Resort, Versailles, West Bank Demerara, in what appears to be a double suicide.Dead: Kevin SinghKevin Singh, 23, of Triumph, East Coast Demerara (ECD), and 25-year-old Subrina Nandram of Mon Repos, ECD and formerly of Corentyne, Berbice, were found dead at about 18:00h by staff of the resort.Based on information received, the couple checked into the resort on Saturday after lunch and was due to check out at 12:00h on Sunday but the male extended their stay.However, on Sunday, the hotel staff attempted to make contact with the couple but the phones to their room went unanswered. At that point, the staff did not suspect anything and thought the couple did not want to be disturbed.Dead: Subrina NandramNevertheless, after some time, the staff attempted to contact the couple for a second time and again, the phone went unanswered. The staff, thinking that something was amiss, walked over to the room and it was then that the gruesome discovery was made.The staff immediately informed management, who in turn contacted the police. The bodies were removed and taken to Ezekiel Funeral Home awaiting a post-mortem.Regional Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police Simon McBean told a section of the media that investigators were unable to determine the cause of death since there were no marks of violence on their bodies.As such, the autopsy will help the detectives to solve the case, the Commander stated. Investigations are ongoing.last_img read more

PSG see off Monaco to seal fifth straight League Cup

first_imgKylian Mbappe was a constant menace and perhaps the difference between the two sides, as his current team beat his former club for the second successive final after last year’s 4-1 victory.“Tonight there was a great Kylian on the other side, he was the difference in the game,” said Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim.“I think we played with the right attitude, always tried to look for a goal after the penalty.”The capital club’s win also extended their all-time record amount of League Cup crowns to eight and stretched their winning streak in domestic Cup competitions to 40 matches since a French Cup defeat by Montpellier in January 2014.The holders were awarded a spot-kick after only four minutes, as Polish centre-back Kamil Glik brought down Mbappe.After a three-minute wait for the decision to be confirmed by VAR, Cavani stepped up to beat Subasic and grab his 34th goal of the season.Paris Saint Germain striker Edinson Cavani celebrates after scoring during their French Ligue 3-0 victory over Monaco on March 31, 2018.Monaco responded well and Belgian midfielder Youri Tielemans fired over after some quick build-up play.But PSG doubled their advantage in the 21st minute as Mbappe set Di Maria through on goal with a wonderful pass, and the Argentinian international fired a low shot under goalkeeper Subasic to score for the third League Cup final in a row.Rony Lopes wasted a golden opportunity for Monaco to halve the deficit as he chipped wide with only PSG goalkeeper Kevin Trapp to beat.Just seconds later it was Cavani’s turn to squander a magnificent chance, miskicking off target after Mbappe had laid the ball on a plate for him with the goal gaping.Trapp’s blushes were spared shortly afterwards, as after his error allowed a Radamel Falcao header to drop into the net, VAR ruled the goal out for offside.Jardim’s Monaco put up a much better fight than 12 months ago, and Portuguese winger Lopes came agonisingly close early in the second half when his curling effort flicked the top of the crossbar.Mbappe, who joined PSG from Monaco in a 180-million-euro deal last year, continued to look dangerous but proved wasteful in front of goal as he prodded past the post just two minutes after Subasic had saved at his feet.But the 19-year-old continued to create opportunities, and it was his jinking run which ended with Cavani slotting into the corner.The striker has now scored eight goals in French League Cup finals, after previous doubles in 2014, 2015 and last year.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Paris Saint Germain players celebrate after winning the French Ligue One with a 3-0 win over Monaco on March 31, 2018.BORDEAUX, France, Apr 1- Paris Saint-Germain claimed their fifth consecutive French League Cup title as an Edinson Cavani double helped them ease to a 3-0 victory over Monaco in Saturday’s final at Bordeaux.The Uruguayan gave PSG an eighth-minute lead from the penalty spot after a lengthy delay for a video assistant referee review, before Angel Di Maria beat Danijel Subasic at his near post to make it two and Cavani completed the scoring late on.last_img read more

Eritrea coach ‘not afraid’ of Harambee Stars

first_img“We respect Kenya a lot but we are not afraid of them. We know they are a good team very strong and tactically good that is why they have won all their three games. I have watched them and I know it will not be an easy game,” the tactician told Capital Sport.He believes his team has grown in stature especially with a qualification to the Senior Challenge semis for the first time in 25 years and he hopes they can go across the line and reach the final.Harambee Stars head coach Francis Kimanzi and his assistant Zedekiah Otieno watching Eritrea taking on Djibouti at the 2019 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup in Kampala, Uganda. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe tactician says they have analyzed Kenya’s game plan in the first three matches of the campaign and they will devise a plan to beat them on Tuesday.“They (Kenya) play a lot of long balls, they like to play switching balls while our game is on the ground. Sometimes it is difficult to play against such a team but we will plan well for them and hopefully get the win. It is a knockout game and we will give our best,” he further stated.His sentiments are echoed by skipper Robel Teklemichel who also skippered the Under-20 team in Jinja.“We play tiki taka kind of football and we are confident with that we can beat Kenya. I know some of the players because I played with them at Under-20. We lost but this time hopefully we can revenge with the senior team,” the skipper noted.“We believe in ourselves because we have played well so far and it would be our dream to get to the final.” He added.Eritrea players walking off the pitch after a match at the 2019 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup in Kampala, Uganda. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluEritrea finished second in Group A with seven points after picking victories against Djibouti and Burundi, drawing with Somalia and losing 2-0 to hosts Uganda.The team believes they have gathered enough experience and are now a better outfit.“This is a new team we have tried to build from the Under-20. So far so good and I am happy with the players. When we get tough matches, it helps us to become better,” he added.The Red Sea Boys are returning to the Senior Challenge Cup after 12 years, having been banned from the competition after the 2012 showpiece here in Kampala.Their Achilles heel heading into the game against Kenya is their scoring. They have scored four goals; three against Djibouti and one against Burundi while they have fired blanks against Somalia and Uganda.Defensively, they have proved to be solid as they have only conceded two in the 2-0 loss to the Cranes while keeping four clean sheets.0Shares0000(Visited 27 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Eritrea head coach Efrem Haile during a match at the 2019 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup in Kampala, Uganda. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKAMPALA, Uganda, Dec 16 – Eritrea head coach Efrem Haile says he is not scared of Kenya’s Harambee Stars as the two sides prepare to lock horns in Tuesday afternoon’s 2019 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup semi-finals at the Lugogo Complex in Kampala, Uganda.Haile was also Eritrea’s head coach when Kenya’s Rising Stars beat the Eritreans 1-0 in the semi-final of the CECAFA Under-20 Championships held in Jinja, Uganda in October and has included up to eight players from that team into the senior side.last_img read more

Bush, White able to shine

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 With Matt Leinart ailing, USC made a decision that could last an entire season by making White and Bush the focal point. They responded with 269 yards rushing in the second half. White assumed a smaller role at the outset of the season, perhaps because he’s more outspoken than Leinart and Bush, but just like in the Orange Bowl (when he gained 118 yards), White demonstrated his worth when given enough carries. “We proved today that we can share time and still make the plays and score,” Bush said. It also showed USC could become a run-first team instead of making Leinart the focal point. Leinart received seven stitches in his chin and admitted he felt out of sorts although USC coach Pete Carroll said he didn’t suffer a concussion. “He wasn’t at his best,” Carroll said. “We tried a little too hard to get something going (in the first half).” Everyone knows White and Bush are two of the top tailbacks in the nation, but it took three games for USC to really take advantage of it. White, unfairly maligned by some within the USC program following the Hawaii game, showed against Arizona State that he’s possibly as talented as the more-hyped Bush. “He might be the most talented player,” the NFL coach said. An NFL coach watched USC’s come-from-behind victory over Arizona State on Saturday and made a quick observation about the No. 1-ranked Trojans. “The offense was in shambles in the first half,” the coach said. “LenDale White and Reggie Bush are the two best players on the team. Those two are legitimate NFL players and big-time prospects. I don’t understand why they just didn’t focus on those two guys and that way they don’t put the defense in any strenuous situations.” center_img Perhaps the best indication was a bootleg play Leinart ran independently in the third quarter that resulted in a six-yard loss. Asked where that play originated, Carroll said, “You can ask (Leinart). It came out of nowhere.” Meanwhile, USC’s running game set its own record Saturday. For the first time in school history, two USC tailbacks rushed for more than 100 yards in back-to-back road games. The last time two USC backs gained more than 100 yards in two straight games occurred in 1977, when Rod Connors and Dwight Ford did it against Texas Christian followed by Ford and Charles White eclipsing 100 yards each against Washington State. USC NOTES: Safety Kevin Ellison will probably be lost for the season with torn knee ligaments, and will undergo an MRI for confirmation today. With Ellison out, cornerback Mozique McCurtis, out since training camp with a hernia, will get a chance to step into the nickel-back role. .. Linebackers Brian Cushing and Dallas Sartz (dislocated shoulders) are doubtful this week, Carroll said. … Defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis is bothered by a sore hip and is questionable. 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

Arnold calls for mayors’ support

first_img Alan Autry, the Republican mayor of Fresno and a supporter of Proposition 76, said the mayors opposing the measure were being pressured by labor unions. He said he had resigned from the league’s board over its refusal to endorse the measure. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger implored California’s mayors Thursday to support Proposition 76, a ballot measure intended to stabilize state finances and end deficit spending. He warned that if the measure fails to pass during the Nov. 8 special election, state lawmakers would likely raid local treasuries for funds to close the state’s persistent budget gap. “I’ve already been informed in Sacramento that that’s the very money they’re going to go after next year if they don’t have money,” Schwarzenegger told several hundred officials at the annual conference of the League of California Cities. “Remember, they can. The state can still borrow money.” Proposition. 76, dubbed the “Live Within Our Means Act” by supporters, would limit state spending to an average of the previous three years’ revenue. It would also give the governor new authority to initiate spending cuts and would repeal Proposition 98, a voter-approved funding guarantee to schools. Democrats and their allied labor unions, including the powerful California Teachers Association, have campaigned forcefully against the measure, saying it would slash education funding to unacceptable levels and give the governor too much say over spending decisions. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The governor, a Republican, has called Proposition 76 the centerpiece of his “year of reform” agenda, which also includes measures to strip lawmakers of the power to draw political boundaries and make it harder for teachers to win tenure. Recent public opinion polls show none winning majority support, with Proposition 76 in the weakest position of all. A poll released last month by the Public Policy Institute of California showed 63 percent of voters opposed to the measure and just 26 percent supporting it. The Schwarzenegger campaign team said its internal polls indicate the measure is in stronger shape. Mayors of several of California’s largest cities – Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles, Gavin Newsom of San Francisco and Jerry Brown of Oakland – jointly announced their opposition to Proposition 76, claiming it would slash funding for public safety and education. “The California State PTA and education groups statewide have expressed concerns about how this initiative will drain billions of dollars from our public schools,” Newsom said in a statement released by the Alliance for a Better California, a statewide coalition opposing Schwarzenegger’s reform measures. “I’m opposed to this initiative on every level because it hurts the priorities our community cares about most.” The statement by three of the state’s most visible Democratic mayors signaled a potential showdown looming for this Saturday, when the League of California Cities is expected to vote on whether to endorse Proposition 76. The league board has already voted to remain neutral on the measure, but supporters have pushed for a vote of the full membership. last_img read more

Raising funds to find cure

first_imgEDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE – Katy Harvey joined more than 6,000 men and women in San Diego Oct. 14-23 to walk 60 miles to raise awareness and money for breast cancer community outreach programs. “I have three sisters-in-law who participated in the three-day walk two years ago,” Harvey said. “When they asked me to join them and walk in memory of my mother-in-law, Alice Harvey, who died of cancer in 2000, I thought it was a great idea.” Each participant had to raise at least $2,100 for breast cancer awareness and research programs. Harvey raised more than $2,700. While trying to raise the money, Harvey gave presentations about breast cancer awareness at the base Officers’ Spouses Club and at the Health and Wellness Center. “I really believe that in order for the status quo to change, you need to participate in both research and awareness,” Harvey said. “Researchers have already found a vaccine for cervical cancer. If we all join together, who’s to say the next breakthrough won’t be for breast cancer?” Harvey, a mother of three whose husband is deployed overseas, trained for four months to prepare for the walk. She walked 14 miles a day, alternating days with 20-mile bike rides. She had to plan her training around her children’s school schedules and extracurricular activities. “Everyone knows someone affected by cancer,” Harvey said. “It has been worth every effort to know that we all strike a blow against breast cancer when we get involved.” 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