Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Put it down he did, soaring and spinning Wednesday through a half-dozen near flawless tricks — including back-to-back 1440s for the first time in his life — en route to his record third halfpipe gold medal.White won with a score of 97.75 and wept at the bottom of the halfpipe. It marked White’s return to the top of the sport after a disappointing fourth-place finish at the 2014 Sochi Games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe snowboarding great received heaps of praise for his gutsy run, but also criticism on social media and questions in a news conference about a sexual misconduct lawsuit filed against him in 2016. White dismissed the allegations as “gossip” and declined to address the matter further.White’s gold was also the 100th overall for the United States in the Winter Olympics — all four American golds this year have been won by snowboarders. Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina The U.S. might have gotten gold No. 101, but Mikaela Shiffrin’s bid for multiple medals at the Pyeongchang Olympics was delayed once again when the women’s slalom was postponed because of strong winds. It’s the third time in four days an Alpine skiing race was put on hold because gusts made it too dangerous for competition.The women’s individual biathlon was also postponed because of wind, and the weather also led officials to evacuate the Olympic Park in the coastal city of Gangneung.In figure skating, the Chinese duo of Sui Wenjing and Han Cong are in first place after the pairs short program. Russian skaters Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov were a close second to the Chinese — .71 points behind. Canada’s Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford were third. Alexa Scimeca-Knierim and Chris Knierim of the United States struggled and were in 14th place.WHITE DISMISSES “GOSSIP”White’s post-gold news conference got contentious when reporters questioned him about the lawsuit. Lena Zawaideh, a former drummer in his band, claimed in the lawsuit White sexually harassed her, forced her to watch pornography and refused to pay her after she was fired. The suit was settled last spring.White was asked if the allegations might tarnish his reputation.ADVERTISEMENT Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Shaun White, of the United States, celebrates winning gold after the men’s halfpipe finals at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Shaun White stared down the halfpipe before his final Olympic run and had no doubt what would happen next.“I honestly knew I had it,” White said. “I knew I had to put it down.”ADVERTISEMENT UAAP volleyball: La Salle survives FEU for 3rd straight win Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Griffin’s goal led to an eruption from the fans filling Kwandong Hockey Center. Better yet, the goal pulled the combined Korean team within 2-1 of Japan — South Korea’s biggest Asian rival.HELLO AND GOODBYEHarley Windsor became the first indigenous Australian to compete at the Winter Olympics when the pairs skater joined teammate Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya on the ice for their short program.Windsor and his Russian-born partner were among the first pairs on the ice, and their total of 61.55 points was just off their season’s best. The duo was just shy of making the cut for Thursday’s free skate, though.Windsor said he started to “feel a bit nervous” the night before competing, but he was happy with the performance. Both of the 21-year-old Windsor’s parents have Australian Aboriginal roots, and his mother Josie was cheering him on from the stands.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases “I’m here to talk about the Olympics, not gossip and stuff,” he said. “I don’t think so.”Reporters attempted to follow up about the lawsuit, but U.S. Snowboarding and Freeskiing event director Nick Alexakos shut them down.White immediately left the stage following the conference while reporters continued to question him.“I have to get to the medal ceremony,” he said while being ushered away by Alexakos.WINDIER OLYMPICSThis latest postponement for Shiffrin could complicate her effort to enter up to five individual events, as she’ll now have less time to rest and prepare between them. She’ll no longer get full days off between each race if she tries to do them all and would have to compete Thursday, Friday and Saturday this week to make that happen.In Gangneung, an announcement in Korean and English advised fans to go inside for safety in the afternoon. Volunteers also used bullhorns to tell fans to seek shelter. Many were queued up to go inside the Samsung building near the hockey arena.Winds were blowing steadily and rattled the giant tent anchored with metal beams in Gangneung.ON THE BOARDThe joint Korean women’s hockey team finally scored its first goal of the Olympics, courtesy of a pair of Americans.Randi Heesoo Griffin scored at 9:31 of the second period on the Koreans’ 33rd shot of the Olympics in their third game. She grew up in Cary, North Carolina, and her mother is from South Korea.Griffin was set up for the goal by Marissa Brandt, who now lives in a suburb of the Twin Cities in Minnesota and who is playing for the country where she was born. Her birth name is Park Yoonjung, the name she uses on the back of her Korean team jersey. View comments
MOST READ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls The opening game is crucial for both teams with defending champion Germany and Mexico, who meet in Moscow on Sunday, waiting in Group F. It’ll only get tougher for the Swedes and the South Koreans.Sweden’s top frontman post-Ibrahimovich is striker Marcus Berg. Under coach Janne Andersson, there’s a feeling that this team, with defender and captain Andreas Granqvist and attacking midfielder Emil Forsberg, is more balanced. Not so reliant on one player, albeit an exceptional player.In contrast, South Korea is hugely reliant on Tottenham forward Son Heung-min to restore some faith. Excitement for soccer in South Korea appears to be near an all-time low, with U.S. President Donald Trump’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the after-effects of that far more fascinating for Koreans right now than an under-performing national team.IBRAHIMOVICH’S TAKENow with LA Galaxy, Ibrahimovich is at the World Cup in Russia doing sponsor commitments and still attracting attention. He said Sweden without him won’t be under as much pressure and that might allow the team to operate with more freedom. But he’s recently reacted sarcastically — and in a typically Ibrahimovich way — to suggestions that he wasn’t a team player and Sweden is better off: “I played in Ajax, Juventus, Inter, Barcelona, PSG, Manchester United, (Los Angeles) Galaxy,” he said. “So if you don’t know how to do it … why did you play in the biggest teams in the world and won?”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments FILE – The March 27, 2017 file photo shows Sweden’s national soccer team before an international friendly soccer match between Romania and Sweden on the Ion Oblemenco stadium in Craiova, Romania. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, file)NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia — Sweden is without Zlatan Ibrahimovich and, for the first time since 2006, it’s at the World Cup.That’s the strange thing about Sweden. It may be better off without one of its best ever players.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ 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 Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film LATEST STORIES Sweden was expected to struggle after the international retirement of Ibrahimovich at the end of the European Championship in 2016. But it hasn’t worked out that way.Sweden put a positive spin on the striker’s absence by finishing ahead of Netherlands and then beating Italy in a playoff to qualify for Russia. It also beat France along the way. Maybe life won’t be so bad without Ibrahimovich, whose dominance of the team might have been as much of a hindrance as a help. That notion has been suggested by the Swedish media.FEATURED 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 crownSweden starts its first World Cup in 12 years on Monday against South Korea, a team that has failed to maintain its status in world soccer.South Korea reached the semifinals at home in 2002 and the last 16 in 2010, but the 2014 World Cup in Brazil brought no wins and a humiliating return home, when angry supporters pelted the team with candy at Incheon International Airport. Ibrahimovich’s running commentary could inspire the team to prove itself without him, but it could also become a distraction when it faces bigger tests later in the group stage.THE BIG ‘CHINOOK’While Son’s attacking versatility is the key to South Korea’s chances of restoring some of its reputation at this World Cup, the team also has high hopes that 6-foot-6 striker Kim Shin-wook will be a factor with his power in the air. Kim is nicknamed “Chinook” after the big Boeing tandem-rotor helicopter.SETTINGSweden vs. South Korea sees the World Cup come for the first time to Nizhny Novgorod, the city just east of Moscow where the famed Volga River converges with the Oka and where writer Maxim Gorky was born. It’s also the city that was closed off to foreigners for years to safeguard the Soviet Union’s military research and production facilities.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding The next Antetokounmpo: Kostas awaits his draft-night call Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours
‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal The Philippines scored the game’s first four points but it was all China from there as the Chinese outscored the Filipinos, 27-10, to end the first quarter.Batang Gilas never recovered with China extending its lead to 20 points in the second quarter. The closest Batang Gilas got was within 13, 53-40, late in the third period.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Even without Clarkson in lineup, Philippines ready to fight in Asian Games MOST READ LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Photo from Fiba.comChina returned the favor and crushed the Philippines, 76-57, to bag the bronze medal in the Fiba Under-18 Asian Championship Saturday night at Stadium 29 in Thailand.The Chinese drew a big game from Quanze Wang and Jie Xu to avenge their stunning 73-63 loss on Tuesday night.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Wang starred with game-highs of 27 points and 14 rebounds on top of four assists, two steals and a block while Xu added 18 points, five rebounds and seven assists.For the second game in a row, Batang Gilas failed to make shots after shooting just 24 percent in a 34-point beatdown at the hands of Australia on Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Among the starters, only Kai Sotto made at least 50 percent of his attempts, going 5-of-8 to finish with a team-high 16 points that went with eight rebounds.Fil-Nigerian big man AJ Edu had 14 points on 15 shots, making only five, while Dave Ildefonso, who fired 18 points in the first encounter against China, scored nine points but went 4-of-13 from the field. Batang Gilas hit just 35 percent of its attempts. View comments
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Bagotville wife’s stabbing…emotional witness recalls victim screaming for helpNearly three years after Donessa Barker had met her demise allegedly at the hands of her husband, Miguel Barker, the trial of her husband for murder commenced in the High Court before Justice Navindra Singh on Monday.Miguel Barker, also known as ‘Allan’, stands accused of stabbing his wife Donessa at the Bagotville, West Bank Demerara home they shared on the night of April 30, 2015.Deceased: Donessa BarkerDonessa Barker, also called “Vanessa”, allegedly collapsed and died after being dealt several stabs about her body following an argument between the two. Miguel Barker has denied the State’s murder indictment.Monday’s trial saw the State calling its first witness, Government Pathologist Dr Nehaul Singh, whose testimony was in relation to the injuries the woman had suffered. Donessa Barker’s cause of death was given as hemorrhage and shock due to stab wound.Also testifying was Policeman Jemain Elcock, who was a detective at the time of Donessa Barker’s demise. He told the jury that he had chased and arrested Miguel Barker at ‘B’ Field Sophia, Greater Georgetown in May 2015. According to the Police witness, as the accused was being cautioned, he remarked: “Is not me; is me brother.”“He was calm and not handcuffed,” Elcock observed.Elcock maintained that Barker was not beaten when he was cross-examined by Defence Counsel Maxwell McKay. The constable, however, admitted that he could not recall the “B” Field Sophia address where he had arrested Barker, who was said to have fled after his wife’s killing.Reports are that the Barkers were having marital troubles and would often argue. Javonna Frank, who lived a few houses from the murdered woman, recalled on the day of Donessa Barker’s demise that she and her step-sister Sheneeza Clarke were having a conversation when Clarke’s cellphone rang and she heard her call out for “Vanessa!”An emotional Frank, who had bolted from the witness box when she first began testifying, was able to gather her composure and tell the court that she heard a rocking in the bushes several feet away from where they were. Later they heard Barker cry out: “Ya’ll help me! Ya’ll help me!”Frank recalled that her step-sister Shaneeza had run into Vanessa’s room with a cutlass, and that Vanessa came out covered in blood. The witness disclosed that she does not know where her step-sister is located, as she has not seen her since the incident.Another witness, who testified to the whereabouts of the missing Shaneeza, was West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH) matron Jevonne Dolphin, who was the late Donessa’s aunt. Dolphin recalled that her niece had last visited her on April 22, 2015 at her office, and that she appeared to be quite normal. The matron also witnessed the post- mortem examination on May 4, 2015.Dolphin told the court in her evidence in chief that she knows Shaneeza Clarke, but does not know where she is. Cross-examination was declined by McKay.Before Donessa Barker’s death, the couple had been married for more than a year. On the night of the incident, the Barkers were reportedly heard arguing prior to the stabbing. Reports are that neighbours had attempted to rescue the woman, and had rushed her to hospital after she had been stabbed. Prosecutors Tiffni Lyken, Abigail Gibbs and Narissa Leander are presenting the State’s case.
As part of its function to administer and enforce the provisions of the Consumer Affairs and Competition and Fair-Trading Act, a team of officers of the Competition and Consumer Affairs Commission (CCAC) on Thursday last kicked off its first leg of a countrywide compliance inspection activity in Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).CCAC representatives during their inspection in BarticaThe team started the Bartica exercise with a courtesy call and meeting with the town’s Mayor and Councillors, representatives of the business community and other stakeholders where the role of the Commission and its relevance was highlighted.The Mayor and Council, as well as the representatives of the business community welcomed the visit from the Commission and pledged to encourage and advocate for the compliance of the Consumer Affairs and Competition Fair Trading Act.The Council and business representatives extended an invitation for the Competition Unit of the Commission to make a presentation on the Competition and Fair Trading Act to the group.During the three-day compliance exercise, the team checked to ensure that the provisions of the Consumer Affairs Act “Part IV -Duties of the Supplier” are adhered to.Provisions examined include the adherence to the six-month warranty obligation, the need to issue receipts for all transactions, the return and refund policy, the non-display of signs which indicate no refund and exchanges.Ninety-five per cent of the businesses in Bartica were found to be compliant with the Act.Those businesses were issued with “Certificates of Compliance, while those in contravention were given a notice of issues that they should correct and the CCAC will re-check within a month to ensure that they have become compliant.The second phase of the CCAC’s compliance will move next to the Georgetown area.
The prominent Guyanese law firm of Hughes, Fields and Stoby has opened a law office in the United States oil capital, Houston, Texas, to tap into opportunities in the oil and gas sector.Hughes, Fields and Stoby’s American partner Greg Clark speaking at the launch of the Hughes, Fields and Stoby USA PLLC in Houston, Texas at the Guyana Marriott HotelAmong the services that will be provided to oil and gas companies operating in Guyana, or planning to do so, are incorporations; labour advice; investment advice; provision of webinars on doing business in Guyana; expatriate orientation, and direct business-to-Government contact.The Department of Public Information (DPI) reported that clients would also have access to the publication of a high quality, well-researched e-magazine titled ‘Guyana Oil and Gas Report’ that would provide all subscribers with critical information to guide their investment decisions.The launch of the Hughes, Fields and Stoby USA PLLC in Houston, Texas, took place last evening at the Marriott Hotel in Kingston, Georgetown.Managing Partner of the law firm, Attorney-at-Law Nigel Hughes, explained that long before a potential investor even arrives in Guyana, the law offices of Hughes, Fields and Stoby would be on hand in Houston to guide clients and potential clients through what will be a complex process of establishing business relationships in Guyana.“From legal representation right through to assistance with the appropriate business protocols and linkage to a network of officials in the public and private sectors, a client’s every need is attended to in ensuring the doors to doing business in Guyana are easily and readily open,” Hughes said.Hughes noted that the Houston operation affords the firm an opportunity to present a new image of Guyana as the preferred destination for investment in the oil and gas industry.“We, collectively, all of us Guyanese, get an opportunity to positively change the image of our dear Guyana. It is not often that the horizons of a country can change so dramatically in a positive sense overnight,” he said.The law firm’s American partner, Greg Clark, will lead the Hughes, Fields and Stoby team in Texas. Clark is a former US Marine who had also worked for oil and gas companies ExxonMobil and Occidental Petroleum.Clark commended the law firm for abiding by required ethical standards and having an impeccable reputation. He said the goal is to expedite and encourage the coming to Guyana of not only additional oil companies or oil-related service companies, but hopefully the firm can be the portal for new industries, new companies coming to Texas beyond the oil and gas sector.“I like to call it ‘legislative watchman’, that the firm will keep their eyes out for every law, rule, regulation or policy that could impact our clients,” Clark explained. He said the firm will provide a draft of that document, along with a memorandum summarising the potential impact that new legislation can have on the company.Hughes, Fields & Stoby, in partnership with Access Point, is the first local legal and business protocol firm to establish a presence in Houston, Texas in recognition of the emerging important relationship between the American energy capital and Guyana, as an emerging energy powerhouse.Also attending last evening’s event were the Minister of Public Telecommunications, Catherine Hughes, wife of Attorney-at-Law Nigel Hughes; and Minister of Business, Dominic Gaskin; Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson; Head of the Department of Energy, Dr. Mark Bynoe; United States (US) Ambassador to Guyana, Perry Holloway; other members of the diplomatic corps, and members of the private sector.
“I think people are sick and tired of long commutes, tired of not knowing whether their plane is going to come in on time, tired of the high cost of gas and airline tickets,” Ma said in a phone interview, shortly after riding on the record-breaking French train. “I think Californians are frustrated with all that. High-speed rail, to me, is the solution.” The California High-Speed Rail Authority is set to hold public meetings in Los Angeles this month on a proposed Southern California route that promises 27-minute rides between Union Station and Palmdale. And California voters next year could be asked to vote on a bond measure that would provide about $10billion to build a statewide high-speed rail system. Still, the plan faces significant challenges. SACRAMENTO – Supporters of a $40 billion high-speed rail line in California are revitalizing their decade-long battle for a 700-mile route that could help relieve the state’s jammed freeways. The plan for the transit corridor has languished for years, unable to overcome weak political support and strong criticism of its hefty pricetag. But last week’s record-breaking run by a French TGV train that hit 357mph has revived interest in the route that could whisk passengers between LosAngeles and San Francisco in less than three hours. “I think this is the future for California,” said Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, D-San Francisco, one of several state lawmakers who traveled to France to witness the speed record. “I think it’s a ridiculous boondoggle,” said Robert Poole, director of transportation studies at the Reason Foundation in Los Angeles. “The entire huge cost of building the system would be paid for by the taxpayers of California. That’s true of no other large-scale infrastructure. If we build another north-south highway, it would be paid for by gas tax and tolls. … It makes no sense to me whatsoever from the taxpayer or traveler standpoint.” Poole thinks the Rail Authority is being overly optimist in projecting ridership of 100million by 2030 and operating revenue of $1billion a year. Californians, he said, prefer driving their cars regardless of traffic, and airlines already offer quick north-south routes at a reasonable price. Slashing the budget Meanwhile, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed slashing the Rail Authority’s budget next year to just $1.2million – down more than $13million from this year’s level. Kicked off the ballot in 2004 because of the state’s shaky economy, funding for the train was bumped off again in 2006 when lawmakers instead pushed for billions of dollars in bonds to fund freeway improvements. Now, Schwarzenegger wants to postpone the ballot measure for a third time, instead proposing more borrowing for prisons, schools, courts and natural resources. Schwarzenegger spokeswoman Sabrina Lockhart said the state does not have the bonding capacity to include high-speed rail. The proposal has a history of stops and starts after an initial private effort in the early 1980s was abandoned for lack of funding. After riding high-speed rails overseas, former state Sen. Quentin Kopp in 1994 introduced a bill to establish a commission to study the state’s need for the supercharged rail system. That gave birth to the California High-Speed Rail Authority. The state agency has struggled for political support ever since. The current route plan would zip passengers between San Diego and Sacramento at speeds up to 220mph, with stops and extensions throughout the Inland Empire, Orange County, Los Angeles County, Central California and the Bay Area. Cheaper than planes In Los Angeles, stops would include Union Station, Sylmar, Burbank and Palmdale Airport. A trip from Union Station to San Francisco is estimated to cost about $70, about 70percent of the airfare, said Mehdi Morshed, executive director of the rail agency. Unlike conventional trains that run on diesel, high-speed trains run on electricity that’s continuously fed through overhead electrical lines and on specially built tracks. The state agency wants to run it off existing power grids. Trains could carry up to 800 passengers, and the agency is now homing in on where it wants to lay the tracks where an estimated 100 trains a day could run. Attendance was sparse at two recent public meetings for the rail system at the Glendale Public Library. With a tight budget, the state agency has little money for publicity so the few meeting attendees were mainly high-speed rail groupies. “I can’t wait for it to happen,” said 73-year-old Vic Scheffer, who has followed the rail line’s tribulations for the past four years. “Anything on wheels and rails, I’m excited about.” Some tout highways But critics contend the project is not a good investment for the state. Norm King, director of the Leonard Transportation Center at Cal State San Bernardino, said there is no assurance the system would draw private investors, averting the need for taxpayer subsidies. “If we want to transfer people who are now paying their own money to take a trip from L.A. to San Francisco to be heavily subsidized by the taxpayer, I guess it is a good thing,” King said. King said money would be better invested in highway projects because roads would create more congestion relief to residents than a high-speed rail could ever provide. Kopp said it’s a misconception to think that a high-speed rail would need subsidies. He said private money will come after investors see the reality of the project, which will arrive when voters approve a bond. He cited successful high-speed rails in Japan and France. “They are money-makers,” said Kopp, board chairman for the state agency. “They are run privately.” Pointing to China, Argentina, South Korea and Taiwan – countries where high-speed rails run or are being built – Kopp said America’s resistance to the innovative system is keeping it behind the times with transportation. State Sen. George Runner, R-Lancaster, whose district would include the potential line’s station in Palmdale, said the high-speed rail would boost economic development in the region, particularly the long-sought expansion of Palmdale Airport. But he also warns the current plan may be too expensive and ambitious. Runner said he would prefer to see shorter regional lines financed with bonds that are repaid with revenue from fares. “I’m certainly supportive of the concept and the issue of high-speed rail,” Runner said. “The hurdles we have before us right now are the expense, and I think we’re adrift in terms of what the strategy is.” Ultimately, whether the plan can surmount current challenges will depend on the economy during the next two years and whether opponents and competitors emerge, said Bob Stern, president of the Center for Governmental Studies, a Los Angeles-based nonpartisan research organization. “If there is no other competition, the economy is OK, and a lot of money is spent educating the voters, then I think it has a chance,” Stern said. harrison.sheppard @dailynews.com (916)446-6723 Public meetings The California High-Speed Rail Authority has scheduled public meetings on the high-speed rail proposal. The sessions all will be held 3to 5p.m. and 6to 8p.m.: Tuesday, Sylmar Recreation Center, 13109 Borden Ave. Thursday, Palmdale City Hall, 38300 N. Sierra Highway. April 17, Los Angeles River Center & Gardens (Atrium), 570W. Ave. 26, Los Angeles. For more information, go to www.cahighspeedrail.ca.gov.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
However, Germany clawed their way back in Sochi with Marco Reus netting early in the second half before Kroos swung in a free-kick in the fifth minute of added time on Saturday.“Of course, the first goal (by Sweden) was my fault. When you put in 400 passes in a game, then one or two won’t go where they should,” said Kroos.After losing their opening match in Group F to Mexico, Germany next face South Korea in Kazan on Wednesday, targeting a win as they seek to progress from a group in which all four teams could still qualify.“Now we have to recover and we don’t have much time before we have to beat Korea, when we have to play convincingly,” said Kroos.Germany, who had centre-back Jerome Boateng sent off for a second yellow card on 82 minutes, were far from convincing.The defending champions put in a nervous display after a barrage of criticism following defeat by Mexico.Kroos took a thinly veiled dig at the German media and former players who had been sharply critical of the team over the past six days.“We were criticised a lot, justifiably so in part, and a lot of people in Germany would have been pleased if we had gone out today,” said Kroos, who admitted there is still room for improvement.“Overall, we once again had phases where we played really well and didn’t use our chances.”Reus, whose goal sparked Germany’s fightback at the start of the second half, hailed Kroos’s last-gasp strike.“Toni’s shot, what can you say about that?” said Reus. “At this World Cup, a lot of goals have come at the end (of games) and today luck was on our side.“We started well, but didn’t have that many clear chances. Sweden did well, were very compact and tight in defence.“It’s hard to say why we made the error, Toni made the mistake, but smoothed things out and did everything right in the end.”Germany forward Thomas Mueller said the holders were rewarded despite having their backs to the wall for most of the match.“We put everything into it and were rewarded at the end,” beamed Mueller.“True, we were a man down, but we tried, didn’t give up and said that we had to stay with it until the last second. Sometimes you get your reward.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Toni Kroos’s goal made amends for his earlier error © AFP / Odd ANDERSENSOCHI, Russian Federation, Jun 23 – Toni Kroos said his last-gasp winner to seal a dramatic 2-1 win for Germany over Sweden that kept the holders’ World Cup dreams alive made amends for his earlier mistake.The midfielder’s mistimed pass led to Ola Toivonen’s first-half goal for Sweden.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – Elvis Presley is still the King. Presley, who earned an estimated $49 million in the past 12 months, has reclaimed the No. 1 spot on Forbes.com’s list of Top-Earning Dead Celebrities. He last topped the list in 2005. Presley died in 1977. His estate continues to generate millions from music royalties, DVDs, licensing deals and tourism at Graceland, the rocker’s mansion in Memphis, Tenn.