Royals’ Yost: ‘Glad to be alive’ after injury on farm

first_imgFILE – In this Aug. 29, 2017, file photo, Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost listens to a reporter’s question before a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Yost broke a pelvis and several ribs during a fall on his property in Georgia, Saturday, Nov. 4, when a deer stand he was working on gave way and fell to the ground, Kansas City spokesman Mike Swanson said. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Ned Yost spent Monday afternoon in a lounge chair at his farm just outside Atlanta, the pain from a shattered pelvis so unbearable that the only movement the Royals manager could make was to reposition.He was happy for the pain, though. It reminded him he was alive.ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene 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 Still, he counts himself lucky. The fall could have been fatal, especially if he didn’t have a phone.“It’s pretty rough, you know? I’m in quite a bit of pain,” he said. “You can imagine, there’s no position that’s comfortable to be in right now. I don’t think I’ve left this lounge chair since I’ve been home for more than 5 minutes in two days. Just find a way I can be comfortable and relax, and then try not to move for 10 hours. But by spring training, I should be pretty much full-go.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Just over a week ago, Yost was working in a hunting stand on his property when he reached to attach a safety line. The stand somehow collapsed and Yost fell about 20 feet to the ground, and the landing was so hard that he sustained a “massive fracture” to his pelvis and four broken ribs.He also lost so much blood that surgeons later told him he nearly died.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“I didn’t understand the gravity of the situation until I was through it,” said the 62-year-old Yost, an avid outdoorsman. “I’m just glad I had my phone, I’ll tell you that.”Yost said he can’t put weight on either leg for at least two months, which means he’s confined to his lounge chair or a wheelchair. There are two rods, some plates and screws holding his pelvis together, and a good number of staples that are helping to keep the incision closed. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funnycenter_img LATEST STORIES But he vowed that by spring training, “I should be pretty much full-go.”Anybody who knows Yost wouldn’t think otherwise.The curmudgeonly manager prides himself on his toughness, a trait he’s instilled in the Royals over the years. It served them well in turning around their fortunes, too, from a sad-sack squad that regularly lost 100 games to a team that went to back-to-back World Series and won the championship in 2015.Still, the injury that Yost sustained tested even his toughness.Yost said his wife, Deb, had left just after noon on Nov. 4 to attend a nephew’s wedding in Alabama, so he hopped in a four-wheeler and headed out on his property. His intention was to check his tree stands and prepare them for winter, and he took care of the first stand without any problems.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Italy keeper Buffon ends international career He drove to a second tree stand and climbed up wearing his safety belt. The stand felt solid at first, but as he reached around the tree to clip in, “it was like a hang-man’s gallows.”“Down I went,” Yost said. “I hit on my right side.”Yost was fortunate that he had his cellphone nearby, and was able to call Deb for help. He’s been in the tree stands before and reached for his phone to find he’d forgotten it, and admits thinking to himself those times, “That is so stupid! What if something happened?”Yost’s wife was able to contact 911, then guide responders to where her husband had fallen. Its remote nature and the severity of Yost’s injury meant a helicopter was needed to get him to the hospital.Once there, doctors resorted to emergency surgery to stop the bleeding, and required eight units of blood to replace what Yost had lost. They also put him in what he described as “really tight compression pants,” and at one point he told the emergency room doctor that “you guys are killing me.”“The guy said, ‘Look, Ned, this is going to save your life,’” Yost said.Yost underwent another surgery the next day to repair the pelvis, and doctors then told him that the fracture was so severe and blood loss so great that 25 percent to 30 percent of similar cases result in death.“I thought I was going to be fine. Ok, my pelvis is broken. I’m a pretty tough guy. I can handle the pain,” Yost said. “I mean, it was a little scary getting on that helicopter because I was in so much pain, getting really, really woozy. But I still felt like I was in great hands.“I’m glad to be alive and I’m glad to be hurting for a little bit.”Yost, the winningest manager in Royals history, is scheduled to have the staples removed next week and follow-up X-rays on his pelvis. The doctors said he’ll be off his feet for two or three months — “For me, it’s probably going to be two,” he said — and then have to undergo physical therapy. MOST READlast_img read more

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PVL: FEU forces semis rubber match against UST

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celine Domingo put up 19 points to lead FEU while Jerrili Malabanan added 17 points.FEU head coach George Pascua hopes that his team would carry its momentum into the do-or-die Game 3.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“Hopefully they can still remember the right things they did today and do it tomorrow,” said Pascua in Filipino. “This win helped our morale and the game tomorrow is a test of character for both teams.”Milena Alessandrini had 13 points t lead the Golden Tigresses while captain Tin Francisco had eight points. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins 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 Celine Domingo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University kept its title shot alive after taking down University of Santo Tomas, 22-25, 25-13, 25-14, 25-20, in Game 2 of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference semifinals Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Lady Tamaraws tied the best-of-three series and will look to complete their comeback on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Asian Games: PH boxer Rogen Ladon settles for silver Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal View commentscenter_img Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

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Businessman accuses Govt agencies of hindering development

first_imgBusinessman Shamnarine Narine said he is forced to believe the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GLSC) and the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) are colluding to stymie development in the Mandela area, Georgetown, resulting in the chasing away of investors.Narine’s statement comes after the CH&PA issued a cease work notice on October 6, 2018, to the Guyana Tractor and Equipment Company to terminate an unauthorised construction project that is taking place on Government reserve at plot HN Industrial Reserve, Plantation Ruimveldt, Georgetown.The order stated that all activities are to be ceased immediately under the Town and Country Planning Act, Chapter 20:01 of the laws of Guyana. The businessman said he was leased the site to construct a gas station, minimart and office spaces.Detailing the events that led to the notice, Narine told <<<>>>> that since 2016, the plot of land measuring 0.25 acres was in his possession through a lease from the Georgetown Mayor and City Council. However, the GLSC said they have jurisdiction over the State’s land and the lease had to be scrapped.The man then approached the GLSC for a lease but was told that they would not be leasing the land, rather they are prepared to sell the plot for $8 million.“We paid $4.5 million for the land to the Lands and Surveys Commission after negotiations. A receipt was issued and signed off by Trevor Benn (GLSC’s head). We paid the money in February 2017 and then we got the receipt. They told us that they will send us the title and later on in the month they sent a provisional lease stating that they will now lease us the land for $250,000 per year and them never sent the lease to date,” he explained.After they received the provisional lease and a document giving them permission to occupy the said property, things were set in motion for the construction of the gas station and the minimart. They sought and received the relevant permission from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Mayor and City Council and the Guyana Water Incorporated. However, the Public Infrastructure Ministry had objections with the project and refused to give permission.“They (MoPI) write and tell us we can’t build a gas station there because Mandela Avenue is being developed and they are not allowing egress and ingress in Mandela and to find an alternative route and they give permission to build the minimart and CH&PA also said to find alternative route and we did that and then it was approved,” Narine stated.The frustrated businessman said the company went ahead with the construction of the minimart but as they were driving piles, they received the cease work notice and around 15:00h the same day, a notice of repossession from the GLSC.“It is strange that these two agencies happen to send their notices on the same day. We have written to the CH&PA two times to state what is the contravention and they have not even acknowledged our letters. The Lands and Surveys want to repossess the land for public purposes and they too can’t say what is the public purpose. Them want repossess the land and we pay the $4.5 million for it and then don’t want to give back the money. All of this just looks like coordinated suspicious activity to me,” the irate man said.Narine said he is still waiting on the responses to his letters, giving specific reasons for the actions taken by the two governmental agencies.According to the CH&PA, Narine on April 30, 2018, submitted an application to the Planning Authority for full approval of planning permission to erect a two-storey building (25 feet – 0 x 55 feet -0) for commercial use as a convenience store on the ground floor and offices on the first floor and to install four fuel pumps and three underground tanks for kerosene, gasoline and diesoline for use as a petrol station.On May 11, 2018, the convenience store and offices were recommended for approval on condition that the developer amended plans in accordance with recommendations from the Public Infrastructure Ministry indicating no access from Mandela Avenue.The CH&PA later disapproved the application after they detected that the site is not suitable for such development. Even though the approval was not given, the contractor continued construction works on the site. The disapproval of the application came after residents of the Shirley Field-Ridley Square, South Ruimveldt, in a petition to the agency rejected the construction of the gas station and the convenience store and offices and also since it cannot be accessed from Mandela Avenue, which is the main thoroughfare.Additionally, the proposed means of access (Plumbaggo Street and the roadway) are minor streets that cannot serve as means of ingress and egress since they are not suitable and inappropriate, the CH&PA said. Further, according to the agency, it is concerned with the destruction that was caused to the road and road shoulders by heavy-duty equipment used by Narine to drive piles into the ground.last_img read more

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Yesu Persaud’s life achievements celebrated

first_imgThe life and achievements of local business tycoon and philanthropist, Dr Yesu Persaud, is being celebrated as the University of Guyana (UG) kicks off a lecture series in his honour.The lecture series will highlight Dr Persaud’s seminal contributions to Guyana through his audacious authenticity in business, entrepreneurship and civic contributions.The work of the local business tycoon, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday, spans many continents, two centuries and several successful business ventures, while his civic and philanthropic work has been and continues to be highly impactful.At Tuesday’s launch of the inaugural symposium, a long list of close associates of Dr Persaud lined up to speak and reflect on the various aspects of his life to a packed gathering.Recalling his childhood on the Diamond Estate, retired Major General Joe Singh spoke of the challenges Dr Persaud faced growing up and the resilience displayed on his journey to become one of Guyana’s top entrepreneurs.“Growing up on a sugar estate at that time, experiencing all of the challenges that is associated with a stratified society, the colour-bar, discriminatory employment practices and poverty, it would have been a miracle if the young Yesu Persaud envisaged that he would rise to the zenith of the business world. Many in his position would have given up… His ambition to rise above his circumstances through education and qualifications was complemented by his adaptability, his versatility, his courage, his loyalty and commitment, and his deep spiritual and family values,” Singh stated, as he read excerpts from Dr Persaud’s autobiography Reaching for the Stars – The life of Yesu Persaud.The Guyanese icon is currently working on his second book, a continuation of his autobiography. Dr Persaud’s entrepreneurial skills is evident in the highly successful Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL), which produces the international-award winning brand – El Dorado Rum.The company’s current Chairman, Komal Samaroo, who has worked under Dr Persaud for several years before becoming his successor in 2014, reflected on the leadership style and visions of the business tycoon.After achieving a business miracle when he took over a bankrupted DDL andYesu Persaud shares a light moment at Tuesday’s inaugural symposium alongside UG’s Vice Chancellor Ivelaw Griffith; and Deputy VC on Philanthropy, Alumni and Civic Engagement, Paloma Mohamed-Martintransformed it into a successful company, Dr Persaud was the brain behind the first-ever Indigenous private bank – Demerara Bank Limited, which he still chairs – and also paved the way for small businesses to thrive in the country with the establishment of the Institute of Private Enterprise Development (IPED), which finances and trains entrepreneurs.While Dr Persaud was a trail blazer in Guyana, his impeccable work was far-reaching with impacts on both the Caribbean and Latin American regions.Highlighting this aspect of his work, former Barbadian Senator, Maxine McClean, described Dr Persaud as a true exemplar of a committed entrepreneur and businessman, adding that his contributions in business, banking, civil society and philanthropy clearly demonstrates his business acumen and civil consciousness.McClean, who is also a professor, further noted that much can be learned from Dr Persaud’s work.“We need to utilise the full essence, the wealth of information that really dwells in your contribution because in the end of the day, what this country, this Region, this world can learn from your experience, your success, your contribution is capturing a wide-ranging foci,” says the Barbadian Professor as she calls on institutions to draw on his wealth of contributions.Among the other speakers, who highlight key aspects of the life of Guyanese icon were: Professor David Dabydeen; Chief Executive Officer of IPED, Ramesh Persaud and local businessman Stanley Ming.Over the years, Dr Persaud has collected a number of national and international awards for his work and contributions including: the Gandhi Organisation Plaque for his contribution in promoting Indian culture in Guyana; the Glory of India Award and Certificate of Excellence by the India International Friendship Society in 2005 and the following year, he was honoured in India with the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman for his outstanding contributions in business and Indian history and culture.Nationally, Dr Persaud is the recipient of Guyana’s Cacique Crown of Honour for the development of new industries in Guyana in 1983 and the Golden Arrow of Achievement for his work in developing and expanding the distillery industry in Guyana. In addition, he also received the Pepsi Cola International – Slice and the Caribbean Network Enterprises Inc inaugural Indo Caribbean Male Lifetime Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievements in New York.Moreover, the diversity of his contributions, the calibre of his leadership and the values he laid down as the sine cos for success in business, good governance and democracy, and philanthropy have all been recognised by tertiary educational institutions such as University of Warwick, University of the West Indies (UWI) and more recently University of Guyana (UG). (Vahnu Manikchand)last_img read more

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February 28th Community Events Photos

first_imgThe sun shines from between the clouds and shines on Matthews Park as well as the rest of Fort St. John.                                                                                                              Picture: Amber Davy – Advertisement –Lots of people in Fort St. John gathered at the Lido Theatre to watch the nail-bitting hockey game between Canada and the USA.                                                                      Picture: Amber Davy Many people wait in line at Oxygen Salon and Day Spa take take part in the Child Development Centre fundraiser “Cuts for Kids”.                                                                                 Picture: Amber DavyNorth Peace Secondary School hosted the FSJ House Indoor Soccer Tournament in both of its gyms.                                                                                                               Picture: Amber Davylast_img read more

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BC Hydro statistics show that over one third of Site C workers are local hires

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – BC Hydro released more statistics on the number and residence of those working on the Site C dam project.According to the numbers released today, there were a total of 1,416 construction and environmental contractors working on the dam in June 2016. Of those, 1,136, or 80 percent were from B.C. 651 out of the over 1,400 workers, or 46 percent were Peace River Regional District residents.Looking at the 389 engineers and project staff also working on the dam, 358 of them, or 92 percent hailed from B.C., though BC Hydro did not include or note statistics on which areas of the province they hail from. The project team includes consultants, BC Hydro Construction Management, and other offsite Site C project staff.- Advertisement -That means that of the total 1,805 staff and contractors working on the Site C dam, 36 percent have been confirmed to be residents of the Peace River Regional District. That percentage could actually be higher, depending on the number of PRRD residents that are among the 358 British Columbian engineers and project staff.BC Hydro says that in the coming months and years, more jobs will be created as main civil works increases activities, and major contracts get underway for the various components of the dam.Hydro added in the release that “as with any construction project, the number of workers — and the proportion from any particular location — will vary month-to-month and also reflects the seasonal nature of construction work.”Advertisementlast_img read more

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Chelsea paying for Champions League gain – Hazard

first_img“I think the Premier League is difficult. It is hard to win every year,” Hazard told ESPN FC.“Last year we didn’t have the Champions League. This year we have less time to be ready for the games. Every week there are three games.”Despite speculation intensifying over his future, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte dismissed suggestions of tiredness for his side’s struggles as an excuse.“The winner finds a solution, the loser finds excuses. In my life I like to be a winner and I am a winner,” said the Italian.However, with his job on the line, Chelsea face a season defining few weeks after West Brom’s visit to Stamford Bridge on Monday.A home tie against Hull City in the FA Cup fifth round is followed by the visit of Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie on February 20, before trips to both Manchester United and City in the league and then the return Champions League leg at the Camp Nou on March 14.Conte has repeatedly voiced his displeasure at the club’s recruitment strategy following the departure of key players in Chelsea’s title-winning campaign such as Diego Costa and Nemanja Vidic.Tiemoue Bakayoko’s Chelsea career has failed to sparkle despite a big-money move from Monaco © AFP/File / Glyn KIRKTiemoue Bakayoko’s poor first season in England following a big money move from Monaco continued as he was sent-off after just half an hour at Watford, whilst club record signing Alvaro Morata has struggled to fill Costa’s shoes due to a mixture of inconsistent form and injury.However, with no side having retained the Premier League since 2009, Hazard believes it is the unpredictability of England’s top flight that makes it so attractive to players and fans around the world.“We changed a couple of things, we lost players, we brought some new ones and every year is different,” he added.“That’s why we love football, if there is only one team that wins it would be boring.“That’s why football is special. You never know what’s going to happen, especially in England.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Eden Hazard says Chelsea’s problems are part of what makes the Premier League so attractive © AFP/File / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 8 – Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard believes the English champions’ defence of their title was always going to be compromised by a return to Champions League football this season.Despite the Belgian’s 13th goal of the season, Chelsea crumbled to a 4-1 defeat at Watford on Monday night to remain fourth in the Premier League, 19 points adrift of runaway leaders Manchester City.last_img read more

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Premier League final day in pictures: Hull relegated, Liverpool humiliated and farewell to two legends

first_img 9 Bruce shows his frustration as Hull City are condemned to relegation 9 Click the right arrow for highlights of a thrilling Premier League finale… – Despite losing 6-1 to Stoke, Steven Gerrard scores in his last ever game for Liverpool to recover some pride Relegation, humiliation and goodbye to three legends – fans were treated to another dramatic afternoon in an action-packed Premier League finale as 29 goals flew in up and down the country.Hull City’s relegation fears were confirmed on Sunday after failing to beat Manchester United, while rivals for the drop Newcastle United beat West Ham 2-0 to stay up.Jonas Gutierrez and Moussa Sissoko saved the Toon as Hull saw two goals disallowed in their KC Stadium stalemate.Meanwhile, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard both scored on their final Premier League appearances, though it was not a pleasant farewell for the Liverpool captain, with the Reds thumped 6-1 at Stoke, and Didier Drogba was carried off on the shoulders of his Chelsea team-mates after confirming he will leave the club – again – this summer.And if that wasn’t enough, West Ham confirmed the exit of Sam Allardyce as manager, just minutes after the full-time whistle at St James’ Park.As you can see, it was all going on in a hectic final Sunday afternoon, but luckily for you we’ve rounded up all the best action in our handy gallery.Click the arrow above to check out all the best bits! 9 Click the right arrow for highlights of a thrilling Premier League finale… – Just four minutes after the full time whistle at St James’ Park, West Ham confirmed they had parted company with Sam Allardyce as manager. 9 Click the right arrow for highlights of a thrilling Premier League finale… – Jonas Gutierrez’s fairytale goal keeps Newcastle in the Premier League. The defender, who won his battle cancer this year, scores the Magpies’ second to secure all three points against West Ham Click the right arrow for highlights of a thrilling Premier League finale… – Raheem Sterling didn’t play a part in Liverpool’s defeat. Fans hurled abuse at the winger as he headed back to the changing rooms. Is he leaving Anfield? 9 9 Click the right arrow for highlights of a thrilling Premier League finale… – Another Premier League legend scores in his last ever game. Frank Lampard opened the scoring for Manchester City in their 2-0 home win against Southampton. The former Chelsea star now moves to the USA, with Gerrard, to play for MLS side New York City. 9 Click the right arrow for highlights of a thrilling Premier League finale… – Didier Drogba was ceremoniously lifted on to his Chelsea team-mates’ shoulders as the Ivorian played his last game for the Blues in their 3-1 win over Sunderland 9 9 Click the right arrow for highlights of a thrilling Premier League finale… – Despite their goalless draw against Hull, Manchester United finish fourth and will play Champions League football next season. The game was marred by a shocking tackle from Marouane Fellaini which saw the Belgian sent off Click the right arrow for highlights of a thrilling Premier League finale… – Tottenham Hotspur ended the season in fifth place and secured a Europa League spot after Harry Kane’s 21st goal of the season proved the difference in a 1-0 win at Evertonlast_img read more

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State’s inconsistent on letting the public speak

first_imgBesides, recent history indicates Californians turn out in droves when they get enough advance notice of hearings. Many are happy to participate and not merely leave matters to elected officials beholden to special interest donors. One hearing conducted in June by Democratic state Sen. Joe Simitian of Palo Alto drew more than 300 pet owners distraught over a plan to require all dogs and cats over 4 months of age to be spayed or neutered unless the owner gets a permit exempting them. The 300 howled for five hours over this plan, which subsequently died in committee – in part because of their opposition. Citizens have turned out in increasing numbers for the last several years on city matters, too, often offering intelligent ideas that have sometimes been adopted by city councils engaged in land-use planning and other key local decision-making. So why do some state officials try to avoid public hearings on key, expensive items like the prison bonds? Could it be that Schwarzenegger, for one, is more comfortable taking his ideas to canned “town hall” meetings with pre-selected participants and to banquet rooms full of health insurance executives than meeting with the hoi polloi? While some agencies and lawmakers still hold public hearings on important issues, Schwarzenegger and much of the Legislature appear more comfortable deciding key issues among themselves and their big campaign donors. It’s a lot easier on the nerves to attend a “Big Five” meeting of Sacramento big shots in the Schwarzenegger smoking tent than going out to a totally unscripted event in an auditorium where everyone can come and have his or her say. But it doesn’t tell you what gets the people excited and involved, the way public hearings can. Tom Elias wrote The Burzynski Breakthrough: The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It, which is now in its third edition. His e-mail address is tdelias@aol.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! When the state Lands Commission took up the question of whether to allow a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal to run pipelines across tidelands and beaches near Oxnard, more than 2,000 highly vocal citizens turned out to protest and each one got a chance to speak. But when the state Public Utilities Commission made the key decision without which no LNG firms would be pushing to enter the California market, no one heard from the public. No evidence was taken, either. Instead, the commission on its own ruled that California utilities can forgo as much as one-quarter of the domestic natural gas that now comes here and substitute foreign-source LNG for it. The commission’s justification for its decision was that California allegedly faces an impending natural gas shortage, which can be solved by LNG – gas supercooled to a liquid state and then shipped here. Of course, had there been a public hearing, someone might have popped the entire LNG balloon by pointing out that you don’t solve an impending shortage of anything by giving up one-fourth of your existing supply. A public hearing might also have avoided a major intra-government lawsuit now in progress, one which sees the South Coast Air Quality Management District – anti-smog arbiter for Los Angeles, Orange and much of Riverside and San Bernardino counties – suing to overturn that PUC ruling. The smog-control district argues LNG would cause increased air pollution because of its slightly different chemical composition from domestic supplies coming from Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Why, also, were there no public hearings when state legislators and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger last spring hustled through a $15 billion prison construction bond issue? It will cost taxpayers an average of $1 billion per year for 30 years to pay off those bonds, including interest, and they had absolutely no voice in the matter. Similarly, while legislators did hold hearings on a Democratic-inspired plan for a single-payer health insurance system, not even during the autumn special legislative session were there any on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s plan for universal health coverage or the Democratic alternative to it. Surely, there’s been plenty of time to hold hearings – Schwarzenegger first proposed his plan in his state of the state speech last January and he’s staged numerous dog-and-pony shows since then to promote it. Nor have there been public hearings on the key water policy issues lawmakers considered during the same special session. Politicians sometimes say public hearings are useless, that virtually no one turns out for them except parties with a direct financial interest in the outcome of an issue. But in the case of water and universal health care, that includes everyone. last_img read more

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NHL roundup

first_imgat Colorado 3, Columbus 2 Martin Gerber made 30 saves for his sixth career shutout, and the Hurricanes scored three goals in a 6:14 span in the second period. Wade Dubielewicz stopped 25 shots for the Islanders, who have lost seven of their past eight games. Toronto 3, at Edmonton 2 Backup goalie Mikael Tellqvist made 36 saves and Chad Kilger scored the winning goal early in the third period for the Maple Leafs, who have won seven of their past eight games and eight of 12 in Edmonton. New Jersey 3, at Buffalo 2 Brian Rafalski had a goal and an assist, and Martin Brodeur made 26 saves for the Devils, who have won three straight for the first time since November. Maxim Afinogenov and Thomas Vanek scored for the Sabres. at Boston 6, Tampa Bay 3 Defenseman Milan Jurcina scored the first two goals of his NHL career and Patrice Bergeron had the go-ahead goal to lead the Bruins, who are 16-0-5 in their past 21 home games against the Lightning following a a loss on April 9, 1994. at N.Y. Rangers 4, Florida 0 Henrik Lundqvist made a career-high 38 saves in his second shutout – both against the Panthers – and fellow Rangers rookie Petr Prucha scored his 20th goal. NHL scoring leader Jaromir Jagr boosted his goal total to 27 with two. Brendan Morrison scored a power-play goal at 2:53 of overtime as the Canucks won their first of the season against the Flames in five tries and pulled them within four points of Northwest Division-leader Calgary. 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 MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Atlanta 4, at Pittsburgh 3 Marc Savard broke a tie with a power-play goal with 3:25 to play, and Ilya Kovalchuk had two more goals to help the Thrashers beat the Penguins for the second straight night. Carolina 3, at N.Y. Islanders 0 center_img (SO) Alex Tanguay and Marek Svatos scored shootout goals, and the Avalanche won their fourth straight. Patrice Brisebois had two assists for the Avalanche, 16-0-1-1 overall against the Blue Jackets, who have lost three straight. last_img read more

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