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– Ramjattan introduced as AFC Leader, not PM candidate– as APNU/AFC coalition launches campaignA Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Presidential Candidate David Granger on Friday evening pleaded with Guyanese to give the incumbent coalition another five years in office.ANPU Leader David Granger and AFC Leader Khemraj Ramjattan joined by Mrs Granger and APNU General Secretary Joseph Harmon at Friday’s campaign launchHe made this request to Guyanese at D’Urban Park Stadium where the coalition launched its 2020 elections campaign ahead of the upcoming polls set for March 2.Granger noted that five years ago, Guyanese put their faith in the coalition and it did not let them down. As such, he asked for another five years so that his Administration can continue the progress it started in 2015.“We have a plan for the next decade. Five years ago, you put your faith in us [and] we did not let you down. We are asking you for five more years to complete what we started,” he pleaded, which was met with roars from supporters.The APNU Leader noted that he is a “see-far” man and with Guyana embarking on a new era of development, the coalition has established a “Decade of Development” (2020-2029) work plan.AFC Youth Leader Juretha Fernandes“I’m thinking 10 years ahead because I have a vision for the good life for all Guyanese – happy households, happy families, a happy country… We are building back the economy. We have a plan… We spent five years fixing things that they broke up that is why we need five more years to develop this country,” Granger asserted.He went on to talk about the newfound riches offshore Guyana, noting that massive transformation awaits the country. The Head of State told supporters that he named December 20 as National Petroleum Day to remind Guyanese of the development that is awaiting the country – something which he promised to ensure that they benefit from.Supporters at D’Urban Park on Friday evening for the Coalition’s elections campaign launch“Guyanese will never be poor again. The oil wealth belongs to you and this Government will make sure that you benefit from that oil wealth… We are going to ensure that the oil wealth goes to the people who need it the most, the people like, people from Regions One to 10, ordinary people… APNU/AFC like ordinary people that’s why we’ve come into Government to give you the benefit of this bountiful harvest – the petroleum…,” the APNU Leader posited.According to Granger, a Government decides what goes to the people and how much, and it will be no different when it comes to the oil riches.“We have decided that you will get benefits of oil and you will get it over the next 10 years during this Decade of Development. We are your best guarantee to ensure that oil money is well spent… Your country is in good hands with the APNU/AFC. Trust me, trust the coalition,” he declared.The APNU Leader reflected on projects his Administration undertook over the past years such as the establishment of four new towns throughout the country. He noted that they plan to continue this until all 10 Administrative Regions are run by towns so that they have better services and development. He further outlined plans the coalition has to continue the work it started such as fixing the country’s electricity woes and completing constitutional reform.“Give us the chance to make this country develop to benefit all of you and you’ll see the transformation. What you saw over the five years, you ain’t see nothing yet. My friends, you have good reasons to vote for APNU/AFC… We find out what the people need and what they want, and we solve their problems and satisfy their needs. In short, APNU/AFC deserves another chance,” Granger contended.Don’t stop the progressMeanwhile, also addressing supporters was Granger’s running mate at the upcoming polls, AFC Leader Khemraj Ramjattan, who reminded supporters that Guyana is sitting on the threshold of greatness and endless possibilities, and noted that only the coalition has the leadership the country needs to enjoy a “good life”.Ramjattan, who was not introduced as the coalition’s prime ministerial candidate posited that come March 2, Guyanese will renew their faith in the APNU/AFC coalition and the progress it has made since 2015. However, Ramjattan noted that while they have managed to outperform the previous Administration in just five years, they still have lots more to do and as such urged supporters not to let this progress stop.“We have invested $3.2 billion for new and improved hospitals and health facilities, don’t stop the progress. For education, in 2019 alone we have invested $5.4 billion for new and improved schools and colleges, don’t stop that progress. We have looked after the situation of our pensioners who today get $20,500, don’t stop the progress. We have reduced corporate tax from 40 per cent to 20 per cent, don’t stop the progress. We have instituted VAT [value-added tax] exemption for small businesses earning less than $15 million annually and we’ve established a revolving fund for small businesses, don’t stop the progress,” Ramjattan stated.The AFC Leader went on to outline that since 2016, the coalition Government has spent $43 billion on expanding roads and bridges while also building and strengthening capacity to boost the public security sector.“Comrades, your choice in this election is clear… The APNU/AFC coalition represents the best choice for Guyana. It represents hope, opportunity and prosperity for all and not just a few. It represents the possibility of every Guyanese having a good life… We can do great things when we work together and four APNU/AFC coalition for the last four years is proof of that and so I ask for your support, your vote on March 2,” Ramjattan stated.Also speaking at the launch was AFC Youth Leader, Juretha Fernandes, who urged young people to grab the opportunities that are available with the budding oil and gas sector so they can claim their place in the country’s history in building a new Guyana.“Ten years from now, we will now be able to point fingers at our current leaders and ask “what are you doing for us”. Ten years from now, we will be leaders. Ten years from now, fingers will be pointed at us. Therefore, I urge you here today to stand up for yourselves and grab every opportunity that this has provided to you,” she posited.Fernandes went on to underscore the importance of the upcoming General and Regional Elections, telling her peers that they cannot take their votes for granted.“Your vote is not just a vote for today, your vote is for the future of your children, the future of our nation,” she posited.
Fresh off a series win against USC last weekend and a comeback draw against Pepperdine on Tuesday, the Dirtbags face a tougher challenge this weekend when they host No. 4 Texas at Blair Field. Texas won national titles in 2002 and 2005 under former Cal State Fullerton coach Augie Garrido and went 41-21 in 2006, including a pair of wins in a three-game series against the Dirtbags in Austin. They come into the 2007 season the Big 12 Conference favorite and as usual a contender to reach Omaha and the College World Series. Texas is 2-2 this season, having lost two of three to the University of San Diego last weekend. They are a sophomore-laden team that features outfielders Jordan Danks (.319 in 2006) and Kyle Russell (10 home runs) and a deep pitching staff. Texas will throw freshman left-hander James Russell (0-1, 2.57) tonight at 6:30 p.m., Kyle Walker (0-0, 9.00) Saturday at 2 p.m. and senior Randy Boone (0-1, 4.26) Sunday at 1 p.m. Tuesday, the Dirtbags fell behind Pepperdine 7-0 in Malibu but used a three-run home run by Danny Espinosa to earn a 7-7 tie in a game that was suspended due to darkness in the ninth inning. The game will be finished April 10 when Pepperdine visits Blair. The Dirtbags hit the road to face another tough Texas team, No. 1-ranked Rice, next weekend. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Dirtbags (2-1-1) will start the same trio as they did last weekend against USC: Vance Worley (0-0, 1.50) tonight, Manny McElroy (1-0, 2.84) Saturday and Omar Arif (1-0, 0.00) Sunday. The Dirtbags posted a 1.73 ERA in their series against USC. Russell is the son of former major-league pitcher Jeff Russell, and Boone had a 3.15 ERA out of the bullpen last year and touts a low-90s fastball. Tonight: vs. Texas Blair Field, 6:30 p.m.
BOYS BASKETBALL STATS Scoring Name, school points, ppg, games DeRozan, Compton 528, 22.0, 24 Anderson, Jordan 481, 21.9, 22 Hill, King-Drew 538, 20.7, 26 Gwin, Millikan 485, 19.4, 25 Harden, Artesia 452, 18.8, 24 Rebounding Name, schoolrebounds, rpg, games Lugo, Bell Gardens 289, 12.0, 24 Anderson, Jordan 265, 12.0, 22 Garibay, Compton 272, 10.5, 26 Thompson, Downey 216, 10.3, 21 Chlebowski, Poly253, 9.7, 26 Assists Name, schoolassists, apg, games Beason, King-Drew 194, 7.5, 26 Pap, Huntington Park 159, 5.9, 27 Sandoval, Compton 137, 5.3, 26 Lacoste, Poly 137, 5.1, 27 Rembert, Lakewood 115, 4.4, 26 GIRLS BASKETBALL STATSScoring Name, schoolpoints, ppg, games Watson, Wilson 509, 19.6, 26 Hixon, St. Anthony 488, 18.8, 26 Marez, Millikan 424, 18.4, 23 Figueroa, Bell Gardens 367, 16.0, 23 Bramlett, St. Anthony 391, 15.6, 25 Rebounding Name, schoolrebounds, rpg, games Marez, Millikan 321, 14.0, 23 Hixon, St. Anthony 353, 13.6, 26 Watson, Wilson 273, 10.5, 26 Campbell, Valley Christian 233, 10.1, 23 Dixon, Poly 235, 9.0, 26 Assists Name, schoolassists, apg, games Garcia, St. Matthias 171, 6.6, 26 Mitchell, Millikan 105, 4.6, 23 Felix, La Mirada 102, 4.6, 22 Hixon, St. Anthony 88, 3.4, 26 Washington, La Mirada 77, 3.2, 24 Statistics through Feb. 10 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Leanne Baker, New Zealand, def. Danielle Mills, United States, 6-0, 6-0. Alexandra Stevenson, United States, def. Ashley Weinhold, United States, 6-4, 7-6 (4). ATP SAP OPEN RESULTS At HP Pavilion Singles First Round Vince Spadea (8), United States, def. Danai Udomchoke, Thailand, 6-3, 6-4. Bjorn Phau, Germany, def. Konstantinos Economidis, Greece, 6-2, 6-3. Lee Hyung-taik (7), South Korea, def. Phillip King, United States 7-6 (4), 6-3. Doubles First Round Paul Goldstein and Jim Thomas (3), United States, def James Blake and Mardy Fish, United States 6-3, 1-6, 10-4 (match tiebreaker). ATP OPEN 13 RESULTS At Palais des Sports Singles First Round Gilles Simon, France, def. Jesse Huta-Galung, Netherlands, 6-1, 6-1. Cyril Saulnier, France, def. David Guez, France, 6-4, 6-2. Fabrice Santoro, France, def. Fernando Verdasco, Spain, 6-3, 3-2, retired. Marcos Baghdatis (7), Cyprus, def. Janko Tipsarevic, Serbia, 6-3, 6-4. Marc Gicquel, France, def. Gael Monfils, France, 4-6, 7-6 (1), 7-5. WTA TOUR PROXIMUS DIAMOND GAMES RESULTS At Sportspaleis Antwerpen Singles First Round Virginie Razzano, France, def. Anna-Lena Groenefeld, Germany, 6-4, 6-1. Sybille Bammer, Austria, def. Caroline Maes, Belgium, 6-2, 6-0. Nathalie Dechy, France, def. Julia Schruff, Germany, 6-1, 6-1. Vera Zvonareva, Russia, def. Lilia Osterloh, United States, 6-1, 6-0. Olga Poutchkova, Russia, def. Severine Bremond, France, 7-6 (2), retired. Elena Likhovtseva, Russia, def. Vera Dushevina, Russia, 6-4, 6-1. Tatiana Golovin, France, def. Katarina Srebotnik, Slovenia, 6-0, 6-2. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WOMEN’S USTA-BOSTON SCIENTIFIC RESULTS At Fort Snelling Tennis and Learning Center Angelika Bachmann, Germany, def. Milagros Sequera (1), Venezuela, 1-6, 6-1, 6-0. Rosana De Los Rios, Paraguay, def. Ivana Abramovic (5), Croatia, 1-6, 6-2, 6-2. Mervana Jugic-Salkic, Bosnia, def. Natalie Grandin (7), South Africa, 0-6, 7-5, 6-2. Angela Haynes (8), United States, def. Lucie Hradecka, Czech Republic, 7-6(1), 6-4. Antonella Serra Zanetti, Italy, def. Lindsay Lee-Waters, United States, 1-6, 6-2, 6-3. Singles First Round
In addition, the city and county will provide other investments totaling $29 million: $12 million for on-site public improvements; $10 million for affordable housing; $5 million for off-site improvements; and $2 million for streetscape. “It seems to me that the city and county and the CRA have their spending priorities totally upside down,” said Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. “We find that kind of corporate welfare to be highly offensive to ordinary taxpaying citizens.” Chief Legislative Analyst Gerry Miller said the project is similar to other investments the city has made in Staples Center, the l.a.live downtown complex and a Hollywood and Highland redevelopment project. “What we are looking for are catalyst projects – those that help bring other economic development to an area,” Miller said. “If you look at Staples Center, it helped generate other economic investment in the area. “We think the same thing will happen here.” Miller said the amount being invested would be more than made up by revenue coming in as the project is built, in addition to community benefits such as job training, labor agreements and affordable housing. Officials estimated that the project would create 29,000 construction jobs and 5,900 permanent jobs. But Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich estimates that all three phases of the project will require up to $176 million in public subsidies. “Supervisor Antonovich is disappointed that the board voted for a deal that is better for the developer than it is for the taxpayers of the county of Los Angeles,” said Paul Novak, a spokesman for Antonovich, who voted against the project. “And it is a sad day when the board makes a political decision, rather than an economic decision, when it should be protecting taxpayers.” Still, Broad noted that the project is expected to generate $148 million in lease payments to the county and city over 99 years, including $50 million in prepaid rent the developer has promised to pay for the park. Broad compared those revenues with those of the two city- and county-owned parcels, valued at $138 million. The only public opposition to the project at both the City Council and Board of Supervisors meetings came from a representative of the Bonaventure Hotel. Attorney Christopher Sutton said the hotel was prepared to go to court to challenge the bed-tax waiver as being unfair to existing hotels and violating previously approved plans for the Bunker Hill area. “What you are selling out by going forward with this project is hundreds of millions of dollars (in future tax revenues),” Sutton said. No violation of plans But Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said he doesn’t believe approval of the project violates previously approved plans for Bunker Hill. “I don’t think it’s as nefarious as what the attorney had tried to make it sound,” he said. Maria Elena Durazo, secretary-treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, said the project is an example of what the city can do when business and labor work together. “This is the kind of thing that can come when we work with a common goal,” Durazo said. Councilman Dennis Zine said he wanted to make sure that the project would not mean a reduction of services to residents of the San Fernando Valley. “Can you assure them that this will not mean less services to the Valley?” Zine asked Miller. “It will not cost the city general fund any money or reduce existing services,” Miller replied. “In fact, we think it will generate additional money for the general fund and we are looking to see where a similar model can be used in the San Fernando Valley and elsewhere.” Supervisor Gloria Molina, who chaired the Grand Avenue Authority, also said the project will serve as a model for other redevelopment projects. “Yes, it may look like it’s going to cost us something, but at the end of the day, we’ll have a very significant project – but more importantly, a very significant model that speaks to how we should move collectively together and join in partnership with developers and inspirational leaders.” firstname.lastname@example.org (213) 974-8985160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “This is truly a historic day,” Grand Avenue Committee Chairman Eli Broad said. “We believe this project is a win-win for everybody.” Construction on the first phase is expected to start later this year, with completion in about four years. But the project will come with a price tag, as the city’s chief legislative analyst has said it will require $95 million in taxpayer funds plus $30 million in public improvements to build the luxury hotel. That includes $60.5 million in hotel bed-tax revenue, $5.5 million in parking taxes, $24.4 million from the Community Redevelopment Agency and $4.6 million from the county. Additional costs Pursuing a vision of a world-class civic heart for downtown Los Angeles, city and county officials officially signed off Tuesday on final approvals for the $2.05 billion revitalization of Grand Avenue. Despite concerns that the project would cost millions of dollars in public subsidies, the City Council voted 13-0 to support the Frank Gehry-designed redevelopment effort. The county Board of Supervisors also voted 4-1 Tuesday to approve final terms and environmental impact reports for the project, which has been more than two years in the making. It has been hailed as key to igniting a bustling night life on three acres across from the Walt Disney Concert Hall with shops, restaurants, parks, condominiums and a luxury hotel.
“We’ve never discussed having the tournament in November with the PGA Tour,” McLaughlin said Thursday. “We’ve had the tournament the first or second week in December since the very beginning. We’ve been pleased because we’ve had great success with that. Last year we had the best attendance yet, and we’re pleased with the dates. We’ve never had any discussions about that.” Woods has not made a public statement about why he decided to pass on the Nissan Open for just the second time in his pro career. Thus, speculation has been rampant about why he didn’t play at this week’s Nissan, where he was given his first sponsor exemption as a 16-year-old. There’s no chance of rain in the forecast through Sunday’s final round. Staff writer Gene Warnick contributed to this report. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Bees swarm fairway As Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els and Vaughn Taylor were waiting to tee off on the par-3 sixth hole, something happened to disturb a gigantic bee hive and hundreds of bees swarmed the fairway, sending fans scrambling. After the trio teed off, Mickelson and Els calmly walked down the fairway while Taylor tried to high-step his way around the bees. Ortega said he was aware of the problem and a maintenance crew was dispatched to spray the area. Ortega said Riviera doesn’t usually have a problem with bees since the weather is rainy and cold. Do a little dance Mike Ortega, the Nissan’s tournament chairman, had a strange way of trying to ensure that it wouldn’t rain this year. “I did a lot of praying and dancing to get good weather,” Ortega said. PACIFIC PALISADES – Greg McLaughlin, the president of the Tiger Woods Foundation, denied a report that Tiger Woods skipped the Nissan Open because he wanted to move his tournament, the Target World Challenge, from December to November in a battle with PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem. The Daily Mail of London reported that such a move was causing friction between the two and might be a reason Woods missed the season-opening Mercedes-Benz Championship and the Nissan.
Pacoima A life deprived Re: “Activists plead Ruby’s case to mayor” (Feb. 21): “She’s not with other elephants, but she has a good relationship with her keepers,” said zoo spokesman Jason Jacobs. Are you kidding me? Would you want to live a life deprived of interaction with your own species? The human prison guards offer Ruby nothing except for the sad realization that she is being held captive in solitary confinement, unable to determine her own fate or live a life worthy of an elephant. The problem with the officials at the L.A. Zoo is they continue to put the interests of the animals as their last priority. How many years does this debate have to continue? Let this poor elephant have a few quality moments to stretch her legs and twist trunks with another elephant before she dies. – Amber Avines Sun Valley The Reagan defense As “Scooter” Libby’s trial slowly grinds to a close, it is apparent that he remembers quite a bit: who he met and when, under whose direction these meetings were requested, in what order those meetings took place, and the substance and purpose of his various conversations. However, when asked about the very nature of the Plame CIA leak, and whom he told what regarding this, Libby has, for all intents responded, “I don’t remember.” This smacks sickeningly of the Reagan defense during the Iran-Contra scandal. When those who actually voted for this administration are asked why, perhaps they should do like Libby too, and quietly say, “I don’t remember.” – Bradley J. Kayl North Hollywood Acute Obamamania Why are movie stars making the “news” more and more everyday? I can see “Entertainment Tonight” or some “Access Hollywood” shows, but why are they in our papers and 7 o’clock news more and more each night? Yes, Britney Spears shaved her head and checked in and out of rehab in the same day and, yes, Nicole Richie pleaded not guilty to her DUI charge, but is this really newsworthy? Is the fact that celebrities are following and adoring upcoming presidential candidate Obama “news”? I think news should be more on the reasons why these celebrities want to honor and follow Obama. I want to know why this future presidential candidate is so popular among the stars, not what popular stars are supporting him. – Cassie Maruca Northridge 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Panorama City Hospital dumping I was an emergency room nurse in the Valley for years, places like Rancho Encino, North Hollywood Medical Center and Lake View Medical Center. They are all gone. Last week they demolished Granada Hills Hospital and those four are just a few that no longer exist in the Los Angeles area. How many more are financially hanging on by their fingernails? Where will you get medical help when they are gone? If an ambulance brings a homeless patient to a hospital for treatment does that mean the hospital becomes responsible for that person forever? Is it the hospital’s responsibility to find that person a home? A job? If it becomes a hospital’s legal obligation to start warehousing people, a lot more are going to go out of business. – Michael A. Leptuch, R.N. Re: “Today’s health care gets new prognosis – for better or worse” (Feb. 21): Today’s health care might be technologically advanced, but the human touch is definitely lacking. When one walks into an emergency room, there is no consideration for the pain and discomfort of the patient and instead we are greeted with crowded rooms and bitter nurses. Dr. Herbert Rubin has a great attitude toward patients and his services; patients are people who matter. Instead of investing so much money in machines, there should be more funds for the education of humanity behind the medical field. – Christian Aldama
THE California Transportation Commission likely will decide today to grant all the car-pool-lane money needed for the 405 Freeway after a week of pressure from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and others. Who says a little complaining doesn’t work? The CTC is set to make the decision about this year’s allocation from the $20 billion transportation bond measure that state voters endorsed last November. Initially, the commission’s staff recommended that the 405 get zilch in this round of funding, even though the freeway ranks at the top of the worst freeways in the history of all time. The outcry from local politicians – and even others across the state – changed minds on the commission staff. And on Monday the staff amended the report to include $1.1 billion for traffic-relief projects on both the 405 and Interstate 5. We hope the CTC will endorse the recommendation so that the relief can begin, at last. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
“I don’t think our team has hit a wall at all,” Romar said. “Let’s back up here for 10 games. We won five of six, then over the last four we had a chance to win three of them. I don’t think a team that hits a wall is capable of doing that.” Two of those four losses were a pair of four-point decisions to No. 13 Washington State and No. 12 Pittsburgh. “We’re talking about one thing here: How much better can we get over the next two weeks?” said Romar, whose five-year UW basketball restoration program hit a snag this season as the Huskies attempted to reach the NCAA tourney for a fourth year in a row. “We’re definitely capable,” he said. “It’s a strong league so there are a lot of teams that are capable. But I think we’re one of those teams.” The Huskies have just two seniors, forward Hans Gasser and walk-on Brandon Burmeister. SEATTLE – As the Washington Huskies’ regular season winds down with four losses in a row and two games still to play, coach Lorenzo Romar doesn’t think his team has hit the wall. But he concedes the Huskies (16-12, 6-10 in Pac-10) need to win these last two games – and the Pac-10 tournament as well – to have a shot at advancing to the NCAA tournament. Although the Huskies started off 11-1 and nationally ranked, they have not won more than three in a row since early December. Tonight, the Huskies host No. 23 USC (21-8, 11-5). On Saturday, they host league-leading UCLA (25-3, 14-2), ranked No. 2 in the nation. Those games will be followed by the Pac-10 Tournament in Los Angeles. Only the tournament winner is guaranteed a NCAA berth. That lack of experience has played a significant role in the Huskies’ disappointing season. Sophomore forward Jon Brockman, who leads the Pac-10 in rebounding at 9.5 per game, added that if a turnaround is possible, it had better begin Thursday. “We can’t be bad this weekend,” he said, “and expect miracles to happen in L.A.” – site of the Pac-10 tournament. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!