Valdano: “The ‘scenic fear’ does not come with the entrance”

first_imgZidane appealed yesterday to public mood for solve a classic so vital. Answer the other side of the phone Jorge Valdano, Real Madrid myth because he was a player, coach, sports director and general of the entity and also the one who coined the expression scenic fear. Then it served to define the solvency with which Madrid traced qualifiers European at the end from the 70s and mid 80s. It happened before Derby County, Celtic, Rijeka, Inter double and Borussia. “Scenic fear?“, Valdano meditates … “Define almost a time. Let’s say stage fright is not something that comes with the entrance. Some conditions have to be given, it depends more on delivery than on art, It requires special situations, the comeback is one of them. When Madrid is below and scores a goal the stadium is unleashed, yes … “. DAILY AS & nbsp; (DAILY AS) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Santillana, before the Moenchengladbach.DAILY AS (DAILY AS) Valdano remains a regular at the Bernabéu. I visit him in each match as a commentator. Is it now a cold stadium? “Man, at that time, there were 50% of the public in standing towns and 20,000 people were entering more than the capacity of the camp allowed. That said, I think there are few fields in the world that better convey the feeling of football than the Bernabéu. ” Isn’t it the Opera? “No, it’s football by vein.”center_img It is the best occasion for your own expression author explain how was born: “I do not know if it was in the comebacks of Inter or Borussia. I do know that it was in a statement to The country. I they asked why I know I repeated that feat so many times and I mentioned the scenic fear. The tip me lhad given the reading an article by García Márquez in which he talked about the fear of giving a speech in public. And of course, it is a fear that we also have footballers, that we respond to a full stand. “Why appeal then Zidane to that tier if the emotional never appears in your speech? “This is a very dangerous crossroads … But look, I believe that if there is a match in which there is no need to ask for help in the stands it is in a Classic. “last_img read more

Batang Gilas flies to Argentina for Fiba U17 World Cup

first_imgPractice at Meralco Gym before leaving for Argentina. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBatang Gilas departed for Argentina Thursday night for the 2018 Fiba Under-17 World Cup which unfurls on June 30.The Smart-backed U-17 national team held its last practice Thursday morning at Meralco gym before embarking on a 31-hour journey to South America.ADVERTISEMENT Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town LATEST STORIES 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 READ: Calimag, Batang Gilas unfazed of France and NBA prospect HayesThe Batang Gilas team members are Gerry Abadiano, Carl Tamayo,Bismarck Lina, Miguel Pascual, Rafael Go, Joshua Lazaro, Forthsky Padrigao, Mac Guadana, Geo Chiu, Raven Cortez, Terrence Fortea, Kai Sotto, and RC Calimag.The national face Croatia on June 30, France on July 1, and Argentina on July 3. The top two in each group will advance to the knockout playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT In Argentina, the Gilas boys led by mentors Mike Oliver and Josh Reyes face stiff competition as they are bracketed with powerhouses France, Croatia and the hosts.READ: Batang Gilas faces early tests in Fiba U-17 World CupFEATURED 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 crownPLDT and Smart president and CEO Manny V. Pangilinan, though, is confident that Batang Gilas can contend with its fancied European foes having assembled the best possible talent available.“We have a strong contender with our current U17 lineup. With their smarts, speed, hard work, andteamwork, we are confident they will do well in this tough competition,” Pangilinan, who is also the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas chairman emeritus. MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial San Miguel acquires Nabong from GlobalPort for Espinas, 2020 2nd round pick Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View commentslast_img read more

‘Appalling Moral Deficiencies’, Make Robert Sirleaf Unfit to Run for the Senate

first_imgThe governing Unity Party (UP) has declared the “beloved son” of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Robert, as a character with moral deficiencies too “appalling” to contest the ensuing senatorial election as a candidate.Robert Sirleaf, the President’s “beloved son” as indicated in her memoirs, has placed his name on the ballot to stand in the upcoming election as a candidate for Montserrado; Liberia’s first and most populous county.Sirleaf has opted to campaign against his mother’s political party that was fielding a candidate, Ali Sylla, who later declined.  Another candidate in the race is former soccer star and Peace Ambassador, George Opong Weah.Addressing a news conference over the weekend, Unity Party Secretary General Wilmot Paye announced that it has not, and will not support Robert Sirleaf because he (Robert) “lacks the moral credentials and credibility to earn our party’s trust.”UP asserted that the party is convinced that while Robert may have become rich overnight, he stills does not deserve the vote of the people.The party further warned members of the Executive Committee, including Robert’s mother, President Johnson Sirleaf, to be fully aware of the consequences in taking the decision to support Robert, adding.  “Pledging her support to him would be done at his or her own risk.”Unity Party said: “Besides, it will be foolhardy for any member and leader of UP to support a man whose conduct and activities have the trademark of an avowed enemy. Moreover, any member seen or caught undermining any of our candidates will be treated like an enemy of the Unity Party-like Robert Sirleaf.“The marauding bands of individuals with appalling moral deficiencies have nothing to offer and will be crushed in their mischief. We cannot allow Liberia to fall prey to their whims and caprices.“We complained that this Sirleaf was an emerging monster determined to impose his abominable will on our society.“We have every reason to believe that this Sirleaf is determined to undermine the UP, this he is pursuing religiously, using privileges and resources that he did not have nine years ago.”Paye on behalf of the party said, making Sirleaf senator at this moment will be the “most horrible crime of the 21st Century.”Explaining the party’s ordeal with the President’s son, Paye lamented; “In the meeting of Tuesday, October 21, 2014, which he had called, Robert Sirleaf hurled insults at the UP and its leadership.“He went as far as describing the assembled youth leaders as being “malnourished.” He threatened that “they will remain poor for the next three years of this administration if they don’t support his senatorial bid.“This is no idle threat, and so we detest it in the strongest possible terms! We must stop this creeping monster once and for all.“Our patience has run out! No longer will we tolerate Robert’s unprovoked actions against us. Although not so privileged, as he is, to reap from where he did not sow, we will yet expose his grand design. Henceforth, we will treat him as an enemy. He was no friend of UP, is no friend even now, and will he be in decades to come,” the UP statement concluded.Meanwhile, when reached for comments, the Robert Sirleaf campaign team agreed to officially respond to the UP’s assertions this week.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

1 injured as car slams into minibus in city

first_imgBY KIZZY COLEMANIn the midst of Saturday afternoon’s traffic, a collision occurred between a blue Toyota Spacio and a minibus at the intersection of Camp and Lamaha Streets, Georgetown, leaving one person injured.Reports indicate that the accident, which occurred at about 15:30h, was caused by the alleged reckless driving by the driver of motorcar PPP 7897.According to reports reaching Guyana Times, the motorcar which was travelling East along Lamaha Street, attempted to breach the traffic light and slammed into the minibus that was proceeding South along the eastern Camp Street carriageway, about to cross over Lamaha Street.The driver of the minibus, 32-year-old Akash Budram, of Lot 38 Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara, told this publication that he was at the corner waiting on the traffic light to turn green and as he crossed over Lamaha Street, the car which hurriedly breached the traffic light, slammed into the front of the bus.The man stated that the car struck the front of his minibus and toppled into a nearby trench.“All I notice is this car dashing into my way as I pulled off, so I pulled brakes but the car hit the front of my bus and toppled into that [Lamaha canal] trench,” Budram explained.The driver of the motorcar, who refused to speak with this publication, sustained injuries to his head and arm and was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was treated and sent away. Public spirited persons acted quickly in rescuing the driver of the motorcar, getting him out of the sinking vehicle.A traumatised passenger of the minibus related that she felt the impact and then saw the car plunge into the Lamaha canal.“I deh in this bus and I felt an impact and when i looked up, I saw the car plunging into that trench,” the woman explained. According to the woman, all the passengers started to scream but escaped unhurt.Both vehicles were badly damaged.An investigation into the matter is currently ongoing.last_img read more

We Found the Sexiest Lingerie on the Internet

first_imgThe model is talking about booking her latest gig, modeling WordPress underwear in the brand latest Perfectly Fit campaign, which was shot by Lachian Bailey. It was such a surreal moment cried she admitted.The main thing that you have to remember on this journey is just be nice to everyone and always smile.It’s kind of confusing because I’m a bigger girl, Dalbesio says. I’m not the biggest girl on the market but I’m definitely bigger than all the girls [Calvin Klein] has ever worked with, so that is really intimidating. She wasn’t sure, she said of the shoot, what was expected from her in terms of her size or shape.Refreshingly, what was expected of her was the same thing that was expected of Lara Stone: to take a beautiful picture.Emotional discomfort, when accepted, rises, crests and falls in a series of waves.You must learn one thing. The world was made to be free in. Give up all the other worlds Except the one in which you belong.So simple, yet so essential, the white shirt is the foundation of any wardrobe. It’s also the most multi-functional item, taking you from work to play with just the quick unfastening of a couple of buttons. It matter what style fitted boyfriend etc or even what fabric from silk to heavy cotton go with whatever suits your personal style best.Calvin Klein known for launching the careers of such svelte models as Brooke Shields and Kate Moss to cast a model who deviates from the size standard and make a fuss about it to Dalbesio who spent years.must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncingpleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete accountthe system and expound the actual teachingsgreat explorer of the truth, the master builder of human happiness.Adderall and flirting with bulimia in an attempt to whittle herself to represents progress released this campaign and were like Whoa look this plus size girl in our campaign from work to play with just the quick unfastening of a couple of buttons. They released me in this campaign with everyone else there no distinction. It’s not a separate section for plus size girls she says. Be the change that you wish to see in the worldcenter_img There was a time in the industry not too long ago, when it seemed that the high fashion world was using plus size models as a headline-grabbing gimmick see the groundbreaking Italian Vogue cover featuring Tara Lynn, Candice Huffine, and Robyn Lawley in June 2016.Related: Calendar Gets Its First Plus-Size Model 2016Taking the world into my armsThere was that beautiful Italian Vogue story and the girls that were in that ended up doing really well the classic lace-up shoe is a true.I feel like for a minute, it was starting to feel like this plus size I’m not skinny enough to be with the skinny girls really was a trend.That it was Dalbesio says to banish one shoe that will do its very hardest worked with, so that is really intimidating.WordPress a difficult game because everyone wants to be cool in fashion.Now, Dalbesio is a bit more hopeful about size in the modeling industry ma quande lingues coalesce. In the middle Occidental in fact she says not skinny enough.To find my place. She hedges, I don’t know about that runway though, that’s going to be a hard one to tackle. Everyone realizes why a new common language would be desirable: one could refuse to pay expensive translators.A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are forA Julien Macdonald customer doesn’t sit in the corner of a room, she is the room she’s the host the designer laughed when we met him yesterday afternoon to see the range for the first time. My pieces aren’t shy. It is full-on cocktail red carpet glamour.You don’t necessarily wear them to the supermarket on a Saturday morning with the kids, but with my jewellery they probably will.These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life.Cue a collection of high-wattage necklaces, adorned with nugget and crystals wild-cat cocktail rings, abstract drop earrings, and spectacular statement chokers inspired by the flora and fauna of safari.The most beautiful people we have known are those:explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncingpleasure and praising pain was bornthe system and expound the actual teachingsgreat explorer of the truthTo take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it? But who has any right to find fault with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure?On the other hand, we denounce with righteous indignation and dislike men who are so beguiled and demoralized by the charms of pleasure of the moment, so blinded by desire, that they cannot foresee.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

NAPS to sharpen public sensitisation on HIV/AIDS

first_img…after 500 new HIV cases detectedThe National AIDS Programme Secretariat (NAPS) in recognising a greater need for public education on HIV/AIDS and its Voluntary Counselling and Treatment (VCT) Services, is seeking to explore various avenues that will allow effective transfer of information on both topics. This was shared at a media engagement at the Secretariat on Monday.Deputy Programme Manager at the National AIDS Programme Secretariat (NAPS), Dr Nicolette BoatswainDeputy Programme Manager at NAPS, Dr Nicolette Boatswain pointed out that the Secretariat will seek to re-establish a stronger interaction with persons as it relates to the sharing of HIV information. This is critical as recent statistics show some 8200 persons infected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) while some 500 new infections surfaced in Guyana mainly from key populations and young people.Nevertheless, this widely used remedy will be complemented with its continued training and awareness programmes in schools as well as its newest behavioural change communications strategy being developed.“I recognise that there is a need for strengthening in terms of sensitisation and awareness, There has to be a resurgence of our interaction with fellow Guyanese in terms of HIV information…We are also on the way to developing a behavioural change communications strategy which we see is needed so I agree, but steps are being taken…our programme as always incorporated in the prevention aspect of its training or sensitisation for in and out of schools,” Boatswain explained.On the other hand, the deputy programme manager highlighted that the new trend of persons sharing HIV results on social media takes away the confidentiality and reduced stigma offered through VCT services.“The programme is concerned at the increasing trend of members of the public posting their HIV test results on social media, doing this may add rather than take away from the stigma so many person still endure”This is evident as stats revealed a constant decrease in persons accessing the VCT service over the period 2017 to 2019.Some 57,524 accessed the service in 2017, while 49,783 in 2018, and 45,313 in 2019.last_img read more

Cheddi Jagan centenary stamp launched

first_img…President, PM, Ministers no-show; Opposition not invitedBy Samuel SukhnandanThe commemorative stamps to mark the 100th birth anniversary of late President Dr Cheddi Jagan were launched on Wednesday at the Ministry of the Presidency, but senior Government officials were a no-show.Relatives of the late President pose for a picture at the unveiling ceremonySome close relatives of Dr Jagan and staff of the Cheddi Jagan Research Centre (CJRC) were the only ones present for the launch of the commemorative stamp. They included Dr Jagan’s sister, Dr Barbara Jagan and other relatives, including Dr Dionne Jagan-Fries and Dr Kyle Jagan.Also in attendance were other representatives from the CJRC; the Guyana Post Office Corporation (GPOC); the Guyana Philatelic Society, and the Ministry of the Presidency. However, not a single senior Government official, Minister of Government nor a representative from the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), the Party he founded, were present for this auspicious event.Hydar Ally of the CJRC said he was representing the Centre and not the party. He reflected on the life and work of the late President and expressed his gratitude. “It was his steadfast determination and resolve to free his people from the yolk of colonialism and poverty that really distinguished him from others of his time. He played the leading role in the struggle for Independence,” he said.On the sidelines of the event, Ally was asked whether he deemed the absence of Government officials a slap in the face to the legacy and work of the late President, and he responded in the negative. “I don’t see it that way in any kind. We have a good relationship with the Centre and the Party,” he explained.Ally did say, however, that the CJRC was disappointed that the stamp was not launched at the appropriate time.Lieutenant Colonel Francis Abraham, the Office of the President’s Director of Protocol, who chaired the event in the small Mazaruni Room at the Ministry of the Presidency, also reflected on Dr Jagan’s legacy.With the clear absence of members of the PPP, the Government was questioned on this matter, but responded in a press statement on Wednesday evening that Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo and other PPP executive members were invited not by the Government but the CJRC to be part of the event.According to the Ministry, as part of the agreement with the Centre, Zulfikar Mustapha, Hydar Ally, Indra Chandarpal, Komal Chand and Neil Kumar were invited whereby they would have been provided with printed invitations by the Ministry of the Presidency. However, none of them turned up. However, Jagdeo had said that neither the PPP nor the Opposition was invited to attend the event.Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes had announced last month that the GPOC would be issuing commemorative stamps to celebrate the late President’s 100th birth anniversary, following an arrangement with the Research Centre. However, on the day of Jagan’s birth anniversary, March 21, the Research Centre did not receive the stamps from the Post Office.Following questions, the GPOC referred the media to the Ministry of the Presidency. President Granger later said that Cabinet had taken a decision that commemorative stamps, which are national symbols, must adhere to national criteria. It was, however, argued that the GPOC is a statutory body corporate managed by a Board of Directors and possesses its own persona.The four collectable stamps, two printed in black and white and two in colour, feature portraits of Dr Jagan at various stages throughout is his political career. Printed on them is the text “Dr Cheddi Jagan, Man of the People, former President of Guyana” and also included are his birth and 100th birth anniversary dates, March 22, 1918 and March 22, 2018. The limited edition stamps will be available at all post offices today.last_img read more

Brazil on top of S. America qualifiers as Chile, Argentina struggle

first_img0Shares0000Brazil’s Philippe Coutinho (R) celebrates with teammate Willian after scoring against Ecuador during their 2018 World Cup qualifier match in Porto Alegre, on August 31, 2017 © AFP / Itamar AGUIARMONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, Sep 1 – Philippe Coutinho shrugged off his transfer disappointment with a goal as Brazil beat Ecuador to guarantee top spot in South America’s 2018 World Cup qualifying race on Thursday while Chile and Argentina stumbled once more.Liverpool star Coutinho, who had seen his hopes of a dream move to Barcelona dashed earlier Thursday as the transfer window slammed shut with no agreement, produced a scintillating second-half display in a 2-0 victory over Ecuador in Porto Alegre. The 25-year-old has not played for Liverpool this season, officially sidelined by a back problem as the intrigue over a move to the Camp Nou swirled.However Coutinho showed no sign of injury after coming on for Renato Augusto in the second half, enlivening the hosts after a goalless first 45 minutes before a restless home crowd in Porto Alegre.New Barcelona signing Paulinho opened the scoring for Brazil, lashing home from close range in the 69th minute after Willian’s corner.Coutinho then fashioned Brazil’s second, playing Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus into space behind the Ecuador back four with a lofted pass.Argentina’s Lionel Messi (C) is marked by Uruguay’s Matias Vecino (L) and Nahitan Nandez during their 2018 World Cup qualifier match in Montevideo, on August 31, 2017 © AFP / DANTE FERNANDEZJesus wrongfooted the covering Ecuador defence with a sublime flick and then headed into the path of Coutinho who finished emphatically.The win was Brazil’s ninth consecutive qualifying victory and gives the five-time World Cup winners an 11-point cushion with three games remaining, meaning they cannot now be overhauled at the top of the table.The top four teams in South America’s round-robin competition qualify automatically for next year’s finals in Russia, with the fifth-placed team facing a play-off.– Down to the wire? –The scramble for automatic qualifying spots promises to go down to the wire, with only two points separating second-placed Colombia (25 points) and fifth-placed Argentina (23 points).Paraguay’s Richard Ortiz (L) celebrates after scoring against Chile during their 2018 World Cup qualifier match in Santiago, on August 31, 2017 © AFP / MARTIN BERNETTIParaguay also thrust themselves into contention with arguably the performance of the day on Thursday, a 3-0 away win over Chile in Santiago.The defeat capped a miserable 24 hours for Chile’s unsettled Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez.Like Coutinho, Sanchez had also seen his hopes of a transfer evaporate on Thursday, with a mooted move to Manchester City stalling.Sanchez barely featured in a disappointing display by the Chileans, who fell behind after midfield talisman Arturo Vidal scored a spectacular headed own goal in the first half to put Paraguay ahead.Further goals from Victor Caceres and Richard Ortiz sealed a deserved win for Paraguay, who moved up to sixth spot with 21 points — just two points behind Argentina, who remain in fifth place.Argentina meanwhile endured another frustrating outing after being held to a 0-0 draw by Uruguay in Montevideo.Argentina dominated the early exchanges but their challenge fizzled out in a dreary second half display littered with fouls on both sides.For Uruguay, the quicker-than-expected return of Luis Suarez — just two weeks after a knee injury — could not invigorate their attack.Suarez authored one of Uruguay’s best chances late in the first half after Edinson Cavani pounced on an Argentina slip near halfway and passed to the Barcelona star.Suarez looked up and attempted an audacious lob from 40 yards as Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero backpedalled, only for the ball to fly just over.The draw means Uruguay remain in third place in the standings on 24 points, one behind second-placed Colombia, who were held to a 0-0 draw against already-eliminated Venezuela in San Cristobal.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Nunez under fire for spending

first_imgSome continue to call for tighter regulations, but they also are aware that lawmakers are not likely to embrace the idea and, that even if they did, there always seems to be a loophole. Much of the extravagance detailed in Nu ez’s spending report revolved around several overseas trips he has made in his three years. For example, Nu ez ventured to Europe earlier this year to study France’s high-speed rail system and preschool programs. He’s also gone to Germany and Denmark to look at their renewable-energy programs and to South America to examine global warming solutions. Many lawmakers make overseas trips under the auspices of state business, but it was the level of spending in Nu ez’s report that raised eyebrows. His long list of expenditures, first reported by the Los Angeles Times, also highlight the often blurred line between political activities and personal indulgence. The spending included $47,412 on United Lufthansa and Air France; $8,745 at the exclusive Hotel Arts in Barcelona, Spain; $5,149 for a meeting at Cave L’Avant Garden, a wine seller in France; $2,562 for two separate purchases at Louis Vuitton; and $1,795 at LeGrand Colbert, a Paris restaurant. Reports on the Secretary of State’s Web site show that Nu ez has $5.3 million in his Friends of Fabian Nu ez campaign account, even after spending $234,000 in the first six months of the year, and $474,000 last year. But it’s sometimes difficult without specific details – and Nu ez is so far declining to elaborate – to gauge how much of the spending, if any, is personal and how much is directly related to his leadership role. In his most recent campaign filing, Nu ez reports spending $8,337 at the Silverado Resort in Napa – possibly to cover costs at the Assembly Democrats’ spring retreat – $4,969 at Fresh Cut Florist & Gifts in Sacramento, and $798 at Goodie Tuchews, a Sacramento bakery. A spokeswoman for Nu ez said his expenditures were entirely legal. “Expenditures were properly disclosed,” said Beth Willon, “and described as required by law.” Nu ez told The Times his travel is “not only justified but necessary for the decisions I need to make on a daily basis.” Critics, however, said the expenditures are questionable, in part because they were made possible by large donations from special interests with business in front of the Legislature – including $290,000 from health insurers, just as the Legislature is considering health care reform. “Even if it’s all legitimate public business, following the letter of the law, he’s clearly enriching himself by flying around the world with special interest lobbyist money,” said Jamie Court, founder of the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights. “And every time he takes a step toward helping the industry, the connections become more apparent. “The real issue is how does this type of lavish living on his contributors’ credit cards affect the health care debate? He’s clearly living high on his contributors’ dime. Yet, he claims he’s for the people.” Legislators were loathe to criticize Nu ez’s spending habits; they either did not return calls or referred inquiries elsewhere. Coincidentally, Nu ez is among 30 legislators selected randomly to have their campaign finances audited by the Franchise Tax Board. Results are scheduled to be completed by February. The Fair Political Practices Commission, which regulates campaign finances, has never ruled against luxurious non-personal expenditures, said Bob Stern, president of the Center for Governmental Studies. “It would be hard to enforce,” Stern said, “other than to say expenses could be the same as what you’d get from per diems you get from the state.” (916) 441-2101160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez came under fire Friday after a report showed that the lawmaker – who has long fashioned himself a champion of the poor – has used thousands of dollars in campaign contributions to make lavish purchases. Trips to Europe, expensive dinners, extravagant hotel stays and $2,500 worth of gifts from luxury retailer Louis Vuitton in Paris have created a swirl of questions about the Los Angeles Democrat, who aside from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, is arguably the Capitol’s most powerful elected official. “It gives the impression that power has gone to his head,” said Jack Pitney, a political science professor at Claremont McKenna College. “Elected officials often grow very fond of their perks, but he’s done so in a very dramatic and visible way.” Nu ez took the brunt of the criticism Friday – though no one suggested he had done anything illegal – but government watchdogs also questioned what they consider to be lax campaign expenditure rules that allow lawmakers to use their campaign funds in ways that many would characterize as only loosely related to state business. last_img read more

Back to the future

first_imgSANTA FE SPRINGS – What would you deem important enough to put in a time capsule? Would it be of sentimental value like a photo or piece of jewelry or historical like a newspaper? Santa Fe Springs residents will get a chance to voice their opinions today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sculpture Gardens, on the corner of Telegraph Road and Norwalk Boulevard. Those interested can fill out a suggestion form at a city booth. The city has received some ideas from residents. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. “Some of the suggestions we have received include yearbooks from area schools, a city newsletter and other artifacts,” said Director of Library Services Hilary Keith, who is part of the committees overseeing the project. Members of the Santa Fe Springs Historical and the 50th Anniversary committees will review the forms and contact people if their ideas are approved. The capsule is part of the city’s 50th anniversary celebration. “The city wants to gather items to place in a time capsule and preserve for future generations,” she said. The stainless steel capsule will be placed underground at the Sculpture Garden with a bronze plaque marking the site in May of next year, said Eddie Ramirez, family services coordinator. The city received the 12-inch-by 18-inch-by-48-inch capsule made by Time Capsules, Inc. on Friday, and it will be displayed at the booth. “No items will be placed in it (today),” Ramirez said, “but there will be some items we have received on display.” “We want to depict life in Santa Fe Springs today, and in 50 years,” Keith said, “those who open it will see what it was like for us.” It will be buried in May and opened in May 2057. One of the items that future residents will see is the winning recipe from today’s chili cook-off. The contest, also part of the golden anniversary, will feature what is being advertised as the best chili in the city. To complement the variety of entries, free hot dogs and corn bread will be served to all. Call (562) 868-0511 for more information. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more