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UPDATED: Ursel’s Team BC wins pair to keep pace with leader at Canadian Senior Men’s Curling Championships

first_imgTeam BC had the offence running on all cylinders Tuesday at the 2016 Canadian Senior Men’s Curling Championships in Digby, Nova Scotia, scoring 16 points en route to a pair of wins.Skip Bob Ursel and third Dave Stephenson, both of Kelowna, second Don Freschi of Trail and lead Fred Thomson of Nelson doubled Grant Odishaw of New Brunswick 6-3 to open the day before blasting Ed Sattelberger of Nunavet 10-2 in six ends.The two wins keeps Team BC, 3-1, within striking distance of top spot in Pool B standings.Alan O’Leary of host Nova Scotia leads the standings with a 4-0 record.Team BC meets Rod MacDonald of PEI in the morning draw before tackling O’Leary in the final game of the preliminary round.The top four teams in both pools advance to the Championship round beginning Thursday.Ursel’s Team BC locked in five-way tie at Canadian Seniors Team BC rink of skip Bob Ursel and third Dave Stephenson, both of Kelowna, second Don Freschi of Trail and lead Fred Thomson of Nelson, finished opening day at the 2016 Canadian Senior Men’s Curling Championships in Digby, Nova Scotia with a 1-1 record.Richard Faguy’s Team Quebec scored a single in the eighth end to edge Ursel 6-5 in the evening draw of the Men’s Pool B.Trailing 5-2 after Faguy stole a pair in the fifth end, Ursel scored a duece in the sixth before stealing a single in the seventh to tie up the contest.With last rock in the eighth, Faguy played the end to perfection to score the winning point.The loss drops Ursel into a five-way tie for second after the opening day of preliminary round action.Ursel opened the Championships with a 9-3 victory over Jeff Thomas in seventh ends from Newfoundland and Labrador.Ursel built a 5-2 lead after five ends, then put the game out of reach with a four spot in the seventh.Team BC returns to the ice Tuesday with games against Grant Odishaw of New Brunswick and Ed Sattelberger of Nunavet.Wednesday Ursel concludes the preliminary round against Rod MacDonald of PEI and Alan O’Leary of host Nova Scotia.In the women’s draw, Diane Foster of Kelowna is 1-1 after defeating Robin Manoll of Nunavut and losing a close game to Jo-Ann Rizzo of Team Ontario.last_img read more

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Tottenham star Son texted Gomes a heartfelt apology after breaking his ankle

first_imgSON HEUNG-MIN has been in touch with Andre Gomes by text.The Tottenham star was devastated after his tackle led to Everton ace Gomes suffering broken and dislocated ankle in their clubs’ Prem clash at Goodison Park on Sunday.2 Son Heung-min was shown a straight red card for the challengeCredit: Rex FeaturesSon publicly apologised for the “accident” after scoring twice in his side’s 4-0 win at Red Star Belgrade last night.He later revealed he has sent a message to the stricken Portuguese playmaker who is recovering after undergoing surgery on his horrific injuries.The South Korean said: “I text him before I flew over here and he texted me back.“I couldn’t read it, after the game, but I still feel really, really bad about this. I feel really sorry.“Football is a sport where something like this can happen. Nobody wants to see this situation. I’m just so sad this happened and that I was involved with this situation.“It’s been a really, really tough few days.”Asked what Gomes replied, Son said: “I couldn’t read it.“I just texted him to say best wishes to you, I’m really sorry for you, your family and your teammates.“But I didn’t read his reply because he text me back probably when he got back home.“I don’t want to talk about it too much.”Gomes suffered the sickening injury when his right leg buckled under him after he was caught by a sliding challenge from Son.The shattered Spurs striker was in tears and had to be consoled by a member of coach’s backroom team before he was shown a straight red card by referee Martin Atkinson.That sending off was later rescinded by an independent panel.While Gomes recovers from his physical injuries, many were left wondering how long it would take for Son’s psychological and emotional scars to heal.But his brace in Belgrade shows there appears to be no lasting damage as one of the nicest men in football got back to playing the game he loves again.2 The Spurs star publicly apologised after Tottenham’s win over Red Star BelgradeCredit: Getty Images – GettySon said: “I have to respect that this is what I have to do, what I love to do. I realise how lucky I am.“Of course, Gomes got the injury but the people around me sent me really, really strong messages. My teammates and even Everton fans as well, as well as Tottenham fans and those from South Korea.“I’m really, really grateful for that. Still I feel really sorry about this situation but on the pitch I want to work for it because the team needs especially positive energy.“I tried to work out this situation.”After the final whistle in Belgrade, Son and Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino went over to thank the 700 travelling Tottenham fans.Both men have been through the mill lately, albeit for very different reasons.Son, who refused to celebrate his goals out of respect for Gomes, said: “I’m always grateful to these fans.“I was late going over at the end because I was shaking hands with all the Red Star players and our players, then I went over with the gaffer together.“I wanted to send the message that I’m really grateful for all the messages from every single supporter.“Of course, it’s really difficult to say this but I’m really grateful and I realise how lucky I am. I want to pay them back on the pitch.”That’s all I can do. I want to respect him [Gomes] as well, and this is how I show respect – by working harder than in the past.”Son insisted he never considered pulling out of the trip after the Gomes incident.He said: “I’m the guy who wants to play every time. I’m the guy who wants to help the team, even if I was in shock.“I had a really tough few days but the team is every single other player. I had to think about this. I’m not selfish, I don’t want to be selfish.MOST READ IN SPORT THROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticIT’S…NOT TOMMY BOWETommy Bowe discovers someone has been impersonating him on TinderMAC DADDYTriple H wants McGregor v McMahon with winner getting rights to billionaire strut”I’m not the type to find an excuse. I want to be there all the time, involved in every single game.“I try to help the team as many times as possible. This is respect to our fans, to our club and to our teammates. Because our teammates helped me so much, it’s amazing.“The coaching staff as well. That’s why I want to work harder than before and pay them back.”Son Heung-min scores for Spurs vs Red Star and dedicates goal to Andre Gomes after horror injurylast_img read more

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Guiao on Pringle: ‘Stanley gives us another dimension’

first_imgTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Apart from Pringle, Guiao will also have the returning Matthew Wright and Japeth Aguilar, who served a one-game suspension for their participation in the ugly melee against Australia last July, at his disposal.The Philippines was in dire need of additional outisde threat against Iran after shooting just 18 percent from the 3-point area and the sweet-shooting Wright would’ve made a big difference.“Matthew is going to provide us an extra option as an extra shooting weapon for this team. We’ve had some problems with our soutside shoting against Iran so that’s a welcome addition,” Guiao said.“Japeth adds the size, the length and the inside presence. He’s a defensive stopper and rim protector. We missed them actually.”The Nationals hope to redeem themselves against the shorthanded Qataris in a closed-door encounter Monday, 7:30 p.m., at Araneta Coliseum. ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ Pringle, Aguilar, Wright part of Gilas 12 vs Qatar “Stanley Pringle is taking over the naturalized position over Christian Standhardinger. That was very a difficult decision, agonizing decision with the way Christian was playing not only against Iran but consistently playing for the national team even from the asian games,” Guiao told reporters after Philippine team practice at Smart Araneta Coliseum Sunday on the eve of its game against Qatar in the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers.“But Stanley also brings a lot to the game he creates a lot of situations for his teammates. He can score, he can defend, he can pass. We’ll miss Christian, but Stanley gives us another dimension, so I think whatever we lose with Christian not playing, we’ll be able to get some other way with Stanley.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissStandhardinger, the Fil-German bruiser, was Gilas’ naturalized player in an 81-73 loss to Iran on Thursday where led the team with a game-high 30 points and 12 rebounds.Pringle last played in the Asian Games last month where he was among the Philippines’ best players along with Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson and Standhardinger. Photo from Fiba.comNational team coach Yeng Guiao said choosing Stanley Pringle over Christian Standhardinger as the Philippines’ naturalized player was a hard decision to make.But that’s not a knock on the explosive Pringle, who also brings a ton of upside to Gilas Pilipinas.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Qatar, which took a 43-95 beatdown at the hands of Australia in Doha, will have to make do without several of their key pieces in Mansour Elhadary, Abdulrahman Saad, Erfan Saeed and naturalized player Clinton Johnson due to injuries.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

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US$27.3M for RIA Rehab

first_imgLiberia has secured US$27.3 million from the European Investment Bank (EIB) to speedily embark on a rigorous upgrade of its only international airport, a statement from EIB said.Roberts International Airport (RIA), particularly its runway, has serious safety problems, forcing international carriers like Air France and others to pullout of Liberia.To help upgrade and restore safety at RIA, the international organization approved the funds yesterday. Rehabilitation work on the runway will include improvements to the drainage and lighting which are in a deplorable state.According to a press statement posted on the organization’s website yesterday, EIB stressed the urgent need to secure the long-term loan to commence “urgent work to upgrade the runway and address safety at Liberia’s main airport in the capital, Monrovia.”EIB said the agreement came following discussions between Liberia’s then Finance Minister, now Minister for Finance and Development Planning Amara Konneh and Europe’s long-term lending institution, the European Investment Bank, following an agreement signed in Washington D.C. the United States.“The twenty year loan for RIA was formally agreed on the sidelines of the World Bank, International Monitoring Fund (IMF) meetings in Washington at a ceremony attended by Minister Konneh and Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) Dr. J. Mills Jones.“The occasion also allowed for detailed discussion of issues of pressing concern in Liberia, the government’s economic recovery plan and EIB engagement in West Africa,” the statement said.The post quoted the Bank’s vice president Pim van Ballekom as saying that EIB stands side by side with Liberia at this time of need and will continue her engagement with Liberian officials, partner institutions and European Union Delegations in the region and will ensure that any support the EU can provide will be of best use.“Upgrading Monrovia’s airport is essential for Liberia and we are pleased to share experience from similar projects elsewhere in Africa.” said Pim van Ballekom.When completed, the document noted, RIA will be in compliance with international civil aviation standards.Minister Konneh maintained that “the EIB has always been a true partner to the people of Liberia. The airport rehabilitation project is another clear manifestation of that partnership,” he asserted.This is the first EIB operation with the Liberian Airports Authority and follows recent support for improving electricity generation in Liberia through backing for rehabilitation of the Mount Coffee Hydropower Plant.Liberia’s project is being co-financed by the Saudi Fund for Development and the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa, EIB asserted.RIA rehabilitation has over the years under the President Johnson regime become an issue of national concern with serious controversy erupting from the management of the airport.Of late, former airport manager Ellen Corkrum accused the Unity Party led government of doing nothing to address such major concerns and even “misapplying resources intended for rehabilitating the facility with no regard to safety,” a claim government has repeatedly denied.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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Govt denies Ramson resources to expose SOCU info

first_img… is playing a dangerous game with people – Bishop EdghillThe Government of Guyana appears to be deliberately starving the Constitutional Office of the Commissioner of Information, in order to stymie the public’s access to information, by withholding resources.People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Member of Parliament, Juan Edghill made the damning charges on Tuesday, after learning that the Commissioner of Information, Charles Ramson Sr, did not even have the resources to get a letter typed to furnish an Access to Information request under the Access to Information Act.Former Appeal Court Judge and Charle Charles Ramson SrThis position was taken following a correspondence from the Commissioner of Information Ramson, in response to a request by Edghill seeking to identify the names of the more than 200 persons that were blacklisted from leaving the country by the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) of the Guyana Police Force.Ramson on Monday wrote to the PPP/C Member of Parliament acknowledging the request for the list of 200 names of persons that have been blacklisted from leaving the country by SOCU.According to Ramson – a former Attorney General under the PPP/C Administration – a letter has been prepared to the Commissioner of Police and it shall be delivered after being duly processed digitally.“As you are aware this exercise has to be outsourced owing to the absence of staff since July 2015,” Ramson stated.The Commissioner of Information further explained: “My office has not been provided with any officers, employees, etc, by the Minister of Information (Prime Minster Moses Nagamootoo) as is required by Section 5 of the Access to Information Act 2011.”Edghill subsequently told Guyana Times, “one could only conclude this is not coincidental, it is not accidental, it is deliberate.”He was adamant that the purpose of the Commissioner of Information is to ensure all access to information to the people of the country.According to Edghill, the coalition Government is in fact playing a dangerous game when it comes to denying people information.A peeved Edghill recalled for Guyana Times that the initial request was made of the Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud but to no avail.Bishop Edghill observed that while the Police Commissioner is equipped with the resources and manpower to acquiesce to the request there was not even an acknowledgement while the person empowered under the law – Commissioner of Information Ramson – is being deliberately starved of resources.He said it would appear that the Administration has triangulated and has hamstrung the office of the Commissioner of Information in not providing adequate staff.According to Edghill, when he approached Ramson even the guard hut had been nailed shut and while the Information Commissioner was willing to act on the PPP/C member’s request, he complained of a lack of staff and resources.He said the Administration in its treatment with information is selective and has demonstrated a willingness and capacity to bury information.The former Government Minister described accessing to information under the current administration as akin to ‘pulling teeth.’He described as appalling, the dire and difficult circumstances under which the Commissioner of Information is forced to operate. According to Edghill, it is difficult to fathom how a man of such high standing, learning and training, would be allowed to operate in such a state of affairs by a Government who came to office on the promises of transparency and accountability.He told Guyana Times, “this culture of non-disclosure is annoying and a far cry from what they promised the people.”Ramson recently filed legal action against Prime Minister and Information Minister Moses Nagamootoo and Attorney General Basil Williams over the withholding of his salary.Ramson Sr, whose suit was filed for him by his Attorneys Ashton and Pauline Chase, is seeking a declaration that his fundamental right to work was violated by the respondents. He is also seeking an order for the respondents to continue to pay his salary, emoluments and allowances “until such time as his appointment is revoked lawfully.”In addition, he is seeking an order for the Prime Minister, the second named respondent, to provide “such accommodation, resources and officers and employees for the efficient functioning of the office of the Commissioner of Information pursuant to Section 5 of the Access to Information Act 2011.”Ramson and Prime Minster Nagamootoo has been at loggerheads for months with one claiming a lack of resources and the other claiming ‘no money for no work done.’last_img read more

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Scott named UCLA receivers coach

first_imgDye commits: The Bruins received their first non-binding oral commitment of the 2008 class from Anthony Dye of Corona Santiago High pledged to UCLA. One of the most intriguing things about Dye is the choice he made a year ago. He was a left wing with the Los Angeles Hockey Club, and was given the chance to prep at Minnesota hockey power Shattuck-St. Mary’s. “That was obviously a big decision, and I’m happy with the one I made,” Dye said. “I love the sport of football.” I’ve been playing since I was six, and when it came down to it, I think football is more of a team oriented sport and I love the people I’m around. I love the feeling of the family atmosphere. It’s there a little bit more than in hockey.” Dye, a 5-foot-11, 180-pounder, had 89 tackles last season, including 18 against Corona Centennial High. He also had one sack and three interceptions. “Eric is an up-and-coming talent in this profession,” Dorrell said. “He has a great sense of evaluating talent and developing skill players to reach their potential.” The 32-year-old Scott, who graduated from UCLA in 1997, will see plenty of familiar Crenshaw faces. Not only are offensive lineman Aleksey Lanis, linebacker Reggie Carter and defensive end Chinonso Anyanwu former Crenshaw players, but so are incoming freshmen Brian Price (defensive tackle) and Raymond Carter (running back). Two years ago, Eric Scott was coordinating Crenshaw High’s offense. Now he will be teaching UCLA’s receivers and trying to make a name for himself as a top-notch recruiter. In an expected move Tuesday, Bruins coach Karl Dorrell hired Scott – who played at UCLA – to coach receivers at his alma mater. center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Taylor ups fees for water/sewer, adds campsite reservation charge

first_imgThe new fees will come into effect on January 1, 2014. In an effort to have water and sewer be self-funding, the District is moving towards full-cost recovery by phasing out subsidizing those services. As such, the annual residential water rate is increasing $25 to $250, along with commercial and industrial rate increases. Water and sewer connection fees are also increasing by $50 each, while the senior’s discount is decreasing from $45 to $40, with five per cent decreases scheduled for each year ahead until it is $25. Regular campsite fees at PeaceIslandPark will remain at $15 a night, but the group camping fee has increased to $50 from $40, and a new reservation fee of $120 has been added. The reservation cost will come out of camping fees, but is non-refundable if cancelled less than five days before arrival. The cost to rent out the Clubhouse at the Lone Wolf Golf Club is going up substantially to $300, but the $100 rate for use of its kitchen has been eliminated. – Advertisement -The District will be keeping the reduced cost for leisure skating passes at the Taylor Arena, as they have reportedly been well received by users. A three month pass is now sold for $20, and a six month pass for $30, when they would previously cost $65 and $130 respectively. Lastly, the honorariums for mayor and council are going up, but the raises have been reduced from what was originally proposed. Councillors will receive $9,150 a year, up from $9,000, while Mayor Fred Jarvis is getting a $300 raise to $22,600. It was previously suggested councillors make $500 more, which was cut down to $150. Advertisementlast_img read more

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‘I’d die for Liverpool!’ – Listen as a distraught Reds fan cries live on talkSPORT

first_imgIt has been a bad day for Liverpool, but this Reds fan couldn’t hold back the tears when live on Call Collymore earlier.The ‘heart broken’ caller was candidly upset following his side’s dismal 6-1 defeat at Stoke City on the final day of the Premier League season which spoiled Steven Gerrard’s Reds’ farewell.He called for an end to underfire manager Brendan Rodgers’ tenure, whilst suggesting the club need to bring in either Jurgen Klopp or Joachim Loew as a replacement to restore the glory days on Merseyside.last_img

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LOCAL NEWS: AIDAN GUTHRIE’S DRUMKEEN COMMUNITY NOTES

first_imgSEND YOUR COMMUNITY OR SPORTS NEWS TO: info@donegaldaily.com and share it with 170,000 people at home and abroad every week.LOCAL NEWS: DRUMKEEN COMMUNITY NOTESDanceA dance will take place in the hall on Thurs 13th Dec from 9.00-12midnight. Music by Johnny Haughey and Alec Black. Adm only €7. A greatnight’s entertainment guaranteed. Tea served, all welcome.Drumkeen Youth ClubNo Youth Club this Fri 14th Dec.Our “BIG CHRISTMAS DISCO” is on this Sat 15th Dec in the hall from4:30-6:00pm. All primary school children and younger welcome, lots ofgames and fun things to do, Adm €3. Concession for families, We mayeven have a SPECIAL guest too !!!!!! Charlie Daly & H-Block Martyrs Sinn Féin Cumann DrumkeenLotto Results 05th Dec 01, 03, 17, 19. No jackpot winner 2 Match 3Numbers €50 each Mick Quinn, Churchill. Fred c/o Buncrana.Next weeks jackpot €3,700 Tickets from any committee member €2. Goraibh maith agat.St. Mary’s GAABingo in the Hall on Tues at the earlier time of 8.30pm. Lotto results2 with 3 counties Elaine Gallagher &Helen Long Convoy Next WeeksJackpot €2300 Lotto available from any Committee Member.St Marys A.G.M. will take place on Sunday 6th Jan 2013 at 3pm ALLNominations need to be returned to Julia before 6pm on Friday 28thDecember.Blood Transfusion ServiceThe Blood transfusion service will be in Jackson’s Hotel Ballybofey atthe following times.Mon 10th Dec 6.30pm to 9.30pm Tues 11th and Wed 12th Dec 3.00 pm to5.00pm and 7.00pmPlease come along at a time that suits you and bring a friend or twoBlood is urgently needed at this time so please, please come along and donate.Finn Valley AC Jogging GroupThe Finn Valley AC has recently established a Jogging Group whichmeets every Monday night in Convoy opposite Breen’s Bar @ 7p.m.!All welcome! Slimming WorldSlimming World meet every Tuesday in Kees Hotel, Stranorlar at 10am,12 noon, 5.30pm & 7.30pm. New members always welcome. ContactCatherine on 0863962666 for further information.Parish HallAnyone wishing to book the hall should contact Charlie Quinn on91/34010 or 087 7728608Birthdays, Anniversaries etc.Is there something happening in the area you think should behighlighted or if anyone would like a birthday or anniversarymentioned in the notes, also any photo’s you would like publishedplease feel free to email them to drumkeennotes@gmail.comDrumkeen NotesAnyone wishing to have material included pleaseEmail drumkeennotes@gmail.com (Deadline Sun @ 6pm)LOCAL NEWS: AIDAN GUTHRIE’S DRUMKEEN COMMUNITY NOTES was last modified: December 9th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:LOCAL NEWS: AIDAN GUTHRIE’S DRUMKEEN COMMUNITY NOTESlast_img read more

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Richman proposes LAUSD breakup

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Sen. George Runner, R-Lancaster, proposed the same legislation Thursday in the Senate. Richman proposes that any California district with more than 500,000 students be broken up by July 2010 into several school districts, each with an annual enrollment of no more than 50,000 students. The bill will have its first hearing in policy committee sometime before an April 28 legislative deadline. Villaraigosa – who is developing his own plan to take over the school district – declined to comment on Richman’s plan Thursday, saying he hadn’t had an opportunity to review it. In December when Richman initially proposed it, Villaraigosa said he welcomed the proposal, saying it was worth studying. The battle over how to improve Los Angeles’ public schools heated up Thursday as Assemblyman Keith Richman introduced legislation to break up the district and give broader control to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the mayors of other cities that are part of the LAUSD. The legislation proposes splitting the 727,000-student Los Angeles Unified School District into more than a dozen smaller districts, with the breakup overseen by a nine-member commission of mayors from the 27 cities that the district serves, the state superintendent of public instruction and university professors. “I think L.A. Unified is a failing school district. It’s a district that has a dropout rate of somewhere between 30 (percent) and 50 percent with little argument that minorities are dropping out at a rate of 50 percent and no improvement in the middle or high schools in test scores,” said Richman, R-Granada Hills. “We need to do a better job. The district bureaucracy is a behemoth and unresponsive and not accountable to parents or the community. If in fact we’re going to bring more accountability to the district, it requires breaking it up into smaller districts.” Richman said that while mayoral takeover could potentially bring more accountability to the district, his proposal would be more effective. “I think, ultimately, even if the mayor were to take over the district, it does not bring the level of accountability that smaller districts would bring,” Richman said. Superintendent Roy Romer could not be reached for comment Thursday, but when Richman announced in December that he would introduce the measure, Romer said that talk of breaking up the district was premature. Romer questioned the impact on the LAUSD’s $19 billion construction program – the largest public works program in the nation, which is expected to be completed by 2012. Richman’s proposal would prohibit the LAUSD from entering into any contracts that extend into 2010, which would affect long-term facilities contracts and business contracts, he said. Richman maintained that his proposal would not impact the program because it would give smaller districts the flexibility to work together on issues like purchasing, transportation and facilities. He also said his plan would call for the district’s property, facilities and obligations to be equitably divided. Richman is the second lawmaker in recent months to propose legislative action to revamp governance of the district. State Sen. Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, introduced a bill in July that would have given the mayor authority to appoint seven school board members and the superintendent if the district met certain conditions of “educational failure.” That measure was killed after state officials deemed it unconstitutional and Villaraigosa opposed it. Romero recently introduced legislation that would fund a study to determine how mayoral control of school districts has worked in other cities. Naush Boghossian, (818) 713-3722 naush.boghossian@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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