The International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) decided not to lift the suspension, imposed after accusations of state-sponsored doping.Individual athletes can compete as neutrals if they prove they are clean.The Russian president called on other bodies, including the International Olympic Committee (IOC), to intervene.The IOC executive board said it would hold a telephone conference on Saturday to discuss the issue ahead of a full IOC summit in Lausanne on Tuesday.”There are universally recognised principles of law and one of them is that the responsibility should be always personified,” said President Putin.”The people who have nothing to do with violations, why should they suffer for those who committed the violations?”I’m assuming that we’ll have a discussion with our colleagues in the World Anti-Doping structure and I hope for a suitable reaction from the International Olympic Committee.”The country was suspended by the IAAF in November 2015, after an independent World Anti-Doping Association (Wada) report depicted a culture of widespread doping, with even the secret services involved.After that, Russia introduced reforms including an overhaul of the rules, the introduction of independent testing, and anti-doping lessons in schools.A task force has been studying those reforms but a fresh Wada report, issued on Wednesday, made more damaging claims.Although significant progress has been made to meet the IAAF’s criteria, it said, work still remains. In particular:The deep-seated culture of tolerance for doping appears not to have changed. The head coach of the athletics team and athlete appear unwilling to acknowledge the extent of the doping problem.A strong and effective anti-doping infrastructure capable of detecting and deterring doping has still not been created.There are detailed allegations that the Ministry of Sport has orchestrated systematic doping and cover-ups.Wada said officials in Russia were being stopped from testing athletes and threatened by security services.Rune Andersen of the IAAF said Russian athletics had been “tainted by doping from the top level down.””The systematic doping that has been ongoing in Russia – it’s difficult to pick the clean athletes,” he said.
How is the confinement in Belgium?I’m not complaining, here we have the difference that we can go outside to do our exercise and take walks. We are better than in Spain.Do you miss not having spent this whole story at home with your family?Of course, family and friends are missed, but this situation has had to be experienced in Belgium and we have dealt with it as well as possible. We usually talk by video call every day, they are all fine. I’m at least that lucky.The first European league to announce that it is canceled due to the coronavirus was the Belgian one, what have you been told about that?As far as I know, from the club we have been told that the league continues, because although in a meeting they decided to suspend it, then UEFA threatened not to give them a place to play in Europe, so on April 15 there is another meeting and it will be decided there what finally happens to the belgian league. Right now it’s not entirely canceled.But when they give them the news that they are suspending the league and how does it stay?In the situation we live in today it did not seem strange to me, since we only had one more day to play in the regular league, and then there was the playoff to play the European competitions, which were six games. So it didn’t surprise me much. I did think that we would play that last day and leave the playoff for when it was fixed. But it was not like that. It is true that some teams played the relegation and others had the fight to go to that European playoff.Canceling the league meant ending his loan at Eupen, although in his case for a match nothing happens, right?In our case we were saved in the absence of three days and we did not risk anything, we had nothing to do. So it is true that a little sports I did not care.What did the rest of your classmates say? What was commented among the players?At first, people, not knowing the situation very well, the truth was that they happened a little, but we, knowing what was happening in Spain, were more concerned. But then they understood it and nobody made much trouble.Is there fear in Belgium over the UEFA threat?Well, I don’t think so. Because I don’t think it was a good decision for UEFA to threaten the leagues, but everyone does what they want. In my opinion it was not a good performance.Are you surprised that in Spain they do not consider canceling the season and there in Belgium, where everything is not so serious, is it already suspended?Here is that at the end of very little season, you can understand more, because I don’t think anything would happen. But what happens in Spain is worse, because more days are missing and there are more things to decide, so it does not surprise me that they want to end the season, even with matches every two or three days, and even behind closed doors. But I am nobody to decide things like that. That is marked by those who command. Jon Bautista (Renteria, 3-07-1995) went to Belgium last summer in search of the minutes he was not going to have at Real Sociedad. What he did not expect is that his first experience away from home, on loan at KAS Eupen, would end with a global pandemic, because the Belgian league has been the first to announce its cancellation due to the coronavirus. His first experience was this one having everything …You are right. It has coincided that this global pandemic touches me, but it has touched this way and at least we are here better.And what is your assessment of your year in Belgium?Lovely. It has been good for me to learn different things, I have played in different positions and I haven’t done that since I was a cadet. I have not scored many goals, but I have given assists and I have been able to learn to play in the bands or in the attacking midfielder, and the truth is that I will become a more complete player.The objective was to leave to return to Zubieta with a place in the first team?I wanted to accumulate minutes and gain confidence. I have had the opportunity to play many games. This season has made me a more complete player. Its been a good year.But it has been difficult for him to get a place in the first team, especially in attack, it is a highly valued position …Of course, the year that Willian José and Isak are doing has already been seen, they are two very good forwards, and it is a very big competition. But I have a contract with Real, I will start the preseason with them and I will give everything to have the option to stay.Is that your idea today and not look for another assignment?Of course, both Real and I decided to go out this year with the aim of becoming a better player to return to next year and get a place in the first squad.Have they told you anything from Real yet?We were not done here yet, so it was not the time to contact me, but seeing this situation, after the meeting on April 15, they will contact me to tell me something.How was the contact during the year with Real?He has been continuous with Imanol Agirretxe, who has come to Eupen several times to comment on things and then Roberto Olabe has called or written to me as well. I have felt that heat of the Real, although it has been outside. They have always been in contact with me.Does Agirretxe’s experience take it into account? Because he also had a hard time making a place for himself in the first team …Yes, it is important to have him close. Because it was not easy either, it was difficult for him to come and he tells me his experience, he helps me a lot and tells me to be calm, because at Real they are happy with my season. At Real, moreover, the position of striker is always very difficult, because the club bets every season with an outside striker. But working every day I will have the opportunity, and Imanol has always told me that with work and effort everything can be achieved.How are you seeing this Real de Imanol who is fourth in the league and is in the Cup final?Well, I’m really enjoying it. Because seeing Real now every day is a joy, because it is the team that plays the best in the league. It is impossible to get bored with a Real game, and they have achieved things that Donosti did not achieve in a long time. I am very happy for my colleagues.Were you surprised by what they are doing?Well, if I’m honest with you, no. Because I already knew what my colleagues were capable of, and then those who have come have performed at a great level. I had no doubt about the high level of this template.How much would it give if they made me a card for a day with this Real and be able to be in the Cup final?(Laughs) A lot. All. Everyone would like to be in that Cup final. But since I can’t play, better not think about that good dream.
MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina 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 Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “This is my second opportunity for a World title and I have nothing to lose, I am going to become the new World champion,” said Gesta as per WBA’s official Twitter account. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Time to ‘act now’ as road gets tougher for free-falling NLEX Weights from LA: Jorge Linares 135Lbs – Mercito Gesta 134.8 Lbs. WBA Lightweight Championship #LinaresGesta pic.twitter.com/IzFZ6pDaiw— WBA Boxing (@WBABoxing) January 26, 2018Mercito Gesta doesn’t let his stature in the lightweight division deter his unwavering confidence ahead of his title fight against WBA, The Ring World lightweight champion Jorge Linares.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 folkDespite being the no. 26 boxer in the division as per BoxRec and no. 15 in WBA’s ratings, the 30-year-old challenger is confident he will soon wear the black-and-gold belt.ADVERTISEMENT Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases And if Gesta is new to the World title scene, Linares is the polar opposite.Linares (43-3) will go to his seventh straight World title fight and 13th overall.And in the 12 title fights the 32-year-old Venezuelan featured in, he tacked a record of 12-2.“I am in a great moment and I do not want anyone to take it from me,” said Linares.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track .@JorgeLinares : “I am in a great moment and I do not want anyone to take it from me”.@TheRealMGesta : “This is my second opportunity for a world title and I have nothing to lose, I am going to become the new world champion”.#LinaresGesta pic.twitter.com/koYTQBbcWy— WBA Boxing (@WBABoxing) January 26, 2018Gesta (31-1-2) clocked in at 134.8 lbs while champion Linares was at 135 lbs, the limit for the lightweight division.This fight marks Gesta’s first title fight since 2012 when he lost to Miguel Vazquez for the IBF belt.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew
Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments 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 Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “We’re so ecstatic because after two years of losing in the finals, we finally won it,” said the MVP Ella in Filipino.In the men’s division, Palo Lim and Joshua Mina of EAC also completed a perfect 11-0 sweep after breaking down University of Perpetual Help’s duo of Joebert Almodiel and Rey Taneo, 17-21, 21-17, 15-13.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 folkLim and MVP Mina’s win also marked the Generals’ first title in the beach volleyball tournament. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano MOST READ UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano San Beda walked away from the sand courts looking as immaculate as the summer sun after fending off Emilio Aguinaldo College, 21-17, 21-10, to complete a sweep of the NCAA Season 93 women’s beach volleyball tournament Saturday at Boardwalk in Subic.Twins Ella and Nieza Viray, who are two-time silver finishers in the beach volleyball circuit, gave San Beda its first title in the tournament after pulling off an 11-0 season sweep.ADVERTISEMENT Jaja sees level playing field in 2nd round LATEST STORIES
Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano City took the lead in the eighth minute through Gabriel Jesus in his first start in 2018, but Mohamed Elyounoussi equalized in the 17th and Basel regularly broke through the home side’s midfield in the final hour of the game.Wing back Michael Lang earned Basel its latest victory over a Premier League giant by smashing a rising shot inside the near post through goalkeeper Claudio Bravo’s attempted save in the 71st.“You will find in all the clubs in the world,” Guardiola said, “that when you make six changes, the team is not the same.”Still, City’s first home loss since a 3-1 defeat to Chelsea in the Premier League in December 2016 came as a surprise.And it was something to savor for Basel, the Swiss champion that has been a scourge of English powers with wins over Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham in European competition since 2011.ADVERTISEMENT Basel’s Michael Lang, second from left, celebrates with his teammates after scoring his side’s second goal during the Champions League, round of 16, second leg soccer match between Manchester City and Basel at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, Wednesday, March 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)MANCHESTER, England — With its first home loss in 15 months, Manchester City ended up stumbling into the quarterfinals of the Champions League on Wednesday.Not that Pep Guardiola was particularly bothered about a surprise 2-1 home loss to Basel.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings “This kind of position is not going to happen in the quarterfinals, where you have a 4-0 (lead) from the first leg,” the City coach said. “When it’s scary to be (knocked) out, the rhythm will be completely different.”Indeed, it was difficult to draw too many conclusions from what was only City’s fourth loss of the season in all competitions.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 folkA 4-0 win in Switzerland in the first leg three weeks ago made qualification almost a formality for a team that is 16 points clear in the Premier League and one of the favorites to win the Champions League.Guardiola fielded a virtual reserve side at Etihad Stadium for the return match, and making six changes from its previous game disrupted the fluency of the team’s passing and pressing game. Elyounoussi played a key role in the winning goal, slipping the ball through for Lang to fire home from an acute angle.City is in the Champions League quarterfinals for only the second time.“Maybe people will think the way we played today, we are not able to fight to go through,” Guardiola said. “We will see.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 “We have a certain pride,” Basel coach Raphael Wicky said, “and against a team that plays every three days and is beating everyone, it’s very special.”City advanced 5-2 on aggregate and became the second English team through to the quarterfinals, after Liverpool from Tuesday.Tottenham couldn’t make it three, though, losing 2-1 to Juventus at Wembley Stadium as the Italian side clinched a 4-3 aggregate victory. Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala scored goals in the space of three minutes as Juventus came from behind following Son Heung-min’s opener.There are still chances for Premier League sides Manchester United and Chelsea next week.With qualification all but secured from the first leg, Guardiola played many of his fringe players — like 34-year-old Yaya Toure and a player half his age, English prodigy Phil Foden — and it showed at times.According to football data supplier Opta, City completed 978 passes — the most recorded by a side in a Champions League match since Opta began compiling stats in 2003-04. Many of those passes lacked penetration, though.“To just pass for itself is nothing,” Guardiola said. “The second half was really, really poor.”Jesus worked hard in his first start since a serious knee injury sustained on Dec. 31 but he was understandably rusty, the ball sometimes not sticking when it was played into him.The Brazil striker was in the right place at the right time for his goal, though, tapping in from close range at the far post from Bernardo Silva’s low, teasing cross. It was his first goal in his last 14 appearances.It was from one of those regular breaks in behind Toure that Basel scored its equalizer, with Blas Riveros’ cross deflecting off John Stones into the path of Elyounoussi, who drove home a shot from 10 meters. 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Portugal can eliminate Morocco from World Cup Even if it wasn’t pretty for a half, Belgium did what it was supposed to do in Group G. The victory keeps the team on track for its final group match against England, which is likely to determine the top spot.Panama needs a result against England if it wants any opportunity of the final group game against Tunisia to have meaning.KEY TO SUCCESSBelgium was finally able to finish its chances after seeing several attempts in the first half end up in the side netting or punched away by Penedo.Panama’s defense was stingy but also disorganized at times and became even more susceptible after Mertens’ goal forced Panama to push forward looking for an equalizer.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Belgium is now unbeaten in its last six World Cup openers, dating back to 1986.Panama was unable to duplicate what Senegal accomplished in 2002 as the last team to win in its World Cup debut. The Central Americans played their style — physical, aggressive, sometimes looking more like wrestling than soccer — and managed to hang with the Red Devils for more than an hour. But they never created threatening scoring chances — Panama scored only nine goals in 10 World Cup qualifying matches — and eventually Belgium finished its opportunities.The emotion was heavy for the Panamanians who flocked to the Black Sea resort town to see the country play its first World Cup match. Fans cried at hearing their national anthem and the players on the field fought their own emotions while singing. Their voices rose with every Panama attack and the singing and dancing almost never stopped. Panama’s players stayed on the field to salute the fans several minutes after the match ended.Luminaries like Panama President Juan Carlos Varela Rodriguez and baseball star Mariano Rivera were in attendance. They would have just preferred something a little less challenging than one of the pre-tournament favorites.GROUP DYNAMICSADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations MOST READ Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku, left, fails to score past Panama’s Roman Torres and goalkeeper Jaime Penedo, right, during the group G match between Belgium and Panama at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Monday, June 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)SOCHI, Russia — Dries Mertens’ perfectly struck volley finally opened up Panama and allowed Romelu Lukaku to take full advantage.Lukaku scored two goals in a six-minute span in the second half as Belgium earned a 3-0 victory over Panama in its World Cup opener on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Saddled with massive expectations and a lineup of talent the envy of other teams in the tournament, Belgium finally showed flashes of being the dominant team worthy of title consideration.The two goals from Lukaku came shortly after Mertens scored from about 18 yards in the opening moments of the second half, finally relieving some pressure after Belgium was unable to break down Panama for the first 45 minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownLukaku’s first goal came 20 minutes later, but the pass from Kevin De Bruyne made it possible. Rather than shooting through a crowd of Panama defenders, De Bruyne cut a pass with the outside of his right foot onto Lukaku’s head and into the net.Lukaku added a second on a breakaway minutes later, chipping Panama goalkeeper Jaime Penedo as he left his net. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial View comments
Bar Association Conference controversy…more concerned about constitutional challenge caseFollowing his threats of salary cuts and warnings, Attorney General (AG) and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams was dismissive when questioned about his staff being disallowed from attending a two-day Oil and Gas Law Conference, organised by the Guyana Bar Association (GBA).It was late last week that judges, magistrates and lawyers from across the country gathered for discussions aimed at exploring the legal framework of the oil and gas sector.However, legal practitioners attached to the AG’s Chambers and Legal Affairs Ministry were warned not to attend the event.Guyana Times contacted the Minister to garner the reasoning behind his decision to implement such a policy, especially when he was overseas, but the AG, in the brief interview, avoided the questions, having observed that he was more focused on preparations for the constitutional challenge case at the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).“I wasn’t in the country…right now I’m preparing for the CCJ, so I can’t get distracted. Right now, you can’t ask me that, I am looking after CCJ and the third term,” Williams told this newspaper. After this brief disclosure, he discontinued the conversation.The conference was the brainchild of acting Chancellor of the Judiciary, Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards. However, in a memorandum dated March 8, 2018 that was placed in the office, staffers were barred from attending the Conference without the permission of the AG and Legal Affairs Minister.The notice, which was seen by this newspaper, stated, “Please be informed that ‘no staff’ is permitted to attend the Guyana Oil and Gas Law Training Development Conference event hosted by the Guyana Bar Association on Friday 9th March, 2018 without the permission of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister.” The memo, which was in the name of acting Permanent Secretary Tamika Barkoye, had further warned staffers that their salaries would be cut if they did not adhere to the order.“Please note that absence from work will result in salary deduction,” the memo added.Guyana Times had made efforts to contact the Legal Affairs Ministry’s PS for a comment and further clarification on the matter, but she was “unavailable”.This publication reported that the Minister’s move might have been because the organisers of the Conference did not facilitate his schedule when hosting the event. The GBA is headed by Attorney-at-Law Kamal Ramkarran.Several of Minister Williams’ Cabinet colleagues, who are also legal practitioners, attended the opening of the Conference: Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman; acting Prime Minister and Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan and Minister of State, Joseph Harmon.Minister Trotman had delivered a detailed presentation on the oil and gas sector, touching on the ExxonMobil contract, oil discoveries and the Guyana-Venezuela border controversy.
The game didn’t go Dawson Creek’s way as early on Whitecourt was able to dominate with a power play goal 8 minutes into the first. After the first period, the Wolverines lead 3-0. In the second it was all Wolverines as they picked up another four goals. The third period wasn’t much different as the Wolverines got two more goals and the Canucks finally got on the board at the 9 minute mark with a goal from Stuart Weaver. That would be all for the Canucks as the Wolverines went on to win 9-1.- Advertisement -Dawson Creek will now host Fort St. John next Friday at the Memorial Arena.
-Barbara J. Cohen Tarzana Police union responds Re your editorial on Los Angeles Police Department financial disclosures (“Rogue cops,” Our Opinions, March 9): Neither the Los Angeles Police Protective League nor anyone else has suggested that LAPD officers should break any law. Officers have indicated they would rather be transferred than be subject to the privacy invasion of financial-disclosure requirements. It is their right to make this decision. You are also off base suggesting that the LAPPL has not tried to bring attention to the greater problems of the consent decree. The LAPPL has consistently and publicly been making the case that the cost and onerous requirements of the consent decree are ultimately doing more damage than good. – Bob Baker President Los Angeles Police Protective League Money madness Once again our government is attempting to add a dollar coin to our currency with no respect for the wishes of its citizens. This arrogance is matched only by the similar insanity that has filled the U.S. Treasury’s vaults to overflowing with rejected examples of past administrative stupidity. (Remember Sacagawea?) Maybe it’s time to launch an investigation to determine the source of these ridiculous ideas and stick whoever is responsible down in those deep subterranean caverns, never to be heard from again. Oh, and don’t listen to those who are advocating the elimination of the penny. We’re going to need every one of those during the massive depression that is sure to follow Washington’s current catastrophic financial policies. – Dale Blackwell Granada Hills Beatles invasion So Heather McCartney received $56 million from Paul. Too bad she didn’t take him for every cent he has – because The Beatles were America’s first invasion of internal terrorists. By singing and selling their double-entendre songs to the limited 1960s mentality that prevailed at the time and by openly taking drugs, these four, lower than low, have brought the United States to where we are today: still trying to combat the plague of these four deadly bugs who infested the minds and bodies of far too many innocent youths who turned into far too many not-so-innocent adults. – Paul Vaughn Van Nuys March your calendar Re “Patriot Act abuses outrage Congress” (March 10): It seems a day doesn’t go by without another scandal in the Bush regime. – Jerry F. Piro Sun Valley Priceless trees Re “Tree plan short on long green” (March 9): Cost of tree – $12. Actual cost of planted tree – $101. Cost of planting tree under utility lines or over sewers – priceless. – Llona Buratti Northridge160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Woodland Hills Apathy answer Re “Apathy and cynicism” (Our Opinions, March 8): So, let me get this straight: On the one hand, you chastise Valley voters for not turning out for the March 6 election for Los Angeles Unified School District board members (your editorial the day after the election). On the other hand, in your editorial “L for losers”, dated March 10, you indicate the voters who did cast ballots were duped into passing Measure L – and in the same sentence you say the result was that the “do-nothing school board” was rewarded with higher salaries! “Do-nothing school board”? Could this be the answer as to why the voters didn’t turn out? Re “Valley voters backing Galatzan” (March 13): Sounds obvious to me: For controlling the education of our children, we can vote for Jon Lauritzen, a teacher who has worked in education his whole life, or Tamar Galatzan, a lawyer backed by the downtown power brokers. I’ve never met either of these folks. All I know is that they must get their names misspelled regularly and that Lauritzen is the only one qualified for the job. – Marshall Abernathy
“Through the opportunities we have had primarily with the Fair Share agreement, and the policies council has had in place and has stayed focused on, we threw about $100 million into roads and related infrastructure.“Do we have more to do, yes we do. But we’ve come along way in 10 years,” she said.The survey areas where Fort St. John scored well included low unemployment, high incomes, healthy population growth, and low taxes.As a result, it was ranked 21st among the smallest cities in the country, and second only to Comox in B.C., with a population under 30,000.Advertisement Having just attended the annual conference of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities in Edmonton, Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman will now travel to the Maritimes where she will address an Energy East Conference in New Brunswick.“Fort St. John is very much on the minds of people that are interested in municipalities and how things are going,” Ackerman said in an interview.“How we’ve approached our industry and how we’ve worked with our industry is significantly different than other regions, because local governments are not decision makers. So, how do you create that opportunity to work with the industry, and create, if you need, community measures agreements.”- Advertisement -Her address this week follows word last week that among the major centres in this region, only Fort St. John moved forward this year in the annual MoneySense magazine rankings of the best places to live in Canada.While Fort St. John jumped from 96th to 47th place among the 209 cities surveyed across the country, Grande Prairie dropped from 51st to 107th, Dawson Creek from 73 to 113, and Prince George from 148 to 163.“What a lot of people don’t recognize in Fort St. John is that 10 years ago over 50 per cent of our roads were gravel with open ditches,” said Ackerman.Advertisement