Cojuangco: PH will end Olympic drought with 5 golds in Tokyo 2020

first_imgRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments LATEST STORIES How to help the Taal evacuees Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ “I already have two sure candidates in mind,” said Cojuangco during the thanksgiving mass and dinner party for the Philippine Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games delegation Friday night at V Corporate building in Makati City.Cojuangco, however, declined to name the athletes and the national sports associations who can make history by delivering the first-ever gold medal for the Philippines in the Olympics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“I have a strong feeling they can win it. But I don’t want to mention the sport; I don’t want to pressure them,” said the POC chief. “We just have to fuel them up with high-octane gasoline and their performances can translate into gold medals.”Cojuangco said the athletes are homegrown but hinted that other potential gold medals could also come from swimmers and tracksters based in the United States. DAY6 is for everybody POC President Peping Cojuangco. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Philippines won’t simply end the country’s gold medal drought in the Olympics in the 2020 Tokyo Games. But it’s going to do so in style.Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose Cojuangco Jr. believes Filipino athletes are capable of winning five gold medals in Tokyo, but only if the country puts up the proper training facilities needed for these athletes to succeed.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 In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide “We need a training center to achieve this. Without a training center, getting those medals will be difficult,” he pointed out.According to Cojuangco, there’s already a masterplan for the construction of a new sports facility in Clark Green City while the POC is also looking at another site in Iba, Zambales, to put up a training center.The Philippines could only settle for another silver medal courtesy of weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz in the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Games, 20 years after boxer Mansueto “Onyok” Velasco delivered the last medal for the country with a silver performance in the 1996 Atlanta Games.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Ateneo bags sixth win, hands NU third straight loss OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

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Downed under

first_imgHardly intimidated by the Aussies’ height and heft, the Filipinos provided a stiffer-than-expected challenge against the Boomers before absorbing an 84-68 loss at Margaret Court Arena.Reigning four-time PBA Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo had 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting, but naturalized player Andray Blatche came up with only eight points and seven boards as Gilas absorbed its first loss in the qualifying stage.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAustralia opened the qualifying round with two straight wins over Chinese-Taipei and Japan by an average of 31 points. It didn’t help that Gilas missed top scorer Jayson Castro due to an ankle injury.That hardly mattered in the opening minutes as an aggressive Gilas start left the hosts reeling in the first 17 minutes, where the Filipinos even took a 30-25 lead after a one-handed shot by Fajardo inside the paint. GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES Andray Blatche (right) coughs up just eight points after a promising start. —FIBA ASIAWithout its top point guard and playing on enemy ground, it was always going to be tough for the Philippines.But a competitive first half against highly-fancied Australia in Melbourne on Thursday gave Gilas a springboard heading into another important Fiba World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifiers this weekend.ADVERTISEMENT UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer MOST READ Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Beermen eye playoff bonus Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Fajardo’s strong performance, particularly in the first half, augurs well for the Filipinos as they brace for battle against the Japanese this Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.Matthew Wright had nine points and RR Pogoy chipped in eight points in just 12 minutes for coach Chot Reyes, who also gave former La Salle center Abu Tratter his first taste of international action. Tratter finished with two points.The Boomers began pulling away in the second half with Cameron Gliddon doing damage, tallying 16 points on 4-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc. Mitch Creek came up with a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Boomers, who dominated the boards, 50-30. Australia also had 16 assists, eight more than Gilas.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

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Coach’s ‘barangay level’ remark fires up La Salle to get back on track

first_imgWhen De La Salle head coach Ramil De Jesus lashed out at his players with the “barangay” label after their loss to Adamson University, the comment caused a ripple in the Lady Spikers’ locker room.ADVERTISEMENT Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano View comments PSL: Petron stays unscathed, turns back F2 in Finals rematch Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “We really played badly in that loss, so whatever he says to us we’ll just accept it.”And Dy personall wanted to make up for her lackluster performance against Adamson where she scored just eight points.Dy responded with a season-high 21 points, the first time she breached the 20-point mark this season, and that included 11 spikes, seven blocks, and three service aces.READ: UAAP volleyball: La Salle outplays Ateneo for share of 2nd seed“I played really bad against Adamson, it was a really bad game for me,” said Dy, whose team improved to 5-2 to get a share of the second seed with Far Eastern University.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “After our game against Adamson, I couldn’t sleep, I didn’t feel right, so I texted coach and told him ‘I am sorry, you had expectations put on me, so I will get back in the next game.’”Dy added that De Jesus’ comment not only struck a chord with her, but with the whole Lady Spikers team who had to be reminded that they were the defending champions for two years running.“Coach would always say to us ‘who are you? You’re the defending champions right?’ so we realized that ‘yeah, we are the defending champions,’” said Dy. “So coming into this game, we just remembered who we are.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES That ripple turned into an uproar that would only be quelled when the Lady Spikers got back on the winning track, which became reality when La Salle trumped Ateneo, 25-20, 25-17, 24-26, 25-20, in its first round capper in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.Kianna Dy said De Jesus’ comments riled them up even further and motivated them to avenge their shock loss to the Lady Falcons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkREAD: De Jesus blasts Lady Spikers after 2nd loss: ‘You don’t belong in UAAP’“Coach never gives us any praise for whatever we do, he will always look at our mistakes,” said Dy in Filipino Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena. “I think it was an eye-opener for us but we know that we deserved that comment.” Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinalast_img read more

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9-year-old girl helps Stephen Curry fix online shoe access

first_imgLATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk He missed his 11th straight game Thursday because of a strained left groin and didn’t speak to reporters. Curry is expected to return Saturday at Detroit.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Drummond, Griffin lead Pistons in rout of Bulls Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:31Got robbed? Manila South Cemetery’s website helps track down perpetrators02:21School hopes to fill gap for data analysts through online course02:14Carpio 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 anewcenter_img No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college FILE – In this Aug. 14, 2018, file photo, Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, center, greets basketball camp participants after taking a group photo at Ultimate Fieldhouse in Walnut Creek, Calif. A letter from a 9-year-old girl has helped Stephen Curry fix online access to his shoes for kids. Riley Morrison of Napa, California, wrote to Curry to tell him she couldn’t buy his Curry 5 shoes because they weren’t available on the Under Armour website. They were only marketed to boys. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)TORONTO — A letter from a 9-year-old girl has helped Stephen Curry fix online access to his shoes for kids.Riley Morrison of Napa, California, wrote to Curry to tell him she couldn’t buy his Curry 5 shoes because they weren’t available on the Under Armour website. They were only marketed to boys.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ She wrote “I know you support girl athletes because you have two daughters and you host an all girls basketball camp. I hope you can work with Under Armour to change this because girls want to rock the Curry 5′s too.”The two-time MVP and five-time All-Star replied with an apology, saying in a hand-written response he’s been working with Under Armour to remedy the situation. Curry promised to send Morrison two pairs of shoes, including the new Curry 6 model.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 ChrissHe also invited her to the Warriors home game on March 8, International Women’s Day.“That’s the beauty of Steph,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said before Thursday’s game at Toronto. “He understands his power. He understands the impact he can make on people’s lives. And I’m just incredibly proud of him.” View commentslast_img read more

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Transforming Rural Settlements into Engines of Socio-economic Growth

first_imgA German humanitarian has urged Liberians and their support partners to join in the transformation of rural communities/settlements into vibrant socio-economic belts for development, growth and progress.Mr. Rudolf Janke made the statement recently in the transformed village of Konjorloe/Konjorlahun while discussing with women, chiefs and elders on the importance of micro-credit for their socio-economic improvement in Foya Statutory District, Lofa County.For the past four years, Mr. Janke and his support partners in Germany and Liberians in the United States of America have assisted the citizens and residents of Konjorloe and other villages in the areas of sanitation and infrastructure development.As a result of such accomplishments, other sustained plans are now being worked out to include other villages that have demonstrated some initiative in maintaining the critically needed sanitation facilities.Mr. Janke and partners through the Village People’s Empowerment (VIPE) has rendered assistance to rural dwellers through the reconstruction of Konjorloe, a village that was completely destroyed during the 15 years civil conflict in Liberia.Mr. Janke, women, men and a team of professional Liberians of VIPE have worked hard and restored critical sanitation facilities such as modern bathrooms and latrines.The German national reminded the interest free soft loans beneficiaries that paying the loans on time were critical to the extension of similar assistance to other needy communities in the Foya Statutory District.According to him, livelihood components in the form of goats, sheep and others could not be sustained due to the destructive nature of the domestic animals to crops such as rice, cassava and variety of foodstuffs.He said that VIPE is also providing some assistance to the school feeding program and some of the teachers are being paid by local non-governmental organizations.The VIPE team and Mr. Janke also developed strategies that have enabled the citizens and residents of Konjorloe to build better houses through soft loans under a revolving scheme for the past four years of operations.Other critical projects undertaken and completed include rehabilitation of the school, a new mid-wives’ residence and recruiting business instructor Florence Korsor to train the rural women in better business practices.Despite the multiple challenges in working with the rural dwellers so they can understand the repayment of the interest of the free soft loans, significant progress has been made in the lives of the citizens and residents of Konjorloe.In separate interviews the residents of Konjorloe village expressed gratitude and appreciation to Mr. Janke and the team from the VIPE for the assistance over the years.Beneficiary Tawah Kumba Borwah, 45, told the Daily Observer that the interest free soft loan initiative has transformed her life and her family of five children.“I really want the soft loan initiative to be extended to other villages in the area,” Madam Borwah stressed.Madam Lusu Momo, 48, said that the soft loans have given their house hold splendid socio-economic benefits such as the paying of school fees and other social benefits.“Me and my family of six children have greatly benefited as we now live in a better house and have good sanitation facilities,” explained Madam Momo.In related developments, plans are being developed to educate more trainers of the micro-credit component of the VIPE’s socio-economic empowerment of rural Liberians in that part of the country.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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LETTER TO BOBBIN

first_imgDear Bobbin,You have left us, but the memories remain as if yesterday were today.How does one tell the story? How did the journey that ended on July 23 begin?As part of the many families on Crown Hill between the area of Dennis football field and Mends-Cole house, we grew up imbued with traditional extended family values. After childhood years, we all moved on, in different directions, in search of education. You pursued the highest and finest level of a professional, a doctor of psychiatry, educated in Besancon at the University de Franche-Comte, absorbing with perfection French values in education, philosophy, literature and oratory skills.The lost election of 1997 led us separately to Abidjan where with Elva Richardson, and supported by Pauline and Appolinaire who is here, we became self-appointed officers of the Kormah Development Corporation. You slowly wound down your practice and other activities to devote time and attention to working with me in setting up and running the corporation.Going beyond consultancy services, you used exceptional talent to convince regional neighbors and friends to host a meeting in Ouagadougou in July 2002 in an unsuccessful attempt to bring Liberian political leaders together for peace. We have memories of the countless number of brothers and sisters in Francophone West Africa who then became our hosts and our hope, the countless number of brothers and sisters in the United States who become our sustenance and our look to the future.The return home in 2003 heralded a new beginning, an opportunity to join compatriots of shared values, to start the processes of returning our country to normalcy. The opportunity to do so came in 2006 after the victorious election in 2005. From then until now, through the good and difficult days, and despite the distractions, we have kept the promise and the commitment to put country first. This required going beyond the call to duty, foregoing vacation period, working around the clock, something many of our compatriots can never understand.During this time, the relationship with regional and continental leaders grew strong with your intervention and advocacy. It was common for you to say Madam President, I have discussed this matter with Marcel or with Brian or with Mohammed and your brother will call you. I know that you are happy for the many, particularly your brother Marcel,who have honored your service and your memory by joining us during this period of saying Good Bye to you.Your indefatigable service and relationship at home with local officials, with the Diplomatic Corp and with stakeholders have made you the one Minister liked and respected by everyone. Your work ethic, your service, your integrity stood out to all, most especially to me over the past eighteen years. For all your human and people skills, for your high sense of worth, no task or job was too big or too small, no one was too big or too small for you to find and form companionship. There was no one in whom I had more explicit trust and confidence. There was no one more loyal than you. There was simply no one like you.It hurts today to realize that you had major health problems which you ignored as you labored to help the Administration achieve its agenda. You suffered in silence as you kept the promise and walked the talk for all of us.We can never match what you represented–intelligence surpassed only by humility; friendship surpassed only by loyalty; integrity, surpassed only by strong moral values; service surpassed only by selfless dedication.Our mothers, who were strong Christian friends, taught us as children those values from which we can never depart. This became our strength. This became our bond.Your unexpected departure came too early, leaving a deep hurt and a void that cannot be filled. My minister, my brother, my friend, go to your well-earned eternal peace and rest. Your memories we will have forever.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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‘Lack of National ID Card Undermines Security’

first_imgMr. Boah is an independent presidential aspirant-Mr. Carlton Boah By Ishmael F. MenkorIndependent presidential aspirant Carlton Boah has disclosed that the absence of a national identification card undermines state security and puts the country at risk.Speaking in an interview with reporters in Ganta recently, Mr. Boah asked, “If you don’t know your citizens, how can you put security methods in place?”Mr. Boah, who was on an acquaintance visit to Nimba County, explained that in order to have a vibrant state security, the citizens should be identified with an identification card, as it was done in the 1980s.He said the security methods that are applied, including housing identification system, are inadequate, adding that a national identification system could be the effective means to identify people based on their numbers and their origin.“In my government, when the child is born today, the child will be given a national identification card, and all those who are living today will also be allowed to get their national ID, so it will be easy for you to trace anyone who is involved in illegal activites,” he said.Mr. Boah, a former publisher of the In Profile newspaper and an independent presidential candidate, said his government would share security information with other countries to combat terrorism.“We will be very vigilant with the security and share information with other countries,” he said.On land usage, he said his government will be very drastic in settling land disputes. “My government will seize any disputed land and turn it into an eminent domain or the government will take it and use it,” he added.Mr. Carlton Boah and his friends have been touring several parts of Nimba County and meeting with locals, and applauding them for warmly receiving him.Mr. Boah is the second Nimbaian to join the October presidential race. He expressed confidence in his presidential bid, adding, “There is too much power in the hand of the president; if I am elected, I will decentralize most of the authority to the locals to make their own decisions.”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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SOCU questions Nandlall

first_imgLaw books vendetta…PPP says issue reeks of political persecution, witch-huntingThe Peoples Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) has said on Monday that an incident involving former Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Anil Nandlall, being questioned by ranks of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) — about several Commonwealth Law Books which Attorney General Basil Williams is claiming were stolen from the State — reeks of political persecutionThis incident comes days after the Opposition parliamentarian had filed a lawsuit against Williams for libel and slander consequent upon Williams continuously declaring that Nandlall is a thief.Anil Nandlall, Bharrat Jagdeo and Priya Manickchand during the hasilty called press conference on MondayNandlall has since labelled this action involving SOCU a form of retaliation; and the public feud between these two politicians continues.In a press briefing held at Freedom House immediately after his release from SOCU on Monday, Nandlall and one of his attorneys, Priya Manickchand, together with Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, addressed the media on this development. They all contended that this action is the latest in Government’s attempt to distract the nation from serious problems affecting the country, and is another of Government’s witch-hunting tactics aimed at intimidating the PPP/C.WarrantSOCU officers had obtained a warrant to take possession of the law books, but Nandlall disclosed that they are in his possession at one of his premises, and he is unable to access those premises because the person who holds the keys thereto is currently overseas, and would not return until tonight.ArrangementThe former Attorney General told the press briefing that the arrangement regarding the law books had been made known to Williams back in 2015 during the transition period from one political administration to another. He reiterated that as part of his employment contract with the PPP government, the subscription fees for the law books had been stood in an arrangement similar to that involving Government paying for electricity or other amenities for its ministers.He emphasised that he had already been subscribing to the publication of the law books prior to taking up position of Attorney General with the previous administration; and his successor had never objected to this arrangement, but had in fact lamented not having prior subscriptions which he could have had paid for by the State.Nandlall said the Attorney General began making an issue of the arrangement regarding the law books only after he became the subject of intense criticisms; which began with the lawsuit against the appointment of the Mabaruma Mayor, and continued with his actions brought against Indira Anandjeet—the Permanent Secretary appointed under his tenure — and other actions leading up to the most recent courtroom outbursts.MandateNandlall has again raised concerns regarding SOCU operating outside of its legal mandate to investigate financial crimes. Questioned, the shadow legal affairs minister said he does not rule out the option of bringing legal proceedings against the entity in this regard.CorruptionJagdeo and Manickchand have also expressed concerns about the priorities of the Government and the use of the State’s apparatus to execute its campaign of political vendetta.Jagdeo has even questioned whether this matter regarding the law books represents the mass corruption which the APNU/AFC coalition had decried prior to assuming executive office some two years ago. “This becomes the big acts of corruption when they had claimed the PPP stole over $305B,” he outlined, noting that the law books are probably now worth about US$2000; or, according to Nandlall, less than two of his cellular phones.However, Nandlall disclosed that, at this time, the books are worth approximately $1.5 million.last_img read more

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Term-limit changes sought in proposal

first_imgSACRAMENTO – In an effort to lock in the power of the state’s two top legislators for six more years, heavy-hitting political groups filed a ballot initiative Thursday that would expand term limits. Filed with the Attorney General’s Office, the measure would reduce the number of years that legislators could serve from 14 to 12. However, lawmakers could serve all 12 years in one legislative house – rather than six years in the Assembly and eight in the Senate, as the current term limits allow. “We need to reform the current system so that California has a stable Legislature that is focused on solving the state’s growing challenges rather than the next election,” said Allan Zaremberg, president of the California Chamber of Commerce. A total of 34 lawmakers facing term limits in 2008 could have their terms extended under this initiative. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The most prominent are Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland, who could serve another four-year term, and Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez, D-Los Angeles, who could get six more years in the Assembly. Until Thursday, many believed legislators would approve their own term-limits measure as part of an overall political-reform package that includes giving an independent commission the power to draw political boundaries. Legislators will now be able to keep their distance from the term-limits reform as their proxies – the California Chamber of Commerce and the California Teachers Association – do the heavy lifting. sharmon@cctimes.com (916) 441-2101last_img read more

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GradPASS program available to Fort St. John High school graduates

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – BC Transit and partnering communities are offering the GradPASS program for graduating Grade 12 students all over the province.High school graduates from Over 70 communities across British Columbia are participating in the program including Dawson Creek to give high school graduates the opportunity to ride the bus for free for two days of their choice in June.GradPASS cards will be distributed to graduates in late May and to use their GradPASS, they only need to scratch off their two chosen travel days (does not need to be consecutive) and show the card to their bus driver at the time of boarding.- Advertisement -“Grad season can be a busy and exciting time for high school graduates – and GradPASS provides them with access to a free and safe transportation option,” said Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “Thank you to BC Transit for another year of GradPASS, and to the more than 70 local governments in B.C. and the Victoria Regional Transit Commission for their support of this increasingly popular program.”First introduced in Vancouver in 1988, GradPASS created to encourage safe transportation options during prom season for recent graduates. The Victoria Regional Transit System adopted the program in 1990, with other communities following suit over the years. Today, over 70 communities across the province offer GradPASS to new graduates at the end of May for their use in June.“BC Transit is pleased to congratulate the graduating class of 2019 for reaching an important milestone in their lives,” said Erinn Pinkerton, BC Transit President and Chief Executive Officer. “Graduating high school is a great accomplishment for all students. BC Transit would like to remind graduates of the importance of choosing transit as a safe and reliable transportation option when celebrating their achievement.”Advertisement Visit bctransit.com   for information on BC Transit schedules, routes and service alerts in your community.last_img read more

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