Benteke now a Liverpool player

first_imgLIVERPOOL, England (AP):Liverpool signed Belgium striker Christian Benteke from Premier League rivals Aston Villa yesterday in a £32.5 million ($50.7 million) deal to strengthen the club’s attack for next season.A week after selling winger Raheem Sterling to Manchester City for £49 million, Liverpool met the release clause in Benteke’s contract with Villa and signed the 24-year-old forward to what it called “a long-term contract” at Anfield.Benteke, who joined Villa from Genke in 2012 and scored 49 goals in 101 appearances for the Midlands club, passed a medical in London earlier this week and completed the paperwork in Liverpool yesterday.”I think it was the right club for me, because I had a good chat with the manager and I wanted to be part of his project,” Benteke told Liverpool’s website. “I know Liverpool is a big story. They’ve won league titles and the Champions League five times and, of course, the UEFA Cup and a lot of trophies.”I’m very happy to be part of the Liverpool family now and I will do everything to make them happy and work hard for them and my teammates.”Benteke will not meet most of those new teammates until they return after Friday’s match against a Malaysia XI in Kuala Lumpur. However, he already knows a couple of them – goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and forward Divock Origi – from the Belgium national team.last_img read more

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UP ends PVL Open stint with squeaker over Power Smashers

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines finished things off soundly in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference with a five-set victory over the Power Smashers, 25-17, 21-25, 23-25, 25-19, 15-11, Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Maroons, who entered their first tournament without the trio of Kathy Bersola, Nicole Tiamzon, and Pia Gaiser, finished the eliminations with a 2-5 record while the Power Smashers are at 1-6.ADVERTISEMENT LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans James Yap hits 10,000 career points Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Regine Arocha had 18 points to lead the Power Smashers. MOST READ UP head coach Jerry Yee was impressed with how his team was able to close things out after falling two sets to one, but he knows there are still some areas that need improving.“We like what we saw but there were iffy moments when the players are having second thoughts, they were quite tentative so we have to improve on that,” said Yee in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“We talk to the girls that, because this isn’t a physical thing it’s a mental thing, it’s okay to make mistakes.”Diana Carlos put up a game-high 23 points to lead UP while Isa Molde added 19 points. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite View commentslast_img read more

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Rondo, Green serve up spicy subplot in NBA playoffs

first_imgGreen added: “At some point, somebody’s got to tell the truth. It ain’t Draymond this time.”But Green has been in the face of other Pelicans, tangling with All-Star Anthony Davis behind the play in one instance and yelling at the Pelicans’ bench in another. Green’s antics even agitated TNT studio host and former player Charles Barkley, who said he wanted to punch Green in the face. Barkley later apologized for his word choice, if not his sentiment.Pelicans forward Solomon Hill explained that Rondo — accomplished, playoff-savvy veteran that he is — seeks to neutralize Green’s psychological effect by taking on a “big brother” role for the Pelicans.“If somebody’s yelling in your ear, you’re going to get to a point where it’s about respect,” said Hill, who refers to Rondo by his nickname, Do. “And that’s kind of where Do is. Do’s like: ‘We’re going to be respected. You’re not going to come out here and dance around and disrespect us as competitors.’”A closer look at Sunday’s games:WARRIORS AT PELICANSWarriors lead 2-1. Game 4, 3:30 p.m. EDT, ABC.NEED TO KNOW: Although the Warriors lead the series, the Pelicans have not lost at home yet in the playoffs and have improved considerably in each game of this series since losing by 22 in the opener. New Orleans lost by only five points in Game 2 and then won by 19 when the series moved to New Orleans.KEEP AN EYE ON: Warriors stars Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant. They combined to miss 36 of 59 shots in Game 3 and will be eager to regain their shooting strokes. “I still don’t think K.D. or Steph was aggressive enough,” Green said. “I’ve said to both of them, I need them to be aggressive. They’re our guys. That’s who we’re going to to get buckets. We need them to be aggressive at all times and they’ll be that way” on Sunday.INJURY UPDATE: Curry will be in his third game back after missing more than a month with a sprained left knee. Kerr said he wasn’t surprised to see Curry’s production dip in his second game back. “Game 2 is always the hardest one after you come back from an injury,” Kerr said, adding that “it just takes some time” for NBA players to regain their energy, legs and rhythm. LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding PRESSURE IS ON: The Pelicans, who don’t want to go back to the West Coast down 3-1 and on the brink of elimination. “We’ve just got to avoid any kind of letdown,” Gentry said, adding that his players “understand who we’re playing and they understand the situation.”ROCKETS AT JAZZRockets lead 2-1. Game 4, 8 p.m. EDT, ESPN.NEED TO KNOW: Following a surprising home loss in Game 2, the Rockets roared back to life in Game 3, picking apart the Jazz on both ends of the court. A 39-point first quarter put Houston back on track. The Rockets shot 59 percent from the field before halftime and never looked back. “From the beginning of the game, we made a conscious effort to get stops and offensively push the pace and get shots, and we did that,” Rockets guard James Harden said.KEEP AN EYE ON: Rockets sixth man Eric Gordon has been a tough cover for the Jazz. Gordon broke out for 25 points on 8-of-13 shooting in Game 3, resembling what he did against Utah in three regular season games in which he averaged 21 points on 48.4 percent shooting.ROOKIE STRUGGLES: Utah’s Donovan Mitchell is averaging 16 points on 32 percent shooting in the series while filling in at point guard for Ricky Rubio. He went just 4-of-16 for 10 points in Game 3. “I didn’t really do much,” Mitchell said. “That can’t happen. … It’s like I would have been better off not showing up — and that’s what I did. I didn’t show up for my teammates. I’ll fix it.”PRESSURE IS ON: The Jazz. A second straight home loss would put Utah in the unenviable position of needing two victories in Houston to stay alive.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Gentry was a Warriors assistant on Golden State’s 2015 championship team and maintains a friendly off-court relationship with Green.“If he’s on your team you love him and if he’s not on your team you despise him — and to me, those are the kind of players that I like to have,” Gentry said of Green. “I appreciate who he is and how he plays because he’s all about winning. And if you’re verbally weak, he’s going to take advantage of that.”Warriors coach Steve Kerr calls Green his team’s “heart and soul,” and its “engine.” Kerr also added lightheartedly that the fact Green hasn’t been assessed a technical foul in the postseason is “one of the great stats in this year’s playoffs.”Green bristled at the notion that he started any of the dust-ups with Rondo, insinuating that Rondo was the instigator. He asserted that his awareness of Rondo’s intentions is why he hasn’t been suckered into escalations that could result in a technical foul or ejection.“I’m not an idiot,” Green said. “I can see what they’re trying to accomplish a mile away.”ADVERTISEMENT NEW ORLEANS, LA – MAY 04: Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors and Rajon Rondo #9 of the New Orleans Pelicans are involved in an altercation during the first half of Game Three of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at the Smoothie King Center on May 4, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Sean Gardner/Getty Images/AFPNEW ORLEANS — Rajon Rondo and Draymond Green have won NBA titles and never have been known to shy away from conflict on the court.Now their combustible convergence in the playoffs is providing a spicy subplot to the Western Conference semifinal series between New Orleans and Golden State.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We’re here to fight,” Rondo said following New Orleans’ lopsided Game 3 victory that trimmed the Warriors’ series lead to 2-1. “With my guys on the court, I’m going to fight as hard as I can … and do whatever it takes.”Green and Rondo had to be separated after whistles twice in the first three games — never mind some other antics in the flow of the game — and they’ll be back at it again in one of two pivotal Game 4s to be played on Sunday. The other pits Houston against Utah in a series that the Rockets lead 2-1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe Rondo-Green sideshow is compelling because of what both players mean to their teams. They are not the type of trash-talking, loud-mouths who otherwise play marginal roles. They are accomplished leaders who produce. Rondo had 21 assists in Game 3, while Green nearly had a triple-double with 11 points, 12 rebounds and nine assist. It just so happens they also are renowned for their masterful command of psychological gamesmanship.Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry might have the best perspective; he’s coached them both.center_img Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC MOST READ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident 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 Jason Day seizes control at Quail Hollow Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

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July ‘26’ Celebration ‘Different’ this Year

first_imgThe upcoming 167th July 26 National Independence Day is expected to be celebrated as an ordinary public holiday, but with a difference, the government has declared.According to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday, the government disclosed that inkeeping with the ‘Patriotic Observance Law’ of 1956, this year’s July 26, the Nation’s 167th Independence Day, will be celebrated as a public holiday—but with a “divergence.”However, the statement said, while the usual traditional pageantries or events preceding Independence Day, as well as the formal official program, will continue; all other festivities have been called off with immediate effect.Therefore, the office of the Chief of Protocol, has released the calendar in observance of the day.That is to say, the prelates, priests, deans, evangelists, imams, elders and other members of the sacerdotal order will on Friday, July 18, and Sunday, July 20, hold intercessory prayers for the Nation, regardless of religious creed.They will gather with one purpose, in their respective places of worship, on each city, in town, village, hamlet and home, to offer thanks and praises to God for His blessings showered upon the Nation in past and present times, and beseech Him for his continual  goodness, and beneficent mercies toward all peoples, and Nations, especially Liberia.“It is therefore a requirement that all officials of government assemble in mosques and churches on the specified dates to observe the occasion,” the statement has said.Moreover, on Thursday, July 24, at 4 p.m. in the C. Cecil Dennis, Jr., Auditorium, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the President, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Grand Master of the Order of the Distinctions of Liberia, will confer honors upon distinguished personalities/citizens for their “invaluable services” to the Nation and to humanity.Also, on Saturday, July 26, at 8 a.m., President Sirleaf, in her capacity as Commander-in-Chief (C-I-C) of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), will review the troops at the Barclay Training Center (BTC).And at 10 a.m., the official programme commemorating the 167th Independence Day will be held at the Centennial Memorial Pavilion on Ashmum Street.As a tradition, activities marking this year’s Independence Day celebration were officially scheduled for the counties of Grand Kru and Sinoe in the Southeast, but due to “bad road conditions,” the events were rescheduled to Monrovia amidst criticisms from the public.In Monrovia, it was reported that funding for the events had be swapped to fight the creeping deadly Ebola virus.Up to the present, it is not clear as how much the government has infused into the series of programs commemorating the day. Since the ascendency of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in 2006, her administration has continued celebrating the July ‘26’ events in the political sub-division of the country, beginning with Monrovia—the capital.“The celebration of the occasion around the country is an intention of the government to showcase devolution of power,” a political observer has told the Daily Observer via mobile phone.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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MCSSTA Election Registration Extended

first_imgRegistration for the February 17 presidential elections of the Monrovia Consolidated School System Teachers Association (MCSSTA) has been extended to Jan. 2, 2017.The Independent Elections Commission Chairman, Mason Saweler, told this newspaper in an interview that the extension is to afford interested candidates the opportunity to complete their registrations.Mr. Saweler is also the regional chairman of the MCSS Parent Teachers Association (MCSSPTA). He said so far three candidates have registered for the presidency.He named the candidates as Veto V. Garway (G. W. Gibson), Jargbah A. Jargbah (Gaye Town) and Augustine N. Nyormui (Emmanuel Johnson).He also named other positions yet to be registered for to include vice president, secretary, assistant secretary, financial secretary, among others.“It is our responsibility to make sure that the time-table that the IEC has set for the conclusion of a successful and transparent election is observed,” he said.Saweler appealed to prospective candidates and MCSSTA members to demonstrate their commitment to the rules and guidelines associated with the elections.The MCSSTA Independent Elections Commission was established recently to organize presidential elections for the association, after previous arrangements did not work as expected.The current MCSSTA Independent Elections Commission is co-chaired by Ms. Sonita Dangan, with J. Nwanakula Paye as secretary. Other members are John K. Cummings and Ms. Quita Kumakeh. A representative each from the National Teachers Association of Liberia (NTAL) and the University of Liberia Faculty Association (ULFA) is expected to join the Commission.Chairman Saweler is also the president of the Liberia National Handball Association (LNHA).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Snowfall warnings issued for the Peace Region

first_imgAlthough the local airport received only five centimeters yesterday, only about half of the top end prediction, Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning on Friday morning.Now this doesn’t rate as a major October dump, given that the daily record for the month is 34 and half centimeters set on October 4th, in 1957.However, the government weather bureau is calling for up to 15 centimeters on Friday, and a risk of freezing rain in the evening.- Advertisement -Anyone with plans to travel north should be advised that there is a forecast in effect, calling for up to 20 centimeters of snow on Friday through tomorrow morning in the Fort Nelson area.There are also snowfall warnings for Chetwynd and Dawson Creek.Those who have travel plans anywhere in the next 24 hours, are advised to slow down and increase the amount of travelling distance, between you and any vehicle ahead of you, and allow more travel time to arrive at your destination.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Brother of missing woman seeks answers

first_imgThe brother of a missing Fort St. John woman is clearing up some rumours, and pleading with the public to help find his sister.- Advertisement -28 year-old Abigail Andrews was last heard from on Wednesday, April 7th.Her brother, Ben Andrews, says her disappearance is ‘totally out of character’. He says Abigail was in contact with her family more than usual, ever since she found out she was pregnant.Ben Andrews says any rumours that Abigail was involved in the wrong crowd are completely untrue. She works at the New Frontier, which Ben says is a safe, respectable bar.[asset|aid=2749|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=1dfaf3bb99c7e9cb0135230663da25d1-Ben Andrews 2_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisement [asset|aid=2751|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=1dfaf3bb99c7e9cb0135230663da25d1-Ben Andrews 1_1_Pub.mp3] Abigail Andrews is described as six feet tall, 200 pounds, with brown hair. She has hazel eyes and a tattoo of tribal art on her lower back. She was last seen wearing a black mid-length, belted trench coat, dark pants and black sequined ballet flats.The Fort St. John RCMP say that they will release whatever details they can sometime on Wednesday afternoon.Click here to be directed to the Facebook group dedicated to finding Abigail. [asset|aid=2750|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=1dfaf3bb99c7e9cb0135230663da25d1-Ben Andrews 3_1_Pub.mp3] Ben Andrews says there have been no search teams organized, because he was told by the RCMP that organizing a search team could interfere with the investigation.A Facebook group has been set up to locate Abigail. She was last seen leaving her apartment on 99th Avenue, and walking down 94th Street towards 98th Avenue. According to the Facebook group, she informed her landlord’s father-in-law, that she was walking to her friends’ house on 98th Avenue. She had also shared this same information with her mother, by phone, at approximately 6 p.m. Wednesday evening. She has not spoken with anyone or been seen since.The Fort St. John RCMP have yet to confirm these details.Meanwhile, Ben Andrews says if his sister is seeking privacy, his family would completely understand. Advertisement There have been rumours circulating in several news articles about cryptic texts that were sent to the family shortly after Abigail’s disappearance.But Ben says he is not allowed to comment on that, because it might interfere with the police investigation.The Fort St. John RCMP sent out a news release days after Abigail was reported missing on Friday, April 9th.Ben Andrews says he feels the RCMP are doing a good job in trying to find Abigail. Advertisement By Christine Rumleskielast_img read more

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Mustang: Pretty in Pink?

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Not everyone likes the idea of a Mustang marketed to women. Analyst Erich Merkle of IRN Inc. in Grand Rapids said Mustang is an iconic brand that is based on a special mix of speed and testosterone. He said Ford should not mess with success. “Is Mustang going to be a stallion or a gelding?” Merkle quipped. “The cause is admirable, but the Mustang isn’t the right choice.” – The Detroit News Ford Motor Co. is readying yet another version of its popular Mustang pony car, this time with a feminine touch. The Detroit News has learned that the automaker plans to offer a “Warriors in Pink” trim package for the sports car this summer to help raise money for breast cancer research and attract new buyers to the Mustang nameplate, which has seen sales slip in recent months. Details are still being worked out, but the new version is expected to feature pink stripes on the exterior and pink contrast stitching inside. It will be available only with a V-6 engine, but customers can opt for either a convertible or a hardtop. A couple of colors will be offered, including black. Pink will not be one of them. Ford will build the cars to order, and some of the profits will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. last_img read more

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Liverpool down and nearly out in Europe… then the Reds did this!

first_img Ryan Babel scored twice as Liverpool beat Besiktas 8-0 1 Liverpool fans may be feeling a little sore following the manner of their latest European defeat, but here is something to put a smile back on their faces.Turn your mind back exactly seven years to a night when the Redmen were on the brink of Champions League group stage elimination, having picked up just one point from their first three Group A games.At Anfield they faced Turkish club Besiktas, who had beaten Liverpool 2-1 in Istanbul.What followed was one of the most memorable Anfield nights, as the Reds recorded a Champions League record 8-0 win.Yossi Benayoun helped himself to a hat-trick, Andriy Voronin (yeah, him) laid on four goals, Peter Crouch and Ryan Babel bagged braces and Steven Gerrard got in on the act.Liverpool went on to beat Porto 4-1 at Anfield and Marseille 4-0 away to qualify for the last 16.Kopites will be praying they perform a similar escape act from the 2014/15 group stages.last_img read more

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And a raise?

first_imgRe “Teachers seeking pay hike” (May 23): I was under the impression that teachers were underpaid but, wow, $56,652 a year is not bad. Considering the fact that they get two-plus months off per year, full insurance benefits and a great pension plan, I would say they have a great deal. I would love a job for life that pays like that with two months off every year. I would love a job where my family and I received full health coverage and, boy, would I love that retirement program. Who gets those kinds of benefits anymore? – Tim O’Brien AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Studio City Competition Re “Teachers seeking pay hike” (May 23): I come from a family of teachers and professors, so I have great respect and appreciation for all who dedicate their lives to education. However with that said, shame on the UTLA and their members for demanding another pay increase of 14 percent above the present $56,652 average salary. The article states that L.A. teacher pay raises have already added up to 33.4 percent since 1997. I have a word of warning for the teachers union: A soon-to-exist throng of unemployed mortgage brokers and Realtors will be happy to retrain and fill teaching jobs for less than $56,000. – Charles L. Murray Santa Clarita Re “Judge lashes out at B.I.G. family” (May 24): On Page 4 of Wednesday’s Daily News is the story of Judge Florence-Marie Cooper being “absolutely outraged” that the lawyers for Notorious B.I.G. were caught lying about their knowledge of shared information regarding the case. This is news? That lawyers lie? Shouldn’t this story be on the fact page along with the weather. Examples: Today the sun came up, Earth was revolving, grass was growing, and … lawyers were lying. – Chuck Heinold West Hills Sports coup Re “Clips’ run comes to end” (May 23): I am as interested in sports as other women and appreciate that it needs its own section, which averages 10-20 pages. Fine. But why does it have to invade the front-page news (even when the home team loses!), and then take the front page of the sports section, also? This is overkill in its worst form. Sports writers have illegally immigrated to the front-page news, and are now taking over. It is time for it to go back to where it belongs, the sports section. – Laverne J. Williams Van Nuys More on Ike Re “Remember Ike” (Your Opinions, May 23): As David E. Mertens points out, Dwight Eisenhower rounded up and deported over 2 million illegals in 1953-54, something Ronald Reagan nullified by giving legal status and citizenship to over 4 million illegals and which George Bush would like to extend to 13 million. Here’s something Dwight Eisenhower said Nov. 8, 1954: “Should any political party attempt to abolish Social Security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things. Among them are … Texas oil millionaires and an occasional politician or business man from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid.” Their number isn’t negligible anymore, and they are, unfortunately, the same Republican Party of which Eisenhower was president. – Ron Honthaner Studio City Bush vs. Ike Re “Remember Ike” (Your Opinions, May 23): While President Eisenhower may indeed have deported 2.1 million illegal immigrants during the unfortunately named Operation Wetback, in the past five years President George W. Bush has deported 6 million illegal immigrants. President Bush also has increased the Border Guard patrol numbers to the highest in history, is deploying the National Guard and most importantly of all, we will finally have a wall on our southern border. I stand by my earlier statement: George W. Bush has done more to stop the influx of illegal immigrants into the United States than any other president in history. By far. – Bobbi Leigh Zito Porter Ranch A Godsend exam Re “High school exit exam” (Your Opinions, May 23): Perhaps Robert Karon is not familiar with the California High School Proficiency Exam. It’s everything you’ve ever dreamed of: not only a get-out-of-jail-free card, it doubles as a work permit. Some kids pass this exam at age 12. My daughter’s best friend passed it when she was a freshman and now attends attends Glendale Community College instead of an LAUSD high school. For students and families who want to learn something instead of sit in a school room, CHSPE is a godsend. – Shirley Goldstein Sylmar Crosswalk solution Re “Crosswalks countdown on way” (May 12): Heaven forbid that the Department of Transportation would throw away good money playing the numbers game at pedestrian crossings, when a simpler solution is available. Leave the crossings as they are and reduce maximum speeds across the nation. A top speed in cities of 25 mph and 50 mph on the freeways, if strictly enforced, would relieve our pockets, reduce the demand for gas and perhaps even lower it, eliminate fear at crossings and soothe the frenzied speeds common on all our roads. – Ray Woolley Burbank No breaks for rich After tiring of hearing about how the “rich” get all the tax breaks, I did some research and the best info I could easily find was from the Tax Foundation. It was very interesting: The bottom fifth of taxpayers pay 3.3 percent of their income; the next fifth pay 7.5 percent; the middle fifth pay 14.4 percent; the fourth group pay 18.6 percent; and the top fifth pays 25.1 percent. It hardly seems the “rich” are getting the breaks. – Gary Hannah Glendale Kindergarten Re “Feeling rises against kindergarten at age 4” (May 23): So delaying entry into kindergarten by three months is really going to help children in Lancaster and the entire state of California catch up academically to children in other states? Did Sen. Runner and Assemblywoman Runner really propose that bill with a straight face? The kids are younger, that’s why they aren’t doing as well? That doesn’t even pass the laugh test. – Stephanie Schiern-Haimoff Woodland Hills Mexico’s lawsuit Re “Mexico threatens to file lawsuits” (May 20): Give me a break. Mexico has threatened to file lawsuits if troops detain migrants on the border. Why haven’t we filed lawsuits against Mexico for the $800 million California spends on health care for illegal immigrants? Or how about the millions we spend housing the illegal-immigrant criminals? Where do all the pro-illegal-immigration activists think that money comes from? It comes out of your pockets and mine, and I’m fed up with it. I heartily encourage anyone who agrees to write your congressmen. Letters have just as much power as taking to the streets, though that’s not a bad idea! – Karen Holder Canyon Country Sounds right I got this riddle from a friend the other day; it is a must-read: “If pro is opposite of con, then what is the opposite of progress? “Congress!” – Wesley Grose III Granada Hills160Want 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

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