Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Montrezl Harrell added 18 points off the bench for Los Angeles, part of an 89-point effort from the reserves. The Clippers came in leading the league in bench scoring at 51.6 points per game.Minnesota had lost its previous four games and six of its previous seven while struggling with injuries at the point guard position. On Monday night, the Timberwolves had both Rose and Teague on the court at the same time for the first time since Jan. 20 against the Phoenix Suns.“Obviously we’re not satisfied with one win, but it’s hard to win in this league,” Saunders said.Teague returned to the lineup Friday in New Orleans. He had missed the previous eight games with soreness in his left foot. Rose played Monday after missing six of the previous seven games with soreness in his right ankle.The Timberwolves had played nine games without having both Teague and Rose available.ADVERTISEMENT “We’re veterans,” Rose said. “I think we know how to gauge a game a little bit. Play us at the same time, and I think it will work out.”Karl-Anthony Towns had 24 points and 10 rebounds for Minnesota, while Dario Saric had 19 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsLou Williams scored a season-high 45 points off the bench for the Clippers, making a season-best 16 free throws while going perfect from the line.“It’s hard to kind of digest that when you lose a game,” Williams said. “Grand scheme of things, career-wise, it’s pretty cool.” View comments “It felt good,” Rose said. “I was just trying to read the situation, take my time and be patient while I was out there.”Neither team led by more than eight points in the first half. The Timberwolves closed the half on a 10-2 run to take a 63-55 lead into the locker room. Rose scored 12 of his 22 points in the first half, including a difficult layup just before the halftime buzzer. Teague had nine of his 19 points in the first half.“Two guys who can handle the ball and make plays,” Teague said. “He is a tremendous player. He can get to the rack at any time. Having another guy that’s special with that basketball like that makes my job so much easier.”Minnesota then scored the first 10 points of the third quarter to open up a double-figure lead. The Timberwolves would go on to lead by as many as 23 points. They held on against a Clippers team that has rallied from 20 or more points down on the road three times this month.“We were awful defensively,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “The game was 48 minutes of single mistakes. We made so many mistakes.”TEAM-FIRST TAJSaunders moved Saric into the starting lineup Monday. His start came at the expense of veteran forward Taj Gibson, who willingly moved into a reserve role. Both Saunders and Saric were full of praise for Gibson, who scored 14 points off the bench while playing both power forward and center.“Lucky for me, I’ve got a guy like Taj Gibson on my team,” Saunders said. “I can’t say enough about him. I brought him the idea. It was actually yesterday. And he was all for it. It just shows his professionalism in the fact that he has 14 points off the bench playing both the 4 and the 5. You can’t say enough about him.”TIP-INSClippers: The 89 bench points were the most in the NBA since the Kansas City Kings scored 90 against the Chicago Bulls on Dec. 1, 1982. . Williams scored a team-high 11 points in the first half and made only one field goal. His first nine points came from the free-throw line, where he was 9 for 9. Rivers remains close friends with former Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau, who was fired on Jan. 6. “We talk a lot,” Rivers said. “I tried to get him today a lot to get the scouting report, but he wouldn’t give it to me.” … Los Angeles is currently on a 12-day, six-game road trip that will cover 6,659 miles. It’s the fifth-longest road trip in the NBA this season. … F Wilson Chandler (right quad strain) and F Luc Mbah a Moute (sore left knee) were sidelined. Japanese swimming star Rikako Ikee diagnosed with leukemia ahead of Tokyo Olympics Timberwolves: Luol Deng started in Wiggins’ place and scored 12 points in a team-high 37 minutes, 50 seconds. It was Deng’s first start since Oct. 19, 2017, the first game of last season, when he was a member of the Lakers. That was his only appearance of the season. … The Timberwolves were still without F Robert Covington (bone bruise in right knee) and G Tyus Jones (sprained left ankle). … G Isaiah Canaan was signed to a second 10-day contract Sunday.UP NEXTClippers: Host Phoenix on Wednesday.Timberwolves: Host Houston on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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(AP Photo/Jim Mone)MINNEAPOLIS — Derrick Rose and Jeff Teague gave a beleaguered backcourt a needed boost and lifted the Minnesota Timberwolves to a victory.Rose scored 22 points and Teague added 19 points and 10 assists for the Timberwolves, who played without the ill Andrew Wiggins but beat the Los Angeles Clippers 130-120 on Monday night. Rose and Teague both have missed significant time with injuries recently.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil
The dream of former Nigerian President Olusugun Obasanjo, to make Liberia poultry product sufficient and as well an exporter of poultry products rather than being an importer, is on the verge of becoming a reality with the commissioning of a 95,050-capacity hatchery in the country.The commissioning of this hatchery is to help boost the activities of poultry farmers in the country, many of whom over the years have spent thousands of dollars, sometimes at a loss, to import chicks other neighboring country.This new development is also expected to tremendously revitalize the poultry industry in Liberia. According to authorities, the average weekly egg capacity of this hatchery is 31,680. The Obasanjo Farms Liberia (OFL) is expecting 22,000 – 24,000 broiler chicks per week or at least 10,000 pullets (layer chicks) depending on demand. If local poultry farmers take advantage of the initiative, it will help bring an end to the importation o eggs, many of whom are expired, rotten upon arrival, on the Liberian market, authorities said.The OFL was commissioned on July 27, 2013 by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. It was during the inauguration program that an official of OFL disclosed that former President Obbasanjo had approved the building of a hatchery in Liberia in addition to the eggs production facility. At the commissioning ceremony of the hatchery and technical forum on revitalization of poultry industry in Liberia, government and OFL officials noted this is now the right time for the poultry industry boom because the major fulcrum that supposed to move it forward is no available in the country. The ceremony was held on Saturday May 10, 2014 on Obasanjo Farm in Gbah Forloi, in Grand Cape Mount County. The hatchery was commissioned by Agriculture minister, Florence Chenoweth. There were several other government officials in attendance including Senators, Edward Dagoseh and Abel Massalley of the county. Members of the Farmer Union Network were present as well. The General Manager of Obasanjo Holdings Limited, Adeyemo G. Jamiyu, said it is indeed a dream come for both Liberians and the OFL as it will enable local poultry farmers access the right kind of products that will enhance their productivity. He noted that there is no need to worry the importation of chicks (DO chicks) anymore as the hatchery will now do it all.Mr. Jamiyu said the mandate of OFL which emanated from a joint meeting between President Sirleaf and Chief Obasanjo, is to promote and support the revival of the poultry industry in the country. The essence of the farm is not limited to provision of direct employment of Liberians, but also to stimulate self-employment, especially in the poultry sector viz-a-viz rearing of broilers an layers; marketing of poultry products (eggs live and frozen chickens); production and marketing of feed raw materials (maize grains, soya beans meals, oyster shells and bone means). He noted that OFL is position to achieve these tasks by providing necessary inputs to poultry farmers and also play a key role in production and management of poultry.“ To this end, we have put in place necessary facilities for rearing of commercial layers for production of table eggs; hatchery for the production of quality day-old chicks; feed mill equipment for production poultry rations (layer mash, grower mash, broiler mash, etc),” he said. He furthered, “there is also manpower for distribution/marketing of veterinary products. Training of poultry farmers and extension services will be offered as situation demand. We count on you to realize the dreams of our two great leaders.” Mr. Jamiyu indicated that OLF and government are confident that this will have multiplier effect on the economy and positively affect the country’ Gross Domestic Product (GDP). He said it will also bring crop sector of agriculture back to lime light as we envisage pressure on crop sector to produce maize and soya beans for the poultry sector. The gains of the poultry sector are currently being tapped only by community where OFL source oyster shells. He noted that the technical forum was also meant to map out strategies to revitalize the poultry industry in Liberia. “We need to inaugurate Poultry Farmers Association which will work with the government at all levels to identify, recommend and execute feasible projects for growth of the industry.”The Obasanjo farm boss also noted that there is plan in the pipe-line to commence a Broiler Project (production and processing) as soon as possible. The Broiler Processing Plant (BPP) will enable OFL accommodates out-growers or contract farmers who will rear broiler to table size and turn offer to processing plant either to pay processing fees and take final product or outright sales of live birds. This will be the next priority task. Minister Chenoweth expressed her gratitude to the OFL for making the hatchery a reality as it will go a long way in helping local poultry farmers. She said government has already placed restriction on the importation of poultry products. This is intended to give local producers fair advantage.Montserrado County district 1 Representative, Josephine Francis said it I a shame that African governments spend billions of dollars to import things that they themselves could group. She urged the local poultry farmers to take full advantage of the opportunity in order to re-awaken the industry in Liberia. Meanwhile, it is regrettably shameful President Obasanjo spends over US$200,000 annually to import maize (corn) from neighboring Ivory Coast to feed the chickens. This brings about the most crucial question, where are the Liberian farmer? OFL is however urging Liberian farmers, especially those in the proximity of the OFL, to prioritize maize farming in order to have access to this huge amount that is spent out of the country annually.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
As President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has submitted the 2015/2016 forecast budget to the House of Representatives with warning of a high probability of financial constraints to face the country this fiscal period, Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) Commissioner General Elfrieda Steward Tamba has cautioned her workers to exert all efforts and diligently work to meet the targeted budget.According to Commissioner General Tamba in a press statement, the country depends on LRA to raise the budget needed for the fiscal year; and LRA’s failure means failure of the country.“In your individual space, wheresoever you are sitting, do your work correctly so that we can collect the remaining revenue,” Tamba told employees in a recently held quarterly general staff meeting.The Commissioner General also indicated that there are major areas that are non-compliant. They include Maritime which owes a total of US$12. 6m and the Dividend Budget Support of LPRC which amounts to US$ 2.5 million. She said: “LPRC had promised to make three equal installments of US$ 833,000 over the course of the fiscal year. To date no amount has been paid with only one month to go. The LRA has made and continues to make efforts aimed at ensuring the payment of these revenues by fiscal year-end.”The National Legislature approved US$622 million as the national budget for fiscal year 2015/16, but was revised downward by US$70 million after the global downturn in the mining and petroleum sectors, thereby setting a revised forecast at US$552 million.President Sirleaf, while submitting the budget through the Minister of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), emphasized that the last years of her regime will be tough, something she said would lead government to even pay in the Liberian dollar to save the national reserve at the Central Bank of Liberia. Giving some statistical data about revenue performance, Commissioner General Tamba said:“The LRA has as of April 30 collected US$453 million, which is 81% of the revised target. Domestic Revenue accounts for US$ 356 million or 79% of the total revenue collected while external resources accounts for 75.1 million or 16%. Consolidated cash brought forward accounts for US$ 22 million or 5 %”Continuing, Commissioner Tamba said, “Of the total domestic revenue collected, Domestic Tax Department accounts for US$195.3 Million or 55%, while Customs Department accounts for US$ 160.7 million or 45%. The share of Domestic Tax Department in total revenue collected is 43%. Customs share is 35%. Major drivers in Domestic Tax Department are Personal Income Tax (PIT) and Corporate Income Tax (CIT). Customs Department is driven by Import Duties, Domestic Excise Taxes and Other Customs Charges on Imports.”The balance to be collected is US$104.5 million, and the LRA Commissioner General gave the breakdown as follows: Domestic Revenue US$ 60.2 million or 51 %, external resources US$ 42.2 million or 47% and Cash brought forward (On account of Maritime) US$ 2.2 million or 2 %.Commissioner General Tamba also emphasized that LRA has to ensure the collection of at least US$104.5 million before June 30, 2016—the end of the current fiscal period. In order to achieve the target, the Commissioner General told LRA employees that “….each LRA staff has to play his/her role effectively to ensure the balance is collected. The whole country is depending on us to do that—our own people, citizens….the government, the legislature and the judiciary; as revenue collectors, we hold a very hot seat.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Re “MacArthur clash could be costly” (May 14): The police officers had bottles, rocks, chairs, etc., thrown at them and acted within the law. The demonstrators as well as the media were told to move, and many resisted, whereupon the police did what was necessary to break up the crowd, including the media. If any legal judgments are to be made pertaining to this rally, the city should file legal action against the demonstrators and the media to pay for police wages, traffic control, court closings, cleanup, etc. They are the ones who did not obey the officers, and they should be held liable for their actions, not the Los Angeles Police Department. – Robert Trainor Lake Balboa Where’s our sidewalk? I would like to know what it’s going to take to get sidewalks on my street – an act from Congress? Over the past year, I have watched workers replace sidewalks on streets in the Sylmar area, some of which were less than 10 years old – not “place sidewalks,” but replace them. And as recently as May 14, 2007, the city was in the process of replacing sidewalks on Sayre Street, between Eldridge and Altus, in Sylmar. The residents of Sproule Avenue in Pacoima have been asking for a first sidewalk for 20-plus years and have only received excuses. What will it take to make you take note of Pacoima residents and their needs? – Kim Garrett Pacoima Beauty and the beast Monday’s juxtaposition on the front page of the violent gangsta rapper and the innocence of Ruby was powerful. – Susan Maydeck Woodland Hills May 1 conflict Re “MacArthur clash could be costly” (May 14): Our mayor and chief of police created an illegal-alien sanctuary, and the taxpayers will have to pay for the actions by these pandering leaders. The mayor is warning about the high cost resulting from the May 1 conflict between the illegal-alien thugs and the police. The protective sanctuary has become a magnet for illegal-alien lawbreakers, and the chief quickly blamed the police officers for attempting to maintain order while ignoring the provoking lawbreakers. Both the mayor and chief are supporters of the illegal-alien invaders who provoked the police. It is time to abolish the sanctuary status and Special Order 40. – Mort Arditti Los Angeles Election fraud? When I went to my precinct to drop off my absentee ballot, I was told I would also vote for state assemblyman since only the Community College District was listed on my ballot. After the poll workers could not find my street on their map or street roster – nor my name on their voter roster – they gave me a provisional ballot to vote for state assemblyman. After I voted, I was given a provisional voter receipt with a phone number to call “no sooner than 40 days after the election” to find out if my vote had been counted. I have lived at the same address for more than 30 years and have voted in almost every election. Who are the people who are electing our officeholders? – Barbara Bond Sylmar Best argument Re “Mom’s pride” (Dennis McCarthy, May 13): Thank you so much for putting the inspiring story of D.D. Pawley on the front page. It was heartwarming, uplifting – and one of the best arguments against abortion I have ever seen. We don’t know how anyone’s life is going to turn out. To presume that we do – and on that basis to take life – is as destructive to society as it is to the aborted child. Loving adoptive parents are waiting. Don’t do it. – Sylvia Alloway Granada Hills Confining elephants Re “Goodbye Ruby, Tuesday” (May 14): Thank you for including the belief, held by many, that “elephants – widely roaming and social creatures – have no place living in zoos.” I am one of those people, and I am so glad that Ruby will soon be able to be herself, no longer confined and in solitude. I hope and pray Billy, who is not coping well at the L.A. Zoo (no wonder), will soon be freed to an elephant sanctuary as well. I am outraged that the L.A. Zoo has approved plans for a so-called “new and improved” elephant exhibit, which will include even more elephants that do not belong there. Not only will we be confining more elephants to endure an unnatural and miserable existence, but we will be paying for it as taxpayers. – Patty McCollim Los Angeles Falwell’s death Re “Moral Majority founder dies” (May 16): We are finally rid of a man (of God?) who perpetuated hate and prejudice for the past 30 years. Ever since I was a teenager in Canada, the Rev. Jerry Falwell tried his best to abolish a woman’s right to her body and contributed to the already hateful and ignorant rhetoric against the gay and lesbian community, while hiding behind his Bible. He was what my father referred to as a “Sunday Christian.” Rest in peace. – Marie Roberts Long Beach Falwell’s life Re “Moral Majority founder dies” (May 16): Americans should be deeply saddened by the death of Jerry Falwell, a man who cherished faith, family and freedom. As the founder of Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Va., he lived a life of faith and called upon men and women of all backgrounds to believe in God and serve their communities. One of his lasting contributions was the establishment of Liberty University, where he taught young people to remain true to their convictions and rely upon God’s word throughout each stage of their lives. Today, our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Macel, and the rest of the Falwell family. – Brian J. Goldenfeld Woodland Hills Evaluating drivers Re “Driving standards” (May 14): To assess a driver’s ability to operate a motor vehicle is a lot more complex than going for a spin around the block. As younger drivers, we have the physical skills to make a car perform, but we lack the mental awareness and experience to understand the ramifications of not doing it right. As we age, just the reverse occurs. We have experience and awareness, but our physical abilities fade. It is easy to measure visual acuity, but that is only one ingredient. Along with hand-eye-foot coordination are the reflexes needed to operate a vehicle safely. What is really needed is a simulator that will evaluate all of the skills a driver uses without exposing the public to a potentially dangerous driver. – Jim Emanuel Thousand Oaks160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Burbank Spay/neuter law Assemblyman Lloyd Levine has been pushing for Assembly Bill 1634 to deal with the problem of pet overpopulation. He has repeatedly refused to meet with ethical breeding organizations, dog clubs or anyone else who disagrees with his position. Rather, he chooses to ramrod through an ill-conceived and draconian law that will permanently compromise the health of the millions of animals that will be spayed/neutered prematurely. He will eliminate many of the less common purebreds and eliminate the breeding of guide and service dogs in California. His law will not curb the problem of euthanasia, because irresponsible owners, gang members and others who breed dangerous or abandoned dogs will continue to do so, ignoring the law as they do now. – Donna Engbertson
And in a day dominated by late goals, Jose Gimenez’s header handed Uruguay a perfect start by beating an Egypt side shorn of Mohamed Salah 1-0.Here, AFP Sports looks at three things we learned from day two at the World Cup.Ronaldo reigns supreme in SochiRonaldo celebrates the goal that looked set to rescue Portugal a point. Photo/GETTYSpain’s troublesome week looked set for a much-needed win until Ronaldo curled home a sensational free-kick to cap a hat-trick and salvage Portugal a point two minutes from time.Ronaldo had scored just three goals in his previous three World Cups, but already looks a strong favourite to win the Golden Boot as he won then dispatched a fourth minute penalty and took advantage of an uncharacteristic error from David de Gea to twice put Portugal in front before the break.Diego Costa had silenced suggestions he is incompatible with Spain’s short-passing game with a double of his own before Nacho’s wonder strike looked to have sealed the perfect debut for Fernando Hierro just two days after he was handed the job as Spain coach.But the five-time World Player of the Year wasn’t to be denied when he lined up a free-kick 20 yards from goal before bending it over the Spanish wall and dipping perfectly into the top corner.Egypt relying on Salah returnEgypt Mohamed Salah takes part in a training session in YekaterinburgSalah endured a miserable 26th birthday as he was forced to watch from the bench with his injured shoulder not quite recovered as Uruguay snatched all three points in Yekaterinburg.Egypt manager Hector Cuper had claimed on the eve of the game Salah was “almost 100 percent sure” to feature.But with his side holding out against the firepower of Luis Suarez and Edison Cavani until the 89th minute, Cuper elected against risking Salah as a substitute.With Russia thrashing Saudi Arabia 5-0 in Group A’s opening match, Egypt will almost certainly need to beat the hosts in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday to progress to the last 16.Salah carried the Pharaohs to their first World Cup since 1990 and his quick return is paramount to avoid a tournament Egyptians have looked forward to for so long ending prematurely.Morocco ‘crucify’ themselvesMorocco’s Aziz Bouhaddouz scored an injury-time own goal to hand Iran a 1-0 World Cup winMorocco coach Herve Renard lamented a series of self-inflicted wounds as their return to the World Cup after a 20-year wait ended in the most heartbreaking fashion when Aziz Bouhaddouz’s 95th minute own goal handed Iran a famous 1-0 win in Saint Petersburg.The Atlas Lions dominated for the opening half hour, but failed to take their chances through Hakim Ziyach, Ayoub El Kaabi and Mehdi Benatia.Morocco qualified on the back of six consecutive clean sheets in qualifying, and they were only undone by one of their own when a distraught Bouhaddouz threw himself at a last ditch free-kick and bulleted the ball home at the near post.With the might of Spain and Portugal to come in Group B, Morocco’s chances of now making the last 16 hang by a thread.“We were crucified by our own errors,” lamented Renard.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ronaldo rips away, team mates in tow, to celebrate his 51st career hat-trick, and the 51st treble in World Cup history.Photo/GETTYSAINT PETERSBURG, Russia, June 15 – The blockbuster clash of the day at the World Cup didn’t disappoint as Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick denied Spain the perfect response to a turbulent week following the sacking of Julen Lopetegui in a thrilling 3-3 draw in Sochi.Both sides will remain confident of progressing to the knockout stages as Iran shocked Morocco 1-0 in Saint Petersburg to move to the top of Group B.
By Matthew Kredell STAFF WRITER The Kings locked up Dustin Brown to a long-term contract Friday, signing the forward to a six-year extension worth $19.05 million. Brown, who turns 23 next month, could have been an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. The new deal will pay him $3.175 million per season through 2013-14. Brown made his NHL debut for the Kings at 18 years old in 2003-04. He has 36 goals and 51 assists in 202 career games. Around the league Red Wings: Forward Kris Draper, a winner of three Stanley Cups with the Red Wings, signed a three-year contract extension that averages $1.6 million per season. The 36-year-old Draper has five goals through the first 10 games of his 14th season with Detroit. Avalanche: Defenseman Jordan Leopold will have wrist surgery and be sidelined about two months. The AP contributed to this notebook. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“Dustin is an integral part of what we are building here with the Kings,” General Manager Dean Lombardi said. “We like how he competes, we like his toughness and we are very pleased with how his overall game has developed.” Brown has been one of the more versatile players for the Kings this season, playing on the power play and the penalty kill, as well as providing the toughness on the top scoring line. He has four goals and four assists in 11 games. “The most important thing is that six years provides me some security,” Brown said, “knowing that I’m going to be a King for a while, and that’s what I really wanted.” Just last week there were printed rumors in the Ottawa Sun that the Kings were shopping Brown for a goalie. Those appear to be unfounded, or at least in the past. Brown is making $1.175 million this season, his fourth in the league. He was the 13th selection in the first round by the Kings in 2003.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The state’s unfunded liability for providing health care to retired public employees could be as high as $70 billion and continues to grow rapidly, the state Legislative Analyst’s Office said Friday. The liability has gotten so out of hand that it now costs the state $1 billion a year to service the costs. That figure will hit $1.6 billion by 2010 – an increase of 60 percent in just four years. “This is a liability out there and the costs to service it are growing significantly each year,” said Jason Dickerson, a senior analyst with the LAO. “That unfunded liability, because we have no funds set aside to pay for it, completely falls upon the general fund each year. “As those costs become bigger, we think it would make more sense to have a long-range funding plan where the state began to set aside money to reduce the budgetary effect of those costs each year.” The increase in costs is driven by skyrocketing health care premiums, increasing retirements and longer life expectancies. Government agencies throughout the country are all facing similar problems, and most are just starting to tackle them this year because of a change in national accounting standards that takes effect next year. Assemblyman Keith Richman, R-Granada Hills, said the state needs to start looking to deal with the problem now, including setting aside more money from the general fund to pay for the costs, and reducing future benefits. “It is a very difficult task, but we can’t continue to simply sweep this problem under the rug,” Richman said. “This problem is going to come crashing down on the state of California and local governments throughout the state. This report from the Legislative Analyst’s Office is a bombshell.” Richman has authored a proposed constitutional amendment to reform the state’s pension system, including reducing costs of health benefits for retirees. The measure says that new government employees hired in the future who retire before the normal retirement age will not receive state-funded health care until they reach retirement age. Most Democrats in the Legislature, backed by the public-employee unions, have resisted any changes in the state pension system and are likely to fight reductions in health benefits. Senate President pro tem Don Perata, D-Oakland, cautioned that the report should not be used as an excuse to cut benefits. “No one has to tell any Californian the cost of health care is going up,” Perata said in a written statement. “But anyone who seeks to use this report to abandon the teachers, cops and firefighters who have worked their lives for the people of this state will be disappointed.” The figure from the LAO is a preliminary estimate, not a full actuarial study. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed in his 2006-07 budget that the state pay for a full study to get an accurate account of the full scope of the problem, said spokesman Vince Sollitto. He said it would be difficult for the state to start setting aside more money to cover the liability when it is still facing a structural deficit in its general fund. “The focus right now needs to continue to be on steps to close the structural deficit,” Sollitto said. “You can argue whether it makes sense to save money when you have to borrow money to cover the money you’re saving. This again highlights the urgency of California living within its means and closing the structural deficit, in order to be in a position to more easily address these actual liabilities.” Starting in 1961 when the state began offering health benefits to retirees, and for decades after, the costs remained reasonable enough that the state was able to manage them on a pay-as-you-go basis, without putting money aside to cover those future costs as, for example, a pension fund does. But in recent years the costs have grown so massive that the LAO recommends that the state begin saving for them in advance. Setting aside the full amount would cost $6 billion a year, though the LAO recommends that the state start instead by setting aside an extra $1 billion on top of the current $1 billion costs to slowly work toward covering the liability. The LAO also believes that state officials need to look at whether to reduce such benefits for future employees. Most government agencies and private corporations throughout the country have similarly failed over the years to plan ahead for the cost of providing health care to retirees, leaving many of them this year to come to terms with what has become a massive liability. Such companies as General Motors and United Airlines are facing serious financial threats, including the possibility of bankruptcy and massive layoffs as they struggle with the costs. 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A Dublin man is to go on trial charged with allegedly assaulting the son of former Donegal nightclub owner Frank Shortt.Kenneth Broe, from Tallaght in Dublin, appeared at a special sitting of Letterkenny Circuit Court today.Broe, 44, is facing four charges, two of alleged assault, another of possession of drugs and a further charge of possession of drugs with intent to sell or supply. Broe, of Alderwood Green, Tallaght, Dublin 24, is charged with assaulting Kristian Shortt on October 9th, 2008 at Flat 2 of 53 Upper Main Street, Letterkenny.He is also charged with the possession of a controlled drug, namely cocaine, at Monaghan Garda station on October 10th, 2008 as well as having the drug for sale and supply in the same date.The father-of-two denies all the charges against him.A jury panel was due to be picked today for the start of the trial which is expected to last up to three weeks.However, Judge John Hannon addressed the jury panel and told them he could not proceed with the case today.The panel were dismissed and told to return for jury selection tomorrow for the start of the trial.Following submissions from both legal teams, Judge Hannan was told that a key witness in the case had admitted himself to St Vincent’s psychiatric Hospital in Dublin yesterday.It is now hoped that a medical report on the witness will be brought before the court before the case is due to commence tomorrow.MAN TO GO ON TRIAL CHARGED WITH LETTERKENNY ASSAULT was last modified: June 14th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:assaultdonegalKENNETH BROEKristian Shorttletterkenny
You put all that work in only for your rival to reap the reward – it must be annoying.With Dominic Solanke’s move to Liverpool, after spending his youth career at Chelsea, Jurgen Klopp will benefit from the player’s talents instead of the club that coached him.It is yet to be seen whether Solanke will be a success but he is by no means the only player to have left a club, where they were part of the youth system, that went on to shine for a direct challenger.Here talkSPORT has put together a list of ten players who went on to star in a side that were direct rivals of the clubs that helped educate them. Scroll through the gallery above to take a look. 10 Gianluigi Donnarumma (Spent part of youth career at Napoli) – The 18-year-old AC Milan keeper may have been a life-long fan of the club but he initially started out with Serie A rivals Napoli. Donnarumma was born in Castellammare di Stabia, 19 miles south of Naples, but was purchased by Milan as a 14-year-old for 250,000. Considering how the keeper has developed in the last four years that appears to be money well spent now Milan just have to get the teenager tied to down to a long-term deal. 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 Harry Kane (Spent part of youth career at Arsenal) – Harry Kane may be one of Tottenhams own but their striking talisman once spent a year in the Arsenal academy. The England international was part of the Gunners set-up as an eight-year-old but was released after just a season. He then spent some time with Watfords academy before joining up with Tottenham in 2004. Getty Mats Hummels (Spent youth career at Bayern Munich) – The German central defender spent his entire youth career at Bayern but left for rivals Borussia Dortmund initially on loan in 2008 before signing permanently in 2009. Hummels soon became first choice in Jurgen Klopps Dortmund team and went on to win two consecutive Bundesliga titles in 2011 and 2012 pipping Bayern to the title in the latter season. Of course the Munich giants then saw the error of their ways and brought Hummels back last summer for a reported £30million fee. Sol Campbell (Spent part of youth career at Tottenham Hotspur) – The man at the centre of one of the most infamous transfers of all time, Campbell graduated from the Spurs academy and starred in the first team for nine years. Then, in 2001, he did the unthinkable and left to join North London rivals Arsenal on a free transfer where he won two Premier League titles and three FA Cups. As a result Campbell is still widely loathed by the Spurs fans over that move. Saul Niguez (Spent part of youth career at Real Madrid) – The 22-year-old Atletico Madrid star is currently shining in LaLiga and has recently signed a five-year contract extension, taking his deal up to 2026, but it could have been very different. He started out his footballing career with rivals Real Madrid, who he joined as an 11-year-old after leaving his home town of Elche. Saul experienced bullying at Real, with players stealing his boots amongst other misdemeanours, and he soon packed up and joined Atletico as a 12-year-old. Ryan Giggs (Spent part of youth career at Manchester City) – A Manchester United great, Giggs spent 25 years as part of the first team at Old Trafford either as a player or in a coaching capacity. But before he was signed up to the Red Devils youth team the Welsh winger spent time as part of Manchester Citys School of Excellence from 1985-87. Giggs local team was coached by a City scout but it wasnt long before United and Alex Ferguson became aware of his potential. Ashley Cole (Spent youth career at Arsenal) – Another notorious deal is that of Cole who had established himself as the countrys best left-back, during his time at Arsenal, which heralded two Premier League titles and three FA Cup trophies. However, after being left less than impressed with Arsenals offer of £55,000-a-week he promptly departed for Chelsea to sign a contract worth £90,000-a-week in 2006. Arsenal received William Gallas in return for Cole but it was the left-back who continued to enjoy great success as he added another Premier League title, four FA Cups, a League Cup, one Champions League and one Europa League to his repertoire. 10 Alessio Romagnoli (Spent youth career at Roma) – Still just 22 years of age, Romagnoli signed for Serie A rivals AC Milan after a handful of appearances for Roma and a loan spell away at Sampdoria. However, Romas loss is Milans gain as the central defender is one of the most promising in Europe. Despite playing in an average Milan side up until now, he could be the foundation of a new defence as the club look to bring themselves back up to the top. Raul (Spent part of youth career at Atletico Madrid) – Raul is a Real Madrid legend Raheem Sterling (Spent part of youth career at Liverpool) – The 22-year-old winger joined the Liverpool Academy from Queens Park Rangers in 2010 but after rising through the ranks and breaking into the first team he was soon looking for a move away. Manchester City came calling and splashed around £49million on the Englishman who has shown periods of class, particularly under Pep Guardiola. With time still on his side Sterling could be an important player for City for years to come.
PICTURE SPECIAL: There was a fantastic turnout at the Glenswilly 5k last night, with Danny Mooney winning the race. However, over 500 participated in the family orientated event which was held in lovely summer sunshine. Geraldine Diver was on hand as always to capture all of the action.Above are a selection of images from last night’s race.Did you see yourself cross the line? There are some good facials on display, get tagging your friends now if you spot them in the picture gallery above.SEE YOURSELF CROSS THE FINISH LINE AT THE GLENSWILLY 5K – PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: June 22nd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:5kglenswillynewspicture specialSport