Opinion: Pasadena Minimum Wage Increase Won’t Push Workers Over “Benefits Cliffs”

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Required fields are marked * First Heatwave Expected Next Week faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Opinion & Columnists Opinion: Pasadena Minimum Wage Increase Won’t Push Workers Over “Benefits Cliffs” By ELIZABETH BEN-ISHAI Published on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 | 3:33 pm Make a commentcenter_img EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday More Cool Stuff Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce is using misleading scare tactics in its efforts to oppose a minimum wage plan in the city. At a recent City Council hearing, the Chamber warned that people would lose their health care benefits and other government safety net supports if the city adopted a plan to gradually increase the minimum wage to $15 hour by 2020. In the vast majority of cases, this simply isn’t true.Across the country, millions of workers earn too little money to get by. Many working families are only able to keep their heads above water – to pay the rent and buy groceries – with assistance from federal and state income support programs, like food stamps and Medicaid. That vast numbers of workers need public benefits despite working full-time is a testament to the importance of raising the minimum wage. No one should work full-time yet still live in poverty.The Pasadena Chamber pretends to care about the plight of working poor families by claiming that workers will become ineligible for the benefits they rely on if their wages increase, making them worse off. This phenomenon is sometimes referred to as a “benefits cliff.” But just like so many other arguments against raising the wage, this one loses its steam when we know the facts.People across the political spectrum agree that public assistance programs should promote work and self-sufficiency. They shouldn’t create a disincentive to work by making it costly to choose employment over benefits.Unfortunately, at a City Council hearing on the Pasadena minimum wage last month, speakers spread misinformation that ignores the reality of public assistance program rules. In fact, many programs slowly phase out benefits as income rises, ensuring that a raise (or working more hours) really does increase overall income.One speaker claimed that a $15 minimum wage would cause some low-income workers to lose their Medicaid coverage – the program that provides low- or no-cost health insurance to low-income families – and leave them without affordable health insurance coverage. However, under the Affordable Care Act or “Obamacare,” families whose incomes exceed the Medicaid eligibility threshold can purchase subsidized health coverage through the Advance Premium Tax Credit program. These tax credits offer sliding scale coverage for people earning up to $80,360 for a family of three (based on earning up to four times the Federal Poverty Level, which is $20,090 for a household of three)– far more than the $31,200 a worker earning $15 per hour would make annually, based on a 40-hour work week. Ultimately, a minimum wage increase is good for workers’ health insurance access – and their health.In the past it was true that sometimes a modest increase in earnings could result in a loss of benefits under CalFresh (also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or “food stamps”) that was greater than the increase in earnings. However, California has recently taken steps to remove this “benefit cliff” by California increasing the gross income eligibility level for CalFresh to 2 times the federal poverty level. As a result, a family with one working parent and two dependents can potentially qualify for food stamps in California with a gross income under $40,180 – SNAP benefits gradually phase out as net income increases, always leaving families with more money in their pockets after a raise.Important tax credit programs like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC) are also structured to ensure that low-income workers who get a raise end up better off. They phase out slowly, and in some cases part-time workers whose incomes increase from very low levels will see an increase in their tax credits that more than offsets the loss of other benefits.Workers receiving child care assistance have sometimes faced benefits cliffs. In California, families qualify for assistance when their incomes are below 210 percent of federal poverty (or $42,216 annually). The recently reauthorized federal Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCBDG) program allows families to continue receiving assistance until their income reaches the maximum federal eligibility level of 85 percent of State Median Income—which is more than $55,200 in California. The new law also requires states to gradually ease families off of subsidies when their incomes make them ineligible for assistance.While our state and federal public benefits programs aren’t perfect, most have provisions to ensure that lower-wage workers who increase their incomes can continue to receive support, instead of abruptly losing coverage. The bottom line is that a higher minimum wage will make low-income working families better off, regardless of whether they currently rely on public assistance to make ends meet. The facts bear this out.Pasadena’s low-wage workers deserve a raise. The Chamber’s misleading arguments are designed to frighten the public and lawmakers into opposing an increase in the minimum wage. With these myths dispelled, and so much evidence to support its benefits, the city should move ahead with the $15 minimum wage proposal immediately.Elizabeth Ben-Ishai, a Pasadena resident, is senior policy analyst at the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), a national anti-poverty organization that develops and advocates for federal, state and local policies to strengthen families and create pathways to education and work. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Subscribelast_img read more

Chinese state media slams ‘lawless’ Hong Kong schools after history test row

first_imgA Xinhua commentary published late Friday said Hong Kong schools had failed to “decolonize” and the territory’s education system had not developed in line with the “one country, two systems” rule.Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule in 1997 under an agreement with former colonial master Britain that the city would have a high degree of autonomy and enjoy some freedoms unavailable in the mainland.”The schools seem to have become a lawless place that can unscrupulously promote heresies, attack the ‘one country, two systems’ and discredit the nation state,” Xinhua wrote on its website.”Some immature students have been tricked into use by the anti-China forces and have become pawns to disrupt Hong Kong.” Hong Kong Education Secretary Kevin Yeung has asked the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority (HKEAA) to investigate why the question was part of the history exam, sat by 5,200 students, and asked for it to be invalidated.The question “seriously hurt the feelings and dignity of the Chinese people who suffered great pain during the Japanese invasion of China,” Yeung said on Friday.Public broadcaster RTHK reported on Saturday, citing unnamed sources, that two officials from the HKEAA had resigned following the controversy.In an interview with pro-Beijing publication Ta Kung Pao, Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam said last week the government would examine the future structure of the subject, which is part of the university entrance exams curriculum.An attempt by the government to introduce “national education” in Hong Kong in 2012 to instill patriotism and promote appreciation of mainland China was met with large protests and scrapped.Topics : Chinese state media said Hong Kong schools have become “lawless” as controversy builds over a history question in a school exam, rekindling tensions over academic freedoms in the semi-autonomous city.Beijing and some Hong Kong officials have frequently flagged the education system as a potential breeding ground for the large-scale, often-violent pro-democracy protests which roiled the city in the second half of last year.The latest row was sparked over a question on a Diploma of Secondary Education test, which asked students to argue whether Japan had done “more good than harm to China during the period between 1900 and 1945.”last_img read more

Red Bank Candidates Divided On The Issues

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK — The Nov. 8 election will have voters selecting from two incumbents and three political newcomers to fill two, three-year terms on the Borough Council.This year’s slate of candidates features incumbent Democrat Kathy Horgan and running mate Erik Yngstrom, making his first run for elected office; opposition comes in the form of two first-time Republican candidates, Kellie O’Bosky Colwell and Brian Hanlon. Rounding out the ballot is independent candidate Cindy Burnham, who has been on the council since 2014.Burnham, 61, is a retired substitute teacher who had worked at the Red Bank Middle School and Red Bank Regional High School. Burnham won her first election three years ago and served much of her term as a Republican. But she clashed with the local GOP leadership and with the three borough council members of her party, resulting in the committee failing to nominate her for this year’s ballot.Burnham is a self-described “community activist” who said, “I’m running on my record and to stop wasteful spending and irresponsible borrowing that is ingrained in our government.”Burnham is serving as the borough council president for this year and said she’s often been a lone voice against various financial allocations that she maintained were unnecessary and done for political expediency or patronage. Over the course of her council tenure Burnham has advocated for an operational review of the Water and Sewer Authority to study expenses and see if there are cost savings available. To voters, she advises, “The best way to predict what someone will do is to look at what they have done…I have kept my promise to the people.”Horgan, 71, works as the liaison to the board of trustees for amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS research. She has lived in the borough for 17 years and is the veteran among the candidates, having served for nine years on the borough council.“I will stay here for the rest of my life and I’m really interested in my community,” Horgan said, explaining her interest in taking on another term.On issues: “What do you hear when you go door to door? Taxes,” she said. Horgan’s response to voters is “there are reasons that drive them up,” explaining contributors to the situation are multiyear contractual obligations with union employees; a large number of tax appeals annually that, like most lawsuits, wind up being negotiated, and cost the borough money; and the borough’s large number of not-for-profit tax exempt properties, she explained.Commercial development has come up in the discussion of campaign issues. It can be complex, she said, as “You try to find the balance,” encouraging projects that “make for an attractive community,” and bring ratables “but that doesn’t overtax our infrastructure.”She has raised issue with the proposed 55 West Front St. proposal to rezone the property that could permit a previously zoning board-denied large residential development.The same is true for her Democratic running mate, Yngstrom, who sees the plan as undermining the role of the zoning board in the land use process.“I think development should proceed cautiously,” he advised.Yngstrom is a 31-year-old attorney who is making his first run for elected office. He says he’s always had an interest in government and took this opportunity to make a contribution to public service.He has served on the borough Zoning Board of Adjustment for about 1 ½ years and had voted against the 55 West Front St. residential development and has been critical of this plan to rezone the site, alleging it could circumvent the zoning board’s role and authority.Yngstrom has a strong interest in recreation and believes the public parks need additional attention and the west side needs a park for area families.Republican Hanlon, 47, has lived in the borough with his family since 2007, and works in the borough office of a financial services firm. This is his first run for elected office.He and his GOP candidate Colwell have expressed support for this redevelopment and in general encourage what they say is thoughtful commercial development as a means to offset the residential tax base and maintain a vibrant community.Hanlon also suggested the governing body investigate selling the water and sewer authority as a cost saving measure. “Let’s see what it’s worth.”The borough council had privatized trash collection. However, Hanlon pointed out that there were no staff reductions for that department, thus blunting the beneficial impact that step had.He also supports developing the White Street lot as a mixed use, public/private project to construct a parking garage. Hanlon opposes the borough bonding and shouldering the entire cost for such a downtown project.Colwell, 48, is a working mixed media artist who has lived in the borough for most of her life. It is her first run for political office.She, like Hanlon, said taxes and spending take center stage in discussions and their agenda and wants to keep the community affordable for aging residents and young families. “I just don’t want to see anyone leave the town because they can’t afford it,” she said.On the issue of development Colwell said projects get bogged down with bureaucratic red tape and she would like to see if the process could be streamlined. She would also like to see both sides of the community benefit by greater promoting of the community as a cultural hub.last_img read more

Canucks Suffer 2-1 Overtime Defeat At Hands of Blackhawks

first_img A huge part of the Canucks’ success killing penalties tonight was their complete domination of Chicago in the faceoff circle.  The Canucks won 60% of their draws tonight. The Canucks are still struggling to put a totally complete game together.  That said, tonight they can be proud that they played as a team, stuck up for each other, and limited Chicago’s scoring chances.  Their goals will come, especially if they continue to put forth the effort we saw tonight. IF THIS WERE A PLAYOFF GAMETonight basically was a playoff game and was decided in overtime, no shootout required.  The only way to conclude here is that this would have been a playoff loss.  The Canucks are now 2-3 since I started gauging the games in this manner. PARTING SHOTSBroadcast Observation of the Night:  TSN broadcast the game tonight and while I’m not a huge Chris Cuthbert guy, I love Ray Ferraro.  His experience as a player shines through as he’s able to provide insight as to what might or might not be going on within the team over the course of the game, in addition to his excellent analysis of the play.I thought the panel had good segments in the first and second intermissions as they analysed and discussed the Keith/Sedin incident.  Aaron Ward seems to have taken on a liking of the Canucks over the course of the season, as he hardly says anything overtly negative about them.Looking ahead: Vancouver flew to Dallas directly following tonight’s game, where they will face the surging Stars tomorrow night. Amazingly, Daniel wasn’t credited for a hit when he hit Keith (he actually hit someone else on that shift as well). As a result, there just weren’t a lot of opportunities for the team to get at him.  When they did, he refused to answer the bell.  There really wasn’t much the Canucks could do. Leigh Ramsden lives in Vancouver and is an avid Canucks fan, having been a partial season ticket holder for over 10 years. He’s old enough to have witnessed all three Stanley Cup losses, as such, his prime goal is to remove those scars by seeing a Cup brought to Vancouver. Leigh is Fighting For Stanley’s (www.fightingforstanley.ca/vancouver) west coast correspondent, and will also blog after all Canuck games for The Nelson Daily.Most of the chatter surrounding the Vancouver Canucks’ recent swoon has centered around their lack of effort and the appearance of coasting as they finish off the regular season.  Tonight’s game in Chicago was viewed by many as an opportunity for the Canucks to up the ante as they ready themselves for the playoffs.  The  team did just that, playing an inspired game, but came out on the wrong end of a 2-1 overtime decision to the rival Blackhawks.  Unfortunately, this increase in intensity may have cost the Canucks leading goal scorer, Daniel Sedin.Tonight’s game really has two storylines.  One is of the game itself, which featured stellar play by Canuck goaltender Roberto Luongo and some intense, uptempo, pressing hockey from the Canucks through much of the first and third periods, play which should comfort most of the fan base and prove they can bring it when they need to. The second storyline, however, centres around a brutal cheap shot delivered to Daniel from Norris-trophy winner Duncan Keith, which knocked Sedin out of the game with what is widely being speculated as either a concussion or a fractured jaw.  The Canucks’ attempts to exact some level of retribution on Chicago through most of the second period continued this story, the attempts to enforce hockey’s outdated “code” putting the Canucks on the penalty kill for a total of 10 minutes in the middle frame, which slanted most of the play in the Blackhawks’ favour.Vancouver opened the scoring in the first minute after a tremendous cross ice pass out of their zone by Sammy Pahlsson to Jannik Hansen, who used his speed to go around Johnny Oduya and beat Chicago starter Corey Crawford. From that point, Vancouver was handed three consecutive power plays, however, the power play struggled and they weren’t able to generate much of anything against Chicago’s penalty kill.During the second power play, Daniel hit Keith in the corner just after Keith had moved the puck up ice.  It was a rare hit by Daniel, and unfortunately, his shoulder hit Keith’s head, the play going unpenalized. Four shifts later, Keith retaliated by delivering a dirty, cheap elbow to Daniel’s face in the neutral zone, just after Daniel turned around to chase the puck (which at the time was about 15 feet in the air headed into the Chicago zone).  Keith made no attempt to chase the puck and it is patently obvious that the hit was intentional and was meant to injure. The officials, who had attempted to clamp down on the two teams in the early going, assessed only a minor penalty to Keith for elbowing.  Daniel played the next shift on the ensuring power play, but did not return.The Blackhawks tied the game three minutes into the second period after Marian Hossa’s pass from behind the net went off Pahlsson into the slot onto Patrick Kane’s stick, where he shot it into the net past a frozen Luongo.  After the goal, Kane celebrated as though he had just won the Stanley Cup (literally it looked like his celebration from his Cup winning goal against Philadelphia in 2010).From that point forth, the Canucks did their best to enforce “the code” and avenge the dirty hit on Daniel by targeting Keith every chance they got.  Unfortunately, Keith did not oblige, which led only to a multitude of scrums. The referees, tonight clearly not righting previous wrongs, kept sending Canucks to the penalty box with extra minor penalties.  Daniel’s brother Henrik, clearly upset with what had happened both as a brother and as team captain, also took a couple of minors in the latter half of the period.  The goaltender intereference call on him was especially weak.The Canucks came out for the third period with a renewed focus on playing hockey and were the better team for most of the final stanza.  They generated a number of quality scoring chances and hit the post twice, with another shot going off the inside of Crawford’s skate and through the crease. They played with the passion and fire that we have all come to expect.  It was a welcome sight for sore eyes given the uninspired play we’ve seen from them of late.  They were unable to get anything past Crawford and into the net, however, and the game went to overtime. I felt that Lapierre, Weise, and Kassian all had some effective shifts in a more physical role.  Still I’d like to see just a bit more out of these guys, especially considering the Keith/Sedin incident.  Kassian did his best to lay some hits out there and stood up to the Blackhawks when challenged. The Canucks outhit Chicago 38-24.  This is a great indicator that the Canucks can turn it up when required. Many people will be upset with the perceived lack of response by the Canucks after the hit.  I saw the game unfold differently – immediately following the hit, the team was on the power play, which for obvious reasons isn’t a good time to exact revenge.  The period then ran out shortly thereafter.  In the second, the team took after him every chance they got, but after the most major scrum halfway through the period, he was assessed 14 minutes in penalties.  By the time he was back on the ice, the Canucks had turned their attention to getting the go ahead goal. The Kesler-Booth combination was more quiet tonight as Higgins was moved down to the third line to accommodate Raymond’s return to the lineup. During overtime, the Canucks did not play well and they eventually succumbed to the Blackhawks after an odd-man rush against saw an Oduya shot go off Andrew Shaw’s shinguard past Luongo.  The play came after Vancouver had a promising foray into the offensive zone, unfortunately Henrik was caught up ice and wasn’t able to backcheck in time to make a difference on the play.For many reasons, Canucks fans should be happy with what they saw tonight from the team – it was a step in the right direction.  The team played with a fire and intensity that has been seldom seen of late.  They played well defensively and didn’t give up an abundance of grade A scoring chances.  When they did, Luongo was there and as a result had a tremendous game.  The penalty kill was extremely effective. Finally, while the second period was spent in their own zone killing penalties, they were the better team for the bulk of the first and third periods.The hit on Daniel, if his injury isn’t severe, may prove to be a positive as it will hopefully spark the team and give them something to rally around.  In a season where motivation has been difficult to manufacture, they have now found it.  It’s up to the team to see what they can do with it. BUSH LEAGUE NHL CONTINUES TO DEAL INCORRECTLY WITH SERIOUS ON-ICE INCIDENTSThe fact the Keith hit was not assessed a five minute major and a game misconduct is abhorrent and is indicative of the bush-league state of officiating in the NHL.  From the NHL Rulebook, Rule 21: 21.1 Match Penalty – A match penalty involves the suspension of a player for the balance of the game and the offender shall be ordered to the dressing room immediately.A match penalty shall be imposed on any player who deliberately attempts to injure or who deliberately injures an opponent in any manner.Daniel was injured on the play.  The hit was delivered in a deliberate manner.  It seems clear this should have resulted in a five minute man advantage for Vancouver – however, it was assessed the same penalty as little-used Brandon Bollig was assessed just seven minutes earlier for a harmless glove to the face of Zack Kassian. Quite frankly, the inconsistency of the league’s officiating is a farce.  Referees are ludicrously hesitant to dole out a five minute major for anything other than fighting, which is always an offsetting penalty.  The fact that a player can go out and head-hunt, the only consequence being a measly two minute minor, pretty much tells you everything you need to know about how this league wants to conduct its business. For all the talk of skill and speed and everything that is great about the game, it’s all complete and utter lip service.  The league can say what it wants, but its actions paint a much different picture.The panel on TSN discussed the severity of the play and the likely suspension that will be handed down by Brendan Shanahan.  Bob McKenzie correctly pointed out that as far as the Canucks are concerned, the number of games meted out is irrelevant, especially if Daniel, the team’s leading goal scorer and one of its key players, is out for any length of time.Canucks Nation will wait with baited breath for news from the Canucks tomorrow regarding Daniel’s injury.  He did play one shift after the hit, but took himself out of the game thereafter.  There are rumours tonight that it could be a fractured jaw, as TSN reported he went into the X-ray room with a doctor.The pain from a fractured jaw would be so intense that it’s unlikely Daniel would have told training staff on the bench that he was “OK”, which he did after he got to the bench, and even more unlikely that he would have played the next shift. He looked a bit glazed over, and for those reasons, I believe that Daniel suffered a concussion – or at a minimum was held out of the remainder of the game to monitor him for this purpose.  With any luck, Daniel will have travelled with the team to Dallas tonight and be no worse for wear tomorrow.The downside of this hit is much worse.  If it’s a fractured jaw, this would be a six to eight week injury.  If a concussion, Daniel may be unavailable to the team for as little as a game or two, or at worst, for the remainder of the season, including the playoffs. I hope Shanahan bears this in mind when he figures out what to do with Keith, but my guess is that he will receive, at most, a meaningless three game vacation. GAME OBSERVATIONS Mason Raymond had one of his most effective games of the season tonight.  He was fast and, for a change, got to the middle of the ice where he was able to create a number of dangerous scoring chances.  This is the Raymond we saw immediately after he returned from injury earlier this season.  When he’s on his game like this, he can still be an effective player.  He started the game playing with Kesler and Booth, but after Daniel’s injury, played a lot of shifts with Henrik. There was an Alex Edler sighting!  He played pretty well tonight and was noticeable both offensively and defensively, even delivering a solid hit on Shaw in the first period.  Definitely a step in the right direction. Andrew Alberts drew into the game (his first in the last 10) and played very well.  I have been saying this all year, but I like the physical presence he provides on the back end.  He’s definitely not the fastest player, but he can be a very effective defenseman. Kane’s celebration of his tying goal was over the top.last_img read more

OK for NCN to be unfair

first_imgDear Editor,As expected, the “usual suspects” have surfaced on the issue of Elections coverage and how it ought to be handled in terms of fairness, balance, accuracy and truth.As a former President of the GPA (Guyana Press Association) and as a journalist, I have advocated for years the position that in an environment where the State/Government owns and controls the dominant TV, a monopolistic radio station and in the then absence of social media, it was palpably unfair to dominate the airwaves with only one position.It would appear that Kit Nascimento and his classist comrade Anthony Vieira have converged platforms in this day and age of a plethora of platforms and multiplicity of media. I reiterate there is a difference between broadcasting and telecommunication services in the Guyanese context.Let me add for clarity that NCN on its broadcast TV network carried the President and only the President as general programming. Coverage of all of its news and other current affairs programmes is available for review by the Guyana National Broadcast Authority.Kit in his usual highbrow attitude called me a few months ago insisting that under “The Fairness Doctrine” I should comply with a request he made.  I pointed out that his reference to “The Fairness Doctrine” is over 30 years old, it is obsolete and not applicable in his case. He was wrong then as he is now but I know he likes the attention and will entertain him.Using his usual logic, it means everyone who “live streams “ licensed broadcaster or not, is a broadcaster. Here he is taking the world down a silly if not crooked path.  I have been an Election Observer, am a graduate in International Relations, and a journalist for over three decades.I am aware that certain individuals/groups in society will speak out at particular times and places to catch the ear and eye of the media, observers and the soi-disant “international community” because those individuals know how the reports are formatted and want their views reflected within that template. So the chatter has started.NCN is governed by a Board and the Board has considered and indicated to management how election coverage shall be conducted by NCN within the period of Nominations Day to the Declaration of Results.The Board will also be guided by what GECOM promulgates and work within the guidelines, if any, set out by the GNBA.Kit as is his wont states “the fact”, “quite properly points out” and goes down a media maze of terms and opinions as if all of what he says is the unvarnished truth and profound learning.I have documents dating back to the early 1960s authored by Kit Nascimento and as the saying goes, even an old leopard cannot change its spots.Watch the classist, contemptuous community clapback.With regards,Enrico WoolfordChairmanlast_img read more

Delight as Serena Williams welcomes baby girl

first_img“Btw @serenawilliams I wish you a speedy recovery… we have a lot of work ahead of us,” Mouratoglou wrote in a Twitter post.Williams is one Grand Slam title short of matching Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 Grand Slams and admits that she still dreams of joining the Australian legend.“Obviously, if I have a chance to go out there and catch up with Margaret, I am not going to pass that up,” Williams said. “If anything, this pregnancy has given me a new power.”Williams also revealed she had long suspected she would give birth to a girl.“Two weeks after we found out (about the pregnancy), I played the Australian Open. I told Alexis it has to be a girl because there I was playing in 100-degree weather, and that baby never gave me any trouble. Ride or die. Women are tough that way,” Williams told the magazine.A separate article in Vanity Fair in June said Williams, who unveiled her pregnant body in a nude cover photo for the magazine, planned to tie the knot with Ohanian later this year after the birth. The couple announced their engagement in December after meeting in 2015 in Rome. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:58With new role in drug war, Robredo might ‘baby’ the drug lords – Bong Go01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games LATEST STORIES US tennis legend Chris Evert meanwhile chimed: “I’m so thrilled for her. And what a role model she’s going to be for her daughter.”Media reports said 23-time Grand Slam singles champion Serena — who revealed she was pregnant in April — was induced overnight Thursday.Other fans meanwhile wasted no time in anointing the tennis star’s daughter as a future champion.READ: It’s a girl! Venus Williams lets Serena baby secret slip“Hello to the future queen of tennis,” one post on Twitter read. “A future champion is born,” added another.‘Outrageous’ goal Williams has vowed to return to competitive tennis in January to defend her Australian Open title, which she won while newly pregnant.Williams last month told Vogue in a wide-ranging interview that she had set herself a goal of returning to play in Melbourne at next year’s Open.“It’s the most outrageous plan,” she said. “I just want to put that out there. That’s, like, three months after I give birth. I’m not walking anything back, but I’m just saying it’s pretty intense.”Williams’ coach Mouratoglou meanwhile joked Friday that he expected to hold the tennis star to her word. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Blackwater junks KIA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Serena Williams. AFP FILE PHOTOMIAMI—Tennis superstar Serena Williams gave birth to a baby girl on Friday, US media reported, prompting an outpouring of delight from fellow professionals, celebrities and fans of the sporting icon.Williams, who will turn 36 later this month, was admitted to the St Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida on Wednesday before going into labor overnight.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnessescenter_img MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games There was no immediate confirmation of the birth from Williams’ representatives.Elder sister Venus Williams described herself as “super-excited” after being informed of the reports concerning the baby as she walked on to the court for her third-round match at the US Open in New York.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 shutoutHowever she declined to take questions on the subject in her post-match press conference.“I’m definitely available to answer questions about tennis. That’s all right now,” Venus told reporters. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Earlier, a producer with the Florida-based WPBF television station cited hospital sources as saying Williams’ daughter weighed in at six pounds and 13 ounces (3.09 kilograms). Celebrity magazine US Weekly cited an unnamed source close to the tennis star confirming the birth.Williams, who is engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, was swiftly greeted with an avalanche of congratulations from well-wishers.“Congrats Serena!!! So much joy for you!!!” Spanish star Rafa Nadal wrote on Twitter.Pop diva Beyonce took to Instagram to send her message, posting a portrait of a pregnant Williams in a flowing white gown with the message: “Congratulations Serena!”Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou added on Twitter: “Congratulations @SerenaWilliams for your baby girl. I am so happy for you and I feel your emotion. Recover well & enjoy without limitation.”ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

ONE: Yamaguchi eyes quick revenge vs Filipino bet Iniong

first_img“My image of the last match was Gina getting some points with her boxing, and me with my ground game,” she stated “It was back and forth, but all of my team thought I won.”Both fighters have vastly improved since their last match and Yamaguchi is well aware of Iniong’s power.“Gina has a really good right hand she throws, and she is strong and physical. I am better with the ground game and improved more in my boxing skills compared to our previous match,” she said.Yamaguchi is confident enough to guarantee that this time, she will get her hands raised in victory.“It is going to end early. It will be a clear finish by me. It is going to be a knockout,” she said.ADVERTISEMENT PHOTO FROM ONE CHAMPIONSHIPSINGAPORE—It may not have been the title match she had initially prepared for, but Mei Yamaguchi’s upcoming bout against Filipino fighter Gina Iniong was something she had hoped to happen again a long time.The last time these two fighters met in 2014, Yagamuchi went home with the seventh loss—a split decision—of her career.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Now the Japanese martial artist  gets a shot at revenge when they clash in ONE: Immortal Pursuit on Friday at Singapore Indoor stadium here.“I was glad that Gina answered ‘yes’ to the match on the Singapore card with me,” said Yamaguchi. “I have always looked for a chance for revenge. It is the perfect moment.”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 shutoutYamaguchi was supposed to challenge ONE Atomweight Champion Angela Lee for the belt, but the Singaporean star met a car accident two weeks before their scheduled title fight.Iniong, a native of Baguio City, was tapped a replacement just 14 days after her last bout in Manila, but she is ready as ever to try to repeat over one of the top Atomweight fighters in the continent. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA NBA: Coach Lue defends LeBron’s heavy minutes Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Read Next MOST READ Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’ PLAY LIST 01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 justice Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

London Olympics: Michael Phelps finally wins gold, breaks Games’ medals record

first_imgMichael Phelps broke the Olympic medals record on Tuesday with his 19th medal as the United States romped to a dominating win in 4x200m freestyle relay at the London Games. With 19 career medals spanning three Olympics, Phelps moved one ahead of Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina, who got her haul in 1956, 1960 and 1964.And he finally got his first gold of these games, bouncing back from the disappointment of settling for silver when he glided at the end of the 200 butterfly earlier on Tuesday.The United States team of Ryan Lochte, Conor Dwyer, Ricky Berens and Phelps on the anchor leg won in 6 minutes, 59.70 seconds. France took the silver in 7:02.77, while China was third in 7:06.30.Phelps now has 15 golds, two silvers and two bronzes.last_img

6 days agoJohnson impressed by Chelsea youngsters

first_imgJohnson impressed by Chelsea youngstersby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Chelsea fullback Glen Johnson is impressed by the club’s youngsters.Johnson singled out one of the Blues’ young players for acclaim, and thinks it would not be a surprise to see them playing Champions League football next season.”Tammy Abraham has impressed me the most because the Premier League is a totally different beast to the Championship,” he told Betdaq. “To score the amount of goals he has so far shows he’s handled the change very well.”I hope Chelsea can fight for a top four place.”If they can get anywhere near then it’s an absolutely fantastic season for them. With Manchester City and Tottenham not firing on all cylinders I think they have got a real chance.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Snow Didn’t Stop 5-Star Alabama DB Signee Minkah Fitzpatrick From Hitting The Field Today

first_imgMinkah Fitzpatrick in a game against Ole Miss.TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 30: Minkah Fitzpatrick #29 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after he and Isaiah Buggs #49 sack Shea Patterson #20 of the Mississippi Rebels at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 30, 2017 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)The weather in New Jersey has been decidedly less than ideal this winter, and more snow is on the way tonight into tomorrow. Residents all over the Garden State are anxious for spring to finally arrive.But some residual snow didn’t deter Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter’s Prep 5-star cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick, an Alabama signee, from getting in an off-season agility workout this afternoon. Fitzpatrick hit the (covered) turf at his high school’s practice field to do some footwork drills, and he posted video of the training on his Twitter account. Nice day at the beach GET RIGHT! pic.twitter.com/S7yxv06o3J— Minkah FitzMagic (@minkfitz_21) March 4, 2015Fitzpatrick is known for his smooth style of play, good footwork and strong technique. If he can maintain those assets in the snow, just think what he might be able to do in Tuscaloosa when the weather will be nicer.last_img read more