VOCANOES IN TROUBLE AT GUYANA NATIONAL STADIUM: Guyana Jaguars, leading Trinidad and Tobago Red Force by 58 on first innings, reached 244 for four at the close on the third day of their sixth-round match yesterday. Scores: JAGUARS 237 (Vishaul Singh 104 not out, Veerasammy Permaul 47, Leon Johnson 23; Marlon Richards 3-41, Rayad Emrit 3-44, Jon-Russ Jagessar 3-59) and 244 for four (Leon Johnson 111 not out, Tagenarine Chanderpaul 42, Anthony Bramble 39 not out; Jon-Russ Jagessar 4-67). RED FORCE 179 (Yannic Cariah 68, Jason Mohammed 30, Evin Lewis 26; Veerasammy Permaul 5-65, Devendra Bishoo 3-48). JAGUARS IN COMMAND NORTH SOUND, Antigua (CMC): Off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall grabbed his first-ever 10-wicket haul in first-class cricket to inspire Leeward Islands Hurricanes to an 85-run victory over Jamaica Scorpions and their first win of the Regional first-class championship here yesterday. Starting the final day of their sixth-round clash on 58 for two in search of 366 for victory, Scorpions were dismissed for 280 – undermined by Cornwall – who claimed seven for 131 to end with match figures of 12 for 205. Barbadian right-hander Kirk Edwards converted his overnight 28 into a top score of 93, while tail-ender Sheldon Cottrell got 39 and Carlton Baugh Jr, 25, but the task of scoring 308 on the final day proved too much for the visitors. Hurricanes had lost all five of their previous outings this season to languish at the bottom of the six-team standings. However, they broke out of their slump in style, taking wickets at regular intervals throughout the day to ensure that there was no way back for Scorpions. Edwards seemed to be steering Scorpions to safety when he anchored a series of small partnerships. He struck 13 fours and three sixes in an innings spanning 142 deliveries and 189 minutes before he was sixth out. He extended his overnight third-wicket stand with AndrÈ McCarthy to 41 before Cornwall grabbed his first wicket of the morning, trapping McCarthy lbw for 22 after 35 balls at the crease. Edwards then put on 38 with Test batsman Jermaine Blackwood, who made 21, and added another 47 for the fifth wicket with Antiguan Devon Thomas, who got 15. Unbeaten on 78 at the break, Edwards combined with Baugh afterwards to add 22 for the sixth wicket and looked set for his 10th first-class hundred when he edged Cornwall to slip at 189 for six. Cornwall then pulled off a fine return catch three balls later to remove David Bernard Jr, with no runs added to the score, as the death knell sounded for Scorpions. With hope dwindling quickly, Cottrell threw his bat around for three fours and three sixes in a 47-ball cameo, which unnerved Hurricanes, as he and Nikita Miller (15 not out) put on 34 for the last wicket. Fittingly, Cornwall took the final wicket to hand Scorpions their third defeat of the season. AT KENSINGTON OVAL: Windward Islands Volcanoes, trailing Barbados Pride by 200 runs on first innings, were 134 for seven in their second innings at the close on the penultimate day of their sixth-round match yesterday. Scores: VOLCANOES 250 (AndrÈ Fletcher 84, Kavem Hodge 53, Shane Shillingford 28; Miguel Cummings 5-47, Sulieman Benn 3-65) and 134 for seven (Keddy Lesporis 29, Johnson Charles 25, Andre Fletcher 25; Roston Chase 3-19, Sulieman Benn 2-38). PRIDE 450 for five decl. (Shai Hope 162, Kraigg Brathwaite 117, Roston Chase 40 not out, Kyle Corbin 38, Carlos Brathwaite 27; Johnson Charls 2-51, Shane Shillingford 2-131).
A conglomeration of civil society organizations led by the New African Research and Development Agency (NARDA) has begun a two-day consultative dialogue to assess impacts government is making in informing citizens about major policies that affect them.The meeting is also meant to share views on how Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) themselves are carrying on their work to impact the end users for whom they seek donor support.During the opening session of the dialogue on June 11, 2015 at a local hotel in Monrovia, the keynote speaker, Dr. Amos C. Sawyer among other things reminded CSOs that for any organization to be successful in meeting its goals, it must have clear rules of membership to know who the members.Dr. Sawyer added that any successful organization must have rules to indicate how positions are filled with clear cut mechanisms in place for accountability and transparency.He, however, noted that many civil society organizations are fostering self interest above the interests of those for whom they claim to work, adding, “I consider many civil societies here to be business entities because they seek self interest which does not show the clear meaning of CSO but business.He indicated that the proper role of a CSO is disseminating and generating knowledge based information.Dr. Sawyer further stressed that a civil society organization that wants to be well recognized for good work in the interest of the people will seek to provide knowledge through training that will allow people to clearly understand what it stands for than just engaging in advocacy.Combining CSOs, Government and private sector based on roles, Dr. Sawyer who is the Chairman of the Governance Commission said since Government is there to provide security and the framework, private sector there to create the business and civil society there to monitor and exactly tell how the ordinary people live their lives, they are better suited to work together for the common good of the country and its citizens.In a cross section of views during comments and questions, representatives of various civil society groups brought out issues indicating shortfalls of CSOs in implementing their goals with respect to what they focus on in their work.The dialogue under the theme, “Making spaces for citizens,” allowed the participants to in some views suggest that civil societies have the space but are not using it the proper way because of conflict of interest.According to some views, many civil society organizations are not on time in their advocacies and other works because they have to rely on donors that cannot come in with funds soon.Others on the other hand noted that conflicts arising in concession areas in the country are caused by failure of government to include locals in signing agreements.Citing references to Golden Veroleum and other concessionaires, the participants said because they are not part of the policy and agreements, they react the way they do since policies and agreements reached with concession companies directly affect them (locals).The chairperson of the National Civil Society Organizations of Liberia, Frances Greaves noted that there are fine policies written in Liberia, but implementers are not knowledgeable about them and so they abuse offices and dictate to people.She said most government officials instead of seeing themselves as servant of the people exert force to show superiority and power in discharge of their duties.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Roland Davies, a former InProfile Daily news reporter who served more than eight years of his life, time and devotion to what he loved doing, passed away from kidney failure on Friday May, 20, 2016. Roland’s passion for journalism was high, an aspiration (desire) that not only brought him into the field, but sustained him and his one-year old son, the pride of his life and existence. Roland was my best friend. Whenever I was called on a beat, he was the first on my list to call as an “extra hand.” And never once did he refuse to be by my side. He was hungry for information, news and later on became used to the small pocket change he had learned how to accumulate in the field of journalism.Roland suffered for quite a bit since 2014. He was sick off and on. At times, he would call me and complain that his stomach was hurting, and about depression. He fell into a state of worry because of his health and psychologically, this took its toll on the young man.“I’m sick again, oh. I don’t know what is bothering me,” he would often say. Roland had been with his mother in Sinkor almost one month prior to his death. He fell ill three weeks before and asked his job for time off to look after his health.According to his uncle, David, who was the one who tried so hard to save his nephew’s life, before Roland passed away, the family had become confused because no matter what drugs they gave him, nothing seemed to stop the problem.“He was dying, so we just started giving him any and everything. He took a lot of country medicine. They took an X-ray of his stomach before his death and it showed that his kidney was damaged,” he said.When asked if the medicine could have been the cause of Roland’s kidney failure and death, his uncle replied, “maybe.”Meanwhile, I lost a good friend. The last time I saw Roland, he looked terribly weak and distant; but still, he had the readiness and attitude to work. We went to cover a couple of stories and almost every week he would call me and ask me why he couldn’t locate me afterwards.I was so caught up in my own busy life to realize he and I stopped seeing each other two to three weeks prior to his sickness worsening.“What you say? You promised that you would call me when you get into town,” was always the first question he would ask.Little did I know my best friend was afraid to tell me that he was sick and dying. But he wanted to say goodbye to me and that was the only way he thought he could get my attention.I admit that I became annoyed with his call. They were pouring in every day for the last three weeks of his life. When I would ask: “Why are you calling me so much?” He would answer: “I’m sick, just taking some country medicine until my family can take me to Bomi Hills for better treatment.”I shouted at him: “Roland, country medicine can kill! Why are you taking it? Go to the hospital, if you need anything, let me know, but don’t drink leaves,” I said angrily and hung up.Three days before he passed, he called me six times and I ended the call each time. Finally on the seventh ring, I answered.“What happened again?” I asked“I’m sick seriously, just wanted to say hi, see how you doing,” he said in a mellow tone.I didn’t know that my friend at the time was in pain and agony. According to David, by then, Roland was in unbearable pain and was begging his uncle to save him.“He asked me not to let him die and that the pain was too much. We rushed him to a taxi to carry him to Bomi Hills for help, but he was already almost gone by then. He passed right on his mother’s lap,” his uncle stated.Roland has since been buried. His family is urgently asking all of his friends and colleagues to please come together to have a memorial in the fallen reporter’s remembrance. In addition to his mother, Roland is survived by a one year old son, who he asked many of his friends before his passing to please look after.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Deaths of 3 children at GPHCThe medical practitioners who incorrectly administered injections to the three leukaemia juvenile patients leading to their deaths at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) in January, treated those patients without the supervision of a senior doctor at some point during treatments.This is according to the Deputy Chief Medical Officer (DCMO) of Guyana, Dr Karen Gordon-Campbell, who recently told the media that the scenario put together from the investigations revealed that the lack of staffing at the hospital resulted in their actions.“The few persons that were available [were] stretching themselves between clinic, Accident and Emergency, ward rounds. Administration of the chemotherapy lead to the administration of the chemotherapy being done without the senior person being present at all times. And that I think, was part of the problem, lack of staff at the time.”Dr Gordon-Campbell explained that in understanding that persons were being pulled “here, there and everywhere,” the three medical practitioners in question, wrote their treatment without checking on the standard operating procedures.“A doctor administered it…but not the senior doctor. Ideally, you’d want to have a senior person at least in the room observing, ideally, or at least assure that the person that was administering was doing what they should do,” she said.Meanwhile, GPHC’s Director of Medical and Professional Services, Dr Fawcett Jeffrey, stated when any doctor is about to treat a patient there are protocols in place that need to and must be followed.“There are roadmaps that you need to follow when you are going to administer any form of medical attention to a patient. What happened that these roadmaps and protocols were not followed exactly as they should be. That is the reason why we ended up [with] the complications.”Lessons learntDr Jeffrey noted that while it is unfortunate that there had to be incidents such as these where the three children lost their lives, the GPHC has learnt that supervision of junior staff is critical in all departments.“It is very important for our staff to be better supervised, juniors by seniors, and that they stick to standard protocols for the management of all pathology within the institution. Not only the management or the use of chemotherapeutic drugs, but any protocol, even if you are going to do a surgical procedure, if you are going to do any form of management, protocols are there and they are there to be followed. It was unfortunate in this case; the protocols were not followed.”LawsuitThe family of Sharezer Mendonca, 6, who is one of three children that died after receiving pre-chemotherapy treatment at the hospital in January, plans to sue the institution for wrongful death.Guyana Times spoke with the aunt of Sharezer, Sherry Ann Mendonca, on Sunday who related that they are going ahead to file legal action since they are of the view that her untimely death could have been avoided had the doctors and nurses paid careful attention to what they were doing.Mendonca said that her family plans to push for the licences of those directly involved in her niece’s death to be revoked so that they do not practice medicine again. She said it could happen to anyone and this is the best way of ensuring that it does not happen to anyone else.On Friday, Chairperson of the Board of Directors at the GPHC, Kesaundra Alves told the media that an internal investigation by the hospital’s administration into the circumstances surrounding the deaths of the three children has revealed that human deficiencies and systemic challenges contributed to the demise of those three children.She stated that an independent investigation by the Public Health Ministry was also launched and findings were similar to those of the GPHC’s; non-adherence to the hospital’s protocols led to the three young children succumbing at the GPHC.The first child who died was seven-year-old Curwayne Edwards on January 14, followed by three-year-old Roshini Seegobin of Enmore, East Coast Demerara (ECD) on January 18. The third child, six-year-old Sharezer Mendonca of Queenstown, Essequibo Coast, died on January 24. Mendonca’s body was given to the wrong family for burial in what was alleged to have been an attempt to cover up her true cause of death.
Captain Ben Lippers of the local Salvation Army Branch says things are going “reasonably well”, with today and tomorrow left in the annual Christmas kettle fund-raising drive… [asset|aid=750|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=de2585fc5c1e42458542ee117337d1bd-Captain Ben-1_1_Pub.mp3] In addition, the Sally Anne is again putting together food and toy hampers and still taking applications for them….- Advertisement – [asset|aid=751|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=de2585fc5c1e42458542ee117337d1bd-Captain Ben-2_1_Pub.mp3] Captain Lippers says the Food Bank is sitting okay right now, thanks to several just completed food drives.However, he emphasizes the big one is the annual Huskies hockey club drive, which was postponed earlier this month, due to cold weather and, is now set for January 4th, with the 11th, as another cold weather option day.Advertisement
DOWNEY – Viewpoint of Calabasas survived a goal in the first two minutes. But it was a penalty kick by Animo Leadership of Inglewood in the final two minutes of the first half that wound up being too much for the Patriots to overcome in the Southern Section Div.VI boys’ soccer championship. Patrick Handy tied the score in the 29th minute for third-seeded Viewpoint (20-1-6), which had allowed only two goals in the playoffs and 10 the entire season before Saturday. But after being fouled near the right edge of the penalty box, Aleman buried a shot in the lower-left corner of the net for his 43rd goal of the season. “We were definitely challenged. They had us a little mixed up (on Handy’s goal) and I think our guys were on their heels a little bit,” Animo coach Sergio Medrano said. “But we made some adjustments at halftime and I thought our kids did a great job in the second half.” The Patriots controlled the first 20 minutes of the second half, with sophomore Evan Raynr almost netting the equalizer on three occasions and senior Spencer Brown missing wide on an opportunity inside the penalty area. Roberto Alvarez then dashed any hopes of a Viewpoint comeback in the 64th minute, bending a 20-yard free kick around the Patriots’ wall and inside the right post to increase the lead to 3-1. Rafael Baca, who scored in the second minute, added his 55th goal of the season with three minutes remaining to put a cap on the Aztec Eagles’ first championship in program history. “When you play a good team like Animo, you have to bury your chances,” Kikugawa said. “Sergio said afterward that we were the only team all year to push them like that. We played about as well as we could, but they just had too much power.” Viewpoint became the first team to score against the top-seeded Aztec Eagles in the postseason, but Animo used the momentum of Johnny Aleman’s penalty shot to net two second-half goals, completing a perfect 30-0 season Saturday with a 4-1 victory at Downey High’s Allen Layne Stadium. “That’s a tough call to swallow,” said Viewpoint coach Travis Kikugawa, whose team had its 26-match unbeaten streak snapped in the program’s first finals appearance. “To have that happen in the final two minutes of the half when it’s 1-1 in a championship game definitely hurts. But take no credit away from Animo, they’re a great team.” Animo’s four goals gave them 28 in the playoffs and 182 on the season, smashing the previous state record of 147 held by Jesuit of Carmichael in 2003. email@example.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
It’s after 6 p.m. on a recent week night, and little Alan Braun is bouncing off the walls. He steers his ride-on fire engine into a kid-sized sofa bed, tosses around a soccer ball and walks on his hands across the floor of his North Hills home while his dad holds up his feet. But when zany xylophone music catches his ear, the 17-month-old boy with blond hair, smiling eyes and a toothy grin turns his head to watch as animal-hand puppets go sailing across the TV in a “Baby Einstein” version of Noah’s Ark. It never fails. Whether its reorchestrated Beethoven or baby Elmo singing a favorite song, DVDs aimed at the diaper demographic can stop the busiest toddler in his tracks — for a few moments, anyway. “We put on the baby videos in the hope that he’ll imitate what he sees,” says Silvina Martinez, Alan’s 28-year-old mom. “Sometimes he’ll clap when they clap or dance to the music. Not always. But mostly I put them on when I know I’m going upstairs so that he won’t cry. “The videos grab his attention,” she adds. “If we put on the news, he doesn’t care. But the children’s videos, yes. Maybe because there are animals and music.” A new demographic is born It’s no wonder an explosion of such videos aimed at the infant-toddler set continue to saturate the rapidly growing early learning market, from the top-selling “Baby Einstein” series to “Sesame Beginnings.” One of the newest arrivals to hit store shelves is “Braincandy,” the creation of Seattle-based parents Johnny and Sam Dagnen. Disenchanted by the current crop of kid-vids, the couple quit their high-paying jobs at Microsoft in 2004 and jumped head first into the world of early learning even though the content is not designed to be “educational” per say. “The name is ‘Braincandy’ because everybody else out there is ‘Baby Einstein,’ ‘Baby Prodigy,’ ‘Baby Laureate,’” says Sam Reich-Dagnen, the 41-year-old mother of 6-year-old fraternal twins. “We don’t think it should be about changing your child into something, we think it should be about the content and the experience being something that’s really sweet and fun. That’s really what the learning is.” Visually stimulating and packed with disembodied body-part characters, including the lovable Bruce Brain, the “Braincandy” series is based around the five senses, although soon it will begin focusing on social, emotional and physical development for the 2- to 6-year-old set. But does it work? “The truth is we don’t know what the impact is,” says Claire Lerner, director of parenting resources at Zero To Three, a national non-profit organization that promotes healthy development of babies and toddlers and recently collaborated on the “Sesame Street” video series for babies. “There has not been a lot of research done on the very youngest.” The reality of baby TV Because of that, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under two shouldn’t watch TV until more is learned. But the reality is that 43 percent of children under 2 watch television every day, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. “Television is certainly a part of our culture, and a part of our vernacular, and it’s probably not going away,” says Reich-Dagnen. “Having twins, I can tell you we probably turned on the TV sooner than maybe we would have if we had one child because there were just simply those times when I was juggling, and I just needed to take a shower. If there was 15 minutes I could get to keep them engaged and happy, then I was happy. “What I think we need to do is support parents more rather than scaring them into thinking they’ve just completely screwed up their child because they let them watch a half-hour of quality television,” she says. Chatsworth mom Danielle Koretz has been teaching 15-month-old Sofi sign language, partly through the use of “Baby Einstein” and “Baby Signing Time” DVDs which she screens from time to time in the playroom during afternoon snacks. “The ‘Baby Signing Time’ has actual babies signing the different signs so that really catches her eye,” says the 28-year-old who works part-time as a child behaviorist. “When I’m doing it, it’s not as interesting to her because she’s so interested in watching other kids. “She, of course, does ‘Hi’ and ‘Bye,’ she does ‘More’ and ‘Open,’ and she’s starting to get ‘Eat,’ you know, where you put your hand in your mouth,” she says. “And she uses them in the right context.” Allison Bloom, a 33-year-old mother of three from Manhattan Beach, says in her family, “valuable” videos like the well-worn classic “Mary Poppins” and the newcomer “Braincandy” are used to distract her kids — ages 18-months to 6 years — during long road trips and those times when she needs to get things done around the house. “If I’m going to be spending time with the kids it will be at the park or reading a book,” she says. “When the TV is on, if I hear my youngest, David, make a monkey sound, I’ll pop my head around the corner and say ‘Oh yeah, that’s a monkey.’” Some popular DVDs designed to stimulate your infant’s sponge-like mind: MUSIC FOR BABIES: Baby Einstein’s “Baby Mozart: Music Festival” (Walt Disney Video, $19.99) is a simple, low-tech introduction to the melodies of the famous maestro. The company says it introduces your little one to “enchanting versions of classical compositions by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, re-orchestrated just for little ears.” Kids seem to like it. Some parents call it a screen-saver. SMALL SENSIBILITIES: Braincandy’s “My 5 Senses” (Velocity/Thinkfilm, $19.99) is a bit more active than some competitor DVDs, using a diverse set of real kids showing real “sensory” activities. It offers a range of music, including Latin, Classical, Jazz and Reggae. Some parents aren’t that crazy about the puppets. BRAIN BUILDER?: Baby Prodigy Co.’s eponymous “Baby Prodigy” (First Look Pictures, $7.98) also focuses on “sensory experiences,” such as the sight of ice frying and colorful juice being poured into cups of different sizes. The star is a humorous puppet named Dookie Duck. The DVD is much cheaper than its competitors, but parent reviews are decidedly mixed. — Sandra Barrera, (818) firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Three young players were also hurt during the fire, including one with burns on more than 30 percent of his body.Preliminary investigations, reported by local media, suggest the fire could have been caused by a short circuit in the air conditioning in the prefabricated building housing the players.The fire brigade said in a statement that the training center “was in the process of being brought into line with (fire) regulations” and that it did not yet have their certificate of approval.Of the 10 teenagers who died, only three were from the state of Rio de Janeiro, where the Ninho de Urubu (the Nest of the Vulture after the club’s nickname) training centre is located. Four were from neighboring states, two from Santa Catarina to the south and one from Sergipe in the north.Two were goalkeepers, including 15-year-old Christian Esmerio who had been in the national under-15 and under-17 squads. Photos on social media show him with Brazil manager Tite.Four were defenders including Pablo Henrique da Silva Matos, 14, who was the cousin of Werley, a veteran center back at another Rio club Vasco da Gama, who identified the body.The other four were a midfielder and three forwards.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The 10 victims of the fire at the Flamengo training center caught were all teenagers © AGIF/AFP / Thiago RIBEIRORIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, Feb 9 – The bodies of the 10 victims of a fire that ravaged accommodation for youth players at Rio club Flamengo have been identified, Brazilian media reported on Saturday, saying all were between 14 and 17.The fire struck early on Friday. Initially the authorities thought the victims included members of staff, but on Saturday several Brazilian newspapers ran photos of the dead youngsters, smiling, proudly sporting the club’s red and black jersey or holding trophies.
The 22-year-old player, who helped the Buckeyes win the national championship in 2002, was wanted on two counts of aggravated robbery. He is accused of flashing a gun and demanding property from a man and a woman behind the Opium Lounge in downtown Columbus shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday. Police said he fled with two men in a sport utility vehicle after he was identified by the bar owner, who happened to come out into the alley. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The Denver Broncos picked Clarett in last year’s draft but later cut him. ‘Canes in news Kick returner Devin Hester chose to skip his senior season and leave Miami, a decision announced only hours after the Hurricanes fired four assistant coaches following consecutive three-loss seasons. Hester becomes the 11th Miami player to forgo his final season of eligibility to enter the NFL draft in the last five seasons; seven of the previous Hurricanes who left early were first-round picks. While Hester’s decision wasn’t unexpected, the moves made by coach Larry Coker stunned most people around the program. He fired offensive line coach Art Kehoe, offensive coordinator Dan Werner, linebackers coach Vernon Hargreaves and running backs coach Don Soldinger. Former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett turned himself in Monday night on charges of robbing two people at gunpoint in an alley behind a bar. Clarett turned himself in after 9 p.m. (EST) at the county jail, Columbus (Ohio) Detective Art Hughes said. “For me, it’s definitely personally a very tough decision,” Coker said. “But it’s a decision I think had to be made. … We have high standards here, high standards are set and I think we have to work hard to live up to those standards.” “I’m very surprised. These coaches know how to win,” offensive lineman Tyler McMeans told the Associated Press. His Miami career ended with Friday’s 40-3 Peach Bowl loss to LSU. “They’ve all been a part of great programs at Miami. There’s going to be big changes for this program now, obviously.” Badger OT injured Wisconsin offensive tackle Joe Thomas, who is considering entering the NFL draft early, injured his right knee midway through the third quarter in Monday’s 24-10 victory over Auburn in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Fla. Wisconsin officials said the extent of Thomas’ injury would not be known immediately, but the player left on crutches. Thomas, a 6-8, 303-pound junior from Brookfield, Wisc., said last week that his evaluation by NFL officials indicated he was projected as a first-round pick. Thomas was injured while playing defensive end. Virginia Tech senior cornerback Jimmy Williams was ejected for bumping an official in the first quarter of the Gator Bowl on Monday in Jacksonville, Fla. Williams was upset after Louisville scored on a 39-yard touchdown pass. Williams ran into an official after the extra point, was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct and then ejected. Virginia Tech tackle Jimmy Martin sat out the Gator Bowl with a sprained right knee. Martin sprained the medial collateral ligament in practice Friday. Knicks suspend James The New York Knicks indefinitely suspended Jerome James for conduct detrimental to the team, saying the center was unprepared to practice Sunday. The Knicks said they would not comment further on the suspension, and coach Larry Brown would not address James or his status before the Knicks’ game against Phoenix on Monday. The 7-foot-1 James, who spent the past four seasons with Seattle, has been a disappointment after signing a five-year, $30 million contract with New York. He has been limited to just 14 games because of conditioning and injury issues, averaging 3.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and 10.4 minutes. Also, the Knicks announced that Penny Hardaway has been given permission to leave the team to work out with his own trainers in Houston. The oft-injured Hardaway has appeared in just four games while spending much of the season on the inactive list because of knee and leg troubles. The Washington Wizards recalled 19-year-old rookie Andray Blatche from Roanoke of the D-League, bringing back a player who was shot during an apparent carjacking in September. Blatche was a second-round pick from South Kent Prep School in Connecticut. He missed all of training camp while recovering from injuries to his chest and forearm. He played in four Wizards games before being sent to Roanoke on Dec. 4. Hingis back, wins Martina Hingis is playing on the WTA tour again for the first time in three years, and the 25-year-old Swiss star beat Venezuela’s Maria Vento-Kabchi 6-2, 6-1 in the first round of the Australian women’s hardcourt championship in Gold Coast, Australia. “I don’t know what else I should have done today better than what I did,” she said. “The score says it all.” Hingis was forced to leave tennis because of foot and ankle injuries. Coach killed in accident French men’s giant slalom coach Severino Bottero was killed in an auto accident in the Alps. The 47-year-old Bottero died after his car went off a road and into a ditch between the French towns of Sallanches and Cluses, regional highway operator AMTB said. They said he was alone in the car. The Italian-born Bottero was on the way to join the French team in the Swiss town of Bernex after a family holiday in the Piedmont region of Italy, police and highway officials said. Sparks’ schedule out The 2006 schedule for the Los Angeles Sparks has been released. The WNBA team will open the regular season with a game at Seattle at 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 21. That will be the first of six away games L.A. will play before its home opener. The Sparks will open their home schedule at Staples Center on Wednesday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m. against Detroit. Full schedule/B5 Briefly Rick DiPietro’s injured left knee kept him out of the New York Islanders’ game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The U.S. Olympic goalie sprained his knee Friday in New York’s game at Ottawa when he fell to the ice during a scramble. He is day-to-day. Colorado Avalanche forward Brad May will miss four to five weeks because of a sprained knee. May was hurt in Colorado’s game against the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday night. John Iamarino is the new head of the Southern Conference after serving as the Northeast Conference’s commissioner for nine seasons. He replaces Danny Morrison, who left in June to become TCU’s athletic director. Iamarino begins his new job Jan. 30. Hernan Crespo scored seconds after entering as a substitute to help defending champion Chelsea win 3-1 at West Ham and open a 14-point lead over Manchester United in England’s Premier League of soccer. Liverpool’s 10-game winning streak ended with a 2-2 tie at Bolton, leaving Rafa Benitez’s team in third place, 17 points behind Chelsea. Jean-Louis Schlesser of France won the third stage of the Dakar Rally, and Nani Roma of Spain took the overall lead as the race entered Africa in Morocco. ABN Amro Two of the Netherlands pulled ahead of Brasil 1 shortly after the start of the second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race off Cape Town, South Africa. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
State Sen. Tom McClintock, who is running for lieutenant governor, called the Senate bill “amnesty” for illegal immigrants and said he opposed it. He accused President George W. Bush of failing to protect U.S. borders and said illegal aliens should be deported. “There’s nothing radical about that,” said McClintock, R-Thousand Oaks. Former Assemblyman Tony Strickland, running for state controller, said he also opposes “amnesty.” Strickland, who represented the Thousand Oaks area, said he is not familiar with the details of the various bills in Congress, but said he might support a guest worker plan along the lines of the old Bracero program. Assemblyman Keith Richman, R-Granada Hills, running for state treasurer, also would support a guest worker program, and believes undocumented immigrants should be given some path to legalization, said his chief of staff Dan Pellissier. But, Pellissier said, “they should not be advantaged over people who have been following the rules all along.” As for the 2008 elections, Pew Hispanic Center spokesman Gabriel Escobar said it’s too soon to tell what impact the immigration issue will have. “A lot of it depends on how successful people are in blaming one party,” he said. “If there’s a perception that one part is more punitive than the other, that can have an impact,” he said. In 2004, 18 percent of Latinos voted, compared with 51 percent of whites and 39 percent of blacks, according to the center. Nuñez said he believes Latino voters will increase “dramatically” thanks to the issue and predicted they will be decisive in 2008. “All of this has been a wake-up call to the Republican Party. You can’t pander to the right by picking on immigrants,” he said. In the next presidential election, he maintained, “Latinos will be a determining factor.” Lisa Friedman, (202) 662-8731 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Mobilized by the divisive national debate on illegal immigration, Latino voters in California could topple Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in November and deal serious blows to other statewide GOP candidates, Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez said Wednesday. In Washington to lobby the U.S. Senate for legislation that would legalize America’s estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants, Nuñez said Schwarzenegger already alienated Latino voters by supporting the Minutemen volunteer border patrol project. “I think the governor is, at this point, trying to walk a tightrope,” Nuñez said. But Katie Levinson, spokeswoman for Schwarzenegger’s re-election campaign, said the governor’s support among Latinos remains strong. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event “It’s unfortunate that Speaker Nuñez chose to launch blatant political attacks while visiting Washington, D.C.,” Levinson said. “The governor will continue the record of strong support in the Latino community based on a shared commitment on a variety of issues,” including comprehensive immigration reform. Nuñez’s visit came as the Senate opened debate on legislation beefing up border security while creating a program that would allow 400,000 low-skilled foreigners into the country annually and to stay in the U.S. while applying for green cards. California Republican analyst Allan Hoffenblum agreed with Nuñez that statewide GOP candidates run the risk of alienating Latino voters on immigration. “The problem that too many Republicans have is that they come across too shrill. They come across as anti-Mexican,” Hoffenblum said. “That’s what they have to be careful about. We in California know what happens when you come across as too shrill. You lose elections.” Republican candidates for statewide office offer a range of positions on illegal immigration.