LeBron wants teammate Rose to be ‘happy with whatever decision he makes’

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Fight breaks out as Lady Warriors beat Tigresses for last finals slot View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH This is the second time that Rose has requested a leave of absence due to personal matters, the first being when he was with the New York Knicks last season.His repeated actions have given life to speculations that the 29-year-old star could be possibly retiring from the sport.“We hope this ain’t the end, but if it is, I was happy I got an opportunity to spend a couple months with him and watch him be the great point guard that he once was,” James said.“But at the end of the day, a clearer head, there’s no substitute for that. We want the best for Derrick. … No matter if he comes back, no matter if he doesn’t, we want him as an individual, as a man, as a father to be just happy with whatever decision he makes.”Joining the Cavs as a free agent this season, Rose has only managed to suit up for seven of the team’s first 18 games, and has missed the past seven games due to a sprained left ankle.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Read Next As of writing, he has yet to give out a statement regarding his decision.  Khristian Ibarrola /ra Earlier today, Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue advised the injury-riddled guard to “take all the time he needs,” and it looks like LeBron James wishes the same for his troubled teammate.“We want, whatever he decides to do, we want the best for him,” James told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin shortly after the team’s 100-99 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Friday (Saturday in Manila).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: James has triple-double, Cavs beat Hornets for 7th straight“At the end of the day, you can’t substitute nothing for happiness. And obviously, we know the injuries that he’s been going through his whole career,” he added. Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James answers questions during the NBA basketball team media day, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, in Independence, Ohio. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)The NBA world was once again abuzz, as former NBA MVP Derrick Rose announced he’d be once again taking a leave of absence from basketball due to personal concerns.READ: Derrick Rose leaves Cavaliers to handle personal matterADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortlast_img read more

Sania Mirza-Martina Hingis duo in Rogers Cup semifinals

first_imgTop-ranked women’s tennis doubles pair of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis cruised to the semi-finals of the Rogers Cup with a 6-4, 6-2 win over the Chan sisters, Hao-Ching and Yung-Jan.Hao-Ching and Yung-Jan got off to a great start on Friday, winning the first three games. But Hingis and Mirza reeled off 10 of the next 11 games to build a 6-4, 4-0 lead.The teams then held its serves until the No.1-seeded Swiss-Indian pairing had the straight set victory.”We’ve become really solid over the last three months, especially with the win at Wimbledon, and I’m happy how we’re playing,” Hingis said after the match.”Even when we were down 3-0 in the first set we managed to find a way. We’re showing we’ve really improved and we’re playing better with each match.”Mirza was asked about all the support the duo has been getting throughout the week in Toronto.”It’s always good. We’re thankful that we’re fan favourites in a lot of places, unless of course we’re playing people from that country,” she said.”But we have a lot of fun. The fans like it too – we have a lot of fun together in the matches, and I think they feed off of that. I think we feed off each other.”Also I made the finals here last year, so it’s really nice to be back in the semi-finals again.”Awaiting them will be No.4 seeds Caroline Garcia and Katarina Srebotnik who beat the all-Romanian duo of Irina-Camelia Begu and Raluca Olaru 6-3, 6-2.advertisementThe head-to-head win-loss count between the two teams is 1-1.last_img read more

Rahane conferred with CCI’s honorary lifetime membership

first_imgIndia batsman Ajinkya Rahane on Friday was conferred with honorary lifetime membership of Cricket Club of India (CCI) in Mumbai.Founded in 1933, the CCI is one of the oldest and most wellknown cricket clubs in India. It was conceived as India’s counterpart to the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).Rahane and his wife Radhika Dhopavkar were given membership cards by CCI president Kekoo Nicholson. The couple can now avail all facilities of the club.”I am really thankful to receive this honorary life membership from CCI. It is a very prestigious membership. I wished to be a member when I first attended a coaching camp here. When I had first entered the stadium, I got a positive vibe,” Rahane said after being conferred with the prestigious membership here.”When we travel abroad for matches, we hear about CCI being a well known and prestigious club. It is a historic venue we all know that. India attained the No.1 Test ranking here (during a Test against Sri Lanka in 2010-11). I am humbled to be here and receive the membership. Thank you again,” the Mumbai based batsman said.The right-handed batsman is currently gearing up for the forthcoming series against South Africa at home.The 27-year-old Mumbai batsman will feature in all the three formats of the game when the hosts take on South Africa in three Twenty20 International match, five One-Day Internationals (ODI) and four Test starting on October 2.After Rahane, CCI will also confer honorary lifetime membership on Indian tennis star Sania Mirza on Sunday. She recently won the US Open women’s doubles with Swiss partner Martina Hingis.last_img read more

Royals Harry and Meghan arrive in New Zealand for 4-day tour

first_imgWellington, Oct 28 (AP) The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were greeted in New Zealand with a traditional Maori welcome on Sunday afternoon on the final leg of their 16-day tour of the South Pacific.Prince Harry and wife Meghan each performed a “hongi” with indigenous Maori elders, in which they pressed noses together to share a breath. They were welcomed with traditional haka performances and a 21-gun salute at Government House in the capital, Wellington.The couple are scheduled to spend four days in New Zealand, where they will meet with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, go for a trail walk in a national park, meet young people training to be part of the film industry, and visit a hatchery for the national bird, the kiwi.At Government House, a group of children got to meet Harry and Meghan.Asked what sports they played, the kids listed them off: cricket, rugby, hockey, netball, basketball.Nate Kearins, a 13-year-old from Kairanga School in Palmerston North, said he asked Harry if he’d heard of Steven Adams, a New Zealand-born NBA player. He said Harry had no idea, and clearly didn’t know much about basketball.Minnie Newman, an 11-year-old from Kelburn Girl Guides, said she was impressed with Meghan.”I love her dress and she was really pretty,” Newman said. “She seems really nice and kind and would be good for royalty.”Greta Crowe, 11, said she told the couple that the best part of being a girl guide was getting to meet them.She said Harry responded: “What, waiting around at Government House in the cold?” and the couple both laughed.advertisementHundreds of people gathered outside barriers at the Pukeahu National War Memorial, hoping to catch a glimpse of the couple on their only public walkabout in the capital.Harry and Meghan earlier arrived on the same plane as a number of competitors returning from Sydney’s Invictus Games, which Harry founded in 2014.The games give sick and injured military personnel and veterans the opportunity to compete in sports such as wheelchair basketball.As well as Australia and New Zealand, the couple has also visited Fiji and Tonga on their tour. (AP) RUPRUPlast_img read more

Adam Zampa banking on dual spin threat with Nathan Lyon at 2019 World Cup

first_imgAdam Zampa believes his attacking leg-spin combined with Nathan Lyon’s precise off-spin can prove to be an important weapon for Australia as they look to defend their title at the ICC World Cup beginning May 30.Zampa and Lyon snapped 12 wickets between them in the five-match ODI series win over Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.”I think it was a few months ago where we actually spoke to each other and said, ‘I reckon we can play a huge role coming up in the World Cup together so let’s do everything we can to make sure we’re both there’,” Zampa told reporters.”We play two different roles. (Lyon) is so accurate, a beautiful off-spinner, bowls to his field really well and bowls really tight. That means I can attack from the other end.”Zampa, who has played in English conditions following a spell at Essex last summer, said communication is the key to their success.”We’ve communicated really well over the last few months. We speak a lot in the nets, we speak a lot in the field, just about whatever – anything – spin bowling, field settings or how the ball’s going to come out. Just anything,” he said.”I think it’s going to play a huge role for us sometime throughout the World Cup. I don’t know if it will be every game but I definitely see us playing a huge role together.”Zampa reckons taking wickets in the middle over will be key and said skipper Aaron Finch has backed them to go for wickets.”That is something we have spoken about, and Finchy is big on trying to take wickets. If you are bowling to the middle and lower order in the last 10 overs it makes it so much easier for the fast bowlers at the death,” he said.advertisement”If you are bowling to in-form batsmen like Virat Kohli or Jos Buttler, for example, if they are in it makes it a lot harder, so wickets in the middle are so important in one-day cricket.”In their opening World Cup clash on June 1, the five-time champions will take on a spin-heavy Afghanistan team, which has one of the best current spinners Rashid Khan in its ranks.Zampa had shared a net session with Rashid earlier in the year and he said he will pass on some of his secrets to the Aussie batsmen.”I am so glad I did that because I now know I could never bowl like Rashid,” he said.”But having that information now means I can give it to our batters. Rashid Khan is a once in a lifetime bowler.Also Read | I wanted to bat like Shahid Afridi: Rashid KhanAlso Read | Andy Bichel feels Indian leg spinners give them edge over AussiesAlso Seelast_img read more

The 10 most iconic misses in World Cup history

first_imgWorld Cup Robben, Baggio & the 10 most iconic misses in World Cup history Goal 06:00 6/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Arjen Robben Spain 2010 Getty World Cup England France Italy Netherlands Nigeria Ghana Brazil The World Cup is loved for the glorious goals on show but it has witnessed its fair share of incredible misses. Goal runs down the best of the latterlast_img

a month agoEx-Real Madrid president Calderon: I’m outraged Ronaldo was sold

first_imgEx-Real Madrid president Calderon: I’m outraged Ronaldo was soldby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has again hit out at the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo.Ronaldo left Madrid for Juventus over a year ago – and Calderon says the club is yet to recover.He told AS: “He should never have left, it’s amazing that he was let go. “It’s impossible to do without such a player. 60 goals per season … no player can bring you such a guarantee. He is irreplaceable, just like (Lionel) Messi. “I am outraged that this may have happened, while (president) Florentino (Perez) keeps saying that Cristiano’s signature was the best of his mandate.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Introducing Barceló Maya Riviera and Barceló Maya Arena

first_imgNew Adults-Only Resort and the Largest Convention Center in Riviera Maya Will Open Its Doors In 2019 and 2020 Following a $250 Million Investment  MIAMI (April 1, 2019) – Barceló Maya Grand Resort is already one of Riviera Maya’s greatest destinations, currently comprised of Barceló Maya Palace, Barceló Maya Beach, Barceló Maya Caribe, Barceló Maya Colonial and Barceló Maya Tropical. But in December 2019, the all-inclusive resort complex will become one of the largest ones in the Riviera Maya with the completion of Barceló Maya Riviera, its new exclusive adults-only, all-inclusive resort. Also, in May 2020, Barceló Maya Grand Resort is slated to unveil the largest convention center in the region, Barceló Maya Arena. A combined investment of $250 million-dollar has been allocated to this expansion project. The new Barceló Maya Riviera resort will be a luxurious escape for adult guests, offering:850 spacious guest rooms – more than half of them with ocean viewsHot tubs in all guestroom balconiesDouble Beds or “Super King” options for all guestrooms110 Swim Up Suites and Junior SuitesSmart locks through smartphone appFive restaurants (four specialty restaurants and one buffet restaurant). The specialty restaurants will offer a diverse array of cuisine, including Mexican (with a “Tacoyaki” bar), French fine dining, Italian, and Japanese (including 10 Tepanyaki tables and one Robatayaki table for fireside cooking)Five barsFour pools Barceló Maya Grand Resort’s expansive convention center will make this resort destination the largest meetings and events venue – the perfect place for luxury conventions of all sizes. It will boast more than 190,000 square feet of customizable multi-purpose space for expos, conventions and events. For gala receptions with ocean views and fresh air, events planners will love the 3,400 square feet terrace. In the underground dining venue, attendees will enjoy exceptional food and ambiance. For wedding planners, the gazebo is of special note; it is located near the resort’s infinity swimming pool, boasting stunning ocean views and offering the chance for a truly spectacular ceremony. “Barceló Maya Riviera is set to reshape the region’s hotel and convention offerings,” said Stefania Ballotta, Director of Sales & Marketing at Barceló Maya Grand Resort. “We can’t wait to share this new property with our valued guests and event planners.” For an exclusive sneak peek of the new Barceló Maya Riviera, please visit: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/t4c54dac6478xeg/AAAWiEOgwHyiX95tmbwt031Za?dl=0### About Barceló Hotel GroupBarceló Hotel Group is the 2nd largest hotel chain in Spain and the 29th largest in the world. The hotel group’s portfolio currently boasts 251 urban and leisure hotels ranked between 4 and 5-stars with 55,670 rooms throughout 22 countries and marketed under four brands: Royal Hideaway Luxury Hotels & Resorts, Barceló Hotels & Resorts, Occidental Hotels & Resorts and Allegro Hotels. For more information or reservations, visit www.barcelo.com.last_img read more

Police lay charges against man accused of jumping naked into shark tank

first_imgTORONTO – A British Columbia man is facing charges in two separate but related incidents in Toronto, including one where he’s accused of jumping naked into a shark tank at an aquarium.Toronto Police allege the first incident took place early Friday evening outside Medieval Times, where they say he assaulted a man.Two hours later, police allege the man went to Ripley’s Aquarium where they say he stripped off his clothes, vaulted a barrier and jumped into the tank.Videos posted online show a naked man swimming in the tank as sharks pass underneath, with a security guard yelling at him to get out of the water.David Weaver was arrested near Thunder Bay, Ont., earlier this week and was brought to Toronto to face three charges.Police say the 37-year-old is facing one count of assault causing bodily harm and two mischief-related charges.last_img read more

Springsteen To Be Honored As MusiCares Person Of The Year Tonight

first_imgThe sold-out MusiCares Person of the Year gala honoring Bruce Springsteen will take place Feb. 8, two days prior to the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards.The event will be at the Los Angeles Convention Center in downtown Los Angeles. Check-in will open at 5:30 p.m. as well as a cocktail reception and silent auction. To preview some of the auction items, click here. Dinner will follow at 7:30 p.m. and the concert will begin at 9 p.m.Alabama Shakes, Zac Brown Band, Jackson Browne, Ken Casey, Kenny Chesney, Ben Harper, Emmylou Harris, Faith Hill, Jim James, Elton John, Juanes, John Legend, Natalie Maines, Tim McGraw, Tom Morello, Mumford & Sons, Patti Smith, Mavis Staples, Sting, Eddie Vedder, and Neil Young will perform at the tribute concert in honor of Springsteen.Hosted by Jon Stewart, attendees will include Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and MusiCares; Scott Pascucci, MusiCares Foundation Board Chair; and Paul Caine, MusiCares Board Chair Emeritus. In addition, a host of celebrities, along with prominent music industry and entertainment executives, are scheduled to attend. Rob Mathes will be the evening’s musical director.The 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year gala, which will celebrate Springsteen’s exceptional artistic achievements and philanthropic work, will begin with a cocktail reception and silent auction, sponsored by Starkey Hearing Foundation, that will offer an exclusive and unparalleled selection of luxury items, VIP experiences and one-of-a-kind celebrity memorabilia for bidding guests. The auction will be followed by a gala dinner sponsored by AEG, and a star-studded tribute concert sponsored by Acura/ELS Studio. Acura RLX is the MusiCares “Vehicle of the Year.”The MusiCares Person of the Year tribute is one of the most prestigious events held during GRAMMY Week. Proceeds from the annual Person of the Year tribute — now in its 23rd year — provide essential support for MusiCares, which ensures that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need.Past MusiCares Person of the Year honorees are Tony Bennett, Bono, Natalie Cole, Phil Collins, David Crosby, Neil Diamond, Gloria Estefan, Aretha Franklin, Don Henley, Billy Joel, Elton John, Quincy Jones, Paul McCartney, Luciano Pavarotti, Bonnie Raitt, Paul Simon, Sting, Barbra Streisand, James Taylor, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder and Neil Young.GRAMMY Week culminates with Music’s Biggest Night, the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards, which will take place live on Sunday, Feb. 10 at Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network from 8–11:30 p.m. ET/PT.Source:Grammy.orglast_img read more

ICYMI on CraveTV Trump faces off against Justin Trudeau in OUR CARTOON

first_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment In Sunday night’s episode of OUR CARTOON PRESIDENT, the hilariously satirical animated comedy series from executive producer Stephen Colbert, Donald Trump attempted to compete with the charisma of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.In the series’ fifth episode, Trump hosted the Oscars® and prepared for a state dinner with Canada. Trump attempted to “win” the dinner and beat Justin Trudeau, but the Cartoon Prime Minister came prepared with a bone-breaking handshake, a musical performance, and more.New episodes of OUR CARTOON PRESIDENT stream Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on CraveTV, day-and-date with SHOWTIME in the U.S. Advertisement Characters shown in still from OUR CARTOON PRESIDENT: Cartoon Justin and Cartoon Donald. (Season 1, Episode 5, “State Dinner”). – Photo: Courtesy of SHOWTIME -Photo ID: OurCartoonPres_105_029 Advertisement Twitter Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

WatchWestJet takes delivery of first of 4 Boeing 767300 aircraft

CALGARY — WestJet has taken delivery of the first of four Boeing 767-300 extended range aircraft it has ordered to begin flights to Europe and elsewhere starting next month.The four aircraft will arrive separately over the next eight months. The first one which arrived Thursday will fly between Toronto and Calgary over the next several months.Two more 767s will fly from Alberta to Hawaii and between Toronto and Montego Bay, Jamaica beginning in December.As WestJet shows, new federal law requiring secret ballot is making unionization more difficultWest Jet Airlines Ltd profit rises as fuel costs fallThe fourth and final aircraft, which features 262 seats and a flying range of about 11 hours, will arrive next spring to launch WestJet’s new service to London, England in May 2016.WestJet reported record earnings in its second quarter in late July, thanks to falling fuel costs and a rising number of passengers.WestJet earned a second-quarter profit of $61.6 million, up from $51.8 million in the same period last year while revenue grew more than $12 million to $942 million. read more

TNA demands reduction of army in North

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) today demanded the reduction of the army presence in the North.TNA Parliamentarian E. Sarawanabavan told Parliament that the TNA supported the new Government to win the elections without signing any agreement. He says despite the assurance given by the Government a strong army presence still can be seen in the North and they also continue to occupy private property.The TNA Parliamentarian said the Government must not follow the policies of the former regime and ensure normalcy is restored in the North. (Colombo Gazette) Sarawanabavan said that one assurance was that the presence of the military in the North will be reduced and civilian land occupied by the army freed. However he noted that the Government, before it came to power, had given several assurances to the public in the North in order to win their support. read more

Hellenic Heart beats in Melbourne

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram At this difficult time for the mother country, the Greek Australian community in Victoria is again showing its practical support.“What started off as one person’s idea grew bigger, with the project’s Facebook page accounting for 1000 followers just 48 hours after going online”Hellenic Heart is a new initiative to help families in need by collecting donations of clothing and transporting them to Greece.Rea Liapis, the owner of a childrens’ boutique in Melbourne, came up with the idea as she was trying to figure out ways to contribute other than fundraising.“The Greek way of life is always about doing what we can for our families and I realised that am really lucky that I can give my kids everything they need. But how hard some families must be finding it in Greece at the moment, with the thought that they may not be able to keep their children warm this coming winter”, Ms Liapis told Neos Kosmos.What started off as one person’s idea grew bigger, with the project’s Facebook page attracting1000 followers just 48 hours after it went online.The community has embraced the initiative with local businesses offering to help as drop-off points, or with logistics so that donations can be shipped directly to Greece.“Everyone seems to be working together and it has been received really well. I think we can all make a difference through unity.I’m a really emotional person and I have shed many happy tears over the wonderful outpouring of support from the Greek community”, says Ms Liapis. Hellenic Heart is in the process of registering as a non-profit organisation and is working closely with two NGOs based in Greece – The Smile of the Child and the Salvation Army to ensure that clothing donations will be distributed to families who need it most.“We aim to gather as much as we can in the way of clothing, linen and necessities for the families living under the poverty line”, Ms Liapis explains.More than 15 locations in Melbourne are able to receive donations and the team is also in discussions withpotential donor locations interstate.There is no restriction on the type of clothes that can be donated but Hellenic Heart says donations should be in good condition: freshly washed, have no stains or rips, and packaged in plastic bags. For more information and to find your nearest drop-off point, visit www.facebook.com/hellenicheartauslast_img read more

Public Disclosure Commission keeps working to inform voters

first_imgFor information on a candidate, select “Search the database” from the top menu, and select “Candidates” from the drop-down list. Choose the type of candidate you’re looking for. A table with candidate information should appear. Click on the headers (Name, Office, etc.) to change the order of information. After you find the candidate, choose “Details” (to the left of the name) to see a list of contributors.For info on a ballot measure, select “Search the database” again, and select “Committees” from the drop-down list. Next, select “Initiative.” A table with ballot measure information should appear. You will need to know the name of the group supporting or opposing the ballot measure, because the committee names do not always include the ballot measure number.To access money maps, go to the “Public Resources” tab at the top of the page, and select the map of your choice.OLYMPIA — Need to know how much Bill Gates gave to the charter school effort? Curious who has raised the most money in the race for governor? No problem. All this information is available on the state’s Public Disclosure Commission website.Thus far in 2012, contributors have given nearly $66 million to various campaigns in the state (not including federal offices). At this rate, the contributions may surpass those of 2008, which totaled $131 million.The PDC was created under Initiative 276, which passed in 1972. The purpose of the commission is to give public access to political information, namely campaign contributions and lobbyist expenditures. People can also file complaints with the PDC if they believe a candidate or group is not following regulations.last_img read more

Man Injured In ATV Accident On The Sterling Highway

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers were dispatched to milepost 88 of the Sterling Highway for the report of a male who sustained injuries due to an ATV accident, on June 30, at 7:30 a.m. Troopers arrived on scene to assist medics currently on scene treating Christopher J. Bledsoe, age 50, of Sterling for injuries sustained as a result of the ATV accident. According to the online Trooper dispatch, Bledsoe had been operating the ATV alone on the off road trails traveling Southbound towards Soldotna. Bledsoe lost control of the ATV, and entered the roadway where the ATV rolled over causing him to be ejected from the ATV and land in the travel lane of the highway. Bledsoe was taken to Central Peninsula Hospital where he was treated for the injuries, and is currently listed in stable condition. There are no other vehicles involved and alcohol is suspected to be factor. Investigation continues.last_img read more

Earmark Ban Fails to Slow Lobbying on Appropriations Issues

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The congressional ban on earmarks has not stopped Washington lobbyists from continuing to work on appropriations bills but it has changed their focus.Now lobbyists are pressing the Appropriations panels to include policy language or establish funding targets, rather than earmarks for specific projects.Clients, for example, may want to make sure certain agency programs are adequately funded so there would be money available for a competitive grant program, Jim Dyer, a lobbyist at the Podesta Group and former staff director on House Appropriations, told CQ Roll Call. In that case, Dyer would ask a committee to set guidelines for the program that are aligned with his clients’ capabilities. “Obviously, it’s a different world than it was 10 years ago,” he said.Republicans have banned earmarks since 2011 through caucus rules that have been renewed in each Congress, while Democrats have adopted a voluntary earmark ban.Jim Richards, a partner at Cornerstone Government Affairs, echoed Dyer’s remark, noting that clients now focus on programmatic funding. “Your first priority is ‘do no harm,’” Richards said, meaning no cuts to a particular program. “But you’re still scrambling for any type of increase once you do no harm.”One consequence of the earmark ban has been a shift from cities and municipalities seeking funding for specific projects to corporations looking for favorable language in committee reports. Despite the changes, appropriations and federal budget issues remain the top target in the lobbying world, according to the story.last_img read more

Starting And Maintaining A Small Business

first_imgToday we’ll be talking to some Alaskans who make the business world their beat and we’ll find out how minorities can get some assistance in starting and maintaining a business.Download AudioHOST: Ellen LockyerGUESTS:Shauna Hegna, Chief Administrative Officer, Alaska Native Tribal Health ConsortiumSam Dickey, director, Small Business Administration AlaskaKSKA (FM 91.1) BROADCAST: Friday, April 24 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 25 at 6:00 p.m.Alaska Public Television BROADCAST: Friday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 25 at 4:30 p.m.last_img

Mayors of HarveyHit Towns Want Quicker Response From Feds

first_imgA month and half after Harvey, mayors of storm-hit cities are frustrated with some of the formalities of receiving federal disaster aid. Leaders of Rockport, Port Aransas, Victoria and Port Lavaca say the federal bureaucracy is getting in the way of helping their communities.With national attention focusing on other disasters in the past month, some officials are concerned there will not be enough aid to go around.“The pot is only so deep,” said Mayor of Port Aransas Charles Bujan. “You can only drain it so far.”The mayors also pointed out Governor Abbott’s fifty-million dollar gift to Houston. Victoria Mayor Paul Polasek says the state should give similar attention to smaller cities.“I don’t want to say that they didn’t need it,” Polasek said, “but I certainly wouldn’t want to see poor planning rewarded either.”Aside from that critique, the mayors said the state has generally been faster and more helpful than the federal government in recovery efforts.Watch Texas Tribunes full panel with the mayors of Rockport, Port Aransas, Victoria and Port Lavaca. Sharelast_img read more