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West Brom’s Pulis feels the heat ahead of Chelsea clash

first_imgWest Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis would not blame the club if he was sacked because of their poor start to the English Premier League season, he said on Friday.Albion are 16th in the table, a point above the relegation places with only two wins in 11 games, and head into Saturday’s home encounter with defending champions Chelsea on the back of three consecutive defeats.British media reports this week suggested that Pulis has two games — including next weekend’s trip to third-placed Tottenham Hotspur — to save his job.“No, not at all,” the manager replied when asked at a news conference if it would be unfair if he was sacked.”It is just life, it is the way it is. If you don’t get results then you are under pressure … last year we were one result worse off than we are this year.The manager also defended his record, pointing out that he had guided West Brom to a 10th-place finish last season.“It was only the third time in the club’s history that this club has finished 10th in the league,” he said.Midfielder Nacer Chadli will miss the Chelsea game and faces a spell on the sidelines after picking up a muscle injury in training.The Belgium international missed West Brom’s pre-season training camp in Austria and has played only two league games this season after a series of injuries.“We are disappointed … he played the two 90 minutes (for Belgium during the international break) and ended up getting an injury yesterday in training that’s going to keep him out for the foreseeable future,” Pulis said.last_img read more

NBA sends teams proposal for 78-game season, other changes

first_imgFILE – In this Oct. 8, 2019, file photo, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a news conference before an NBA preseason basketball game between the Houston Rockets and the Toronto Raptors in Saitama, Japan. A person familiar with the negotiations says the NBA is working with the players’ union and its teams on a plan to shorten the regular season, possibly to 78 games. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)MIAMI — The NBA has sent a proposal to teams calling for a 78-game regular season, along with an in-season tournament for all teams and a reseeding of the playoffs when the field is cut to the final four clubs.A copy of the proposal was obtained by The Associated Press on Friday. The plan laid out for teams calls for a play-in tournament to decide the seventh and eighth seeds in both conferences — the top 10 finishers in both the East and West would therefore have a chance at the playoffs — as well as a $1 million per player prize for the in-season tournament.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Proud’ Taha sets career high vs idols Tenorio, Caguioa NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas The proposal calls for teams to play eight divisional games in the group stage of the event, which would begin Nov. 24, 2021 and continue through Dec. 11. (The NBA said the dates are tentative.) The group stage games — four home, four away — would count toward a team’s regular-season total.The six division winners and two wild cards would qualify for the quarterfinals on Dec. 13 and 14, 2021. Semifinals would be played as a doubleheader on Dec. 16 and the title game would be played two days later — with the semis and finals at a neutral site like Las Vegas. Players on the winning team would split $15 million; the winning coaching staff would split $1.5 million.The NBA said that there is the potential for “additional prizing for players on the remaining final four teams” and that other incentives for teams and fans were “to be determined.”PLAY-IN TOURNAMENTThe regular season would end on a Saturday, one week before the start of the playoffs — as opposed to ending on Wednesday, as has been the case for years.The top six teams in each conference would be in the playoffs.The teams in seventh through 10th place in the regular-season standings would play off as follows: The seventh- and eighth-place teams would play with the winner clinching the No. 7 playoff seed. The teams holding the ninth- and 10th-place regular season spots would also play, and the winner of that game would play the loser of the 7-8 game to determine the No. 8 playoff seed.From there, the first two rounds would be played as usual. Once the playoff field is down to four teams, those clubs would be reseeded based on regular-season record. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Zubiri, Marcos cold to Senate adopting House-OKd budget PLAY LIST 01:35Zubiri, Marcos cold to Senate adopting House-OKd budget03:102 gov’t execs wary of having separate dep’t for disaster risk reduction01:37Panelo: Propose solutions to traffic woes instead of just criticizing admin01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday ‘People evacuated on their own’ The league would make the changes for the 2021-22 season on a trial basis, with an option to continue the next season. The league’s board of governors is expected to discuss and likely decide whether to go forward or not with the plan in April.The notion of adding a in-season tournament has been something Commissioner Adam Silver has talked about since at least 2016, drawing the parallel to how such events are customary in European soccer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“It would need to be negotiated with the Players Association,” Silver said earlier this year. “I’ve had very general discussions with (union executive director) Michele Roberts about the notion that these are the kinds of things we’re looking at. I think she, of course, is supportive of looking at any ideas we have to build the business over time.”ESPN and The Athletic first reported on the contents of the proposal. MOST READ The NBA told teams that a study it commissioned through a third-party company earlier this year showed that 60% of NBA fans want a shorter regular season, that 68% of fans said they are interested in an in-season tournament and 75% were interested in a play-in tournament to decide the playoff field.The same study, the NBA said, found fans liked the idea of reseeding the final four playoff teams — even though that would open the door to the potential of the NBA Finals going on between two teams from the same conference.The NBA told teams that “fans feel it would make the final two rounds more desirable to watch.”A breakdown of the changes:IN-SEASON TOURNAMENTADVERTISEMENT View comments When Pops met Martin’s son Santino Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Race matters

first_imgWhile in New York towards the end of July at a reunion of overseas Guyanese from Skeldon, referring to the situation “back home”, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo was reported to have said, “There is an assault on our democracy. There is an assault on people of Indian origin. There is an assault on supporters of the PPP. What we thought would never return to Guyana, in just one short year has returned with full force, and even worse in some regards than the Burnham era.”Honing in on the section that referred to “an assault on people of Indian origin”, a statement issued through the offices of the Prime Minister and Presidency “condemn(ed), in the strongest possible terms, the irresponsible, hateful race baiting and malicious fabrications and falsehoods uttered by Opposition Leader Mr Bharrat Jagdeo”. In the following days, a sharp debate has erupted on the claims and counter claims that, unfortunately, followed the lines of cleavage where race and politics coincide in Guyana.Those that supported him in the press and social media pointed out that what he stated in New York was in no way different from what he and other members of the PPP had said in Guyana. They pointed out, for instance, the dismissal of a wide swathe of Indians from the Public Sector and Government corporations. The abrupt announcement of the closure of Wales Estate was cited as affecting mostly Indian Guyanese workers, as did the Government’s contention that it was not responsible for finding markets for rice, even after it refused to renegotiate with Venezuela to resuscitate the lucrative “Oil-for-Rice” Petro-Caribe deal.What the debate confirms is that matters of race still elicit strong emotions in Guyana and the country cannot sweep the issue under the carpet. The platitudes about “not exploiting” race will not solve anything. As in the present brouhaha, who determines what is “exploitation” of race and what is not? Several commentators have asserted that the Government’s response to Jagdeo’s New York statement was opportunistic and could also be tagged as “race baiting”.What is most depressing about the episode is after claims of “race baiting” by politicians have bedevilled Guyana for half a century, an Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) was constitutionally mandated in 2000 to deal with this and other contingencies that may arise out of our racial/ethnic cleavages. The ERC emanated from the Herdmanston Accord which Caricom brokered between the PPP and the PNC after the latter launched street protests following the December 1997 elections that resulted in ethnic riots in Georgetown.Article 212 (d) of the Constitution outlines 24 functions of the ERC, among which are to (3) “Discourage and prohibit persons, institutions, political parties and associates from indulging in, advocating or promoting discriminatory practices on the ground of ethnicity;(4) Foster a sense of security among all ethnic groups by encouraging and promoting the understanding, acceptance and tolerance of diversity in all aspects of national life and promoting full participation by all ethnic groups in the social, economic, cultural and political life of the people.”While the Government identified the need for “social cohesion” as one of its primary goals after the elections of May 2015, and launched a Ministry that is supposed to bring about that happy state, they have been accused of using this vehicle, which is totally an Executive creature, to sideline the ERC which is composed of representatives of a wide cross-section of Guyanese institutions, including ethnic ones.The methodology of the Ministry of Social Cohesion to craft its Five Year Strategic Plan has served to confirm the suspicions of its critics that a process that is totally under the control of one “side” to the racial/ethnic cleavage would lack wide legitimacy. While the Government must go ahead with its efforts to increase social cohesion, the ERC must be constituted forthwith to directly address contentions related to race.last_img read more

Hospital move “couldn’t have gone any better”

first_img “I just feel a great sense of accomplishment in terms of being able to really allow the community to be able to enter in to such an excellent healthcare facility in the north here,” she says. She mentions the high amount of natural daylight and landscaping outside as two of the things she’s already appreciating about the new facility. The next hurdle for staff is moving in the residents of the Peace Villa residential care project. 87 patients from the North Peace Care Centre will be moved in starting Sunday, in what will be a longer process, and an additional 28 will be relocated on Monday. De Smit says doing the move today helped the team learn things to be better prepared for the move Sunday, like making sure stations are fully stocked with the necessary papers. The hospital will open for business as usual tomorrow, with regular visiting hours, and longer lab hours.Advertisement With 50 per cent extra staff on hand, it took approximately two hours and fifteen minutes to transport all 23 inpatients to the new hospital via ambulance, bus and HandyDART. The process started with the first ambulance leaving at 8 a.m., and all patients arrived by 10:15 and were able to eat lunch in the new facility. Morris says the success of the move came down to planning and preparation, in which everyone involved had a specific role that they stuck to. Despite Northern Health’s efforts, there were still some people who showed up at both the old and new hospital that were non-emergent cases, but Morris says those residents were shown where to come back tomorrow. The emergency room saw its first patient shortly after 6 a.m., and the attending physician said the process went well, as has been since opening. Now in the new building, there are bound to be some kinks that will need to be ironed out, but Morris says they committed to not making any changes for six months, unless there is a safety risk. Over that time, there will be things that staff will learn to adapt to, as the new facility is much larger, and differently designed.- Advertisement – “We’re going to, as best we can, learn to live with what we have and not make a bunch of changes,” explains Morris, “because that’s pretty much a vicious circle: once you start, you won’t stop, so we’d like to make sure that we really need to do it. Angela De Smit, Health Service Administrator has worked at the hospital for the past 15 years, and is incredibly excited to be in the new facility.Advertisementlast_img read more

England coach Allardyce stands by Hart

first_img0Shares0000Hart was benched for City’s opening game of the season at Sunderland.PHOTO/courtesyBURTON-ON-TRENT, United Kingdom, Aug 22- Goalkeeper Joe Hart will retain his place in the England squad despite being dropped by Manchester City, national coach Sam Allardyce said on Monday.Hart, 29, is yet to play for City this season after his new manager Pep Guardiola decided to install Willy Caballero as his first-choice goalkeeper. Hart, capped 63 times, endured a torrid Euro 2016 with England, but Allardyce will stand by him when he names his squad on Sunday for his side’s opening 2018 World Cup qualifier in Slovakia on September 4.“In terms of picking Joe and the goalkeeper that he is, he will be in the squad, definitely,” Allardyce told Sky Sports News at England’s St George’s Park training base in Burton, central England.“What do we do? I won’t really know that until I speak to Joe and that will be the same with most of the players when they arrive.“The problem for any player you want to select for England, not just in isolation, but in total areas, is that it will be a concern if a player doesn’t play for his team.“I think that you have to have your doubts about that. But before I meet up with Joe, I don’t really know where he lies in that process at the moment.“I think that when we pick the first squad and then the lads come here, there will be some lads that don’t play on a regular basis.”Allardyce, who succeeded Roy Hodgson after the Euro, also revealed that he had not yet decided whether to allow Wayne Rooney to continue as England captain.“We will announce the squad, then we’ll meet up, and the first thing I would probably choose to tell the public and the media would be who is going to be the captain, so we can get that one out of the way,” he said.“The team selection and the first XI will be later on in the week. He’s (Rooney) the most successful England player for the last decade.“He’s broken every record at league level, Champions League level and international level, so yes, we should talk very much about Wayne and about how good he is, what a fantastic player he is and what a really, really good captain he is.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Study predicts Trans Mountain pipeline buy will add to federal deficit

first_img(THE CANADIAN PRESS) CALGARY, A.B. – A study by a sustainable energy research group predicts the federal government’s purchase of the Trans Mountain pipeline will add significantly to the deficit next year.The study by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis says the buying the Kinder Morgan Canada assets, plus planning and construction costs, will put $6.5 billion in unplanned spending on the books for the 2018-19 fiscal year.Study authors Tom Sanzillo and Kathy Hipple say that until the Ottawa clarifies how it plans to account for the spending, there’s a risk the purchase could add 36 per cent to the projected $18.1-billion deficit.- Advertisement -The federal government agreed to buy the existing pipeline, expansion project and terminals from Kinder Morgan Canada for $4.5 billion after the company threatened to walk away from the Trans Mountain expansion project.The government has said it doesn’t plan to be a long-term owner and is looking for buyers, including Indigenous communities, pension funds and the Alberta government.The Trans Mountain expansion project has faced significant opposition over concerns of oil spills, tanker traffic and increased oilsands production.Advertisementlast_img read more

Liverpool fans demand: Bring back Carragher and Hyypia!

first_img Jamie Carragher Liverpool fans had their say on who they want to be part of Brendan Rodgers’ new-look backroom team.Colin Pascoe and Mike Marsh have been axed from their respective roles as assistant manager and first-team coach after a disappointing season.The Anfield faithful believe Rodgers should the replace the duo with former stars who know the club inside out.Jamie Carragher would be a hugely popular appointment at Anfield, judging by the reaction on the social media site, while Sami Hyypia, Robbie Fowler and Kenny Dalglish would all be welcomed back with open arms.Read below, to see what the Liverpool fans had to say 1last_img read more

Santa Clarita Calendar

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SATURDAY SCV Teacher Recruitment Fair, 8 a.m.-noon at Rancho Pico Junior High, 26250 W. Valencia Blvd., Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 259-0033, Ext. 282. Junior Lifeguard Program will hold an open registration for qualified swimmers ages 9-17, 10 a.m. at Val Verde Park Swimming Pool, 30300 W. Arlington Road, Val Verde. Call (661) 294-3532. Volunteer orientation, 10-11 a.m. at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Sharon Lewis Koho will sign copies of her books, 10 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. St. Patrick’s Day story time and crafts, 10 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Cheer tryout clinic, 2-4 p.m. at Gymcheer USA, 20724 Centre Pointe Parkway, Unit 3, Canyon Country. Call (661) 299-6849. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for a morning run, 7 o’clock in the parking lot at Starbucks, 26415 Bouquet Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Free wellness workshop will present research about stubborn weight, fatigue and hormone imbalance, 10-11:30 a.m. at the office of Dr. Larry Cart, 24868 Apple St., Suite 101, Newhall. Call (661) 284-6233. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave. Call (661) 254-1275. Karaoke night, 8 o’clock at VFW Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6885. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities throughout the day at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. SUNDAY Trail Team will meet to repair damaged trails, 9 a.m. at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Adopt-A-Pet will feature dogs and cats available for adoption, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Petco, 26501 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call the Castaic Animal Shelter at (661) 257-3191. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for marathon training, 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Granary Square, 25930 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Bingo will be played, 10:30 a.m. at Mint Canyon Moose Lodge, 18000 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-7222. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. MONDAY Santa Clarita Emblem Club will meet, 6:45 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 17766 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 251-1500. Special Olympics offers golf lessons to athletes with learning disabilities, evenings at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. TUESDAY Investment workshop, titled “Can You Afford to Retire?” 7-9:30 p.m. today and March 14 at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Cost: $38, or $66 per couple, for both sessions. Call (661) 259-7800. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Runners Club will work out, 6:15 p.m. at the College of the Canyons track, 26455 N. Rockwell Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will offer an intermediate class, 7-9 p.m. in Rooms A1 and 2 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 252-2210 or (661) 255-0463. Barbershop Harmony Singers will rehearse, 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Valley Oaks Village Apartments, 24700 Valley St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6109 for security-door information. WEDNESDAY Free lecture, titled “Reverse Mortgage: Will it Work for You?” 1-2 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-9444. Movie showing and discussion for children ages 12-16 will feature “Howl’s Moving Castle,” 4:30 p.m. at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library, 18601 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call (661) 251-2720. Free parenting program, titled “Parent’s Guide to the Internet,” 6:30 p.m. at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library, 18601 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call (661) 251-2720. Santa Clarita Sunrise Rotary Club will meet, 7:10 a.m. at IHOP, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 250-1023. Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club will meet, 12:10 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-7701. Santa Clarita Valley-Newhall Optimist Club will meet, 7 p.m. at La Rumba, 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 252-7313. Valencia Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. Call Kim Dickens at (661) 259-8567 or visit www.valenciatoastmasters.org for location. Dual Diagnosis Group for those who are chemically dependent and affected by mental illness, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at St. Francis Counseling Center, 25050 Avenue Kearny, Suite 101, Valencia. Call (661) 294-2880. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities during the evenings at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. THURSDAY Financial workshop titled “Success in Santa Clarita,” 8-10 a.m. at the SCV Chamber of Commerce, 28460 Avenue Stanford, Suite, 100, Valencia. Cost: $30. Call (661) 702-6980. Contracting Connections workshop, 8 a.m.-noon at the Castaic Sports Complex, 31230 N. Castaic Road, Castaic. Call (323) 881-3964. SCV Quilt Guild will meet, 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call Adva Price at 298-1385. Moms Mixer for moms to meet and socialize, 7-9 p.m. at a private home in Valencia. Call Liz Hodson at (661) 255-6044 for directions. Sierra Club will meet, 7:30 p.m. in the upper classroom at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 24901 Orchard Village Road, Valencia. Call Dave Morrow at (661) 254-5245. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Noon Kiwanis Club will meet, noon-1:30 p.m. at El Torito, 27510 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Janie Choate at (661) 296-8260. Youth Chess Club will meet, 5:30-8 p.m. at 25864-G Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Jay Stallings at (661) 288-1705. Evening Kiwanis Club will meet, 6:15 p.m. at Mulligan’s, 25848 Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Amy Spencer at (661) 255-6714. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for tempo runs, 6:15 p.m. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org for location. FRIDAY AARP Driver Safety program, 2-6 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-9444. Cheer tryout clinic, 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Gymcheer USA, 20724 Centre Pointe Parkway, Unit 3, Canyon Country. Call (661) 299-6849. Karaoke night, 6:30-9:30 at Vincenzo’s, 24504 1/2 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. To submit an event for the Daily News calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at sharon.cotal@dailynews.com or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355.last_img read more

Senate fails to agree on bill

first_imgWASHINGTON – The collapse Friday of an ambitious immigration bill leaves behind winners, losers and the generally befuddled – and that’s just in Congress.Well beyond Washington, as well, political and practical ramifications will be rippling from the Senate’s failure Friday to close a deal that many thought was near. In what may sound like a familiar refrain, the next two weeks will be crucial in determining whether the Senate can resurrect the legislation that’s currently infirm. “I hope, during these two weeks, that cool minds will ensue and that we will be able to work on this legislation further,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said Friday. Phil Martin, a UC Davis agricultural economist and long-time immigration analyst, suggested the longer senators think about it, the more problems may arise. “I would not be optimistic,” said Martin, a former member of the congressionally established Commission on Agricultural Workers. This inaction may serve Democratic political interests. In part, it would avoid handing President Bush a high-profile bill-signing ceremony later this year. With the Senate silent, moreover, the Republican congressional voice on immigration remains a House bill that would designate 11 million to 12 million illegal immigrants as felons. In a vote last December that’s now paying political dividends, House Democrats ensured the felony provision would remain part of the House bill for now. Until the Senate acts, Specter noted, it’s this punitive view that many will associate with Republicans. Even if Democrats and Republicans are equally motivated, the Senate is already booked up with other upcoming obligations. These include: a controversial $100 billion supplemental funding bill, a week devoted to health issues, consideration of the 13 appropriations bills that fund the federal government, seven weeks of recess between early May and the scheduled Oct. 7 adjournment and, not least, some serious campaigning preceding the November election. “I’m concerned about the lost opportunity,” Democratic Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts said, “but absolutely determined to keep fighting.” Immigration reform advocates among civil rights groups and labor unions remained optimistic that legalization will prevail. The advocates said Friday they will continue to organize marches as well as lobby politicians during the recess. Citing polls, Frank Sharry of the National Immigration Forum and others expressed confidence that divided public opinion has swung in favor of a comprehensive approach. This includes more enforcement and employer sanctions, combined with legalizing most undocumented workers and making sure more visas are available to meet demand. The most crucial compromise, legalizing roughly 85 percent of the illegal immigrants now in the United States, was not the cause of Friday’s train wreck. So far, at least, this component remains intact. “This is not about the solution coming apart,” insisted Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. “It’s about the \ process coming apart.” Specifically, Frist and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid clashed over the underlying rules governing the bill. Democrats demanded that the Senate Judiciary Committee’s 10 Republicans and eight Democrats be named as Senate negotiators to work out differences with the House. The Democrats wanted the strongest possible hand in dealing with the House’s strict border security bill. Frist rejected the proposal as an infringement on his leadership. Reid said Democrats further wanted to limit the number of amendments to three, fearing an overly protracted debate. Frist insisted on offering 20 amendments out of the roughly 400 introduced. Democrats aggressively exploited Senate rules to block any amendment.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventImmigrant rallies set for Monday could crank up pressure. But with a Senate calendar already crowded, and the internal and external politics only becoming more complicated, some believe the immigration bill’s moment may well have passed for this Congress. “I think it’s unlikely,” Senate Minority Whip Richard Durbin, D-Ill., said when asked if the immigration bill will survive. “We had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” Feinstein and Durbin were two of an estimated 65 senators from both parties who appeared ready to approve a wide-ranging immigration overhaul after nine days of debate. Nonetheless, Democrats mustered only 38 votes Friday, failing to cut off a filibuster before starting a two-week April recess. The filibuster vote had less to do with the bill’s substance than with Senate maneuvering. The 478-page bill is now going back to the Senate Judiciary Committee, where chairman Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., promised to finish rewriting the package by May 4. Specter doesn’t yet have a commitment from Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist that the rewritten bill will return to the Senate for action. last_img read more

CONFIRMED: Manchester City sign Kyle Walker from Tottenham on five-year deal

first_img Kyle Walker will wear the number two shirt for Manchester City 1 Manchester City have signed England international Kyle Walker from Tottenham Hotspur on a five-year contract, the Premier League club have confirmed.It is understood Pep Guardiola’s side agreed a fee with Spurs for the 27-year-old which could rise to £50million if the add-on clauses are met.Walker, who has signed a five-year deal at the Etihad Stadium, therefore becomes one of the most expensive defenders of all time.Paris Saint-Germain broke the world record for a defender when they signed David Luiz for £50million in 2014, while City made £47.5million John Stones the most expensive Englishman of all time in that position two years later.In announcing the signing, Walker’s agency, Base Soccer, claimed on Twitter that their client commanded: “a record fee for a defender and record fee for an English player”.Whether Walker ever proves to be the costliest defender of all time or not, it is certainly a significant outlay from City and takes their summer spending well beyond the £100million mark after the captures of playmaker Bernardo Silva and goalkeeper Ederson.“I am thrilled to be signing for City and can’t wait to get started,” Walker said on www.mancity.com.“Pep Guardiola is one of the most respected managers in the world and I feel he can help me take my game to a new level.”last_img read more